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    Giving Peace a Chance? Syrians Go to the Polls as Peace Talks Resume

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    On today's episode of Loud & Clear, host Brian Becker talks with political analyst Dr. Issa Chaer of the Syrian Social Club about the elections happening in Syria today, the first in four years for Parliament.

    The elections take place as peace talks resume in Geneva with the aim of bringing to an end the five year war, and worries grow about whether al-Qaeda has acquired anti-aircraft missiles.

    New documents show widespread abuse at a “black site” operated by Chicago police. Some of the revelations show that prisoners were punched and tased  After this newest evidence, is it fair to say that the Chicago Police were operating using tactics right out of the CIA Playbook? Joining Becker to discuss the issue is activist and author Eugene Puryear.

    Virginia’s governor took action this week to make it easier for the state to carry out lethal injections despite serious questions. Also this week Georgia has denied the appeal of a mentally incapacitated inmate on death row. Becker is joined by Robert Dunham, the Executive Director of the Death Penalty Information Center, to ask if the death penalty is barbaric and out of date.

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