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    NATO's War "Games": Do You Hear the Rumble of Tanks? Russia Does!

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    On today's episode of Loud & Clear, host Brian Becker is joined by international affairs and security analyst Mark Sleboda to discuss how war games continue on Russia's doorstep, as 13 NATO countries send 10,000 troops to participate in military drills in the Baltics starting today.

    Yet NATO still calls Russia the aggressor. What do these military exercises mean ahead of July's NATO Summit in Warsaw?

    President Obama will visit Hiroshima today, nearly 71 years after the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on the city. But the White House says there will not be an apology. What’s the point of the trip then? To discuss why the US dropped the atomic bomb and today's global nuclear arsenals, Becker is joined by Ward Wilson, Senior Fellow and Director of the Rethinking Nuclear Weapons Project at the British American Security Information Council, and Charles Pelligrino, author of the book, To Hell and Back: The Last Train From Hiroshima.

    Israel now has the most right wing government in its history as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appoints Avigdor Lieberman as defense minister and brings his political party into the governing coalition. What does Lieberman's appointment mean for the viability of the Palestinian peace process? Becker is joined by Joel Braunold, Executive Director of the Alliance for Middle East Peace, to discuss the "unpredictability" of this power play.

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    Palestinian peace process, military, NATO, Benjamin Netanyahu, Avigdor Lieberman, Barack Obama, Baltic Region, Israel, Japan, Hiroshima
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