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    Tory Surprise! Snap UK Election and the Fate of Brexit

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    On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker is joined by Steve Hedley, the Senior Assistant General Secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers Union (RMT) in Britain.

    British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced a snap general election to be held on June 8th, with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn welcoming the move. With Brexit, a second Scottish independence referendum, and the possibility of a coup against Corbyn looming, this election is crucial to the future of the UK.

    Palestinian prisoners have launched the largest mass hunger strike ever in Israeli jails, as more than 1,600 have so far announced that they are taking part and Israel rules out talks with the hunger strikers. Brian is joined by independent filmmaker and journalist Dan Cohen.

    Defence Secretary James Mattis was in Saudi Arabia yesterday on the first leg of a trip to the region on the heels of National Security Advisor HR McMaster's trip to Afghanistan and Pakistan. What do Trump's generals have in mind for the Middle East? Loud & Clear's producer Walter Smolarek discusses the importance of the trip.

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    Election, Brexit, James Mattis, Palestine, Israel
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