100 years ago today, an earth-shaking revolution took place in Russia that led to the establishment of the Soviet Union. The existence of the first socialist state reshaped all of global politics, and the end of that state 26 years ago became a defining feature of the 21st century as well.
The Saudi purge continues to sow chaos across the Middle East, as the kingdom declares that Lebanon has declared war against it and President Donald Trump endorses the sweeping crackdown on opponents of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. Joining the show to discuss these developments are Peter Ford, the former British ambassador to Syria, as well as independent journalist and analyst Marwa Osman.
Speaking in South Korea where he met today with President Moon Jae-in, Donald Trump repeated his standard threats but also surprised many by floating the possibility of negotiations. What is Trump's strategy in Korea? Simone Chun, a fellow at the Korea Policy Institute, joins the show.
It's election day in the United States, and the most closely watched campaign is the race for the governor's office in Virginia. Ralph Northam is the favorite, but a late surge by Republican Ed Gillespie threatens to deal another demoralizing blow to the Democrats. Brian and John speak with Daniel Lazare, author and journalist.
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