In a stinging rebuke to the Trump administration, a highly unusual emergency session of the United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to condemn the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Catalonia votes today in what many are calling a second round of the independence referendum. All indications are that the results will be extremely close. Brian and John speak with independent journalist Alberto Garcia Watson, and Dick Nichols of Green Left Weekly.
The Pentagon has admitted for the first time that it has carried out "multiple ground operations" in Yemen in 2017, as well as tripled the number of airstrikes from a year earlier. The horrific war drags on with the participation of the US military. Independent political commentator Catherine Shakdam joins the show.
In a big win for the first amendment, six of the defendants in the "J20" inauguration day protest arrests were found not guilty earlier today. Chip Gibbons, the policy and legislative counsel for Defending Rights & Dissent, as well as a journalist, joins Brian and John to discuss the victory.
As of the time of this recording — 3:00 pm Eastern — Congress looks set to pass a Continuing Resolution to avert a government shutdown. But funding will only last until January 19th, setting the stage for a shutdown on the one-year anniversary of Trump's inauguration. Jim Kavanagh, editor of ThePolemicist.net, joins the show.
Jim Mattis became the first Secretary of Defense since Donald Rumsfeld in 2002 to visit the US base at Guantanamo Bay, home to the infamous prison denounced around the world as a torture center. Tarak Kauff, a member of the Board of Directors of Veterans for Peace who in 2013 went on a hunger strike to demand the closure of Guantanamo Bay, joins Brian and John.
Theresa May's government has suffered yet another embarrassing blow as her Deputy Prime Minister Damian Green was forced to resign amid allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior. Joining the show is Robert Griffiths, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Britain.
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