Friday is Loud & Clear's weekly hour-long segment The Week in Review, about the week in politics, policy, and international affairs. Today they focus on the Islamophobic white nationalist shooting at two mosques in New Zealand, where at least 49 people were killed, the ongoing coup attempt in Venezuela, and several of the candidates in the 2020 race.
A gunman attacked two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand yesterday, killing at least 49 people and wounding dozens. The victims included women and children. The attacker left a 73-page manifesto at the scene of the first mosque identifying himself as a 28-year-old Australian white supremacist. He has been arrested. Daryle Lamont Jenkins, executive director of the anti-fascist organization One People's Project, joins the show.
North Korea threatened today to suspend denuclearization talks with the United States and to resume missile research and production because National Security Advisor and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo created an atmosphere of hostility. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said that he would make a decision soon. Addressing a gathering diplomats and journalists in Pyongyang, however, Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui said that personal relations between Kim and President Trump were "still good, and the chemistry is mysteriously wonderful." Brian and John speak with Simone Chun, a fellow at the Korea Policy Institute and a member of the Korean Peace Network.
A federal judge in Florida yesterday ordered unsealed a trove of documents that the Washington Post asserts in a bold headline sheds new light on the hacking theft of Democratic Party emails. The documents include a forensic analysis by a former senior official in the FBI's cybercrime division, and despite media protestations to the contrary, they shed no new light on who was responsible for the hack. Jim Kavanagh, the editor of thepolemicist.net, joins the show.
The Trump Administration is pledging an additional $5 million in assistance to the White Helmets, the civil defense group that is often involved in controversies in extremist-held parts of Syria. The Administration gave the group $6.8 million ten months ago, after promising to cut off support. Who are the White Helmets? And why are they so controversial? Rick Sterling, an investigative journalist and member of the Syria Solidarity Movement, joins Brian and John.
It's Friday! So it's time for the week's worst and most misleading headlines. Brian and John speak with Steve Patt, an independent journalist whose critiques of the mainstream media have been a feature of his site Left I on the News and on twitter @leftiblog, and Sputnik producer Nicole Roussell.
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