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    Turkey PKK Crackdown | Joe Biden Weighs in on Venezuela

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    Turkish authorities have suspended upwards of 11 thousand teachers over links to the PKK; and, US Vice President Joe Biden has called on the Venezuelan government to hold a recall referendum before the end of the year.

    Today’s main stories:  The UK Home office has announced it will be closing the controversial Dungavel immigration detention centre on the West Coast of Scotland, we'll be hearing from a former detainee and discussing why it's not all good news for those campaigning for its closure. We speak to the long term anti-Dungavel campaigner, and former Socialist MSP Rosie Kane.

    As US Vice President Joe Biden weighs in on the Venezuelan protests, we ask if his comments signal an official position from Washington, for regime change in Caracas. We talk to Hugo Perez Hernaiz, Associate Professor of Sociology at the Central University of Venezuela.

    Following on from the widespread purge carried out by the Turkish state against any alleged supporters of the Gulen movement, it has now been announced that Turkey has suspended upward of eleven thousand teachers for alleged links to the Kurdistan Workers Party – also known as the PKK. We talk with Margaret Owen, International Human Rights Lawyer.

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    migrant detention center, Human Rights, migrant crisis, Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Human Rights Watch, Joe Biden, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey, United States, United Kingdom, Scotland, Venezuela, Greece
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