After cartel violence paralyzes a city, what's next?
Violence erupted in Culiácan, Mexico, when cartel members and security forces clashed. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has defended the decision to free a son of the jailed drug lord Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán, whose discovery in a home sparked the ambush. How much power do the cartels have in Mexico? Plus, shelling continued in northern Syria on Friday, despite President Donald Trump's announcement that the US had brokered a pause in the fighting. And, we have a story about Pepe the Frog — a cartoon character and internet meme that has become a mascot of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters. Pepe is a provocative symbol in the US, widely used on message boards by white nationalists. Hongkongers don't seem to care about that and have rebranded the frog for their cause.
US says Turkey has agreed to pause offensive
Turkey agreed on Thursday to pause its offensive in Syria for five days to let Kurdish forces withdraw from a "safe zone" Ankara had sought to capture. Also at this week's Democratic debate, former Vice President Joe Biden raised the question: Is ISIS coming to America? We're doing a reality check on that. Plus, US President Donald Trump's tariffs against the EU take effect Friday. In Scotland, the new 25% tariffs could impact a beloved export: Scotch.
US envoy travels to Turkey to negotiate a cease-fire
Turkey continued its offensive in northern Syria on Wednesday. Meanwhile, US Vice President Mike Pence traveled to Turkey to meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to negotiate a ceasefire, but the Turkish president says he will not agree to a ceasefire until the border area is cleared of Kurdish fighters. Plus, we speak to an entrepreneur in Damascus to get a view from the Syrian capital. And, a world-class player of the Theremin comes to our studio to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the instrument. Host Marco Werman tries to play a tune.
What's next after the US imposes sanctions on Turkey?
With the US imposing economic sanctions on Turkey, what will NATO or the EU do? And, will Turkey's threat of releasing refugees into Europe stop the EU from acting? Also, a majority of Scottish citizens voted against independence from the UK a few years ago. Now, with Brexit on the horizon, many Scots are wondering if they really want to be tied to London anymore.
(Featured) Things That Go Boom: Is our foreign policy for sale?
Money in politics is a little bit like an iceberg — there’s the stuff you can see, like lobbying firms, and then there’s all the stuff below the waterline. On this bonus episode from The World's partners at the Things That Go Boom podcast, host Laicie Heeley wades into the swamp. Heeley focuses on one of the loudest groups that weighed in on the Iran nuclear deal to get a better sense of how the system works. The story that emerges includes a Greek shipping magnate, a gold trader, an investigative reporter and the world’s largest collections of Rembrandts. The question at the center of it all: Is our foreign policy for sale?
An jedem Wochentag, Gastgeber Marco Werman und sein Team von Produzenten bringen Ihnen die weltweit interessantesten Geschichten in einer Stunde Radio, die uns erinnert, wie klein unser Planet wirklich ist.
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