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First, Taylor tackles the Quebec students and recent negotiations. "When you start seeing activity on the magnitude of that going on in the streets of Quebec, you realize that everybody ought to pipe down with their...patronizing remarks about youth." The students were initially pooh-poohed, "but that little period of play acting is done." If talks do not pan out, the protests will continue.
Next, Elias Amare, an authority on Eritrea, explains the last two decades of activity by this major player in African affairs - Eritrea is one of the only countries in the Horn of Africa boasting a recent record of peaceful relations. In nearby Sudan, however, there has been a dispute over an oil-producing region.
Finally, Zafar Bangash returns to discuss the situation in Syria: is it time for the heroes of Washington and Paris to get to work? The tragic massacre in Houla is being interpreted in a partisan fashion in the West. Who was responsible? It requires a more serious investigation. Meanwhile, the U.S. has fallen into its old habit of supporting extremist radicals to topple enemy regimes. It has even decided to enable renegade actions by Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
Also, Phil and Zafar pick up on the shelved stories about the Lebanese pilgrims kidnapped by Syrian opposition forces, and the capture of Turkish forces operating in Syria.
Interview with Elias Amare and Zafar Bangash
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