Although President Obama has said U.S. airstrikes in Iraq were successful, Yazidi refugees say the humanitarian disaster continues. Christine van den Toorn is on the ground in Iraqi Kurdistan and will explain the situation there.
Rashid Khalidi recently wrote in the New Yorker, "What is going on in Palestine today is not really about Hamas... It is about Israel’s permanent control over Palestinian land and Palestinian lives." We'll hear more from him on today's show. He'll also talk on U.S. policy failures in Iraq and Syria.
Iraqi Prime Minister, Nuri Al-Maliki, is due to be replaced, but is fighting for a third term despite his loss of support in Iraq and internationally. As the U.S. pressures Al-Maliki to peacefully step aside, it continues airstrikes against ISIL near Erbil.
The American Association of University Professors is calling for universities to reconsider their Confucius Institutes. We'll talk to a University of Chicago professor whose article criticizing the institutes has helped fuel the debate.
Voters in Hong Kong turned out in the hundreds of thousands to vote in an unofficial referendum demanding democracy, in response to a document from the Chinese government saying Hong Kong does not have full autonomy. We'll discuss the implications of the call for greeter freedom.
The Committee to Protect Journalists says the conviction by an Egyptian court of three Al Jazeera journalists is a threat to press freedom. David Kirkpatrick, Cairo bureau chief for the New York Times, joins us to discuss the verdict.
Senior Obama administration officials told the Washington Post that they are beginning to see the conflicts in Syria and Iraq as unified. We'll talk to historian and security expert John Mearsheimer about how the conflicts are connected.