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.
The Pakistani military is conducting a military offensive in the North of the country in efforts to dismantle the Taliban. We'll talk about the use of domestic military action in Pakistan with author and professor Aqil Shah.
Liberia is now "Ground Zero" of the current Ebola outbreak in Western Africa, but the country received good news yesterday in the form of an experimental drug shipment to come from the U.S. We'll talk to a Chicagoan who is working to send other humanitarian supplies to Liberia.
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.
Russia has announced a ban on imports of certain food and agricultural products from Europe, the U.S., Canada, Japan and Australia. The ban is a response to sanctions being imposed by the West on Russia. We'll take a look at how the tit-for-tat sanctions will impact the crisis in Ukraine.
Apps and travel websites like Airbnb allow users to skirt the traditional ways of finding accommodation. Airbnb is growing in popularity but its also faced legal challenges in many of the cities where it operates. We'll take a look at how it's changing the travel industry.