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Kurdish Fighters in Syria, Civil Unions in Italy, and Oil Exploration in the Amazon

After another major terrorist attack in Damascus, Turkey has condemned the U.S. and the West for not acting more aggressively towards Kurdish fighters. We talk about the Kurdish actors in Syria and their connections to Turkey with Goran Zaneti, a Kurdish American and independent journalist who writes on Middle East affairs. In Italy, a debate in Parliament has begun over recognizing civil unions for gay couples. We look at the country’s fight for marriage equality with Barbie Latza Nadeau, Italy bureau chief for The Daily Beast. Finally, Ecuador signed a new deal that will allot a half million acres of land in the Amazon Rainforest to a Chinese-run oil company to explore for petroleum. We discuss the potential impacts of the deal with Kevin Koenig, program director of Amazon Watch in Quito, Ecuador.

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