This week's news has been dominated by everyone's favorite kid dictator Kim Jong Un. If watching the 1990's Chicago Bulls equivalent of Kim Kardashian go on vacation wasn't bad enough, the North Koreans decided to return a barely breathing Otto Warmbier. Even though Rodman says the supreme leader-in-chief is a "misunderstood nice guy," the US public is furious. We speak to our North Korean expert Riki Ellison and find out the reasoning behind Warmbier's return was and what he thinks Trump's next move will be.
Then, the crisis in Qatar continues as the nation's neighbors make demands and Qatar refuses. The demands include closing the largest Arab-based news network, Al Jazeera. We speak to Kareem in Egypt about his experiences with the Qatari global news giant and why he thinks the sanctions are a necessary measure.
In the Change Is Hard segment, the US media is still hot on the case of the Russian threat. This time Obama is back in the spotlight for knowing about Putin's attempt to "meddle" in the US election and doing nothing about it. This is nothing new, this is what VTA and the Russians came to expect from the former president. Remember the line in the sand? We already knew Obama would never make good on his threats, so why is this revelation so groundbreaking?
This week, Battle Mosul is in full swing and it's reached a very critical point. What are American and Iraqi forces doing to secure victory over ISIS? Also, the Russians claim to have killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in an air strike late last week. We'll speak to a member of Iraq's parliament about the death of Baghdadi and find out what exactly is happening in the battle for Mosul.
Then, Trump takes aim at Cuba and imposes new-old restrictions aimed at stopping the Castro family. We'll speak to a Cuban voice and find out if Trump's plan will help make the relationship between Cuba and the US "beneficial for both nations."
Remember to tune in on Facebook Live! during the top of the second hour for the Change is Hard part of the program. This week, Megyn Kelley starts her new gig at NBC doing "real journalism" but Infowars host Alex Jones has other plans. And CNN is at it again, making their hosts into news stories, that's the hard-hitting journalism we've come to expect from cable news.
This week on Voice to America, we're delving into the snap election that cost the Conservative Party the majority in the British Parliament. Will Theresa May's own party hang her out to dry? We'll speak to our voices in the UK and Europe, the same voices that predicted this would happen.
Then, Middle Eastern countries call Qatar out for being the main supporter of terrorism. Is this true or is the pot calling the kettle black? Right now, Iran is sending aid to the gulf state. We'll speak to Kareem in Egypt and find out if the sanctions are warranted or if the other nations are using Qatar as a scapegoat.
And finally, former FBI Director James Comey testified this week, sparking a media circus as American news agencies hoped to hear Comey link Trump with Russia. Too bad that didn't work out, but how is the media manipulating the story to fit the narrative that the evil Russians are behind Trump's presidency?
Theresa May’s election gamble goes terribly wrong. Mark predicted it, and tells us what this result means for Brexit, the future of Europe, and the unraveling of the elites.
This week on Voice to America, we're headed back to the United Kingdom. After last week's bombing in Manchester and this week's terror attack on the London Bridge and Borough Market, the British prime minister is finally denouncing safe spaces for Islamic extremism. But which pariah has been saying those words for over two years? Do these attacks signal the end of political correctness in the UK or is the PM using rhetoric to win the election next week? We speak to Mark in Europe and get his two cents on the latest attacks and what the British government is doing to prevent the next one.
Then, Trump's team targets the torpid tiny dictator with a missile test of its own. Not to be outdone, the Kid Dictator says the interceptor can't stop a "rain of missiles." Our missile defense expert Riki Ellison was on the ground during the event and we'll find out if the latest missile umbrella is up to the task.
What VTA show would be complete without the bumbling sideshow that is domestic and foreign popular media. In France it appears that the worst thing the US could ever do is leave the Paris Climate Agreement. Now that the US is out of the club, what will the world do? And finally, the crack production team at Voice to America has sifted through hours of groveling and blame to bring you the tragic fall of Hollywood icon Kathy Griffin.