Happy New Year everyone!
We missed you last week and we have a lot of catching up to do. The US dealt with ISIS threats during the holiday season celebrations, a Turkish policeman assassinated a Russian ambassador and Obama did everything he could to leave a geopolitical mess for the incoming administration.
On today's show we speak to our Turkish voice Oguz about the catastrophic attacks in Istanbul last night during a New Year's celebration. We'll learn how the Turkish government is handling its media in the wake of the terrorist attack.
Then we will discuss Obama and Kerry's Israel snub at the United Nations this week. What does this mean for our only ally in the region? Margot checks in and gives us an Israeli perspective on the UN decision to force an evacuation of settlements in the West Bank.
This week, Obama called out Putin during his last press conference from the white house, promising retaliation for the hacked election. What do these latest threats accomplish this late in the game? We speak to our Russian voice about the growing tensions with the US and find out what the Russian public thinks about Obama's latest "line in the sand."
Then we head to Syria where the battle for Aleppo is raging. Iran has jumped into the fray feet first. We speak with our voices in the region to find out what Iran has planned for the future of Syria and what's in it for them.
This week on Voice to America we have a live studio guest during the Facebook Live streaming portion of the show. Ivo, one of our European voices, will be in studio to weigh in on the anti-establishment movement that is sweeping Europe.
Then we’ll be covering the latest in the epidemic of fake news with our Russian voice. The establishment media is doubling down on their incorrect election prediction by claiming Russia directly hacked the voting machines. Do Russians think their government had anything to do with a Trump win?
Then we’re headed to Turkey, where another terror attack has taken place. The media says the Kurds are behind the stadium bombing. We’ll speak to our Turkish voice and find out what it’s like right now in Istanbul.
Europeans head to the polls today to cast their votes in two countries. The same sentiment we’ve seen in America with Trump and Britain with Brexit is spilling over into Austria and Italy.
We speak to voices in Italy about the referendum vote, which could lead to the current prime minister stepping down. If the vote is no, many in the establishment media claim consequences could include a horrible banking crisis.
Then we head to Austria where a “too close to call” presidential election is taking place. Will the Austrian voters push back like other countries have this election season?
Fidel Castro, the leader of Cuba, died this week. Relations between the communist country and the US have gotten better in the last few years under Obama. The big questions are: What will Trump do? And should Obama attend the funeral? We speak to voices inside the island nation to get reactions to Castro's death.
Then, each of Trump's cabinet picks are felt throughout the world. We get reactions in our Global Media Spotlight and find out if Reality Journalism is alive and well in a post-election world.
Welcome to what Obama, Merkel and establishment politicians call "fake news." This not-so-new form of propaganda is plaguing the world, causing the destruction of democracy world wide. That's basically what Obama said in a press conference with German chancellor Angela Merkel. We've been telling you about the fake news for a long time on the Voice to America program and today, we'll dive in head first (again) in the battle against the "new" problem of fake news.
Then we're traveling around the globe, getting world perspective on the president elect. World leaders are calling in to congratulate Trump on his victory, saying they can't wait to work with him. Is this just business as usual, or were they bashing Trump from the beginning in case the establishment won? We'll speak to Egyptian and Israeli voices about what their leaders and people think about the president elect and any hopes they have for future relations with the US.
It's over. The mainstream media said it could never happen, but trump claimed victory in last Tuesday's election. CNN contributor Van Jones called Trump's victory a 'whitelash,' stirring riots and protests throughout the country. They saw what happened in Britain and what is happening in Europe, but they continued to say Trump had no chance. How could the mainstream media have been so wrong about what the people wanted?
What about the foreign media? On this special edition of Voice to America, we will be focusing and discussing the global media's coverage of the historic election. Then we're headed around the globe to our foreign voices. We'll be speaking to regular citizens from Russia, Mexico and the Middle East about what they see in the future during a Trump presidency.
Tony talks to voices in Europe and Mexico in the immediate aftermath of the election. Ivo from Slovakia says he saw Trump's win coming, but Jorge from Mexico thought Hillary would win. Will Trump really build a wall? Will NAFTA be scuttled? Listen to find out.
Well folks, we’re two days out from the election. The American election is indeed a global affair, so we’re spanning the planet to get final thoughts about the candidates. Mexico, Canada, Europe and the Middle East weigh in on the future of our country and the world as of November 8th.
Then we’ll discuss the newly released Julian Assange interview. The latest batch of emails show the US government knew Saudi Arabia and Qatar are funding ISIS. Was anyone surprised? These emails just confirm what we already suspected, but what does the Saudi and Qatari connection to The Clinton Foundation mean for the world?
Obama says US-backed forces will attempt to do in Raqqa, Syria what they’ve been doing in Mosul. Is this same tactic going to work inside Syria? We speak to our Syrian voice about the president’s plan and find out if it’s possible to muster up fighters for the proposed battle.
Then we analyze NATO partner Turkey’s desire to challenge the US in Iraq and Syria. We ask our Turkish voice Oguz if the support of Turkey necessary for a victory against ISIS? What does Erdogan’s Turkey hope to achieve by butting heads with the US in the region?
The latest October Surprise has captured the attention of the global media-consuming public. We’ll hear from foreign voices and find out what they think about the re-opening of Hillary’s email case.
Finally, have you ever wondered what kind of bias foreign news outlets propagates? In our Foreign Media Spotlight, we’ll look at the different media biases throughout the world.
Hear what Iraqis think of Obama's battle plan for Mosul. Will ISIS be defeated? And what happens if ISIS is defeated? Also, Kareem from Egypt tells us why Arab nations prefer Trump over Hillary.
The countdown to the battle for Mosul is on. US, British, Iranian, Iraqi and Kurdish troops plan to take back ISIS’ last major territory. Will this latest battle cause another mass migration of refugees? We’ll speak to Iraqi voices to find out if ISIS will fight or flee from their Iraqi base of operations.
Then we speak to our Yemeni voice about the third attack on US Navy ships in the Red Sea in less than a week. Is this an attempt to draw the US into another war in the Middle East?
Then in a VTA special report, we compare the Brexit vote to the US election. We’ll hear from British voices on whether or not Trump has a shot at winning the election.
The latest presidential debate is tonight. Will the issue Putin “The Powerful” be brought center stage again? How will the world deal with the latest instances of Russian aggression? Yuri from Russia checks in and gives us his take on the latest Putin developments.
In the midst of the latest Wikileaks data dump on Hillary Clinton, the media halted any coverage of the documents in favor of the latest Donald Trump video. We go around the globe and get a foreign media spotlight on the incident that is dominating the headlines.
Finally, we’re headed to Colombia to discuss the FARC vote. Is this the latest in a long line of Brexit-like, anti-establishment voting that is sweeping the globe? We discuss FARC and the changing political mood in Colombia and around the world with a first-time voice, Richard.
While the battle for Aleppo rages, the US is touting ANOTHER ceasefire attempt. Are these ceasefires respected or are they just another way for the United States government to feel good about itself?
The latest push to rout-out Syrian rebels from Aleppo is proving to be the bloodiest the conflict has ever been. We speak to Syrian voice Radwan about the escalation in the region and get his perspective on whether or not this battle can be won.
Then we head into Egypt and discuss the ramifications of congress overriding the presidential veto on the 9/11 bill. By allowing victims to sue Saudi Arabia, does this open the US and other countries up to lawsuits by foreign plaintiffs?
Tune in for global reaction from Monday’s debate between Clinton and Trump. What did the world see during the debate and how did it affect each candidate’s image around the World?
This Monday, Trump and Hillary take the stage during the first of three presidential debates. Most Americans can predict the questions that will be asked by the US media, but what questions does the world want to ask the candidates? We ask our voices to weigh in; and depending on where they are from, some questions may surprise you.
Then we discuss last week's terror attacks with VTA terror analyst Tawfik. How could the FBI ignore the calls from a father who is worried his son was radicalized? Tawfik recovered from radicalization and has a few common sense steps the US government can take to prevent another Islamic terror attack.
Last night, five bombs were found in New York City and New Jersey, then a knife attack in Minnesota, all within hours of each other. Is this the work of ISIS, a local terrorist group or something else entirely? We speak to voices in Europe, where terror attacks like these are commonplace and find out how they affect day-to-day life
Then we discuss the not-so-ceasefire in Syria, where the US military bombed what they thought were ISIS fighters. Unbeknownst to the US, the targeted soldiers were actually Syrian troops and the Russians are not happy. We speak to our Turkish voice and get his take on the latest ceasefire blunder.
This week marks the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11 and we’re speaking to the very first Voice to America voice, Rashed on the Afghan-Pakistan border. We’ll find out what he remembers about that time along with what has changed for him after a fifteen-year war on terror.
Then we do our best to answer Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson’s question, “What is Aleppo?” We’ll speak to our Syrian voice about the latest ceasefire. Is this the real one or just another shallow agreement?
And finally, what show would be complete without Kim Jong Un? Yes, the kid dictator must feel left out of the global news spotlight, so why not launch another nuke?
Mexican president Pena Nieto invited the US candidates for a visit to Mexico. Donald Trump accepted but Hillary declined. Is this visit the reason for Trump’s climb in the polls? We’ll speak to our Mexican voices and find out what their reactions were to the Donald going South of the border.
Also, Obama was at the G20 conference but instead of getting the hero’s welcome, Obama was snubbed by the Chinese. They didn’t offer him the red carpet or stairs he is used to, forcing the President to exit the ass of the aircraft. What was China’s reasoning behind such a cold greeting? We’ll get a Turkish perspective on the latest presidential diss.
On today's show we speak to Riki Ellison from the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance about the latest round of North Korean missile tests. Has relaxed US policy allowed the kid dictator to develop even more effective nuclear missiles?
Then Nigel Farage, leader of the Brexit movement, spoke at a rally for Donald Trump. Farage likened the Brexit movement to The Donald’s candidacy. We speak to our Euro voices about the parallels between Trump and Brexit.
Finally, we speak to a member of Iraqi Parliament about the latest move to recapture Iraq’s second largest city. Voice to America has reported on this for months, wondering if and when Mosul would be liberated from ISIS.
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We’re investigating Obama’s 400 million dollar payment to Iran. This week the American public discovered the money was tied directly to the hostage release. We speak to our Iranian voice Hooshang about what this means for the Iran nuke deal and current sanction policies.
Then we’re Turkey-bound where Vice President Biden will be negotiating the possible extradition of Gulen, the man Turkish president Erdogan says ignited the attempted coup in Turkey earlier this summer. Now that the US government is paying ransoms, maybe it’s time we start extraditing people just because other governments say so.
And finally we’ll get a global reaction to the now infamous Olympic swimmer bathroom pit stop.
Is America a dangerous place to visit? Increasingly, foreign nations are issuing travel warnings for the U.S. Gun violence, police violence, racial violence, Islamophobia, anti-gay behavior, zika. . .the list gets longer each week. Hear from people outside America if they think the warnings are legit. Also, we talk to Oguz in Istanbul about Erdogan's ultimatum to Obama. Are Turkey and the US about to divorce?
Today we focus on the media circus that is Khizr Khan. You remember, the man who spoke at the DNC about losing his son in the military? Well, after a whirlwind US media tour, he is making the rounds in the Middle East. We'll speak to a Pakistani about his reception overseas and what this may mean for Donald Trump.
Then we'll dig into the latest Iran controversy: Did Obama really pay a $400,000,000 ransom to the mullahs? We speak to an Iranian voice about how this story is playing out in his home country and if the Iranian government is still, as Obama puts it, "trustworthy."
Are the Russians determined to sway the US elections or are we looking for a twenty six year-old boogie man? Amid rampant speculation by the American popular media, Voice to America will get the straight talk from an actual Russian political scientist. The Russians seem like the perfect smoke screen for the DNC amid Julian Assange's resurgence.
Then we head from the Kremlin and speak to our French voice Mark about the heightened instances of terror throughout Europe. We'll find out what is or is not being done and what the people of Europe are saying about the current methods authorities are using to thwart terror.
Finally, it wasn't just US citizens who tuned in for the conventions, people around the world paid close attention to the drama these past two weeks. Voice to America will focus on foreign media's coverage of the three ring circuses we call conventions.
On today's show we discuss strategies to defeat ISIS with terror analyst Tawfik Hamid. Tawfik was a former radicalized Muslim under Al-Zawahiri the current head of Al Qaeda. We'll find out which plan will yield the best results in the global war on terror.
Then we get a global perspective on Trump's nomination at the GOP convention last week and talk about his plans for "extreme vetting" of immigrants heading to the US.
We'll speak to our Afghani voice about the recent attack in Kabul. How did ISIS establish a stronghold in the region?
The Turkish president said an imam in Pennsylvania orchestrated the attempted coup in Turkey last week. President Erdogan is demanding the US hand the him over to Turkey or else. We'll talk to our Turkish voices Oguz and Kareem about the allegations, the possible fallout and what Obama's response should be.
After the most recent round of European terror attacks, the security state seems to be an inevitability in Europe and America. To get an honest perspective of what it's like living in with checkpoints and mandatory inspections, we'll speak to an Israeli voice about what it's like to live in a heavily secured society.