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May 12, 2019

This week we're headed to Iran to analyze the US' new policies dealing with the Iranian government. Will the tougher sanctions have different results? We check in with our Iranian voice and find out if he thinks Trump's plan will succeed. Then, the US and China were unable to come to a trade agreement last week. The Trump Administration imposed the threatened tariffs on Chinese imports. We'll take an in-depth look at Chinese media and see what they're saying about the possible retaliation by China. Finally, on Change Is Hard, Jill Biden goes high, Trump's public history is "revealed" by corporate media and teenagers are tired of adults doing it for them.

May 5, 2019

This weekend, hundreds of rockets were fired at Israel from Gaza killing three Israelis and prompting a response from the Israeli military. Israel has confirmed the death of the Iranian financial liaison. We head into Israel and speak to our voice to find out what role Iran had in the attacks. Then we'll head into Iran and speak with our voice there and find out if he thinks Iran had a hand in the rocket attack. Finally, on Change Is Hard, we'll look at the American government's response to Venezuela. After two years of being outraged at the idea that Russia meddled in the US elections, few people have highlighted the hypocrisy of the US and its allies meddling in Venezuela.

Apr 28, 2019

ISIS has claimed responsibility in the Sri Lanka Easter attack. Is this what we can come to expect from a post-Syria ISIS? We head around the world and get foreign media analysis of the attacks which left 253 people dead. Then we check in with Mar, our Spanish voice, on the progress of the Spain general election. This time almost all of their congressional seats are up for grabs. Will the far-right party pick up the necessary seats for a win? Finally, in Egypt, a referendum passes which gives President Sisi far more power and the ability to stay in office longer. We speak to our Egyptian voice and find out what these new powers mean for the future of elections in Egypt.

Apr 21, 2019

Explosions rock churches and hotels in Colombo, Sri Lanka leaving over 200 dead. We speak to a new voice in Colombo about the attacks and find out if he believes this was a terror attack. Then we head around the world for global reaction to the Mueller report. Find out how members of the foreign press are covering the release in our global media spotlight. Finally, on Change Is Hard, we show the complete 180 the press is taking on Russian Collusion following the release of the Mueller report.

Apr 14, 2019

This week, Julian Assange gets arrested and removed from the Ecuadorian embassy in Britain. The founder of Wikileaks is now in a state of limbo as authorities deliberate extraditing him to the US where politicians are calling for his head. We speak to Mark in Europe about the arrest and discover how the European media is handling Assange's apprehension.
Finally, the UK has proposed sweeping legislation of the internet and social media. If companies like Google and Facebook refuse or are unable to police their platforms of "child exploitation, fake news, violence and terrorist activity" or risk fines or other penalties. We'll dive in deeper with a new voice in the UK and find out if this proposed law could actually work.

Apr 7, 2019

This week, the US escalated tensions with Iran when the Trump Administration proposed labeling the Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization. The Iranians responded in kind and promised to do the same. We speak to Camron in Iran and find out what the Iranians do next if the US goes through with the designation. Then we're headed into Libya where the fighting between the UN-backed government and a rebel military lead by General Khalifa Haftar has become increasingly deadly. We'll speak to our voice in the region and get the real story of a growing problem that isn't in the US' headlines. Finally, on Change Is Hard, we'll be presenting a montage of clips from President Obama's Q&A in Europe. We'll hear from a journalist who gushes over the former Commander In Chief and take a moment to learn about the future of child empowerment.

Mar 31, 2019

Today we're headed to Russia for more Mueller report fallout. We speak to Yuri and find out if he thinks the report is a win for the Russians. Then, we check in on the future of Brexit. Will they be able to get the job done or are they on track for Brexit: Part 2? We speak to Mark in Europe about the next steps Britain may need to take to conclude Brexit.. Finally, on Change Is Hard we look at the future of Facebook regulation and the media blow-back from the Mueller report.

Mar 24, 2019

This week President Trump said that ISIS is defeated in Syria after US-backed forces in the region cleared out the last stronghold. We've heard this before; is ISIS really done this time? We speak to our voices in the region and find out if it's even possible to truly rid the area of ISIS. Then, the world waited with baited breath for the the Muller report to drop and parts of it did, mainly that no new indictments will be handed down. We'll head into Russia and find out how their media is covering the news. Then, on Change Is Hard, we'll be monitoring popular media for reactions to the Muller report. We'll hear tears, joy and a whole lot of nothingburgers.

Mar 17, 2019

Today on Voice To America we're headed to New Zealand to speak to a new voice on the ground about the aftermath of the Christchurch shooting. Politicians are saying it's a problem with their gun laws. We'll find out if our voice thinks that's a real solution. Then we're headed to Great Britain where Theresa May stated if parliament doesn't back her deal, she's going to delay Brexit further. We'll check in with Mark in Europe and find out if he thinks this is the end of Brexit. And finally, we're still doing it for the kids, and what we mean is bribing the system. On Change Is Hard we dive in to bribing universities and kids getting voting rights.

Mar 10, 2019

Today on Voice To America, ISIS fighters are homesick. You read that correctly, ISIS fighters are tired of battling and are ready to come home to countries like the US, UK and France. Should they be allowed to return? We'll check in with Tawfik, our terrorism expert and find out if it's a good idea to let these people come home. Then, we're checking in with Mark in Europe. We'll learn what the latest news is on the ongoing Brexit debacle. Will Brexit ever actually happen? Finally, on Change Is Hard, we're going full Zucker. At a South By Southwest conference this week, the president of CNN said that Fox news is propaganda and nothing but people yelling at each other. We break out the hits and demonstrate why a man in a glass studio shouldn't throw stones.

Mar 3, 2019

Today on Voice To America we're checking back in with our resident missile defense expert Riki Ellison about the Hanoi summit. President Trump went home empty handed. Will there be another summit? Will the Kid Dictator be willing to come back to the table? Then we're headed to Asia where tensions between India and Pakistan are heating up. Last week an exchange in the disputed Kashmir province resulted in a short military skirmish between the two nuclear powers. We'll head to Pakistan and see if our voice on the ground is getting the same news reports as the rest of the world.

Feb 24, 2019

This week the world prepares for the Hanoi Summit between Kim Jong Un and President Trump. We speak to our resident missile defense expert Riki Ellison and find out if he thinks denuclearization is possible. Then we're traveling to Venezuela to speak to our newest voice about the future of Maduro. Now that the US has taken a leadership role in ousting the dictator, we'll see if the people of Venezuela are ready for a regime change and if it's even possible. Finally, on Change Is Hard, we're going green for the kids with Senator Feinstein and Tucker Carlson loses it in an interview and it's gold.

Feb 17, 2019

A former US Air Force sergeant has defected to Iran and revealed closely-guarded secrets to the Iranian government. The US said she has unveiled the names of double agents in Iran and compromised intelligence operations. We'll speak to our Iranian voice and find out how their government is saying about the defector. Then, is another European nation about to swing right? The unrest in Catalonia has spread into the Spanish government and now it seems like the right wing party may have a chance of wining April's snap election. We'll speak to a voice in Spain and find out if he thinks the establishment is in trouble. And finally, Change Is Hard Award recipient Don Lemon makes the Jussie Smollett incident all about himself during an interview in a way only Lemon can.

Feb 10, 2019

This week we're discussing the ongoing peace talks between the US and AfPak leaders. Last week, Taliban and Afghani government leaders met in Moscow. Will anything change? Tune in to hear why our voice in the region thinks the Taliban probably won't be able to return to business as usual. Then, is a rebranded version of socialism headed to the US? Last week saw the unveiling of AOC's Green New Deal which included provisions to cut back on greenhouse gas emitters including "farting cows". Because our politicians seem to be looking at Europe as the standard socialist model, we'll be speaking to Mark about the chances of socialism working in the US. And finally on Change Is Hard, we told you Bezos was being targeted because he's the big fish. We'll see if others in the media figured it out yet.

Feb 3, 2019

This week the US announced the end of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. While all eyes are on the former Soviet Union, the US is aiming for China. Is the US headed for an arms race after thirty years in the treaty? We speak to resident missile defense expert Riki Ellison about why the US made the decision to leave. Then, we're headed to the Af-Pak region where the US is working on a peace deal with the Taliban. Countries in the region are preparing for the US departure. Pakistan has started constructing a barrier between themselves and Afghanistan. We'll speak to our voice in the region and see if he believes the wall will work. And finally, on Change Is Hard, we'll check your privilege with AOC. Then we'll dive into the controversy regarding the Virginia governor and his Michael Jackson impression.

Jan 27, 2019

This week we're making it about Maduro. The United States, along with other world powers, recognized Juan Guaidó as the interim president of Venezuela. Should the world be getting involved in Venezuela's politics? We speak to our Venezuelan voice and find out if the US is overstepping boundaries by intervening. Then, we speak to our voice in Pakistan about the current round of peace talks between the US and AfPak leaders. What will happen if the peace talks are a "success"? Will this mean the end of the war or will it inflame tensions in the region? Finally, on Change is Hard, CNN gets the drop on the Roger Stone arrest and pats themselves on the back for their journalisming. Then, big layoffs at BuzzFeed and Huffington Post demonstrate one of our guiding principals: if everyone's a journalist, nobody is a journalist.

Jan 20, 2019

This week we're headed back to the Korean peninsula where Trump and Kim are set to sit down once again. But why have a sit down when so little has been done since the last meeting? We check in with our resident missile defense expert Riki Ellison to find out if a new meeting will be a benefit in the quest for a denuclearized North Korea. Then we're headed to Syria where ISIS was able to launch a deadly attack against US forces. Was this a response to the Trump administration pulling out of the area? We'll check in with Radwan, our Middle Eastern voice, and find out what he thinks the reason for the attack was and if the US will stay in the region. And finally, in our Global Media Spotlight, we're giving you the best a man can get as the Gillette social justice ad was seen around around the world. Tune in to hear reactions from folks in foreign media.

Jan 13, 2019

This week we're back in Syria, or not. We'll speak to Oguz in Istanbul about the failed meeting between Bolton and Erdogan. Is the US really leaving Syria? What will happen to the Kurdish fighters in Syria if the US does leave? Then we're headed to Britain where it's Theresa May is failing to deliver Brexit. We'll speak to Mark in Europe and find out why May be out of a job sooner than later.

Jan 6, 2019

This week, President Trump flipped his stance on leaving Syria. Last week we questioned whether or not the president was truly planning to leave. Just this morning, national security advisor John Bolton said there will be no withdrawal without a promise from Turkey not to attack the Kurds. We'll head around the region and get reactions from several voices about the recent change of heart. Then we're off to Britain where the queen's military is now recruiting social justice warriors. You read that right, yes they've made a new ad campaign targeting kids who still live in mom's basement and think playing video games is a career choice. You won't want to miss this global media spotlight. Finally, on Change Is Hard, we find out if CNN's head of standards and practices is doing her job. We've had a couple of on-air cursing events this week. One from Lindsey Graham on CNN and another from Representative Tlaib at a public event. Two different incidents, both demonstrate the foundations of CIH.

Dec 30, 2018

This week Trump traveled to Iraq to visit the troops for Christmas. After pulling troops from other areas of the region, the US will remain in Iraq. We check in with our voice in Iraq and find out if the he thinks Trump should pull out of there as well. We'll also learn if ISIS was truly defeated in Iraq. Also, we're getting ready to ring in the new year with our annual Change Is Hard Awards ceremony. This year, you get to choose by voting on our Facebook page! Get to voicetoamerica.com and click the Facebook icon to cast your vote after the Change Is Hard segment.

Dec 30, 2018

TRUMP EXITS SYRIA: 2,000 US troops will exit.Trump says ISIS defeated. US military leadership objects, resign. What will the fallout be in the Middle East? Hear.

Dec 16, 2018

This week we're headed to Britain where a second vote could take place to cement the already voted on Brexit referendum. Former prime minister Tony Blair is pushing for a second vote but Theresa May says no. We'll check in with Mark in Europe and find out if people really want a second referendum. Then it's back to Canada where the Chinese Huawei executive remains in custody. This puts Canada in a very difficult position, but why is Canada suddenly doing the US' business? We'll speak to a new voice today about the latest developments in the case. And finally, Time Magazine released its pick for the Person Of The Year Award and the winner is: journalists. Time dubbed the piece "The Guardians of The Truth" and decided to pat themselves on the back on one of the biggest corporate media platforms, The Today Show on NBC.

Dec 9, 2018

Paris burns once more as the yellow vests take to the street once more. With the fuel tax now shelved by Macron, what are the protestors' new demands? We'll head into Europe and talk to voices on the ground to find out what the rioters want and if Macron will budge. Then we're headed into Canada where the CFO for the Chinese telecom giant Huawei has been arrested at the behest of the US government. All this happening after last week's meeting between Trump and Xi Jinping. We'll go in-depth in our global media spotlight about this under-reported story. Finally, in Change Is Hard, could you imagine having a social credit score? Well, that's what China is doing. What was once thought to be an impossibility is now becoming a reality.

Dec 2, 2018

President Trump is in Argentina for the G20 summit, that means it's a busy international news week. Besides the normal pomp and circumstance, Putin made headlines by high fiving the crown prince of Saudi Arabia. We talk to Yuri in Russia about Putin's meeting with Trump and what he hopes to accomplish at the summit. Then we're headed to the Ukraine and take a look at the capture of Ukrainian ships and sailors by Russians in the Sea of Azov. Ukraine is treating this incident as an act of war. We speak to our voice about what the Ukraine's next move will be and if they will be getting any help against Putin The Powerful. Finally, on Change is Hard, Google had a date with congress and the corporate leaders blew it off. We'll look deeper at why Google was a no-show at a conference about foreign influence. What will this mean for the companies who actually showed up?

Nov 25, 2018

This week on Voice To America Tony is away on a global excursion and Jim Sharpe is hosting. We'll head into Mexico where the migrant caravan has been halted in the border town of Tijuana. We speak to Jorge in Mexico about the rumors that the Mexican government may absorb the influx of people.
Then we're off to France where protests over the implementation of new fuel taxes to fight climate change have gone wrong. We spoke to Mark in Europe about why these protests started in the first place and what Macron plans to do to save the country and his own hide.
And finally, it's Brexit time. Theresa May is taking a beating from both sides of the isle. We check in on the future of the referendum in our Global Media Spotlight.

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