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Turkish escalations send Kurds FLEEING

Holland Cooke sits down with former US diplomat Jim Jatras to discuss ramifications in the days following the US withdrawal from Syria. Turkish forces have now launched air and artillery strikes on Kurdish positions in the northeast region, and President Erdogan is threatening to release ISIS prisoners of war across the Turkish border. Are we witnessing a downward spiral that could undermine any progress made toward eliminating terror groups in the region?

Plus, a reflection of Christopher Columbus’ voyage to the New World resulting in his “discovery” of the Americas and its native peoples. This week also marks the 200th anniversary of James Cook’s landing in New Zealand on HMS ‘Endeavor,’ which ushered in an era of colonial rule to the dismay of the indigenous Maori people inhabiting the island.

Holland Cooke welcomes Strelmark president and founder Hilary Fordwich, who breaks down some of the highest levels of income inequality the US has ever seen. As top earners enjoy deepening their pockets, the middle class appears to have been left behind, with debt growing and the federal minimum wage at a standstill. Why exactly aren’t laborers being properly compensated for the value they contribute to our economy?

Then, Iraq war veteran and former State Department official Matthew Hoh talks about the horrific realities of veteran suicides, which take the lives of over a dozen US service members EACH DAY. Holland and Matthew discuss warning signs and resources which could save the lives of our men and women in uniform, who often return home suffering from a wide array of mental health issues.

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