Russian airstrikes in Syria, rise of Taliban in Afghanistan and plastic in our seas (E258)

Afshin Rattansi goes underground on US-Russia relations, Russian airstrikes in Syria and the continued war in Afghanistan. We investigate with Paul Craig Roberts, one of President Reagan's Treasury officials, on whether the Russian airstrikes on Syria mark the beginning of the end of the USA’s status as a superpower, and we look at whether NATO even understands geopolitical chess. We look at a report that says within ten years our seas may be filled by one ton of plastic for every three tons of fish. Afshin speaks to journalist Hafsa Kara-Mustapha about Russian airstrikes in Syria, and whether Putin can win the fight against ISIS where the USA and Britain have failed. Plus, we ask journalist and former veteran of Afghanistan Joe Glenton about Taliban and Afghan forces fighting for Kunduz, and if Afghanistan in a worse state than when we invade.

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