2014-10-21 15:02:06

Democracy Now! October 21, 2014

On today's episode of Democracy Now! 

Earlier this month, Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States would not act to prevent the Islamic State from seizing Kobani because the Syrian Kurdish town was not a "strategic objective." But as news cameras on the Turkish-Syrian border showed Islamic State fighters assaulting a town in plain sight, the U.S.-led coalition responded with the most airstrikes of its Syria campaign. The U.S.-led coalition has also begun dropping air supplies of weapons and aid to the Syrian Kurds, a move it had resisted for weeks. To help sort out this complicated picture, Democracy Now! is joined by longtime international law professor and former United Nations Special Rapporteur Richard Falk, who has just returned from four months in Turkey. 

On Monday, the Israeli government made a rare appearance before the United Nations Human Rights Committee, but its delegation refused to acknowledge responsibility for the conditions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, occupied by Israel for nearly half a century. DN! speaks to a legal expert who has just spent six years trying to hold Israel to account for its actions in the Occupied Territories.

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