Open Sources Show Notes for Thursday August 24, 2017

This seems about right. If there’s one image to sum up the Trump presidency, let it be a picture of the man himself staring at the eclipsed sun despite literally hundreds of thousands of warnings to do the exact opposite. As for the show, this week on Open Sources Guelph we’ll talk about Trump’s not-new war policy, refugee concerns from the moderate to the alt-right in Quebec, and we’ll welcome to the show, for the first time, another Liberal Member of Parliament. 

This Thursday, August 24, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

1) Afghan Shrug. Hoping to change the subject from a very, very bad week, President Donald Trump went to Fort Myer in Virginia to announce a new policy for the war in Afghanistan that was very much like the old policy except without numbers, deadlines, benchmarks, and possibly war with Pakistan (?). Trump was more than a little vocal in the past about pulling out of Afghanistan completely, but in this bold flip-flop he’s now declared that the U.S. is in it to win it. Still, can we say that almost 16 years into this war is there any end in sight? On top of that, what’s behind Trump’s sudden change of heart in terms of war policy? Have the globalists won (as some recently fired people might say)?

2) Mean Wolf. A duet of problems in Quebec last week saw the province struggle with the incredible influx of refugees, mostly Haitian, across the southern border taxing local resources, while a demonstration in Quebec City by the far-right group La Meute (or “The Wolfpack”) threatened a repeat of the events in Charlottesville. It was a stark reminder that Canada is not immune from some of the white supremacy toxins we’re seeing in America, which is weird because the problems those groups are sweating in Quebec are very much caused by the same sentiments being uttered in the United States. We’ll dig into the Catch-22, and talk about how Canada’s dealing with the refugee crisis, and how we’re dealing with our own racist ideologues.

3) Gabbin’ with Marwan. This week, we welcome to the show Marwan Tabbara, the Member of Parliament for Kitchener South-Hespeler. At 32 years old, the Lebanese-born Tabbara is one of the younger people in the Liberal caucus, and he was one of a number of new Liberal faces that came to represent Waterloo Region after the 2015 Federal Election. We’ll talk to Tabbara about what’s going on in his backyard, and we’ll get his insight on the latest in federal matters including the refugee crisis in Quebec, trade issues, the economy, and what the government’s got on tap for the fall session including (maybe) help for struggling media and new election rules.

Open Sources is live on CFRU 93.3 fm and at 5 pm on Thursday.

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