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Impeachment Watch: Inside Congress with Mitch Jeserich; Plus: Understanding the US abandoning the Syrian Kurds; And: Oakland’s Wilson Riles on his arrest at the Planning Dept

0:08 – Impeachment Watch: Live from Congress with Mitch Jeserich

Mitch Jeserich (@MitchJeserich) is the host of Letters and Politics, at 10am on KPFA and affiliated Pacifica stations. He joins us from Washington where he’s covering the impeachment inquiry from Congress.

0:34 – US withdrawal from Syria and betrayal of the Kurds leaves devastation, violence and humanitarian crisis – and an opening for ISIS to gather forces

Khury Peterson-Smith (@kpYES) is the Michael Ratner Middle East Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. He researches U.S. empire, borders, and migration.   

1:08 – Oakland elder and former City Councilmember Wilson Riles, 73, was thrown to the ground, arrested and detained by Oakland Police after an altercation at the Planning and Zoning Department last week. He says the city workers refused to follow their own policy and city law, regarding his case. The altercation escalated, he left, and later found out the police were called and they violently arrested him. He was arrested, booked and released on a $20,000 bail. Wilson Riles joins us in-studio to tell his side of the story, along with his attorney Walter Riley.

The Riles family is asking for financial support for bail, via Paypal at: [email protected]

1:34 – Author Interview: Suyi Davies Okungbowa (@IAmSuyiDavies) is a Nigerian author of stories featuring African gods, starships, monsters, detectives and everything in-between. He is an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Arizona, where he teaches writing, and has worked in editorial at Podcastle and Sonora Review. His latest work is a godpunk novel, David Mogo, Godhunter.

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