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Trump, Russia and the Mueller Report: Is it Really Case Closed?

A two-year investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into possible collusion between U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign and the Russian government before the 2016 U.S. presidential election has come to an end. The conclusion, according to a summary submitted to U.S. Congress by Attorney General William Barr, is "no collusion." 

But does this completely exonerate Trump? "I've assessed all the evidence to date for a Trump-Russia conspiracy. I've been arguing for two years that it's not there. Mueller apparently felt the same," says journalist Aaron Mate, a contributing writer with The Nation.

But David Cay Johnston, the author of "It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America," wants Trump to release the full report. "Donald Trump has the authority to make every word of this report public ... Why isn't he using his power to do so? That's all we need to know. Unless we see every word of that report, why aren't we seeing it when Donald Trump has the power to release a report that he claims exonerates him," asked Johnston, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist.

Aaron Mate and David Cay Johnston debate the response to the Mueller report in this week's "Arena" segment of "Upfront."

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Afghanistan: Is Peace with the Taliban Possible?

In this week's "Upfront" Chief Executive of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah talks about peace talks with the Taliban and the challenges facing his government, which controls barely 55 percent of its own districts.

And in the Arena segment, we debate whether the United States's so-called "war on drugs" has been a failure.

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A look at the #MeToo campaign, which has been criticised for excluding certain voices, is being received outside of the West. An UpFront special.

Tackling Climate Change: Where Do We Begin?

The planet is facing a crisis. Temperatures continue to rise, bringing extreme weather, exacerbating food shortages, and leading to the extinction of some species. Scientists have repeatedly warned that the impacts of climate change are becoming irreversible.

What will it take for politicians and the public to tackle climate change and implement policies that bring actual change? And what role does the world economic structure play in perpetuating the crisis?

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Upfront challenge Harvard professor Steven Pinker about his belief that poverty and inequality are on the decline, and we debate the state of racism in the UK.

The Mueller Report: Can Trump Be Impeached?

In this week's "Upfront," 2020 Trump campaign adviser Marc Porter talks about the findings of the Mueller report and whether he thinks the U.S. president obstructed justice.

Also, in a special interview, Nobel Peace laureate and Iranian dissident Shirin Ebadi explains why the government in Iran must change, and how she thinks it can be done.

  • 2019-09-10T20:30:00-07:00
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UpFront interviews former war crimes prosecutor Carla del Ponte, who last year quit the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Syria in protest, saying that justice for Syria’s victims was not possible.

Is India's PM a Threat to Minorities?

Mehdi Hasan challenges Nalin Kohli, the spokesperson for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), on the party's tacit support of hate speech.

And in the arena, it is discussed whether former ISIL fighters, their wives and children should be allowed back to their home countries.

  • 2019-09-17T20:30:00-07:00
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Upfront speaks to a Uighur refugee, and debate if data theft, interference and illegal spending tainted the Brexit referendum.