Florida This Week; Russian History scholar looks at Putin’s involvement in Syrian Civil War

Russian President Vladimir Putin during a visit to Germany in 2013 photo by Kremlin.ru via Wikimedia Commons

By Rob Lorei

Today on Radioactivity, the latest edition of Florida This Week, a political discussion show moderated by Rob Lorei and broadcasted by local PBS station WEDU on Friday Nights at 8:30. This week’s panel (Manatee County Democratic Party Sheryl Wilson, Fox 13 News political reporter Craig Patrick, Tampa Bay Times columnist Ernest Hooper, District 58-Plant City Rep. Dan Raulerson) tackle the latest stories in Florida news and politics, including the effort to raise the minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour, congressman Dan Webster’s US House speaker aspirations, Gov. Rick Scott on hospital transparency, and a recent Harvard study that found Florida to be one of the most political corrupt states.

Then we look at Russia’s intervention in the Syrian civil war. Russia has been carrying out airstrikes in Syria against IS targets, in support of President Bashar al-Assad, but members of the US-led coalition in Syria say the country is escalating the conflict by targeting Syrian opposition groups who are fight Assad. Joining us to talk about Russia’s moves in Syria is Paul Josephson, Russian and Soviet history professor at Colby College in Waterville,Maine.

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