NATO Secretary General visits Austin, Texas. May 2011
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Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad wants to avert an attack on his country, he should hand over all of his chemical weapons—and do it quick. Today Russia, Syria's most important ally, has welcomed the idea. Joseph Cirincione, president of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation, and a member of Secretary Kerry's International Security Advisory Board, joins The Takeaway to discuss whether this plan might work.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) confirmed and condemned the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons, but has yet to outline any foreseeable role in the conflict. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen joins the program now to discuss NATO’s potential for involvement in Syria, and the alliance’s role in the 21st century.
Today is the first day of school in Philadelphia, which is facing some of the nation's worst educational budget cuts. Karen Thomas is principal of Cook-Wissahickon Elementary, which has lost four full-time staff members. Robin Dominick is the parent of two children at Powell Elementary, which will see its student body increase by nearly 20 percent. Charles Zogby, Budget Secretary for Pennsylvania Gov.Tom Corbett, weighs in on what the government is doing amidst the budgetary crisis.
Five years ago this month, global markets were stunned when Lehman Brothers collapsed. Anat Admati is the author of “The Bankers’ New Clothes” and a professor of finance and economics at Stanford’s graduate school of business. She discusses the climate that led to Lehman’s collapse and the security of the financial system today.
Basma Akbik left Syria for the U.S. 20 years ago with her husband. Her family and her husband’s family remain in war-torn Syria, and many of them are in Damascus awaiting an end to the bloodshed and fear of chemical warfare. Basma Akbik joins The Takeaway to weigh in on how the rest of the world should respond.
When Margo Epprecht worked on Wall Street in the 1980s, she noticed that after women rose through the ranks they left. She writes about the phenomenon in a new piece for Quartz. Ginny Clark, a broker at Beech Hill. She was the first ever female trainee at Salomon Brothers, where she was also the first female trader in 1967. She was also the first female block trader at Merrill Lynch in the late 1970s.