Kazakhstan’s officials are reporting the return of law and order across the nation as law enforcement, aided by peacekeepers from Russia, Belarus, Tajikistan and Armenia quell the violent protests that drowned the country in chaos for days and led to dozens of deaths and the detention of several thousands. China has praised the resolve of the Kazakh government and condemned “external forces” trying to foment unrest and political instability there. RT America’s Alex Mihailovich explains Kazakhstan’s huge geopolitical importance, which include its vast mineral resources and high volume of oil exports. Then Boom Bust’s Christy Ai explains Kazakhstan’s crucial economic importance to China and the vital role it plays in Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Plus, Jeremy Kuzmarov of CovertAction Magazine joins to discuss signs of Western meddling in Kazakh politics as a way to frustrate growing Chinese and Russian influence on the world stage. (00:53)
Social media companies and television news networks “maximize outrage” by design, former Youtube CEO Eric Schmidt admitted in a recent interview. These companies believe content that angers viewers tend to increase engagements. Investigative journalist Ben Swann joins RT America’s Faran Fronczak to share his insights. (15:07)
Monsanto agreed to pay $12 million in a plea deal wherein they admitted guilt for 30 environmental crimes in Hawaii. They were called a “serial violator of federal environmental laws.” RT America’s Mollye Barrows has the details. (19:12)
Plus, RT America sports correspondent Steve Christakos joins to discuss the KHL hockey action unfolding in Eurasia. He also shows us Tony Hawk’s newest skateboarding trick. (21:18)
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