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Your Call: The heroin crisis in the US; The siege of Madaya



On the January 15th edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll discuss coverage of Madaya, the town besieged by Syrian forces where people have been dying from starvation.

We’ll also talk about the arrest of Joaquin "El Chapo"Guzman, head of the biggest drug cartel in Mexico. How are the media covering the so called “war on drugs” in the US and the drug war in Mexico? Join the conversation, on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


Kareem Shaheen, Middle East Reporter for the Guardian based in Beirut.

Sam Quinones, award winning  journalist, and author of Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic 

Web Resources:

The Guardian: Madaya: second aid convoy reaches starving Syrian city

NY Times: Serving All Your Heroin Needs

NY Time: In Syrian Town Cut Off From the World, Glimpses of Deprivation

TIMELINE: Think white suburbanites are experiencing heroin addiction for the first time? Think again