The Current

The Current for February 25, 2019

Today on The Current: We examine the deadly clashes at the Venezuelan border as soldiers block anti-government protesters trying to bring aid into the country; plus, should repetitive music in bars or stores be a labour rights issue for the workers listening to it all day?; and French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy warns that U.S. President Donald Trump is creating a political vacuum on the world stage.
Anna Maria Tremonti hosts The Current's 17th season. (CBC)

Today on The Current:

  • Attempts to bring aid into Venezuela resulted in violent clashes over the weekend, as soldiers loyal to embattled President Nicolas Maduro faced off against anti-government protesters. We examine the latest in the country's political and economic crisis.
  • Irritated Starbucks employees took to Reddit in a rage last month after being subjected to a constant loop of hits from the Broadway musical Hamilton. We ask whether the constant, repetitive music employees have to endure on the job — whether in restaurants, bars, or retail — should be a workers' rights issue, and what can be done to fix it.
  • U.S. President Donald Trump's withdrawal from Syria is a "big political fault," which has created a "vacuum" for a new, benevolent empire of five anti-democratic nations to take control, a prominent French philosopher argues.

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