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Dana Lewis is a veteran World Affairs Correspondent. He's been everywhere. From war zones to the streets of London where he is based. And he loves talking to people about whats behind the headlines. Award winning. "A real in the trenches reporter. Great interviewing skills and easy to listen to.

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    GUNS AND HATRED IN AMERICA/ CEASE FIRE UKRAINE?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 44:18

    On this Back Story host Dana Lewis talks to Soufan's Colin Clarke, on why this shooting in Buffalo happened. Guns and hatred in America.Nicolas Tenzer at the Centre for European Policy Analysis on why talk of a ceasefire in Ukraine now would be a critical error playing into Putin's hands. And Finland and Swedens bid to join NATO - Henri Vanhanen explains why Finland wants to join and what it means for Europe. 

    NATO EXPANSION AND RUSSIA/UKRAINE

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 39:45

    On this Back Story Sir. Mark Lyall Grant, the former National Security Advisor for Britain, says Ukraine may be forced to settle for a Russian seizure of the larger Donbas region, as the war looks set to drag on.   But it will be a long term conflict, not easily solved.And William Alberque is Director of Strategy, Technology, and Arms Control at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and says Russia won't be able to stop Finland and Sweden from joining NATO.  And he says if Russia resorted to the use of a tactical nuclear weapon, it would face retaliation from America and nuclear powers in Europe.

    UKRAINE AFTERSHOCKS

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022 41:17

    On this edition of Back Story the sinking of the Russian Warship Moskva, and was it really hit by Ukrainian cruise missiles?  Host Dana Lewis asks naval expert, former British Rear Admiral John Gower  -who thinks it likely was sunk in an attack.And no planting, no crops, no food.  The war in Ukraine will create huge aftershocks for the world food supply says David McNair of the One Campaign. 

    A Gathering Storm, Ukraine

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2022 38:41

    On this Back Story can badly battered Russian forces regroup and take eastern Ukraine?We talk to (Ret) Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, the former commander U.S. Army Europe who says Putin is looking to claim the east of Ukraine but is unlikely to do so, and Ukraine won't now easily accept a cease fire because of warcrimes.And there are many frightening parallels between Syria and whats happening in Ukraine, says Hanna Notte, Senior Research Associate with the Vienna Centre for Disarmament and NonProliferation .

    PUTIN'S WAR ON UKRAINE

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2022 41:57

    One month since the war was launched, without provocation ,on Ukraine by Russia, there is talk of peace, or at least a ceasefire. But there are huge gaps in how the two sides see this being resolved and the fighting is ongoing. On this Back Story Dana Lewis talks with the Int. Crisis Group Olga Oliker who says the two sides don't yet appear ready for a deal. And (Ret) Brig General Kevin Ryan, a Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs., on who is Putin really, and what can we expect him to do in Ukraine as the fighting stalls?

    RUSSIA'S DOWNFALL IN UKRAINE

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2022 59:59

    On this Back Story Dana Lewis talks to the Soufan Group's Colin Clarke who says Putins failed war in Ukraine will relegate Russia to a third World fringe power.Writer and resident of Kyiv Paul Niland on life under siege in Ukraine and the will to fight on. And former Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov on the economic pain in Russia and the need to replace President Putin who is setting Russia back decades.

    RUSSIA - A CHEMICAL WEAPONS THREAT TO UKRAINE

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2022 29:53

    On this Back Story the frightening and growing threat of an attack on Ukraine by Russia using chemical or biological weapons. Dana Lewis interviews former U.S. Assist. Sec. of Defense Andy Weber, who says Russian leader Putin has reconstituted and concealed his illegal chemical/biological warfare programs and has shown he is ready to use these banned weapons. And Former British. MOD Rear Admiral John Gower, who predicts a chemical attack is likely to terrorize the Ukrainian population.

    PUTIN'S BRUTAL INVASION OF UKRAINE

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2022 41:54

    On this Back Story Dana Lewis talks to Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, former U.S. army Europe who says he's frustrated with those who say more can't be done to stop the destruction and killing in Ukraine.  There is more to be done by the West.And we speak to Ukrainian journalist Olga Tokariuk who fled Kyiv to Western Ukraine on the effects of the war and the future.

    INVASION OF UKRAINE

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 5, 2022 72:46

    On this Back Story can Ukraine hold on? It's a genocidal claim by Russian President Putin that Ukraine is not a real country. And Putin the great chess player, has now turned out to be a reckless gambler holding what looks like a losing hand in Ukraine.Host Dana Lewis talks  to Lt. Col Alexander Vindman the former European affairs director at the NSC.Guest U.S. Major Gen. Mike Repass says for Putin Ukraine is beginning to look like the "dog that caught the car".And in Kharkiv, resident Maria Avdeeva tells us whats happening inside the city under attack by Russian forces. 

    UKRAINE - WAR IN EUROPE

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 27, 2022 46:06

    On this Back Story long time  campaigner for sanctions against Russia Bill Browder who says sanctions will isolate Russia, but we are in for heart break in Ukraine.We talk to Dr. Ben Connable, a retired Marine Corps intelligence officer, a senior nonresident fellow at the Atlantic Council,  professor of security studies at Georgetown University. And author of an article for RealClearDefense, “Troop-to-Task: A Russian Invasion of Ukraine.” What would it actually take for Putin to invade and occupy Ukraine and what are the risks for Russia? And Ian Bond, from the  Centre for European Reform and a former British Diplomat on the chances of a direct clash with Russia and NATO and Putins state of mind.

    Canada And Truckers/ Ukraine War Likely

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2022 51:25

    On Back Story with Dana Lewis this week, the Crisis in Ukraine is reaching a boiling point, and our guest Ben Hodges, a Lt. Gen. (Ret) who commanded all U.S. Army forces in Europe, says 90% Russia is likely to invade.Journalist Fred Weir talks to Russian public opinion, where the appetite for war is low.In Canada Truckers protests in Ottawa, and at the border, won't go away. Police and politicians seem paralyzed. Long time Canadian journalist Neil Macdonald explains this is much more than an anti-vaxxer blockade, but a meltdown of grievances, and the demands for Government resignations amount to a Canadian insurrection attempt.

    Britain's Partygate

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 3, 2022 27:22

    On Back Story the case of Boris Johnson and his parties at 10 Downing St., while the rest of the country was in lockdown and gatherings were against the law. 14 parties are now the subject of a police investigation, and British politicians and journalists say theres never been a Prime Minister like this. The calls to resign are headline news and the scandal won't go away.Host Dana Lewis interviews journalists Edward Lucas, and Martin Stanford.

    THE RUSSIA/UKRAINE CRISIS AND NATO

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2022 33:14

    On this Back Story  host Dana Lewis who spent 12 years in Russia as a Western TV Correspondent speaks to Ambassador John Bolton, who served as the National Security Advisor to the Trump Admin. and was the U.S. Ambassador to the UN.And former Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, who worked for President Putin and who thinks Putin is bluffing on Ukraine, and needs to be confronted.

    Covid, What Comes Next?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2022 38:32

    On this weeks Back Story a reality check on Covid and the notion the pandemic is ending or the variants are guaranteed to get milder.Dana Lewis speaks to his two favourite experts, Epidemiologists Deepti Gurdasani in Britain, and Eric Feigl-Ding out of Washington. Both will tell you Omicron is not less severe in many ways, it's endangering children and even causing deaths in many places.  Another variant may be just around the corner they say, and the politicians and the media may not be delivered the truth as it should be told.

    THE RUSSIA PROBLEM, AND WHAT HAPPENED IN KAZAKHSTAN?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2022 51:39

    On this BACK STORY we hear from the foremost experts on Russia, and what should its leader Putin get from the West in talks to avert war?We talk to Olga Oliker of the International Crisis Group who says talking is better than fighting, and theres a lot to discuss.Brett Bruen of the Global Situation Room talks of getting tougher with Putin and fighting lies with hard truths, including details on Putins corrupt regime.And on Back Story this week what really happened in Kazakhstan? Was is a popular uprising or an attempted coup?  The Soufan Group's Mollie Saltskog says it was likely both.

    VINDMAN - "HERE,RIGHT MATTERS"

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 23:37

    On this Back Story Host Dana Lewis talks to Alexander Vindman, the former Lt. Col. who testified against former President Trump, in his House impeachment. Vindman talks of Trumps corrupt White House, the insurrection at the Capitol, and even Ukraine and Russia, predicting war is likely in Europe because Putin will likely not be deterred by President Bidens warnings of economic sanctions. 

    THREAT OF SANCTIONS - RUSSIA

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 27:50

    This week President Biden is said to have told Russia leader Vladimir Putin that the U.S. is prepared to use "nuclear economic sanctions" if Russia invades Ukraine further. Do sanctions work?  And what are these sanctions Biden says have never been used?On Back Story Host Dana Lewis talks to former U.S. Treasury expert Brian O'Toole, now with the Atlantic Council, who says these sanctions will target the Russian banking sector and potentially cripple the Russian economy. 

    RUSSIA THREAT - UKRAINE

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 60:48

    On this Back Story understanding the Russia conflict with Ukraine, as Russian troops appear ready to mount a large scale attack on Ukraine, again. Host Dana Lewis talks to International  Crisis Group's Program Director for Europe and Central Asia, Olga Oliker who says if the fighting starts NATO be drawn into a conflict with Russia as one or more of its members support Ukraine. Duncan Allan is director of Octant Research & Analysis  an independent consultancy, and has been based in the British Embassy in Kiev and Moscow.  Duncan explains the "Minsk Conundrum" as Russia and Ukrainians have very different views of the Minsk agreements to stop the shooting. And we hear from Konrad Muzyka who is the director of Rochan  Consulting, which provides open-source assessments of the Belarusian and Russian Armed Forces.  

    REFUGEES DIE TO CROSS THE ENGLISH CHANNEL

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 33:26

    27 people died this week trying to cross the English Channel from France to England.  The British Government showed little sympathy, and blamed France for not doing more to stop the refugees from making a perilous crossing.France said it's stopped 20 thousand people already this year and cancelled a high level meeting with the British Gov't in protest. France says Britain has created this problem by refusing to have a heart and take in desperate people.On this Back Story we talk to the Care4Calais aid agency about what's really going on, and Times Columnist Edward Lucas who calls it 'hunger games' by the British Government which has to find a better solution.

    CRISIS IN DEMOCRACY/AMERICA

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 19:51

    This week a House Republican law maker was censured for releasing a video animation of a murder of a fellow  lawmaker, and promoting violence against other Democrats including the U.S. President.  A defiant (R)Paul Gosar reacted by reposting the offensive video.  A couple of days earlierTrump advisor Steve Bannon was brought before the courts on contempt charges, for refusing to testify at a House investigation into the attack on the Capitol on Jan 6th.  Outside the court Bannon called it the "Biden regime" and told people to "stand by", the same phrase Fmr. President Trump used, in talking to White Supremacists.Calls for violence, and relentless Republican attacks on the legitimacy of the election, puts America  on a trajectory for disaster.   On Back Story Host Dana Lewis talks to Univ. of Virginia Prof. and political commentator Larry Sabato, who calls it "the most extraordinary and disturbing period" of his life in looking at politics in America.

    Afghan Rescue Operation/ And The Belarus Crisis

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 35:55

    On this Back Story Host Dana Lewis talks to Project Dynamo organizer Bryan Stern.  This is a volunteer/charity mission to rescue those left behind in Afghanistan.And, Belarus is trying to use migrants as a weapon against Europe say Western leaders, and Russian President Putin may be behind it all.  I talk to the former Foreign Minister of Lithuania on a deepening crisis.

    Climate Crisis - Afghanistan - Ukraine

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 30:35

    A mixed podcast this week as we tackle some of the biggest International Stories of the week.On Climate and the summit in Glasgow COP26, we speak to UCL's Professor Mark Maslin.The bloody attack on a Kabul, Afghanistan hospital has Western counter terror experts trying to navigate threats from ISIS-K while avoiding working with the Taliban. We speak to the Soufan's Colin Clarke.And, Ukraine and Russia. The deteriorating 8 year war and a new study showing Russia is supplying the bullets and bombs.  We talk to the Pershing Chair's (Ret) Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges.

    CLIMATE CATASTROPHE AND SECURITY

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 27:56

    On this Back Story as the COP26 Climate Conference in Glasgow is expected to fail to deliver real climate temperature targets to save the planet. The looming climate catastrophe changes the discussion in security circles as Intelligence agencies and even armies have to anticipate unrest and disruption and even war over climate issues.Environmental disasters will pit nations against nations, and a lack of water and food, and record heat and flooding will be THE security challenge of the century.Back Story host Dana Lewis interviews Erin Sikorsky, the Director at the Center for Climate and Security in Washington. 

    MURDER OF A BRITISH LAWMAKER

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 31:34

    On this Back Story the murder of British Member of Parliament David Amess, who was stabbed to death while meeting local constituents in a local church. The man, now charged with murder, has connections to islamic extremism and is being investigated by anti terror police.How much of this murder is linked to angry public discourse on the internet and elsewhere? It is the second murder of a British MP in five years.Host Dana Lewis and guest commentator Jo Phillips discuss the killing and the angry political atmosphere that has shaken the British political establishment.

    STALEMATE UKRAINE AND PART 2 COLD WAR CORRESPONDENTS

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 37:55

    The 8 year war with Russia in Eastern Ukraine appears to be getting worse. On this Back Story American Acting Ambassador to the OSCE Mission, U.S. Chargé d'Affaires  Courtney Austrian describes how Russia daily violates the cease fire while pretending to monitor it. And, in part two 'Cold War Correspondents' a book by Dina Fainberg, on Correspondents- Soviet and American reporters on the ideological front lines.

    FACEBOOK/INSTAGRAM - HATE AND PROFIT

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 27:16

    This week a former facebook employee gave compelling testimony to a Senate Committee charging Facebooks "advertising-based business model needs to keep people on its platforms for as long as possible, and the company exploits negative emotions to achieve that".On this Back Story will the revelations achieve change at Facebook and Instagram or are the hurdles to great to police hatred on these enormous social platforms?Host Dana Lewis interviews Professor Siva Vaidhyanathan the head of Deliberative Media Lab, Media Studies Department, University of Virginia.

    SUBMARINES TO AUSTRALIA AND IN PART 2 COLLAPSING GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 52:59

    In this Back Story Host Dana Lewis talks to Uk Rear Admiral (Ret) John Gower who warns nuclear proliferation is a by product of the AUKUS nuclear submarine deal between the U.S., U.K. and Australia.And in Part 2  - the UN has been warned the global supply chain is threatened bringing us shortages of goods, and increased prices for just about everything.  An interview with Patrik Berglund, the CEO and Co-Founder of Oslo-based Xeneta, the leading ocean and air freight rate benchmarking and market analytics platform.

    Australia Submarines / and in part two: Ukraine and Russia

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 34:49

    On this BACK STORY host Dana Lewis talks to Rose Gottemoeller, who as a former Deputy Head of NATO and former Chief negotiator  of the New START  nuclear arms Treaty with Russia, says American President Joe Biden must rethink a deal which cuts out France and gives highly enriched uranium in nuclear powered submarines to Australia. And in part two, we speak to Paul Niland of Lifeline Ukraine, about new and damning reports on Russia's involvement in the war in Ukraine, and calls for Russia to be removed from a cease fire monitoring mission there.

    Pakistan and The Taliban/ And Global Warming Alarm

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 39:58

    On this Back Story Dana Lewis talks to former Canadian Ambassador to Afghanistan Chris Alexander, who is demanding the International Community treat Pakistan as an invasion force.And alarm bells are ringing in a new report on Global Warming. We discuss alarming predictions of disappearing crops and climate change disasters, with UCL's Prof. Ilan Kelman.

    COVID, KIDS AND VACCINES

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 51:34

    With kids going back to school, big decisions are being made on vaccines for under 16 yr olds.  A British Government vaccine advisory board has refused to recommend vaccines for 12 to 15 yr olds, while in the U.S. and Israel and elsewhere vaccines are being given to children.On this Back Story host Dana Lewis talks to Prof. of  Health Paul Hunter from U.K.'s Exeter Univ., who says he supports the decision not to vaccinate younger children. And in Australia where calls are getting louder to relax lockdowns, Prof. Archie Clements of Curtin Univ. says to break transmission rates vaccines for kids will have to be done.A confusing time for parents and Back Story helps you decide what is best for your kids.

    AFGHANISTAN BACK STORY

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 47:02

    In this Back Story both Host Dana Lewis and his guest, Journalist Peter Baker were among the first to cross into Afghanistan after 9/11, 20 years ago.And three U.S. army vets talk about the mission, coming home, and how the collapse of Afghanistan is effecting those who fought the war, more than 800 thousand Americans.

    AFGHANISTAN COLLAPSE

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2021 41:49

    Afghanistan is in tatters.  The Taliban have taken over and the Government and the Afghan Army is no more.  They ran in the face of an America withdrawal many now say was ill timed and ill advised.On this Back Story with Dana Lewis, Ret. Lt. General Ben Hodges who says Pakistan was pulling the Taliban strings and pretended to be an American ally.And Pashtani Durani who ran an aid agency educating women, and has now gone into hiding fearing the Taliban.

    U.S. WITHDRAWAL AFGHANISTAN

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2021 37:30

    Bagram air base looted? Taliban fighters rapidly taking 1/3 of Afghanistan from Government troops now in retreat, and some estimates suggest Afghanistan could erupt into full civil war with the Taliban retaking power in 6 months.On this Back Story Dana Lewis who has reported from Afghanistan since 2001, talks to former Canadian Ambassador Chris Alexander who points the finger of blame at Pakistan.And former U.S. Air Force Commander at Bagram Retired Major General Walter Givhan, on the question can the Afghan army hold ground with a small Afghan Airforce he helped train. 

    CHINA AND THE WORLD

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 2, 2021 33:54

    This week China aggressively marked 100 years of Communism and its leader warned the World against threatening China. But China has threatened Taiwan, and rolled back human rights in Hong Kong and elsewhere. China is to many other nations becoming a risk, and there are concerns about a showdown with America. On  this Back Story Dana Lewis discusses leadership of China under Xi Jinping and what does the future hold for China and the rest of the World.We interview Steve Tsang is professor of Chinese Studies and director of the SOAS China Institute at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, and form Human Rights Watch Maya Wang.

    Cyberwars

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2021 28:44

    On this Back Story the vulnerable West and cyber warfare.How hackers, some of them foreign intelligence agents, have held companies ransom, shut down pipelines and other critical infrastructure, and influenced elections.What is the worst case scenario?  And did U.S. President Biden's message to Russian President Putin to stop, resonate inside the Kremlin?Host Dana Lewis interviews Cyber expert Ammar Barghouty, who was a field agent for the FBI on counter terrorism and dealt with computer intrusion threats.

    PUTIN'S RUSSIA/ An Interview Fmr. P.M. Mikhail Kasyanov

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2021 30:09

    On this Back Story with Dana Lewis we speak to former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov about the future of Russia and political repressions under President Putin. As we did the interview Kasyanov's political party had just received notice it had to stop all activity before the upcoming elections in Russia.

    IRAN'S NUCLEAR THREAT

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 11, 2021 28:48

    On this Back Story Iran. President Biden is attempting to bring Iran back to allow IAEA inspections of nuclear sites, with a view to lifting sanctions if Iran abandons nuclear weapons development. It's a long story which evolves year by year, and Iran becomes more, not less dangerous. In this Back Story the upcoming Presidential election in Iran will bring a hardliner to power. And should the West pursue harder sanctions, to tip the balance and spark regime change?We speak to Shahin Gobadi is a member of Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, on nuclear dangers, and on a hardline new President, Ali Safavi who is also with the resistance group. 

    Summer of Freedom? Covid-19 Variants

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2021 34:45

    On this Back Story a lot of mixed messages out there on where we are in this pandemic.  The UK and U.S. are rushing back to opening schools and economies because of vaccines, while most of the World is experiencing waves of new illness because of emerging variants. Even in Britain outbreaks of India variant is threatening progress on vaccines.On this edition of Back Story Dana Lewis talks to Eric Feigl-Ding and Deepti Gurdasani, both epidemiologists and health professionals about concerns, we could find ourselves overwhelmed by new strains of Covid-19 and their red flags on the spread of Covid in schools.

    BELARUS AND AIR PIRACY IN EUROPE

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2021 27:27

    Dictator and thug leader of ex Soviet Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko has arrested tens of thousands of his own citizens protesting the results of last years Presidential election, which by all accounts he lost. Now he has highjacked a plane, to arrest a journalist who helped organize protests against him.Europe is outraged and has banned flights over Belarus and threatened to tighten sanctions. On this Back Story Dana Lewis talks to Andrei Sannikov, who fled Belarus after he was jailed and tortured for opposing Lukashenko, and he thinks the brutal dictator will have to step down. And journalist and author Luke Harding who says it's hard to predict, but he too won't rule out an implosion in Belarus and removal of Lukashenko.

    ISRAELI PALESTINIAN FUTURE- PEACE OR WAR?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2021 53:28

    On this Back Story with Dana Lewis, we talk to Yossi Beilin, the architect of the OSLO Peace accords on where does Israel go from here?Beilin predicts either peace or a unilateral Israeli withdrawl from the West Bank. And, Jerusalem Post Military Affairs reporter Anna Ahronheim who talks about military goals in Gaza and was it a victory over Hamas?

    THE WUHAN LAB AND PANDEMIC ORIGINS

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2021 37:21

    We have heard on other podcasts here, that experts think the pandemic began in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.   Now Back Story Host Dana Lewis  interviews Dr. Steven Quay, a scientist who has run statistical analysis that seems to indicate a lab leak was almost certainly the cause of the pandemic.And Quay and many other scientists believe that Covid19 wasn't a naturally occurring virus, but came about through controversial science called 'Gain of Function' experiments, and that the virus must then have escaped.

    PALESTINIAN-ISRAEL VIOLENCE

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2021 66:17

    On this Back Story different views on what sparked the recent violence in Jerusalem, and then the rocket attacks from Gaza across Israel's major City's.Host Dana Lewis speaks to former PLO Rep and lawyer Palestinian Diana Buttu on her perception of Israeli apartheid and Palestinians right to fight back. Israeli Military Affairs Correspondent Ron Ben-Yishai says the Israeli army won't easily stop its attacks on Gaza until it disables Hamas and its ability to launch rocket attacks. And he blames the outbreak of violence on Palestinians at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. And Israeli Journalist Tal Heinrich on why the violence now, and was it easy to predict as tensions have been mounting with the Government of Benjamin Netanyahu.

    The Wuhan Lab - Mounting Questions of Covid19 Virus Escape

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2021 61:55

     A year and a half after a pandemic crippled Countries an killed more than 3 million people, more and more evidence the Chinese are blocking data of experiments called Gain of Function in the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Was Covid19  an experiment, that leaked out of the lab that was  routinely engaged in strengthening Corona Virus'? And experts say the denials by the Chinese are becoming increasingly unbelievable. On Back Story Host Dana Lewis talks to Science writer Nicholas Wade, who has written a long essay arguing that the “lab leak” hypothesis is more plausible than the “natural origin” theory.And, Gilles Demaneuf who has signed a letter from24  scientists from around the world has demanding a new investigation into the origins of covid and specifically demanding the WHO look into the lab in Wuhan.   Demaneuf is a data analyst from DRASTIC, an international team of scientists and analysts  attempting to fill in the gaps on Covid's origins.

    Seaspiracy and Stop Eating Fish?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2021 41:20

    Seaspiracy is a new movie that has caused a major debate over fishing practices and the future of our Oceans and Lakes. On this Back Story host Dana Lewis explores what Seaspiracy got right/wrong with Dr. Bryce Stewart, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Environment and Geography, at The UK's University of York.And for Canada, sport fisherman Jake Danson with 'Rapala' on how the Great Lakes are struggling from over fishing and what can be done to save species of fish.

    MARATHON WAR - AFGHANISTAN

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2021 32:55

    In this edition of Back Story Dana Lewis speaks to Retired U.S. Major General Jeffrey Schloesser who has written a book on his time in Afghanistan called 'Marathon War'.General Schloesser predicts America may come to regret its decision to leave Afghanistan because, in less than a generation, it could still become a launch pad to attack the U.S.And he speaks about the challenges for U.S. forces in Afghanistan and why in the end he thought it was worth the sacrifice. 

    U.S. Soldiers who served in Afghanistan - 10th Mountain Division

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2021 46:33

    U.S. President Joe Biden has ordered the last American troops homes from Afghanistan.As a TV news correspondent Dana Lewis met Sgt's Fransisco Morales and Will Dunn in the Mountains over looking Pakistan, on a remote base called FOB Tillman.  They served in one of the most dangerous regions of Afghanistan on one of the longest tours for U.S. troops.This is a conversation with host Dana Lewis about what is was like, how was the home coming, and was it all worth it?

    RUSSIA'S 'NEAR ABROAD' AND NATO

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2021 40:24

    On this Back Story the worsening situation in Ukraine as fighting escalates and Russia's formations of more troops on Ukraine's border appears to threaten a larger war.NATO is warning Russia to remove it's forces, and along with U.S. President telling Russia promising support for an independent Ukraine.Host Dana Lewis talks with former Ukrainian Ambassador to the EU Konstiantyn Yelisieiev in Kiev, who says Russia's President Putin want to remake the former Soviet Union and needs to retake Ukraine to do it. And in Moscow, Carnegie Center Maxim Samorukov says Russia is sabre rattling to stop Ukraine from joining NATO but doesn't seek more Ukrainian territory.

    UKRAINE'S WAR WITH RUSSIA

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2021 54:49

    Is Russia about to launch a larger armed assault against its neighbour Ukraine?Both Countries are now beefing up armoured Brigades along a line of conflict.  Russia is squeezing Ukraine from 3 directions and may be about to replace Russian back rebels with regular Russian forces. What will be the response of The EU, NATO, and most importantly US President Biden who is on record as saying he won't abandon an independent Ukraine?On this Back Story Former U.S. Commander of U.S. forces in Europe. LT. General Ben Hodges says Ukraines army is much better equipped and trained than before.James Sherr is a military expert and says Russian intentions are to test the Biden administration but Putin's intentions remain murky, although a growing conflict is possible. And Paul Niland who runs Lifeline Ukraine, a mental health service for Ukrainian soldiers,  says Putin is frightened a Ukrainian 'EuroMaidan' type revolution could come to Russia.

    VACCINES WARS

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2021 43:22

    On this Back Story host Dana Lewis on the worlds vaccine tug-of-war and how poorer countries are being shut out of vaccines supplies, while the European Union fights with Britain over vaccines.We talk to Nick Dearden of Global Justice Now who blames by Pharma for unbalanced vaccine rollout. Jutta Paulus, Member European Parliament on vaccine passports and what may lie ahead for those who have had vaccines vs those who did not. And Correspondent Dave Keating on Europes vaccine shortage.

    SCIENCE OF HATE

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2021 70:09

    Hate is turbo charged in the pandemic, and in the age of the internet. Incidents of hate crimes are off the charts and why?Where do we begin to hate and how do we manage prejudice?Is hate hardwired?  Thankfully it's not.On this Back Story host Dana Lewis talks to Matt Williams who has just authored The Science of Hate.and Philosopher Todd Mei on how he's coaching companies on reaching employees even in a pandemic to foster a better workplace and how we can all improve public discourse.

    QANON CULT

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2021 42:42

    On this Back Story with host Dana Lewis we talk to the Soufan Centres Jason Blazakis who see's QAnon as a dangerous extremist organization that may have foreign Government's pushing the disinformation.And, Samantha North, of North Cyber Research who discusses countering disinformation. 

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