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The Critical Hour is a daily 60 minute hard hitting news analysis and talk radio program hosted by Dr. Wilmer Leon. The mainstream news outlets play it safe by parroting the perspectives of their corporate benefactors. The Critical Hour uses clear, cutting edge insight and analysis to examine national and international issues impacting the global village in which we live. Those who are truly interested in understanding what is going on in the world, why and especially who is behind it turn to The Critical Hour for rhetoric free analysis and commentary.

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    Russia Signals That They are Ready to Negotiate with Ukraine; Zelensky Says Ukraine Abandoned

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 26, 2022 115:33

    Caleb Maupin, journalist and political analyst, joins us to review the important stories for the week. Russian forces close in on the capital city of Ukraine as the Russian military operation moves into its second day. Also, we discuss the overall security situation in Europe and whether the Ukraine operation starts or averts World War III. Jack Rasmus, professor in economics and politics at St. Mary's College in California, joins us to discuss the economy. Dr. Jack discusses his latest article in which he carefully outlines the economic consequences of the Ukraine military operation and the subsequent sanctions. John Burris, civil rights attorney, comes on to discuss a few important legal cases. Former Minnesota police officers who were involved in the death of George Floyd were found guilty of violating Floyd's civil rights. Also, Dante Wright's family reacts to the light sentence given to his killer.Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, and Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, join us to discuss international politics. President Biden has made no comments on China's support of the Russian military operation in Ukraine. Also, Russia has destroyed most of the Ukrainian military assets and has signaled that they are open for negotiations.Dan Lazare, investigative journalist and author of "The Velvet Coup: The Constitution, the Supreme Court and the Decline of American Democracy," and Jim Kavanagh, writer at thepolemicist.net and CounterPunch and the author of "The American Farce Unravels: Shreds of January 6th," join us to discuss this week's important stories. Ukrainian President Zelensky is arguing that he has been abandoned by Western powers in a time of need. Also, Russia has signaled that it is ready to start talks with Ukrainian officials to accomplish a neutral status, and China is supporting Russia in a subtle manner.

    President Biden Has Made No Comments on China's Support of the Russian Military Operation in Ukraine

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 26, 2022 27:44

    Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, and Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, join us to discuss international politics. President Biden has made no comments on China's support of the Russian military operation in Ukraine. Also, Russia has destroyed most of the Ukrainian military assets and has signaled that they are open for negotiations.

    Russia Launches Military Operation in Ukraine; Oil Breaches $105 as European Conflict Intensifies

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 25, 2022 116:27

    Mark Sleboda, Moscow-based international relations security analyst, joins us to discuss the military operation in Ukraine. After a Thursday night speech, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave the green light for an extensive military operation to "disarm and de-nazify" Ukraine. Putin argued that the lack of diplomatic movement and the Ukrainian threat of acquiring nuclear weapons left him with no choice. Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss potential economic fallout from the Ukraine crisis. Oil prices have already begun to rise, and many analysts expect prices and inflation trouble ahead for many nations. Also, will the US empire levy sanctions against Russia that would likely backfire?Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, joins us to discuss the potential of a new world order as a result of this week's military operation in Ukraine. Russia and China oppose the enlargement of NATO, and we discuss how Russia's military operation in Ukraine will change the dynamics of power between the three great powers on Earth. James Carey, writer, activist, and podcaster, joins us to discuss Iran. There are signs that the US is nearing an agreement to rejoin the JCPOA with Iran. If so, how will an energy superpower reappearing in the world's oil market affect prices, trade, and inflation? Iran has recently announced that they are optimistic about a deal.Laith Marouf, broadcaster and journalist based in Beirut, Lebanon, joins us to discuss the Middle East. Israel has launched several missile attacks on Syria. Also, Iraq's political instability has still been unable to produce a president. The Iraqi Parliament has announced a list of 33 presidential candidates. KJ Noh, activist, writer, and teacher, joins us to discuss China. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke with his Russian counterpart yesterday regarding the situation in Ukraine. China advocates that dialogue and negotiations should be used to form a sustainable European security mechanism.Leo Flores, Latin America coordinator for Code Pink, joins us to discuss Venezuela. Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro has announced his support for the Russian recognition of the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. He has, as of yet, not spoken about the hostilities in Ukraine.Carlos Castaneda, immigration lawyer, joins us to discuss immigration. The Supreme Court is reviewing whether the Biden administration had the authority to get rid of a Trump-era policy that made it harder for immigrants to obtain green cards.

    Israel Has Launched Several Missile Attacks on Syria

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 25, 2022 13:55

    Laith Marouf, broadcaster and journalist based in Beirut, Lebanon, joins us to discuss the Middle East. Israel has launched several missile attacks on Syria. Also, Iraq's political instability has still been unable to produce a president. The Iraqi Parliament has announced a list of 33 presidential candidates.

    There is a Potential of a New World Order as a Result of This Week's Military Operation in Ukraine

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 25, 2022 14:30

    Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, joins us to discuss the potential of a new world order as a result of this week's military operation in Ukraine. Russia and China oppose the enlargement of NATO, and we discuss how Russia's military operation in Ukraine will change the dynamics of power between the three great powers on Earth.

    Ukraine Crisis is Part of a New Cold War with Russia and China; Is NATO a Dead Man Walking?

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 24, 2022 113:06

    Gerald Horne, professor of history at the University of Houston, author, historian, and researcher, joins me to discuss the crisis in Ukraine. The diplomatic meeting between Antony Blinken and Sergey Lavrov has been canceled. Also, we compare the current crisis in Ukraine to the NATO military attacks and border restructuring in Serbia, Yugoslavia, and Kosovo.Dr. Yolandra Hancock, board-certified pediatrician and obesity medicine specialist, joins me to discuss covid. Vaccine protection against the omicron variant was much weaker than previous variants. Also, there seems to be a significant number of people experiencing heart problems as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.KJ Noh, activist, writer, and teacher, joins me to discuss China. The US Empire is working to subordinate Europe and freeze its economic partnership with the new Eurasian superpowers. Also, China is expressing support for Russia during the standoff with NATO. China argues that the collective West should pay attention to Russia's demands for border security and work through diplomatic channels to resolve these issues.Ted Rall, political cartoonist and syndicated columnist, joins me to discuss the assault on independent journalism in the West. Craig Murray is going back to court to address the distinction made between independent and traditional journalists during his trial. Also, Marine Le Pen has suspended her presidential bid.Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, joins me to discuss NATO. Scott talks about the current crisis of security interests between the US empire and numerous members of NATO. Is the current crisis a signal that NATO is becoming a public relations nightmare that has outlived its usefulness?Ajamu Baraka, former vice presidential candidate for the Green Party, joins me to discuss how the Ukraine crisis fits into the US empire's imperialist order. Ajamu argues that "the US empire's manufactured crisis in Ukraine cannot be separated from the drive for full spectrum dominance."Robert Fantina, journalist and Palestine activist, joins me to discuss preventative detention. Our guest discusses the use of rules allowing detention without trial or adjudication throughout the US empire and its various vassal states.Steve Ellner, an American scholar, retired professor at the Universidad de Oriente, Venezuela, and author of 12 books including his latest, entitled "Latin American Extractivism," joins me to discuss the Global South. Venezuela joins Cuba in formally announcing its support for Haiti in its quest to shake free from imperial control. Also, Juan Guaido's political support has crumbled as 100 members of his party have quit.

    The diplomatic meeting between Antony Blinken and Sergey Lavrov has been canceled.

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 24, 2022 14:57

    Gerald Horne, professor of history at the University of Houston, author, historian, and researcher, joins me to discuss the crisis in Ukraine. The diplomatic meeting between Antony Blinken and Sergey Lavrov has been canceled. Also, we compare the current crisis in Ukraine to the NATO military attacks and border restructuring in Serbia, Yugoslavia, and Kosovo.

    What Accounts for Putin's Assertiveness on Ukraine?

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2022 13:58

    Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, joins us to discuss the recognition of the breakaway republics in light of the larger world geopolitical landscape. Ray examines the likelihood that the move was coordinated between Russia and China and reveals the current thoughts of an ex-US ambassador to the USSR.

    Russia Recognizes Breakaway Republics; China Rebukes US Containment Strategy

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2022 115:28

    Mark Sleboda, Moscow-based international relations security analyst, joins us to discuss Ukraine. Russia has officially recognized the breakaway republics in Eastern Ukraine and is in the process of working out aid and protection measures. The collective West now must formulate a strategy in light of losing their Ukraine invasion trope.Prof. Linwood Tauheed, associate professor of economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, joins us to discuss the potential economic fallout from the recent geopolitical actions in Eastern Europe. The US has threatened severe sanctions against Russia, but now faces significant potential blowback. Will the US and EU risk crushing their economies in an effort to gain revenge against the Russian Federation? Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, joins us to discuss the recognition of the breakaway republics in light of the larger world geopolitical landscape. Ray examines the likelihood that the move was coordinated between Russia and China, and reveals the current thoughts of an ex-US ambassador to the USSR.John Burris, civil rights attorney, joins us to discuss two recent court cases. Officer Kim Potter received a sentence of two years in the killing of Daunte Wright. The Wright family is arguing that this is a miscarriage of justice. Also, jury deliberation is underway in the Ahmaud Arbery hate crime case. Laith Marouf, broadcaster and journalist based in Beirut, Lebanon, joins us to discuss the Middle East. There are reports that the US and Iran are close to a nuclear deal, but recent events are creating skepticism. Also, the US claims to be rejecting Israel's criticism of the negotiations. Dr. Ken Hammond, professor of East Asian and global history at New Mexico State University, joins us to discuss China. China has responded to the Russian recognition of the breakaway republics with measured support. Also, China argues that the US plans to expand its military reach in Southeast Asia puts it on a path for confrontation with Beijing. Netfa Freeman, host of Voices With Vision on WPFW 89.3 FM, Pan-Africanist and internationalist organizer, joins us to discuss Haiti. The President of Cuba has spoken out about the moral obligation to provide unconditional cooperation with Haiti. Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba and President of the Republic of Cuba, argued that years of plunder and foreign intervention are at the heart of Haiti's problems.Dan Lazare, investigative journalist and author of "The Velvet Coup: The Constitution, the Supreme Court and the Decline of American Democracy," joins us to discuss censorship. The US government is targeting another independent news and editorial site as a purveyor of Russian disinformation. The highly trafficked site "Zero Hedge" is in the crosshairs of the deep state media and intelligence complex.

    Weekly News Roundup; Russian Invasion Hoax Flops; Biden Seizes Afghan Money

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 19, 2022 116:18

    Caleb Maupin, journalist and political analyst, joins us to wrap up the important stories for the week. Police in Canada have begun arresting anti-mandate protesters. Also, we discuss the failed Russian invasion claims and the US media's greatest misses. Jack Rasmus, professor in economics and politics at St. Mary's College in California, joins us to discuss the economic stories for the week. The end of pandemic economic measures is having a dramatic effect on child poverty. Also, we discuss the latest problems in the stock market, as well as the inflation outlook for the coming year.Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, joins us to discuss the NATO crisis. The Russian invasion seems to have either been canceled or was never planned. Also, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken admits that he has no clue why Russia would invade Ukraine, and the Pentagon is set to get another raise in its 2023 budget.Dr. Colin Campbell, a Washington, DC, news correspondent, and Margaret Flowers, pediatrician and health reform activist, join us to discuss this week's stories. The Supreme Court nomination may be impeded by Congressional infighting. Also, we discuss the bloated Pentagon budget, the spike in child poverty, and fake Russian invasion claims.Niko House, political activist, independent journalist and podcaster, and Jim Kavanagh, writer at thepolemicist.net & CounterPunch and the author of "Danger to Society: Against Vaccine Passports," come together to talk politics. The John Durham investigation has turned up credible evidence that the Clinton campaign paid operatives to spy on the office of the former president. Also, we discuss Nord Stream 2 and the US war on its own citizens with domestic terrorism laws.

    The Russian Invasion Seems to Have Been Either Canceled or Was Never Planned

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 18, 2022 19:16

    Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, joins us to discuss the NATO crisis. The Russian invasion seems to have been either canceled or was never planned. Also, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken admits that he has no clue why Russia would invade Ukraine and the Pentagon is set to get another raise in its 2023 budget.

    The End of Pandemic Economic Measures is Having a Dramatic Effect on Child Poverty

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 18, 2022 19:43

    Jack Rasmus, professor in economics and politics at St. Mary's College in California joins us to discuss the economic stories for the week. The end of pandemic economic measures is having a dramatic effect on child poverty. Also, we discuss the latest problems in the stock market and the inflation outlook for the coming year.

    Day of Russian Invasion Hoax Ends Uneventfully; France Withdraws From Mali

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 18, 2022 116:03

    Mark Sleboda, Moscow-based international relations security analyst, joins us to discuss the Russian invasion predictions. US officials squabble over semantics as the "Russian invasion" hoax flops and Russian military units return to barracks. US officials argue that the claims of a Russian pullback around Ukraine are false.Martin Sieff, senior fellow at the American University in Moscow, joins us to discuss the Pentagon budget. The Biden administration is reportedly prepared to ask for up to $800 billion in their 2023 defense budget as US inflation runs wild and the fear of recession looms in the US empire. Also, we discuss the long-term effect of massive military spending by the US government.The Critical Hour Co-hosts Dr. Wilmer Leon and Garland Nixon come together to discuss censorship. The Biden administration's proposals for domestic terrorism laws are examined. The newest iteration of the domestic terrorism legislation appears to create an environment in which anyone who holds thoughts that run contrary to the official government narrative may be defined as a terrorist.Gerald Horne, professor of history at the University of Houston, author, historian, and researcher, joins us to discuss Africa. France is withdrawing from Mali as the people of the African nation take to the streets in massive demonstrations and civil disobedience against French colonial rule. Also, the Burkina Faso coup leader was inaugurated as president.Laith Marouf, broadcaster and journalist based in Beirut, Lebanon, joins us to discuss the Middle East. Israel has reportedly launched fresh attacks on Syria near Damascus. Also, we discuss the US policy of using the entire Middle East as a free-fire zone resulting in years of merciless civilian slaughter, and settlers destroying 50 Palestinian olive trees near Salfit.Dan Lazare, investigative journalist and author of "The Velvet Coup: The Constitution, the Supreme Court and the Decline of American Democracy," joins us to discuss the NATO crisis. The invasion hoax is dissipating, but the crisis along the Russian border has not been abated. Also, there is increased shelling along the contact line in Eastern Ukraine, and some fear a US-sponsored Ukrainian offensive is in the offingLeo Flores, Latin America coordinator for Code Pink, joins us to discuss the Global South. The US Empire is using the Venezuelan people as pawns as they maintain brutal sanctions that cause untold suffering in the Bolivarian republic. Also, the Cuban communist party supports Syria's fight against terrorism and imperialism.Prof. Linwood Tauheed, associate professor of economics at the University of Missouri- Kansas City, joins us to discuss the economy. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has stated that she is pleased with the direction of the economy, but is still quite concerned about rising inflation. Also, based on historic patterns, bond yields are showing signs of an impending recession.

    France is Withdrawing From Mali as Malians Demonstrate and Protest Against French Colonial Rule

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 17, 2022 14:39

    Gerald Horne, professor of history at the University of Houston, author, historian, and researcher, joins us to discuss Africa. France is withdrawing from Mali as the people of the African nation take to the streets in massive demonstrations and civil disobedience against French colonial rule. Also, the Burkina Faso coup leader was inaugurated as president.

    Ukraine Invasion Hoax Falls Flat; US Media Parrots CIA Narrative

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 17, 2022 116:39

    Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, joins us to discuss the Russian invasion hoax. The dubious prediction that Russia would launch a full spectrum attack on its eastern neighbor, precisely on February 16th, has proven to be another poorly conceived neocon hoax. Ray explains what comes next.KJ Noh, activist, writer, and teacher, joins us to discuss China. The US is signaling that they may increase trade tariffs against China. China argues that increased economic restrictions between the world's largest economies will harm global trade.Co-hosts Wilmer Leon and Garland Nixon come together to discuss the Global South. The US empire continues its persecution of kidnapped Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab. Also, Saab's wife says that he is currently facing torture in a move to force him to reveal information.Netfa Freeman, host of Voices With Vision on WPFW 89.3 FM, Pan-Africanist and internationalist organizer, joins us to discuss both the military and prison industrial complexes. Alan Macleod reveals that several high-paid military contractors are using slave labor from prisoners. Despite the contracts for billions in tax dollars, many of the weapons made are manufactured by prison labor working for slave wages. Greg Palast, investigative reporter, joins us to discuss Ukraine. Greg Palast reveals his beliefs on the true reasons behind the Ukraine crisis, while our hosts discuss their thoughts on the same. Is it about religion, oil prices, or NATO's military buildup on the Russian border?Caleb Maupin, journalist and political analyst, joins us to discuss US foreign policy. The US empire has unspoken hegemonic desires for the world. We discuss the current clash between the US unipolar vision and the reality of a multipolar power structure that has arisen as Russia and China have developed.Jon Jeter, journalist and author, joins us to discuss the media. Recent events have demonstrated that the US media parrots narratives put forward by the US intelligence community almost verbatim. Caitlin Johnstone argues satirically that the US news media should simply operate directly from the CIA headquarters in Langley, VA.Kathy Kelly, American peace activist, joins us to discuss Afghanistan. The Biden administration is getting considerable pushback for their plan to disperse Afghanistan's sovereign wealth to US citizens. The war-ravaged nation is suffering severe economic distress as a result of the US occupation, and this move seems to be piling on pain to the Afghanistan citizens.

    The Rumor That Russia Would Launch an Attack on Ukraine on February 16th Has Proven to be Wrong

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 17, 2022 15:42

    Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, joins us to discuss the Russian invasion hoax. The dubious prediction that Russia would launch a full spectrum attack on its Eastern neighbor, precisely on February 16th, has proven to be another poorly conceived neocon hoax. Ray explains what comes next.

    An American Filmmaker Shines Light on Life in Crimea

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2022 14:53

    Regis Tremblay, an American citizen living in Crimea, joins us to discuss Crimea. Regis has made films and hosts a youtube show to address the political and social questions about the Ukrainian coup in 2014 and its aftermath. He gives us the background on Crimea's reunification with Russia and discusses the day to day life and perspectives of average citizens in the scenic Peninsula.

    Leaders of two European nations meet in Moscow to work on mutual security and economic issues

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2022 14:49

    Dr. David Oualaalou (WAH-LAH-LU), author and international security analyst, joins us to discuss the meeting between the German and Russian leaders in Moscow. As German gas supplies run dangerously low, the leaders of the two powerful European nations meet in Moscow to work on mutual security and economic issues.

    Putin, Scholz Meet Over Nord Stream 2 & Ukraine; Clinton Campaign Spied on Trump White House

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2022 115:51

    Dr. David Oualaalou (WAH-LAH-LU), author and international security analyst, joins us to discuss the meeting between the German and Russian leaders in Moscow. As German gas supplies run dangerously low, the leaders of the two powerful European nations meet in Moscow to work on mutual security and economic issues. Dr. Ken Hammond, professor of East Asian and global history at New Mexico State University, joins us to discuss China. US leaders get antsy as more South and Central American nations join China's Belt and Road Initiative. Also, we discuss the strategic alliance between Russia and China.Jim Kavanagh, writer at thepolemicist.net and CounterPunch and the author of "The American Farce Unravels: Shreds of January 6th," joins us to discuss the John Durham investigation. Recent filings from the John Durham investigation reveal that the Clinton campaign paid to spy on Trump after he assumed the position of US President. Greg Palast, investigative reporter, joins us to discuss voting rights. The CIA is found to have been gathering mass information from American citizens in violation of US law. Also, we discuss the latest attacks on voting rights.Regis Tremblay, an American citizen living in Crimea, joins us to discuss Crimea. Regis joins us to discuss his views as an American citizen living in Crimea. Regis has made films and hosts a YouTube show to address the political and social questions about the Ukrainian coup in 2014 and its aftermath.Dan Kovalik, writer, author, and lawyer, joins us to discuss the Global South. Brazilian President Jair Bolsanaro has left for a meeting in Moscow, despite objections from US leaders. Also, the US is seeking the extradition of former Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez in connection with alleged narcotics trafficking.Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss Iran. Hawkish US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is arguing that Iran is the most dangerous adversary of America in the world. Additionally, he got into a heated argument with critics of the US drone war.Laith Marouf, broadcaster and journalist based in Beirut, Lebanon, joins us to discuss the Middle East. President Biden is being lambasted for his decision to disperse Afghanistan funds to 9/11 families. Also, Biden's antisemitism envoy is pushing against Amnesty International's recent Israel apartheid report.

    Presidents Putin and Biden Discuss Security Concerns; Canada Truckers Convoy Goes International

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 15, 2022 115:17

    Mark Sleboda, Moscow-based international relations security analyst, joins us to discuss the NATO security crisis. Presidents Putin and Biden spoke by telephone Saturday to work on addressing the unprecedented hysteria that is being whipped up over the Eastern European security crisis. Also, we discuss the effect of Ukraine lobbyists on US foreign policy.Dr. Marvin Weinbaum, director for the Middle East Institute's Center for Pakistan and Afghanistan Studies, joins us to discuss Afghanistan. President Biden is getting significant pushback from anti-war activists and foreign policy experts regarding his decision to withhold billions of dollars from starving Afghan citizens and award it to surviving family members of 9/11 instead. Austin Pelli, co-host of Fault Lines, joins us to discuss the Canada truckers convoy. Austin is on the ground in Ottawa covering the protest against the vaccine mandates. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is facing major political pressure as he holds on to strict covid measures as other nations begin to go in the opposite direction.Dan Lazare, investigative journalist and author of "The Velvet Coup: The Constitution, the Supreme Court and the Decline of American Democracy," joins us to discuss the US-proposed sanctions against Russia. The proposed sanctions against Russia are almost certain to cause massive economic blowback on the US empire and its European vassal states. Laith Marouf, broadcaster and journalist based in Beirut, Lebanon, joins us to discuss the Middle East. Israeli military personnel have renewed their assault on the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood for a second night. Also, Yemen's Houthi movement has revealed why they attacked the UAE.George Koo, journalist, social activist and international business consultant, joins us to discuss China. China argues that the Ukraine crisis should serve as a lesson for secessionists in Taiwan. Also, we discuss the US-Indo Pacific strategy that includes tilting towards a number of Pacific islands.KJ Noh, activist, writer, and teacher, joins us to discuss South Korea. South Korean elections next year could have a significant effect on Asian security issues. The conservative candidate has called for a more hard-lined approach to his northern neighbor and this could raise the stakes on the peninsula. Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss the potential disintegration of NATO. He argues that the current security crisis on the Russian border has set in motion a series of events that is almost sure to result in the disintegration of NATO.

    Weekly Wrap Up; Liz Truss Botches Moscow Visit; America's Real Sanctions Target is Europe

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 12, 2022 117:41

    Caleb Maupin, journalist and political analyst, joins us to review the important stories for the week. President Biden has pledged to bring the US Empire into the war in Yemen on behalf of Saudi Arabia. Also, the US continues to push the trope that Russia is about to invade Ukraine, and Liz Truss makes a fool of herself and embarrasses her country in Moscow. Jack Rasmus, professor in economics and politics at St. Mary's College in California, joins us to discuss the economy. The weekly jobless numbers are in, as another 223,000 individuals filed claims last week. Also, inflation is squeezing the White House as the Fed may be poised to raise interest rates, and the US contemplates selling another $2.5 billion in weapons to Egypt. Dr. Yolandra Hancock, board-certified pediatrician and obesity medicine specialist, joins us to discuss health. Developmental milestones have changed for the first time in many years. Also, we discuss the dropping of mask mandates and the politics of covid measures. Dan Lazare, investigative journalist and author of "The Velvet Coup: The Constitution, the Supreme Court and the Decline of American Democracy," and Jim Kavanagh, writer at thepolemicist.net and CounterPunch and the author of "The American Farce Unravels: Shreds of January 6th," join us to discuss this week's important stories. We discuss the relationship between the US empire and its vassal states in Europe. Also, we discuss the US media as a weapon of mass destruction, the Canada Freedom Convoy, and the mediocrity of the UK and its representatives. Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, and Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, join us to discuss international politics. NATO continues to predict a Russian invasion of Ukraine. Also, we discuss President Biden's options in Ukraine, CIA bulk surveillance programs, and the Liz Truss debacle in Moscow.

    British Foreign Minister Liz Truss Suffers Embarrassing Moment in Moscow

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 12, 2022 29:39

    Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, and Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, join us to discuss international politics. NATO continues to predict a Russian invasion of Ukraine. Also, we discuss President Biden's options in Ukraine, CIA bulk surveillance programs, and the Liz Truss debacle in Moscow.

    Will Europe Leave NATO Behind? Canada Trucker Blockade Shuts Down Auto Plants

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 11, 2022 115:56

    Dr. David Oualaalou (WAH-LAH-LU), author and international security analyst, joins us to discuss the NATO crisis. A recent op-ed by Professor Sergey Karaganov argues that the current security infrastructure in Europe is unsustainable and that the EU should work with Russia to build a viable system "on the ruins of the present."Dr. Yolandra Hancock, board-certified pediatrician and obesity medicine specialist, joins us to discuss covid. A number of states that are controlled by Democratic Party governors and legislatures are relaxing covid measures. Also, the CDC is about to roll out 10 million doses of vaccines for young children.Jim Kavanagh, writer at thepolemicist.net and Counter Punch, joins us to discuss the Canada freedom convoy. The truckers freedom convoy in Canada is starting to have real world consequences as auto plants are shutting down due to the supply chain disruption. Also, some Canadian provinces are relaxing covid measures and Ottawa tow truck owners are refusing to tow trucks participating in the protest.Linwood Tauheed, associate professor of economics at University of Missouri- Kansas City, joins us to discuss the current crime wave in the US. Homicide rates are skyrocketing in US cities as some politicians see room for improvement in 2022. Also, police shootings dramatically increased in 2021 and our guest discusses the government's reliance on state-sanctioned violence.James Carey, writer, activist, and podcaster, joins us to discuss the Middle East. The US sanctions on Syria are making life unbearable for many citizens. Also, many Middle Eastern nations are turning to Russia and China to balance their international relationships.Dan Lazare, investigative journalist and author of "America's Undeclared War," joins us to discuss Ukraine. Ukrainian leadership is splitting from the Biden team on the subject of a Russian invasion. Also, the White House is mulling more sanctions against Russia and dangerous Nazis are running amuck in Ukraine.Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss drones. Some US members of Congress are discussing whether they have the need and power to address the problems associated with civilian deaths from US drone attacks.Nicholas Davies, peace activist and author of "Blood on Our Hands: The American Invasion of Iraq," joins us to discuss the US war budget. The US just approved a $70 million missile sale to Jordan, and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) details why he wants to kill a $2.5 billion arms sale to Egypt.

    Will Europe Work to Build an Independent Viable Security System?

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2022 14:59

    Dr. David Oualaalou, author and international security analyst, joins us to discuss the NATO crisis. A recent op-ed by Professor Sergey Karaganov argues that the current security infrastructure in Europe is unsustainable and that the EU should work with Russia to build a viable system "on the ruins of the present." Additionally, Dr Oualaalou unpacks Russia and China's declaration of multi polarity.

    Is Germany a US Occupied State? Is the Ned Price Effect Weakening the Wall of Western Propaganda?

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2022 117:40

    Dan Lazare, investigative journalist and author of "The Velvet Coup: The Constitution, the Supreme Court and the Decline of American Democracy," joins us to discuss US-German relations. President Biden revealed that he is in full control of Germany's economic policy when he declared that he has the power to shut down the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project.Dr. Ken Hammond, professor of East Asian and global history at New Mexico State University, joins us to discuss Asia. North Korea says they can shake the world with missiles that can strike the US. Also, China's Belt and Road Initiative will improve the Pakistan economy, according to some experts.Robert Fantina, journalist and Palestine activist, joins us to discuss Iran. Senate Republicans vow to block the Iran deal if President Biden skips Congressional review. Also, the US is again saying that they believe a deal with the Islamic republic is in sight.Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CodePink, joins us to discuss the Minsk agreement. Medea joins us to review her latest article in which she argues that the Minsk agreement is the key to resolving the Ukraine issue.Andrew Korybko, Moscow-based American journalist and analyst, joins us to discuss South Asia. Andrew argues that relations between Russia and India are countering the US empire's divide-and-rule ploy. Also, we discuss Russia's relations in South Asia, including Pakistan and India.National Director for Code Pink Ariel Gold joins us to discuss Israel. The Amnesty International report that named Israel as an apartheid state has sent shockwaves throughout the US empire and its Middle East protectorate states.Dr. Aisha Jumaan, founder and president of the Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation, joins us to discuss Yemen. The US military is joining the Saudi military in attacking the Ansarullah fighters in Yemen.Dan Kovalik, writer, author, and lawyer, joins us to discuss propaganda. Patrick Lawrence's latest Consortium News article examines the infamous Ned Price press conference debacle and argues that it is a sign that the wall of propaganda in the US empire is weakening.

    The Black Alliance for Peace has released a condemnation of the $250 billion America Competes Act

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 9, 2022 14:22

    Erica Ryan, coordinating committee member of the Black Alliance For Peace, member of the Black working-class centered Ujima People's Progress Party in Maryland, founder of Liberation Through Reading and co-editor of the Revolutionary African blog Hood Communist, joins us to discuss the America Competes Act. The Black Alliance for Peace has released a condemnation of the $250 billion America Competes Act. This legislation is a corporate cash giveaway couched in anti-China rhetoric.

    Macron Moves for Diplomatic Resolution with Russia; Canada Truckers Protest Continues

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 9, 2022 115:33

    Niko House, political activist, independent journalist, and podcaster, joins us to discuss the Ottawa truckers protest. The Canadian truckers convoy continues as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau argues that the movement poses a threat to democracy.Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, joins us to discuss the NATO security crisis. President Macron is arguing that it will be impossible to build peace in Europe without dialogue with Russia. Also, Moscow reacts to the US putting a THAAD missile system in Ukraine.Daryl Jones joins us to discuss US domestic policy. In what many deem another major blow to the Voting Rights Act, the Supreme Court has halted a lower court ruling ordering Alabama to redraw a voting map favoring Black residents. Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss US foreign policy. President Biden is relying on the most voracious anti-Russia hawks for foreign policy advice, and the outcome is failure and isolation for the US empire. Laith Marouf, broadcaster and journalist based in Beirut, Lebanon, joins us to discuss the Middle East. The Syrian war has been a disastrous failure for the US empire, and the current illegal occupation is a continuation of failed policies. Also, we discuss Turkey's role in the Ukraine crisis.George Koo, journalist, social activist, and international business consultant, joins us to discuss US/EU relations. It is looking increasingly like the US is treating its European "allies" as adversaries in the standoff over Ukraine. Germany and France press for a peaceful resolution as the US continues to threaten the economies of both Russia and the European Union.Dr. Jemima Pierre, associate professor of Black studies and anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles, a member of the Black Alliance for Peace, and an editor of the "Black Agenda Review" segment of the Black Agenda Report, joins us to discuss Haiti. The Biden Administration continues its brutal deportation of Haitians despite a humanitarian outcry for reconsideration.Erica Ryan, coordinating committee member of the Black Alliance For Peace, member of the Black working-class centered Ujima People's Progress Party in Maryland, founder of Liberation Through Reading and co-editor of the Revolutionary African blog Hood Communist, joins us to discuss the America Competes Act. The Black Alliance for Peace has released a condemnation of the $250 billion America Competes Act. This legislation is a corporate cash giveaway couched in anti-China rhetoric.

    President Macron Argues That it Will be Hard to Build Peace in Europe without Dialogue With Russia

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 8, 2022 14:54

    Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, joins us to discuss the NATO security crisis. President Macron is arguing that it will be impossible to build peace in Europe without dialogue with Russia. Also, Moscow reacts to the US putting a THAAD missile system in Ukraine.

    European Leaders Scholz and Macron Travel the Globe to Resolve the NATO Crisis Diplomatically

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 8, 2022 116:21

    Mark Sleboda, Moscow-based international relations security analyst, joins us to discuss the diplomatic process in Europe, Russia, and DC. German President Scholz is coming to Washington, DC to meet with President Biden, while French leader Emmanuel Macron is heading to Moscow to push his vision for a diplomatic solution to the NATO crisis. George Koo, journalist, social activist, and international business consultant, joins us to discuss Eurasia. The announcement of a number of major energy and technology deals between Russia and China have sent shockwaves through the European and Asian business community. Also, we discuss the importance of hypersonic technology in today's national defense discussion.Margaret Kimberly, editor and senior columnist at Black Agenda Report and author of "Prejudential: Black America and the Presidents," joins us to discuss the media. The US State Department's infamous press briefing has gone viral and mainstream sources are now questioning the Russian invasion narrative. Also, the New York Times opinion articles are overwhelmingly hawkish and in favor of military action.Gerald Horne, professor of history at the University of Houston, author, historian, and researcher, joins us to discuss Africa. Thousands in Mali celebrate the expulsion of the French ambassador as Africa shakes off the chains of colonialism. Also, we discuss President Biden's policy towards the Sahara region of Africa.Laith Marouf, broadcaster and journalist based in Beirut, Lebanon, joins us to discuss the Middle East. We evaluate the Middle East policies of the Biden administration one year in. Also, the PLO is meeting to choose the top Palestinian negotiator. Dan Lazare, investigative journalist and author of "The Velvet Coup: The Constitution, the Supreme Court and the Decline of American Democracy," joins us to discuss Canada's Deputy Prime Minister. Deputy Prime Minister Christina Freeland has frightening familial connections to Hitler's Nazi regime. We discuss the truth behind claims that her grandfather was a supporter of Germany's fascist government during WWII. Dr. Richard Wolff, professor emeritus of economics at the University of Massachusetts, economist and publisher of "Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What to Do About It," joins us to discuss the economy. Professor Wolff argues that American politicians spend their time papering over problems that are caused by profit-driven capitalism.Dr. Jack Rasmus, professor in economics and politics at St. Mary's College in California, joins us to discuss Ukraine. Dr. Jack reviews his reasoning as to why the US wants Russia to invade Ukraine.

    UN Security Council Holds Meetings on Ukraine Crisis; Ethiopia & Eritrea Unite for China Cooperation

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 8, 2022 14:20

    Gerald Horne, professor of history at the University of Houston, author, historian, and researcher, joins us to discuss Africa. Thousands in Mali celebrate the expulsion of the French ambassador as Africa shakes off the chains of colonialism. Also, we discuss President Biden's policy towards the Sahara region of Africa.

    Weekly Wrap Up; Croatian President Slams NATO Intransigence; State Dept. Spokesman Gets Challenged

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 5, 2022 117:41

    Caleb Maupin, journalist and political analyst, joins us to review the important stories for the week. The president of Croatia made it clear that he opposes NATO's intransigence in the current security standoff with Russia. Also, the Biden Administration has decided to drop the word "imminent" regarding their claims of an upcoming Russian invasion of Ukraine, and McCarthyism has risen its ugly head again in the US.Prof. Linwood Tauheed, associate professor of economics at the University of Missouri- Kansas City, joins us to discuss the economy. US companies shed over 300,000 jobs during the Omicron surge, and the economy added over 400,000 jobs as a whole. Also, the left flank of the Democratic Party is furious over a proposal to means test the child tax credit, and the Presidents of Russia and China meet to challenge US hegemony.Prof. Ben Burgis joins us to discuss domestic issues. The Biden administration is looking to address the open SCOTUS seat. Also, we discuss the dynamics of the Supreme Court and the potential troubles for getting a selection through the Senate.Dan Lazare, investigative journalist and author of "The Velvet Coup: The Constitution, the Supreme Court and the Decline of American Democracy," and Jim Kavanagh, writer at thepolemicist.net and CounterPunch and the author of "The American Farce Unravels: Shreds of January 6th," join us to discuss this week's important stories. State Department spokesman Ned Price was challenged by a US journalist as he pushed new unsubstantiated assertions regarding Russia perpetrating false flag operations in Ukraine. Also, the US is unhappy with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and the John Durham investigation seems to be challenging some commonly held beliefs about the Russiagate investigation.Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, and Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, join us to discuss international politics. The presidents of Russia and China are meeting and discussing their options if the US levies heavy sanctions against either of them. Also, Edward Snowden is slamming the US Justice Department for not holding the NSA responsible for needlessly spying on American citizens, and top Democrats are pushing back against returning to the JCPOA.

    Russia and China Meeting to Discuss Their Options Should the US Levy Heavy Sanctions Against Them

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 5, 2022 30:06

    Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, and Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, join us to discuss international politics. The presidents of Russia and China are meeting and discussing their options if the US levies heavy sanctions against either of them. Also, Edward Snowden is slamming the US Justice Department for not holding the NSA responsible for needlessly spying on American citizens, and top Democrats are pushing back against returning to the JCPOA.

    US Kills 6 Children and 4 Women in Syria Attack; Croatian President Demands Agreement with Russia

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 4, 2022 115:23

    Robert Fantina, journalist and Palestine activist, joins us to discuss Syria. A US special forces raid in Syria that was described as "successful" was found to have killed six children and four women. The Washington Post reported that US personnel said the civilians were killed by a terrorist, but observers question the veracity of that claim.Alexander Mercouris, editor-in-chief at theduran.com and host of "The Duran" on YouTube, joins us to discuss the EU. The Croatian president has slammed the US/UK approach to Russia's security issues and is demanding a diplomatic resolution to the stalemate. Also, we discuss how the latest escalation split the EU.Dan Lazare, investigative journalist and author of "America's Undeclared War," joins us to discuss McCarthyism. The White House spokesperson has attacked a GOP Congressman as a Russian propagandist for pushing for a quick diplomatic resolution to the NATO security crisis. Jim Kavanagh, writer at thepolemicist.net and CounterPunch and author of "Pawn Takes Pawn: The Joe Rogan Brouhaha," joins us to discuss the John Durham investigation. Aaron Mate has penned a new piece in which he compares the claims made in the FBI's Horowitz report to the evidence reported from the John Durham investigation.Mark Sleboda, Moscow-based international relations security analyst, joins us to discuss the death of the Russian invasion into Ukraine narrative. The White House has announced that they will change their rhetoric regarding the Ukrainian crisis and no longer use the word "imminent" to describe the probability of a Russian military invasion.Teri Mattson, Latin America coordinator for Code Pink, joins us to discuss Cuba. Today marks the 60th anniversary of the Cuban embargo. We discuss the history of this political and economic US attack on the tiny island nation.Dr. Colin Campbell, DC senior news correspondent, joins us to discuss the military-industrial complex. In another embarrassing moment for the F-35 program, the radar-absorbent skin of many of these planes is turning to rust after a few months at sea. Also, we are finding out that defense contractors have input into what the government deems classified and unavailable to the public.Dr. Iyabo Obasanjo, professor, epidemiologist, veterinarian, and the daughter of former Nigerian President Mr. Olusegun Obasanjo, joins us to discuss Ethiopia. The motives behind the US support of the TPLF in their attempt to overthrow the government of Ethiopia are unclear. We discuss some possible motives and the direction that the nation has currently taken.

    Putin Xi Meeting Significant for World Security; Dems Push Means-Tested Child Tax Credit

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 3, 2022 116:48

    Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss America's obsession with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Ritter argues that the US obsession with the person of Vladimir Putin misses the critically important issues involving US and European security interests.Ray Baker, political analyst and host of the podcast Public Agenda, joins us to discuss domestic politics. The Poor People's Campaign is blasting Senator Joe Manchin's proposal to apply means-testing to a revival of the expired child tax credit. Also, the Florida GOP is pushing to weaken the ballot initiative process after losing on several important issues.Dr. David Oualaalou, international geopolitical consultant, global speaker, author, veteran, former international security analyst in Washington, DC, and the founder of Global Perspective Consulting headquartered in Dallas, TX., joins us to discuss the NATO security crisis. Cracks are opening up in NATO leadership as the security interests of some EU nations clash with the hegemonic desires of the US empire. Also, Ukraine, the UK, and Poland are creating a three-nation security pact that as yet remains undefined.Marvin Weinbaum, director for the Middle East DInstitute's Center for Pakistan and Afghanistan Studies, joins us to discuss Afghanistan. Russia and China are sending supplies to Afghanistan and working to stabilize the nation's economy and possibly normalize relations.Laith Marouf, broadcaster and journalist based in Beirut, Lebanon, joins us to discuss the Middle East. Turkey has bombed several Kurdish locations in Northern Iraq. Also, Amnesty International has a new report defining the Israeli occupation as apartheid and Iran says that their maximum resistance will overcome the US campaign of maximum pressure.Steve Poikonen, national organizer for Action4Assange, joins us to discuss Yemen. The US is getting more deeply involved with the Yemen war as the conflict spreads to other parts of the region. Ted Rall, political cartoonist and syndicated columnist, joins us to discuss censorship. Germany has banned Russian News Channel RT claiming that it does not meet the necessary license requirements. Also, Caitlyn Johnstone talks about the propensity of consumers of western media to attack those who reject the mainstream foreign policy narratives towards Russia and China. Dr. Ken Hammond, professor of East Asian and global history at New Mexico State University, joins us to discuss China. The upcoming meeting between Presidents Putin and Xi Jinping is significant for the security of the world. Also, China issues a clear warning to the US about their willingness to use force if necessary to resolve the Taiwan crisis.

    NATO Leadership Shows Cracks; Security Interests of Some EU Nations Clash With the Desires of the US

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2022 13:36

    Dr. David Oualaalou, international geopolitical consultant, global speaker, author, veteran, former international security analyst in Washington, DC, and the founder of Global Perspective Consulting headquartered in Dallas, TX., joins us to discuss the NATO security crisis. Cracks are opening up in NATO leadership as the security interests of some EU nations clash with the hegemonic desires of the US empire. Also, Ukraine, the UK, and Poland are creating a three-nation security pact that as yet remains undefined.

    Russia Accused the US of Exhibiting a Desire to Invade Ukraine During a UN Security Council Meeting

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2022 14:57

    Gerald Horne, professor of history at the University of Houston, author, historian, and researcher, joins us to discuss Ukraine. Russia accused the US of exhibiting a desire for an invasion of Ukraine during heated exchanges at a meeting of the UN Security Council. Also, observers are discussing the possibility of a US-inspired coup in Ukraine due to a number of significant policy disagreements between Washington neocons and Ukrainian leadership.

    Russia and US Tangle at UNSC Meeting; Zelenskyy Pushes Back Against US Invasion Narrative

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2022 117:05

    Gerald Horne, professor of history at the University of Houston, author, historian, and researcher, joins us to discuss Ukraine. Russia accused the US of exhibiting a desire for an invasion of Ukraine during heated exchanges at a meeting of the UN Security Council. Also, observers are discussing the possibility of a US-inspired coup in Ukraine due to a number of significant policy disagreements between Washington neocons and Ukrainian leadership. George Koo, journalist, social activist, and international business consultant, joins us to discuss US foreign policy in Asia. Philippine Presidential hopeful Ferdinand Marcos, the son of the infamous late leader of the Pacific nation, has staked out a claim for close relations with China and secondary relations with the US empire. Also, China has again warned the US about close talks with Taiwan signaling that a military conflict is inevitable if this behavior continues.KJ Noh, activist, writer, and teacher, joins us to discuss China. Presidents Putin and Xi Jinping will be meeting in Beijing soon to discuss bilateral security issues. Also, Russia's strategic alliance with China is getting more difficult for the US empire to navigate. Netfa Freeman, host of Voices With Vision on WPFW 89.3 FM, Pan-Africanist and internationalist organizer, joins us to discuss Africa. The government of Mali has kicked out the French ambassador after he made derogatory comments about the nation's relationship with Russia. Also, the African Union has suspended Burkina Faso from all activities. Andrew Korybko, Moscow-based American journalist and analyst, joins us to discuss the US foreign policy crisis. Ukrainian authorities have arrested thousands of citizens, arguing that they were plotting an illegal coup. Many observers argue that the suspects were part of a legitimate protest movement. Also, President Zelenskyy's pushback against the Russian invasion narrative reveals serious political divisions between the US neocons and those whom they wish to sacrifice as cannon fodder. Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss Iran. While the US says that there are only weeks left to renew the JCPOA, Iran argues that there are significant differences between the two sides.Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink, joins us to discuss Honduras. Ending the nightmare of right-wing rule orchestrated by the US empire, the Central American nation of Honduras inaugurates its first female president who is viewed as a visionary socialist. Nicholas Davies, peace activist and author of "Blood on Our Hands: The American Invasion of Iraq," joins us to discuss the Global South. A retired Venezuelan general has revealed that the US was aware of the coup plot against President Nicholas Maduro. Cliver Alcalá, facing charges in the US for narcotics trafficking, stated in a letter that “The efforts to overthrow the Maduro regime have been well known by the United States government.” Also, a large number of nations are joining Cuba in a demand that the US empire drop sanctions against the island nation.

    UN Security Council Holds Meetings on Ukraine Crisis; Ethiopia & Eritrea Unite for China Cooperation

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 1, 2022 115:45

    Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss Ukraine. Ritter discusses his latest article in which he posits that Russia has a well-reasoned plan to force the issue on their border security demands. Meanwhile, the US is fighting with its "allies" over sanctions and the probability of a Russian invasion in Ukraine. Dr. Jack Rasmus, professor in economics and politics at St. Mary's College in California, joins us to discuss the US economy. The pandemic economy has pushed rents up 40% in some cities. Also, the Federal Reserve is considering fiscal maneuvers that may create the dynamics for a deep recession. Rafiki Morris, organizer for the All African People Revolutionary Party, fine artist, and coordinating committee member for the Black Alliance for Peace, joins us to discuss Africa. Several of the recent coups and coup attempts in Africa were done by US-trained military personnel. Also, the US-trained Sudan military strongman who took over the government is now meeting with US State Department personnel as he names his new government. Nick Davies, peace activist and author of "Blood on Our Hands: The American Invasion of Iraq," joins us to discuss Ukraine. Nick Davies and Medea Benjamin have penned an excellent piece in which they fill in the blanks about the Ukraine crisis that have been conspicuously left out by the mainstream media. Laith Marouf, broadcaster and journalist based in Beirut, Lebanon, joins us to discuss the Middle East. Iran's foreign minister has condemned recent attacks on Baghdad's airport, arguing that they can destabilize the country. Also, the US is hanging on to its occupation in the Middle East, but imperial overstretch is making it more difficult for the empire to continue its quest for hegemony in the oil-rich region.Greg Palast, investigative reporter, joins us to discuss an oil spill in the Amazon. Indigenous environmental defenders are protesting a recent pipeline burst in the equatorial Amazon that has spewed crude oil onto the banks of the Coca River. Up to 60,000 people live downstream from the location of the spill and they depend on the river for living. Yolian Ogbu, member of the Black Alliance for Peace and Horn of Africa Pan-Africans for Liberation and Solidarity, joins us to discuss Ethiopia. The US is dipping its hands into the fragile political situation in Ethiopia. Meanwhile, the government of Ethiopia is working together with the government of Eritrea to enhance economic cooperation with China. Robert Fantina, journalist and Palestine activist, joins us to discuss Israel. The US Congress is working to enshrine President Trump's landmark Abraham Accords deal with Israel. Many security observers find it remarkable that, while promoted as a road to peace, the deal seems to be centered around weapons sales.

    The Kremlin Has Stated That the US Empire Shrugged off Their Security Demands

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 29, 2022 29:51

    Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, and Dan Lazare, investigative journalist and author of "America's Undeclared War," join us to discuss international security concerns. The Kremlin has stated that the US empire shrugged off their security demands. Also, Congressional Democrats are pushing a new sanctions bill that could cause major diplomatic problems in both the EU and Europe, Russia has met with Ukraine and several European powers to enforce the Donbass ceasefire of 2014, and Julian Assange has been allowed to challenge his extradition.

    Weekly Wrap Up: US Shrugs off Russia's Security Demands; Julian Assange Granted Reprieve

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 29, 2022 117:18

    Caleb Maupin, journalist and political analyst, joins us to discuss this week's important news stories. Russia worked with other nations to convince Ukraine to uphold the Donbass ceasefire. Also, the Pentagon claims that it will work to reduce civilian casualties, and the crash of an F35C in the South China Sea is a further indication of an extremely flawed aircraft.Dr. Jack Rasmus, professor in economics and politics at St. Mary's College in California, joins us to discuss the economy. A bridge in Pittsburgh has collapsed on the same day President Biden is scheduled to give an infrastructure speech. Also, the Federal Reserve is hinting at a possible increase in interest rates.Professor Nicolai Petro, professor of political science at the University of Rhode Island specializing in Ukraine and Russia, joins us to discuss the NATO crisis. Russia is contemplating its reaction as the US and NATO have ignored its security demands. Also, the US empire is caught in an economic, military, and ethnic quagmire in Ukraine.Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, and Dan Lazare, investigative journalist and author of "America's Undeclared War," join us to discuss international security concerns. The Kremlin has stated that the US empire shrugged off their security demands. Also, Congressional Democrats are pushing a new sanctions bill that could cause major diplomatic problems in both the EU and Europe, Russia has met with Ukraine and several European powers to enforce the Donbass ceasefire of 2014, and Julian Assange has been allowed to challenge his extradition.Margaret Flowers, pediatrician and health reform activist, and Dr. Emmit Riley, political scientist and assistant professor of Africana Studies at DePauw University, join us to discuss this week's important stories. Democrats and Republicans prepare for war in the Senate as Biden prepares to announce his SCOTUS nominee. Also, a judge has blocked President Biden's oil lease plan for the Gulf of Mexico, and Mississippi fights over critical race theory.

    Ukraine Agrees to Uphold Donbass Ceasefire; Justice Stephen Breyer to Retire

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 28, 2022 117:07

    Dr. David Oualaalou, author and international security analyst, joins us to discuss the crisis on Russia's eastern border. Officials from Russia, France, Germany, and Ukraine met in Paris and appear to have to come to an agreement in which Kiev will adhere to the 2014 ceasefire agreement. Also, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) is arguing that there is no military solution to the crisis.David Schultz, author and professor of political science and law at Hamline University, joins us to discuss the retirement of Justice Stephen Breyer. Democrats are having internal arguments as to who the nominee will be and whether Senators Manchin and Sinema will be a hindrance.Marjorie Cohn, Professor Emeritus at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California, joins us to discuss Julian Assange. Professor Cohn joins us to discuss her latest article about Julian Assange. Assange has been granted the right to appeal the court's decision to extradite him to the US.Mark Sleboda, Moscow-based international relations security analyst, joins us to discuss the US ignoring Russia's security agreements. The Kremlin has shrugged off Russia's security demands. Also, Russia has advised that they will not be able to provide gas to Europe if the US disconnects them from the SWIFT payment system. Laith Marouf, broadcaster and journalist based in Beirut, Lebanon, joins us to discuss the Middle East. Iran is arguing that the Syrian crisis cannot be resolved until the illegal occupying forces leave the nation. Also, protesters are calling for the US to abandon the sanctions against Afghanistan.Miko Peled, author and activist, joins us to discuss Israel. Miko discusses his latest article, in which he talks about the reality that some Jews in Israel are made uncomfortable by Zionist policies. Ajamu Baraka, former vice presidential candidate for the Green Party, joins us to discuss Ukraine. The Democrats are preparing a sanctions bill in the US Congress against both Russia and Germany that could have dire consequences for the European economy. Gerald Horne, professor of history at the University of Houston, author, historian, and researcher, joins us to discuss Africa. The coup in Burkina Faso is very complicated: while Western powers are implicated, the people are pushing back and unrest is growing in and around the Horn of Africa.

    The coup in Burkina Faso is complicated: unrest is growing in and around the Horn of Africa.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 28, 2022 13:34

    Gerald Horne, professor of history at the University of Houston, author, historian, and researcher, joins us to discuss Africa. The coup in Burkina Faso is very complicated: while Western powers are implicated, the people are pushing back and unrest is growing in and around the Horn of Africa.

    Many Countries Appear to Come to an Agreement with Kiev Adhering to the 2014 ceasefire Agreement

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 28, 2022 14:52

    Dr. David Oualaalou, author and international security analyst, joins us to discuss the crisis on Russia's eastern border. Officials from Russia, France, Germany, and Ukraine met in Paris and appear to have to come to an agreement in which Kiev will adhere to the 2014 ceasefire agreement. Also, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) is arguing that there is no military solution to the crisis.

    Reports Say the Ethiopian Government is Open to Diplomatic Talks with Western-backed Tigray Forces

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2022 14:03

    Dr. Gerald Horne, professor of history at the University of Houston, author, historian, and researcher, joins us to discuss Africa. There are reports that the Ethiopian government is open to diplomatic talks with Western-backed Tigray forces. Also, we discuss the coup in Sudan. Also, we discuss the coup in Sudan.

    US Rejects Russia's Security Demands; US Public Prefers Diplomacy in Eastern Europe

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2022 116:35

    Andrew Korybko, Moscow-based American journalist and analyst, joins us to discuss the NATO border crisis. The US State Department has announced that it is rejecting Russia's itemized list of security demands. Also, President Biden has announced that he will not send troops to Ukraine.KJ Noh, activist, writer, and teacher, joins us to discuss China. An F35C has crashed in the South China sea. Also, we discuss the Russia China strategic alliance.Dr. Aisha Jumaan, founder and president of the Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation, joins us to discuss Yemen. UN officials are warning of a record-shattering death toll for civilians in Yemen. Also, OXFAM is urging the UN security council to inject new urgency into the Yemen peace talks.Dan Kovalik, writer, author, and lawyer, joins us to discuss the Global South. President Biden has referred to Latin America as America's "front yard" in a continuance of Monroe doctrine imperialism. Also, Venezuela is challenging the impartiality of the UN.Laith Marouf, broadcaster and journalist based in Beirut, Lebanon, joins us to discuss the Middle East. Israel has been holding talks with Russia regarding backing off missile and bombing attacks on Syria. Also, Lebanese politician Saad Hariri is leaving the political scene.Gerald Horne, professor of history at the University of Houston, author, historian, and researcher, joins us to discuss Africa. There are reports that the Ethiopian government is open to diplomatic talks with Western-backed Tigray forces. Also, we discuss the coup in Sudan.Margaret Kimberly, editor and senior columnist at Black Agenda Report and author of "Prejudential: Black America and the Presidents," joins us to discuss President Biden's support in Black America. As President Biden's poll numbers sink among Black Americans. Margaret Kimberley argues that his record suggests that he was never their ally.Dee Knight, DSA International Committee's Anti-War Subcommittee member and author of My Whirlwind Lives: Navigating Decades of Storms, soon to be published by Guernica World Editions,) joins us to discuss Ukraine. Dee Knight joins us to discuss his article about the conflict. He provides a historical view of the conflict and argues that the US is to blame for the desperate economic and military situation in the war-torn nation. Also, we discuss recent polls that show most Americans have little taste for war over Ukraine.

    Macron to Share De-escalation Vision; Kiev Preparing for Donbass Assault

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2022 115:22

    Robert Prokop, author and retired intelligence analyst for the US Department of Defense specializing in the Soviet Union, joins us to discuss the EU/Russia border crisis. Russia has said that it will formulate its response to its security demands once it receives the written response from the US. Also, French President Emmanuel Macron is set to share his vision for a path to de-escalation regarding the crisis on Russia's western border.Dr. Yolandra Hancock, board-certified pediatrician and obesity medicine specialist, joins us to discuss covid. Several studies seem to show immune system problems arising from multiple boosters. Also, Pfizer and other companies are now creating omicron-specific vaccines. Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss Iran. Neocon hawks in DC are restarting their campaign for a disastrous war with Iran. Also, we discuss the issues that are creating a difficult environment for the US to return to the deal in a manner that Iran accepts as fair and reasonable.KJ Noh, activist, writer, and teacher, joins us to discuss China. President Xi Jinping will chair a summit marking 30 years of China's ties with other central Asian nations. Also, there has been an accident in which a F35C fighter crashed in the South China Sea.Mark Sleboda, Moscow-based international relations security analyst, joins us to discuss Ukraine. There are multiple reports that Kiev is preparing for an all-out assault on Eastern Ukraine. Also, the CIA may be training Ukrainian Nazis for European terrorist missions.John Burris, civil rights attorney, joins us to discuss the SCOTUS. The Supreme Court is set to review race-conscious university admission policies.Leo Flores, Latin America coordinator for Code Pink, joins us to discuss Venezuela. Venezuela has doubled its oil production with Iran's assistance. Also, Russia's ambassador to Venezuela has stated that Juan Guaido does not represent anyone. Dan Lazare, investigative journalist and author of "America's Undeclared War," joins us to discuss NATO as an international tool for US hegemony. The article we review argues that NATO is simply a tool of US armed supremacy and that the expansion of the organization into the China/US adversarial conflict, along with its actions in the Global South, is strong evidence to support that theory.

    Julian Assange Wins Right to Appeal Extradition; New State Department Report on RT and Sputnik

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2022 115:11

    Alexander Mercouris, editor-in-chief at theduran.com and host of "The Duran" on YouTube, joins us to discuss Julian Assange. Julian Assange has won an appeal that will allow him to appeal his extradition decision to the U.K. Supreme Court. Assange's lawyer stated “What happened in court today is precisely what we wanted to happen. The High Court certified that we had raised a point of law of general public importance and that the Supreme Court has good grounds to hear this appeal… Make no mistake, we won today in court.”Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, joins us to discuss the NATO crisis. The New York Times and various British officials are claiming, without evidence, that Russia is planning on overthrowing the US-sponsored government of Ukraine. Also, a German navy chief has resigned over comments he made that President Putin deserves respect.George Koo, journalist, social activist, and international business consultant, joins us to discuss China. Twitter has announced that they will be using the services of a hawkish anti-China think tank to curate information on their feeds. Also, notorious war hawk Michael McCaul is arguing that Russia is about to invade Ukraine and China is about to invade Taiwan.Gerald Horne, professor of history at the University of Houston, author, historian, and researcher, joins us to discuss Africa. The Washington Post is reporting that the President of Burkina Faso has been detained in a possible coup attempt. Also, a French soldier has been killed in an attack on a military base in Mali. Laith Marouf, broadcaster and journalist based in Beirut, Lebanon, joins us to discuss the Middle East. Al Jazeera is reporting that at least 120 people have been killed in pitched battles between ISIS and Kurdish fighters in Syria. Dan Kovalik, writer, author, and lawyer, joins us to discuss the Global South. Russia is demanding that the US release kidnapped diplomat Alex Saab. Also, we discuss how Argentina, Brazil, and Chile will affect the political landscape in Central and South America over the next few years.Ted Rall, political cartoonist and syndicated columnist, joins us to discuss a new US State Department report on RT and Sputnik. A new US State Department report which accuses Sputnik and RT of propaganda and lies is itself packed with previously debunked falsehoods.Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss Ukraine. Several sources are claiming that the US and the UK are abandoning their embassies in Kiev for fear of an imminent Russian invasion. Meanwhile, the EU has no plans to remove diplomats as long as diplomatic talks are continuing between the two sides.

    US News Outlets Report That the President of Burkina Faso Was Detained in a Possible Coup Attempt

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2022 15:06

    Gerald Horne, professor of history at the University of Houston, author, historian, and researcher, joins us to discuss Africa. The Washington Post is reporting that the President of Burkina Faso has been detained in a possible coup attempt. Also, a French soldier has been killed in an attack on a military base in Mali.

    The New York Times, claims without evidence, that Russia is planning on overthrowing Ukraine

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2022 14:14

    Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, joins us to discuss the NATO crisis. The New York Times and various British officials are claiming, without evidence, that Russia is planning on overthrowing the US-sponsored government of Ukraine. Also, a German navy chief has resigned over comments he made that President Putin deserves respect.

    Weekly Wrap Up; Blinken Meets Lavrov; Justice for Assange March in DC; Raisi to Moscow

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 22, 2022 115:30

    Caleb Maupin, journalist and political analyst, joins us to discuss this week's important news stories. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to discuss security concerns. Also, we discuss President Biden's first year of foreign policy. Dr. Jack Rasmus, professor in economics and politics at St. Mary's College in California, joins us to discuss the economy. We discuss this week's jobless numbers and economic indicators. Also, Dr. Jack argues that the failure of President Biden's voting rights bill is one of the last nails in the coffin of American democracy.Steve Poikonen, national organizer for Action4Assange, joins us to discuss this week's important stories. There is a rally for the freedom of Julian Assange today in Washington, DC. Also, we discuss the latest Middle East developments. Dan Lazare, investigative journalist and author of "America's Undeclared War," and Margaret Kimberley, editor and senior columnist at Black Agenda Report and author of "Prejudential: Black America and the Presidents," join us to discuss international politics. French President Macron calls for a Russia/EU security pact as he breaks from the concept of a US-led Europe. Also, we discuss Nicaragua's moves towards China, Paul Begala attacks the Democratic base, and the US seems to be moving to destabilize Ethiopia. Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, and Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, join us to discuss international security concerns. The security crisis on Russia's border with Eastern Europe is at a critical point. Also, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi visits Moscow and the CIA claims to be running asymmetric training in Ukraine.

    The security crisis on Russia's border with Eastern Europe is at a critical point

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2022 29:23

    Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, and Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, join us to discuss international security concerns. The security crisis on Russia's border with Eastern Europe is at a critical point. Also, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi visits Moscow and the CIA claims to be running asymmetric training in Ukraine.

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