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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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    US and Russian Officials to Meet on January 10; Ghislaine Maxwell Convicted in Sex Trafficking Trial

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2022 115:42

    Mark Sleboda, Moscow-based international relations security analyst, joins us to discuss US Russia relations. Presidents Putin and Biden spoke again on Thursday evening in preparation for upcoming security talks over NATO expansion. Also, US and Russian officials are preparing their respective teams and issues for critical meetings in Geneva and Brussels.Professor Nicolai Petro, professor of political science at the University of Rhode Island specializing in Ukraine and Russia, joins us to discuss Ukraine's crackdown on opposition media. Ukrainian president Vlodomor Zelensky has again moved to close the opposition media. Three companies related to the main opposition party have also been heavily sanctioned. The Biden administration's lack of response is viewed as tacit support for the acts of blatant censorship. Also, far-right neo-Nazis are again marching to support World War 2 Nazi collaborators.Laith Marouf, broadcaster and journalist based in Beirut, joins us to discuss the Middle East. Israel has attacked civilian targets in Gaza once again claiming that their actions are in response to rocket attacks. Also, US bases in Iraq are facing drone attacks and some suspect that the new year will bring increased activities of this nature.Gerald Horne, professor of history at the University of Houston, author, historian, and researcher, joins us to discuss Africa. Sudan's military rulers are maintaining power with the help of the US empire but the citizens are less than happy with their authoritarian leadership. Also, the US empire has transformed Djibouti into a tool of international military aggression.Nick Davies, peace activist and author of "Blood on Our Hands: The American Invasion of Iraq," joins us to discuss the Pentagon budget. The Pentagon is projected to hand over almost a half-trillion dollars to military contractors in 2022. Also, the $778 billion military budget in the face of massive debt and public strife may be the final nail in the coffin of the US empire.Peter James Hudson, associate professor of African American Studies and History at the University of California, Los Angeles and author of the book Bankers and Empire: How Wall Street Colonized the Caribbean, joins us to discuss Haiti. Frederick Douglass was briefly the Ambassador to Haiti. We discuss how his brief tenure helps to define the imperial project in the beleaguered island nation.Jim Kavanagh, writer at thepolemicist.net and CounterPunch and author of "Danger in Society: Against Vaccine Passports,” joins us to discuss Ghislaine Maxwell. Ghislaine Maxwell was convicted of several counts in her recent high-profile trial. We ask many questions including why the media and investigators seem to have such little interest in pursuing the powerful people who were active in the child trafficking network. Marjorie Cohn, Professor Emeritus at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California, Marjorie Cohn has penned an article about an important recall effort in San Francisco. Cohn argues that the recall effort is based on the basic paradigms related to the reason for the existence of crime.

    Sudan's Military Rulers Maintain Power with US help; Citizens Unhappy with Authoritarian Leadership

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2022 15:40

    Gerald Horne, professor of history at the University of Houston, author, historian, and researcher, joins us to discuss Africa. Sudan's military rulers are maintaining power with the help of the US empire but the citizens are less than happy with their authoritarian leadership. Also, the US empire has transformed Djibouti into a tool of international military aggression.

    Weekly News Wrap Up; President Xi Supports Russia in Tense Standoff on Russia's Border

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2021 115:46

    Mark Sleboda, Moscow-based international relations security analyst and Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector joins us to discuss Eastern Europe. The US is at a tense standoff on the border of Russia that has the potential to end in a disastrous war. Also, we talk about President Putin's options if the West rejects his security demands and the inherent instability of the US colonial protectorate Ukraine.KJ Noh, activist, writer, and teacher and George Koo, journalist, social activist, and international business consultant, join us to discuss China. We discuss the aftermath of the Putin Xi meeting in light of the current standoff between the US and Russia. Also, the UAE has scrapped a deal with the US for F/35 fighter jets and the US is having little success building an anti China coalition in Asia.Danny Shaw, Professor of Latin Studies and Teri Mattson, Latin America coordinator for Code Pink joins us to discuss the Global South. China has taken the social and economic offensive in the Global South as many nations that faced oppression and genocide at the hands of the US empire now turn eastward for strength.Dr. Colin Campbell, DC senior news correspondent, and Margaret Kimberley, editor and senior columnist at Black Agenda Report and author of "Prejudential: Black America and the Presidents," come together to discuss this week's stories. The democrats face disaster in 2022 as the failure to keep campaign promises exposes President Biden as a corporate politician. Also, the NDAA budget passes at 778 billion dollars and TV news channels are crashing after the loss of the Trump ratings bonanza.

    US and UK Backed Al-Qaeda in Syria; Dems Heading for Midterm Defeat; US Protects Ukraine Nazis

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2021 115:38

    Mark Sleboda, Moscow-based international relations security analyst, joins us to discuss the NATO crisis on the Russian border. The Kremlin has explained why they made their security demands public. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov explained “We have made our initiative public, as explained by President Putin and the Foreign Ministry, because we are aware of the West's ability to obfuscate any uncomfortable issues for them.” Dan Kovalik, writer, author, and lawyer, joins us to discuss Syria. There is ample evidence that the US and UK provided material support for jihadist forces during their "dirty war" against the Syrian people. Also, Israel has increased attacks on Syria under the guise of attacking Iran-linked targets.Gerald Horne, professor of history at the University of Houston, author, historian, and researcher, joins us to discuss Africa. The Ethiopian government was able to turn the tide against TPLF rebel forces using a combination of Turkish and Chinese drones. Also, we discuss the coup in Sudan and the AFRICOM and French connections.Jim Kavanagh, writer at thepolemicist.net and CounterPunch and author of "Danger in Society: Against Vaccine Passports,” joins us to discuss Julian Assange. Jonathan Cook argues that the persecution of Julian Assange is a clear and intentional message to all independent journalists. Cook argues that the message is that they must remain silent to the war crimes of the US empire or face the same fate. Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss NATO's Waterloo. Patrick Lawrence has a brilliant article in Consortium News in which he reviews the situation on the Russian border. He argues that Europe is now the western end of Eurasia rather than the eastern shore of the Atlantic. Also, we talk about Ukraine as NATO's equivalent to Waterloo. Ajamu Baraka, 2016 US vice-presidential candidate for the Green Party, joins us to discuss the Global South. In a move of comedic farce, US puppet Juan Guaido has extended his interim government into 2022. The so-called interim government has been ongoing for two years and has only been used to pilfer money from international financial holdings of the Venezuelan government.Niko House, political activist, independent journalist, and podcaster, joins us to discuss domestic politics. The lack of accomplishment on either domestic or foreign policy seems to portend significant midterm losses for the Democratic Party.Martin Sieff, senior fellow at the American University in Moscow, joins us to discuss Ukraine's infestation with Nazis. Recently, only the US and Ukraine voted against a UN resolution condemning the Nazi ideology. Also, we review the Nazi volunteer battalions of the Ukraine military.

    The Ethiopian government turns the tide against TPLF rebel forces using Turkish and Chinese drones

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2021 15:16

    Gerald Horne, professor of history at the University of Houston, author, historian, and researcher, joins us to discuss Africa. The Ethiopian government was able to turn the tide against TPLF rebel forces using a combination of Turkish and Chinese drones. Also, we discuss the coup in Sudan and the AFRICOM and French connections.

    The US Spends $778 Billion on the Military, but Can't Find Money for Covid Vaccinations Worldwide

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2021 116:56

    Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CodePink, joins us to discuss how the US prioritizes its spending. While President Biden has just signed $778 billion in new military spending into law, the U.S. Agency for International Development reportedly can't find the funds to pay for the Biden administration's effort to help vaccinate the world's population against COVID-19, according to two agency officials interviewed by Politico. Chris Hedges, investigative journalist, joins us to discuss Julian Assange. In his latest Common Dreams article, Chris posits that the legal precedent set by the sentencing of Assange means that "anyone who possesses classified information, or anyone who leaks it, will be guilty of a criminal offense." He further predicts that the sentencing of Assange will "signal the end of all investigative inquiries into the inner workings of power."Dr. Colin Campbell, DC senior news correspondent, joins us to discuss Rep. Pramila Jayapal warning that political disaster is in store for the Democrats if they fail to deliver in the New Year. Rep. Jayapal told her fellow lawmakers and the President on Sunday that "failure to deliver their promised social spending and climate agenda could have disastrous political consequences, feeding voter disillusionment and leaving millions of people without badly needed economic aid amid a deadly pandemic."James Carey, editor/co-owner at Geopoliticsalert.com, joins us to discuss the Middle East. Saudi military expert Mohammad al-Qabibaan defended the recent intense escalation of the Saudi-led coalition's bombardment campaign in Yemen during a recent appearance on RT Arabic, describing the relentless airstrikes of recent weeks as “successful operations” designed to force the Houthi Ansarullah movement to sit down at the negotiating table.Kweku Lamumba, external relations coordinator for KOSSA, joins us to discuss the kidnapping situation in Haiti. After the kidnapping of the 16 American missionaries and a Canadian in Haiti, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken initially said that the US will do "everything possible to resolve the situation" and even indicated that an FBI kidnapping team maintained contact with a church that the captured missionaries belonged to. Now there is "total silence, to the point of making people question even this act of kidnapping."Teri Mattson, Latin American coordinator for CodePink, joins us to discuss El Salvador. Teri discusses reports that a former senior Salvadoran anti-corruption prosecutor went on record to say that President Nayib Bukele's government closed down his unit's investigation into alleged allegations that the government struck a deal with the MS-13 and Barrio 18 gangs in 2019 to "reduce murder rates and help the ruling New Ideas party win legislative elections in February."John Burris, civil rights attorney, joins us to discuss the shootings in the US. Yesterday, the Los Angeles Police Department released body camera video of a shooting last week that left a 14-year-old girl dead. Also, reports indicate a shooting spree occurred in the Denver area yesterday that left five people dead, including the suspected shooter, and one police officer injured.Gary Flowers, host of “The Gary Flowers Show” on radio station Rejoice WREJ-AM 990, joins us to discuss the drop in viewership of news networks this year. Nielson data reports that after many networks drew bigger audiences the previous year amid COVID-19 and the 2020 presidential election, they now saw a drop in viewership in 2021. The largest drop was seen in cable networks, with a 38 percent drop in weekday primetime viewership for CNN, 34 percent drop for Fox News Channel, and 25 percent drop for MSNBC.

    Russia Adds Safeguard Proposals on a Part of NATO

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2021 116:55

    Mark Sleboda, Moscow-based international relations security analyst, joins us to discuss Russia. Reports say Russia "is not bluffing by putting forward the security safeguard proposals on a part of NATO and the US and will make every effort to facilitate the West's awareness of it, " according to Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov. Also, President Putin suggested repercussions could be possible, warning that he could take “adequate military-technical measures” if NATO continues its “aggressive” course “on the threshold of our home.”Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, joins us to discuss Ukraine. Ray has an article entitled, "Washington Prepares to Fail in Ukraine," which talks about the US's refusal to acknowledge Russia's vital strategic interest in Ukraine. It also discusses Washington's plans to subject Ukraine and the NATO alliance to "a dangerous and unnecessary test by confronting Russian conventional military power."Dr. Yolandra Hancock, board-certified pediatrician and obesity medicine specialist, joins us to discuss covid. Dr. Hancock points to the frightening number of people around the country aggressively lashing out in response to policies they dislike regarding Covid. She also discusses The Federal Aviation Administration's 1,000 + investigations into unruly passenger incidents this year, more than five times as many as in all of 2020. Patricio Zamorano, political analyst and Director of the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, COHA.org, joins us to discuss Chile. Marco Teruggi penned an article for the Orinco Tribune, talking about the expected results of the new progressive government saying that the expectation of Chileans is "that not only things will change in their country, but also the integration with their neighbors and the continent."Obi Egbuna, activist and US Rep for The Zimbabwean Newspapers, joins us to discuss Ethiopia. Since the federal government forces of Ethiopia cornered the TPLF back into Tigray state, the US-backed TPLF has asked for peace negotiations. In return, the Ethiopian government has called for the abolishment of the TPLF as well as the surrender of its leadership. Miko Peled, author and activist, joins us to discuss the Middle East. This past Sunday, Israel's government approved a $317m plan to double the Jewish settler population in the occupied Golan Heights of Syria.Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss the military. He discusses an article in Responsible Statecraft that exposes the gap between the US military's reputation and its actual performance in the post 9/11 wars.John Kiriakou, journalist, author, and host of The Back Story, joins us to discuss his article titled, "Those Nasty Russians." In it, Kiriakou discusses the recent New York Times article that claims Moscow is preparing its public for a potential war in Russia. Kiriakou shows why these claims are preposterous, refuting the Times' claims that Russia had already “massed troops on the border with Ukraine,” a lie that has been perpetuated in the mainstream media all across the United States.

    Weekly News Wrap Up; OSCE Announces Ukraine Ceasefire; Russia & China Developing High Tech Weapons

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2021 117:20

    Dr. Colin Campbell, DC senior news correspondent, joins us to discuss this week's stories. President Biden has said that he will run again in 2024 if he is in good health. Also, we discuss supply chain and inflation problems, the president's approval ratings, and Senator Joe Manchin's (D-WV) effect on Congress.John Burris, civil rights attorney, joins us to discuss legal cases of note. Some states are acting to mitigate the issue of all-white juries when the defendants are minorities. Also, the high-profile case involving the killing of Daunte Wright may be coming to a close as the jury completes its third day of deliberation.Dr. Gigi El-Bayoumi, professor of medicine at the George Washington University Hospital and founding director at the Rodham Institute at GWU, joins us to discuss covid. Omicron is spreading amongst both the vaccinated and unvaccinated. Also, the FDA authorizes the first pill to address covid and the WHO is recommending caution and preparation due to the dominance of the Omicron variant.Jim Kavanagh, writer at thepolemicist.net and CounterPunch, and Dan Lazare, investigative journalist and author of "America's Undeclared War," come together to talk foreign policy. The OSCE has come to another ceasefire agreement regarding Eastern Ukraine, but there are questions as to whether fascist elements in the unraveling Eastern European nation can be trusted to commit to such a thing. Also, Russia and China are working on high-tech weapons, the US and Ukraine opposed a UN condemnation of Nazis, President Putin spoke to the media, and President Biden's approval ratings are cratering.Ted Rall, political cartoonist and syndicated columnist, and Kathy Kelly, American peace activist, join us to discuss this week's important news stories. We discuss the US Pentagon's history of recklessly killing civilians. Also, Saudi Arabia may be building ballistic missiles, the White House is working with Israel to develop a common strategy regarding Iran, and the UN is going to cut food aid to Yemen.

    Berlin Tries to Kill German Language RT; Young Voters Furious at Biden

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021 116:24

    Dr. Colin Campbell, DC senior news correspondent, joins us to discuss President Biden's waning popularity. A new article in The Nation expresses the anger and frustration towards the Biden administration from young voters. The article reviews the campaign promises that Biden made and laments his failure to live up to a single commitment. Dr. Jack Rasmus, professor in economics and politics at St. Mary's College in California, joins us to discuss the economy. Dr. Jack reminds us that he predicted the death of the Build Back Better legislation. He also goes over his predictions for the next phase of the US economic and political crisis. Jim Kavanagh, writer at thepolemicist.net and CounterPunch and author of "Reconcile This: Lessons From the Latest Legislative Debacle," joins us to discuss censorship. In another major EU blow to press freedom, European satellite operator Eutelsat has removed the German-language RT DE channel from its platform under pressure from Berlin. Greg Palast, investigative reporter, joins us to discuss voting. The Brennan Center for Justice is reviewing state and local legislation and predicting a tidal wave of GOP-sponsored voter suppression starting in 2022. They say that empowering non-state partisan actors to intervene in the election process will be one of the principal methods used to create hurdles for minorities and youthful voters.Robert Fantina, journalist and Palestine activist, joins us to discuss Israel. We discuss the issue of settlements in the occupied territories and their designation under international law. Miko Peled argues that the term "illegal settlements" is misleading because there is no such thing as "legal settlements" under international law. Filmon Zerai, independent blogger with commentary for On Horn of Africa & Global Politics, joins us to discuss Ethiopia. In his Black Agenda Report article, Filmon Zerai says that "The best way for leftist anti-imperialists to support Ethiopia is to not take a hardline position on the internal politics of the country." We discuss the internal politics of Ethiopia and why it is important to take a non-activist position towards the present government.James Carey, editor/co-owner at Geopoliticsalert.com, joins us to discuss the Middle East. Intensifying Saudi airstrikes against Yemen are making it impossible for international aid flights to land in the Houthi-run zones. Kevin Gosztola, journalist and author, joins us to discuss Julian Assange. He argues that the persecution of Julian Assange will only end if the various factions of US imperial power conclude that the cost of making him an example is not worth the benefit.

    Poll: Americans Don't Want War Over Ukraine; Omicron on the Rise

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 114:53

    Mark Sleboda, Moscow-based international relations security analyst, joins us to discuss the crisis in Eastern Europe. A recent poll shows that 73 percent of Americans prefer that their leaders prioritize domestic policy over foreign adventurism. Russian President Putin states that the US can't be trusted to keep its commitments.Dr. Linwood Tauheed, associate professor of economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, joins us to discuss economics. There is a considerable amount of dissent coming from the left flank of the Democratic Party now that the "Build Back Better" legislation has died. Also, we discuss the problems in the supply chain and inflation.Dr. Yolandra Hancock, board-certified pediatrician and obesity medicine specialist, joins us to discuss covid. Recent reports claim that the omicron variant has become the dominant variant in the US in a matter of weeks, and New York is reportedly considering a lockdown. Also, reports from India say that the symptoms of the new variant are mild. Ted Rall, political cartoonist and syndicated columnist, joins us to discuss potential food shortages on the horizon. Rising food prices due to inflation are predicted to continue on an upward trajectory. Alan Macleod's Mint Press news article argues that the rise of food prices will increase and likely contribute to political destabilization and social violence.George Koo, journalist, social activist, and international business consultant, joins us to discuss China. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken embarked on a trip to Asia to drum up support for the US hybrid war on China, and Presidents Putin and Xi are working to bypass the SWIFT payment system. Also, The New York Times is trying to cover up its misinformation on Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai.Robert Fantina, journalist and Palestine activist, joins us to discuss civilian deaths from the US military. Norman Solomon argues that the Pentagon has never shown concern for civilian deaths. He continues to talk about the lack of concern for US civilians demonstrated by the US budget prioritizing military spending over social programs.Teri Matson, Latin American coordinator for CodePink, joins us to discuss the Global South. Chile's election has demonstrated a pattern of left-leaning anti-imperialist movements taking over in the Global South. Also, the UK steals Venezuela's gold and gives it to Juan Guaido.KJ Noh, activist, writer, and teacher, joins us to discuss the Russia-China strategic partnership. An interesting article on "The Saker" website discusses the partnership between the European and Asian superpowers and how they may use their combined strength to blunt malignant US hegemony.

    Russia Pushes Security Demands; Gabriel Boric Wins Chile Election; Israel Backs off Iran Attack

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 116:26

    Dr. Linwood Tauheed, associate professor of economics at the University of Missouri- Kansas City, joins us to discuss the death of the "Build Back Better" legislation. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) has said that he will not support the legislation, signaling the death of President Biden's signature legislation. Also, Vice President Kamala Harris gets heated in an interview with Charlamagne Tha God, and President Biden's approval rating dips as independents abandon his regime in droves.Mark Sleboda, Moscow-based international relations security analyst, joins us to discuss the tense situation in Eastern Europe. Tensions rise in Eastern Europe as Russia pushes for an immediate answer to their demands of a security zone on their border. The Eurasian power is indicating that they are prepared to act firmly in the event their demands are ignored. Has NATO pushed the zone of military aggression too far?Dan Kovalik, writer, author, and lawyer, joins us to discuss Chile's election results. Chile's elections have resulted in another win for left-leaning candidates in the Global South. Center-left millennial Gabriel Boric defeated a far right-wing candidate who tied his legacy to the murderous Pinochet regime that was installed in a US-backed coup in the early 1970s.Dan Lazare, investigative journalist and author of "America's Undeclared War," joins us to discuss Ukraine. Lazare joins us to discuss his article about the legacy of Nazi collaboration in Ukraine and its ties to modern-day political movements. Also, we discuss the US empire's willing support of the Ukrainian Nazi movement and its work to protect them from exposure. Jim Kavanagh, writer at thepolemicist.net and CounterPunch author of "Danger in Society: Against Vaccine Passports,” and Branko Marcetic, Jacobin staff writer and author of "Yesterday's Man: The Case Against Joe Biden," joins us to discuss Julian Assange. MSNBC has printed a new article in which they revive several debunked allegations putting together Donald Trump, Julian Assange, and Russia. Also, we discuss The Guardian's assertive effort to spread false and misleading information about the beleaguered publisher. Yolian Ogbu, member of the Black Alliance for Peace and Horn of Africa Pan-Africans for Liberation and Solidarity, joins us to discuss Africa. US hawks are pushing to use humanitarian motives as an excuse to wage a colonial regime change war against Ethiopia. Also, we discuss the US policy of intervention and imperialism regarding Ethiopia.Marjorie Cohn, Professor Emeritus at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California, joins us to discuss Assange. Cohn argues that the recent revelations that the US plotted to kidnap and kill Julian Assange should be enough to prohibit the publisher from being extradited to the United States.Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CodePink, joins us to discuss Iran. The JCPOA seems effectively dead as Iranian diplomats report that the US is not making a legitimate effort to rejoin the deal. Also, Israeli officials are dialing back their assertions that they are planning a war with Iran.

    Weekly News Wrap Up; Putin and Xi Talk Security; Biden's Poll Numbers Crater

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 18, 2021 116:15

    Caleb Maupin, journalist and political analyst, joins us to wrap up the important stories for the week. In a display of arbitrary and capricious censorship, YouTube blocked RT's popular German-language TV channel on its first day of operation without an explanation. Also, Cuba hosts the 20th ALBA-TCP summit, China supports Russia against NATO aggression, and Russia is shocked by the conduct of the E-3 States during the Iran negotiations in Vienna.Gerald Horne, professor of history at the University of Houston, author, historian, and researcher, joins us to discuss this week's important stories. Barbados has declared its independence from the British empire. Also, Russia has published a detailed proposal for a new Russia-US-NATO security treaty, President Xi glows when discussing his country's partnership with Russia, the US announces a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics, a South African court orders former president Jacob Zuma back to jail, and the Turkey-Africa summit takes ties to a new stage.Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, joins us to wrap up the important stories for the week. We discuss the meeting between Presidents Putin and Xi, the political instability of Ukraine, and the recent ruling that Julian Assange can be extradited to the United States. Ajamu Baraka, 2016 US vice presidential candidate for the Green Party, and Margaret Kimberley, editor and senior columnist at Black Agenda Report and author of "Prejudential: Black America and the Presidents," come together to discuss this week's stories. We discuss the need to support Julian Assange, the US Empire's shift to Africa, Central and South American countries pulling free of US domination, the Biden administration's dismal poll numbers, and Israel's murder and abuse of Palestinian civilians.Dan Lazare, investigative journalist and author of "America's Undeclared War," and Martin Sieff, senior fellow at the American University in Moscow, come together to talk politics. We discuss the disturbing US support of Nazis in Ukraine, the meeting between Presidents Putin and Xi, Germany's recent move to stall Nord Stream 2, and Joe Biden's disastrous drop in support.

    Barbados Breaks Free From Imperial England

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 18, 2021 19:52

    Noted Historian and author Dr. Gerald Horne joins our hosts to discuss the latest world news from the Caribbean, Africa, and beyond. We discuss the Turkey Africa partnership, Barbados latest political move, and the meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping

    Youtube Blocks RT; Israel Pushes for Iran War; EU Talks More Russia Sanctions

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021 115:01

    Dan Lazare, author, investigative journalist, and author of "America's Undeclared War," joins us to discuss the crisis in Eastern Europe. Ukraine's President calls for more sanctions against Russia as the EU considers its proposal. Also, Russia delivers its security demands to US representatives and takes a tougher stance on its red lines.Niko House, political activist, independent journalist, and podcaster, joins us to discuss censorship. In another display of ideological censorship, YouTube has inexplicably blocked the new RT German-language channel on its first day of operation. Also, in a recent lawsuit, Facebook has admitted that its so-called "fact-checkers" are acting as opinion police rather than censoring posts based on empirical data.Dr. Yolandra Hancock, board-certified pediatrician and obesity medicine specialist, joins us to discuss covid. The omicron variant, which has been reported to display considerably milder symptoms than previous variants, seems poised to become the dominant version of the coronavirus. Also, Johnson and Johnson's jabs are being scrutinized due to blood clots. KJ Noh, activist, writer, and teacher, joins us to discuss the Russia/China strategic partnership. The partnership between the two world powers appears to be strengthening due to pressure from the US empire. Andrey Ostrovsky, who heads the Center for Economic Research at the Institute for Far Eastern Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences was quoted as stating "I think that it has to be made clear to the US that if they continue to step up the pressure, then the agreement on military cooperation will be signed."Laith Marouf, broadcaster and journalist based in Beirut, joins us to discuss the Middle East. An illegal US military base in Syria has come under drone attack. Also, Yemeni forces are taking more territory and a new political party in Iraq is being created. Jim Kavanagh, writer at thepolemicist.net and CounterPunch author of "Danger in Society: Against Vaccine Passports,” and Branko Marcetic, Jacobin staff writer and author of "Yesterday's Man: The Case Against Joe Biden," join us to discuss Israel. Israel is pushing the US in an aggressive posture towards Iran that some experts argue could spiral out of control. Also, we discuss the US press's contribution to the political and military instability in the world.Dr. Emmitt Riley, political scientist, author, and assistant professor of Africana studies at DePauw University, joins us to discuss the economy. We discuss the economic reasons for inflation. Also, a new report urges the Senate to expand social programs in President Biden's "Build Back Better" legislation. Beltway insiders see the legislation as doomed to a pre-Christmas death due to Democratic Party infighting.Shane Stranahan, co-host of Fault Lines, joins us to discuss Joe Biden's summit for hypocrisy. Regarding President Biden's "summit of democracy," Branko Milanovic argues that "the most realistic, however, is to see it as a prelude to the creation of an unwieldy association of states, which would be used by the United States to spearhead its ideological crusade in the escalating geopolitical conflict with China and Russia."

    Presidents Putin and Xi Hold Virtual Meeting; Biden Administration Poll Numbers Crater

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2021 116:26

    Professor Nicolai Petro, professor of political science at the University of Rhode Island specializing in Ukraine and Russia, joins us to discuss the virtual meeting between the Russian and Chinese leaders. Chinese President Xi JinPing and Russian President Vladimir Putin attended a virtual meeting in which they discussed mutual security threats. Robert Fantina, journalist and Palestine activist, joins us to discuss Iran. A Responsible Statecraft article argues that President Biden's attempt to appease the hard-line Israelis has failed because they are fundamentally opposed to any detente between the US and Iran. Also, the US is allegedly preparing alternatives for when the JCPOA talks fail. Dr. Linwood Tauheed, associate professor of economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, joins us to discuss troubles in the Biden administration. One year in, the President is facing dismal poll numbers and a vice-presidential public relations disaster. Also, the left flank of the democrat party is upset because the President has failed to keep virtually any of his campaign promises, the economy is flailing, and his foreign policy is dangerously drifting towards multiple conflicts. Ted Rall, political cartoonist and syndicated columnist, joins us to discuss voting rights. Over 200 members of the Democratic caucus are coming together to press the president to push for the passage of the voting rights bill. Many are asking that the Senate delay holiday recess as a pressure tactic on those who oppose the legislation. Laith Marouf, broadcaster and journalist based in Beirut, joins us to discuss the Middle East. Another Lebanese official has spoken out in opposition to the Saudi-led war on Yemen. Also, Naftali Bennett is backing Israel's shoot to kill policy towards Palestinian civilians. Dan Kovalik, writer, author, and lawyer, joins us to discuss the Global South. Through its reckless use of economic sanctions, the US is pushing Nicaragua and other nations in the Global South to ally with China and Russia. Also, Honduras seems to be breaking free from US hegemony and might be the next nation to look Eastward for economic partners. Dr. David Oulaalou, author and international security analyst, joins us to discuss Russia-China relations. Russia and China have announced that they are coming together to create a new financial system that is outside of the purview of the US empire. This appears to be a move to bypass the Biden Administration's threats to disconnect adversaries from the SWIFT international payment system. William J. Astore, retired lieutenant USAF colonel and a senior fellow at the Eisenhower Media Network, joins us to discuss US military spending. Our hosts talk with William Astore about his new article regarding the "mushroom cloud" of military spending. Astore looks at recent failures in US foreign policy and examines how military spending has increased regardless of the outcomes of the myriad of military engagements that the US empire is prosecuting.

    Russia and China Announce Their Creation of a New Financial System

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2021 14:47

    Dr. David Oulaalou, author and international security analyst, joins us to discuss Russia-China relations. Russia and China have announced that they are coming together to create a new financial system that is outside of the purview of the US empire. This appears to be a move to bypass the Biden Administration's threats to disconnect adversaries from the SWIFT international payment system.

    Presidents Putin and Xi to Discuss NATO Belligerence; Israel Claims Preparation for Iran War

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 114:39

    Professor Nicolai Petro, professor of political science at the University of Rhode Island specializing in Ukraine and Russia, joins us to discuss the meeting between President Xi Jinping and Putin. The Presidents of Russia and China are meeting to discuss their bilateral partnership and mutual security issues regarding NATO and other appendages of the US empire. They will also be discussing other international affairs of significance to both world powers.Steve Poikonen, national organizer for Action4Assange, joins us to discuss Julian Assange. Chris Hedges writes that the US empire is in the process of executing Julian Assange for the crime of exposing it as a criminal enterprise. He describes Joe Bidan and the leaders who have pushed this lawfare against Assange as assassins and executioners.KJ Noh, activist, writer, and teacher, joins us to discuss China. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is again speaking out with aggression towards China. Blinken praised groups of nations that oppose China, such as AUKUS and The Quad, and vowed to make the Asian-Pacific area safe in accordance with US dictates. Dr. Ken Hammond, professor of East Asian and global history at New Mexico State University, joins us to discuss the US prosecuting its Cold War against Russia and China in Africa. The US is now arguing that a Chinese military base in Africa is a threat to the United States because it faces the Atlantic Ocean. In another example of hypocritical bravado, the US is claiming that it has the right to have over 200 bases in the Asian Pacific deliberately intended to threaten China, but China's single African base is worthy of significant alarm.John Kiriakou, journalist, author, and host of The Back Story, joins us to discuss the CIA. Recent astounding revelations that CIA personnel were involved in pedophilia are made worse by the inaction of the intelligence agency. Observers are considering whether the incidences of pedophilia and the related cover-ups are indicative of a twisted and perverted culture that could be related to the Epstein intelligence operation. Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss several military hotspots that the US may be stirring up. There are some indications that President Biden may be backing away from an all-out military confrontation in Ukraine. Also, Israel is again claiming that they are preparing for military aggression against Iran, and General Douglas Macgregor evaluates potential US military engagements in eastern Europe. Dan Lazare, author, investigative journalist, and author of "America's Undeclared War," joins us to discuss the slaughter of ten Afghan civilians by US troops. He also talks about the US's refusal to punish military personnel who are involved in the indiscriminate deaths of civilians.Dr. Colin Campbell, a Washington, DC, news correspondent, joins us to discuss the US economy. President Biden is moving forward with a plan to privatize Medicare. Also, we discuss inflation and whether the actual numbers may be underreported due to issues related to rent and housing.

    Julian Assange Suffers Stroke in Belmarsh; German Government Threatens Nord Stream 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 117:46

    Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, joins us to discuss Julian Assange. The Julian Assange saga deepens as the beleaguered publisher is reported to have suffered a stroke at Belmarsh prison. Also, we discuss Assange's health and its relevance to the US-UK extradition procedures.Mark Sleboda, Moscow-based international relations security analyst, joins us to discuss the NATO crisis. Russian diplomats are demanding that NATO rescind its offer to Ukraine and Georgia that they may be considered for entrance into NATO after a decade. Also, the US and NATO are rapidly building up their military capabilities in Ukraine, effectively turning it into a giant military base. Also, the new Green government in Germany is putting a hold on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project.Dr. Yolandra Hancock, board-certified pediatrician and obesity medicine specialist, joins us to discuss COVID-19. The omicron variant seems poised to replace the delta variant worldwide as it is considerably more contagious. Also, the US covid death toll has reached 800,000, and Dr. Fauci is saying that more boosters may be necessary. Teri Mattson, Latin American coordinator for CodePink, joins us to discuss the Global South. The landscape in South America is rapidly changing as many nations that have been victims of US-sponsored coups are using democratic means to throw off the yoke of imperialism.Laith Marouf, broadcaster and journalist based in Beirut, joins us to discuss the Middle East. Israeli leaders are again claiming that Iran is the biggest threat to world peace. Also, there are reports that a small contingent of special-ops soldiers in Syria was responsible for a massive amount of civilian deaths due to reckless targeting procedures. Yolian Ogbu, member of the Black Alliance for Peace and Horn of Africa Pan-Africans for Liberation and Solidarity, joins us to discuss Africa. The Biden administration is implying that they are considering military actions in Ethiopia as they have used the phrase "all options are on the table." Also, the US empire seems to be shifting its focus from the Middle East to Africa in a worldwide proxy war against China.Danny Shaw, author, activist, and professor of Latin American studies, joins us to discuss the US demonization of Vladimir Putin. Professor Shaw argues that the US military-industrial complex has used its typecast of Russian President Vladimir Putin as an "evil foreign enemy" as a means to justify massive war sales and subsequent profits. George Koo, journalist, social activist, and international business consultant, joins us to discuss China. The Presidents of Russia and China are scheduled to hold a virtual meeting on Wednesday. Also, China holds memorial services to remember the hundreds of thousands of lives lost during the Nanking massacre by imperial Japan.

    Julian Assange Reported to Have Suffered a Stroke

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 16:18

    Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, joins us to discuss Julian Assange. The Julian Assange saga deepens as the beleaguered publisher is reported to have suffered a stroke at Belmarsh prison. Also, we discuss Assange's health and its relevance to the US-UK extradition procedures.

    Weekly News Roundup; UK Court Rules on Julian Assange; Nicaragua Looks East; House Approves NDAA

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 11, 2021 113:38

    A UK court has ruled that Julian Assange can be extradited to the United States, and Nicaragua has announced that they will only recognize the "One China" policy as they sign economic deals with Russia and China.Robert Fantina, author and activist for Palestinian rights, joins us to discuss this week's important stories. A UK court has ruled that Julian Assange can be extradited to the United States, and Nicaragua has announced that they will only recognize the "One China" policy as they sign economic deals with Russia and China. Also, the Biden administration continues to flounder on the Iran nuclear deal, and the infamous Ukraine project continues to create disorder on Russia's border.Dr. Jack Rasmus, professor in economics and politics at St. Mary's College in California, joins us to discuss the economy. Dr Jack explains to us why jobless claims are falling to historic lows as the economic burden on the working class does not seem to be improving. Also, Congress has seemingly averted a debt ceiling problem and inflation continues to climb. Jon Jeter, journalist and author, joins us to discuss the Summit for Democracy. President Biden's summit of democracy is underway, and it is getting roundly criticized for both hypocrisy and inconsistency. Also, we discuss Julian Assange and overall domestic policy in the US.Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, and Dan Lazare, investigative journalist and author of "America's Undeclared War," come together to talk foreign policy. China and Russia are gaining significant footholds in Central America as they sign major trade deals with Nicaragua. Also, the Julian Assange ruling has been made, and President Biden seems to be pushing Ukraine to act on the Minsk Protocol.Jim Kavanagh, writer at thepolemicist.net and CounterPunch, and Gary Flowers, host of “The Gary Flowers Show” on radio station Rejoice WREJ-AM 990, come together to discuss this week's important stories. The House of Representatives has approved a massive 768 million dollar Pentagon bill. Also, the GOP's base is taking shape for upcoming elections, and US diplomats are boycotting the Beijing Winter Olympics.

    Biden Says No Troops to Ukraine: Senator Assails Biden Cuba Policy

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 112:33

    Mark Sleboda, Moscow-based international relations security analyst, joins us to discuss the results of the meeting between Presidents Putin and Biden. President Biden has officially announced that he has ruled out sending US troops to Ukraine. Also, President Biden implied that NATO may meet with Russian diplomats but the Russians advise that they are not familiar with any discussion regarding that matter.Dr. Ken Hammond, professor of East Asian and global history at New Mexico State University, joins us to discuss China. The US is levying an arms embargo on Cambodia arguing that the Asian nation is too heavily influenced by China. Also, The US is accusing Cambodia of not being transparent regarding Chinese "activity" near their largest naval base.Lee Lakeman, women's liberation activist, joins us to discuss the Ghislaine Maxwell trial. Our guest discusses Chris Hedges' latest article about the trial. Hedges argues that the issue reflects the US culture of ignoring the rights and needs of women in a profoundly sexist society.Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss President Biden's summit of democracy. Scott Ritter writes that "with his “Summit for Democracy,” Joe Biden enthrones himself on the collapsed stage of American exceptionalism, writes Scott Ritter." Ritter compares President Biden's campaign promises to his actions regarding foreign policy. Laith Marouf, broadcaster and journalist based in Beirut, joins us to discuss the Middle East. The US acts to tighten sanctions on Iran in a move that seems destined to destroy hopes of reentry into the JCPOA. Also, we discuss the reality that many of the new refugees in Europe are members of the US Kurdish client state in Iraq. Obi Egbuna, activist, and US Rep for The Zimbabwean Newspapers, joins us to discuss the Global South. A Haitian political group has sent a message to the US demanding that the Biden administration stop meddling in their affairs. Also, a US senator lambasted President Biden for failing to improve relations with Cuba.John Kiriakou, journalist, author, and Host of The Back Story, joins us to discuss some interesting moves by the CIA. CIA Chief William Burns recently pushed back on neocon hawks in DC by announcing that the Agency has found no evidence that Iran is seeking a nuclear weapon or that the Russians are planning to invade Ukraine.Marjorie Cohn, professor of law at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, joins us to discuss the upcoming Supreme Court decision on abortion. Marjorie Cohn argues that the SCOTUS is poised to actually eliminate a fundamental right when they rule on the Mississippi abortion case.

    Biden and Putin Talk Ukraine; CIA Chief Says No Evidence Iran Wants Nukes: Germany Forms Government

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 116:06

    Mark Sleboda, Moscow-based international relations security analyst, joins us to discuss the virtual meeting between the respective presidents of the United States and the Russian Federation. Russian President Vladimir Putin reiterated his red lines in Ukraine, and President Biden pushed a strawman Russian invasion in Tuesday's virtual meeting.Dan Lazare, author, investigative journalist, and author of "America's Undeclared War," joins us to discuss Germany's new government. The Germans have announced the formation of their new coalition government. However, a few of the names indicate that a more neocon approach to international affairs may be in order.Laith Marouf, broadcaster and journalist based in Beirut, joins us to discuss the Middle East. William Burns, the head of the CIA, has stated that he has seen no evidence that Iran is seeking a nuclear weapon. Also, the US is imposing more sanctions on Iran, making it less likely that a JCPOA settlement will be reached.Caleb Maupin, journalist and political analyst, joins us to discuss Kamala Harris. Politico reports that Kamala Harris is seeking new methods of gaining support as her polling numbers remain in the basement. Harris' team thinks that gaining support from Black women is the key to moving her numbers in a positive direction.Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink, joins us to discuss Pentagon spending. Congress has passed a 768 billion dollar defense spending bill with little pushback from either party. The legislation does not include the controversial measure to include women in the draft.Professor Nicolai Petro, professor of political science at the University of Rhode Island specializing in Ukraine and Russia, joins us to discuss the influence of the Nazi ideology in Eastern Europe. Several Eastern European governments trace their legacy back to Nazi collaborating groups during World War II. The Ukrainian president recently praised the legacy of Nazi collaborators, and evidence has come out that Belarusian coup conspirator Roman Protasevich trained with the neo-Nazi "Azov" battalion in Ukraine.George Koo, journalist, social activist, and international business consultant, joins us to discuss President Biden's summit of democracy. Koo's article examines the state of democracy in the United States and how that relates to President Biden's claim that he is the leader of the free world and thereby granted the right to organize the world against non-democratic nations.Nick Davies, peace activist and author of "Blood on Our Hands: The American Invasion of Iraq," joins us to discuss the United States drone program. The US drone killing machine has been joined by non-government militias due to the easy access to inexpensive drone technology. Assassination attacks have become frequent and the Houthi rebels have inflicted significant damage on the Saudis, often using homemade or commercially available drones.

    US Seemingly Involved in Attempts to Destabilize and Overthrow Many African Governments

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 16:15

    Gerald Horne, professor of history at the University of Houston, author, historian, and researcher, joins us to discuss Ethiopia. The US empire is moving to destabilize the African nation and many suspect that the move is another proxy attack on China. The US seems to be moving to destabilize and overthrow a number of African governments in an overt attempt to decrease Chinese influence on the resource-rich continent.

    Biden-Putin Summit; Is Omicron a Winner in Covid Fight?; Facebook Lawsuit

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 116:06

    Mark Sleboda, Moscow-based international relations security analyst, joins us to discuss the Putin-Biden summit. US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet today in a virtual summit as NATO advances closer to the Russian border. The world watches with bated breath as the two nuclear powers teeter on the edge of a collision that was created by the US overthrow of the government of Ukraine.Scott Ritter, former UN weapons inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss the EU's "Cuban Missile Crisis" on the Russian border. The hope for a peaceful solution to the United States empire's advances on the Russian border is weak, but still alive as Europe faces an existential crisis of its own making.Dr. Yolandra Hancock, board-certified pediatrician and obesity medicine specialist, joins us to discuss the omicron variant. As the latest coronavirus variant continues its inevitable takeover of the landscape, there is a rare discussion as to whether the milder version of the virus could potentially bring an end to the pandemic via a process known as the "law of diminishing virulence."George Koo, journalist, social activist, and international business consultant, joins us to discuss China. The US has announced a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in China. Also, we discuss the Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai, whose recent actions have been used as a blunt weapon to attack the Chinese government.K.J. Noh, activist, writer, and teacher, joins us to discuss the latest lawsuit against Facebook. A 150 billion dollar lawsuit against Facebook has been filed by Rohingya refugees arguing that the social media giant did not use enough censorship to stop hate speech against their group. Some civil libertarian observers are suspicious that the lawsuit may be another move to facilitate increased censorship on social media.Robert Fantina, journalist and Palestine activist, joins us to discuss Israel and Iran. Israel has launched another series of attacks on the nation of Syria. Also, Israel is making a number of odd demands of the US related to negotiations over the JCPOA.Gerald Horne, professor of history at the University of Houston, author, historian, and researcher, joins us to discuss Ethiopia. The US empire is moving to destabilize the African nation, and many suspect that the move is another proxy attack on China. The US seems to be moving to destabilize and overthrow a number of African governments in an overt attempt to decrease Chinese influence on the resource-rich continent.Ajamu Baraka, 2016 US vice presidential candidate for the Green Party, joins us to discuss President Biden's summit of democracy. President Biden has invited the US-sponsored Venezuelan actor Juan Guaido to his worldwide summit of democracies in a move that is increasingly revealing this gathering as a theater of the absurd.

    Presidents Biden and Putin to Meet Tuesday; Hunter Biden's Laptop From Hell; Kamala Harris Crashes

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 117:18

    Mark Sleboda, Moscow-based international relations security analyst, joins us to discuss Tuesday's international meeting. Presidents Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden will be holding a critical telemeeting on Tuesday to discuss the crisis in Ukraine and other urgent matters. Also, NATO's Jen Stoltenberg is using over the top anti-Russia rhetoric.Scott Ritter, former UN weapons inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss Ukraine. Scott argues that the West's claim that Russia is planning on invading Ukraine is absurd and exists only in the minds of the neocon foreign policy blob. Also, President Biden claims that he will make it very difficult for Russia in Ukraine.KJ Noh, activist, writer, and teacher, joins us to discuss Myanmar and China. A Myanmar court has sentenced former leader Aung San Suu Kyi to four years in prison, drawing concerns that the 76 year old is receiving a virtual life sentence. Also, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is warning that the US will retaliate against any Chinese military act against Taiwan with "terrible consequences."Niko House, political activist, independent journalist and podcaster, joins us to discuss Hunter Biden. A new book called "Laptop From Hell" contends that President Joe Biden claimed ten percent of the proceeds from a deal between his son and a Chinese company. This is significant because the President has previously denied receiving any financial consideration from his son's international business ventures.Laith Marouf, broadcaster and journalist based in Beirut, joins us to discuss the Middle East. There are reports that once again civilians may have been killed in the latest US drone strikes in Syria. Also, French President Emmanual Macron announced that he is teaming with Saudi Arabia on a plan to solve the economic and political crisis in Lebanon.Margaret Kimberley, editor and senior columnist at Black Agenda Report and author of "Prejudential: Black America and the Presidents," joins us to discuss Africa. Margaret argues that China is working to close economic deals with Africa rather than colonize the beleaguered resource-rich continent. Also, the Ethiopian forces seem to have turned the tide against the US-backed TPLF forces. Dan Kovalik, writer, author, and lawyer, joins us to discuss Nicaragua. The US hybrid war against Nicaragua has thus far failed miserably as the Central American nation has successfully executed the will of the people in a recent election. The ability to resist incredible pressure from the most powerful imperial force in the world sets an example that the US will be reticent to accept.Caleb Maupin, journalist and political analyst, joins us to discuss Kamala Harris. The Vice President continues to face harsh criticism as a recent Washington Post article shares interviews with former staff members that describe her in less than flattering terms.

    Weekly News Roundup; Omicron Variant Spreads; Biden's Summit of Hypocrisy; Craig Murray Free

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 4, 2021 116:20

    Caleb Maupin, journalist and political analyst, joins us to wrap up the important stories for the week. President Biden is being urged to stop providing arms to Saudi Arabia for the Yemen war. Also, we discuss the EU crisis in Ukraine, US and Iran negotiations on the JCPOA, and the Russian-Chinese strategic partnership.Jack Rasmus, professor in economics and politics at St. Mary's College in California, joins us to discuss the economic stories for the week. Jobless claims are rapidly falling, Janet Yellen is defending the administration's spending plans, and we discuss the fall of the neoliberal economic model.John Burris, civil rights attorney, joins us to discuss this week's court cases. Signals are coming out of the Supreme Court that it may be willing to uphold Mississippi's draconian abortion limits and effectively kill the Roe v. Wade decision. Meanwhile, calls mount for Congress to step in and address the issue.Ajamu Baraka, 2016 US vice presidential candidate for the Green Party, and Margaret Kimberley, editor and senior columnist at Black Agenda Report and author of "Prejudential: Black America and the Presidents," come together to discuss this week's stories. The US continues its imperialist war against Venezuela. Also, we discuss the argument over Rep. Boebert's racist comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar, and President Biden's upcoming summit of democracy. Jim Kavanagh, writer at thepolemicist.net and CounterPunch, and Dan Lazare, author and investigative journalist, join us to discuss important stories of the week. The Biden administration's support for unstable neo-Nazi factions in Ukraine is creating a dangerous situation on the Russian border. Also, we discuss Craig Murray's recent release from prison, Julian Assange, US coup mongering in Central and South America, dysfunction in the Kamala Harris camp, and Joe Biden's hypocritical summit of democracy.

    NATO Creates Nightmare Scenario in Ukraine; Omicron Confirmed in US; SCOTUS Considers Abortion Cases

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 114:37

    Scott Ritter, former UN weapons inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss the crisis in Eastern Europe. Russia is warning the US Empire that the situation in Ukraine is approaching a nightmare scenario. Also, the Russian Foreign Minister is stating that US medium-range missiles may soon be deployed in Europe, further destabilizing the situation.Dr. Iyabo Obasanjo, professor, epidemiologist, veterinarian, and the daughter of former Nigerian President Mr. Olusegun Obasanjo, joins us to discuss covid. The first case of the omicron variant has been documented in the United States. The case was found in a person who is fully vaccinated and the symptoms appear to be quite mild. The mild symptoms are consistent with the findings of the scientists in South Africa who first documented the variant.Dr. Linwood Tauheed, associate professor of economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, joins us to discuss the economy. Traditional neoliberal conservatives are arguing for austerity by blaming inflation on social spending. However, the issue of supply chain-related scarcity and other factors that would not support their case is being ignored. Dan Lazare, author, investigative journalist, and author of "America's Undeclared War," joins us to discuss Russia-gate. Patrick Lawrence writes that Russia-gate has completely collapsed, but the insidious consequences of gaslighting the entire population of the West lives on. Lawrence argues that while Russia-gate is dead, the price we will pay for the intelligence operation is high, and we are destined to pay it for some time to come.John Burris, civil rights attorney, joins us to discuss the Supreme Court. Signals are coming out of the Supreme Court that it may be willing to uphold Mississippi's draconian abortion limits and effectively kill the Roe v. Wade decision. Meanwhile, calls mount for Congress to step in and address the issue.Robert Fantina, journalist and Palestine activist, joins us to discuss President Biden's Summit for Democracy. Joe Biden's Summit for Democracy is revealed as an absurd caricature move to maintain US world hegemony as the planet rapidly exits the brief period of unipolarity. Carlos Castaneda, immigration lawyer, joins us to discuss immigration. President Biden's campaign promises to improve the situation at the border rings hollow as the dire situation for immigrants held in detention centers continues unabated.Teri Mattson, Latin American Coordinator for CodePink, joins us to discuss the Global South. Latin America has become the epicenter of the political-ideological struggle as nation after nation escapes the brutal grip of neoliberalism. Chile, Columbia, and Brazil are some of the last holdouts of the US empire's murderous Monroe Doctrine and observers expect upcoming elections to free them from the economic stranglehold of the US empire.

    Ukraine Moves Forces to Conflict Zone; Craig Murray Leaves Jail; Biden's Summit of Hypocrisy

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 115:08

    Gerald Horne, professor of history at the University of Houston, author, historian, and researcher, joins us to discuss President Biden's "summit for hypocrisy." US President Joe Biden has ironically contradicted the underlying contention of his "summit for democracy" by asserting that the United States has the right to unilaterally label governments of the world and create dispossessed factions. Biden's latest move has been panned by international observers in many nations and serves to undermine the fundamental rights of sovereignty and national independence.Mark Sleboda, Moscow-based international relations security analyst, joins us to discuss Eastern Europe. In their latest blatant provocation, the Ukrainian military has moved nearly half of all armed forces to the conflict zone on the border of the breakaway republics in the east. Observers are left to consider whether the move was planned by Western governments that control the client state of the US empire.Jim Kavanagh, writer at thepolemicist.net and CounterPunch and author of "Danger in Society: Against Vaccine Passports,” joins us to discuss Craig Murray and Julian Assange. Journalist Craig Murray has been released from a Scottish prison after serving 8 months for the crime of journalism. Also, the high court in London is expected to rule shortly on the US appeal of the decision not to extradite Julian Assange to the US on espionage charges.Dan Kovalik, writer, author, and lawyer, joins us to discuss the Syria airstrike. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has ordered a new investigation into the 2019 airstrike in Syria that killed 80 people, including over 60 women and children. This comes after multiple news reports that the Pentagon worked to cover up the deadly act and fired employees who argued for an open and honest inquiry.Laith Marouf, broadcaster and journalist based in Beirut, joins us to discuss the Middle East. The Iraq election commission has confirmed that the party of Moqtada al-Sadr has won a majority of seats in parliament. Also, the Iran nuclear negotiations are underway in Vienna, and Iranian leaders are holding firm to their requirement that the US return to fulfilling its agreed obligations to restart the agreement.Mnar Adley, founder and editor at MintPress News, joins us to discuss Venezuela. The wife of kidnapped Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab has been interviewed by journalists from the Mintpress News staff. Also, Black Agenda Report has relisted a 2019 article written by Glen Ford blasting the racist imperialist US hybrid war on Venezuela.Miko Peled, author and activist, joins us to discuss Israel. Peled writes an enlightening article that summarizes the apartheid conditions in Israel. He found that even when he was arrested for protesting, he received preferential treatment over the Palestinians that were taken at the same time. Netfa Freeman, host of Voices With Vision on WPFW 89.3 FM, Pan-Africanist and internationalist organizer, joins us to discuss Africa. Dangerous military clashes are taking place along the border of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ugandan officials have confirmed that artillery and air raids were recently undertaken against the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).

    Interview with Wife of Kidnapped Venezuelan Diplomat Alex Saab

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 14:21

    Mnar Adley, founder and editor at MintPress News, joins us to discuss Venezuela. The wife of kidnapped Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab has been interviewed by journalists from the Mintpress News staff. Also, Black Agenda Report has relisted a 2019 article written by Glen Ford blasting the racist imperialist US hybrid war on Venezuela.

    Summitt for Hypocrisy

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 16:11

    Gerald Horne, professor of history at the University of Houston, author, historian, and researcher, joins us to discuss President Biden's "summit for hypocrisy." US President Joe Biden has ironically contradicted the underlying contention of his "summit for democracy" by asserting that the United States has the right to unilaterally label governments of the world and create dispossessed factions. Biden's latest move has been panned by international observers in many nations and serves to undermine the fundamental rights of sovereignty and national independence.

    Twitter Censorship Likely to Increase; CNN's Cuomo Caught in Scandal; Biden's Summit for Hypocrisy

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 115:03

    Niko House, political activist, independent journalist and podcaster, joins us to discuss Twitter. Parag Agrawal, the new CEO of Twitter, is being closely scrutinized for past comments he has made regarding the issue of censorship. Agrawal formerly tweeted, “Our role is not to be bound by the First Amendment, but our role is to serve a healthy public conversation and our moves are reflective of things that we believe lead to a healthier public conversation."Caleb Maupin, journalist and political analyst, joins us to discuss Joe Biden's controversial "summit for democracies." International security observers are slamming the hypocrisy of President Biden's ham-handed attempt to convince onlookers that he is advocating for democracy worldwide as his administration works to overthrow democratically elected governments, oppose free and fair elections when parties that they oppose are victorious, and support autocratic monarchies and dictatorships.Dan Lazare, author, investigative journalist and author of "America's Undeclared War," joins us to discuss the Chris Cuomo scandal. CNN anchor Chris Cuomo is facing allegations that he used his professional contacts to run interference for sexual impropriety allegations against his brother.Wyatt Reed, Sputnik News Analyst, joins us to discuss the Honduras election. Anti-neoliberal candidate Xiomara Castro won a landslide election in the Central American nation. Wyatt joins us to give his on-the-ground reporting of the results.Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss Iran. Iran and the US are returning to the negotiating table in Vienna to discuss the JCPOA. Iran is holding firm to its position that the deal must be re-entered by all parties and all sanctions must be removed. There are scattered reports that the Biden administration is considering taking the offer, but much skepticism remains.Martin Sieff, senior fellow at the American University in Moscow, joins us to discuss the Russia-China strategic partnership. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warns that the US and its allies are hatching confrontational schemes against China in the Asia Pacific region. Meanwhile, the US war machine is upgrading bases in Guam and Australia.Tunde Osazua, on the Africa Team of the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) and coordinator of BAP's "U.S. Out of Africa" Network, joins us to discuss Africa. There are significant military confrontations between Uganda and the Congo. Also, there are reports that several Sudanese soldiers have been killed in an Ethiopian attack.Dr. Ken Hammond, professor of East Asian and global history at New Mexico State University, joins us to discuss the potential of nuclear war. Caitlin Johnstone has penned a new piece in which she posits that the propaganda aimed at citizens in the West does not discuss the reality that Russia and China are acting defensively against the aggression of the US empire.

    Omicron Variant Sparks Concern; AUKUS Solomons Islands Coup?; US Backed Government Falls in Honduras

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 116:25

    Dr. Gigi El-Bayoumi, professor of medicine at the George Washington University Hospital and founding director at the Rodham Institute at GWU, joins us to discuss covid. The omicron variant is causing great concern worldwide as its spread seems imminent and uncontrollable. Meanwhile, South African scientists claim that the newest variant may be following Theobald Smith's "law of diminishing virulence" as it has so far produced no hospitalizations and the symptoms are reported to be mild.Wyatt Reed, Sputnik News Analyst, joins us to discuss the elections in Honduras. The US Empire is suspected of foul play as their 2009 far-right-wing coup government has been ousted in a blowout by the people of the Central American nation. Sputnik Analyst Wyatt Reed is on the ground for a detailed report.Dan Lazare, author, investigative journalist and author of "America's Undeclared War," joins us to discuss the Solomon Islands. The US Empire's AUKUS coalition is suspected of orchestrating a coup in the Solomon Islands as the Beijing-friendly government sees Australian troops moving towards an illegal occupation.Mark Sleboda, Moscow-based international relations security analyst, joins us to discuss multiple problems in the EU. Germany has told the US empire that sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 project will cause problems between the two nations, but few expect the empire to accept the sovereignty of the Bavarian republic. Also, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov states that allegations that Russia plans to attack Ukraine are absurd.K.J. Noh, peace activist, writer, and teacher, joins us to discuss China. China's goal in the Taiwan standoff with the US Empire appears to be deterrence through military strength. International security analysts are now arguing that the US would likely lose a military confrontation if it chose to attempt to defend Taiwan from the People's Liberation Army of China.Laith Marouf, broadcaster and journalist based in Beirut, joins us to discuss Israel. A number of human rights groups in Europe are condemning Israel's most recent destruction of Palestinian homes. Also, hate crime attacks on Palestinian civilians by hostile Israeli settlers are on the rise.Yolian Ogdu, member of the Black Alliance for Peace and Horn of Africa Pan-Africans for Liberation and Solidarity, joins us to discuss Ethiopia. Recent information has come out that several Western diplomats are discussing their preference that the TPLF overthrow the democratically-elected government of Ethiopia. Also, the Ethiopian government is warning the US empire against spreading false information.Jim Kavanagh, writer at thepolemicist.net and CounterPunch and author of "Danger in Society: Against Vaccine Passports,” joins us to discuss Julian Assange. A Spanish judge is complaining that the US Empire is stonewalling attempts to look into a private security firm that allegedly spied on Julian Assange. Also, The Guardian stands accused of sitting on a bombshell story about the persecuted journalist in service to US intelligence interests.

    Weekly News Wrap Up; Tony Blinken Destabilizes Africa; EU Faces Failed Energy Policies

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2021 117:45

    Margaret Kimberly, editor and senior columnist at Black Agenda Report and author of "prejudential: Black America and the Presidents," joins us to discuss this week's stories. Margaret has penned an interesting article in which she critiques the cop26 meeting. Also, we discuss Nicaragua and US censorship.Dr. Iyabo Obasanjo, professor, epidemiologist, veterinarian, and the daughter of former Nigerian President Mr. Olusegun Obasanjo, joins us to discuss the US empire in Africa. The US continues to destabilize Africa as the State department makes outrageous demands of the Ethiopian government. Dr. Jack Rasmus, Prof. in Economics and Politics at St. Mary's College in California joins us to discuss the economy. Dr. Jack gives us a week's end update of inflation, the jobs report and Biden's reappointment of the Federal Reserves.Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq and Mark Sleboda, Moscow-based international relations security analyst, join us to discuss foreign policy. NATO is creating a dangerous situation on the Russian border. Scott and Mark come together to give us perspectives from both sides of the border. Also, Experts are calling for US leaders to step in and stop the push for an extinction-level war over the failed state of Ukraine. Ajamu Baraka, former VP Candidate, Green Party and Netfa Freeman, host of Voices With Vision on WPFW 89.3 FM, Pan-Africanist and internationalist organizer, join us to discuss Africa and the Global South. The US Secretary of State is on a destabilizing trip through Africa, ALso, we discuss Haiti, the Venezuelan elections, and Nicaragua leaving the Organization of American States.

    US Sec. of State Antony Blinken says the war in Tigray puts Ethiopia on a "path of destruction".

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 15:42

    Gerald Horne, professor of history at the University of Houston, author, historian, and researcher, joins us to discuss Ethiopia. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with media outlets on Friday, saying that the war in Tigray has put Ethiopia on a "path of destruction," that could have effects throughout east Africa. He also stated that Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopia's Prime Minister, must fulfill "his responsibility and end violence in the region." The Biden administration sanctioned Eritrea's military and political party for "their involvement in the ongoing crisis in northern Ethiopia.

    Three men are found guilty in the death of Ahmaud Arbery.

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 115:44

    John Burris, civil rights attorney, joins us to discuss the results of the Ahmad Aubrey case. George Koo, journalist, social activist, and international business consultant, also joins us in this segment to discuss China. He analyzes a Global Times editorial summarizing how the US and China have a lot of common economic interests, and how much the US needs China's help to solve its problems. The article then goes on to say things will not work out for the US if the Biden administration continues the brutal "decoupling" strategy of the Trump era. Laith Marouf, broadcaster and journalist based in Beirut, joins us to discuss the Middle East. Israel's ex-prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood trial this week over corruption charges in Jerusalem. One of his former spokespersons testified in court yesterday. calling Netanyahu a media "control freak."Dan Lazare, author, investigative journalist and author of "America's Undeclared War," joins us to discuss the rehabilitation of Syria's government and how Damascus has a chance to become the next arena for geopolitical competition between the region's Arab power centers and Iran." Aslo, there are reports that US officials believe that a recent attack on a US military base last month was retaliation for recent Israel strikes.Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss Russia. An RT article posits that the recent disturbances in Russian-Ukrainian relations, along with the increasing involvement of the US, could prove to be "among the most significant milestones in the history of Europe since the end of the Cold War, over three decades ago."Gerald Horne, professor of history at the University of Houston, author, historian, and researcher, joins us to discuss Ethiopia. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with media outlets on Friday, saying that the war in Tigray has put Ethiopia on a "path of destruction," that could have effects throughout east Africa. He also stated that Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopia's Prime Minister, must fulfill "his responsibility and end violence in the region." The Biden administration sanctioned Eritrea's military and political party for "their involvement in the ongoing crisis in northern Ethiopia.Dr. Jemima Pierre, an associate professor of Black studies and anthropology at the University of California, joins us to discuss Haiti. Dr. Pierre analyses an editorial in Haiti Liberte that describes the "shameful spectacle" of imperialist and neocolonial forces celebrating on the anniversary of the Battle of Vertieres, the interim Prime Minister Ariel Henry's September 11 Musseau Agreement. Minister Ariel is described as "under the thumb" of the United States.Dr. Jack Rasmus, professor in economics and politics at St. Mary's College in California, joins us to discuss the economy. Dr. Jack discusses the infrastructure of the Build Back Better Bill along with Biden's reasons for reappointing Jerome Powell of the Federal Reserves Chair.Wyatt Reed, Sputnik News Analyst, joins us to discuss Honduras. Wyatt discusses imperial double standards for elections. He also discusses a Global Times report about an online disinformation campaign against Honduras that is probably orchestrated by Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

    EU Energy Crisis deepens; Biden Slammed for Re-nominating Jerome Powell

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 115:35

    Alexander Mercouris, editor in chief at theduran.com and host of "The Duran" on YouTube, joins us to discuss the EU. The White House is working to set up a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin as the crisis in their client state, Ukraine, deepens. Also, the US is facing a disastrous winter as their policy of buying energy on the spot market has imploded. We dissect their reasoning for blaming Russia.Dr. Linwood Tauheed, associate professor of economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, joins us to discuss economics. President Biden is slammed by many economic observers for re-nominating Fed Chair Jerome Powell. Also, Supply chain issues are worsening as the holidays approach and the cost of shipping containers skyrockets. K.J. Noh, peace activist, writer, and teacher, joins us to discuss China. President Biden's pledges that he would respect China's red lines regarding Taiwan are betrayed by the US holding "economic prosperity" talks with the Island's leadership. China considers this move to be another example of its assertion that the US is "playing with fire" regarding the red lines that it has set forth.Nick Davies, peace activist and author of "Blood on Our Hands: The American Invasion of Iraq," joins us to discuss the NATO-driven crisis on the Ukrainian border. Medea Benjamin and Nicholas Davies have penned an article in which they outline the dangerously high stakes game that the US and NATO are playing on the Russian border. Dan Lazare, author, investigative journalist and author of "America's Undeclared War," joins us to discuss the Middle East. The US has allegedly warned Israel about the danger of their "clandestine" attacks on Iran but the Israelis are ignoring their warnings. Is the Israeli government trying to start a disastrous war? Also, Yemen is getting closer to taking the important Marib region and analysts are arguing that it may usher in an end to the conflict.Gerald Horne, professor of history at the University of Houston, author, historian, and researcher, joins us to discuss Africa. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is touring, and many argue destabilizing, Africa. Blinken is warning African nations not to invest in China even though the Asian giant is America's largest creditor.Leo Flores, Latin America coordinator for Code Pink, joins us to discuss the Global South. We examine the recent elections in Venezuela and why president Maduro's party has again won a decisive victory. Also, Nicaragua, weary of US regime change efforts, has decided to exit the OAS.Niko House, political activist, independent journalist and podcaster, joins us to discuss the New York Times push for neoliberalism. A recent New York Times article pushes for the Democrat party to continue with the same neoliberal policies that are currently collapsing their support among working-class voters.

    Blinken Warns African Nations Not to Invest in China Even Though China is America's Largest Creditor

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 15:06

    Gerald Horne, professor of history at the University of Houston, author, historian, and researcher, joins us to discuss Africa. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is touring, and many argue destabilizing, Africa. Blinken is warning African nations not to invest in China even though the Asian giant is America's largest creditor.

    NATO War Games Near Russian Border; Maduro's Party Wins Big In Venezuela

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 117:25

    Mark Sleboda, Moscow-based international relations security analyst, joins us to discuss Eastern Europe. Tensions are mounting as NATO forces increase their provocations on the Russian border. Also, the Pentagon is asking Russia to explain the movements of troops on Russian soil, and fearful experts are calling for dialogue to avoid an accidental war with Russia.Wyatt Reed, Sputnik News analyst, joins us to discuss Venezuela. Opposition parties participated in the latest round of elections in Venezuela as President Maduro's popular ruling party appears headed for another sweeping victory. Also, Nicaragua is leaving the OAS due to countless instances of election interference and US-sponsored regime change attacks in the Global South.Dr. Linwood Tauheed, associate professor of economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, joins us to discuss unemployment. Bruce Bossardy has written an interesting article in which he argues that the metrics used to calculate employment statistics in the United States are flawed and intentionally misleading. He also posits that the issue of job quality is ignored, even though it is critical to understand the problems experienced by the working class.Max Rameau, Haitian-born political theorist, author and organizer with Pan-African Community Action, joins us to discuss Haiti. We discuss the resignation of the US envoy to Haiti, Daniel Foote. On its face, Foote's resignation and subsequent statements about US interference appear to be positive acts that move the impoverished nation closer to independence. However, our guest's deeper dive reveals a more sinister version of this seemingly positive event. Dr. Linwood Tauheed, associate professor of economics at the University of Missouri- Kansas City, joins us to discuss the Middle East. In his latest round of boisterous and aggressive speeches, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin continued with the debunked claim that Iran is seeking nuclear weapons and that the US will stop them at all costs. Indicating that military action is possible, Austin stated that “if Iran isn't willing to engage seriously, then we will look at all of the options necessary to keep the United States secure.”Marjorie Cohn, Professor Emerita of Law at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, joins us to discuss the Ahmaud Arbery case. She has a new article in which she discusses the Arbery murder case in detail. Marjorie argues that the defendants are using arguments that hearken back to the legacy of slave patrols in pre-Civil War America.Jim Kavanagh, writer at thepolemicist.net and CounterPunch and author of "Danger in Society: Against Vaccine Passports,” joins us to discuss Julian Assange. The Grayzone has exposed new files that demonstrate the Australian government's knowledge and complicity in the persecution of Julian Assange. The files show that Canberra was aware of the CIA plot to kidnap and kill Assange. Caleb Maupin, journalist and political analyst, joins us to discuss censorship. Rainer Shea has written a brilliant article in which he argues that the US's supposed war against "foreign meddling and misinformation" is really a thinly veiled attempt to quell the inevitable uprisings by the ever-growing groups of marginalized people inside of its borders.

    Weekly News Roundup; Biden's Approval Ratings Crater; Neocon Astroturf Protests in Cuba Fall Flat

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2021 113:36

    John Burris, civil rights attorney, and Steve Poikonen, national organizer for Action4Assange, join us to wrap up the important stories for the week. The neocon regime change plan for Cuba has fallen flat as their November astroturf protests drew little fanfare. Also, President Biden held a virtual summit with China's leader, the US is making absurd allegations of election fraud against Nicaragua, and a new story has come out claiming that the USS Connecticut was attacked by a Chinese drone.Jack Rasmus, professor in economics and politics at St. Mary's College in California, joins us to discuss the economic stories for the week. Inflation continues to surge as energy prices skyrocket. Also, gold prices go up, Biden's approval ratings plunge, and the "Build Back Better" plan may soon see a vote. Dr. Yolandra Hancock, board-certified pediatrician and obesity medicine specialist, joins us to discuss covid. OSHA has decided to drop an application of the federal vaccine mandates after a federal court issued a scathing rebuke. Also, the FDA is likely to authorize an additional shot for all adults, and approximately 10 percent of the children in the US have gotten vaccinated.Dr. Linwood Tauheed, associate professor of economics at the University of Missouri- Kansas City, and James Carey, editor/co-owner at Geopoliticsalert.com, join us to discuss this week's major stories. The US military budget is bloated and growing larger as economic problems increase for everyday citizens. Also, we discuss the president's approval ratings, and the "Build Back Better" legislation.Jim Kavanagh, writer at thepolemicist.net and CounterPunch, and Dan Lazare, author and investigative journalist, join us to discuss important stories of the week. Democrats are concerned that their current leadership is not viable for a 2024 presidential run. Also, Germans look to be facing a long cold winter partially due to EU intransigence with the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, the US is fueling astroturf protests in Cuba, Biden recently talked with President Xi Jinping of China, and the Democrats have hidden a giant tax cut for the rich inside of Joe Biden's signature "Build Back Better" legislation.

    Dems Blame Racism & Sexism on VP's Ratings Collapse; Will Germany Freeze Over Nordstream 2 Rejection?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 115:12

    Steve Poikonen, national organizer for Action4Assange, joins us to discuss the horrific polling numbers for the leaders of the Democratic Party. Presidential spokesperson Jen Psaki is getting backlash after she blamed sexism and racism on the precipitous drop in polling numbers for embattled Vice President Kamala Harris. Also, the Democratic Party is struggling to find competent popular leadership as upcoming elections look bleaker by the day.John Burris, civil rights attorney, joins us to discuss legal cases in the US. A defendant who fatally shot Ahmaud Arbery argues that he feared for his life after he and several other men chased Arbery and cornered him with a loaded shotgun. Also, the prosecution in the Kyle Rittenhouse case is in deep and serious trouble after holding back high-definition drone footage.Martin Sieff, senior fellow at the American University in Moscow, joins us to discuss Eastern Europe. Russia has released diplomatic cables showing that France and Germany rejected a peace plan for the Donbass region in Eastern Ukraine. Also, John Bolton argues for overt regime change in Belarus.Gerald Horne, professor of history at the University of Houston, author, historian, and researcher, joins us to discuss Africa. There is a danger of US military intervention in Ethiopia as the US state department warns pilots of surface-to-air fire in the war-torn nation. Observers are concerned that the African nation may be the latest target for regime change as neocons begin their usual regiment of propaganda against the sitting government.Laith Marouf, broadcaster and journalist based in Beirut, joins us to discuss the Middle East. The US has floated a temporary nuclear deal to Israeli officials for approval before presenting it to an Iranian diplomatic corp that is sure to reject the hapless plan. Also, the Yemen war may be coming to an end as Saudi mercenaries are forced to withdraw from areas that have been seized by Houthi fighters.George Koo, journalist, social activist, and international business consultant, joins us to discuss China. International security observers are concerned that the US TV show "60 Minutes" operates as a mouthpiece for the Washington neocons by pushing absurd propaganda about a potential Chinese invasion of Australia. Wyatt Reed, Sputnik News analyst, joins us to discuss Nicaragua. The US and its regime change proxy, the Organization of American States, are pushing another coup attempt against Nicaragua by refusing to recognize its elections. Also, a bipartisan sanctions regime levied against the people of the Central American nation is designed to cause misery and starvation.Dan Lazare, author, investigative journalist and author of "America's Undeclared War," joins us to discuss fuel problems in Europe. Germany's failure to quickly certify the Nordstream 2 pipeline could guarantee a long and brutal winter for its citizens. In a self-defeating move, the fuel-starved European power is prolonging the certification of its fuel lifeline to Russia, and the people and industries of Germany are likely to pay a dear price throughout the cold season.

    The US military could be poised for intervention in Ethiopia

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 14:15

    Gerald Horne, professor of history at the University of Houston, author, historian, and researcher, joins us to discuss Africa. There is a danger of US military intervention in Ethiopia as the US state department warns pilots of surface-to-air fire in the war-torn nation. Observers are concerned that the African nation may be the latest target for regime change as neocons begin their usual regiment of propaganda against the sitting government.

    Assange Suffering in Shocking Prison Conditions; US Diplomats Boycott China's Olympics

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 116:13

    Shane Stranahan, co-host of Fault Lines, joins us to discuss US foreign policy. A recent study shows that the US and its allies are causing a worldwide decay of democracies through attacks on voting rights, judicial independence, and freedom of the press. According to the report, "36% of all democratic "backsliding" has happened in the U.S. and U.S.-aligned countries, including Turkey, Hungary, and Israel."Jim Kavanagh, writer at thepolemicist.net and CounterPunch, joins us to discuss Julian Assange. Two unannounced inspections at Belmarsh Prison in London revealed that the embattled publisher is living in unbearable conditions. The inspections found that the deplorable conditions are not compatible with an inmate maintaining a reasonable state of mental health and that precautions to prevent self-harm are almost nonexistent.Nick Davies, peace activist and author of "Blood on Our Hands: The American Invasion of Iraq," joins us to discuss the Pentagon budget. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has said that the US needs to get its priorities straight as he plans for a no vote on the latest military budget. Also, retired US Army Major Danny Sjursen argues that the US empire is pinching pennies for its citizens and opening the financial floodgates for the military-industrial complex.K.J. Noh, peace activist, writer, and teacher, joins us to discuss China. President Xi Jinping has identified 3 basic principles and 4 priorities for the Asian world power. After he met with Biden, the Chinese leader made it clear that the US must turn his words of moderation into action. Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss the likelihood of the US joining in a military engagement to support the Neo-Nazi government of Ukraine and/or the island of Taiwan. Patrick Lawrence argues that the people of the US would not be willing to accept the losses involved in such acts of folly and that the US government is well aware of that reality.John Burris, civil rights attorney, joins us to discuss two major US court cases. The jury continues to deliberate on the Kyle Rittenhouse case, and the European Union is calling on Oklahoma to commute the execution of Julius Jones. A petition for the commutation of Jones's execution has garnered over 6 million signatures.James Carey, editor/co-owner at Geopoliticsalert.com, joins us to discuss Israel. In a move that some observers view as propaganda, Israeli security personnel are drilling for a potential "dirty bomb" attack ostensibly by Hezbollah. Also, Defense Minister Benny Gantz continues to ramp up hawkish rhetoric against Iran as he claims that Israel is ready to go to war with the Islamic Republic.Ricardo Vaz, political analyst and editor at VenezuelAnalysis.com, joins us to discuss Venezuela. The US State Department is again condemning the Venezuelan elections before they occur. Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro lambasted the regime change neocons, stating that “It is shameful how the Department of State intends to interfere in the internal affairs of Venezuela.”

    Negotiations Ongoing After Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict Reignites; Biden-Xi Meeting Concludes

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 115:55

    Dr. Ken Hammond, professor of East Asian and global history at New Mexico State University, joins us to discuss China. Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Joe Biden seemed to work around some of the difficulties between the two world powers in a virtual meeting. Biden is reported to have reassured the Asian leader that the US would continue with the "One China" policy and not support Taiwan's independence. Professor Danny Shaw, author, activist, and professor of Latin American studies, joins us to discuss South America. The US empire and its client states have combined to levy sanctions against Nicaragua after incumbent President Daniel Ortega won another landslide victory. Also, Bolivian President Luis Arce argues that Latin America can no longer operate under the Monroe Doctrine, in which the US empire assumes administrative power over the entire continent.Mark Sleboda, Moscow-based international relations security analyst, joins us to discuss the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Armenia's security council secretary Armen Grigoryan has requested military assistance from Russia after border clashes resulted in casualties on its border with Azerbaijan. In November, the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh and border districts of the Syunik Region of Armenia worsened sharply.Dr. Linwood Tauheed, associate professor of economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, joins us to discuss the economy. The Democrats are demanding a tax cut for the rich, which will be the most costly part of President Biden's "Build Back Better" program. Economists are arguing that it is a political gift to the GOP, which will use it to increase their victories in 2022.Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss foreign policy. Scott explains the reality of America's narcissistic "Rules-Based Order" campaign in which the US organizes a world order that maintains its status as the unipolar power. He argues that this system is outdated and no longer feasible as other world powers arise.Randi Nord, writer and activist, joins us to discuss the Saudi war against Yemen. There is another push in Congress and amongst international peace organizations for the US to stop supporting the brutal military campaign against the impoverished nation. Steve Poikonen, national organizer for Action4Assange, joins us to discuss Julian Assange. The recent cover-up of the US Air Force's slaughter of civilians in Syria demonstrates the danger of the Assange prosecution precedent. The US military made significant efforts to cover up and conceal the damage done at every step.Ajamu Baraka, 2016 US vice presidential candidate for the Green Party, joins us to discuss Cuba. The Black Alliance for Peace has written a document to condemn the US empire's attempt to overtly undermine the integrity and territorial sovereignty of Cuba. They argue that the reactionary anti-government protests were funded and supported by US State Department operatives in violation of international law.

    Inflation Up and Biden's Approval Ratings Down; Russia Ready to Help Resolve Belarus Border Crisis

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 114:08

    Dr. Linwood Tauheed, associate professor of economics at the University of Missouri- Kansas City, joins us to discuss domestic politics. A record 4.4 million Americans quit their jobs in September as inflation skyrockets and investors turn to gold. Also, some businesses are taking advantage of inflation to increase profits.Mark Sleboda, Moscow-based international relations security analyst, joins us to discuss Eastern Europe. Despite absurd accusations of fueling the Belarusian border crisis, the Russian government is working to help resolve the issue. Also, NATO's aggressive military actions near Russia's border are fueling a potential crisis with the US client state of Ukraine. Finian Cunningham has written a piece in which he outlines a number of non-military options that the Eurasian power could choose to retaliate.Yolian Ogdu, member of the Black Alliance for Peace and Horn of Africa Pan-Africans for Liberation and Solidarity, joins us to discuss Ethiopia. There is significant speculation that the US empire pushed the TPLF to launch their latest attack in Ethiopia. It is believed that US/EU operatives are pushing this war to overthrow the democratically elected government of Abiy Ahmed.Dan Lazare, author and investigative journalist and author of "America's Undeclared War," joins us to discuss President Biden and Vice President Harris's polling data. President Biden's infrastructure bill success seems to have done little to counteract the inflation crisis as his approval ratings continue on a swift downward trajectory. Also, Vice President Kamala Harris continues to burden the administration with historically low approval ratings.Laith Marouf, broadcaster and journalist based in Beirut, joins us to discuss the Middle East. A US airstrike in Syria is creating a considerable buzz as information surfaces that the military worked to cover up the deaths of over 60 women and children at their hands. Also, Houthi fighters are enjoying more success as the critical port city of Hodeida falls under their control. John Burris, civil rights attorney, joins us to discuss the Kyle Rittenhouse trial. Nerves are on edge, and the National Guard stands by for possible unrest in Minnesota as closing arguments of the case are made.K. J. Noh, peace activist, writer, and teacher, joins us to discuss China. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken recently spoke with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in anticipation of a scheduled virtual meeting between the leaders of the two world powers. Also, China has some interesting options for addressing climate change that may be valuable for Western powers to consider joining or imitating.Margaret Kimberly, editor and senior columnist at Black Agenda Report, joins us to discuss Cuba. The latest ham-handed US regime change plan for Cuba is scheduled to commence today, as CIA-sponsored protests have been pushed by deep state operatives in the tech giants of social media.

    Biden Threatens Nicaraguans Over Election Outcome; Biden/Harris Face Disastrous Poll Numbers

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 116:43

    Jack Rasmus, professor in economics and politics at St. Mary's College in California, joins us to discuss the economy. President Biden talked about inflation and the supply chain crisis concerns during his trip to the Port of Baltimore. Also, the weekly jobs reports are in and the US plan to dominate the computer chip industry is running up against Chinese resistance.John Burris, civil rights attorney, joins us to discuss this week's important legal stories. Counselor Burris joins us to talk about the Ahmaud Arbery and Kyle Rittenhouse cases. Legal observers are questioning the strategy of the prosecutors in the Rittenhouse case as some glaring mistakes are being exposed. Also, defense attorneys in the Arbery case are complaining about the presence of civil rights activists sitting with the family in the courtroom.Greg Palast, investigative reporter, joins us to discuss Steven Donziger. Greg covers his new article about human rights lawyer Steven Danziger. Danziger was convicted and sentenced by persons directly connected to the fossil fuel corporation that he successfully sued in South America. Greg argues that Western media outlets are deliberately ignoring the story. Jim Kavanagh, writer at thepolemicist.net and CounterPunch, and Dan Lazare, author and investigative journalist, join us to discuss important stories of the week. The Kremlin is arguing that the Russia-gate operation was instrumental in collapsing US/Russia bilateral ties. Also, President Joe Biden has threatened economic retaliation against the people of Nicaragua after they reelected socialist President Daniel Ortega in a landslide victory, Russia and China are working on military technology, and President Biden's poll numbers are cratering.Dr. Colin Campbell, DC Senior News Correspondent, and Nick Davies, peace activist and author of "Blood on Our Hands: The American Invasion of Iraq," come together to discuss this week's important stories. The eviction crisis is moving like a glacier rather than an avalanche as the disaster slowly builds in communities across the nation. Also, they discuss the US drone program, the crash of the Biden/Harris poll numbers, and the Black misleadership class in the United States.

    Washington Post Faces Criticism Over Steele Dossier; What's Next for Assange?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 117:17

    Dan Lazare, investigative journalist and author of "America's Undeclared War," joins us to discuss Russia-gate. Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple argues that media outlets must review their coverage of the Steele dossier and be ready to retract stories that they find to be unverifiable or false. Also, the firm "New Knowledge" was creating false "Russian" accounts online to mislead voters in Louisiana, but was still used by the US Senate to write an extensive document regarding alleged Russian interference in the 2016 elections. Jim Kavanagh, writer at thepolemicist.net and CounterPunch, joins us to discuss Julian Assange. The British High Court has heard the arguments in the US appeal of the Court's decision regarding the extradition of Julian Assange. Joe Lauria's latest piece dissects the case and evaluates the potential outcomes.Jonathan Kuttab, human rights lawyer, joins us to discuss US foreign policy. The US currently has special operations teams drilling with military personnel in 33 of the 44 nations in Europe. Also, a new CBO report has outlined measures that would allow Congress to cut one trillion dollars from the military budget over the next decade.Ajamu Baraka, 2016 US vice presidential candidate for the Green Party, joins us to discuss Nicaragua. President Daniel Ortega and his Sandinista party won the Nicaraguan elections with over 70% of the votes. The Biden administration and the Organization of American States (OAS) are making outrageous claims to discredit the overwhelming statement by the Nicaraguan people.Laith Marouf, broadcaster and journalist based in Beirut, joins us to discuss the Middle East. Israel continues their sabre rattling with claims of how they will wage war against the Islamic Republic. Also, the recent sale of US weapons to Saudi Arabia assuredly guarantees more death and carnage in the impoverished nation of Yemen.Marjorie Cohn, professor of law at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, joins us to discuss the Supreme Court's upcoming ruling regarding the Texas abortion ban case. Professor Marjorie Cohn has penned an article in which she argues that the SCOTUS will likely allow a challenge to the Texas legislation, but may still overturn Roe v. Wade.Obi Egbuna, activist and US rep for The Zimbabwean Newspapers, joins us to discuss the leadership of Black politicians in America. Recent revelations that the Congressional Black Caucus helped Speaker Nancy Pelosi overcome the objections of House progressives regarding important fiscal legislation have renewed the discussion about the effectiveness of Black politicians and powerbrokers in the struggle for a fair and just society.Arial Gold, national co-director of Code-Pink, joins us to discuss Israel. Palestinian activists are complaining about the recent revelations that Israeli intelligence agencies used the Pegasus spyware platform to tap their phones. Also, we examine the West's role in the ever-increasing number of Israeli settlements in the occupied territories.

    Glenn Greenwald Slams Russia-gate Hoaxers in the Media; Nicaragua's Ortega Wins Big

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 116:01

    Mark Sleboda, Moscow-based international relations security analyst, joins us to discuss Russia-gate. Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov blasts the Russia-gate hoax as one of the principal reasons that ties between the Eurasian power and the US empire have deteriorated. Also, Glenn Greenwald blasts US media outlets for deliberately pushing falsehoods, and the US media continues to push Russia-gate style allegations from "anonymous" intelligence sources.Julie Varughuese, editor of Toward Freedom and Coordinator for the Black Alliance for Peace Solidarity Network, joins us to discuss Nicaragua. Incumbent president Daniel Ortega wins reelection in a landslide as Joe Biden threatens retaliation against the Nicaraguan citizens for the crime of exercising democracy. Also, Facebook used a crop of spies to try to interfere with Nicaragua's election. KJ Noh, peace activist, writer and teacher, joins us to discuss China. Jake Sullivan is signaling that the US wants a less confrontational relationship with the Asian economic giant, but the policies of his bosses belie his comments. Also, China and Russia are working together to build a military helicopter.Dr. Linwood Tauheed, associate professor of economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, joins us to discuss domestic politics. The team of left-leaning House members known as "The Squad" is being questioned as Nancy Pelosi outmaneuvers them to pass her infrastructure bill. Also, House progressives may have given up their leverage and been forced to accept the dictates of the party's right-wing.Bob Schlehuber, host of the Radio Sputnik show "Political Misfits," joins us to discuss Ethiopia. Sputnik radio personality and political analyst Bob Schlehuber returns from Ethiopia. He shares his experience and interviews with Ethiopian citizens.Dr. Jemima Pierre, an associate professor of Black studies and anthropology at the University of California, joins us to discuss Haiti. Haiti is once again facing oppression and interference from the US empire. The island nation is facing a critical time in which both a political crisis and an economic downturn create a potential for a dystopian crash of events.Gerald Horne, professor of history at the University of Houston, author, historian, and researcher, joins us to discuss Iran. Iran is arguing that it will need a guarantee that the US empire will keep its word and refrain from precipitously leaving the JCPOA if the agreement is to be revived. Also, Nikki Haley is slamming AIPAC for entertaining the possibility of accepting or endorsing the US empire rejoining the nuclear deal.Scott Ritter joins us to discuss the US Iran tanker Standoff. Scott joins our hosts to discuss a recent tense standoff between the US Navy and Iranian commando units as a ship carrying Iranian oil was stopped in what was described as an attempt of Piracy on the high seas. Iranian commandos took over the ship and chased off a US navy ship.

    Iran Wants Guarantee That US will Refrain from Leaving the JCPOA Before Reviving Agreement

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 15:01

    Gerald Horne, professor of history at the University of Houston, author, historian, and researcher, joins us to discuss Iran. Iran is arguing that it will need a guarantee that the US empire will keep its word and refrain from precipitously leaving the JCPOA if the agreement is to be revived. Also, Nikki Haley is slamming AIPAC for entertaining the possibility of accepting or endorsing the US empire rejoining the nuclear deal.

    Russia Gate Has No Rock Bottom; House Progressives Outmaneuvered in Negotiations

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 115:18

    Jim Kavanagh, writer at thepolemicist.net and CounterPunch, joins us to discuss Russiagate. The Russiagate narrative has collapsed to a degree that was previously unimaginable to the handful of investigative journalists who have worked diligently to expose it as both a hoax and a deep state coup attempt. Also, Ray McGovern was a leader in unraveling the dirt behind the intelligence community's involvement in the Russiagate plan and his work should be recognized now that the truth is coming out.Jack Rasmus, professor in economics and politics at St. Mary's College in California, joins us to discuss intra-party fighting amongst the Democrats. The Progressive Caucus in the US House of Representatives is losing credibility as the right-wing of the party aligned with the GOP to pass a corporate-friendly version of President Biden's infrastructure bill. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi whipped up 13 Republican votes to break the infrastructure bill from the build back better legislation effectively rendering the left flank of her group powerless.Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss the drone program. Scott Ritter has penned an article in which he describes how the Pentagon worked to paper over the murder of ten civilians in a Kabul front attack. Scott argues that "everyone involved, from the President on down, committed a war crime."Dan Lazare, investigative journalist and author of "America's Undeclared War," joins us to discuss the Democrat's dropping approval numbers. Recent polls show that the President and Vice President are currently experiencing historically low polling numbers. Also, Democratic strategist James Carville is voicing the opinion of many observers as he lambasts the party for championing the increasingly unpopular social philosophy of "wokeness."Laith Marouf, broadcaster and journalist based in Beirut, joins us to discuss the Middle East. An attack using explosive-laden drones was perpetrated against the prime minister of Iraq. Iraqi leaders are claiming that they know the identity of the people and or groups involved in the conspiracy. Also, Israel has claimed that many Palestinian NGO's are terrorist organizations but have been unable and/or unwilling to provide any evidence to support their claims.Nick Davies, peace activist and author of "Blood on Our Hands: The American Invasion of Iraq," joins us to discuss the latest US arms deal. President Biden claimed that he would no longer support Saudi Arabia in its offensive actions against the impoverished nation of Yemen. Recent approval for the sale of large numbers of military hardware to the Saudi kingdom appears to show that this promise is being broken.Alexander Mercouris, editor in chief at theduran.com and host of "The Duran" on YouTube, joins us to discuss Ukraine and US Russia relations. CIA Chief William Burns recently visited the Russian Federation and international security analysts are working overtime to dissect the meaning of this anomalous action. Also, NATO and the US are claiming that Russian troop movements near Belarus are indicative of a possible intention to take military action against the neo nazi battalions of the Ukrainian military.Wyatt Reed, Sputnik News analyst, joins us to discuss Nicaragua. Sputnik News analyst Wyatt Reed is on the ground in Nicaragua to cover this week's important election. The US is working to interfere with the free elections of the sovereign state in defiance of international law and its own claims.

    Clinton Operatives Caught in Russia-Gate Scam; Russia & China's Strategic Partnership Grows

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 114:51

    John Burris, civil rights attorney, joins us to discuss the Kyle Rittenhouse trial and Ahmaud Arbery cases. The simultaneous trials of two high-profile cases are both related to racial tensions in the US. Ahmaud Arbery was killed by vigilantes in Georgia, and Kyle Rittenhouse shot several people during George Floyd protests in Minnesota. Counsellor Burris has a long history of handling high-profile cases related to police violence against Black citizens.Jack Rasmus, professor in economics and politics at St. Mary's College in California, joins us to discuss the economy. Weekly jobless claims have come in a bit lower than expected as a possible sign of economic healing, but inflationary prices are taking a bite out of any potential advancement for consumers. Also, House Democrats are voting on their 1.75 trillion dollars economic package, but the left flank of the party is still quite displeased with the final product.Wyatt Reed, Sputnik News analyst, joins us to discuss Nicaragua. Reed joins us from Manaugua, Nicaragua as he covers the upcoming national election. The US empire's interference has become overt, and many observers suspect that violence and coup-mongering are in the air. Also, social media tech giants and other US State Department tools are being used to suppress free and fair elections in the socialist nation.Jim Kavanagh, writer at thepolemicist.net and CounterPunch, and Dan Lazare, investigative journalist and author of "America's Undeclared War," join us to discuss important stories of the week. The Russia-gate plot thickens as Clinton operatives are outed as having created and spread numerous falsehoods regarding former President Donald Trump's connections to Russia. Also, Dems take it on the chin in the Virginia election, Julian Assange faces extradition, and the US empire's relationship with Russia may be at its lowest point ever.Dr. Ken Hammond, professor of East Asian and global history at New Mexico State University, and George Koo, journalist, social activist, and international business consultant, join us to discuss Asia. South Korea is interested in officially ending the decades-long war with their northern sister nation, but the US empire is balking at any hint of peace. Also, hawkish members of Congress are pushing US leadership to trample on China's red lines, China has several ways to respond to the AUKUS realignment, and the Russia-China strategic partnership has increased dramatically in the field of naval defense.

    Ethiopian Conflict Intensifies; South Korea Seeks War's End; Ukrainian Government Appoints Neo-Nazi

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 113:59

    Dan Lazare, investigative journalist and author of "America's Undeclared War," joins us to discuss President Biden and the fallout from the recent elections. US President Joe Biden cited "Trump voters," schools, jobs, and rising fuel prices as reasons for the shocking upset of Virginia democrat Terry Mcauliffe in the reliably blue state. He appeared to imply that the failure of Congress to pass his legislation was a factor, but did not specifically articulate that as a principal reason for the outcome. Bob Schlehuber, host of the Radio Sputnik show "Political Misfits," joins us from the scene for an up-close and personal update to discuss the Ethiopian conflict. Rebel troops in Ethiopia are gathering outside of the capital city of Addis Ababa as the central government calls on citizens to take up arms in defense.Greg Palast, investigative reporter, joins us to discuss Congressional wrangling on Capitol Hill. Democrats are considering killing the filibuster after the GOP blocked a voting rights bill. However, election struggles on Tuesday and the looming possibility of surrendering the upper house to their political rivals in 2022 are giving some members great pause.Wyatt Reed, Sputnik News analyst and producer, joins us to discuss upcoming elections in Nicaragua. The popular government of Daniel Ortega is facing great hardship as the US empire works both above and below the board in a brazen attempt to interfere with their election process. Neoliberal forces in the West, including social media and traditional media outlets, are working hand in glove with the US State Department and the intelligence agencies of the empire.Mark Sleboda, Moscow-based international relations security analyst, joins us to discuss Russia and Eastern Europe. The "former" leader of a Ukrainian neo-Nazi paramilitary group has been appointed to the role of adviser to the commander-in-chief of the armed forces in the far right wing government of Volodymyr Zelensky. Also, troop movements inside the borders of the Russian Federation are being referred to as "concerning" by US media outlets with close ties to the intelligence agencies.Steve Poikonen, national organizer for Action4Assange, joins us to discuss social media. Facebook has decided to ditch its use of facial recognition software on the platform. Also, social media and tech giants seem to be working directly for the US empire's regime change machine as they delete numerous pro-government accounts days before the Nicaraguan elections.Dr. Ken Hammond, professor of East Asian and global history at New Mexico State University and activist with Pivot for Peace, joins us to discuss Asia. South Korea is moving to end the decades-long war with its northern sister nation, but is facing pushback from the US empire. Observers suspect that the loss of an excuse for Pentagon spending could be a factor. Also, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) is introducing a bill that would provide 3 billion dollars in taxpayer dollars per year to the arms industry in exchange for providing weapons to Taiwan.Ricardo Vaz, political analyst and editor at VenezuelAnalysis.com, joins us to discuss Venezuela. In a move that appears to be instigated by the US empire, the International Criminal Court has opened an investigation against the Venezuelan government for crimes against humanity. Ironically, this occurs as the United States causes the deaths of tens of thousands of Venezuelan citizens through the use of illegal sanctions, but faces no similar investigation by the international body.

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