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The Critical Hour
New Hunter Biden Influence Peddling Allegations Emerge; Biden Protesters Ignored by Media

The Critical Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 115:13


Alexander Mercouris, editor in chief at theduran.com and host of "The Duran" on YouTube, joins us to discuss Hunter Biden and the strategic partnership between Russia and China. Familiar allegations arise as evidence appears that Hunter Biden tried to use his father's name to get pricey contracts with Alcoa aluminum. Also, Mercouris argues that the Russian and Chinese joint naval drills are a signal that the two military powers are working together at an unprecedented level.Dr. Yolandra Hancock, board-certified pediatrician and obesity medicine specialist, joins us to discuss Covid. There is a considerable conversation going on in the medical community regarding the mixing and matching of coronavirus jabs. The CDC is giving the green light for mixed shots. Also, the White House is unveiling a plan to vaccinate children ages 5-11.Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss China. Scott has penned an article in RT in which he argues that "China has conducted a test of space launch technology that, if adapted for use as a nuclear weapons system, could nullify US defenses against Chinese missile attacks." Scott discusses China's reported test of a hypersonic glide vehicle that circled the globe and struck a target. Robert Fantina, journalist and Palestine activist, joins us to discuss Iran. A Responsible Statecraft article discusses the reasons that negotiations between the Biden administration and Iran have ground to a halt. Trita Parsi's article, flawed though it may be, strikes home when it posits that "a more reliable and stable Plan A is needed that both addresses the unsustainability of an agreement that the United States can exist without penalty and that delinks the revival of the JCPOA from legitimate desires to broaden the deal."Laith Marouf, broadcaster and journalist based in Beirut, joins us to discuss the Middle East. A US base involved in the illegal occupation of the Syrian oil fields was attacked by drones from an unknown source. International security observers expect the US to blame the attack on "Iranian linked" groups, as usual. Also, several Syrian soldiers were killed during a terrorist attack when explosives were placed on a military transport bus. Dr. Linwood Tauheed, associate professor of economics at the University of Missouri- Kansas City, joins us to discuss economics. Private equity firms have been making a fortune while hollowing out the hopes of everyday working-class Americans. Also, Senator Elizabeth Warren is leading a push for Wall Street reform. However, few observers expect a party led by a President with notorious connections to predatory credit card firms to support any major changes to the financial industry. Video journalist Ford Fischer from the News2Share outlet joins us to discuss the media. Fischer joins us to relate his recent experience at a protest against the environmental policies of the Biden administration. Observers found it conspicuous that mainstream media courses ignored the activity, as over 400 were arrested over five days. Nick Davies, peace activist and author of "Blood on Our Hands: The American Invasion of Iraq," joins us to discuss the effect of the neoliberal ideology. Author Nicholas Davies argues that "Americans should likewise demand that our government stop wasting trillions of dollars to militarize the world and destroy countries like Afghanistan and Iraq, and start solving our real problems, here and abroad."

The Critical Hour
Scott Ritter Says Powell Was in on Iraq Regime Change Plans

The Critical Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 116:42


Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss Colin Powell. Scott Ritter gives us his insider view as to what Colin Powell knew about the Bush regime's plans for the overthrow of the government of Iraq. Scott argues that Colin Powell was not an innocent bystander pushing back on irrational policies, but that he helped craft the foolish plans to deceive the American people and invade Iraq based on lies. James Carey, editor/co-owner at Geopoliticsalert.com, joins us to discuss Iran. Recent polls show that Iranian citizens have given up on any hope of a rapprochement with the US under the Biden administration and want their leaders to unify with Eurasian powers. Niko House, political activist, independent journalist and podcaster, joins us to discuss the media. The new billionaire owner of Politico has announced that the media outlet will be aligned with US official economic and military policies and that any employees opposed to this policy will be let go. Caitlyn Johnstone has penned an article in which she uses humor to describe the "refreshing" burst of honesty in the media.Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink, joins us to discuss sanctions. US sanctions against the Taliban will intentionally create misery and starvation for the already impoverished people. Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin has argued that the US policy of sanctioning the world will eventually force the replacement of the US dollar as the world's reserve currency.Roger Harris, human rights activist and board member for the 32-year-old anti-imperialist human rights organization Task Force on the Americas, joins us to discuss Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab. World renowned human rights activist Roger Harris joins us to discuss the Alex Saab case. Saab has been kidnapped by the US government and taken to Miami for a fake prosecution on a charge of money laundering.Kathy Kelly, American peace activist, joins us to discuss drones. The US is being misled about the illegal and immoral drone war because the media and Pentagon are using misleading terms such as "over the horizon" capabilities. These kinds of attacks seem destined to continue, piling up civilian casualties in the process due to the inability of high altitude attacks to distinguish between civilian and military targets.Mark Sleboda, Moscow-based international relations security analyst, joins us to discuss the FBI raid on Russian aluminum tycoon Oleg Deripaska. Additionally, we discuss the break in diplomatic ties between Russia and NATO.Robert Fantina, journalist and Palestine activist, joins us to discuss Israel. Palestinian prisoners in Israel are challenging the injustice of the Israeli system with long, brutal hunger strikes. The prisoners have no judicial system to provide a fair trial, and have decided that their only weapons are their bodies.

Fault Lines
Colin Powell's Life and Career -- Was Powell a War Criminal?

Fault Lines

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 169:43


On this episode of Fault Lines, hosts Jamarl Thomas and Shane Stranahan talk about the energy crisis in Europe and Russia's involvement with this, the legacy of Colin Powell after his death October 18, Christopher Steele going on ABC defending his work in his dossier, and the horrid mishandling of the imprisonment of Daniel Hale for whistleblowing.Guests:Peter Oliver - EU correspondent for RT International | Is Russia Weaponizing Energy?Scott Ritter - Former U.N. weapons inspector and a Weapons of Mass Destruction Whistleblower | The Life and Career of Colin PowellDaniel Lazare - Independent journalist and author | Christopher Steele Defends His DossierJohn Kiriakou - Former CIA Officer, and host of The Backstory | CIA Pivot to China & Whistleblower Daniel Hale Treated Like a TerroristIn the first hour Peter Oliver joined the show to talk about the energy crisis across Europe and what factors caused the bloc to get there. Is Russia hoarding their gas supply as a means of controlling their neighbors? In the second hour Fault Lines was joined by Scott Ritter for a discussion on the life and career of Colin Powell. Scott also addressed the claims against Powell that he was a war criminal for his actions in an illegal war in Iraq. Daniel Lazare also came onto the show to talk about the Christopher Steele dossier and the work he stands behind.In the third hour John Kiriakou joined the conversation to talk about the treatment and trials of Daniel Hale. He has been convicted on multiple counts of espionage for his courageous work whistleblowing information on US drones.

The Critical Hour
Is the US Labor Shortage an Informal Strike?; House Passes Temporary Debt Ceiling Fix

The Critical Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 113:09


Ray Baker, political analyst and host of the podcast Public Agenda, joins us to discuss the debt ceiling fight. The US House of Representative has passed a temporary debt ceiling bill that will expire in December. The bill passed without a single Republican vote and many Republicans are arguing that it should not be raised. Will Congress imperil the credit of the United States? Steve Poikonen, national organizer for Action4Assange, joins us to discuss Amazon. A recent investigation has revealed that Amazon is copying products and then rigging its internal searches to promote its own products. The tech giant has previously denied those allegations and the investigation reveals that at least two senior executives were in on the plot.Jack Rasmus, professor in economics and politics at St. Mary's College in California, joins us to discuss the economy. Dr Jack Rasmus has an interesting new article in which he argues that the desperate shortage in the labor market is a new type of worker action. Dr Jack says that because the workers are withholding their labor for better pay and working conditions their action can be classified as a strike. Laith Marouf, broadcaster and journalist based in Beirut, joins us to discuss Israel. Israel settlers have desecrated one of the oldest Muslim graveyards near the Al Aqsa mosque. Cheryl LaBash, Cuban solidarity activist and co-chair of the National Network on Cuba, joins us to discuss Cuba. Cuba's Henry Reeve Medical Brigade has been recognized worldwide for its work on the coronavirus pandemic. Our guest argues that the US is hampering actions that work for the betterment of humankind in its quest for domination over the tiny island nation and ultimately the world.Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss the US military. A US marine who was disciplined for publicly criticizing the US handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal will reportedly plead guilty to a few charges. Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller is seeking to work out a plea bargain in which he is allowed to maintain some of his retirement benefits.K. J. Noh, peace activist, writer, and teacher, joins us to discuss China. A Democratic congresswoman has proposed that President Biden should have the authority to attack China and potentially start World War 3 without congressional approval. Also, our guest discusses the potential for war in the Pacific.Mark Sleboda, Moscow-based international relations security analyst, joins us to discuss the AUKUS nuclear submarine deal. Mark Sledoba lends us his technical expertise on submarines to discuss the issue of underwater warfare and in particular in regards to the US/China/Russia confrontation. Many observers believe that Europe must realign itself diplomatically for a closer relationship with Russia, China, and the Eurasian realm due to the recent actions of the US empire.

Fault Lines
Biden's Best Friend = Trump's Title 42

Fault Lines

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 172:50


On this episode of Fault Lines, hosts Jamarl Thomas and Shane Stranahan talk about Biden's use of Title 42 as a mass deportation and migrant blockage system, how the current actions of Kyrsten Sinema reflect her professional future, and information released by the C.I.A. accounting how they lose far too many of their informants to capture or death.Guests:Susan Pai - Former employee at UCLA Brain Mapping Lab | Biden's Use of Title 42 to Deny Asylum ClaimsJim Kavanagh - Left socialist writer | What Is Kyrsten Sinema Doing Besides Failing Miserably?Scott Ritter - Former U.N. weapons inspector and a Weapons of Mass Destruction Whistleblower | CIA Secret Memo On Informants Killed, Captured or ConvertedIn the first hour Susan Pai joined the show to talk about the Biden administration's usage of Title 42 to block and deport migrants seeking asylum in America. Susan describes how migrants need to prove a plethora of criteria to even be considered, and many having settled in a different country have ruined their chances of getting in the US.In the second hour Fault Lines was joined by Jim Kavanagh for a discussion on the political practices of Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema as Sinema's support reaches an all time low. Jim says Sen. Sinema may be using her steadfastness as a jumping off point into another career sector. In the third hour Scott Ritter joined the conversation to talk about the C.I.A. admitting to “losing” far too many of their foreign informants to being killed or captured. US agencies frequently put these informants in harm's way only to not protect them when they are in danger.

The Critical Hour
Trump Sues Twitter for Reinstatement; Pandora Papers Expose Corruption

The Critical Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 117:40


Gerald Horne, professor of history at the University of Houston, author, historian, and researcher, joins us to discuss the Pandora Papers. A trove of 11.9 million documents containing financial information on some of the world's richest and most powerful people has been released by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. The documents have already created embarrassing situations for powerful politicians in Ukraine and England.Dr. Yolandra Hancock, board-certified pediatrician and obesity medicine specialist, joins us to discuss covid. Drugmaker Merck is about to release a powerful new antiviral medicine that is believed to be a breakthrough tactic for addressing the covid pandemic. Also, the winter approaches and observers expect the delta variant to begin spreading rapidly soon.Daniel McAdams, executive director of the Ron Paul Institute, joins us to discuss censorship. The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity temporarily lost their YouTube channel last week and no reasonable excuse was given by YouTube. Also, former President Donald Trump has filed papers in a Florida court arguing that Twitter acted on behalf of Democrat operatives in removing his personal account.John Burris, civil rights attorney, joins us to discuss the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). The conservative SCOTUS is scheduled to make major decisions regarding issues that have both political and social ramifications. The major cases on the SCOTUS docket will address gun control, abortion, religious liberty, national security, and capital punishment, among other issues.George Koo, journalist, social activist, international business consultant, and chemical engineer, joins us to discuss China. China has shocked the US military planners with its aggressive response to the Taiwan threat. China has begun regularly flying warplanes in and around Taiwan, and has stated that they will be prepared to attack whenever the order is given. Also, they have admonished the EU to "mind their own business" regarding China's internal affairs.John Kiriakou, journalist, author and host of The Back Story, joins us to discuss a Common Dreams article on torture. The article addresses the issue of torture. Guantanamo Bay is discussed, but the article also speaks of another little-known remote torture site in Poland. Leo Flores, Latin America coordinator for Code Pink, joins us to discuss the Global South. An interesting war of words is taking place between Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro and the former prime minister of Spain, José María Aznar. Maduro has recently argued that Spain should apologize for its colonial rampage of genocide and slavery in Latin America and the Caribbean, while Aznar simply laughs off the demands for acknowledgment of the evil deeds.Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss Centcom. In his latest Responsible Statecraft article, Andrew Bacevich argues that the very existence of the Central Command and its 10 sister command centers is a horrible mistake for the US empire and the world. Bacevich goes on to point out that regional stability has decreased since the development of the command system.

The Critical Hour
Weekly News Roundup; YouTube Censorship; North Korea Tests Missiles

The Critical Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2021 113:49


Caleb Maupin, journalist and political analyst, joins us to wrap up the important stories for the week. North Korea is working on strengthening its missile program in light of US aggression and threats. Also, the US is arguing that they need to work with the Europeans to retard China's innovative advancement in technology. Dr. Anthony Monteiro joins us to talk about the US empire and a potential 2024 presidential run by Donald Trump. Robert Kagan has penned an article in the Washington Post wherein he discusses whether the government can or should do anything to prevent a second Trump presidency. Also, we discuss whether the US empire is losing its power as the world's hegemonic force.Jack Rasmus, professor in economics and politics at St. Mary's College in California, joins us to discuss the economic stories for the week. President Biden has signed the bipartisan bill which has temporarily halted a government shutdown. Also, we discuss the weekly jobless rates and the battle between the left flank of the Democratic party and the corporate leaders of the organization.Niko House, political activist, independent journalist and podcaster, and Jim Kavanagh, writer at thepolemicist.net & CounterPunch and the author of "Danger to Society: Against Vaccine Passports," come together to talk politics. Mike Pompeo has tacitly admitted to the claims that he threatened the life of Julian Assange by arguing that those who leaked this claim should be prosecuted for revealing state secrets. Also, we discuss YouTube's blocking of Russia Today Germany, Israel's influence in US politics, and the arms industry's economic stranglehold on Congress.Ray Baker, political analyst and host of the podcast Public Agenda, and Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, join us to discuss this week's important news stories. President Biden recently rejected a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the UN in New York. Also, President Biden's approval rating is dropping among key voters, the battle is heating up between corporate Democrats and their left flank, and the US envoy to Haiti has resigned in protest.

Fault Lines
“Joe Biden Lied to the American People about the Withdrawal of Afghanistan” - U.N. WMD Watchdogs

Fault Lines

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 170:24


“Joe Biden Lied to the American People about the Withdrawal of Afghanistan” - U.N. WMD WatchdogsOn this episode of Fault Lines, hosts Jamarl Thomas and Shane Stranahan talk about the reaction of the Senate hearing featuring prominent military generals, the holding out Manchin and Sinema are doing to stall Senate bills, and an update on YouTube's banning of RT Germany and how Russia is retaliatingGuests:Scott Ritter - Former U.N. weapons inspector and a Weapons of Mass Destruction Whistleblower | Top Military Senate HearingJim Kavanagh - Left socialist blog writer | Division on the Bill VisionIvan Klepov - Head of online at RT Germany | Russia Holds The Line on YouTube's Jump Of The SharkMichael Goodwin - Journalist and Columnist at The NY Post | Hard Heads in the SenateIn the first hour Scott Ritter joined the show to talk about the response by the defense officials at the Senate hearing on Afghanistan. While the generals are in no position to talk on the mental health of a sitting president, they did shine light on issues of a remaining force in Afghanistan, who is responsible for civilian casualties, and much more.In the second hour Fault Lines was joined by Jim Kavanagh for a discussion on the inability of Congress to put their fighting aside and pass one of their reconciliation or social spending bills. We also talked with Ivan Klepov for updates on RT Germany's case against YouTube for obscene censorship.In the third hour Michael Goodwin joined the conversation to talk about the shock politics of having a definitive line senators will not cross like Joe Manchin and Krysten Sinema.

The Critical Hour
YouTube Worldwide Crackdown; AIPAC Criticized for Foreign Interference

The Critical Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 116:00


Mark Sleboda, Moscow-based international relations security analyst, joins us to discuss YouTube censorship. Russia is contemplating action against YouTube after the Google-owned company shut down its pages for German-speaking shows. Also, YouTube has announced that they are cracking down on anti-vax content worldwide, but has not clearly defined what that means.Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss Europe. The Europeans are struggling with figuring out their positions both individually and collectively in the hierarchical structure of the US empire. We discuss an antiwar.com article that argues that the Europeans should pay for their own security.Dr. Linwood Tauheed, associate professor of economics at the University of Missouri- Kansas City, joins us to discuss domestic politics. Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are joining House progressives in their battle to hold the corporate Democrats to their word in respect to the proposed spending bills. Sen. Sanders argues that if the House progressives do not "hold strong," the Senate will tank the party's agenda.Caleb Maupin, journalist and political analyst, joins us to discuss Syria. The US lost the war in Syria, but appears to have won the propaganda war against the US electorate using sophisticated propaganda techniques. We discuss the methods used and the success of the US empire in misleading, misinforming, and manipulating the US electorate.Laith Marouf, broadcaster and journalist based in Beirut, joins us to discuss the Middle East. It appears that the Iranians' move to send fuel to Lebanon and alleviate the pain from their fuel crisis has caught the attention of the US empire. The Empire is considering Egyptian and Jordanian electricity to the nation that is suffering from a US/EU economic assault.Dr. Jemima Pierre is an associate professor of Black studies and anthropology at the University of California. Dr. Pierre returns to The Critical Hour to discuss Haiti. The US oppression of Haiti has become so overt that President Biden's select envoy has resigned in protest. Daniel Foote, a US state department actor, has quit due to the policies of his boss. Dr. Pierre argues that regardless of which party is in charge, the people will suffer oppression from the policies of the US empire.Gerald Horne, professor of history at the University of Houston, author, historian, and researcher, joins us to discuss Afghanistan. Former US Marine Matthew Hoh has come out in opposition to US policy in Afghanistan. In 2009, Hoh resigned from his position in the State Department in Zabul Province, Afghanistan, over U.S. policy in the country, which he saw as both illogical and immoral. Our guest joins us to discuss a Mintpressnews.com article called "War is a Racket: Ex-State Department Official Matthew Hoh Speaks Out."Jim Kavanagh, writer at thepolemicist.net and CounterPunch, and author of "Danger to Society: Against Vaccine Passports," joins us to discuss Israel. GOP Representative Tom Massie (R-KY) is complaining about foreign interference in US elections after AIPAC published Facebook ads against him. Also, Former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner says that she was pushed to disavow The Squad by Israeli businessmen, and that her failure to act as they requested may have led to her loss.

Fault Lines
Biden to UN: "We Are Not Seeking a New Cold War"

Fault Lines

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 168:31


On this episode of Fault Lines, hosts Jamarl Thomas and Shane Stranahan talk about the absence of Kamala Harris on the border yet again, Joe Biden's promise of avoiding another Cold War, and the Taliban's plight to form a globally recognized government if they are even able to do so.Guests:Ted Rall - Political cartoonist and syndicated columnist | Kamala Ignores the Border… AgainManila Chan - Veteran news anchor and host of RT America's daily news program In Question | Govt Shutdown Looming & Joe Biden UN General Assembly SpeechScott Ritter - Former U.N. weapons inspector and a Weapons of Mass Destruction Whistleblower | Taliban Wants To Address General Assembly & Divisions in the TalibanIn the first hour Ted Rall joined the show to talk about the plight of politicians to become celebrities in order to be elected, and some celebrities to become politicians. Ted also talked about the new governing in Afghanistan and if the Taliban is willing to fully eradicate oppositions in their country.In the second hour Fault Lines was joined by Manila Chan for a discussion on the remarks made by President Joe Biden at the United Nations General Assembly. Biden assures America and the world that the US will not enter into a new Cold War. How far are the Republicans willing to push legislation around the debt ceiling?In the third hour Scott Ritter joined the conversation to talk about the request of the Taliban to speak at the United Nations General Assembly. It is clear they would like to be treated like a legitimate governing power on the world stage. How will the Taliban deal with the infighting within their groups? Are they capable of forming a true government, or are they stuck in the ways of foot-soldiers?

The Critical Hour
Haitian Immigrant Crisis on Southern US Border Intensifies; Biden's UN Speech

The Critical Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 116:25


Dr. Jemima Pierre, associate professor of Black studies and anthropology at the University of California, joins us to discuss the Haitian immigrant crisis. President Biden is struggling to find the right message regarding the Haitian immigrant crisis on the southern US border. Meanwhile, some Haitian officials are demanding a humanitarian moratorium on deporting the immigrants until the political crisis and earthquake response can be brought under control. Professor Ken Hammond, professor of East Asian and global history at New Mexico State University and activist with Pivot to Peace, joins us to discuss China. Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall, the latest Raytheon employee to rise to the top of the military establishment in Washington, has said that his focus is on China and intends to see that considerably more money is spent to address his concerns. Observers and anti-war activists argue that this is merely another example of the war profiteering and corruption surrounding the US Empire's military machine. Dan Kovalik, writer, author, and lawyer joins us to discuss Biden's UN speech. In the shadow of a humiliating exit from Afghanistan, a murderous drone strike in Kabul, and a diplomatic row with Paris, President Joe Biden gave a speech at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday morning in New York. Biden reiterated US imperial rhetoric about leading the world against non-democratic nations.K. J. Noh, peace activist, writer, and teacher, joins us to discuss AUKUS. Russian Security Council Chief Nikolai Patrushev argues that the new US, UK, and Australia alliance known as "AUKUS" is aimed directly at Russia and China. Also, North Korea is reacting to AUKUS with anger, and some analysts believe that the move will drive the small nuclear nation directly into the Chinese military and political orbit.Mark Sleboda, Moscow-based international relations security analyst, joins us to discuss the Russian election. United Russia, the political party that is the political home of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has retained power in the latest election. The US empire and its vassal states are positing that the election is illegitimate and arguing that the Russian annexation of Crimea invalidates the results of the entire electoral process. Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss NATO expansion. In another dangerous expansion of NATO troops, the US Congress is moving to put more troops on the border of Russia. While some security analysts suspect that the move is for domestic purposes, the presence of US troops along with the constant regime change rhetoric coming out of US think tanks could be enough to spark a Russian response and create a disaster.Gerald Horne, professor of history at the University of Houston, author, historian, and researcher, joins us to discuss the US empire. Patrick Lawrence has penned an excellent article in Consortium News in which he revisits the Cold War and explains how this one is similar. Lawrence writes "It is the U.S. that has assiduously sought to kindle Cold War II, just as it, and not the Soviet Union, was responsible for starting Cold War I."Miko Peled, author and activist, joins us to discuss Israel. Miko Peled's latest Mintpress news article discusses the Israeli long-term move to change the foundational story of the Palestinian people in their homeland. Peled says that the narrative change has been an effective tool for Zionists to convince the world to forgive their horrendous crimes against the Palestinian populace.

The Critical Hour
Clinton Lawyer Indicted for Russia-gate Lies; France Recalls Ambassador Over AUKUS

The Critical Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 116:32


Alexander Mercouris, editor in chief at theduran.com and host of "The Duran" on YouTube, joins us to discuss Russia-gate. A Clinton campaign lawyer has been indicted in connection with spreading falsehoods and lying to push the Russia-gate narrative. Special counsel John Durham has levied charges against attorney Michaels Sussman for lying to the FBI about his connections to the Clinton campaign. Sussman allegedly told the FBI that he was not representing any political entity as he passed on false information, but documents reveal that he was billing the Clinton campaign for the interview in which he made that claim. Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss AUKUS. US and French diplomats are scrambling to clean up a geostrategic mess as the US has stolen massive military contracts from France. Also, France has recalled its ambassador to the US, and the EU power is flexing its muscles against the US empire. Will France back down, or will the US strike out at its long-time ally?Dr. Iyabo Obasanjo, professor, epidemiologist, veterinarian, and the daughter of former Nigerian president Mr. Olusegun Obasanjo, joins us to discuss covid. Advisers at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have refused to authorize a third booster shot for vaccinated Americans, but did ok it for the population of 65 and over. Also, a number of big cats have tested positive for covid at the National Zoo, and hospitals in some rural states are facing tough decisions.Laith Marouf, broadcaster and journalist based in Beirut, joins us to discuss the Middle East. The US is levying sanctions on Hong Kong companies for allegedly doing business with Iranians in violation of US rules. Also, Iran has announced that they are going to sell oil directly to Lebanon, and the EU is considering more sanctions on Beirut.Marjorie Cohn, professor of law at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, joins us to discuss her book about drones and targeted killings. Cohn has written an extensive book about drones, and our guests talk to her about the many violations of US and international law created by the US program. Steve Poikonen, national organizer for Action4Assange, joins us to discuss Pentagon spending. Anti-war activists are pushing back against a questionable Biden administration plan to provide helicopter maintenance to Saudi Arabia for 500 million dollars. Also, William Astore has penned an article in which he proposes that the weapons manufacturers are the perpetual winners in Afghanistan-style wars of occupation.Nino Pagliccia, activist and writer, joins us to discuss the Global South. China has come out firmly against the US-sponsored illegal detention of Alex Saab. Saab was working on a diplomatic mission for Venezuela when he was captured by US empire lackeys. Also, the president of Mexico has come out to openly condemn the US blockade of Cuba. Dr. Linwood Tauheed, associate professor of economics at the University of Missouri- Kansas City, joins us to discuss neoliberalism. In his article "(Neoliberalism) and its discontents," Francis Lee compares classical liberalism to the current neoliberal political movement. He then goes on to discuss how and why neoliberal politics conflicts with traditional collectivist political movements and philosophies.

The Critical Hour
Baltic Russophobes Continue Nord Stream 2 Battle; Gavin Newsom Wins California Recall

The Critical Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 116:27


Greg Palast, investigative reporter, joins us to discuss the California recall election and the Democrats' new election bill. California Governor Gavin Newsom easily defeated Republican challenger Larry Elder in a recall election. Also, will the Democrats bypass the filibuster to enact their signature legislation? Dan Lazare, investigative journalist and author of "America's Undeclared War," joins us to discuss the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. The Nord Stream 2 pipeline has been completed and the last obstacle is to obtain the proper certifications. The Russophobic leaders in the Baltic States are working to thwart the operation. In response to the issue, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov recently stated "I was once again convinced that they are trying to adapt the entire policy of the European Union to the views, tastes, and manners of this Russophobic minority,"Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss General Milley and former President Trump. A new book states that General Mark Milley was concerned over the possibility of President Trump attacking China and took significant steps to frustrate the possibility of that outcome. Was this a valiant act of heroism or an illegal coup? Did Milley also use this opportunity to stop the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan as Trump had ordered?Kathy Kelly, American peace activist, joins us to discuss Pentagon spending. According to recent reports, upwards of 14 trillion dollars was spent by the Pentagon since 9/11. At least half of that sum was sucked up by contractors, with corporate giants such as Lockheed Martin and Raytheon gobbling up the lion's share.Gerald Horne, professor of history at the University of Houston, author, historian, and researcher, joins us to discuss US sanctions and China. China is dealing a significant blow to the sanctions policy of the US empire. A major blow to the sanctions against Venezuela seems to be in the offing as China seems poised to revive the oil industry of the Bolivarian republic.Ajamu Baraka, former VP candidate for the Green Party, joins us to discuss the recent earthquake in Haiti and the issue of the international response bringing neoliberal economic pain to the people of the island nation. Dr. Gigi El-Bayoumi, professor of medicine at George Washington University Hospital and founding director at Rodham Institute at GWU, joins us to discuss vaccine hesitancy. Dr. El-Bayoumi discusses some of the reasons for vaccine hesitancy and whether these obstacles can be overcome. Also, the team discusses what the surveys show as the main reasons for people refusing the vaccine.Dr. Linwood Tauheed, associate professor of economics at the University of Missouri- Kansas City, joins us to discuss North Korea. North and South Korea have both fired missiles into the sea recently, as the two Peninsula nations may be falling back into a downward spiral of relations.

Fault Lines
Gov. Newsom Survives Recall, Treasonous Statement From Gen. Milley

Fault Lines

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 170:36


On this episode of Fault Lines, hosts Jamarl Thomas and Shane Stranahan talk about the results and impact of the lawsuit between Epic Games and Apple, the extremely controversial admittance of General Mark Milley on his conversations with China, and the infrastructure and reconciliation bills that are seemingly at the mercy of Joe Manchin.Guests:Professor - Specialist in antitrust and business crime | Epic Games vs AppleScott Ritter - Former U.N. weapons inspector and a Weapons of Mass Destruction Whistleblower | General Milley Assures China.Joel Segal - Former congressional staffer, co-author of HR 676 | 3.5 Trillion Infrastructure and Reconciliation BillIn the first hour a guest joined the show to talk about the results of the lawsuit between Epic Games and Apple, now that Epic games is challenging the verdict with appeals. Jamarl and Shane also discussed what the none-recall of Gov. Gavin Newsom means for the rest of his governorship.In the second hour Fault Lines was joined by Scott Ritter for a discussion on the controversial admittance by Gen. Mark Milley of his communications with a top Chinese general admitting that the US was not going to strike China. Were his communications treasonous in nature?In the third hour Joel Segal joined the conversation to talk about the 3.5 trillion dollar infrastructure and reconciliation bill and the war Joe Manchin is fighting against the other democrats. He has the power to possibly shoot down both bills.

Freedom Prepper Podcast
238. National Archive Puts WARNING LABEL on US Constitution and Declaration of Independence.

Freedom Prepper Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 22:47


RT
CrossTalk: War on terror 2.0?

RT

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 26:47


For many of us the end of the American war in Afghanistan was inevitable. In the end the conflict was more about a massive grift than about nation-building and smart strategic thinking. Joe Biden says the US is done with remaking foreign countries through the use of force. There is no reason to take the American president at his word. CrossTalking with Joshua Landis, Scott Ritter, and Maxim Suchkov.

The Critical Hour
US Drone Strike Kills Family in Afghanistan; 7.5 Million to Lose Jobless Benefits on Labor Day

The Critical Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2021 117:20


Marvin Weinbaum, director for the Middle East Institute's Center for Pakistan and Afghanistan Studies, joins us to discuss Afghanistan. A US drone strike in Afghanistan aimed at Daesh-K (ISIS-K) has reportedly killed nine members of a family, including a two-year-old girl. Also, some of the deaths at the Kabul airport appear to be from US military members firing into the crowd, and President Biden enters the perilous last hours of the Afghanistan drama. Anthony Rogers-Wright, climate activist and director of environmental justice at New York Lawyers for the Public Internet, joins us to discuss Hurricane Ida. There is widespread devastation as Hurricane Ida makes landfall as a category four storm in Louisiana. Climate change activists argue that this is just one of many severe weather incidents that we will endure due to the failure of our leaders to address greenhouse gas emissions.Dr. Yolandra Hancock, board-certified pediatrician and obesity medicine specialist, joins us to discuss covid. A New York Times article argues that we have not had the proper level of discussion about covid policy. The article argues that we must clearly identify the goals of particular policies, and then we can get better buy-in from those who are asked to make lifestyle changes and sacrifices for the good of all. Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss Iran. There are reports that President Biden made statements to the media that can easily be interpreted as potential military action towards Iran. Biden apparently said that if diplomacy fails he is "ready to turn to other options." Also, Iran is warning that they will not be deterred from providing fuel assistance to Lebanon. Laith Marouf, broadcaster and journalist based in Beirut, Lebanon, joins us to discuss Yemen and broader Middle East policy. The Houthi military has launched a ballistic missile strike on a Saudi base that has reportedly caused 40 deaths and 70 injuries. Also, many Gulf States are cautiously reacting to the reemergence of the Taliban as the primary political, social, and military force in Afghanistan.Mark Sleboda, Moscow-based international relations security analyst, joins us to discuss NATO. The US has reminded the Ukrainian President that his nation will not be admitted into NATO. Also, as NATO crashes and burns in Afghanistan, its obsolescence is becoming obvious, and observers are contemplating the next move for the fractured and broken alliance. Dan Kovalik, writer, author, and lawyer, joins us to discuss the Global South. Nino Pagliccia writes that the international community must be prepared for an attempted coup against the new President of Peru coming from the US empire. Also, President Xi of China has stated that China will walk together with Cuba in building socialism.Dr. Jack Rasmus, professor in economics and politics at St. Mary's College in California, joins us to discuss the economy. The United States is facing a pair of devastating economic hits within the next few weeks. Many are using the term "economic and social cliff" as 7.5 million people are about to lose jobless benefits on Labor Day, and up to 30 million people are facing homelessness due to the death of the temporary eviction moratorium.

The Critical Hour
Bombing at Kabul Airport with Casualties; Facebook Considering Election Commission

The Critical Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 115:34


Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss Afghanistan. There are reports of multiple deaths and injuries outside of Kabul airport as suicide bombers seem to have taken advantage of the chaos. Multiple outlets are reporting that US service personnel are among the wounded.Dr. Gigi El-Bayoumi, professor of medicine at George Washington University Hospital and founding director at Rodham Institute at GWU, joins us to discuss covid. The Delta variant has taken a firm grip on the US, as emergency rooms are filling up and numbers are returning to pre-vaccination levels. Also, the Chicago police union is pushing back against a vaccine mandate for city employees.Ted Rall, political cartoonist and syndicated columnist, joins us to discuss Facebook. The powerful social media company has signaled that it is considering the formation of an election commission. The group will potentially include scholars and policy experts who will act as an advisory board on issues related to misinformation and political ads. Facebook currently uses the Atlantic Council, a NATO-funded think-tank, to advise it on similar issues. Outside observers are concerned that the social media company will censor valid reporting that opposes the US State Department's narrative.Miko Peled, author and activist, joins us to discuss Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Benett is in Washington, DC, meeting with high-level officials regarding Iran. The hawkish advocate for military intervention has reportedly said that he is speeding up plans to launch a military strike on the Islamic Republic and pushing for more unconventional attacks on Iranian targets.Ricardo Vaz, political analyst and editor at Venezuelanalysis.com, joins us to discuss Venezuela. The Orinoco Tribune is reporting that "Venezuela has submitted to the Prosecutor's Office of the International Criminal Court (ICC) a new report containing evidence on the damage caused by the illegal sanctions." The report also presents evidence that the US and EU are taking punitive actions to intentionally cause suffering to the Venezuelan people.Gerald Horne, professor of history at the University of Houston, author, historian, and researcher, joins us to discuss the US empire. A new report shows that the US has spent approximately 2.3 trillion dollars on the Afghanistan invasion and occupation. Also, the US empire has over 750 bases scattered across 81 countries, which come at great cost to the citizens of the US and the nations being occupied.Carlos Castaneda, immigration lawyer, joins us to discuss immigration. A recent Supreme Court decision suggests that the Department of Homeland Security made an error when it rescinded a Trump-era immigration policy, but does not clearly articulate the nature of the error. Dr. Jack Rasmus, professor in economics and politics at St. Mary's College in California, joins us to discuss issues related to labor. A significant number of employees are being forced to sign non-competition agreements restricting their ability to maximize their knowledge and skills to the best of their ability for compensation. Also, we discuss Amazon's war on organized labor.

Fault Lines
Race to Leave Kabul Ramps Up

Fault Lines

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 171:10


On this episode of Fault Lines, hosts Jamarl Thomas and Shane Stranahan talk about the opposition to the Taliban in Afghanistan, the Russian evacuation from that country, the development of anti-satellite weaponry, a possible Space Race 2.0, the agenda of the progressives, and Nancy Pelosi's lasting legacy.Guests:Scott Ritter - Former U.N. weapons inspector and a weapons of mass destruction whistleblower | Taliban Resistance in Northern Afghanistan & Clandestine OperationsMark Sleboda - International Relations and Security Analyst | Putin Pulls Out Russian NationalsLauren Steiner - Show host and grassroots activist and organizer | Misanthropic Flat Earthers and Their Monied BackingIn the first hour Scott Ritter joined the show to talk about the resistance against the Taliban in Afghanistan gathering in the Panjshir province. Scott also talked about the delicate situation the US is in because the country is currently engaging in negotiations with the Taliban.In the second hour Fault Lines was joined by Mark Sleboda for a discussion on the Russian evacuation from Afghanistan although they plan on keeping representatives in their embassy. Mark also talked about the development of anti-satellite weaponry and the possibility of another space race.In the third hour Lauren Steiner joined the conversation to talk about the budget reconciliation and other agenda items for the progressive left. Lauren also discussed the final push in Nancy Pelosi's career in creating a legacy by cutting child poverty.

The Critical Hour
CIA Chief Reportedly Met with Taliban; Andrew Cuomo Makes his Exit

The Critical Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 116:02


Kathy Kelly, American peace activist, joins us to discuss Afghanistan. There are reports that CIA Chief William Burns met with Taliban leaders during the Kabul airport disaster. Also, President Biden is considering extending the mission in Afghanistan, but the Taliban is warning that any extension will cross their red line. Ted Rall, political cartoonist and syndicated columnist, joins us to discuss New York politics. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivers a defiant exit speech as a struggling New York state welcomes Kathy Hochul to its highest elected position. Hochul is facing several controversial issues surrounding covid measures and a state economy that is trying to recover from a dramatic drop in tourism.Greg Palast, investigative reporter, joins us to discuss voting issues. A North Carolina court has ordered that convicted felons must be allowed to vote. Also, the GOP is dealing with internal rifts in Arizona, and establishment democrats in Buffalo, New York are working to undermine the democratic socialist who won in the primaries and seems destined to become mayor. Mark Sleboda, Moscow-based international relations security analyst, joins us to discuss Russia, China, and Iran's strategic partnership. The three anti-imperialist nations are coming together to hold naval exercises in the Persian Gulf. Also, they are in the planning stages on methods to restore political and fiscal stability to the nation of Afghanistan. George Koo, journalist, social activist, international business consultant, and chemical engineer, joins us to discuss China. Vice President Kamala Harris is making her rounds in Asia trying to drum up support for the Biden administration's anti-China policies. So far, her success is minimal, as Singapore has made it clear that they will not be used against their top trading partner. Also, Harris is delivering fiery rhetoric-filled speeches about the amorphous "rules-based order" put forth by President Biden and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.Chris Sorensen, former US Air Force Arabic linguist, author, and military affairs analyst, joins us to discuss war profiteering. The Afghanistan invasion and subsequent occupation was a great victory for the military-industrial complex as trillions of US dollars flowed into the hands of corporate leaders. We discuss America's merchants of death. Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss Israel and Iran. Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is meeting with US President Joe Biden ostensibly to offer an alternate plan for Iranian nuclear negotiations. Bennett has advocated for war with Iran from the beginning of his term and few expect a different approach.Dr. Jemima Pierre, associate professor of Black studies and anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles, joins us to discuss the Global South. Dr. Pierre has penned an article regarding the disaster in Haiti, explaining how the vultures have returned to profit off of the misery of the island's impoverished inhabitants.

2 Regular Guys Talking Decoration and Personalization
Changes to Your Business in a Changing World

2 Regular Guys Talking Decoration and Personalization

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 71:56


(Sponsored by Impressions) This week on the 2 Regular Guys podcast Katie Wubben from Trouble Me Knot will be joining Aaron and Terry. The topic will be Changes to Your Business. Katie's business, like many of us, has been through some drastic changes. For Katie, changes for the better. We'll discuss the challenges that come with change, and how to manage it all. We'll even have some tips on how to navigate the landscape of change. Our regular listeners know this, but 2 Regular Guys are all about garment decorating, a bit of fun, and no rants or lectures or selling. We are not doing this for our employers, but rather for our industry. Since February 2013, The 2 Regular Guys have been the first and the most listened to garment decorating industry podcast on this planet! We are humbled by all of you tuning in each week. We work hard to bring you information that will make your business better, and our industry better. Take a look at our incredible weekly guest list and you'll understand where this industry goes for news, interviews, and the heartbeat of garment decorating. Thanks for listening! News Breaking Through Limiting Beliefs Workshop this afternoon at 2 PM Eastern, 1 PM Central, Noon Mountain and 11 AM Pacific. Last chance to sign up and to #Regulators if you use the code OSG you will save $20. https://oursuccessgroup.com/beliefs/Industry Sales and Events Veteran Josh Carruth Joins PRINTING United Alliance as Apparel Community Managing Director - PRINTING United Alliance has announced the appointment of apparel industry veteran Josh Carruth to managing director, apparel community. In this role, Carruth is responsible for the growth and support of all apparel-related programs and membership initiatives at PRINTING United Alliance. Carruth will oversee the Apparel Zone, a working microfactory on the show floor at PRINTING United Expo, which takes place Oct. 6-8 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FlaWith more COVID confusion with the Delta Variant, we've decided to give you all trade show updates at least every couple of weeks. Ray Weiss with Printing United gave us an Orlando update last week so here are responses from the three other major shows for our industry. Aaron, Erich and myself will be in the 2 Regular Guys booth at Printing United right by the Apparel Zone, so be sure to stop by and see us if you're planning to be there.Jamar Laster with Impressions Expo: I wanted to update you all on our new health & safety plan for Atlantic City. It has changed since I came on the podcast and we just sent an email about it to our community. In short, everyone, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, are required to wear face masks in ALL state-owned buildings, which includes the Atlantic City Convention Center. Please note: these public, indoor spaces include exhibit halls, meeting rooms, and lobbies. Masks will be made available at the event, if needed. Impressions Expo in Atlantic City, NJ is August 26-28. Here's a link to the health & safety page on our Atlantic City website: https://impressionsexpo.com/atlanticcity/show/health-and-safety/Scott Ritter with the DAX Show: We're looking forward to a great show at DAX Chicagoland, and attendance has surged in the last 2 weeks to the point where we have had to make arrangements in the floor plan to accommodate a larger than expected crowd! We're even seeing people register from New Jersey and Pennsylvania! If you are worried about traveling to large cities right now, it's good to know that the DAX show venue is located on I-80, just southwest of the Chicago metro area. For almost anybody attending, there is no need to go through Chicago to get to the very safe, friendly, and upscale suburb of Tinley Park. The convention center has installed a new air handling system making it one of the first convention facilities in the country to have a 'negative-pressure' event space, with the air in the exhibit hall being exchanged with outside air several times an hour.

The Critical Hour
China Warns US over Taiwan; Afghan President Flees with Chopper Full of Cash

The Critical Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 116:12


Linwood Tauheed, associate professor of economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, joins us to discuss the costs of the Afghanistan occupation. He talks about an article written by Dr. Jack Rasmus in which he discusses the financial burden that the Afghani imperial project has put on the US empire. Rasmus posits in the article that the cost of the occupation was one of the principal drivers in the decision to walk away. K. J. Noh, peace activist, writer, and teacher, joins us to discuss China and Taiwan. China has unleashed a furious response to claims made by members of the US Congress that there are numerous US troops in Taiwan. A Global Times editorial makes the connection between Taiwan and Afghanistan, and warns the Taiwanese government to take note of the outcome of the Afghanistan conflict.Dr. Yolandra Hancock, board-certified pediatrician and obesity medicine specialist, joins us to discuss covid. Recent reports indicate that the Biden administration may recommend a third dose of vaccine be administered eigh, months after being fully vaccinated.Jim Kavanagh, writer at thepolemicist.net and CounterPunch, and the author of "The American Farce Unravels: Shreds of January 6th," joins us to discuss media propaganda. Caitlin Johnstone's latest article brings light to the connection between the US media and the war profiteers. Johnstone explains that think tanks that are funded by war profiteers that then supply information to the media, which is put forth as if it were independent, unbiased reporting of facts.Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, joins us to discuss Afghanistan falling to the Taliban. The US-appointed President of Afghanistan reportedly fled the country with a helicopter full of cash. Also, Joe Lauria's consortiumnews.com piece argues that the outcome of the Afghan conflict shows how little US foreign policy "gurus" understood about the region.Dr. Jemima Pierre, associate professor of Black studies and anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles, joins us to discuss Haiti. A major storm is scheduled to hit the impoverished Caribbean island nation just after a major earthquake. Will outside help again bring disease and neo-liberal disaster capitalism to profit from the people's misery?Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss the US occupation of Iraq. Now that Afghanistan has fallen to the Taliban, many foreign policy experts are arguing that the US should immediately exit Iraq and Syria, noting that the excuses for occupation have evaporated.Mark Sleboda, Moscow-based international relations security analyst, joins us to discuss the effect of the Afghanistan debacle on US vassal governments worldwide. An article on the Strategic Culture Foundation's website details the fecklessness of US foreign policy, and makes the point that vassal governments and collaborators worldwide should take note of the Afghanistan disaster.

Fault Lines
The Taliban Takes Kabul As US Deploys More Troops

Fault Lines

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2021 170:47


On this episode of Fault Lines, hosts Jamarl Thomas and Shane Stranahan talk about the takeover of Kabul and greater Afghanistan by the Taliban, what this means for the official interference of the United States in that country, how European nations are preparing for a Taliban government, and the upcoming elections in Germany.Guests:Mark Sleboda - International Relations and Security Analyst | The Taliban Take Kabul Scott Ritter - Former U.N. weapons inspector and weapons of mass destruction whistleblower | US Officially Loses AfghanistanPeter Oliver - EU correspondent for RT International | European Reaction on TalibanIn the first hour Mark Sleboda joined the show to talk about the Taliban overrunning Kabul, and the locals trying desperately to board the United States' planes to America. With the United States pulling out of Afghanistan combined with the toppling of the Afghan government, has America perfectly set up the Taliban for long-lasting governance over all of Afghanistan?In the second hour Fault Lines was joined by Scott Ritter for a discussion on how the media is responsible for the facilitation of corruption and abuse of power when regarding the United States' operations in Afghanistan.In the third hour Peter Oliver joined the conversation to talk about the plans European nations are making in response to the Taliban control of Afghanistan. Then Peter talked about the upcoming election in Germany and the interesting fact that most people do not like their own candidate Armin Laschet.

The Critical Hour
Iran Looks to the East; Amazon Gets 10 Billion Dollar Government Contract

The Critical Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021 117:36


Mark Sleboda, Moscow-based international relations security analyst, joins us to discuss Ukraine and Belarus. Russian foreign policy experts argue that Ukraine's request to station US troops and anti-aircraft/missile batteries on Russia's border is proof that the West is using the Eastern European nation as a provocation point. Also, Belarus is asking some US diplomats to leave its country in response to recent sanctions from the Biden administration.K. J. Noh, peace activist, writer, and teacher, joins us to discuss China. He reviews a recent Asia Time article in which a genuine discussion of the political and economic situation inside of China reveals why the Chinese ruling party is held in such high regard by the population. Also, our guest explains China's view of the US' latest sale of weapons to Taiwan. Gerald Horne, professor of history at the University of Houston, author, historian, and researcher, joins us to talk about Iran. Iran's new president has indicated that he will be moving away from Western imperial states and reinstituting Iran's policies towards Eurasia. This perspective is partially based on a recent speech by Iran's supreme leader regarding the folly of trusting the West. Linwood Tauheed, associate professor of economics at University of Missouri- Kansas City, joins us to discuss the NSA's recent $10 billion contract to Amazon. Amazon, the project of the richest man on earth, is now economically tied to both the CIA and the NSA with cloud storage contracts. Additionally, the Jeff Bezos economic empire includes the Washington Post, the so-called "paper of record" for national security in the US.Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss Israel's nuclear arsenal. Scott discusses the unspoken reality that the US is pretending that the Middle East is a nuclear-free zone, as they are working to keep Israel in place as the only nation in the unstable region with nuclear weapons. Nino Pagliccia, activist and writer, joins us to discuss Peru. Upon taking power as the new President, leftist Pedro Castillo has announced that Peru will be leaving the Lima Group, a lackey organization for the US empire which works to undermine the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Also, has the Washington Post begun its disinformation articles attacking President Castillo? A recent article certainly seems to be pointing in that direction. Darryl Jones, attorney, joins us to discuss Texas voting legislation. The Texas legislature has passed far-reaching legislation that voting rights activists claim is specifically designed to make it more difficult for marginalized communities to vote. Also, the latest ruling by the Texas Supreme Court will allow state law enforcement to track down quorum-breaking Democrats blocking voter suppression legislation.Ajamu Baraka, former VP candidate for the Green Party, joins us to discuss Cuba. The recent US intelligence operation against Cuba has failed miserably, and our guest explains why he believes that the new grassroots social movements will overcome US hegemonic desires in the Global South. Also, new organic organizations are popping up in Latin America with the express mission of thwarting US aggression.

The Critical Hour
Earth Warming Faster Than Previously Thought; US Military Largest Emitter of Greenhouse Gas

The Critical Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2021 116:43


Ted Rall, political cartoonist and syndicated columnist, joins us to discuss New York Governor Andres Cuomo's sexual harassment scandal. Melissa Derosa, the Governor's top aide, has resigned in what appears to be the start of a mass exodus of the Governor's closest supporters. Also, an executive assistant who accused Cuomo of groping her has come forward.Dan Lazare, investigative journalist and author, joins us to discuss his latest article on domestic US politics. Lazare argues that US partisan politics has devolved into non-substantive emotional spats. Rather than genuine politicians who aim to represent their constituents, he posits that "Congress overflows with hyper-ambitious types willing to do and say anything to advance their careers and serve the interests of capital."Alexander Mercouris, editor-in-chief at theduran.com & host of "Alexander Mercouris & The Duran" on YouTube, joins us to discuss his latest article on Julian Assange. Mercouris argues that "the single-minded U.S. pursuit of Julian Assange as Britain proposes changes to its official secrets law shows the fierce determination of both governments to conceal their secrets."Marvin Weinbaum, director for the Middle East DInstitute's Center for Pakistan and Afghanistan Studies, joins us to discuss Afghanistan. The pace of the Taliban's victories quickens as the theocratic political group over-runs three major cities in a single day. Also, one of the cities that they seized was a provincial capital. How long before the Taliban controls the entire nation?Marcy Winograd, congressional coordinator for Code Pink, joins us to discuss climate change. Brown University's "Cost of War" project reports that the US military creates more greenhouse gases than Denmark, Sweden, or Portugal with the "War on Terror" alone. Marcy's consortium news article argues that the US military is killing humanity in more ways than simply bombs and bullets.Gerald Horne, professor of history at the University of Houston, author, historian, and researcher, joins us to discuss the latest pushback on the Monroe Doctrine from the Global South. We review "Operation Tradewinds," where soldiers from South America and the Caribbean participated in a region-wide military exercise with army personnel from the United States empire. This neo-colonial exercise threatens indigenous political independence.Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss the latest US wargame. Last October, a wargame predicted that a defence of Taiwan would end disastrously for the US military as the loss of communication rendered their smart weapons inoperable. As US wargames have historically been accurate predictors of military outcomes, the US needs to reevaluate its aggression towards other major world powers.Miko Peled, author and activist, joins us to discuss Israel. A Palestinian survivor talks about his time as an Israeli prisoner, and reveals the methods of torture that were used against him and others. Also, dozens of Palestinians and Jordanians have been sentenced in Saudi Arabia after a mass trial.

The Critical Hour
Weekly News Roundup; Peru Drops Venezuela Blockade; Israel Threatens Iran

The Critical Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2021 115:23


Martin Sieff, senior fellow at the American University in Moscow, joins us to wrap up the important stories for the week. The newest version of a political "pink tide" is having dramatic effects on US regime change efforts, as Pedro Castillo drops Peru from the US blockade against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Also, China and Russia hold military drills, Iran confirms a new president, and we discuss the 76th anniversary of the nuclear attack on Hiroshima.Jack Rasmus, professor in economics and politics at St. Mary's College in California, joins us to discuss the top economic issues for the week. The Biden administration has instituted a partial eviction moratorium, post-pandemic jobless claims have again dropped, and the Senate is moving forward on President Biden's bipartisan infrastructure bill.Dr. Iyabo Obasanjo, professor, epidemiologist, veterinarian, and the daughter of former Nigerian president Mr. Olusegun Obasanjo, joins us to discuss health issues. The Biden administration is considering punitive measures in an attempt to push non-vaccinated people to accept the covid jab. Also, the pandemic is fueling global hunger, and the delta variant is spreading like wildfire.Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, and Dan Lazare, investigative journalist and author of "America's Undeclared War," join us for a weekly news wrap-up. President Biden has joined a chorus of politicians who are calling for the resignation of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo as the State Attorney General's Office releases a report accusing him of a pattern of sexual harassment-related abuses. Also, Nina Turner loses in Ohio, Israel pushes for a catastrophic war with Iran, and members of "The Squad" hail the temporary reinstatement of a partial eviction moratorium as a victory. Jim Kavanagh, writer at thepolemicist.net and Counter Punch, and author of "Apartheid Does Not Have the Right to Defend Itself, or to Exist," and Margaret Kimberly, editor and senior columnist at Black Agenda Report, come together to discuss significant foreign policy stories for the week. Former Bolivian president Evo Morales is starting an organization that is designed to unite the people of South America and the Caribbean to oppose imperialism and push for political independence. Also, we discuss the prospects for the Iran nuclear deal, the 1945 nuclear attack on Hiroshima, and the think tank/national security links with major figures in the US media.

Fault Lines
Crisis in Lebanon

Fault Lines

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2021 171:25


On this episode of Fault Lines, host Shane Stranahan talks about the PPP loans and their misallocations, the shadow war between Israel and Iran, the sentiment of New Yorkers after hearing that they will be required to show proof of vaccinations, and the rising importance of China on their plight to overthrow the US in power.Guests:Mark Frost - Economist, professor, consultant, drummer and eagle scout | PPP Loans Scott Ritter - Former U.N. weapons inspector and a weapons of mass destruction whistleblower | Shadow War Between Iran and Israel Richard Wolff - Professor of economics and author | China Stepping Up on World StageIn the first hour Mark Frost joined the show to talk about the PPP loans that were not properly allocated. Is this government money just assisting the wealthy to stay wealthy, or has it actually helped the impoverished?In the second hour Fault Lines was joined by Scott Ritter for a discussion on the hostilities between Israel and Iran. The threats come after the drone strike on an oil tanker that Israel was very quick to blame on Iran.In the third hour Richard Wolff joined the conversation to talk about the personal response from New Yorkers about the proof of vaccine status in the state. Prof. Wolff also talked about the ascending power of China and how the United States might react if and when China overtakes them eventually.

The Critical Hour
Weekly News Roundup; Mask Mandates Return; Daniel Hale Sentenced to 45 Months

The Critical Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2021 116:05


Caleb Maupin, journalist and political analyst, joins us to wrap up the important stories for the week. Several doctors have evaluated the health of Julian Assange and conclude that he may not survive a grueling legal process that seems intended to destroy him physically. Also, we discuss the Ben and Jerry's controversy, the Yemen war, and Cuba.Linwood Tauheed, associate professor of economics at the University of Missouri- Kansas City, joins us to discuss the top economic issues for the week. The US gross domestic product rose far less than the Dow Jones estimate of 8.4%. Also, we discuss the eviction moratorium, covid aid's effect on poverty, and the world economy's return from covid.Dr. Yolandra Hancock, board certified pediatrician and obesity medicine specialist, joins us to discuss health issues. President Biden is reacting to the spread of the delta variant by instituting some mask and vaccination mandates. Also, we discuss the latest CDC reports on the delta variant and the potentiality for Pfizer booster shots.Ted Rall, political cartoonist and syndicated columnist, and Dr. Colin Campbell, a Washington, DC, news correspondent, join us for a weekly news wrap up. Chris Hedges has an excellent article in which he argues that "the return of the Taliban to power will be one more signpost of the end of the American empire — and nobody will be held accountable." Also, we talk about Julian Assange, the Aurora, Colorado police abuse case, and Cuba. Scott Ritter, a former UN weapons inspector in Iraq, and Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and co-founder of the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, come together to discuss the significant foreign policy stories of the week. Whistleblower Daniel Hale was sentenced to 45 months in a federal prison, but will likely only serve a reduced sentence of 18 months. Also, we discuss Cuba, China's demands to Wendy Sherman, President Biden's military policies, and reports that the US is planning new sanctions against Iran.

The Critical Hour
Biden Predicts War with "Major Power" over Cyber Breach; Whistleblower Daniel Hale Gets 45 Months

The Critical Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021 116:14


President Biden reportedly told intelligence officials that there is a possibility of an extinction level war with a major nuclear power over a cyber breach.John Kirakou, host of "The Back Story" on Radio Sputnik, joins us to discuss Whistleblower Daniel Hale. Drone whistleblower Daniel Hale was sentenced to 45 months in federal prison yesterday for his part in releasing details of the US drone program. Hale was able to show that the program violated international law and that over a five-month time period, 90 percent of its victims were not the intended target.Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink, joins us to discuss President Biden's threat of war. At a meeting of US intelligence officials, President Joe Biden said that he foresees the possibility of an extinction level war with a major nuclear power. Biden indicated that he believed that the war would likely be precipitated by a cyber breach. Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss Russian weapons. Russia has had a significant month, as its military has released a number of high tech weapons. Principal among the new weapons is the SU-75 light combat fighter aircraft called the "checkmate" fighter. Also, the Russian military tested its "zircon" hypersonic anti-ship missile.Linwood Tauheed, associate professor of economics at the University of Missouri- Kansas City, joins us to discuss the economy. The US economy may be running into a number of speed bumps, as the Delta variant seems to be increasing the infection rate. Also, contrary to libertarian ideology, there is no empirical evidence that cuts to unemployment are having an effect on hiring.Mark Sleboda, Moscow-based international relations security analyst, joins us to discuss Ukraine. Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky is signaling that he is ready to meet with a group of international leaders dubbed the "Normandy Four" to work on issues related to the Eastern Ukrainian conflict in the Donbass Region. The Normandy Four group was established on June 6, 2014, when the leaders of Russia, France, Germany, and Ukraine, discussed ways to resolve the Donbass conflict for the first time.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. President Biden is again harkening back to former President Trump's foreign policy as he revives the GOP leader's business initiative towards Africa. This appears to be a move meant to counter Chinese influence on the resource-rich continent. Dan Lazare, investigative journalist and author of "America's Undeclared War," joins us to discuss Israel. Israel is launching a major public relations "maximum pressure" offensive against ice-cream maker Ben and Jerry's for their recent decision to stop selling their products in the occupied territories. Also, some lawmakers are discussing the Pegasus scandal, but not mentioning the fact that Israel is involved. Caleb Maupin, journalist and political analyst, joins us to discuss nuclear think tanks. A recent article shows that every think tank related to nuclear weapons has a financial stake in the issue. The fact that these groups are getting money from corporations that are benefitting from nuclear weapon contracts points to the distinct possibility that they are just thinly veiled public relations programs for military-industrial contractors.

Fault Lines
Olympics to Begin as Tokyo Tries to Contain New COVID Surge

Fault Lines

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2021 173:52


On this episode of Fault Lines, hosts Jamarl Thomas and Shane Stranahan talk about the state of the economy more well into a year of COVID-19, the deception of the housing market, the Taliban's takeover in Afghanistan, the increasing military power of Russia and China, and the case of the watchmen in their attempted kidnapping plot.Guests:Mark Frost - Economist, professor, consultant, and capitalist | Inflation & the Housing Market Scott Ritter - Former U.N. weapons inspector and a weapons of mass destruction whistleblower | Current- & Next-Gen Military Hardware & DoctrineBob Schlehuber - Host of Political Misfits here on Radio Sputnik | Biden Town Hall & Pelosi Jan 6th CommissionIn the first hour Mark Frost joined the show to discuss the reaction of the country to Covid-19 and what that did to the economy. Then Mark talked about the deceptive housing market and how it is primed for a crash very soon.In the second hour Fault Lines was joined by Scott Ritter for a conversation on the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan and why this is such a failure and a defeat by the US. Scott also talked about what a war with China or Russia would look like and whether or not we should be worried about these superpowers having quite advanced technology.In the third hour we were joined by Bob Schlehuber to talk about the loyalty of the right to Donald Trump, and the ever growing issue of entrapment within the USA.

The Critical Hour
US Life Expectancy Fell 1.5 Years in 2020, Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Deal Expected Soon

The Critical Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2021 118:21


In the biggest decline seen in generations, the US life expectancy plummeted by 1.5 years due to COVID, drug overdoses, homicides and chronic diseases.Dr. Yolandra Hancock, board-certified pediatrician and obesity medicine specialist, joins Dr. Gigi El-Bayoumi, professor of Medicine at GW University Hospital and founding director at Rodham Institute at George Washington University, to discuss the effects of Covid on last year's death toll. The US life expectancy fell by 1.5 years last year, in part to hundreds and thousands of covid deaths.Martin Sieff, senior fellow at the American University in Moscow, joins us to discuss Nord Stream 2. Both US and German officials announced that the two respective countries reached an agreement allowing for the completion of the Russian natural gas pipeline.Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss the Iran Security Council rejecting the draft proposal to restore the nuclear deal. According to a spokesman for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Iran's Supreme National Security Council rejected the draft agreement that was negotiated in Vienna "indirectly with the US to restore the nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA.Linwood Tauheed, associate professor of economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, joins us to talk about the economy. News reports indicate the economy is having a harder time rebooting itself this summer than this past spring when many in the US were getting vaccinated and receiving stimulus checks.Dr. Sharon Anderson, former professor of law at Georgetown, Harvard and Howard Universities, CEO of CSG Consulting Services, and author of the new book, Emotional Civility--The New Standard of Global Success, joins us to discuss new reports that FBI informants entrapped those charged in the plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Nino Pagliccia, activist and writer, joins us to discuss Cuba. A responsiblestatecraft.org article states the "excuses for why the US can't lift Trump restrictions on the cash Americans send their families there are outdated and inaccurate."KJ Noh, writer and peace activist, joins us to talk about China. In a joint statement with Japan, Britain has announced that they have plans to permanently deploy two warships to Asia.Mark Sleboda, Moscow-based international relations security analyst, joins us to talk about the Russian Zircon missile. Top priority has been given by the Kremlin to modernize the country's arsenal

RT
CrossTalk: Saigon in Afghanistan

RT

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2021 25:01


Alas, the end appears to be near. Washington's 20-year effort at nation-building in Afghanistan was always going to end this way – a complete and total failure. It is doubtful the corrupt Kabul government will last long after America's withdrawal. Afghanistan remains broken and the American people poor. And no one is held to account. CrossTalking with Marvin G. Weinbaum, Scott Ritter, and Mushtaq Rahim.

The Critical Hour
Russia Nuclear Negotiator says US Must "Stop Hitting 3 Birds With 1 Stone."

The Critical Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2021 114:35


Michael Springmann, former American diplomat and political analyst, joins us to discuss the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and the fact that some parties want to "hit three birds with one stone." The Russian ambassador to international organizations in Vienna tweeted, “In the context of #ViennaTalks some analysts and officials advocate for addressing new topics such as regional security and missiles. An attempt to hit 3 birds with 1 stone. Unrealistic and counterproductive. The agreed goal of the talks is just to restore the original #JCPOA.” Julie Varughese, solidarity network coordinator for Black Alliance for Peace, joins us to discuss Afghanistan. Over 1,000 Afghan soldiers fled into Tajikistan yesterday as Taliban insurgents marched into northern Afghanistan. Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss the US Air Force awarding a $2 billion contract to develop the Pentagon's new air-launched nuclear cruise missile. The missile, named the Long Range Stand Off weapon (LRSO), is expected to be completed in February 2027.Karen Spring, a Honduras-based human rights defender, researcher and coordinator for the Honduras Solidarity Network, joins us to discuss the Berta Caceres murder trial. According to a report in The Guardian, the Tegucigalpa high court found David Castillo Mejia, a Honduran businessman and former military intelligence officer, guilty for the March 2016 murder of indigenous environmental activist Berta Caceres. Jim Kavanagh, writer at thepolemicist.com and Counter Punch, joins us to talk about Julian Assange. Today, Consortium News began a six-part series on Julian Assange and the Espionage Act, prefacing that "the United States has found ways to deny the rights of a free press when it is politically expedient to do so."Alexander Mercouris, editor-in-chief at theduran.com and host of "The Alexander Mercouris Show" on YouTube, joins us to discuss his article in Consortium News about the Craig Murray case. Mercouris says the UK Supreme Court should grant the whistleblower and blogger permission to appeal because of the journalism questions the case raises. Laith Marouf, broadcaster and journalist based in Beirut, Lebanon, joins us to talk about the Lebanon crisis. Currently, Lebanon is suffering through a crisis that the World Bank says "could rank among the world's three worst since the mid-1800s that affects the country's standard of living."Levi Rickert, editor and publisher of NativeNewsOnline.net, joins us to discuss Canada's grim legacy as 182 more graves of Indigenous children were found at a site of a former boarding school. The discovery came after the remains of hundreds of other Indigenous children were found in unmarked graves at other residential school sites across Canada that they were forced to attend throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.

The Critical Hour
Notorious Warhawk Donald Rumsfeld Dies; Assange Case Disintegrates; China Helps Venezuela

The Critical Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 2, 2021 116:39


Caleb Maupin, journalist and political analyst, joins us to discuss this week's important news stories. Donald Rumsfeld has died at the age of 88 after a career of advocating for militaristic policies. China has announced that it will assist Venezuela with economic development directly in the face of US opposition. Also, the US is experiencing major issues in withdrawing from Afghanistan.Linwood Tauheed, associate professor of economics at the University of Missouri- Kansas City, joins us to discuss economics. 364,000 people filed for unemployment last week in a sign that the economy is still reeling from the covid crisis. Also, we discuss the infrastructure bill and the foundations of neoliberal policies in America. David Schultz, author and professor of political science and law at Hamline University, joins us to discuss the important legal cases from the week. Bill Cosby saw his charges vacated and walked out of jail after three years of incarceration. Also, the Trump organization is reeling as its CEO is facing significant charges related to taxes.Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and co-founder of Veteran Intelligence, joins Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, to discuss US foreign policy. The Julian Assange case took a turn this week as the US government saw their principal witness reverse course and admit that his claims against Assange are lies. Also, we discuss the US claim of a "rules-based order" that neither has rules nor does it create order. Dr. Colin Campbell, DC senior news correspondent, and Ajamu Baraka, former VP Candidate for the Green Party, come together to discuss important stories from the week. The Democratic Party is moving to stop a left-wing insurgency as they work to crush the campaign of Ohio candidate Nina Turner and launch a proxy war on "Medicare for All."

The Critical Hour
The Legacy of Donald Rumsfeld

The Critical Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 2, 2021 29:48


Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and co-founder of Veteran Intelligence; joins Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq; to discuss the Donald Rumsfeld legacy and his actions related to the Iraq invasion.

Fault Lines
Trump Organization, CFO Indicted in Tax Investigation

Fault Lines

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2021 171:56


On this episode of Fault Lines, hosts Jamarl Thomas and Shane Stranahan talked with guests about Alexei Navalny, Vladimir Putin, and the future of leadership in Russia, also looking at the morbid legacy of Donald Rumsfeld and how leaks from inside Kamala Harris' camp show deep dysfunction.Guests:Bryan MacDonald - Head of the Russia Desk at RT Online | Navalny's Role in Russian Politics, Putin's Future, Naval Drills in the Black SeaScott Ritter - Former U.N. Weapons Inspector & WMD Whistleblower | Remembering Donald Rumsfeld & Understanding the Wars on Iraq and AfghanistanGuy McPherson - Speaker, Scientist | UN Getting More Pessimistic In Details Leaked from Climate ReportTed Rall - Political Cartoonist & Syndicated Columnist | The Prosecution of the Trump Organization, Biden/Harris Admin's Deep Internal ProblemsIn our first hour we were joined by Bryan MacDonald to take a look at Vladimir Putin's extended term limits, what he'd be looking for in a successor, and to debate whether or not the Americans would have declared war if Russia had taken out the British ship sailing too close to Crimea.In our second hour we were joined by Scott Ritter to review Donald Rumsfeld's life, work, and roles in the wars on Iraq and Afghanistan, looking into Scott's run-ins with Rumsfeld and what they taught him about the recently deceased two-time Secretary of Defense. We then spoke with Guy McPherson about whether climate change is an existential threat or merely a humanitarian crisis.In our third hour we were joined by Ted Rall to talk about the charges brought against the Trump Organization, whether prosecutors can get Allen Weisselberg to flip on Trump, and to take a look at Biden's sagging support among Democrats and Kamala Harris' internal camp divisions, which don't shed a positive light on her capacity to unite an administration as prospective future president.

The Critical Hour
Rockets Strike US Bases in Syria; Belarus Drops EU Partnership

The Critical Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2021 118:08


Gerald Horne, professor of history at the University of Houston, author, historian, and researcher, joins us to discuss Syria and Iraq. US forces in Syria come under intense rocket attack as Iraqi, and Syrian militias declare open war on occupation forces. Meanwhile, the Iraqi government calls Biden's bombing attacks blatant and unacceptable violations of sovereignty.Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss the UK provocation in the Black Sea. Leaked or lost documents show that the British government lied about their provocation off the coast of Crimea. There was significant opposition to Prime Minister Boris Johnson's plan for a military confrontation with Russia and the story that was released was contradicted by several sources, including the BBC reporter that was placed on the HMS Defender.Linwood Tauheed, associate professor of economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, joins us to discuss President Biden's bipartisan infrastructure bill. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) wants to detach the bipartisan part of the infrastructure agreement from the parts of the project that will be pushed through the reconciliation process. Also, our guest expounds upon the concept of asset recycling and how the process works in favor of powerful corporations. Joe Lauria, editor-in-chief at Consortium News, joins us to talk about Julian Assange and Mike Gravel. Long-time peace advocate and retired Senator Mike Gravel has passed away at the age of 91. Also, we review a Counterpunch article in which Julian Assange is discussed in the context of current threats against the First Amendment.Dan Lazare, investigative journalist and author of "America's Undeclared War," joins us to discuss Iran. President Biden met with the Israeli president and promised him that Iran would not get a nuclear weapon. Also, Biden said that the recent bombing of Iraqi and Syrian resistance groups was meant as a message to Iran. Is Biden deliberately sabotaging the nuclear negotiations?Mahder Tella, data scientist and strategic planner for the Tigray Action Committee, joins us to discuss Ethiopia. Reports are that the interim government of Ethiopia's Tigray region has fled, and that rebel fighters have advanced into the region's capital. K.J. Noh, writer and peace activist, joins us to talk about the "rules-based order." Our guest speaks about a recent article in Responsible Statecraft in which the claims of a rules-based order are examined. The article posits that “since the ‘rules-based order' is never adequately defined, America's claim to uphold it can never be disproved.”Mark Sleboda, Moscow-based international relations security analyst, joins us to discuss Belarus. The Western regime change attempt in Belarus has backfired, as leaders of the Eastern European nation have announced that they are cutting ties with the EU and further integrating their tax and economic system with Russia.

Fault Lines
Biden's New Infrastructure Bill: Bipartisan Heaven or A Shriveled Shadow of Its Former Self?

Fault Lines

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2021 170:34


On this episode of Fault Lines, hosts Jamarl Thomas and Shane Stranahan talked about Afghanistan and the Taliban, the UFO report due today, the asteroid some speculate was alien, the truth about January 6th, what Britney Spears said about our judicial system, and how California weathered COVID.Guests:Scott Ritter - Former U.N. weapons inspector & WMD Whistleblower | Afghanistan in Taliban Hands: What America Got Wrong As It Prepares to End Its Longest WarAvi Loeb - Theoretical Astrophysicist, Professor, Author | The UFO Report Due Today and the Truth About ʻOumuamuaKim Iversen - Independent Journalist and Host of the Kim Iversen Show | Judging January 6th, Governor Gavin Newsom's Recall in CaliforniaIn our first hour we were joined by Scott Ritter to talk about America's late withdrawal from its longest war, what the Taliban is, where it came from, and what internal unrest it's heading for as it prepares to take reign in Afghanistan, and the mistakes America made trying to deal with Al Qaeda and the Taliban when invading the region.In our second hour we were joined by Avi Loeb for a fascinating conversation on the UFO report due out today, what the technology described by Pentagon and intelligence community professionals would require from our science and even the structure of our physical reality, and to take another look at an asteroid that passed a few years ago, picking up attention for its quirky physical characteristics and unexplained propulsion and confusing millions with its pronunciation since then.In our third hour we were joined by Kim Iversen for a fiery conversation on the events of January 6th: whether the raid on the capitol counts as an insurrection if nobody's being charged with sedition, what actually happened and how we should describe and judge it from the present, and how California's fared with COVID as Gavin Newsom faces a recall vote over the lingering economic malaise from COVID and last year's protests.

The Critical Hour
Black Ops in the Black Sea; McAfee's Mysterious Death; Facebook Acting Shady on Fake Users

The Critical Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2021 117:53


Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, joins us to talk about the incident in the Black Sea. A British ship breached Russian waters off the coast of Crimea and warning shots were fired. The UK diplomatic representative was addressed by the Russian government and admonished for the naval confrontation. Craig Murray argues that the move was a reckless provocation by the British government. Shane Stranahan, co-host of Faultlines, joins us to discuss the death of tech mogul John McAfee. Mcafee was found dead in a Spanish prison cell under questionable circumstances. He had previously warned that if he died it would not be suicide. Also, Edward Snowden argues that after the untimely demise of both McAfee and Epstein, Julian Assange could be next. Ted Rall, political cartoonist and syndicated columnist, joins us to talk about the New York primaries. A Democratic socialist candidate beat a four-term incumbent in the mayoral race for the Buffalo City government leadership. Also, the US Navy counter-terrorism training guide says that socialists are terrorists and puts them in the same category as neo-nazis.Steve Poikonen, national organizer action4Assange, joins us to talk about Facebook. A recent Newsweek article revealed that the Pentagon has a 60,000 person army working on both domestic and foreign projects which include online manipulation of information. When asked if they would hold US government actors to the same standards as foreign actors, Facebook representatives refused to answer.Jim Kavanagh, writer at thepolemicist.net and Counter Punch and the author of "The American Farce Unravels: Shreds of January 6th," joins us to discuss Hunter Biden. Hunter Biden is in the news again as his father's credit card has been tied to his payment for female escort services. Also, President Obama's ethics director is speaking out as Biden sells his artwork to anonymous buyers for up to a half-million dollars. Mark Sleboda, Moscow-based international relations security analyst, joins us to discuss Nord Stream 2. Ukraine's national gas company has hired a lobbying firm owned by an Atlantic Council senior fellow to lobby against Nord Stream 2. Also, AP news reports that the pipeline project has been a significant strain on relations between the US and Germany. Obi Egbuna, activist, and US Rep for The Zimbabwean Newspapers, joins us to discuss Cuba. 184 nations voted against continuing the brutal US blockade on Cuba as only the US and Israel supported the continuance of the measures. Critics argued that a blockade is a form of biological warfare as it has prevented the tiny island nation from working to stop the spread of the pandemic. James Carey, editor/co-owner at Geopoliticsalert.com, joins us to talk about Iran. The US is disputing Iran's claim that a deal to lift major sanctions has been struck. Also, the Israeli defense chief has been meeting with US officials as they work on rejoining the JCPOA in what seems to be an omen of certain demise for the diplomatic project.

The Critical Hour
Iran Elects Conservative President; More Russia Sanctions; EU Leaders Cold to US Anti-China Push

The Critical Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2021 117:07


Laith Marouf, broadcaster and journalist based in Beirut, Lebanon, joins us to discuss Iran. Iran's new president, Ebrahim Raisi, is known as a conservative hardliner with close ties to the Islamic Republic's Supreme Leader. Described by outside observers as a hardliner, Raisi has already stated that he does not intend to sign off on a nuclear deal unless it serves the interests of Iran.Ted Rall, political cartoonist and syndicated columnist, joins us to discuss the media. An enlightening Washington Post article featured a picture of newspaper owner Jeff Bezos and argues that it is wrong to raise taxes on billionaires. Also, Robert Reich argues that the US's biggest enemy is not China, but the drift towards proto-fascism. Reich also explores the US history of blaming outside entities for our own shortcomings. Mark Sleboda, Moscow-based international relations security analyst, joins us to talk about Russia. The US is preparing another list of sanctions against Russia, this time regarding a convicted embezzler named Alexei Navalny. Also, US civil rights observers are arguing that the focus on Navalny should be ditched and refocused on the many people who are languishing in prison in the US for minor drug crimes. Currently, a Louisiana father of seven is serving over 13 years in jail for approximately one gram of marijuana. Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and co-founder of the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, joins us to discuss his latest article about US-Russia relations. Ray argues that President Biden's foreign policy team is woefully misinformed in their quest to break the strategic partnership between Russia and China. Also, Ray discusses President Putin's comment regarding lightning flashes of trust between him and the US president. William J. Astore, retired lieutenant USAF colonel and a senior fellow at the Eisenhower Media Network, joins us to discuss his latest article. Lieutenant Astore discusses the myriad of military failures experienced by the United States over the last several decades, and warns that a continuance of the current foreign policy track will guarantee similar outcomes in future endeavors.KJ, Noh, writer and peace activist, joins us to discuss China. Armin Laschet, the current frontrunner to succeed German Chancellor Angela Merkel, has stated that he opposes a cold war against China. Mr. Laschet also called for western states to cool tensions with Russia, insisting they must “establish a sensible relationship” with Moscow.Danny Shaw, professor of Latin studies, joins us to discuss Venezuela. President Biden has rejected calls for stopping the draconian sanctions against Venezuela. Also, a bilateral meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 22, between the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza Montserrat, and his counterpart from the Russian Federation, Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov.Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss NATO. Quincy Institute president Andrew Bacevich's new book, "After the Apocalypse,'' argues that the US needs to make several radical foreign policy changes, starting with ending all involvement with NATO. Also, Jeremy Kuzmarov argues that President Biden's current foreign policy plans to increase military spending in NATO will increase the odds of war.

The Critical Hour
Biden and Putin say Talks Went Well; Senate to Vote on AUMF; Russia and China Work on Space Program

The Critical Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2021 116:07


Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and co-founder for Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Peace, joins us to discuss the Biden-Putin summit. President Putin hailed the summit as a success and advised that the two nations will be sending their respective ambassadors back to service. Also, in his latest antiwar.com article, Ray Mcgovern argues that the summit accomplished baby steps but was overall blah and uneventful.Daniel Lazare, investigative journalist and author of The Velvet Coup, joins us to discuss the Senate's possible upcoming vote on the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF). Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has expressed his support for repealing the 2002 AUMF, and says that he expects to be in a position to call for a vote soon. The call to re-examine the AUMF began in February when President Biden opened his foreign policy agenda by illegally bombing Syria.Gerald Horne, professor of history at the University of Houston, author, historian, and researcher, joins us to discuss President Biden's comments about election interference. In his post-summit press conference, President Biden stated, "How would it be if the United States were viewed by the rest of the world as interfering with the elections directly of other countries, and everybody knew it?" Our guest discusses the plausibility of that statement and reviews the history of US interventions in elections and regime change.Dr. Linwood Tauheed, associate professor of economics at the University of Missouri- Kansas City, joins us to discuss the strategic partnership between Russia and China. Dmitry Rogozin, the CEO of Russia's Roscosmos corporation, advised that Russia has worked with China on their space program. Rogozin stated that "China is implementing its space program with Russia's support." Also, China and Russia have announced that they are working together on a lunar station and they are welcoming international partners.Ted Rall, political cartoonist and syndicated columnist, joins us to discuss the reaction of former presidents to the Geneva summit. Hillary Clinton has returned to the media claiming that President Biden is cleaning up President Trump's mess regarding Russia. Meanwhile, President Trump is taking a page from the Democrat's book by criticizing President Biden for not being tough enough on Russia. Scott Ritter, former UN weapon Inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss China. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has directed the military to "bolster deterrence" against China. Also, a recent poll shows that white Americans are more likely to support war with China than people of color.Jim Kavanaugh, joins us to discuss Julian Assange. Trevor Timm, the executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, has penned an article on Consortium News in which he discusses the attempt by the Biden administration to criminalize news gathering in the case against Julian Assange. Also, Boris Johnson has been railing about the free media while he supports the persecution of Assange. Dan Kovalik, writer, author,and lawyer, joins us to discuss South American politics. Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA), the chair of the powerful House Rules Committee, has sent a letter to President Biden requesting that he end the deadly sanctions on Venezuela. Also, observers argue that the landmark victory of Pedro Castillo in Peru will usher in a new era ending years of neoliberal rule by con-artists and robber barons.

Fault Lines
After Geneva: Putin 1, Biden 0?

Fault Lines

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2021 169:18


On this episode of Fault Lines, hosts Austin Pelli and Shane Stranahan are joined remotely by Jamarl Thomas to talk about the sentiments coming out of Geneva after the meeting between Putin and Biden, why this was built up as tense as it was and what this could mean for the two countries' relations, the likely outcome from the Iranian elections, and what to expect when your going to embark on a several hundred miles hiking trip.Guests:Elijah Magnier - Veteran war correspondent | Iranian Elections FridayMichelle Witte - Host of Political Misfits | BackpackingScott Ritter - Former U.N. weapons inspector and a Weapons of Mass Destruction Whistleblower | Breaking Down The Press Conferences in GenevaIn the first Fault Lines was joined by Jamarl Thomas for the final update coming from Geneva in the wake of the meeting between Putin and Biden. Then we went into a brand new segment named Bad Quotes.In the second hour Fault Lines was joined by Elijah Magnier for a breakdown on Iranian politics and what is the likely outcome of their upcoming elections. Are the American's delivering Lebanon to Hezbollah? Finally, we were joined by Michelle Witte for an in depth conversation on her backpacking trip on the Pacific Crest Trail.In the third hour we were joined by Scott Ritter who gave a step by step breakdown on what the meeting between Biden and Putin means from the set up to the return. The biggest takeaways: Nuclear war is unwinnable and we will not engage, and our ambassadors will regularly be sent between our countries.

The Critical Hour
Putin and Biden Meet in Geneva; EU Chills on China Hostility; Pedro Castillo Celebrates Victory

The Critical Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2021 117:15


Jamarl Thomas, host of Faultline Radio show, joins us from Europe where he is covering the meeting between Presidents Putin and Biden. The leaders of the most powerful military and nuclear nations on Earth meet in Geneva, Switzerland to discuss common interests. US neocon actors push Biden to confront the Russian president while progressives call for a resolution of disagreements and a peaceful outcome. George Koo, journalist, social activist, international business consultant, and chemical engineer, joins us to discuss China. The US left the G7 meeting frustrated as many of the European leaders balked at their call for confrontation with China. French President Emmanual Macron argued that China is not in the North Atlantic region, and therefore the NATO alliance should not seek enmity with the economic powerhouse. Also, Germany has a major automobile market in China and is reluctant to enter into any agreements that will damage its economic interests.Dr. Yolandra Hancock, board-certified pediatrician and obesity medicine specialist, joins us to discuss the coronavirus. There are several dangerous covid variants and experts say that one particular strain is increasing at an alarming rate. Also, the US has passed another grim milestone as the number of covid deaths officially passes six hundred thousand.Laith Marouf, broadcaster and journalist based in Beirut, Lebanon joins us to discuss Israel. The plight of the Palestinians remains the same as the new Israeli government opens its foreign actions by bombing a Palestinian town. Also, far right-wing Israelis march in the streets chanting "death to Arabs" as they assault Palestinian civilians. Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss NATO. Scott has a recent article in which he describes the relative weakness of NATO, and argues that the organization is fraudulently projecting military prowess that they can't back up. Also, the latest NATO summit showed that the group is now nothing more than a group of puppets reluctantly working on a misguided and futile mission to maintain US world hegemony.Caleb Maupin, journalist and political analyst, joins us to discuss YouTube censorship. Caleb recently experienced unexplained censorship from YouTube as he was unable to upload videos and he was not given a reason for the move. Also, a Russian politician has been blocked from posting a video about discrimination against the Russian Sputnik V vaccine.Ajamu Baraka, former vice presidential candidate for the Green Party, joins us to discuss Central and South America. Supporters of Peruvian leftist politician Pedro Castillo celebrate as the final numbers show him ahead by over 44,000 votes. Meanwhile, the right-wing opposition candidate is crying foul amid unsupported claims of election interference. Also, Rainer Shea has an article in the Orinoco Tribune in which he argues that the US empire is crashing as Latin America wrestles free from its oppressive grip.Ted Rall, political cartoonist and syndicated columnist, joins us to discuss the media. Ted discusses the disingenuous nature of the corporate media. A current mainstream news article is misleadingly labeled "Progressive Dems urge Biden to get tough on Russia but Putin has a tradition of playing mind games with American presidents" but a careful inspection of the article's contents shows exactly the opposite. The article quotes Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) as saying "In these talks, we hope that you will prioritize ways that the United States and Russia can work together to reduce tensions in areas of dispute and cooperate on areas of global importance."

The Critical Hour
Is Blinken Killing the JCPOA?; Peru Election Results Razor Close; China's Stealth Bomber

The Critical Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2021 117:06


Ajamu Baraka, former VP candidate for the Green Party, joins us to discuss the Global South. The Peru elections have come down to a razor thin count, as leftist Pedro Castilla holds a fraction of a percentage point lead. Meanwhile, the right wing opposition has started claiming election fraud and seems ready to challenge the results. A Castillo win would be another nail in the coffin of the US' neoliberal project in South America.Jonathan Kuttab, human rights lawyer, joins us to discuss Iran. The prospects for the US rejoining the Iran nuclear deal are getting thinner, as Antony Blinken uses old Benjamin Netanyahu talking points while describing the Islamic Republic as being only weeks away from a "breakout point." After multiple meetings with Israeli leaders Blinken now voices doubt as to whether the US will find enough common ground to hold up their end of the multi-party bargain.Alexander Mercouris, editor-in-chief at theduran.com & host of "The Duran" on YouTube, joins us to discuss the G7 meeting. The economic power of developing nations has greatly diminished the role of the G7 summit powers. The so-called developing nations now account for two thirds of the global economy compared with one third by the west. Is the G7 an institution in search of a role?Dr. Colin Campbell, DC Senior News Correspondent, joins us to discuss press freedom. The Washington Post's publisher has blasted the Biden administration's Department of Justice, arguing that they have increased the Trump Administration's war on the press and is calling for a full accounting. The publisher argues that, "this escalation, on Biden's watch, represents an unprecedented assault on American news organizations and their efforts to inform the public about government wrongdoing."Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss military technology. As China unveils its new stealth bomber and Russia builds its first stealth ship, the US superiority in the technology sector has diminished, and the center of power seems to be moving east. While China's new high-tech plane may not give them any additional capabilities, it demonstrates that their technology sector is becoming a world-class power.Carlos Castaneda, immigration lawyer, joins us to discuss immigration. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is criticizing Vice President Kamala Harris for telling Central American immigrants "don't come" to America. AOC argues that US foreign policy has created this mess, and that Harris's statement is the equivalent of setting someone's house on fire and then blaming them for fleeing. Steve Poikonen, national organizer of Action4Assange, joins us to talk about tech issues. The US has seized part of the money that was paid to the hackers of the Colonial Pipeline. Also, there are major outages reported in many of the top technology companies in the US, including Amazon and YouTube. Is the future fraught with online problems and wars?Niko House, political activist, independent journalist, and podcaster, joins us to discuss US domestic economics. Caitlin Johnstone argues that the neoliberal world order has offered a succession of fake revolutionary leaders to a discontented electorate. Johnstone writes that "every few years, the public gets to choose between two reliable lackeys of the oligarchic empire, and then all of the evils of that empire get pinned upon the winner."

The Critical Hour
Syria's Victory Stuns NATO; Iranian Navy Ships are Venezuela Bound; Israel's New Government

The Critical Hour

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2021 116:32


Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss NATO. US troops are stationed a few miles from the Belarus border, causing many to fear that a mishap could start another world war. Also, NATO is arguing that Russia is the greatest menace to world peace as they plan a coalition to confront China. K. J. Noh, peace activist, writer, and teacher, joins us to discuss China. In another sign of dangerous escalation, the Pentagon is seeking less bombs and more long range missiles in the 2022 budget for a potential extinction-level war against China. Also, a John Walsh article in Counterpunch examines the actual issues between the US and China, and comes to the conclusion that the true issue is that the US desires world dominance, and that China's economic expansion conflicts with US aims of imperial hegemony. Dan Kovalik, writer, author, and lawyer, joins us to discuss Syria. Kovalik recently returned from a fact-finding and election-observation mission in Syria. He reviews his latest article arguing that the Syrian's election and desire for peace and rebuilding must be respected. Also, NATO is stunned at the success that Syria has enjoyed in stopping their worldwide regime change machine. Does this signal the fall of a weak and impotent empire?Jonathan Kuttab, human rights lawyer, joins us to talk about Israel. In a sign of friction between Israel and its imperial sponsor, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claims that Israel may be ready to attack Iran even if it risks damaging his nation's relationship with the US. William Astore (pronounced uh-story), retired lieutenant colonel (USAF), and a senior fellow at the Eisenhower Media Network, joins us to discuss the US empire. Patrick Lawrence has an article at Mintpress News in which he discusses the horror of a nuclear armed hegemonic empire that has lost his way. Lawrence maintains that an unbiased examination of US foreign policy reveals that there is no aim or direction, and he fears that this could result in a disastrous unintended military confrontationJames Carey, editor/co-owner at Geopoliticsalert.com joins us to discuss Afghanistan. In a sign that the US may be serious about exiting the decades-long occupation, the Air Force is handing over the huge Bagram air base to the Afghan government. Also, there are a number of US backed militias and we discuss the fate of those groups, who may be viewed as traitors, after the US exit.Caleb Maupin, journalist and political analyst, joins us to discuss Iran. In what many international observers are interpreting as a show of determination and independence, the Iranian navy is reportedly sending two warships to Venezuela. The US is deeply concerned and a standoff may be in the offing. Also, Iran and Russia have made it clear that they are working together on military and technical cooperation.Carlos Castaneda, immigration lawyer, joins us to discuss immigration. The Biden administration has announced that they intend to end the Trump administration's "migrant protection protocols" also known as the "remain in Mexico" rules. Judy Rabinovitz, the lead ACLU attorney for the case stated that "the administration must follow through on this announcement by ensuring that everyone who has been subjected to this policy can now pursue their asylum cases in the United States, in safety and without additional trauma or delay."

The Critical Hour
Syria Prepares for Elections; Putin-Biden Summit on the Horizon; Netanyahu says No Iran Nuke Deal

The Critical Hour

Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2021 116:57


Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and co-founder of Veteran Intelligence, joins us to discuss the upcoming summit between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin. There is great cynicism on both sides of the Atlantic, as the leaders of two great powers prepare for a June summit in Geneva. Will this be a reasonable discussion of equals or a show for the anti-Russia Atlanticists? Laith Marouf, broadcaster and journalist based in Beirut, Lebanon, joins us to discuss the election in Syria. President Assad's government has defeated the multinational group attempting regime change in his country. The war-torn nation is now fighting to rebuild and deal with the looting of its resources by the US and its allies. Has the US coalition given up on their failed regime change plan?Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss Belarus. There are multiple reports that Roman Protasevich, the suspect that was removed from the plane in Belarus, formerly served with the Neo-Nazi Azov battalion in Ukraine. Also, as anti-Russia forces feign outrage over the capture of alleged journalist Protasevich, we are reminded of the time when US intelligence agencies considered murdering dissident journalist Julian Assange using poison. Author, speaker, and journalist Chris Hedges joins us to discuss his latest article on media bias and the religious right's obsession with Israel. Hedges argues that the Christian right are actually frenemies of Israel because they "see the construction of a Jewish state in the Holy Land as the fulfillment of an ancient Biblical prophecy bringing the world one step closer to the end times where the righteous will ascend to heaven, and non-believers (including Jews) will be cast into hell." K.J. Noh, peace activist, writer and teacher, joins us to discuss the China-Russia strategic alliance. China and Russia held another round of strategic talks on Tuesday. China argues that "the recent change has been generally caused by the decline of US hegemony... Not only will US pressure and hostility push China and Russia to stand closer, the decline in Washington's strength and influence in some regions will also make Beijing and Moscow consider how to figure out [a] new regional order to stabilize the situation and protect their interests after the US pullout."Dan Lazare, investigative journalist and author of "America's Undeclared War," joins us to discuss the investigation against former President Trump. The attorney general of New York has empaneled a grand jury that will be seated for three days per week for six months, hearing potential evidence and deciding whether or not to authorize criminal charges. Netfa Freeman, host of Voices With Vision on WPFW 89.3 FM, Pan-Africanist and internationalist organizer, joins us to discuss Israel and Gaza. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has met with Israeli officials over the last few days. Blinken pledged $75 million to rebuild the damage from Israel's military attack on the occupied territories. Also, there are recent reports that the US State Department approved the contentious sale of weapons to Israel days before they approved humanitarian aid to help rebuild the destruction of Gaza.Caleb Maupin, journalist and political analyst, joins us to discuss Iran. Secretary of State Antony Blinken stood alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the latter demanded that the US avoid returning to the Iran nuclear deal. Also, the Iranian election is on the horizon as several potential candidates have been disqualified from running.

The Critical Hour
Belarus Airplane Controversy; US Loots Syria; Biden Cuts Infrastructure Proposal

The Critical Hour

Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2021 116:28


Alexander Mercouris, host of "The Alexander Mercouris Show" on YouTube, joins us to discuss Belarus. A major controversy is growing over the decision of Belarus to detain a passenger plane and arrest Roman Protasevich, a man who has extensive ties with regime change forces in Washington, DC. NATO leaders are arguing that he is a dissident journalist while still ignoring their persecution of Julian Assange. Ted Rall, political cartoonist and syndicated columnist, joins us to discuss the latest incidents of unhinged Russiaphobia on Capitol Hill. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has taken a page from Adam Schiff's playbook as he attacks President Biden for being a puppet of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Cruz is angry because Biden seems to be backing away from Nord Stream 2 sanctions.Mark Sleboda, Moscow-based international relations security analyst, joins us to discuss Russia and China. Some US analysts are arguing that the US is looking for an effective method to "peel back" Russia from their close relationship with China. Also, Russia and China are planning to move forward with a series of meetings to plan out their strategic alliance.Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss Iran. Mixed signals are coming from the participants of the meetings over the Iran nuclear agreement. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is contending that he does not see signs that Iran is willing to take the steps necessary to lure the US back into the deal. Meanwhile, Iran is arguing that there is a deal within reach, but the US has to make the decisions necessary to make it happen. Laith Marouf, broadcaster and journalist based in Beirut, Lebanon, joins us to discuss Syria. There are reports that the US may cease looting the oil from Syria, as the Biden team has failed to renew a contract for the US company involved in extracting the oil. Also, Syrian officials are complaining that the US is robbing the war-torn nation like a group of pirates. Robert Fantina, journalist and Palestine activist, joins us to discuss Israel. Miko has traveled to Israel, and he gives us a view of the situation from on the ground. Also, he discusses his latest MintPress news article, "The Hamas are Coming: A View of the Violence from Inside Israel.Dr. Linwood Tauheed, associate professor of economics at the University of Missouri- Kansas City, joins us to discuss President Biden's proposed infrastructure plan. In what many are calling an unforced error, the Biden team has announced that they are cutting the proposed infrastructure plan spending by one-third to ostensibly attract Republican support. As could easily be predicted, the GOP has summarily rejected the idea, and seems set to unanimously oppose the entire project.Chris Garaffa, web developer and technologist, joins us to discuss Facebook's latest plan. Facebook is designing an online platform for Instagram that specifically targets children under the age of 13. The social media giant has identified "youth work" as their top priority, and many are raising ethical questions about this program.

The Critical Hour
Biden Drops Nord Stream 2 Sanctions; Kilimnick Debunks "Russia-gate" Claims; Lavrov-Blinken Talks

The Critical Hour

Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2021 117:16


Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss foreign policy. President Joe Biden has quietly backed off the sanctions against German companies related to the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline project. Also, President Biden spoke to the US Coast Guard class and advised them that they will be facing Russia and China. Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, joins us to talk about Russia-gate. A Ukrainian politician named Konstantin Kilimnick who was accused of being both a Russian and US agent is speaking out. Also, the peddlers of the Russia-gate conspiracy theory continue to push the narrative. Mark Sleboda, Moscow-based international relations security analyst, joins us to discuss the meeting between US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. The Russians are advising that talks between the two nations can be productive as long as they are based on honesty and mutual respect. Laith Marouf, broadcaster and journalist based in Beirut, Lebanon, joins us to discuss Israel. The discourse on the Israel-Palestine situation is dramatically changing but it is not reflected in official policy changes as of yet. Also, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) are teaming up to challenge $735 million in military aid to Israel.Dan Lazare, investigative journalist and author of "America's Undeclared War," joins us to talk about New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Governor Cuomo is cashing in on covid as he signs a book deal for $5.1 million. Also, the inquiry into his actions as governor broadens into the manner in which his close associates and/or family members seem to have received preferential treatment for covid tests.K.J. Noh, peace activist, writer and teacher, joins us to discuss China. China is pushing back against President Biden's argument that the world must be separated into democratic and authoritarian states for an abstract moral crusade. Also, a New York Times op-ed argues that President Biden's plan will be hampered by the glaring contradictions and hypocrisy evident in his support for some of the most autocratic oppressive regimes on Earth.Kweku Lamumba, external relations coordinator of KOSSSA, joins us to discuss Haiti. In a State Department briefing, President Biden has doubled down in his support for Jovenel Moise, the embattled ruler of Haiti. Also, the Haitian people rejoiced and celebrated May 18 as Haitian Flag Day, even as they continue to protest against the interference of the US and other colonial powers. Leo Flores, Latin America coordinator for Code Pink, joins us to discuss Venezuela. Numerous reports are coming out that the United States is giving Juan Guaido until December 1st to complete his overthrow of the democratically elected government. Also, we discuss the violence and economic destruction caused by the US sanctions levied against the people of Venezuela.

Fault Lines
New York vs. Donald Trump

Fault Lines

Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2021 172:58


On this episode of Fault Lines, hosts Jamarl Thomas and Shane Stranahan tackle the opinion of European governments on the Israel-Palestine conflict, the state of Afghanistan after the US withdrawals, the crash of the crypto market, and Donald Trump being accused of criminal fraud by New York City.Guests:Alexander Mercouris - Editor-in-Chief at TheDuran.com | Europe regarding GazaScott Ritter - Former UN weapons inspector and a weapons of mass destruction whistleblower | Afghanistan After US LeavesSteve Grumbine - Political, economic and social justice activist | Cryptocurrency & InflationAdam Leitman Bailey - NYC real estate attorney | Legal Case Against Trump In NYIn the first hour we were joined by Alexander Mercouris who helped shed light on how European governments feel about the conflict between Israel and Palestine.In the second hour, Scott Ritter joined in to tell how the Afghanistan military and common folk might react after the withdrawal of all United State's military assistance. Will the Taliban take over after this change?In the third hour Fault Lines was joined by Steve Grumbine to give insight on the crypto market and why it is so unpredictable. Then we were joined by Adam Leitman Bailey who walked us through the case from New York City against Donald Trump.

The Critical Hour
US Mobilizes Secret Army; Chileans Vote; Drone Wars Should Stop

The Critical Hour

Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2021 117:11


Gerald Horne, professor of history at the University of Houston, author, historian, and researcher, joins us to discuss the Pentagon's secret army. Civil libertarians are greatly concerned over reports that the Pentagon is mobilizing a secret army to carry out both foreign and domestic operations. Dr. Horne brings his extensive historical knowledge to the show to review this issue. Robert Fantina, journalist and Palestine activist, joins us to discuss Israel. Israeli airstrikes have damaged Gaza's only covid testing lab. Also, President Biden has approved $735 million in weaponry to restock Israeli military stores, and faces withering attacks from the left flank of his party. Journalist and author Caleb Maupin joins us to discuss Iran. The recent leak of embarrassing audio from Iran may indicate that hardliners are on the ascendency. Also, former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad registers to run for president. Both Caleb and host Dr. Wilmer Leon have met the former president, and they get together to discuss this new development. Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and co-founder of Veteran Intelligence, joins us to discuss Pentagon policy. The Biden administration is weighing the benefits of keeping the previous administration's policy regarding psychological operations. These operations, which include activities such as distributing leaflets and propaganda, can now be approved by the military without civilian approval. The Biden team is deciding whether to return this authority to civilian control.Nicholas Davies, peace activist and author of "Blood on Our Hands: The American Invasion of Iraq," joins us to discuss his latest article on Israel. Nick argues that "U.S. policy has perpetuated the crisis and atrocities of the Israeli occupation by unconditionally supporting Israel in three distinct ways: militarily, diplomatically and politically." He then reviews in detail the history of US participation in Israeli oppression of the Palestinians. Patricio Zamorano, political analyst and director of the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, joins us to discuss the Global South. This past weekend, Chilean voters elected "a progressive slate of delegates to the constituent assembly tasked with rewriting the country's right-wing constitution." Also, Patricio talks about the history of neoliberal colonial intervention in the Global South and the wave of democratic movements that are beginning to grow. Scott Ritter, former UN weapon inspector in Iraq, joins us to discuss US foreign policy. President Biden is calling for a "summit of democracies" this summer, as part of his plan to allegedly lead democracies in the world on a crusade against non-democratic nations. Ritter discusses how Biden will attempt to square his support for oppressive monarchs and autocrats with his democratic rhetoric. Dan Lazare, investigative journalist and author of "America's Undeclared War," joins us to discuss US drone wars. A new report called “A New Agenda for US Drone Policy and the Use of Lethal Force,” reviews the US drone war and sets forth a plan for moving away from the failed strategy of counter-terrorism as a basis for foreign policy.