Patrick Cockburn, a journalist with The Independent, discusses how the Islamic State has hastened an end to Iraq’s 2000 year old Christian communities; why the CIA is underestimating the Islamic State’s power; and how Chuck Hagel’s resignation as Defense Secretary highlights the disaster of US policy in the Middle East.
Jason Leopold, an investigative reporter for Vice News, discusses the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA’s torture program during the Bush administration; the fight over which parts will be redacted; and when it might finally be released to the public.
Gareth Porter, an independent journalist and author of Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare, discusses the stalled nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 in Geneva, during a final round of talks before the November 24th deadline.
Dr. Yousaf Butt, senior scientific advisor to the British American Security Information Council (BASIC) in London, explains why Iran’s “missing” 19.8 kg of uranium is due to an IAEA accounting mistake, not an Iranian attempt to divert nuclear materials for making weapons.
Civil liberties activist Katherine Hughes discusses the US government’s continuing persecution of New York doctor Rafil Dhafir, who founded the charity “Help The Needy” to send food and medicine to Iraqis suffering under sanctions.
Dhafir was arrested in 2003 during the run-up to the Iraq War and accused of funding terrorism, though he was ultimately convicted of trumped-up non-terrorism offenses, most involving Medicare fraud. He remains in prison and is still fighting for release.More Interviews
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