Charles H. Featherstone, seminarian and freelance editor, discusses the use of religion to justify Israel’s Gaza invasion, the irony of browbeating Muslims for being anti-modern while citing an ancient biblical text, the eventual election of a Palestinian Arab as Prime Minister of Israel and the limited but significant opportunities for free expression in Saudi Arabia.
Lora Lumpe, Legislative Representative for the US Campaign to Ban Landmines (USCBL), discusses the campaign to end U.S. export and use of cluster bombs, the continued lethality of unexploded bomblets on civilians for decades after a war and the national call-in day to tell the U.S. Senate to “Give Cluster Bombs the Boot.”
Pepe Escobar, writer for the Asia Times, discusses the importance of home-field advantage in the fossil fuel Great Game, how the U.S. empire of bases is used to dominate access to critical energy resources, the IPI (Iran, Pakistan, India) pipeline proposal that defies U.S. influence and the increasing cooperation of Russia and China on energy issues.
Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell during his tenure as Secretary of State, discusses how the Bush administration ignored the perfectly adequate Geneva Conventions guidelines for classifying war-zone detainees, the ethical and practical considerations of detaining and interrogating innocent civilians to “fight terror,” the counterclaim to Dick Cheney’s assertion that torture prevents terrorism and the end of an Israel/Palestine two state solution. Wilkerson also says he would cooperate with the prosecution of Dick Cheney for war crimes – not that that would ever happen.
Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for Inter Press Service, discusses the latest campaign promise broken by Barack Obama, the semantic removal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq by calling them “advisory and assistance” brigades and Obama’s inability to say “no” to the military or to be truthful about his equivocations.
Jim Lobe, Washington Bureau Chief for Inter Press Service, discusses the new Robert Kagan/William Kristol think-tank Foreign Policy Initiative, how a relatively small number of neocons use their positions in media as an echo chamber to increase their influence and his view of the ideological similarity between isolationists and neoconservatives.
Nebojsa Malic, author of the “Moments of Transition” column on Antiwar.com, discusses the unacceptable-by-design Rambouillet Agreement, how the U.S.-led NATO war against Serbia set a precedent for future extralegal wars, the realpolitik goals behind U.S. interest in the Balkans and the current condition of the gangster state known as Kosovo.
Juan Cole, Professor of History at the University of Michigan, discusses the humanitarian crisis caused by the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the Arab/Kurd disagreement over national governmental authority in Iraq, how U.S. air support and logistics will remain even if ground forces withdraw, the relatively large contingent of Islamic-majority countries that are unofficial U.S. allies and the misinformation at the heart of most anti-Islam rhetoric.
Philip Giraldi, contributing editor at The American Conservative magazine, discusses the disposition of U.S. diplomacy in the Obama administration, the role Dick Cheney played in scuttling a Syria/Israel peace agreement, Obama’s use of unofficial envoys to float diplomatic trial balloons in Iran and Russia, the fate of Hamid Karzai and why the Pyrrhic nature of the Israel lobby’s recent victory over the realists has been greatly exaggerated.
Robert Murphy, author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Capitalism, discusses the inevitability of severe inflation due to the increase in the money supply, the speculation that a new world reserve currency will replace the U.S. dollar, and takes live questions from listeners to the show.
Muhammad Sahimi, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Southern California, discusses the known facts about Iran’s uranium enrichment program, the impossible task asked of Iran to prove the non-existence of a secret program, the difficulty of converting low-enriched uranium to weapons grade and the persistent misinformation of media darling David Albright on Iran’s nuclear program.
On the sixth anniversary of the war in Iraq, Pratap Chatterjee, managing editor of Corpwatch.org, discusses the ideology of the Bush administration’s Iraq War brain trust, the pervasive culture of corruption engendered by throwing money into Iraq’s reconstruction without oversight and Ahmed Chalabi’s role in lying the American people into war.
Mark Danner, Professor of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, discusses the leaked torture report from the International Committee of the Red Cross, the clear ICRC pronouncement that CIA interrogation techniques amounted to torture and the untenable stalemate between Attorney General Eric Holder’s declaration that waterboarding is torture and Dick Cheney’s admission of same.