Andy Worthington, author of The Guantanamo Files, discusses longtime CIA ghost-prisoner Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, Guantanamo habeas corpus cases that reveal most “evidence” is from confessions by other prisoners made under duress, Bagram’s function as a SCOTUS-free zone and Dick Cheney’s supposed 9-11 transformation into, well, Dick Cheney.
Ira Chernus, professor of religious studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, discusses the dominant narrative of Israel: a vulnerable Western-style democracy in a sea of hostile Arab nations, the destructiveness of race and class based stereotypes, the Israeli and Palestinian peace groups ignored by the media and the lessening stigma of publicly criticizing Israel.
Thomas E. Woods, author of Meltdown: A Free-Market Look at Why the Stock Market Collapsed, the Economy Tanked, and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse, discusses Seymour Melman’s [.pdf] research into the societal repercussions of a military economy, the diversion of research scientists from the private sector to Cold War military programs, the transformation of the U.S. university system into a DOD jobs program and the corruption of defense contractors into companies that can’t compete in a free market.
Daphne Eviatar, writer for The Washington Independent, discusses the torture evidence against Guantanamo detainee Mohammed Jawad that Obama’s DOJ won’t drop, routine torture at Bagram, Eric Holder’s use of verbal gymnastics to avoid explicitly calling the Bush wiretapping policy a crime and the disappearance of the “enemy combatant” designation but not the policy of indefinite detention.
Rachel Morris, author of “Shock and Audit: The Hidden Defense Budget,” discusses the real defense budget numbers, Obama’s promise to stop using supplemental bills to pay for U.S. wars, the lack of penalties against defense contractors that don’t perform and the overriding power of Congress to save endangered weapons programs.
Patrick Cockburn, Middle East correspondent for The Independent, discusses the emphatically relative phrase “Baghdad is better,” imminent U.S. withdraw from Iraqi cities, former Sunni insurgents – gone mainstream – that can’t go back again, the status of Kurdish post-invasion land grabs and the awarding of Iraqi oil contracts to foreign corporations.
Internationally syndicated columnist Eric Margolis discusses the Western media’s hyping of a new color-coded revolution in Iran, the recent history of the U.S. rigging elections abroad, cultural and political divides in Iran exacerbated by a youthful population, U.S. mission creep from Afghanistan into Pakistan, hypocritical U.S. complaints about Iran’s crackdown while Middle East allies don’t allow elections at all and how Kabul is becoming the new Saigon.
Glenn Greenwald, former constitutional lawyer and current Salon.com blogger, discusses the firing of Washington Post journalist Dan Froomkin, the dominance of mainstream Democrat vs. Republican talking points in the media, maverick illegal actions of the Bush administration codified into law under Obama and how governmental secrecy enables all other abuses of power.
Joshua Frank, regular writer at Counterpunch.org, discusses the Democratic Party’s love for war, Obama’s LBJ moment as the war in Afghanistan becomes his own, how the fugitive status of Osama bin Laden remains a useful propaganda tool and the antiwar common ground that makes allies of political opponents.
Walter “Moderate” Block, professor of economics at Loyola University and scholar at the Mises Institute, explains why mankind should abolish governments, why we don’t need them to protect us from foreign countries or from each other and why the problems of overfishing and ocean pollution would best be solved with free markets and property rights.
Michael Boldin of the 10th Amendment Center discusses how the doctrine of enumerated powers has become quaint, how the Constitution provides persuasive talking points for a strictly limited government for those otherwise undisposed, why activist priorities should be on limiting federal power as it is the most expansive and potentially destructive and how the states are, in some cases, resisting federal laws and asserting their own.
Investigative journalist Philip Weiss discusses Netanyahu’s right-wing biblical rhetoric in response to Obama’s groundbreaking Cairo speech, the U.S. media’s long-awaited questioning of Israeli settlements, Israel’s accelerating departure from Western values and the sub-human living conditions forced on Gaza residents.
Jason Ditz, managing news editor at Antiwar.com, discusses how the Iranian election news is dominated by state-run media, Iran’s high voter turnout that was thought to favor opposition candidates – who had surprisingly poor showings – and Ahmedinejad’s pronouncement in Russia that the U.S. empire is economically unsustainable.
Robert P. Murphy, Mises Institute scholar and author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Great Depression and the New Deal, explains how FED monetary policy created speculative bubble that led to Great Depression, the historical basis for doubting Milton Friedman’s “the FED didn’t do enough” theory of the Depression, negative results of government purchasing “excess” agricultural production, Hoover’s undeserved reputation as a laissez faire “hand’s off” president and how cherry-picking facts can justify any economic theory.
Patrick Doherty, Deputy Director of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, discusses the Iranian government crackdown that reinforces the perception of electoral fraud, the popular Iranian discontent with autocracy, the dearth of legitimate polling in Iran that increases uncertainty and how Ahmedinejad’s tough negotiating with the U.S. is seen by some as the Persian equivalent of Nixon going to China.