Independent investigative journalist Joe Lauria discusses his article “Security Council Blames Syria for Attack;” allegations that the Houla massacre was actually Sunni rebels killing pro-government Alawites and Shia; why Bashar al-Assad deserves the blame for Syria’s civil unrest; the media’s scant coverage of al-Qaeda’s presence within Syria’s rebellion; Russia’s strategic interests in Syria aside from the Tartus naval port; why NATO intervention would almost certainly worsen the crisis; and the revenge massacres likely to follow in the wake of Syrian regime change, with a Sunni Islamist government in charge.
Independent investigative journalist Joe Lauria discusses Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s request for full UN membership during his speech to the General Assembly; how most media coverage has failed to distinguish between statehood (some 130 countries already recognize Palestine) and the various degrees of UN membership; charting Palestine’s options and chances of success in the Security Council and General Assembly; how Palestine’s upgrade to “observer state” would grant them access to the International Criminal Court and sovereign control of their territorial waters – two things Israel’s defenders want to avoid; and why European countries may eventually take over the “honest broker” role, played so poorly by the US for decades.
Independent investigative journalist Joe Lauria discusses – live from Cairo – the throng of Egyptians re-filling Tahrir Square in celebration of Hosni Mubarak’s resignation; how Egypt’s constitutional reforms could be an early source of division among the protesters; the duplicitous post-WWII US foreign policy of supporting dictators while talking about “exporting democracy;” how Egypt’s broad-based and peaceful revolution undermines the terrorism and religious extremism of al-Qaeda; and how the protests in Bahrain put the Obama administration in a bind: whether to support a brutal monarchy or give up a crucial naval base.
Independent investigative journalist Joe Lauria discusses the ongoing U.N. conference on nuclear nonproliferation, the Obama administrationâ€™s attempt to propose a nuclear-free Middle East without acknowledging Israelâ€™s nuclear weapons, Hillary Clintonâ€™s pronounced lack of diplomatic acumen, why South African-style nuclear disarmament might be in Israelâ€™s future and how US foreign policy encourages nuclear proliferation.
Independent investigative journalist Joe Lauria discusses the 2009 General Assembly of the United Nations, Muammar Gaddafiâ€™s energetic denouncement of the U.N. Security Council and every recent U.S. military action, observations that Obamaâ€™s rock star aura remains intact, Iranâ€™s obligations and alleged violations under their IAEA Safeguards Agreement, the politics of climate change and the UN Security Councilâ€™s war powers.
Philip Giraldi & Joe Lauria discuss the MSMâ€™s refusal to investigate Sibel Edmondsâ€™s blockbuster allegations, the wide and deep bipartisan corruption at the highest levels of U.S. government, how big mediaâ€™s money and influence is needed to assist in pushing the story forward, the close working relationship between the American-Turkish Council and AIPAC and how Douglas Feith and Richard Perle helped turn U.S. government officials into foreign intelligence assets.
Joe Lauria, freelance reporter and co-author with former senator Mike Gravel of the new book A Political Odyssey, discusses his article â€œThe Personification of the Military-Industrial Racket,â€ McCain foreign policy adviser Randy Scheunemannâ€™s long, diabolical history as a chief neocon and war-salesman, McCainâ€™s side-jobs as a foreign asset first for Iran and now Georgia and how luring Russia to retaliate against Georgia may have been instigated to strengthen McCainâ€™s campaign and ratchet up arms sales.
Investigative reporter Joe Lauria discusses the series he co-wrote for the London Times about the Sibel Edmonds case, including the 30 year Washington connection to the A.Q. Kahn nuclear black-market operation, the difficulty in corroborating stories about such a secretive subject, the inability of American mainstream media to diverge from the status quo, how the Tinner family fits into the story and the history of the military-industrial-congressional complex as told in the new book heâ€™s co-authored with former senator Mike Gravel, A Political Odyssey.