Mark Ames, co-editor and writer for The eXiled, discusses the money-making business of war (for the politically connected few), why halfhearted government deregulation of the thoroughly rigged banking system does not create a free market, Alan Greenspanâ€™s lucrative consulting business with the Paulson & Co. hedge fund and how the post-Cold War â€œpeace dividendâ€ was scuttled by the neocon-inspired â€œunipolar moment.â€
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Mark Ames, regular writer for The eXiled, discusses Russiaâ€™s transition from neoliberal Yeltsin to nationalist Putin, the US â€œeconomic hit menâ€ advisers to Yeltsin who facilitated the rise of the oligarchs, the huge decline in Russian life-expectancy rates in the 1990s, the trail of economic disasters left in Larry Summersâ€˜ wake, how the â€œcakewalkâ€ victory of Gulf War I increased American bravado and militarism, the end of US meritocracy and why a more vigorous opposition is needed to stop the War Party.
Mark Ames, author of the article â€œObama Is Leading the U.S. Into a Hellish Quagmireâ€œ, discusses the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan that surpasses the levels during Soviet occupation, how Russia benefits from (and is gloating about) a U.S./Taliban stalemate, the slim chance of Russiaâ€™s inclusion in NATO and George F. Willâ€™s â€œWalter Cronkite momentâ€ on Afghanistan.
Mark Ames, journalist for The Nation and eXiled Online, discusses recent history leading up to the current mess in former Soviet Georgia, Mikheil Saakashviliâ€™s downward spiral, the broken Georgian economy, rumors that U.S. advisers participated to some extent in Georgiaâ€™s invastion of S. Ossetia last summer, Georgiaâ€™s relationship with Israel and Americaâ€™s relationship with Russia.
Mark Ames, author of â€œThe Cold War that Wasnâ€™tâ€ in The Nation, discusses the dominant narrative and ideological underpinnings in the U.S. press regarding the recent Georgian attack on South Ossetia and subsequent Russian counterattack on Georgia, the attempt to portray Russia as the aggressor by floating the idea of a first-strike cyber war despite the lack of any evidence, the alleged poisoning of Ukraineâ€™s Victor Yushchenko and the current dispute between Yushchenko and Yulia Timoshenko over her reaction to the Georgia war, the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko, NATO expansion into Eastern Europe, the precedent set by U.S. intervention in Kosovo, the danger of putting â€œdefensiveâ€ missiles in Eastern Europe while the U.S. foreign policy establishment contemplates first strike capability, U.S. NED support for the Russian National Bolsheviks, the â€œshock therapyâ€ robbery of Russian resources under Yeltsinâ€™s autocracy in the 1990s and the consequences.