Editor-in-chief of the Palestine Chronicle Ramzy Baroud returns to the show to discuss his latest articles, “The Story Behind the Jerusalem Attack: How Trump and Netanyahu Pushed Palestinians into a Corner” and “Power to the People: Why Palestinian Victory in Jerusalem is a Pivotal Moment.” Scott and Baroud begin by discussing the history of the ’67 War, its basis in false propaganda, and how the deliberate plan put in place 50 year ago remains today. Baroud then explains the context of the clash in east Jerusalem, where Israel has used the al-Aqsa clash with Palestinians as an opportunity to permanently control Haram Sharif. According to Baroud if Israel fully controls Haram Sharif then there’s nothing left to fight for in Jerusalem for the Palestinians. Baroud details how this is just the latest act of aggression in Israel’s steady creep into east Jerusalem and how, through continual pressure and coercion, Arabs have now become a minority in east Jerusalem. Finally, Baroud explains why a two-state solution would be an impossible endeavor and how effectively the Israelis have manipulated the language of the occupation to flip the victim narrative on its head.
Ramzy Baroud is a US-Arab journalist and is the editor-in-chief of the Palestine Chronicle. He is the author of“My Father Was A Freedom Fighter: The Untold Story of Gaza.” His latest digital project is “Palestine in Motion,” intended to give a holistic understanding of the lives of Palestinians as told in their own words. Follow Ramzy on Twitter @RamzyBaroud and read his work at RamzBaroud.net.
Discussed on the show:
- “Israel provoked the Six-Day War in 1967, and it was not fighting for survival” (Mondoweiss.com)
- Al-Aqsa Mosque
- Dome on the Rock
- The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements, 1967-1977, by Gershom Gorenberg
- The Allon Plan
- “Netanyahu says Jerusalem ‘always Israel’s capital'” (Al Monitor)
- Haram Sharif (Temple Mount)
- Jerusalem Islamic Waqf
- “No Israeli damage to al-Aqsa manuscripts following unrest, says Jerusalem Islamic Endowment” (Al Aaraby)
- Israel Defense Forces (IDF)
- “Death Toll in Gaza Climbs, Israel Calls up More Troops” (The Atlantic)
- Murabitin (Those who are steadfast)
- “The Golan Heights Annexed by Israel in an Abrupt Move” (New York Times)
- “Why Jerusalem Isn’t Recognized as Israel’s Capital” (Time)
- Beitar Illit
- Qalandiya Checkpoint
- “Netanyahu Unaware of the Camera ‘America can easily be moved'” (YouTube)
- “American and Israeli Jews: Twin Portraits From Pew Research Center Surveys” (Pew Research)
- “The Israel Project’s 2009 Global Language Dictionary,” by Frank Luntz (The Israel Project)
- Edward Bernays
- “U.S. Lawmakers Seek to Criminally Outlaw Support for Boycott Campaign Against Israel,” by Glenn Greenwald and Ryan Grim (The Intercept)
- “Fight the Boycott of Israel” (AIPAC.org)
- “Israeli minister says Palestinians are bringing a ‘third Nakba’ upon themselves” (Mondoweiss.com)
William J. Astore returns to the show to discuss his latest article for Antiwar.com “On Afghanistan, Trump Is Right To Be Skeptical.” Astore discusses Trump’s apparent cognitive dissonance: he’s happy to bomb the Middle East indiscriminately, but is skeptical of escalating troops in Afghanistan and speculates that it’s Trump’s impatience, which is frequently a danger, which may be a saving grace in Afghanistan. Astore thinks Trump might have a nose for a losing approach, and that the last thing Trump wants is to be associated with what he believes is a losing effort in Afghanistan. But Trump, like Obama, faces increasing pressure from his generals. Scott and Astore discuss how the lack of an anti-war movement both in politics and in society generally have incentivized Barack Obama and Donald Trump to fold to the national security state and prolong the wars. Finally, Astore is particulary worried that the latest propaganda that Russia and Iran are backing the Taliban could lead to something far more serious.
Discussed on the show:
- “Petraeus: Afghan war a ‘generational struggle’ that will not end soon” (PBS)
- “Afghanistan: Operation Enduring Musery,” by Eric Margolis (Huffington Post)
- “Trump Says U.S. ‘Losing’ Afghan War in Tense Meeting With Generals” (NBC News)
- Helmand Province
- “Petraeus backs July 2011 Afghan withdrawal date” (CNN)
- Erik Prince
- “Bannon & Kushner Want to Outsource Afghanistan to Mercenaries,” by Mark Perry (The American Conservative)
- “How Obama Abandoned Democracy in Iraq” (Politico)
- “How America Armed Terrorists in Syria,” by Gareth Porter (The American Conservative)
- “CNN Poll: Afghanistan war arguably most unpopular in U.S. history” (CNN)
- “John McCain and Lindsey Graham: Why we need more forces to end the stalemate in Afghanistan” (Washington Post)
- Our Latest, Longest War: Losing Hearts and Minds in Afghanistan, edited by Aaron B. O’Connell
- “Empire of Bases,” by Chalmers Johnson (New York Times)
- Bagram Air Base
- “Douglas Macgregor Full interview with Tucker Carlson (8/1/2017)” (YouTube)
- “Toward an ‘America First’ Foreign Policy,” by Douglas Macgregor (Washington Times)
- “Inside the Pentagon’s Fight Over Russia,” by Mark Perry (Politico)
- Ayman al-Zawahiri
- “Battlefield Casualties and Ballot Box Defeat: Did the Bush-Obama Wars Cost Clinton the White House?” (SSRN)
Trita Parsi, the president of the National Iranian American Council, returns to the show to discuss Donald Trump’s motivation to spurn the Iran deal. Parsi explains that the Iran Deal is in danger because of an inexplicable desire on Donald Trump’s part to destroy the deal, dating back to his campaign. Parsi speculates that, in addition to Trump’s opposition to Barack Obama, his hatred of the Iran Deal is the result of his seemingly new infatuation with the Saudi Arabians who have been vehemently opposed to the Iran Deal from its inception. Trump’s plan appears to be to make Iran’s life as difficult as possible such that Iran will ultimately break the deal. Making things worse, even some of the so-called adults in Trump’s administration believe that a limited conflict against Iran in Syria and elsewhere would convince Iran to back down. Parsi explains why history shows that a U.S. conflict with Iran is highly unlikely to achieve its goals. Finally, while Iran and the United States appear to have common cause in the Middle East, the ultimate question and tension between the two is who will be the dominant power in the Middle East? Parsi explains that the desire to be hegemon will ultimately prove to be the stumbling block.
Trita Parsi is the president of the National Iranian American Council and the author of “Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran and the Triumph of Diplomacy.” Parsi is the recipient of the 2010 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. Follow him on Twitter @tparsi.
Discussed on the show:
- “Gates: Saudis want to fight Iran to the last American” (ForeignPolicy.com)
- Rex Tillerson
- James Mattis
- H.R. McMaster
- Joseph Dunford
- Sebastian Gorka
- International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
- Olli Heinonen
- Non-Proliferation Treaty
- “Monitoring and Verification in Iran” (IAEA.org)
- Gordon Prather (Antiwar.com)
- “How Bush Pushed North Korea to Nukes,” by Gordon Prather (Antiwar.com)
- “When the Ayatollah Said No to Nukes” (ForeignPolicy.com)
- George W. Bush Axis of Evil Speech (YouTube)
- “Trump lets Iran deal live, but signals he may not for long” (Seattle Times)
- Islamic Dawa Party
Professor of chemical engineering at USC Muhammad Sahimi returns to the show to discuss the latest Saudi crackdown on the local Shia population. Sahimi explains how Wahhabi clerics have ratcheted up tensions and violence against Saudi Shiites who face continual oppression from the Saudi government. Saudi hostility toward Shia in the region often receives attention, but now it’s time to pay more attention to how they treat their own people, Sahimi says, which includes mass torture and execution of dissidents. Sahimi explains that the reason we don’t hear about Saudi atrocities in the United States is because the Saudis are protected by the establishment in the United States and believes that the Saudis are exploiting its alliance with the U.S. and its fear of Iran to lobby the U.S. to fight Shias in the Middle East.
Discussed on the show:
- Shia Islam in Saudi Arabia
- Nimr Baqir al-Nimr
- “Saudi Arabia executes 47 people in one day including Shia cleric” (The Guardian)
- “Saudi Arabia: Death penalty used as political weapon against Shi’a as executions spike across country” (Amnesty International)
- “Saudi Arabia: Treat Shia Equally” (Human Rights Watch)
- “When Beheading Won’t Do the Job, the Saudis Resort to Crucifixion” (The Atlantic)
- Sophie Scholl
- Mohammad bin Salman
- “Saudi Arabia’s mounting security challenges” (Al Monitor)
- “Saudi Arabia: 14 Protesters Facing Execution After Unfair Trials” (Human Rights Watch)
- “After Decisive Reelection, Rouhani Pushes More Diplomacy With the West” (Antiwar.com)
- “The Proxy Battle for Bahrain” (New York Times)
- Rafah Border Crossing (Egypt)
- “The Shia are in power in Iraq – but not in control,” by Patrick Cockburn (The Independent)
- Saudi King: “U.S. policy had now given Iraq to Iran as a ‘gift on a golden platter.'” (WikiLeaks)
- Prince Saud al-Faisal
- “The toxic rivalry of Saudi Arabia and Isis” (Financial Times)
- “Iran Warned Houthis Against Yemen Takeover” (Huffington Post)
- “Iran outflanking Saudi Arabia in Yemen” (Al Monitor)
- “Saudi Arabia urges US attack on Iran to stop nuclear programme” (The Guardian)
- “Sharon Says U.S. Should Also Disarm Iran, Libya and Syria” (Haaretz)
- “David Ignatius’ 15 Years of Running Spin for Saudi Regime,” by Adam Johnson (FAIR.org)”
- Emails Expose How Saudi Arabia and UAE Work the U.S. Media to Push for War,” by Ben Norton (Alternet)
- “Germany Rebukes Its Own Intelligence Agency for Criticizing Saudi Policy” (New York Times)
- “Prince Mohammed bin Salman: Naive, arrogant Saudi prince is playing with fire,” by Patrick Cockburn (The Independent)
- Operation Decisive Storm
Director of the Ron Paul Institute Daniel McAdams returns to the show to discuss his latest article, “Russia Sanctions and the Coming Crackdown on Americans“. McAdams details the phony justification for the sanctions, how hardcore neocons are leading the Russia hysteria, and why it poses a serious threat to our first amendment rights. Scott and McAdams discuss whether Trump is totally and completely lost or whether he has one or two good instincts and if they will be revealed when he finally makes a decision on Afghanistan. McAdams explains why the neocons are flourishing under Trump and how both sides of the Trump administration divide (the nationalists and the neocons) are both pro-war in different ways. Finally, Scott asks about Venezuela and wonders which is to blame: the inherent problems of socialism or American intervention.
Daniel McAdams is the executive director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity and the cohost of the Ron Paul Liberty Report. Follow him on Twitter @DanielLMcAdams and read all of his work over at Antiwar.com.
Discussed on the show
- “It’s not Russia that’s pushed Ukraine to the brink of war” (The Guardian)
- Sergey Lavrov
- “Fire McMaster,” by Justin Raimondo (Antiwar.com)
- Hamilton 68 Dashboard (German Marshall Fund)
- Lew Rockwell (LRC.com)
- “Alliance for Securing Democracy” (German Marshall Fund)
- Mike Chertoff
- David Kramer
- Michael Morell
- Bill Kristol
- Michael McFaul
- Mike Rogers
- Project for the New American Century (PNAC)
- Eric Margolis
- “McMaster ousts second official on National Security Council” (Washington Post)
- Hersha Ali (woman who says all Muslims are awful)
- Robert Parry (AlterNet)
- “Exclusive: Google, CIA Invest in ‘Future’ of Web Monitoring” (Wired.com)
- Venezuela has lower corporate tax rate than the United States (TaxFoundation.org)
- “Senate, Obama extend sanctions on Venezuela after prodding by Rubio” (The Hill)
- “Collateral Damage: U.S. Sanctions Aimed at Russia Strike Western European Allies,” by Diana Johnstone (Counterpunch)
- “This OPEC Country Has the Largest Proven Oil Reserves (and It’s Not Saudi Arabia)” (Fox Business)
- “The Koch Brothers, Hugo Chavez and the XL Pipeline,” by Greg Palast (GregPalast.com)
- Peace and Prosperity 2017 (Ron Paul conference in September in D.C.)
Hey I finally did another one. Sorry about the delay.
It’s just the same old shit really, but new for some of yall I guess.
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