Historian and journalist Gareth Porter, author of Manufactured Crisis, discusses Trump, Mattis and McMaster’s coming escalation of the Afghan war and why it cannot be won.
Judging by the stance of the leadership of the Democratic Party and much of the media, Hillary Clinton’s devastating loss in the presidential election of November 2016 was all the fault of pernicious Russian leaks, unwarranted FBI investigations and a skewed electoral college. Rarely blamed was the party’s decision to run a deeply unpopular candidate on an uninspiring platform.
At a time of widespread dissatisfaction with business-as-usual politics, the Democrats chose to field a quintessential insider. Her campaign dwelt little on policies, focusing overwhelmingly on the personality of her opponent.
That this strategy was a failure is an understatement. Losing an election to someone with as little competence or support from his own party as Donald Trump marked an extraordinary fiasco.
The refusal of the Democratic leadership to identify the real reasons for their defeat is not just a problem of history. If Democrats persevere with a politics that prioritizes well-off professionals rather than ordinary Americans, they will leave the field open to right wing populism for many years to come.
Drawing on the WikiLeaks releases of Clinton’s talks at Goldman Sachs and the e mails of her campaign chief John Podesta, as well as key passages from her public speeches, How I Lost By Hillary Clinton also includes extensive commentary by award-winning journalist Joe Lauria, and a foreword by Julian Assange, editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks.
It provides, in the words of the Democratic candidate and her close associates, a riveting, unsparing picture of the disastrous campaign that delivered America to President Trump, and a stark warning of a mistake that must not be repeated.
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Anastasia Moloney, reporter for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, on her article “As Columbia’s FARC Disarmed, Rebels Enlisted to Fight Deforestation”. Moloney talks about the ceasefire in the FARC rebellion by peaceful resolution, and the ongoing disarmament of FARC. The former FARC rebels are being considered for positions as rain forest guardians, and Moloney talks about the other creative disarmament options being considered.
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Derek Davidson, formerly of the Rand Corporation, Middle East and Iran specialist and writer at lobelog.com, on his article from June 5th, “What’s Happening in the Persian Gulf”. Davidson explains the complex situation between the Whabbi Qataris and rival Saudis, the rest of the Gulf States, Turkey, and Iran, and the consequences of the recent diplomatic row between the states in the Persian Gulf.
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Daniel McAdams, Director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, is on to talk about the recent terror attacks in Iran and the Saudi Iranian proxy wars in the Middle East. The Trump administrations three strikes on Syrian government positions, as well as the upcoming battle for Raqqa and which force is likely going to be able to take and hold the capital of the Islamic State are also reviewed. The Manchester terror attack is also discussed and how the UK’s foreign policy contributed to the security situation, and the new and actual Ghaddafi in Libya.
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