Category Archives: Interviews

12/29/17 Nasser Arrabyee on the latest Saudi massacre of Yemeni civilians

Nasser Arrabyee returns to the show to discuss the latest war crimes committed by the U.S.-Saudi coalition, which included strikes on civilian areas in four different cities on markets, farms, and government buildings that killed entire families and more than 200 people. Arrabyee then explains why ISIS and Al Qaeda have been the big winners as a result of the U.S.-Saudi war in Yemen and why, on the ground in Yemen, ISIS and Al Qaeda are basically one entity.

Nasser Arrabyee is a Yemeni journalist based in Sana’a, Yemen. He is the owner and director of yemen-now.com. You can follow him on Twiiter @narrabyee.

Discussed on the show:

  • “At least 109 civilians killed by Saudi coalition’s raids, U.N. says” (Reuters)
  • “Airstrikes in Yemen kill dozens of civilians in one day. But that’s just part of the country’s misery.” (The Washington Post)
  • “Trump calls on Saudis to lift Yemen blockade ‘immediately'” (The Hill)
  • “Statement by President Donald J. Trump on Yemen” (White House)
  • “Al-Qaeda in Yemen Seen Stronger Than Ever as War Wears On” (Bloomberg)
  • Tawakkol Karman
  • “Yemen’s Salafi warlord – armed by Riyadh, branded a terrorist by Riyadh” (Middle East Eye)

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.LibertyStickers.comTheBumperSticker.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.

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12/22/17 Robert Viglione on the latest cryptocurrency Zen Cash and the Seasteading movement

Co-founder of cryptocurrency Zen Cash Robert Viglione joins Scott on the show—and as the latest sponsor of the Scott Horton Show—to discuss the future of cryptocurrencies and his project Zen Cash. Viglione believes that Zen Cash is leading the way in privacy and anti-censorship in cryptocurrency in the name of creating a virtual free society. Viglione outlines the mission of Zen Cash and how it is differentiated not only from fiat money but also from other cryptocurrencies. Scott and Viglione then discuss the potential dangers of total reliance on public cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. Viglione discusses the future risk to cryptocurrencies from the state and why, in his estimation, the threat to cryptocurrencies generally is small, but that the individual is always at risk from the arbitrary force of the state. Viglione then turns to another leading project he’s working on: The Seasteading Institute, which aims to create voluntaryist communities offshore.

Robert Viglione is the co-founder of Zen Cash, which is a new sponsor of the Scott Horton Show. Follow Viglione on Twitter @robviglione. Visit Zen Cash at zencash.comor zensystem.io.

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Quote of the show: “Rather than argue with Mao just go ahead and create a Hong Kong.” —Robert Viglione

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12/22/17 Roger Ver on the split between Bitcoin Cash and Bitcoin Core

CEO of Bitcoin.com Roger Ver—aka “Bitcoin Jesus”—joins the show to discuss the explosion of bitcoin and the split in the bitcoin community between Bitcoin Core and Bitcoin Cash. Ver details the problems with Bitcoin Core and predicts that a year from now it will no longer be the top global cryptocurrency. He then explains how he became interested in bitcoin in 2011 when he realized it could be a true alternative to fiat currencies and explains the connection between Bitcoin and the anti-war movement. Finally Ver makes the case why Bitcoin really can change the world and threaten the state’s ability to wage war.

Roger Ver is an angel investor in Bitcoin who made the first investment in Bitcoin in 2011. He is now the CEO of Bitcoin.com and a thought leader in cryptocurrencies. Follow him on Twitter @rogerkver.

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Quote of the show: “I’m antiwar: Don’t go and kill people you’ve never met and certainly don’t go and kill you’ve never met with money stolen from people in the form of taxation.” —Roger Ver

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12/20/17 Matthew Hoh on Afghanistan and Trump’s newest National Security Strategy

Afghan war whistleblower Matthew Hoh returns to discuss the latest developments in Afghanistan, recalls his thought process when he blew the whistle in the lead up to Obama’s surge, and describes the perverse incentives created by the military for advancement. Hoh then discusses the brand new Trump security strategy and how it relates to the Untied States’ nuclear rivals, China and Russia. Hoh concludes by pointing out that, as delusional and malleable as Trump appears, his outlook on the world is really no different from those of presidents.

Matthew Hoh is a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy and formerly worked for the U.S. State Department. Hoh received the Ridenhour Prize Recipient for Truth Telling in 2010. Hoh is a member of the Board of Directors for Council for a Livable World and is an Advisory Board Member for Expose Facts. He writes on issues of war, peace and post-traumatic stress disorder recovery at matthewhoh.com.

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12/22/17 John Feffer on North Korea, Iran, and the foreign policy of the Koch brothers

Co-director of FPIF.org John Feffer returns to the show to discuss his latest article, “North Korea: The Costs of War, Calculated.” Feffer agrees that North Korea is not President Trump’s Iraq War and explains why the geography of the Korean Peninsula make it clear what the consequences of a war with North Korea would be. Feffer explains why North Korea has little reason to trust American diplomatic guarantees, where sensible common ground for negotiations between the two countries should be, and considers whether a conventional conflict would necessarily lead to a nuclear conflict. Feffer then turns to the threat of war with Iran and how the Trump administration is clearly pushing toward war. Lastly Scott asks Feffer about his article on the Koch Brothers: “What Happens When Bad Money Supports Good Foreign Policy?

John Feffer is the co-director of Foreign Policy In Focus and author of the dystopian novel Splinterlands. Follow Feffer on Twitter @JohnFeffer.

Discussed on the show:

  • “North Korea Says It Might Negotiate on Nuclear Weapons. But the Washington Post Isn’t Reporting That.” by John Schwartz (The Intercept)
  • “US believed it would ‘undoubtedly win’ war with North Korea in 1994 – but with huge casualties” (The Guardian)
  • “The secret backstory of how Obama let Hezbollah off the hook” (Politico)
  • “Have Hawks Won a Round on Iraq Escalation?” by Gareth Porter (Anitwar.com)
  • Charles Koch & David Koch
  • “11/13/17 Stephen Walt on Charles Koch’s new institute for foreign policy research” (The Scott Horton Show)
  • William Jennings Bryan

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.LibertyStickers.comTheBumperSticker.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.

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12/20/17 Eric Margolis on the history of NATO expansion towards Russia

Eric Margolis joins Scott to discuss his latest article, “Sorry, Chump, You Didn’t Have It In Writing” in which Margolis recalls the history of broken promises and lies made to Russia by NATO and the United States, and the subsequent increase in tension and near misses in Eastern Europe. Scott then asks Margolis: just how evil—and how ambitious—is Vladimir Putin? Margolis describes his visit in 1990 to the KGB headquarters and Putin-as-Russian-Pinochet, how U.S. corporate interests pillaged Russia after the fall of the wall, and how Vladimir Putin helped rebuild the country in the aftermath. Scott then transitions to Palestine and asks Margolis how he explains the Israel-Palestine conflict to people.

Eric Margolis is a foreign affairs correspondent and author of “War at the Top of the World” and “American Raj.” Follow him on Twitter @EricMargolis and visit his website, ericmargolis.com.

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Today’s show is sponsored by: The War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.LibertyStickers.comTheBumperSticker.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.

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12/18/17 Ramzy Baroud on the long-awaited death of the Two-State Solution

Editor-in-chief of the Palestine Chronicle Ramzy Baroud returns to the show to discuss his latest articles, “Towards a New Palestinian Beginning” and “The ‘Last Martyr’: Who Killed Kamal Al-Assar?” Baroud shares his memories from the First Intifada 30 years ago, explains how socialism and not Radical Islam drove the Palestinian struggle at the outset, and provides nuance for Israel’s role in Hamas’ rise to power in Palestine. Baroud then details the length to which the Israeli state has gone to deny Palestine a political peace process and argues that the last time a genuine resolution attempt was made by the United States was during the 2000 Camp David Summit. Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel perversely removes the circus of the two-state solution lie—which, according to Baroud, has never been a serious option. The new fight for the Palestinians, Baroud argues, is to fight for equal rights within a single state.

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.

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12/18/17 Harry Kazianis on the potential for apocalyptic war with North Korea

National Interest’s executive editor Harry Kazianis joins Scott to discuss his article for The American Conservative, “A War of Choice With North Korea is an Immensely Dumb Idea.” Kazianis discusses the horrors that would follow from a war with North Korea, the difficulty of educating the broader public on the possible consequences, and why, even if Donald Trump is bluffing, pushing Kim Jung-Il into a corner is a terrible idea. Kazianis then discusses his previous work projecting what war with North Korea could look like and what he believes to be the status of North Korean chemical and biological weapons. Finally, he explains what he thinks the key is to diplomacy with North Korea and why he holds out some hope that Trump has some realist foreign policy views.

Harry Kazianis is director of defense studies at the Center for the National Interest and executive editor The National Interest. He previously served as editor of The Diplomat, a fellow at CSIS, and on the 2016 Ted Cruz foreign policy team. Follow him on Twitter @GrecianFormula.

Discussed on the show:

  • Mattis: This would be the most bitter fighting of our lifetimes
  • “North Korea: The Costs of War, Calculated,” by John Feffer (Antiwar.com)
  • “North Korea proved allowing the Iran deal to collapse could lead to proliferation” (The Hill)
  • “12/13/17 Doug Bandow on North Korea’s nuclear development” (Scott Horton Show)
  • “Tillerson’s offer of talks with North Korea left hanging” (Washington Post)
  • “US ready for talks with North Korea ‘without preconditions’, Tillerson says” (The Guardian)
  • “8 million dead – what nuclear war with North Korea could look like,” by Harry Kazianis (Fox News)
  • “12/6/17 Robert Alvarez on the catastrophe of the Korean War (Scott Horton Show)
  • “Kim Jong-nam killed by VX nerve agent, say Malaysian police” (The Guardian)
  • In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam, by Robert McNamara

Today’s show is sponsored by: The War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.LibertyStickers.comTheBumperSticker.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.

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12/15/17 Conn Hallinan on containment of China and the India-Pakistan nuclear standoff

Conn Hallinan returns to the show to discuss his latest article for FPIF.org “Asia’s Other Nuclear Standoff,” which details the United States’ role in escalating the India-Pakistan nuclear face off. Hallinan describes the race for resource control in Asia, particularly over the oil supply, and the Chinese expansion throughout southeast Asia and parts of Africa. Hallinan believes the possibility of escalation to nuclear weapons is very real in India and Pakistan. Hallinan then explains the background of the conflict in southeast Asia and addresses Rex Tillerson’s latest comments on North Korea.

Conn Hallinan is a columnist for Foreign Policy in Focus. Hallinan is a recipient of a Project Censored “Real News Award” and formerly headed the University of Santa Cruz’s journalism program.

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12/15/17 Will Porter on the undercounted civilian deaths in Yemen

Will Porter makes his debut on the Scott Horton Show to discuss his article for the Libertarian Institute, “Yemen’s Silent Numbers: Official Death Count Masks War’s Toll on Civilians.” Porter explains the numerous problems with the OHCHR’s civilian death count and why the estimates likely don’t reflect near the total number of civilians whose lives have been lost as a result of the war.

Will Porter writes for The Market Radical and NotBeingGoverned. Follow him on Twitter @WKPAnCap.

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12/13/17 Doug Bandow on North Korea’s nuclear development

Cato’s Doug Bandow joins Scott again to discuss the situation in North Korea. According to Bandow the red line Trump has created for North Korea is worrisome, but he doesn’t believe it’s a repeat of the lead-up to the Iraq War—Bandow’s greater concern is that the Trump administration will make a major blunder. Bandow believes that Donald Trump’s approach to foreign policy is based on his feelings—which vary—rather than any coherent strategy. Bandow then explains why he thinks claims that North Korea can hit the east coast of the United States with a nuclear weapon may be premature, but that is certainly where things are headed. Lastly Bandow details what he would do to achieve peace with North Korea.

Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and a regular contributor at Forbes Magazine, the National Interest, and elsewhere. He’s on Twitter @Doug_Bandow.

Discussed on the show:

  • “12/4/17 Eric Margolis on how to resolve tensions with North Korea” (Scott Horton Show)
  • “Trump says Tillerson ‘is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man’” (CBS News)
  • “North Korea Says It Might Negotiate on Nuclear Weapons. But the Washington Post Isn’t Reporting That.” by John Schwartz (The Intercept)
  • “China renews call for North Korea, US ‘freeze-for-freeze’” (Fox News)

“There’s no evidence that he or anybody else there [in North Korea] is suicidal. I tell everybody: you look at the behavior of him, his father, and his grandfather—they all wanted their virgins in this world…There’s no evidence they want to go out on a funeral pyre lit by American nuclear weapons.” —Doug Bandow

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12/11/17 Raeford Davis on the murder of Daniel Shaver and other police shootings

Former police officer Raeford Davis returns to the show to discuss the latest spree of police shootings. According to Davis while there are plenty of bad apples who join police forces across the country, the real problem is the training cops receive and the willingness of courts to acquit unjustifiable shootings. Davis breaks down the details of the video of Daniel Shaver’s murder from the perspective of a former cop. Davis then explains how police officers are masters at escalating potentially violent situations with the goal of creating arrests. Scott and Davis then discuss the way cops are portrayed in mainstream culture and the stark differences from reality. Finally Davis gives his advice on what can be done going forward to reduce violent deaths at the hands of the cops.

Raeford Davis, a speaker for Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP), is a former North Charleston police officer turned voluntaryist libertarian. He now works with cops to reduce violent conflict with citizens. Follow Davis on Twitter @RaefordD.

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12/8/17 Philip Weiss on Trump’s Jerusalem decision

Philip Weiss, editor of Mondoweiss.net, returns to the show to discuss Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel and his future plans to move the U.S. embassy there in the future. According to Weiss Trump’s decision extinguishes the peace process and is a moment of great despair for those who believed the Oslo Accord would lead to the creation of a Palestinian state. Weiss then details the history of Israeli land annexation from Palestinians in Jerusalem dating back to the the 1940s. Weiss believes that ultimately Palestinian freedom will require American Jews to demand equal political representation for Palestinians. Scott then turns the subject to “Russia-gate” and the grand omission from much of the media: Michael Flynn’s behind-the-scenes work to torpedo the U.N. resolution that condemned Israeli settlements.

Philip Weiss is the long-time editor of Mondoweiss.net. Follow him on Twitter @PhilWeiss.

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12/8/17 Mark Perry on Why moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem is a mistake

Mark Perry returns to the show to discuss his latest article for the American Conservative, “Tillerson, Mattis Warned Trump Against Embassy Move.” Perry doubts that Trump understands the true effect of his decision and explains why Jerusalem is integral to the Arab world and to Palestine in particular. Scott asks if, now that the two-state solution is clearly over, peace can be found in a single state—assuming apartheid conditions are lifted. Perry believes that the silver lining is that the Jerusalem decision creates division in what has become an ever-cozier relationship between Israel and Saudi Arabia. Scott then turns to Perry’s new book, “The Pentagon’s Wars: The Military’s Undeclared Wars Against America’s Presidents.

Mark Perry is the author of Talking to Terrorists: Why America Must Engage with its Enemies and The Most Dangerous Man in America: The Making of Douglas MacArthurHis most recent book, The Pentagon’s Wars was released in October. Follow him on Twitter @MarkPerryDC.

Discussed on the show:

  • “Arab world responds to Trump’s Jerusalem decision with protests and warnings” (Christian Science Monitor)
  • “Arabs, Europe, U.N. reject Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital” (Reuters)
  • “Pope Francis Has ‘Deep Worry’ Over President Trump’s Decision to Move U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem” (Time)
  • Palestinian Christians
  • “Tom Friedman on Trump’s ignorance in Jerusalem embassy decision” (MSNBC)
  • “Rice’s Turnabout on Mideast Talks” (The New York Times)
  • “Trump’s Transition Team Colluded With Israel. Why Isn’t That News?” (The Intercept)
  • “U.S. Abstains From U.N. Vote Condemning Israeli Settlements” (ForeignPolicy)
  • “An explanation of Israeli settlements” (MSNBC)
  • Philip Weiss
  • Ramzy Baroud
  • “A Split Over Israel Threatens the Democrats’ Hopes for Unity” (The New York Times)
  • Ahmed Yassin
  • 2004 Fallujah Ambush
  • “Sadr: Muslims must liberate Jerusalem not fight each other” (Middle East Monitor)
  • “Military Times survey: Troops prefer Trump to Clinton by a huge margin” (Military Times)
  • “Poll: Active Military Members Have Had Quite Enough of Nation Building, Regime Change” (Reason)
  • “Ron Paul Awash in Active Duty Military Donations” (U.S. News)
  • “America 1st: Tucker Carlson & Col. Macgregor Reveal Secrets!” (YouTube)

Today’s show is sponsored by: The War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.LibertyStickers.comTheBumperSticker.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott

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12/8/17 Jonathan Hafetz on an American being held without due process

The ACLU’s Jonathan Hafetz joins Scott to shed light on the situation in Iraq where an American citizen has been held by the United States military for nearly three months. According to Hafetz the military has not released the man’s name, and hasn’t given him access to a lawyer despite his requests for one. The ACLU is now fighting in court in order to speak with him and and advise him on his rights. According to Hafetz there are three options the state is considering: 1) Hold the man in military custody as an enemy combatant; 2) try to bring charges against him in federal court; or 3) move him to another country. Hafetz explains the nuances of the legal proceedings, including the important fact that U.S. law enforcement read the man his Miranda Rights. Scott then turns to the latest horrific police shooting and asks Hafetz about the legal precedent set by cases involving police shootings.

Jonathan Hafetz is a senior staff attorney at the ACLU Center for Democracy. He teaches at Seton Hall Law School and has published many books. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanHafetz.

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