Category Archives: Interviews

6/14/17 Joe Lauria on ‘How I Lost by Hillary Clinton’

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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6/14/17 Anastasia Moloney on FARC’s disarmament and its implications for Columbia

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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6/14/17 Derek Davidson on ‘What’s Happening in the Persian Gulf’

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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6/12/17 Daniel McAdams on the Saudi Iranian proxy wars and recent terror attacks in Iran

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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6/12/17 Eric Margolis on the 1967 Six-Day-War and its aftermath

Eric Margolis, the famous foreign affairs correspondent and author of “War at the Top of the World” and “American Raj”, is interviewed on the 1967 Arab Israeli War that started fifty years ago this June. In a wide ranging interview, Margolis delivers a 101 on postwar Middle Eastern conflicts and politics, especially as relates to Israel and Palestine, and how American power props up the Israeli state. Also discussed is the demonization of people like Roger Waters who speak out against the status quo in Israel.

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6/12/17 Peter van Buren on Reality Winner’s dubious arrest

Peter van Buren is on the show to talk about the arrest of the latest leaker or whistleblower to be arrested, Reality Winner. The dubious circumstances and questions surrounding the arrest and leaking of the document are discussed at length. van Buren also discusses how an intelligence operation designed to unwittingly recruit Winner for the purposes of discrediting The Intercept would be put into action.

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5/31/17 Iona Craig discusses the latest botched Navy Seal raid in Yemen

Iona Craig is on the show to discuss her new article “Villagers Say Yemeni Child Was Shot as He Tried to Flee Navy Seal Raid”. The article details the deaths of five civilians in a Navy Seal raid in Yemen, including a fifteen-year-old boy. The raid involved perhaps fifty Navy Seals with Apache helicopters. The helicopter also fired on civilians in the village in the hamlet of al Adhlan in Mareb province. This is the second botched raid in Yemen since Donald Trump became president, the first taking place on January 29th in al Ghayil. That raid left at least 10 children among the 26 villagers that were killed, including an American citizen, and also a Navy Seal, in what Trump later called a “highly successful” operation.

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5/31/17 Reza Marashi on the Iranian elections and the likelihood of a new Middle East conflict

Reza Marashi from National Iranian American Council and formerly from the US State Department is on the show to discuss the recent Iranian elections. Marashi details the history of the elections, how Iranian politics work with the Supreme Leader, and what the Iranian people hope they voted for. The Obama and Trump administration’s policies towards Iran is also discussed, and some of the dangerous actions both have taken to increase the likelihood of a conflict.

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5/31/17 Clair Manera coordinator of Médecins Sans Frontières project Yemen, is interviewed on the Cholera outbreak

Claire Manera, coordinator of Médecins Sans Frontières’s project in Yemen, is interviewed on the Cholera outbreak in Yemen. Yemen has been in a state of conflict since 2015. That conflict is causing a humanitarian crisis, especially since the intervention by Saudi Arabia later in that same year. The Cholera outbreak in Yemen is also a result of this conflict, and is exacerbated by the malnutrition of the population because of the Saudi blockade. This extremely treatable disease is discussed, and as are other steps that could be taken to help the people of Yemen.

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5/29/17 Ken Klippenstein on newly revealed torture methods

Ken Klippenstein discusses “CIA Documents Expose the Failed Torture Methods Used on Guantamo’s Most Famous Detainee”. The article exposes the unknown and inhumane torture methods used on Abu Zubaydah, once the success case cited by the Bush administration for its enhanced interrogation program. As revealed by earlier documents, Zubaydah was water boarded 83 times, spent a total of 11 days in a small confinement box the size of a coffin, and subjected to inhuman isolation techniques. Klippenstein details the new information, including having guards wear full body suits so that he wouldn’t get the satisfaction of seeing another human while imprisoned.

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5/29/17 Alex Main on Collateral Damage in the Drug War in Honduras

Alex Main from the Center For Economic and Policy Research is interviewed on “Collateral Damage of a Drug War” and “Still Waiting for Justice”, his reports co-authored with Annie Bird about a DEA atrocity in Honduras. Topics discussed include America’s drug war in Central America, how it relates to the migration of unaccompanied minors, and how accelerated American security aid has been used by corrupt officials in Honduras, especially after the coop in 2009.

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5/26/17 Peter van Buren on Moral Injury in the Iraq and Terror Wars

Peter Van Buren, former foreign service officer for the State Department, is interviewed on We Meant Well, his book on the Iraq War, and Hooper’s War, his new novel about war and PTSD. In a wide ranging interview, Van Buren discusses moral injury and responsibility for the Iraq War in the United States.  The long term psychological effects of wartime combat service among veterans and how that correlates to a high suicide rate is just one of many subjects that are discussed in this interview.

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5/24/17 Ted Galen Carpenter from the Cato Institute discusses Russia, the West, and the Bosnian conflict

Ted Galen Carpenter from the Cato Institute is interviewed on the Bosnian conflict and the deterioration of Western relations with Russia. United States government interference with a potential peace deal that was being formulated to end the conflict is also detailed.  The final border lines and how the Dayton Accords ultimately ended up displacing more people than the civil war did is also discussed, as is the history of Western Russian relations and the dangerous new cold war that has already set it with the Russian Federation.

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5/24/17 William Hartung ‘There’s Less Than Meets The Eye in Trump’s Saudi Arms Deal’

Center for International Policy’s William Hartung, author of “The American Way of War is a Budget Breaker”, is interviewed about his new article “There’s Less Than Meets The Eye in Trump’s Saudi Arms Deal” on defenseone.com, on the huge new arms deal, which he writes is “a mix of offers already made and promises yet to be kept”. Hartung also talks at length about how these deals have an implied US security guarantee, and how the Saudi military has historically been a Potemkin army. Also discussed is the defense budget, how money is appropriated, and whether there is any hope to ever reign in the military industrial complex.

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