May 5, 2020
I am very pleased to welcome Monisha Rios back to Wider View. Monisha is a Gulf War Era Army Veteran and a Doctoral Candidate on Liberation Psychology. Her research focuses on the militarization of psychology in the United States. Her work is geared towards building a grassroots movement to conduct a peoples' inquiry into the U.S.'s use of psychological warfare against the peoples of the world, including its own citizens, and to amplify the voices of those who are most impacted by U.S. wars, centering the voices of indigenous communities. She is also the creator of MIRA, a grassroots research project that focuses on moral injuries related to the causes and consequences of U.S. wars.
During our conversation, Monisha mentioned the organization Vamos, which sees its mission as "Puerto Rico empowered, where our people, as people who think and feel, unite in community and sovereignly exercise the construction of a sustainable, inclusive, caring, democratic, fair, equitable, prosperous, healthy and happy country." Their website is https://www.vamospr.org/
April 18, 2020
Jim Kavanagh is a political analyst and commentator who lives in New York City. He is a regular contributor to the Loud and Clear and Critical Hour podcasts on Sputnik Radio and writes a blog called The Polemicist.
We talk about the reaction of the left to the end of the Bernie Sanders campaign and what options are left open for real change in the United States.
April 6, 2020
This week I talk with Iranian-American attorney Mehrnoush Yazdanyar whose clients are struggling to deal with the illegal US sanctions on Iran and the fallout from the Muslim Ban.
During her 10 plus years of private practice, Ms. Yazdanyar has not only established herself an expert in her niche areas of practice, but she has also gained notoriety for her pro-bono and non-profit work as well as her dedication to assisting non-government organizations with their legal needs.
March 31, 2020
Assal Rad, Research Fellow of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) joins me to discuss the dire situation in Iran where the nation is struggling to cope with the COVID-19 outbreak while vital medical supplies are withheld due to illegal US sanctions. NIAC is currently calling on Congress to provide immediate relief to Iran from the sanctions regime. You can join in that action by going to:
March 22, 2020
I am very pleased to welcome writer and columnist Patrick Lawrence to Wider View. Patrick is the author of 5 books, has taught at universities in the US and abroad, and has worked as a journalist and columnist for the Far Eastern Economic Review, the International Herald Tribune, the New Yorker and Consortium News. His most recent book is “Time No Longer: Americans After the American Century”.
We begin by discussing his recent article for Consortium News, COVID-19: The US National Emergency and move on from there.
March 9, 2020
Geopolitical analyst Mark Sleboda joins me to discuss the latest developments in the 9-year war in Syria, including the machinations of Turkish President Erdogan and his proxies in the Idlib region and the reaction of the Syrian and Russian governments. We recorded this after the meeting in Moscow of Putin and Erdogan.