October 18, 2020
I'm joined this week by Mark Sleboda, a Moscow-based geopolitical analyst who is a regular pundit on RT, Sputnik and CGTN and other outlets. We discuss the US encirclement of Russia and in particular the current situation in Belarus. Mark goes into detail on the history of the current crisis, the involvement of Russia and the US, and likely outcomes.
This is Part 1 of my interview with Mark and Part 2 will be made available next week.
October 12, 2020
Canadian journalist Joe Emersberger joins me to discuss the upcoming elections in Bolivia, Ecuador and Venezuela and US efforts to disrupt them. Joe mentioned several excellent sources for unfiltered news on Latin America. Here they are with links:
- Venezuela Analysis primarily covers Venezuela and provides an even-handed approach to the news from that nation targeted by the US.
- Telesur English is the English-language television network sponsored by a number of Latin American governments including that of Venezuela.
- The Center for Economic Policy and Research (CEPR) provides high-quality analysis of events throughout Latin America.
- A number of the journalists at the Grayzone have spent time in the nations targeted by US imperialism and cover US actions in the region without fear or favor.
- A number of good independent journalists report using Twitter.
- Ollie Vargas provides ongoing coverage of Bolivia during this dangerous period.
- Kawsachun News is the English-language service of @KawsachunCoca, official station of the 6 Federations and is headquartered in Cochabamba.
- Camila Escalante reports for Kawsachun News and also posts independent stories on Twitter.
Based on recent reports from these sources, here is a summary of news from Bolivia as of October 11, one week before the national election.
With the Bolivian election days away, it’s being reported that fake NGO’s funded by the US National Endowment for Democracy and USAID are in Bolivia to make sure the election is fair (meaning the US-backed candidate wins). Polls show that MAS, Evo Morales’ party, is ahead and close to a 1st round victory. The Anez regime intends to impose a 48 hour “quarantine” after the elections to stop protests after they steal the election. The US-backed neoliberal candidate Carlos Mesa says he will call for ‘resistance’ if the MAS refuses to recognize a fraudulent election result. Last year his supporters burnt down vote counting centers and chanted ‘second round or civil war’. We need to watch this closely. Our turn is coming.
October 4, 2020
After a brief history of October Surprises, I talk about the current election and the possible effect of Trump's COVID-19 illness on the November results.
September 21, 2020
I keep getting asked that question. It does seem unbelievable that so many Americans would have voted for this con man and probably will again. In this episode we listen to the voices of some voters in Michigan recorded in 2016 and I try to make sense of this in some way. Have I succeeded? You tell me.
September 6, 2020
Dr. Rick Staggenborg joins me again to discuss propaganda. This episode is a wide-ranging discussion of how narrative management is used to gain consent for war.
You can read Rick's articles on OpEdNews.com
August 31, 2020
Dr. Rick Staggenborg is a retired VA psychiatrist and post-Vietnam Army veteran who specialized in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in his practice. He is a trained psychotherapist with a particular interest in how perception is modified to manufacture consent for war. Rick and I recently collaborated on a presentation to the Veterans for Peace annual convention on propaganda and with the presidential campaign in full swing, we thought it would be a good time to share this with a wider audience.
August 23, 2020
It’s always a pleasure to welcome Margaret Kimberley back to Wider View. Margaret is the senior editor of the Black Agenda Report and a writer and activist on peace and justice issues. Cornel West said of her latest book, Prejudential - Black America and the Presidents,
“Margaret Kimberley gives us an intellectual gem of prophetic fire about all the U.S. presidents and their deep roots in the vicious legacy of white supremacy and predatory capitalism. Such truths seem more than most Americans can bear, though we ignore her words at our peril!”
August 14, 2020
My guest this week is Dr. Benay Blend. She earned her doctorate in American Studies at the University of New Mexico and has taught at the University of Georgia, Memphis State University, and the University of New Mexico. Currently, she is an adjunct professor of Native American, American, and New Mexico history at Central NM Community College in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Also, she contributes articles regularly to the Palestine Chronicle, Mondoweiss.