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Mark Sleboda on Ukraine and Belarus

Mark Sleboda on Ukraine and Belarus

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.  

 

Joe Emersberger on the Coming Elections in Latin America

Joe Emersberger on the Coming Elections in Latin America

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.

The Inadvertent October Surprise

The Inadvertent October Surprise

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. 

Jeremy Kuzmarov on Covert Action Magazine, Belarus and the Election

Jeremy Kuzmarov on Covert Action Magazine, Belarus and the Election

September 28, 2020

Today I’m welcoming Jeremy Kuzmarov back to Wider View.  Jeremy has taught in history in colleges, written 4 books including “Obama's Unending Wars: Fronting the Foreign Policy of the Permanent Warfare State” with Glen Ford, and “The Russians Are Coming, Again: The First Cold War as Tragedy, the Second as Farce” with John Marciano, and was recently named Managing Editor of Covert Action Magazine.  We talk about the magazine and its history, current US interventions including Belarus, and the upcoming election.

Why did all those people vote for Trump in 2016?

Why did all those people vote for Trump in 2016?

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.

Ramin Mazaheri on the Kenosha protests

Ramin Mazaheri on the Kenosha protests

September 13, 2020

 Ramin Mazaheri is the chief correspondent for Press TV in Paris where he has lived for the last 11 years.  He is also the author of Socialisms Ignored Success: Iranian Islamic Socialismas well as Ill Ruin Everything You Are: Ending Western Propaganda on Red China’.  He is currently back in the US to cover the political situation here leading up to the election.   His reports can be found regularly on the Press TV web site.

 

In the interview, Ramin referred to his interview with Naba'a Muhammad, and his report on possible violence after the US election,, one of his reports on the Kenosha protests is here.

 

 

Narrative Management with Rick Staggenborg

Narrative Management with Rick Staggenborg

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 

 

Rick Staggenborg on Propaganda - Part 1

Rick Staggenborg on Propaganda - Part 1

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.

 

Margaret Kimberley on the Democratic Convention and the Election

Margaret Kimberley on the Democratic Convention and the Election

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!”

Benay Blend - The Protests in Albuquerque

Benay Blend - The Protests in Albuquerque

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.

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