This is the second half of my interview of Mark Sleboda. In this episode, we discuss the recent interview of Russian President Vladimir Putin by Financial Times editor Lionel Barber. We discuss liberalism and globalization from the Russian perspective.
I'm joined this week by Dr. Kaveh Afrasaibi. Dr. Afrasaibi has a PhD in Political Science from Boston University and has taught at the University of Tehran, Boston University and Bentley University and been a visiting scholar at Harvard, UC Berkeley, Binghamton University and the Center for Strategic Research in Tehran. He is the author or co-author of several books including 3 on Iran’s Nuclear Program.
Dr. Afrasaibi writes frequently for a number of web sites. Here are some of his recent articles on the Iran crisis:
- The Demise Of Chris Wallace Into A Mouthpiece For War
- A Nuclear War in the Persian Gulf?
- Shinzo Abe's Crucial Iran Visit
You can find out more at his website kavehafrasiabi.com.
This is the last of a 3-part series on the media and features Professor Victor Pickard of the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania discussing the pressures on today's media and what we need to do to make media more democratic.
If you're interested in a progressive vision for the future of media in the United States, you'll find Dr. Pickard's comments very helpful.
Dr. Pickard is also a Director of the Media, Inequality and Change Center, a collaboration between the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School and Rutgers University’s School of Communication and Information.
Joe Emersberger joins me to discuss the state of the media today. We talk about the repetition of government propaganda, the lack of resources available to journalists in the field, and the crackdown on independent journalists, particularly Julian Assange.
The first of a 3-part series on the state of the media. This week we discuss these topics:
- Independent local newspapers are a thing of the past and local news is effectively absent in large portions of the country.
- Mainstream media present or fail to present news stories based on their marketing goals and the preconceptions of their target audience.
- News stories are designed to make you feel part of a group that is fighting the horrible other side, not designed to inform you or present truthful information that you could use to make a decision in a democratic society.
- Online news is even more targeted to specific groups and the methods for sharing those stories - social media - is increasingly being censored by government-aligned groups to suppress news stories that contradict the narratives produced by the mainstream.
- Those few courageous journalists who have brought us important stories of government corruption and illegality are being raided, jailed and prosecuted
John Marciano on the The Russians Are Coming Again - The First Cold War as Tragedy the Second as Farce
Professor John Marciano joined me back in September 2018 to discuss his book The Russians Are Coming Again - The First Cold War as Tragedy the Second as Farce. John is Professor Emeritus at the State University of New York at Cortland and a lifelong social justice activist currently living in Talent, Oregon. John is also the author of The American War in Vietnam - Crime or Commemoration.
My guest today is labor and human rights attorney Dan Kovalik. Dan teaches international human rights law at the University of Pittsburgh and is the author of a number of books including “The Plot to Attack Iran: How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Iran” and soon to be released, “The Plot to Overthrow Venezuela: How the U.S. Is Orchestrating a Coup for Oil”.
We discuss the ways the US is working to start wars in Iran and Venezuela and our nation's utter disregard for international law - when it applies to us at least.
This episode is based on a a speech by Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah given on May 2nd of this year. In his speech, Nasrallah addressed the conflict in Syria and Hezbollah's role in it, as well as the origin and continued threat posed by ISIS or Daesh. The full video and transcript of the speech can be found on Vineyard of the Saker.
Since the publication date of this episode falls near the commemoration of the Nakba, I also quote from an article by Miko Peled, "Deal of the Century Adds 'New" to the Four Thousand Year Old Name 'Palestine'" and from the web site al-nakba-history.com, a comprehensive source for historical information about Palestine and the Zionist settler colonial project there.