Wider View Radio Podcast
Iran - A pandemic under sanctions:  Assal Rad

Iran - A pandemic under sanctions: Assal Rad

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:

 https://www.niacouncil.org/campaign/solidarity-not-sanctions/ 

 

Patrick Lawrence on the political truths made evident by the COVID-19 pandemic

Patrick Lawrence on the political truths made evident by the COVID-19 pandemic

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.

Grant Smith - The Israel Lobby Enters State Government

Grant Smith - The Israel Lobby Enters State Government

March 13, 2020

Grant Smith, director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy, joins me to discuss the Israel Lobby, the Israel Lobby Conference, and his new book The Israel Lobby Enters State Government: Rise of the Virginia Israel Advisory Board.  Learn how taxpayers in Virginia are supporting Israel business interests.

 

Mark Sleboda on Turkey’s invasion of Syria and the Russian response

Mark Sleboda on Turkey’s invasion of Syria and the Russian response

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.  

Mike Whitney on the Stock Market and Coronavirus

Mike Whitney on the Stock Market and Coronavirus

February 29, 2020

Author and analyst Mike Whitney and I discuss the recent downturn in the stock market, the various tools the government has to respond and their inadequacy, as well as the implications of the coronavirus pandemic on our financial future.

You can find Mike's most recent articles on The Unz Review at https://www.unz.com/author/mike-whitney/.  Mike has also been published at Counterpunch, and Global Research at https://www.globalresearch.ca/author/mike-whitney.

 

Margaret Kimberley discusses her new book

Margaret Kimberley discusses her new book

February 18, 2020

Margaret Kimberley, Senior Editor of Black Agenda Report, joins me this week to talk about her new 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 own peril!" — Cornel West, author of Race Matters

We also discuss the current presidential campaign as seen from the vantage point of this book.

 

Jeremy Kuzmarov looks at the State of the Union

Jeremy Kuzmarov looks at the State of the Union

February 7, 2020

This week was a very busy one for news.  Trump gave his State of the Union speech followed the next day by his acquittal in the impeachment trial and the Democrats made a mess of the Iowa Caucuses.  To help us get perspective on these events, I’m joined by historian Jeremy Kuzmarov.

Jeremy is the author of 4 books on US foreign policy:

He has taught at numerous universities in the field of US history and foreign relations and contributes to a number of progressive publications.  He is also a board member of the Tulsa Peace Fellowship and on the Steering Committee for Historians for Peace and Democracy.

Jim Kavanagh talks Impeachment, Bernie Sanders & Donald Trump

Jim Kavanagh talks Impeachment, Bernie Sanders & Donald Trump

February 2, 2020

I'm joined this week by Jim Kavanagh.   Jim is a former college professor and denizen of New York City who currently blogs at ThePolemicist.net, reflecting on politics and culture from a left-socialist perspective.  He is a frequent guest on the Loud and Clear podcast from Sputnik.  

You can follow Jim on his Facebook page and on Twitter as @ThePolemicist_ .

During the show, Jim mentioned a recent article on Joe Biden by Shaun King.  That article can be found on Shaun King's Newsletter at https://shaunking.substack.com/p/2-truths-and-31-lies-joe-biden-has

Lots of material packed into this half hour.  Take a listen!

 

Mike Whitney - The Neocons Drive For War

Mike Whitney - The Neocons Drive For War

January 27, 2020

Writer and analyst Mike Whitney who writes regularly for the Unz Review, joins me for a wide-ranging discussion on the crisis in the Middle East and the role of the neocons.

Mike's recent articles include "Pompeo Says Gangland-Style Hit on Soleimani was 'Restoration of Deterrence'", and "Did Pompeo Dupe Trump Into the Soleimani Hit?"

Catherine Shakdam on the Repercussions of the Soleimani Murder

Catherine Shakdam on the Repercussions of the Soleimani Murder

January 16, 2020

Catherine Shakdam is Co-Founder of Veritas Consulting and Head of the Yemen Unit at the Next Century Foundation.  She was formerly Director of Programs at the Shafaqna Institute for Middle Eastern Studies. She is much in demand as an analyst of the Middle East and I am honored to have her join me on Wider View.

We talk this time about the repercussions of the US assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani throughout the region.

You can find Catherine's work at https://www.catherine-shakdam.com/ and at Citizen Truth, New Eastern Outlook, and on the blog of the Next Century Foundation.  You can follow her on Twitter @shakdamc.