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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.

 

Killing Qassem Soleimani - Why Did Trump Do It?

Killing Qassem Soleimani - Why Did Trump Do It?

January 13, 2020

With the murder of Iranian General Soleimani on January 3rd, tensions in the Middle East are worse than before. I explore the events leading to the drone assassination, the popularity of Soleimani and his contributions to the region, and talk about why we continue to get further embroiled in the Middle East region. 

Jeremy Kuzmarov on US Foreign Policy - Obama and Trump

Jeremy Kuzmarov on US Foreign Policy - Obama and Trump

January 6, 2020

Historian Jeremy Kuzmarov joins me for a discussion of US foreign policy in the Obama and Trump Years. 

Jeremy received his PhD from Brandeis University in 2006 and has taught at Bucknell University , Emmanuel College and the University of Tulsa.  He’s the author of several books including “The Myth of the Addicted Army: Vietnam and the Modern War on Drugs“, “Modernizing Repression: Police Training and Nation-Building in the American Century”, “The Russians Are Coming, Again: The First Cold War as Tragedy, The Second as Farce” with John Marciano, and his latest “Obama’s Unending Wars: Fronting the Foreign Policy of the Permanent Warfare State”.

His website is the place to go for his recent writings.  

2019 on Wider View and Looking Forward

2019 on Wider View and Looking Forward

December 31, 2019

A review of episodes during the year focusing on the Middle East, the Presidential Elections, the Democrats and Impeachment. 

Thanks for your support this year!

John Marciano on Impeachment and Foreign Policy

John Marciano on Impeachment and Foreign Policy

December 23, 2019

Professor John Marciano and I discuss the impeachment charges and the underlying foreign policy issues that are rarely explored in the media. 

John is the author, with Jeremy Kuzmarov, of the book The Russians Are Coming, Again: The First Cold War as Tragedy, the Second as Farce.  He is also the author of The American War in Vietnam: Crime or Commemoration?  John's most recent Guest Opinion for the Ashland (Oregon) Tidings is Impeach Trump for unconstitutional wars.

Jeremy Kuzmarov, the author of Obama's Unending Wars: Fronting the Foreign Policy of the Permanent Warfare State, will be my guest in early January.

Coleen Rowley - 2019 in review and an insider’s take on the FBI news

Coleen Rowley - 2019 in review and an insider’s take on the FBI news

December 14, 2019

FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley discusses the latest revelations from the FBI Inspector General and her concerns about the intensifying Cold War with Russia.  

South America on Fire - Protests and Coups

South America on Fire - Protests and Coups

December 8, 2019

South America is rife with protests, demonstrations and uprisings and with coups sponsored and supported by the US. We look at some of the most important - the ones you've heard about and those you haven't. 

We hear the voices of several journalists and analysts reflecting on each of the nations currently in turmoil.

US Foreign Policy toward Ukraine - The Mythology of Impeachment

US Foreign Policy toward Ukraine - The Mythology of Impeachment

November 24, 2019

The impeachment inquiry has focused on Ukraine and US policy toward that nation, but the basic tenets of that policy have not been challenged and the corruption of Democrats is getting little attention.   The following sources were used to prepare this episode:

Aaron Mate's talk was from the panel "How Propaganda Manufactures Consent" in New York City on November 19, 2019 recorded by the Grayzone Project.

Joe Emersberger on the Coup in Bolivia

Joe Emersberger on the Coup in Bolivia

November 15, 2019

Joe Emersberger joins me to discuss the coup in Bolivia that overthrew Evo Morales, the first indigenous President in Latin America.  We discuss the racist nature of the right-wing opposition that has taken power and the impact on other struggles for freedom from imperial tyranny on the continent.

Joe has a new article on Counterpunch entitled "Oppose the Military Coup in Bolivia.  Spare Us Your 'Critiques'".  Another recent article is Max Blumenthal arrest exposes the hypocrisy of Western media and human rights NGOs on The Transnational.Live web site.

 

Lebanon and Iraq Protests

Lebanon and Iraq Protests

November 10, 2019

International affairs analyst Mark Sleboda joins me to discuss the ongoing protests in Lebanon and Iraq and the geopolitical implications of these uprisings.  We also touch on the recent developments in Syria and the precarious situation there.