Wider View Radio Podcast
Bruce Gagnon on converting the war machine to combat climate change

Bruce Gagnon on converting the war machine to combat climate change

April 22, 2019

Bruce Gagnon, Coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space talks about the necessity to bring the environmental and peace movements together and to be authentic, even when your political party is on the wrong side.

Bruce blogs regularly at https://space4peace.blogspot.com/, and the Global Network website is http://space4peace.org/

Bruce is departing for Russia with a group of Global Network and Veterans for Peace members this week.  You can follow their progress on his blog and donations to the Global Network can be made from their web site.

Philip Giraldi on Assange, Russiagate, Israel and the Neocons

Philip Giraldi on Assange, Russiagate, Israel and the Neocons

April 14, 2019

Philip Giraldi is Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest, which describes its mission as seeking "...to encourage and promote a U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East that is consistent with American values, protects our national interests, and contributes to a just solution of the Arab-Israeli conflict. It is CNIs goal to restore a political environment in America in which voters and their elected officials are free from the undue influence and pressure of foreign countries and their partisans."

Philip is a former CIA counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer with a PhD from the University of London in European History. He has been a security analyst and consultant as well as a speaker and writer since leaving the agency in 1992. He is also a founding member of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity.

Philip Giraldi's articles can also be found at unz.com, and he is regularly interviewed by foreign news agencies - unfortunately not by US corporate media.

Catherine Shakdam on Imperialism and More

Catherine Shakdam on Imperialism and More

April 7, 2019

This is a wide-ranging and delightful conversation with Catherine Shakdam.  Catherine is a geopolitical analyst and commentator on the Middle East with a special focus on Yemen and the Gulf Countries.  She is also a researcher with Al Bayan Centre for Planning & Studies and the founder of Veritas-Consulting.  Her book Arabia’s Rising:  Under the Banner of the First Imam is available on Amazon.

Catherine is currently working on several book projects which are scheduled to be published in 2019.  Her website is http://www.catherine-shakdam.com/

 

 

Dr. Kaveh L. Afrasiabi on Iran and its regional role

Dr. Kaveh L. Afrasiabi on Iran and its regional role

April 1, 2019

Dr. Afrasiabi earned a PhD in Political Science from Boston University under the supervision of Howard Zinn and has taught at the University of Tehran and was a research scholar at the University of California, Berkeley and Binghamton University.  He is the author of numerous books including Looking for Rights at Harvard, Iran’s Nuclear Program: Debating Facts Versus Fiction, and After Khomeini: New Directions in Iran’s Foreign Policy.

You can read his recent articles on his website and at Iran Diplomacy.

 

Benajmin Studebaker on the Democrat’s prospects for 2020

Benajmin Studebaker on the Democrat’s prospects for 2020

March 25, 2019

Are you looking at the growing field of Democratic Presidential candidates and wondering who they are and who to trust?  My guest this week has an informed and interesting take on the campaign and the Democratic Party itself. Benjamin Studebaker is an American doing a PhD in Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge. His research focuses on economic inequality and democratic theory. Benjamin received his BA in Politics from the University of Warwick in 2013 and his MA from the University of Chicago in 2014.  He blogs at benjaminstudebaker.com and has recently started a podcast with Aimee Terese called What’s Left?

This episode begins with a brief update on stories we’ve covered recently, then Benjamin and I discuss US politics and the prospects for the Left.

Christine Ahn on the prospects for peace in Korea

Christine Ahn on the prospects for peace in Korea

March 19, 2019

This episode features an interview with Christine Ahn, founder and International Coordinator of Women Cross DMZ and currently working with Korea Peace Now ,  a global campaign to educate, organize and advocate for a Korea peace agreement by 2020.   The group is currently working to promote passage of House Resolution 152 calling for a formal end to the Korean War.  The bill was introduced by Rep. Ro Khanna of California on February 26th, and has 22 co-sponsors including Representatives Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, Pramila Jayapal of Washington, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Tulsi Gabbard of Hawai’i.  The bill has been referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Ramin Mazaheri on the Yellow Vest protests in France

Ramin Mazaheri on the Yellow Vest protests in France

March 8, 2019

Ramin Mazaheri is the chief correspondent in Paris for Press TV and has lived in France since 2009.  He has been a daily newspaper reporter in the US, and has reported from Iran, Cuba, Egypt, Tunisia, South Korea and elsewhere. His work has appeared in various journals, magazines and websites, as well as on radio and television.

We talk about the origins and makeup of the Gilets Jaunes protesters, Emmanuel Macron and his government, and the likely increase in protests this spring.  Ramin has been covering the unusual winter protests every weekend since they began.

Brian Willson on Venezuela, Nicaragua and Activism

Brian Willson on Venezuela, Nicaragua and Activism

February 28, 2019

My guest today is a long-time anti-war activist Brian Willson.  He spoke to me via Skype from his home in Nicaragua.

Brian is the author of three books, On Third World Legs, now out of print, Blood on the Tracks and his latest book is Don’t Thank Me for My Service.

We discuss his life of activism, the situation in Venezuela, US regime change attempts in Nicaragua and the state of activism and resistance in the age of Trump.

Walter Hixson on the Israel Lobby

Walter Hixson on the Israel Lobby

February 20, 2019

I am very pleased to welcome Walter Hixson to the program today.  Dr. Hixson is Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Akron concentrating in diplomatic and cultural history.  He is the author of a number of books including The Myth of American Diplomacy: National Identity and US Foreign Policy and American Settler Colonialism: A History.  His new book, Israel’s Armor:  The Israel Lobby and the First Generation of the Palestine Conflict is due out soon. His PhD is from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1986.  

The episode also includes excerpts from the speech by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to the Munich Security Conference on February 17, 2019.

Women Making Waves for Democrats

Women Making Waves for Democrats

February 17, 2019

Ilhan Omar and Tulsi Gabbard are women of color who are making waves in the Democratic Party because of their anti-war stands and their strong objections to US foreign policy. We discuss each and the dilemma they pose for the establishment Democrats and their narratives.