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Is the US a failed state?

Is the US a failed state?

January 11, 2021

In this episode we consider the question "Is the US a failed state?"  Looking at the key characteristics of a failed state, are they here in the US today?  Is the US a failed state with a huge military and an inflated self-image?

The program contains the song "Failed State" by last week's guest, David Rovics, from his album "Strangers and Friends".

David Rovics - Stopping Evictions and Controlling Rents

David Rovics - Stopping Evictions and Controlling Rents

January 1, 2021

My guest today is David Rovics.  David is a songwriter, podcaster, and part of Portland Emergency Eviction Response.  We discuss the upcoming tsunami of evictions and the response of landlords, the history of rent strikes, and the struggle to stop evictions including that of the "Red House"  in Portland, OR.

You can find out more about David at https://www.davidrovics.com.  His podcast “This Week with David Rovics” is archived at https://drovics.podbean.com/  You can find his music on Spotify, Soundcloud, YouTube and wherever fine music is available. He even has an app for Android and Apple iOS!  

Is Identity Politics A Good Strategy for the Left?

Is Identity Politics A Good Strategy for the Left?

December 20, 2020

In this episode, I examine identity politics as a strategy for the Left.  Is it getting the results we want, or is it a distraction from the work the Left needs to do to gain political power?

A Conversation with Patrick Lawrence

A Conversation with Patrick Lawrence

December 12, 2020

I’m very pleased to welcome Patrick Lawrence back to Wider View.  Patrick was a correspondent abroad for many years, chiefly for the International Herald Tribune, and is currently a columnist, essayist, author, and lecturer. His most recent book is Time No Longer: Americans After the American Century.  Patrick's recent essays can be found at https://consortiumnews.com/tag/patrick-lawrence/

Patrick and I have a wide-ranging conversation mostly about US foreign policy and the contrast, or lack thereof, between the outgoing Trump Administration and the incoming Biden presidency.

Post-Election Ruminations

Post-Election Ruminations

November 21, 2020

With clips from experts and other commentators, I discuss the current situation with the 2020 Presidential Election (3 weeks later) along with the problems progressives face over the next 4 years under a Biden administration.

Trump to Biden:  What is the Impact of US Middle East Policy?

Trump to Biden: What is the Impact of US Middle East Policy?

November 14, 2020

Catherine Shakdam joins me this week.  Catherine is a research fellow at the Al Bayan Centre for Planning & Studies and a political analyst specializing in radical movements. She is the author of A Tale of Grand Resistance: Yemen, the Wahhabi and the House of Saud

We discuss the differences in Middle East policy between the Trump Administration and the incoming Biden Administration and her take on this may surprise you.

You can find Catherine Shakdam's recent essays at New Eastern Outlook.

Colin Moran and I discuss Election Issues

Colin Moran and I discuss Election Issues

October 31, 2020

Colin Moran, a pharmacist, activist and neighbor, joins me to talk about some issues that have been ignored or grossly misrepresented in the Presidential campaigns this year.   

Mark Sleboda Interview - Part II

Mark Sleboda Interview - Part II

October 24, 2020

This is the second part of my interview with Moscow-based geopolitical analyst Mark Sleboda.  We talk about US-Russia relations and the impact of the upcoming election.  

Following the interview, I talk a bit about the election and the future for progressives in the US.

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.

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