Wider View Radio Podcast
Dr. Assal Rad talks about Iran/US relations

Dr. Assal Rad talks about Iran/US relations

August 26, 2019

My guest this week is Dr. Assal Rad. Dr. Rad graduated with a PhD in Middle Eastern History from the University of California, Irvine in 2018. Her PhD research focused on Modern Iran, with an emphasis on national identity formation and identity in post-revolutionary Iran. Assal works with the policy team of the National Iranian American Council as a Research Fellow on Iran policy issues and U.S.-Iran relations.

We discuss the recent history of Iran, the reasons why the US is threatening Iran and imposing crippling sanctions, the Iranian people's attitudes toward the government and other topics.

Ann Wright and Camilo Mejia at the Veterans for Peace Convention

Ann Wright and Camilo Mejia at the Veterans for Peace Convention

August 20, 2019

Recorded at the Veterans for Peace Convention in Spokane, we present excerpts from a workshop on Opposing US Intervention around the Globe. Speakers include Col. Ann Wright, and Camilo Mejia. 

https://www.americanswhotellthetruth.org/portraits/camilo-mejia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann_Wright

The Israel Lobby in US Politics

The Israel Lobby in US Politics

August 12, 2019

Today’s episode focuses on the Israel Lobby and it’s pernicious influence on the US political system.  If you want to know more about the Lobby, we recommend the abridged version of the Al Jazeera documentary on the Israel Lobby in the US on YouTube; Courage To Speak Out, a documentary on the life of Paul Findley; Phil Giraldi’s speech to the National Summit to Reassess the US-Israel “Special Relationship” ;  Walter Hixson’s speech on the origins of the lobby; and above all, Nader’s Show, a series of excellent interviews on the Middle East hosted and produced by Iranian filmmaker Nader Talebzadeh.  

 

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Benjamin Studebaker looks at Progressive politics and the 2020 election

Benjamin Studebaker looks at Progressive politics and the 2020 election

August 5, 2019

Political scientist Benjamin Studebaker and I discuss the 2020 election, the Democratic primary, and progressive political movements.  Benjamin provides a useful and critical view of what progressives are doing that doesn't work and what we could do that would work.  This is an interesting discussion with important information for activists.

You can read more from Ben at his website https://benjaminstudebaker.com/.

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