Mohammad Omer

Exodus to Egypt


Mohammad Omer, author of Rafah Today, discusses the exodus of Palestinians from Gaza into Egypt, breaking the Israeli blockade and engaging in peaceful commerce with the Egyptians.

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Mohammad Omer is a student in the Gaza Strip town of Rafah and author of the Website RafahToday.

Philip Giraldi

Cheney Back in Charge of Iran Policy


Former CIA counter terrorism officer and columnist Philip Giraldi discusses his information that Secretaries Rice and Gates have once again been sidelined by Vice President Cheney who remains bent on war with Iran, the truth about al Qaeda and what is to be done about them and the case of former FBI translator-whistleblower Sibel Edmonds and her allegations of crimes by powerful government officials and foreign spies.

MP3 here. (44:08)

Philip Giraldi is a recognized authority on international security and counterterrorism issues. He is a regular contributor to in a column titled “Smoke and Mirrors” and is a Contributing Editor who writes a column called “Deep Background” on terrorism, intelligence, and security issues for The American Conservative magazine.

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Conn Hallinan

Counter-Insurgency From The Air


Conn Hallinan, columnist for Foreign Policy In Focus and author of the article “Death at a Distance: The U.S. Air War,” discusses the current campaign of airstrikes against Iraq and Afghanistan and Israel’s bombing of what wasn’t a joint Syrian/North Korean nuclear weapons site back in September.

MP3 here. (19:30)

Conn Hallinan is a foreign policy analyst for Foreign Policy in Focus and a provost in Journalism at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Chalmers Johnson

Things That Can’t Go On Forever Don’t


Chalmers Johnson discusses his recent article, “How To Sink America,” how U.S. politicians and candidates refuse to discuss the looming economic collapse, the staggering amount we spend on our military, how the “defense” industry is our only prosperous sector, the failure of our educational system, America’s pipe dream of global domination, the similarity between America and the Roman Empire in structure, overextended militarism, and inevitable collapse, the impossibility of maintaining a republican form of government and an empire, and, of course, the principle of blowback.

MP3 here. (30:15)

Chalmers Johnson is president of the Japan Policy Research Institute, a non-profit research and public affairs organization devoted to public education concerning Japan and international relations in the Pacific. He taught for thirty years, 1962-1992, at the Berkeley and San Diego campuses of the University of California and held endowed chairs in Asian politics at both of them. At Berkeley he served as chairman of the Center for Chinese Studies and as chairman of the Department of Political Science. His B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in economics and political science are all from the University of California, Berkeley. He first visited Japan in 1953 as a U.S. Navy officer and has lived and worked there with his wife, the anthropologist Sheila K. Johnson, every year between 1961 and 1998. Johnson has been honored with fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the Guggenheim Foundation; and in 1976 he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has written numerous articles and reviews and some sixteen books, including Peasant Nationalism and Communist Power on the Chinese revolution, An Instance of Treason on Japan’s most famous spy, Revolutionary Change on the theory of violent protest movements, and MITI and the Japanese Miracle on Japanese economic development. This last-named book laid the foundation for the “revisionist” school of writers on Japan, and because of it the Japanese press dubbed him the “Godfather of revisionism.”

He was chairman of the academic advisory committee for the PBS television series “The Pacific Century,” and he played a prominent role in the PBS “Frontline” documentary “Losing the War with Japan.” Both won Emmy awards. His most recent books are Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire (New York: Metropolitan Books, 2000) and The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic, which was published by Metropolitan in January 2004. Blowback won the 2001 American Book Award of the Before Columbus Foundation.

Dahr Jamail

Eye of the Storm


IPS News reporter Dahr Jamail discusses current relations between the former Sunni insurgency, the Shia militias, Kurdish and government factions in Iraq, the humanitarian catastrophe and the danger to our troops in Iraq in event of war with Iran.

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In late 2003, Weary of the overall failure of the US media to accurately report on the realities of the war in Iraq for the Iraqi people and US soldiers, Dahr Jamail went to Iraq to report on the war himself.

His dispatches were quickly recognized as an important media resource. He is now writing for the Inter Press Service, The Asia Times and many other outlets. His reports have also been published with The Nation, The Sunday Herald, Islam Online, the Guardian, Foreign Policy in Focus, and the Independent to name just a few. Dahr’s dispatches and hard news stories have been translated into French, Polish, German, Dutch, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic and Turkish. On radio as well as television, Dahr reports for Democracy Now!, the BBC, and numerous other stations around the globe. Dahr is also special correspondent for Flashpoints.

Dahr has spent a total of 8 months in occupied Iraq as one of only a few independent US journalists in the country. In the MidEast, Dahr has also has reported from Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. Dahr uses the website and his popular mailing list to disseminate his dispatches.

Kurt Pitzer and Linda Gallini

Bush’s War Against the Non-Proliferators

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Mother Jones reporter Kurt Pitzer and former State Department employee Linda Gallini discuss the Bush administration’s efforts to destroy the U.S. government and IAEA’s abilities to check the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

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Kurt Pitzer is a reporter for Mother Jones magazine and Linda Gallini is a former State Department expert on nuclear non-proliferation.

Gareth Porter

Hezbollah Didn’t Do Argentine Bombing


Gareth Porter discusses his recent story in The Nation: “Bush’s Iran/ Argentina Terror Frame-Up“: How the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Argentina has always been blamed on Iran via Hezbollah by the U.S. and Israel despite conflicting evidence and how the Bush administration is rehashing this incident to implicate Iran as the most dangerous terrorist threat in the world. Porter also discusses his article: “How The Pentagon Planted A False Story” about the War Party’s manipulation of the story of the Iranian speedboats’ and U.S. ships in the Persian Gulf.

MP3 here.

Dr. Gareth Porter is an investigative historian and journalist on U.S. national security policy who has been independent since a brief period of university teaching in the 1980s. Dr. Porter is the author of four books, the latest of which is Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam (University of California Press, 2005). He has written regularly for Inter Press Service on U.S. policy toward Iraq and Iran since 2005.

Luke Ryland

FBI Cover-up in Sibel Edmonds Case


Luke Ryland, proprietor of the blogs Against All Enemies, Let Sibel Edmonds Speak, discusses the new articles in the London Sunday Times about the Sibel Edmonds case and indications of an FBI cover-up of their long-term investigation into the alleged Israeli-Pakistani-Neocon axis of nuclear spying in the United States.

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Luke Ryland blogs at Against All Enemies, Let Sibel Edmonds Speak, Kill the Messenger, Disclose Denny, and WotIsItGood4. He lives in Tasmania.

William S. Lind

The Imprudence of Empire


William S. Lind, director of the Center for Cultural Conservatism at the Free Congress Foundation, discusses America’s terribly flawed policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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William Lind is Director of the Center for Cultural Conservatism at the Free Congress Foundation. He is a former Congressional Aide and the author of many books and articles on military strategy and war.

Les Roberts

How Many Dead Iraqis?


Les Roberts, co-author of the Johns Hopkins-Lancet study estimating 655,000 “excess deaths” in Iraq responds to the new UN study estimating a much lower count, the differing definitions of war related casualties and methods of statistical collection between them.

MP3 here. (12:38)

Les Roberts, PhD, holds has a Masters degree in public health from Tulane University and a Ph.D. in environmental engineering from Johns Hopkins. He did a post-doctorate fellowship in epidemiology at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where he worked for 4 years. In 1994, he worked as an epidemiologist for the World Health Organization in Rwanda during their civil war. He previously served as the Director of Health Policy at the International Rescue Committee. He is a lecturer at the Johns Hopkins University Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering where he teaches each fall. He teaches a class entitled Water and Sanitation in Complex Emergencies and the 7-week quantitative component of the Program’s Investigative Methods in Complex Emergencies course.

Roberts is co-author of a study published in October 2006 by the
leading medical journal The Lancet that estimated 655,000 excess deaths
following the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.

Juan Cole

Iraq War Far From Over


Juan Cole, professor of history at the University of Michigan, discusses current events in Iraq, the “re-Ba’athification” law, relations between various Iraqi factions such as the Sadrists, Da’wa/ISCI, former Ba’athists, “al Qaeda in Iraq,” Kurds and Arabs in Kirkuk and the consequences of U.S. policy toward them all.

MP3 here. (40:11)

Juan R. I. Cole is Professor of Modern Middle East and South Asian History at the University of Michigan. He has written extensively about modern Islamic movements in Egypt, the Persian Gulf, and South Asia. His most recent book is Sacred Space and Holy War. His blog, Informed Comment, is a widely read source for Middle East news and commentary.

Gareth Porter



IPS News reporter Gareth Porter discusses the unraveling of the War Party’s inflated claims about the recent “confrontation” in the Persian Gulf, the scam behind the hype and the bi-polar policy that has the U.S. still backing Iran in Iraq in spite of all the contradictions.

MP3 here. (17:22)

Dr. Gareth Porter is an investigative historian and journalist on U.S. national security policy who has been independent since a brief period of university teaching in the 1980s. Dr. Porter is the author of four books, the latest of which is Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam (University of California Press, 2005). He has written regularly for Inter Press Service on U.S. policy toward Iraq and Iran since 2005.

Dr. Porter was both a Vietnam specialist and an anti-war activist during the Vietnam War and was Co-Director of Indochina Resource Center in Washington. Dr. Porter taught international studies at City College of New York and American University. He was the first Academic Director for Peace and Conflict Resolution in the Washington Semester program at American University.

Kelley Beaucar Vlahos

Barack, Hillary and the War Party


Kelley Beaucar Vlahos discusses the War Party’s exclusion of the antiwar candidates and the retread imperialist advisers of the major candidates.

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Kelley Beaucar Vlahos Kelley Beaucar Vlahos has spent the last six years as a political reporter in Washington DC for, and is a contributor to the Washington-based Homeland Security magazine, HSToday, and The American Conservative magazine. Beginning her career in 1994 at the Connecticut daily, the Torrington Register Citizen, Vlahos went on to nearly five years of reporting for the daily New Britain Herald in central Connecticut. Her experience there took her from town and city government and budgets to state supreme court cases, the Connecticut General Assembly, crime, cops, education, healthcare, economic development, local and state elections, music and arts, and politics.

Charles Featherstone

Empire and Terrorism

[audio:] writer Charles Featherstone, discusses the bankrupt ideology of American empire and the best way to fight al Qaeda. Featherstone’s elaboration on the central bank question here.

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Charles Featherstone is a divinity student, writer, blogger and former reporter.

Glenn Greenwald

Justice Investigates White House Obstruction


Former Constitutional law litigator, author and blogger, Glenn Greenwald, discusses the scandal surrounding the White House and CIA’s destruction of the video tapes of al Qaeda suspects and the various possible counts of perjury and obstruction of justice now being investigated by Justice Department prosecutor John Durham.

MP3 here. (42:23)

Glenn Greenwald was previously a constitutional law and civil rights litigator in New York. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling book How Would a Patriot Act?, a critique of the Bush administration’s use of executive power, released in May 2006. His brand new book is A Tragic Legacy.