Independent historian and journalist, Gareth Porter, discusses relations between Shi’ite factions in Iraq, their relations with Iran, accusations that the Iranians are supplying weapons to those killing Americans in Iraq, the State Department’s insistence that Iran “admit” to the accusation in the recent NIE that they used to have a nuclear weapons program, the complicity of the mainstream media in promoting the government’s propaganda and the consequences of American intervention in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
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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.