Michael Schwartz

The Battles of Baghdad

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/08_03_31_schwartz.mp3]

Michael Schwartz, journalist and Professor of Sociology at SUNY-Stony Brook, discusses the history of the U.S. military’s various policies for and against various religious and political factions in Iraq over the past 5 years, Dick Cheney’s oil “control” motive for the war and the necessity of American withdrawal.

MP3 here. (38:05)

Michael Schwartz is a Professor of Sociology at SUNY-Stony Brook. Schwartz has written extensively on popular protest and insurgency, and on US business and government dynamics. His work has appeared at Asia Times, MotherJones.com, TomDispatch, and ZNet, and in Against the Current, Contexts, International Socialist Review, Socialist WorkerZ magazine. His books include Radical Politics and Social Structure, and The Power Structure of American Business.

Raed Jarrar

US in the Middle

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/charles/aw032708raedjarrar.mp3]

Raed Jarrar, proprietor of the blog RaedInTheMiddle, discusses, explains the recent inter-Shia warfare in Iraq as an attempt by Bush/Maliki to check the power of the Sadrists before the upcoming elections, the details of the Sadr/ISCI split and relationships with the Iranians and the Iraqis’ demand and the necessity of withdrawal.

MP3 here. (17:21)

Raed Jarrar is an Iraq Consultant with the American Friends Service Committee.

Nick Turse

The Complex

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/charles/awnickturse032808.mp3]

Nick Turse, author of The Complex: How the Military Invades Our Everyday Lives, discusses the Military Industrial Technological Entertainment Scientific Media Corporate Complex, the length to which the Pentagon uses its influence to influence American movies and television, the contracts given to donut shops, StarBucks, Oakley and other corporate welfare collectors, the impunity with which some members of the military spend tax dollars on personal items, the more than trillion dollars that are “missing” from the Pentagon’s budget and the rise of the “Homeland” security state.

MP3 here. (17:04)

Nick Turse, associate editor and research director at TomDispatch.com, has written for the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The Nation and the Village Voice.

Aram Roston

Chalabi: Hero in Iranian Spy Service

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/charles/aw032508aramroston.mp3]

Aram Roston, The Man Who Pushed America to War: The Extraordinary Life, Adventures and Obsessions of Ahmad Chalabi, discusses the scams of Ahmad “Hero in Error” Chalabi, his financial crimes in Jordan, the tens of millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars he received from the neoconservatives and John McCain, Chalabi’s other job as an Iranian spy.

MP3 here. (19:38)

Aram Roston is an Emmy award-winning investigative journalist who has covered Iraq, Chalabi, and the reconstruction of Iraq for NBC’s Nightly News.

Gareth Porter

The End of the Maliki Regime?

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/08_03_28_porter.mp3]

Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for IPS News, discusses the Iraqi Army’s targeting of the Mahdi Army, his suspicion that Cheney arranged this with Maliki on his recent trip, the doom this could spell for the occupation, Iran’s relative influence with the Mahdi Army and the Badr Corps of the Hakim faction and the neoconservative propaganda that Iran backs al Qaeda.

MP3 here. (40:57)

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.

David Case

The US Military’s Assassination Problem

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/08_03_28_case.mp3]

Freelance journalist David Case discusses the U.S. government’s program of “targeted assassination” of terrorist suspects and Iraqi enemies, the results of the two major studies of the program (total failure), the U.S. war in Somalia, the lack of legal oversight, the more restrictive Israeli legal precedent, the difficulty of covering the story and overall counter-productive nature of the “War on Terror.”

MP3 here. (32:02)

David Case, a freelance journalist, has written for Mother Jones, Rolling Stone, Men’s Journal, and National Geographic Adventure. He was formerly the executive director of TomPaine.com. More of Case’s work can be found at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

Jenny Eliscu

The Real Life of the Marlboro Marine

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/08_03_27_eliscu.mp3]

Jenny Eliscu, contributing editor at Rolling Stone and host of “Left of Center” on Sirius Radio, discusses the real life of the James Blake Miller, the “Marlboro Man” in the iconic photo from the 2nd Battle of Fallujah, the War Party’s spin which used him as a poster boy and the reality of the real man – broken by and opposed to the war, his PTSD symptoms, survivors guilt and the difficulty of getting help from the VA.

MP3 here. (24:19)

Jenny Eliscu is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone magazine, where she has worked since 1999.

John McGlynn

The Financial War Against Iran

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/08_03_26_mcglynn.mp3]

Economic and financial analyst John McGlynn discusses the U.S. Government’s financial war against Iran’s banking system, the system of blackmail of banks around the world if they don’t fall in line, the example set when Treasury’s FinCen went after a Macau bank for dealing with North Korea in 2005, China’s role and the likely humanitarian consequences for the people of Iran.

MP3 here. (37:18)

John McGlynn is an independent economic and financial analyst. His three reports on the U.S. use of financial sanctions against North Korea in the Banco Delta case are available at 1, 2, 3.

Spencer Ackerman

Calling Out Media Liars

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/08_03_26_ackerman.mp3]

Spencer Ackerman, reporter for The Washington Independent, discusses the shame deserved by neo-crazy media sycophants Jeffery Goldberg and Stephen F. Hayes, who have both done so much to push the lie that Saddam Hussein was working with Osama bin Laden, the effect of the echo chamber on the inside of the media industry, how he got the war wrong and what he’s trying to do about it now and the fight between the Mahdi Army and the Badr Corps (aka “Iraqi Army”) and the failure of the surge.

MP3 here. (48:36)

Spencer Ackerman is a reporter covering national security and foreign policy for The Washington Independent.

Eric Margolis

Behind the Tibet Crisis

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/08_03_25_margolis.mp3]

Eric Margolis, foreign correspondent for the Canadian Sun National Media and author of War at the Top of the World: The Struggle for Afghanistan, Kashmir and Tibet, discusses the history and present circumstances of Tibet’s relationship with China, the ethnic strife between Tibetans and ethnic Han Chinese, the Uighurs, America’s terrorism double standard, Tibet’s strategic importance in China’s posture with regard to India, the results of the recent elections in Taiwan, a suggestion for a reasonable compromise in Tibet, the truth about the escalation of the Iraq war and the remaining danger of war with Iran.

MP3 here. (44:15)

Award winning author, columnist, and broadcaster Eric S. Margolis has covered 14 wars and is a leading authority on military affairs, the Middle East, South Asia, and Islamic movements.

Bob Barr

Realignment for Peace and Liberty

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/08_03_25_barr.mp3]

Former Congressman Bob Barr discusses the possibility of running for President on the Libertarian Party ticket, the necessity of a new political realignment of right and left to end the war in Iraq and protect the Bill of Rights, the importance of ending the current regime of torture and murder and the destruction of the rule of law which used to forbid such things and the authority of the Congress to decide on matters of war and peace.

MP3 here. (13:21)

Bob Barr represented the 7th District of Georgia in the U. S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003, serving as a senior member of the Judiciary Committee, as Vice-Chairman of the Government Reform Committee, and as a member of the Committee on Financial Services. He now practices law with the Law Offices of Edwin Marger, and runs a consulting firm, Liberty Strategies LLC, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and with offices in the Washington, D.C. area.

Joyce Lucey

The Suicide of Jefferey Lucey

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/charles/aw032508joycelucey.mp3]

Joyce Lucey, surviving mother of an American soldier who killed himself after returning from Iraq, tells the story of her son’s life, military career, shell shock and death.

MP3 here. (22:31)

Joyce Lucey and her husband Kevin are members of Military Families Speak Out.

Michael Kirk

Bush’s War

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/charles/awmichaelkirk.mp3]

Michael Kirk, award winning producer for PBS Frontline, discusses his new documentary “Bush’s War,” the struggle within the administration over the policy of whether and how to aggressively invade and occupy Iraq, the dominance of Dick Cheney over the will of Bush, the personal splits between Powell, Armitage, Tenet, Rumsfeld, Rice, etc. and I. Lewis Libby’s intimidation of the departments to come up with some lies to make Cheney’s lies about Mohammed Atta’s imaginary meeting with Iraqi intelligence seem true.

MP3 here. (17:05)

Michael Kirk, a former Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard, was Frontline’s senior producer from 1983 to 1987, and has produced more than 100 national television programs.

Greg Mitchell

So Wrong for So Long

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/08_03_24_mitchell.mp3]

Greg Mitchell, editor of Editor and Publisher and author of So Wrong for So Long: How the Press, the Pundits – and the President – Failed on Iraq, discusses some of the many shameful failures of the American media since 2002, the lies they’ve sold and major stories they’ve refused to cover.

MP3 here. (43:28)

Greg Mitchell is the author of six nonfiction books. His articles – including many on baseball – have appeared in New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, TV Guide, Mother Jones, Sport magazine, Quest, and other publications. Mitchell was a senior editor at Crawdaddy for many years. He lives in Nyack, New York.

Sheldon Richman

Abolish the Warfare State!

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/08_03_24_richman.mp3]

Sheldon Richman, fellow at the Future of Freedom Foundation and the Foundation for Economic Education and editor of the Freeman, discusses the misperception that American civilians owe deference to the warfare state, the anti-militarist tradition in America, the case for privatizing all security functions and abolishing the state, his take on Barack Obama’s minister, the illogic of collectivism, the principle of blowback and the dangerous alliance between the U.S. government and big business.

MP3 here. (43:14)

Sheldon Richman is editor of The Freeman, published by The Foundation for Economic Education in Irvington, New York, and serves as senior fellow at The Future of Freedom Foundation. He is the author of FFF’s award-winning book Separating School & State: How to Liberate America’s Families; Your Money or Your Life: Why We Must Abolish the Income Tax; and FFF’s newest book Tethered Citizens: Time to Repeal the Welfare State.

Murray Sabrin

US Out of Iraq!

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/08_03_21sabrin.mp3]

Professor Murray Sabrin discusses withdrawal from Iraq, Iran and North Korea, the need for open dialogue on America’s place in the world, the impact of 9/11 and America’s response, the inhumanity of torture and the importance of preserving the Constitution.

MP3 here. (37:28)

Murray Sabrin, Ph.D., is professor of finance in the Anisfield School of Business, Ramapo College of New Jersey, where he is executive director of the Center for Business and Public Policy. He is the author of Tax Free 2000: The Rebirth of American Liberty.

Juan Cole

The Big Lie Works

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/08_03_21_cole.mp3]

Juan Cole, professor of history at the University of Michigan and proprietor of the influential blog Informed Comment, reviews the piles of lies told by the government in order to justify the occupation of Iraq over the last 5 years.

MP3 here. (34:14)

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.

Glenn Greenwald

Liar McCain and His Media

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/08_03_20_greenwald.mp3]

Glenn Greenwald, former constitutional litigator, renowned blogger and author of A Tragic Legacy discusses John McCain’s so-called “misstatement” in trying to foist the neocon talking point that Iran backs al Qaeda in Iraq against U.S. interests there, the major media’s refusal to call him out for it since they love him so very much, the fact that McCain would still have been at least wrong even if he had simply blamed Iran for training “extremists” of any description besides that of the U.S. supported Iraqi government itself, and the recent victory against immunity for the telecoms who conspired with the government to break the law and wiretap Americans without warrants.

MP3 here. (19:35)

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.

Norman Solomon

War Made Easy

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/08_03_20_soloman.mp3]

Norman Solomon, author of Made Love, Got War and War Made Easy (the book and the movie), discusses the Military Industrial Media Complex and the role they play in deciding America’s foreign policy, the ignorance of the average reporters and politicians in DC and the need for a broad based antiwar movement.

MP3 here. (27:29)

Norman Solomon is a nationally syndicated columnist on media and politics. He has been writing the weekly “Media Beat” column since 1992. Solomon’s latest book, War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death, was published in 2005.

Solomon is the founder and executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy, a national consortium of policy researchers and analysts.
His book “Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn’t Tell You” (co-authored with foreign correspondent Reese Erlich) was published in 2003 by Context Books. Loretta Alper, has been on the staff of MEF since the summer of 2000, when she was hired as a freelance producer. Since joining MEF full-time in 2001, she has produced a number of titles and served as the Executive Producer on several others.

Justin Raimondo

Obama and the War Party

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/08_03_19_raimondo.mp3]

Antiwar.com’s editorial director Justin Raimondo discusses his assessment of Barack Obama as not-so-bad, the War Party and the media’s targeting of Obama with guilt by association for his controversial minister while ignoring John McCain’s embrace of minister John Hagee,  McCain’s conflating of Iran with Osama and irrational militarism, the legacy of the Old Right and the new and how best to fight al Qaeda.

MP3 here. (37:26)

Justin Raimondo is the editorial director of Antiwar.com. He is the author of An Enemy of the State: The Life of Murray N. Rothbard (Prometheus Books, 2000). He is also the author of Reclaiming the American Right: The Lost Legacy of the Conservative Movement (with an Introduction by Patrick J. Buchanan), (Center for Libertarian Studies, 1993), and Into the Bosnian Quagmire: The Case Against U.S. Intervention in the Balkans (1996).

He is a contributing editor for The American Conservative, a Senior Fellow at the Randolph Bourne Institute, and an Adjunct Scholar with the Ludwig von Mises Institute, and writes frequently for Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture.

James Bovard

George Bush is a Felon

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/08_03_19_bovard.mp3]

James Bovard, policy advisor to the Future of Freedom Foundation and author of Feeling Your Pain, Freedom in Chains, Terrorism and Tyranny, The Bush Betrayal and Attention Deficit Democracy, sings high praise for Antiwar.com and their steadfastness in the face of all the pressure back in the early days of the War on Terrorism and the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, Bush’s impeachable offense in claiming to the Congress that Iraq was tied to al Qaeda to justify the invasion, the precedent set when Congress let Reagan get away with his illegal support of the contras, Bob Barr vs. Bill Clinton back in the day and the general ignorance and sycophancy of the Washington press corps.

MP3 here. (13:15)

James Bovard serves as a policy advisor to The Future of Freedom Foundation and is a frequent contributor to Playboy, American Spectator, and Investor’s Business Daily. He has also written for the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Reader’s Digest, New Republic, Washington Post, Washington Times, and Newsweek.

Matthew Cole

Killing Ourselves in Afghanistan

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/08_03_19_cole.mp3]

Freelance reporter Matthew Cole discusses America’s schizophrenic policy in effect backing both sides of the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the ethnic and tribal makeup of the region, the American-created state’s lack of anything to offer the population as a counter to the insurgents, the local information problem and the inability of the American government to plan for long term nation building, the splits within the factions and policies in Pakistan’s ISI and military, the counterproductive nature of U.S. support for Musharraf and Karzai and the problem of getting at the remnants of the Arab-Afghan army in the Hindu Kush Mountains.

MP3 here. (42:42)

Matthew Cole is freelance reporter who has written for the New York Observer, Wired, GQ and Salon.com.

Geoff Millard

Winter Soldiers Speak Out

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/08_03_14_millard.mp3]

Geoff Millard of Iraq Veterans Against the War discusses the Winter Soldier event in Washington DC from March 13-16th, his time in the National Guard, and the tradition of American soldiers speaking out against war.

MP3 here. (15:16)

Geoffrey Millard was born in Buffalo NY. At the age of 17 Geoffrey Millard graduated high school and enlisted in the New York Army National Guard. Geoff went to Niagara County Community College where he went on to earn an AAS in business administration. Geoff’s education continued with his attending of SUNY Buffalo where his BA in African American Studies remains unfinished.

With the attacks on the World Trade Center of September 11, 2001 Geoff as a member of the 42nd Infantry Division was activated and given “ground zero” security missions. In 2004 Sgt Millard was activated with the 42nd ID ROC to participate in 13 months of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIFIII).

From 5th grade up to university level SGT Millard has lectured on subjects covering the war in Iraq, the Black Panthers, and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. Geoff has also traveled around the world, from Buffalo to Venezuela and Greece to Crawford TX, working toward peace and justice through nonviolent direct action. Geoff is a journalist for TruthOut.org and has been featured in or on Democracy NOW! The NY Times, MTV, MSNBC, Yahoo News, Fox News, Common Dreams, Indy media, BringThemHomeNow.org, and many other sources. Also Geoff has spoken with Cindy Sheehan, Howard Zinn, Anthony Arnove, Amy Goodman, Ann Wright, Stan Goff, Michael Stipe (from REM), Chuck D (from Public Enemy), to name but a few.

Along with a peace delegation Geoff became the first (and only) Iraq war veteran to meet with members of the Iraqi parliament about their 26-point peace plan. Also Geoff has been to Jordan and Syria in order to meet with Iraqi refugees.

Geoff is a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War and Veterans For peace. He has organized the Toronto and DC chapters of IVAW as well as numerous events to include the historic Peace Has No Borders. Geoff now lives in Washington DC and is the DC Chapter president of IVAW.

Geoff has also joined the project board of Voters For Peace.

Gary Barnett

Public-Private Surveillance State

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/08_03_14_barnett.mp3]

Gary Barnett discusses the DHS’s Infragard, how they assist the intelligence agencies to spy on Americans, the increase in monitoring of our financial and personal transactions and how this unaccountable group is quietly collecting our information through thousands of sources.

MP3 here. (22:01)

Gary Barnett is the President of Barnett Financial Services and writer for the Future of Freedom Foundation.

Chris Floyd

Admiral Fallon’s Empire

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/08_03_12_floyd.mp3]

Chris Floyd, author of the blog and the book Empire Burlesque, discusses some antiwar activists’ misplaced admiration for Adm. Fallon, his characterization of the Iranian people as “ants” to be “crushed,” the de-facto replacement of U.S. ambassadors by admirals and generals, the shallowness of the American media, the obvious and yet somehow unpopular fact that foreigners are people, the ongoing American atrocity in Somalia and the Democrats’ bankrupt “liberal interventionism.”

MP3 here. (36:16)

Chris Floyd is an award-winning American journalist, and author of the book, Empire Burlesque: High Crimes and Low Comedy in the Bush Regime. For more than 11 years he wrote the featured political column, Global Eye, for The Moscow Times and the St. Petersburg Times in Russia. He also served as UK correspondent for Truthout.org, and was an editorial writer for three years for The Bergen Record. His work appears regularly CounterPunch, The Baltimore Chronicle and in translation in the Italian paper, Il Manifesto, and has also been published in such venues as The Nation, the Christian Science Monitor, Columbia Journalism Review, The Ecologist and many others. His articles are also featured regularly on such websites as Information Clearing House, Buzzflash, Bushwatch, LewRockwell.com, Antiwar.com, and many others. His work has been cited in The New York Times, USA Today, the Guardian, the Independent and other major newspapers.

Floyd co-founded the blog Empire Burlesque with webmaster Richard Kastelein, who created the site using open-source software. Floyd is also chief editor of Atlantic Free Press, which was founded and designed by Kastelein. Floyd has been a writer and editor for more than 25 years, working in the United States, Great Britain and Russia for various newspapers, magazines, the U.S. government and Oxford University.

Gareth Porter

Admiral Fallon’s Dismissal

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/08_03_12_porter.mp3]

Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for IPS News, discusses the “retirement” of Adm. Fox Fallon from his position as the head of Centcom, his repeated clashes with the White House over Iran policy, Robert Gates role, his belief that war is still unlikely, the U.S. government propaganda again blaming Iran for all the problems in Iraq, Obama and his advisers, Bill Clinton’s 1997 attempt to have former Centcom commander Gen. Anthony Zinni to create a pretext for war with Iraq and Zinni’s play to shut it down and attempt to pin bin Laden’s Khobar Towers attack on “Iranian-backed Saudi Hezbollah” as a pretext for war against Iran.

MP3 here. (27:32)

Some relevant Porter articles: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

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.

Ray McGovern

Who’s to Stop the Next War Now?

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/charles/aw031208rmcgovern.mp3]

Former CIA analyst and antiwar activist Ray McGovern discusses the resignation of Adm. Fallon, his fears that war with Iran is looming, Bush and Cheney’s promise to the Israeli government that they will “take care of” Iran by the end of their term, U.S. complicity in Israel’s 1981 attack on Iraq’s Osirak reactor, the newest proof that Saddam had no ties at all to Osama bin Laden, the tortured accusations of al-Libbi against Saddam Hussein, the case for the impeachment of Dick Cheney for lying us into war and torturing people and his assessment of Robert Gates.

MP3 here. (24:11)

Ray McGovern was a CIA analyst for 27 years – from the John F. Kennedy administration to that of George H. W. Bush.

Chris Hedges

War is a Force That Has Destroyed Iraq

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/charles/aw030408chrishedges.mp3]

Chris Hedges, veteran war reporter and author of War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning and many other books, including the brand new I Don’t Believe in Atheists, discusses the myth of the “surge” in Iraq, the temporary bribing of the Sunni insurgency (aka: “concerned local citizens”), the danger of arming all three major ethnic/religious groups against each other, the lack of ties between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda and the genocidal madness of the new fundamentalist atheists.

MP3 here. (23:06)

Chris Hedges has been a war reporter for 15 years most recently for the New York Times. He is author of What Every Person Should Know About War, a book that offers a critical lesson in the dangerous realities of war. He’s also author of War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning.

Adam Kokesh

Iraq Veteran Against the War

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/charles/aw030408adamkokesh.mp3]

Adam Kokesh, a retired corporal in the Marine Corps and member of Iraq Veterans Against the War, discusses his mock patrol in Washington DC, the military’s attempt to strip him of his honorable discharge under the excuse that he was still in the Ready Reserve, the upcoming Winter Patriot hearings in Washington DC and the importance of the IVAW.

MP3 here. (13:53)

In November 2006 Adam Kokesh was honorably discharged (barely) from the US Marines after his second activation as a reservist. He moved to Washington to get a master’s degree in political management at George Washington University. He is a full-time activist with Iraq Veterans Against the War.

Gareth Porter

MEK Laptop, Fallon v Cheney, Sons of Iraq

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/08_03_06_porter.mp3]

Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for IPS News, discusses the MEK/NCRI origins of the “smoking laptop” the slim case made by its “evidence” even if taken at face value, Centcom commander Admiral Fallon’s conflict with the White House over statements he made in opposition to war with Iran, the shift toward the Sunni “insurgency” (aka: “Sons of Iraq,” “Concerned Local Citizens”) and the pitfalls of America’s divide and rule strategy.

MP3 here. (37:30)

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.

Doug Bandow

Don’t Believe the Hype About China

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/08_03_07_bandow.mp3]

Doug Bandow, policy analyst and Robert A. Taft fellow with the American Conservative Defense Alliance, discusses the War Party’s need for a new enemy, their attempt to make China fill that role, the progress toward liberty there since the days of Mao, the defensive nature of their military establishment, the lack of neccessity of American hegemony in the east and the benefits of free trade.

MP3 here. (23:08)

Doug Bandow is a Washington-based political writer and policy analyst and Robert A. Taft Fellow with the American Conservative Defense Alliance. He served as a special assistant to President Ronald Reagan and as a senior policy analyst in the 1980 Reagan for President campaign.

He has been widely published in leading newspapers and periodicals and has appeared on numerous radio and television shows. He has written and edited several books, including Foreign Follies: America’s New Global Empire (Xulon Press), The Korean Conundrum: America’s Troubled Relations with North and South Korea (Palgrave/Macmillan, coauthor), Tripwire: Korea and U.S. Foreign Policy in a Changed World (Cato), Perpetuating Poverty: The World Bank, the IMF, and the Developing World (Cato, coeditor), and Military Manpower and Human Resources (National Defense University). His latest book is Foreign Follies (Xulon Press).

Bill Barnwell

Christianity and War

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/08_03_06_barnwell.mp3]

Bill Barnwell, minister from Michigan and writer for LewRockwell.com discusses the ranting of Pastor John Hagee against Catholicism and for Armageddon, the question of whether or not God is an American nationalist and warmonger and the danger of a real “clash of civilizations.”

MP3 here. (28:45)

Bill Barnwell is a pastor and writer from Michigan. He holds both a Master of Ministry degree and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies degree from Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana.

Rep. Ron Paul

Empire Weakens America

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/08_03_06_paul.mp3]

Rep. Ron Paul M.D., congressman representing district 14 on the Texas gulf coast and champion of human liberty, discusses the relative powers of the president, congress and UN over U.S. foreign policy, his recent vote against a resolution condemning one side in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the counter-productive nature of American foreign policy in fighting al Qaeda terrorism and his upcoming “no” votes on warrantless wiretapping and immunity for the telecoms.

MP3 here. (10:04)

Dr. Ron Paul is a Republican member of Congress from Texas.

John Esposito

What Muslims Really Think

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/charles/aw030308johnesposito.mp3]

John Esposito, professor of religion and international affairs at Georgetown University and author of Who Speaks for Islam: What the Islamic World Really Thinks, discusses the similarity of today’s warmongering anti-Muslims with the anti-Semites of the past, the average Muslim’s view of terrorism as a tactic, why the terrorists and many others hate us and Muslim views on freedom of speech.

MP3 here. (17:39)

John L. Esposito is University Professor, Professor of Religion and International Affairs, Professor of Islamic Studies and Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. Esposito specializes in Islam, political Islam from North Africa to Southeast Asia, and Religion and International Affairs. He is editor-in-chief of the four-volume The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World, The Oxford History of Islam, The Oxford Dictionary of Islam and The Islamic World: Past and Present. His more than thirty books include Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam, The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality?, Islam and Politics, Political Islam: Radicalism, Revolution or Reform?, Islam and democracy (with J. Voll). Many have been translated into Arabic, Turkish, Persian, Bahasa Indonesia, Urdu, European languages, Japanese and Chinese. A former president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America and the American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies, he is currently a member of the World Economic Forum’s Council of 100 Leaders, the High Level Group of the U.N. Alliance of Civilizations and President of the Executive Scientific Committee for La Maison de la Mediterranee’s 2005-2010 project, “The Mediterranean, Europe and Islam: Actors in Dialogue.” Esposito is a recipient of the American Academy of Religion’s 2005 Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion and of Pakistan’s Quaid-i-Azzam Award for Outstanding Contributions in Islamic Studies. He has served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of State and to governments, corporations, universities, and the media. In 2003 he received the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University Award for Outstanding Teaching.

Eric Umansky

Bogus Terror Cases, Vague Laws

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Eric Umansky from Mother Jones discusses his new article “The Department of Pre-Crime,” the so-called Miami 7 plot to blow up the Sears Tower, the bogus case against Jose Padilla, the Lackawanna 6 and the new laws that make it possible for the state to convict people in these dubious cases.

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Until last year, Eric Umansky wrote the Today’s Papers column for Slate. He has also been an editor-type at the since-departed Brill’s Content and Mother Jones.

His writing has also appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Washington Post , New Republic, and elsewhere.

Greg Palast

Tension in South America

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Greg Palast, investigative reporter and author of Armed Madhouse, discusses Columbia’s recent incursion into Ecuador, Chavez’s reaction in Venezuela, Columbia’s accusations that Chavez backs the FARC, the reasons why there’s not going to be a war and Clinton and Obama’s endorsement of Columbia’s aggression.

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Greg Palast is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Armed Madhouse (Penguin 2006). His first reports appeared on BBC television and in the Guardian newspapers. Author of another New York Times bestseller, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, Palast is best known in his native USA as the journalist who, for the Observer (UK), broke the story of how Jeb Bush purged thousands of Black Florida citizens from voter rolls before the 2000 election, thereby handing the White House to his brother George. His reports on the theft of election 2004, the spike of the FBI investigations of the bin Ladens before September 11, the secret State Department documents planning the seizure of Iraq’s oil fields have won him a record six “Project Censored” for reporting the news American media doesn’t want you to hear. He returned to America to report for Harper’s magazine.

Aaron Glantz

Supporting the War is Betraying the Troops

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Aaron Glantz of IPS News, KPFA, WarComesHome.org and author of How America Lost Iraq, discusses the Bush administration’s unforgivable neglect of American veterans, their hollowing out of the states’ guard units, Bush refusal to count suicides, the hypocrisy of John McCain and his ignorance about Iraq, the Turkish war against the PKK in Kurdistan and the coming break up of Iraq.

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Aaron Glantz has visited Iraq three times during the U.S. occupation: for a month immediately after the fall of Saddam Hussein; from February to May 2004; and during the elections in January of 2005. His work from Iraq has also been syndicated to newspapers around the world by Inter Press News Service.

He is author of the San Francisco Chronicle best-selling book How America Lost Iraq (Penguin/2005), which describes how the war turned to disaster from the perspective of the Iraqi people.

Aaron is a founding producer of Pacifica Radio’s national newscast, Free Speech Radio News In the course of his work he has also reported from Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, South Korea, Indonesia, India, Vietnam, France, and Denmark and their new project WarComesHome.org.

Before becoming an international reporter, Aaron served as California State Capitol reporter for Pacifica’s flag-ship station, KPFA, in Berkeley CA, where he won the California Journalism Award for radio in 2000.

He maintains his own website at AaronGlantz.com.

Jacob Hornberger

Central Banking and War

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Jacob Hornberger, founder and president of the Future of Freedom Foundation, discusses the debasement of the dollar to finance out of control government spending and empire, the history of inflation, how it works as a hidden tax, how Bernanke’s admission that it was The Fed who caused the Great Depression, the Republican fake patriots lead by fear monger Bill Kristol, the the chickenhawk, draft-dodgers attempts to live vicariously through the boys they send to war, the White Rose in WWII Germany, Barack Obama, the Bill of Rights, Bush’s handing of Baghdad over to Tehran, and don’t forget the Future of Freedom Foundation’s upcoming conference: “Restoring the Republic: Foreign Policy & Civil Liberties” in Virginia, June 6-8.

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Jacob Hornberger is founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation. He was born and raised in Laredo, Texas, and received his B.A. in economics from Virginia Military Institute and his law degree from the University of Texas. He was a trial attorney for twelve years in Texas. He also was an adjunct professor at the University of Dallas, where he taught law and economics. In 1987, Mr. Hornberger left the practice of law to become director of programs at The Foundation for Economic Education in Irvington-on-Hudson, New York, publisher of The Freeman. Freedom Daily. Fluent in Spanish and conversant in Italian, he has delivered speeches and engaged in debates and discussions about free-market principles with groups all over the United States, as well as Canada, England, Europe, and Latin America, including Brazil, Cuba, Bolivia, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Argentina. He has also advanced freedom and free markets on talk-radio stations all across the country as well as on FOX New’s Neil Cavuto and Greta van Susteren shows. His editorials have appeared in the Washington Post, Charlotte Observer, La Prensa San Diego, El Nuevo Miami Herald, and many others, both in the United States and in Latin America. He is a co-editor or contributor to the eight books that have been published by the Foundation.