Eric Margolis, author of American Raj: Liberation or Domination?: Resolving the Conflict Between the West and the Muslim World, discusses the Mumbai terrorist attacks, India’s numerous enemies both foreign and domestic, the 2002 Gujarat province massacre of Indian Muslims, the sixty year long battle over Kashmir and the risk of an India-Pakistan nuclear war.
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Eric Margolis is a foreign correspondent and columnist with the Quebecor Media Company and author of War at the Top of the World and American Raj.
Will Grigg, blogger and author of Liberty in Eclipse, discusses the origins and authoritarian tendencies of the Democratic and Republican parties, Alexander Hamilton’s role in quelling the Whiskey Rebellion and his legacy of centralized economic and military power, the carefully orchestrated packaging and branding of Barack Obama as an agent of peace and change, the U.S. Treasury Department’s usurpation of Congressional legislative authority and local law enforcement’s increasing role as tax collectors.
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William Norman Grigg writes the blog Pro Libertate and is the author of the book Liberty in Eclipse: The War on Terror and the Rise of the Homeland Security State.
Ethics in Finance and Foreign Policy
David R. Henderson, research fellow with the Hoover Institution and author of “The Wartime Economist” for Antiwar.com, discusses his article “The Libertarian Case against the War in Afghanistan,” the efficacy of using ethical reasoning in foreign policy arguments, the inconsistent U.S. extradition policies regarding Luis Posada Carriles and Osama bin Laden, the exaggerations of systemic risk used to justify bailouts, the limited short-term risk of inflation and why a fractional reserve banking system could continue to exist without a central bank.
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David R. Henderson is a research fellow with the Hoover Institution and an associate professor of economics in the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy at the Naval Postgraduate School. He is the author of The Joy of Freedom: An Economist’s Odyssey. His latest book is The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics.
Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) discusses the expansion of the American empire after the collapse of the Soviet Union, how empires lead to the loss of liberty, security and wealth, and long term prospects of the current financial downturn.
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Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) is a former Republican presidential candidate. He is the author of The Revolution: A Manifesto, Pillars of Prosperity and Freedom Under Siege.
Joseph P. Sottile, the producer of the new documentary, The Warning, discusses the importance of Plato’s “noble lie” in Straussian/ neo-conservative ideology, why Obama must be pressured to dismantle the imperial presidency, how the complicity of top Democrats in torture and wiretapping schemes prevents prosecution of Bush officials, and the remarkable North Korean origin of the U.S. torture manual.
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Joseph P. Sottile has produced programs featured on PBS, National Geographic Channel and Fox. He served as producer and executive producer of Metropolitan Edition, a newsmagazine show that aired on WJLA/ABC 7.
Iranians to US: Please Let Us Be
Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich, an independent researcher on U.S. foreign policy in Iran, discusses the worldwide goodwill Obama has already squandered with his hawkish appointments, the U.S.’s double standard when it comes to nuclear non-proliferation, ordinary Iranians’ desire to be left alone to form their own government, and how neocons like Max Boot support fomenting factional conflicts to provoke an Iranian overreaction.
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Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich is an independent researcher on U.S. foreign policy in Iran associated with CASMII (Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran).
Predicting Wars With Charts
Robert R. Prechter, Jr., Executive Director of the Socionomics Institute, discusses how Elliott Wave market trend analysis is predictive not only of stock markets but also human social behavior, the societal mood as a leading indicator of economic trends and warfare, the correlation between bull markets and bright mini skirts and how the bailouts encourage recklessness on Wall St. by encouraging moral hazard.
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Robert R. Prechter, Jr. is president of Elliott Wave International, which publishes analysis of global stock, bond, currency, metals and energy markets. He is also Executive Director of the Socionomics Institute. Mr. Prechter is author, co-author and/or editor of 13 books, including Elliott Wave Principle – Key to Market Behavior , Socionomics: The Science of History and Social Prediction, and Conquer the Crash.
Death and Deception in South Ossetia
Tim Cavanaugh, columnist for Reason magazine, discusses the efforts of activist Lira Tskhovrebova to tell the South Ossetian side of the Georgian invasion, the numerous accounts of Georgian soldiers deliberately killing civilians, the U.S. media failure to accurately portray the conflict and the mixed signals Saakashvili received from U.S. neocon agitators and the State Department.
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Tim Cavanaugh represents Lira Tskhoverbova, chairwoman of the Association of South Ossetian Women for Democracy and Human Rights. He is a columnist for Reason magazine and former web editor for the Los Angeles Times.
Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, discusses the prospect of a proper presidential intelligence briefing in an Obama administration, what questions Obama should ask his foreign policy gurus about Iran, how the NYT finally got the Georgia story right, how Russia’s recent show of force helped put the kibosh on an Iran attack, Cheney’s false flag operation fantasies and why Robert Gates is a greater threat to peace than Rumsfeld.
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Ray McGovern was a CIA analyst for twenty seven years and a co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity.
Philip Giraldi, former CIA counter-terrorism officer and regular contributor to Antiwar.com, discusses his article “AIPAC’s Man in the Obama Camp,” Rahm Emanuel’s family ties to Israel and military service there, his ascension in the Democratic Party from Clinton fund raiser to Democratic Leadership Council powerhouse, the domestic spy service floated by Democratic leaders, the overreaching ambition of Rep. Jane Harmon and the new headquarters of the Democratic War Party, the “Project for a New American Security.”
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Philip Giraldi is a former CIA officer and an authority on international security and counterterrorism issues. He is a regular columnist for Antiwar.com and a contributing editor for The American Conservative.
Eric Margolis, author of American Raj: Liberation or Domination?: Resolving the Conflict Between the West and the Muslim World, discusses the repeating of history in Afghanistan, India’s under-the-radar regional influence and sweetheart nuclear deal, ramifications of a future “Pashtunistan”, the precarious economic and political conditions in Pakistan, the possibility of Obama using Bill Clinton as Kashmir peacemaker, the need for a waxing Department of State and waning Pentagon in the foreign policy realm, the Caspian oil pipeline as “Great Game” prize, new accusations about Syria’s nuclear program and the supreme importance of U.S./Russia relations.
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Eric Margolis is a foreign correspondent and columnist with the Quebecor Media Company and author of War at the Top of the World and American Raj.
Patrick Cockburn, Middle East correspondant for The Independent, discusses the Iraqi National Intelligence Service threat to sue Ahmed Chalabi, the myth that the “surge” pacified Iraq, the continued scarcity of clean water and electricity in Baghdad, a likely new UN resolution by the new year and how a Shia-dominated government may be strong enough to take over from the U.S.
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Patrick Cockburn, Middle East correspondent of The Independent, has been visiting Iraq since 1978. He was awarded the 2005 Martha Gellhorn prize for war reporting in recognition of his writing on Iraq. He is the author of, his memoir, The Broken Boy, and with Andrew Cockburn, Saddam Hussein: An American Obsession, The Occupation: War, Resistance and Daily Life in Iraq and Muqtada: Muqtada al-Sadr, the Shia revival and the Struggle for Iraq.
Doug Bandow, author of Foreign Follies on Antiwar.com, discusses the need for a neocon purge from the Republican Party, the unsustainable U.S. empire of military bases, the failure of Bush diplomacy with North Korea, creating a political climate receptive to peace with Iran, Obama’s post-election hawkishness and the lessons lost from WWI on entangling alliances.
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Doug Bandow is a Robert A. Taft Fellow at the American Conservative Defense Alliance and author of Foreign Follies on Antiwar.com.
Philip Hammond, author of “Darfur: the Dangers of Celebrity Imperialism” in the Spiked Review of Books, discusses the folly of liberal “humanitarian” interventionism, why complicated conflicts like that in the Darfur region of Sudan are often described as “genocide” and why waging empire in the name of helping people never does any such thing.
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Philip Hammond, a senior lecturer in media and communications at London South Bank University, is the author of Media, War and Postmodernity.
Iranian ‘Smoking Laptop’ Documents Forged
Gareth Porter, author of the important new article “Documents Linking Iran to Nuclear Weapons Push May Have Been Fabricated” at RawStory, discusses the latest labyrinthine developments in the “stolen laptop” documents story, how the weight of evidence indicates the documents are forgeries in the “Nigerian yellowcake” tradition, the two oft-confused but very different IAEA investigations of Iran’s nuclear program and a future expose on Israeli involvement in the affair.
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Dr. Gareth Porter is an investigative historian and journalist on U.S. national security policy. 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. He has written regularly for Inter Press Service on U.S. policy toward Iraq and Iran since 2005.
Still Marching Toward Hell
Michael Scheuer, former chief of the CIA’s bin Laden unit and author of Marching Toward Hell: America and Islam After Iraq, discusses the credibility of claims that al Qaeda is planning an attack bigger than 9/11, the logic behind suicide terrorism, why a quick withdrawal from Iraq is unlikely, how U.S. security agencies are hamstrung by porous borders and ports, the role of Nigerian oil in future U.S. intervention Somalia and why al Qaeda wanted Obama to win the presidency.
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Michael Scheuer is a 22-year veteran of the CIA and the author of Through Our Enemies Eyes: Osama bin Laden, Radical Islam, and The Future of America, Marching Toward Hell: America and Islam After Iraq and Imperial Hubris: Why the West Is Losing the War on Terror.
Woody Powell, former executive director of Veterans For Peace, discusses his personal experiences serving in the Korean War, the difficulties and invective associated with anti-war activism in America and the virtues of advocating for peace rather than militarism on Armistice Day.
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Wilson “Woody” Powell, is the former executive director of Veterans for Peace, which is based in St. Louis Missouri.
What Next for Bush’s ‘Detainees’?
The Other Scott Horton, international human rights lawyer and contributor to Harper’s magazine, discusses the Obama administration’s mandate to close Gitmo and defang the Military Commissions Act of 2006, the current status of unprecedented executive power, pardons from the Bush administration and possible adverse consequences for pardoned torturers under international law.
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The Other Scott Horton is a contributor to Harper’s magazine for the blog No Comment. A New York attorney known for his work in emerging markets and international law, especially human rights law and the law of armed conflict, Horton lectures at Columbia Law School. A life-long human rights advocate, Scott served as counsel to Andrei Sakharov and Elena Bonner, among other activists in the former Soviet Union. He is a co-founder of the American University in Central Asia, and has been involved in some of the most significant foreign investment projects in the Central Eurasian region. Scott recently led a number of studies of abuse issues associated with the conduct of the war on terror for the New York City Bar Association, where he has chaired several committees, including, most recently, the Committee on International Law. He is also a member of the board of the National Institute of Military Justice, the Andrei Sakharov Foundation, the EurasiaGroup and the American Branch of the International Law Association.
Christopher Manion, contributor at LewRockwell.com, discusses the leftist origins of the neoconservatives, their hypocrisy on the UN, the danger that they will find a home in the Obama administration and the early years at National Review.
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Christopher Manion, the co-founder of the American Foreign Policy Council, former staff director for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the 1980s, taught politics, political theory and international relations at Boston University, Catholic University and the University of Dallas. Manion is a contributing editor to The Wanderer, America’s oldest national Catholic weekly.
Glenn Greenwald, blogger at Salon.com and the author of Great American Hypocrites, discusses his optimism on civil liberties, why we might safer with Rahm Emanuel out of the House, liberal interventionism and Carl Cameron’s obfuscation of information damaging to the McCain campaign.
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Glenn Greenwald is a constitutional lawyer and civil rights litigator in New York. He is the author of two New York Times Bestselling books: How Would a Patriot Act?, a critique of the Bush administration’s use of executive power, and A Tragic Legacy, a study of the Bush legacy. Greenwald’s recent book, Great American Hypocrites, examines the manipulative electoral tactics used by the GOP and propagated by the establishment press.
Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for IPS News, discusses how the Maliki government surprised everyone by aggressively pressing for a U.S. withdrawal, the possible political landscape in a post-U.S. controlled Iraq, the delay of a Status of Forces Agreement, the difficulty of maintaining a bankrupt empire, the possibility that Obama’s bellicose statements about Iran’s nuclear program are due to ignorance rather than hawkishness, updates on the infamous stolen laptop and four Iranian peace offerings rejected by the U.S government.
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Gareth Porter is an American historian, investigative journalist and policy analyst on U.S. foreign and military policy. He is the author of a history of the origins of the Vietnam War, Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam.
Robert Parry, founder of ConsortiumNews.com and author of Neck Deep: The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Bush, discusses advances in biometric surveillance technology, the use of DARPA computer algorithms in identifying militants from afar, how the military rules of engagement in Iraq and Afghanistan allow the spontaneous execution of suspected insurgents, the historical tendency of governments to use technology designed for foreign battlefields on lawful domestic opposition, the dangerous doctrine of the unlimited presidency, the Supreme Court’s perilous liberal majority and TIA’s move to the NSA.
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Robert Parry is an investigative journalist who won the George Polk Award in 1984 for reporting on the Iran-Contra affair and uncovering Oliver North’s involvement in it. He is the founder and editor of ConsortiumNews.com and author of Neck Deep: The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Bush and Secrecy & Privilege: Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq.
Justin Raimondo, editorial director of Antiwar.com, discusses the 2008 presidential election, how transitions in government tend toward continuity instead of radical change, the competing policy influences in an Obama administration where Dennis Ross and Anthony Zinni are possible National Security Advisor appointments, how the only difference in foreign intervention between Democratic and Republican administrations is rhetorical, how the neocon parasite feeding on the Republican party will soon leave its shriveled host behind and search for greener pastures, the continuing danger of war with Iran, realist/neocon policy toward Russia, why a vote for Nader is the best medicine in the current corporate-socialist economy, and why the Constitution and Libertarian parties may be one party too many.
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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.
Lew Rockwell, president of the Ludwig von Mises Institute and proprietor of LewRockwell.com, discusses how voting propagates the myth of a representative participatory democracy, the virtue of not voting, the continuation of election fraud from ballot stuffing to computerized tampering, voting as sacrament to the state religion, why imposing higher thresholds of voting eligibility would be an improvement and how Ron Paul’s prescience about the economy and his widely heard public criticism of the Federal Reserve has more than compensated for the blame free markets, and by extension libertarianism, are getting for the financial crisis.
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Lew Rockwell is the founder and President of the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama, Vice President of the Center for Libertarian Studies in Burlingame, California, and publisher of the political Web site LewRockwell.com. He served as Ron Paul’s congressional chief of staff between 1978 and 1982. Check out his new podcast show here.
Daphne Eviatar, lawyer and journalist for the Washington Independent, discusses the Bush Administration’s semantic games that are redefining torture, how John Yoo’s justification of waterboarding conveniently ignored numerous contradictory court precedents, the familiar refrain of fitting legal opinions around the policy, why the Hamdan ruling doesn’t help detainees outside of Guantanamo and how the growing Bagram prison and other “black” detention facilities remain outside the law and hidden from scrutiny.
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Daphne Eviatar is a lawyer and freelance journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, The Nation, Legal Affairs, Mother Jones, the Washington Independent and many others. She is a Senior Reporter at The American Lawyer and was an Alicia Patterson Foundation fellow in 2005 and a Pew International Journalism fellow in 2002.
America: Constitution Free Zone
ACLU lawyer Chris Calabrese discusses the government-defined 100 mile wide “Constitution-free zone” border area that extends inland from the U.S. external boundary and covers nearly 2/3 of the U.S. Population, how the traditional exception of Fourth Amendment protections for border searches now applies to nearly all major U.S. metropolitan cities, why the current system ought to feel like home to anyone who lived in Communist East Germany and how advances in technology and a large DHS budget enable an increasingly expansive surveillance culture.
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Chris Calabrese, program counsel for the ACLU’s Technology and Liberty Project.