Scott Horton Interviews Eric Margolis

Scott Horton, January 04, 2010

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Internationally syndicated columnist Eric Margolis discusses the structure of a thoroughly propagandized populace, the al Qaeda moniker’s usefulness as the media’s lazy shorthand for “evildoers,” Yemen’s emergence as the “Afghanistan of the Arabian Peninsula,” the sovereign state of British intelligence otherwise known as the Sultanate of Oman, why Pakistan is wary of attacks on its nuclear installations, how Iranian protests are indicative of some level of political freedom – as compared to regional US allies, the current ill-repute of formerly respectable British newspapers and the daunting challenges for the US in the new year.

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Eric S. Margolis is an award-winning, internationally syndicated columnist. His articles appear in the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Times of London, the Gulf Times, the Khaleej Times and Dawn. He is a regular columnist with the Quebecor Media Company and a contributor to The Huffington Post. He appears as an expert on foreign affairs on CNN, BBC, France 2, France 24, Fox News, CTV and CBC.

As a war correspondent Margolis has covered conflicts in Angola, Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique, Sinai, Afghanistan, Kashmir, India, Pakistan, El Salvador and Nicaragua. He was among the first journalists to ever interview Libya’s Muammar Khadaffi and was among the first to be allowed access to KGB headquarters in Moscow. A veteran of many conflicts in the Middle East, Margolis recently was featured in a special appearance on Britain’s Sky News TV as “the man who got it right” in his predictions about the dangerous risks and entanglements the US would face in Iraq.

Margolis is the author of War at the Top of the World: The Struggle for Afghanistan, Kashmir and Tibet and American Raj: Liberation or Domination?: Resolving the Conflict Between the West and the Muslim World.

9 Responses to “Eric Margolis”

  1. Al-Qaeda = War by deception.

  2. The US is protecting its friend Saudi Arabia; that kosher Muslim nation which worships the green back rather than Allah. The American/Israeli trained and equipped Saudi Arabian ‘special forces’ ran away once they realised ground fighting in Yemen was just too hard, leaving all of their equipment behind; sound familiar (Lebanon); chuckle, chuckle.

  3. Scott — Next time you have him on, could you ask Margolis about the Navajo "code talkers?" I can't recall where he wrote this but I definitely recall Margolis saying in a book or column that the Japanese had broken the code cuz they knew it was Navajo, and that it wasn't nearly as effective as the recent movies, books, awards and hype would have it. Can you please ask him about that? Like, where did he say it, and what his opinion based on? Please? Thanks.

  4. To follow up the Waco analogy, there was massive hype in the media about how the besieged at Waco were armed with "Belt fed heavy caliber machine guns and RPGs." and sitting on top of enough ammo to equip a third world army.

    The final result? A single bed sheet with some scorched parts from firearms that wouldn't be out of place at the local sporting goods store.

    The "militia" hype of the 1990's was just one event in the US government's grasping for something, anything, to wage war on and whip panic up once the USSR went kaput.

    File it next to Nigerian Yellow Cake and Anthrax laden drones off the east coast.

  5. I love RT. I don`t think it matters content-wise whether a TV is state owned or not. In Britain BBC News is state owned and Sky News is corporate owned and the content is exactly the same.

    Makes sense, no reason why a lobbyist would be any better than a public employee.

  6. West Germany had some pretty straightlaced type of state-owned TV in the 70's and 80's including stuff with larger-than-zero educational value and definitely megaparsec ahead of anything that CNN delivers even today. Still has I think. Always thought the hoi polloi could well be forced to part with their money for some state-imposed input.

  7. Apparently Robert Fisk quit the Times because of Murdoch’s war-mongering.

    Regarding the resilience of the Russians, the inhabitants of Leningrad survived off soup made from engine grease and dead leaves during the Nazi siege in WW2. Can you imagine people in any city in the west doing that?

    Finally a big thanks to Scott Horton for being so bloody clued-up and informative. (Also to say, Bill Hicks quit smoking and was dead with in a year – from fucking cancer! An irony I’m sure he would have appreciated.)

  8. Bizarro people whirled. Your little spaceship has limited resources and I suggest you stop wasting its resources fighting for control of something thats only going in circles.

  9. In late 2005, the World Bank, which had extended Yemen a four-year US$2.3 billion economic support package in October 2002 together with other bilateral and multilateral lenders, announced that as a consequence of Yemen’s failure to implement significant reforms it would reduce financial aid by one-third over the period July 2005 through July 2008. A key component of the US$2.3 billion package—US$300 million in concessional financing—has been withheld pending renewal of Yemen’s PRGF with the IMF, which is currently under negotiation. However, in May 2006 the World Bank adopted an assistance strategy for Yemen under which it will provide approximately US$400 million in International Development Association (IDA) credits over the period FY 2006 to FY 2009. In November 2006, at a meeting of Yemen’s development partners, a total of US$4.7 billion in grants and concessional loans was pledged for the period 2007–10. -Wiki

    How to colonize 101: Debt. Peonage. If that doesnt work. Military intervention BTW its estimated that Yemen has 3-4 billion barrels of oil

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