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.