Eric Margolis


Eric Margolis, foreign correspondent and author of War at the Top of the World and American Raj, discusses Egypt’s faux revolution, where there’s still a military dictatorship but no longer a pretense of civilian authority (Mubarak wore a suit, not a uniform); how the US refusal to deal with political centrists (like Muslim Brotherhood) enables radical parties to come to the fore; and the criminal charges against former Pakistani president Musharraf that remind us of the still unsolved mystery of who really killed Benazir Bhutto.

MP3 here. (19:52)

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 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.

4 thoughts on “Eric Margolis”

  1. Great interview! Interviews though, can only be interesting and informative when those interviewed are as well-informed as Eric Margolis. I have followed his career for decades and have both of his excellent books. I would only wishi that the policy mavens in Washington were as honest and well-informed with their analysis as is Mr. Margolis.

    However, It has been so painfully apparent in our history and especially within that great intellectual wasteland, Washington, D.C., honesty, reason and knowledge are not necessarily the prime movers.

  2. My vaguely informed read on ElBaradei, FWIW, is that he did a decent job as head of IAEA, a bureaucratic job with 192 bosses. He also has all the baggage of any expat coming 'home' to 'save' the country. Expats are generally about as welcome back home as foreigners coming in to 'help.'

    I'm hoping he's doing some good work behind the scenes, but who knows.

  3. When us leaders make personal visits to israel and jordan it is to deliver a message that they do not wan to trust to the usual way of communication which they assume might be penetrated.

    Recently mullen paid a visit to both jordan and israel. I suspect they told them that the us still had the loyalty of the egyptian army.

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