Eric Margolis


Eric Margolis, foreign correspondent and author of War at the Top of the World and American Raj, discusses his interview with the “eccentric” Col. Gaddafi during the Reagan administration; the Western media’s exaggeration of Libyan violence, which provides a pretext for US military intervention; how the neocons got their Middle East democratic revolution, but not in the countries they intended; the colonial history of Morocco and Algeria, and their current repressive police states; how Arab revolutions are propelled by large youth populations and bleak economic prospects; and why the Saudi monarchy will more likely be felled by internal strife than popular revolt.

MP3 here. (29:45)

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.

11 thoughts on “Eric Margolis”

  1. When is everyone gonna wake up and realize the Libyan 'opposition' is just another U.S. contra operation?

    1. As the saying goes, "[citation needed]"

      Amazing how much power is commonly attributed to the bureaucratic army of D.C. which is actually constantly behind the curve. Like Darth Vader falling down stairs.

    2. Sure cuz its not like those silly A-rabs are capable of their own rebellion.

      They must need whitey to direct them.

    1. Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State to the World, probably has a short list of candidates ready to take over Libya and Egypt, and Yemen and Saudi Arabia, and Oman, and Bahrain and . . .

  2. I have to agree with Eric that the Western Media is driving this way over board with what is going on and they are trying to beat the war drums. With respect to the protesters, I think the media here is going nuts over it. I was watching Anderson Cooper 360 last night March 2nd 2011. He had a guest on there that was the Libyan Government Spokesman. He interviewed him on many of things about what the leader has said about many of subjects. Like people are not getting killed and there is no rebellion, and Americans are giving the Libyans pills to make them protest and etc etc.

    The thing was Anderson would ask these questions but when the guy from Libya would speak he would end up interupting the guy. He would never let the guy full answer and have his say. It was VERY VERY poor reporting and intervewing. I had to close my ears because you just couldnt watch it because Anderson would interupting every 3 or 4 seconds. There was also a delay to the guy in Libya so he had to wait on what Anderson was saying. I was awful.

  3. Continued.. Plus Anderson has been having these so called "Libyans" on his show by phone or skype without showing thier face talking about how bad it is in Libya right now and what they cant do etc etc. He has only showed one person and his face was blurred out so you couldnt really see who he was. Does he really expect us to believe these are real Libyans in Libya ? Come on..more bad reporting.

    I am just calling this kind of media a way to get to uneducated Americans to make them think the U.S. Government sould send its Military there and they are hoping that the American people will speak out and tell the Government to send the Military there. I just cant take this media here serious. Thank god for Antiwar. Oh and Anderson dosent think a rock and a stick is a wepon like a gun. I guess he dosent know that you can beat a mans brains out with a stick and a rock. You can only kill somebody quicker with a gun. They are still wepons.

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