Eric Margolis, foreign correspondent and author of War at the Top of the World and American Raj, discusses Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s (permanent?) departure to Saudi Arabia for medical care; the US in damage-control mode in Yemen, protecting the existing power structure as in Egypt; the tribal conflicts and secessionist movements threatening to tear Yemen apart; the dozen or so actual al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula members; how Bahrain crushed internal protests with US and Saudi-financed troops; and the NY Times’s favorable treatment of Israel on the massacre of protesters in the Golan Heights.
MP3 here. (20:01)
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.