John Glaser

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/11_07_29_kpfk_glaser.mp3]

This interview is excerpted from the KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles broadcast of July 29th, available here.

John Glaser, Assistant Editor at Antiwar.com, discusses the mind-boggling number of ongoing US wars (6, 7, maybe 8?); how US aid to Colombia, supposedly intended to fight the war on drugs and leftist guerrillas like FARC, ends up going to government-connected right wing paramilitary death squads; Plan Colombia‘s gift to the military-industrial complex; the State Department’s heavyhanded, imperialist meddling in Haitian affairs as revealed by the WikiLeaks cables; and how the Arab spring has unmasked the real purpose of US foreign policy –  supporting cooperative dictators and crushing democratic reform.

MP3 here. (28:22)

John Glaser is a former intern at The American Conservative magazine and CATO Institute.

Jeremy Sapienza

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/11_07_27_sapienza.mp3]

Jeremy Sapienza, Senior Editor at Antiwar.com, discusses the twisted MSM reporting on Somalia, such that most Americans have no idea the US is at war over there; how al-Shabaab grew out of the Islamic Courts Union’s youth movement to control most of the country; why Somalia’s famine is so severe (not from heat and drought) and who’s to blame; and the inevitability that someone in the “history began yesterday” media will advocate US intervention in Somalia to save the children from starvation.

MP3 here. (19:09)

Jeremy Sapienza is Assistant Webmaster and Senior Editor at Antiwar.com.

Matt Barganier

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/11_07_27_barganier.mp3]

Antiwar.com editor Matt Barganier discusses this week’s Viewpoints section and his criteria for selecting opinion pieces; Jeff Huber’s humorous take on the “blame Iran for everything” game; David Theroux’s article on prioritizing which government abuses to tackle first; how the editors of Antiwar.com’s main page make Antiwar Radio’s topic and guest selection process much easier; and Come Home America‘s left-right coalition to end the wars and restore our civil liberties.

MP3 here. (19:23)

Matt Barganier is the editor of Antiwar.com.

Rami Khouri

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/11_07_25_khouri.mp3]

Rami Khouri, internationally syndicated political columnist and author, discusses his article “It Sure Looks and Smells Like Apartheid” in Lebanon’s Daily Star; the starkly different competing narratives on Israel’s origin; making protest boycotts illegal within Israel; the Arab world’s broad acceptance of a two-state plan based on 1967 borders – despite rhetoric that they want to “push Israel into the sea;” and how the Israeli state’s version of Judaism has abandoned social justice in favor of Zionist racism.

MP3 here. (19:43)

Rami George Khouri is a Palestinian-Jordanian and US citizen whose family resides in Beirut, Amman, and Nazareth.

He is the Director of the Issam Fares Institute of Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut as well as editor-at-large of the Beirut-based Daily Star newspaper. He is an internationally syndicated political columnist and author.

Rami was a visiting scholar at Stanford University in October 2006, and in November 2006, he was the co-recipient of the Pax Christi International Peace Award for his efforts to bring peace and reconciliation to the Middle East.

Philip Giraldi

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/11_07_22_kpfk_giraldi.mp3]

This interview is from the KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles broadcast of July 22nd.

Former CIA officer Philip Giraldi discusses the early (incorrect) rumors that an Islamic group was responsible for the Oslo shooting/bombing; Giraldi’s insightful guess that the attack could very well be the work of a domestic terrorist with a personal agenda; the threat posed by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula; the CIA stirring up trouble in Mogadishu; the patently ridiculous “official” reasons for US interventions; and how the US settles refugees from countries currently at war with America – and then is surprised by retaliatory domestic terrorist attacks.

MP3 here. (27:33)

Philip Giraldi, a former CIA officer, is a contributing editor to The American Conservative and executive director of the Council for the National Interest. He writes regularly for Antiwar.com.

John Tirman

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/11_07_21_tirman.mp3]

John Tirman, Executive Director and a Principal Research Scientist at MIT’s Center for International Studies, discusses his article “1 Million Dead in Iraq? 6 Reasons the Media Hide the True Human Toll of War — And Why We Let Them” at AlterNet; the reputable studies done in Iraq to arrive at the approximately 1 million “excess death” toll; why the media consistently low-balls with a “tens of thousands” figure; and the powerful argument (to some) at stake: that at least Iraq is “better off now than under Saddam.”

MP3 here. (24:25)

John Tirman is the Executive Director and a Principal Research Scientist at MIT’s Center for International Studies.

Tirman is author, or coauthor and editor, of twelve books on international affairs, including, most recently, The Deaths of Others: The Fate of Civilians in America’s Wars. Earlier work includes The Fallacy of Star Wars (1984), the first important critique of strategic defense, and Spoils of War: The Human Cost of America’s Arms Trade (1997).

Before coming to MIT in 2004, he was program director of the Social Science Research Council. From 1986 to 1999, Tirman was executive director of the Winston Foundation for World Peace, a leading funder of work to prevent nuclear war and promote non-violent resolution of conflict. In 1999-2000, Tirman was Fulbright Senior Scholar in Cyprus and produced an educational Web site on the conflict. He is a trustee of the Institute for War & Peace Reporting, and chair of the International Civil Society Action Network.

Nima Shirazi

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/11_07_22_shirazi.mp3]

Nima Shirazi, creator of WideAsleepinAmerica.com, discusses the summer surge of “blame Iran” talking points – the marketing strategy to sell Obama’s seventh war to Americans; how Iran’s nonchalant response to threats of an Israeli solo attack ruffles feathers in Washington and Tel Aviv; and how the US justifies an extended Iraq stay by pointing to increased Iranian influence (without acknowledging that the US destroyed Saddam’s Sunni government and helped install the current pro-Iran Shia regime).

MP3 here. (25:04)

Nima Shirazi is the creator of the Wide Asleep in America website. It is described as “dedicated to confronting the rampant and widespread falsehoods (usually about Iran, Israel, Palestine, and US policy thereof) found and repeated in the media and/or presented by politicians and pundits, and to exposing this propaganda for what it is: hegemonic efforts to manufacture consent and delegitimize the independence, sovereignty, and self-determination of nations, governments, and peoples who oppose imperialism, colonialism, oppression, and hypocrisy on a world stage, all while stifling and criminalizing dissent and resistance to such actions here in the United States.”

Jacob Hornberger

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/11_07_21_hornberger.mp3]

Jacob Hornberger, founder and president of the Future of Freedom Foundation, discusses America’s decline from shining beacon of freedom to torture-loving police state; how libertarianism helps people break through nationalist propaganda and public school indoctrination; why Americans should make haste toward limited government before another terrorist attack marks the end of the republic; and the many non-Muslim groups around the world with serious grievances against the US.

MP3 here. (19:53)

Jacob G. Hornberger is founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation. He is a regular writer for The Future of Freedom Foundation’s publication, Freedom Daily, and is a co-editor or contributor to the eight books that have been published by the Foundation.

Philip Giraldi

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/11_07_20_giraldi.mp3]

Former CIA officer Philip Giraldi discusses the Iranian government’s claim of shooting down a US drone near a nuclear enrichment facility; former CIA officer Robert Baer’s warning about an Israeli-instigated war with Iran, designed to disrupt the September UN vote on a Palestinian state; the Congress’s unconditional support for Benjamin Netanyahu’s every move, no matter how crazy or belligerent; and why Obama doesn’t have the guts to defy Congress and AIPAC by making Israel fight its own battles.

MP3 here. (20:08)

Philip Giraldi, a former CIA officer, is a contributing editor to The American Conservative and executive director of the Council for the National Interest. He writes regularly for Antiwar.com.

Roy Gutman

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/11_07_20_gutman.mp3]

Roy Gutman, Baghdad Bureau Chief for McClatchy Newspapers, discusses his article “Kirkuk is a ‘land mine’ where all sides want U.S. to stay;” why the majority of Iraq’s elite in government and the military want the US to remain as a stabilizing force; striking a balance on training Iraqi troops, so they are competent enough to repel foreign attacks (nevermind that their country is currently occupied by a foreign army) but not too strong to threaten regional powers; and why Moqtada al-Sadr’s Mahdi Army, though it has disbanded, appears ready to reform at a moment’s notice.

MP3 here. (33:20)

Roy Gutman is the Baghdad Bureau Chief for McClatchy Newspapers.

He formerly served as McClatchy’s foreign editor, as diplomatic correspondent for Newsweek, and as director of American University’s Crimes of War Project. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the 1993 war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, where he provided the first documented reports of concentration camps.

Gutman’s honors include the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting, the George Polk Award for foreign reporting, the Selden Ring Award for investigative reporting, and a special Human Rights in Media Award from the International League for Human Rights. He holds an M.A. in international relations from the London School of Economics.

Kelley B. Vlahos

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/11_07_20_vlahos.mp3]

Kelley B. Vlahos, featured Antiwar.com columnist and contributing editor for The American Conservative magazine, discusses her article “What Really Goes on in Afghanistan?” at Antiwar.com; how the US military plays down the severity and effectiveness of Taliban attacks; the great uncertainty of events in Afghanistan, owing to the minimal media presence; and why it’s pretty obvious there will be no Karzai government “stepping up” if/when US forces step down.

MP3 here. (20:12)

Kelley Beaucar Vlahos has spent over a decade as a political reporter in Washington DC. Currently, she is a contributing editor for The American Conservative magazine and its daily weblog, @TAC. She is also a Washington correspondent for the DC-based homeland security magazine, Homeland Security Today, a long-time political writer for FOXNews.com, a regular columnist for Antiwar.com and a contributor to CriminalJustice.Change.org

Will Grigg

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/11_07_19_grigg.mp3]

Will Grigg, blogger and author of Liberty in Eclipse, discusses the “Character First” program spun off from Bill Gothard’s increasingly popular Christian ministry (or authoritarian cult) that advocates abject deference to a military-style hierarchy in all human interactions; parallels with prewar Germany’s rising authoritarianism; and why true character (like Bradley Manning’s) is revealed through bravely opposing unjust authority, not blindly following orders.

MP3 here. (20:01)

Will Grigg writes the blog Pro Libertate and is the author of Liberty in Eclipse.

John Glaser

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/11_07_18_glaser.mp3]

John Glaser, Assistant Editor at Antiwar.com, discusses his revitalization of Antiwar.com’s long-neglected blog; the many obstacles “on the ground” obstructing a complete US withdrawal from Iraq; how Obama has managed to get the US involved in six simultaneous wars; and why public apathy, though understandable from the deluge of bad news, means the government has us exactly where they want us.

MP3 here. (19:49)

John Glaser is a former intern at The American Conservative magazine and CATO Institute.

Stephan Salisbury

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/11_07_18_salisbury.mp3]

Stephan Salisbury, author of Mohamed’s Ghosts: An American Story of Love and Fear in the Homeland, discusses his article “Islam-Baiting Doesn’t Work” at tomdispatch.com; the increased popularity of Islam-bashing in political campaigns – despite the fact most practitioners in 2010 lost their elections; the real facts on Sharia law “taking over” the US justice system (and if you’re still scared, get out of the bunker, take a look outside and be comforted by the lack of marauding religious police); and the political – not religious -motivations of those arrested in FBI terrorism stings.

MP3 here. (19:40)

Stephan Salisbury is cultural writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer. His most recent book is Mohamed’s Ghosts: An American Story of Love and Fear in the Homeland.

Jeremy Scahill

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/11_07_14_scahill.mp3]

Jeremy Scahill, author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army, discusses his article “The CIA’s Secret Sites in Somalia” at The Nation; why Somalia’s very weak central government would quickly fall to Al Shabab without support from the US and African Union; the latest discovered secret CIA prison/training facility “black site” in Mogadishu; a reminder that US intervention didn’t start yesterday, and that previous efforts have led to the disaster unfolding today; why drone strikes should be considered “terrorist attacks” just like suicide bombs are; and the fickle nature of supposedly pro-government Somali forces (who could well be enemies of the US at a later time).

MP3 here. (21:58)

Jeremy Scahill, a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute, is the author of the bestselling Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army, published by Nation Books. He is an award-winning investigative journalist and correspondent for the national radio and TV program Democracy Now!. You can read his blog on TheNation.com here.

Glenn Greenwald

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/11_07_15_greenwald.mp3]

Glenn Greenwald, Salon.com blogger and author of With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful, discusses WIRED magazine’s much-delayed release of the full Bradley Manning/Adrian Lamo chat logs; the lies and omissions from Lamo and WIRED editors Evan Hansen and Kevin Poulsen; newly revealed information that could aid Manning’s legal defense (like Lamo’s claim of confidentiality); and the very weak connection between Manning and WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange.

MP3 here. (24:02)

Glenn Greenwald was a constitutional lawyer in New York City, first at the Manhattan firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, and then at the litigation firm he founded, Greenwald, Christoph. Greenwald litigated numerous high-profile and significant constitutional cases in federal and state courts around the country, including multiple First Amendment challenges. He has a J.D. from New York University School of Law (1994) and a B.A. from George Washington University (1990). In October of 2005, Greenwald started a political and legal blog, Unclaimed Territory, which quickly became one of the most popular and highest-trafficked in the blogosphere.

Upon disclosure by the New York Times in December 2005 of President Bush’s warrantless eavesdropping program, Greenwald became one of the leading and most cited experts on that controversy. In early 2006, he broke a story on his blog regarding the NSA scandal that served as the basis for front-page articles in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers, all of which credited his blog for the story. Several months later, Sen. Russ Feingold read from one of Greenwald’s posts during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Feingold’s resolution to censure the president for violating FISA. In 2008, Sen. Chris Dodd read from Greenwald’s Salon blog during floor debate over FISA. Greenwald’s blog was also cited as one of the sources for the comprehensive report issued by Rep. John Conyers titled “The Constitution in Crisis.” In 2006, he won the Koufax Award for best new blog.

Greenwald is the author of A Tragic Legacy: How a Good vs. Evil Mentality Destroyed the Bush Presidency, How Would a Patriot Act? Defending American Values from a President Run Amok and Great American Hypocrites: Toppling the Big Myths of Republican Politics.

Gareth Porter

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/11_07_15_porter.mp3]

This interview is also available (here) in a version packaged for broadcast on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles, with an introductory summary of foreign policy news and Antiwar Radio interviews from the week of July 11-15.

Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for IPS News, discusses his article “What Is Sadr’s Game on Future US Troop Presence?” at antiwar.com, about Moqtada al-Sadr trying to have it both ways, by privately agreeing to an extended US troop presence (and getting free border security) while planning limited attacks against Americans (to keep his nationalist credibility intact).

MP3 here. (19:43)

Gareth Porter is an independent historian and journalist. He is the author of Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam. His articles appear on Counterpunch, Huffington Post, Inter Press Service News Agency and Antiwar.com.

Fred Branfman

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/11_07_14_branfman.mp3]

Fred Branfman, a writer and longtime activist, discusses his article “Obama’s Secret Wars: How Our Shady Counter-Terrorism Policies Are More Dangerous Than Terrorism” at AlterNet; the “industrial-sized” US killing machine, purportedly used to win the war on terrorism, that strikes with impunity the world over; how drone strikes and assassinations create new enemies far faster than “terrorists” are killed, with the added bonus of destabilizing allied governments; the lack of a cohesive US foreign policy – instead each agency pursues its own agenda and fights for increased budgets; and why we’d be better off with a McCain victory in 2008 (same policy but a more vigorous Democratic opposition).

MP3 here. (18:44)

Fred Branfman is a writer and longtime activist who directed the Indochina Resource Center during the war in Indochina. He edited “Voices From the Plain of Jars: Life Under an Air War” (Harper & Row, 1972), that exposed the U.S. secret air war in Laos. Visit his Web site.

Adam Morrow

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/11_07_13_morrow.mp3]

Adam Morrow, journalist with IPS News, discusses the return of million-man demonstrations in Egypt’s Tahrir Square; the powerful forces allied against successful Egyptian democratization; why world leaders, especially the autocratic ones tenuously holding power, are very worried about Hosni Mubarak’s prosecution; and the end of the honeymoon between Egypt’s protesters and the once-beloved army.

MP3 here. (14:37)

Adam Morrow writes for Inter Press Service News Agency.

Jason Ditz

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/11_07_08_kpfk_ditz.mp3]

This interview is from the KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles broadcast of July 8th.

Jason Ditz, managing news editor at Antiwar.com, discusses developments in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Somalia and Libya; the latest attempt to pin US problems in occupied Iraq on the importation of Iranian weapons; and drone strikes in Somalia and the semi-secret war against al-Shabaab.

MP3 here. (27:47)

Jason Ditz is the managing news editor at Antiwar.com. His op-ed pieces have been published in newspapers and other media around the world.

Pepe Escobar

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/11_07_12_escobar.mp3]

Pepe Escobar, journalist and author of Obama Does Globalistan, discusses his article “What’s really at stake in Libya” at the Asia Times; the underlying “war of acronyms” in Libya (NATO and AFRICOM vs BRIC and EU); the Taliban’s resurgent strength and ability to strike at will; al-Qaeda’s strategy to shift the Afghan war to Pakistan’s tribal areas, as revealed in Syed Saleem Shahzad’s book; the slim chance regional powers (China, India, Russia, Iran, Pakistan) can work a deal to bring peace and build a pipeline; the high cost of US full spectrum dominance; disheartening Arab spring counterrevolutions; and the logic of picking and choosing which autocratic regimes to oppose (Syria, Libya) and which to support (Bahrain, Uzbekistan).

MP3 here. (50:26)

Pepe Escobar is the author of Globalistan: How the Globalized World is Dissolving Into Liquid War and Obama Does Globalistan.

An extreme traveler, Pepe’s nose for news has taken him to all parts of the globe. He was in Afghanistan and interviewed the military leader of the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance, Ahmad Shah Masoud, a couple of weeks before his assassination. Two weeks before September 11, 2001, while Pepe was in the tribal areas of Pakistan, Asia Times Online published his prophetic piece, “Get Osama! Now! Or else …” Pepe was one of the first journalists to reach Kabul after the Taliban’s retreat, and more recently he has explored and reported from Iraq, Iran, Central Asia, US and China.

Laura Pitter

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/11_07_12_pitter.mp3]

Laura Pitter, counterterrorism advisor in Human Rights Watch’s Terrorism and Counterterrorism Program, discusses the HRW report “Getting Away With Torture;” why the Bush administration should be criminally investigated for its torture program; giving compensation to torture victims who cannot bring suit in court due to state secrets privilege; the illegality of holding prisoners incommunicado in “black sites,” even if they are otherwise treated humanely; why federal courts are more fair and efficient than military commissions; and why Spanish courts may begin torture investigations anew, after John Durham’s long investigation of CIA misconduct concluded that only 2 of over 100 cases should be prosecuted.

MP3 here. (20:54)

Laura Pitter, counterterrorism advisor in Human Rights Watch’s Terrorism and Counterterrorism Program, monitors, analyzes and writes on US counterterrorism policies. Prior to joining Human Rights Watch, Laura was a journalist, human rights advocate, and attorney who practiced in both the public and private sectors.

She was a reporter during the war in Bosnia where she wrote for Time Magazine and Reuters News Agency among other media outlets. Following the war she worked for the United Nations in both Bosnia and post Sept. 11-Afghanistan as a protection and political affairs officer. After Afghanistan, Laura practiced law for eight years, first with the Legal Aid Society and later with a boutique law firm, both in New York. Laura holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara, a master’s in international affairs from Columbia University, and a law degree from the University of San Francisco.

Eric Margolis

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/11_07_13_margolis.mp3]

Eric Margolis, foreign correspondent and author of War at the Top of the World and American Raj, discusses why France and the US are working in tandem against the Assad regime in Syria; how Syria’s dissolution would cause massive regional upheaval, and should cause the West and Israel to rethink regime change plans; the public relations trappings that disguise naked imperialism by the US/NATO; the “low IQ” hawks in Congress who shout “send in the troops!” but don’t know Syria from Senegal; and why Gadhafi’s days in Libya (and on earth) are numbered.

MP3 here. (22:47)

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.

Michael Hastings

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/11_07_11_hastings.mp3]

Journalist Michael Hastings, winner of the George Polk Award for his article “The Runaway General” in Rolling Stone magazine, discusses how the Afghan War is killing US soldiers’ morale, since they believe (rightly) that it’s a useless effort; the “surge” that failed to produce any measurable progress, politically or militarily; Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s “gaffe” on leaving 70 thousand troops in Afghanistan through 2014; why official announcements on troop numbers are less important than the White House’s resolve on keeping the military’s independent policy-making in check; the fine line between the US fighting a war inside Pakistan (with the government’s begrudging acceptance) and fighting a war against Pakistan; and why the price of a continued US presence in Iraq may be renewed violence from Moqtada al Sadr’s forces.

MP3 here. (28:42)

Michael Hastings is the author of I Lost My Love in Baghdad: A Modern War Story. In 2008, he covered the U.S. presidential elections for Newsweek, and before that he was the magazine’s Baghdad correspondent. His articles have appeared in GQ, Slate, Salon, Foreign Policy, the LA Times, and other publications. His blog The Hastings Report focuses on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and other foreign policy topics.

Ray McGovern

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/11_07_11_mcgovern.mp3]

Ray McGovern, member of Veterans For Peace and former senior analyst at the CIA, discusses his part in the latest (unsuccessful) Gaza Aid flotilla on “The Audacity of Hope;” how Hillary Clinton essentially gave a green light for an Israeli attack against unarmed American activists; why Greek cooperation with Israel and the US in halting the flotilla may be the price paid for an economic bailout; George Washington’s wisdom on the dangers of entangling foreign alliances; a White House official hoping for American blood and the cold corpses of activists; and why Americans are finally getting wise to Israel’s brutality and lawlessness.

MP3 here. (29:55)

Ray McGovern was a CIA analyst for 27 years, from the John F. Kennedy administration to that of George H. W. Bush. His articles appear on Consortium News and Antiwar.com.

Muhammad Sahimi

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/11_07_11_sahimi.mp3]

Muhammad Sahimi, Professor of Chemical Engineering and political columnist on Iran issues, discusses his article “Don’t Remove the MEK From the Terrorist List;” at antiwar.com; why the US chose to keep MEK leaders safe in Iraq after the 2003 invasion, rather than exchange them for al-Qaeda members held in Iran; the groundswell of support in the US (thanks to a suspiciously large budget, neoconservative allies and successful lobbying) for removing the MEK from the State Department’s list of terrorist groups; and how the group is effectively a proxy, used by Israel and the US, to effect regime change and/or start a war in Iran.

MP3 here. (37:00)

Muhammad Sahimi, Professor of chemical engineering & materials science and the National Iranian Oil Company chair in petroleum engineering at the University of Southern California, has published extensively on Iran’s political development and its nuclear program. He is the lead political columnist for the web site PBS/Frontline/Tehran Bureau, blogs at The Huffington Post, and contributes regularly to antiwar.com and National Public Radio on issues related to Iran.

Ramzy Baroud

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/11_07_08_baroud.mp3]

Ramzy Baroud, author of My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza’s Untold Story, discusses his article “Yemen Continues to Inspire Amid Great Odds” at CommonDreams.org; the Saleh family mafia controlling the country, supported by the US and Saudi Arabia; the entirely reasonable demands of Yemeni protesters, amounting to no more than the basics of a civil society; hopes for an inclusive political settlement that produces some democracy and keeps Yemen intact; and how the Saleh government and the US hype the al-Qaeda threat to advance their own interests.

MP3 here. (19:21)

Ramzy Baroud is an author and editor of The Palestine Chronicle. His work has been published in many newspapers, journals and anthologies around the world. His books include The Second Palestinian Intifada: A Chronicle of a People’s Struggle and Searching Jenin: Eyewitness Accounts of the Israeli Invasion.

Gareth Porter

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/11_07_08_porter.mp3]

Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for IPS News, discusses the Obama administration officials who lied us into an Afghan surge (even though reporters are supposed to use more diplomatic language); how Mullah Omar’s Taliban avoided trouble with the US and tried to keep bin Laden in check; how Bill Clinton’s “Monica Missiles” destroyed a chance to get bin Laden, as well as a few training camps; how the Pakistani Taliban’s formation shows the ideological split between al-Qaeda and the Afghan Taliban; falsehoods in Bruce Riedel’s reporting on the Taliban/al-Qaeda relationship; and why Obama is more interested in scoring political points than in seriously negotiating with the Taliban.

MP3 here. (29:10)

Gareth Porter is an independent historian and journalist. He is the author of Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam. His articles appear on Counterpunch, Huffington Post, Inter Press Service News Agency and Antiwar.com.

Marcy Wheeler

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/11_07_08_wheeler.mp3]

Marcy Wheeler, blogging as “emptywheel” at firedoglake.com, discusses the trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling for allegedly spilling the beans on Operation “Merlin,” a foolhardy attempt to pass bogus nuclear weapons plans to Iran; the return of federal prosecutor William Welch, who managed to botch both the Ted Stevens and Thomas Drake trials; and the government’s pursuit of NY Times journalist James Risen for his investigative work on warrantless wiretapping and the Bush administration’s push for war with Iran.

MP3 here. (19:55)

Marcy Wheeler, a.k.a. emptywheel, blogs at firedoglake.com. Marcy grew up bicoastally, starting with every town in NY with an IBM. Then she moved to Poway, CA, home of several participants in the Duke Cunningham scandal.  Since then, she has lived in Western MA, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, and finally–for the last 12 years–Ann Arbor.

She got a BA from Amherst College, where she spent much of her time on the rugby pitch. A PhD program in Comparative Literature brought her to MI; she got the PhD but decided academics was not her thing. Her research, though, was on a cool journalistic form called the “feuilleton”–a kind of conversational essay that was important to the expansion of modern newspapers in much of the rest of the world. It was pretty good preparation to become a blogger, if a PhD can ever be considered training for blogging.

After leaving academics, Marcy consulted for the auto industry, much of it in Asia. But her contract moved to Asia, along with most of Michigan’s jobs, so she did what anyone else would do. Write a book, and keep blogging.

Paul Larudee

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/11_06_24_kpfk_larudee.mp3]

This interview is from the KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles broadcast of June 24th.

Paul Larudee, a human rights volunteer and a founder of the Free Gaza and Free Palestine Movements, discusses his involvement in the latest Gaza aid flotilla; MSM news coverage of previous efforts tilted drastically in Israel’s favor; the US State Department warning about likely Israeli violence against non-violent American human rights activists (yet providing no protection or punishment of Israeli actions after the fact); the background of the Gaza blockade following Operation Cast Lead; and the inspiration from the “freedom riders” of the American Civil Rights movement.

MP3 here. (23:15)

Paul Larudee is a human rights volunteer and a founder of the Free Gaza and Free Palestine Movements, and was a passenger on the”Freedom Flotilla” to Gaza, which was attacked by Israel in international waters. He works as a piano technician in El Cerrito, California.

Lew Rockwell

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/11_07_07_rockwell.mp3]

Lew Rockwell, founder and Chairman of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, discusses the consistently excellent moral and political record of Ron Paul throughout the years; why a foreign policy “Golden Rule” works best; the wisdom of cutting war spending before domestic entitlements during an economic crisis; the essentially (soft) fascistic US economic system of today; and whether or not public office can be the mechanism to reign in government excesses (in case of a successful 2012 Ron Paul presidential run).

MP3 here. (20:11)

Lew Rockwell is the founder and Chairman of the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama, Vice President of the Center for Libertarian Studies in Burlingame, California, and publisher of the political Web site LewRockwell.com. He is the author of The Left, The Right and The State and served as Ron Paul’s congressional chief of staff between 1978 and 1982. Check out his podcast show here.

Chase Madar

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Chase Madar, member of the National Lawyers Guild, discusses his article “Bradley Manning, American Hero” on tomdispatch.com; why the US government is in dire need of direct supervision/occasional outing by insiders; media campaigns designed to make dissidents and whistleblowers appear crazy (evidenced by Manning hit pieces); and what happened to our free market of ideas – a cornerstone of America’s founding philosophy.

MP3 here. (19:09)

Chase Madar is an attorney in New York and a member of the National Lawyers Guild. He writes for TomDispatch, the American Conservative magazine, Le Monde Diplomatique, and the London Review of Books.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich

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This interview is from the KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles broadcast of June 17th.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich discusses his attempt to provoke debate in Congress about where the ultimate authority to declare war rightfully belongs; voting to de-fund the Libya War; his lawsuit that seeks a judicial declaration on the Obama administration’s unconstitutional and illegal actions in Libya; and the moral, legal and economic reasons why America’s “global cop” role should end ASAP.

MP3 here. (12:25)

Dennis Kucinich was born in Cleveland, Ohio on October 8, 1946. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters in Speech Communications from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio in 1974.

Having been elected to Cleveland’s City Council at age 23, Dennis J. Kucinich was well-known to Cleveland residents when they chose him as their mayor in 1977 at the age of 31. At the time, Kucinich was the youngest person ever elected to lead a major American city.

Kucinich has held many jobs outside of politics including being a hospital orderly, newspaper copy boy, teacher, consultant, television analyst and author.

Since being elected to Congress in 1996, Kucinich has been a tireless advocate for worker rights, civil rights and human rights.

Brian Becker

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This interview is from the KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles broadcast of June 17th.

Brian Becker, national coordinator for the ANSWER Coalition, discusses his article “Why the NATO powers are trying to assassinate Moammar Gaddafi;” the WikiLeaks documents showing US oil companies and State Department officials unhappy with Libya’s steps toward nationalizing its oil; similarities with the 1953 US-backed coup in Iran; how the Arab spring provided an excuse for NATO’s eager intervention; and why the Iraq War may ultimately have been about oil also.

MP3 here. (16:46)

Brian Becker is the national coordinator for the ANSWER Coalition.

 

Gareth Porter

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This interview is from the KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles broadcast of June 10th.

Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for IPS News, discusses his article “Slain Writer’s Book Says US-NATO War Served al-Qaeda Strategy” about murdered Pakistani journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad’s last work; evidence that al-Qaeda in Pakistan is more powerful than previously thought; why scaling back the US empire won’t come until economic collapse demands it; and a formula for winning the Global War on Terror: get the military out of Muslim countries.

MP3 here. (26:35)

Gareth Porter is an independent historian and journalist. He is the author of Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam. His articles appear on Counterpunch, Huffington Post, Inter Press Service News Agency and Antiwar.com.

Kevin Zeese

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Kevin Zeese, Executive Director and co-founder of VotersForPeace, discusses his article “Is a Broader Peace Movement Finally Here?” on Antiwar.com; the Come Home America letter signed by luminaries from the Left, Right and libertarian crowd; bringing together the most politically diverse and potentially most effective antiwar movement since before WWII; why military spending cuts are off the table for Congress, despite the ailing economy; the mirage of US democracy; and why Congress’s refusal to approve the Libya War is a real mark of progress.

MP3 here. (20:06)

Kevin Zeese is the Executive Director and co-founder of VotersForPeace. He also served as the Executive Director of Democracy Rising, is an attorney, and a long term peace advocate. He took a leave from VotersForPeace for most of 2006 while he was running for the U.S. Senate in Maryland. Zeese was a founding member of the Montgomery County Coalition Against the War in Maryland and has worked with various non-profit organizations on peace, justice, and democracy issues since 1978.

Bruce Fein

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Bruce Fein, author of American Empire: Before the Fall, discusses his article “President Obama’s Political Sepulcher” on HuffingtonPost; why Libya may be a step too far for Obama’s “unconstitutional unilateral presidential war making;” taking State Department legal adviser Harold Koh‘s definition of “hostilities” to its absurd logical conclusion; Congress’s eagerness to forfeit its obligation and responsibility to check the power of the Executive branch; and why a sustainable democratic republic demands an ever-vigilant public and political representatives in fear of their constituents.

MP3 here. (20:21)

Bruce Fein was Associate Deputy Attorney General and General Counsel to the Federal Communications Commission under President Reagan and author of The American Empire: Before the Fall.

The Other Scott Horton

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The Other Scott Horton (no relation), international human rights lawyer, professor and contributing editor at Harper’s magazine, discusses his confidence in his Guantanamo “Suicides” expose in Harpers magazine despite a barrage of criticism; the Department of Justice giving a wink and a nod at the Bush torture program; how John Durham’s investigation of CIA torture was hamstrung by limitations imposed by the Obama administration; the CIA’s heavy redaction (to save face, not protect national security) of Glenn Carle’s book The Interrogator: An Education; and how the DOJ withheld crucial evidence during accused al-Qaeda financier Pacha Wazir’s habeas corpus hearing.

MP3 here. (18:51)

The other Scott Horton is a Contributing Editor for Harper’s magazine where he writes the No Comment blog. A New York attorney known for his work in emerging markets and international law, especially human rights law and the law of armed conflict, Horton lectures at Columbia Law School. A life-long human rights advocate, Scott served as counsel to Andrei Sakharov and Elena Bonner, among other activists in the former Soviet Union.

He is a co-founder of the American University in Central Asia, and has been involved in some of the most significant foreign investment projects in the Central Eurasian region. Scott recently led a number of studies of abuse issues associated with the conduct of the war on terror for the New York City Bar Association, where he has chaired several committees, including, most recently, the Committee on International Law. He is also a member of the board of the National Institute of Military Justice, the Andrei Sakharov Foundation, the EurasiaGroup and the American Branch of the International Law Association.

Andrew Bacevich

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Andrew Bacevich, Professor of International Relations at Boston University and author of Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War, discusses his article “War Fever Subsides in Washington” at tomdispatch.com; Robert Gates on excessive war costs and the end of “wars of choice;” why the US should eliminate the unnecessary and counterproductive military bases in Europe and the Middle East, respectively, while maintaining those in Japan and South Korea; the failure of militaristic “hard power” foreign policy; the officer corps getting on board with budget cuts and reform; and why current US involvement in Libya is at a peak (no need to worry about purple-finger elections and decades of nation building).

MP3 here. (21:42)

Andrew J. Bacevich is Professor of International Relations and History at Boston University. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, he received his PhD in American Diplomatic History from Princeton University. Before joining the faculty of Boston University, he taught at West Point and Johns Hopkins.

Bacevich is the author of Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War (2010).  His previous books include The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism (2008);  The Long War: A New History of US National Security Policy since World War II (2007) (editor); The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War (2005); and American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of U. S. Diplomacy (2002). His essays and reviews have appeared in a variety of scholarly and general interest publications including The Wilson Quarterly, The National Interest, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Nation, and The New Republic. His op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Boston Globe, and Los Angeles Times, among other newspapers.

In 2004, Dr. Bacevich was a Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. He has also held fellowships at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, the John F. Kennedy School of Government, and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Philip Weiss

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Philip Weiss, investigative journalist and author of the blog MondoWeiss, discusses surviving as an alternative media outlet since the internet revolutionized the form and revenue streams became scarce; the US State Department’s long history of supporting Israel’s right to “defend herself” against unarmed American peace activists, from Rachel Corrie to Furkan Dogan; the hypothetical tipping point where American Jews will no longer support Israel; and the outdated and racist (in practice) Zionist idea of a Jewish nation.

MP3 here. (19:58)

Philip Weiss is an investigative journalist who has written for The Nation, New York Times Magazine, The American Conservative, Jewish World Review and other publications. He is the author of American Taboo: A Murder in the Peace Corps.

Jesse Walker

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/11_06_27_walker.mp3]

Jesse Walker, managing editor of Reason magazine, discusses the history of US interference in Somalia since the Cold War (with his 2009 article as background); why US interest has less to do with oil than with keeping the military busy; how the successes and failures of minimally-governed Somalia fueled debate on the viability of libertarianism; and the post-9/11 US backing of proxy Ethiopian forces to upend the relatively stable Islamic Courts Union government (with predictably disastrous results).

MP3 here. (19:58)

Jesse Walker is the author of Rebels on the Air: An Alternative History of Radio in America and the managing editor of Reason magazine and Reason.com.

Gareth Porter

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/11_06_24_porter.mp3]

Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for IPS News, discusses his article “Obama Leaves Door Open to Long-Term US Afghan Combat;” the “lunatic warmonger” Republicans who reversed course after hearing the “end the wars” demands of their constituents; how Obama essentially traded the domestic Democratic political agenda for the Afghan surge; how, despite the minimal drawdown, David Petraeus got almost everything he wanted; the hubris of Robert Gates, who had no idea the US national security state could be subject to economic limits; and why US strategy in Afghanistan is best described as praying for a miracle.

MP3 here. (20:06)

Gareth Porter is an independent historian and journalist. He is the author of Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam. His articles appear on Counterpunch, Huffington Post, Inter Press Service News Agency and Antiwar.com.

Sheldon Richman

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Sheldon Richman, senior fellow at The Future of Freedom Foundation, discusses Obama’s speech on troop withdrawal timelines for Afghanistan; why getting troop levels back to pre-surge levels from two years ago is hardly a mark of progress; how Mitt Romney’s weak-kneed proposal to withdraw “as soon as possible” is seen by the MSM as dovish and isolationist; and the continuing US imperial wars in Iraq and elsewhere that seem able to go on forever.

MP3 here. (20:05)

Sheldon Richman is editor of The Freeman, published by The Foundation for Economic Education in Irvington, New York, and serves as senior fellow at The Future of Freedom Foundation. He is the author of FFF’s award-winning book Separating School & State: How to Liberate America’s Families; Your Money or Your Life: Why We Must Abolish the Income Tax; and FFF’s newest book Tethered Citizens: Time to Repeal the Welfare State.

Calling for the abolition, not the reform, of public schooling. Separating School & State has become a landmark book in both libertarian and educational circles. In his column in the Financial Times, Michael Prowse wrote: “I recommend a subversive tract, Separating School & State by Sheldon Richman of the Cato Institute, a Washington think tank… . I also think that Mr. Richman is right to fear that state education undermines personal responsibility…”

Mr. Richman’s articles on population, federal disaster assistance, international trade, education, the environment, American history, foreign policy, privacy, computers, and the Middle East have appeared in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, American Scholar, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, Washington Times, Insight, Cato Policy Report, Journal of Economic Development, The Freeman, The World & I, Reason, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, Middle East Policy, Liberty magazine, and other publications. He is a contributor to the Fortune Encyclopedia of Economics.

A former newspaper reporter and former senior editor at the Cato Institute, Mr. Richman is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia.

Karen Greenberg

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/11_06_20_greenberg.mp3]

Karen Greenberg, executive director of the New York University Center on Law and Security, discusses her TomDispatch piece, “How to End the War on Terror,” substituting a managed risk strategy for the endless war on terrorism, why the “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh should be released from prison, and why terrorism trials should be handled by DOJ, not the military.

MP3 here. (8:29)

Karen Greenberg is the executive director of the New York University Center on Law and Security, the author of The Least Worst Place: Guantanamo’s First One Hundred Days, and editor of The Torture Debate in America.

Adam Morrow

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/11_06_22_morrow.mp3]

Adam Morrow, journalist with IPS News, discusses his articles “Experts Fear Israeli Design to Balkanise Arab States” and “Gaza Crossing Lets Trickle Through;” how Egypt’s Rafah border crossing with Gaza is technically open, but fails to function as a typical international border with regard to commercial traffic; why the US and Israel retain significant influence in Egypt’s military – which still runs the country; and how Balkanization is used as an imperial divide-and-conquer strategy.

MP3 here. (21:39)

Adam Morrow writes for Inter Press Service News Agency.

Matthew Rothschild

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Matthew Rothschild, editor of The Progressive magazine, discusses his article “Stop the Bombing of Libya,” the 11,500 NATO sorties already launched in the name of enforcing a “no-fly zone” and “protecting civilians,” the real US agenda in Libya: regime change and control of oil, Obama’s excuse for ignoring the War Powers Act: it’s not war so long as no American soldiers get killed, the continuing quest for a unitary executive, why the US is not a force for good in the world, and why impeaching Obama is the best way to re-impose the rule of law on the renegade US government.

MP3 here. (19:22)

Matthew Rothschild is the editor of The Progressive magazine, which is one of the leading voices for peace and social justice in this country. Rothschild has appeared on Nightline, C-SPAN, The O’Reilly Factor, and NPR, and his newspaper commentaries have run in the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the Miami Herald, and a host of other newspapers. Rothschild is the author of You Have No Rights: Stories of America in Our Repressive Age.

David Bromwich

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David Bromwich, professor of literature at Yale University, discusses his article “The Bipartisan Case Against U.S. Involvement in Libya” for the Huffington Post, how divisive fringe issues are used to create political divisions that keep the public from realizing the real conflict is the state vs. everyone else, hypothetical cross-party 2012 presidential tickets: Obama-Palin and Paul-Kucinich, taking liberties with language, from Bush’s “enhanced interrogation” to Obama’s “limited military action,” and how the “hostilities” referred to in the War Powers Act have been reinterpreted by Obama’s lawyers to mean “US soldiers in harm’s way” in order to pretend the war in Libya is legal.

MP3 here. (20:05)

David Bromwich teaches literature at Yale. He has written on politics and culture for Huffington Post, The New Republic, The Nation, The New York Review of Books, and other magazines. He is editor of Edmund Burke’s selected writings On Empire, Liberty, and Reform and co-editor of the Yale University Press edition of On Liberty.

Glenn Greenwald

[audio:http://dissentradio.com/radio/11_06_20_greenwald.mp3]

Glenn Greenwald, Salon.com blogger and former constitutional lawyer, discusses his upcoming new book With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful, discusses the growing realignment in American politics, Congress’s rank and file breaking with party leadership to press Obama on War Powers Act for the Libya War, debating the sincerity of Republican antiwar talk, Obama’s legal backflips justifying Libya War and the desperate Grand Jury fishing expedition for a charge – any charge – to pin on WikiLeaks/Julian Assange without in effect outlawing journalism in general.

MP3 here. (16:56)

Glenn Greenwald was a constitutional lawyer in New York City, first at the Manhattan firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, and then at the litigation firm he founded, Greenwald, Christoph. Greenwald litigated numerous high-profile and significant constitutional cases in federal and state courts around the country, including multiple First Amendment challenges. He has a J.D. from New York University School of Law (1994) and a B.A. from George Washington University (1990). In October of 2005, Greenwald started a political and legal blog, Unclaimed Territory, which quickly became one of the most popular and highest-trafficked in the blogosphere.

Upon disclosure by the New York Times in December 2005 of President Bush’s warrantless eavesdropping program, Greenwald became one of the leading and most cited experts on that controversy. In early 2006, he broke a story on his blog regarding the NSA scandal that served as the basis for front-page articles in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers, all of which credited his blog for the story. Several months later, Sen. Russ Feingold read from one of Greenwald’s posts during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Feingold’s resolution to censure the president for violating FISA. In 2008, Sen. Chris Dodd read from Greenwald’s Salon blog during floor debate over FISA. Greenwald’s blog was also cited as one of the sources for the comprehensive report issued by Rep. John Conyers titled “The Constitution in Crisis.” In 2006, he won the Koufax Award for best new blog.

Greenwald is the author of A Tragic Legacy: How a Good vs. Evil Mentality Destroyed the Bush Presidency, How Would a Patriot Act? Defending American Values from a President Run Amok and Great American Hypocrites: Toppling the Big Myths of Republican Politics.

Grant F. Smith

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Grant F. Smith, director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy in Washington, D.C., discusses his piece “AIPAC Pushes Hard for War With Iran,” Keith Weissman’s breaking of his media silence to (badly) defend AIPAC, claiming there is no official program for regime change in Iran, the consistently evil John Bolton (but what a great foil he could serve for Ron Paul during the Republican primaries if he ran), how the US forgoes a necessary waiver when sending aid to Israel – required of all states with clandestine nuclear programs, how AIPAC uses leverage on domestic US issues (like Obamacare) to get their way on foreign policy issues, and the difference between Rosen/Weissman/Franklin espionage and Bradley Manning/WikiLeaks whistleblowing.

MP3 here. (20:09)

Grant F. Smith is the author of the new book America’s Defense Line: The Justice Department’s Battle to Register the Israel Lobby as Agents of a Foreign Government. He is a frequent contributor to Radio France Internationale and Voice of America’s Foro Interamericano. Smith has also appeared on BBC News, CNN, and C-SPAN. He is currently director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy in Washington, D.C.

Jason Ditz

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Jason Ditz, managing news editor at Antiwar.com, discusses the Italian Foreign Minister’s call for an end to the Libya War after NATO airstrikes killed many civilians; how Italy’s abstention from the war would remove strategic air bases currently used in NATO’s bombing campaign; questions of legality on Obama’s Libya War, relating to the War Powers Act; how Obama shopped for a favorable legal opinion – and got one from State Department legal adviser Harold Koh; and how NATO is already tired of apologizing for civilian deaths, instead resorting to the “blame Gadhafi” strategy.

MP3 here. (19:16)

Jason Ditz is the managing news editor at Antiwar.com. His op-ed pieces have been published in newspapers and other media around the world.

Joe Meadors

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Joe Meadors, a crew member of the USS Liberty during the infamous Israeli attack in 1967, discusses his decision to join the current aid flotilla to Gaza; Israel’s defenders who claim there are other means to supply Gaza – with Israel as intermediary – though those supplies never seem to get in; the US government taking Israel’s side in all matters, in 1967 as well as now; the hardships endured by Gazans subject to blockade; and the conspicuously missing US rhetoric for democratic regime change in Gaza.

MP3 here. (17:44)

Joe Meadors was a signalman on the bridge of the USS Liberty during the attack.

He and Francis Brown hauled up a second American Flag after the steaming colors were shot down early in the air attack. Mr. Meadors was on the bridge throughout the attack and was one of several eyewitnesses to the machinegunning of the liferafts.

Mr. Meadors has been associated with the USS Liberty Veterans Association since it was first founded in 1982. He served as President of the Association for four years and later served four years as Chairman followed by several years as an active director.

John Glaser

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John Glaser, new Assistant Editor at Antiwar.com, discusses Obama’s minimal drawdown of US troops in Afghanistan; how COIN doctrine is falling out of favor as its failures mount; Congress beginning to reflect public opinion on ending the wars in Afghanistan and Libya; the countercurrent in the Obama administration and major party leadership determined to carry on no matter what the people think; and a lesson Obama has learned from Libya: conduct secret wars with drone strikes so oversight, criticism and accountability can be avoided.

MP3 here. (19:43)

John Glaser is a former intern at The American Conservative magazine and CATO Institute.

Eric Margolis

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Eric Margolis, foreign correspondent and author of War at the Top of the World and American Raj, discusses the extent of his experience in Afghanistan during the Soviet occupation; taking on John McCain’s assertion that 9/11 could have been prevented if the US had stayed engaged after the Soviet withdrawal; the Taliban’s rise in mid-1990s, supported by Pakistan to fight against the northern Communists; and why bin Laden’s trap (of luring the US halfway around the world to bleed itself dry) still seems to be working after all these years.

MP3 here. (29:24)

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.

Jack Hunter

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Jack Hunter, talk radio host and Charleston newspaper columnist, discusses his article “Ron Paul Won the Debate” in The American Conservative magazine; how Republican candidates ripped off Paul’s talking points, guaranteeing that his message will get lots of airtime through November 2012 even if he’s not elected; the shift in GOP center of gravity in the last 4 years, from Bush’s big government warfare state to Ron and Rand Paul’s (and others’) limited government antiwar clique; and why Ronald Reagan seems like a dove compared to the neoconservatives and right wing nationalists of today.

MP3 here. (20:05)

Jack Hunter, a.k.a. the “Southern Avenger“, is a conservative commentator (WTMA 1250 AM talk radio) and columnist (Charleston City Paper) living in Charleston, South Carolina. Check out his YouTube channel.

 

Murray Polner

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Murray Polner, co-editor of We Who Dared to Say No to War: American Antiwar Writing from 1812 to Now, discusses his review of Adam Hochschild’s To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 on History News Network; a reminder of the British and American war resisters (Bertrand Russell, Eugene V. Debs) who despised the wanton slaughter of WWI; the very late posthumous pardon of British soldiers in 2006, who were executing for refusing to fight; why its hard to differentiate good and evil in a war between competing empires; the difficulty of dissent in wartime when heads of state and popular opinion are pro-war; and the wisdom of Harry Browne.

MP3 here. (19:57)

Murray Polner is the author and editor of many books, including Peace, Justice, and Jews: Reclaiming Our Tradition and Branch Rickey: A Biography.

V. Noah Gimbel

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V. Noah Gimbel, an intern with Foreign Policy In Focus, discusses his article “Has the Rendition Program Disappeared” in FPIF; how Obama’s total unwillingness to prosecute Bush officials shows his disdain for the rule of law and embrace of torture; why JSOC is even less accountable than the CIA; how “extraordinary rendition” has become “rendition to justice,” a relic of the war on drugs now used against bribery suspects; and Obama’s huge increase in drone strike assassinations (with civilians the most common casualties) that in many ways are worse than rendition.

MP3 here. (20:02)

V. Noah Gimbel is an intern with Foreign Policy In Focus. He is currently working on a book on universities and empire.