Monday, October 16, 2017

The Scott Horton Show

10/6/17 Greg Lovett on his documentary “Delay, Deny, Hope You Die: How America Poisoned Its Soldiers”

Gregory Lovett joins Scott to discuss his new documentary, “Delay, Deny, Hope You Die: How America Poisoned Its Soldiers” which opens Monday in Los Angeles and across the country over the next month. Buy tickets for an upcoming screening in your area here and watch the extended trailer.

Lovett shares the backstory of the documentary, which he was inspired to make after reading Joseph Hickman’s book “The Burn Pits.” He explains why the United States military decided to burn the massive amounts of garbage produced by its soldiers in massive burn pits with carcinogenic jet fuel, details the subsequent denial and cover up, and exposes the crony businesses that profited off it all. Lovett then describes the problems that veterans have seeking care from the VA and the heartbreaking stories of suffering of soldiers who return home.

“Delay, Deny, Hope You Die: How America Poisoned Its Soldiers” received Honorable Mention at the FilmOneFest and an Award of Merit from the Impact Doc Awards.

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10/6/17 Gareth Porter on Congress’s potential role in ending the war in Yemen

Gareth Porter returns to the show to discuss his article for The American Conservative Magazine, “When Did Congress Vote to Aid the Saudi’s Yemen War?” Porter explains why, despite there being zero national security interest at stake, the U.S. is involved in the aerial war in Yemen. He and Scott then discuss the clearly misleading fatality figures which they suspect are being vastly underreported by the U.N. Porter then gets to the crux of his article: how members of Congress are attempting to use the War Powers act to end U.S. involvement in Yemen. Scott delves into the history of the War Powers Act and explains why it’s been utterly misinterpreted. Finally, Porter touches on the Saudi blockade which, with help from the U.S. Navy, is stopping needed supplies from arriving to help the desperate Yemenis.

Gareth Porter is an investigative historian and journalist on the national security state and author of Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare. Follow him on Twitter @GarethPorter and listen to Gareth’s previous appearances on the Scott Horton Show.

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10/6/17 Thomas Harrington on Catalonia’s push for independence

Thomas Harrington joins Scott to discuss his latest article on Catalonia for Antiwar.com “Last Sunday In Catalonia: Pirates 1, The Invincible Armada 0.” Harrington breaks down the history of Catalonia, how we’ve gotten to where we are today, and what the vote means for Catalonia and Spain. Harrington also explains who stands to gain from Catalonian independence and who doesn’t. Ultimately, despite the brewing conflict, Harrington has some optimism that negotiation and a peaceful settlement will still be the outcome.

Thomas Harrington is professor of Hispanic Studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and the author of Public Intellectuals and Nation Building in the Iberian Peninsula, 1900–1925: The Alchemy of Identity.

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10/3/17 Anne Jones on Trump taking his turn to fail in Afghanistan

Ann Jones, author of “Kabul in Winter: Life Without Peace in Afghanistan,” returns to the show to discuss her latest article at TomDispatch.com “Afghanistan, Again?” Jones explains how every president repeats the actions of his predecessor in an attempt to “break the stalemate,” why trying to train the Afghan army has been an utter disaster, and how the Afghan people, despite considerable infighting, have made it clear over and over again that they will not give in to foreign invaders. Jones stresses, above all, that the Afghanis are tired of fighting and are ready to go home—so long as the United States will let them.

Ann Jones is a regular contributor at TomDispatch.com and most recently the author of “They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America’s Wars.” Follow her on Twitter:

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10/2/17 Joe Lauria on the consequences of the Kurdish Referendum

Joe Lauria returns to update the situation in Iraqi Kurdistan after the referendum for an independent Kurdish state passed. Lauria describes the escalating tensions, explains why believes the referendum was a mistake, and how despite the vote, the Kurds are no closer to independence than they were before. Lauria details the history of Kurdish suffering throughout the decades and suggests that this referendum could lead to another precarious situation for the Kurds. Then Lauria touches on how the Kurdish referendum compares to the ongoing situation in Catalonia. Finally Scott and Lauria discuss the most contentious point of Kurdish independence, the disputed city of Kirkuk.

Joe Lauria is a contributing writer at Consortium News. He is a former UN correspondent and wrote at the Boston Globe and Wall Street Journal. You can follow him on Twitter @unjoe.

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10/2/17 Airwars’ Chris Woods on the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria

Airwars investigative reporter Chris Woods returns to the show to discuss his work documenting aerial strikes and casualties in Iraq, Syria, and now Libya. Woods explains Airwars’ method of documentation, discusses how Trump’s strategy compares to Obama’s, and breaks down the fight to free Mosul and Raqqa from ISIS and the overwhelming toll it has taken on the civilian populations.

Woods is the author of Sudden Justice: America’s Secret Drone Wars and the recipient of the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism. Follow him on Twitter @chrisjwoods.

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10/2/17 Dr. Ron Paul on Trump’s verbal threats toward North Korea

In his return to the Scott Horton Show, Ron Paul reflects on his “Yes” vote on the Authorized Use of Military Force following 9/11, how it continues to be used and abused today, and the history of how the United States has perverted its legal authority in foreign policy. Then Dr. Paul turns to the escalating situation in North Korea. Paul shares why he has some optimism about the situation in North Korea, his worries about Trump’s volatility, and what he would have done about North Korea as president.

Former congressman Ron Paul is a true American hero. He is the host of the Ron Paul Liberty Report and director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity. Dr. Paul is the author of numerous books, including Swords into Plowshares and The Revolution: A Manifesto. Follow him on Twitter, @RonPaul.

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9/27/17 Muhammad Sahimi debunks neoconservative lies about Iran

USC professor Muhammad Sahimi returns to the show to discuss his latest article “Deconstructing Neoconservatives’ Manifesto for War With Iran.” Sahimi debunks the misinformation and lies being spread by John Bolton and other neoconservatives about the Iran Deal, explains in detail the steps Iran has taken to ease tensions with the United States, and lists the many hypocrisies of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Sahimi hammers home the fact that, should the U.S. void the Iran Deal, no country in the future will have reason to trust that the United States will live up to its word in its international agreements. Sahimi and Scott then discuss Iran’s role (or lack thereof) in Yemen and finish with Sahimi documenting the history of the Iranian terrorist group MEK and its flirtation with prominent U.S. Congressmen and Senators.

Muhammad Sahimi is the NIOC Chair in petroleum engineering at the University of Southern California and a contributor at Antiwar.com and the Huffington Post.

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9/27/17 Julian Borger: White House Pressuring CIA to Find Iran in Noncompliance of Nuclear Deal

World affairs editor for the Guardian Julian Borger returns to the show to discuss his latest article “White House ‘pressuring’ intelligence officials to find Iran in violation of nuclear deal.” Borger details the pressure CIA officials are facing from the White House to find or procure evidence of Iran being in noncompliance with the nuclear deal. But while Borger believes there’s hope that the CIA isn’t willing to play ball, he details how the Trump administration is finding other creative ways to void the deal. Scott turns back the clock and wonders whether Obama could have solidified long term peace with Iran by visiting Tehran; Borger isn’t so sure. They try to understand just why Trump is against the Iran Deal, the attempt to torpedo which is beginning to look a lot like the push to war in Iraq. Finally, Borger explains just how effective the Iran Deal has been for nonproliferation.

Julian Borger is the Guardian’s world affairs editor. His book, The Butcher’s Trail, is the story of the pursuit and capture of the Balkan war criminals. Follow him on Twitter: @julianborger.

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9/21/17 Joe Lauria on the 2016 U.S. election and the upcoming Iraqi Kurdish referendum

Joe Lauria returns to the show to discuss his book on Hillary Clinton, “How I Lost By Hillary Clinton,” Trump’s America, and the hysteria over Russia’s supposed actions in the 2016 elections. Then Lauria pivots to the Kurdish referendum in Iraq and gives an overview of the history of the Kurshish movement for independence and details the Kurdish allies and the longer list of opposition. Lastly Lauria reviews the state of ISIS in Iraq and gives an update on Mosul.

Joe Lauria is a contributing writer at Consortium News. He is a former UN correspondent and wrote at the Boston Globe and Wall Street Journal. You can follow him on Twitter @unjoe.

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