Nasser Arrabyee, a Yemeni journalist based in Sanaa, discusses the large Yemeni protests against the Saudi economic blockade and military aggression; and how President Trump is arming the Saudis far more than Obama was willing to, and enabling them to do whatever they please.
Iona Craig, a British-Irish independent journalist, discusses the result of President Trump’s first authorized counterterrorism operation – a SEAL raid on the Yemeni village of al Ghayil that left many civilians dead, including 10 children under 13 years old. The Intercept’s on-the-ground reporting after the raid, combined with eyewitness testimony of surviving villagers, contradict the Trump administration’s claims about the nature and success of the operation.
Grant F. Smith, director of the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy and author of Big Israel, talks about the role of the Israel Lobby in American politics and the great lineup of speakers at his event at the Press Club in Washington, D.C. THIS FRIDAY the 24th of March.
Andy Worthington, author of The Guantanamo Files, discusses former Obama administration Guantanamo envoy Paul Lewis’s call on Donald Trump to close Guantanamo instead of adding new prisoners; and why existing federal prisons and courts are more than capable of incarcerating and trying terrorism suspects.
Daniel McAdams, Executive Director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, discusses how Rand Paul’s Stop Arming Terrorists Act could impact terrorism-supporting countries like Saudi Arabia; and the Mises Institute event “Symposium with Ron Paul: War and Peace in the Age of Trump,” scheduled for April 8, 2017 in Lake Jackson, Texas.
Patrick Cockburn, Middle East correspondent for The Independent, discusses why the battle for Manbij could be the beginning of the end for ISIS, as Syrian Kurds backed by US air strikes and Syrian Army troops backed by Russian air strikes threaten to overwhelm Islamic State fighters. In the process, Turkey is unable to use proxy forces to battle the Kurds, in an attempt to prevent the formation of a Kurdish state.
Nathaniel Penn, a GQ correspondent, discusses his exposé on the reality of solitary confinement in US prisons, which is meted out with very few checks in place, no accountability for the prison officials who order it, and detrimental to the physical and emotional health of inmates subjected to it.
Former Congressman Ron Paul discusses what President Trump should do about North Korea’s provocative military demonstrations; and why “taking the gloves off” doesn’t solve foreign policy problems or reduce terrorism threats to the US.
3/15/17 Eric Margolis on Trump’s “Levantine Madness” – war escalation and deployment of US forces all over the Middle East
Eric Margolis, a war correspondent and author of American Raj, discusses the US-backed motley crew fighting for full control of Mosul against the Islamic State – which never would have gained a foothold if Saddam Hussein or his sons still led Iraq; new US escalation in Syria and Afghanistan; and why Eric turned down a potential post in the Trump administration.
Former CIA terrorism analyst Cynthia Storer discusses the credentials of Sebastian Gorka, President Trump’s deputy advisor on national security affairs, who claims to be an expert on Islamic terrorism; Cynthia’s earlier CIA work tracking Osama bin Laden and warning about Al-Qaeda’s intent to target the US; and why labeling the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization would be a stupid thing to do.