Category Archives: Interviews

Could Narrow Scope of New Special Counsel Miss Wider Corruption in Trump White House?

Amy Goodman speaks with Marcy Wheeler, an independent journalist who covers national security and civil liberties. She runs the website EmptyWheel.net. (Democracy Now!)

Special Counsel Investigating Trump Campaign Has Deep Ties to the Deep State

Paul Jay speaks with former FBI agent and 9/11 whistleblower Colleen Rowley who says former FBI head Robert Mueller, now appointed to investigate the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, participated in covering up the pre 9/11 role of the U.S. intelligence agencies and the Bush Administration, helped create the post 9/11 national security/surveillance state, and helped facilitate the pre-Iraq war propaganda machine. (The Real News)

Chelsea Manning is Free

Kevin Gosztola of Shadowproof and Nathan Fuller of the Courage Campaign, who have both remained deeply involved in her case, discuss Chelsea Manning’s freedom and her global impact. (The Real News)

John Kiriakou on Blowing the Whistle on CIA Torture and Why Trump’s Presidency Worries Him

Amy Goodman speaks with CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou about his own case and the significance of Trump divulging classified secrets to Russia. (Democracy Now!)

Trump Expanding War From Syria to Afghanistan As Media Focuses on Comey

Paul Jay speaks with Vijay Prashad, Professor of International Studies at Trinity College and the author of around 20 books, who says while the media continues its frenzy over James Comey’s firing and the ‘Russia connection’, Trump is readying his ‘global war against Islamic Fascism’ to be fought ‘without restraint’, (The Real News)

Upcoming Iranian Presidential Vote Tight Race Between Conservative and Moderate Incumbent

Sharmini Peries speaks with Trita Parsi, President of the National Iranian American Council and the author of several books including Losing An Enemy, about the upcoming Presidential elections in Iran where the main issue has been the sluggish Iranian economy. (The Real News)

Trump Orders ‘Election Integrity’ Commission Headed by Architects of Voter Suppression

Amy Goodman speaks with Ari Berman, senior contributing writer for The Nation, where he covers voting rights. (Democracy Now!)

Noam Chomsky: I Would Vote For Jeremy Corbyn

Evan Davis speaks with American intellectual Noam Chomsky about Donald Trump, Jeremy Corbyn, populism in Europe and Julian Assange. (BBC Newsnight)

As Clinton Blames Comey and Russia, Authors of ‘Shattered’ Expose Aimless Campaign

A conversation with Jonathan Allen, co-author of Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign, who reveals Hillary Clinton’s campaign struggling to hone a core message about why she was running for President. (The Real News)

Barrett Brown on Press Freedom, FBI Crimes and Why He Wouldn’t Do Anything Differently

Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh speak with investigative reporter Barrett Brown, who recently completed a four-year prison sentence related to the hacking of the private intelligence firm Stratfor, which exposed how the firm spied on activists on behalf of corporations. He was released from prison earlier this year but was unexpectedly rearrested late last month, one day ahead of a scheduled interview for an upcoming PBS documentary. Brown was detained for four days and then released without receiving any formal written explanation for the arrest. (Democracy Now!)

Comey Affair Sign of a Fractured American State

Paul Jay speaks with historian Gerald Horne about Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey and the forces driving great divisions in the elites, the political class and the state apparatus. (The Real News)

Glenn Greenwald on Trump’s ‘Shocking’ Firing of FBI Chief James Comey Amid Russian Probe

Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, co-founder of The Intercept, about Donald Trump firing FBI Director James Comey after Comey confirmed the FBI was investigating whether Trump’s campaign collaborated with Russia to sway the 2016 election. (Democracy Now!)

Bullshit Jobs with David Graeber

David Graeber talks about bullshit jobs and the concept of work under capitalism. (The Real News/RSA)

French President Elect: Unveiling The Golden Boy Emmanuel Macron

Sharmini Peries speaks with Serge Halimi of Le Monde Diplomatique who gives his views on France’s Presidential Election which saw the winner Emmanuel Macron take 90% of the vote in bourgeois Paris, and Marine Le Pen take 56% of the working class. (The Real News)

Pro-Trump Network Sinclair Set to Become Nation’s Biggest Broadcaster as FCC Weakens Ownership Rules

Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez speak with Craig Aaron, president and CEO of Free Press, about The Sinclair Broadcast Group reportedly nearing a $4 billion deal to purchase Tribune Media, which would give it control of more than a third of the country’s local TV stations. The reported purchase comes after President Trump’s pick to head the FCC, Ajit Pai, dramatically rolled back limits capping the number of stations one corporation can control. Sinclair’s chair and former CEO, David Smith, is active in Republican politics and supported Donald Trump’s campaign. (Democracy Now!)

French Presidential Election: Choice Between a White Supremacist or Uber Neoliberalism

Sharmini Peries speaks with Muslim activist Yasser Louati, who says French voters face an impossible choice of an openly racist candidate Marine Le Pen and an uber neoliberal in former investment banker Emmanuel Macron that will implement policies which will likely fuel, ignite and spark even more competitive hatred. (The Real News)

Afghanistan: The Longest U.S. War Is Deadlier Than Ever

Matthew Hoh, a military veteran and diplomat who resigned his State Department post in protest of U.S. policy in Afghanistan, says the 16-year war in Afghanistan won’t end until the U.S. drops its strategy of sporadic escalation and insistence on Taliban surrender. (The Real News)

The Women Behind the Disquietingly Vital ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

Stephanie Eckardt writes for W Magazine:

Image result for The Women Behind the Disquietingly Vital The Handmaid's TaleIn February of this year, a novel from 1985, by a Canadian author now 77, shot right to the top of the bestsellers lists. Though popular for decades, The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood’s chilling vision of a near-future dystopia in what was once New England—where a toxic environment, a cruel theocracy, and a plague of infertility have turned a sector of women into enslaved concubines—suddenly seemed all too timely. It was then that a trailer for the book’s upcoming TV adaptation aired during the Super Bowl, just a couple of weeks after Donald Trump was inaugurated and a nationwide spread of marches for women’s rights turned into the largest protest in American history.

Atwood did not seem upset by the sudden renewal of interest in the single most enduring work of her back catalogue, despite the fact that she’s still churning out book after book today. “How could I be?” she said on a recent morning in Washington, D.C., in the historic Hay-Adams hotel not even a block away from the White House. “But on the other hand, the circumstances that have given rise to it having this sudden uptick are quite frightening. If I had a choice of two things—book not popular, circumstances not arise, or book popular, due to certain circumstances—I would of course pick the first one. But those were not my choices.”

Right alongside her book on the current bestseller lists is another prescient dystopian vision, George Orwell’s 1984—which happened to be the year that Atwood started writing The Handmaid’s Tale on legal pads and a beat-up typewriter in West Berlin, punctuated by echoing reminders of the East German Air Force. It was not her first experience with political unrest. Born in 1939, which, as Atwood is wont to remind, “takes me all the way through World War II,” she seems to consider her “deep background in dystopias,” accumulated both in history books at Harvard and on the ground in places like Afghanistan, tantamount to her destiny.

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The Hidden Purging of Millions of Voters

With all the discussion of the contentious 2016 election, the most shocking fact is often ignored: that millions of people had their votes stolen through malicious, means. The Republican Party is currently working to purge millions more voters leading up to the 2018 election. To explain this major attack on our supposed democratic process, Abby Martin interviews investigative reporter Greg Palast, who has done the most extensive work uncovering this massive disenfranchisement campaign. (The Empire Files)

Jeremy Corbyn Undermined by Labour Party MPs: Interview with Thomas Barlow

Sharmini Peries speaks with Thomas Barlow, the Senior Editor of Real Media, who analyses the electoral panorama for the upcoming 8th June general election in Britain. (The Real News)

‘A Land Grab by the Ruling Elites’: Trump’s Tax Plan Derided for Benefiting the Rich

Amy Goodman speaks with economist James Henry of the Tax Justice Network about the Trump White House plan to give the nation’s millionaires and billionaires a massive tax break. (Democracy Now!)

Noam Chomsky: CIA Targeting of Julian Assange of WikiLeaks is “Disgraceful Act”

Amy Goodman recently spoke with Noam Chomsky about the U.S. government targeting of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. (Democracy Now!)

Noam Chomsky on the GOP: Has Any Organisation Ever Been So Committed to Destruction of Life on Earth?

Amy Goodman recently spoke with Noam Chomsky about comments he made regarding the Republican Party’s committment to the destruction of life and being “the most dangerous organisation on on earth”. (Noam Chomsky)

Not the Onion: UN Vote Allows Saudi Arabia on Women’s Council

Alex Mihailovic speaks with Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK and author of Kingdom of the Unjust, about the ultraconservative Kingdom of Saudi Arabia being elected to the UN Commission on the Status of Women. (RT America)

French Elections: Macron Expected to Knock Out Le Pen on May 7th

Sharmini Peries speaks with Alex Main of the Centre for Economic Policy and Research about the 2017 French elections. (The Real News)

The Most Dangerous Moment in U.S.-Russian Relations Since Cuban Missile Crisis

Amy Goodman and Nermeen Sheikh speaks with Stephen Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian studies and politics at New York University and Princeton University, about U.S.-Russia relations after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s recent visit to Moscow. They are also joined by British journalist and author Jonathan Steele, a former Moscow correspondent for The Guardian, to discuss U.S.-Russia relations in reference to the situation in Syria. (Democracy Now!)

France’s Presidential Election Is Wide Open

Sharmini Peries speaks with Jean Bricmont, author of Humanitarian Imperialism: Using Human Rights to Sell War, who says that if leftist candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon wins, he does not have enough of a social movement behind him to fulfil his campaign promises. (The Real News)

As U.S. Prepares Arrest Warrant for Julian Assange, Glenn Greenwald Says Prosecuting WikiLeaks Threatens Press Freedom

Amy Goodman speaks with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald who responds to reports that the Trump administration has prepared an arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. (Democracy Now!)

Brazil’s Corruption Investigation Expands to Almost Entire Political Class

Gregory Wilpert speaks with analyst Alex Hochuli about how the corruption investigation of Brazilian politicians has expanded dramatically and is less biased against the center-left. However, the danger is that it will lead to de-politicization and opportunistic anti-politics. Hochuli recently published a piece for Jacobin is titled: The Ends of Lava Jato. (The Real News)

Shocking Exposé Reveals Trump Associates and ISIS-Linked Vigilantes Are Attempting Coup in Indonesia

Amy Goodman speaks with investigative journalist Allan Nairn about his shocking new exposé that reveals backers of Donald Trump in Indonesia have joined army officers and a vigilante street movement linked to ISIS in an attempt to oust Indonesia’s president. Writing in The Intercept, Nairn reveals that Indonesians involved in the coup attempt include a corporate lawyer working for the mining company Freeport-McMoRan, which is controlled by Trump adviser Carl Icahn. Video has even emerged showing the lawyer at a ceremony where men are swearing allegiance to ISIS. According to Nairn, two of the other most prominent supporters of the coup are close associates of Donald Trump—Fadli Zon, vice speaker of the Indonesian House of Representatives, and Hary Tanoe, Trump’s primary Indonesian business partner, who is building two Trump resorts, one in Bali and one outside Jakarta. Nairn’s article is making waves in Indonesia. (Democracy Now!)