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Episode 935


Jan 15 2017

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John Nixon

What a CIA analyst learned about US intelligence from the interrogation of Saddam Hussein.

Former CIA analyst John Nixon examines the shifting relationship between the President, the intelligence community and intelligence itself over the last 25 years, and explains what he learned about US foreign policy and the future of the Middle East from his role in the interrogation of Saddam Hussein after his capture.

John is author of Debriefing the President: The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein from Blue Rider Press.



Marc Flury

South Korea's multi-generational corruption / impeachment scandal, explained.

Live from Seoul, Marc Flury outlines South Korea's bizarre presidential impeachment scandal - in which President Park Geun-hye's relationship with cult leader Choi Soon-sil revealed corruption and influence peddling - and explains how the story is implicating the country's corporate leaders and mobilizing a re-awakened civil society against the conservative government.

In other important Korea news, Marc dropped hottest, best-reviewed videogame of 2016, THUMPER, available now.



Jake Johnston

Understanding the power dynamic between Guy Philippe, the US and Haiti.

CEPR researcher Jake Johnston reports on the recent arrest and extradition of Haitian paramilitary leader / drug runner / senator-elect Guy Philippe, and explains how Philippe's role in the past two decades of Haitian politics reveals persistent US interference in the nation's democracy - from 2004's anti-Aristide coup to meddling in the most recent elections.

Jake wrote the article Senator-Elect and Former Paramilitary Leader Guy Philippe Arrested on Drug Charges for CEPR.



Antonia Juhasz

Understanding the foreign policy of ExxonMobil and the politics of the Rex Tillerson nomination.

Investigative journalist Antonia Juhasz reports on the dark past of Donald Trump's Secretary of State pick / former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, an appointment that threatens to further consolidate corporate power over foreign policy, and provoke wars and climate change internationally for the profits of the energy giant.

Antonia wrote the article Rex Tillerson Could Be America's Most Dangerous Secretary of State for In These Times.



Elliot Sperber

The limits of conquest: On walls and security in an age of neoliberal crisis.

Writer Elliot Sperber explores the rise of the wall in a time of economic, political and environmental crisis - as a weapon of the crumbling neoliberal order and mechanism for exploitation of labor and land - and explains why humanity must push beyond capitalism's borders before its walls, and everything else, comes crumbling down.

Elliot is author of the essay The Concept of the Wall for ROAR Magazine.

Interview transcript via Antidote Zine



Jeff Dorchen

Well, at least our fascists are shitty fascists.

In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen considers the sad case of the American fascist, encouraged by our appetite for repression but hampered by public opinion, spending the waning days of capitalism watching the pendulum swing towards disaster, or sustainable egalitarianism, or momentous conflict - all equal possibilities.

Read the transcript here