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Sahar Aziz and Mitchell Plitnick

This time on CounterPunch Radio we sit down with Sahar Aziz and Mitchell Plitnick, co-authors of "Presumptively Antisemitic: Islamophobic Tropes in the Palestine-Israel Discourse," a critical new report published by Rutgers University Law School's Center for Security, Race, and Rights. The conversation explores the political and social context for this report, as well as the timing of its release, published as it was against the backdrop of Israel's genocidal war on Gaza. The discussion broadens beyond the report to explore various aspects of the Palestine issue and its continued central importance for the US and western countries, as well as for the "Middle East," world politics and global affairs. More The post Sahar Aziz and Mitchell Plitnick appeared first on
26/02/20241 hour 8 minutes 35 seconds
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Eric Draitser

Eric Draitser sits down with CounterPunch Editor Joshua Frank to discuss the reasons why CounterPunch Radio has been mostly quiet in recent months. Eric details some of his physical and mental health issues in recent months, and the prospects for his return to regular podcasting. More The post Eric Draitser appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
09/02/202434 minutes 52 seconds
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Arun Gupta

This time Eric welcomes investigative journalist Arun Gupta back to CounterPunch to discuss Israel's genocidal war on Gaza and the media narratives that have emerged. Arun discusses how the war is genocidal and how it fits into the broader trajectory of Israel over the last few decades. Arun also casts his critical eye on the reporting around alleged rapes and sexual violence on October 7, instead suggesting that much liberal reporting on the issue has fallen for carefully orchestrated Israeli propaganda. Arun closes out the conversation discussing why Henry Kissinger's death should remind the Left not to be so bleak, that powerful organizing can change history. More The post Arun Gupta appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
31/12/20231 hour 21 minutes 43 seconds
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Yoav Litvin

This time Eric welcomes activist, author, and neuroscientist Yoav Litvin back to CounterPunch to discuss Palestine, Zionism, and the Israeli war. Yoav discusses his upbringing in both US and Israel, his time in the IDF in Lebanon, and the ways in which he first confronted his Zionism and began to decolonize his mind. From there, the conversation explores the nature of Zionism and the Zionist project in Palestine, the importance of non-Israeli Jewish opinion internationally, the necessity of being in solidarity with Palestinians, the centrality of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Movement, Israeli politics and the future of Netanyahu, the role of the US and Israel's place within US imperialism, the specter of Trump's return, and so much more. Don't miss this important conversation only on CounterPunch! More The post Yoav Litvin appeared
28/11/20231 hour 1 minute 41 seconds
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Rashid Khalidi

Conversation originally recorded in January 2022 This time Eric chats with Dr. Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University and author of The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance 1917-2017. The conversation explores the early years of the Zionist movement and how it was perceived by prominent Palestinians, including Dr. Khalidi’s ancestors, and the inextricable link between Zionism, colonialism, and imperial power. Eric and Rashid discuss everything from attempts to erase Palestinian culture and history to the impact that Israel’s rightward shift has had on younger generations of Jews, especially in the US. So many topics covered in this important conversation with one of the most prominent voices of opposition to Israeli policies and oppression. Don’t miss this CounterPunch Radio! More The post <a rel="nofollow" hre
14/11/20231 hour 4 minutes 19 seconds
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Richard Falk, Matthew Stevenson, and Daniel Warner

This week, CounterPunch Radio presents another conversation between CounterPunchers Richard Falk, Matthew Stevenson, and Daniel Warner about Trump, the nature of Trump's fascism, the internationalization of fascist politics, and much more. Note: This conversation was recorded prior to the events of October 7, 2023 and the Israeli attack on Gaza. More The post Richard Falk, Matthew Stevenson, and Daniel Warner appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
06/11/202349 minutes 41 seconds
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Rebecca Maria Goldschmidt

This time Eric welcomes to the show artist, peace activist and CounterPunch contributor Rebecca Maria Goldschmidt to discuss her recent article "This Is Genocide: All Out to End the War on Gaza," and the long road she's taken to anti-Zionist activism. Eric and Rebecca explore the forms of indoctrination used to inculcate Zionism in young American Jews, the differences between secular and non-secular Zionist propaganda, the use of the term "genocide" to refer to Israel's oppression of Palestinians, the fascist nature of the Israeli state, and much more. More The post Rebecca Maria Goldschmidt appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
23/10/202338 minutes 13 seconds
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Ramzy Baroud

On this emergency episode of CounterPunch Radio, Eric speaks with longtime author, journalist, and Editor of The Palestine Chronicle, Ramzy Baroud, all about the war in Gaza, the resistance of Palestinians, and the historic developments of recent days. More The post Ramzy Baroud appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
12/10/202317 minutes 30 seconds
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Bill Fletcher Jr.

This time Eric welcomes to CounterPunch author, activist and organizer Bill Fletcher, Jr. to discuss his recent writing, his past as a labor organizer, his outspoken position on Ukraine and imperialism, and much more. Bill and Eric discuss Bill's youth and first exposure to radical politics, his entry into organized labor, his role in helping organize Minor League Baseball, and more. The second half of the conversation explores international affairs, the responsibility of the Left in clarifying political questions, the red-brown phenomenon on the Left, and why so many leftists are so wrong on critical international issues, etc. The final part of the discussion centers on Bill's new fiction book and how he infused the story and characters with the radical politics he's professed all his life. Don't miss this belated, but exciting, conversation only on CounterPunch! More The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https:
28/08/20231 hour 20 minutes 46 seconds
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Ilya Budraitskis

This time Eric chats with Ilya Budraitskis, a Russian historian, political activist, and author of "Dissidents among Dissidents: Ideology, Politics, and the Left in Post-Soviet Russia." Ilya explains his decision to leave Russia in the days following the invasion of Ukraine, and provides an analysis of the early antiwar protests forcibly suppressed by the Kremlin. From there, Ilya provides an analysis of the Russian Left, including the reactionary Communist Party of Russia, and explains the various dynamics at play in Russia. The final portion of the discussion centers around the questions of Russian imperialism and the ideological war Putin has waged on the history and legacy of Lenin and the Bolshevik Revolution. More The post Ilya Budraitskis appeared first on Cou
13/07/20231 hour 4 minutes 50 seconds
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Richard Falk, Matthew Stevenson, Daniel Warner

This week, CounterPunch Radio presents a conversation between CounterPunchers Richard Falk, Matthew Stevenson, and Daniel Warner about Ukraine, Russia, and the future of the international order. The discussion centers on Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the role of the US in laying the groundwork for the conflict, and the importance of advocating for peace. More The post Richard Falk, Matthew Stevenson, Daniel Warner appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
05/07/20231 hour 5 minutes 27 seconds
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Khalid Medani

This time on CounterPunch Radio, Eric is joined by Khalid Medani, Director of the Institute of Islamic Studies at McGill University and author of "Black Markets and Militants: Informal Networks in the Middle East and Africa," to discuss the situation in Sudan. The conversation explores the history of Sudan, including the colonial period and the creation of the modern state. From there, Dr. Medani provides his analysis of the roots of the current conflict, the factions involved, the social classes participating in the protests, and much more. The final portion of the discussion discusses the roles of the US, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Russia, China, and others in Sudan. More The post Khalid Medani appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
22/06/202346 minutes 51 seconds
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Volodia Artiukh

This time CounterPunch sits down with Volodia Artiukh, a Ukrainian post-doctoral researcher and editor at Commons: Journal of Social Criticism, to discuss Russia's war in Ukraine, the discourse about the war on the international left, and much more. Volodia provides his perspective on popular terms like "decolonization" and "proxy war" and whether such concepts are useful in context of Ukraine's fight against Russian imperialism. The conversation also explores the political character of Ukrainian President Zelensky, and how the global conversation about him serves various interests. In the final portion of the discussion, Artiukh provides a detailed political analysis of Belarus, how the Bonapartist state functions,the future of Lukashenko, the state of the left following the post-2020 repression, the potential for Russian intervention, and much more. Don't miss this important conversation available only at CounterPunch! <a href="https://www.counterpunch.org/2023/06/03/volodia-arti
03/06/20231 hour 4 minutes 52 seconds
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Kali Akuno

This time Eric welcomes Kali Akuno back to CounterPunch to discuss the roots of Cooperation Jackson, the nature of political struggle in Mississippi, and the need to organize against the neo-confederate far right fascist movement. Kali Akuno is a co-founder and co-director of Cooperation Jackson and author of the new book "Jackson Rising Redux: Lessons on Building the Future in the Present." More The post Kali Akuno appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
15/05/20231 hour 22 minutes 15 seconds
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David Price

This time Eric welcomes to the show CounterPunch contributor and author David Price to discuss his new book "The American Surveillance State: How the US Spies on Dissent." David discusses how he came to the project, how studying the surveillance state radicalized him, and how states as different as the US and USSR shared many commonalities when it came to surveillance. The conversation touches on how technology enables surveillance, the myth of J. Edgar Hoover, 9-11 and the PATRIOT Act, and so much more. More The post David Price appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
21/03/20231 hour 1 minute 17 seconds
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Aaron Vansintjan

This time Eric welcomes author and scholar Aaron Vansintjan to CounterPunch to discuss his new book "The Future is Degrowth" and all the relevant issues. The conversation explores the nature of degrowth as an inherently anti-capitalist idea and why it's so necessary given the ecological crises of the 21st Century. Aaron answers many of the critics of degrowth about everything from charges of neo-Malthusianism to the myth of "automated luxury space communism." Eric and Aaron also discuss the dividing lines on this issue culturally and politically, from the eco-fascist right wing to the "green growth" neoliberals to the productivist left. Don't miss this important conversation about the future of everything. More The post Aaron Vansintjan appeared first on CounterPunch
09/03/202358 minutes 7 seconds
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Aaron Amaral

This time Eric welcomes Aaron Amaral, member of Tempest Collective and Ukraine Solidarity Network (U.S.), to discuss Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the challenges it has created for the Left in the US and internationally. The conversation explores a variety of topics from how we should understand the war to the erasure of Ukrainian voices, and why some segments of the Left have gotten so confused over this and other issues. Don't miss this great conversation exclusively on CounterPunch! More The post Aaron Amaral appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
22/01/20231 hour 27 seconds
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Michael Yates

This time Eric welcomes back to the show author and Monthly Review Press editorial director Michael Yates to discuss his new book "Work, Work, Work: Alienation and Class Struggle." Eric and Michael explore the nature of work and how it relates to production, alienation, and the idea of value. The conversation touches on everything from the mythology of the workplace to mainstream bourgeois economics and why it has nothing to say on labor. From there, Eric and Michael discuss how climate change and 21st Century capitalism are changing work for billions of people and what "work is hell" really means. Don't miss this great conversation with a longtime CounterPuncher and consistent voice for the working class. More The post Michael Yates appeared first on CounterPunch.org
20/12/20221 hour 1 minute 53 seconds
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Christina Heatherton

This time Eric welcomes to the podcast Christina Heatherton, author of the fantastic new book "Arise: Global Radicalism in the Era of the Mexican Revolution." Eric and Christina discuss the historical period and how radical internationalism was constructed by revolutionaries globally. The conversation explores political and artistic radicals, the development of imperialism and modern capital, history from below, the importance of radical history to present-day struggles and so much more. More The post Christina Heatherton appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
01/12/202245 minutes 35 seconds
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Michael Fox

This week Eric welcomes back to the show multimedia journalist and host of the Brazil on Fire podcast, Michael Fox. Eric and Mike discuss the recent presidential election that saw former president Lula triumph over the fascist Bolsonaro and the political, economic, and social implications of this historic victory. The conversation explores a wide variety of issues, from a deep dive into the political landscape of Brazil to exploring the Bannon-Trump connections to Bolsonaro and the situation in Brazil. What does this mean for the Amazon? What does it mean for Brazil's poor and indigenous communities? What does it mean for the Brazilian left? What does it mean for the US? So many questions explored in this latest conversation on CounterPunch Radio, don't miss it! More The post Michael Fox appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="
07/11/20221 hour 2 minutes 40 seconds
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Joshua Frank

This time Eric chats with CounterPunch co-editor Johsua Frank about his new book "Atomic Days: The Untold Story of the Most Toxic Place in America" and the dangers of nuclear weapons and nuclear power. Josh discusses the history of the Hanford site, including both its years as a nuclear weapons facility and the last 4 decades of clean up. Eric and Josh also discuss the renewed push for nuclear energy, even among some Leftists, in the context of climate change. The conversation also touches on environmental impacts of mining, the targeting of Native communities for mineral extraction, the importance of understanding the Left's role in the anti-nukes movement, and so much more. Get your copy of Atomic Days from CounterPunch or wherever you get your books. More The post Joshua Frank appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="ht
28/10/202257 minutes 37 seconds
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Yassamine Mather

This time Eric welcomes back Yassamine Mather to discuss the protest movement in Iran and the implications for the government and society. Yassamine explains the origins and class character of the protests, the ways in which the government has responded, and some of the issues that sparked the protests. The conversation also explores how Iran's struggle with COVID may have exacerbated some tensions, the nuclear talks with the Biden Administration, and how Iran has responded to the Russia-Ukraine War and the global political and geopolitical upheaval it has caused. So many issues discussed in this conversation with the great Yassamine Mather. More The post Yassamine Mather appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
18/10/202245 minutes 19 seconds
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David Roth

This time Eric welcomes David Roth of Defector and The Distraction podcast back to CounterPunch to talk union organizing in Minor League Baseball and why this long overdue event is such a big deal. Eric and David explore the inner workings of Herschel Walker's mind and campaign in fruitless search for meaning and sanity while also considering the bizarre Saudi-Trump phenomenon known as LIV Golf and what it could possibly be. Oh, and they also talk NY Mets and MLB playoffs, so you'll know when to tune out. Don't miss the latest CounterPunch Radio! More The post David Roth appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
08/10/20221 hour 24 minutes 23 seconds
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Jeffrey Sommers

This week Eric welcomes back political economist and author Jeffrey Sommers to discuss the political and historical legacy of Mikhail Gorbachev in the wake of his recent death. Jeffrey examines how Gorbachev rose to power, the forces with which he had to contend while in power, and his ultimate failure to change the course of the Soviet Union. The conversation explores everything from the dismantling of the USSR and rise of the oligarchs to the ways in which the Gorbachev period paved the way for the Putin era. So much ground covered in this conversation with one of our favorite CounterPunchers. More The post Jeffrey Sommers appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
27/09/20221 hour 9 minutes 7 seconds
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Boris Kagarlitsky

This time Eric welcomes back to CounterPunch Moscow-based historian, sociologist, and author Boris Kagarlitsky to discuss the situation in Russia more than 6 months after the invasion of Ukraine. Eric and Boris explore the economic and social reality for ordinary Russians in the wake of the sanctions and economic war. Boris explains why so much analysis from the western Left misses the mark, especially in understanding Russia's motivations for the war, as well as the importance of recognizing the material interests of Russian elites in driving this war. The conversation also touches on everything from Russian poor and working class soldiers and the importance of Crimea in the strategic calculus to the possibility of regime change and "Putinism without Putin." Don't miss this important conversation with one of Russia's leading political minds. Support Rabkor.ru on patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Rabkor Mor
09/09/20221 hour 1 minute 44 seconds
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Kim Kelly

This week labor journalist and organizer Kim Kelly joins CounterPunch Radio to discuss her important new book "Fight Like Hell: The Untold History of American Labor." Eric and Kelly discuss recent labor history in the neoliberal era and how the sustained attack on unions has helped radicalize a new generation of workers at Starbucks, Amazon, and other workplaces large and small. The conversation touches on Kim's book and the idea of a labor history from below as well as the importance of learning about movements and individuals often forgotten or ignored by traditional labor history. Kim Kelly is one of America's leading labor journalists, don't miss this conversation only on CounterPunch! More The post Kim Kelly appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
17/08/202242 minutes 19 seconds
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Ray Acheson

This time Eric welcomes to the show author and activist Ray Acheson to discuss their brand new book "Abolishing State Violence: A World Without Bombs, Borders, and Cages" (Haymarket, 2022). Eric and Ray explore the nature of abolitionism, its historic roots, and the ways in which it is a framework emerging from the oppressed and marginalized. Ray discusses their anti-nuclear work and how the Left should respond to the growing calls for nuclear energy to tackle the climate crisis. The conversation also touches on the psychology of activism and the importance of seeing past perceived failures toward the larger goal. Ray is an incredible activist and organizer, and we are thankful that they chose to come to CounterPunch and discuss it all with us! More The post Ray Acheson appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.counte
27/07/202240 minutes 34 seconds
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Michael Hudson

This time Eric welcomes back author and economist Michael Hudson to discuss his new book "The Destiny of Civilization: Finance Capitalism, Industrial Capitalism, or Socialism" available from CounterPunch. Eric and Michael discuss the nature of financialization, neoliberalism, and how these ideas form the basis of the modern global capitalist system. The discussion also explores the role of the US Dollar, the nature of debt as a weapon, US financial imperialism, and so much more. More The post Michael Hudson appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
15/07/20221 hour 10 minutes
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Richard Wolff

This week Eric welcomes back to CounterPunch economist, author, and scholar Richard Wolff to discuss the state of the US and global economy. Prof. Wolff provides his analysis of the inflation issue and what banks, corporations, and the US Government can and should (but probably won't) do. Eric and Richard also discuss unemployment, interest rates, the crypto collapse, the future of the US dollar as a global reserve currency, and much more. Don't miss the latest CounterPunch Radio! More The post Richard Wolff appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
07/07/202247 minutes 53 seconds
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Doug Henwood

This time Eric welcomes back economic analyst and journalist Doug Henwood to discuss the economic situation in the US and globally. Doug provides his analysis of the causes and implications of the current rise in inflation, and how much of the Left has failed to properly analyze the situation. Eric and Doug also discuss issues ranging from "de-dollarization" and the impact of Russia's war in Ukraine to the political fallout for Democrats in coming elections and more. Don't miss this week's CounterPunch Radio. More The post Doug Henwood appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
09/06/202251 minutes 40 seconds
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Shalon van Tine

This time Eric welcomes back to CounterPunch Radio author and historian Shalon van Tine for a discussion of the greatest Russian/Soviet films of all time. Eric and Shalon present their top 5 films and go back and forth discussing various aspects of these films and filmmakers. If you are a film nerd or just a student of history, this is an indispensable conversation for you exclusively at CounterPunch. More The post Shalon van Tine appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
02/06/20222 hours 4 minutes 41 seconds
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Doug Greene

This time Eric chats with historian and author Doug Greene about his brand new book "A Failure of Vision: Michael Harrington and the Limits of Democratic Socialism." Doug explains who Michael Harrington was, the role he played on the socialist left in the 60's and beyond, and the Democratic Socialists of America, the organization he founded. Eric and Doug discuss the nature of democratic socialism and the historical conditions in the US that led to its prominence on the Left. This critical look at Harrington, DSA, and democratic socialism is essential reading for any socialist trying to make sense of the Left in the US today. Don't miss this fascinating conversation on CounterPunch Radio! More The post Doug Greene appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
05/05/202251 minutes 30 seconds
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Marcus Rediker

This time Eric welcomes historian and author Marcus Rediker to CounterPunch Radio to discuss how the study of history can impact our politics today. Marcus explains what he means by studying "history from below" and how that perspective translates to our thinking of present day struggles. The conversation touches on the nature of slave resistance on the Atlantic, how and why that history has been suppressed, and the importance of unearthing it for future generations. Marcus also introduces the audience to the radical abolitionist Benjamin Lay and explains why Lay matters so much, even nearly 300 years after his death. So much important ground covered in this conversation with one of America's leading historians and radical scholars. Don't miss it! More The post Marcus Rediker appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href=
22/04/202256 minutes 56 seconds
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Jason Stanley

This time Eric welcomes back Jason Stanley, Professor of Philosophy at Yale University and author of the bestselling book "How Fascism Works." Eric and Jason discuss the war in Ukraine, the nature of the propaganda and disinformation, the manipulation of historical narratives and much more. The discussion also explores how Putin's Russia aligns with some of the core elements of fascism identified in Stanley's book. Don't miss this important CounterPunch Radio! More The post Jason Stanley appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
09/03/202250 minutes 43 seconds
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Barrett Brown

On this 200th episode of CounterPunch Radio, Eric welcomes back to the show award-winning journalist and author Barrett Brown to discuss the roles of private intelligence firms, fascist billionaires, and careerist mainstream journalists in undermining democracy and doing the bidding of the corrupt institutions of the US State. Barrett discusses his role with Anonymous and Wikileaks, his time in prison, his release in 2016, and how the Trump-Clinton election broke the brains of so many on the left. Eric and Barrett also explore the utter bankruptcy of the corporate press and how they have played an integral role in pushing us to the brink of the fascist police state. Don't miss CounterPunch Radio this week! More The post Barrett Brown appeared first on CounterPunch.org
12/02/20221 hour 58 seconds
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Rashid Khalidi

This time Eric chats with Dr. Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University and author of The Hundred Years' War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance 1917-2017. The conversation explores the early years of the Zionist movement and how it was perceived by prominent Palestinians, including Dr. Khalidi's ancestors, and the inextricable link between Zionism, colonialism, and imperial power. Eric and Rashid discuss everything from attempts to erase Palestinian culture and history to the impact that Israel's rightward shift has had on younger generations of Jews, especially in the US. So many topics covered in this important conversation with one of the most prominent voices of opposition to Israeli policies and oppression. Don't miss this CounterPunch Radio! More The post Rashi
31/01/202258 minutes 42 seconds
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Aram Goudsouzian

This time Eric marks the passing of legendary actor and civil rights icon Sidney Poitier with a conversation with Aram Goudsouzian, Professor of History at the University of Memphis and author of Sidney Poitier: Man, Actor, Icon. The discussion touches on everything from Poitier's early life and training as an actor to his tenuous relationship with Black radical politics in the 1960s. The second half of the conversation explores Poitier's lasting impact and relevance to today. More The post Aram Goudsouzian appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
11/01/202245 minutes 41 seconds
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Jacqueline Keeler

This time on CounterPunch Radio, author and journalist Jacqueline Keeler joins Eric to discuss a range of critical issues affecting Native people in the US and Canada, including the ongoing struggle against pipelines and extractive industries, the impact of COVID on Native communities, the fight against native mascotry, and more. Jacqueline also helps reframe how we think of US history, the American Revolution and Founding Fathers, and the nature of the settler-colonial presence on this continent. This is a conversation you don’t want to miss. Break Music: “Stadium Pow Wow” by The Halluci Nation ft. Black Bear Intro/Outro: “The Corridors of Power” by Dean Wareham More The post Jacqueline Keeler appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
17/12/20211 hour 14 minutes 55 seconds
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Helen Yaffe

This time Eric welcomes to the show author and researcher Helen Yaffe to discuss the post-revolutionary history of Cuba, the recent protests, the effects of US imperialism and the blockade, and Cuba's response to COVID. More The post Helen Yaffe appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
05/11/20211 hour 11 minutes 12 seconds
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Andrew Cockburn

Author and Washington editor of Harper's Magazine Andrew Cockburn joins CounterPunch to discuss his new book "The Spoils of War: Power, Profit, and the American War Machine." More The post Andrew Cockburn appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
29/10/202157 minutes 36 seconds
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Dave Zirin

This time Eric welcomes back to the show Dave Zirin to discuss his latest book "The Kaepernick Effect" which explores how Colin Kaepernick's decision to kneel sparked a movement for social justice and became a universal symbol of resistance and rebellion against white supremacy and injustice. Eric and Dave also discuss several sports issues, including the future of baseball in an age of extreme inequality and profit-driven baseball executives who care little for the game. Don't miss this great conversation with the one and only Dave Zirin on CounterPunch Radio. More The post Dave Zirin appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
08/10/202148 minutes 2 seconds
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Michael Roberts

Marxist economist and author Michael Roberts returns to CounterPunch to discuss the state of US imperialism following the end of the Afghanistan War and how it relates to the profitability of capital in the 21st Century. He also explains the capitalist nonsense called the Austrian School of Economics, and provides his predictions for the global economy in the coming decade. More The post Michael Roberts appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
29/09/20211 hour 2 minutes 31 seconds
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Robert Hunziker

Environmental and climate journalist Robert Hunziker joins CounterPunch+ and CounterPunch Radio to discuss his latest writing about the climate apocalypse unfolding around us. Eric and Robert discuss the Arctic emergency, methane nightmares, the toxic planet, the anthropogenic rocketship, the death of our coral reefs and wetlands, and so much more. Don't worry, there's a little inspiration at the end! More The post Robert Hunziker appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
04/09/20211 hour 5 minutes
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Eileen Jones

On the latest CounterPunch Radio: Film critic and host of the Filmsuck podcast, Eileen Jones, stops by to chat with Eric about American movies, the birth and death of indie cinema, why so many movies are so bad these days, and, of course, her Top 5 films all leftists must see. More The post Eileen Jones appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
18/08/20211 hour 20 minutes 43 seconds
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Paul Street

This week Eric welcomes back to the show CounterPunch regular Paul Street to discuss Bidenism, Trumpism, and other contagious diseases. Paul doesn't hide his contempt for all the right people, so listen today and subscribe to CounterPunch+ where you can read all of Paul's writings. More The post Paul Street appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
06/08/20211 hour 5 minutes 29 seconds
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Scott Parkin

Scott Parkin, a climate organizer and Counterpuncher, joins Eric to discuss climate activism and the indigenous-led resistance movement against pipelines in North America. More The post Scott Parkin appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
29/07/202149 minutes 15 seconds
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Mike Gravel (RIP)

On this special episode of CounterPunch Radio, Eric pays tribute to former Senator Mike Gravel who passed away this week at the age of 91. The interview was recorded March 5, 2013 just hours after the news of the death of Hugo Chavez. Gravel was a man of principle who used his position in the US Senate to fight against the draft and the War in Vietnam, and who famously used used his filibuster to read the Pentagon Papers into the congressional record, thereby making the revelations about US crimes in Vietnam US historical fact, rather than something consigned to history books. Mike was an anti-imperialist and anti-capitalist though he never used those terms. He cared deeply about ordinary working class folks, and he believed it was his duty to help regular people understand that democracy is the goal rather than something already existing. Rest in peace Mike. We will continue the fight. More The po
28/06/202117 minutes 59 seconds
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Ramzy Baroud

In this emergency podcast, Eric welcomes back author, journalist, and CounterPunch contributor Ramzy Baroud to discuss the latest Israeli aggression against the Palestinians, the political and social significance of the Palestinian uprising and solidarity movements around the world, and the global significance of what's happened. Ramzy details Israeli ethnic cleansing, the genocidal agenda, and the importance of Palesitnian agency in their struggle for liberation. Don't miss this important discussion on CounterPunch Radio. More The post Ramzy Baroud appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
21/05/20211 hour 2 minutes 1 second
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Medea Benjamin

This week Eric welcomes antiwar activist and founder of peace organization Code Pink, Medea Benjamin, to discuss Biden and the state of US imperialism today. The conversation explores everything from Biden's role in reestablishing stability for the Empire to the ways in which the US war machine continues its crimes all over the world. Eric and Medea discuss the situation in Yemen, the Biden Administration's posture towards Iran, the shifting narrative on Palestine, drones as weapons of mass destruction, and so much more. Don't miss this great chat with one of America's leading antiwar voices on CounterPunch Radio! More The post Medea Benjamin appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
18/05/202158 minutes 12 seconds
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Dave Lindorff

This week Eric welcomes to the show veteran journalist and CounterPunch contributor Dave Lindorff, who is also the author of the groundbreaking book "Killing Time: An Investigation into the Death Row Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal" (2002). Eric and Dave discuss the political and cultural significance of Mumia and his case, as well as the circumstances regarding his case and the misconduct by the Philadelphia establishment. They also touch on everything from Mumia's relation to Black Lives Matter and contemporary social movements to the importance of political prisoners in the US as leaders. The conversation also explores Biden and the continuity of US imperialism, China as a manufactured enemy, and the inability of the Left to understand China. Don't miss this week's episode! More The post Dave Lindorff appeared first on <a rel="nof
30/04/20211 hour 2 minutes 15 seconds
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Josh Fox

This time Eric sits down with filmmaker and activist Josh Fox (Gasland, 2010) to discuss the aftermath of the Derek Chauvin verdict, the latest in the struggle against the fracking industry, and the daunting challenge of disinformation as it spurs on America's fascist movement. Josh also reveals the evolution of his own thinking in regard to capitalism, humanity, and the planet we all share. Don't miss this great conversation only on CounterPunch Radio! More The post Josh Fox appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
21/04/20211 hour 3 minutes 23 seconds
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Ross Benes

This week Eric chats with Ross Benes about his new book "Rural Rebellion: How Nebraska Became a Republican Stronghold." The conversation explores the rightward trajectory of Nebraska's politics over the last few decades and the reasons behind it. Ross gives his insights into the mentality, values, and prejudices of the communities in which he grew up with an eye toward understanding how and why they think the way they do. Abortion politics, race and immigration, right wing media and disinformation, and other cheerful subjects are all explored in this conversation about the people of "America's Heartland." More The post Ross Benes appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
08/04/202117 minutes 59 seconds
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Ruth Hopkins

This week Eric welcomes Dakota/Lakota Sioux writer and indigenous defender Ruth Hopkins to discuss critical issues facing the Native community in the early days of the Biden Administration. Eric and Ruth discuss the confirmation of Deb Haaland as Interior Secretary and what that means for Native communities and the policies affecting them. The conversation explores everything from the impact of Trump and COVID on Native people to the false promises of Green energy and 21st Century extractivism to the latest on pipelines and the struggle to defend water and sacred land. Ruth also helps us understand the symbolic and spiritual meaning of water and the protection of water and land. Don't miss the latest CounterPunch Radio! More The post Ruth Hopkins appeared first on CounterPun
02/04/202146 minutes 27 seconds
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David Roth

This week Eric welcomes David Roth, co-founder and co-owner of Defector, a new sports, politics, and culture media project and co-op, to the podcast to talk baseball, politics, and assorted silliness on the eve of Opening Day 2021. Eric and David discuss why we love baseball despite everything that is utterly repulsive about it, the state of labor relations in baseball and the slashing of the minor leagues, baseball as a reactionary white man sport, the infestation of the game by McKinsey and the management consulting class, and lots of other fun topics. Also, they briefly remember a guy or two, talk 2021 NY Mets, and make definitely not slanderous statements about MLB managers. Listen to this week's CounterPunch Radio...even if you hate baseball! More The post David Roth appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.count
26/03/20211 hour 10 minutes 59 seconds
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Camila Escalante

This time Eric welcomes journalist Camila Escalante to the show for an in-depth analysis of the recent election in Ecuador, what it means for the Left, and the latest in Bolivia. The conversation breaks down each of the main candidates in the first round, the allegations of fraud, the role of the indigenous movements and party, the conflicts on the Left, and more. Camila also provides an update on the situation in Bolivia and introduces the audience to the new news service of which she's a founder. Lots of information to keep you informed on this latest CounterPunch Radio. More The post Camila Escalante appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
18/03/202159 minutes 47 seconds
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Yassamine Mather

This week Eric welcomes back to the show Yassamine Mather to discuss the latest with Iran, US policy towards Tehran, COVID and more. Eric and Yassmine explore the Biden Administration's effect on US-Iran relations in the wake of Trump, the state of Iranian politics ahead of June presidential elections, and the impact of Trump on the Iranian diaspora. The conversation touches on everything from Iranian military cooperation with Russia and China to the ongoing situation of COVID in the country. So many topics critical to understanding Iran are discussed in this latest CounterPunch Radio. Don't miss it! More The post Yassamine Mather appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
04/03/202156 minutes 21 seconds
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Abby Martin

This week Eric welcomes activist, journalist, and filmmaker Abby Martin to the show to discuss Biden, US foreign policy, and the evolving nature of US imperialism. Eric and Abby explore what the transition from Trump to Biden means for the Empire and how US policy is likely to reflect that. The conversation explores the ongoing US war crimes in Yemen, the impact of Saudi Arabia and Iran in shaping the US agenda, and the 20+ year war in Afghanistan and the geopolitical and strategic motivations for US actions. Abby also tells of her experiences in Palestine, her documentary about Gaza, and her political repression at the hands of Israel and US lawmakers. Don't miss this great conversation on this week's CounterPunch Radio! More The post Abby Martin appeared first on CounterPunc
21/02/20211 hour 19 minutes 9 seconds
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Emil Draitser

This week Eric welcomes to the show author and professor Emil Draitser to discuss his brand new book "In the Jaws of the Crocodile: A Soviet Memoir" and his experiences as a Jewish writer and satirist in the Soviet Union. The conversation touches on everything from a historical and material analysis of Odessa, the center of Jewish culture in the Soviet Union, to the political life of dissidents in Odessa and beyond. This wide-ranging conversation provides insights on the reality of daily life, the nature of cultural production, the role of humor in Soviet Jewish life, and so much more. The conversation also explores the acceptance of right wing political ideology by Jewish emigres from the Soviet Union, the shameful embrace of Trumpism by that community, and the generational divides that exist. <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/book-launch-in-the-jaws-of-the-crocodile-by-emil-draitser-tickets-134034289167?aff=efbeventtix&fbclid=IwAR0NLc7TNM6D585HpoY81u5yhYlllLjTm-RU1wbsM
26/01/20211 hour 30 minutes 51 seconds
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Laura Carlsen

This week Eric welcomes back to the show CounterPunch columnist Laura Carlsen to discuss all things Mexico. The conversation explores the political dynamics at play in Mexico and how Mexican President Obrador (AMLO) relates to incoming President-Elect Joe Biden and his administration. Eric and Laura discuss the impacts of COVID in Mexico, the Mexican far right, the failed drug war and US imperialism, the state of Mexico's social movements, and so much more. Don't miss this week's episode! More The post Laura Carlsen appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
12/01/20211 hour 1 minute 28 seconds
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Mike Fox

This week Eric welcomes back to the show Brazil-based multimedia journalist Mike Fox to discuss all things Brazil. Mike provides his analysis of the Trump loss and what the period of transition to Biden means for Brazil. Eric and Mike discuss the results of the recent elections and what the results mean for President Bolsonaro and his political project, as well as the reality of COVID on the streets. Attacks on indigenous leaders, the latest on Lula and the Workers' Party, the resurgent left in Latin America and so much more on this week's CounterPunch Radio. Don't miss it! More The post Mike Fox appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
30/12/20201 hour 12 minutes 18 seconds
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Joe Lowndes

This week Eric welcomes to the show professor of political science and author Joe Lowndes to discuss this moment of transition in the US, the outlook for the left and right, and much more. Joe gives his analysis of the incoming Biden administration and the prospects for resuscitating the neoliberal consensus in the midst of the pandemic. The conversation also explores the city of Portland and the political context necessary for understanding how it became a flashpoint in the fight against fascism and Trump. Lots of ground covered in this week's CounterPunch Radio. More The post Joe Lowndes appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
21/12/20201 hour 3 minutes 29 seconds
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Ramzy Baroud

This week Eric welcomes back to the show US-Palestinian journalist and author Ramzy Baroud to discuss all things Palestine. Eric and Ramzy begin with a discussion of Israeli policy in the last days of Trump and what to expect from a Biden Administration in terms of Israel-Palestine policy. The conversation touches on everything from demographic imperatives for Israel to the logic behind evictions and demolitions to discoveries of gas in Palestinian territorial waters. So much ground covered with one of the great voices for justice and the Palestinian cause. Don't miss it! More The post Ramzy Baroud appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
08/12/20201 hour 2 minutes 31 seconds
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Kali Akuno

This week Eric welcomes Kali Akuno back to the show to discuss the bizarre political moment we're living through and the historical context necessary to understand it. Eric and Kali explore everything from the end of Black Reconstruction and the economic underpinnings of the modern imperial state, to geopolitics and the nature of the ruling class conflicts shaping our world today. Don't miss the latest CounterPunch Radio! More The post Kali Akuno appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
03/12/20201 hour 7 minutes 42 seconds
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Joshua Frank

On the latest podcast Eric does an Election 2020 wrap up with CounterPunch managing editor Joshua Frank. Eric and Joshua discuss how Trump's loss will impact him and his movement, including the possibility that Trump will not relinquish power. From there the discussion explores parallels and differences between 2020 and 2008, including the economic and psychological impact. The second half of the conversation explores the future Biden Administration, what should be expected of the assorted ghouls in the running for top cabinet posts, how it might approach issues ranging from Palestine to white supremacist militias, and why a return to normalcy is a return to liberal imperialism. Another great chat with one of the hardest working guys in the left media. More The post Joshua Frank appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https:/
11/11/20201 hour 2 minutes 38 seconds
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Anthony DiMaggio & Paul Street

On this special Election 2020 episode, Eric sits down with CounterPunch regulars Anthony DiMaggio and Paul Street to discuss the latest as the US elects its next executioner and much of the country hopes and prays for the Orange Fascist's exit from power. The conversation touches on everything from the lasting impacts of Trump's tenure to the possibility of Trump attempting a "soft coup." The guys discuss conspiracy theory, COVID's impact on Trump's chances, the likely pathetic reality of a Biden Administration, and so much more. This was a fun conversation even as the world seemingly burns. But hey, at least there will no be no more daily Trump overdose...but CounterPunch will still be here to mainline every morning. More The post Anthony DiMaggio & Paul Street appeared first on <a rel="nofoll
06/11/20201 hour 6 minutes 42 seconds
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Thomas Becker – Episode 169

This time Eric welcomes to the show Bolivia-based researcher Thomas Becker to discuss the recent election which saw the Movement for Socialism (MAS) returned to power after the right wing coup which deposed Evo Morales in 2019. Thomas provides a summary of the events of the last year leading up to last week's elections, including the racism, violence, and ethnic cleansing carried out by the right wing coup government. From there, Eric and Thomas discuss the election results, the role of indigenous social movements, the failures of the international left, and much more. This important conversation touches on all the critical issues you need to know to understand where Bolivia has been and where it's going. Don't miss CounterPunch Radio this week! More The post Thomas Becker – Episode 169 appeared first
30/10/202055 minutes 56 seconds
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Ian Scott Horst – Episode 168

This time Eric sits down with Ian Scott Horst, author of the new book "Like Ho Chi Minh! Like Che Guevara! The Revolutionary Left in Ethiopia 1969-1979." Eric and Ian discuss the history of the Ethiopian student movement and the revolution itself, its connections to other liberation movements, the redirection of the revolution by the military, and the events that followed. The conversation explores everything from Ethiopia's experience with Italian fascism and corrupt monarchy, to how this seemingly forgotten chapter of revolutionary history connects to events in Africa today, as well as to the experiences of activists the world over. More The post Ian Scott Horst – Episode 168 appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
27/10/202053 minutes 8 seconds
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Anthony DiMaggio – Episode 167

This week Eric welcomes back to the show political scientist and author Anthony DiMaggio to discuss social media, conspiracy theory in America, and his latest book "Unequal America." Eric and Anthony explore the role of social media in propagating conspiracy theories, fake news, and eroding social and cultural institutions. They discuss how fake news and conspiracism is nothing new in America while also exploring the nature of Americans' economic consciousness and self-deception. This conversation goes in-depth on some of the key issues facing us today. Don't miss it! More The post Anthony DiMaggio – Episode 167 appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
14/10/20201 hour 2 minutes 30 seconds
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Paul Street – Episode 166

This week Eric welcomes back to the show Paul Street, author of the brand new book "Hollow Resistance: Obama, Trump, and the Politics of Appeasement" published by CounterPunch. Eric and Paul discuss the various ways that Obama paved the way for Trump and the fact that Trump could not exist were it not for Obama. Eric and Paul explore Obama's reactionary effect on liberals and Black voters, his electoral fetishism, his faux resistance to Trump, and much more. From the fascist backlash against him to his attacks on the Left, Eric and Paul dissect everything Obama...and it ain't pretty. More The post Paul Street – Episode 166 appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
02/10/20201 hour 6 minutes 56 seconds
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CounterPunch+ – Episode 165

This week Eric introduces listeners to CounterPunch+, the new subscriber section of CounterPunch, by discussing his exclusive article "The Plot Against Libya" which tells the story of Obama's mostly forgotten war on Libya, one of the most brazenly criminal acts committed by a US president. Eric explains why it's important to remember the truth of Libya now, nine years later. Eric also discusses other pieces currently featured on CP+. Don't miss this week's show and don't forget to sign up for CounterPunch+! More The post CounterPunch+ – Episode 165 appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
25/09/202043 minutes 4 seconds
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Maximillian Alvarez – Episode 164

This week Eric welcomes to the show essayist, editor, and host of the Working People podcast, Maximillian Alvarez, to discuss the state of the working class in the time of COVID. Eric and Maximillian discuss the contours of the class war, what the pandemic has revealed about the failures of neoliberalism and the true nature of American capitalism, and the action and inaction of organized labor against the backdrop of America's social movements. Also, Eric and Maximillian ask (and try to answer) the question: What does it mean to be working class in 2020? More The post Maximillian Alvarez – Episode 164 appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
14/09/20201 hour 20 minutes 51 seconds
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Dave Zirin – Episode 163

This week Eric welcomes back to the show author and journalist Dave Zirin to discuss the strike wave in US professional sports and what it means for the future. Eric and Dave discuss the NBA being in the forefront of the issue, the significance of professional baseball getting involved, and the future of the NFL in this year of COVID and police brutality. The conversation touches on everything from the diametrically opposed roles of Kaepernick and Obama to the political and economic concerns at the heart of the issues. Don't miss CounterPunch Radio this week! More The post Dave Zirin – Episode 163 appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
31/08/202044 minutes 59 seconds
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Jackie Fielder – Episode 162

This week Eric welcomes to the show California State Senate candidate Jackie Fielder to discuss her campaign, the issues facing San Franciscans, and the overlapping crises facing all workers in the US. Eric and Jackie discuss why she launched the campaign, and how her experiences as an indigenous woman, and especially as a water protector at Standing Rock, helped shape her politics and activism. From there, the conversation touches on labor issues, the housing apocalypse in California, the raging wildfires and pandemic and how they're impacting workers, what "democratic socialism" really means, and so much more. Don't miss CounterPunch Radio this week! More The post Jackie Fielder – Episode 162 appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
25/08/202051 minutes 36 seconds
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Doug Henwood – Episode 161

This week Eric welcomes to the show journalist Doug Henwood to talk about the latest terrifying economic numbers, how COVID is changing the economic life of America's working class, what we should expect in the near- and medium-term, and so much more. The second half of the show finds Doug and Eric discussing Trump's attempts to undermine the election, what a constitutional crisis in the US would look like, and whether the US is a failed state. Also, the specter of fascism makes its usual appearance. Hot, spicy takes abound in this week's CounterPunch Radio. Don't miss it! More The post Doug Henwood – Episode 161 appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
14/08/20201 hour 11 seconds
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Alex Kotch & Walker Bragman: Episode 160

This week Eric welcomes to show journalists Alex Kotch and Walker Bragman to discuss the latest developments from Trumpistan, the state of left journalism, and their new media project OptOut. The conversation begins with discussion of Trump's threat to cancel the election, his Portland goon squads, and the shadowy American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) getting in on the culture war. They talk class war, Trump's real base, and the myopia of Americans. The second half of the chow is focused on left media, the importance of developing our own independent media ecosystem, and the new app OptOut. Lots of good stuff packed into this week's CounterPunch Radio, don't miss it! More The post Alex Kotch & Walker Bragman: Episode 160 appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://w
07/08/202057 minutes 26 seconds
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Laura Briggs – Episode 159

This week Eric welcomes to the show Laura Briggs, author of the new book "Taking Children: A History of American Terror." Eric and Laura discuss Trump's family separation policy and the long and shameful American tradition of breaking up families and stealing children. Briggs explains the economic and social function of such practices in context of slavery, dispossession of Native peoples, and US imperialism in Latin America. The conversation touches on many points including the bipartisan nature of such policies and ways we might begin to resist. More The post Laura Briggs – Episode 159 appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
31/07/202053 minutes 37 seconds
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Grace Blakeley – Episode 158

This week Eric sits down with commentator, journalist, and author, Grace Blakeley, to discuss her new book "Stolen: How to Save the World from Financialisation." Eric and Grace explore the nature of the neoliberal period and what the process of financialization has done to the economic, political, and social life of the Global North. The conversation touches on everything from the nature of financialization as intertwined with imperialism to the role of electoral politics versus that of mass mobilization and street organizing. Jeremy Corbyn and Bernie Sanders make cameos, as do Lenin, Hilferding, and Schumpeter. Oh, and also climate breakdown. It's socialism or barbarism, and the choice is ours. Don't miss this wide-ranging chat on CounterPunch Radio! More The post Grace Blakeley – Episode 158 appear
21/07/20201 hour 12 minutes 30 seconds
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Sumedha Pal – Episode 157

This week Eric welcomes journalist Sumedha Pal to the show to discuss how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting India and its 1.2 billion people. Sumedha explains the devastation of India's health care system, the mismanagement of the crisis by the central government, and the impact COVID is having on the rural poor, indigenous people, urban sex workers, and other marginalized groups. In the second half of the conversation, Sumedha details her personal experience with the health care system during the pandemic, as well as providing updates on the situation in Kashmir one year after the lockdown, growing tensions with China, India's far right ultra-nationalist forces, and more. Break music: The Mekons - "Last Night on Earth" More The post Sumedha Pal – Episode 157 appeared first on <a rel="nofollow"
06/07/20201 hour 2 minutes 38 seconds
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Lucy Schiller – Episode 156

This week Eric sits down with journalist and author Lucy Schiller to discuss her recent investigation into the multi-billion dollar senior living industry in the COVID era, and the concept of loneliness in our world today. Music: Dean Wareham - "Wayfaring Stranger" More The post Lucy Schiller – Episode 156 appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
30/06/202054 minutes 32 seconds
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Arun Gupta – Episode 155

This time Eric chats with journalist, author, and chef Arun Gupta about his recent investigation into the COVID pandemic in rural agriculture and its impact on migrant workers. Eric and Arun also discuss the ongoing #BLM protests, real journalism and the danger of spreading unverified rumors in times of social struggle, and Arun's new Instagram cooking series, "Apocalypse Chow" As always, Arun Gupta on CounterPunch Radio is a must-listen! Music: The Coup - Laugh/Love/F**ck More The post Arun Gupta – Episode 155 appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
22/06/20201 hour 23 minutes 31 seconds
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Kali Akuno – Episode 154

As the US erupts in protest in the wake of George Floyd's murder, Eric chats with Kali Akuno, co-founder and co-director of Cooperation Jackson and organizer with People's Strike. Kali gives his reactions to Trump's quasi-martial law decree and some of the rhetoric he used in his disturbing "Law and Order" speech. Eric and Kali discuss the importance of Black and Brown youth leadership in this uprising, and how the level of political consciousness is much higher than previous uprisings. From there the conversation touches on everything from the formation of Trumpist brownshirts and how the Left must organize itself for defense to the understanding that Trump has brought the War on Terror home. Don't miss the critical discussion on CounterPunch! Music: Durand Jones and the Indications - "Morning in America" More The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/06/04/kali-akun
04/06/20201 hour 4 minutes 40 seconds
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Richard Wolff – Episode 153

This week Eric welcomes back to the show professor of economics, radio host, and author Richard Wolff to discuss unemployment, systemic failures, and the future of capitalism in the Age of COVID. Eric and Richard discuss his recent piece "Mass Unemployment Is a Failure of Capitalism" and why unemployment, and all the hardships it causes, is a choice made by capitalists. From there they explore the 2000, 2008, and 2020 crashes as a feature, not a bug, capitalism, and why a redistribution of labor has led to a generation of precarious gig workers and debt-ridden college graduates with little hope of a financial future. And what should the government be doing? Listen to this week's show to find out. More The post Richard Wolff – Episode 153 appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.counterpun
26/05/202034 minutes 57 seconds
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Shahid Buttar – Episode 152

This time Eric welcomes progressive Democratic candidate for the US House of Representatives from California's 12th district, Shahid Buttar, who is challenging Nancy Pelosi in November's general election. Eric and Shahid discuss his background and formative political experiences, his time in Washington and as an activist, and his reasons for running. From there, the conversation explores the Pelosi era in SF politics: gentrification, segregation, Pelosification. What are the power blocs in Bay Area politics? Which sectors of capital does Pelosi represent? How will his campaign overcome these institutional obstacles? The second half of the show assesses Bernie's campaign, his impact on American political life, and the possibility (or impossibility) of taking over the Democratic Party. Finally, Eric and Shahid examine the critical question: what role is there for the Left in US politics? More
19/05/20201 hour 59 seconds
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Louis Proyect & Shalon van Tine – Episode 151

While we're all stuck at home, there's a world of films waiting to be seen. This week, we discuss ten films that every lefty must watch. Joining Eric is CounterPunch's resident film critic Louis Proyect, and PhD student and author Shalon van Tine. Films discussed include: Sansho the Bailiff (Mizoguchi, 1954) Strike (Eisenstein, 1925) Battleship Potemkin (Eisenstein, 1925) Salt of the Earth (Biberman, 1954) Crimson Gold (Panahi/Kiarostami, 2003) La Chinoise (Godard, 1967) Ceddo (Sembene, 1977) El Norte (Nava, 1983) Seventh Seal (Bergman, 1957) Sorry to Bother You (Riley, 2018) Music: The Kinks - Celluloid Heroes More The post Louis Proyect & Shalon van Tine – Episode 151 appeared first on <a rel="nofollow"
08/05/20201 hour 24 minutes 30 seconds
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Howie Hawkins – Episode 150

This time Eric welcomes to the show activist, unionist, and leading candidate for the Green Party nomination for President in 2020, Howie Hawkins. Eric and Howie discuss the importance of a left political alternative to the Democratic Party, and why arguments against it are disingenuous. Howie describes his background as a trade unionist, co-founder of the Green Party, and activist, and explains how that informs his politics today. Eric and Howie explore electoralism vs activism, the role of the Green Party with it shortcomings, and whether it can be a vehicle for the Left. Howie also provides some perspective on the Bernie Sanders campaign and explains why he wasn't surprised to see Bernie do well in 2016. Finally, and most importantly, Howie answers the million dollar question: why bother with a third party in an undemocratic capitalist duopoly? Music: David Rovics - "Failed State" More
20/04/202051 minutes 52 seconds
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Paul Street – Episode 149

This time Eric welcomes back to the show CounterPunch contributor Paul Street to discuss capitalism and the pandemic, the Orange Antichrist, Bernie's flame-out, and the shocking collapse of Truthdig. First, Eric and Paul go in depth on how the pandemic is a direct result of capitalist development and ecocide, and the fact that Trump's base is only interested in white nationalism and authoritarianism. The second half of the show is a post-mortem of the Bernie Sanders campaign as Eric and Paul discuss what went wrong, and whether or not Bernie represents the final nail in the coffin of the "transforming the Democratic Party" mantra. Finally, Paul gives his inside perspective on what happened at Truthdig and why independent left media is so critical in these crazy times. Music: The Mekons - "Simone" More The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/04/06/paul-street-epi
06/04/20201 hour 13 minutes 20 seconds
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Michael Roberts – Episode 148

This time Eric welcomes back to the show Marxist economist and author Michael Roberts to discuss the prospects for the global economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Eric and Michael begin by discussing whether the virus was an exogenous calamity or merely the tipping point for much deeper structural problems with global production and profitability. From there, Michael explains why Keynesians are wrong in describing "demand crises" when really it's supply crises that drive economic downturns, and why comparisons of 2020 and 1987 fall flat. The second half of the episode explores the role of oil price collapse and corporate debt in exacerbating the coming depression, and the material reality of life for workers under the dire economic conditions we now face. Lots of ground covered with one of the best economists working today. Don't miss it! Music: Dean Wareham - Wayfaring Stranger More The
20/03/202055 minutes 27 seconds
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Jason Stanley – Episode 147

Counterpunch Radio returns with a conversation with philosopher Jason Stanley, author of "How Fascism Works" (2018). Eric and Jason explore the nature of contemporary fascism, its historical roots, and the connection between the politics and culture. They examine fascism as defined by Marxists versus that defined by liberal democrats and explore whether a single interpretation is insufficient. From there the interview touches on how Trump and fascists use language, the precarity of truth in a fascist era, and the question of whether Trump represents a unique threat or simply the removal of the white supremacist mask. Lots of ground covered in this great conversation. Music: Audiobinger - Pumpkin Spice More The post Jason Stanley – Episode 147 appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="htt
09/03/202045 minutes 23 seconds
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Eric Blanc – Episode 146

This week Eric welcomes to the show activist and author Eric Blanc whose book Red State Revolt (Verso, 2019) documented the teachers strike wave across the country in 2018-2019. The conversation begins with a discussion of the nature of the strikes, the political context in which they happened, and the juxtaposition of labor activism in red versus blue states. From there, Eric explains how standardized testing, charter schools, and privatization broadly has decimated the teaching profession in recent decades, and how the recent labor uprising from teachers and education professionals is a backlash to those trends. The final part of the conversation focuses on the Bernie 2020 campaign, and the specifics of Bernie's proposals on education and rolling back the Wall Street-financed privatization movement. Music: Max Romeo - "Socialism Is Love" More The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.co
27/01/202029 minutes 28 seconds
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Scott Stedman & Val Broeksmit – Episode 145

This week Eric welcomes to the show investigative journalist and founder of Forensic News, Scott Stedman, along with Deutsche Bank whistleblower Val Broeksmit, to discuss the bombshell report from Forensic News confirming a direct link between Trump's Deutsche Bank loans and the Russian bank VTB. The conversation begins with a deep dive into the story and Val's background, including his father, a former Deutsche Bank executive who committed suicide in 2014. Val and Scott help lay out the connections between Trump, the US subsidiary of Deutsche Bank, and the Russian oligarch bank VTB. The conversation touches on numerous angles to this story including Val's cooperation with the FBI, the main pieces of evidence, and a macro-level view of how this revelation fits into the broader Trump-Russia puzzle. Whether you're a Russiagate enthusiast, skeptic, or somewhere in between, this week's show is all about the evidence. Music: Constantines - "Young Lions" <a href="https://www.count
21/01/20201 hour 7 minutes 21 seconds
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Mike Prysner – Episode 144

This week Eric welcomes to the show Iraq war veteran, antiwar activist, and filmmaker Mike Prysner to help us understand what's going on in the minds of soldiers with the US on the brink of another war. Mike tells us about his journey from enlisting to finding himself on the ground in Iraq to coming home and organizing against the war and US imperialism. Eric and Mike discuss the reasons young people join, the myth versus reality, and the coercive nature of military recruitment. Mike also reminds us the history of war resisting, from the Philippines to Vietnam, and the historical tradition from which he comes. As we careen over the cliff into another war, it's all the more important to listen to voices like Mike Prysner. Don't miss this conversation. Music: Minutemen - "The Big Stick" More The post M
13/01/202050 minutes 35 seconds
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Yassamine Mather – Episode 143

After a hiatus, Counterpunch Radio returns with an urgent new episode on the crisis with Iran. Joining Eric this time is Oxford senior researcher and founder of Hands Off the People of Iran, Yassamine Mather. Eric and Yassamine discuss the assassination of Soleimani and the crisis it has sparked, the internal politics and protests in Iran, the complicated regional picture, and more. Recorded January 8, 2020 Music: Devendra Banhart - Heard Somebody Say More The post Yassamine Mather – Episode 143 appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
08/01/20201 hour 2 minutes 7 seconds
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Michael Roberts – Episode 142

This week Eric welcomes to the show Marxist economist and blogger Michael Roberts to discuss the latest global economic issues. The conversation begins with the interesting moves by the US Federal Reserve in late September and what they might mean for the US domestic, and ultimately global, economic outlook. From there the conversation shifts to macroeconomic trends and how Trump's trade war with China might impact the depressed global situation, including laying the groundwork for a technology and supply chain war. The second half of the show focuses on the oil price and global oil markets, and how they are impacting the geopolitics and economic interests of the world's power blocs. Finally, Eric and Michael discuss financialization and the rentier economy, and explore whether these are sufficient to explaining the current economic crisis. Music: Lee Scratch Perry & Errol Walker - "In These Times" <a href="https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/10/22/michael-roberts-episode-142/
22/10/201952 minutes 14 seconds
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Alex Kotch – Episode 141

This week Eric welcomes to the show investigative journalist and editor of Sludge, Alex Kotch, to talk Trump, Ukraine, campaign finance violations, and much more. Naturally, the conversation begins with a discussion of the latest in Trumplandia, including the opening of the impeachment inquiry and what that might mean for Trump and the Democrats. From there, Alex discusses his latest investigation into Facebook's profiting from far-right propaganda, including the broader implications of social media as a platform for such politics. Finally, Eric and Alex discuss the death of David Koch and the legacy of the Koch Brothers' insidious, decades-long right wing project. Don't miss this week's show! Music: Mission of Burma - "That's When I Reach for My Revolver" More The post Alex Kotch – Episode 141 appea
02/10/201947 minutes 50 seconds
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JP Sottile – Episode 140

This week Eric welcomes back to the show political analyst and all around news vandal, JP Sottile, curator of the Newsvandal daily newsletter. Eric and JP discuss oil, oil, and more oil; how global politics and economics are being shaped by it, and what the future may hold. JP explains why he refers to this period as "Donald Trump's Oily Presidency" and what the rule of Big Oil has meant for the geopolitical chessboard in the Middle East and beyond. Eric and JP discuss the recent drone strike against Saudi oil facilities, who might have been involved, how the war in Yemen is related and so much more. The second half of the show features an in depth discussion of Russia, the strategic calculus in the era of late stage oil, and much more. A quick episode summary won't do this discussion justice. Don't miss it! Music: John Mayall - "Gasoline Blues" More The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://w
23/09/20191 hour 8 minutes 29 seconds
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Dan Glazebrook – Episode 139

This week Eric welcomes political analyst Dan Glazebrook back to the show to discuss the latest in the wild world of British politics. Eric and Dan begin with an overview of the developments of recent months and the political context within which they've taken place. With Brexit looming over everything, Boris Johnson is now PM and all hell has broken loose. Dan explains why he thinks Steve Bannon is an important key to understanding Johnson's political calculation, and why Corbyn and Labour remain so politically weak even as Rome burns around them. Dan explores some of the possible scenarios that could play out and gives his best guess as to what comes next. Don't miss this in-depth examination of UK politics this week on Counterpunch Radio. Music: XTC - "Roads Girdle the Globe" More The post Dan
17/09/20191 hour 11 minutes 19 seconds
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Sumedha Pal – Episode 138

This week Eric welcomes to the show New Delhi-based journalist Sumedha Pal to discuss the situation in Kashmir and the political context within which it should be understood. The conversation begins with important background on the conflict: the history, stakeholders, and domestic politics. Sumedha explains the rise of PM Narendra Modi, the forces backing him, and why he and the far right Hindu nationalists have made this move on Kashmir now. From there, the conversation explores everything from the role of capital and the ruling class in backing Modi, the actions and mobilization by the left in India, the reactions from Pakistan and China, and so much more. Don't miss the in-depth discussion of one of the most important and dangerous conflicts in the world today. Music: FONTAINES D.C. - "The Lotts" More The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/09/02/sumedha-pal-ep
02/09/201956 minutes 10 seconds
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Dean Wareham – Episode 137

This week Eric welcomes to the show singer, songwriter, and composer Dean Wareham to talk music, politics, and CounterPunch. Dean tells us about his rock and roll journey, including his bands Galaxie 500 and Luna, and what he learned about contacts, money, and "The Industry." Eric asks Dean about the state of music today, how it changed with mp3s and streaming, and whether things are better or worse than "the good old days." Dean explains how he first found CounterPunch and why music with a political edge is so important. This was a fun conversation with a great CounterPuncher, don't miss it! Music: Luna - "Chinatown" More The post Dean Wareham – Episode 137 appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
27/08/201945 minutes 29 seconds
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Robert Hunziker – 136

This week Eric welcomes back journalist and CounterPunch contributor Robert Hunziker to discuss his recent articles on Greenland and sea level rise. Hunziker explains how a recent Arctic heatwave paints a terrifying picture of our climate change future. Melting ice, rising seas, a world in chaos...and the President doesn't even believe it's real. How do we live for the future through this nightmare? Eric and Robert counsel each other through it all on CounterPunch Radio this week. More The post Robert Hunziker – 136 appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
12/08/20191 hour 2 minutes 47 seconds
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Kelly Weber – Episode 135

This week Eric welcomes to the show Ohio-based activist and teacher Kelly Weber to discuss her successful infiltration of the Trump rally in Cincinnati, what it was like demonstrating amid a sea of racist hate, and why she and her friends felt compelled to do it. Kelly gives us a glimpse into the nightmarish reality of Trumpism, including the casual racism, the violence, etc. Eric and Kelly discuss the trajectory of the rallies, and whether Kelly sees them getting more extreme (Hint: she does, and they are). Finally, Eric and Kelly discuss her upcoming trip to the border to provide food, medical care, and other necessities to migrants languishing in the purgatory of Border Patrol's jurisdiction. We are on the brink of a truly terrifying new world. Kelly's seen it and she's here to tell us CounterPunchers all about it. More The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/08/07/ke
07/08/201926 minutes 48 seconds
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Samuel Stein – Episode 134

This week Eric welcomes to the show author and academic Samuel Stein to discuss his new book "Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State." Eric and Samuel explore the rise of the real estate state, the role of capital in urban planning, and the connection between real estate and financial speculation. Samuel explains how zoning and other tools are utilized by capital to enforce political and social order. The second half of the show examines gentrification, land use and profitability, and the recent struggle in NYC against Amazon which was in large part a tenants rights struggle. And, of course, Eric and Samuel place Donald Trump in proper context as the ultimate real estate scumbag turned Commander-in-Chief. That and so much more in the latest CounterPunch Radio! Music: Leadbelly - "The Bourgeois Blues" More The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/07/
29/07/201950 minutes 40 seconds
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Arun Gupta – Episode 133

This time Eric welcomes back to the show journalist and author Arun Gupta to discuss the No More Concentration Camps movement which he helped organize. Eric and Arun discuss the impetus behind the call to action and the immediate response both from social justice advocates and corporate and independent media. The conversation covers a lot of ground: the failures of the corporate press on this issue and throughout the Trump era, the role of tech companies in providing the tools and know-how for ICE and the deportation machine, the historical precedents of what we're witnessing today, and so much more. Don't look away! Don't scroll past it! This issue cuts to the heart of what it means to have compassion and a commitment to social justice, and we're glad to air it here on CounterPunch Radio. Music: Heaven 17 - (We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang More The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https
24/07/201948 minutes 32 seconds
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Andom Ghebreghiorgis – Episode 132

This time Eric welcomes to the show Andom Ghebreghiorgis, a progressive educator in NY running to unseat the pro-war democrat Elliot Engel in NY's 16th congressional district. Andom discusses his political outlook and why he's made antiwar politics central to his platform and campaign. Eric and Andom explore some of the power behind Engel, why it's so critical to defeat him, and whether foreign policy and issues of war and empire even have a place in a local race. From there Andom explains his perspectives on education policy, Bernie Sanders and the Democratic Party, US policy in Africa and much more. A fun conversation with a young progressive candidate this week on CounterPunch Radio. Music: The Coup - "Ride the Fence" More The post Andom Ghebreghiorgis – Episode 132 appeared fi
10/07/201944 minutes 38 seconds
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Mike Fox – Episode 131

This time Eric welcomes back to the show Brazil-based multimedia journalist Mike Fox to discuss all the latest political earthquakes coming from Brazil in the wake of The Intercept's blockbuster reporting on leaks within the government. Mike explains the background of the scandal that led to former President Lula's imprisonment and the rise of the fascist Jair Bolsonaro, and why these recent leaks seriously damage the credibility of the government itself. Eric and Mike explore everything from the response of the social movements and activists to the erosion of Bolsonaro's base in the face of this scandal. Mike also presents some important information to consider moving forward in the weeks and months ahead, including how students and others are organizing around Lula and against pension reforms. So much packed into this conversation. You won't find this analysis anywhere but CounterPunch. Music: Linton Kwesi Johnson - Fite Dem Back <a href="https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/
25/06/20191 hour 2 minutes 16 seconds
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Michael Yates – Episode 130

This time Eric sits down with author and publisher Michael Yates whose new book asks the critical question: Can the working class save the world? Michael helps us understand the questions his book set out to answer, including how we define the working class, how the working class has changed in recent decades, and how it can be organized to change the world. Eric and Michael discuss the importance of internationalism in uniting struggles and fighting global capitalism, including the centrality of anti-imperialist, anti-racist, and anti-patriarchy politics in any labor struggles. The conversation touches on a wide range of subjects related to workers, the working class and class consciousness, all so critical in this time of ever worsening exploitation. Don't miss this week's CounterPunch Radio! Music: The Coup - Laugh/Love/Fuck More The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.counterpunc
05/06/20191 hour 6 minutes 4 seconds
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Boris Kagarlitsky – Episode 129

This week Eric welcomes to the show Boris Kagarlitsky: Marxist theoretician, sociologist, political dissident, and chief editor of the Russian-language online journal Rabkor.ru (The Worker). Boris provides his analysis of the current political landscape in Russia including the recent upsurge in protests around pension reform and other economic and social issues. He also explains how Russia in 2019 is not like the Soviet Union but Mexico in the 1970s; how Putin's Russia is free but not democratic; and how there may be an opening for left politics in Russian political life as Putin's popularity and control begin to slip. The second half of the show features a discussion of Ukraine's recent election, how Russian propaganda around Ukraine is both accurate and also distorts the reality of the country, and how the contradictions at the heart of Ukraine remain at the heart of the conflict in the East. You'll find this level of analysis on Russia, Ukraine and many other issues nowhere else
15/05/20191 hour 12 minutes 38 seconds
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Mark Weisbrot – Episode 128

This week Eric welcomes to the show author and economist Mark Weisbrot who serves as Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. Mark comes on the show discuss his recent study co-authored with Jeffrey Sachs entitled "Economic Sanctions as Collective Punishment: The Case of Venezuela" which details the real-world consequences of the US sanctions. Mark explains some of the data and methodology behind the study, and what the results reveal about the nature of the crisis. From there, Eric and Mark discuss some of the motivations behind Trump, Bolton & Co.'s actions, and how Venezuela is paying a price for a cynical political game. Is war on the table? What's next? Listen to CounterPunch Radio this week to hear Mark Weisbrot's take. More The post Mark Weisbrot – Episode 128 appeared first
07/05/201930 minutes 1 second
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Brian Mier – Episode 127

This week Eric welcomes to the show Brian Mier. Brian is a Brazil-based journalist, editor of BrasilWire, and author of the new book "Year of Lead: Washington, Wall Street, and the New Imperialism in Brazil." Eric and Brian begin by discussing the changes on the streets and in institutions of power since the election of the far right President Jair Bolsonaro. Brian highlights some of the disturbing trends, and provides insights into the escalating war on LGBTQ, Afro-Brazilian, and indigenous communities. The conversation also touches on Trump, Bannon, and the connection between Bolsonaro's power and the rise of the far right all over the Global North. The second half of the show touches on the failure of analysis from much of the western left, the importance of the movements to free former president Lula and oppose the neoliberal austerity measures and attacks on pensions, the rise of the Marielles, the role of commodity price collapse in ushering in the political instability in Bra
30/04/20191 hour 10 minutes 48 seconds
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Dave Zirin – Episode 126

This week Eric welcomes to the show Dave Zirin: sports editor at The Nation, host of the Edge of Sports podcast, author of numerous books including the recent "Things that Make White People Uncomfortable," co-authored with football star and activist Michael Bennett. Eric and Dave begin with a discussion of Colin Kaepernick's impact on the NFL and society, as well as what his story says about America in the Trump era. From there the conversation focuses on brain injuries and football's existential crisis, among other issues. The second half of the interview explores a racially charged incident in baseball, the plight of deeply exploited minor league players, the growing movement to break the NCAA's exploitative monopoly over young players, and so much more. This was a fun, enlightening chat whether you love sports or not. Music: Mission of Burma "That's When I Reach For My Revolver" More The
22/04/201958 minutes 28 seconds
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Ralph Nader – Episode 125

This week Eric welcomes to the show consumer advocate, progressive leader, and author of the new book How the Rats Re-formed the Congress, Ralph Nader. Listen to Ralph talk about his idea for the fiction book, how he intended it to be received, and why he thinks it's so important in this moment. Eric and Ralph then discuss the argument that Clinton-Bush-Obama paved the way for Trump. From there, the conversation turns to the Boeing 737 Max 8 and Ralph's personal connection to the tragedies. The great consumer advocate explains why significant reforms AND criminal charges must come in the wake of these preventable disasters. Eric manages to sneak in a question about the 2000 election and the concept of "spoiler" in left politics in the US, because of course he did. Ralph is cool, as always. More The post Ralph
15/04/201946 minutes 55 seconds
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JP Sottile – Episode 124

This time on CounterPunch Radio, Eric chats with political analyst and media critic JP Sottile about the fallout from the Mueller Report, how Russiagate may or may not fit into the 2020 election, what the hell happened in the Jussie Smollett case, and a lot more. The conversation begins with a discussion about the Mueller Report and Russiagate, and how the media has exploited our current politics for profits. Eric and JP discuss if/how Russiagate and "NO COLLUSION!" fit into the narrative of the 2020 campaign, and whether it helps or hurts both Trump and the Democrats. JP gives his astute analysis of the Democratic candidates, the electoral map, and changes in American politics that he foresees. The last portion of the discussion focuses on the Smollett case, and how it relates to broader sociopolitical questions of America in 2019. Music: Nouvelle Vague - "Guns of Brixton" More The post <a
11/04/20191 hour 35 minutes 23 seconds
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Lesley-Ann Brown – Episode 123

"Writing is a type of sorcery." So says author, poet, and educator Lesley-Ann Brown on this week's CounterPunch Radio. Listen to hear Lesley-Ann discuss her book "Decolonial Daughter: Letters from a Black Woman to Her European Son" and some of the important political, cultural, and spiritual themes that weave the text together. Eric and Lesley-Ann explore memory, the role of mothers and women in indigenous cultures, how capitalism robs people of their histories, what colonization looked like from the beaches rather than the ships, the stories written upon our skin, and so much more. Music: Max Romeo - "Socialism Is Love" More The post Lesley-Ann Brown – Episode 123 appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
27/03/201949 minutes 19 seconds
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Steven Goldman – Episode 122

This week Eric welcomes to the show journalist, author, and host of The Infinite Inning podcast, Steven Goldman, to talk a little baseball, engage in a little sociology, explore the decline of journalism and rational thought in America...oh and talk some New York Mets, Mike Trout, and Shohei Ohtani. Eric and Steven discuss how baseball reflects American society at any given point in its history, and why the place of baseball in modern American culture has changed so dramatically. The conversation explores some of the political aspects of the game in 2019, including what a racist controversy in Milwaukee might tell us about America in the Age of Trump and about the collapse of real sports journalism. From there, Eric and Steven touch on everything from the baseball players union to Mike Trout's status as a living god. Don't miss this fun conversation on CounterPunch Radio. Music: "Devo - "Freedom of Choice" <a href="https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/03/13/steven-goldma
13/03/20191 hour 33 minutes 58 seconds
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Liza Featherstone – Episode 121

Note: Interview recorded on January 18, 2019 This time Eric welcomes to the show author and journalist Liza Featherstone to discuss some of her recent writings on feminism and progressive politics, the 2019 Women's March, and her new book "Divining Desire: Focus Groups and the Culture of Consultation." The conversation begins with a discussion of contemporary feminist politics, and how recent political developments may call into question the hegemony of elite white feminism and corporate entryism for women. From there, Eric and Liza explore some of the political context surrounding January's Women's March, and how it all dovetails with the progressive movement, and especially the Bernie 2020 campaign. The second half of the interview explores Featherstone's new book, and how the history and development of the focus group is intimately connected with the development of post-war capitalism and the modern, consumer-centered economy of today. Music: Jackson Browne - "Lawy
04/03/20191 hour 16 minutes 51 seconds
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Eva Golinger – Episode 120

This week CounterPunch Radio continues its coverage of the attempted US-backed coup in Venezuela by chatting with author and attorney Eva Golinger. Eva was a close adviser and confidante of Hugo Chavez, and had a front row seat for the development of the Bolivarian Revolution. Eric and Eva discuss the situation unfolding in Venezuela today and examine how it got to this point. Eva provides her analysis of the domestic and international issues that have led to the crisis, including mismanagement and corruption on the part of the Maduro government, as well as the ongoing US attempts to undermine, destabilize, and ultimately overthrow Maduro and destroy the Bolivarian Revolution. Eric and Eva explore the impact of sanctions on the Venezuelan economy, how the collapse of oil prices impacted the country, Chavez's vision versus today's reality, and the ignorance of the Trump administration as to the level of resistance of the Venezuelan people. This in-depth discussion provides the sort o
19/02/201959 minutes 40 seconds
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Eric Draitser – Episode 119

This week CounterPunch Radio is co-hosted by CounterPunch's Managing Editor, Joshua Frank, who turns the tables on Eric as interviewer becomes interviewee. Eric provides his analysis of the situation in Venezuela: How we got here, what's happening, and what comes next. The conversation begins with some background on Venezuela's recent history, Eric and Josh's experiences in Venezuela, and the general political and economic context for the current crisis. From there, Eric and Josh discuss some of the international angles of the story, including how Venezuela is a geopolitical battleground in the global conflict between the US and Russia (and China), and the role of oil and other natural resources. The conversation touches on a wide variety of other topics including the political culture in Venezuela, the importance of Bolivarian idealism over personality cults, and the importance of regional and international solidarity. Eric finishes this episode with an important plea to the rest o
15/02/201957 minutes 34 seconds
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Billie Winner-Davis (Mother of Reality Winner) – Episode 118

This week Eric welcomes to the show Billie Winner-Davis, mother of whistleblower Reality Winner. Billie explains the circumstances that led to her daughter's arrest, conviction under the Espionage Act, and current incarceration...but that's only the beginning of the story. Eric and Billie explore the political context within which Reality's case must be understood, the monumental and deliberate failure of corporate media to cover Reality's story, and the struggle Reality's friends and family have gone through to defend her. While the news is dominated each and every day by endless stories related to Russiagate, somehow Reality's story has been made taboo, something not worthy of attention. Well, not here on CounterPunch Radio. More The post Bil
28/01/201930 minutes 51 seconds
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Yanis Varoufakis – Episode 117

In the final episode of 2018, Eric welcomes back to the show economist, author, and former finance minister of Greece, Yanis Varoufakis, to discuss the state of global politics today. Eric and Yanis begin with an examination of how the financial crisis that began in 2008 has reshaped political affairs over the last ten years, and the role of austerity in fomenting many of these changes including the ascendance of far right politics. From there, the conversation moves swiftly to an analysis of Trump, his base, and how the politics he represents should be understood. Eric then asks Yanis to provide his perspective on Brexit, why and how the European Union should be transformed, Bernie Sanders and the international progressive movement, a Green new Deal, and so much more. This is a wide-ranging conversation with one of the leading voices of left politics in the world today. Don't miss it! Follow @yanisvaroufakis on twitter <a href="https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/12/27/yanis-v
27/12/201849 minutes 17 seconds
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L.A. Kauffman – Episode 116

This time Eric sits down with veteran activist and organizer L.A. Kauffman to discuss her new book "How to Read a Protest: The Art of Organizing and Resistance." Kauffman, who was the mobilizing coordinator for the massive Iraq War protests of 2003-2004, discusses her experiences as an organizer, and why mass protests are important. Eric and L.A.explore the relevance of protest, and how to evaluate its effectiveness. They discuss the 1963 March on Washington, and how history has remebered and, in some ways, distorted, its impact. From there, the conversation touches on everything from the role of the media in amplifying messages, to the human connections developed in organizing such mass actions, to the contrasts between large and small protests. Kauffman's book is a primer for activists, and this conversation is an introduction to some of those ideas. Music: Lee "Scratch" Perry & Errol Walker - In These Times <a href="https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/12/18/l-a-kauf
18/12/201851 minutes 33 seconds
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Bradley Hart – Episode 115

This week Eric welcomes to the show author and academic Bradley Hart to discuss his important new book "Hitler's American Friends: The Third Reich's Supporters in the United States" and the contemporary events it informs. The conversation begins with a discussion of some of the findings in the book regarding pro-Nazi sentiment in the US during the 1930s, how it manifested, and who/what was behind it. From there, Eric and Bradley discuss everything from the discourse of isolationism to the clear parallels between Nazi race laws and their Jim Crow models, as well as other similarities between the two countries. The second half of the discussion focuses on politics in the Age of Trump, and how understanding pro-fascist sentiment in the US historically informs our understanding of the rise of fascism today. How does Big Capital fit in? What was the role of communism and trade unions in fighting fascism in America? These and so many other questions all addressed in this wide-ranging disc
13/11/201859 minutes 12 seconds
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Michael Fox – Episode 114

This week Eric sits down with Brazil-based multimedia journalist Michael Fox for an in-depth discussion on the exceedingly dangerous political situation in Brazil as a fascist prepares to assume the presidency. Michael provides an overview of the current conditions and provides background on Jair Bolsonaro, the Trump-like far-right candidate widely expected to win the second round of the election at the end of October. Eric and Michael examine everything from the use of fake news to bolster Bolsonaro and the support he's received from big capital to the responses from the social movements and Brazilian left. The second half of the podcast focuses on victories on the Left, the importance of the social movements, and the insidious role of Steve Bannon and the growing fascist international in backing Bolosonaro. Naturally, there is also discussion of how Bolsonaro truly is a Brazilian Trump. All this and so much more in this special report from Brazil exclusively on CounterPunch Radio!
19/10/20181 hour 3 minutes 39 seconds
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David Dayen – Episode 113

This week Eric welcomes author and journalist David Dayen to the show to discuss his recent investigation into ICE contractors and his coverage of the anti-ICE activist groups around the country. Eric and David discuss the privatized detention and deportation system, and how corporate profits and impunity are driving the child separation and domestic removal policies. From there, David provides some insights into the courageous and determined activist groups and local movements that are fighting back against Trump and the entire immigration machine. The second half of the conversation takes a look back 10 years after the subprime housing crisis. David, who literally wrote the book on the human costs of that crisis, explains how little has changed since 2008. Eric and David discuss everything from those impacted in 2008 to the changing nature of the housing market post-2008 which has shut out millions in favor of Wall Street. All this and a lot more in this week's CounterPunch Radio.
12/10/201851 minutes 50 seconds
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Jia Lee – Episode 112

This week Eric sits down with education and labor activist and Green Party candidate for Lt. Governor of New York, Jia Lee. Eric and Jia explore everything from the neoliberal assault on education to the disaster capitalism at work in Puerto Rico. The conversation begins with a discussion about the ways in which Wall Street and billion-dollar corporations are privatizing and capitalizing public education while undermining teachers unions and destroying teaching as a profession. From there, Jia discusses her experiences this past summer in Puerto Rico, and how the devastation post Hurricane Maria mirrors what we've seen in New Orleans and elsewhere. The last part of the interview focuses on the campaign, the relevance of an issue-centered "activist" campaign, and the need for unity in the face of this right wing attack. All this and so much more on the latest CounterPunch Radio. Music: The Orwells - "Who Needs You" <a href="https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/10/05/jia-lee-epis
05/10/20181 hour 5 minutes 57 seconds
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Ronnie Barkan – Episode 111

This week Eric welcomes to the show Israeli dissident, activist, and co-founder of Boycott from Within, Ronnie Barkan, to discuss the current situation in Palestine, some of the important history that has led to the current moment, and various forms of resistance to Israeli oppression and apartheid. The conversation begins with an exploration of Jewish society and the distinctions between liberal Zionists and the right-wing Zionists, the importance of the Israeli legal system in upholding apartheid, and much more. Ronnie provides some critical insights into nuances of Israeli law and society to highlight how deep the brainwashing and propaganda of the Israeli state has penetrated. Eric and Ronnie discuss the recent passage of the Israeli "Nationality Law" and what it means for the future of Arab-Israelis and, especially, Palestinians both in Palestine and the diaspora. Ronnie also explores the importance of Ahed Tamimi, and how her heroic resistance has led to a crisis in Israeli so
20/09/20181 hour 15 minutes 52 seconds
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Jason Stanley – Episode 110

This week Eric welcomes author and Yale professor Jason Stanley to discuss his brand new book "How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them." The conversation opens with a discussion of the motivation for writing the book, and what "Us" and "Them" means for understanding fascist politics of the past and today. From there, Eric and Jason touch on some of the key elements of fascism discussed in the book while providing examples of how those ideas are being expressed in the context of Trumpism and the global march to the far right. The second half of the conversation touches on other examples internationally, from Salvini in Italy to Orban in Hungary to Netanyahu in Israel, fascism is here and must be understood. From nostalgia and mythology to the notion of shared, collective oppression, fascism is rearing its ugly head all over the world. This in depth interview and new book should provide the tools we need to understand and fight it. Music: Chumbawamba - "Bella Ciao"<br /
04/09/20181 hour 2 minutes 49 seconds
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Barrett Brown – Episode 109

This week Eric welcomes to the show award-wining journalist Barrett Brown to discuss his recent and very public falling out with Julian Assange, his perspective on Wikileaks and the role of Assange within it, and his exciting new Pursuance Project. The first half of the conversation explores Brown's work, his relationship to Assange/Wikileaks, and the circumstances that led to Brown's serving four years in prison. Barrett explains how his conflict with Assange developed, and provides insights into some of the internal conflicts roiling Wikileaks now, and in the recent past. The second half of the show provides a detailed exploration of Pursuance: what the project is, why it's critically important, and how it could fundamentally transform journalism, among other things, in the 21st Century. This is an explosive, jam-packed show...don't miss it! Music: The Coup - "Laugh/Love/Fuck" More The p
20/08/20181 hour 9 minutes 14 seconds
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Margot Kidder – Special Episode

Warning: this interview between Louisa Willcox and actress and activist Margot Kidder could change your life. Margot was a brilliant spokesperson for the underdog and the dispossessed, who cared deeply about wilderness and the fate of the planet. Margie was also my friend, and one of the most generous, hilarious, smart and beautiful people I have ever met. Margie enjoyed a successful career acting, known, in particular, for her role as Lois Lane in the Superman Series alongside Christopher Reeves. This interview was done in December, 2016, shortly after Margie returned from unprecedented protests at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, aimed at stopping a pipeline from being built under the Missouri River. Within a week of this interview, the Trump administration ordered the razing of the protest site, forcible removal of all remaining protesters, and completion of the pipeline. The time then did not seem ripe to publish this piece, but Margie passed in
06/08/201843 minutes 34 seconds
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Arun Gupta – Episode 108

This week Eric welcomes back to the show author and journalist Arun Gupta to discuss everything from being a journalist in the Trump era to immigration, trade wars, and the sorry state of analysis on the left today. The show begins with a discussion of the Trump news cycle, the importance of sticking to issues, and some banter about Russia and what is, or isn't, important to our political reality. From there, Eric and Arun discuss Trump's trade wars, and whether it's a brilliant move from a position of strength, or a dangerous play that could harm his political fortunes. The second half of the show focuses on immigration, and how the Trump Administration has used immigration "enforcement" as a form of ethnic cleansing. Also, Eric and Arun explore the obsession in some quarters of the left with Obama, and the new mantra of whataboutism that Obama has come to represent. So much covered in this wide-ranging interview. Don't miss it. *Note: Some minor audio issues just before the
31/07/20181 hour 13 minutes 55 seconds
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Stan Malinowitz – Episode 107

This week Eric welcomes to the show author and academic Stan Malinowitz to discuss the recent elections in Colombia, among other important developments. The conversation begins with a rundown and analysis of the elections, including a profile of the two main candidates from the left and far right. Eric and Stan then discuss the recent wave of political assassinations, and what this means for the incoming administration and the people of Colombia. Additionally, Stan explains how neoliberalism manifests in Colombia, and how the economic situation will likely evolve under a far right wing government. The second half of the show focuses on Colombia's role in regional and international issues, including the news that Colombia will be an observer-member of NATO. Eric and Stan also compare and contrast the right wing victory in Colombia with the victory of left-populist AMLO in Mexico. From Venezuela and Brazil to Nicaragua and Mexico, Colombia is a central actor in nearly every regional i
19/07/20181 hour 1 minute 36 seconds
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Rob Larson – Episode 106

This week Eric welcomes to the show author and academic Rob Larson to discuss his latest book "Capitalism vs. Freedom: The Toll Road to Serfdom" and the ideologies and politics that inspired it. Rob explains why he felt it was important to combat the pernicious influence of right wing economic ideas, and the discourse by which it is spread. Eric and Rob examine the origins of neoliberalism and modern far right economics, and how they were translated into policy, both domestically and internationally. The conversation explores ideas about the nature of freedom, the ruthless efficiency of capitalism and privatization, and the need for dictatorships to carry out right wing Friedmanite economic policies. The second half of the show discusses some contemporary political questions, whether the Trump administration is truly neoliberal, how anarcho-capitalists and neoliberals explain away the glaring holes in their theories, and so much more. Don't miss this wide-ranging discussion. <
12/07/20181 hour 10 minutes 49 seconds
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Aly Wane – Episode 105

This week Eric welcomes to the show undocumented activist and organizer Aly Wane to discuss refugees and migration, the Trump Administration's policies at the border, and the political trajectory that brought us here. Aly and Eric discuss everything from the horrific, fascistic enforcement policy of the Orange Beast to the complicity of Democrats and liberals in creating the infrastructure that Trump now employs. The conversation explores the connection between the refugee/migration issue and US imperialism, and how that understanding is critical to building a true resistance movement. Aly provides valuable insights from his many years of activism, urging listeners and aspiring activists to mobilize and show true solidarity with the victims of the deportation machine. This wide-ranging interview should be heard by everyone who truly wants to learn from the experiences of our brothers and sisters most affected by this. Music: Linton Kwesi Johnson - "Fite Dem Back" <a href="ht
03/07/201857 minutes 39 seconds
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John Ackerman – Episode 104

This time Eric welcomes to the show researcher and activist John Ackerman to discuss the upcoming Mexican elections, the issues at play, and the significance of these elections for the country and the region as a whole. The conversation begins with an in depth examination of the front-runner, left wing candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), his policy proposals, and the challenges he'll face as president. Eric and John discuss where big capital fits into this, whether they're united in their support of a candidate, and what a prospective AMLO presidency means for Mexico's corporate elites. The second half of the show focuses on the regional political dynamics, and the importance of these elections for the whole of Latin America. From taming the dotard Trump to addressing endemic corruption, AMLO will have his hands full. And yet, he may very well be the hope of a resurgent left in Latin America. Don't miss this informative discussion on CounterPunch Radio Music: The Co
21/06/201855 minutes 21 seconds
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Edna Bonhomme – Episode 103

This time Eric welcomes to the show scholar and activist Edna Bonhomme to discuss her research on Tunisia, and how that country - a flashpoint during the Arab Spring - has evolved since protests erupted in 2010. Edna explains how the country has undergone a process of militarization, and that the US and other western powers have been behind the military in its expansion. Eric and Edna touch on everything from the role of Tunisia in the migrant crisis, to the US AFRICOM initiative and how that manifests all over the African continent. The second half of the show explores the role of neoliberalism in Tunisia and North Africa, drawing historical parallels to other countries in the region including Egypt. Edna discusses some of the social gains made since 2010 as well forms of resistance emerging today and so much more. This wide-ranging discussion is well worth your time. Music: The Coup - "Laugh/Love/Fuck" <a href="https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/06/06/edna-bonhomme-episode-
06/06/201855 minutes 58 seconds
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Yassamine Mather – Episode 102

This week Eric welcomes to the show UK-based Iranian exile Yassamine Mather to discuss the latest developments in Iran and the Middle East. Eric and Yassamine begin with an analysis of the Iran nuclear agreement (JCPOA) and the decision by the Trump administration to violate the treaty. From there, the conversation explores some of the political, economic, and strategic context within which these latest events must be understood. Yassamine provides her perspective on the regional and global issues at play, especially against the backdrop of the war in Syria. The second half of the show explores the social unrest in Iran, and how the neocons and their allies would like to exploit it for regime change. Russia, Turkey, Lebanon, Hezbollah, ISIS, Saudi Arabia, and many other players occupy a spot on the chessboard. CounterPunch Radio is here to make the game understandable. Music: Blackalicious - "Black Diamonds and Pearls" <a href="https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/05/14/yassam
14/05/20181 hour 6 minutes 3 seconds
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Mike Fox – Episode 101

This time Eric welcomes back to the show Brazil-based journalist and researcher Mike Fox to discuss the latest political developments in that country as it witnesses social upheaval resulting from a political crisis. Mike and Eric discuss former President Lula's dramatic surrender to the government, what the social movements have done in defense of Lula and democracy, and what it means for the future of the movements and the country. Mike explains how we got to this point, the role of the Temer government and its grand strategy, and what to expect in the upcoming elections, including a right wing in ascendance as a Trump-like figure emerges. The conversation also touches on the recent assassination of a prominent activist and leader and how that is connected to everything happening in the country. So many topics covered in this wide-ranging conversation...don't miss it. Music: Max Romeo - "Socialism Is Love" <a href="https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/05/08/mike-fox-episode-10
08/05/20181 hour 18 minutes 11 seconds
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Jeffrey St. Clair & Joshua Frank – Episode 100

This time Eric welcomes to the show CounterPunch editors Jeffrey St. Clair and Joshua Frank to mark the 100th episode of the podcast as the bombs of WWIII fall around us. While Jeff and Eric record from deep in their respective strongholds, Josh remains foolishly above ground, open to the elements and nuclear bombs. Nevertheless, the show must go on, so Eric, Jeff and Josh discuss everything from Trump's bombs over Syria to Putinmania, from Democratic Party orcs to the Great Syria Meme War of 2017. The guys discuss CounterPunch's close encounters with fake news and fake personas, the fractures and/or collapse of the Left, the total evisceration of regulatory agencies under Trump, and why the Degenerate-in-Chief is more like Bill Clinton than Barack Obama or George Bush. This was a fun conversation, don't miss it! Music: Jackson Browne - "Lawyers in Love" More The post <a r
19/04/20181 hour 27 minutes 15 seconds
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Hawzhin Azeez – Episode 99

This week Eric welcomes back to the show Kobani-based political scientist and activist Hawzhin Azeez to discuss the Turkish invasion of Afrin, the general attack on Kurdish autonomy and sovereignty, the role of jihadis in this strategy, and so much more. The conversation begins with an analysis of the attack on Afrin (at time of recording, the main battle was still ongoing), and the Turkish motivations in doing so. From there, the Hawzhin and Eric touch on everything from anti-Kurdish propaganda from various quarters, the strategic calculus within which the Kurds are operating, and the role of foreign powers (US, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, etc). The second half of the discussion examines the response from the international left, media coverage of the war, and what concerned people around the world should be doing. So much ground covered in this wide-ranging conversation that goes in depth where most media outlets won't dare. Don't miss it! Music: Max Romeo - "Socialism Is Lo
21/03/20181 hour 28 minutes
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Dahr Jamail – Episode 98

This week Eric welcomes to the show author and journalist Dahr Jamail to discuss climate change, climate politics in the Age of Trump, and our responsibilities to future generations. The conversation begins with a discussion of the emotional and psychological impact of an issue as enormous as climate change, and how we can even discuss it without falling into despondency. From there, Eric and Dahr discuss everything from climate change trends to polar ice, the impact of methane, agriculture and food production, and so much more. The second half of the show features an examination of the impact that the Trump Administration has had on climate science and environmental regulation, as well as the increased influence of China in renewable energy and environmental responsibility. All this and so much more in this wide-ranging interview on CounterPunch Radio. Music: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - This Land Is Your Land <a href="https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/03/12/dahr-jamail-ep
12/03/20181 hour 6 minutes 31 seconds
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Patrick Bond – Episode 97

This week Eric welcomes to the show author and academic Patrick Bond to discuss the political situation in South Africa domestically, as well as the role that the country plays on the African continent, and globally. The conversation begins with an analysis of recent developments as former President Zuma was ousted, replaced by the billionaire Cyril Ramaphosa, and what that portends for the future of the country. Eric and Patrick examine the other parties, the role of the trade unions, and the grassroots social movements in order to pain a clear picture of a complex and dynamic political situation in South Africa. The second half of the program features an in depth discussion of regional African issues, as well as a detailed examination of the role of China in Africa, the BRICS, and so much more. Don't miss this week's show! Music: William Onyeabor - "Better Change Your Mind" More The post <
05/03/20181 hour 51 minutes 40 seconds
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Paul Street – Episode 96

CounterPunch Radio is back this week after a long hiatus as Eric welcomes returning guest, and regular CounterPunch contributor, Paul Street to the show. Eric and Paul discuss Russiagate and the competing narratives around it, how the Trump-Russia discourse has changed on the Left as new details emerge, and what we should look forward to, both good and bad. But fear not, this conversation goes well beyond the corporate media hysteria to touch on everything from Bernie Sanders' recent comments and what the motivation behind them might be, the impact of guns and the gun control issue on Trump's ability to connect with his base and core supporters, the dangerous trajectory of American political life and society, the end of US hegemony, and so much more. CounterPunch Radio is thrilled to be back on the air! Thanks for coming back to listen. Music: Chumbawamba - "Bella Ciao" #Trump #Russia #Russiagate #Putin #Mueller #FireAndFury #guncontrol #HillaryClinton
28/02/20181 hour 33 minutes 2 seconds
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Steve Horn – Episode 95

CounterPunch Radio returns this week after more than two months away. Eric welcomes to the show investigative journalist Steve Horn to discuss the state of the Republican and Democratic parties and the ongoing conflicts, perceived or real, within them. Eric and Steve talk about the anti-environment, climate-denying degenerates appointed by Trump to head every relevant agency, the role of ALEC in shaping Trumpian policy, and more. The conversation also explores Steve Bannon and his role in maintaining and shepherding the Trump lunatic base. The second half of the show focuses on energy and the international political issues surrounding it. First, Eric and Steve examine the role of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the profit-seeking business equations of both energy companies and the Trump Administration. From there, the conversation explores everything from China and Iran as energy players in the minds of US strategic planners to the evolution of the former Soviet countries in
06/11/20171 hour 19 minutes 47 seconds
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Abby Martin – Episode 94

This week Eric sits down with journalist Abby Martin to discuss the situation in Venezuela, and her recent trip to the country. Eric and Abby begin by examining the "protests" on the streets of Caracas as Abby witnessed first-hand: the violence of the guarimbas, the class character of the protests and protesters, the attitudes of Chavistas, the economic and psychological war against the people of Venezuela, and much more. From there, Eric and Abby touch on everything from the role of organized crime and Colombian paramilitaries to the US-sponsored subversion of the country. The second half of the show focuses on a variety of topics including the recently elected constituent assembly, the obstructionism of the right wing opposition in the National Assembly, the means of defending Chavismo and the Bolivarian Revolution, and so much more. Don't miss this week's CounterPunch Radio! More The post <a rel=
24/08/20171 hour 14 minutes 8 seconds
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Paul Street – Episode 93

**Note: This episode was recorded 10 days before the events in Charlottesville** This week Eric sits down with author Paul Street to discuss his recent article in CounterPunch entitled "Unity with the Right? A Deplorable Idea" (Aug. 4, 2017). The conversation touches on renewed calls for building alliances with the far right, and interrogates whether such a strategy is desirable, or even possible. Eric and Paul discuss the current state of the Left, and examine why anyone would think unity with the far right would be anything other than self-immolation. From the importance of armed self-defense, to the history of the collapse of the Left in the last 50 years, this wide-ranging conversation touches on some of the key questions facing socialists, anarchists, and progressives in the Age of Trump. And, considering this was recorded before the violence in Charlottesville, listeners might get a unique perspective from this discussion. Don't miss it! <a href="https://www.counterpunc
18/08/20171 hour 11 minutes 20 seconds
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Dr. Francisco Dominguez – Episode 92

This week Eric sits down with Dr. Francisco Dominguez, national secretary of the UK-based Venezuela Solidarity Campaign to discuss the latest from the Bolivarian Republic as it faces perhaps the worst crisis since Hugo Chavez rose to power at the end of the last century. Eric and Francisco begin with a discussion about the global political situation, and the imperialist imperatives of the United States in Venezuela, and Latin America. They discuss everything from global oil prices to the nature of the economic war being perpetrated against the people of Venezuela, from corporate media propaganda to the methods of destabilization and manufactured chaos. The second half of the conversation focuses on the protests, their class nature, and the disinformation being spread by corporate media about the situation on the streets. Eric and Francisco also touch on the role of the international Left, and some of the burning questions about solidarity, critique, and revolutionary movement-build
24/07/20171 hour 23 minutes 12 seconds
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Anthony DiMaggio – Episode 91

This week Eric sits down with political scientist and author Anthony DiMaggio to discuss Trump's Russia problems, the real significance of the latest revelations, and what they mean for the future of the Trump administration. Eric and Anthony explore whether anyone should care about the Trump Jr.-Russian lawyer meeting, how to talk about Trump-Russia without legitimizing the Democratic Party and liberal establishment narrative, and what a post-Trump future could look like. The second half of the show features an in-depth exploration of the social phenomenon of Trumpism, and what the rise of the far right both in the US and internationally, means for the future of the Left, and of society. All this and so much more in this week's CounterPunch Radio. Music: GospelbeacH - "Strange Days" More The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/07/17/anthony-dimaggio-episode-
17/07/20171 hour 12 minutes 38 seconds
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Ellen Brown – Episode 90

This week Eric welcomes to the show author Ellen Brown to discuss the movement for public banking, and why a transformation of the US banking system is so necessary. The conversation begins with a discussion of public banking: What is it? Why is it important? What interests are threatened by it? From there, Eric and Ellen explore a wide variety of topics, from the Bank of North Dakota to the roots of the monetary debates of the late 19th Century and their impact on our financial system today. In the second half of the show, Eric and Ellen discuss some exciting developments in the public banking movement, including endorsements from progressive leaders and calls for states like New Jersey and California to form public banks. Ellen outlines some short-, medium-, and long-term goals for the public banking movement, and explains how and why they're so attainable. These and many other subjects covered in this week's CounterPunch Radio. Music: The Flying Lizards - "Money (That's
06/07/20171 hour 3 minutes 20 seconds
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Dan Glazebrook – Episode 89

This week Eric returns with guest, political commentator and analyst Dan Glazebrook discussing the recent elections in the UK, the triumph of Corbyn and what it means for the future of British politics, and his recent article in CounterPunch Magazine examining the phenomenon of 21st Century fascism. The conversation begins with Eric and Dan discussing the recent UK election results and what Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's stunning showing at the polls means for the future of the Left and the Right in Britain. Eric and Dan discuss what led to Corbyn and Labour's victory, and where this development fits into the broader international political context. The second half of the show sees Eric and Dan closely examine the nature of neo-fascism in Europe and the US: What are its features? Is it necessarily anti-democratic? What role are outside forces playing in promoting it? The discussion shifts to Russia and its support for the far right in Europe, with Russian media as a potent pl
27/06/20171 hour 39 minutes 38 seconds
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Mike Fox – Episode 88

This week Eric chats with Brazil-based journalist Mike Fox about the ongoing protests against the right wing government, the volatile politics of the country, Brazil's significance to the region, and much more. The conversation begins with an in-depth analysis of the recent scandals that continue to plague the Temer government, and what this means in the near- and long-term. Eric and Mike discuss the manufactured nature of the protests against the left wing government of Dilma Rousseff, and the role of big capital both in Brazil and the US in bankrolling them. The second half of the show highlights the broader implications for Latin America, and places Brazil in its proper regional and international context. From urban and rural protests to the role of Wall Street, from endemic corruption to the dangerous Trump Administration, Eric and Mike tackle this complex topic this week on CounterPunch Radio! Music: Max Romeo - "Socialism Is Love" <a href="https://www.counterpunch.org
06/06/20171 hour 5 minutes 23 seconds
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Ramzy Baroud – Episode 87

This week Eric chats with syndicated columnist and author Ramzy Baroud to discuss the Palestinian prisoner hunger strike, the symbolic meaning of this act of resistance, the current political situation in Palestine and much more. The conversation opens with a discussion of the ongoing hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners, and why the timing and meaning of the hunger strike is so important. Eric and Ramzy discuss the ascendance of Trump and the impact that has had on Israeli policy vis-a-vis Palestinians, settlements, and a range of other issues. From the regional political situation to the prospects for a lasting piece, this week's show covers many facets of one of the ongoing tragedies in the world today: Palestine. Don't miss it! Also, apologies for the heavy breathing. Sometimes our technical equipment catches far too much. More The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.counterpunc
18/05/201746 minutes 46 seconds
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Joshua Frank – Episode 86

This week Eric welcomes back to the show CounterPunch managing editor Joshua Frank to discuss the recent dangerous developments at the Hanford nuclear facility in Eastern Washington, the Left and the war in Syria, Le Pen and the rise of far right fascist politics, and more. The conversation begins with a detailed discussion of the collapse at Hanford, and what this tells us about the larger issues at play in what has become the most expensive cleanup operation in the history of the US. Josh and Eric cover everything from the history of Hanford to the media blackout of nuclear dangers from Hanford to Indian Point to Fukushima. They also touch on the necessity of solutions-oriented activism and the importance of rebuilding an anti-war, anti-nuclear movement. The second half of the show features a conversation on Syria, the lack of nuanced analysis from all sides on the Left, the nefarious role of Russian media in cementing Kremlin policy as a political line for some
11/05/20171 hour 10 minutes 36 seconds
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Rachael Boothroyd-Rojas and Lucas Koerner – Episode 85

This week Eric sits down with Venezuela-based journalists Rachael Boothroyd-Rojas and Lucas Koerner to discuss the latest developments in that country, and the broader political, economic, and geopoltical implications. The conversation begins with a detailed analysis of the opposition protests, responsibility for the violence, and the role of the domestic private media, and international corporate media in stoking tensions. From there, Rachael and Lucas explain some of the methods and tactics employed in the ongoing economic and propaganda war, as well as who is behind them. Economic destabilization and mismanagement, political assassinations, and psychological war all figure prominently in understanding the complex reality of life and politics in Venezuela today. What will the US policy toward Venezuela be in the Age of Trump? Will the Maduro government survive? Will the Bolivarian Revolution continue? These and many other questions tackled this week on CounterPunch Radio
02/05/20171 hour 32 minutes 14 seconds
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Laura Carlsen – Episode 84

In a special bonus episode this week, Eric chats with Laura Carlsen, director of the Americas Program at the Center for International Policy, as she travels with the Caravan against Fear through the Southwest. Laura tells us about her experiences with farm laborers in the Central Valley of California, documented and undocumented families living on the border, and communities across the region. The conversation touches on everything from Trump's racist policies and the fantasies upon which their based, to US strategic objectives in Latin America; from economic contradictions in the US-Mexico relationship, to the motives behind the drug war and Jeff Sessions' idiotic war on weed. Don't miss this week's show! Music: Minutemen - The Big Stick More The post Laura Carlsen – Episode 84 appeared firs
26/04/20171 hour 3 minutes 24 seconds
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David Swanson – Episode 83

This week Eric sits down with author and peace activist David Swanson to discuss war and peace in the Age of Trump. Eric and David examine whether Trump's early days in office represent an escalation of the war machine, and how Trump is both continuing Bush-Obama policies while also taking them in dangerous new directions. The conversation explores how issues of war and imperialism are intimately connected to economic and environmental justice, and the importance of linking them in movement-building. Eric and David also touch on the importance of community-based activism and the development of independent political and economic power. This and so much more this week on CounterPunch Radio! More The post David Swanson – Episode 83 appeared first on Co
24/04/201735 minutes 30 seconds
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Kathy Kelly – Episode 82

This week, Eric welcomes back to the show veteran peace activist Kathy Kelly to discuss the increasingly deafening drumbeat of war, and the reality of life in the war zones which she has witnessed with her own eyes. The conversation begins with a discussion of the Trump Administration's ratcheting up of hostilities, and what this tells us about both Trump and US foreign policy in 2017. Eric and Kathy examine a number of global hot spots, with Kathy giving her first-hand account of the tragic reality of everyday life in Afghanistan after more than 15 years of US occupation. From Yemen to Iran, Syria and Iraq to the Horn of Africa, imperialism is on the march. Thankfully there are brave voices like Kathy Kelly raised to try to stop it. Visit vcnv.org to follow Kathy's work, and that of other courageous peace activists. Music: Devendra Banhart - "Heard Somebody Say" More The post <a rel="nof
20/04/20171 hour 3 minutes 9 seconds
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Jim and Heidi Barrett – Special Edition

This week in a special edition of CounterPunch Radio, environmental activist and CounterPunch contributor Louisa Willcox welcomes two unsung environmental heroes, Jim and Heidi Barrett, who were leaders in a campaign that took on – and won – one of the biggest environmental victories in the history of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Against all odds, this modest couple and their small grassroots group in the hamlet of Cooke City, MT, along with allies, took on Noranda, one of the largest mining companies in the world, which aimed to build a massive gold mine near the border of Yellowstone Park. The conversation begins with their recounting this David versus Goliath battle that resulted in permanent protection of a fragile, wild area that is home to imperiled grizzlies, wolves, and countless other species. In the second half of this conversation, Jim and Heidi discuss their work to bring under control the escalating and damaging use of off-road vehicles on public lands. And they s
13/04/201743 minutes 59 seconds
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Robert Hunziker – Episode 81

This week Eric welcomes back to the show environmental journalist and CounterPunch contributor Robert Hunziker to talk about how the earth's climate is going bonkers, and what this means for human civilization. The conversation begins with a discussion of many of the most dangerous indicators of climate instability, and what these signs tell us about the near-, medium-, and long-term future of the planet. Eric and Robert examine the role of humans in exacerbating ecological crises, and how the ongoing nightmare at Fukushima has disappeared down the memory hole. In the second half of the conversation, Eric and Robert explore the political issues at play, including the climate terrorist-in-chief and his reckless pro-energy policies. The conversation also touches on China as global leader, climate change denialism, and the creation of resilient, sustainable communities and independent economic infrastructure outside of capitalism. All this and more in this week's CounterPunch Radio.
04/04/20171 hour 8 minutes 18 seconds
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Episode 80 – Dustin Beilke

This week Eric sits down with journalist Dustin Beilke to discuss the continued privatization of public education, and the forces behind it. The conversation begins by examining the latest push for school vouchers by President Trump and his Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, and what this means for the future of public schools. Eric and Dustin touch on the inefficacy of school vouchers in improving educaitonal outcomes, as well as the backdoor assault on teachers' unions using everything from vouchers and charter schools to Teach for America and similar programs.The second half of the show explores the continuity of policy from Obama to Trump, pointing out that the Obama Administration was viciously anti-teacher and pro-privatization: more evidence of the single corporate agenda of both parties. Eric and Dustin also talk about some of the resistance from teachers and communities throughout the country, and what that means for the movement to defend public education going forward.
28/03/20171 hour 9 minutes 33 seconds
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Rebecca Gordon – Episode 79

This week Eric sits down with author and academic Rebecca Gordon to discuss the evolution of war in Imperial America, torture in the Age of Trump, war criminals-in-chief, and so much more. The conversation begins with a discussion of Gordon's latest book, American Nuremberg: The U.S. Officials Who Should Stand Trial for Post-9/11 War Crimes, and how the criminality of the US regime is not dependent on a given administration. From there, Eric and Rebecca examine the changing nature of war in American life, and what that tells us about the society, culture, and collective psyche of early 21st Century America. The second half of the show features a discussion of Trump and the new horrors to be unleashed by Midtown Mussolini and his gaggle of fascists, as well as the importance of building a truly independent resistance. All this and so much more in the latest episode of CounterPunch Radio! Music: Minutemen - "The Big Stick" <a href="https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/03/22/reb
22/03/20171 hour 25 minutes 25 seconds
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Chris Hedges – Episode 78

This week Eric sits down with author and journalist Chris Hedges to discuss Trump, the Democrats, resistance, and more. The conversation begins with an assessment of the political and psychological impact of Trump on America in the early days of his administration. Eric and Chris touch on the nature of Trump's regime, the fascist ideological and historical framework from which the politics emerges, and the seamless transition of Empire from one administration and party to the other. The second half of the discussion examines the attempt by Democrats to co-opt and commodify the resistance as they continue to serve the interests of Wall Street, the insidious role of the media in bolstering the Empire's narratives, the emergence of the concept of "fake news," the importance of defending independent media on the Left, and so much more. Don't miss this week's show! Music: Devendra Banhart - "Heard Somebody Say" <a href="https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/03/13/chris-hedges-episode
13/03/20171 hour 8 minutes 35 seconds
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Emery Wright – Episode 77

This week Eric chats with Emery Wright, community organizer and Co-Director of Project South. Eric and Emery discuss the development of people's assemblies across the US, and what that sort of organizing work means in the current political context. The conversation touches on structures, organization, and decision-making in grassroots movements, and how those movements are addressing both political and economic questions in oppressed communities. The second half of the conversation focuses on the urgency of organizing in the Age of Trump with racism, chauvinism, and fascism becoming ever more normalized. So many topics covered in this wide-ranging discussion on CounterPunch Radio. Music: John Lennon - "Power to the People" More The post Emery Wright – Episode 77 appeared first on <a rel="nofollow
09/03/20171 hour 15 minutes 26 seconds
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Mickey Huff – Episode 76

This week Eric sits down with Mickey Huff, Director of Project Censored, to discuss fake news, the narrative surrounding Trump and the "Deep State," and the rightward trajectory of US politics. The conversation begins with a discussion about fake news: how it was popularized by Clinton and the DNC and is now a potent weapon in the hands of Trump. From there, Eric and Mickey discuss the danger Trump represents both now and into the future as the far right grows its power. The mainstreaming of the concept of "the Deep State" and the problem with the conversation around it. The discussion also probes how the fascist right and the Trump administration are using victimhood and manufactured oppression as weapons in their political and ideological war, the importance of activism and media literacy, the debate about force in confronting the far right, and so much more. Don't miss this wide-ranging conversation this week on CounterPunch Radio! Music: HiM - "Many in High Places Are No
20/02/20171 hour 13 minutes 54 seconds
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Arun Gupta – Episode 75

This week Eric sits down with journalist Arun Gupta to discuss Trump and the rise of the trumpen proletariat, the open wounds of liberal trauma, and the role of violence in opposing the fascist upsurge. The conversation begins with an in-depth examination of the forces that propelled Trump into the White House, with Arun relaying his experiences talking with white workers in Indiana and around the country. From there the discussion shifts to Trump as the liberal trauma and whether or not it could lead to a political awakening. The last part of the show focuses on Nazi punching, riots, Black Bloc, and the merits of violence both as a tactic and as a means to a political end. This lengthy and far-reaching conversation covers a lot of really important ground that the Left desperately needs to critically examine. Don't miss this week's CounterPunch Radio! Music: Nouvelle Vague - "Guns of Brixton" More</
13/02/20171 hour 42 minutes 56 seconds
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Ben Norton – Episode 74

This week Eric sits down with journalist Ben Norton to discuss the early days of the Trump Administration: what's happened, what it means, and where it's going. Eric and Ben explore the nature of the new administration, the forces that propelled it into power, and the political and economic circumstances that allowed it to emerge. From there, the conversation probes some uncomofortable questions about the current state of anti-war and anti-imperialist causes, and what that tells us about the political reality of 2017. From the rise of fascism throughout the Western world to the Syria question and the nature of resistance in the era of Trump, Eric and Ben tread some rather uneasy territory in hopes of understanding what we're witnessing around us, and charting a path forward for the Left. These and many other topics in the latest CounterPunch Radio. Don't miss it. Music: Linton Kwesi Johnson - "Fite Dem Back" <a href="https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/02/06/ben-norton-epis
06/02/20171 hour 26 minutes 17 seconds
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Karl Grossman – Episode 73

After a couple weeks MIA, CounterPunch Radio is back! This week, Eric sits down with journalist and author Karl Grossman to discuss the exciting news that Indian Point, one of the oldest and most dangerous nuclear plants in the US, will be closed in the next few years. Eric and Karl examine the background and implications of the agreement between Entergy (the operator of the plant) and the state of New York, as well as some of the history of the nuclear industry, from weaponization to corporate-state monopolization. Additionally, the conversation goes in depth on Fukushima, the health and environmental impacts of nuclear power, alternative sources of energy, and the responsibility of activists for having brought us to this point, and further into the future. As Karl Grossman noted, "Get active, or get radioactive!" Musi: Lee "Scratch" Perry & Errol Walker - "In These Times" More The post <
30/01/20171 hour 39 minutes 58 seconds
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Dr. Hawzhin Azeez – Episode 72

This week Eric sits down with scholar and activist Dr. Hawzhin Azeez speaking from Kobani, Syria about Aleppo, competing narratives in the Syria war, the development of Rojava and Kurdish self-determination, and much more. The conversation begins with a discussion about media coverage of Aleppo and the future of Syria, as well as the role of the international left in the Syria conflict. From there, Eric and Hawzhin examine the outside actors involved in the war, and the prospects for peace in the country. The second half of the show focuses on developments in the Kurdish part of Northern Syria, the continued development of the confederal Rojava system, and the role of Kurds both in the war, and in a future, post-war Syria. This episode covers a lot of ground that is entirely ignored in most conversations you'll hear about Syria. What are you waiting for? Download or stream it now. Music: Heaven 17 - (We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang <a href="https://www.counterpunc
09/01/20171 hour 39 minutes 42 seconds
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Sabia Rigby – Episode 71

This week Eric welcomes to the show peace activist Sabia Rigby to discuss her experiences working with refugees both in Europe and in the Global South. The conversation begins with a discussion of Sabia's time working in the refugee camp known as "The Jungle" in Calais, France where she interacted with many refugees, each telling their unique story. Eric and Sabia discuss some of the critical aspects of the refugee issue including the politics behind the crisis, the nature of the racist narratives and their political and cultural expressions, the class nature of the refugees that have made it to Europe, and much more. From French fascists to blankets for Afghan children, this episode of CounterPunch Radio has everything to make you lose your faith in humanity, only to see it restored. Music: Max Romeo - "Socialism Is Love" More The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.counterpunch.or
03/01/20171 hour 24 seconds
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Yvette Carnell and Pascal Robert – Episode 70

This week Eric welcomes back to the show Yvette Carnell and Pascal Robert for a retrospective look at Barack Obama's presidency: the lies and the crimes, the sell-job and the sell-out. Eric, Yvette, and Pascal discuss how Obama will be remembered by Americans, and especially Black Americans, as well as his image and legacy around the world. The conversation touches on everything from Obama as Wall Street's creature to his committment to conservative politics to Obama as precursor to Trump. Yvette Carnell argues that we have now entered the period of post-Hope politics, and it's hard to disagree. Pascal calls Obama neoliberal confectioners sugar, and it's hard to disagree. Check out this week's CounterPunch Radio for some real analysis on Obama's legacy - we promise it's better than Trump's twitter feed. Music: Lee Scratch Perry & Errol Walker - "In These Times" More
28/12/20161 hour 23 minutes 24 seconds
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Dan Kovalik – Episode 69

This week Eric welcomes human rights attorney and lecturer Dan Kovalik onto the program to discuss recent developments in Colombia, and how that strategic US ally fits into the broader politics and geopolitics of Latin America. Dan provides his analysis of the recent referendum on a peace agreement between the Colombian government and FARC rebels, and how this latest news impacts the politics of the country. The conversation also highlights the ongoing genocide in Colombia and the systematic oppression and mass murder against indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities. Eric and Dan also examine the role that Colombia plays in the destabilization of Venezuela, and as a foothold for US political and military power projection in the region. From paramilitary deep state networks to the fraudulent War on Drugs, CounterPunch Radio brings you another episode of analysis and commentary you simply won't find anywhere else. Music: Minutemen - "The Big Stick" <a href="https://www.cou
19/12/20161 hour 2 minutes 34 seconds
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David Hearst – Episode 68

David Hearst, Editor-in-Chief of Middle East Eye, joins Eric this week to discuss the latest developments in Syria and the global geopolitical scene. Eric and David begin with a discussion of the retaking of Aleppo by Syrian governmnet forces, and what this means for the future course of the war. The conversation also focuses on the role of western and non-western media in shaping the narratives and language around this conflict, as well as Russian involvement and what it means both now and in the future. From there, Eric and David examine how the incoming Trump administration could impact events on the ground as well as policy decisions in Washington and Moscow, and how China and Iran fit into the larger jigsaw puzzle of the global chessboard. All this and much more in this wide-ranging conversation. Music: Chumbawamba - Bella Ciao More The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.count
14/12/20161 hour 29 minutes 55 seconds
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Shane Burley – Episode 67

This week Eric welcomes to the show journalist and activist Shane Burley to discuss the rise of the alt-right, and the trajectory of contemporary fascism. Eric and Shane begin with a discussion of the alt-right, its relation to 20th Century fascist movements, and its ideological features. The conversation then touches on everything from the fascist infiltration of anti-imperialism and radical environmentalism to the importance of reconigizing entryism in defending Left spaces. While things may seem bleak, Burley reminds listeners that the transformation to a fully realized fascist state depends on the Left, and on its ability to defend our values and our people. This was a great conversation, don't miss it! Music: Phantom - "Lazy Fascist" More The post Shane Burley – Episode 67 appeared first o
12/12/20161 hour 21 minutes 44 seconds
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Jeffrey St. Clair – Episode 66

This week Eric welcomes back to the show CounterPunch Editor Jeffrey St. Clair to discuss his new book Bernie and the Sandernistas: Field Notes From a Failed Revolution, and provide a retrospective view of the movement and its adherents. Eric and Jeff touch on Bernie's failings as a leader and his slavish devotion to the Democratic Party despite its being moribund and utterly worthless. The conversation also touches on the danger of Trump and the trumpen proletariat that will not take kindly to the inevitable betrayals Trump has in store, as well as the importance of using Trump as an opportunity to rebuild our social justice movements after their dormancy under Obama. Jeff also explains how he manages to simultaneously be a shill for Putin and a rabid anti-Putin Russophobe. Get your doublethinking caps on for this episode of CounterPunch Radio! Music: Constantines - "Young Lions" <a href="https://w
06/12/20161 hour 18 minutes 25 seconds
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Anthony Monteiro – Episode 65

In this final post-election episode of CounterPunch Radio, Eric welcomes back to the show scholar and activist Anthony Monteiro to discuss the results of the election and what it means for the future of the US and the world. Eric and Tony discuss a wide range of topics from the media narrative in the post-election days to divisions within the ruling class, from election fraud to the fraud of Hillary Clinton and neoliberalism itself. The conversation got a bit testy at times with some important disagreements on a number of points, while also highlighting the many points of agreement. This was a fun conversation, don't miss it. Music: Max Romeo - "Socialism Is Love" More The post Anthony Monteiro – Episode 65 appeared first on CounterPu
30/11/20161 hour 17 minutes 30 seconds
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Robbie Martin – Episode 64

Eric welcomes to the show filmmaker and podcaster Robbie Martin to discuss the incoming Trump Administration's deep ties with neoconservatives, the mainstreaming of far right conspiracism and its transformation into a media force and major constituency, the competing narratives about the anti-Trump protests, and much more. Did you ever wonder why Trump was so adamant about the border wall and his ability to build it? Robbie Martin has an answer, and it connects to Rudy Giuliani and the neocons' corporate ties with the military-industrial complex. Did you ever wonder why Trump dabbled in the far right conspiracy world? The answer might be as troubling as it is illuminating. Listen to these and many other uncomfortable questions and observations in this wide-ranging conversation. Musical Interlude: Nouvelle Vague - Guns of Brixton <a href="https://www.counterpunch.org/2016/11/23/robbie-mar
23/11/20161 hour 11 minutes 26 seconds
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Mark Crispin Miller – Episode 63

This week Eric welcomes back to the show author and professor of media studies Mark Crispin Miller to discuss the possibility that the US election was once again stolen, and why this issue is so important. Eric and Mark discuss the exit poll numbers versus the final vote counts, the mechanics of election tampering, and the dangerous complacency of much of the Left when it comes to election theft. The discussion touches on the stealing of the nomination from Bernie Sanders, the role of activists in jumpstarting an electoral reform movement, the importance of unity in opposing Trump, and much more. Eric and Mark also examine what the election outcome tells us about the ruling class, and how it views the future of a Trump presidency: It's not as anti-establishment as we've been led to believe. All this and much much more in the latest CounterPunch Radio. Musical Interlude: Heaven 17 - "(We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang" <a href="https://www.counterpunch.org/2016/11/
21/11/20161 hour 29 minutes 36 seconds
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Yoav Litvin – Episode 62

Eric sits down with photographer and publisher Yoav Litvin to discuss his latest project 2Create - Art Collaborations in New York City and the launch on November 18, 2016 at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Eric and Yoav discuss the history of graffiti and its origins in New York City as a background to the concept of collaboration and street art. The conversation touches on the dialectical nature of art collaboration, the interplay of art and politics, and how the commodification of graffiti and street art in NYC has mirrored the gentrification and commodification of the city itself. All this and more in the latest CounterPunch Radio. More The post Yoav Litvin – Episode 62 appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" hre
18/11/201645 minutes 15 seconds
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Bob Fitrakis – Episode 61

In the second in a series of special election episodes of CounterPunch Radio, Eric is joined by attorney, professor of political science, and author Bob Fitrakis to discuss the results of the US election and why they should worry anyone interested in election integrity. Eric and Bob examine the exit poll and final vote data, and discuss the possibility that the election was stolen for Donald Trump. They explore the recent history of voter fraud, how election tampering works in the age of electronic voting machines, voter suppression, the role of private companies in administering elections, and much more. Trump was right to suggest the election could be rigged; he was wrong about who would benefit. Forget the anger at the prospects of the Age of Trump, and instead consider the question: Is a Trump Administration even legitimate? Musical Interlude: Devo - "Freedom of Choice" More The pos
14/11/201659 minutes 38 seconds
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Paul Street – Election Special

It happened! Donald Trump has been elected President of the United States of America. And so, get your bourbon, medical-grade purple haze, and/or bottle of valium, and listen to Eric chat with ideological criminal extraordinaire Paul Street as they try to make sense of what just happened in America. Eric and Paul examine the stunning implosion of the Clinton political machine, the surprising demographic data on Trump voters, the capitulation of Bernie Sanders, the power/weakness of the ruling elites, the future of social movements in the Age of Trump and so much more. Yes, this is happening...and yes, we need CounterPunch more than ever. More The post Paul Street – Election Special appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
10/11/201658 minutes 7 seconds
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Kali Akuno – Episode 60

Election news making you ill? CounterPunch Radio has your antidote to the Clinton-Trump poison as Eric sits down with activist and organizer Kali Akuno to discuss the exciting movement to create people power in Jackson, Mississippi. Akuno, an organizer with the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, discusses the ongoing Cooperation Jackson, a community-led initiative to transform Jackson, Mississippi and, ultimately, the entire country. Kali explains the origins of Cooperation Jackson and how the movement envisions its future, as well as detailing what the last few years have taught the community. Eric and Kali also examine how revolutionary technologies are being used in Jackson to transform the city into a center of decentralized production and economic and social resistance in the US. From COINTELPRO to 3D printers, climate change to the ownership of the means of production, this is a conversation you don't want to miss! Visit Coop
08/11/20161 hour 22 minutes 16 seconds
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Sukant Chandan – Episode 59

This week Eric welcomes back to the show activist and filmmaker Sukant Chandan to discuss his recent projects, the legacy of the war on Libya, as well as the rise of racism and fascism in the UK and Europe. The conversation opens with a discussion of Sukant's new documentary film "NATO War on Libya" and collection of writings about Libya, the legacy of Muammar Gaddafi, and the US-NATO war of 2011. Eric and Sukant examine the relationship between the war in Libya and everything happening in North Africa and the Middle East today. The second half of the show discusses the rise of racist and fascist politics in the UK in the wake of Brexit, and how this same phenomenon is manifesting throughout Europe and the US. Eric and Sukant also critique much of the so-called "anti-imperialist" camp and the infiltration of those circles by fascists and their collaborators. All this and much more in this wide-ranging discussion. Musical Interlude: Pray
01/11/20161 hour 18 minutes 9 seconds
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Episode 58 – Becky Grant & Joshua Frank

This week, on a very special episode of CounterPunch Radio, Eric gets in touch with his feelings. OK, not really...but he does chat with CounterPunch Managing Editor Joshua Frank and Business Manager Becky Grant about the fund drive and the importance of donating to CounterPunch to keep it going strong. Eric, Josh, and Becky talk about the day to day operations of CP, the challenges and the successes, and the necessity of maintaining integrity and independence. Becky regales listeners with tales of Alex Cockburn and his Puma fetish, Josh discusses how he went from groupie to lead guitarist, and Eric makes biblical references for no apparent reason. Another fun conversation on CounterPunch Radio. Also, don't be lame, donate to CounterPunch today! More The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.co
27/10/201654 minutes 2 seconds
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Episode 57 – Mimi Soltysik

This week Eric welcomes to the show presidential candidate from the Socialist Party USA Mimi Soltysik to discuss his campaign, the importance of movement-building, and the state of the Left in 2016. The conversation begins with a discussion of the SPUSA's campaign, and the central question for every non-establishment party: Why bother running a presidential campaign at all? From there Eric and Mimi discuss how the Left might consider moving forward as the US and the world face the daunting challenges of war, economic crisis, and ecological meltdown. They touch on a wide variety of issues from the viability of the Green Party as a vehicle for revolutionary change to the necessity for non-electoral solutions in local communities and much more. Don't miss this episode of CounterPunch Radio. More The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.counterpunch.org/2016
27/10/20161 hour 1 minute 34 seconds
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Mark Crispin Miller – Episode 56

This week Eric sits down with author and academic Mark Crispin Miller to discuss the controlled corporate media and its grip on discourse in the United States, conspiracy theories versus conspiracy facts, US elections as both farce and illusion, and much more. Eric and Mark begin with a discussion of the history of media propaganda, and how the corporate media we know and loathe came to be the monolithic servant of power it is today. The conversation then turns to the issue of conspiracy theories and the importance of nuanced analysis that is skeptical of power but also avoids the pitfalls, and outright fascism, of the online conspiracy world. The final part of the program shifts into voter fraud and the controlled and manipulated election system in the US which, Eric and Mark both argue, simply cannot be trusted. So much ground is covered in this wide-ranging discussion on CounterPunch Radio. Also, check out the <a href="http://www.openroadmedia.com/series/forbidden-book
11/10/20161 hour 28 minutes 41 seconds
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Gloria La Riva – Episode 55

This week Eric welcomes to the show activist and presidential candidate for the Party for Socialism and Liberation, Gloria La Riva, to discuss social justice movements, her campaign, and the future of the Left. The conversation begins with first-hand analysis of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests and occupation, and the resurgence of indigenous resistance. Eric and Gloria discuss what is happening on the ground, the nature of the movement, and the importance of the convergence of multiple social justice movements for the American political landscape. The conversation touches on the issue of "normalizing socialism," and the importance of anti-capitalism as an ideological and organizational focal point. From the Dakotas to Baton Rouge, from San Francisco to Charlotte, social movements are on the rise and on the move - time to be part of the conversation. Musical Interlude: Lee "Scratch" Perry and Errol Walker - "In These Times" <a href="https://www.counterpunch.org/201
26/09/20161 hour 1 minute 58 seconds
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Rob Urie – Episode 54

After a short absence, Eric returns with another episode of CounterPunch Radio, this time welcoming to the show author and frequent CounterPunch contributor Rob Urie to discuss his new book Zen Economics published by CounterPunch. Eric and Rob discuss capitalism and the question of it being natural or unnatural, as well as the historical/anti-historical dichotomy, a theme running throughout the book. The conversation explores everything from the western understanding of time to Lenin and the formulation of imperialism as the highest stage of capitalism. Eric and Rob also question the very meanings of wealth, choice, and freedom under the conditions of capitalism and the modern world. These any many other issues come together for a fascinating conversation on CounterPunch Radio this week. Musical Interlude: Boukman Eksperyans - "Jou Nou Revolte" <a href="https://www.counterpunch.org/2016/09/19/r
19/09/20161 hour 7 minutes 11 seconds
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Ajamu Baraka – Episode 53

This week Eric welcomes back to the show writer, activist, and now US Vice Presidential candidate from the Green Party, Ajamu Baraka. The conversation gives some insight into Ajamu's background, and the experiences that shaped his politics and worldview, making into the renowned human rights leader that he is. Eric does not shy away from the smear campaign being waged by liberal corporate media against Ajamu, instead taking the opportunity to discuss with him the mental illness of contemporary liberalism - or is it corporate imperialism? Po-tay-to, po-tah-to. They also explore the development of the Green Party in a radical direction, the importance of non-electoral community-based programs and networks, the existential crises facing all of us today, and the necessity of developing a true political resistance immediately. Another great conversation with the inimitable Ajamu Baraka. More The post
15/08/201652 minutes 6 seconds
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Nicholas Schou – Episode 52

This week Eric sits down with author Nicholas Schou to discuss his new book Spooked: How the CIA Manipulates the Media and Hoodwinks Hollywood. Eric and Nick explore the history of CIA manipulation of the media going back decades, and how it has evolved into the propaganda consensus we see today. The conversation touches on everything from Nicaragua and the Reagan counter-revolution to the sycophantic relationship between Hollywood and Langley. From Robert Parry to Robert Kagan, from South Vietnam to Baghdad, the story of CIA information warfare is a long and sordid one, and Schou's new book is an important contribution in telling it. Musical Interlude: Wire - I Am the Fly More The post Nicholas Schou – Episode 5
08/08/20161 hour 3 minutes 52 seconds
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Yanis Varoufakis – Episode 51

This week Eric sits down with economist, and former Greek finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis to discuss the shifts in the political landscape of both Europe and the US, and what they mean for political activism and progressive politics. Eric and Yanis discuss the nature of the EU and whether it can be reformed or democratized, as well as the forces at play within it. The conversation also touches on the US election as Yanis and Eric debate the utility of "lesser evil" politics, while also examining the ascendance of the fascist right in Europe and the US, with particular attention to the Brexit vote and its implications. The bond bubble and potential economic collapse, the long view of the 2008 crisis, the importance of addressing climate change, the necessity of internationalism, and many other topics are discussed in this wide-ranging interview with one of the best economic minds in the world today. Music: Errol Walker & Lee "Scratch" Perry - "In These Times" <a href="h
01/08/20161 hour 6 minutes 25 seconds
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Dr. Anthony Monteiro – Episode 50

This week Eric welcomes to the show activist and scholar Dr. Anthony Monteiro to discuss his recent trip to Cleveland for the Republican National Convention, and what he learned about the Trump movement. The conversation touches on the class character of the Trumpen Proletariat, and whether or not this represents a transformation of the Republican Party, and potentially US politics as a whole. Eric and Tony examine the nature of fascism, how it has manifested in the US today, and what the future may hold. They go into everything from the ascendance of the far right in Europe, to the potential for substantive solutions and movement-building here in the US. All this and so so much more in this lively chat between two friends on the radical left. Musical Interlude: The Doors - "Strange Days" More The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.counterpunch.org/2016/07/25/dr-anthony-mon
25/07/20161 hour 33 minutes 15 seconds
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Andrew Smolski – Episode 49

This week Eric welcomes to the show writer and sociologist Andrew Smolski to discuss the latest devevlopments in Mexico, and to place them in the context of neoliberal privatization and the US-backed militarization that goes along with it. Eric and Andy examine the strike actions by Mexico's teachers, including the recent upsurge in Oaxaca, and connect that to the other issues at play in Mexico. They also discuss the role of the cartels and US drug policy in shaping the current chaos both in Mexico, and throughout Latin America. In the final part of the show, Eric and Andy also discuss the nonsense of "lesser evil" voting as espoused by Noam Chomsky and others. Shall we go with the guillotine or the hemlock? Tune in to CP Radio this week to find out. Musical Interlude: Chumbawamba - "Bella Ciao" More The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.counterpunch.org/2016/07/18/andrew-smolsk
18/07/20161 hour 5 minutes 57 seconds
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Dr. Jill Stein – Episode 48

This week Eric sits down with presumptive presidential nominee of the Green Party, Dr. Jill Stein. Eric and Jill discuss everything from the rot and criminality at the heart of US politics, to the need for grassroots organizing beyond just the election seasons. The conversation opens with an examination of the odious record of Hillary Clinton, and the destruction that Clintonism has wrought on the working class in the US, and on innocents around the world. The conversation also touches on Donald Trump as the terrible boogeyman giving liberals the excuse to support Clinton. Dr. Stein also utters the unutterable: US as imperial state. Eric and Jill then talk organization, the necessity of a "Green Panther Party" with community-based survivial programs and so much more. More The post Dr. Jill Stein – Epis
10/07/201644 minutes 11 seconds
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John Pilger – Episode 47

This week Eric welcomes back to the show author and filmmaker John Pilger to discuss the specter haunting Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America: Hillary Clinton. Eric and John discuss how Hillary represents a mortal danger to the world, and why Donald Trump has provided a very convenient bogeyman to hide the Democrat monster under our collective bed. The conversation also touches on the pernicious influence of the corporate media, the danger of liberal delusions and lesser evilism, the disastrous implications of a Hillary Clinton presidency for the poor and marginalized in the United States, and, of course, everyone's favorite subject: nuclear war. It's an uplifting hour with one of the leading anti-war, anti-imperialist voices of today. More The post John Pilger – Episode 47 appeared first on <a rel="
05/07/201642 minutes 12 seconds
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Jason Moore – Episode 46

This week Eric welcomes Jason Moore to the program to discuss his fascinating new book Capitalism in the Web of Life. Eric and Jason explore the concepts of nature and society, the interrelation between the two, and why Jason argues that we need to reevaluate how we think about both. The conversation explores some of the central themes of the book including the notion of "world-ecology," the crisis of capitalism as the era of cheapness comes to an end, as well as the dangers of dualistic thinking in our politics. Just in case any listeners got too despondent, Eric and Jason also explore ways in which the arguments in the book can inform activism and the political work of building a new and better society integrated with the web of life. Lots of ground is covered in this in depth conversation. Musical interlude: I See Hawks in LA - Raised by Hippies More The post <a rel="nofollow" href="ht
24/06/20161 hour 11 minutes 14 seconds
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Jeffrey St. Clair – Episode 45

This week Eric welcomes back to the show CounterPunch Editor Jeffrey St. Clair to discuss the passion of Bernie Sanders, and the sorrow and/or pity of the Sandernistas. Eric and Jeff begin with an analysis of Sanders's campaign, the mistakes and shortcomings, and the positive developments to be taken from it. While neither #FeelTheBern, Eric and Jeff examine what this "movement" means for the future of activism and socialism in the US. In the second half of the show, Eric and Jeff discuss how a real grassroots movement can emerge in the US, the important lessons for the Sandernistas, the Green Party and its own shortcomings, and much more. It may sound all negative, but there is much to be hopeful about, even after listening to Jeff and Eric, we promise. Musical Interlude: Parliament - Mothership Connection (Star Child) More The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.counterpunch.org/
13/06/20161 hour 8 minutes 5 seconds
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Carmelo Ruiz – Episode 44

This week Eric Draitser chats with journalist and activist Carmelo Ruiz about the situation in Puerto Rico, and why this small US colony is so relevant to contemporary issues. Eric and Carmelo begin with a discussion of Puerto Rico's debt crisis, and the policies and actions that have made it into Latin America's Greece, with specific attention paid to the role of Wall Street and neoliberal finance capital in creating the crisis. In the second half of the program, Eric and Carmelo discuss the ongoing agriculatural activism in Puerto Rico as peasants and concerned citizens join together to stop Monsanto, Bayer, and the chemical and agribusiness corporations. The conversation also touches on Bernie Sanders, the role of Puerto Rico in hosting US-backed right wing counter-revolutionaries, and the importance of understanding Puerto Rico in context of the right-wing ascendance in Latin America. Musical Interlude: The Mekons - "Last Night on Earth" <a href="https://www.counterpun
06/06/20161 hour 18 minutes 55 seconds
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Elif Sarican – Episode 43

This week Eric welcomes to the show UK-based Kurdish activist and organizer Elif Sarican to discuss the situation of the Kurds in the midst of the war in Syria, as well as the onslaught by the Turkish government. Eric and Elif begin by discussing the current military and political situation with particular attention to the brutal actions of the Turkish military, in addition to the changing reality on the ground on the Syrian side of the border. The conversation also touches on the geopolitical conflicts at play, alliances with the US and Russia, Israel's position, and much more.. The second half of the program delves into the ideological orientation and practice of the Kurds of Rojava, the political evolution of the region, and the role of western leftists in solidarity with Kurds. Musical Interlude: Chumbawamba - "Bella Ciao" More The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.counterpu
30/05/20161 hour 6 minutes 14 seconds
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Laura Carlsen – Episode 42

This week Eric welcomes back to the program Laura Carlsen, director of the Americas Program at the Center for International Policy, to discuss the ongoing disappearances of activists in Mexico, the reassertion of US hegemony in Latin America, and how militarization and free trade are the cornerstones of US imperial power in the region. Eric and Laura begin with an analysis of the recent kidnappings of Mexican activists and the frightening similarities with the infamous Ayotzinapa disappearances of 2014. The conversation then shifts to Central America and Honduras, and the role of Hillary Clinton and the US in that country. Eric and Laura also discuss how the Trans-Pacific Partnership and privatization are at the heart of much of the negative developments in the Americas, and how this drive is connected to geopolitical and strategic considerations. All this and much more in this wide-ranging conversation. <a href="https://www.counterpunch.org/2016/05/23/laura-carlsen-episode-42/"
23/05/201649 minutes 14 seconds
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Immanuel Ness – Episode 41

This week Eric chats with political scientist Immanuel Ness about his new book "Southern Insurgency: The Coming of the Global Working Class," and the implications of the shift in industrial production to the Global South. Eric and Immanuel explore the themes of the book which include the changing nature of labor struggle, in depth analyses of working class resistance in the "Third World," and how these struggles must shape and inform the discussion of solidarity on the Left, particulalry in the developed world. The conversation also touches on the nature of contemporary imperialism, the evolution of non-western capital as a quasi-alternative to western capital's hegemony, the role of organized labor, and much much more. Musical Interlude: Billy Bragg - "There Is Power in a Union" More The post Imma
17/05/20161 hour 7 minutes 46 seconds
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Richard Wolff – Episode 40

This week Eric sits down with economist Richard Wolff to discuss capitalism, its inefficiencies, and its discontents. They examine how the US and European economies have evolved in the era of neoliberalism, how financialization has pervaded every aspect of our economic lives, and how debt has become the central pillar of modern capitalism's house of cards. Eric and Richard also focus on solutions to the crisis of capitalism including the need for cooperative, worker self-directed enterprises and the democratization of the workplace. Putting the means of production in the hands of workers is no fantasy, but rather increasingly seems to be an absolute necessity. Musical interlude: Ali Farka Toure - "Soya" More The post Richard Wolff – Episode 40 appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www
09/05/20161 hour 13 minutes 42 seconds
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Eugene Puryear – Episode 39

This week Eric Draitser welcomes to the program Vice Presidential candidate from the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) Eugene Puryear to discuss the future of socialism in the US, the role of leftist activism at the grassroots level, and the importance of connecting issues of capitalism, imperialism, and identity. While millions still #FeelTheBern, there are many like Eugene Puryear on the streets trying to unite young people, workers, and marginalized communities for the long-term struggle that will continue well after the election is over. It's not enough to complain, we must build! Eric and Eugene explore just how that might be done. Musical Interlude: Marcel Cartier - "I'm a Socialist" More The post Eugene Puryear – Episode 39 appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.co
02/05/20161 hour 5 minutes 4 seconds
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Steve Horn – Episode 38

This week Eric welcomes investigative journalist Steve Horn to the show to discuss a little known energy lobbying organization, the connections between the Clinton and Trump campaigns and Big Energy, and some of the geopolitical issues surrounding Israel-Palestine and energy extraction. Steve outlines his investigation of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) and how it operates as both a lobbying group and a shaper of energy policy at the state and federal levels while it works to undermine environmental legislation. Eric and Steve also touch on Hillary Clinton and the Big Oil-Israel connection in her political machine, while also examining Donald Trump, whose energy policy advisers are likeiwse focused on Israel and the energy question. All this and much more in this week's CounterPunch Radio. Musical interlude:Wire - "I Am the Fly" More The post <a rel="nofollow" href="
18/04/20161 hour 3 minutes 10 seconds
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Paul Street & Kevin Hester – Episode 37

This week Eric welcomes author and columnist Paul Street, and radical envrionmentalist and political activist Kevin Hester to CounterPunch Radio. First, Eric chats with America's leading ultra-sectarian ideological criminal Paul Street about why he's having second thoughts about Bernie Sanders, and why the ruling elites might be as well. Eric and Paul discuss the Sanders campaign, what it means for grassroots activism, and whether or not it's a dead end for those seeking radical change. They also touch on The Donald, the trumpen proletariat, and the danger of a fascist state in a post-President Trump scenario. In the second part of the show Eric connects with Kevin Hester out on his isolated island in New Zealand to discuss the looming climate catastrophe and the unraveling of the biosphere. Eric and Kevin discuss the bleak, dystopian future of abrupt climate change, the latest report from James Hansen, and why everyone should be conscious of what is to come. Also, they
11/04/20161 hour 51 minutes 37 seconds
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Alexander Reid Ross – Episode 36

This week Eric welcomes to the show author and activist Alexander Reid Ross to discuss the history and contemporary landscape of fascism in Europe and the US. Eric and Alexander discuss his latest book "Against the Fascist Creep," going into detail about the long and sordid history of fascism from its earliest manifestations in pre-WWI Europe, to its modern form after Mussolini, to the current trends in fascism today. And then, of course, the obligatory "Is Trump a Fascist?" portion of the conversation gets quite interesting. Does Alexander Reid Ross make a case for fedualism? Tune in to CounterPunch Radio this week to find out! Interlude: Billy Bragg & Wilco - "All You Fascists" More The post Alexander Reid Ross – Episode 36 appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.counte
01/04/20161 hour 23 minutes 57 seconds
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Alice Backer – Episode 35

This week Eric chats with lawyer, social media strategist, and podcaster Alice Backer about the political situation in Haiti today, the insidious role of the Clintons, and the historical importance of the island nation as the leading edge of anti-colonial resistance. Eric and Alice explore the electoral drama unfolding in Haiti, and what it means for the future of the country. Of course, no discussion of the issue would be complete without an accounting of Hillary and Bill's criminal exploitation of the island over the last 25 years, up to and including today. The conversation also explores just why Haiti has been repeatedly subjected to the kind of repression and subjugation it has these last two centuries. All this and so much more in this wide-ranging discussion. Musical interlude: Boukman Eksperyans - Jou Nou Revolte More The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.counterpunch.
21/03/20161 hour 16 minutes 12 seconds
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Douglas Lain – Episode 34

This week Eric sits down with author Douglas Lain to discuss his new book After the Saucers Landed, and a veritable menagerie of mostly related topics including identity and subjectivity, authenticity, the overlap between politics and art, and so much more. Science fiction nerds and avant-garde art geeks rejoice! There's much to salivate over in this wide-ranging discussion where Philip K. Dick is elevated to the status of demigod, and Soviet Suprematism and Constructivism are discussed pretentiously *AND* unpretentiously. Also, both bearded and unbearded philosophers may hold hands in prayer as reference is made to everyone from Descartes to Derrida, from Barthes to Baudrillard. So much more to tell, just listen already! Be sure to also check out Douglas Lain's podcast Zero Squared. Musical interlude: Parliame
14/03/201654 minutes 58 seconds
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Robert Hunziker & John LaForge – Episode 33

This week Eric discusses threats to the planet and human civilization with regular CounterPunch contributors Robert Hunziker and John LaForge. First, Eric welcomes back to the show environmental journalist Robert Hunziker to discuss climate change, the latest research from the Arctic, and ways of reorienting our thinking to tackle these immense problems. The discussion touches on the record warmth of January and February, the melting Arctic and Antarctic ice, and the interconnected nature of the global ecosystem. Eric and Robert also discuss lifestyle modifications, new technology, and the importance of these issues to millennials as they have families of their own. In the second part of the show Eric sits down with John LaForge to talk about Fukushima five years later, and the active threat of nuclear power to the environment, and life on this planet. They talk the conspiracy of silence over Fukushima, the "ticking time-bomb" at Indian Point (New York), and the political
10/03/20161 hour 40 minutes 35 seconds
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George Galloway & Daniel Patrick Welch – Episode 32

This week Eric welcomes two great guests to the program. First, Eric sits down with the inimitable George Galloway to talk war, betrayal, and the Empire's ceaseless adventures in regime change. They discuss the culpability of the US, UK, and Europe in the death and destruction in the Middle East, the use of terrorism as a potent weapon of war, as well as the refugee crisis and the rise of racist and fascist sentiment in Europe. George also briefly touches on his campaign for mayor of London against both the Conservative and Labour candidates. In the second part of the show Eric welcomes writer and political analyst Daniel Patrick Welch to the show. Eric and Dan go back and forth on racism, white supremacy and the necolonial attitudes bubbling to the surface in light of the refugee crisis. With references ranging from "Blazing Saddles" to "Seinfeld," they manage to have a little fun while exploring an issue that is of the utmost importance to contemporary politics and activism
29/02/20161 hour 17 minutes 12 seconds
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Andre Vltchek – Episode 31

This week Eric sits down with philosopher, filmmaker, and author of the new book "Exposing Lies of the Empire," Andre Vltchek, for a colorful discussion on culture and politics, imperialism, and the reality of the Global South. The conversation opens with an exploration of the role of art and literature in shaping politics and ideology, and how that has increasingly become lost in an ever more commodified and compartmentalized political culture. Eric and Andre then discuss the nature of contemporary imperialism and how it manifests itself in today's world. They go into many examples of Global South resistance to the Empire, why it's important to support independent peoples and nations, and the necessity of maintaining an international perspective without falling into the trap of neocolonial arrogance so often exhibited by the "first world left." These and many other topics in this week's CounterPunch Radio. Intro and Outtro: David Vest - "Freight Train Rollin'" Inte
17/02/20161 hour 15 minutes 31 seconds
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Diana Johnstone – Episode 30

This week Eric sits down with journalist Diana Johnstone, author of the new book Queen of Chaos: The Misadventures of Hillary Clinton available from CounterPunch Books. Eric and Diana discuss the myriad ways in which Hiillary Clinton has made herself into the embodiment of the military-industrial complex and the Empire, including her unabashed warmongering, shameless love affairs with Saudi Arabia and Israel, and continued belligerence toward Russia. Johnstone argues that Clinton represents an imminent threat to not just the United States, but the entire world, and that her worldview is as insidious as it is incompatible with peace. The conversation touches on Yugoslavia, Libya, and Honduras in order to illustrate Clinton's cynicism, pathological lying, and complete disregard for human suffering. All this and much more in this wide-ranging interview. Intro and outtro: David Vest - Freight Train Rollin'<br
09/02/20161 hour 10 minutes 58 seconds
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Pascal Robert – Episode 29

This week Eric sits down with political analyst and writer Pascal Robert to discuss author Ta-Nehisi Coates' recent attacks on Bernie Sanders and what they tell us both about Coates and the presidential election. Eric and Pascal discuss the issues of race and class, and why interrogating those issues is critical to examining Coates' recent writings, as well his individual social position in relation to the power structure. The second half of the show is an in depth dialogue about a variety of issues related to the 2016 campaign including whether Bernie Sanders actually has a chance to win, the outcome the political and financial establishment are pushing for, Hillary's scandal-plagued campaign, and any potential unexpected developments between now and primary season. All this and much more on CounterPunch Radio this week. Intro and outtro: David Vest - Freight Train Rollin' Interlude: Marcel Cartier - I'm a Socialist <a href="https://www.counterpunch.org/2016/01/28/pa
28/01/20161 hour 14 minutes 40 seconds
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Steven Donziger – Episode 28

This week Eric sits down with Steven Donziger, the US spokesman and legal adviser for the Ecuadorian communities suing Chevron over its gross environmental pollution since the 1960s. The case has made international headlines as it is the first of its kind to see indigenous communities winning a judgment against an oil company for environmental degradation. Eric and Steven discuss the specifics of the case and the ways in which Chevron has attempted to use legal maneuvering and trickery to avoid paying a massive settlement to those affected. The conversation also touches on the parallels between this case and others, as well as the long-term effects of the damage caused by Texaco/Chevron. All this and much more in this important episode of CounterPunch Radio. Intro and outtro by David Vest. More The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.counterpunch.org/2016/01/13/steven-donziger-
13/01/201645 minutes 9 seconds
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Caleb Maupin – Episode 27

Eric is back from Venezuela this week and oh, the places he's gone, the stories he'll tell. Eric welcomes his fellow traveler, activist and political analyst Caleb Maupin, to discuss their experiences in Venezuela during the all-important legislative elections. Eric and Caleb talk about their impressions of the country and the economic crisis afflicting it, as well as recounting their various conversations with ordinary Venezuelans. The discussion touches on everything from geopolitics to the mentality of Venezuelans on Election Day, examining the role of the economic and psychological war waged by the US against the Bolivarian government. Eric and Caleb also provide their analysis of the future for the country with a right wing National Assembly, the potential for open conflict in Venezuela and throughout South America, and much much more in this wide-ranging conversation. Intro and outtro - "Freight Train Rollin'" by David Vest Musical Interlude - "Work Like Chave
21/12/20151 hour 7 minutes 18 seconds
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John Wight – Episode 26

This week Eric welcomes to CounterPunch Radio author, political analyst, and regular CounterPunch contributor John Wight to discuss recent developments in Syria, and the regional geopolitics that inform all events in the Middle East. Eric and John go in depth on the downing of the Russian jet by Turkey, and what that means for the ongoing war in Syria. They address a wide range of issues from the interplay between Wahhabi extremism and the Muslim Brotherhood, to the political development, and regional significance, of Egypt. The conversation also touches on the economic motivations of the interested parties, the role of Israel, Obama vs the Neocons, British politics as related to the war on Syria, and much much more. This far-ranging interview is yet another example of the kind of thing you just don't find outside CounterPunch. Intro/Outtro: "Freight Train Rollin'" by David Vest Interlude: "Where Were You" by The Mekons <a href="https://www.counterpunch.org/2015/12
08/12/20151 hour 18 minutes 35 seconds
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Ajamu Baraka – Episode 25

This week Eric welcomes back to the show political analyst and human rights activist Ajamu Baraka to discuss Turkey's recent downing of a Russian jet in Syria. Eric and Ajamu examine the details of the incident and the political fallout from it. They discuss how Russia might respond and how this changes (if at all) the ongoing war in Syria, including Russia's active involvement. Ajamu also explains his reading on the larger political and geopolitical issues stemming from the downing of the jet. All this and much much more this week on CounterPunch Radio. Intro/Outtro: "Freight Train Rollin'" by David Vest Interlude: "I'm a Socialist" by Marcel Cartier More The post Ajamu Baraka – Episode 25 appeared first on CounterPunch.org.
01/12/20151 hour 2 minutes 19 seconds
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Jia Lee & Mercedes Schneider – Episode 24

This week, Eric sits down with two amazing and inspiring teachers tirelessly working to defend public education from the neoliberal assault being waged against it. First, Eric welcomes to the program Jia Lee, an educator, activist and candidate for President of UFT (United Federation of Teachers) representing the Movement of Rank and File Educators (MORE). Eric and Jia discuss why she became a conscientious objector to standardized testing, the importance of democratizing and radicalizing the teachers union, and the ways in which public schools have been attacked, undermined, and corporatized. In the second part of the show, Eric sits down with educator and advocate Mercedes Schneider who is the author of two important books: A Chronicle of Echoes: Who's Who in the Implosion of American Education and Common Core Dilemma: Who Owns Our Schools?. Eric and Mercedes examine the rise of charter schools, the de-professionalization of teaching, the insidious effect of Teach for Ame
17/11/20151 hour 34 minutes 59 seconds
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Madhusree Mukerjee & Danny Haiphong – Episode 23

This week Eric welcomes author and journalist Madhusree Mukerjee to the program to discuss her groundbreaking 2010 book "Churchill's Secret War: The British Empire and the Ravaging of India During World War II." Madhusree discusses her personal and ideological motivations for writing the book, as well as exploring what the Bengal famine and British imperial policy say about the nature of imperialism and colonialism in India and throughout the world. Eric and Madhusree also bring the issues forward our time by probing how the same agricultural policies, engendered by capitalism and profit, are helping to exacerbate poverty, dispossession, and environmental degradation today. Eric and Madhusree don't shy away from debating the legacies of Gandhi and Subhas Chandra Bose, and the role of India and the emerging non-Western powers today. In the second part of the show, Eric is joined by Danny Haiphong, a Boston-based political activist and columnist for Black Agenda Report, to di
11/11/20151 hour 56 minutes 33 seconds
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Don DeBar & Laura Carlsen – Episode 22

support this podcast, donate today This week, Eric welcomes two brilliant guests to the show. First, Eric speaks with Don DeBar, independent broadcaster and Senior Producer at Community Public Radio (CPRmetro.org). Eric and Don discuss the state of the independent media, and how it has been rapidly transformed in recent years. Don presents an inside account of the corporate takeover and purge of Pacifica Radio and its NYC flagship station WBAI, pulling back the curtain on how Pacifica operates, and why some of its good work has come to be overshadowed by the bad, especially when it comes to issues of war and peace. Eric and Don also touch on the war in Libya and how that exposed much of the media for being aligned with the US-NATO war agenda. In the second half of the show, Eric welcomes Laura Carlsen, Director of the Americas Program at the Center for International Policy to the program. Eric
03/11/20151 hour 24 minutes 49 seconds
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Jeffrey St. Clair – Episode 21

support this podcast, donate today This week, Eric sits down with CounterPunch Editor and political kidney-puncher Jeffrey St. Clair who spins yarns about the early days of CounterPunch and the inimitable Alexander Cockburn, who himself makes a special appearance in this week's episode in the role of angry thundercloud. Eric and Jeffrey discuss the quietus of journalism and, consequently, the importance of CounterPunch upholding the tradition and legacy of oppositional reporting and analysis. Jeff explains how Bill Clinton and the corporate Democrats served to consolidate the programs and policies of Reagan and the neocons, and how dear comrade Bernie, aka Chairman Sanders, is not exactly a leftist breaking from the party, but more like the party breaking left for a fleeting moment. Eric and Jeff discuss the environment, Gang Green, and the collapse of social movements, while also waxing poetic on the i
20/10/20151 hour 29 minutes 41 seconds
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David Macaray – Episode 20

support this podcast, donate today After a short absence, Eric is back this week with author, labor journalist, and all around enemy of the bosses David Macaray. Grab your hammers and sickles boys and girls as Eric and David discuss the state of labor unions, the importance of militancy and political education, international solidarity, and many other topics to get your pinko commie juices flowing. They debate whether organized labor should try to resuscitate the Democratic Party, or simply poke its corpse with an agitator's stick. The conversation touches on the role of teachers in the labor movement, internationalism and labor history, as well as what independent organizing by unions would actually look like today. From the halls of Richard Trumka to the shores of the LAUSD, this week's CounterPunch Radio leaves no stone unturned...except for those being turned by scab labor...they can go to
08/10/20151 hour 7 minutes 38 seconds
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Michael Hudson – Episode 19

support this podcast, donate today This week, Eric has an in depth conversation with economist Michael Hudson, author of the new book Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Bondage Destroy the Global Economy. Eric and Prof. Hudson discuss the evolution of finance capital from its humble parasitical beginnings to the comprehensive global network of economic tapeworms and barnacles that it is today. They examine neoliberal terrorism, how debt is used as a weapon, and the disastrous effects of the financialization of the real economy. Hudson outlines the relationship between the parasites and their bloodsucking policies of austerity, providing insight using the example of Latvia, where he witnessed first hand the smash-and-grab nature of such prescriptions. Plus, Eric and Michael touch on Obama as Wall Street e
21/09/20151 hour 22 minutes 57 seconds
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Mark Sleboda & Jay Tharappel – Episode 18

support this podcast, donate today This week Eric and his guests discuss Ukraine and Syria, two war zones on the front lines of imperialism today. First, it's protests and clashes and fascists (oh my!) as Eric sits down with international relations and security analyst Mark Sleboda to examine the latest developments in the "New Ukraine." Eric and Mark talk about the violence on the streets of Kiev and what it means for the future, while plumbing the icy depths of the coldly pragmatic mind of Putin as they discuss Russia's strategy in Donbass. As they say in Game of Thrones, "Winter is coming," and with no gas, no money, and a disgruntled military and Nazi paramilitaries, it could prove to be a very cold, and very long, winter in Ukraine. In the second half of the show, Eric welcomes to the program activist Jay Tharappel, fresh off his visit to Syria. Jay describes daily life in the coun
11/09/20151 hour 27 minutes 6 seconds
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Daniel Wolff, Jay Arena & Gilbert Mercier: Episode 17

support this podcast, donate today This week Eric and his guests mark the ten year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina by reflecting on its lasting impact and the political lessons it has taught. First, Eric chats with CounterPunch contributor and Editor-in-Chief of News Junkie Post Gilbert Mercier about his experiences in New Orleans in the immediate aftermath of the storm. Gilbert recounts his personal stories, what he witnessed in the city, and the political context within which Katrina should be understood. Eric and Gilbert discuss the sick logic of disaster capitalism, and the brutality and rot of Empire. Next, Eric welcomes author and filmmaker Daniel Wolff to the program to discuss his work with Jonathan Demme on the film "I'm Carolyn Parker," as well as his book "The Fight for Home: How (Parts of) New Orleans Came Back." Daniel tells about the making of the film, the human side of
01/09/20151 hour 27 minutes 54 seconds
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Margaret Kimberley & Sukant Chandan: Episode 16

support this podcast, donate today This week Eric welcomes political commentators Margaret Kimberley and Sukant Chandan to the program. First, Eric chats with Margaret Kimberley, editor and columnist at Black Agenda Report about the growth of #BlackLivesMatter, the controversy surrounding the confrontation with Bernie Sanders and its aftermath, and the importance of the movement's dissociation from the Democratic Party. They also touch on the situation in Ferguson and the necessity of incorporating a critique of imperialism into the #BlackLivesMatter movement. In the second part of the show, Eric sits down with political commentator and organizer Sukant Chandan to deconstruct the situation in Libya, as well as the general state of imperialism in Africa and Asia: What are its tactics? How have they shifted? How do we move forward in opposing it? Eric and Sukant take on the issues of African "migr
20/08/20151 hour 35 minutes 56 seconds
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Ted Rall & Robert Hunziker – Episode 15

support this podcast, donate today This week, CounterPunch Radio host Eric Draitser welcomes two more outstanding guests to the program. In the first half of the episode, Eric chats with award winning syndicated political cartoonist and author Ted Rall about the controversy surrounding his recent firing by the LA Times on bogus charges made by the LAPD. Eric and Ted discuss the circumstances of his firing, the LAPD's lies, and the stupidity and arrogance of LA Times management in siding with the cops. Eric and Ted examine the larger context of this story, including how it is an indictment of the corporate media which, once again, reveals itself as a servant of power. Ted also talks about his brand new book about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, scheduled for release in a few days. In the second part of the episode, Eric welcomes environmental journalist and regular CounterPunch contributor Rob
11/08/20151 hour 29 minutes 46 seconds
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David Swanson & Hafsa Kara-Mustapha: Episode 14

support this podcast, donate today This week, Eric Draitser chats with two brilliant guests about war and peace, imperialism, and the state of a very troubled world. First, Eric sits down with renowned author and peace activist David Swanson to discuss George Clooney, Africa, and the white man's military-industrial burden. Eric and David highlight the hypocrisy of celebrity activism, neo-colonial superiority complexes, and the unmistakable barbarism that passes for presidential leadership in the US. They also touch on the moribund anti-war movement, the rotten smell of the Democratic Party, and why we should continue to organize. The second half of the program features London-based journalist and political analyst Hafsa Kara-Mustapha talking about North Africa and some of the recent developments there. Eric and Hafsa go in depth about Algeria, its strategic and geopolitical importance, and the
04/08/20151 hour 26 minutes 7 seconds
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José Pertierra – Episode 13

support this podcast, donate today This week, CounterPunch Radio host Eric Draitser sits down with renowned Cuban-American attorney José Pertierra to discuss the latest developments in Latin America, especially the warming of relations between the US and Cuba. Pertierra draws on his decades of experience working in international cases dealing with both Cuba and Venezuela, providing insight into issues ranging from the opening of embassies in Washington and Havana, to the geopolitical imperatives driving the shift in US policy. José and Eric contrast the US attitude toward Cuba and Venezuela, and discuss the political and strategic reasons for this. They also touch on the state of the Cuban economy, the mindset of young Cubans today, the importance of Hugo Chavez and his legacy, and the role of China and other non-western countries in the region. All this and much more in Episode 13 of CounterPunc
28/07/201559 minutes 52 seconds
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John Pilger – Episode 12

support this podcast, donate today This week, CounterPunch Radio host Eric Draitser goes one on one with award winning filmmaker and journalist, the inimitable John Pilger. Eric and John discuss the role of the corporate media in manufacturing narratives, its relationship to capitalism and commodification, and the importance of independent media to pierce through the propaganda. Pilger provides his blistering critique of the especially insidious liberal media whose misinformation and disinformation is so critical to the ruling class. Eric and John touch on an array of other topics including Greece, Ukraine, and debt as a neocolonial weapon. All this and much more on a slightly abbreviated Episode 12 of CounterPunch Radio, featuring as always intro and outtro music from the Dr. of the Blues, the man with a PhD in Boogie Woogie, David Vest. <a href="https://www.cou
21/07/201533 minutes 40 seconds
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Joshua Frank & Mickey Huff – Episode 11

support this podcast, donate today This week, CounterPunch Radio host Eric Draitser chats with two excellent guests about independent media, and the importance of critical analysis outside of the mainstream establishment. The first half of the show features a great conversation with CounterPunch Managing Editor Joshua Frank, who talks about the launch of the new and improved CounterPunch website while waxing poetic on the importance of family, from an independent media perspective, of course. Eric and Joshua examine some of the key issues on which CounterPunch stands apart from the crowd, including the left progressive paeans and campfire kumbayas for Bernie Sanders, and the state of the organized left in America. In the second half of the show Eric is joined by Mickey Huff, Director of Project Censored. Eric and Mickey discuss dominant narratives, the writing of history, and the mis-education
14/07/20151 hour 11 minutes 50 seconds
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Ron Jacobs – Episode 10

support this podcast, donate today This week, CounterPunch Radio host Eric Draitser speaks with author Ron Jacobs, whose new book Daydream Sunset: The 60s Counterculture in the 70s is available from CounterPunch. Eric and Ron discuss many of the important themes of the book, including the role of music and culture in reflecting the evolution of the counterculture, and of American culture broadly, during this period. They examine how issues of class, race, and identity took their respective places in politics and society during the 70s, as well as the role of the Vietnam War in galvanizing various forms of countercultural protest and expression. Eric and Ron also juxtapose the politics of the younger generation and that of the 60s and 70s, and how the experiences of today's youth are both related to, and distinct from, those of the cou
07/07/20151 hour 11 minutes 47 seconds
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Sharmine Narwani & Reme Sakr – Ep. 9

support this podcast, donate today This week, CounterPunch Radio host Eric Draitser sits down with two important guests to discuss all things Syria. The first part of the show is an in depth discussion with Beirut-based political analyst and commentator Sharmine Narwani. Eric and Sharmine examine the latest developments in the war in Syria with particular attention to the battles along the Syria-Lebanon border, as well as the role of Turkey and other regional players. They also touch on the ongoing conflict in Iraq and the way in which the US continues to play a double-game when it comes to Baghdad and the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS). The second part of the show features an oddly congested Eric Draitser in conversation with Syrian-Australian political activist Reme Sakr speaking from Syria. Sakr provides her insight into the collective psyche and daily life of ordinary Syrians after mo
29/06/20151 hour 10 minutes 11 seconds
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Glen Ford – Episode 8

support this podcast, donate today This week, CounterPunch Radio host Eric Draitser speaks with Glen Ford, Executive Editor of Black Agenda Report about everything from the #BlackLivesMatter Movement to the importance of revolutionary consciousness and organizing. Eric and Glen discuss the meaning of the slogan "No Justice, No Peace" and the implications of such a statement in terms of political action. They dissect some of the burning questions that the movement must answer, and draw on historical context in order to frame their analysis. The conversation also touches on the pernicious role of what Black Agenda Report has termed "The Black Mis-Leadership Class," and the Democratic Party as a whole, in diverting black politics into the political establishment, thereby preventing any structural or substantive change. All this and more on Episode 8 of CounterPunch Radio. Intro and outtro music provided b
23/06/201557 minutes 32 seconds
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Pepe Escobar – Episode 7

support this podcast, donate today This week, CounterPunch Radio host Eric Draitser sits down with journalist and author Pepe Escobar to talk geopolitics and the emerging conflicts of the 21st Century. Eric and Pepe discuss the much publicized tensions between the US and China in the South China Sea, examining some of the principal motivations of China and its neighbors and competitors. They go in depth about the Chinese New Silk Roads strategy and what it means for political and economic development and integration in Eurasia. Eric and Pepe also explore the vast implications of the Chinese and Russian moves, and the ways in which the West is attempting to counter some of these developments, including Washington's corporate-sponsored power grabs of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) and Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA). All this and much much more
15/06/20151 hour 10 minutes 14 seconds
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Kathy Kelly – Episode 6

support this podcast, donate today This week, CounterPunch Radio host Eric Draitser catches up with renowned peace activist Kathy Kelly to talk about civil disobedience, the reality of the prison-industrial complex, and Kathy's experiences in Afghanistan. The conversation touches many of the most pressing issues of war and peace in the 21st Century, including the insidious and indescribably brutal nature of drone warfare, and the impact of nearly 15 years of war and occupation on the young people of Afghanistan. Kathy paints a vivid picture for listeners of both utter despair and incredible resilience, providing a window into both the humanity and stark reality of life in that war torn country. Eric and Kathy also break down the moribund anti-war movement in the US while discussing ways that young people can still get involved in peace work. All this and more on Episode 6 of CounterPunch Radio. Intro
08/06/20151 hour 1 minute 41 seconds
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Paul Street – Episode 5

support this podcast, donate today In Episode 5 of CounterPunch Radio, host Eric Draitser sits down with author and political analyst Paul Street to discuss a wide range of issues related to US politics and the precarious state of the "liberal Left." Paul provides his perspective on what it means to be a liberal in America today, and how that is directly related to a willingness to accept serial betrayal of those one supports. Eric and Paul examine the recent history of liberal Democrats, including the treachery and subservience of Bill Clinton to Wall St., and what that tells us about Hillary's campaign. They also discuss the upcoming election, the role of Bernie Sanders, and the illusory nature of his campaign. These and other critical issues are examined in Ep. 5 of CounterPunch Radio. Intro and outtro music provided by the Dr. of the Blues, the man with a PhD in Boogie Woogie, <a href="http://www
01/06/201557 minutes 5 seconds
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Yvette Carnell – Episode 4

support this podcast, donate today In Episode 4 of CounterPunch Radio host Eric Draitser has an in depth conversation with analyst and commentator Yvette Carnell, founder of the popular website BreakingBrown.com. Yvette discusses her recent article in CounterPunch entitled "The White Terrorists: Lynching in America," which attempts to pull back the curtain on some of the hidden history of lynching and its social, cultural, and economic underpinnings. Eric and Yvette discuss the "pathologizing" of blackness in America and the impact that it has had on both perceptions of Black people, and their own perceptions of themselves. Additionally, they attempt to draw out the connection between the lynchings of the past and the violence and police murders of today, with particular attention to the socio-cultural context within which these should be examined. All this a
21/05/201547 minutes 44 seconds
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Ajamu Baraka – Episode 3

support this podcast, donate today In Episode 3 of CounterPunch Radio, host Eric Draitser sits down with human rights activist and political analyst Ajamu Baraka to discuss his article on Israeli politics in the latest print issue of CounterPunch Magazine, as well as a host of other issues. Eric and Ajamu examine the racist rhetoric at the heart of President Netanyahu's recent election victory, and the way in which the political language of Israel has shifted in recent times. Within the context of recent demonstrations by Ethiopian Jews, Eric and Ajamu explore the politics of identity in Israel, and how supremacist ideology plays a major factor Israel's self-image and domestic policies, while connecting the issue to the ongoing struggle against racism in America. All this and much more in Episode 3 of CounterPunch Radio. Intro and outtro music provided by the Dr. of the Blues, the man with a PhD in Bo
15/05/201559 minutes 31 seconds
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Mike Whitney – Episode 1

support this podcast, donate today In this inaugural episode of CounterPunch Radio, host Eric Draitser sits down with CP columnist Mike Whitney for Part 1 of a two part discussion on a host of political and economic issues. They touch on Mike's recent article in CounterPunch magazine dealing with the Federal Reserve, interest rates, and the economic and political context within which they must be understood. Draitser and Whitney move on to discuss the economic situation in Ukraine, the war in the east of the country, and the West's motives. Finally, they examine the global strategic situation and the shifting geopolitical calculus with regard to Iran, Russia, and China, and the U.S. countermoves. All this and much more in Episode 1 of CounterPunch Radio. Intro and outtro music provided by the Dr. of the Blues, the man with a PhD in Boogie Woogie, David Vest.
29/04/201547 minutes 9 seconds