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A news show hosted by Aaron Maté. Presented by The Grayzone.

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A news show hosted by Aaron Maté. Presented by The Grayzone.

    Syria’s post-war recovery challenges US hegemony

    Syria’s post-war recovery challenges US hegemony

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    After defeating the US and its allies' decade-long dirty war, Syria is finding ways to rebuild under US military occupation and crippling sanctions/economic warfare.

    Author Tim Anderson discusses Syria's post-war recovery under sanctions and occupation; routine Israeli bombings and Russia's failure to stop them; Syria joining China's Belt and Road Initiative; and, in the wake of recent New York Times exposes on deadly US airstrikes that were covered up in Syria, how the US used ISIS as a tool for regime change while claiming to fight it.

    Guest: Tim Anderson. Writer, academic, and Director of the Sydney-based Centre for Counter Hegemonic Studies. His books include "The Dirty War on Syria" and "Axis of Resistance."

    Discussed in this segment:

    Tim Anderson: "Syria: Why the US massacre at Al-Baghouz?"
    https://english.almayadeen.net/articles/analysis/syria:-why-the-us-massacre-at-al-baghouz

    Aaron Maté: "To keep troops in Syria, US leaders are lying like in Afghanistan"
    https://mate.substack.com/p/to-keep-troops-in-syria-us-leaders

    • 44 min
    US war lobby fuels conflict in Russia, Ukraine, and Syria: ex-Pentagon advisor

    US war lobby fuels conflict in Russia, Ukraine, and Syria: ex-Pentagon advisor

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    Douglas Macgregor, a retired US Army Colonel and former Pentagon senior advisor, analyzes the US-Russia standoff in Ukraine; the aftermath of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan; Trump's failure to act on 2016 campaign anti-interventionist rhetoric, only to surround himself with neocons; and the ongoing, overlooked US military occupation of Syria after the decade-long CIA dirty war.

    "The Military Industrial Congressional Complex," Macgregor says, "seems to be more powerful than anyone who occupies the office of the presidency."

    Guest: Douglas Macgregor, retired US Army Colonel and former Pentagon senior advisor.

    • 37 min
    How the OPCW’s Syria probe censored science

    How the OPCW’s Syria probe censored science

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    New reports explore how the OPCW suppressed findings that undermined US-led allegations of a chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria in April 2018. Dr. Piers Robinson and Aaron Maté discuss the latest revelations on how the OPCW censored science.

    Senior OPCW officials doctored the original report; erased the conclusions of expert toxicologists who ruled out chlorine gas as the cause of death; and thwarted the key investigate area of forensic pathology, which could have helped determine how the dozens of civilian victims in Douma lost their lives. Instead of explaining the extensive suppression, OPCW Director General Fernando Arias has avoided questions; offered false excuses; and smeared the veteran scientists who challenged the cover-up from within.

    Guest: Dr. Piers Robinson. Co-Director of the Organisation for Propaganda Studies, and convenor of the Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media. Working with the Berlin Group 21, led by veteran diplomats Hans von Sponeck and Jose Bustani to seek accountability for the OPCW cover-up.

    Links:

    Berlin Group 21: https://berlingroup21.org/

    Piers Robinson: “The OPCW Douma Investigation: Manipulation of Key Toxicology and Related Information Regarding Alleged Victims between the Original Interim Report and the Final Report”
    https://syriapropagandamedia.org/1200-2

    Aaron Maté: "Corrupting Science" series at The Grayzone

    Part 1: “In Syria probe, OPCW erased experts’ inconvenient findings”
    https://thegrayzone.com/2021/11/22/corrupting-science-in-syria-probe-opcw-erased-experts-inconvenient-findings/

    Part 2: “Shunning forensic expertise, OPCW left Douma murders in Syria unsolved”
    https://thegrayzone.com/2021/12/06/corrupting-science-part2/

    • 45 min
    Biden keeps Trump's crushing sanctions yet blames Iran for nuclear impasse

    Biden keeps Trump's crushing sanctions yet blames Iran for nuclear impasse

    At the Vienna talks on restoring the Iran nuclear deal, the US and EU are accusing Iran of refusing to compromise. Mohammad Marandi, a University of Tehran professor advising the Iran delegation in Vienna, says that the compromise was the nuclear deal itself, and the problem is the US refusal to abide by its own commitments and lift the sanctions that target Iranian civilians.

    Guest: Mohammad Marandi. Professor at the University of Tehran and adviser to the Iran delegation at talks on restoring the JCPOA in Vienna.

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    • 45 min
    War in Ukraine? NATO expansion drives conflict with Russia

    War in Ukraine? NATO expansion drives conflict with Russia

    Russia is seeking a legally binding pledge that NATO will stop expanding east, including to Ukraine. If the US refuses, is war next? Scholar and author Richard Sakwa analyzes the growing Russia-Ukraine conflict and how Russiagate fueled it.

    Guest: Richard Sakwa. Professor of Russian and European politics at the University of Kent. His books include "Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands" and his latest, "Deception: Russiagate and the New Cold War."

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    • 51 min
    'Willing': Brian Jackson’s revolutionary music, from Gil Scott-Heron to today

    'Willing': Brian Jackson’s revolutionary music, from Gil Scott-Heron to today

    Brian Jackson, a keyboardist, flautist, singer, composer, and producer, put out a string of legendary albums with his music partner Gil Scott-Heron, in the 1970s. Jackson discusses the duo's prolific, influential run and some of their most famous songs, including "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised", "The Bottle", and "Winter in America." He also talks about current projects, including a new album on the label Jazz is Dead.

    Guest: Brian Jackson. Keyboardist, flautist, singer, composer, and producer. Former music partner to Gil Scott-Heron. His new album is "Brian Jackson JID008."

    https://www.brianjackson.net/
    https://jazzisdead.co/Brian-Jackson-JID008
    https://twitter.com/brian__jackson

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    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

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34 Ratings

34 Ratings

Barnsleybarnsley ,

World-class podcast!

Among the best podcasts on US foreign policy & politics! Host Aaron Mate has been a reliable voice of informed dissent for years now, from the Democracy Now! school, he has won favour from giants in the field like Greenwald and Taibbi. Well worth a listen!

Maha_aga ,

Great and insightful analysis

So great to hear the truth about what’s going on in the world and linking seemingly unrelated dots happening worldwide from independent journalists not afraid to show the world who the warmongers are and who is actively working for peace.

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