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

    How the Taliban won the Afghan war

    How the Taliban won the Afghan war

    After being toppled in the war's early months, the Taliban managed to defeat the US military and return to power 20 years later. Author and scholar Antonio Giustozzi on how the Taliban beat the world's most powerful army and what the future holds under its rule.

    Guest: Antonio Giustozzi. Senior research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute and visiting professor at King’s College London. His books include "The Islamic State in Khorasan" and "The Taliban at War."

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    • 41 min
    Marvin Gaye's biographer on 50 years of 'What's Going On'

    Marvin Gaye's biographer on 50 years of 'What's Going On'

    Released 50 years ago, Marvin Gaye's album "What's Going On" remains just as relevant today. David Ritz, author of "Divided Soul: The Life of Marvin Gaye" and friend/collaborator of the late singer, on the lasting power of Gaye's 1971 timeless anti-war masterpiece.

    Guest: David Ritz. Author and songwriter whose many books include "Divided Soul: The Life of Marvin Gaye."

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    • 59 min
    Anti-war veterans explain how US lost Afghanistan while leaders lied, profited

    Anti-war veterans explain how US lost Afghanistan while leaders lied, profited

    Two US veterans, Matthew Hoh and Daniel Sjursen, explain how the war in Afghanistan was lost, Afghans suffered, and military contractors profited -- all while the American public was kept in the dark.

    Guests:

    Danny Sjursen. Retired US Army officer, senior fellow at the Center for International Policy. He served combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and later taught history at West Point. His latest book is "A True History of the United States."

    Matthew Hoh. Former Marine and State Department official who resigned in protest from his post in Afghanistan over U.S. policy in September 2009. Now a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy.

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    • 56 min
    US suffocates Cuba for unwavering, victorious anti-imperialism at great cost

    US suffocates Cuba for unwavering, victorious anti-imperialism at great cost

    Cuba's anti-imperial foreign policy helped end apartheid in South Africa and sustain liberation movements worldwide. Historian Piero Gleijeses says that's one of the main reasons why the US has terrorized the island nation through today.

    "There are very few examples [in history] of the idealism demonstrated by the Cuban government in its foreign policy in Africa," Gleijeses says.

    Guest: Piero Gleijeses. Professor at Johns Hopkins University. Author of "Conflicting Missions: Havana, Washington, and Africa, 1959-1976" and "Visions of Freedom: Havana, Washington, Pretoria, and the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1976-1991."

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    • 43 min
    Syrian insurgents guilty of 'red line' 2013 sarin chemical attack, study finds

    Syrian insurgents guilty of 'red line' 2013 sarin chemical attack, study finds

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    A new open-source study concludes that Syrian insurgents carried out the Ghouta sarin chemical attack in August 2013 -- not the Syrian government, as the White House, U.S. intelligence, and other Western sources publicly alleged.

    Rockets carrying sarin killed hundreds of people and left thousands wounded. Based on their trajectories, the study traces all seven missile impact locations back to the most likely launch spot where they all intersected: a small area within insurgent-controlled territory.

    In their first joint interview, the study's authors lay out their explosive findings.

    Guests:

    Michael Kobs and Adam Larson, co-authors of a new study on the 2013 chemical attack in Ghouta.

    Saar Wilf: Founder of Root Claim, which published the Ghouta study.

    Read the Ghouta study:

    https://rootclaim-media.s3.amazonaws.com/syria2013evidence.pdf

    Read a summary of the findings:

    https://blog.rootclaim.com/new-evidence-2013-sarin-attack-in-ghouta-syria/#

    Adam Larson on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CL4Syr
    Michael Kobs on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MichaKobs
    Saar Wilf: https://twitter.com/saarwilf

    • 1 hr 9 min
    US ties to suspected Haiti assassins follow long history of intervention

    US ties to suspected Haiti assassins follow long history of intervention

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    A growing number of suspects in the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse have US ties. At least one is a former DEA informant and several have received U.S. military training. Scholar Jemima Pierre of The Black Alliance for Peace discusses the unfolding mystery surrounding Moïse's killing and the context of longtime US, foreign intervention in Haiti.

    Guest: Jemima Pierre. Haiti/Americas Coordinator for The Black Alliance for Peace and Associate Professor at UCLA.

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
365 Ratings

365 Ratings

Tomaballsdeep ,

Hear what actual journalism and productive social commentary sounds like!

An absolutely necessary podcast in these dark days of political and corporate delirium. Aaron does fantastic work, asking the questions that established media outlets actively work to avoid. He gives fantastic perspectives of American imperialism and numerous issues affecting global communities and people.

A must listen for anyone wanting to stay informed with issues concerning unchecked government power, corporate hegemony and the invisible intelligence war.

Collind1123 ,

Aaron fights for us

Aaron is not interested in easy truths. He sees the us empire clearly

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Incredible Show

One of the best programs of actual investigative journalism that tries to keep the Empire thoughtful about its behavior and delves deep like the Forth Estate should and has failed to do in the Global North. Keep up the good work

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