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

    US claim of 'Russian Bounty' plot in Afghanistan is dubious and dangerous

    US claim of 'Russian Bounty' plot in Afghanistan is dubious and dangerous

    Multiple US outlets, citing anonymous intelligence officials, are claiming that Russia offered bounties to kill US soldiers in Afghanistan and that President Trump has taken no action. The Grayzone's Max Blumenthal breaks down the story's flaws and how it continues a Russiagate-era push of the Democratic Party to the right.

    "The constant flow of Russiagate disinformation into the bloodstream of the Democratic Party and its base is moving that party constantly to the right, while pushing the US deeper into this Cold War," Blumenthal says.

    Guest: Max Blumenthal, editor of The Grayzone and author of several books, including his latest "The Management of Savagery."

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    • 32 min
    Finkelstein: Israel will pretend that illegal annexation is a compromise

    Finkelstein: Israel will pretend that illegal annexation is a compromise

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has set a date of July 1st to begin Israel's annexation of major parts of the Occupied West Bank. A group of 47 independent UN legal experts call the annexation plan "a vision of a 21st century apartheid."

    Author and scholar Norman Finkelstein argues that Netanyahu is exploiting a brief window of opportunity under Trump and will use the deadline to swallow up valuable West Bank while pretending to be making a compromise because he does not seize the entire territory.

    "If there were an an Oscar for Best Dramatic Performance by a Nation-State, Israel would win hands down every year," Finkelstein says. "And so they will manage to turn this illegal annexation, which will enable Israel to appropriate some of the best farmland, agricultural land in the Occupied Territories, that will preclude the possibility of a Palestinian state — they’ll manage to turn it into another agonizing, gut-wrenching compromise. I could write the script."

    Guest: Norman Finkelstein, author and scholar. His latest book is "I Accuse! : Herewith A Proof Beyond Reasonable Doubt That ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda Whitewashed Israel."

    www.normanfinkelstein.com

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    • 24 min
    Veteran NJ organizer Larry Hamm on building a movement and challenging Corey Booker

    Veteran NJ organizer Larry Hamm on building a movement and challenging Corey Booker

    Veteran civil rights activist Larry Hamm discusses the national uprising against systemic racism and police violence as well as his primary challenge to Democratic Sen. Cory Booker. "The challenge that faces us is to develop strategies and tactics that will sustain our movement over the long haul," Hamm says.

    Guest: Larry Hamm, chair of the People's Organization for Progress and candidate for the Democratic Senate nomination in New Jersey.

    • 22 min
    Crippling new sanctions punish Syrian civilians for US defeat in proxy war

    Crippling new sanctions punish Syrian civilians for US defeat in proxy war

    As Syria tries to recover from a nearly decade-long conflict, the US has imposed crippling new sanctions that explicitly target reconstruction. "For Syrians, sanctions on reconstruction and on oil and gas are likely to be felt most acutely," the Washington Post reports. "The Caesar Act will probably limit the government’s ability to procure oil, further hurting the already low quality of life." The new sanctions follow earlier coercive measures that had already hurt Syrian civilians, compounding the destruction of a lengthy proxy war fueled and funded by the US and its allies.

    Guest: Elijah Magnier, veteran war correspondent who has covered the Middle East for more than three decades.

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    • 27 min
    UN intervention in US? Families of black victims seek probe of racism, police violence

    UN intervention in US? Families of black victims seek probe of racism, police violence

    The families of black victims of police violence are calling on the United Nations Human Rights Council to open an investigation of what they call an "unfolding grave human rights crisis" in the United States. Relatives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Philando Castile, and Michael Brown urge the UN to probe the killings of their loved ones and the government crackdowns on anti-racism protests. The letter's co-drafter, Gay McDougall, a legal scholar and former UN expert on racial discrimination, joins Pushback.

    Guest: Gay McDougall. Former member of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; the UN's first Independent Expert on Minority Issues; and former member of South Africa's Independent Electoral Commission. Currently a Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at the Leitner Center on International Law and Justice at Fordham University Law School.

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    • 21 min
    US police state faces revolt as Trump expands it at home and abroad

    US police state faces revolt as Trump expands it at home and abroad

    Historian and author Gerald Horne discusses the US uprisings against police brutality and systemic racism sparked by George Floyd's killing; the devastating impact of the US government's decades-old war on the black freedom struggle; the ongoing "Russia-baiting" of the protests; and how, amidst the suffering and repression at home, the U.S. government, in bipartisan fashion, continues to attempt to impose its will on countries abroad, from China to Venezuela.

    Guest: Dr. Gerald Horne, Moores Professor of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston. Author of more than three dozen books, including the forthcoming The Dawning of the Apocalypse.

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