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Catch Rania Khalek's Dispatches for insight, analysis, investigations, interviews and on the ground reports on global issues from a left perspective.

    US & Europe Want to Make Africa a Cold War Battleground Against Russia & China, w/ Mikaela Nhondo Erskog

    US & Europe Want to Make Africa a Cold War Battleground Against Russia & China, w/ Mikaela Nhondo Erskog

    The US and Europe have tried to make Africa a battleground in their Cold War against Russia and China. They‘ve even labeled Africa as NATO’s “Southern Neighborhood” and are using AFRICOM as a mechanism to control the continent under the guise of protecting it from malign Chinese and Russian influence.


    What does this mean for sovereignty and independence across Africa and how are African countries pushing back?  To help break it all down Rania Khalek was joined by Mikaela Nhondo Erskog, a researcher at the Tricontinental Institute for Social Research and a member of No Cold War and the Dongsheng News Collective.


    Article discussed in the episode: Africa Does Not Want to Be a Breeding Ground for the New Cold War
    https://thetricontinental.org/newsletterissue/africa-new-cold-war/ 


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    • 43 min
    Iran Protests: What’s Happening and What Comes Next, w/ Prof. Mohammad Marandi

    Iran Protests: What’s Happening and What Comes Next, w/ Prof. Mohammad Marandi

    Iran’s protests have been more enduring than previous waves. Some call it a CIA-backed color revolution while others say it is a popular movement. There have been significant incidents of armed violence. And there is no doubt that Iran’s enemies will take advantage of any sign of weakness as they do in all countries deemed rogue. 


    To better understand what's going on and what we can expect, Rania Khalek was joined by Mohammad Marandi, professor of english literature and orientalism at the University of Tehran.


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    • 1 hr 15 min
    UN Official Calls for Lifting ‘Illegal’ Syria Sanctions After Seeing Devastation First-Hand

    UN Official Calls for Lifting ‘Illegal’ Syria Sanctions After Seeing Devastation First-Hand

    Rania Khalek is joined by UN Special Rapporteur Prof. Alena Douhan who returned from a 12-day visit to Syria where she assessed the negative impact of sanctions across the country. Upon her return, she called for the sanctions, which she deems illegal and a violation of human rights, to be lifted immediately. Prof. Douhan holds the UN position of Special Rapporteur on the Negative Impact of Unilateral Coercive Measures on Human Rights. 

    Read her statement here: https://www.ohchr.org/en/node/104160

    • 1 hr 1 min
    US Sets Anti-China Trap for Europe — Will They Fall In? w/ Arnaud Bertrand

    US Sets Anti-China Trap for Europe — Will They Fall In? w/ Arnaud Bertrand

    The US is trying to reshape NATO into an anti-China alliance while demanding that the EU join in. So far the US has been somewhat immunized from the consequences of cutting economic ties with Russia. For Europe though, the outcome of sanctions has been much more dire as winter approaches.  A decoupling from China would be even more devastating to Europeans, as indicated in the recent meetings with Macron and Scholz. Is the EU really willing to commit economic suicide for the US as it’s already doing with its Ukraine policy?


    To discuss this and more, Rania Khalek was joined by Arnaud Bertrand, a commentator on economics and geopolitics based in Shanghai. 


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    • 53 min
    Crisis of Western Capitalism: Sweden, Neo-Nazis & NATO Targeting of China, w/ Lily Lynch

    Crisis of Western Capitalism: Sweden, Neo-Nazis & NATO Targeting of China, w/ Lily Lynch

    The crisis of Western capitalism has led to the election of an ultra-right party in Sweden, with historical connection to the Nazi movement. The drive for escalation with Russia prompted Finland and Sweden to join NATO, placing themselves on the frontlines of a war in which they have nothing to gain. While it may appear that NATO is all about countering Russia, the U.S. is in the process of reconfiguring it into an anti-China military alliance, which would cause even more economic devastation to the EU. 


    To discuss this and more, Rania Khalek was joined by writer and journalist Lily Lynch. 


    Lily’s articles discussed in this episode:


    Sweden’s Pariahs https://newleftreview.org/sidecar/posts/293 
    Looking East https://newleftreview.org/sidecar/posts/287 
    Useful Spectres https://newleftreview.org/sidecar/posts/280 
    Joining the West https://newleftreview.org/sidecar/posts/joining-the-west?pc=1442 

    • 38 min
    Reviving the Left in the Post-9/11 Era: New Movements & Constant Turmoil w/ Brian Becker

    Reviving the Left in the Post-9/11 Era: New Movements & Constant Turmoil w/ Brian Becker

    How did 9/11 change the direction of the US left? What about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the election of Obama and then Trump, the Arab Spring, Russiagate and now the war in Ukraine? How has the new Cold War against Russia and China created new lines of differentiation and what is the path forward?


    Brian Becker, host of The Socialist Program, joined Rania Khalek to talk about this and more in part 2 of their discussion about the US left. You can watch Part 1 here: https://youtu.be/Hf-lS_ljOdc 


    Check out Socialist Reconstruction, the recently published book Brian contributed to: https://1804books.com/products/socialist-reconstruction-a-better-future 


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    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
73 Ratings

73 Ratings

strandedonthiscontinent ,

Great interviews

Rania is one of the best interviewers out there. She is sympathetic and a good listener and allows people with divergent views from hers to present their ideas.

Ala amr ,

Great show informative

Great show and gives different views, well prepared and I liked the notes with time stamps. I also would like to propose that you make some shorter episodes as this might deter many from following.
I also like to add that you need to add people from other countries when you talk about those countries, to be more credible. Also to listen to the views of the people in Europe and other countries.
Do you think they are dump and crazy and just follow us government blindly!

donultra ,

Great!

First met you in 2016, been your fan ever since.

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