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Takes on the World: Jim Douglass on Who Killed Kennedy and Why, Segment 1 (Wed, 22 Nov 2017)
This replaying of my 2013 interview with Jim Douglass is important because the mainstream media and the alternative media, operating under the insidious influence of the chief gatekeeper, Noam Chomsky, refuses to speak with knowledgeable critics of the Kennedy assassination official narrative. Douglass points out how JFK killing has shaped events thru 9-11; how refusing US military support for the Bay of Pigs fiasco. ending the Cuban missile crisis thru secret communications with Nikita Khrushchev, which averted an almost certain nuclear war, his Vietnam withdrawal plan, and outreach to Castro, got him killed. He describes how the CIA had plotted an earlier and similar hit in Chicago three weeks earlier but JFK canceled the trip; the perfidious role of the Secret Service and its having provided phony IDs for shooters on the grassy knoll; the use of multiple Oswalds in Mexico and the US before and after assassination; of RFK Jr.’s speaking out against war machine that killed RFK and how a new “Project Unspeakable” available for public readings links the murders of JFK, Malcolm X, MLK and RFK.
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Takes on the World: Jeff Blankfort: News/Op: JFK, Chomsky, Israel-CIA Link, Segment 1 (Wed, 22 Nov 2017)
My entire commentary is devoted to the 54th anniversary of Kennedy's assassination as an introduction to replaying my interview with Jim Douglass, author of “JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why it Matters,” the very best book that exposes and documents the role of the CIA in coordinating the murder of the president and makes it clear that Lee Harvey Oswald was acting as its agent but was not the assassin. I note how the alternative along with the mainstream media has collaborated in refusing to interview critics of the official story despite the polls showing that the majority of Americans believe the killing was a conspiracy. I cite Noam Chomsky contradictory statement disputing the possibility that the assassination was a conspiracy while acknowledging he hasn't studied it because he doesn't think it was important. I point out that Chomsky holds the same position regarding 911 and dismisses the notion that the Israel Lobby controls Congress. I point out that when JFK turned away from Cold War warrior to saving the planet through his secret back channel communications with Khrushchev and decided to withdraw troops from Vietnam, he was considered a traitor and made many enemies but before that he had angered Israel's David Ben-Gurion who saw him as a danger to Israel because he demanded Israel not develop nuclear weapons, that at least 300,000 Palestinians be allowed to return, and that Israel's US lobby register as a foreign agent. No US president would ever make such demands again. While noting that it would have been logistically impossible for the Mossad to have carried out the killing, I note the close relationship between the fervently anticommunist and fervently Zionist head of CIA's counterintelligence at the time, James Jesus Angleton and Jerusalem mayor and Mossad agent, Teddy Kolleck as recorded by their obvious friend and notorious neocon, Michael Ledeen. I conclude with comments from Ray McGovern, endorsing Douglass's book and agreeing that the CIA was behind the killing.
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Takes on the World: Phil Giraldi on US missiles, the M-I-C-C, Lebanon War Prospects, Segment 1 (Wed, 08 Nov 2017)
In a wide ranging interview, CIA veteran Phil Giraldi, questions the capability of US missiles to defend the continent and suggests that if US citizens on the West Coast were aware that the military's missile defense system was a fraud they would think very differently about the Trump administration's threats to North Korea. He places the responsibility for the crisis on the US which has refused to negotiate a formal end to the war and that the position of Pyongyang in the face of US threats is understandable while acknowledging that the threat of its own weapons is very real. The discussion turns to the history of costly US weapons that don't perform as expected and that their efficacy is secondary to the profit motive which has led to the manufacturers like Raytheon and Lockheed Martin to have job-producing factories in every state and in key Congressional districts to defuse any attempt by Congress to restrain spending. The F-35 is used as an example. Giraldi notes that Eisenhower's initial warning to the public was against the Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex, but under pressure from members of Congress, he left them out to the public's detriment. Giraldi also expressed concern about a possible attack on Lebanon, given the almost simultaneous release of files from Osama bin Laden that appear to show Al-Qaeda cooperation with Iran, Lebanon's Sunni prime minister, Sayad Hariri, having fled to Saudi Arabia, saying his life was threatened, and the Saudis then accusing Iran and Hezbollah of attacking Riyadh from Yemen. Giraldi decries the lack of information on such key issues, including the failure to report on the Friends of Israel Defense Force “charity” raising funds, being provided by the alternative media and singles out Democracy Now for just doing the stories that it finds “safe,” reporting on the actions of the Israel Lobby being one of them. At the end of the program he points out that the Lobby is everywhere in the West, with the exposure of British cabinet minister Priti Patel's undisclosed meeting with Netanyahu and Israeli officials and her attempt to get British taxpayers to pay for Israeli military hospitals in the Golan being a current example.
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Takes on the World: Jeff Blankfort:News/Op: No. Korea, ME War Moves, Balfour Explained, Segment 1 (Wed, 08 Nov 2017)
I begin by questioning the ability of the US to actually shoot down incoming missiles which is yet unproven and quote from guest Phil Giraldi's article confirming that. I then report on the CIA having passed on newly declassified files captured from Osama bin Laden suggesting cooperation between Al Qaeda and Iran to pseudo journalists of the Long War Journal, a project of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a necon pro-Israel think tank and successor to Project for a New American Century. I suggest that this, combined with Saudi accusations that it has been attacked by Iran and Hezbollah and the sudden trip of Lebanon prime minister Sayad Hariri to Riyadh, claiming that his life was in danger and that Iran was taking over Lebanon, are signs that an attack on Lebanon by one or more of the US-Israel-KSA Axis is in the offing. I then note that the past week had seen the centenaries of two of the most important events of the 20th century, the Russian revolution and the Balfour Declaration and proceed to show, with historic quotes, that Balfour was a gift to the Zionists for having helped push the US into WW1 on Britain's side, thus enabling it to win. I point out that listeners will not hear or read about these documents because the Zionists don't want the public to know about them and the same reason applies to the media's silence about the Friends of the Israel Defense Force's record breaking fundraiser, Nov. 3, in which it raised $53.8 million tax exempt dollars for Israel's Wehrmacht, $16.6 million of it coming from the Oracle's Larry Ellison. That the Zionists control the US media is a given. I begin by questioning the ability of the US to actually shoot down incoming missiles which is yet unproven and quote from guest Phil Giraldi's article confirming that. I then report on the CIA having passed on newly declassified files captured from Osama bin Laden suggesting cooperation between Al Qaeda and Iran to pseudo journalists of the Long War Journal, a project of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a necon pro-Israel think tank and successor to Project for a New American Century. I suggest that this, combined with Saudi accusations that it has been attacked by Iran and Hezbollah and the sudden trip of Lebanon prime minister Sayad Hariri to Riyadh, claiming that his life was in danger and that Iran was taking over Lebanon, are signs that an attack on Lebanon by one or more of the US-Israel-KSA Axis is in the offing. I then note that the past week had seen the centenaries of two of the most important events of the 20th century, the Russian revolution and the Balfour Declaration and proceed to show, with historic quotes, that Balfour was a gift to the Zionists for having helped push the US into WW1 on Britain's side, thus enabling it to win. I point out that listeners will not hear or read about these documents because the Zionists don't want the public to know about them and the same reason applies to the media's silence about the Friends of the Israel Defense Force's record breaking fundraiser, Nov. 3, in which it raised $53.8 million tax exempt dollars for Israel's Wehrmacht, $16.6 million of it coming from the Oracle's Larry Ellison. That the Zionists control the US media is a given.
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Takes on the World: Suzy Hansen Views US Empire's Impact from Istanbul, Segment 1 (Wed, 25 Oct 2017)
Suzy Hansen, an American journalist who has lived and worked in Turkey for the past decade has written one of the most refreshingly honest and important books I have read: “Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World,” which, among other things is an indictment of the current and past generations of the American public, particularly the white American public, for their indifference to the often monstrous crimes their government has committed against other peoples around the world of which they have been the beneficiaries while never questioning America’s “goodness.” Channeling James Baldwin who, more than a half century ago, found Turkey more accepting of a black, gay man than New York or Paris, Hansen, an experienced reporter, chose the country as place of residence after winning a scholarship and then has her eyes opened to the impact that the US has had on Turkey and other countries she has covered, such as Greece, growing ever more cognizant of “our country’s terrible innocence about our own deeds.” This is what I hope will be the first of several interviews with Hansen. Check it out.
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Takes on the World: Jeff Blankfort:NewsOp:The Empire in Niger and vs. Iran, Segment 1 (Wed, 25 Oct 2017)
I begin by pointing out again that the US war on Iraq has led to a greater catastrophe for the peoples of the Middle East and North and Sub Saharan Africa; that with the overthrow of Khadafy in Libya, it has not only produced the colossal refugee disaster that has been impacting Europe but has been the catalyst for the rise of neo-Nazi parties in Europe and Germany and Austria, in particular. I then examine the controversy over the death of four US soldiers in Niger in terms of the expansion of the US Empire in Africa with the Africa Command during the Obama presidency and its current presence in 53 African countries. I note that the US air force is building its biggest troop constructed air base in Agadez, Niger (the name was mysteriously clipped from the recording) which is the starting point for refugees from Sub Saharan Africa. I go from there from Trump’s efforts to sabotage the nuclear accord with Iran and Congress’s own plans to implement new sanctions over its missile program and follow with Rex Tillerson in Saudi Arabia, warning European countries about doing business with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and telling “foreign soldiers” in Iraq, meaning Iranians, to go home since the fight with ISIS has been won. Foreign soldiers apparently do not include Americans. I finish with a report from Dickinson, Texas, where a new state law requiring Texans doing business with the state to swear they will not boycott or support a boycott against Israel, to get funds to rebuild their homes that were damaged by Hurricane Harvey.
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Takes on the World: AIPAC, Israel Lobby Blasted: M Peled, G Levy, MJ Rosenberg, Segment 1 (Wed, 11 Oct 2017)
Today, I have dipped into Takes on the World’s archives for a very special program, one that I originally played on May 13, 2015, the likes of which you are not going to find on any other radio station. What you’ll hear was recorded at a conference at the National Press Club in Washington on April 10, 2015, that addressed the question of whether or not the Israel Lobby was good for the United States or for Israel. The event was sponsored by the Washington Report on the Middle East and the Institute for Research: Middle East Policy, whose director, Grant Smith, is a frequent guest on this program. Despite a stellar list of nationally and internationally known speakers appearing before a packed National Press Club conference room, and the unquestionable relevance of the subject to the American political scene, there was not a single word of the event in the mainstream US media. This was pointed out by Ralph Nader on the CounterPunch website which was, ironically, the only reporting of the event in the alternative media. All the presentations ran under 20 minutes which enabled me to put together three that I considered among the most important for an American audience. The first speaker is Israeli born Miko Peled, author of The Generals' Son, who now lives in San Diego, and whom I interviewed in October, 2013. Following Peled will be, arguably, Israel's most controversial and well known journalist, Gideon Levy, from Ha'aretz, whom I also interviewed several years back. Concluding the hour will be MJ Rosenberg, formerly the editor of AIPAC's Near East Report, and a veteran of 15 years working for members of Congress on Capitol Hill. Each of the speakers will tell you something about themselves and how they arrived at their current positions. Given the expressed desire by Congress and Resident Trump to bow to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s and AIPAC’s wishes and walk away from the nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama administration with Iran, what you will hear now is perhaps more relevant today than it was two years ago. The entire conference can be viewed at israellobbyus.org.
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Takes on the World: Pierre Laboissiere on Haiti, Aristide and History, Segment 1 (Wed, 27 Sep 2017)
Four days before the 26th anniversary of the first US instigated coup against Haiti’s first democratically elected president, Jean Bertrand Aristide, Pierre Laboissierre, describes the emergence of the Lavalas movement and of a priest of the people, Aristide, as their leader. In this interview, Laboisierre takes the listener back into the history of Haiti’s revolution the success of which threatened all of the slave holding regimes including the United States and the icon of its own “revolution,” Pres. Thomas Jefferson, himself a slaveholder. Laboissiere refers back to Haiti being forced by the colonial powers to reimburse the French plantation owners for the loss of “their” land; the occupation by the US military from 1915 to 1934; the rise of the US backed dictator, “Papa Doc” Duvalier and an army that was used to suppress the people, along with the special police, the Ton Ton Macoutes; but he leveled much of his criticism at the “socialist” Brazilian president, Lula da Silva, whose soldiers, as part of the UN’s occupying force, have massacred Haitian civilians, and the president of Ecuador whose army is currently providing training for the “new” Haitian army to replace the one that Aristide had disbanded in 1994. He points out that despite the reversals, despite the behind the scenes domination by Washington of Haiti’s political system, the people of Haiti continue to resist and continue taking their protests to the streets.
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Takes on the World: Jeff Blankfort:NewsOp:Haiti, German Elections, No. Korea, Iran, Segment 1 (Wed, 27 Sep 2017)
I begin by noting that while Haiti was largely bypassed by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, its problems from past disasters, the 2010 earthquake and Hurricane Matthew persist, complicated by political problems, UN created cholera, and exploitation by international donors like the Red Cross. Blaming the US overthrow of Iraq and Libyan governements and attempt to do the same in Syria, for the rise of the ultra-right, racist movements of Europe, I look at the latest, the success of the Alternative for Germany in that country's elections through the eyes of Der Speigel and then Ha'aretz. I note the growing movement to boycott the Star Spangled Banner and predict that Colin Kaepernick will be his generation's Rosa Parks even while he remains unemployed. I then cite Trump's threat to destroy North Korea before the UN and a critic of his comment in the Washington Post and follow that with the rejoinder of Pyongang's foreign minister that Trump's speech was a declaration of war and that the North can feel free to shoot down US bombers not over their air space. I also point out that the reason that the US has not shot down any of the No. Korean missiles yet is that it fears the humiliation that will follow if it misses which is likely. Then, I turn to Trump's moves towards ending the Iran deal and the possibility he will shift the responsibility of certifying the deal Oct. 15 to the Senate which, controlled by Israel, will vote to pull out. Trump's demands that Iran make further concessions will go nowhere. I conclude with quoting from Hassan Rouhani's speech to the UN which referred to Trump as a rogue actor and attacked his speech's warlike tones in an institution designed to keep the peace.
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Takes on the World: Army Maj. Danny Sjursen rips US wars, self-image, hypocrisy, Segment 1 (Wed, 13 Sep 2017)
US Army Major Danny Sjursen, a veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq wars and still on active duty at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, elaborates on his recent article for TomDispatch, “Worth Dying For? When it Comes to the War in the Greater Middle East, Maybe We're the Bad Guys” which he acknowledges represents his views an not those of the Dept. of the Army, the Dept. of Defense, or the US Government. This becomes abundantly clear as he skewers the notion of the US as “the indispensable nation” or a “force for good,” in the world and the indifference of Americans to the violence that their country has been doing and continues to so around the world, citing the US support for the ongoing air-war being conducted by Saudi Arabia against the people of Yemen. He also castigates the public's refusal to acknowledge America's responsibility for the refugee crisis that its wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have caused and wonders if it is too late to turn things around. Sjursen has particularly harsh criticism for Washington's choice of allies, the Saudis, Israel, and Egypt, and compares the US reaction to the behavior of the Saudis (whose fundamentalist Wahabist doctrine he condemns) with that of ISIS, when they do the same thing, such as be-headings. That the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have become interminable he attributes to Nixon's ending of the draft before which America's young men and their families had “skin in the game,” and to the preference of the military for a professional army, about which, he notes the country's founders had serious questions. Without the draft, he points out, there can be no serious antiwar movement. He points out that all of the military actions taken by the USG since 911 have been justified by the loosely interpreted “Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists” given to Pres. GW Bush on 9/14/01 and noted that there is a new effort in the Senate by Elizabeth Warren and Rand Paul to repeal it. Sjursen notes the contradictions among those in today's army. While pleased with the “socialized” health care and the generous benefits provided by the government, a sizable segment tend to hold extreme right positions, politically, which fits in with what he describes as an “anti-intellectual” climate, in general. He is particularly critical of the way military service is portrayed in American culture, citing its pervasive presence in National Football League games, with huge American flags, troops on display and fly-overs and disgusted with the yellow ribbons and the polite but insincere “thank you for your service” statements spoken by politicians and the public. Major Sjursen speaks with remarkable courage and justifiable anger at what he has seen happen to his country and that he does so from “the belly of the beast” is all the more extraordinary. And sadly, all too rare.
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