In a lively and insightful roundtable discussion, Ralph hosts former Marine company commander, Matthew Hoh, who when not deployed also worked in the Pentagon and the State Department, and independent and unembedded Iraq war correspondent, Dahr Jamail. They mark the twentieth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq and discuss the consequences of that misbegotten and illegal war. Plus, we hear a clip from Ralph’s and Patti Smith’s antiwar concert tour conducted in 2005. Continue reading →
“All wars are fought twice, the first time on the battlefield, the second time in memory.” — Viet Thanh Nguyen
As mainstream U.S. media outlets pause to remember the U.S. invasion of Iraq, it’s clear that there’s a lot they hope we’ll forget – first and foremost, the media’s own active complicity in whipping up public support for the war.
What is democracy but platitudes and dog whistles? The national direction is quietly predetermined — it’s not up for debate. The president’s role is to sell it to the public; you might say he’s the public-relations director in chief: Continue reading →
Join legendary rock artist Roger Waters, as well as luminaries such as Max Blumenthal, Garland Nixon, Nick Brand, Randy Credico and a host of others as we cover the event from a symbol of fascism, the British Consulate, in NYC.
“So when you hear politicians or government officials in the UK or in the U.S or in this country talk about due process or the rule of law this is what they’re talking about. Punishment by process, burying him under legal process until he dies. In fact, if you look at the case and you read our grounds of appeal there’s been very little by way of due process or rule of law in what has been inflicted upon Julian as we argue in our appeal. This case has been rife with abuse.” — Jennifer Robinson
We’re coming to you live from London, where people have come from around the world to form a Human Chain around the British Parliament, and ask for the release of the Australian journalist Julian Assange. Organised by Don’t Extradite Assange.
The Ukraine conflict has plunged the world into a geopolitical crisis. But this is not, as the writer Patrick Lawrence points out, the only crisis. The war in Ukraine has exacerbated the crisis within the western press, inflicting damage that he believes is ultimately irreparable.
Responding to the news that the UK Home Secretary Priti Patel has certified Julian Assange’s extradition to the United States to face charges under the Espionage Act, Agnes Callamard, Amnesty International Secretary General said:
Ralph welcomes back prolific Pulitzer Prize winning author and esteemed public intellectual, Chris Hedges, to get his thoughts on the hypocrisy of war, corporate control of the press, Julian Assange, unions, grass roots activism, Christian fascists, and his work teaching in prisons.