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Cold War Truth Commission part 7: War and the Global Power Elite, TRT :58  recorded 3/21/21
Cold War Truth Commission part 7: War and the Global Power Elite, Monday
6/27/22, 8pm PST, premieres on YouTube 6/23 2pm PST

The Cold War Truth Commission exposes U.S. illegal and immoral actions in the name of Anti-communism at home and abroad. And shows how today's pervasive violence and injustice-both at home and abroad-is intimately tied up to the perpetration of the Cold War. Without truth about the U.S. Cold War, there can be no true Reconciliation for our times. This week, the seventh installment- War and the Global Power Elite, features: 

* Carl Boggs- The Environmental Catastrophe of Militarism and the US Cold War 

* Medea Benjamin- The US Cold War vs African Liberation Struggles 

* Father Roy Bourgeois- School of Assassins (Video) 

* Nuri Ronaghy- Origins of US Iranian Tension 

* Peter Phillips- The NSA and CIA Protects Concentrated Global Capitalism 

The program hosts are Rachel Bruhnke of Witness For Peace Southwest and Frank Dorrel of ADDICTED To WAR. 

Endorsers: CODEPINK, WORLD BEYOND WAR, ROOTSACTION, KPFK 90.7 FM Radio, Veterans For Peace, CovertAction Magazine, Media Freedom Foundation, Project Censored, PeaceWorkers, Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power In Space, School of The Americas Watch, Harriet Tubman Center For Social Justice, Anti-Racist Action, COVID-19 Global Solidarity Coalition, Women Against Military Madness & ADDICTED To WAR 

Thanks to Witness For Peace Southwest, CODEPINK & Addicted To War. 

Recorded March 21st 2021 

Where is the War in Ukraine Going and What Should be the Response of the Peace Movement? Part one, TRT :58  recorded 5/23/22
Where is the War in Ukraine Going and What Should be the Response of the Peace Movement? Part one, Monday
6/13/22, 8pm PST, premieres on YouTube 6/9 2pm PST

Where is the War in Ukraine Going and What Should be the Response of the Peace Movement? Part two, TRT :58  recorded 5/23/22
Where is the War in Ukraine Going and What Should be the Response of the Peace Movement? Part two, Monday
6/20/22, 8pm PST, premieres on YouTube 6/9 2pm PST

This is an edited for television version of a discussion convened by the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) on May 23rd 2022. This will be broadcast in two parts. Speakers include: 

Scott Ritter – Former UN Weapons Inspector, 
Ajamu Baraka – Black Alliance for Peace, 
Sara Flounders – International Action Center, 
Alan Freeman – International Manifesto Group, 
Moderator – Joe Lombardo, UNAC Coordinator 

There is much disagreement among peace activists and in general on the left concerning the role of the peace movement and whether they should be supporting US policy in Ukraine. This dispute has gotten increasingly heated. Our movement has been affected by the massive propaganda and censorship that we are experiencing in the US. Peace activist Bruce Gagnon, co-founder of Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space said on a recent panel that he thought the dispute was between “Liberal Democrats” and “Anti-imperialists”. I certainly understand what he is getting at. This panel would definitely fit in to the “Anti-Imperialist” faction. 

Part One- This discussion of the present situation in Ukraine includes the opening statements of the panelists and opens with a skillful breakdown of the “dominant narrative” unanimously perpetrated by the western corporate press, followed by an excellent summary of the historical context and facts that the press and giant social media conglomerates [in war-drum mode] are filtering out or actively censoring. The Panelists then elaborate with their analysis of the historical, geopolitical and economic implications as well as positions the peace movement might take. -Since this war brings the US in direct confrontation with Russia, a major nuclear power. 

Part Two recaps some of the most important points and then launches into a discussion of how the media is suddenly soft pedaling and playing down the use of neo-fascist elements such as the Asov Battalion and the Right Sector in the government of Ukraine and as a major component of the war effort. The discussion goes on to further examine the position of the peace movement in regards to ending the war. 

Thanks to United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)
Watch the unedited version on the UNAC website: 
https://www.unacpeace.org/


Bruce Gagnon: Ukraine: Tracing the Roots of the Conflict, TRT :58  recorded 5/24/22
Bruce Gagnon: Ukraine: Tracing the Roots of the Conflict, Monday
6/6/22, 8pm PST, premieres on YouTube 5/26 2pm PST

Joe Manchin, told the World Economic Forum on the day this was recorded [5/24/22] that he opposes any kind of peace agreement in Ukraine and only wants total victory with the ultimate goal of regime change in Russia. Mansion called the war an "opportunity." “I believe strongly that I have never seen, and the people I talk strategically have never seen, an opportunity more than this, to do what needs to be done." On March 26th Joe Biden admitted that the war was about regime change in Russia when he said, Vladimir Putin "cannot remain in power," and then walked it back a few days later. Then in late April, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin let loose that the U.S.'s 'goal' in Ukraine is to see Russia 'weakened'. The corporate media is spinning this as a "policy shift". Needless to say, ending the war and saving lives doesn't appear to be on the agenda.

Well, if you haven't yet figured out that the current crisis in Ukraine is a proxy war on Russia engineered by the United States in order to bring about regime change, keep an ear, the neocons running the foreign policy are just arrogant and careless enough to tell you. One person who has been making the case for this analogy all along is Bruce Gagnon. He laid this all out for us a year ago. This week we bring him back to give us an update and a little bit of history of how the US and NATO have been deliberately stoking this war for decades. 

Bruce Gagnon is co-founder and coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, he fights the reach of corporate greed into space, which pits him against most Washington officials. 

See: https://space4peace.blogspot.com Recorded 5/24/22

Ray McGovern: The Growing Possibility of Nuclear War over Ukraine, TRT :58  recorded 5/13/22
Ray McGovern: The Growing Possibility of Nuclear War over Ukraine, Monday
5/23/22, 8pm PST, premieres on YouTube 5/19 2pm PST

Ray McGovern says US officials are being illogical and nonchalant about the likelihood that Russia will use nuclear weapons to deter a military defeat in Ukraine.

See: US Counting On Putin To Signal Before Using Nuclear Weapons 

Former Central Intelligence Agency officer turned political activist, McGovern was a CIA analyst from 1963 to 1990, and in the 1980s chaired National Intelligence Estimates and prepared the President's Daily Brief. Ray McGovern is an activist who writes and lectures about, among other issues, war and the role of CIA.

He holds an M.A. in Russian Studies from Fordham University, a certificate in Theological Studies from Georgetown University, and is a graduate of Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program. Ray co-founded Veterans Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) in 2003.

Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) is a group of former officers of the United States Intelligence Community which formed in January 2003. In February 2003, the group issued a statement accusing the Bush administration of misrepresenting U.S. national intelligence information in order to push the US and its allies toward that year's US-led invasion of Iraq. The group issued a letter stating that intelligence analysts were not being heeded by policy makers. The group initially numbered 25, mostly retired analysts.

Thanks to: Nuclear Abolition Working Group, Veterans For Peace

Recorded Friday, May 13, 2022

Nancy MacLean: The Pre-History and Likely Sequels of the Insurrection at the US Capitol, TRT :58  recorded 3/2/22
Nancy MacLean: The Pre-History and Likely Sequels of the Insurrection at the US Capitol, Monday
5/9/22, 8pm PST, premieres on YouTube 5/5 2pm PST

The attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, was the most violent assault on democracy in modern American history, with three rings of activity: a large outer circle of avid supporters who believed the Big Lie, a smaller number of resolute white-power radicals, and a suited inner circle that strategized to overthrow the election, exploiting federalism to achieve its ends. Nancy MacLean, author of "Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America" explains how each of these three elements is the product of decades of intentional cultivation.

Thanks to the National Humanities Center https://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/ Recorded 3/2/22

Cuba's Life Task: Combatting Climate Change, TRT :58  recorded 11/21

Cuba's Life Task: Combatting Climate Change, Monday 5/2/22, 8pm PST, premieres on YouTube 4/28 2pm PST

We talk to Dr Helen Yaffe who shares her new documentary with us.

Climate change is among the world's greatest challenges. As a small Caribbean island, Cuba is disproportionately affected by climate change through extreme weather events. Up to 10% of Cuban territory could be submerged by the end of the century, wiping out coastal towns, polluting water supplies, destroying agricultural lands and forcing one million people to relocate. Finding solutions is now essential.

In this documentary, Dr Helen Yaffe goes to Cuba to find out about 'Tarea Vida' (Life Task), a long-term state plan to protect the population, environment and the economy from climate change. The Cuban approach combines environmental science, natural solutions and community participation in strategies for adaptation and mitigation.

Produced by DaniFilms with Dr Helen Yaffe from the University of Glasgow for the COP26 conference in Glasgow.

Helen Yaffe is a Visiting Fellow at the Latin America and Caribbean Centre and a Lecturer in Economic and Social History in the University of Glasgow. Helen is an economic historian specializing in Cuba and Latin America, the history of economics, and the political economy of late development. She is the author of several books including: "We Are Cuba! How a revolutionary people survived in post-Soviet world."

Thanks to DaniFilms

Scott Ritter: A Conversation About Ukraine Part 1, TRT :58  recorded 4/6/22 
Scott Ritter: A Conversation About Ukraine Part 1 , Monday 4/18/22, 8pm PST, premieres on YouTube 4/14 2pm PST

Scott Ritter: A Conversation About Ukraine Part 1, TRT :58  recorded 4/6/22

Scott Ritter: A Conversation About Ukraine Part 2 , Monday 4/25/22, 8pm PST, premieres on YouTube 4/14 2pm PST

This is an interview with Scott Ritter hosted by Margaret Flowers and Joe Lombardo of the United National AntiWar Coalition. The interview was recorded on April 6th and will be broadcast in two parts. 

Scott Ritter was the UN weapons inspector who, during the Iraq War told the truth that we found no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. He became outspoken about this, which undercut the main reason the US used to invade and occupy Iraq. As with the Iraq War, Scott Ritter is outspoken about the present war in Ukraine, in which we are again hearing US lies about the reasons for, and the events happening in the Ukraine War. His vast experience and knowledge working in the military and with various international agencies helps expose the truth about what is happening in Ukraine. Thanks to the United National AntiWar Coalition to see the original version of this talk or donate, go to: www.unacpeace.org vast experience and knowledge working in the military and with various international agencies helps expose the truth about what is happening in Ukraine.

Thanks to the United National AntiWar Coalition to see the original version of this talk or donate, go to: www.unacpeace.org

Harvey Wasserman: Stop Russian Roulette!, TRT :58  recorded 4/1/22 
Harvey Wasserman: Stop Russian Roulette!, Monday 4/10/22, 8pm PST, premieres on YouTube 4/7 2pm PST

This week we talk with world renown nuke expert Harvey Wasserman. 

With 50 years of experience writing and researching nuclear power, author/expert/activist Harvey Wasserman warns that even a “conventional” war in Ukraine could lead to Apocalyptic radiation releases, killing millions and costing trillions. Wasserman warns that even minor disruptions, sabotage or explosions could lead to Chernobyl-sized disasters at any one of the 15 reactors now operating in Ukraine. Radiation releases from Chernobyl itself, he says, killed more than a million humans worldwide, irradiated thousands of square miles of land and water, and cost trillions in destroyed property. 

Wasserman began researching and writing on atomic power in 1973. Among very few journalists, he investigated the health impacts of Three Mile Island up close and personal. He co-authored KILLING OUR OWN: The Disaster of America’s Experience with Atomic Radiation, with ensuing media appearances on TODAY, NIGHTLINE, PHIL DONAHUE, DEMOCRACY NOW, THOM HARTMANN, CHARLIE ROSE and numerous other major outlets. He is the author of 21 books. 

He writes regularly for a wide internet readership through Ecowatch, solartopia.org, freepress.org and nukefree.org, which he edits. His article have also appeared at Commondreams, CounterPunch, HuffingtonPost, Buzzflash and others. He hosts the Solartopia Green Power & Wellness Show at https://greenpowerwellnessshow.podbean.com/

In 2004 Harvey and Bob Fitrakis broke many of the major stories on the theft of the 2004 presidential election in Ohio. Called “the Woodward and Bernstein” of election protection by Rev. Jackson Jackson, Bob and Harvey have published six books on the American art of vote counting and curtailment. We'll talk about his work with Freepress.org and the organization he co-founded the Grassroots Election Protection Coalition which has a Zoom conference every Monday 5 P.M. ET 2 P.M. See: https://grassrootsep.org/

Recorded 4/1/22

Media Censorship of Voices for Peace, TRT :58  recorded 3/21/22 
Media Censorship of Voices for Peace , Monday 4/3/22, 8pm PST, premieres on YouTube 3/20 2pm PST

As U.S. media reports a narrow narrative on the war in Ukraine, social media platforms is increasingly censoring critical voices for peace. Join us for a discussion between Abby Martin, Lee Camp, Chris Hedges, and Jodie Evans on the impacts and implications of this censorship.

Featured Guests:

Lee Camp is an American writer and television host.

Abby Martin is an American journalist, TV presenter, filmmaker, and activist. She founded Empire Files and co-found the citizen journalism website Media Roots and serves on the board of directors for the Media Freedom Foundation which manages Project Censored.

Chris Hedges is an American journalist, Presbyterian minister, and author. A former reporter for The New York Times, Hedges is a progressive commentator, activist, and critic of American liberalism.

All these voices have been censored, as they are voices that speak for peace and don’t carry the imperialist narrative.

Thanks to CODEPINK www.codepink.org

This is an edited for TV version. See the original at https://www.codepink.org/u_s_media_censorship_of_voices_for_peace

Statement from Chris Hedges:  "I received no inquiry or notice from YouTube. I vanished. In totalitarian systems you exist, then you don’t. I suppose this was done in the name of censoring Russian propaganda, although I have a hard time seeing how a detailed discussion of “Ulysses” or the biographies of Susan Sontag and J. Robert Oppenheimer had any connection in the eyes of the most obtuse censors in Silicon Valley with Vladimir Putin. Indeed, there is not one show that dealt with Russia. I was on RT because, as a critic of US imperialism, militarism, the corporate control of the two ruling parties, and especially because I support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, I was blacklisted.  I was on RT for the same reason the dissident Vaclav Havel, who I knew, was on Voice of America during the communist regime in Czechoslovakia. It was that or not be heard. Havel had no more love for the policies of Washington than I have for those of Moscow.

Are we a more informed and better society because of this censorship? Is this a world we want to inhabit where those who know everything about us and about whom we know nothing can instantly erase us? If this happens to me, it can happen to you, to any critic anywhere who challenges the dominant narrative. And that is where we are headed as the ruling elites refuse to respond to the disenfranchisement and suffering of the working class, opting not for social and political change or the curbing of the rapacious power and obscene wealth of our oligarchic rulers, but instead imposing iron control over information, as if that will solve the mounting social unrest and vast political and social divides.  

The most vocal cheerleaders for this censorship are the liberal class."

Recorded March 21, 2022

Ted Postol: The Ukraine Conflict and the Danger of Accidental Nuclear War, TRT :58  recorded 3/12/22 
Ted Postol: The Ukraine Conflict and the Danger of Accidental Nuclear War, Monday 3/28/22, 8pm PST, premieres on YouTube 3/21 2pm PST

Ted Postol joined the VFP Nuclear Abolition Working Group meeting to discuss the possibility of accidental nuclear war, especially considering the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the increasing support for Ukraine by the US and Nato. In this extended show, Ted, who has been working on these issues at the highest levels on US government with interactions with colleagues in Russia, explains the US nuclear potential, the devastation possible, and the corner that Putin finds himself in. So does Putin escalate to hopefully deescalate? What might give Putin an off-ramp to end this?

Ted Postol is Professor Emeritus at MIT and former Senior Advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations on Nuclear Issues and Policy.

Thanks to the VFP Nuclear Abolition Working Group

Recorded 3/12/22

Ray McGovern Sheds Light on the Ukraine Showdown, TRT :58  recorded 2/12/22
Ray McGovern Sheds Light on the Ukraine Showdown, Monday 2/21/22, 8pm PST, premieres on YouTube 2/17 2pm PST

On Friday, February 12, Ray McGovern spoke with the Veterans For Peace Nuclear Abolition Working Group about the showdown between the US/NATO and Russia over Ukraine.

Ray McGovern is a former CIA analyst who was the branch chief for Soviet foreign policy in the 60s. In the 80s he chaired National Intelligence Estimates and prepared the President's Daily Brief. He speaks fluent Russian. He is the co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) and an Advisory Board member of Veterans For Peace.

Thanks to Veterans For Peace
2/12/22

Jim Freeman: How the Filthy Rich Profit From Racism, TRT 1:03  recorded 1/28/22
Jim Freeman: How the Filthy Rich Profit From Racism, Monday 2/14/21, 8pm PST, premieres on YouTube 1/10 2pm PST

Jim Freeman is a Civil Rights lawyer and organizer who served under President Obama as a Commissioner on the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He is the director of the Social Movement Support Lab at the University of Denver. As he explains in this talk, after decades of hard struggle alongside communities of color throughout the US to change racist policies, it began to dawn on him that those communities were no better off because “for every injustice they thought they were solving, an equally nasty one would pop up to replace it.” He felt like they were playing “racism whack-a-mole”. It was then that he started to look into the dark forces behind what he calls ”strategic racism.”

Through incisive studies of the education, criminal justice, and immigration systems, Freeman explains how policies that keep people of color less educated, policed at impossible rates, and in constant fear of deportation, have in large part been enacted and supported by America’s ultra-wealthy.

On this episode of Pirate TV, Jim Freeman is here to talk about his new book, "RICH THANKS TO RACISM: How the Ultra-Wealthy Profit from Racial Injustice" an in depth study of the financial data that tracks billions of dollars in donations from the Koch family, the Walton family, Bill Gates, and other billionaires that are at the root of the mass incarceration system, the vast immigrant detention system, and the dismantling of public schools within communities of color. It uncovers how Fortune 500 companies such as General Electric, Bank of America, and ExxonMobil use their economic and political clout to actively contribute to the perpetuation of racial inequities. Not only are American oligarchs promoting policies that damage Black and brown communities, but they are also increasing their fortunes while doing it. Freeman names the people, banks, corporations, and hedge funds profiting off of others’ pain and in the process answers what is stopping real progress toward social justice and equity in the United States. And at the end, he talks a little bit about what we can do about it.

See Also: https://www.jimofreeman.com/ 

Recorded 1/28/22

S. Brian Willson: Election Meddling, Covert-Ops, and Propaganda, TRT :58  recorded 12/29/21
S. Brian Willson: Election Meddling, Covert-Ops, and Propaganda, Monday 1/24/21 8pm PST, premieres on YouTube 1/20 2pm PST

The US government and the lap dog corporate media squeal like stuck pigs about real or imagined foreign meddling in our elections.  But a 2016 study by Dov H. Levin found that the U.S. intervened in 81 foreign elections between 1946 and 2000 [Source: Foreign electoral intervention – Wikipedia; See also: Noam Chomsky On The Long History Of US Meddling In Foreign Elections – Truthout 7/19/17].

As good an example as any are the most recent attempts by the US government to overthrow the popular elected government of Nicaragua and install a neoliberal puppet regime. First was the violent coup attempt in 2018 followed by another planned coup in June of 2021 leading up to outright election meddling in the national election of November 7th, all of this exposed in leaked State Department documents.

This involved a brazen campaign of funding and creating right wing opposition parties and candidates, coup plotters, and foreign based NGOs, culminating in an elaborate multi-media propaganda operation including western corporate media, which painted the election as fraudulent. The Biden administration then used the canard that they manufactured to impose further crippling sanctions. -Another bald-faced intervention in Nicaraguan democracy and sovereignty.

The media complicity goes far beyond normal garden variety propaganda, as the leaked State Dept. documents openly called for a campaign of “fake news” and social media psyops.  As we will easily demonstrate, all the accusations made by the NY Times and echoed by western corporate media outlets concerning the Nicaraguan elections were patently false.  It turns out, Nicaragua’s elections are far more open and democratic than US elections.

I am constantly astonished at how US corporate media can get away with this.  It seems in order to get a glimpse of the reality of US foreign policy, especially in Central and Latin America, you would have to go there.  This is exactly what we do in this episode of Pirate TV.  Renowned anti-war and social justice activist S. Brian Willson, a frequent guest over the past decades, joins us from his home in Nicaragua where he has been living for the past 5 years.  Unbeknownst to people who get their information from corporate media in the US, there were 232 accredited foreign electoral observers or ‘accompaniers’, 67 as journalists on the ground to observe the election.  They were from 27 countries.  We are going to hear from several of them also.

Thanks to Alliance For Global Justice for election observer testimony
and Paul Baker for footage of the 2018 coup attempt.

Recorded 12/29/21

The Cold War Truth Commission part 6: The Cold War on the Mind, TRT :58  recorded 3/21/21
The Cold War Truth Commission part 6: The Cold War on the Mind, Monday 1/10/21 8pm PST, premieres on YouTube 1/6 2pm PST

The Cold War Truth Commission exposes U.S. illegal and immoral actions in the name of Anti-communism at home and abroad. And shows how today's pervasive violence and injustice-both at home and abroad-is intimately tied up to the perpetration of the Cold War. Without truth about the U.S. Cold War, there can be no true Reconciliation for our times.
This week, the sixth installment- The Cold War on the Mind, features:

*Jeff Cohen- U.S. News Media: The Enduring Cold War Legacy
*Peter McLaren- The US Cold War Against Liberation Theology
*Gail Walker- Lucius Walker: The Legacy of a Visionary Pastor for Peace
*Emily Dorrel- TikTok: A Warning on American Hypocrisy
*Alma Bruhnke- The Pledge of Allegiance, “God” and the US Cold War
*Marcy Winograd- The Cold War in the US Classroom
 
*Eric Mann Combating Anti-Communism in the 1960s

The program hosts are Rachel Bruhnke of Witness For Peace Southwest and Frank Dorrel of ADDICTED To WAR.

Endorsers: CODEPINK, WORLD BEYOND WAR, ROOTSACTION, KPFK 90.7 FM Radio, Veterans For Peace, CovertAction Magazine, Media Freedom Foundation, Project Censored, PeaceWorkers, Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power In Space, School of The Americas Watch, Harriet Tubman Center For Social Justice, Anti-Racist Action, COVID-19 Global Solidarity Coalition, Women Against Military Madness & ADDICTED To WAR

Thanks to Witness For Peace Southwest, CODEPINK & Addicted To War. Recorded March 21st 2021