Mike Whitney, a regular contributor to Counterpunch, joins Allen via phone to discuss some of his recent writings on the US “Great Game” in Asia and elsewhere; the broader context for understanding the increasing tensions in Russia, China, and North Korea.
Chip Berlet, long-time researcher and analyst of the organized rightist spectrum in the U.S., joins Allen to discuss “movement building” on the right, what recent protests suggest, and ways to respond to “Trumpism.” Chip Berlet is an investigative journalist and has appeared in scores of publications, including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The […]
Last week, Syria launched a chemical weapons attack, killing more than 80 people. President Trump responded with an ordered airstrike on a Syrian airbase. What led to this conflict? What participants are in play, and what do we need to know about U.S. involvement? Today Allen Ruff talks with Middle East expert Dr. Stephen Zunes. […]
John Bellamy Foster argues in his recent article in Monthly Review that the Trump administration shares characteristics with classical fascism as 1920s-1930s Italy and Germany. Who forms the social base of the neo-fascist phenomenon? Foster discusses this and more with Allen Ruff on today’s program. John Bellamy Foster is editor of Monthly Review and a professor at […]
2017 marks the fourteenth year of the U.S. war in Iraq. On today’s A Public Affair, Allen Ruff attempts to acquire the understanding of this war and how it came about. Joining Allen by phone is Adam David Morton. Morton has recently been delivering a series of talk at the University of Wisconsin Havens Center. […]
Allen Ruff interviews journalist and political commentator Thomas Frank , author of the recent “Listen, Liberal or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People.” The book gives a historical look at the rise of the “professional class” in the Democratic Party, the abandonment of the party’s traditional popular base, and the results.