Thursday host Allen Ruff speaks with investigative journalist Gareth Porter about Iran’s nuclear program, following the recent announcement that the United States would reimpose sanctions on Iran. Mr. Porter covers national state security and he’s author of the title Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare (2014). Then, Allen speaks with retired labor […]
On the first half of the show, host Esty Dinur speaks with international affairs expert Kamal Dib about the implications of Emmanuel Macron’s state visit this week, and the United States – French policy toward Syria. Dib is a Canadian university economist, researcher, and author, and he specializes on the social, political, and historical context […]
Host Allen Ruff speaks with Jennifer Loewenstein, a freelance journalist and activist and faculty in Penn State University’s Department of Middle East Studies. Loewenstein has been covering conflicts in the Middle East for approaching thirty years, and her work has appeared in academic journals such as the Journal of Palestine Studies and popular outlets like CounterPunch Magazine and Palestine Chronicle. In the […]
In 2007, foreign correspondent Deborah Campbell traveled to Damascus to cover the flow of Iraqis into Syria. Her book, A Disappearance in Damascus, details the disappearance of her fixer, Ahlam, while in Syria, as well as the difficulties Syrian citizens face in the midst of war.
Under a complex humanitarian deal in Syria, 5,000 people were offered safe passage from the government-held towns of Foua and Kefriya, which are surrounded by rebels, and 2,000 left the rebel-held towns of Madaya and Zabadani near Damascus, which were besieged by government forces. The exchange began early on Saturday, but both groups became stranded […]
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. […]