On today’s show, Allen Ruff explores President Trump’s removal of troops from Syria. And what about the resignation of James “Mad Dog” Mattis, the supposed “grown up in the room”? And how does the now-canonized H.W. Bush factor in regard to the Middle East? Those and more question with critical Middle East specialist Stephen Zunes, Professor of Politics […]
Yesterday, the Trump administration announced that the U.S. would be pulling its troops out of Syria as quickly as possible. What are the consequences of this action for Syria and the surrounding geopolitical region? On today’s episode, we hear from Shoresh Kesk, who recently returned from seven months of service as an internationalist volunteer in […]
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.