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Israel, the U.S. & Mideast Policy

Program #BARD004. Recorded in Winnipeg, Manitoba on June 14, 2013.

Audio sample:

U.S. policy in the Middle East has been predicated on control of oil and the maintenance of client states. Israel has been a crucial ally acting as a local gendarme. Threatening Iran with military attack has been a favorite playing card for both Washington and Tel Aviv. The threat of war is a clear violation of the UN Charter. Any military action by either or both states will lead to a global crisis of enormous proportions and inflict even more suffering on the already beleaguered people of the region. In this talk Barsamian picks through the misuse of foreign policy terms like “honest broker,” “peace process,” “international community” and “international law.”

 

Speaker(s):

David Barsamian

One of America's most tireless and wide-ranging investigative journalists, David Barsamian has altered the independent media landscape, both with his weekly radio show Alternative Radio—now in its 29th year—and his books with Noam Chomsky, Eqbal Ahmad, Howard Zinn, Tariq Ali, Richard Wolff, Arundhati Roy and Edward Said. His latest book of interviews with Noam Chomsky is Power Systems. His best-selling books with Chomsky have been translated into many languages. He lectures on world affairs, imperialism, capitalism, propaganda, the media, the economic crisis and global rebellions. Click for a list of recent speaking topics.

He is a winner of the Media Education Award, the ACLU's Upton Sinclair Award for independent journalism, and the Cultural Freedom Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. The Institute for Alternative Journalism named him one of its Top Ten Media Heroes. He is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center. He has collaborated with the world-renowned Kronos Quartet  in events in New York, London, Vienna and elsewhere.

The Boulder Weekly published this feature about him. As Arundhati Roy wrote for The Guardian, Barsamian was deported from India due to his work on Kashmir and other revolts. He is still barred from traveling to "the world's largest democracy."

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