Israel, the U.S. & Mideast Policy
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.”
One of America’s most tireless and wide-ranging investigative journalists, David Barsamian has altered the independent media landscape, both with his weekly radio program, Alternative Radio—37 years and running— and his books with Noam Chomsky, Eqbal Ahmad, Howard Zinn, Tariq Ali, Richard Wolff, Arundhati Roy and Edward Said. His latest books are Edward Said: Culture and Resistance, Retargeting Iran, Noam Chomsky, Chronicles of Dissent Interviews with David Barsamian 1984-1996. And the latest book with Chomsky is Notes on Resistance: Interviews by David Barsamian 2019-2021. David lectures on world affairs, imperialism, capitalism, propaganda, the media and global rebellions.
In 2017 Radical Desi in Vancouver presented him with their Lifetime Achievement Award. He has collaborated with the world-renowned Kronos Quartet in events in New York, London, Vienna, Boulder and San Francisco. David Barsamian is the 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.