Understanding the Middle East + Terrorism: Theirs & Ours
First program: Chris Giannou - Understanding the Middle East
Large parts of the Middle East today are engulfed in violence. Why? What historical factors shape the current conflicts? Take Iraq for example, a country in chaos. The U.S. has been intervening in Iraq non-stop for decades. What has it produced? Sectarianism and strife. Death and destruction. Actual U.S. policy in the Middle East is buried in a blizzard of propaganda about democracy and human rights while in practice Washington backs feudal and repressive regimes like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and the Emirates as well as dictatorships like Egypt. Justification for U.S. military bases, invasions and occupations are cloaked in the garb of altruism and noble intent. It’s always been that way for imperial powers. A moronic media never questions Washington’s self-professed motives. Thus, most people are ignorant about what is going on. It doesn’t have to be that way.
Second program: Eqbal Ahmad - Terrorism: Theirs and Ours
Terrorism is the scourge of the era. It is a fearsome symbol conjuring images of nasty-looking, bearded men brandishing AK-47s. The media focus only on the terrorism of official enemies like Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden. The notion that the U.S. and its allies engage in terrorism is simply not a topic for discussion. In the current discourse, the terrorism of the designated bad guys is magnified. A lot of important information is omitted or didstorted.
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Terrorism: Theirs and Ours
Terrorism is the scourge of the era. It is a fearsome symbol conjuring up images of ferocious-looking, bearded men brandishing AK-47s. The media focus on the terrorism of official enemies...
Eqbal Ahmad, David Barsamian
Terrorism: Theirs & Ours
This Open Media Pamphlet Series edition (59 pp.) features edited transcripts from Eqbal Ahmad's lecture at the University of Colorado, October 12, 1998 and excerpts from David Barsamian's extensive interviews with...
Saudi Arabia: History & Politics
Saudi Arabia is a quixotic ally of the U.S., to say the least. Fifteen of the nineteen 9/11 hijackers were from the desert kingdom. In the wake of the attack,...
Afghanistan: Beyond the Propaganda
The pretext of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001 was the September 11 attacks. Washington announced it was pursuing Osama bin Laden. But very quickly the Bush administration...
Iran: History & Politics
Iran, a country of 80 million people, strategically straddles West and South Asia. Once in Washington’s hip pocket, Iran dramatically left the U.S. orbit in 1979 when the Shah was...
Iran Backgrounder 2-Pack
First Program: Iran: History & Politics -Laura Secor Iran, a country of 80 million people, strategically straddles West and South Asia. Once in Washington’s hip pocket, Iran dramatically left the U.S. orbit...
Ahmed Rashid, Ervand Abrahamian
Afghanistan, Pakistan & Iran
Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran have extensive historical and cultural links. Peoples, languages, music, and food spill over borders. The U.S. is deeply involved in all three nations. It has occupied...
Muhammed Aziz Shukri
A Syrian View of the Middle East
Syria is a millennia old civilization with great traditions in music, poetry, architecture and art. Damascus, its capital, is the oldest, continuously inhabited city in the world. Syria sided with the U.S....
Abdel Bari Atwan
Al-Qa'ida, the base in Arabic, first emerged in an embryonic form in 1988. Its core consisted of the Arab mujahedeen fighters who went to Afghanistan to oust the Soviets. It was established...
Afghanistan: Beyond the Propaganda + Drone Warfare
2 CDs First program: Kathy Kelly - Afghanistan: Beyond the Propaganda The pretext of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001 was the September 11 attacks. Washington announced it...
Afghanistan, bin Laden, and the Taliban
In late December 1979, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. The United States in its goal to oust them cut Faustian bargains with individuals and groups that are now implicated in...
Afghanistan: Two Interviews
Because of the refugee crisis precipitated by the Soviet invasion, Louis Dupree says, “Afghanistan will never be the same again.” He calls it “migratory genocide.” Afghan expert and Louis’ partner...
Afghanistan & Pakistan: Countries in Crisis
Afghanistan and Pakistan, neighboring states, are both in a precarious situation. In Afghanistan, the leader is Hamid Karzai and in Pakistan it's Pervez Musharraf. They face huge internal problems. Both...