Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Cablegate

Here is an interview with Professor Noam Chomsky, as he provides his perspective on U.S. foreign policy and the release of secret U.S. State Department cables by Wikileaks.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

John le Carre: “professionally disposed against the workings of chance”

Here is an awesome interview with master spy novelist David Cornwell, aka "John le Carre", on Democracy Now with Amy Goodman. This piece is an hour long and covers a lot of material, including a segment where Cornwell reads an excerpt from his latest novel, "Our Kind of Traitor". 

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Col. Wissam Hassan: The "Roger Hollis" of Lebanon?

Here is a link to an article and some TV segments from CBC regarding the murder of Lebanon's Rafik Hariri. It is a fascinating tale of treachery, assassination, corruption and incompetence. The "confidential sources" angle is a bit suspect (although understandable in this case) and the dramatization scenes are a little cheesy, but the content is riveting and overall, I think its a good piece of investigative journalism. 

http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2010/11/19/f-rfa-macdonald-lebanon-hariri.html

Eve of Destruction

Here is a good interview with Tim Shorrock, author of "Spies for Hire: The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing"(this is on my bookshelf waiting to be read, it looks good), regarding the current crisis with the DPRK. At the end of the piece, he provides a moving tribute to the late Chalmers Johnson, author of "Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic"(also on my list of books to read).

 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

"Not a Beast You Want to Feed"


Here is an excellent interview on Democracy Now with Nir Rosen, the author of "Aftermath: Following the Bloodshed of America's Wars in the Muslim World". He speaks about the "ground truth" and other observations he has made during his travels in Iraq and Afghanistan as an independent (and unembedded) journalist.

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