2004 Podcast Archive
18 december 2004
- Robert Jensen (http://uts.cc.utexas.edu/~rjensen/home.htm) returned to This is Hell for the first time since September 2001. Bob is a professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of "Citizens of the Empire: The Struggle to Claim Our Humanity" (City Lights Books) and is a member of the Nowar Collective (http://www.nowarcollective.com/) and the Third Coast Activist Resource Center (http://thirdcoastactivist.org/). Bob’s most recent article is entitled, "Defeat for an empire," and appeared in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (http://www.commondreams.org/views04/1209-26.htm).
- live from Cochabamba, Bolivia, the Democracy Center’s (http://democracyctr.org/) Jim Shultz got us caught up on the ongoing struggle against privatization there. The week of this interview, the Center launched an e-campaign in support of Bechtel dropping their $25 million lawsuit against the people of Bolivia. You can still sign on to the campaign’s petition by visiting their site.
- Mother Jones’ writer Michael Scherer beat the New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times to stories on US funds going to air cargo companies tied to a notorious Russian arms trafficker (http://www.motherjones.com/news/update/2004/09/09_413.html), US corporations using Native American companies as fronts to secure no-bid contracts (http://www.motherjones.com/commentary/notebook/2004/11/11_400.html), and the resignation of a top Defense Department official who tried to steer Iraq wireless communication contracts to associates (http://www.motherjones.com/news/feature/2004/09/09_801.html).
- Patrick Doherty, associate editor and ‘Quo Vadis’ columnist at TomPaine.com (http://www.tompaine.com). In his Thursday, December 16th column "Popularity Or Progress?" (http://www.tompaine.com/articles/quo_vadis_popularity_or_progress.php), Patrick "proposes an alternative ‘big idea’ around which Dems – and liberals more broadly – could rally."
11 december 2004
- live from Romania, we talked with John Laughland. Mr. Laughland’s work has appeared in The Guardian and the Spectator and his most recent reporting at the time of this interview was centered on the Ukrainian election. John is a trustee of the British Helsinki Human Rights Group (http://www.oscewatch.org) and an associate of Sanders Research Associates (http://www.sandersresearch.com).
- live from London, Global Witness campaigner Mike Lundberg. Mike discussed the new GW report on the relationship between Liberia’s natural resource industries, arms trafficking and regional insecurity, entitled "Dangerous Liaisons" (http://www.globalwitness.org/reports/index.php?section=liberia).
- author, editor, lecturer and social commentator R.U. Sirius (http://www.revolting.com/), a.k.a. Ken Goffman, author of "Counter Culture Through The Ages: From Abraham to Acid House" (Villard Books). RU was a semi-regular fixture on the show during This is Hell’s infancy. RU has long hair and knew Timothy Leary.
4 december 2004
- Clayton Swisher, a former State Department Security officer and investigator who worked with the late Yasser Arafat at Camp David in 2000, and author of the new book, "The Truth About Camp David: The Untold Story About the Collapse of the Middle East Peace process" (Nation Books).
- Michael Scheuer, author of "Imperial Hubris: Why the West Is Losing the War on Terror" (Brassey’s, Inc.). Michael is a 22-year CIA veteran. He served as the Chief of the Bin Laden Unit at the Counterterrorist Center from 1996-1999. He resigned from the CIA earlier this year.
- Columbia University History professor Richard Bulliet, author of the book, "The Case for Islamo-Christian Civilization" (Columbia University Press).
20 november 2004
- Joseph Cirincione (http://proliferationnews.org), senior associate and director for nonproliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the author of "Deadly Arsenals: Tracking Weapons of Mass Destruction" (Carnegie Endowment, 2002). Mr. Cirincione organizes and chairs the annual Carnegie International Non-Proliferation Conference, considered the premier event in the field. For nine years, Joseph worked in Congress on the professional staff of the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on Government Operations. In May, the National Journal listed Cirincione as one of the hundred people whose ideas will shape the debates over the "ten most important issues of the day." Also, this year the World Affairs Councils of America named him one of five hundred people whose views have the most influence in shaping American foreign policy. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
As one of the world’s leading experts on diplomacy and weapons of mass destruction, Joe told us about the recent developments in the State Department, CIA, and the Iranian and Russian nuclear weapons programs.
13 november 2004
- Matt Zimmerman, the staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (http://www.eff.org). Matt told us about the shortcomings of our voting system and what can be done to assure Americans that the vote is accurate.
- Live from Baghdad, Dahr Jamail (http://dahrjamailiraq.com/) Baghdad correspondent for the Internet journal The NewStandard. Dahr was in Fallujah during the first US Marine siege of that city last Spring. This time, Dahr explained the real situation on the ground in Iraq and why a US military victory in the current ‘Battle for Fallujah’ doesn’t mean an end to the war, a democratic election in January or a victory for the Allawi government.
6 november 2004
- Toronto Sun columnist Eric Margolis (http://www.foreigncorrespondent.com) who gave us an outsider’s perspective on the US presidential election
- Andy Bruce, an election analyst with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (http://www.osce.org/odihr/) who was in the States with a team observing the elections.
Election Night Special, 2 november 2004
- Glen Ford, publisher of The Black Commentator (http://www.blackcommentator.com), filled us in on what was happening with the African American vote
- Rick Ridder, the political consultant behind Colorado’s Amendment 36 which challenged the Electoral College, told us what’s wrong with the Electoral College
- author and writer for The Nation (http://www.thenation.com) and Madison’s Capitol Times John Nichols gave us a live report from Wisconsin
- author and BBC correspondent Greg Palast (http://www.gregpalast.com) who broke every major story on the suspect nature of Florida’s 2000 presidential vote, gave us the skinny on this year’s hincty voting.
30 october 2004
- Sidney Blumenthal, the former assistant and senior advisor to President Clinton. Sidney is currently writing a column for Salon.com and the Guardian and he has written for New Yorker magazine, The Washington Post, New Republic and Vanity Fair. He is also the author of "The Clinton Wars."
- Jason Reich, a writer on The Daily Show who worked on "America (The Book): A Citizen’s Guide to American Inaction" (TimeWarner)
23 october 2004
- economist James K. Galbraith, chair of Economists Allied For Arms Reduction (http://www.ecaar.org). James is an author and currently writes for Salon.com, The Nation, The American Prospect, and The Progressive. James is also a professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and at the Department of Government, University of Texas at Austin.
16 october 2004
- Nick Arons talked about his new book, “Waiting for Rain: The Politics and Poetry of Drought in Northeast Brazil" (University of Arizona Press). Nick has worked as a writer for international policy think tanks, at the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, at public defender legal offices, for civil liberties organizations, and as a nonviolence educator. Nick is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to research the culture of drought in Brazil and is currently a Robert McKay Scholar, a Hays Fellow and an Institute for International Law and Justice Fellow at New York University School of Law.
Nick will be in Chicago on Thursday, October 28th to discuss the book at Healing Earth Resources and Books, 3111 North Ashland, at 7:30 PM. For more information on this event, call 773-327-8459.
- live from the Netherlands, we spoke with Gabriel Kolko, a historian of modern warfare and the author of twelve books including "Century of War: Politics, Conflicts and Society Since 1914," "Another Century of War?" and the widely praised history of Vietnam, "Anatomy of a War." Gabriel has spent thirty years working in Vietnam and was in South Vietnam when the war ended. We’ll discuss the upcoming election, global alliances and US foreign policy. You can read Gabriel’s piece that appeared in Counterpunch back in March, "The US Must be Isolated and Constrained: The Coming Elections and the Future of American Global Power," by visiting http://www.counterpunch.org/kolko03122004.html
- and Dror Etkes, head of Peace Now’s Settlement Watch Project joined us live from Israel(http://www.peacenow.org.il/site/en/peace.asp?pi=51)
9 october 2004
- Ralph Nader’s presidential running mate Peter Camejo (http://www.votenader.org).
2 october 2004
- author Robert Parry whose new book is entitled “Secrecy & Privilege: Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq” (http://www.secrecyandprivilege.com/)
- author Michael Klare will discuss his new book “Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America’s Growing Dependence on Imported Petroleum” (Henry Holt). You can also find out more by visiting http://www.americanempireproject.com
- Anthony Lappe and Stephen Marshall of the Guerilla News Network (http://www.guerrillanews.com/) whose new book on the mainstream media is entitled “True Lies” (Plume).
- Kevin Bales, president of Free the Slaves (http://www.freetheslaves.net), discussed his group’s new report, "Hidden Slaves: Forced Labor in the US."
25 september 2004
- Mel Goodman is a former CIA senior analyst and division manager and currently is a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy (http://www.ciponline.org/). Mel was one of twenty-five national security experts, including past guests Sibel Edmonds, Ray McGovern and David MacMichael, who signed a joint letter citing how the 9/11 Commission fell short in its investigation.
- John Miller is the media and outreach coordinator at the East Timor Action Network (http://www.etan.org). John returned to This is Hell to discuss the recent contested but landslide election of former Lieutenant General Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono over President Megawati Soekarnoputri. In light of human rights offenses and a lack of military reform ETAN is urging "the Bush administration to abandon its misguided plans to expand assistance to the Indonesian military." There have also been allegations that US Attorney General John Ashcroft suppressed evidence that tied the 2002 assassination of two Americans to the Indonesian military.
- Dr. Georgi Derluguian, assistant professor of sociology and the director of the Center for International and Comparative Studies at Northwestern University returned to This is Hell to get us caught up on the ongoing troubles in Chechnya. Georgi received his PhD from the Soviet Academy of Sciences and SUNY-Binghamton. Professor Derluguian has held positions at the US Institute of Peace, the Peace Studies Center at Cornell and the University of Michigan.
- John Nichols is a columnist for The Nation and author of the new book on vice president Dick Cheney, "Dick: The Man Who is President" (New Press).
18 september 2004
- Matthew Brzezinski, author of the new book “Fortress America: On the Frontlines of Homeland Security – an Inside Look at the Coming Surveillance State” (Bantam). Go read an excerpt from this book that’s published in Mother Jones under the title, "Red Alert: how Homeland Security fell victim to Bush’s obsession with Iraq" (http://www.motherjones.com/news/feature/2004/09/08_400.html).
- Mordechai Vanunu (http://www.vanunu.freeserve.co.uk/) who, in 1986, revealed to the Times of London that Israel was making nuclear weapons at their Dimona nuclear facility. For these revelations, Mordechai was arrested, imprisoned and served an eighteen-year prison sentence, most of which was in solitary confinement. He was released from prison this past April.
- Rob Sarra, a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War (http://www.ivaw.net/), and a former US Marine infantry sergeant in the ongoing war in Iraq, gave us his frontline perspective on where the war went wrong.
11 september 2004
- Philip Smucker, the journalist who broke the story of Osama bin Laden’s escape from Afghanistan in December 2001. His new book is entitled, "Al Qaeda’s Great Escape: the Military and the Media on Terror’s Trail. (Brassey’s).
28 august 2004
- Eric Miller, the executive director of the Project on Government Oversight (http://www.pogo.org), returned to This is Hell to talk about the acceleration of government secrecy under the Bush administration, nuclear power plant and weapons security, and contractor accountability.
- Cheri Honkala of the Kensingto Workers Rights Union and the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (http://www.kwru.org) talked aobut her fight against homelessness and her group’s unpermitted march taking place the follwing day which was the opening day of protest at the RNC in NYC. This was Cheri’s third time on This is Hell including appearances during protests at the 2000 RNC in Philadelphia and the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
- author Naomi Klein (http://www.nologo.org) to discuss her recent Harper’s piece, "Baghdad Year Zero," her Nation story, "Bring Najaf to New York" (http://www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20040913&s=klein) and the protests this coming week.
This was Naomi’s second appearance on This is Hell.
- Village Voice writer Rick Perlstein discussed his story "Protesters risk playing into GOP hands: Get Mad. Act Out. Re-Elect George Bush" (http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0434/perlstein.php).
21 august 2004
- Ehsan Ahari (http://www.ehsanahrari.com), PhD, an independent strategic analyst whose most recent writing, "House of Saud exits cocoon of denial," (http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FH13Ak04.html) pulls back the veil of secrecy on the political situation facing the royal family and reveals that American intelligence personnel are ‘joined at the hip’ with their Saudi counterparts in an effort to prop up the regime.
We also spoke with Ehsan about his Asia Times story, "Iran: The babble and the bomb" (http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FH21Ak01.html)
- live from Caracas, independent journalist and former Fulbright scholar Greg Wilpert (http://www.venezuelanalysis.com/) returned to This is Hell to fill us in on what happened in the previous Sunday’s referendum on the presidency of Hugo Chavez and what that result spells for the future of Venezuela.
- executive editor of MediaChannel.org Danny Schechter (http://www.mediachannel.org) and executive producer of Globalvision (http://www.globalvision.org/) returned to This is Hell to discuss his new documentary, "WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception" (http://www.wmdthefilm.com/mambo/index.php). Danny won the Society of Professional Journalists’ 2001 Award for Excellence in Documentary journalism and is a former producer at CNN and ABC News 20/20 where he won two Emmys. Danny is also the author of the book, Embedded: How the Media Failed to Cover the War on Iraq" (Prometheus).
- Peace activist and Jesuit priest, the Reverend John Dear (http://www.fatherjohndear.org/) joined us to discuss his amazing and felonious life of protest including his recent work to shut down the Los Alamos National Laboratory
- The Yes Men (http://theyesmen.org/) talked with us about their new book, "The Yes Men: The True Story of the End of the World Trade organization" (Disinformation) in which they explain how they impersonated WTO supporters at ministerial meetings and lectured some of the world’s leading businessmen on trade.
14 august 2004
- David Swanson, media coordinator at the International Labor Communications Association (http://ILCAonline.org), discussed his ‘Media Blackout’ series and the role of labor in the antiwar movement and this year’s presidential campaign.
- Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch (http://www.tradewatch.org) and author of the new book, "Whose Trade Organization?: A Comprehensive Guide to the WTO (The New Press)," told us about last month’s stealth WTO meeting in Geneva.
- Keith Stroup, the founder and director of NORML (http://www.norml.org), the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana laws, got us up-to-date on the drug war.
- former CIA analyst David MacMichael, a member of the steering group of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, gave us his views on the future of the CIA and President Bush’s nomination of Congressman Porter Goss as the agency’s director
7 august 2004
- Tom Barry, policy director of the Interhemispheric Resource Center (http://www.irc-online.org), discussed last week’s Forum of the Americas and his most recent articles including "Shallow and Formulaic Kerry’s Latin America Plan" (http://www.counterpunch.org/barry07292004.html).
- Louis Proyect, who spent most of the 1980s in the Central American solidarity movement working with the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador, and Tecnica, an organization that sent skilled professionals to Nicaragua, told us about his recent article, "First the Contra Butchers, Then the Sweatshops: Reflections on Nicaragua" (http://www.counterpunch.org/proyect07272004.html)
- Alexander Cockburn, author and head muckity muck at Counterpunch
- Stephen Zunes, author of Tinderbox: US Middle East Policy and the Roots of Terrorism," returned to This is Hell to talk with us about his recent work including his most recent piece "Democratic Party Platform Shows Shift to the Right on Foreign Policy" (http://www.fpif.org/commentary/2004/0408shift.html)
31 july 2004
- Matthew Koehler of the National Forest Protection Alliance (http://www.forestadvocate.org/) told us about possibly one of the most controversial public lands logging projects in US history.
- Center for Public Integrity’s (http://www.publicintegrity.org) Meredith O’Brien told us about her reports, "It’s Their Party: DNC Demands Boost Cost of Convention, Paid for By Special Interests," "The Party’s Parties: Lavish Parties Lead to Access at Nominating Convention" and "Wining and Dining the DNC: When Cities Vie to Host a Convention, It’s the Party Insiders Who Win."
- Ian Williams, a contributor to The Nation, Salon.com, Alternet and Foreign Policy in Focus on the UN and international affairs. Ian discussed his latest essay, “The Morality of Intervention” (http://www.alternet.org/waroniraq/19388/)
- the Democracy Center’s (http://www.democracyctr.org/) Jim Shultz returned to This is Hell and reported to us live from Cochabamba, Bolivia on ‘The Curse of the Wealth Under the Ground’
24 july 2004
- Journalist Jim Lobe (http://www.ipsnews.net/focus/neo-cons/index.asp), Inter Press Service’s correspondent in the Washington, DC, bureau, returns to This is Hell to tell us what the neoconservatives are up to now.
- Charlie Cray is the director of the Center for Corporate Policy (http://corporatepolicy.org/) and a collaborator on Halliburton Watch (http://www.halliburtonwatch.org/). His new book, "The People’s Business: Controlling Corporations and Restoring Democracy," will be released just in time for the November election.
- Author Jen Banbury wrote the Salon.com piece, "Rage and danger in Kurdistan," (http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2004/07/22/kurdistan/index.html) and writes the web journal "Iraq and a Hard Place" (http://www.iraqandahardplace.org/).
- Richard Winger is editor of Ballot Access News (http://www.ballot-access.org) and he will tell us about the battles brewing around the US over who gets on the ballot.
- Cynthia Moothart, managing editor of In These Times (http://www.inthesetimes.org)
17 july 2004
- Bruce Gilley, author of "China’s Democratic Future: How It Will Happen and Where it Will Lead" (http://www.columbia.edu/cu/cup/catalog/data/023113/0231130848.HTM
- Norman Kelley, author of "The Head Negro in Charge Syndrome: The Dead End of Black Politics"
- 2003 National Book Critics Circle Award winner Rebecca Solnit who will discuss her new book, "Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities"
Both of the above two books are being published by Nation Books (http://www.nationbooks.com)
- Jennifer Abbott, one of the filmmakers who created the new documentary "The Corporation" (http://www.thecorporation.com) which features plenty of past guests from This is Hell.
- Arjun Makhijani, president of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (http://ieer.org/) will discuss nuclear weapons nonproliferation
10 july 2004
- Larry Tye, author of "Rising From The Rails: Pullman Porters and the Making of the Black Middle Class" (http://www.henryholt.com).
- Ellen Frank, author of "The Raw Deal: How Myths and Misinformation About the Deficit, Inflation, and Wealth Impoverish America" (http://www.beacon.org)
- FBI translator Sibel Edmonds returned to This is Hell only days after having her suit against her dismissal from the bureau denied by a US District Court judge. Sibel, you may remember, sifted through intercepts related to the 9/11 terrorist plot, finding references to skyscrapers. The intercepts had been ignored because they were badly translated. Sibel also insists that one of her colleagues was an admitted member of an organization that was under investigation for ties to the Middle East that was being investigated by the FBI. When she went public with this information, she was terminated from her position.
- James Petras is an adviser to the landless and jobless in Brazil and Argentina and is co-author of Globalization Unmasked (http://zedbooks.co.uk/). He is also the author of today’s top Counterpunch story, "The Venezuelan Referendum: The Truth About Jimmy Carter" (http://www.counterpunch.org)
3 july 2004
- historian Howard Zinn returned to This is Hell. His most recent article is entitled "What Do We Do Now?" (http://www.commondreams.org/cgi-bin/print.cgi?file=/views04/0426-06.htm)
- Mark Sedra, a researcher and expert on Afghanistan security at the Bonn International Center for Conversion (http://www.bicc.de/). Mark also returned to This is Hell and talking to us after returning from Kabul. Mark’s most recent reports are entitled "Are the Taliban Really ‘Gone’?" (http://www.fpif.org/papers/2004taliban.html) and "Afghanistan’s Problematic Path to Peace: Lessons in State Building in the Post-September 11 Era," (http://www.fpif.org/papers/2004afgh-stbuild.html)
- Mark Schmitt, Director of Policy and Research at the Open Society Institute (http://www.soros.org/) which is part of the Soros Fondation Netowrk. Mark has been analyzing US liberalism in the American Prospect. His most recent Prospect article on the subject is called ‘Kids Aren’t Us." You can find all of Mark’s work at his blog called ‘The Decembrist’ at http://markschmitt.typepad.com/decembrist/
- Ali Ali-Dinar, president elect of the Sudan Studies Association and outreach director of the African Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania, told us about the horrible situation in Sudan. Ali is not only a native of the troubled Darfur region, but he is also founder of the Darfur Information Center (http://www.darfurinfo.org/)
- live in the studio, we were honored to have the very first interview with Voices in the Wilderness (http://www.vitw.org) co-coordinator Kathy Kelly since being released from the Women’s Detention Center in Pekin, Illinois for charges resulting from her protest at the School of the Americas last November.
26 june 2004
- Jonathan Steele, the senior foreign correspondent for The Guardian, reported to us live from Baghdad. You can find his daily dispatches at http://www.selvesandothers.org/. Jonathan is not affiliated with that site, it’s just a place we found that keeps a regular set of links to his work. Unfortunately, Jonathan’s cell phone fails three times.
- Bill Quigley, lawyer for Voices in the Wilderness (http://www.vitw.org) and Loyola Law Professor in New Orleans. Bill talked about the government’s case against Voices fro circumventing sanctions, Kathy Kelly’s arrest at the School of the Americas protests, and the crack down on dissent at the FTAA protests in Miami and the G8 Summit in Georgia.
- Richard Heinberg, author of "The Party’s Over: Oil, War, and the Fate of Industrial Societies" (http://www.museletter.com/).
- Ambassador H. Allen Holmes who was one of "the unprecedented bipartisan coalition of twenty-seven career chiefs of mission and retired four-star military leaders who launched a nationwide campaign to press for the need for change in US foreign and defense policy because they are deeply concerned by the damage the Bush Administration has caused to our national and international interests." Ambassador Holmes was Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations during the Clinton administration, Ambassador at Large for Burdensharing during the first Bush administration, and Assistant Secretary of State for Politico-Military Affairs and Ambassador to Portugal during the Reagan administration. Read more about Diplomats and Military Commanders for Change at http://www.diplomatsforchange.com/
- Bev Harris, executive director of Black Box Voting (http://www.BlackBoxVoting.org), a nonpartisan consumer protection organization for elections.
19 june 2004
- Barbara Rossing, author of "The Rapture Exposed" (http://www.westviewpress.com). Barbara, according to the dust jacket, "teaches New Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. She holds a doctorate from the Harvard University Divinity School and a Masters of Divinity degree from Yale University Divinity School and is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, she lives in Chicago."
- Dante Chinni, senior associate at the Project for Excellence in Journalism (http://www.journalism.org) talked with us about the Project’s ‘State of the Media 2004′ report.
- Gaby Lasky, legal advisor to the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (http://www.stoptorture.org.il/)
- Managua, Nicaragua based writer and activist Toni Solo returns to This is Hell. Toni has been in Nicaragua since the Sandanista era and gave us his perspective on the Reagan legacy. He also told us how the Bush administration may be gearing up for their own little Contra war in Venezuela. Toni’s most recent work, "Venezuela 2004: Nicaragua’s Contra War Revisited," can be found at http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=45&ItemID=5647
12 june 2004
- Wiiliam Blum (http://www.killinghope.org) talked with us about his Counterpunch piece, “The Myth of the Gipper: Reagan Didn’t End the Cold War” (http://www.counterpunch.org/blum06072004.html).
- Barbara Olshansky of the Center for Constitutional Rights (http://ccr-ny.org/v2/home.asp) told us about both the internal Pentagon memo her group obtained outlining a framework for the use of torture, as well as the lawsuit they filed against private contractors for torture conspiracy.
- University of Michigan professor Juan Cole who writes the blog, “Informed Comment: Thoughts on the Middle East, History, and Religion” (http://www.juancole.com/). Juan returns to This is Hell to discuss his recent work including his TomPaine.com piece, “The Resolutionary War.”
5 june 2004
- Jim Naureckas, editor of the Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (http://www.fair.org) publication ‘Extra,’ returned to This is Hell to talk National Public Radio, the New York Times and oh, so much more.
- Jim Moore, co-author of "Bush’s Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential" (http://www.powells.com/cgi-bin/biblio?inkey=17-0471471402-0) and author of the recently published "Bush’s War for Reelection: Iraq, the White House and the People" (http://www.powells.com/cgi-bin/biblio?inkey=17-0471483850-1). Jim talked with us about his recent Salon.com story, "Not fit to print: How Ahmed Chalabi and the Iraq war lobby used New York Times reporter Judith Miller to make the case for invasion" (http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2004/05/27/times/index.html)
- Thomas Frank also returned to the show. His new book is called, "What’s the Matter with Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America" (Henry Holt).
- Amit Pandya, a development consultant who has served in the State and Defense departments, USAID and on the staff of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, discussed his Alternet.org piece, "Electoral Shock," (http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=18756) on the recent elections in India.
- yet another writer returned to This is Hell this week. Jonathan Schell, author of the new book "A Hole in the World: an Unfolding Story of War, Protest, and the New American Order" (Nation Books)
22 may 2004
- Reed Brody, special consul to Human Rights Watch (http://www.hrw.org), returned to our show to talk human rights – and wrongs.
- journalist Andrew Cockburn discussed his latest Counterpunch piece, "The Truth About Ahmed Chalabi" (http://www.counterpunch.org/chalabi05202004.html)
- Jim Thindwa, executive director of Chicago’s Jobs with Justice (http://www.chicagojwj.org/) told us about the potential threat Wal-Mart poses to Chicago.
- Maher Nasser, a representative of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (http://www.unrwa.org) talked about this week’s events in Gaza
- and Charles Knight, co-director Project on Defense Alternatives at the Commonwealth Institute (http://www.comw.org/pda/) and told us us about his two most recent articles, "Outsourcing Torture and the Problems of ‘Quality Control’,” and "The New Occupation: How Preventive War is Wrecking the Military."
15 may 2004
- Tom Barry is policy director of the Interhemispheric Resource Center (http://www.irc-online.org), will tell us about ‘Right Web: the Architecture of Power That’s Changing Our World" (http://rightweb.irc-online.org/index.php). Right Web "explores the many ties that link the right-wing movement’s main players, organizations, corporate supporters, educational institutions, and government representatives to each other in a new architecture of power."
- linguist George Lakoff (http://www.rockridgeinstitute.org) told us how we can free the issues away currently being held hostage by right-wing doublespeak – and think.
- last week, we had to interrupt our interview with Eric Leenson, founder of the Friends of the MST, the Landless Workers Movement of Brazil (http://www.mstbrazil.org/). Eric was kind enough to agree and come back on so we can wrap up our talk on the MST (http://www.nourishnewbrazil.org/index.html)
8 may 2004
- Morton Sklar, Executive Director World Organization for Human Rights USA (http://woatusa.org) – formerly the World Organization Against Torture USA
- the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Christopher Paine who will told about his new report on the increase in nuclear weapons production entitled, “Weaponeers of Waste: a Critical Look at the Bush Administration Energy Department’s Nuclear Weapons Complex and the First Decade of Science-Based Stockpile Stewardship" (http://www.nrdc.org/nuclear/weaponeers/weaponeers.pdf).
- Eric Leenson, founder of the Friends of the MST, the Landless Workers Movement of Brazil, (http://www.mstbrazil.org/) got us up-to-date on what’s happening in Brazil.
- Dahr Jamail (http://blog.newstandardnews.net/iraqdispatches/), Baghdad correspondent for the Internet journal The NewStandard, Jamail was in Fallujah last month and reported to us live from Baghdad.
- Rabbi Arik Ascherman, Executive Director of Rabbis For Human Rights (http://www.rhr.israel.net/) who was allegedly, forcibly, used as a ‘human shield’ to protect Israeli Defense Force vehicles within the Occupied Territories.
1 may 2004
- Scott C. Davis (http://www.DialogueSyria.org), author of "The Road from Damascus: A Journey Through Syria.” Scott had just returned from Syria and gave us his impressions of the people, the culture and the polticis of Syra.
- Greg Palast (http://www.gregpalast.com), author of "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy" (Plume) which has just been re-mixed as an ‘Expanded Election Edition.’ Greg’s new edition expands on the vetting of African-American votes nationwide, the Iraq war, the freaks at Justice and corporate influence.
- Jeff Jarvis (http://www.buzzmachine.com/) has just written the cover story for the May 17th issue of The Nation entitled "F*cked By the FCC" (http://www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20040517&s=jarvis) on America’s latest censorship craze. Jeff is the former TV critic for TV Guide and People, creator of Entertainment Weekly, Sunday Editor of the New York Daily News, and a columnist on the San Francisco Examiner … yet he still wanted to come on our show …
24 april 2004
- Susan Jacoby, author of "Freethinkers: a History of American Secularism" (Henry Holt).
- on this weekend of the ‘March for Women’s Lives’ in DC, we spke with Jennifer Baumgardner, co-author of "Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future" (http://www.manifesta.net/)
17 april 2004
- live from the Occupied Territories, Mustafa Barghouthi, M.D., President of the Palestinian National Initiative (http://www.almubadara.org/en/), a democratic opposition movement working for a nonviolent resolution to the troubles in Israel and Palestine.
- Sibel Edmonds, an FBI translator in their language division, who says pre-9/11 documents weren’t translated because the division was riddled with incompetence.
- Iowa farmer George Naylor. president of the National Family Farm Coalition (http://www.nffc.net) which was recognizing the International Day of Farmers’ Struggle
- from a payphone somewhere in Quebec, writer Tom Reeves who just returned from Haiti earlier this month. Reeves was also in Haiti shortly after the coup that overthrew President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in the early ’90s. Tom’s most recent article is entitled "Return to Haiti: The American Learning Zone" (http://www.counterpunch.com/reeves04142004.html).
- live from Tel Aviv, Rayna Moss, an activist with the Israeli Committee for Mordechai Vanunu and for a Middle East Free of Atomic, Biological and Chemical Weapons (http://www.vanunu.freeserve.co.uk/). Vanunu was a technician at Dimona, Israel’s nuclear installation when he discovered that the plant was producing nuclear weapons. He then gave his evidence to the press. The evidence showed that Israel had stockpiled up to two hundred nuclear warheads. Because of his story, Vanunu was sentenced to eighteen years in prison for ‘treason’ and ‘espionage.’ Vanunu was freed from prison this past Wednesday, Check out our Updates for his speech upon release.
10 april 2004
- Mohamad Bazzi is Middle East bureau chief for Newsday and recently won the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. Mohamad’s most recent story is entitled, “Al-Sadr’s revolt pressures clerics” (http://www.newsday.com/news/printedition/world/ny-woshia093747877apr09,0,3137828.story?coll=ny-worldnews-print).
- Bill Christison returned to This is Hell. Bill joined the CIA in 1950 and worked on the analysis side of the Agency for over 28 years. In the 1970s he served as a National Intelligence Officer for for Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Africa, which is a principal adviser of the Director of Central Intelligence. Before his retirement in 1979, he was Director of the CIA’s Office of Regional and Political Analysis, a 250-person unit. Bill’s most recent article is entitled “9/11 Commission is Bush’s New Lapdog: It Refuses to Even Question US Policies that Encourage Terrorism.” (http://www.counterpunch.com/christison04092004.html).
- fired WKZO radio host Kevin Vandenbroek who broke the story of the ‘bribery’ scandal encircling Republican US Congressman Nick Smith of Michigan. You can listen to that interview by clicking here.
27 march 2004
- Minor Sinclair, regional director of the US Program at Oxfam America (http://www.oxfamamerica.org/) discussed OxfamAmerica’s new repot, "Like Machines, Nearly Two Million US Farmworkers Labor Without Rights."
- Saul Landau, fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies and author of "Preemptive Empire: a Guide to Bush’s Kingdom."
Saul also has a new film entitled "Syria: Between Iraq and a Hard Place, now available from the Cinema Guild (http://www.cinemaguild.com). In the previous week, Saul had written two pieces for Counterpunch (http://www.counterpunch.org) called, "Hysteria Mounts: Is Venezuela Next?" and "The Plot Against Syria: An Irresponsible Accountability Act"
- Mark Engler, a New York City commentator for Foreign Policy in Focus and for the Global Beat Syndicate. Mark’s work appears at DemocracyUprising. His most recent piece was called, "The Peace Movement One Year Later" (http://democracyuprising.com/articles/2004/M20peace_long.php).
- three-time Nobel Peace prize nominated Kathy Kelly of Voices in the Wilderness (http://www.vitw.org). Kathy spoke to us two weeks before she began to serve time at the Women’s Federal Prison Camp in Pekin, Illinois for her civil disobedience during this year’s School of the Americas protest at Fort Benning, Georgia.
20 march 2004
- Sahar Saba, a representative of RAWA, Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (http://www.rawa.org), the oldest political and social women’s organization in Afghanistan. Long before 9-11, these women were fighting for their rights in Afghanistan against the Taliban regime. During this campaign, documentary footage was released of RAWA members protesting in Pakistan and being stoned by Taliban supporters while police stood by.
- Elizabeth Seay, author of the book, "Searching for Lost City: On the Trail of America’s Native Languages" (Lyons Press)
- Jeremy Bigwood (http://jeremybigwood.net/), the freelance journalist who obtained documents under the US Freedom of Information Act revealing that, in 2002, the National Endowment for Democracy, a not-for-profit agency financed entirely by the US Congress, gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund the political opponents of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, including those that were allegedly involved in the failed coup. Earlier this week, Jeremy was quoted as saying, "this repeats a pattern started in Nicaragua in the election of 1990 when (the US) spent $20 per voter to get rid of (the Sandinista President Daniel) Ortega. It’s done in the name of democracy but it’s rather hypocritical. Venezuela does have a democratically elected President who won the popular vote which is not the case with the US"
- Aryo Pirouznia, a representative of the Student Movement Coordination Committee for Democracy in Iran (http://www.daneshjoo.org/). We finally find an Iranian to address the Iranian student’s struggle and all he can talk about is the miracle that is President Bush. Of course, he is allowed his opinion, and we cherish diverse, unheard opinions on our show, but next time we hope to find someone whose group is not based in Texas and Israel.
- and live from from her home in Cordoba, Spain, we spoke with Carola Reinjtes, director of international affairs for the Spanish Network of Solidarity Economy and the Spanish non-governmental organization IDEAS. When ‘interested parties’ were not interfering with the phone call, Carola gave us a perspective on this past fortnight’s bombings and election in Spain that is being drowned out by right-wing propagandists in the States.
13 march 2004
- Karen Kwiatkowski, a retired US Air Force Lieutenant colonel who worked in the Pentagon from May 2002 through February 2003 in the office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Near East South Asia and Special Plans. Karen is the author of the controversial Salon.com piece, “The new Pentagon papers” (http://www.salon.com/opinion/feature/2004/03/10/osp/index.html)
- Julie Mertus, a professor of human rights at American University’s School of International Service, author of "Bait and Switch: Human Rights and US Foreign Policy" (http://www.fpif.org/papers/2004rights.html) and the 1999 book, "Kosovo: How Myths and Truths Started a War"
- candidate for the Democratic Party nomination for President of the United States, Congressman Dennis Kucinich of Ohio. The official website for his campaign in Llinois is http://www.il4kucinich.org
- Ian Thompson of the National Committee to “Free the Five” (http://www.freethefive.org/) an organization working to free the five Cubans who were surveilling Cuban right-wingers in Florida, and have been imprisoned for espionage.
6 march 2004
- Harold Meyerson, editor-at-large of The American Prospect (http://www.prospect.org). Harold is also the political editor and columnist for the LA Weekly, the nation’s largest metropolitan weekly. Harold talked with us about his latest work, and wrap up on the Wal-Mart/UFCW settlement
- Melanie Sloan, executive director Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (http://www.citizensforethics.org), filled us in on all of her organization’s legal attempts to force the government to behave ethically. Melanie explained the alleged bribery of a congressman, the so-called ‘hackergate’ scandal, and campaign finance scams of all kinds.
- Uri Avnery (http://www.avnery-news.co.il/english/), a former member of the Israeli Knisset, Uri is a founding member of the Israeli peace group Gush Shalom (http://www.gush-shalom.org/english/), which has been featured on This is Hell in the past. Uri, an admitted former terrorist when he fought for Israeli independence, former member of the Knisset, and founding member of one of the largest peace group’s In Israel, gave us his unique perspective on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
- Larry Everest (http://www.larryeverest.com), author of "Oil, Power and Empire: Iraq and the US Global Agenda" (Common Courage). This book has received critical acclaim from past This is Hell guests Dan Ellsberg and Michael Klare.
28 february 2004
- Yifat Susskind, associate director with MADRE (http://www.madre.org/), an international women’s human rights organization demanding human rights for women and families. Yifat discussed her backgrounder on Haiti called "Insurrection in the Making"
- Andrew Fandino of Peace Brigades International (http://www.peacebrigades.org/). Later that afternoon, Andrew addressed a forum on Colombia at which the keynote speakers were Astrid Manrique and Yolima Quintero from the Colombian group ASFADDES. ASFADDES is an association of family members of disappeared detainees in Colomiba (http://www.asfaddes.org.co/).
- Scott Ritter, the former chief UN weapons inspector in Iraq whose interview with us last year was selected as the ‘Best of 2003.’ In that interview, Scott accurately predicted the looming shortfalls in the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, as well as the difficulties occupation forces would have in that country.
- Danny Schechter, author of the new book "Embedded: Weapons of Mass Deception" which tells how the media failed to cover the war on Iraq. Danny is executive director of MediaChannel (http://www.mediachannel.org) and cofounder and executive producer of Globalvision, a New York-based television and film production company. Danny was also a recipient of the Society of Professional Journalists’ 2001 Award for Excellence in ‘documentary journalism’ and is a former producer for CNN and for ABC News 20/20 where he won two Emmys.
- Dan Ellsberg is the former Defense and State Department analyst who served during the Vietnam War and made headlines around the world when he released the Pentagon Papers in 1971. The release of these papers showed how the US government had misled the public about Vietnam. The release is credited with ending the Vietnam War and laying the foundation for Watergate and the eventual resignation of President Nixon.
21 february 2004
- Greg Palast (http://www.gregpalast.com) author of "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy". Greg has also just released a new CD entitled "Weapon of Mass Instruction – Greg Palast Live and Uncensored". Greg will be celebrating the release of the CD on Friday, February 27th, at 8:30 PM at New York’s CBGB’s which is located on Bleecker at Bowery.
- Noam Chomsky … okay, so you know who he is. Noam’s got a new book out called "Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest for Global Dominance". We understand the movie will star Owen Wilson. You can find his ZNet archive at http://www.zmag.org/chomsky/index.cfm
- Tim Kerr, executive director of Media for Democracy (http://www.mediafordemocracy.us/mfd/homepage.html), a collaborative project by the US affiliates of MediaChannel.org (http://www.mediachannel.org). Media for Democracy calls itself "a non-partisan citizens’ initiative to monitor mainstream news coverage of the 2004 elections and advocate fair, democratic and issue-oriented standards of reporting. The project links voters with more than 100 independent media reform groups in a targeted campaign to prevent the types of media mistakes – such as early, erroneous and politically biased projections – that plagued the 2000 election."
- Glen Ford, co-publisher of The Black Commentator (http://www.blackcommentator.org), returns to discuss his new article "Remaking America in Wal-Mart’s Image: Grocery Strikers Fight for ALL of Us."
14 february 2004
- Payal Sampat, International Campaign Director at Mineral Policy Center (http://mineralpolicy.org/), told us about her organization’s ‘dirty gold‘ campaign and other resource issues. Payal "leads international efforts to hold mining companies responsible to citizens and communities, to raise awareness of mining issues through consumer-targeted campaigns, to create incentives for responsible materials practices, and to support local mining campaigns."
- Michelle Goldberg, author of the two-part Salon.com (http://www.salon.com) series entitled "Lost liberties." The series two articles are called, "Outlawing dissent" (http://salon.com/news/feature/2004/02/11/cointelpro/index_np.html), and "A thousand J. Edgar Hoovers" (http://salon.com/news/feature/2004/02/12/dissent_two/index_np.html).
- Dr. Helen Caldicott, current president of the Nuclear Policy Research Institute (http://www.nuclearpolicy.org/) and the Founding President of Physicians for Social Responsibility, the co-winner of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize, was nominated individually for the Nobel by Dr. Linus Pauling. Dr. Caldicott is the author of the new book, "The New Nuclear Danger: George W. Bush’s Military-Industrial Complex" (New Press).
7 february 2004
- Pratap Chatterjee is program director at Corpwatch (http://www.corpwatch.org), where he has been reporting the hincty business of Halliburton for quite some time. With every other reason for war evaporating, it’s time we check back in with the now numerous investigations looking into Halliburton and Vice president Dick Cheney
- Dilip Hiro, author of "Secrets and Lies: Operation Iraqi Freedom and After" (Nation Books)
- Norman Solomon, syndicated columnist on media and politics and co-author of "Target Iraq: What the News Media Didn’t Tell You" (Context Books). His most recent column is entitled, "The Deadly Lies of Reliable Sources " (http://www.fair.org/media-beat/040205.html).
- Glen Rangwala, Lecturer in Politics at Cambridge University, and the first writer to out the dodgy dossier that ended up being the center of the Hutton Inquiry.
31 january 2004
- Brian Klug, associate professor of philosophy at Saint Xavier University, Chicago, and senior research fellow in philosophy at St. Benet’s Hall, Oxford. He is US consulting editor of Patterns of Prejudice, published by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research in London and discussed his recent work that appeared in The Nation entitled, “The Myth of the New Anti-Semitism” (http://www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml%3Fi=20040202&s=klug).
- Rachel Denber, acting executive director of Human Rights Watch’s Europe and Central Asia division. Her new report is entitled, “Azerbaijan: Government Launches Post-Election Crackdown” (http://www.hrw.org/english/docs/2004/01/23/azerba6992.htm).
- Stephen Zunes, an associate professor of Politics and chair of the Peace and Justice Studies Program at the University of San Francisco, serves as Middle East editor for Foreign Policy in Focus (http://www.fpif.org) and the author of "Tinderbox: US Middle East Policy and the Roots of Terrorism (http://www.commoncouragepress.com). Stephen’s latest work at FPiF is called "Misleading Rhetoric in 2004 State of the Union Address" (http://www.fpif.org/commentary/2004/0401souann.html).
- Bob Kuttner, co-founder of the US publication The American Prospect Talked about his column, “America as a One-Party State” (http://www.prospect.org/print/V15/2/kuttner-r.html).
24 january 2004
- Economist Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (http://www.cepr.net), returns to This is Hell this Saturday. Dean writes the Economic Reporting Review, a weekly examination of the economic reporting in the New York Times and the Washington Post, and periodic analyses of the US Federal Government’s economic data. Dean is also co-author, with Mark Weisbrot, of the controversial "Social Security: The Phony Crisis" (University of Chicago), as well as "Getting Prices Right: The Battle Over the Consumer Price Index" (M.E. Sharpe), and "Globalization and Progressive Economic Policy" (Cambridge University).
Dean’s Center for Economic and Policy Research is currently offering a thousand bucks to the person who can answer this simple question: "Why Is the Run-up in Housing Prices Not a Bubble?" (http://www.cepr.net/cepr_fact_check_lotto.htm).
- Mike Lundberg, assistant campaigner with Global Witness‘ (http://www.globalwitness.org) Liberia Campaign told us all about ‘conflict timber.’ Remember when the mainstream media changed ‘blood diamonds’ to ‘conflict diamonds’? Apparently, there’ blood on the hands of timber merchants in Africa as well.
- Chris Toensing is executive director of the Middle East Research and Information Project (http://www.merip.org/) and editor of Middle East Report. Last week, Chris reacted to President Bush’s State of the Union address by saying the speech "revealed the continuing grip of neo-conservative ideology over George W. Bush’s Middle East policy. Bush claimed success for the doctrine of preemption from Iraq to Libya. He tacitly equated the war in Iraq with the war on terrorism four times. He vowed to press on with a ‘forward strategy of freedom’ until the Middle East is democratized. Most revealingly, he did not even mention the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."
- Tony Juniper, vice-chair of Friends of the Earth International (http://www.foei.org/) gave us an environmentalist’s perspective on the World Economic Forum live from the protests of the WEF in Davos, Switzerland.
17 january 2004
- Mother Jones writer Michael Scherer, who’ll tell us about his special report "The Soul of the New Machine" (http://www.motherjones.com/news/feature/2004/01/12_402.html), about Grover Norquist, the influential president of Americans for Tax Reform. Michael attended one of Norquist’s invitation-only weekly meetings of conservative DC power brokers.
We also touched on Michael’s recent work on Mad Cow, too.
- Chuck Lewis, the founder and executive director of the Center for Public Integrity (http://www.publicintegrity.org/), and author of the new book, "The Buying of the President 2004: Who’s really Bankrolling Bush and His Democratic Challengers – and What They Expect in Return" (Perennial). Chuck was an investigative reporter for eleven years at ABC and CBS News. He was also a producer at ’60 Minutes.’
- Ed Hammond, is Director of the US Office of the Sunshine Project (http://www.sunshine-project.org/), a biological warfare watchdog group.
- we got a live report from the World Social Forum (http://www.wsfindia.org) in Mumbai, India with Soren Ambrose, an activist with the 50 Years Is Enough Network (http://50years.org/), a US-based coalition of over 200 organizations committed to the fundamental transformation of the IMF and World Bank. Soren will also be one of the speakers in Chicago’s World Social Forum coming up on Saturday, January 31st and listed in our new Events section.
10 january 2004
- Kathy Kelly, co-director of Chicago’s Voices in the Wilderness (http://www.vitw.org. We tried to hook up with Kathy the pervious Saturday, but she was in the midst of negotiations to meet with prisoners at Iraq’s notrious Umm Qasr prison. Kathy has now returned form Iraq and has graciously agreed to return to our show this weekend.
- Howard Lyman, author of the book "Mad Cowboy: Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won’t Eat Meat," (http://www.madcowboy.com). You may remember that Howard was a guest on Oprah and he and Ms. Winfrey were taken to court for the alleged crime of "food disparagement" after raising questions about the safety of beef in the United States.
- International Solidarity Movement (http://www.palsolidarity.org) activist Brian Avery, who says he was shot and wounded by Israeli soldiers in Palestine.
- Jeffrey Smith, author of the new book "Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies about the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You’re Eating" (http://www.seedsofdeception.com)
3 january 2004
- Doug Henwood (http://www.leftbusinessobserver.com/), author of the new book "After the New Economy" (http://www.thenewpress.com/)
- Michael K. Smith, author of the new book "The Madness of King George: the Ingenious Insanity of our Most ‘Misunderestimated’ President" (http://www.commoncouragepress.com)
- environmental muckraker for Grist Magazine (http://www.gristmagazine.com/grist/), Amanda Griscom.