17 Dec 2017

Interview With Todd Miller, Author of ‘Storming The Wall: Climate Change, Migration, And Homeland Security’

Hosts Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola interview journalist Todd Miller, author of Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland Security. It was published by City Lights Books in September and was praised by Bill McKibben, Christian Parenti, and Dahr Jamail, who has appeared on this podcast multiple times. Miller

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30 Nov 2017

Cibola Immigration Detention Facility Is Trump Administration’s Model For Isolating Refugees

Christopher, a young Congolese asylum seeker, was detained at the Cibola County Correctional Center, which is a prison in rural New Mexico operated by CoreCivic. He endured health issues, experienced isolation because he doesn’t speak a commonly spoken language, struggled to find a lawyer, and had his asylum application denied

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25 Jul 2017

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Brave As A Pigeon’ By Country For Syria

Throughout 2017, the Istanbul-based country music collective Country For Syria has released tracks from its forthcoming full-length, one-by-one, via Bandcamp. The band’s members are American, Syrian, Turkish, Czech, French, and Iranian. They draw from both American country music and Arabic folk sounds. In the same song, they’ll shift from riffing

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07 May 2017

Interview With Max Blumenthal: The Left’s Failure To Confront Root Of Syrian Conflict

Hosts Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola welcomed Max Blumenthal, journalist, senior editor of AlterNet’s Grayzone Project, and author of The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza. Blumenthal has appeared on the show before, but this time he was our guest because multiple listeners requested an episode featuring him.

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29 Jan 2017

Iraqi Green Card Holder Afraid Trump’s Muslim Ban Will Force Him To Return To Iraq

Not long into his campaign, President Donald Trump stood before a roaring crowd and called for a “complete and total shutdown” of all Muslims entering the United States. At the time, multiple polls showed a disturbing trend—that a substantive number of Americans supported a moratorium on Muslim immigration. Late January

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28 Jan 2017

Iranian Refugee: Trump’s Muslim Ban Stranded My Uncle, Green Card Holder, In Iran

Sahar is an Iranian refugee and citizen of the United States. Her family immigrated from Iran in 1998 when she was 10 years-old. Her uncle and his wife joined them three years ago, and they have lived together in the U.S. ever since. But now, President Donald Trump’s executive order

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27 Jan 2017

Trump’s Muslim Ban: Executive Order Is Grotesque Product Of Fear And Prejudice

President Donald Trump signed an executive order that effectively lays a strong foundation for instituting a ban against Muslims, as he pledged to do during his presidential campaign. The executive order asserts hundreds of foreign-born individuals were convicted or implicated in “terrorist-related crimes” since the September 11 attacks, which is

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Photo by Dan Sorenson Photography on Flickr.
08 Dec 2016

‘Chase And Scatter’ Leaves Refugees For Dead In US-Mexico Borderlands

Law enforcement efforts to capture refugees crossing the vast wilderness of the US-Mexico borderlands leads to injury, trauma, death, and disappearance.

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Italian navy rescues survivors of capsized boat enroute from Libya to Italy (by Italian Navy, Marina Militare)
31 May 2016

880 Dead Off Coast of Libya; NATO Accused Of War Crime For Regime Change

Next Cold War Roundup 5/31/16 880 migrants and refugees were lost when boats carrying them from Libya to Italy capsized or wrecked, as the Italian navy attempted rescues. UK Prime Minister David Cameron says Libya is a “threat to us all.”  Libya’s new appointed government won’t allow EU ships close

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Sec. State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at ISSG Meetings in Munich. Feb. 11, 2016 (by Dept of State)
12 Feb 2016

ISSG Negotiating Cessation of Hostilities, Saudi & British Troops Near Syrian Border

Next Cold War Roundup 2/12/16. The Syrian war continues to become more complicated and escalates. The International Syria Support Group in Munich agreed to form a task force with dual goals of cessation of hostilities and humanitarian aid to besieged towns.  At the same time NATO defense ministers are meeting

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