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From the monthly archives:

May 2013

Former CIA officer, Philip Giraldi, Talks About The Neo-Cons and the Necessity for Even Handedness in the Middle East

Philip Giraldi is a former counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and a columnist and television commentator who is the Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest, a group that advocates for more even handed policies by the U.S. government in the Middle East.

Giraldi was employed by the CIA for eighteen years working in Turkey, Italy, Germany, and Spain and is fluent in Turkish, Italian, German, and Spanish.

Since 1992 Giraldi has consulted for several Fortune 500 corporate clients. President of San Marco International, an international security management and risk assessment consulting firm and a partner in Cannistraro Associates, another security consultancy. Giraldi has written columns on terrorism, intelligence, and security issues for The American Conservative magazine, Huffington Post, and Antiwar.com and op-ed pieces for the Hearst Newspaper chain. He has been interviewed by Good Morning America, 60 Minutes, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, National Public Radio, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the British Broadcasting Corporation, al-Jazeera, al-Arabiya and other outlets. During the 2008 presidential primaries, Giraldi served as a foreign policy adviser to Ron Paul.

Today, we will discuss his piece, 'Kristol Clear": http://original.antiwar.com/giraldi/2013/05/01/kristol-clear/ Read the rest of entry »

Palestine Today: Guest, Israeli Author and Peace Activist Miko Peled

Mr. Peled is a peace activist who dares to say in public what many choose to deny. Mr. Peled was born in Jerusalem into a well known Zionist family. His grandfather, was a Zionist leader and signer of Israel’s Declaration of Independence. His, father, Matti Peled was a young officer in the 1948 war and a general in the war of 1967, when Israel conquered the West Bank, Gaza, Golan Heights and Sinai.

Mr. Peled’s book: The General’s Son, Journey of an Israeli in Palestine.
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Writer/Producer of Valentino's Ghost, Michael Singh, Talks About the Politics Behind the Images

Writer/producer of Valentino's Ghost, Michael Singh is my guest today. Valentino's Ghost is a 120-minute documentary film examining the shifting image of Arabs and Muslims across a century of popular American culture, and the relationship of that image to American's foreign policy in the Middle East.

On June 1st, the film will be broadcast on PBS -- check your local listings.

Valentino's Ghost trailer: http://www.valentinosghost.com/

Read reviews of Valentino's Ghost here: http://www.valentinosghost.com/content/reviews Read the rest of entry »

Today on Palestine Today, Palestinian student, Majd and American journalist, Alison Weir

Today, British journalist and live from Gaza, Harry Fear, will provide a live interview with Palestinian business student, Majd.

In our second segment, American journalist and the executive director of "IfAmericansKnew" will provide insight into the American media and the USS Liberty.

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Former FBI Agent, Coleen Rowley, Talks about Chechen Terrorist and the Neo-Cons

Coleen Rowley is a former FBI agent and whistleblower, and was a Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) candidate for Congress in Minnesota's 2nd congressional district.

Shortly after becoming a Special Agent with the FBI, Rowley was assigned to the Omaha, Nebraska and Jackson, Mississippi Divisions. Beginning in 1984, she spent six years working in the New York Office on investigations involving organized crime. She also served in the U.S. embassy in Paris and the consulate in Montreal. In 1990, she was assigned to the FBI's Minneapolis office, where she became the chief legal adviser.

After the September 11, 2001, attacks, Rowley wrote a paper for FBI Director Robert Mueller documenting how FBI HQ personnel in Washington, D.C., had mishandled and failed to take action on information provided by the Minneapolis, Minnesota Field Office regarding its investigation of suspected terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui. Moussaoui had been suspected of being involved in preparations for a suicide-hijacking similar to the December 1994 "Eiffel Tower" hijacking of Air France 8969. Failures identified by Rowley may have left the U.S. vulnerable to the September 11, 2001, attacks. Rowley was one of many agents frustrated by the events that led up to the attacks, writing:

During the early aftermath of September 11th, when I happened to be recounting the pre–September 11th events concerning the Moussaoui investigation to other FBI personnel in other divisions or in FBIHQ, almost everyone's first question was "Why?--Why would an FBI agent(s) deliberately sabotage a case? (I know I shouldn't be flippant about this, but jokes were actually made that the key FBI HQ personnel had to be spies or moles, like (Robert Hanssen), who were actually working for Osama Bin Laden to have so undercut Minneapolis's effort.)

Rowley testified in front of the Senate and for the 9/11 Commission about the FBI's internal organization and mishandling of information related to the September 11, 2001, attacks. Mueller and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) pushed for and got a major reorganization, focused on creation of the new Office of Intelligence at the FBI. This reorganization was supported with a significant expansion of FBI personnel with counterterrorism and language skills.

Rowley retired from the FBI in 2004 after 24 years with the agency. She jointly held the TIME "Person of the Year" award in 2002 with two other women credited as whistleblowers: Sherron Watkins from Enron and Cynthia Cooper of WorldCom. She also received the Sam Adams Award for 2002.

Today, we discuss her piece titled, 'Chechen Terrorists and the Neocons. Which can be read here: http://consortiumnews.com/2013/04/19/chechen-terrorists-and-the-neocons/ Read the rest of entry »

Palestine Today -- Guest, Palestinian journalist Noor Hazeen

Latest updates from Gaza, with Palestinian journalist, Noor Hazeen. And Harry's interview with a Palestinian. Then, open phones. Read the rest of entry »

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Palestine Today -- Guest, Palestinians Hisham Zreiq and Noor Harazeen

On Palestine Today, our guest is Palestinian filmmaker, Hisham Zreiq -- we will discuss his film The Sons of Eilaboun and the Nakba. Also, we will get the latest updates, re Gaza and Israeli airstrikes, from Palestinian journalist, Noor Harazeen.

Trailer, The Sons of Eilaboun: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIzse7-cjzE Read the rest of entry »
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