A special look at the corruption and illegal operations of the CIA and its influence upon our elected government.
Douglas Valentine is an independent researcher, investigator, author and consultant in Massachusetts. There are very few researchers in America who have done the depth of investigation into some of the darker corners of modern American history involving our federal intelligence agencies, mostly notably the CIA, as Douglas. His 1990 book on the secret CIA covert operation known as The Phoenix Project during the Vietnam war is regarded as the definitive study on this subject. His collection of Vietnam documents at the National Security Archive have been used by researchers for a decade. His lager book on the US’s secret war on drgs has received academic awards of excellence. His most recent book “The CIA as Organized Crime: How Illegal Operations Corrupt America and the World” is a voluminous account of the history of CIA corruption from its founding to the present, and why we should now consider the agency’s self-interests as contrary to the national and public good. His website is DouglasValentine.com
On Tonight's Progressive Commentary Hour Gary Null gives a long powerful commentary on Yemin and the American perception in the genocide. Gary Null also plays a long audio clip on Confessions of an Economic Hitman - John Perkins. According to Perkins, he began writing Confessions of an Economic Hit Man in the 1980s, but "threats or bribes always convinced [him] to stop." According to his book, Perkins' function was to convince the political and financial leadership of underdeveloped countries to accept enormous development loans from institutions like the World Bank and USAID. Saddled with debts they could not hope to pay, those countries were forced to acquiesce to political pressure from the United States on a variety of issues. Perkins argues in his book that developing nations were effectively neutralized politically, had their wealth gaps driven wider and economies crippled in the long run. In this capacity Perkins recounts his meetings with some prominent individuals, including Graham Greene and Omar Torrijos. Perkins describes the role of an EHM as follows:
Economic Hit Man (EHMs) are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. They funnel money from the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and other foreign "aid" organizations into the coffers of huge corporations and the pockets of a few wealthy families who control the planet's natural resources. Their tools included fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder. They play a game as old as empire, but one that has taken on new and terrifying dimensions during this time of globalization.
Perkins charges that the proposed conditions for this debt forgiveness require countries to privatise their health, education, electric, water and other public services. Those countries would also have to discontinue subsidies and trade restrictions that support local business, but accept the continued subsidization of certain G8 businesses by the US and other G8 countries, and the erection of trade barriers on imports that threaten G8 industries.
In the book, Perkins repeatedly denies the existence of a "conspiracy." Instead, Perkins carefully discusses the role of corporatocracy.
CONVERSATION WITH REMARKABLE MINDS
The deterioration of democracy in America, loss of liberties, and how the nation's 25-year trajectory of folly brought us the presidency of Donald Trump
Lewis Lapham is an American legend as an historian, essayist and writer. He is the editor emeritus for Harpers Magazine and founder of Lapham’s Quarterly, a quarterly publication about history and literature. He was the host and author of the PBS series America’s Century and hosts the weekly PBS series Bookmark. He also produced the World in Time radio program on Bloomberg radio. His documentary film The American Ruling Class has received wide attention. Lewis has received many awards including the Thomas Paine Journalism Award and is a member of the American Society of Magazine Editors Hall of Fame. He has been compared to other great American essayists such as Mark Twain, IF Stone, Mencken, Gore Vidal and others. He has published fourteen books, his latest being “Age of Folly: America Abandons Its Democracy” – a 25 year adventure in American politics that has brought us the Trump White House. Lewis’ website is LaphamsQuarterly.org
CONVERSATIONS WITH REMARKABLE MINDS
An in depth look at the European and American economies, the threats of free market capitalism and the economic future ahead
Yanis Varoufakis is an international economist, academic, former politician and philosopher who served as the Minster of Finance for Greece as a member of the radical left party Syriza from January 2015 until he resigned in July. Earlier this year, he founded the Democracy in Europe Movement – a pan European movement devoted to reform the EU’s institutions to become more democratic. His stance against the toxic loan and austerity demands being imposed upon Greece by the European banking institutions – frequently referred to as the Troika – earned him international respect as well condemnation. Bloomberg has called him a “brilliant economist.” Business Insider: “the most interesting man in the world.” Prof Varoufakis received degrees in mathematics from the Universities of Essex and Birmingham in the UK and later a PhD in economics at Essex. Throughout his life he has been a champion of radical social and economic causes. – including involvement in the African National Congress, the Palestinian cause and the solidarity movement in Chile. He has taught at the Universities of Sydney in Australia, Athens, the University of Texas at Austin and other schools. He is the author of about ten books appearing in English. His latest, published by Nation Books, is “And the Weak Suffer What They Must: Europe’s Crisis and America’s Economic Future.” His website is VanisVaroufakis.eu
On this special Progressive Commentary Hour, Gary Null peels back the curtains and takes a look into the problems surrounding syria. Gary also plays some extensive audio clips so you get a better understanding of syria and their problems.
In the second half of the progressive commentary hour Gary plays a documentry by John Pilger on The War You Don't See.
On tonight's Progressive Commentary Hour, Gary talks with three guests about the topic of Fake News scandal - The rise of a new McCarthyism in journalism, news reporting and free speech.
Yves Smith is the founder of the influential financial and news blog Naked Capitalism, and is the author of “ECONNED: How Unenlightened Self Interest Undermined Democracy and Corrupted Capitalism” – an important investigation into how the symptoms associated with our economic crisis take precedence over the more important cause for economic collapse which resides in the unquestioned role of economists as policy makers. For over thirty years, Yves has been a Wall Street veteran as an investment banker with major firms such as Goldman Sachs, and a corporate finance advisor. Her articles also appear in the Bloomberg, Politico, Slate and Christian Monitor. Naked Capitalism’s website is NakedCapitalism.com – its daily news email provides important resources for analysis on the important issues that concern us most.
Professor Robert Jensen is a professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. His research has focused on many diverse progressive social issues including race relations, foreign policy, feminism, post modern masculinity, the media and others. He is a board member of the Third Coast Activist Resource Center and a national organization Culture Reframed. He has authored many publications including his forthcoming “The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men.” Other recent books include “Plain Radical: Living, Loving and Learning to the Planet Gracefully” and “Arguing for Our Lives: A User’s Guide to Constructive Dialogue.” Robert is the co-producer of a documentary film on the life and philosophy of longtime radical activist Abe Osheroff. His articles appear in Truthdig, Counterpuch, YES Magazine, Resilience, and many others. His website is RobertWJensen.org
BOOK: “The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men.” Other recent books include “Plain Radical: Living, Loving and Learning to the Planet Gracefully”
Rob Kall is an American journalist and founder of the progressive, liberal news site Oped News, which was launched in 2003. In addition to being a long time anti-war activist, Rob is also an inventor and an early inventor of technology that has gone into biofeedback science. Mediate has noted Rob as one of the top 200 print/online columnists and Opednews received the first media award for the Pillar Human Rights Reward for International Persons of Conscience and his support of whistleblowers. Opednews is also among those news and opinion sites listed in the Washington Post’s blacklisting of so-called fake news. Rob also hosts the Bottom Up Radio show on WNJC near Philadephia, which airs as the Rob Kall Show, at 8 pm every Wednesday on the Progressive Radio Network. Their website is opednews.com
In the first part of the program Gary talks with Rocky Anderson about Post Election analysis from the Justice Party. Rocky Anderson was the 2012 presidential candidate for the national Justice Party, which he was instrumental in founding. He is a former two-term mayor of Salt Lake City, having served from 2000 to 2008, and is the executive director for the organization: High Road for Human Rights. A former member of the Democratic Party, Rocky left over its evisceration of the Constitution and it having morphed into a poor alternative to the GOP. He is highly critical of both the Bush and Obama administrations, and now with the election of Donald Trump and his cabinet nominations. Prior to entering politics, Rocky practiced law in Utah for 21 years and was listed among the Best Lawyers in America. Business Week listed him as one of the top 20 activists on climate change and he has received many awards from various environmental organizations. His websties are RockyAnderson.org and the Justice Party’s website is JusticePartyUSA.org In the second half of the show Gary talk about the death of Castro and the state of cuba.
On Tonight's Progressive Commentary Hour Gary Null and his producer Richard Gale chat about the president elect Donald Trump and how he is going about picking his cabinet and more insight on these people.