World Politics

WWI a Slaughter for Profit, Not a Heroic Struggle to Celebrate

WWI a Slaughter for Profit, Not a “Great War” to Celebrate

November 12, 2018

Part one of the documentary film “Machine Gun” tells the story of the development of the machine gun and the great power competition that led to World War One – the film’s Executive Producer was TRNN’s Paul Jay

French President Macron Praises Nazi-Collaborating Leader, Whitewashing World War I Bloodbath

French President Macron Praises Nazi-Collaborating Leader, Whitewashing World War I Bloodbath

November 10, 2018

France’s centrist President Macron ignited a firestorm for praising Nazi collaborator leader Philippe Pétain for his role in World War I. Historian Adam Hochschild argues war resisters are the real heroes who should be honored, as Trump visits Paris to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI

The Taliban in Moscow: A Turning Point for the Afghan War?

The Taliban in Moscow: A Turning Point for the Afghan War?

November 10, 2018

As the Afghan government suffers more losses on the ground, a landmark peace conference hosted by Russia could mark a shift in the 17-year war. The Taliban is there in its highest level diplomatic engagement in years. We speak to author and historian Vijay Prashad

Trump’s US-Saudi Arms Deals Will Create Only a Few Hundred Jobs

Trump’s US-Saudi Arms Deals Will Create Only a Few Hundred Jobs

November 4, 2018

An exclusive report from Reuters surveyed arms manufacturers about the jobs that the Saudi arms deals would create and found that the actual numbers are a tiny fraction of what Trump had promised. Arms industry researcher Andrew Feinstein discusses Reuters’ findings

China’s GDP Growth Slows Down: Is it Trump's Trade War?

China’s GDP Growth Slows Down: Is it Trump’s Trade War?

November 4, 2018

Prof. David Kotz argues that the trade war is counter-productive for everyone, including the US, because it does not include a plan for an industrial policy. The conflict foreshadows increasing unresolvable tensions between the two powers

Truman Delayed End of WWII to Demonstrate Nuclear Weapons - Daniel Ellsberg on RAI (3/8)

Reality Asserts Itself - Daniel Ellsberg

November 2, 2018
In this series, Daniel Ellsberg and Paul Jay explore Ellsberg's latest book, The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner. In the introduction to the book, Ellsberg writes: “No policies in human history have more deserved to be recognized as immoral or insane. The story of how this calamitous predicament came about and how and why it has persisted over a half a century is a chronicle of human madness. Whether Americans, Russians, and other humans can rise to the challenge of reversing these policies and eliminating the danger of near-term extinction caused by their own inventions and proclivities remains to be seen. I choose to join with others in acting as if that is still possible.”
Trump Threatens 15,000 Troops Amid Unprecedented Militarization of U.S.-Mexico Border

Trump Threatens 15,000 Troops Amid Unprecedented Militarization of U.S.-Mexico Border

November 2, 2018

Just days before the midterms, President Trump is threatening to send up to 15,000 troops to the US-Mexico border in response to a caravan of Central American migrants

Arms Races Increase Atomic Arsenals, Raising the Risk of Nuclear Winter

Arms Races Increase Atomic Arsenals, Raising the Risk of Nuclear Winter

November 2, 2018

Climate scientist Alan Robock outlines the most recent research in the area of nuclear winter and how Trump’s withdrawal from the INF treaty dramatically increases the risk of a devastating nuclear winter that could wipe out practically all life on earth

Trump's Drumbeat For An Iranian Confrontation Is Deafening - How Imminent Is War?

Trump’s Drumbeat For An Iranian Confrontation Is Deafening – How Imminent Is War?

November 1, 2018

Trump, Pompeo, and Bolton want to confront Iran. It appears that they, along with Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates are preparing for war, using the same tactics that launched the war on Iraq. We speak to Trita Parsi

Catastrophic Death Toll in US-Saudi War on Yemen Has Been Grossly Downplayed

Catastrophic Death Toll in US-Saudi War on Yemen Has Been Grossly Downplayed

October 31, 2018

The UN and corporate media have for years claimed only 10,000 Yemenis were killed in the US/UK-backed Saudi/UAE war. But Yemen’s actual death toll is 70,000 to 80,000. Patrick Cockburn on the whitewashing of the catastrophic war