Category Archives: CrossTalk

CrossTalk Bullhorns: Grim Memories (Extended version)

Grim memories: Ten years ago the start of the Great Recession began a political reassessment and fueled on a sense of anger and resentment across the western world. Then Donald Trump entered this picture. This and much more on CrossTalk. CrossTalking with Mark Sleboda, Dmitry

CrossTalk: Civic Breakdown?

With the advent of the Trump presidency much has been said about America’s cultural wars, even a new civil war. The country is clearly divided. But Trump didn’t do this on his own. There are two Americas. Can both co-exist? CrossTalking with Steve Malzberg, Gregory

CrossTalk: Syria’s Best Chance?

As the Syrian Arab Army embarks upon liberating the last major anti-government area of Idlib, tensions are high. This international proxy conflict looks to be coming to an end. For all intents and purposes Assad has won. This is an outcome Washington and its regional

CrossTalk on Syria: Trumpian Trajectory

From Syria to the European Union, from Iran to Turkey and North Korea – what kind of world order is the Trump administration striving to create? Is there a method to all of this ‘madness’? Clearly the old world order is under threat and it

CrossTalk Bullhorns on alert! (Extended version)

Assassination in the self-proclaimed republic of Donetsk. And the ever shifting political sands in Syria. And much more on this edition of CrossTalk. CrossTalking with Mark Sleboda, Dmitry Babich, and Alex Christoforou.

Twitter suspends Ron Paul Institute and Antiwar Directors’ accounts

RT CrossTalk host Peter Lavelle and The Duran’s Alex Christoforou discuss the movement towards Orwellian censorship and control that appears to be picking up speed across social media platforms that, during the early days of social, sold users on a false “promise” to offer open

CrossTalk Bullhorns: Criminalizing Diplomacy

On this edition of CrossTalk we discuss whether détente is possible, even desirable. Why isn’t it a good idea to get along with Russia? And much more! CrossTalking with Eric Kraus, Dmitry Babich, and Alex Christoforou.

CrossTalk: Trump Derangement Syndrome

Do the corporate mainstream media fuel America’s cultural wars? Do they magnify political differences? It would seem so. How else could it be as the only topic that is discussed and argued over is Donald Trump? Are journalists infected with Trump Derangement Syndrome? See Also:

CrossTalk: Trump Derangement Syndrome

Do the corporate mainstream media fuel America’s cultural wars? Do they magnify political differences? It would seem so. How else could it be as the only topic that is discussed and argued over is Donald Trump? Are journalists infected with Trump Derangement Syndrome?

CrossTalk: Socialist Dystopia?

Is democratic socialism the future of the Democratic Party – the future of America? Is moving to the left a winning strategy to take on Donald Trump’s vision of conservative populism? One thing is undeniable – mainstream politics in both political parties are under pressure

CrossTalk: Apocalyptic Reaction

The very idea of a Trump-Putin summit was controversial from the start. They met in Helsinki and essentially agreed the U.S. and Russia should at least engage in dialogue. Much of the media and the foreign policy swamp reacted with an apocalyptic meltdown. Has the

CrossTalk: A Trumpian kind of view

It is understatement to say Donald Trump is an unconventional and unorthodox political figure. His critics do have a point when they say Trump appears to be harsher with allies than with real and imagined enemies. Then there is the Middle East and Iran. Why

CrossTalk on the Democrats: No party for white men

The Democratic Party is in big trouble. The party has not come to terms with the outcome of the 2016 election. They have a leadership out of touch with its base. Millennials are fleeing. Is their slogan now ‘no party for white men?’ CrossTalking with

CrossTalk on Trump and Europe: Estranged allies

Donald Trump will soon visit Europe. He has a busy agenda and it is unclear what kind of reception he will get. Topping his itinerary will be trade relations, NATO, and Russia. Never before has an American president been expected with such apprehension. The Trump

CrossTalk Bullhorns: Destabilizer

The great destabilization. With NATO meeting only days away, Trump again presses allies to pay their way. An open seat on the US Supreme Court sharpens the political divide. And, are the Democrats going socialist? CrossTalking with Mark Sleboda, Dmitry Babich, and Xavier Moreau.

CrossTalk: Vigilante Politics

Remember when the political left stood up for free speech and equality for all in public life? Remember when the mainstream media called for the same? The tone and tenor of political discourse appears to be at a turning point. If you don’t agree with

CrossTalk on Russiagate: Poisonous Tree

The fruit of the poisonous tree – this is what critics are calling the ongoing investigation of alleged Trump world collusion with Russia during the 2016 election. In the meantime, the upper echelons of the FBI have been decimated over proven misconduct. Has Russiagate morphed

CrossTalk Bullhorns: Demonization

It has become quite fashionable on the political left to call anyone you don’t like a Nazi or Hitler. Why has it come to this? Why all the demonization? After all words have meaning. And much more on this edition of CrossTalk.

CrossTalk: Melting Pot Melting Down

All across the western world the so-called melting pot is melting down. Immigration – legal and illegal – is probably the most contentious and divisive issue energizing voters. In Italy, for example, the right and left have united on the issue. In Germany, the government

CrossTalk: Destruction of Yemen

After three years of conflict, it has been estimated that out of population of 27.4 million, 22.2 million people in Yemen are in need of humanitarian assistance, 4.5 million children and women are suffering malnutrition, while 2.9 million people are internally displaced. This is a

CrossTalk Bullhorns: Implosion?

The Trump juggernaut continues on all fronts. Is he remaking the western world or merely isolating the U.S.? Also, is North Korea coming out of the cold? And much more on this edition of CrossTalk. CrossTalking with Mark Sleboda, Dmitry Babich, and Patrick Henningsen.

CrossTalk: End of Old Order

It has been rather trendy over the past few years to talk about the New World Order. Fair enough. But what we are witnessing is the end of the Old World Order. The recent G7 confab in Canada and Trump’s decision to engage North Korea

CrossTalk: Trump-Kim Tango

The Trump-Kim summit in Singapore was certainly rich when it comes to optics. What about the substance? Both leaders are clearly looking for a win. A process has started, there are plenty of obstacles ahead, and no shortage of people whose worst nightmare might come

CrossTalk: Transatlantic Crisis?

The Transatlantic relationship has had many ups and downs since its inception after the Second World War. It is said the relationship has weathered these moments of tensions and differences due to American leadership. Now enter Donald Trump. Can the transatlantic relationship survive the current

CrossTalk: Trading trade punches

Faced with frustration and dismay from America’s allies, even members of the GOP, Donald Trump is sticking to his campaign promise to recast Washington’s trade relations with the world. The reaction has been loud and swift. Are we on the verge of a global trade

CrossTalk on Italy: Europe’s Populist Wave

Italy’s recent elections again demonstrate the EU’s neoliberal agenda is under continued pressure, even under threat. Where is this grand historic project going? How should we understand the Italian election results, the German elections, and Brexit in totality? Is the current leadership of the EU

CrossTalk: ‘Spygate’

The American political soap opera widely known as Russiagate appears to have no end. While no evidence has been revealed the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, there is mounting evidence the intelligence community – or the Deep State – monitored or even spied on TrumpWorld.

CrossTalk Bullhorns: Flip-flopping

At the moment it is anyone’s guess where the Korean negotiations stand. Again Donald Trump is the wild card. Also, is the US isolating itself on the world stage? CrossTalking with Mark Sleboda, Dmitry Babich, and Alex Christoforou.

CrossTalk Bullhorns: Always Defiant

The transatlantic alliance system has weathered a number of storms during its 70-year history. We are told this is because of sustained American leadership. But can this same alliance system survive the storm named Trump? CrossTalking with Mark Sleboda, Dmitry Babich, and Alex Christoforou.

CrossTalk on North Korea: Summit or no summit?

Summit or no summit – that is the question. North Korea’s threat of a no-show in Singapore on June 12 is a reminder to Washington that North Korea will not merely cave to American demands – or should I say John Bolton’s demands. If there

CrossTalk on Middle East: Stumbling into War

Is the Middle East stumbling towards a region-wide war? It sure looks like it. Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal has set into play a cascade of events difficult to manage and control. Does anyone gain from this impending cataclysm?

CrossTalk Bullhorns: Resistance

Have you ever known a hero? Well, you will meet one here. Also, what is the future of the Trans-Atlantic alliance in the era of Trump? And, the pre-history of the next war in the Middle East.

CrossTalk on Iran: Broken Deal

Donald Trump claims he is the master of the deal. But when it comes to Iran it is the art of no deal. The reasons the American president withdrew from the nuclear deal ranged from lies and disinformation to outright political propaganda. Trump claims he

CrossTalk: War and remembrance

War and Remembrance – today marks the 73rd anniversary of victory in Europe over fascism. This is one of the most important dates on the Russian calendar. That can’t be said of the Europeans and Americans. We discuss how that conflict continues to impact Russia’s

CrossTalk Bullhorns: Kim winning?

We live in surreal times. A short time ago even imagining a negotiated end to the tensions on the Korean peninsula was a flight into fantasy. But here we are. Is this becoming a foreign policy victory for Trump?

CrossTalk: Korean peace blitz?

After 68 years the two Koreas are on the verge of signing a peace treaty. A Donald Trump – Kim Jong-un summit is in the works. Is peace coming to the Korean peninsula? Well, it is possible. The foreign policy blob and the corporatist media

CrossTalk Bullhorns: The Possessed

Are the mainstream media playing out roles found in the great Russian novel ‘The Possessed’? Voicing dissent against media orthodoxies has never been more dangerous. And is peace breaking out on the Korean peninsula?

CrossTalk on Syria and North Korea: War without a goal?

U.S. president Donald Trump says he wants American troops to leave Syria. The foreign policy blob surrounding him says differently. So, what are exactly Washington’s goals in Syria? Partition? War for war sake? Or a means to sticking it to Iran and Russia? All are

CrossTalk on US Foreign Policy: Aggressive Posture

Does American foreign policy possess a specific DNA? It would seem so. It doesn’t matter who the president is. It doesn’t matter which party controls the White House. One can easily ask the following question: Is Trump’s time in office serving George W. Bush’s third

CrossTalk Bullhorns: Syria attacked (Extended version)

The U.S.-led attack on Syria is a gross violation of international law. Furthermore, western publics still have not been presented with evidence the Syrian state used any chemical weapons. A new phase of the Syrian proxy war has needlessly been opened up. Another war of

CrossTalk on Syria: Path to War

The drive towards war against Syria is unmistakable. The pretext is still another alleged chemical attack. As usual no evidence is presented. As usual conclusions are drawn before an independent investigation. But this time there is a difference. Syria can defend itself and it has

CrossTalk on Skripal case: Toxic Relations

Words have consequences and threating actions can be very dangerous. This is the atmosphere engulfing the West’s relations with Russia. The poisoning incident in the UK has yet to be explained to the public. But this has not stopped the British and American governments from

CrossTalk Bullhorns: Tit-for-tat

Trump says he wants out of Syria. Apparently not everyone in his administration got that memo. Also, the latest twists and turns in the alleged poisoning controversy in the UK. And, RT is again being targeted. CrossTalking with Mark Sleboda, Dmitry Babich, and Victor Olevich.

CrossTalk on Anti-Russia Hysteria: Crisis Point?

The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming! For well over the last year and a half this is the message western audiences have been served up 24/7. What is behind this hysteria? What does this message aim to achieve? How is Russia supposed to

CrossTalk: Trump’s War Cabinet

There is an issue – probably the only issue – that unites many of the most powerful individuals surrounding Donald Trump. And the issue is hostility towards Iran. There is every reason to believe these same people will translate their hostility into action – even

Crosstalk Bullhorns: War Party (Extended version)

With the appointment of John Bolton as the new National Security Adviser, should we expect more stupid wars of choice? Trump says he wants success, but policy failures are associated with Bolton’s name. The War Party is again in charge.

CrossTalk: Iraq – 15 Years On

Fifteen years ago this month, the United States and its so-called coalition of the willing illegally invaded and occupied Iraq. American troops remain there to this day. And Iraq continues to grapple with that fateful decision. Many call the invasion of Iraq a blunder. Shouldn’t

CrossTalk: Exposing The Deep State

It would appear the more the political left and their allies in the corporate media attack Donald Trump, the more we learn about the corrupt behavior of the Deep State. The firing of Andrew McCabe at the FBI is a case in point. Is this