Category Archives: CrossTalk

CrossTalk Bullhorns: War and insults

Is the idea of peace and Yemen antithetical? Also, Trump is insulted the Europeans might defend themselves. And Russiagate front and center again. CrossTalking with Mark Sleboda, Dmitry Babich, and Glenn Diesen.

The Battle Against Tyranny Has Commenced Full Frontal

“Congressmen who willfully take action during wartime that damages morale and undermine the military are saboteurs and should be arrested, exiled, or hung.” ― Abraham Lincoln See Also: (Lionel) – Lionel and Peter Lavelle of RT’s ‘Cross Talk’ Attack, Dissect and Review Everything in the

CrossTalk on the Midterms: Gridlock Warfare

Both the Republicans and Democrats claim victory in the wake of the midterm elections. But it would seem the elections settled little, if anything. Now there is dueling investigation warfare. Gridlock on steroids. Is this what the voters voted for? CrossTalking with Michael Patrick Flanagan,

CrossTalk: Finally, The Midterms

Finally the midterm elections. And there are many questions. Were these races a referendum on Donald Trump’s time in office? What will the Democrats do in power? And what are Trump’s chances in 2020? CrossTalking with Mark Sleboda, Lionel, Brian Joyce, and Ron Placone.

CrossTalk Bullhorns: Populist pride

Maybe, just maybe there is some hope for Yemen. And the globalists suffer a major defeat in Brazil. And much more on this edition of CrossTalk. CrossTalking with Mark Sleboda, Dmitry Babich, and Artur Demchuk.

CrossTalk: Talking War

The talk of impending war around the world is on the increase. The Great Powers speak openly on the need to prepare for a conflict. What does this tell us? If anything it appears to be a sign the global order that came into being

CrossTalk Bullhorns: Hot Arctic

As the Trump administration pulls out of a key arms control agreement, NATO conducts a massive exercise in the Arctic. Is a new front being opened up? And, it seems the Saudis will get away with murder after all. CrossTalking with Mark Sleboda, Glenn Diesen,

CrossTalk: Powered by Bolton

After almost two years in office, many still question whether Donald Trump has a coherent foreign policy. The same cannot be said of the president’s national security advisor John Bolton. When you think of Bolton the words ‘subtlety’ and ‘diplomacy’ don’t come to mind. So,

CrossTalk Bullhorns: Realists

On this unique edition of CrossTalk we review a new and very important book. John Mearsheimer’s ‘The Great Delusion; Liberal Dreams and International Realities.’ It is a real bombshell. CrossTalking with Mark Sleboda, Dmitry Babich, and Glenn Diesen

CrossTalk Bullhorns: KSA & MBS

It is now official Jamal Khashoggi died in the Saudi consulate in Turkey on October 2. The person or persons responsible for his death is yet to be determined. But one thing is certain – this tragic story is far from over.

CrossTalk on Khashoggi: Search for justice

The gruesome plot thickens. There are reports Saudis now will admit Jamal Khashoggi died in their custody after an interrogation that went wrong. Turkish media claim they have evidence of intentional murder. Nonetheless, Trump declares that he is ‘not going to walk away’ from Saudi

CrossTalk: Khashoggi

After repeated denials the Saudis are now expected to change their story on the fate of Jamal Khashoggi. Was he the victim of abduction and torture that went too far? Donald Trump has expressed concern, but little more. Could Riyadh get away with murder? CrossTalking

Elizabeth Warren’s DNA ploy backfires big time The Duran

RT CrossTalk host Peter Lavelle and The Duran’s Alex Christoforou take a quick look at Senator Elizabeth Warren’s ‘genius’ idea to accept POTUS Trump’s ‘Native American DNA’ challenge. Let’s just say that Warren will never recover from this self-inflicted wound.

CrossTalk Bullhorns: Purging

Tech tyranny – you too can be disappeared in broad daylight. Also the fate of a Saudi journalist is testing Washington’s relations with Riyadh. Is the Crown Prince’s rule in doubt? And much more on this episode of CrossTalk. CrossTalking with Alex Christoforou, Dmitry Babich,

CrossTalk: Mob rule

Hilary Clinton says civility can only return when the Democrats are back in power. Former Obama AG Eric Holder has coined a new phrase: When they go low, we kick them. Without a doubt both statements can be dismissed as political banter as the midterms

CrossTalk on America’s culture war: Blood Sport

Descending into tribalism and cultural trench warfare. The highly contentious Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination process has ignited passions and anger on both sides of the aisle. Interestingly and ironically the point where there is wide agreement is the recognition the status quo is deeply

CrossTalk Bullhorns: Fighting Words

Washington’s ambassador to NATO threatens to ‘take out’ Russian missiles and the US interior secretary threatens a naval blockade of Russia. Is the Trump doctrine finally being revealed?

CrossTalk: Political Escalation

The idea of freedom of speech is under threat. Speaking your mind can land you into serious trouble. Now you are presumed guilty and must prove your innocence. The herd rules and the sovereign individual is cowed into silence. Speech has been redefined as virtue

CrossTalk on America’s cultural wars: Division Lines

America is a house deeply divided – and that division only continues. The entire Brett Kavanaugh saga has turned into a blood sport demanding each and every one of us pick a side. We are in new territory. And that place is called “winner takes

CrossTalk on Iran: Going to War?

U.S. president Donald Trump took center stage at the United Nations this week. The Middle East was very much on his mind, particularly Iran. For some, sitting in the General Assembly Trump’s words were simply laughable. However what is happening in the Middle East and

CrossTalk on Kavanaugh: Court of Credibility?

One of the most important, if not the most important, pillars of western society is the rule of law and equal application of the law. This is now being put into doubt. We are told that now it is the court of credibility that rules

CrossTalk Bullhorns: No Norms

What is the state of journalism? Let’s have a look at the New York Times. The paper catalogues what is called ‘Russiagate’. Its conclusion is astonishing. This and much more on this edition of CrossTalk. CrossTalking with Mark Sleboda, Dmitry Babich, and Glenn Diesen.

CrossTalk: Crisis Politics

In the age of Trump political gridlock has been taken to the next level. There is a lot at stake – a Supreme Court seat and presidential prerogatives. In the end it is about the rule of law and equal application of the law. We

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