Category Archives: CrossTalk

CrossTalk: Varsity Blues

Most of us are taught and believe that we live in a society based on merit and equal justice. The Varsity Blues college admissions scandal informs us that neither are true. The rich and privileged can buy access for their kids at the expense of

CrossTalk Bullhorns: US Isolated

Is Trump’s America First agenda isolating the United States on the global stage? Sure looks like it. And is the EU telling its citizens whatto think? Again, sure looks like it. CrossTalking with Dmitry Babich, Alexander Mercouris, and John Laughland. See Also: (The Duran) –

CrossTalk on Venezuela: Pitching Propaganda

Whether you are for or against the Venezuela government, for or against socialism – it is obvious the mainstream media are committing a lot of journalistic malpractice. Once again, mainstream media echo the policy preferences of those in power. If it comes to still another

CrossTalk Bullhorns: Ilhan Omar

Who would have thought a Somalia-born Muslim woman elected to Congress would ignite a long overdue national conversation? Also, Trump wants to make the military-industrial complex great again. CrossTalking with Dmitry Babich, Alex Christoforou, and Marcus Papadopoulos.

CrossTalk: Socialist Future?

Can socialism bring about a radiant future? A growing number of voters seem to think so. What do these voters and some members of Congress mean by socialism? Free stuff for all? The state controlling the means of production? No borders? Why are so many

CrossTalk: Forced Regime Change

Traditionally the foreign policy blob – with the assistance of the legacy media – defined an immediate threat for a foreign military intervention or coup. Their aim has been to manufacture public support. Today it is different. With virtually no public debate Venezuela is the

Anti-Trump media cheers ‘no peace’ with North Korea

RT CrossTalk host Peter Lavelle and The Duran’s Alex Christoforou take a quick look at the Vietnam summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. No joint agreement was reached between the two countries after Kim insisted all US sanctions

CrossTalk: Flipping Venezuela

The Trump administration’s attempts to impose regime change in Venezuela appear to be faltering. The self-proclaimed ‘interim president’ Juan Guaido hasn’t gained much traction. This may explain the administration’s escalating rhetoric. After all, we are told, a military option is still on the table. CrossTalking

CrossTalk on Tulsi Gabbard: Peace Candidate

Is America ready for a real antiwar candidate? Clearly the political establishment and the media aren’t. Criticism of presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard and anyone else who questions foreign policy orthodoxies is swift and unrelenting. Fighting for peace has never been so difficult. CrossTalking with Daniel

Trump’s Syria military pullout, not under John Bolton’s watch

RT CrossTalk host Peter Lavelle and The Duran’s Alex Christoforou take a quick look at the announcement from the Trump White House that the United States has decided to station a ‘peacekeeping group’ of roughly 200 US soldiers in Syria for a ‘period of time’

CrossTalk on Tulsi Gabbard: Peace Candidate

Is America ready for a real antiwar candidate? Clearly the political establishment and the media aren’t. Criticism of presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard and anyone else who questions foreign policy orthodoxies is swift and unrelenting. Fighting for peace has never been so difficult. CrossTalking with Daniel

The Duran Live: E26

Join Alexander Mercouris, Peter Lavelle, and Alex Christoforou to discuss: Syria update Venezuela update Yellow Vests Act 14 Douma BBC hoax Macron, Merkel and Nordstream 2 Senate Intel: No Russia collusion McCabe, attempted coup, and 60 Minutes Pence and Pompeo in Poland for Iran deal

Deep State coup d’état against Trump confirmed by Andrew McCabe

RT CrossTalk host Peter Lavelle and The Duran’s Alex Christoforou take a quick look at Andrew McCabe’s 60 minute interview, where the disgraced FBI Deputy Director admitted that DOJ officials were considering the removal of President-elect Donald Trump from office in a brazen coup attempt,

CrossTalk: Farewell Russiagate?

The bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee shocked the liberal media world when it admitted there was no evidence of so-called collusion between Trump world and Russia. So what have the last two years been all about? And what is the damage left behind when Russiagate fades

CrossTalk: Green New Deal

After a rather bumpy roll out, the Green New Deal is upon us. Co-sponsored by Democratic firebrand Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the plan foresees a radical restructuring of the American economy and how people will live. What the plan does not address is the cost. How much

CrossTalk Bullhorns: Tea Leaves

How’s that forced regime change going in Venezuela? A few snags, a few bumps in the road? And can we believe some US troops will leave the Middle East? And much more on this edition of CrossTalk. CrossTalking with Xavier Moreau, Dmitry Babich, and Victor

CrossTalk: Bolton Unplugged

As a presidential candidate Donald Trump lambasted America’s endless and wasteful wars. But as president he has surrounded himself with individuals who have made defending and advancing American empire a full time career. Why did Trump cave and what could be the consequences for him

CrossTalk Bullhorns: Trump Blocked (Extended Version)

The US intel community and the political establishment challenge Trump’s foreign policy. Is this a good or a bad thing? Also, forced regime change in Venezuela continues apace. CrossTalking with Mark Sleboda, Dmitry Babich, and Victor Olevich.

Red Scarves counter protest fizzles as Yellow Vests enter Act 12

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss ACT 12 of the Yellow Vests protests in France, which saw the French Police turn violent against protestors. Meanwhile the Red Scarves counter protest (which surfaced last week in France during ACT 11 of the Yellow

CrossTalk: Venezuela’s Crisis

Attempted forced regime change in Venezuela, brought to you by the Trump Administration. Washington’s gross interference in the internal affairs of this Latin American country is risky, illegal, and the possibility of large-scale violence is very real. One thing is certain – the people of

Dangerous consequences in Venezuela regime change plan

RT CrossTalk host Peter Lavelle and The Duran’s Alex Christoforou take a quick look at the deepening and dangerous crisis evolving in Venezuela. The U.S. has thrown its support at opposition leaderJuan Guaigó, as Venezuela’s interim president. For many Latin Americans this has reawakened suspicions

CrossTalk: Leaving Syria?

President Donald Trump has repeatedly said the US will withdraw from Syria. It would seem he is the only one in his administration backing this move. Is Trump in charge of his own foreign policy? Are John Bolton and Mike Pompeo actually running the show?

CrossTalk Bullhorns: Lib-warriors

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tells us ‘America is a force for good in the Middle East.’ Well that’s pretty amazing! And online censoring continues apace. Also, are the Democrats the party of war now? CrossTalking with Mark Sleboda, Dmitry Babich, and Marcus Papadopoulos.

CrossTalk on US vs China: Thucydides trap

The Thucydides Trap goes something like this: When one great power threatens to displace another, war is almost always the result – but it doesn’t have to be. How does this apply to the current tensions surrounding the US-China bilateral relations? Are both countries trapped

CrossTalk Bullhorns: Psyop (Extended Version)

What is happening with Trump’s decision to leave Syria? And, are you ready for the 2020 presidential sweepstakes? Also, where is the integrity in the ‘Integrity Initiative?’ CrossTalking with Mark Sleboda, Dmitry Babich, and Alex Christoforou.

CrossTalk Bullhorns: Looking at ‘19

Welcome to the crystal ball edition of CrossTalk. What can we expect in this New Year? We have a great lineup of guests telling us what they think. CrossTalking with Mark Sleboda, Dmitry Babich, John Laughland, Xavier Moreau, and Alex Christoforou.

The Duran Live: E19. Special Year in Review Show

Join Alexander Mercouris, Peter Lavelle, Mark Sleboda, and Alex Christoforou to discuss… 2018, the year that passed. Take a look forward to 2019. See Also: (The Duran) – UK gov funded ‘think tanks’ to smear Jeremy Corbyn and spread anti-Russian propaganda The Duran’s Alex Christoforou

CrossTalk Bullhorns: Q&A

Welcome to a unique edition of CrossTalk. We answer questions from you, the viewers. Some of you send us some very interesting queries. CrossTalking with Mark Sleboda and Dmitry Babich.

CrossTalk: Enforced Speech

Not long ago the political left were the guardians of free speech. Along with tech tyrants, the left today has gone from protecting speech to enforcing speech. Even to the point of penalizing you if you say the wrong thing in public. You can lose

CrossTalk: Saudis Rebuked

The US Senate strongly rebukes Saudi Arabia over the Khashoggi murder and calls for an end to American involvement in the war on Yemen. Is this a defining moment for this bilateral relationship? Will so-called values trump hard geopolitical realities?

CrossTalk Bullhorns: Spymania

Spymania returns – the US weaponizes its laws against adversaries. Also, is the western world in crisis? And much more on this edition of CrossTalk. CrossTalk Mark Sleboda, Dmitry Babich, and Glenn Diesen.

The Duran Live: E17

The Duran – Join Alexander Mercouris, Peter Lavelle, Mark Sleboda, and Alex Christoforou to discuss: Michael Cohen sentencing memo Robert Mueller investigation FBI Flynn set up Erdogan reveals new Khashoggi audio Justin Turdeau and his Huawei headache US forces permanently in Syria Russian military base

CrossTalk on EU: Crisis of confidence?

Theresa May survives a no confidence vote, but now is a lame duck. Hard Brexit looms. Angela Merkel has announced her impending political retirement. And Emmanuel Marcon’s moral legitimacy as president of France is in the balance. The three pillars of the EU are on

CrossTalk: Pax Americana 2.0

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has declared multilateralism in international affairs a failure. What is needed, according to him, is a new liberal order led by the U.S. Such an order calls into question some important issues. Does this mean the universalization of American

The Duran Live: E16

The Duran – Join Alexander Mercouris, Peter Lavelle, Mark Sleboda, and Alex Christoforou to discuss: US navy entering black sea Robert Mueller investigation Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort James Comey testimony Yellow Vests Protests in France Macron’s “Jupiter” complex Julian Assange turns down Ecuador deal

CrossTalk: France Goes Yellow

What does the rise of the ‘Yellow Vest’ movement in France tell us about the state of the neo-liberal order in Europe? Are the protests in France – the largest since 1968 – just about a hike in fuel prices? And is Emmanuel Macron the

The Duran: Hot Topics Live Chat, E4

Join Alexander Mercouris, Peter Lavelle, and Alex Christoforou, LIVE, so we can discuss HOT news topics trending this week. In this episode we will talk about France and Macron, Apple and free speech, and escalating trade war between China and USA. See Also: (The Duran)

CrossTalk: Yemen on the brink

Yemen and the politics of denial and deceit. The Trump administration’s continued support of the Saudi-led war is morally indefensible and strategically counter-productive. Blaming Iran for the humanitarian crisis in Yemen only ensures more suffering. It is time to end this senseless conflict.

CrossTalk Bullhorns: Fight fake news

From very bad to even worse – Russia-Ukraine relations. And Mike Pompeo gives credit to the Saudis for ‘relieving’ suffering in Yemen. And, is the Guardian simply fake news? CrossTalking with Mark Sleboda, Dmitry Babich, and Alex Christoforou.

The Duran Live: E15

Join Alexander Mercouris, Peter Lavelle, Mark Sleboda, and Alex Christoforou to discuss: G20 in Argentina Trump and Xi meeting Kerch Strait provocation Ukraine martial law Ukraine bans Russian men Julian Assange Guardian fake news Mueller investigation Michael Cohen plea deal Protests in France Bush 41

CrossTalk: Julian Assange’s trials

The fate of Julian Assange is unclear. Washington is determined that he be sent to the U.S. to face criminal charges, most likely under the 1917 Espionage Act. The British government is more than happy to make this happen. Even the Ecuadorians are in on

CrossTalk: ‘Dire Straits’

It’s Ukraine vs Russia again. A minor maritime incident on the Kerch Strait is said to be anything between a major international crisis to a cheap campaign trick as Ukraine enters an election cycle. Take your pick. But one thing is for sure: Russia is

CrossTalk Bullhorns: Trump & MI6

What is the next step for the saga known as Brexit? Also, is the stage being set to finally end the Syrian conflict? And why is MI6 scrambling to stop Trump? CrossTalking with Mark Sleboda, Dmitry Babich, and Artur Demchuk.

CrossTalk: Indefensible Defense

Future historians may look back at Donald Trump’s handling of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi as a case study of the lack of leadership and outright folly. His reasons for giving the Saudis – or rather the Crown Prince – a free pass simply don’t

CrossTalk: Broken Brexit?

To Brexit or not to Brexit, that is the question. Theresa May’s plan to exit the EU has been roundly criticized from virtually every quarter. And with a looming deadline the UK could face a hard Brexit without an agreement, even early elections. How did

CrossTalk Bullhorns: CIA confidence

Brexit and high drama – the saga continues. Also, the CIA says it has high confidence they know who killed Khashoggi. And is it high noon for Julian Assange? CrossTalking with Mark Sleboda, Dmitry Babich, and Glenn Diesen.

CrossTalk: RE: NATIONALISM

Commemorating the one-hundredth anniversary of the end of the First World War French President Emmanuel Macron claimed ‘Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism.’ This is widely seen as a direct criticism of Donald Trump. After all, Trump calls himself a nationalist. Is ‘nationalism’ a

CrossTalk: Media Unhinged

Have the media become unhinged in the era of Trump? The president’s most ardent critics in the media hang on his every word. News cycle after news cycle are all about Trump – and much of this coverage is negative. Has journalism lost its purpose?

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