Category Archives: CrossTalk

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

CrossTalk Bullhorns: Putin’s win

Winning his fourth and most probably last term as Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin has six more years to fashion his legacy. How has Putin changed Russia? How will he continue to change it? See Also: (Going Underground) – Skripal case special: What’s next for Russia

CrossTalk: Pompeo The Terrible?

The firing of Rex Tillerson at the State Department surprised few. How he was fired is something different all together. Tillerson was often described as bland and on numerous occasions out of step with his boss Donald Trump. The nomination of Mike Pompeo to replace

CrossTalk on Sergei Skripal: ‘Publicity Murder?’

“It appears” and “highly likely” are the words used by UK Prime Minister Theresa May pinning blame on Russia for the poison attack on a former Russian intelligence officer turned British spy. Claims are made and threats flaunted. Of course all without evidence. CrossTalking with

CrossTalk Bullhorns: Deal-making? (Extended Version)

The art of the deal is now being put to the test. Can Trump, the former reality television host, broker a deal with the North Koreans? Will the Deep State allow him? Also, is the world entering a new trade war?

CrossTalk: Trade Havoc

Is a global trade war eminent? If Donald Trump follows through on increasing tariffs and upending existing trade deals, it is very likely. After all, this was at the very center of his campaign for the presidency. It was a promise he made to his

CrossTalk: Hypersonic War

Both the United States and Russia have announced their nuclear weapons posture. Both countries are entering a new age of war – the age of hypersonic weapons. We are told Russia’s hypersonic weapons can render U.S.-led missile defense system ‘useless.’ Can Washington allow this to

CrossTalk Bullhorns: Russia Reacts (Extended Version)

Putin tells the US ‘to come back to earth’ challenging Washington’s unipolar ambitions. Also, calls to end the illegal war against Yemen. And, why arming the Kiev regime is a recipe for disaster. As well as the return to trade wars. CrossTalking with Mark Sleboda

CrossTalk: Democrats Divided

A party divided and without a clear message. Democrats face a fundamental dilemma: move to the left and reach out to progressives, and in the process alienate its donor base, or continue business as usual. Aren’t the democrats tired of losing?

CrossTalk: Missing Diplomacy, North Korea & Syria

From North Korea to Syria President Donald Trump’s foreign policy is literally all over the map. North Korea says it is open to direct talks with Washington, only to be met with preconditions. In Syria, where the U.S. has no legal right to be in

CrossTalk: Bullhorns Go Rogue

Are you confused by Washington’s Syria policy? Rest assured you are not alone. Trump says one thing, while his generals do otherwise. Also, brinkmanship with North Korea, is it working? And why moving the US embassy is Jerusalem is still a bad idea.

CrossTalk: Epic Media Fail

Is the day of reckoning coming? Will the liberal corporate media ever own up to their dismal and even dishonest coverage of what is called ‘Russiagate’? There is growing evidence the media are at the very center of this fake scandal.

CrossTalk Bullhorns: 13 Russians

Who would have thought 13 Russians, 3 entities, and some cash could impact an American presidential election? This is where Russiagate stands today. Also, more twists and turns in the messy conflict known as Syria. CrossTalking with Alexander Mercouris, Mark Sleboda, and Dmitry Babich.

CrossTalk: Syria on Fire

The stakes couldn’t be higher. And it is happening in Syria. The goal of destroying the Islamic State is largely complete. Now the Syrian proxy war is entering a new stage. Who are the players and what are their aims? And what does winning mean?

CrossTalk: Koreans talk peace?

The games have begun. The younger sister of North Korea’s ruler Kim Jong-un has captured the attention of the media, while US Vice President Mike Pence was mocked as a dud, even undiplomatic. The two Koreas are engaging each other. This makes the Washington foreign

CrossTalk Bullhorns: Truth Out

While Washington’s political elites chatter endlessly about memos, the U.S. continues to deepen its role in the Syrian proxy war. Of course, there is no public debate about this. And are the two Koreas giving peace a chance? CrossTalking with Victor Olevich, Dmitry Babich, and

Crosstalk: Dr Strangelove’s world

The Pentagon recently released its new Nuclear Posture Review. Its critics are stunned. Not only the use of nuclear weapons is now more thinkable, but the threshold for their use has been lowered. Doctor Strangelove would be proud. Is the world facing another dangerous arms

CrossTalk: Two Americas

Two Americas – two intensely charged and opposing news narratives. Do cable news networks reflect these divisions or rather function as triggers intensifying the cultural divide? Also, what has happened to journalism? Is it now a profession inhabited by hacks and the politically possessed?

CrossTalk Bullhorns: Post-Memo

The memo has come and gone, but this controversy is far from over. The political bias of the Deep State has been revealed. And illegal activities exposed. Who, if anyone, will be held accountable?

CrossTalk: Erdogan’s war on Syria

Turkey’s decision to invade northern Syria has foreign policy implications far beyond the Middle East. What are Ankara’s objectives in Syria and the region? Does it facilitate or hinder a final peace settlement to Syria’s proxy civil war. And what is Turkey’s future in NATO?

CrossTalk: Memo-mania

The ‘release the memo’ moment is upon us. Republicans are billing it as some kind of silver bullet revealing political corruption at the highest levels of the Department of Justice and FBI. Democrats and their supporters in the liberal media call it a distraction. Finally