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
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.
RT CrossTalk host Peter Lavelle and The Duran’s Alex Christoforou take a quick look at Saudi Arabia’s admission to killing journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a fist fight inside the Istanbul consulate…a story that the Trump White House has so far accepted, but many US Congressmen
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
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
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.
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,
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
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
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?
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
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
RT CrossTalk host Peter Lavelle and The Duran’s Alex Christoforou break down, what was a historic appearance, at the United Nations by US President Donald Trump.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
US President Donald Trump has done a complete reversal on Syria – a full 180. What accounts for this? Why now? And what’s next? CrossTalking with Mark Sleboda, Dmitry Babich, and Glenn Diesen.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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:
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
We have all gotten used to it – the media hate Trump and the president returns the favor in kind. How has this mutually charged hatefest changed media and journalism? Does the liberal corporate media report the news anymore? Is journalism today a fake profession
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.
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
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?
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.
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
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
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?
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
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?
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
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
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
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified in front of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. In response to push by members of Congress, Zuckerberg admitted social media sites (including Facebook) should be subjected to some regulation from the government. For more on this, RT America’s Ed
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
“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
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?
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
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
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
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?
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
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.
Peter Lavelle and Alastair Crooke discuss Syria’s shifting sands. What is Trump’s foreign policy for the Middle East? Is the Pentagon looking for a conflict with Russia in Syria? And what are the possible outcomes of this war?
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.
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.
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?
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
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
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
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?
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?
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?
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
Release the memo! Russiagate morphs into FBI-gate. Also, are the US and Turkey on the path to confrontation in Syria? And, the great debate. Jordan Peterson is called a one-man army and has taken the Internet by storm. CrossTalking with Victor Olevich, Mark Sleboda, and
We are told a secret society existed within the FBI with the sole intent to undermine candidate and then President Donald Trump. Also we are told the FBI “lost” text messages from members of this secret society. With Russiagate rapidly losing steam, do we now
Days ago the US Secretary of Defense James Mattis updated and revised America’s global defense strategy. It is a dark vision of the world and calls for massive defense spending. What he calls a defense strategy critics say is a blue-print for wars without end.
With the Islamic State and its many confederates defeated or facing defeat in Syria, what is next for this war-torn country? What justification exists for the U.S. to maintain military forces there? Does Washington want Syria partitioned? If so, then why?
Are the mainstream media intentionally gaslighting the public against President Donald Trump? The reverse appears to be equally true – Trump does and with style gaslight the media. What kind of body politic is this creating? Has the US become a collection of hysterical drama
A cursory glance of the media environment could easily give you the impression that the vast majority of journalists studied psychology at university. So many are convinced Donald Trump is not mentally fit to be president. Are the same journalists suffering from Trump derangement syndrome?
President Donald Trump’s 2017 National Security Strategy report tells us how he sees the world, or rather how the Washington foreign policy elites do. For a candidate who ran on a message of change the report is unremarkable in its defense of status quo policies
What was Russiagate is now quickly becoming FBI-gate. Who will investigate the investigators? Also, does the US have a real North Korea policy? And, the end of net neutrality and the start of Internet apartheid.
Trust in the mainstream media is at an all-time low. But no one should be surprised and the media has itself to blame. This sad state of affairs is a self-inflicted wound and actually a conscious business model. The media no longer has an interest