Category Archives: CrossTalk

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

CrossTalk Bullhorns: Memo-gate

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

CrossTalk: #ReleaseTheMemo

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

CrossTalk: Wars Without End

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.

Crosstalk: Obstructing Syria

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?

Crosstalk: Gaslighting America

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

CrossTalk: Dr. Media Vs. Trump

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?

CrossTalk: Neocons Return to Power

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

CrossTalk Bullhorns: FBI-gate (Extended Version)

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.

CrossTalk: Media Humiliated

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

CrossTalk: Distrusting The News?

If you trust the mainstream media, then you are in the minority. Sadly, a great deal of media today is not designed to inform, but rather confirm political biases. This approach to the news is not only polarizing, but also lowering journalistic standards. Is this