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Sunday
Oct082017

[Press TV Iran] October 8th: Jack Talks U.S. Relations with Turkey Deteriorating

I appear on Press TV Iran on October 8th. The U.S. and Turkey have been allies for a long time but those relations continue to buckle on many fronts. Further, Erdogan's willingness to look to other partners including Iran and Russia are making things even worse for the Americans. This to is particularly thrilling for both the Iranians and the Russians.

Most recently, there were more cuts today in various Visa programs between the countries. And to this the continues abuse of the media and the arrest of more than 100,000 after the coups and the detention of American citizens and the unwillingness of the Americans to deport the one the Erdogan believes is responsible, you have recipe for disaster.

This is fgoing to be an interesting conversation indeed.

Tuesday
Sep262017

[Press TV Tehran] September 26th: Jack Debates Kurdish Independence

I appear on Press TV Tehran on September 26th.  The Kurds in North Iraq held a referendum on September 25th to argue for independence from Iraq. It is an extraordinary move and one that the Iraqi central government quickly rejected. So did the Turks. In fact, the Turks and Iraqis are conducting joint operations along the border to make the point. The Turls have also threatened to cut trade and even slop oil flowing from the Kirkuk to Turkey.  The Iranians have also cut off flight services and aren't happy. 

I try to imagine the Kurdish Peshmerga staring at them across mountains and valleys. Th Kurds must feel somewhat isolated in their desire. After all, it isn't just the Iraqis and Turks who oppose them. Its also the Iranians, the Syrian regime, the United States and even the United Nations.  Everybody.

And yet, and yet, all of these governments are wrong. Each talks at one time or another about freedom, self actualization, and democracy. But none truly care a bout it, at least not from the perspective of the Kurds.  They want their own government and they deserve it.

I will be part of a debate on Iranian Press TV about this issue. If you couldn't guess, you probably know where i stand on it.

Hope you might be able to catch it.

Tuesday
Sep262017

[RTTV Washington DC] September 25th: Jack Talks Kurdish Independence Referendum

I appear on Russian TV Washington DC with Ed Schultz on September 25th.  The Iraqi Kurds are voting unofficially for independence from Iraq.  They want it. They've always wanted it. And yet, the Iraqi central government, if you can call it such, is opposed. So are the Turks, the Iranians, the Russians and the United States. Rarely have so many with different agendas stood in opposition.

And yet, the Kurds are right. They deserve independence. They've earned it. They were screwed by the European powers after WWI with the Treaty of Versailles and have frequently been decimated by the countries in which they have found themselves.

This will be an interesting conversation.

Sunday
Sep242017

[Press TV Tehran] September 24th: Jack Talks Kurdish Independence

I appear on Press TV Iran on September 24th.  The Kurdish people of Iraq are preparing to have a referendum on Monday, September 25th. It is not actually to declare independence but rather a very informal declaration that this is something that they really want to do.  The problem is the the U.S., the United Nations, the Turks, the Iraqis and more are against it because it threatens them.

This will be an interesting conversation because this is a massive issue for the Kurdish people. They were cut into geographic pieces after World War I and decimated by most every country afterward.  They want more and identify themselves as one people.  Will this make a difference?

This will be an interesting conversation as the Iraniangovernment isn't particuarly interested in helping them either.  

Tuesday
Sep192017

[RTTV Washington DC] September 19th: Jack Talks Trump's United Nations Speech

I appear on RTTV Washington on September 19th.  President Trump spoke before the United Nations General Assembly today. Sadly, this President who has been quite successful in front of his base but has never pivoted to actually being President of the United States. In a world that can be incredibly dangerous, this President had the opportunity to motivate this international body to come together to try to drive a settlement with the North Koreans. Instead, he threatened to annihilate the country along with potentially millions of people. 

I will discuss the North Korean issue and well as his statements regarding the Iran Nuclear deal. While they are somewhat connected, the potential of pulling out of this deal would result in simply no deal at all. If the Americans find a way to keep sanctions at the current levels, or even increase them, the potential could be catastrophic.  

This will be a complex but important conversation.  

 

Thursday
Sep072017

[I24 International News] September 6th: Jack Talks Iran and Preemptive Strikes

I appear on I24 International News on September 6th. Today is the 10th Anniversary of the Israelis bombing a nuclear facility in Syria.  Fast forward 10 years and contemplate what might have happened if they hadn't?Subsequent intelligence concluded thew Israelis hit a facility designed to create plutonium for weapons and apparently the Syrians were receiving help from the North Koreans.  Further, imagine, what the Syrians might have done to their own people with these weapons?  As horrifyingly, contemplate ISIS being able to acquire the weapons?

This brings us to the present day and this highlights the question of what should be done with North Korea or even Iran.  This promises to be a spirited debate as I understand I am going to be debating an Israeli Likud party member who believes in preemptive strikes and that Iran should be the next target.

I disagree.

Prepare for the fight.  This is going to get interesting as its all well as good to talk tough about war and death when you've never seen it.  I, sadly, have and I don't wish it upon anybody.

Wednesday
Aug232017

[Press TV Tehran] August 22nd: Jack Talks Trump's Phoenix Rally

I appear on Press TV Iran on August 22nd. After the issue of race came front and center as a result of Charlottesville and with Donald Trump's really strange and frankly, racists, responses, he made a conscious decision to have a political, campaign style rally in Phoenix.  The Mayor of Phoenix and both U.S. Senators from Arizona asked him to cancel in light of the incendiary nature of race issues in the country and the likelihood that Trump's statements would simply exacerbate the issues.

In the event, one might think that this isn't being watched closely around the world, but they would be wrong.  I appear on Press TV out of Tehran, Iran to discuss internal politics in the states, the nature of race relations and the Donald Trump presidency.  This is going to be an interesting conversation.

Not sure how you could listen but if so, great.

Thursday
Jul202017

[AM950 Minneapolis] July 20th: Jack Talks the World Including Trump, Sessions, CIA Ops in Syria and More

I appear on AM 950 Minneapolis with my buddy Matt McNeil on July 20th at 3:30 p.m c.s.t.  With so much going on in the world right, its hard to know where we will start.  The Middle East contonues to spin and we will likely discuss Mosul and the sweeping out of ISIS but also the rise on Iran as well as the President's announcement that he is going to stop CIA covert ops in Syria to topple Bashar al Assad from power.  

We will also address some really interesting developments regarding President Trump and his Attormey General Jeff Sessions.  Apparently, if the President knew that Sessions was going to recuse himself from the Russia investigation, Trump wouldn't have tapped him for the position.  This is startling consider the reason for Sessions' recusal or maybe that is exactly the point.  

This promises to be spicy.  Hope you can catch it.  

Monday
Apr102017

[AM 950 Minneapolis] April 10th: Jack Talks a Shifting U.S. Policy Re. Syria

I appear on AM 950 in Minneapolis on April 10th at 4 p.m. c.s.t.  It's fascinating watching conflicting stories come out of the White House and from the Secretary of State regarding Syria.  The Secretary said at the G7 today in Italy that the U.S. had an obligation to "protect innocents."  He can't possibly mean this because the U.S. sat around as 500,000 died and then refused to accept refugee families from the region and went a step further and was talking about sending them back.  All of a sudden, it was abouty "beautiful babies?"  The White House said it was still about America First.  Really?  So which is it?  I'm curious about the President's supporters and whether they are buying that.  Now contemplate how the Russians and the Iranians are seeing this.  This is not simple or easy and it's unclear whether President Trump has contemplated any of these issues.

Hope you can listen.  

Friday
Nov112016

[Iranian Press TV Intl.] November 11th: Jack Talks Post Election Street Protests

I appear on Iranian Press International TV to discuss the street protests that have arisen throughout the United States after the election of Donald Trump. Many seem to be protesting the outcome of the election as well as some of the objectively horrific statements made in the past by President-elect Trump. 

The world continues to watch, both fascinated, thrilled and possibly horrified, by this election.  The Iranian people and press, like so many others, are equally fascinated.  Of course, the Iranians have a very real interest in what it is that Trump does in the region.  They are also curious about whether these protests could actually change President-elect Trump's campaign promises.

This promises to be a very interesting conversation.