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Entries in press tv (12)

Wednesday
May092018

[Iranian Press TV] May 9th: Tensions Rise Between Israel and Iran after Trump Decision

Thursday
May032018

[Press TV Iran] May 2nd: Trump Team in Turmoil

Monday
Apr232018

[Press TV Iran] April 22nd: Another Kabul Bombing with Lots of Blame to Go Around

I appear on Press TV Iran to talk about the latest bombing in Kabul as the elections approach. ISIS has taken responsibility for this and a recent series of attacks that have left scores dead across Afghanistan. This certainly isn't new and combine that with ongoing attacks by the Taliban and Afghanistan certainly continues to spin out of control. Further, Afghanistan's neighbors including Pakistan and Iran continue to watch with interest. The US too continues to play an almost passive role, supporting the government that some see as illegitimate while failing to provide enough support to make a difference.

This will be an intereting conversation.  

Sunday
Nov122017

[Press TV Tehran] November 12th: Jack Talks Sexual Harassment in U.S.

I appear on Press TV Iran on November 12th. Hundreds marched in Los Angeles to call attention to sexual harassment in Hollywood. However, it clearly doesn't stop there. We've seen in in Legislatures across the country.  There is the Roy Moore story, Uber, Donald Trump, and the list goes on and on.

This should be a really interesting conversation. The problem is that it is everywhere. Its true in entertainment, politics, tech, law, government, and just about everywhere else.  This is systemic and not just one bad apple. I will do my best to describe the problem but have no illusion that I will do it justice or truly explain that damage that it has done. However, I will do my best.

Hope you can catch it somewhere in the world. 

Tuesday
Oct312017

[Press TV Tehran] October 31st: Jack Talks Trump's Renewed Muslim Ban Effort

I appear on Press TV Tehran on October 31st.  This is President Trump's third effort to ban Muslim refugees. Now, I saw this very consciously because this is exactly what he told his screaming throngs that he was going to do.  He didn't say terrorists, he said Muslims.  Therefore, one can shine this up all day long and add caveats but it doesn't seem to change the ultimate motivation.  

Considering I will be talking with the Iranian Press and one of the counties to which this ban would apply, this should certainly be an interesting conversation.

Hope you can catch it.

Sunday
Oct292017

[Press TV Tehran] October 29th: Jack Talks War Crimes in Syria

I appear on Press TV Iran on October 29th. The Russians and the Assad regime are claiming that the Americans are guilty of war crimes in their "liberation" of Raqqa. Of course, that sad part is similar claims have been made of the Russians in Aleppo and Assad throughout the country. In the end, only one thing is certain. Hundreds of thousands of civilians have been murdered in Syria and far less likely that those responsible will be help to account.  

I hope worked all over the world and have seem first hand the devastation that civilians have paid in Iraq, Afghanistan, parts of Africa and elsewhere.  I can look back through history and think about civilian casualties from recently to long again.  From Fallujah in Iraq to Mi Lai to Dresden, it is always the civilians who have paid the highest price. Sometimes, it is the liberators who exact the largest toll as they waive flags and kiss babies.

This is a difficult conversation but certainly one worth having. Further, pretty much nobody in the room is innocent here.

Tuesday
Oct242017

[Press TV Tehran] October 24th: Jack Talks Delays in Kurdistan Elections and the Treaty of Versailles

I appear on Press TV Tehran on October 24th.  The Iraqi Kurdistan parliament has voted to delay elections by eight months.  There were as lot of countries watching what was happening out of Erbil. Its clear that Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Syria, and the U.S. is not interested in seeing an independent Kurdistan and it potentially threatens that borders of those existing countries and could also create some short term instability on the region.  Let's face it, the fear is a domino effect in which one move could force another, could force another, etc.  is a very real one where we have seen a lot of instability in the last several decades. 

The problem is that millions of Kurds were disenfranchised and marginalized when the Europeans arbitrarily cut the Middle East up into its current scheme at the Treaty of Versailles in 1919.  At the point, millions of Kurds were placed into Iraq, with millions more placed in Iran, Turkey, Syria and even the Southern Republicans.  The net result was a guarantee that none of those Kurdish groups would have a majority voice.

This will be a fun conversation.