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Entries in press tv (18)

Thursday
Jul182019

Why Does Race Division Build the Republican Base?

Donald Trump just told four Freshman Congress women to go back home their own countries.  They are all women of color.  They are all American citizens, three of whom were born in this country.  The entire Republican leadership sat silently after it happened, saying nothing and large numbers of Republican supporters seemed to . . . laugh.  

There is a historical tradition of racism in this country.  It exists.  And telling people to go home the own country is EXACTLY one of the traditional ways racists would attack people of color. Before this President, if any Republican in the last 20 years had said this, they would have been drummed out of the party. Not now. This is a whole new world.

I appear on Press TV out of Iran to discuss.  The dynamic is interesting and with growing tensions between the U.S. and Iran, they have continued interested in how Americans talk about this, see this, and deal with it.

Tuesday
Sep252018

Trump the Strongman Flexes at United Nations HQ

President Trump spoke before the United Nations General Assembly today. To be honest, he almost sounded like every totalitarian dictator I have heard.  He completely rejects globalism.  And yet, how is it that the U.S. became the most powerful country on the planet.  He completely rejects the ICC and its legitimacy and yet in some parts of the world, it in the only thing that has brought any justice whatsoever.  He continues to ratchet up threats against the Iranians and his advisor just days ago said that there will be regime change in Iran. He is arguing soverignty and yet is demanding the Chinese and others do what the Americans want.  Just odd.  

This is an extraordinary time in history and the Republicans seem more interested in sitting back and watching the insanity because he is their guy. The entire has world is watching with concern and dread in some cases. This President is exacerbating that.

Today, I will appear on Press TV Tehran to discuss.  It is particularly interesting as this is not an academic question when the President and his advisors have threatened to remove your democratically elected leadership - and not for the first time.

I hope you can watch.

Tuesday
Sep112018

As Trump's Poll Numbers Tank, All Look to the Mid-Terms

Eight high quality Presidential approval have been completed in the last 2 weeks and they all seems to come to the same conclusion, fewer Americans are happy with their President.  While these numbers have dropped between 1 and 6 points, they all still put him under a 40% approval rating.  As a result, all are trying to decide whether these polls will make a difference at the mid-terms  Of course, people were obsessed with polls during the Presidential election but few are willing to bet the farms on any of these polls. 

While this is always a question that the world is interested in, because of the President's international policy shifts from any previous American President of either party in the lasty 70 years, the International community is particularly interested.  Consistent with that concern, I will appear on Press TV out of Iran to talk about what all of these polls may mean and the mid-terms.

This should be interesting.

Thursday
Jul122018

Could President Trump Really "Go It Alone" Regarding NATO?

I've never seen anything like it.  For almost 70 years now, the U.S. and its NATO allies have been the closest  when it comes to . . . almost everything.  This was true when there were only 12 members up until now when there are 29. This has also been true regardless of whether we were talking about a Republican or a Democrat President.  All of that has changed under Donald Trump.

Trump seems to see NATO through the lens of a balance sheet, a ledger.  The problem is that is about far more than so called dues (which they aren't) or trade (which it also isn't).  This is a defense commitment that has been in place since 1949 and stands as one of the fundamental principles of collective security.  For instance, after 9/11 when the U.S. was attacked, they went to NATO and NATO stood firmly with the U.S. and went into Afghanistan.  This was critical because the U.S. was arguing that this was not a U.S. invasion but the entire world standing up to tyranny.  This would have been impossible without the support of NATO.  Trump does not seem to understand this in anyway.

I appear on Iran's Press TV to discuss the NATO summit, President Trump's reponse, the history of NATO and its relevancy.  This is going to be interesting.

Monday
Jul092018

Trump Nominates Conservative Kavanaugh to Supremes

Donald Trump certainly followed through with his campaign promise to nominate conservative judges to the U.S. Supreme Court.  First Gorsuch and now DC Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh.  Of course, Kavanaugh is a lot more than just a judge.  He learned at the knee of Special Prosecutor Ken Starr and recommended impeachment of Bill Clinton. An interesting twist on this was that subsequently, he changed his mind and said that sitting Presidents shouldn't have to face not only civil lawsuits while in the Oval Office but also criminal investigations. This is obviously significant as President Trump is facing a criminal investigation from Special Counsel Robert Mueller. 

This promises to be one hell of a fight. The darling of the right Kavanugh will likely be confirmed as he only needs a simple majority of the Senate and the Republicans have 51. The question will be the impact upon the court in the long term but also the impact upon the midterms in the short term. Strap in.

I will appear on Press TV Iran on July 9th to talk about the U.S. Supreme Court and the President's nomination and what comes next.

Tuesday
Jun262018

Trump's Trade War Butts Up Against Globalism and the Rule of Law

President Trump has decided to shake things up and boy has he ever.  On the other hand, isn't that the reason 60 million Americans voted for him. Of course, imposing the Chinese, the Canadians, the Mexicans, the entire EU and other all simultaneously puts the U.s. in an interesting place.  

The general approach and one that the entire world  including the U.S. has enbraced is to take these disputes to the WTO.  However, Trump decided to go a different route, Twitter.  The idea of using this process, embracing globalism and the Rule of Law, is something that the President of the United States seems to find quaint and even weak.

The potential for a full blown trade warm with the world is a very real one.  The Chinese, Canadians, Mexicans and the EU are already lining up and don't seem to be backing down.  If they don't many will pay the price, including American consumers and American markets. Some estimates suggest the U.S. could lose between 4 and 7 million jobs and the econmy could tank into recession.

I will appear on Press TV Iran on June 26th to debate this issue.  Hope you can catch it.  

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.