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Pushback with Aaron Mate

206 episodes - English - Latest episode: 18 days ago - ★★★★★ - 503 ratings

A news show hosted by Aaron Maté. Presented by The Grayzone.

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Seymour Hersh: US bombed Nord Stream to prolong the Ukraine proxy war

March 02, 2023 15:30 - 44 minutes - 102 MB

Seymour Hersh joins Aaron Maté to discuss his report on how the Biden administration bombed the Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines, which blew up not only a vital Russian-German infrastructure project but a key off-ramp to peace in Ukraine. Guest: Seymour Hersh. Pulitzer-winning journalist who writes at https://seymourhersh.substack.com/. Support Pushback: https://www.patreon.com/aaronmate

Veteran NYT journalist Jeff Gerth exposes US media's Russiagate debacle

February 16, 2023 15:36 - 54 minutes - 75.2 MB

In a new four-part series for the Columbia Journalism Review, veteran journalist Jeff Gerth documents US media's journalistic malpractice in covering Russiagate. Guest: Jeff Gerth, journalist who spent three decades as an investigative reporter at the New York Times, where he won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize. His new four-part series about US media’s Russiagate coverage in the “Columbia Journalism Review” is called “The press versus the president.” Read “The press versus the president" by Jeff ...

Norman Finkelstein On How The Left Cancels Itself

February 11, 2023 14:07 - 1 hour - 142 MB

Author and scholar Norman Finkelstein on how the Left undermines class politics from within; the legacy of Barack Obama; censorious culture within US academia and his new book, “I'll Burn That Bridge When I Get to It." Guest: Norman Finkelstein. Author and scholar whose new book is “I'll Burn That Bridge When I Get to It." https://www.sublationmedia.com/product-page/i-ll-burn-that-bridge-when-i-get-to-it-print-edition https://www.normanfinkelstein.com/ Support Pushback at Patreon: https://...

Matt Taibbi on the Twitter files

January 15, 2023 21:06 - 1 hour - 211 MB

Matt Taibbi joins The Grayzone’s Max Blumenthal and Aaron Maté to discuss his reporting on internal Twitter files exposing US government pressure on the social media giant to validate Russiagate propaganda — and censor dissenting voices. Guest: Matt Taibbi, https://taibbi.substack.com/. Support Pushback: https://www.patreon.com/aaronmate

How Ukraine's far-right, with NATO backing, block peace

December 19, 2022 20:26 - 38 minutes - 88.9 MB

Scholar Nicolai Petro discusses the overlooked influence of Ukraine's far-right nationalist movement and former German Chancellor Angela Merkel's recent admission that the Minsk Accords -- the international formula for ending the post-2014 Donbas civil war -- "was an attempt to give Ukraine time" to prepare for a conflict with Russia, rather than make peace. Petro is the author of the new book, "The Tragedy of Ukraine." Guest: Nicolai Petro. Professor of political science at the University o...

Sanctions are suffocating Syria: UN expert

November 23, 2022 16:59 - 54 minutes - 124 MB

After a 12-day visit, UN expert Alena Douhan calls for the lifting of US-led sanctions on Syria, where 90% of the population lives below the poverty line, 12 million grapple with food insecurity, millions are internally displaced, and electricity is scarce. The impact of the sanctions are compounded by a US military occupation of areas containing Syria's oil and wheat. Guest: Alena Douhan. UN Special Rapporteur on unilateral coercive measures and human rights. Support Pushback: https://ww...

Poland WWIII scare shows why top US general wants peace (w/ Doug Macgregor)

November 16, 2022 16:54 - 40 minutes - 73.3 MB

After accusing Russia of firing missiles into Poland -- and triggering calls from Ukraine for direct NATO military intervention -- US officials are now acknowledging that Ukrainian air defenses were likely responsible. Douglas Macgregor, a retired Army Colonel and former senior Pentagon adviser, says the Poland scare underscores why the US top military officer, Gen. Mark Milley, has split from White House bureaucrats to call for diplomacy with Russia in order to end the Ukraine war. Guest:...

Ukraine war escalates as diplomacy disappears

November 01, 2022 18:56 - 42 minutes - 98.1 MB

As Russia escalates attacks on civilian infrastructure in Ukraine following the sabotage of the Nord Stream pipelines and the Ukrainian attack on the Kerch bridge, diplomacy is nowhere to be found. Scholar and author Richard Sakwa on the latest in the Ukraine crisis. "The human losses are appalling," Sakwa says. "And yet, the language of peace cannot find an adequate expression." Guest: Richard Sakwa. Emeritus Professor of Russian and European politics at the University of Kent. His books ...

Dennis Kucinich: where are the pro-peace Democrats?

October 29, 2022 22:33 - 41 minutes - 94.9 MB

Support Pushback: https://www.patreon.com/aaronmate Dennis Kucinich, who led Congressional opposition to the Iraq war, reacts to the Congressional Progressive Caucus retracting a letter calling for diplomacy with Russia. "If we don't believe in diplomacy," Kucinich asks, "then where do we go as a country?". Guest: Dennis Kucinich. Former Congressmember (D-Ohio) and former Mayor of Cleveland.

Jeffrey Sachs: end Ukraine proxy war or face "armageddon"

October 09, 2022 18:01 - 48 minutes - 89.1 MB

Jeffrey Sachs joins The Grayzone's Aaron Maté and Max Blumenthal to discuss escalating nuclear rhetoric in Ukraine proxy war, the bombing of the Nord Stream pipelines, and why a diplomatic off-ramp is more urgent than ever. Sachs also addresses the investigation into the origins of Covid-19. Guest: Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University and President of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. He has also served as chair of the Lanc...

US, UK sabotaged peace deal because they 'don't care about Ukraine': fmr. NATO adviser

September 27, 2022 14:55 - 52 minutes - 96.8 MB

Former Swiss intelligence officer and NATO adviser Jacques Baud on the next phase of the Russia-Ukraine war and new allegations that the US and UK undermined a peace deal that could have ended it. The West's aim "is not the victory of Ukraine, It's the defeat of Russia," Baud says. "The problem is that nobody cares about Ukraine. We have just instrumentalized Ukraine for the purpose of US strategic interests -- not even European interests." Guest: Jacques Baud. Former intelligence office...

Grayzone challenges Guardian reporter over US state-funded Syria smears

July 19, 2022 14:46 - 31 minutes - 42.4 MB

Support Pushback: https://www.patreon.com/aaronmate A recent article in The Guardian parroted a US state-funded group's evidence-free allegations that The Grayzone’s Aaron Maté -- who has reported extensively on the OPCW’s Syria cover-up scandal -- is "the most prolific spreader of disinformation" about Syria among a "network" of "conspiracy theorists." Aaron called Guardian reporter Mark Townsend on the phone to ask him to substantiate these defamatory claims, and why he didn’t reach out b...

Grayzone challenges Guardian reporter on US state-funded Syria smears

July 19, 2022 14:46 - 31 minutes - 42.4 MB

Support Pushback: https://www.patreon.com/aaronmate A recent article in The Guardian parroted a US state-funded group's evidence-free allegations that The Grayzone’s Aaron Maté -- who has reported extensively on the OPCW’s Syria cover-up scandal -- is "the most prolific spreader of disinformation" about Syria among a "network" of "conspiracy theorists." Aaron called Guardian reporter Mark Townsend on the phone to ask him to substantiate these defamatory claims, and why he didn’t reach out b...

US intel officer targeted by John Bolton reacts to coup-plot confession

July 15, 2022 19:08 - 37 minutes - 40.8 MB

Support Pushback: https://www.patreon.com/aaronmate In a live interview with CNN, former senior US official John Bolton admitted that he has "helped plan coups d’etat" in a number of foreign countries, including Venezuela. Fulton Armstrong, a former senior US intelligence official, has a unique perspective on Bolton's coup confession. In 2002, Bolton unsuccessfully tried to have Armstrong removed from his post after the US intelligence community refused to back Bolton's allegations of an a...

NATO escalates the Ukraine proxy war (w/ Michael Tracey)

July 03, 2022 15:18 - 2 hours - 117 MB

The Grayzone's Aaron Maté and Max Blumenthal interview Michael Tracey live from Madrid, where NATO meets to plan a major escalation in the Ukraine proxy war and admit Sweden and Finland as members. Guest: Michael Tracey. https://mtracey.substack.com/ Support Pushback: https://www.patreon.com/aaronmate

Masongate: Exposing Paul Mason's spook plot to destroy The Grayzone

June 11, 2022 22:26 - 2 hours - 205 MB

In this live stream, Max Blumenthal and Aaron Mate discuss The Grayzone's report exposing UK journalist Paul Mason's collusion with a shady intelligence contractor to enlist the UK state in a plot to destroy this outlet and neutralize the British grassroots left. Support Pushback: https://www.patreon.com/aaronmate Read more: https://thegrayzone.com/2022/06/07/paul-masons-covert-intelligence-grayzone/

Dr. Gerald Horne on mass shootings at home, imperial violence abroad

June 02, 2022 23:20 - 1 hour - 164 MB

Historian and author Dr. Gerald Horne joins The Grayzone's Aaron Maté and Max Blumenthal for a live stream on the political and historical context behind the recent wave of mass shootings in the US; new revelations of the imperial plunder of Haiti; and the state of US hegemony amid a spiraling proxy war against Russia in Ukraine. Guest: Dr. Gerald Horne, Moores Professor of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston. Author of more than three dozen books, including "Th...

Russiagate trial reveals, DHS 'disinformation' board stalls, and Bernie's Ukraine proxy war cave

May 25, 2022 21:14 - 2 hours - 92.6 MB

In this livestream, former CIA officer and longtime antiwar activist Ray McGovern joins Aaron Mate and Max Blumenthal on new revelations of Hillary Clinton's direct involvement in Russiagate lies, the demise of DHS Minister of Truth Nina Jankowicz, how Bernie Sanders backed a giant giveaway to the arms industry in the form of Ukraine aid, and the latest on the Russian-Ukrainian war.

US pours billions into Ukraine proxy war while keeping public in the dark

May 13, 2022 17:05 - 41 minutes - 76.6 MB

The US House has approved another $40 billion for the proxy war in Ukraine, all while the realities on the ground are being concealed. Seth Harp, an investigative journalist and US Army veteran who recently reported from Ukraine, on the hidden realities of the dangerous conflict. Guest: Seth Harp. Journalist, contributing editor at Rolling Stone, and US Army veteran who served in Iraq. Support Pushback: https://www.patreon.com/aaronmate

US weapons, European supplicants block peace in Ukraine

April 21, 2022 20:24 - 42 minutes - 78 MB

As the Russia-Ukraine war opens a new phase in the Donbas, scholar Richard Sakwa on the absence of diplomacy; the Western media's veneration of Zelensky; the European Union's self-implosion over the war; and the crackdown on dissent in both Ukraine and Russia. Guest: Richard Sakwa. Professor of Russian and European politics at the University of Kent. His books include "Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands” and his latest, “Deception: Russiagate and the New Cold War." Support Pushba...

US, EU sacrificing Ukraine to 'weaken Russia': fmr. NATO adviser

April 12, 2022 15:37 - 40 minutes - 73.5 MB

As the Russia-Ukraine war enters a new phase, former Swiss intelligence officer, senior United Nations official, and NATO advisor Jacques Baud analyzes the conflict and argues that the US and its allies are exploiting Ukraine in a longstanding campaign to bleed its Russian neighbor. Guest: Jacques Baud. Former intelligence officer with the Swiss Strategic Intelligence Service who has served in a number of senior security and advisory positions at NATO, the United Nations, and with the Swi...

The battle for Ukraine, with ex-UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter

March 23, 2022 21:21 - 2 hours - 114 MB

Support Pushback: https://www.patreon.com/aaronmate The Grayzone's Max Blumenthal and Aaron Mate speak live with ex-UN weapons inspector and military expert Scott Ritter about the Russia-Ukraine war. Ritter provides a detailed analysis of the battlefield that stands in stark contrast to the rose-colored perspective of most Western analysts, and offers his perspective on the political follies that drove the conflict. Guest: Scott Ritter. Former UN Weapons Inspector and Marine Corps Intellige...

US fighting Russia 'to the last Ukrainian': veteran US diplomat

March 22, 2022 20:15 - 52 minutes - 96.2 MB

Support Pushback: https://www.patreon.com/aaronmate Chas Freeman, a retired senior US diplomat, analyzes Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the US role, and the geopolitical fallout. "Everything we are doing, rather than accelerate an end to the fighting and some compromise, seems to be aimed at prolonging the fighting," Freeman says. Guest: Chas Freeman. Veteran U.S. diplomat and public servant who has served in many senior positions, including as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Internation...

Former top Pentagon advisor Col. Doug Macgregor on Russia-Ukraine war

March 15, 2022 20:39 - 2 hours - 94.7 MB

Support Pushback at Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/aaronmate Former senior advisor the Secretary of Defense Col. Doug Macgregor joins Max Blumenthal and Aaron Maté for a live discussion of the Russia-Ukraine war and his time in the Trump administration when an Afghan withdrawal was sabotaged and conflict with Iran and Syria continued. Guest: Douglas Macgregor, retired US Army Colonel and former Pentagon senior advisor.

How US-backed Maidan coup, Russiagate led to war in Ukraine

March 13, 2022 15:31 - 35 minutes - 64.3 MB

Support Pushback at Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/aaronmate As the wife of key Russiagate figure George Papadopoulos, attorney Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos had a front-row seat to the Trump-Russia saga. Mangiante discusses the role of Russiagate in sabotaging diplomacy with Russia and fueling the post-2014 proxy war in Ukraine, as well her new documentary film, "Ukraine: The Everlasting Present." Guest: Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos. Attorney and former EU legal advisor. Join Aaron on ...

US-Russia conflict threatens economic havoc worldwide

March 11, 2022 18:18 - 39 minutes - 72.9 MB

Support Pushback at Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/aaronmate Russia has accused the US of waging 'economic war' as it faces crippling sanctions, the seizure of its foreign reserves, and an exodus of Western corporations. Ben Aris of bne IntelliNews discusses the economic consequences of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, inside Russia and around the world. Guest: Ben Aris. Founder and editor of bne IntelliNews. www.bne.eu

The Ukraine tragedy, from US-backed coup to Russian assault

March 10, 2022 18:39 - 47 minutes - 43.6 MB

After eight years of civil war in the Donbas triggered by the US-backed, far-right-led Maidan coup and fueled by US weapons, Ukraine is now under a catastrophic Russian assault. Scholar Nicolai Petro on the tragedy of Ukraine. Guest: Nicolai Petro. Professor of political science at the University of Rhode Island, editor of "Ukraine in Crisis," and the author of the forthcoming "The Tragedy of Ukraine." He is also a member of the board of the American Committee for U.S.-Russia Accord.

Rejecting NATO expansion, Putin recognizes forgotten Donbas civilians

February 23, 2022 14:27 - 42 minutes - 78.4 MB

Support Pushback at Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/aaronmate After weeks of US claims that a Russian invasion of Ukraine was imminent, Vladimir Putin instead recognized the breakaway republics of Luhansk and Donetsk. The decision has triggered a new round of US-led sanctions while bringing attention to rebel-held areas, where, according to UN figures on the Donbas war, 80% of civilian casualties have occurred since 2018. Professor Richard Sakwa analyzes the factors behind Putin's move, a...

Russian UN Ambassador on NATO-Ukraine escalation

February 15, 2022 02:24 - 1 hour - 176 MB

Aaron Maté and Max Blumenthal speak with Russia's Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations, Dmitri Polyanskiy, on escalated tensions on the Russian-Ukraine border, US accusations of an imminent Russian invasion, and the context missing from a US media that refuses to interview Russian officials. Guest: Dmitri Polyanskiy. Russia's Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations.

Biden's Yemen betrayal: US continues backing Saudi-led war

January 31, 2022 22:41 - 23 minutes - 43.8 MB

Support Pushback at Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/aaronmate As a 2020 candidate, Joe Biden vowed to "end the sale" of weapons to Saudi Arabia "murdering children" and other "innocent people" in Yemen. As president, Biden has continued US support for the Saudi-led war and pushed through new weapons sales. Last week, at least 90 Yemenis were killed in a Saudi attack using a Raytheon-made bomb. Shireen Al-Adeimi discusses Biden's Yemen betrayal and how Congressional opposition to the Saud...

From Ukraine to Yemen, US arms industry reaps the spoils of war

January 28, 2022 19:08 - 51 minutes - 94.7 MB

Support Pushback at Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/aaronmate The US is pouring more weapons into Ukraine amid bellicose threats against Russia and the US-backed Saudi war on Yemen continues to massacre civilians. But not everyone sees a downside: “I fully expect we’re going to see some benefit from it,” Raytheon CEO Greg Hayes said this week of these and other flashpoints. Andrew Cockburn, Washington editor of Harper’s Magazine and author of “The Spoils of War: Power, Profit and the Ameri...

US and UK escalate Russia war fever, but NATO splits over Ukraine emerge

January 24, 2022 17:28 - 45 minutes - 82.8 MB

Support Pushback at Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/aaronmate The US and UK are ramping up threats to Russia over Ukraine by sending more weapons, vowing more sanctions, and lodging evidence-free claims of a Russian plot to install a pro-Kremlin leader. But comments by Germany's navy chief that Russia "deserves respect" -- leading to his resignation -- underscore that not everyone is on board with Washington and London's war fever. Scholar and author Richard Sakwa discusses the latest in th...

Syria’s post-war recovery challenges US hegemony

January 21, 2022 19:37 - 44 minutes - 80.6 MB

Support Pushback at Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/aaronmate After defeating the US and its allies' decade-long dirty war, Syria is finding ways to rebuild under US military occupation and crippling sanctions/economic warfare. Author Tim Anderson discusses Syria's post-war recovery under sanctions and occupation; routine Israeli bombings and Russia's failure to stop them; Syria joining China's Belt and Road Initiative; and, in the wake of recent New York Times exposes on deadly US airstr...

US war lobby fuels conflict in Russia, Ukraine, and Syria: ex-Pentagon advisor

January 05, 2022 20:02 - 37 minutes - 68.1 MB

Support Pushback at Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/aaronmate Douglas Macgregor, a retired US Army Colonel and former Pentagon senior advisor, analyzes the US-Russia standoff in Ukraine; the aftermath of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan; Trump's failure to act on 2016 campaign anti-interventionist rhetoric, only to surround himself with neocons; and the ongoing, overlooked US military occupation of Syria after the decade-long CIA dirty war. "The Military Industrial Congressional Complex...

How the OPCW’s Syria probe censored science

December 14, 2021 19:58 - 45 minutes - 82.9 MB

Support Pushback at Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/aaronmate New reports explore how the OPCW suppressed findings that undermined US-led allegations of a chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria in April 2018. Dr. Piers Robinson and Aaron Maté discuss the latest revelations on how the OPCW censored science. Senior OPCW officials doctored the original report; erased the conclusions of expert toxicologists who ruled out chlorine gas as the cause of death; and thwarted the key investigate ar...

Biden keeps Trump's crushing sanctions yet blames Iran for nuclear impasse

December 08, 2021 16:46 - 45 minutes - 84.2 MB

At the Vienna talks on restoring the Iran nuclear deal, the US and EU are accusing Iran of refusing to compromise. Mohammad Marandi, a University of Tehran professor advising the Iran delegation in Vienna, says that the compromise was the nuclear deal itself, and the problem is the US refusal to abide by its own commitments and lift the sanctions that target Iranian civilians. Guest: Mohammad Marandi. Professor at the University of Tehran and adviser to the Iran delegation at talks on resto...

War in Ukraine? NATO expansion drives conflict with Russia

December 05, 2021 15:22 - 51 minutes - 94.7 MB

Russia is seeking a legally binding pledge that NATO will stop expanding east, including to Ukraine. If the US refuses, is war next? Scholar and author Richard Sakwa analyzes the growing Russia-Ukraine conflict and how Russiagate fueled it. Guest: Richard Sakwa. Professor of Russian and European politics at the University of Kent. His books include "Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands" and his latest, "Deception: Russiagate and the New Cold War." Support Pushback at Patreon: https:...

'Willing': Brian Jackson’s revolutionary music, from Gil Scott-Heron to today

November 28, 2021 15:12 - 1 hour - 124 MB

Brian Jackson, a keyboardist, flautist, singer, composer, and producer, put out a string of legendary albums with his music partner Gil Scott-Heron, in the 1970s. Jackson discusses the duo's prolific, influential run and some of their most famous songs, including "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised", "The Bottle", and "Winter in America." He also talks about current projects, including a new album on the label Jazz is Dead. Guest: Brian Jackson. Keyboardist, flautist, singer, composer, a...

War in Ethiopia fueled by Western propaganda

November 18, 2021 14:50 - 35 minutes - 66.2 MB

One year ago this month, a conflict broke out in Ethiopia when the TPLF -- the country's former ruling party -- attacked government forces in what it claimed was a preemptive strike. Thousands have been killed and millions have been displaced. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has accused the US of backing the TPLF to overthrow his government. Hermela Aregawi, an Ethiopian-American journalist of Tigrayan descent, argues that Western media has distorted the Ethiopian war in support of sanct...

Indictment of Steele dossier source humiliates its media, intel cheerleaders

November 15, 2021 16:13 - 42 minutes - 77.7 MB

Igor Danchenko, the main source for the Clinton-campaign funded Steele dossier, has been indicted for lying to the FBI. The indictment's revelations are humiliating for the influential political, media, and intelligence voices who promoted Steele as credible, and raise new questions about the FBI's handling of the Trump-Russia probe. Veteran journalist Barry Meier, author of "Spooked", and Aaron Maté discuss. Guest: Barry Meier. A veteran, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist. His latest book i...

Inside Puerto Rico's struggle against crippling austerity and Hurricane Maria's devastation

November 12, 2021 16:15 - 37 minutes - 68.2 MB

Support Pushback at Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/aaronmate In his new documentary "Drills of Liberation" (Simulacros de liberación), filmmaker Juan Carlos Dávila goes inside Puerto Rico's social movements as they resist crippling Washington-imposed austerity and provide life-saving mutual aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Guest: Juan Carlos Dávila. Journalist and documentary filmmaker whose new documentary is "Drills of Liberation" (Simulacros de liberación). https://twitter.com...

Fmr. CIA analyst on the hidden realities of Syria's war and new novel, 'Damascus Station'

November 09, 2021 15:51 - 1 hour - 148 MB

Support Pushback at Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/aaronmate As a CIA analyst, David McCloskey covered Syria from 2008 to 2014. He draws on his experience for his new spy thriller, "Damascus Station," set during the early years of the Syrian war. David McCloskey joins Aaron Maté to discuss "Damascus Station"; the early years of the Syrian war; the role of foreign powers including the US; the US decision to support the insurgency despite knowing that Al Qaeda and other Salafi jihadist grou...

CrowdStrike one of Russiagate's 'biggest culprits': ex-House investigator

October 28, 2021 18:10 - 42 minutes - 58.8 MB

Support Pushback at Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/aaronmate As a top investigator on the House Intelligence Committee, Kash Patel helped uncover the Clinton campaign's funding of the Steele dossier and the FBI's extensive and deceptive reliance on it. Patel joins Aaron Maté to discuss Steele's new attempt to defend his discredited work via a softball interview with ABC News. Patel also addresses the key role of newly indicted Clinton lawyer Michael Sussmann in hiring and overseeing ...

New book debunks widespread claim that Hunter Biden laptop was 'Russian disinformation'

October 17, 2021 20:09 - 34 minutes - 47.8 MB

Support Pushback at Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/aaronmate On the eve of the 2020 presidential election U.S. media outlets and social media platforms censored reporting on the contents of Hunter Biden's laptop, based on the evidence-free claim that the story was "Russian disinformation." In his new book "The Bidens: Inside the First Family’s 50-Year Rise to Power," Politico reporter Ben Schreckinger authenticates multiple emails from that laptop as part of a deep look at the Biden fami...

Humane: How Obama sanitized war and killed the US anti-war movement

October 15, 2021 23:04 - 43 minutes - 60.3 MB

In his new book "Humane: How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War," scholar Samuel Moyn argues that post-9/11 efforts to reform the conduct of US military operations have ultimately sanitized and prolonged the underlying illegal warfare. Moyn discusses the Obama administration's key role in sanitizing warfare and how it undermined the US anti-war movement. He also addresses criticism of how the legendary human rights attorney Michael Ratner factors into his book's arguments. ...

From Hunter’s laptop to 'Havana syndrome,' Russiagate disinformation hits new low

October 03, 2021 14:55 - 50 minutes - 92.3 MB

Support Pushback at Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/aaronmate Glenn Greenwald weighs in on a series of new embarrassments for the Russiagate disinformation campaign targeting the US public: Hunter Biden's laptop confirmed; Hillary Clinton's lawyer indicted; and 'Havana syndrome' debunked. Plus, the CIA's war on Julian Assange. Guest: Glenn Greenwald. Independent journalist who writes at https://greenwald.substack.com/.

Inside the CIA plot to kidnap, kill Julian Assange

September 30, 2021 20:03 - 40 minutes - 74.6 MB

As the Biden administration continues to seek the extradition of Julian Assange, new details have emerged about the Trump administration's secret war against Assange and his organization, Wikileaks. Michael Isikoff of Yahoo News discusses his team's explosive reporting on the CIA plot to surveil, kidnap, and even kill Assange -- all overseen by Michael Pompeo. Isikoff and Aaron Maté also debate Russia's role in the Assange controversy, particularly the allegation that Russia stole Democrati...

How the Taliban won the Afghan war

September 12, 2021 19:09 - 41 minutes - 57 MB

After being toppled in the war's early months, the Taliban managed to defeat the US military and return to power 20 years later. Author and scholar Antonio Giustozzi on how the Taliban beat the world's most powerful army and what the future holds under its rule. Guest: Antonio Giustozzi. Senior research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute and visiting professor at King’s College London. His books include "The Islamic State in Khorasan" and "The Taliban at War." Support Pushback at...

Marvin Gaye's biographer on 50 years of 'What's Going On'

September 10, 2021 22:08 - 59 minutes - 81.8 MB

Released 50 years ago, Marvin Gaye's album "What's Going On" remains just as relevant today. David Ritz, author of "Divided Soul: The Life of Marvin Gaye" and friend/collaborator of the late singer, on the lasting power of Gaye's 1971 timeless anti-war masterpiece. Guest: David Ritz. Author and songwriter whose many books include "Divided Soul: The Life of Marvin Gaye." Support Pushback at Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/aaronmate

Anti-war veterans explain how US lost Afghanistan while leaders lied, profited

August 22, 2021 16:42 - 56 minutes - 103 MB

Two US veterans, Matthew Hoh and Daniel Sjursen, explain how the war in Afghanistan was lost, Afghans suffered, and military contractors profited -- all while the American public was kept in the dark. Guests: Danny Sjursen. Retired US Army officer, senior fellow at the Center for International Policy. He served combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and later taught history at West Point. His latest book is "A True History of the United States." Matthew Hoh. Former Marine and State Departme...

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