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March 30th, 2015: - Listen | Download

Key points of a Bashar Assad interview. The Saudi-US Connection Against Yemen.

Featured Guest(s):
Stephen Gowans, Zafar Bangash

Stephen Gowans discusses the compelling points Assad makes regarding the US/Western governments' need for puppet/client states, which prohibits any partner relationship. Gowans and Phil Taylor also discuss the attacks against Yemen and why the attacks violate international law and the human rights of the Yemeni, especially the Houthi.

Zafar Bangash explains the history of Yemen's presidents, their connection to the US/Western power agenda, and the current crisis in Yemen. Saudi Arabia is in violation of the Security Council decision rejecting the Saudi resolution for military force against Yemen. This is a violation of international law, so why is the Saudi regime not being sanctioned?

March 2nd, 2015: - Listen | Download

What Canada knew about Libya. A Salute to the Equality of the Human Race. Ramsey Clark Reports on Recent Trip to Damascus and the US Directed Terrorism Across the Region.

Featured Guest(s):
Stephen Gowans, John Carlos, Ramsey Clark

Gowans refers to an article by David Pugliese who obtained Canadian intelligence documents about Libya. In 2011, Canadian intelligence services understood that Libya's opposition was dominated by fundamentalists and extremists, and that intervention would likely create chaos. The Canadian government chose to create chaos.

Learn the story of how Canada became "Al Qaeda's air force," as Gowans traces Canada's contribution to Libya's destruction. NATO hopes that Libya will serve as a 'lesson' for Syria: do what we say, or we'll keep the Al-Qaeda spigot turned on.

At the 1968 Olympic award ceremony, John Carlos and Tommie Smith each held up a fist with a black glove to indicate America's epic struggle against racism. They were supported by Peter Norman, a white Australian advocate for global human rights who won the silver medal and who heroically wore the Olympic Project for Human Rights (OPHR) badge during the award ceremony.

Carlos said that they were ready to give society a shock treatment. It was not just the moment of the the time, but the MOVEMENT of the time. It was an Olympic Project for human rights. It was a step for freedom for the generations to come.

Ramsey Clark is the Founder of the International Action Center (IAC), former US Attorney General, political analyst and human rights advocate. In his most recent visit to Damascus, Ramsey Clark found conditions there almost normal, despite fighting in the countryside, and was impressed that Syria maintains a stable government.

The struggle against violent intrusion from outside the country has a long way to go. Clark explains that the US-dominated West’s goal in the region is to weaken countries to the degree they can no longer govern themselves, and the people are left with the primitive struggle for survival, as happened with Libya and Iraq.


January 25th, 2015 : mp3 file not currently online

Why Syria's Assad is a persona nongrata in the West while Egypt's Sisi gets $1.3 billion in U.S. military aid annually.

Featured Guest(s):
Stephen Gowans

Political analyst Stephen Gowans discusses his recent article, "Puppets vs. antipuppets: Why Syria's Assad is a persona nongrata in the West while Egypt's Sisi gets $1.3 billion in U.S. military aid annually."

Gowans starts off describing the the American Sniper film as dreadful -- the politics that played out were reprehensible. They drove home the reality that it is the Chris Kyle type who are the terrorists, not the people who are defending their country from attacks.

A common definition of terrorism is that it is the unlawful use of violence for political ends, and thus indicts Sisi of Egypt, the U.S., Turkey and the Gulf Monarchies, which are arming terrorists to fight Syria.

The end game is: Those rulers who serve the moneyed interest are labeled as friends of the West and are not attacked, while those rulers who serve their own country are labeled as enemies and terrorists who must be taken out any which way.

Why Syria's Assad is a persona nongrata...

October 27th, 2014: - Listen | Download

America's Taste in "Moderates".

Featured Guest(s):
Stephen Gowans

Gowans clarifies that ISIS ideology is the same as the Saudi Wahhabi extremism, that these Arab terrorist groups are part of Al Qaeda and that the only thing that matters is meshing with the Western foreign policy objectives.

Based on a recent New York Times article by Eirc Lichtblau, Gowans reveals how the CIA and FBI payrolled at least a thousand "moderate" Nazis spies and informants during the Cold War the same way that the US now payrolls "murder for hire fanatical religious Saudi terrorists" and labels them as "moderates."

Washington's Moderates.

September 15th, 2014: - Listen | Download

Obama’s plans indicate the real goal is regime change in Syria. Baird Throwing Canadian Special Operations Regiment into a Bubbling Cesspit in Iraq.

Featured Guest(s):
Stephen Gowans, Scott Taylor

Gowans compares the shoddy rebuilding of Iraq to the huge Gulf State injections of cash to Iraq's ISIS enemies. U.S. 'trainers' for Iraq are really liasons to keep an eye on their weak client.

Meanwhile, U.S.-backed rebels degrade and destroy Syria, a country that is fighting ISIS. Why is it okay in U.S. parlance for 'moderate' Wahabi extremists to cut heads in Syria, but not American heads in Iraq?

Now, we witness U.S. media manufacturing consent for an attack on Syria by obfuscating who is doing the headchopping there. Hint: It's not the Syrian government.

Scott Taylor relies on his extensive experience in Iraq to counter Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird's committing military contingency to the Kurdish region in northern Iraq.

Baird explains that the Canadians are not familiar with the complexity of the conflicts or the tribes in Iraq, Kurdistan, eastern Turkey. They are not ready for the "trip wires" they will encounter. This is not a good guy vs bad guy situation. It is a prison knife fight under blackout conditions.

Baird is committing Canada to Pandora's Box from which the lid has long since been removed.

Pentagon Planning Points to Possible Anti-Syria US Military Campaign
Western Leaders Fear-Monger to Mobilize Support for Air-Strikes on Syria

September 1st, 2014: - Listen | Download

Labor Day -- Before and Now: From Internationalist Unity to Militarism. 'Anti-ISIS campaign' is a Trojan Horse to escalate the war against Syria.

Featured Guest(s):
Stephen Gowans

Phil Taylor and Phil Conlon discuss how the meaning and practice of Labour Day has been corrupted: Going from a celebration of internationalism of workers who saw themselves as part of humanity and anti-militarism to celebration of military air shows and a ritual of pretending to care about those who fell in the past.

Phil Conlon reads Joe Fiorito's satirical column, "It's time to end the celebration of death and kill the airshow."

Taylor also praises and summarizes Ishmael Reed's article "Bad Apples in Ferguson," which emphasizes police brutality is not just against blacks, but against a rainbow of minority colors, esp. Native Americans, Latinos and Muslims. Reed says that the statistics in polls should reflect this reality.

The U.S. is hyping ISIS as the greatest terror force imaginable, even though according to the FBI, "there are no credible threats to the U.S. homeland."

The ideology of the Caliphate derives from Qatar and Saudi Arabia. ISIS-style beheadings are an institution in Saudi Arabia.

Yet the Pentagon is discussing airstrikes on Syria instead of the medieval terror kingdoms that it supports in the Middle East.

Stephen Gowans also discusses the NATO buildup over Ukraine. NATO is constantly checking the windows and the doors of countries it doesn't own.

Don't expect the United States to adopt a consistent posture on sovereignty when it comes to Syria or Ukraine.

It’s time to end the celebration of death and kill the airshow. - by Joe Fiorito
Western Leaders Fear-Monger to Mobilize Support for Air-Strikes on Syria

July 28th, 2014: - Listen | Download

Gaza - Je me souviens (I remember). A Colonial War: The Israeli settler state against Arab dispossessed.

Featured Guest(s):
Robin Philpot, Stephen Gowans

Robin Philpot reports on-site from a Montreal protest against Israel's attack on Gaza. Phil and Robin discuss the positions of federal and provincial political parties on the attacks.

Many in Quebec oppose the occupation and support self-determination: they understand colonialism.

Phil also describes the diplomatic spat between Israel and Brazil, and the initiative for a new Freedom Flotilla.

Stephen Gowans of "What's Left" gives the background needed to understand the current Israeli siege against Gaza, including the unbalanced 1947 UN partition plan and the 1948 proclamation of Israel on four-fifths of Palestinian territory.

Gowans explains how Israel violated the last ceasefire agreement and then blamed Hamas. He highlights the goals of the Palestinian majority, and discusses his latest article, "White House Says Obama Culpable in Gaza Massacre."

Gowans uses irony to show that Obama is actually guilty of what he (without evidence) accuses Putin -providing weapons to the side doing the slaughtering."


May 12th, 2014: - Listen | Download

The Hashtag Hunt for the Girls in Nigeria. U.S. policy on Ukraine - Follow the Money.

Featured Guest(s):
Glen Ford, Stephen Gowans

What is American power going to do to save these children? We've heard this question before. It should raise caution flags. Black Agenda Report executive editor Glen Ford discusses this latest white man's burden. He critiques Margaret Kimberley's article on Black Agenda Report, "Freedom Rider: How Not To Bring Back Our Girls." He goes on to discuss Paul Kagame's ongoing aggression in Congo and abroad, and the nature of AFRICOM's expansion relative to China's growing trade presence in Africa.

Glen Ford gives a summary of what AFRICOM today really is. He explains that the US is not establishing its own military bases but is blending in with the military of African countries. The objective is to have the African military bases function as US military bases without actually BEING US military bases.

It seems like ancient history, but in November, all hell broke loose when the elected President of Ukraine, Victor Yanukovitch, chose to defer an EU trade agreement. Writer Stephen Gowans, from "What's Left," explains what it was about Yanukovitch's government that offended Wall Street.

US Policy on Ukraine; Follow the Money

January 27th, 2014: - Listen | Download

Former Rwandan PM: The West Covers for the Crimes of Kagame. Gowans debunks latest lies about Syria

Featured Guest(s):
Faustin Twagiramungu, Stephen Gowans

Faustin Twagiramungu, former Prime Minister of Rwanda says the West provides cover for the crimes of Paul Kagame. The ex-PM also draws on personal knowledge to expose the flawed story of the "Dallaire fax".

Phil interviewed Stephen Gowans of "What's Left," who debunked the latest Western and Qatari claims of “industrial torture” allegedly by the Syrian government in the form of 11,000 photos. The situation in the Ukraine was touched on briefly.

Ukraine and How the West Treats Comparable Events in Satellite and Non-Satellite Countries Differently

January 6th, 2014: - Listen | Download

The Assassination of Col. Karegeya. Myths about the Soviet Union

Featured Guest(s):
Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa, Stephen Gowans

Former Rwandan intelligence chief Col. Patrick Karegeya was apparently strangled to death in a hotel room in Johannesburg on New Years' Eve. Colonel Karegeya, a refugee in South Africa, had condemned the authoritarian regime of Paul Kagame. Other prominent critics of Kagame have been killed in recent years. Phil speaks with Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa, who was a close colleague of Karegeya.

In Western media, it is commonly claimed that the Soviet Union didn't prove out, that it was inferior, and people are much happier now. But that's not really the case. Stephen Gowans dissects several myths about the Soviet Union, and he's not afraid to take on other issues as well: why is it now acceptable to celebrate Nelson Mandela, but not Robert Mugabe?

Seven Myths about the USSR

November 18th, 2013: - Listen | Download

Learning new ideas at Beit Zatoun: Humanizing the Palestinian experience. From Russell Brand to Brand Socialism.

Featured Guest(s):
Robert Masoud, Stephen Gowans

Beit Zatoun has been voted as the best place to learn new ideas in Toronto. Founder and director Robert Masoud discusses the award. Beit Zatoun has hosted over 500 events in the four years since opening.

Brand's one-day stint as editor of the New Statesman left a lot of people unsatisfied. Stephen Gowans argues that the purpose of articles in the 'revolution' issue was to criticize actual revolutions.

It seems as if a number of commentators preferred to define legitimate parameters for dissent, despite their own radical gloss. Gowans addresses Oliver Stone's critique of historical communist leaderships. Existing revolutions aren't good enough for Oliver Stone, but somehow Barack Obama is.

Beit Zatoun House
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised…Nor Will It Be Brought To You By Russell Brand, Oliver Stone Or Noam Chomsky

October 28th, 2013: - Listen | Download

Selective Focus on Syria: Analysis changes once you cross the border.

Featured Guest(s):
Stephen Gowans

There is a remarkable parallel between the violence in Iraq's Anbar province, and what has been going on in Syria. But Western reporting on the violence in Iraq is much more subdued.

Why does our media present removing the President as the solution to Syria's problems, but not Iraq's problems?

And is the Western left capable of producing a narrative of Syria independent of the corporate media? Right now, the left's nose is pointed where our owning class tells it to look. The media decides what's important, and today it's the "madman" and the "brutal dictator" in Syria. You are advised not to look behind the curtain in Iraq.

You can see a similar dynamic at work in Ethiopia and Zimbabwe.

On the Iraq-Syria Border, 'Terrorists' and a Prime Minister on One Side, 'Rebels' and a 'Brutal Dictator' on the Other

September 16th, 2013: - Listen | Download

Yves Engler on Canada and Syria. Counter-Questions on Syria from Stephen Gowans

Featured Guest(s):
Yves Engler, Stephen Gowans

Yves Engler joins the program to explain Canada's "special role" in the world, in this case, the assault on Syria. Once again, our government is a sad appendage of Empire, condemning the official enemies while staying out of major combat operations.

Yves describes the anti-Syria meeting in Jordan our military officers participated in, which they hoped nobody would notice. Meanwhile, our government is funding and co-ordinating illegal insurgent forces. It hides them from the terror list. Why? And why is our intrusive government unable to prevent fundamentalist militants from going into Syria in higher numbers than any other country?

Yves also comments on Canadian use of chemical weapons.

President Obama overstepped, and tried to mislead his audience as to what the rights and duties of a state are. Stephen Gowans explains that the talk about "international norms" is designed to distract us from "international law:" Syria hasn't violated any international law, whereas the proposed attack on Syria is such a violation.

Obama is making up the rules on the spot, and anointing himself as a world emperor. The U.S. even has a 'special status' on chemical weapons. You're supposed to be a good citizen and not ask questions about this.

Putin has presented a problem for editorial writers in the West: By stating that 'exceptionalism' is dangerous, and that all nations are "equal in the eyes of God," how do the presstitutes counter that?


August 26th, 2013: - Listen | Download

Taking Apart the Empire's Case on Syria

Featured Guest(s):
Stephen Gowans

Phil Taylor introduces the program by expressing what is wrong with the Anglosphere's approach towards Syria: everything has turned into a cowboy movie.

Prolific commentator Stephen Gowans takes apart NATO's case on Syria's WMD. Syria is being asked to prove a negative. Gowans investigates the legality of chemical weapons' use, and asks why we accept a narrative that says some weapons are bad, and other highly destructive weapons are ok.


August 12th, 2013: - Listen | Download

Class and Elections in Zimbabwe

Featured Guest(s):
Stephen Gowans

Stephen Gowans has analysed the recent elections in Zimbabwe. We in the West look at Zimbabwe through the prism of our own experience. In our elections, we select from a group of parties that fundamentally agree on how power is divided. The modest differences between our political parties help establish the parameters of political discussion.

In Zimbabwe, the two major parties represent different class interests. The country cannot alternate between the two without experiencing substantial changes in political economy. The elections in Zimbabwe, therefore, are far more contested, and involve social movements.

ZANU-PF is tied to the fabric of post-British rule in Zimbabwe, and remains committed to its original mission.

Class and Elections in Zimbabwe by Stephen Gowans

July 15th, 2013: - Listen | Download

Trayvon Travesty; Technocrats' Train Terror Torches Town. Syria on the Frontline.

Featured Guest(s):
Glen Ford, Stephen Gowans

Glen Ford from Black Agenda Report is today's featured guest. But first, Phil Conlon comments on the destruction of a small Quebec town by an undermanned locomotive. "Railways just love every new computer system," everything capital intensive, everything that involves less and less workers until the day they can have no more workers.

The train was on a 5 MPH speed restriction - they couldn't trust the track. When the infrastructure fails, and there's no workers, there's no fallback.

Glen Ford returns to the program to discuss the Trayvon Martin affair. This is an important moment in history. "It is well known the that the U.S. is a surveilliance state and an incarceration state." Black people have always known this. Once a white person can convince a jury that they were acting "reasonably," then the case against them disappears.

Zimmerman's profiling and stalking of Trayvon Martin was "reasonable conduct" to police. The onus is on the profiled one, and not the white vigilante. In the trial, the police acted as defense witnesses, rather than prosecution. They recognized a kindred spirit.

In a jury of one's peers, how is it that six white women ended up as a jury of "peers?" Ford explains the decline of Affirmative Action and the rise of a racist subjectivity.

Now that so many Syrian rebels have discredited themselves, their foreign sympathizers have attempted to discover a secular, democratic component.

But there are too many reports of Al Qaeda activity in the Fee Syrian Army.

The whole discussion of democracy rests on the "Arab Spring." Yet, money from Qatar has been flowing into elections to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and other countries since the initial outbreak in Tunisia. If the 1% dominate U.S. elections, can they not do so in other countries?

The Muslim Brotherhood has been organizing riots in Syria since 1964, long before history began for the Americans in 2011.

June 17th, 2013: - Listen | Download

Syria, WMDs, and stopping terror - Here we go again. NATO Maneuvers and Countries of Clay

Featured Guest(s):
Stephen Gowans, Rick Rozoff

Stephen Gowans addresses the question of chemical weapons - "The evidence does not tell us how and when the individuals were exposed, or who was responsible." We've started with the premise that Assad did it, and now just need to fit the evidence to the crime.

Real experts are needed to make judgements - the White House itself referred to a broken "chain of custody" in the samples. But we need the head-barbequing, organ-eating fanatics to win, so it's time to gear up the lie machine.

Guess who is eating up the lies? The media, of course. But you have brains. Carla Del Ponte already talked about the rebel use of chemicals. Put it together.

Too bad we don't have a Parliament. We do have a police state.

The New Sykes-Picot

The carving-up of the old Ottoman Empire continues 100 years later. Iraq exists as an entity on a map, but it is already de-facto at least two. We know why. NATO is moving its regional headquarters from Greece to Turkey, consolidating two military commands.

In Jordan, NATO is leaving behind a bevy of troops and missiles for later unspecified use. Ideas of sovereignty and states are becoming almost mythical in that region. Whole countries are treated like clay.

While NATO gobbles up Eastern Europe, it is moving into the Middle East, and recruiting "aspiring" countries from the former USSR to South America. Any obscure conflict involving the Dniester area could bring NATO into a European war.

The finger is on the button to launch strikes on Syria. It can happen at any time. The largest conflict since the second world war is looming into view.

April 8th, 2013: - Listen | Download

Kenya and Rwanda's Past, Korea's Present

Featured Guest(s):
J.J. Hespeler-Boultbee, Marie Rose Habyarimana, Stephen Gowans

J.J. Hespeler-Boultbee on his new book, "Mrs. Queen's Chump," about British atrocities during the suppression of the Mau Mau in Kenya.

Marie Rose Habyarimana, the daughter of Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana. The assassination of Habyarimana was a trigger for the events of 1994 in Rwanda.

Stephen Gowans on the latest escalation in the Korea crisis, and the Wall Street Journal's interesting report.

March 18th, 2013: - Listen | Download

North Korea crisis, Kenya elections

Featured Guest(s):
John Philpot, Stephen Gowans

Elections occurred recently in Kenya, in which the U.S. and Canadian governments took a rather keen interest. John Philpot explains.

Later in the program, Stephen Gowans discusses his new article about the North Korean crisis.

November 19th, 2012: - Listen | Download

David Heap condemns Israeli bombing of Gaza. Stephen Gowans: false narrative precedes western aggression in mid-east.

Featured Guest(s):
David Heap, Stephen Gowans


September 10th, 2012: - Listen | Download

Gloria La Riva discusses the importance of the Sept. 21-23 Toronto Conference to Free the Cuban Five. Publisher/activist Robin Philpot links student struggle to PQ election victory. Stephen Gowans on Canadian government’s hypocrisy on Iran.

Featured Guest(s):
Gloria La Riva, Robin Philpot, Stephen Gowans

July 30th, 2012: - Listen | Download

Why do some "progressives" support US against Syria?

Featured Guest(s):
Stephen Gowans

May 21st, 2012: - Listen | Download

Yves Engler on the demonstrations in Montreal. Stephen Gowans makes the case against NATO.

Featured Guest(s):
Yves Engler, Stephen Gowans

February 6th, 2012: - Listen | Download

Yves Engler: Lester Pearson gave his all to NATO. Stephen Gowans: the U.S. military writes its own ticket.

Featured Guest(s):
Yves Engler, Stephen Gowans


December 19th, 2011: - Listen | Download

Thomas Mountain: Western powers sanction Eritrea, protect criminal regime in Ethiopia. Stephen Gowans: the U.S. and South Korean governments are dangerous and provocative.

Featured Guest(s):
Thomas Mountain, Stephen Gowans

August 22nd, 2011: - Listen | Download

Journalist/activist Mohammed Fares Al Majdalawi reports on Israel's bombing of Gaza. Stephen Gowans: NATO takes over the attack on Gaddafi.

Featured Guest(s):
Mohammed Fares Al Majdalawi, Stephen Gowans

July 25th, 2011: - Listen | Download

Cynthia Hess-von Kruedener, widow of Canadian officer killed in Lebanon by Israeli bomb in July 2006. Stephen Gowans: analysis of events in Norway and Libya.

Featured Guest(s):
Cynthia Hess-von Kruedener, Stephen Gowans

May 23rd, 2011: - Listen | Download

Diana Johnstone: Strauss-Kahn was not an IMF good-guy; Nato bombs Libya with impunity. Stephen Gowans: war more likely than peace in Mid-East.

Featured Guest(s):
Diana Johnstone, Stephen Gowans

March 7th, 2011: - Listen | Download

Stephen Gowans on NATOs Libya caper. Keith Bolender on the Carriles trial in El Paso.

Featured Guest(s):
Stephen Gowans, Keith Bolender

December 27th, 2010: - Listen | Download

Stephen Gowans on Sudan, Ivory Coast and the Korea crisis.

Featured Guest(s):
Stephen Gowans

December 6th, 2010: - Listen | Download

Linda McQuaig on the trouble with billionaires. Stephen Gowans on the origins of the Korea crisis.

Featured Guest(s):
Linda McQuaig, Stephen Gowans

April 19th, 2010: - Listen | Download

Featured Guest(s):
David Hoile, Stephen Gowans

November 30th, 2009: - Listen | Download

Featured Guest(s):
Stephen Gowans


August 10th, 2009 : mp3 file not currently online

Featured Guest(s):
Tom Power, Stephen Gowans

Tom Power gives us an update on the Cuban Five, imprisoned in the US for 11 years. Stephen Gowans speaks about U.S. journalists who broke North Korean law.


July 7th, 2008: - Listen | Download

Featured Guest(s):
Stephen Gowans


April 14th, 2008: - Listen | Download

Featured Guest(s):
Stephen Gowans, Zafar Bangash

Articles of Stephen Gowans
Muslimedia International

January 21st, 2008: - Listen | Download

Featured Guest(s):
Peter Robinson, Stephen Gowans

Peter Robinson's Home Page
Articles of Stephen Gowans

May 28th, 2007: - Listen | Download

Featured Guest(s):
Cynthia McKinney, Stephen Gowans, Caldwell Taylor

Cynthia McKinney, former U.S. Congresswoman from Georgia, talks about the economic and political interests of the U.S. that engineered the catastrophy in Rwanda. We also speak with Stephen Gowans about how pro-democracy NGOs are often instruments of U.S. policies. Caldwell Taylor announced the conference on Caribbean literature.

Cynthia McKinney's Website

March 26th, 2007: - Listen | Download

Featured Guest(s):
David Barsamian, Stephen Gowans

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What's Really Going On in Zimbabwe: Mugabe Gets the Milosevic Treatment - By Stephen Gowans

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