Friday, December 14, 2018

The Scott Horton Show

8/8/17 Muhammad Sahimi on Saudi Arabia's crackdown on the local Shiite population

Professor of chemical engineering at USC Muhammad Sahimi returns to the show to discuss the latest Saudi crackdown on the local Shia population. Sahimi explains how Wahhabi clerics have ratcheted up tensions and violence against Saudi Shiites who face continual oppression from the Saudi government. Saudi hostility toward Shia in the region often receives attention, but now it’s time to pay more attention to how they treat their own people, Sahimi says, which includes mass torture and execution of dissidents. Sahimi explains that the reason we don’t hear about Saudi atrocities in the United States is because the Saudis are protected by the establishment in the United States and believes that the Saudis are exploiting its alliance with the U.S. and its fear of Iran to lobby the U.S. to fight Shias in the Middle East.
Muhammad Sahimi is the NIOC Chair in petroleum engineering at the University of Southern California and a contributor at and the Huffington Post.
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1/18/17 Carlos Miller talks about his website that reports police abuse, Photography is Not a Crime (PINAC)

Carlos Miller, founder and publisher of Photography is Not a Crime, discusses his 2007 arrest for photographing cops while working as a journalist, and why it prompted him to start the website; and how camera phones, social media, and brave activists have made the public much more aware of rampant cop violence – even though they are still mostly unaccountable for their crimes and violations of our rights.

9/18/2018 Patrick Cockburn on Basra Uprising

Patrick Cockburn is interviewed on the Basra protests and discontent that’s detailed in his article “The Major Uprising in Basra and Southern Iraq that the world should be worrying about in the Middle East right now“. Cockburn talks about the motivation of the Sunnis in the area to revolt, their living conditions, and how they’ve been cut out of the government. The protesters have burned government buildings, including the Iranian consulate, in their anger.

Patrick Cockburn is the Middle East correspondent for The Independent and the author of The Age of Jihad and Chaos & Caliphate.

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2/5/18 Mark Perry on Donald Trump’s new Nuclear Arms Plan

Reporter Mark Perry returns to the show to talk about his latest piece for the American Conservative Magazine on Donald Trump’s nuclear posture review, “Trump’s Nuke Plan Raising Alarms Among Military Brass.” According to Perry there’s considerable skepticism within the military about the new Trump plan. Perry then details the U.S.-Russia nuclear relations and the extreme danger of any kind of nuclear escalation. Finally Perry discusses what Trump could do to ameliorate the situation with Russia.

Mark Perry is the author of Talking to Terrorists: Why America Must Engage with its Enemies and The Most Dangerous Man in America: The Making of Douglas MacArthurHis most recent book, The Pentagon’s Wars was released in October. Follow him on Twitter @MarkPerryDC.

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10/2/17 Airwars’ Chris Woods on the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria

Airwars investigative reporter Chris Woods returns to the show to discuss his work documenting aerial strikes and casualties in Iraq, Syria, and now Libya. Woods explains Airwars’ method of documentation, discusses how Trump’s strategy compares to Obama’s, and breaks down the fight to free Mosul and Raqqa from ISIS and the overwhelming toll it has taken on the civilian populations.

Woods is the author of Sudden Justice: America’s Secret Drone Wars and the recipient of the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism. Follow him on Twitter @chrisjwoods.

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12/20/17 Eric Margolis on the history of NATO expansion towards Russia

Eric Margolis joins Scott to discuss his latest article, “Sorry, Chump, You Didn’t Have It In Writing” in which Margolis recalls the history of broken promises and lies made to Russia by NATO and the United States, and the subsequent increase in tension and near misses in Eastern Europe. Scott then asks Margolis: just how evil—and how ambitious—is Vladimir Putin? Margolis describes his visit in 1990 to the KGB headquarters and Putin-as-Russian-Pinochet, how U.S. corporate interests pillaged Russia after the fall of the wall, and how Vladimir Putin helped rebuild the country in the aftermath. Scott then transitions to Palestine and asks Margolis how he explains the Israel-Palestine conflict to people.

Eric Margolis is a foreign affairs correspondent and author of “War at the Top of the World” and “American Raj.” Follow him on Twitter @EricMargolis and visit his website,

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3/1/17 Daniel McCarthy on “Reviving Libertarianism” in a time of political transformation on the left and right

Daniel McCarthy, editor-at-large of The American Conservative, discusses the poor showing of libertarian politicians in 2016, despite Ron and Rand Paul’s national prominence and two strongly disliked presidential candidates in Clinton and Trump; and how “virtue libertarianism” can revive the American commitment to liberty, keep the left and right more intellectually honest, and provide a means to punish vice and reward virtue without getting the government involved.

5/16/18 Nasser Arrabyee on the latest developments in the U.S.-Saudi war in Yemen

Nasser Arrabyee returns to the show to discuss the most recent developments in the ongoing U.S.-Saudi war in Yemen. Arrabyee discusses the latest fighting along the coast of Hodeidah, the assassination of Houthi president Saleh al-Samad and its fallout, the UAE’s power grab to annex the island of Socotra, the presence of green berets in southern Yemen, and how the United States’ efforts have primarily helped Iran and al Qaeda.

Nasser Arrabyee is a Yemeni journalist based in Sana’a, Yemen. He is the owner and director of You can follow him on Twiiter @narrabyee.
This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage; and
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3/22/17 Patrick Cockburn on the ending of Syria’s civil war, with Assad still in power

Patrick Cockburn, Middle East correspondent for The Independent, discusses why the battle for Manbij could be the beginning of the end for ISIS, as Syrian Kurds backed by US air strikes and Syrian Army troops backed by Russian air strikes threaten to overwhelm Islamic State fighters. In the process, Turkey is unable to use proxy forces to battle the Kurds, in an attempt to prevent the formation of a Kurdish state.

3/22/17 Andy Worthington on keeping up the fight to close Guantanamo

Andy Worthington, author of The Guantanamo Files, discusses former Obama administration Guantanamo envoy Paul Lewis’s call on Donald Trump to close Guantanamo instead of adding new prisoners; and why existing federal prisons and courts are more than capable of incarcerating and trying terrorism suspects.

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