Will Grigg, author of Liberty in Eclipse,
discusses the popular fear that an all-powerful global Islamic
Caliphate is impending â€“ despite the fact nearly all Muslim countries
are controlled by U.S.-friendly authoritarian governments, the
displacement of ancient Christian communities during the U.S. occupation
of Iraq and the resemblance of Americaâ€™s increasing paranoia about
Muslims to German antipathy toward Jews in the interwar period.
MP3 here. (20:22)
Will Grigg writes the blog Pro Libertate, hosts the Pro Libertate Radio show on the Liberty News Radio Network and is the author of Liberty in Eclipse.
Reese Erlich, author of Conversations with Terrorists: Middle East Leaders on Politics, Violence, and Empire, discusses his firsthand account of Iranian street protests following the disputed 2009 election,
why the CIA will have trouble co-opting the agendas of Iranâ€™s
opposition political parties, the Western tendency to ignore the
existence of moderates and focus on the most radical element in Iran
(oscillating from the ayatollahs to the president) and how the 1953 coup
proves that U.S. policy is to install friendly regimes of any sort
while paying lip service to democratic government.
MP3 here. (14:24)
Reese Erlich is the author of The Iran Agenda: The Real Story of U.S. Policy and the Middle East Crisis, Target Iraq: What the News Media Didnâ€™t Tell You and Dateline Havana: The Real Story of U.S. Policy and the Future of Cuba. He also produced a one-hour public radio documentary, â€śThe Struggle for Iran.â€ť
In June 2009 he covered the elections in Iran, when an estimated one
million demonstrators marched through the streets of Iran. Previously,
Erlich had traveled to Iran with the actor Sean Penn. Erlichâ€™s photos
accompanied Pennâ€™s five-part series about the trip that appeared in the
San Francisco Chronicle and later in an A&E biography of Penn.
Erlichâ€™s career in journalism goes back more than 40 years, beginning at Ramparts,
a national, investigative reporting magazine published in San
Francisco, followed by a stint teaching journalism at Bay Area
universities for 10 years. He is a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and
produced acclaimed radio documentaries, which have aired
internationally, including â€śThe Russia Project,â€ť â€śReaching for Peace in
the Holy Landâ€ť and â€śLessons from Hiroshima 60 Years Later,â€ť all hosted
by Walter Cronkite, the legendary CBS news anchor. His documentary
â€śChildren of Warâ€ť was hosted by Charlayne Hunter Gault of NPR and PBS.
He reports regularly for a variety of radio networks, including NPR,
CBC, ABC (Australia), Radio Deutsche Welle, as well as KQED Radio News
and The California Report.
His newspaper articles have appeared in numerous papers in the United
States and around the world, including the Christian Science Monitor,
the San Francisco Chronicle, St. Petersburg Times, The New York Times
Syndicate, Dallas Morning News, and the Chicago Tribune.