Progressive Commentary Hour

Progressive Commentary Hour – 05.24.16

May 24, 2016

Conchita Sarnoff is the executive director of the Alliance to Rescue Victims of Trafficking, a non profit organization based in Washington DC with a mission to increase political and public awareness about human trafficking and child sex trafficking in particular. A large part of the organization’s work is rescue girls between the ages of 6 and 12 in North America. She broke the story in 2010 about billionaire Jeffrey Epstein’s pedophilia ring. She has been a contributor to the Financial Times, Latin America Herald Tribune, the Huffington Post, Daily Beast and other publications and has appeared as a television commentator on NBC, Fox, ABC, Russia TV among others. Conchita graduated from Columbia University with a degree in political science and received additional credentials from the Harvard Business School. This month she published her book “Trafficking” – which takes a hard look at the underground of child sex trafficking and highlights the case of Jeffrey Epstein, a close confidante of Bill Clinton. Her websites are ConchitaSarnoff.com and ATRVT.org

Progressive Commentary Hour – 05.17.16

May 17, 2016

On the "Progressive Commentary Hour," Gary talks about the European Union and what will happen if the TIPP comes to exist. Here is the full video for you to enjoy: BREXIT - The Full Movie. BREXIT, the movie is a feature-length documentary film to inspire as many people as possible to vote to LEAVE the EU in the June 23rd referendum. Gary plays two great clips from Noam Chosky and Yanis Varoufakis. Here is the info and links for them: VIDEO: Noam Chomsky on why TIPP is not a trade agreement - "Highly protectionist" and "for the benefit of private powers" VIDEO: Yanis Varoufakis on Hillary Clinton - Ex-Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis had a few choice things to say about Hillary Clinton. Video from Business Insider. Lastly on today's show, Gary talks to the great Greg Palast. Here is a brief bio of Greg: Greg Palast is a journalist’s journalist whose news breaking stories and investigations have appeared on BBC, the Guardian, Al-Jazeera, now Rolling Stone and others. The Tribune in the UK has called Greg “the most important investigative journalist in our time.” Greg broke the stories of voter theft in Florida districts during the 2000 Bush-Gore election, BP’s corruption over the Deep Horizon catastrophe in the Gulf, the Bush administration’s secret pre-invasion plans to capture Iraq’s oil fields, and US’s attempted coups against Hugo Chavez. He has won many awards including the George Orwell award for Courage in Journalism. He holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago and authored several books including “Billionaires and Ballot Bandits” and “Armed Madhouse” and “Vulture’s Picnic." He is currently making a new full feature documentary – the Best Democracy Money Can Buy. You can read Greg’s reports at GregPalast.com

Progressive Commentary Hour – 05.10.16

May 10, 2016

On today's Progressive Commentary Hour, Gary spoke about these articles and spoke with Dr.Jim Garrison, The collapse of the middle-class job Sadistic capitalism: Six urgent matters for humanity in global crisis Gary went to his guest now and here is his bio: Dr. Jim Garrison is the founding President of Ubiquity University and the Wisdom School of Graduate Studies, an international school of higher education built upon innovative principles of whole brain and whole system learning. The university operates on four continents with partners in the EU, India, Mexico, South Africa, Russia, Vietnam and others. As the co-founder and President of the Gorbachev Foundation, Jim was instrumental in the founding of the State of the World Forum to lay a template for a more sustainable global civilization. In the late 80s he served as the executive director of the Esalen Institute Soviet-American Exchange, and founded the International Foreign Policy Association in collaboration with Secretary of State George Schultz and Georgian President Edward Shevardnadze. He is the author of “America as Empire: Global Leader or Rogue Power? and “Civilization and the Transformation of Power” Jim has graduate degrees in religion and theology from Harvard and Cambridge universities. His websites are WisdomUniversity.org and UbiquityUniversity.org This is article Jim Garrison spoke about: Democracies end when they are too democratic.

Progressive Commentary Hour – 05.03.16

May 3, 2016

Today on the "Progressive Commentary Hour," Gary plays a great Video/Audio clip. Listen or if you like, Click on the link below and watch it instead: VIDEO: How the FBI Sabotaged Black America DESCRIPTION: Documentary by Gil Noble on the intentional destruction of Black America by the FBI using infiltration, counter-intelligence programs and drugs. From Marcus Garvey to Paul Robeson to Martin Luther King to Malcolm X to Fred Hampton, to the Black Panthers to heroin and crack, the FBI has worked to destroy black people. Includes interview with Darthard Perry, Ex-informer for the FBI.

Progressive Commentary Hour – 04.26.16

April 26, 2016

Today on the "Progressive Commentary Hour" Gary continues his great series, Conversations With Remarkable Minds. Tonight from Australia we have John Pilger discussing "The rise of the world’s new ruling elite and the misery left in the wake of their climb to the top." First we played this You Tube clip of John from 2009 and then spoke to John for about 30 minutes: Here is John's bio and a link to the video. Enjoy. VIDEO: John Pilger - Obama & Empire BIO: John Pilger is one of the world’s most renowned investigative journalists and documentary filmmakers. Originally from Australia, John started his career with Reuters and the London Daily Mail, becoming its chief foreign correspondent and reporting from all over the world, notably Vietnam. He is the youngest journalist to receive the UK’s highest Journalist of the Year Award. He has reported on the civil rights movement in the US, marched to Washington following the assassination of Martin Luther King, reported from many war zones including Indonesia, Cambodia and the Middle East and conducted a 4 year investigation into the damage caused by the drug Thalidomide. John’s documentary films include coverage about the catastrophe in Cambodia, the genocide in East Timor, and several about the history of Australia and human rights abuses against Australia’s original Aboriginal population. His books have covered Iraq, Kosovo, and critiques of liberal media. Recently, one of John’s most important books -- “The New Rulers of the World” -- that exposes the underpinnings and motives of modern imperialism and the global economy has been updated and released. It is regarded by many as one of the most important investigations about postmodern power. John’s website is JohnPilger.com

Progressive Commentary Hour – 04.19.16

April 19, 2016

Gary spoke for the whole hour with the great Professor, William Robinson. Here is a bio on him: Prof William Robinson is Professor of Sociology at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is also the university’s faculty of Latin American Studies and in the Global and International Studies Program. He describes himself as a scholar-activist, who is deeply involved in American domestic and Third World struggles for social justice, popular empowerment of populations and participatory democracy and government. His areas of focus include globalization, transnationalism, political economics, immigration and a variety of sociological issues. William received his graduate degrees from the University of New Mexico, and has published eight books, his latest being “Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Humanity.” His website is SOC.UCSB.edu/Faculty/Robinson

Progressive Commentary Hour – 04.12.16

April 12, 2016

GUEST 1: Ellen Brown Ellen Brown is an economist and attorney in Los Angeles who is now the founder of the Public Banking Institute – a non profit economic venture to find viable, sustainable solutions to America’s banking crises by promoting people-owned state and community banks. Last year she ran as the Green Party candidate for California State’s Treasurer. Ellen has written extensively about the private financial cartels and the Federal Reserve. Her recent book, “The Public Bank Solution: From Austerity to Prosperity”, introduces a safe soluble public banking alternative to the credit-based system of the current big banks. Her writings also frequently appear on the website of the Center for Global Research, where she is a research associate. She is the host of the radio program Its Our Money, heard every Wednesday at 3 pm Eastern here on the Progressive Radio Network, and her website is WebOfDebt.com GUEST 2: Guy McPherson Dr. Guy McPherson is a professor emeritus of Natural Resources, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona. He has specialized in forest resources, energy decline and climate change and its economic consequences. In the past he has also taught at Texas A&M and University of California at Berkeley. Having become disillusioned with the American university environment and academia, and after attempts by university officials to silence his outspokenness about the human causes of climate change, Guy abandoned his tenured position as a full professor for ethical reasons of conscience. He is the author of several books, the latest entitled “Extinction Dialogs: How to Live with Death in Mind.” He is also the co-host with Mikey Silwa of the radio program Nature Bats Last heard every Tuesday afternoon at 3 pm Eastern time on the Progressive Radio Network. His website is GuyMcpherson.com

Progressive Commentary Hour – 03.29.16

March 29, 2016

Dr. Brian Hooker is an Associate Professor of Biology at Simpson University in California, and a senior consultant for ARES Corporation, specializing in environmental restoration design. As a bioengineer, Dr. Hooker spent 16 as a team leader for the Dept of Energy’s Genomes to Life Center for Molecular and Cellular Systems at its Pacific Northwest National Laboratory where he investigated gene-protein networks, cell signaling and cellular metabolic pathways. He is a prominent leader in the organization Focus Autism, which is investigating the scientific evidence for a vaccine-autism connection. Brian has a 16 year old son with autism and has been active in autism community for a decade. Over the years Brian has filed many FOIAs with federal health agencies and has received 1000s of pages of documents that support the need to question the efficacy and safety of vaccination. He has been a point independent researcher in the recent whistle blower case with Dr. Thompson from the CDC regarding vaccine dangers. His website is FocusAutism.org In the middle of Dr. Hooker's interview, Gary played Florida Congressman Bill Posey speaking on the House floor about a CDC whistle blower exposing deception at the CDC. This happened in July 2015. After the 5 minute clip, Dr.Hooker and Dr. Null spoke about Congressman Posey's speech. After the Dr. Hooker interview, Gary let everyone listen to Brian Deers, a journalist, who while walking into the General Medical Council hearings was confronted by parents with children who had Inflammatory Bowel Disease and told them they were wrong and basically crazy. Watch the whole film in the link from You Tube or just listen to the audio that we provided of the parents and Brian talk outside the General Medical Council hearings.

Progressive Commentary Hour – 03.22.16

March 22, 2016

Robert Parry is one of our leading progressive investigative journalists best known for his uncovering Iran-Contra story and Oliver North’s involvement which earned him the George Polk Award for National Reporting in 1984. He is currently the senior editor and writes for Consortium News. Bob has covered many important stories including breaking the first story about the Nicaragan contra-cocaine connection in 1985, right wing terrorism, the demise of American media, the Bush and Obama presidencies, the rise and influence of the Neocons and our wars overseas. In the past he has worked as a journalist for the Associated Press, Newsweek and PBS Frontline. He has written several books, his latest being “America’s Stolen Narrative: From Washington and Madison to Nixon, Reagan and the Bushes to Obama” His website is www.ConsortiumNews.com Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss is an American Haredi Rabbi, human rights and religious activist and the spokesperson for Neturei Karta (Net-oor-ay Car-tah) – also known as Orthodox Jews United Against Zionism -- in Brooklyn and Monsey New York. Neturei Karta is a Jewish group opposing the state of Israel and the Zionist agenda that pretends to be representative of the spiritual values in religious Judaism and the Torah. It was founded in Jerusalem in 1938 when a group of Orthodox rabbis refused to recognize the authority of what would later become the state of Israel. Rabbi Weiss is the son of Hungarian Jews; both of his grandparents died at the Auschwitz camp during the war. He is also a sharp critic of Jewish and Israeli efforts to use the Holocaust as a weapon to increase sympathy for political and economic advantage. He is highly respected within the Muslim and Palestinian communities for his efforts to advance interfaith dialogue between religions. The rabbi’s writings can be found on the Neturei Karta website at NKUSA.org Go inside the link for the great You Tube Clips Gary Null played.

Progressive Commentary Hour – 03.15.16

March 15, 2016

James and Joanne Moriarty were successful business persons living in Libya from 2007 until the overthrow and death of General Muammar Ghadafi in 2011. While in Libya, they developed and marketed an enzymatic product to rejuvenate oil wells and clean up sludge pits that earned $5 billion. They were in the midst of building a manufacturing facility when the revolution began. During the rioting and collapse of the Ghadafi government and the new rule of radical Islamic factions, the Moriarty’s and other foreigners attempting to leave on a rescue ship were captured and held by al-Qaeda type militias, then eventually released. The Tribes of Libya, a group opposed to the present divided regime in Libya, have recognized the Moriarty's as their spokesperson in the West. They have produced a video of their ordeal – Escape from Al-Qaeda, which includes evidence of the US and its allies planning of a forced coup well in advance. Their website is LibyanWarTheTruth.com
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