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Gareth Porter – How Putin’s leverage shaped the Syrian ceasefire

When Russian President Vladimir Putin had a substantive meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry last week, it was an extremely rare departure from normal protocol.  There was some political logic to the meeting, however, because Putin and Kerry have clearly been the primary drivers of their respective governments’ policies toward Syria, and their negotiations have already led to …

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Gareth Porter – The sham Syrian peace conference

The sham peace conference in Vienna misleads the world about the lack of any realistic solution to the war I have always been enthusiastic in my support for peace negotiations, which have been neglected all too often in internal and international conflicts. But it is clear that the international conference on Syria that held its first meeting in Vienna on …

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Gareth Porter – Obama Buys False Iran Narrative

I’m glad that the United States and Iran reached an agreement in Vienna after nearly two years of negotiations and 35 years of enmity. A failure to do so under present political conditions would certainly have left a festering conflict with unpredictably bad consequences. And the successful negotiation of such a far-reaching agreement in which both sides made significant concessions …

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Smart Show (goharrison) with Cary Harrison – 07.20.15

Iran Deal: Manufactured Crisis
GARETH PORTER – Just back after two weeks in Vienna at the Iran talks, He is an investigative journalist and author of Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare.

Sandra Bland “Suicide” After Minor Traffic Stop
KERRY McLEAN – McLean is a human rights lawyer and activist with the International Lawyers Guild. Based in New York “The troubling, highly suspicious death of Sandra Bland is unfortunately all too familiar to African Americans.
Dan Berger – Berger is author of Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era.