Talk Nation Radio: Christopher Simpson and Kathy Kelly on Media, War, Peace, and Imperialism

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maxresdefaultChristopher Simpson is a professor of Journalism known internationally for his expertise in propaganda, democracy, and media theory and practice. He has won national awards for investigative reporting, historical writing, and literature. His books include Blowback, The Splendid Blond Beast, Science of Coercion, National Security Directives of the Reagan and Bush Administrations, Universities and Empire, Comfort Women Speak and War Crimes of the Deutsche Bank and Dresdner Bank. Simpson’s work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. His current teaching and research includes macro-social dynamics of communication technologies, impact of geographic information systems on democratic decision-making and some aspects of communication law.

kathyKathy Kelly has recently returned from Russia. She has made 20 trips to Afghanistan as an invited guest of the Afghan Peace Volunteers (APVs). She and her companions in Voices for Creative Nonviolence continually learn from the APVs perspective and actions. She has protested drone warfare by joining nonviolent civil resistance actions at U.S. military bases in Nevada, New York, Wisconsin, and Missouri. In 2015, for carrying a loaf of bread and a letter across the line at Missouri’s Whiteman AFB, Kelly served three months in federal prison. In 1988 she had been sentenced to one year in federal prison for planting corn on nuclear missile silo sites at Whiteman. She also spent three months in prison, in 2004, for crossing the line at Fort Benning’s military training school. As a war tax refuser, she has refused payment of all forms of federal income tax since 1980.

Simpson and Kelly will be speaking at No War 2016. See http://worldbeyondwar.org/nowar2016

Total run time: 29:00

Host: David Swanson.
Producer: David Swanson.
Music by Duke Ellington.

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  • paul

    Simpson says he’s not ashamed of his comments about Russia’s involvement in Syria and Ukraine, but he certainly should be, very very ashamed. The roles of Russia in those conflicts and the US are not comparable, nowhere near comparable. The US is dedicated to the business of stoking/starting wars, destroying countries, etc.. Ukriane and Syria are case studies, even if the US is working indirectly for the most part in those situations. Russia’s role has been as close to ‘just war’ as we have seen in our lifetimes. I do not trust Russia or Putin. In my view, their ultimate goal is to get a piece of the imperial pie, so to that extent I agree with Simpson’s larger point, but his awful wrongness as regards the specific cases of Syria and Ukraine isn’t just wrong. It’s something uglier than that.