Turkey, which over the last year could hardly be described as an incubator for civil liberties, has this past year been engulfed in political chaos. It’s reputation which it has tried hard to put forward as a secular, moderate gateway to the east from Europe, and a viable member of the EU, is almost completely in tatters. It currently holds the unpleasant title as the country with the most imprisoned journalists on the planet, it is ranked 154th in the press freedom index, and it has what can only be described as a selective historical memory when it comes to Armenians. This nation has over the past year been involved in what can only be described as a governmental crisis. This crisis, which stems from a corruption probe which has sunk its teeth into the heart of governmental power and authority has threatened various power brokers nation wide. This is an on-going and real tale of political intrigue within one of NATO’s most valued countries; including foreign backers, shoeboxes full of dollars and the constitutional limits of power which keep a leader in check.
Episode 2 of our “Alternative Voices” interview series, where we talk to people who give us a different perspective on all manner of topics.
Our guest this week is Norman Finkelstein, a scholar of the Israel/Palestine issue and the author of several books including The Holocaust Industry and This Time We Went Too Far: Truth & Consequences of the Gaza Invasion. We spoke with Norman about his unique family background, his battles with American academia and the future of the Palestinian people.
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Greg McInerney: Hi guys, this is Greg McInerney here for the MeltingPress.com, this is episode two of our Alternative Voices series. Today we’re joined by Norman Finkelstein who is a scholar of the Israel/Palestine Issue. Norman thanks so much for joining us today.
Kerry Blames Syrian Government for Stalled Peace Talks – The New York Times
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has pointed his finger firmly at President Assad’s regime and their largest ally, Russia, as the main obstacles to furthering current peace talks dubbed “Geneva 2”. More than 200,000 Syrians remain cut off from vitally necessary humanity assistance prompting the United Nations special envoy to the negotiations, Lakhdar Brahimi, to apologise to the Syrian people for the failure of the current peace talks to offer any sort of solution.
The United States and Ireland have apparently always maintained what political figures on both side of the Atlantic term in unison cliché, “a special relationship”. As with all clichés there is of course a remnant of validity. Ireland’s history of mass emigration to the United States has germinated a rich Irish-American culture that continues to this day and in reciprocation the United States represents the second largest tourist market to our own island. However the United States is far from monogamous in its bilateral love-ins. U.S. governments have always spoken of their special relationships with Britain and Israel amongst others and it is the company of these bedfellows that should lead us to wonder if it is in fact a relationship worth having.