Parallax Views w/ J.G. Michael
Fake News, QAnon, and… UFOs? w/ Adam Gorightly and David Perkins

Fake News, QAnon, and… UFOs? w/ Adam Gorightly and David Perkins

March 26, 2021

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On this edition of Parallax Views, fake news and the rise of conspiracy theories like QAnon have become political hot-takes since the 2016 election of President Donald Trump and events like the January 6th, 2021 "Stop the Steal" riots on Capitol Hill. But disinformation and conspiracy theories that stretch far beyond the limits of credulity didn't begin in the 21st century. Case in point with the strange case of UFO hobbyist Paul Bennewitz. and what has become know to UFO enthusiasts as "The Bennewitz Affair". It's a story that doesn't necessarily point towards beings from another world, but rather the mix of deliberate disinformation on one hand and flat-out kookery on the other hand that may play a role in phenomena of Pizzagate and QAnon.

Adam Gorightly, author Saucers, Spooks, and Kooks: UFO Disinformation in the Age of Aquarius, and David Perkins, who wrote the forward to said book, join us on this edition of the program join us to unravel how disinformation campaign involving a special agent of United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) and others participated in a disinformation campaign against Bennewitz after the enthusiastic UFO hobbyist began attracting unwanted attention to Kirtland Air Force Base.

The saga of Paul Bennewitz, as you'll learn in this conversation, ended in tragedy. More precisely, Bennewitz was driven off a psychological cliff into madness that culminated in instiutionalization. But the story doesn't end there. As it turns out the fanciful stories fed to Bennewitz about malevolent extraterrestrial, government deals with an alien presence and it's cover-up, an underground base at Dulce, New Mexico, and more formed the foundation of modern UFO mythology, from cattle mutilations to Area 51, in its most conspiratorially-minded form (which, incidentally, often overlap a great deal with far-right wing "Patriot" and militia movements). Regardless of whether one believes in UFOs or not, what makes the Bennewitz Affair and the late 20th UFO Conspiracy subculture potentially interesting today is what it may be able to tell us about disinformation and the current crop of conspiracy theories like QAnon in the 21st century. All that and more on this edition of Parallax Views!

Scottish Independence w/ Kairin Van Sweeden

Scottish Independence w/ Kairin Van Sweeden

March 23, 2021

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On this edition of Parallax Views, Kairin Van Sweeden, a member of the Scottish National Party, joins us to discuss the Scottish Independence Movement and the arguments for it. Scottish elections will take place on May 1, 2021. What will it mean if more members of the SNP are elected? Find out on this edition of Parallax Views.

In the course of our conversation we'll also be discussing the relationship between Scotland and England, the power of Westminster, neoliberalism, Modern Monetary Theory (MMT), Brexit, the legacy of Margaret Thatcher and her declaration that "There Is No Society, Only Individuals", what Scottish Independence would mean for infrastructure development and use of its resources, Irish re-unification, support for Scottish independence by demographic, and much, much more!

An Overview of U.S-Iran Relations Past and Present w/ Dr. Assal Rad

An Overview of U.S-Iran Relations Past and Present w/ Dr. Assal Rad

March 21, 2021

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On this edition of Parallax Views, U.S.-Iran relations have been fraught with tensions over the course of many years. he JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), or Iran nuclear deal, initiated during the Obama, however, seemed to mark a turning point towards potentially better diplomatic relations between the two countries. That all changed when Donald J. Trump took the White House in 2016 and effectively withdrew the U.S. from the deal. With the transition to a new administration with President Joe Biden many who supported the JPCOA had high hopes for the U.S. reentering the deal and U.S.-Iran relations improving. These hopes were buttressed by the fact that Biden, when he was on the campaign trail, was very critical of Donald Trump's handling of U.S.-Iran relations. However, those hopes have been diminishing in the time since Biden has transitioned from Candidate to Commander-in-Chief and continued some of the Trump era "maximum pressure" policies on Iran.

Joining us to discuss U.S-Iran relations and the potential for a more diplomatic approach to them is Dr. Assal Rad of the National Iranian American Council. Dr. Rad recently co-authored, alongside Negar Mortazavi, a piece for Foreign Policy entitled "President Biden Must Follow the Advice of Candidate Biden on Iran".

In addition to discussing some of the point made in said article, Dr. Rad offers an overview of U.S.-Iran relations in the 20th and 21st century including the Iran hostage crisis, the U.S.-backed coup of Iran's democratically elected President Mossadegh in 1953, U.S.-Iran relations during the Bush-era War on Terror, the Obama years and the JCPOA, and much, much more. We also discuss the nature of diplomacy, why it is important to apply pressure to U.S. elected officials on the matter of fostering more diplomatic relations with Iran, the effect of U.S. sanctions on Iran, Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner's recent praise of Biden's approach to Iran so far, the potential of war, and much, much more in this wide-ranging conversation.

Robert Kagan and American Empire w/ Robbie Martin

Robert Kagan and American Empire w/ Robbie Martin

March 19, 2021

On this edition of Parallax Views,  recently the influential neoconservative thinker Robert Kagan penned an op-ed entitled "A Superpower, Like It Or Not: Why America Must Accept Their Global Role" for the Council on Foreign Relation's Foreign Affairs publication. In it Kagan not only expresses his view that the U.S. must continue it's interventions and wars abroad, but also large portions of the American populace not accepting their country's "Global Role".

Robbie Martin of Media Roots Radio, whose documentary A Very Heavy Agenda dealt in large part with Kagan and the neoconservative agenda, joins us to critique Kagan's latest op-ed.

JFK vs. Allen Dulles: Battleground Indonesia w/ Greg Poulgrain

JFK vs. Allen Dulles: Battleground Indonesia w/ Greg Poulgrain

March 18, 2021

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On this edition of Parallax Views, the ouster of Indonesia's first President Sukarno in and Indonesia's transition to his successor Suharto's "New Order", a regime that murdered millions in the name of anti-communism, in the 1960s remains mired in mystery and controversy. The events that transpired on October 1st, 1965, which involved the assassination of six Indonesian Army generals by the 30 September Movement, have proven murky and enigmatic. The Indonesian mass killings of 1965-66 that followed were a horror show.

Who were all the players involved in and beneficiaries what ultimately became a coup against President Sukarno that allowed Suharto to take control of Jakarta and exercise a reign of terror against millions of Indonesian? What exactly transpired in the early hours of October 1st, 1965? What to make of potential U.S., specifically CIA, support of Sukarno's ouster?

Questions like these have fascinated previous guests that have appeared on Parallax Views. Specifically, Prof. Peter Dale Scott, author of the long-form poem Coming to Jakarta, and journalist Vincent Bevins, author of The Jakarta Method, have both appeared on the program to discuss this haunting story.

Now, Greg Poulgrain, Brisbane, Australia-based lecturer at the University of the Sunshine Coast, joins us to discuss this chilling case. Poulgrain has written a number of books related to this period in Indonesian history and U.S. foreign policy's relation to it including The Genesis of Konfrontasi: Malaysia, Brunei, and Indonesia, 1945-1965 and The Incubus of Intervention: Conflicting Indonesia Strategies of John F. Kennedy and Allen Dulles. Poulgrain has continued his exploration of this period with his latest book JFK vs. Allen Dulles: Battleground Indonesia. He joins us on this edition of the program to discuss this latest work and to illuminate the shadows that lurk within the story of Sukarno's ouster and Indonesia's transition to Suharto's "New Order". It's a story that involves CIA spymaster Allen Dulles and President John F. Kennedy, the Rockefeller dynasty's Standard Oil Company, the international intrigue of geopolitics, the Cold War and the Sino-Soviet split, Freeport mining and a discovery of gold that remained a secret to many for years, and much, much more.

Point of Reckoning: The Fight for Racial Justice at Duke University w/ Theodore D. Segal

Point of Reckoning: The Fight for Racial Justice at Duke University w/ Theodore D. Segal

March 16, 2021

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On this edition of Parallax Views, we explore the history of racial justice struggles at Duke University. Much has been made of Duke alums Richard Spencer, a founding purveyor of the alt right, and Stephen Miller, a former advisor for President Donald Trump, but Duke's relationship with race and racism is a longstanding one. In fact, Duke was the cite of protests in the Civil Rights era culminating in the takeover of the Allan Building by black students of Duke's Afro American Society. Theodore Segal, lawyer and member of the board of directors for the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, joins us to discuss the stories history of racial integration, racism and segregation, and the fight for racial justice at this well-known Southern university out of North Carolina. Ted's new book on the subject is Point of Reckoning: The Fight for Racial Justice at Duke University. Among the topics discussed are the experiences of the first black students at Duke University, the Afro American Society, the "Silent Vigil" after the death of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the 1969 takeover of the Allen Building along with much, much more!

Esotericism, the Nation of Islam, and the African American Religious Experience w/ Dr. Stephen C. Finley

Esotericism, the Nation of Islam, and the African American Religious Experience w/ Dr. Stephen C. Finley

March 13, 2021

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On this edition of Parallax Views, the Nation of Islam has often been analyzed as a political movement with the trappings of a religion. Dr. Stephen C. Finley, however, has been taking a decidedly different approach to understanding the NoI. Namely, he's sought to analyze the Nation of Islam as a religion with ties to New Age thought, UFO beliefs, Freemasonry, and other elements of the Western Esoteric Tradition. Needless to say, this approach departs from both the conventional histories of the Nation of Islam as well as the Western Esoteric Tradition. Dr. Finley joins us on this edition of the program to discuss his fascinating research into the Nation of Islam.

Among the topics discussed:

- The mysterious Master Fard Muhammad aka Wallace Fard Muhammad
- Elijah Muhammad's formative experiences with racism and how it may relate to the theology of the Nation of Islam
- Louis Farrakhan, the reconstituted Nation of Islam, and UFO beliefs
- Theological narratives as a metaphor for the lived experience of everyday life (in this case of black bodies)
- Discussion of  esotericism in the black religious experience outside of the Nation of Islam; specifically rootwork, hoodoo, and conjure
- And much, much more.

NOTE: The views expressed by the guest in this interview do not necessarily reflect the views of the Nation of Islam. Nor they necessarily represent the views of the host at all times.

Understanding Afghanistan w/ Edward Girardet

Understanding Afghanistan w/ Edward Girardet

March 11, 2021

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On this edition of Parallax Views, Edward Girardet, one of the leading journalists on issues related to Afghanistan and humanitarian crises, joins us to discuss his article at Global-Geneva and WhoWhatWhy.Org entitled "Afghanistan: The Abandonment of a Nation". We discuss a number of issues related to the U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan slated for May 1, 2021. Additionally we discuss a number of Edward's experiences in Afghanistan and how a possibility for peace in Afghanistan remains within reach.

(Further notes forthcoming)

Storytime w/ Hollywood & Talk Show Maverick John Barbour

Storytime w/ Hollywood & Talk Show Maverick John Barbour

March 9, 2021

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On this edition of Parallax Views, few people have lived the kind of life that John Barbour has managed in his 87 years and still going strong life. He became a successful stand-up comic under the guidance of the legendary Redd Foxx in the Civil Rights-era of the 1960s; revolutionized the talk show with a program that featured non-canned, free-flowing conversations about controversial topics like the Vietnam War, American protesters, and labor rights with guests like Jane Fonda, Ronald Reagan, Muhammad Ali, and Cesar Chavez that not only treated the audience as intelligent enough to listen in on the discussions but also opened up the phone lines to allow them to ask the questions; invented reality TV with the show "Real People" under the philosophy of telling the interesting stories of people from all walks of life without judgment; and served as a private writer for Frank Sinatra. And he did it all as a self-described "Canadian Dropout" as detailed in 700+ page memoir Your Mother's Not A Virgin: The Bumpy Life and Times of the Canadian Dropout Who Changed the Face of American TV!

Simply put, John Barbour has led an extraordinary life. And, I think most importantly, he gave a voice to many people, especially through Real People and his talk show, who otherwise would not have been heard. John's career is one of being uncompromising and seeking to promote understanding and truth. That is an accomplishment in itself.

John returns to Parallax Views to tell some great stories from his fascinating life including:

- Filming a scene with Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner, for the 70s TV movie Pray for the Wildcats.

- Being taken to court by a movie producer over his negative review of the Charlton Heston-starring dystopian sci-fi flick Soylent Green in case that went all the way to the Supreme Court!

- The hustle of Hollywood, the late night talk show host Jack Paar, and John's experience with Johnny Carson after the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy

- How his talk show AM Los Angeles came about because of latino protests; being the first show in the Los Angeles talk show world to take phone calls

- John's thoughts on the Fairness Doctrine; butting heads with TV station managers; some talk about the FCC

- John's experience interviewing Ronald Reagan, during his days as a California governor before becoming U.S. President, and his impression of Reagan as an empty suit; the tough question John asked Reagan and how John got away with interviewing Reagan despite refusing Reagan's demand of being given pre-planned questions

- Interviewing labor leader Cesar Chavez and how Chavez helped John get back at his station manager

- The story of when John interviewed Jane Fonda at the height of her antiwar activism during the Vietnam conflict; how John and Jane became friends after a very interesting pre-show conversation where John, who was sympathetic to her antiwar views, tried to demonstrate that perhaps the actress should try a different approach to convincing the American public to question the Vietnam War

Geopolitics, U.S. Foreign Policy, and Full-Spectrum Dominance w/ TJ Coles

Geopolitics, U.S. Foreign Policy, and Full-Spectrum Dominance w/ TJ Coles

March 7, 2021

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On this edition, TJ Coles, prolific author and founder of The Plymouth Institute for Peace Research, joins us to discuss geopolitics and what critics of American foreign policy describes as the U.S.'s pursuit  "Full Spectrum Dominance". We discuss a number of topics related to this including:

- Beginning the conversation we discuss TJ's latest book Capitalism & Coronavirus: How Institutionalized Greed Turned a Crisis into a Catastrophe; an IMF (International Monetary Fund) report on the pandemic that TJ considers important
- The concept of "Full Spectrum Dominance"
- The weaponization of space; U.S. Space Command, U.S. technology and the military; the U.N. Outer Space Treaty
- The United Nations as a "complicated organization"
- The horrific effects of U.S. foreign policy decisions involving blockades and sanctions
- Eisenhower's warning about the military-industrial complex
- The origins of the U.S. National Security State
- The question of declining U.S. power
- U.S.-Russia relations; Trump's softer rhetoric on Russia vs. the reality
- Binary thinking in the defense of U.S. foreign policy that are used to attack critiques of U.S. foreign policy
- The U.S., China, the New Cold War
- The renewed nuclear threat/nuclear war
- The early days of the Biden Presidency
- Full Spectrum Dominance under Clinton; the Bush era neocons and the Project for a New American Century
- Differences between the Republican and Democratic Establishments in regards to U.S. foreign policy approaches; the weaponization of U.S. aid through caveats
- Syria, Assad, the U.S., and the A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm report
- The murder of Jamal Khashoggi and the relationship between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia
- Afghanistan; the Graveyard of Empires; Zbigniew Brzezinski, the Soviet-Afghan conflict, and the mujahedeen; the geostrategic significance of Afghanistan to U.S. foreign policy
- Voices for Creative Nonviolence and the work of Kathy Kelly

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