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Peter Van Buren knows from personal experience. He told the truth about Iraq and was pushed out of his job at the State Department because of it. he sees three distinct eras in terms of a constitutional republic versus a police state. In the first era, the colonists lived under laws dictated by the king. Protest was not possible. Van Buren points out in this revealing interview that this new phase looks a lot like the one our founders rebelled against. Press harassment, free speech "zones," NSA spying; all have happened under the Obama Administration. And when we acquiesce, our foundation of freedom crumbles.

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Many saw it coming back in 2003: the US invasion of Iraq was an avoidable disaster. It was easy to see it could not work. Now as ISIS swarms Iraq, what can be learned? Can Iraq save itself? Is there really anything the US can do now that might actually work? Guest on this show is Patrick Smith, former bureau chief to the International Herald Tribune and author of several nonfiction books and regular contributor to Salon, the New York Times, the Nation and others. He explains that one can not see reality in Iraq without an understanding of history. There may be some positives: this can be a moment form which we can learn and change. 

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Most of the world seems to think that the State of Israel and Judaism are one and the same. They are not. Where Judaism is thousands of years old and lived for peace with Muslims and Christians in what Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss calls The Holy Land, Zionism is only about a hundred years old and is part of the rise of European nationalism which has caused so much trouble and bloodshed. Weiss insists "the Zionist state conflicts with the basic teachings of Judaism, and is resulting in a rise in anti-Semitism as so many confuse the two. This is one very informative discussion.

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If we rely on the mainstream media, the narrative about Ukraine is pretty clear. But investigative historian Eric Zuesse has instead simply used the internet to go to primary sources and found that we are being lied to. The alleged good guys Obama is backing up include some not so nice folks, actual Nazi-types, according to Zuesse. It's all part of a power play and the news reporters are acting more like stenographers for the party line. And now Obama is calling for a big increase in military involvement in the region.

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She looked inevitable in 2008, too. But Hillary Clinton as a presidential contender has some serious vulnerabilities. On this show Guy Saperstein, former civil rights attorney, past president of the Sierra Club Foundation, and board member of Brave New Films addresses those weaknesses head on. Not only is she exceptionally hawkish but her connections as a darling of Wall St can not be seen as electability pluses heading into 2016. And her record as secretary of state appears to be rather lacking as well. If Democrats want to win the White House, we might want to look elsewhere.

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