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Going Underground


Three times a week Afshin Rattansi and his team go underground to discover the stories that aren’t being covered by the mainstream UK media. From GCHQ to Occupy protests, and everything else in between, Going Underground is here to bring a fresh perspective to our audiences around Britain.

Apr 19, 2021 06:31

Minneapolis DSA candidate: Biden won’t defend Black Lives as he won’t go against the police, corporations & capitalists (E1004)

On this episode of Going Underground we speak to the organiser of the Twin Cities Minneapolis Chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America and candidate in the Minneapolis City Council elections, Robin Wonsley. She discusses the emotional trauma that the police killing of Daunte Wright has once again had on the US’ African-American community, the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd and the excuses of drug use being used by Chauvin’s defence, how Joe Biden has already shown that America’s arguably racist policing won’t be changing under him, and much more! Finally, we speak to Luz Lopez, senior supervising attorney at the Southern Poverty Law Centre. She discusses the US-Mexico border crisis, why Biden’s policies are no different to Trump’s despite the contrasting rhetoric, the causes of mass immigration from Latin America to the United States including US interventionism in the region and the promotion of neoliberal orthodoxy, her own story of fleeing with her family from El Salvador to the United States after US support for a right-wing government in her country, the horrors faced by migrants on their journey to the US, and much more.

Apr 17, 2021 07:29

Israeli historian Ilan Pappe: ‘Gaza, West Bank are prisons! Palestinians’ only crime is being Palestinian!’ (E1003)

On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to world-renowned Israeli historian Prof. Ilan Pappe. He discusses the situation in Gaza and the West Bank on Palestinian Prisoner Day, the strength of the pro-Israel lobby in both the UK and the United States, why the ‘two-state solution’ is a cover for the West’s inaction, the pro-Palestinian shift in American public opinion, the anti-Semitism allegations that brought down Jeremy Corbyn, and much more! Next, we speak to Sinn Fein’s Francie Molloy MP. He discusses the recent violence in Northern Ireland, Arlene Foster’s contact with Protestant paramilitaries, alleged whipping-up of loyalist anger by the DUP over Brexit and Protestant anxieties about a United Ireland, Michelle O’Neill’s attendance at an IRA funeral, anger over the Northern Ireland Protocol as part of Boris Johnson’s Brexit, and much more!

Apr 14, 2021 08:58

Ex-MI6 agent: How the Iran-China deal changes everything (E1002)

On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to former MI6 agent Alastair Crooke. He discusses the alleged Israeli Mossad attack on the Natanz nuclear facility, the division among Israel’s politicians about whether to continue pursuing Netanyahu’s maximum containment policy, the landmark strategic deal signed between Iran and China and how it changes the game in the Middle East, the war in Syria and how the UK, US and other Western allies are preventing reconstruction efforts, Western support for Islamists in Syria and much more!

Apr 12, 2021 07:13

Are there 3 million Uighurs in detention camps in Xinjiang, China? (E1001)

On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to Rushan Abbas, founder and executive director of Campaign for Uighurs. She discusses the alleged mass detention of 3 million Uighurs in Xinjiang China, members of her family that have disappeared in Xinjiang, the actual number of Uighurs in China, which she alleges to be much higher than the official figure, clarifications on her work at Guantanamo Bay and work with US intelligence agencies and much more! Finally, we speak to Prof. Robert George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University. He discusses the trial of police officer Derek Chauvin for the killing of George Floyd, why diversity training doesn’t work, why the American story is not one of oppression but one of struggling to live up to the founding ideals of the nation, the alleged rise of ‘cancel culture’ and suppression of conservative thought, the transformation of the American left and much more!

Apr 10, 2021 08:30

2 years since Assange was arrested in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London (UN special rapporteur Nils Melzer and Fidel Narvaez) E1000

On our 1000th episode of Going Underground, we firstly speak to UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer. He discusses the significance of the arrest of Julian Assange on this day two years ago on the war on press freedom, how Julian Assange’s persecution started with the arbitrary detention at the Ecuadorian Embassy, the health of Julian Assange and his assessment that he has been psychologically tortured, the war crimes and corruption WikiLeaks has exposed, the media’s role in the psychological torture of Assange, and much more! Finally, we speak to former counsel at the Ecuadorian Embassy Fidel Narvaez. He discusses the events leading up to Assange having his Ecuadorian citizenship revoked and the British Police entering the embassy to arrest him, why Lenin Moreno’s decision leaves him ashamed, the significance of Julian Assange’s contribution to journalism and the fight against corruption worldwide, the end of Lenin Moreno’s presidency, the candidacy of Andres Arauz, a socialist economist in the Ecuadorean elections, and much more!

Apr 7, 2021 08:25

What we now know about coronavirus’ origins after the WHO’s Wuhan investigation (E999)

On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to Prof. Dominic Dwyer, the Australian Representative of the WHO Investigation in The Origins of COVID-19. He discusses the accusations that the Coronavirus escaped from a lab in Wuhan, Coronavirus cases in Wuhan before the discovery of COVID-19, discoveries of COVID-19 antibodies in Italy before December 2019, the closest relative to COVID-19 which had been discovered in 2013, how much the Chinese authorities cooperated with the WHO investigation team and much more! Finally, we speak to Fabian Scheidler, author of ‘The End of the Megamachine. A Brief History of a Failing Civilisation’. He discusses why capitalism is in terminal crisis due to its continuous growth model, why he classifies human civilisation as a failing civilisation, how capitalism will likely not go through a sudden collapse but rather transition into something else, how crises such as climate change and coronavirus continue to break capitalism, the role of neoliberalism in accelerating capitalism’s collapse, capitalism’s reliance on 70% of the world being cheap labour, the role of regime change and debt in keeping nations poor and more!