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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.

Dec 9, 2019 06:45

Ex-Australian deputy PM on Julian Assange’s US extradition: Where does this one stop? (E823)

On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to ex-Australian deputy PM Barnaby Joyce about the persecution of Julian Assange. He strongly opposes his extradition to the US, saying this is a matter of Australian sovereignty, and that Julian Assange is no different to the other newspapers that published the same leaks. He also discusses the recent Australian bushfires. Next, we speak to Professor Mark Maslin, author of the book ‘The Cradle of Humanity.’ He discusses the evolution of modern humans, our ability to lie and manipulate, why the other Homo groups eventually became extinct, our behaviors in a society of humans, and much more!

Dec 7, 2019 08:16

New Russian ambassador to the UK: NATO build-up on Russia’s borders a threat to Europe’s security! (E822)

On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to the new Russian Ambassador to the UK Andrei Kelin. He discusses Russia-NATO relations and the rising tensions of NATO positioning soldiers and armaments along Russia’s borders; the reasons for poor UK-Russia relations historically and why the Russia-UK relationship has held despite this; the impact of Brexit and Scottish nationalism in weakening the UK’s global standing compared to Russia’s and allegations of Russian interference in the Brexit referendum and cyber attacks. He also discusses allegations of Russia aiding the US-UK trade talk leaks on the NHS presented by Jeremy Corbyn, alleged Russian assistance to Boris Johnson, the collapse of the INF Treaty and the Iran Nuclear Deal (JCPOA) and more!

Dec 4, 2019 08:33

Iraq Protests: Is the US trying to bring back Saddam’s Ba’ath Party? (E821)

On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to the managing director of the Ports and Maritime Organization of Iran and Deputy Minister of Roads and Urban Development of Iran Mohammad Rastad. He discusses Iran’s proposals for peace in the Strait of Hormuz, why foreign navies have no need to be in the Persian Gulf, the US’ failures to isolate Iran, why US sanctions are not as effective as previously thought, the Iranian Navy’s security abilities, Britain seizing an Iranian tanker earlier this year and more!

Next, we speak to Sami Ramadani, a member of the steering committee of the Stop the War Coalition. He discusses the recent unrest and protests in Iraq which have seen over 400 killed. He alleges a conspiracy of the US forming an alliance with Saddam Hussein’s former Ba’ath Party to bring them back to power to counter Iran and also discusses Trump’s ambitions on Middle Eastern oil, the US’ role in destroying Iraq’s infrastructure and public services, why the US was angered by the Iraqi government’s actions and more!

Finally, we speak to Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin on the stories missed by the mainstream media. She discusses post-coup Bolivia being praised by the US for restoring relations with Israel, the disturbing image of a malnourished boy in a Yemeni hospital, Saudi Arabia assuming the presidency of the G20 despite gross human rights abuses and more!

Dec 2, 2019 12:49

Ex-NATO DSG: Macron wants a French-led, strong EU instead of NATO (E820)

On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to former NATO deputy secretary general Alessandro Minuto-Rizzo on the upcoming NATO summit in London. He is challenged by Afshin Rattansi on NATO nations’ wars on the Middle East, the claim NATO is a force for peace, why Macron called the NATO alliance brain dead, NATO’s response to the rise of a more powerful Russia and China, and more!

Next, we speak to Robert Bahar, director of the film ‘Silence of Others,’ which is about atrocities in Spain during the Franco era. He discusses the continuity of Franco’s dictatorship in modern Spain, how Franco’s regime shaped the Spanish state, Franco’s involvement in fascist eugenics programs, why many people in Spain don’t know the extent of the atrocities, and more!

Nov 30, 2019 08:36

UN torture rapporteur: Julian Assange’s detention has no legal basis! (E819)

On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to the UN Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer about the ongoing detention of Julian Assange. He says Julian’s detention has no legal basis, explains why the UK’s treatment of the journalist is tantamount to torture, why he won’t face a fair trial in the US if he is extradited, and more! Next, we speak to former Ecuadorean foreign minister under Rafael Correa, Guillaume Long. He discusses the letter signed by 60 doctors raising concerns that Julian Assange could die if his current treatment continues, the right wing coup that overthrew elected Bolivian President Evo Morales, the battle the left is facing in Latin America with US-backed right wing governments, and more!

Nov 27, 2019 11:14

Lebanon’s former president Emile Lahoud: Hezbollah MUST NOT be disarmed, Lebanese protesters are courageous! (E818)

On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to Lebanon’s former president Emile Lahoud about the ongoing protests which have taken over Lebanese politics. He discusses endemic corruption and alleges a long history of corruption, by Saad Hariri and his late father Rafic Hariri, involving Saudi Arabia. Lahoud also talks about the need for sectarian politics in Lebanon to be completely abolished to unite Lebanon, why Hezbollah must not be disarmed given its history of fighting Israeli attacks on Lebanon, US arrogance while dealing with him as president, and more!