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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.

Oct 19, 2019 08:34

Ex-Kurdish PYD Leader: Erdogan is like Hitler! Europe needs to stop Turkey! (E805)

On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to Egemen Bağış, the Turkish Ambassador-Designate to the Czech Republic and top adviser to President Erdogan on Turkey’s invasion of north-eastern Syria.

He discusses why Turkey views the PYD and YPG as the offspring of the PKK, how Turkey will build its own military-industrial complex as sanctions mount, whether Turkey has a problem with Kurds in general, what Erdogan did with Trump’s letter telling him ‘not to be a tough guy,’ and more!

Next, we speak to former co-leader of the Kurdish PYD Salih Muslim who talks about whether the agreement between Kurdish forces and Bashar Assad was inevitable, whether the PYD has ever received funding from the CIA and whether the PYD has any links with the PKK. He also labels President Erdogan as being ‘like Hitler’ and comments on his threats to release 3.6 million Syrian refugees into Europe.

Finally, we speak to Game of Thrones’ star Jerome Flynn, who plays Bronn in the hit series, regarding the Extinction Rebellion protests that have taken over London for nearly two weeks. He discusses the backlash against the disruption caused by the activists and why the disruption is the government’s fault, why this kind of protest is necessary to prevent climate disaster, the alarming warnings by the CCC on the British government’s inaction on climate change, the tube protest incident which saw Extinction Rebellion protesters beaten up, and more!

Oct 16, 2019 07:15

Ex-UK amb. to Libya - people don’t regret Libya intervention, they regret distortion of the revolution (E804)

On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to the UK’s former ambassador to Libya Peter Millett where Afshin Rattansi challenges him on the points Moussa Ibrahim brought in his interview a short while ago. Millett discusses why this was not a solely NATO intervention, whether the West regrets the Libya intervention following the last 8 years of chaos, Gaddafi’s alleged misuse of oil wealth and poverty in the country leading up to the revolution, he answers allegations of NATO backing dictators and more! Next we speak to #MeToo whistleblower and actress Rose McGowan to uncover this week’s buried stories including Extinction Rebellion protests in London, the sentencing of Catalunya’s independence leaders in Spain, the persecution of Chelsea Manning and more! Finally we speak to Margy Kinmonth, the director of Revolution: New Art for a New World, discussing the role of art in our understanding of the October Revolution led by Lenin in 1917, the demise of many famous Russian artists after the rise of Joseph Stalin, the opportunities granted to female artists following the revolution and more!

Oct 14, 2019 09:59

Geoffrey Robertson QC- What About US Bases Undermining UK’s Sovereignty? (E803)

On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to Geoffrey Robertson QC of Doughty St Chambers about the Supreme Court overturning Boris Johnson’s 5 week prorogation of Parliament, the US protecting an NSA spy’s wife as she is wanted by the police for the death of a teenager, US military bases in the U.K. and the question of sovereignty, updates on former Brazilian President Lula Da Silva’s imprisonment and more!

Next we speak to film director Stanley Nelson Jr. and Erin Davis (son of Miles Davis) about the new film ‘Miles Davis: Birth of Cool’ which focuses on the life of the jazz legend. They discuss Miles’ political leanings, the racism he faced from the US police, whether things have improved from Miles’ era for African Americans, Miles’ actions regarding apartheid South Africa and more!

Oct 12, 2019 08:57

MI6’s ex-Al-Qaeda spy: Trump withdrew from northern Syria to save NATO from crisis! (E802)

On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to former alleged MI6 spy in Al-Qaeda, Aimen Dean, about the Turkish invasion of Northern Syria controlled by Kurdish groups such as the YPG and SDF, why Turkey’s Erdogan has fallen for a trap, why Trump’s withdrawal from Northern Syria is to save NATO, how Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and Russian President Vladimir Putin are likely to respond to this development and what the future holds for the Kurds in Syria. We also discuss the Saudi Aramco oil facility attack and why Dean believes this to be a false flag perpetrated by the Saudis, not Iran, the Iraq protests and why Western media isn’t covering them, and more!

Next, we speak to Republican candidate for Florida’s 20th district Lateresa Jones, who discusses why Trump’s wall must be built, the Democrats’ campaign to impeach Donald Trump, unemployment issues in her own district, and more!

Finally, we speak to progressive Democratic candidate and former staffer for Andrew Yang’s campaign, Jonathon Herzog, (running for New York’s 10th district) about the issues facing his district, why the US needs to pursue a more peaceful foreign policy, his ‘democracy dollars’ policy designed to combat the influence of big donors in politics, and more!

Oct 9, 2019 07:46

Lenin Moreno has FALLEN…Ecuador at Risk of CIVIL WAR! (E801)

On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to former President of Ecuador Rafael Correa on the uprising taking place in Ecuador against President Lenin Moreno’s austerity budget, whether the violence is likely to get worse, why Moreno refuses to bring the elections forward, whether Moreno can survive the crisis and the prospect of a civil war in the country. He also discusses the persecution of Julian Assange and the hypocrisy of his imprisonment and the revelations of spying against Julian Assange and himself.

Next we speak to Julian Assange’s father, John Shipton, about his son’s condition following his visit to Belmarsh prison, growing support across the world for Assange, why the British judiciary should not follow the whim of the United States, the CIA spying on Julian Assange inside the Ecuadorian embassy and more.

Finally, we speak to Deborah Mattinson, the founder of BritainThinks and WorldThinks on the likelihood of Jeremy Corbyn repeating his 2017 general election performance against Boris Johnson, why Boris Johnson is seen in a more positive light than Corbyn in the eyes of British voters, the accuracy of polling after notoriously incorrect predictions in previous elections and more!

Oct 7, 2019 08:38

Gaddafi’s spokesperson: Our mistake – Libya had no international alliance (E800)

On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to Muammar Gaddafi’s spokesperson during the Libyan civil war in part two of our interview with him. He discusses Gaddafi’s life as a revolutionary and a leader, the economic, political and geopolitical mistakes he made, and the Libyan government which eventually led to the events of 2011 and Gaddafi’s downfall. The former spokesman also discusses Gaddafi’s attempts to create SATO (South Atlantic Treaty Organization), his African unity projects such as the Gold Dinar and the African Union, the threat of capitalism to African independence, the prospect of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi becoming the leader of Libya, the West’s role in the chaos of Libya, and much more!