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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.

Sep 20, 2021 06:52

Slavoj Zizek on the failure of liberalism, how capitalism restricts freedom, climate crisis & the US ideological civil war (E1051)

On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to world-renowned communist philosopher Slavoj Zizek, author of ‘Heaven in Disorder’. He discusses the ‘disorder under heaven’ quote by Chairman Mao Zedong and why he has turned it on its head for the title of his new book, the ideological civil war in the USA, the failure of liberalism and the rise of conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers, the US defeat in Afghanistan and how Western armies have become mercenaries for those in power, the polarisation of society into conspiracy theorists versus experts, the need for a transnational dialogue transcending ideologies to confront the 21st century’s biggest problems, the climate emergency now being ‘five minutes past midnight’, and much more! Finally, we speak to Enter Shikari’s Rou Reynolds, author of ‘A Treatise on Possibility: Perspectives on Humanity Hereafter’. He discusses how his book tries to intrigue a younger audience rather than to bludgeon them with ideological dogma, how so many of society’s ills stem from neoliberalism and the primacy of the profit motive, the climate crisis and how governments haven’t grabbed big oil and the fossil fuel industry ‘by the balls’, Extinction Rebellion and the crackdown on protests by Boris Johnson’s government, and much more!

Sep 18, 2021 07:23

Former Gaddafi spokesman: Libyan majority SILENCED by NATO bombs, West TERRIFIED of Saif al-Islam presidency! (E1050)

On this episode of Going Underground, we firstly speak to the former spokesperson for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. He discusses the 2011 intervention by NATO which ‘silenced the Libyan majority,’ why he is in Cairo to coordinate political operations with Libyan counterparts, British and US attempts to play with the UN mandate to give ultimate control to the UN instead of the Libyan people, why the Libyan crisis should be viewed as ‘Libya v foreign powers’, the potential candidacy of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and why he believes the former leader’s son can bring an end to domination by foreign powers and bring about Libyan dialogue, his criticism of General Khalifa Haftar having ‘authoritarian dreams’ and being beholden to foreign powers, and much more! Finally, we speak to Juan Garces, the only aide of President Salvador Allende to survive the Augusto Pinochet coup in 1973, on Chile’s Independence Day. He discusses the events of the day and how a snap decision by Allende led to him surviving the Pinochet coup, why the coup could not have happened without the election of Richard Nixon, how Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was complicit in the crimes of the Pinochet regime, Australia’s involvement in the 1973 coup, his predictions for the upcoming Chilean elections, and much more!

Sep 15, 2021 08:02

Oliver Stone DEFENDS Biden on Afghanistan withdrawal, says War on Terror based on imperialism & emotionalism (E1049)

On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to Academy Award-winning writer and director Oliver Stone. He discusses and reflects on the 9/11 attacks 20 years on, from the heroism of the first responders to the rush to go to war by the Bush administration, the reasons why 9/11 happened and how they were ignored by Americans, the War on Terror and US imperialism, why he defends President Joe Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan and opposes the hysteria from the media over the withdrawal, the Wall Street crash of 2008, and much more! Finally, we speak to Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to US Secretary of State Colin Powell. He discusses 9/11, including the initial reaction to the attacks, how fear and rage drove the Bush administration’s response, the military-industrial complex and its desire for endless war which in part fueled the expansion of NATO, how the US military sabotaged Joe Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan and made it look chaotic, how 9/11 can be laid at the feet of Saudi Arabia which he considers the biggest state sponsor of terrorism, Biden’s executive orders to declassify 9/11 documents, and much more.

Sep 13, 2021 06:30

Wherever the US goes, they make a MESS! – Iranian ambassador on Afghanistan (E1048)

On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to the Iranian ambassador to the UK, Mohsen Baharvand. He discusses why comparisons between the Taliban and Iran are not credible, talks between the Taliban militants and Iran, the Afghan refugee crisis, which has seen 3 million Afghans flee to Iran, the NATO legacy in Afghanistan and the ‘mess’ the United States has left behind, the new Iranian government’s position on negotiations to restore the Iranian nuclear deal (JCPOA), and much more! 

Finally, we speak to the UN spokesperson for the UN High Commission for Refugees, Matthew Saltmarsh. He discusses what Western countries, many involved in the Afghan war, should do to aid the plight of refugees, the lack of funding for the UN mission to aid Afghan refugees, the urgency of the right to asylum being upheld, and much more! 

Sep 11, 2021 08:01

Taliban spox. on 9/11 anniversary: We feel pride for ending the occupation (E1047)

On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen. He discusses the significance of the 9/11 terror attacks, conducted by Osama Bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda, for Afghanistan, the formation of a new government there and how several Taliban heads are still on FBI bounty lists, footage of journalists being beaten by the Taliban, PM Boris Johnson saying NATO forces should be proud of the legacy they left behind, and much more! 

Finally, we speak to former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters. He discusses the significance of the 9/11 attacks and his initial hope that Americans would wake up to US imperialism, how the global war on terror almost destroyed the war, Chile’s 9/11: the CIA-backed coup which brought Augusto Pinochet to power in 1973, entrenched neoliberalism in Chile, protests against President Sebastian Pinera, and much more!

Sep 8, 2021 09:27

John Pilger on Afghanistan withdrawal: US military is a killing machine! (E1046)

On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to legendary journalist and filmmaker John Pilger about the takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban. He calls the US military a killing machine and discusses why the Afghanistan war must be viewed through the lens of Western imperialism, the scale of civilian casualties and destruction of Afghanistan by NATO countries, how the US created today’s situation by supporting Afghan jihadist forces against the Soviet Union throughout the Cold War, the social progress and progressive reform lost to history with the fall of the Soviet-backed PDPA government in Afghanistan, and much more! Pilger also discusses the anniversary of the Pinochet coup in Chile and the trial of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.