Syria is on fire but there has been little by way of explanation as to why this is happening now and what else may be part of the picture. Our guest for the whole hour is Pepe Escobar.
Please keep in mind that The Monitor is preempted for the two weeks following this show to allow for national coverage by Pacifica of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. I will be at the DNC hosting a live show that will be on KPFT and other Pacifica stations from 8-11pm Central time during the week of the DNC.
Pepe Escobar is an extreme traveler, Pepe’s nose for news has taken him to all parts of the globe. He was in Afghanistan and interviewed the military leader of the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance, Ahmad Shah Masoud, a couple of weeks before his assassination (Masoud: From warrior to statesman, Sep 11, 2001). Two weeks before September 11, 2001, while Pepe was in the tribal areas of Pakistan, ATol published his prophetic piece, Get Osama! Now! Or else … (Aug 30, 2001). Pepe was one of the first journalists to reach Kabul after the Taliban’s retreat, and more recently he has explored and reported from Iraq, Iran, Central Asia, US and China … Pepe Escobar is the author of Globalistan: How the Globalized World is Dissolving into Liquid War (Nimble Books, 2007) and Red Zone Blues: a snapshot of Baghdad during the surge. His new book, is Obama does Globalistan (Nimble Books, 2009). (on Asia Times Online).
Pepe’s recent articles on this topic: