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Pedro Gatos Institute on Addiction, Health, and Social Theory

In Pursuit of Social Justice



Our Mission Statement

(is) Bringing Light into Darkness

Our mission is, in pursuit of social justice, to work towards seeking to understand and then changing the forces behind that portion of human and ecological misery that is human generated. Our method is, through principled critical thinking and action, to identify and analyze the most powerful negative influences on our national and the global political-economic reality, their effects on world living conditions, on the way we think, on our social theory ideologies, health issues and chemical dependency rates, and change them.

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Bringing Light Into Darkness, Monday News & Analysis

Bringing Light Into Darkness (BLID) Monday News & Analysis a weekly News and Public Affairs radio program which airs Monday evenings from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. on KOOP 91.7 in Austin, Texas. Host and producer Pedro Gatos began producing his style of historically contexted ‘critical thinking’ news & analysis Radio production on KOOP Radio in 2002. Extensive research, well sourced and journalistically documented, BLID challenges and holds accountable how our news is packaged and presented to us, and the fundamental biases underlying its misrepresentations. Therefore cautioning news consumers: ‘Do Not Believe Everything You Think’.

Opinions and ideas are an outcome of life experiences. Within that paradigm, each day information is both made more, or less available for our conscious consumption.

We invite you to frequent this website weekly to access critical thinking news & perspectives to augment your own ideological library of information from which each of us launch our own understanding of the world around us.

Listen in at koop.org

Below you can find an archive of 'featured' past programs.



Featured Programs

June 1, 2020: The Anatomy of Russiagate for Dummies with CIA Veteran Ray McGovern

Bringing Light into Darkness, Monday News and Analysis writes: Special guest 27-year CIA Veteran Ray McGovern returns to Bringing Light Into Darkness to discuss recent and past Russiagate revelations. The show starts off with a tribute to another CIA veteran Ralph McGehee who died May 2 from Covid-19 Deadly Deceits who retired in 1977 from the CIA.

Ray speaks about his friend Julian Assange jailed for revealing war crimes, and questions the demonization of Russia and the characterization of Trump ‘being in the pocket of Putin’. Ray describes and challenges the particularly disturbing xenophobic and deeply discriminatory characterizations of Russians by the former Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper.

The second half of the show focuses on disassembling the major misrepresentations by our government and media regarding Russiagate that has helped create a disinformed public consensus.

Please forward all comments to pgatos00@gmail.com

Below we invite you to find (and study) the audio of this interview in two (easy listening) segments.


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Bringing Light Into Darkness - News & Analysis · The Anatomy of Russiagate for Dummies, w/Special Guest CIA Veteran Ray McGovern (1/2)

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Bringing Light Into Darkness - News & Analysis · The Anatomy of Russiagate for Dummies, w/Special Guest CIA Veteran Ray McGovern (2/2)


May 25, 2020: Syrian Conflict Update: A 2020 Geopolitical Perspective Microcosm of US Foreign Policy’s Coercive Diplomacy with Mike Whitney

Bringing Light into Darkness, Monday News and Analysis writes: Washington's rationale and justification for occupying the Syrian Arab Republic have shifted and changed drastically multiple times over.

Changing rationale suggests they are lying about their real motivations and trying to cover them up by creating false pretexts to justify the unjustifiable and illegal nature of their intervention according to international law.

Special guest and author Mike Whitney provides provocative commentary and analysis.

Please forward all comments to pgatos00@gmail.com

Below we invite you to find (and study) the audio of this interview in two (easy listening) segments.


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Bringing Light Into Darkness - News & Analysis · Syrian Conflict Update w/ Mike Whitney: A 2020 Perspective of the US’s Coercive Diplomacy (1/2)

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Bringing Light Into Darkness - News & Analysis · Syrian Conflict Update w/ Mike Whitney: A 2020 Perspective of the US’s Coercive Diplomacy (2/2)


May 18, 2020: Where Race & Poverty Intersect is where ‘Weathering’ is its Greatest, with Dr. Arline Geronimus

Bringing Light into Darkness, Monday News and Analysis writes: One preexisting condition that is not properly appreciated when we look at the health and health disparities of our nation is simple to identify with one simple question and with little doubt. And that is, Are you Black?

On the eve of the 95th birthday of Malcolm X, we dedicate this show to the State of Black America pre-Covid-19 and to the greater health vulnerabilities that impoverished marginal populations face as a consequence of the profoundly unfair access to success our country provides to the haves and haves nots.

Please forward all comments to pgatos00@gmail.com

Below we invite you to find (and study) the audio of this interview in two (easy listening) segments.


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May 11, 2020: Who Do You Believe - Nelson Mandela, or Secretary of State Mike Pompeo? They Both Cannot Be Right

Bringing Light into Darkness, Monday News and Analysis writes: Why is it that when our major media present the reality of deteriorating conditions in governments we are supposed to dislike, such as Russia, Iran, Syria, Cuba, Venezuela they hide from public scrutiny, or never adequately explain the destabilization strategies, including the power of US led sanctions, that stunt these countries’ potential to deliver and improve the economic and health conditions to their majority population?

Host Pedro Gatos examines the life and teaching perspective of Nelson Mandela, particularly on the Cuban issue. We provide a short bio and describe in some detail what apartheid meant to South Africans and the southern cone of Africa that was terrorized by the South African army.

We detail the numerous UN vetoes US and the west exercised which sustained the period of apartheid for 46 years.

We also share the primary role the US played in the arrest and imprisonment for 27 years of Nelson Mandela.

"From the point of view of size and population Cuba is a small country but it is exercising an impact on world affairs which is similar to that of the superpowers.” … “No man or woman of principle could ever behave in that fashion of accepting advice from people who never cared for us at the most difficult time.” Nelson Mandela circa 1990 & 7/26/1991

Please forward all comments to pgatos00@gmail.com

Below we invite you to find (and study) the audio of this interview in two (easy listening) segments.


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May 4, 2020: WHO-led COVID-19 Response; Unmasking the Character of our Political Economic System

Bringing Light into Darkness, Monday News and Analysis writes: Host Pedro Gatos highlights the World Health Organization 4/27/20 Panel Remarks and provides insights regarding the COVID-19 response and its connection to aggravating access to other vaccines where progress has been promising.

We weave into the WHO 4/27/20 dialogue several connected themes that bring light to the larger problem facing majority populations throughout the world but particularly focus on the US reality.

We empirically detail the degree of wealth inequality in the US & globally. We drill down into how both Republican and Democrat administrations are equally responsible for the rates of low-income families that have skyrocketed. We look at Pre COVID living conditions for the majority US population and reveal it as untenable and by doing so show how COVID-19 is not the primary problem but an aggravation of an underlying malady.

Please forward all comments to pgatos00@gmail.com

Below we invite you to find (and study) the audio of this interview in two (easy listening) segments.


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April 27, 2020: A Tribute to Reverend Joseph Lowery: The Revolutionary Potential of Religion:

Bringing Light into Darkness, Monday News and Analysis writes: Host Pedro Gatos shares an interview with the intimate confidant and friend of MLK and eminent Civil Rights icon Reverend Joseph Lowery, recently deceased.

The interview covers the history around the Selma to Montgomery March in 1965, the repentance of George Wallace, and an overall theological analysis that drove the Civil Rights movement led by Dr. King and the SCLC, with one of the greatest civil rights leaders of our time. Covering myriad issues relevant to today and into the future.... as well as the revolutionary potential of theology& guiding principles as Reverend Lowery and Dr. King interpreted and worked endlessly to actualize them right here on earth.

In honor of the Rev. Joseph Lowery. “God has given us a great opportunity to be a great nation. But we need to introduce Love and Work for the Common Good.”

Please forward all comments to pgatos00@gmail.com

Below we invite you to find (and study) the audio of this interview in two (easy listening) segments.


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March 13, 2020: Tribute to Bobby:The Corona Virus Pandemic Unmasks a Terribly Unequal and Flawed US Healthcare System:

Bringing Light into Darkness, Monday News and Analysis writes: this interview and dialogue regarding separating Fact from Fiction around the truth of ‘Medicare for All’ includes special guest Melinda St. Louis, the Director of Public Citizen’s Medicare for All Campaign.

For the past 20 years, Melinda has led multiple campaigns that challenge corporate power and promote economic justice and human rights, including fighting Big Pharma greed in global trade agreements. We review several journal findings including a 3/13/2018 JAMA article, Healthcare Spending in the US & Other High-Income Countries. To paraphrase and share a main theme that our guest explicated, ‘This Corona Pandemic that we stare down really does lay bare the pitfalls, the dangerous pitfalls, of fo-profit healthcare system that is really unique when compared to our peer countries in that it is a healthcare system that is extraordinary unequal’.

Please forward all comments to pgatos00@gmail.com

Below we invite you to find (and study) the audio of this interview in two (easy listening) segments.


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February 7, 2007: In Honor of Tuskegee Airmen and their Two-Front War, with Special Guest: Tuskegee Airman & Father, Charles Chenier

Bringing Light into Darkness, Monday News and Analysis writes: On 2/7/2007 as part of an annual celebration of Black History Month, Pedro had the great pleasure to interview Charles Chenier. Mr. Chenier fought two wars, one was against Nazi Germany in WW II and the other was the longest ongoing war in our nation’s history: Racism, right here in the USA.

The US Army Air Corps had been limited to white personnel since its inception in 1907. The Army officer corps included a predominance of men from the South, essentially the old Confederate States of America during the Civil War. The belief that blacks were inherently inferior to whites was widespread across much of the US and particularly in the South, where segregation was still common. In fact, Southern military men had helped to write an Army War College study in 1925 that concluded black troops were, “mentally inferior and barely fit for combat”.

In honor of Charles Chenier and all Tuskegee Airmen & their families: Charles Chenier 10/27/1924 – 9/23/2018.

Below we invite you to find (and study) the audio of this interview in three (easy listening) segments.


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September 16, 2019: Allegations Without Evidence & the 9/14/2019 Drone & Missile Strikes: Who Comes Running to Protect the World’s Greatest State Sponsor of Terrorism – Saudi Arabia? With Special Guest Dr. Mohammad Sahimi.

Bringing Light into Darkness, Monday News and Analysis writes: Dr Muhammad Sahimi, the esteemed scientist and Professor of Chemical Engineering at USC joins Pedro Gatos and provides his unique and well-informed perspective on Iran and US relations. The show focuses most importantly on the fuller context, namely the Saudi led 4.5 year war on Yemen, as the indispensable backdrop for the recent 9/14/2019 drone and missile attacks on State owned Saudi Aramco’s oil processing facilities at Abqaiq and Khurais in the eastern province of Saudi Arabia.

Dr Sahimi, a US -Iranian citizen, emigrated to the US in the late 1970s, and before that was part of the Green Movement that opposed Iranian government domestic policies. His critique of US -Iran relations is based on extensive knowledge of Middle Eastern affairs that he has shared on Bringing Light into Darkness for more than 10 years. Since 1986 he has been a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists - an organization dedicated to preventing the spread of nuclear weapons - and a contributor to its Partners for Earth Program. He has published some 300 scientific research papers and five books. Dr Sahimi has focused on the legal and technical issues connected to the dispute between Iran and the Western powers regarding Iran's nuclear energy program.

Below we invite you to find (and study) the audio of this interview in three (easy listening) segments.


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August 06, 2018: US-Russian Relations since the fall of the USSR? Special Guest: Ambassador Jack Matlock, former US Amb. to Russia.

Bringing Light into Darkness, Monday News and Analysis writes: Ambassador Matlock was United States Ambassador to the Soviet Union April 6, 1987 – August 11, 1991 & former US Ambassador to Czechoslovakia September 28, 1981 – September 20, 1983, and has 35 years of government service with a “top secret” clearance. Ambassador Jack Matlock joins Pedro Gatos and speaks to three subjects:
1) the whitewash nature of the Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA January 2017).
2) The historic 1991 demise of the Soviet Union and US broken promises to respect their national security interests.
3) The NATO intervention in Yugoslavia as a precedent and in comparison to the accusations that Russia illegally annexed Crime in 2014.
Below we invite you to find (and study) the audio of this interview in three (easy listening) segments.


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July 22, 2019: Has American Discourse around Russia-gate Descended to a Dangerous Level of Irrationality?                                                                       Special Guest: Investigative Reporter Patrick Lawrence

Bringing Light Into Darkness, Monday News & Analysis, 7/22/19 guest Patrick Lawrence writes,"American discourse has descended to a dangerous level of irrationality. The most ordinary standards of evidentiary procedure are forgone. Many of our key institutions—the foreign policy apparatus, the media, key intelligence and law-enforcement agencies, the political leadership—are now extravagantly committed to a narrative none appears able to control" nor can definitively defend under basic rules of evidence. Yet in the absence of such definitive evidence a vast number if not most of the US public believe it to be unquestionably true based on essentially allegations alone.

 

This 'Bringing Light Into Darkness' 7/22/19 audio dialogue with Patrick Lawrence, provides, in embodied parallel examples between the 1/6/17 Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) and the 448 page Mueller Report allegations (and indictments), judgments shared without evidentiary justifications for their certainty, which due to the mainstream media’s absence of allowing well put together dissenting viewpoints challenging basic assumptions, were allowed to materialize into 'unquestioned certainties' in US public consciousness. Namely that "The Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election in sweeping and systematic fashion" and in a manner inconsistent with our own government propaganda efforts aimed at Russia.

Below you can find (and study) the audio of this interview in three (easy listening) segments

 

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About Us

Pedro Gatos

Pedro says: I was born in ATX. I won the Univ of Texas Home Run Derby in late 1970s. It has been my great privilege and honor to have been programmer at KOOP Radio since 2002.

I am passionate about the sanctity of life and the pursuit of social justice; morally outraged by the atrocities we enabled in Central America & the Caribbean during the 1950s through the 1990s that have triggered the immigration crises of today as well as my own interest in social theory.

Sadly I have been discovering through continuous constant study through today, they were not aberrations but policy the US public knows far too little about or else US taxpayers would not stand for it. We seek to follow the truth no matter where it leads us.



Evan Hearn

Evan says: I'm a native Texan living in Austin, nearing the end of a ten-year journey to get my Journalism degree at the University of Texas at Austin.

Along the way I left UT, lived for six years in Buenos Aires, Argentina, learned Spanish, worked as a teacher and community organizer, studied at the University of Buenos Aires, changed degrees four or five times, and vagabonded some.

I run the Pedro Gatos Institute's website and produce Fronteriza on KOOP 91.7FM.