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.

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



Featured Programs

September 14, 2020: Means & Methods of US Foreign Policy Change without the Negative Outcomes for Local Populationswith special guest S. Brian Wilson.

Bringing Light into Darkness, Monday News and Analysis writes: Host Pedro Gatos is joined by S. Brian Wilson, a former commander of a USAF combat security unit in Vietnam who has been a justice activist for 50 years.

The two focus on the Nicaragua example, with special attention paid to the evolution of the different means and methods of illegal violations of international law in the US foreign policy’s toolbox of promoting sovereignty violations within third countries.

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Bringing Light Into Darkness - News & Analysis · US Foreign Policy & Nicaragua, ‘What Are We Fighting For’ w/ Nan McCurdy (Pt 1 of 2)

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Bringing Light Into Darkness - News & Analysis · Alternative Means & Methods of US Foreign Policy Change, w/ S. Brian Wilson (Pt 2 of 2)


September 7, 2020: US Foreign Policy & Nicaragua, ‘What Are We Fighting For’ with special guest Nan McCurdy.

Bringing Light into Darkness, Monday News and Analysis writes: Host Pedro Gatos is joined by Nan McCurdy, editor of NICA Notes, a weekly magazine produced by Alliance for Global Justice, with summaries of the most important news in Nicaragua.

Tonight, we zero in and detail yet another case study of US foreign policy seeking to override the democratic will and best interests of another majority population’s interest, in this case, Nicaragua. We discuss with our guest why Nicaragua was identified and called out by the US White House led by President’s National Security Advisor John Bolton , as one (along with Cuba and Venezuela), of the ‘troika of tyranny’ nations. Meanwhile, going unreported, at the same time we were promoting yet another unpopular and illegal coup, this time in 2018 Nicaragua.

The two also discuss We discuss quality of life highlights from our guest Nan McCurdy's 8/27/2020 article, NicaNotes: US Media Have Dism ssed This Important Story: International Banks Rank Nicaragua among the Best in Services for the People, Project Execution, and Transparency.
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Bringing Light Into Darkness - News & Analysis · US Foreign Policy & Nicaragua, ‘What Are We Fighting For’ w/ Nan McCurdy (Pt 1 of 2)

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Bringing Light Into Darkness - News & Analysis · US Foreign Policy & Nicaragua, ‘What Are We Fighting For' w/ Nan McCurdy (Pt 2 of 2)


August 31, 2020: The US Criminal Justice System (CJS) & the Re-enslavement of African Americans with special guest Dr. H Bruce Franklin.

Bringing Light into Darkness, Monday News and Analysis writes: Host Pedro Gatos is joined by Dr. H Bruce Franklin, an American cultural historian, scholar, and author of 19 books.

The two discuss the provocative article, "Which Side Are You On?" by Bruce Franklin, recently published in Counterpunch on 8/21/20. Dr Franklin provides a compelling historical context that describes how the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments were undermined by the post- Reconstruction Supreme Court, which legalized both the ‘re-enslavement’ and the disenfranchisement of a substantial proportion of our Black US citizenry.
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Bringing Light Into Darkness - News & Analysis · The US Justice System & the Re-enslavement of African Americans, w/ Dr. H Bruce Franklin (Pt 1 of 2)

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Bringing Light Into Darkness - News & Analysis · The US Justice System & the Re-enslavement of African Americans, w/ Dr. H Bruce Franklin (Pt 2 of 2)


August 24, 2020: US Foreign Policy: To Enable Yemen, Iraq & Libyan Water Supplies to be Systematically Targeted & Destroyed with special guest Alan McLeod.

Bringing Light into Darkness, Monday News and Analysis writes: Host Pedro Gatos and guest Alan McLeod discuss the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and the disturbing reality of the US & UK complicity in creating a crisis in a country of 30 million people, in which nearly a quarter of a million people have been killed directly by fighting and indirectly through lack of access to food, health services, and infrastructure.

Arguably the greatest human rights violator in the world as well as the greatest enabler of Wahabis’ terrorism in the world is Saudi Arabia and the United States has been their greatest enabler. As Dr Macleod writes, ‘the US government has been a key supporter of Saudi actions in Yemen, arming, helping, and training its military, while defending it from censure internationally."
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Bringing Light Into Darkness - News & Analysis · US Foreign Policy: Targeting Water Supplies, w/ Special Guest Alan McLeod (Pt 1 of 2)

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Bringing Light Into Darkness - News & Analysis · US Foreign Policy: Targeting Water Supplies, w/ Special Guest Alan McLeod (Pt 2 of 2)


August 17, 2020: Accelerating Wealth Inequality under Obama, Trump and COVID-19 Reveals the Character of a Failing System with special guest Michael Gray, former Sunday Business Editor at The New York Post.

Bringing Light into Darkness, Monday News and Analysis writes: Host Pedro Gatos and guest Michael Gray discuss how the greatest transfer of wealth in our nation’s history occurred under the Obama administration and likely will be superseded by Trump.

In 2016, Gray wrote, “The years 2008 through 2015 should be known as the Great Fleecing. During that time period the greatest transfer of wealth in the history of the world occurred. Some $4.5 trillion was given to Wall Street banks with the American people picking up the IOU...”
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Bringing Light Into Darkness - News & Analysis · Accelerating Wealth Inequality from Obama to COVID-19, with Michael Gray (Part 1 of 2)

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Bringing Light Into Darkness - News & Analysis · Accelerating Wealth Inequality from Obama to COVID-19, with Michael Gray (Part 2 of 2)


August 10, 2020: Ecuador, ‘Lawfare’ & the Evolution of Sovereignty Violating Interventionist Tools in the US Foreign Policy Toolbox with special guest Guillaume Long, a senior policy analyst at the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) in Washington, D.C.

Bringing Light into Darkness, Monday News and Analysis writes: Host Pedro Gatos is joined by special guest Guillame Long. Prior to joining CEPR, he held several cabinet positions in the government of Ecuador, including Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Culture, and Minister of Knowledge and Human Talent. Most recently, he served as Ecuador’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva.

Tonight’s show is focused on some of the methods and means in which our foreign policy is executed. Special focus is placed on Lawfare warfare, or the undermining of democracy through the judicialization of politics in the form of ‘judicial persecution’ in a way that prejudicially criminalizes and makes illegalizes, political candidates and even parties that oppose the dictates of western investment capital and neoliberalism.
Long juxtaposes the advances in quality of life of the majority population of Ecuador under the ten years, 2007 – 2017, of President Correa and his Citizen’s Party with the neoliberal performance of the governments that preceded it as well as the present neoliberal path its current President Lenin Moreno has chosen in alignment with the IMF.
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Bringing Light Into Darkness - News & Analysis · Ecuador, ‘Lawfare’ & the Evolution of Interventionist Tools in US Foreign Policy (Part 1 of 2)

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Bringing Light Into Darkness - News & Analysis · Ecuador, ‘Lawfare’ & the Evolution of Interventionist Tools in US Foreign Policy (Part 2 of 2)


August 03, 2020: Decling Quality of Life: Not a COVID Problem but a Systemic One with special guest Glen Ford, Executive Editor of Black Agenda Report,

Bringing Light into Darkness, Monday News and Analysis writes: Host Pedro Gatos is joined by special guest Glen Ford, editor of Black Agenda Report, a news organization providing perspective from the black left.

In this episode, host Pedro Gatos analyzes economic data that clearly contradicts the false assumption being perpetuated by the mainstream media that the quality of life declines facing the US population is primarily a result of the Covid19 virus.
Gatos instead argues that the cause is the pre-existing economic devastation of the of the middle and lower class resulting from the transfer of wealth to the top 1% over the last four decades.
Gatos and Ford discuss Ford's 7/16/20 article, Democrats will Never Choose Transformative Change: So Give them No Choice, in which he argues that “The Covid-19 epidemic proved beyond all rational doubt that decades of bipartisan privatization & austerity had destroyed the U.S. “public” health care system, rendering the nation structurally incapable of coping with the viral onslaught. The late and geographically uneven lockdown succeeded only in creating Great Depression levels of unemployment without halting the spread of the disease.”
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Bringing Light Into Darkness - News & Analysis · Decling Quality of Life: Not a COVID Problem but a Systemic One (Part 1 of 2)

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Bringing Light Into Darkness - News & Analysis · Decling Quality of Life: Not a COVID Problem but a Systemic One (Part 2 of 2)


July 27, 2020: The Demonization of Russia: More "False Certainties" with special guest Ray McGovern

Bringing Light into Darkness, Monday News and Analysis writes: Host Pedro Gatos is joined by special guest Ray McGovern, a journalist and human rights activist and former CIA analyst of 27 years who served as chief of the Soviet Foreign Policy Branch.

The two discuss the mainstream media's deceitful persecution of Russia and the repeated tactic of alleging intelligence "certainties" with minimal evidence.
In addition, Gatos and McGovern discuss the historiography of World War Two, and how Russia's primary role in defeating Nazi Germany is minimized and ignored.

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Bringing Light Into Darkness - News & Analysis · The Demonization of Russia, with Special Guest Ray McGovern (Part 1 of 2)

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Bringing Light Into Darkness - News & Analysis · The Demonization of Russia, with Special Guest Ray McGovern (Part 2 of 2)


July 13, 2020: Skirpal Poisonings and the 8.21.20 El Ghouta Gas attacks: Two more case studies of ‘False Certainties’ with special guest Alexander Mercouris

Bringing Light into Darkness, Monday News and Analysis writes: Host Pedro Gatos is joined by special guest Alexander Mercouris, a London-based writer on international affairs.

The two discuss the Sergei Skirpal poisoning in Salisbury UK on March 4, 2018, and the subsequent punitive measures against Russia with "certainty" of Russian responsibility.

The second half of the show deconstructs the deceitful misrepresentations led by Secretary of State John Kerry on 9/3/2013 in Congressional testimony following the 8/21/2013 ‘crossing of the redline’ Syria’s Assad government was accused of again with near complete certainty.

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Bringing Light Into Darkness - News & Analysis · Skirpal Poisonings & El Ghouta Gas attacks: Two studies of ‘False Certainties’ (Part 1 of 2)

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Bringing Light Into Darkness - News & Analysis · Skirpal Poisonings & El Ghouta Gas attacks: Two studies of ‘False Certainties’ (Part 2 of 2)


July 6, 2020: Russian Bounties: Evidence-Free False Certainty in Mainstream Media with Matthew Hoh

Bringing Light into Darkness, Monday News and Analysis writes: Host Pedro Gatos is joined by special guest and veteran Matthew Hoh, a senior fellow with the Center for International Policy.

Hoh and Pedro Gatos discuss the recent claims of Russian bounties being placed on American soldiers. They analyze whether there is enough evidence to claim "certainty" and discuss a pattern of deceit in the media.

Hoh provides a rich historical basis to better understand the geopolitics of today and the role our foreign policy plays regarding the threat to our species survival it poses if we allow it to continue to be misrepresented by mainstream news media.

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Bringing Light Into Darkness - News & Analysis · Russian Bounties: ‘Evidence-Free False Certainty’ in Mainstream Media (Part 1 of 2)

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Bringing Light Into Darkness - News & Analysis · Russian Bounties: ‘Evidence-Free False Certainty’ in Mainstream Media (Part 2 of 2)


June 29, 2020: Becoming Anti-Racist and the International Power Structure with Dr. Arline Geronimus

Bringing Light into Darkness, Monday News and Analysis writes: Host Pedro Gatos is joined by Dr. Arline Geronimus, Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education and Research Professor in the Population Studies Center at the Institute for Social Research.

Dr. Geronimus joins host Pedro Gatos to discuss her 30 years of research studying and measuring how poverty and racism create mental and physical problems that can shorten lives by a decade or more.

Attached to that science, as we celebrate Stonewall LGBT Rights and at KOOP Radio this past weekend and into this next week, we apply the same principal to another form of discrimination and how it explicitly and implicitly creates additional levels of angst , that carried through most of life and can exert profound quality of life compromises on our LGBT fellow human family members.

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Bringing Light Into Darkness - News & Analysis · Becoming ‘Anti-Racist’ & the International Power Structure (Part 1 of 2)

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Bringing Light Into Darkness - News & Analysis · Becoming Anti-Racist III (Part 2 of 2)


June 22, 2020: Becoming Anti-Racist, Part 3 of a 3-Part Series with Dr. William Darity Jr.

Bringing Light into Darkness, Monday News and Analysis writes: Host Pedro Gatos is joined by Dr. William Darity Jr., Samuel Dubois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African American Studies, and Economics at Duke University.

In this episode, the two discuss systemic racism in the criminal justice system, the history of ACORN, and the argument for a federal job's guarantee.

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Bringing Light Into Darkness - News & Analysis · Becoming Anti-Racist III (Part 2 of 2)

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Bringing Light Into Darkness - News & Analysis · Becoming Anti-Racist III (Part 2 of 2)


June 15, 2020: Becoming Anti-Racist, Part 2 of a 3-Part Series with Dr. William Darity Jr.

Bringing Light into Darkness, Monday News and Analysis writes: Host Pedro Gatos is joined by Dr. William Darity Jr., Samuel Dubois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African American Studies, and Economics at Duke University,

This week, we continue our investigative quest and desire to become anti-racist by continuing to deconstruct history and encouraging a path to redress the grievous harm.

We seek to provide the rationale and legitimacy for reparations for this harm and provide not just the legitimacy for reparations, but also recognize the similar disproportionate economic wealth harms suffered by other disenfranchised people of all colors, that has created the economic challenging conditions for the majority of Americans, conditions, which are largely responsible for the protests sweeping our country and the world.

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Bringing Light Into Darkness - News & Analysis · Becoming Anti-Racist, w/William Darity Jr. (Part 1 of 2)

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Bringing Light Into Darkness - News & Analysis · Becoming Anti-Racist, w/William Darity Jr. (Part 2 of 2)


June 8, 2020: Structured Inequality for Dummies with Dr. William Darity Jr.

Bringing Light into Darkness, Monday News and Analysis writes: Host Pedro Gatos is joined by Dr. William Darity Jr., Samuel Dubois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African American Studies, and Economics at Duke University, to discuss the volume and degree of injustices that continue to face blacks and other people of color in our country well into the 21st century.

Part I of the show details the inequities, largely driven by wealth inequality in our country, that impact people of color disproportionately.

In Part II, Dr. Darity addresses common myths that are mistakenly promoted to describe the ‘why’ behind the profound inequalities described in Part I of the show,

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Bringing Light Into Darkness - News & Analysis · Structured Inequality for Dummies, w/Dr. William Darity Jr. (Pt. 1 of 2)

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Bringing Light Into Darkness - News & Analysis · Structured Inequality for Dummies, w/ Dr. William Darity Jr. (Pt. 2 of 2)


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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.”

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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’.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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