“We must be clear. White supremacy is repulsive. This bigotry is counter to all this country stands for. There can be no moral ambiguity.”
Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
15 August 2017
We all knew Trump would be a bad President.
We expected mistakes on, say, complicated policy issues.
I expected unrivalled incompetence, but even this has proven to be far too optimistic. I never imagined that he would be so unfit for office as to be unable to express without reservation that he despises far-right groups. This is not simply about his limited ability with words.
He spoke out, eventually, via a teleprompter speech that was obviously not his own. But even this belated move could not hide his lack of sincerity. And then there was yesterday’s press conference/war, which left me feeling dirty after I watched it.
In this edition of the podcast, Aidan is back with everything you need to know about the ominous stand-off between the United States and North Korea. This potentially-catastrophic conflict focuses around Pyongyang’s nuclear capabilities, such as they are. In these ‘Notes on North Korea’, Aidan explains how this crisis has evolved, and addresses the potential outcomes of this long-running narrative, including a look at the unpredictable ‘Trump factor’.
The British Empire, and other European powers, began to leave South East Asia in the aftermath of World War 2. The region has changed dramatically since this era; a period when British troops were fighting communists in Malaya, several years before the US attempted its own communist supression in Vietnam. It was during the British Empire’s response to Chin Peng’s insurgency that the colonial rulers committed an atrocity that could be called ‘Britain’s My Lai’. On this edition of the Aidan Project, Aidan is talking to Christopher Hale, a distinguished freelance executive producer, producer/director and writer, to discuss British rule in Malaya, post-colonial South East Asia, press constraints in Malaysia and Singapore, Donald Trump’s tenuous grasp of history, and the incomparable Philippines President, Rodrigo Duterte, a man who has claimed to have personally killed criminals, among other controversies. Christopher has numerous documentary credits to his name, for the BBC, Channel 4, Discovery, and National Geographic, amongst other broadcasters. His programs include ‘Why Reading Matters’ for BBC4, ‘The Year the Earth Went Wild’ for Channel 4, ‘Naked Science: Universe’ for National Geographic, ‘Oasis of the Golden Mummies’ for Discovery, ‘Accidents in Space’ for BBC/Travel Channel, and many more. Christopher’s 2013 book, ‘Massacre in Malaya: Exposing Britain’s My Lai’, covers the Malayan Emergency of 1948–1960, which was the longest war waged by British and Commonwealth forces in the twentieth century. Christopher has also written a number of books on wartime Nazi Germany, including ‘Hitler’s Foreign Executioners: Europe’s Dirty Secret’. For more information on Christopher and to check out his voluminous work, visit http://www.christopherhalemedia.org/. You can find Christopher on Twitter at https://twitter.com/chalemedia.
North Korea’s nuclear testing program has alarmed the world
“North Korea best not make any more threats to the US. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
Abraham Lincoln Donald Trump
August 8 2017
I am working on a new podcast which will cover the stand-off between the United States – alongside its allies – and North Korea. This conflict focuses around Pyongyang’s nuclear capabilities, such as they are.
The podcast, which will be released later this month, will examine a number of key questions; questions not simply of the moment, but questions as to how we got here, wherever “here” is.
In addition, I would love to solicit listener questions, along with any related comments or thoughts on this dire state of affairs, so please do get in touch.
Also, whilst I have your kind attention, you may be interested to know that I have also made the podcast available via Google Play for those who use this service. A full list of options on how to listen to the podcasts is here. If you use a subscription service, such as iTunes or iHeart Radio, please leave a review if you have a few moments, as this really helps like-minded folks to find the show!
On July 21, the noted evolutionary biologist and author, Richard Dawkins, was de-platformed by a ‘progressive’ radio station in California because of comments he had previously made about Islam. This decision – powered by the moral confusion that maliciously designates fair criticism of religion as hate speech – is yet another example of the left’s deeply dishonest, nonsensical, virtue-signalling and outlandish apologising whenever Islam is discussed. In this episode, Aidan is joined by Sadia Hameed, spokesperson for the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, for an honest conversation on the challenging issues of appraising Islam, leaving the faith, the media’s obsession with ‘Islamophobia’, the widespread cultural relativism and obscurantism espoused on the left, the conflation of peaceful Muslims and archaic Islamists by the right, and much more, including the de-platforming of Dawkins. This is an important conversation regarding the interactions of the ideas of Islam and the world. For more information on the Council, visit their web site at https://www.ex-muslim.org.uk/.
Russia has signalled its intent to demand a reduction in the number of US diplomats in the country, following US Congress approving fresh sanctions against Moscow over interference in the 2016 US election. What is driving this new Cold War? Dan Kovalik is a human rights, labour rights lawyer and peace activist. Dan’s new book is called ‘The Plot to Scapegoat Russia: How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Russia’. Dan argues that the real threat to US democracy does not emanate from the Kremlin, but from within Washington’s own security services and vested interests. Dan opines that even if Russia did interfere in the US election, for the US to cry foul is entirely hypocritical, in view of numerous attempts to topple leaders and install preferential candidates in other nation states, including in, of course, Russia. Aidan and Dan discuss the Clintons, Vladimir Putin, the mainstream media, how Democrats should respond to Donald Trump if they seek to gain a foothold as an effective opposition, US exceptionalism, and much more. The show also covers a selection of current events, including the Pyongyang issue: Dan gives his take on why North Korea has – at some level – a legitimate grievance with the United States. Dan’s book at Amazon UK: http://tinyurl.com/ya8rcnuh. Dan’s Twitter address: www.twitter.com/danielmkovalik.
In this edition of Project Extra, Ran Levi explains the hugely exciting developments in gene editing, clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR), which has the potential to transform human biology as we know it. CRISPR (pronounced “crisper”) is a biological gene editing system for reconfiguring DNA. The concept was discovered in 2012 by molecular biologist Professor Jennifer Doudna of the University of California, who told the BBC last year, “I never want to over-promise but I feel diseases will be cured and we want to enable clinicians and scientists to bring that to a reality.” Aidan has previously recorded two full-length podcast episodes with Ran, most recently, episode 40 – ‘Downloading a President’, and episode 11 – ‘Malicious Assured Destruction: Cold War to Cyber War’. Ran’s new podcast, ‘Malicious Life’, has topped the iTunes charts in Israel and is available at http://www.malicious.life. You can tweet Aidan with your thoughts @theaidanproject.