#NJRR Live: A Global Panel

Welcome to #NJRR Live!

Good evening, everyone, and welcome to #NJRR Live! Tonight we will be discussing international affairs from China to South America with two guests from the US Peace Council. 

The Biden administration has announced that the United States is pulling out of Afghanistan and Alaska. China has flexed back on the US at a tense summit. How does this factor into a future of peace in the world?

Bahman Assad and Vijay Prashad

Our guests tonight are Bahman Assad, Vijay Prashad, and Christian Perez. Bahman is a familiar face from the US peace council. Bahman has gone overseas on a number of youth missions and diplomatic trips in the name of spreading a different perspective, one of peace. He was born and raised in Iran and he served in the Iranian military.  

Bahman brought comrade Vijay Prashad to the show tonight. Vijay is a member of the Executive Committee of the U.S. Peace Council, Director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, Chief Editor at LeftWord Books, and Chief Correspondent of Globetrotter. His most recent book is Washington Bullets, which has a preface that was written by Evo Morales. He is a recipient of the Muzaffar Ahmad Award. 

[Vijay Prashad]

US Army Overseas

During the past year, even with the pandemic, Vijay travelled the world in order to continue his journalistic work. Vijay and Bahman fear that the troops who were pulled out of Iran will simply be relocated elsewhere in the world. America needs to stop inserting itself as savior in a narrative where it was never wanted. We’ve been involved with scores of countries, some of whom actively wanted our army to stop occupying their territory.

US diplomats are starting to sound like the mafia in their global relations, making threats in order to maintain power. Meanwhile, when it comes to politics, all we see is rhetoric. We refuse to acknowledge our violent history as a country and we continue to operate as imperialists. The US is greedily hiding millions of dollars in offshore accounts instead of investing it in resources and development.

Xenophobia

We are trying to provoke a war with China because we are falling behind in communication technology. Rather than resolving things by reinvesting capital, we are attempting to start conflict. The United States government projects xenophobia towards China instead of learning from Chinese culture. This xenophobia takes many forms, some of the most prominent being negative associations with the coronavirus (”Chinavirus”) and with failed communism. We as a country do not understand China because we do not know about China. The mainstream media do not report accurately and thus America rejects a rich culture.

Free and fair democracy should be the ultimate goal for the political state in the world. In order to get there, countries across the globe will need to cooperate. People will need to be able to tolerate political systems other than the ones in which they live. 

See You Next Week!

As usual, we’ll see you next week! Until then, stay safe and stay informed. 

-Leah Giannantonio, for the New Jersey Revolution Radio Network

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