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A Yemeni-American View on The Saudi Aggression Against Yemen

September 29th, 2015

Interview with Rabyaah Althaibani, a Yemeni American activist from New York City. We talk about the degree of destruction, the Saudi excuses for their devastating bombing attacks, and the internal fight in Yemen between the Houthis, forces loyal to the former head of government Saleh, the Saudi chosen president Hadi, al-Qaeda and other forces.  Yeminis are planning a rally against the Saudi attack in New York City.  See

The interviewer was Stanley Heller

Yemenis Know the U.S. Government Supports the Saudi Attack on Them

August 4th, 2015

Interview with Ahmed, coordinator of the Yemeni organization Dar al-Salaam.  We talk about one particularly terrible attack on a building that was home to 200 families of power plant workers.  Also we discuss the U.S. support for the Saudi War,  the Houthis and the other warring Yemeni parties and what the Dar al-Salaam group is trying to do. 

The group's website is

The European Central Bank is Trying to Blackmail Greece

July 5th, 2015

Interview with Petros Constantinou who is a councillor in the Athens municipality on 7/5/15 the same day as voting on the referendum.  His group ANTARSYA is for "Oxi", a "No" vote.  We talk about the wild  stories that Greece is without food and medicine and what ANTARSYA thinks ought to be done.  Interviewer is Stanley Heller of TSVN


Green Capitalism Would Only Slow the Collapse of the Ecology

June 24th, 2015

Ecosocialist Joel Kovel talks about Al Gore, James Hansen, Pope Francis and Naomi Klein as part of an interview with Stanley Heller of TSVN on 6/22/15. We discuss how bad the future looks and why even the most knowledgeable of the capitalists aren't doing much about it. We discuss attempts at Green Capitalism and Naomi Klein's attempt to go beyond capitalism.


Why The Taj Mahal Workers Want You to Boycott the Taj Mahal (and the Tropicana)

June 24th, 2015

Interview with Ben Begleiter spokesperson for Local 54, Unite HERE, Atlantic City on the hardball tactics of billionaire Taj Mahal owner Carl Icahn.

The union's Facebook page is here:
A valuable site about the boycott and on which union hotels to visit is here:

What Happened to the Humanitarian Aid Ship to Yemen

May 25th, 2015

Tighe Barry of Code Pink talks about the recent attempt of an Iranian Red Crescent ship to go to a Yemen port to deliver humanitarian aid.  Saudi and U.S. forces wouldn't allow that to happen.

see "The Struggle" archive on Yemen at

60 Feet Up in a Tree, She Protests the Methane Pipeline Expansion

May 19th, 2015

Interview with Sherrie Anne Andre who is sitting high up in a tree on property of Spectra near one of its gas compressor stations.  Spectra wants to expand a pipeline system to transport methane gas.  Andre says expansion of use of fossil fuels is a bad policy.  Also as someone who has been working on the problem of sexual assault for some years she raises the connection of working conditions at "boom" work sites and sexual assault.


What Reconstruction? Gaza is Bombed Out Buildings

April 9th, 2015

Interview with Najwa Sheikh who lives in Nuseirat Camp. We discuss this video in part of the interview.


Syria: Despite all the Atrocities, the Revolution is Alive

April 7th, 2015

Interview with Yasser Munif 4/7/2015 days after ISIS takes over Yarmouk camp in Damascus.  He and Stanley Heller of TSVN talk about the Caesar photos of Assad torture and killings that were exhibited at the U.N., the ISIS takeover of Yarmouk, defeats of Assad forces, the shameful interventions of a host of countries from Iran to the U.S. and efforts at the World Social Forum in Tunisia last month to present the case of the Syrian revolutionaries.   I refer to an exhibit at the start of the interview that was described here: The Guardian (UK)


After Years of Israeli Destruction in Gaza Things Have Not Improved

February 25th, 2015

Interview with Fida Qishta filmmaker and camera operator of "Where Shall the Birds Fly?" a look at what the Israeli military has done to Palestinians in Gaza from the bulldozing of her own home to the massive destruction of the 21008-2009 attack.  We talk about what got her involved in video, what happened the day her family's Rafah home was destroyed, her work with international volunteers, Dec. 27, 2008 and what the attack was like in Rafah, the Samouni family that lost 21 members and we touch on the 2014 attack which toll a terrible toll on many of Qishta's cousins.  Qishta is now in the U.S. She has been accepted for a program at the New York Film Academy and is using crowd source funding to get the tuition.  See