Saturday, January 19, 2019

Speaking Truth to Empire with Dan Yaseen (January 2019 edition)

January 2019

Speaking Truth to Empire on KFCF 88.1 FM independently owned and locally operated in Fresno since 1975, Dan Yaseen interviews Regis Tremblay, an independent filmmaker and a blogger, interested in activism and the environment. He lives in Woolwich, Maine. Topics of discussion include declining American Empire and changing world order from a unipolar to a multipolar world. His website is:



Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Update on Syria with Sarah Abed (SOAPBOX SPECIAL: 1/9/2019)

The Soapbox
 January 9, 2019

Guest: Sarah Abed
Topic: Update on Syria

Since we first chatted with Sarah (CLICK HERE), there have been many new developments with the Syria issue.

Listen to this new show for the updates.

Sarah Abed

From Sarah:

Since we last spoke there have been some new developments.
  1. Last week I had mentioned that as a result of Trump’s announcement to withdraw US troops from Syria that the leaders of the Kurdish militia’s were reconciling with the Syrian government and asking for protection against a Turkish onslaught and were willing to give up some of their teritory west of the Euphrates but there have been some changes since then.
  2.  During the past week the SDF (which is just a rebranding of the Kurdish YPG/ at the request of US officials) asked Germany and France for a no-fly zone over northeastern Syria.
  3. Quite frankly, these requests are unrealistic because Germany and France are allies of Turkey and work within the framework of NATO, also Russia won’t allow them to adopt a plan that threatens Syria’s territorial integrity.
  4. They also asked France to replace the US forces in northeastern Syria with French forces, now whether or not they will do that is up in the air but they did say that they will stay on the ground and help the Kurdish militias fight against ISIS.
  5. Now I have also heard that a senior administration official told NBC News on January 5th that the U.S. may keep its forces in the al-Tanaf base in southeastern Syria for undetermined amount of time and that the step is aimed at applying pressure on Syria and Iran because the base is located on a vital international highway that could link Tehran with Beirut through Baghdad and Damascus
  6. Also, now we are hearing from US officials there is no real timeline for US troop withdraw and even Trump said that he didn’t give a definitive timeframe, we have heard anything from 30 days to 4 months but now it could be months or years. One thing we do know is that the notion of a quick withdraw which is the impression that Trump gave is being manipulated by Washington and has changed.
  7. Bolton and Pompeo were in the Middle East visiting allies including Israel, Turkey, Jordan, and Egypt, to do what some are calling “damage control” after Trumps withdraw announcement.
  8. Bolton was in Israel yesterday and was saying that there are stipulations to US troop withdraw and that two conditions that must be met before that takes place.
  9. The 17,000 remaining ISIS fighters in Syria must be completely defeated. And second, that Turkey must vow not to attack US-backed Kurdish fighters in Northern Syria. Like I had mentioned last time Turkey considers the YPG and SDF Kurds as an extension of the PKK and a national security threat.
  10. January 7th Bolton was in Turkey to talk to Turkish officials about their aims and capabilities in combating Daesh. What listeners need to take note of and what you won’t read much about in the news is that Turkey has been a huge supporter of armed militias and terrorist groups in Syria and has been since the beginning of the war, so it’s laughable that we are trusting them to fight against Daesh when they are the ones backing the FSA who are the same thing just under a different name.
  11. There’s been mention that Turkey is asking the US for substantial military support including airstrikes, transport and logicsts as well to supposedly fight against ISIS.
  12. I want to bring up something briefly, Turkey remains a threat to Syria’s sovereignty even if they have implied otherwise because, they have at times made it clear that their ultimate goal involves long-term expansion into neighboring countries such as Syria.
  13. A main concern right now for the US is that their Kurdish allies will switch sides and work with the Syrian government and Russia. Bolton even urged the SDF to “stand fast now” and avoid any deals with Damascus while they come up with a plan.
  14. There’s been talks about the US considering a partition plan but we don’t know enough about it and it hasnt been published yet. It’s been dubbed “Sykes Picot on acid
  15. I am hoping that the Kurdish militias will come to their senses and do the only reasonable thing at this point which is to reconcile with the Syrian government, hand over their weapons to the Syrian army and work with them to finish off the remaining ISIS terrorists. And I want to also mention that contrary to popular belief that the majority of the fighting against Daesh has been by the Syrian Arab Army and their allies.
  16. If the Kurdish militas keep putting their faith in the US and consider them their friends they will get left in the mud just like they were in the Iran/Iraq war, just like they were left in Afrin, and at some point they need to stop being used as a tool by the US/Israel/NATO or else this cycle of abuse will never end.
  17. We will just have to wait and see how much of this is just being used to appease our allies versus how this is going to change Trump's strategy to withdraw troops from Syria.

Something I had wanted to mention but completely forgot was that Bolton recently said that if Damascus uses chemical weapons that they would respond, and what we have seen happen in April of 2017 and 2018 is that the AlQaeda White Helmets take these sorts of threats from the US as a cue to stage a chemical attack and frame the Syrian government in hopes of evoking a military response from the US and their allies.

Also you touched on how the US is doing what it can to protect Israel so that's an important point too. 




(W)MOP Community Conference Call: 2019 the Year of CHANGE (Sunday, January 13, 2019)

(W)MOP Monthly Community Conference Call
WHEN: Sunday, January 13
(Second Sunday)

TIMES: 4pm Pacific
5pm Mountain
6pm Central
7pm Eastern
To be determined

Email Cindy Sheehan for an invitation to the monthly call.

Note: If you signed up for last month's call, you will be getting an invitation for this call.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Name and Shame the Global Power Elite (SOAPBOX PODCAST JANUARY 6, 2019)

January 6, 2019

GUEST: Peter Phillips*

Topic: Confronting the Global Elite


This week on the Soapbox, Cindy welcomes back Professor Peter Phillips who recently published the book

Giants: The Global Power Elite.

Peter names the people in the world with the real power and how we the people who have the REAL NUMBERS can change things before it is too late.




*Peter Phillips is a Professor of Political Sociology at Sonoma State University since 1994, former Director of Project Censored 1996 to 2010 and President of Media Freedom Foundation 2003 to 2017. He has been editor or co-editor of fourteen editions of Censored, co-editor with Dennis Loo of Impeach the President: The Case Against Bush and Cheney (2006), editor of two editions of Progressive Guide to Alternative Media and Activism (1999 & 2004). His most recent book is Giants: The Global Power Elite. He was a co-host of the weekly Project Censored show on Pacifica Radio with Mickey Huff from 2010 to 2017, originating from KPFA in Berkeley and airing on forty stations nationwide. He teaches courses in Political Sociology, Sociology of Power, Sociological of Media, Sociology of Conspiracies and Investigative Sociology. He was winner of the Firecracker Alternative Book Award in 1997 for Best Political Book, PEN Censorship Award 2008, Dallas Smythe Award from the Union for Democratic Communications 2009, and the Pillar Human Rights Award from the National Associations of Whistleblowers 2014. He lives in a redwood forest near Bodega, California with his wife Mary Lia. 

Friday, January 4, 2019

Archives: Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox 2019


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All guests interviewed by Cindy Sheehan unless otherwise noted. 



Speaking Truth to Empire with Dan Yaseen (December 2018, Edition)

Speaking Truth to Empire on KFCF 88.1 independently owned and locally operated since 1975 in Fresno, Dan Yaseen interviews Kathy Kelly. Kathy is a peace and justice activist and a 3 times Nobel Peace Prize Nominee. She coordinates Voices for Creative Nonviolence (, a campaign to end U. S. military and economic warfare. Topics include Saudi/US war, genocide and famine in Yemen. 

Kathy Kelly

#IlluminateYemen & #EndImperialism (Video)

January 3, 2019



Sunday, December 30, 2018

Imperialism Abhors a Void: Guest: Sarah Abed (SOAPBOX PODCAST 12/30/18) (UPDATED 1/7/19)

(Updated 1/4/2019 with Sarah's comments and fixed typo concerning the date of the show)
Soapbox #347 & #349


I spent the "quiet" time of the materialistic
holiday whirlwind to quietly compile and count all the Cindy Sheehan Soapbox shows for the past ten years!
I think some have been lost to the ether, but the ones I have preserved amounted to 346.


Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox
Final Podcast 2018

Guest: Sarah Abed
Topic: US "Withdrawal" from Syria

Sarah Abed

This week, to end the year, Cindy chats with 
Syrian-born, political analyst and author, Sarah Abed about
Trump's recent announcement of US troop withdrawal from 
As noted in the interview, the US was an uninvited participant anyway
that has sided with the terrorists against the sovereign government of Syria.
The Democrat-liberal reaction to Trump's announcement was also very interesting.
 (Please connect to read the articles Sarah mentions in the interview, and more!) 
Please listen and please support Your Soapbox!

Sarah's write up of the interview:

Below are some of the points that I made during our chat (this is not a full transcript) or some thoughts I would like to expand on.
Cindy asked what I make of Trump’s announcement to withdraw 2,000 troops from Syria.
My response:
Trump had stated during his campaign and his presidency and even prior to that during Obama’s presidency in 2013 that he did not think we should be in Syria, nor should we be bombing Syria, that it was a waste of money and lives and that the Arab League and neighboring countries should be the ones to step up to the plate.
I think this was one of the reasons that many people voted for him, because of his non-interventionist foreign policy, which was in stark contrast to that of Hillary Clinton.

In April, of this year he had announced that he wanted to pull the US out of Syria and then just days later there was an alleged chemical weapons attack that was pinned on the Syrian government in Douma, to which Trump responded with attacking multiple targets along with his allies the UK and France.

This of course derailed his plan to pull out US troops, which is the exact outcome that the terrorists that staged the whole theatrical performance had wanted. And we have seen this sort of thing happen time and time again during the war. Whenever the Syrian army and government have made significant progress new allegations and attacks are made against them in corporate media in order to garner international support for military, political intervention as well as increased sanctions.

There are other factors at play with this latest withdraw announcement which was made on December 19th, in addition to standing by his America first promise, campaign statements, saving money and lives, there’s the fact that Turkey’s president Erdogan had threatened to attack the Kurdish militias on his border, if the US didn’t have them removed. He sees the YPG (People’s Protection Units) which was rebranded at the request of the US into the SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces) as an extension of the PKK (Kurdistan workers party) which is a terrorist group that has been in conflict with the Turkish state for decades.

As I had written about back in March the Olive branch operation in Afrin proved that NATO alliances are stronger than any other alliances and that the US will choose Turkey over the Kurds and that’s what we are seeing happen right now. Some have also speculated that Israel may have given the US a heads up that it would be engaging in an intense bombing campaign and that US troops should be sent home so that they are not caught in the crosshairs.
Cindy asked what I make of the reaction by democrats, liberals, celebrities etc.

My response:
It would be comical if it wasn’t actually dangerous. In their blind opposition to anything and everything that Trump says these overnight analysts and pundits started claiming that if US troops were to withdraw from Syria then Kurds would be annihilated by Turkey or succumb to some other equally horrible fate.

What we have seen over the past few days however is that leaders of Kurdish militias have actually reached out to the Syrian government and asked that they step in and take back Manbij and all the territory under their control west of the Euphrates in order to protect them against Turkey. This is a clear shift in their political alliance away from the US and towards Syria and Russia. Turkey will not directly confront the Syrian army so Trump’s announcement could actually signify a big step towards peace in this almost eight-year western imposed insurrection.
The US entered Syria illegally and has since set up over a dozen military bases and supported the Kurdish militias during the last few years only. Prior to using the Kurdish militias as a tool to create chaos and division in Syria, the US was predominately supporting the hardcore Al Qaeda-linked terrorists in the Free Syrian Army and an assortment of other alphabet soup groups who they affectionately referred to as “moderate rebels” to topple the secular Syrian government.
Had the US not supported the Kurdish militias they would have not had the motivation to turn against the Syrian state. During the beginning of the war, the Kurds were fighting with the Syrian army against terrorists, by the way some still are and many Kurds in Syria are not in agreement with the separatist ambitions of the Kurdish militias.

I want to stress the fact that before 2011 Kurds, Arabs, and Christian minorities lived peacefully in Syria and till now they are NOT the majority. They do not have any justifiable claims to the north eastern region (which also happens to be the most agriculturally and oil rich part of the country) or any other part of Syria. They are a nomadic people and I do not mean that in a condescending way at all but to illustrate that they came into Syria in waves to escape mistreatment in neighboring countries and were treated fairly and given equal rights. Not all Kurds envision a unified Kurdistan that would span four different sovereign countries (Turkey, Iraq, Syria, and Iran). Most Kurdish movements and political parties are focused on the concerns and autonomy of Kurds within their respective countries. Within each country, there are Kurds who have assimilated and whose aspirations may be limited to greater cultural freedoms and political recognition.

It’s also worth noting that only Israel is their main and really only supporter and their plans for an independent Kurdistan align almost perfectly with Israel’s greater Israel plan. They have historically been used by Israel and NATO.
Cindy asked about the demands being made that Russia or Iran should withdraw from Syria if US troops are to be withdrawn.

My response was basically that Russia, Iran, and Hezbollah are there with the Syrian governments permission. Whereas the US, UK, France, and Turkey are there illegally and need to leave. Cindy noted and I agreed that it’s a false equivalency and a logical fallacy.

We also spoke about fasting to raise awareness #illuminateYemen for the entirely man-made and avoidable Saudi war and genocide that’s been going on for over three years and nine months. We discussed the latest developments and how Saudi Arabia is outsourcing their front line fighters with children and men from Dafur, Sudan and paying their families $10,000.

My response:
Fasting for seven days was a very humbling experience. The war on Yemen is truly heartbreaking especially because it is entirely man-made and avoidable. It’s so important for us to continue to raise awareness and get people to talk about it to literally everyone they know, which. For the past 3 years and nine months the murderous Al Saud regime, has been bombing civilians using weapons bought from the US, UK, and Germany, what they are doing is nothing short of committing genocide and deliberately starving Yemeni’s them through blockades. Tens of thousands have been killed since it began.

There was actually a report in the New York Times today that Saudi Arabia was recruiting children from Darfur to fight on the front lines and paying their families $10,000. Sudan has been part of the Saudi-led alliance, and deployed thousands of ground troops to Yemen. In the NYT report they said that five Sudanese fighters who had returned from Yemen told them that that children made up 20-40 percent of their units in Yemen.

The fact that House of Saud is on the UN human and woman’s rights council while also being the leading violator in crimes against humanity and the main sponsor of terror in the world shows the western worlds blatant hypocrisy. A United Nations-sponsored peace agreement was signed in Sweden earlier this month, and was agreed upon by both sides to implement a ceasefire in Hodeida. The panel will be meeting again on January 1 to discuss “detailed plans for full redeployment”.

Every effort needs to be made for this conflict to end.


Saturday, December 22, 2018

Archives: Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox 2018


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(Interviewed by Dakotah Lilly)

(Interviewed by Irene Sanchez and Matt Sedillo)

Arun Gupta
(Interviewed by Dakotah Lilly)

(Interviewed by Irene Sanchez and Matt Sedillo)

(Interviewed by Irene Sanchez and Matt Sedillo)

(Interviewed by Irene Sanchez and Matt Sedillo)


(Interview by Irene Sanchez and Matt Sedillo)
May 28, 2018

(Interviewed by Irene Sanchez and Matt Sedillo)

(Interviewed by Irene Sanchez and Matt Sedillo)

(Interviewed by Dakotah Lilly)

(Interviewed by Dakotah Lilly)



(Interviewed by Irene Sanchez and Matt Sedillo)