India’s Capital of Delhi has the World’s Worst Air Pollution – Why?

Air pollution in India’s capital Delhi is now so bad that breathing Delhi’s air is the equivalent of smoking 50 cigarettes a day.

For The Real News, I speak to Shouvik Chakraborty, a Research Fellow at the Political Economy Research Institute, UMASS-Amherst, about the severity of this public health crisis and the means by which it can be solved.

As Shouvik explains, the technology and strategies that are necessary to liberate residents of India’s major cities from suffocating air pollution are known – the solution is simply a matter of political will.

My interview of Shouvik can be seen here:—Why%3F

Hope is Rising that the Greek Crisis Will be Overcome

For The Real News, I speak to Professor Aristides Baltas, a former member of the Syriza cabinet in Greece.

Professor Baltas talks about his experience in Greek politics, Greece’s relationship to the Trump administration, and Greece’s efforts to recover the Parthenon Marbles from Britain.

My interview of Professor Baltas can be seen here:



Canada’s Major Banks Continue to Profit from Climate Disaster

For The Real News, I speak with Alex Speers-Roesch of Greenpeace Canada about two major fossil fuels divestment initiatives announced within the past few days.

The World Bank just announced that it will divest from fossil fuels exploration and extraction, while AXA, the world’s third largest insurer, has announced that it will divest from coal, tar sands and tar sands pipelines.

As Alex explains, however, all of Canada’s major banks remain invested in the tar sands, with Toronto-Dominion Bank being the worst offender.

My discussion with Alex can be seen here:

Cities vs. Climate Change: Are Cities Prepared to Handle the New Normal of More Extreme Weather?

For the Real News, I speak with Jeff Schlegelmilch of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness.

As Jeff explains, national, regional and local governments have a great deal of work to do to ensure that our homes and infrastructure are sufficiently resilient to withstand the new normal of a warmer climate.

My discussion with Jeff can be seen here:

On Democracy North, I Discuss the Struggle for Palestinian Freedom in Canada

On this evening’s Democracy North program which airs on Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5 fm, I discussed with Irwin Oostindie the struggle for Palestinian freedom.

Our conversation touched on Roger Waters’ recent tour in Canada, the attempts by pro-Israel groups to silence Roger, the NDP leadership’s growing willingness to demand justice for the Palestinian people, and the rising danger that the discredited governments of Donald Trump, Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Crown Prince Bin Salman will ignite a devastating war in the Middle East.

The Democracy North program begins at about 2 minutes into this podcast:

Forced Privatization of The Greek Port of Piraeus, One Year Later

For The Real News, I speak with with Giorgos Gogos, general Secretary of the Dockworkers Union at the Port of Piraeus in Greece.

As Giorgos explains, the Troika of Greece’s creditors forced the privatization of 67% of the massive Port of Piraeus. The purchase price amounted to a pittance.

As a result, the most secure and lucrative state asset in Greece, which could have generated ongoing revenue to ease Greece’s crushing debt load, is now under the control of Chinese shipping company Cosco.

My interview of Mr. Gogos can be seen here:

Greece Emerges from Economic Crisis with Increased Inequality

For the Real News, I speak with Professor John Milios, the former Chief Economic Adviser of Syriza, about Greek government claims that Greece’s economy has begun to recover from the ravages of the troika’s austerity program.

As Professor Milios explains, recent statistical improvements in the overall economic picture conceal that life for ordinary Greeks has not improved palpably.

Even worse, austerity has rendered Greece a more unequal society and has entrenched the power of the very oligarchy which Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had vowed to constrain.

My interview of Professor Milios can be watched here: