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On this Back Story is a new revolution in the making in Iran? It's just over 40 years since the Shah of Iran was over thrown, and it became an Islamic republic, but now people are back in the streets calling for the end of the religious regime. Violent demonstrations were sparked by the murder of a 22yr old woman arrested and beaten to death by the…
 
On Back Story this week Dana Lewis interviews former Russia Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, who says Putin IS bluffing and his regime is in its final chapter. And, NYTimes reporter Peter Baker and his new book on Trump, The Divider. It's all about American democracy in decline.بقلم Dana Lewis
 
On this Back Story a new season of international news coverage. We begin with the death and funeral of Queen Elizabeth. Dana Lewis talks to British commentator Jo Phillips. And from Canada ,Prof. Nicolas Kenny/ Simon Fraser Univ. on the future of the Commonwealth. Plus the incredible counter offensive in Ukraine, we go to Kyiv and speak to Paul Nil…
 
On this Back Story w Dana Lewis, British P.M. Boris Johnson is being forced to step down. Liberal Democrat Candidate and writer Edward Lucas on Johnson's turmoil and what went wrong. And from Kyiv, commentator Paul Niland on Ukraine's future and the war with Russia.بقلم Dana Lewis
 
On this Back Story the incredible tales of rescue's in Ukraine from the head of project Dynamo, Bryan Stern, an American Vet now saving lives in a war zone. And the Int. Crisis Group's Olga Oliker, on the remote chances for talks to end the war in Ukraine. And how there are indications of escalation before one side or both are ready for a pause in …
 
On this Back Story Russia has threatened Lithuania for its decision to stop sanctioned goods crossing from Russia to the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad. Host Dana Lewis talks to fmr. Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius who says Russia has to be confronted. And foreign fighters in Ukraine - British and American volunteers to the Ukraine ar…
 
On this Back Story the Institute for the Study of War's Nataliya Bugayova, talks to host Dana Lewis on the critical timing at stake in Ukraine. A tiring, and largely spent Russian force colliding with an ever stronger and better equipped Ukrainian army. Ukraine will not cede territory to Putin's war machine, but it needs to counter attack and take …
 
On this Back Story Host Dana Lewis talks to an expert on defense strategy, Malcolm Davis from Australia's Strategic Policy Institute, on how long this war could last and what would victory look like for Putin? And on gun violence in America, former NYPD Lt. and criminal expert Darrin Porcher who says it has to be time to reduce guns in America, eve…
 
On this Back Story - you've heard a lot about the land war in Ukraine, but soon there may be international efforts to break the Russian Black Sea Naval blockade. The World's food supply may count on it. Russia is holding back commercial vessels that need to set sail for Asia and Africa with Ukraines massive harvest of grain. Host Dana Lewis talks t…
 
On this Back Story host Dana Lewis talks to Soufan's Colin Clarke, on why this shooting in Buffalo happened. Guns and hatred in America. Nicolas Tenzer at the Centre for European Policy Analysis on why talk of a ceasefire in Ukraine now would be a critical error playing into Putin's hands. And Finland and Swedens bid to join NATO - Henri Vanhanen e…
 
On this Back Story Sir. Mark Lyall Grant, the former National Security Advisor for Britain, says Ukraine may be forced to settle for a Russian seizure of the larger Donbas region, as the war looks set to drag on. But it will be a long term conflict, not easily solved. And William Alberque is Director of Strategy, Technology, and Arms Control at the…
 
On this edition of Back Story the sinking of the Russian Warship Moskva, and was it really hit by Ukrainian cruise missiles? Host Dana Lewis asks naval expert, former British Rear Admiral John Gower -who thinks it likely was sunk in an attack. And no planting, no crops, no food. The war in Ukraine will create huge aftershocks for the world food sup…
 
On this Back Story can badly battered Russian forces regroup and take eastern Ukraine? We talk to (Ret) Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, the former commander U.S. Army Europe who says Putin is looking to claim the east of Ukraine but is unlikely to do so, and Ukraine won't now easily accept a cease fire because of warcrimes. And there are many frightening para…
 
One month since the war was launched, without provocation ,on Ukraine by Russia, there is talk of peace, or at least a ceasefire. But there are huge gaps in how the two sides see this being resolved and the fighting is ongoing. On this Back Story Dana Lewis talks with the Int. Crisis Group Olga Oliker who says the two sides don't yet appear ready f…
 
On this Back Story Dana Lewis talks to the Soufan Group's Colin Clarke who says Putins failed war in Ukraine will relegate Russia to a third World fringe power. Writer and resident of Kyiv Paul Niland on life under siege in Ukraine and the will to fight on. And former Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov on the economic pain in Russia and the ne…
 
On this Back Story the frightening and growing threat of an attack on Ukraine by Russia using chemical or biological weapons. Dana Lewis interviews former U.S. Assist. Sec. of Defense Andy Weber, who says Russian leader Putin has reconstituted and concealed his illegal chemical/biological warfare programs and has shown he is ready to use these bann…
 
On this Back Story Dana Lewis talks to Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, former U.S. army Europe who says he's frustrated with those who say more can't be done to stop the destruction and killing in Ukraine. There is more to be done by the West. And we speak to Ukrainian journalist Olga Tokariuk who fled Kyiv to Western Ukraine on the effects of the war and the…
 
On this Back Story can Ukraine hold on? It's a genocidal claim by Russian President Putin that Ukraine is not a real country. And Putin the great chess player, has now turned out to be a reckless gambler holding what looks like a losing hand in Ukraine. Host Dana Lewis talks to Lt. Col Alexander Vindman the former European affairs director at the N…
 
On this Back Story long time campaigner for sanctions against Russia Bill Browder who says sanctions will isolate Russia, but we are in for heart break in Ukraine. We talk to Dr. Ben Connable, a retired Marine Corps intelligence officer, a senior nonresident fellow at the Atlantic Council, professor of security studies at Georgetown University. And…
 
On Back Story with Dana Lewis this week, the Crisis in Ukraine is reaching a boiling point, and our guest Ben Hodges, a Lt. Gen. (Ret) who commanded all U.S. Army forces in Europe, says 90% Russia is likely to invade. Journalist Fred Weir talks to Russian public opinion, where the appetite for war is low. In Canada Truckers protests in Ottawa, and …
 
On Back Story the case of Boris Johnson and his parties at 10 Downing St., while the rest of the country was in lockdown and gatherings were against the law. 14 parties are now the subject of a police investigation, and British politicians and journalists say theres never been a Prime Minister like this. The calls to resign are headline news and th…
 
On this Back Story host Dana Lewis who spent 12 years in Russia as a Western TV Correspondent speaks to Ambassador John Bolton, who served as the National Security Advisor to the Trump Admin. and was the U.S. Ambassador to the UN. And former Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, who worked for President Putin and who thinks Putin is bluffing on …
 
On this weeks Back Story a reality check on Covid and the notion the pandemic is ending or the variants are guaranteed to get milder. Dana Lewis speaks to his two favourite experts, Epidemiologists Deepti Gurdasani in Britain, and Eric Feigl-Ding out of Washington. Both will tell you Omicron is not less severe in many ways, it's endangering childre…
 
On this BACK STORY we hear from the foremost experts on Russia, and what should its leader Putin get from the West in talks to avert war? We talk to Olga Oliker of the International Crisis Group who says talking is better than fighting, and theres a lot to discuss. Brett Bruen of the Global Situation Room talks of getting tougher with Putin and fig…
 
On this Back Story Host Dana Lewis talks to Alexander Vindman, the former Lt. Col. who testified against former President Trump, in his House impeachment. Vindman talks of Trumps corrupt White House, the insurrection at the Capitol, and even Ukraine and Russia, predicting war is likely in Europe because Putin will likely not be deterred by Presiden…
 
This week President Biden is said to have told Russia leader Vladimir Putin that the U.S. is prepared to use "nuclear economic sanctions" if Russia invades Ukraine further. Do sanctions work? And what are these sanctions Biden says have never been used? On Back Story Host Dana Lewis talks to former U.S. Treasury expert Brian O'Toole, now with the A…
 
On this Back Story understanding the Russia conflict with Ukraine, as Russian troops appear ready to mount a large scale attack on Ukraine, again. Host Dana Lewis talks to International Crisis Group’s Program Director for Europe and Central Asia, Olga Oliker who says if the fighting starts NATO be drawn into a conflict with Russia as one or more of…
 
27 people died this week trying to cross the English Channel from France to England. The British Government showed little sympathy, and blamed France for not doing more to stop the refugees from making a perilous crossing. France said it's stopped 20 thousand people already this year and cancelled a high level meeting with the British Gov't in prot…
 
This week a House Republican law maker was censured for releasing a video animation of a murder of a fellow lawmaker, and promoting violence against other Democrats including the U.S. President. A defiant (R)Paul Gosar reacted by reposting the offensive video. A couple of days earlierTrump advisor Steve Bannon was brought before the courts on conte…
 
On this Back Story Host Dana Lewis talks to Project Dynamo organizer Bryan Stern. This is a volunteer/charity mission to rescue those left behind in Afghanistan. And, Belarus is trying to use migrants as a weapon against Europe say Western leaders, and Russian President Putin may be behind it all. I talk to the former Foreign Minister of Lithuania …
 
A mixed podcast this week as we tackle some of the biggest International Stories of the week. On Climate and the summit in Glasgow COP26, we speak to UCL's Professor Mark Maslin. The bloody attack on a Kabul, Afghanistan hospital has Western counter terror experts trying to navigate threats from ISIS-K while avoiding working with the Taliban. We sp…
 
On this Back Story as the COP26 Climate Conference in Glasgow is expected to fail to deliver real climate temperature targets to save the planet. The looming climate catastrophe changes the discussion in security circles as Intelligence agencies and even armies have to anticipate unrest and disruption and even war over climate issues. Environmental…
 
On this Back Story the murder of British Member of Parliament David Amess, who was stabbed to death while meeting local constituents in a local church. The man, now charged with murder, has connections to islamic extremism and is being investigated by anti terror police. How much of this murder is linked to angry public discourse on the internet an…
 
The 8 year war with Russia in Eastern Ukraine appears to be getting worse. On this Back Story American Acting Ambassador to the OSCE Mission, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Courtney Austrian describes how Russia daily violates the cease fire while pretending to monitor it. And, in part two 'Cold War Correspondents' a book by Dina Fainberg, on Correspondent…
 
This week a former facebook employee gave compelling testimony to a Senate Committee charging Facebooks "advertising-based business model needs to keep people on its platforms for as long as possible, and the company exploits negative emotions to achieve that". On this Back Story will the revelations achieve change at Facebook and Instagram or are …
 
In this Back Story Host Dana Lewis talks to Uk Rear Admiral (Ret) John Gower who warns nuclear proliferation is a by product of the AUKUS nuclear submarine deal between the U.S., U.K. and Australia. And in Part 2 - the UN has been warned the global supply chain is threatened bringing us shortages of goods, and increased prices for just about everyt…
 
On this BACK STORY host Dana Lewis talks to Rose Gottemoeller, who as a former Deputy Head of NATO and former Chief negotiator of the New START nuclear arms Treaty with Russia, says American President Joe Biden must rethink a deal which cuts out France and gives highly enriched uranium in nuclear powered submarines to Australia. And in part two, we…
 
On this Back Story Dana Lewis talks to former Canadian Ambassador to Afghanistan Chris Alexander, who is demanding the International Community treat Pakistan as an invasion force. And alarm bells are ringing in a new report on Global Warming. We discuss alarming predictions of disappearing crops and climate change disasters, with UCL's Prof. Ilan K…
 
With kids going back to school, big decisions are being made on vaccines for under 16 yr olds. A British Government vaccine advisory board has refused to recommend vaccines for 12 to 15 yr olds, while in the U.S. and Israel and elsewhere vaccines are being given to children. On this Back Story host Dana Lewis talks to Prof. of Health Paul Hunter fr…
 
In this Back Story both Host Dana Lewis and his guest, Journalist Peter Baker were among the first to cross into Afghanistan after 9/11, 20 years ago. And three U.S. army vets talk about the mission, coming home, and how the collapse of Afghanistan is effecting those who fought the war, more than 800 thousand Americans.…
 
Afghanistan is in tatters. The Taliban have taken over and the Government and the Afghan Army is no more. They ran in the face of an America withdrawal many now say was ill timed and ill advised. On this Back Story with Dana Lewis, Ret. Lt. General Ben Hodges who says Pakistan was pulling the Taliban strings and pretended to be an American ally. An…
 
Bagram air base looted? Taliban fighters rapidly taking 1/3 of Afghanistan from Government troops now in retreat, and some estimates suggest Afghanistan could erupt into full civil war with the Taliban retaking power in 6 months. On this Back Story Dana Lewis who has reported from Afghanistan since 2001, talks to former Canadian Ambassador Chris Al…
 
This week China aggressively marked 100 years of Communism and its leader warned the World against threatening China. But China has threatened Taiwan, and rolled back human rights in Hong Kong and elsewhere. China is to many other nations becoming a risk, and there are concerns about a showdown with America. On this Back Story Dana Lewis discusses …
 
On this Back Story the vulnerable West and cyber warfare. How hackers, some of them foreign intelligence agents, have held companies ransom, shut down pipelines and other critical infrastructure, and influenced elections. What is the worst case scenario? And did U.S. President Biden's message to Russian President Putin to stop, resonate inside the …
 
On this Back Story with Dana Lewis we speak to former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov about the future of Russia and political repressions under President Putin. As we did the interview Kasyanov's political party had just received notice it had to stop all activity before the upcoming elections in Russia.…
 
On this Back Story Iran. President Biden is attempting to bring Iran back to allow IAEA inspections of nuclear sites, with a view to lifting sanctions if Iran abandons nuclear weapons development. It's a long story which evolves year by year, and Iran becomes more, not less dangerous. In this Back Story the upcoming Presidential election in Iran wi…
 
On this Back Story a lot of mixed messages out there on where we are in this pandemic. The UK and U.S. are rushing back to opening schools and economies because of vaccines, while most of the World is experiencing waves of new illness because of emerging variants. Even in Britain outbreaks of India variant is threatening progress on vaccines. On th…
 
Dictator and thug leader of ex Soviet Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko has arrested tens of thousands of his own citizens protesting the results of last years Presidential election, which by all accounts he lost. Now he has highjacked a plane, to arrest a journalist who helped organize protests against him. Europe is outraged and has banned flights ov…
 
On this Back Story with Dana Lewis, we talk to Yossi Beilin, the architect of the OSLO Peace accords on where does Israel go from here? Beilin predicts either peace or a unilateral Israeli withdrawl from the West Bank. And, Jerusalem Post Military Affairs reporter Anna Ahronheim who talks about military goals in Gaza and was it a victory over Hamas…
 
We have heard on other podcasts here, that experts think the pandemic began in the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Now Back Story Host Dana Lewis interviews Dr. Steven Quay, a scientist who has run statistical analysis that seems to indicate a lab leak was almost certainly the cause of the pandemic. And Quay and many other scientists believe that Covi…
 
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