Guns and Butter: We discuss Dan Kovalik’s new book, “The Plot to Scapegoat Russia: How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Russia”; the cold war; the allegations against Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russian Federation; the Yeltsin years in Russia; Nicaragua and Colombia; Afghanistan; Yemen; US imperialism and endless war.
David Swanson: Daniel Kovalik is author of the recently-released book The Plot to Scapegoat Russia: How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Russia. He teaches International Human Rights at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He has worked on Alien Tort Claims Act cases against The Coca-Cola Company and Occidental Petroleum – cases arising out of egregious human rights abuses in Colombia. The Christian Science Monitor, referring to his work defending Colombian unionists under threat of assassination, recently described Mr. Kovalik as “one of the most prominent defenders of Colombian workers in the United States.” Mr. Kovalik received the David W. Mills Mentoring Fellowship from Stanford University School of Law and was the recipient of the Project Censored Award for his article exposing the unprecedented killing of trade unionists in Colombia.