Ukraine, Russia, and the Threat of World War

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This week on COVID, Race, & Democracy, we examine the Russia-Ukraine conflict from different perspectives, in the spirit of Pacifica Radio’s mission, which is to contribute to an understanding of conflicts, and to promote peace.

We first hear Theodore Postol, professor emeritus of Science, Technology, and International Security at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to his work at MIT, he worked at Argonne National Laboratory, the Pentagon, and Stanford University. On March 11, he spoke to Veterans for Peace about the escalating danger of nuclear war. 


Dan Diazcun, President of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America-Illinois Division, talked with Nick Espinosa of Pacifica Affiliate station WHRU in Chicago, about the Ukrainian-American efforts to help their families impacted by war.  The Deep Dive Cybersecurity Show with Nick Espinosa focuses on all things Cybersecurity, Cyberwarfare, Cyberterrorism and Technology related, broadcasting out of Chicago via WHRU for Pacifica. 


Aaron Wright is an ILWU Local 10 business agent. He spoke with Pacifica’s Steve Zeltzer about the US military drive against Russia and the growing calls for war by both the Democrats and Republicans. They discuss the war in Ukraine, labor and growing domestic censorship and repression of dissenting voices.


The independent news outlet The Grayzone published an article on March 4,  “How Ukraine’s Jewish president Zelensky made peace with neo-Nazi paramilitaries on front lines of war with Russia”. Author, journalist and founder of the Grayzone, Max Blumenthal discussed this piece with Scott Horton of Anti-War Radio on KPFK, Pacifica radio in Los Angeles.


Hillary Clinton spoke to MSNBC recently that the U.S. should prepare for a long-term Ukrainian insurgency along the lines of the mujahideen in Afghanistan from the 1980s. For comments, we go to journalist and activist Brian Becker of the Answer Coalition, in conversation with Esther Iverem, host of On the Ground, Voices of Resistance from the Nation’s Capital. You can hear their full conversation here.


Clary Daly is Member of the European Parliament from Dublin, Ireland. She spoke at the Plenary of March 7, 2022.

Over the past twenty years, U.S. and allied air forces have dropped more than 337,000 bombs and missiles on other countries—an average of forty-six strikes per day. That’s according to the official Airpower Summary data from January of this year.


Host: Ann Garrison

Producers: Polina Vasiliev and Steve Zeltzer, with production assistance from Ann Garrison

Editing: Polina Vasiliev

Executive Producers: Akua Holt, Polina Vasiliev, and Steve Zeltzer


“At the End of World War 3”, David Rovics

“Vesna”, Dakha Brakha

“Lives in the Balance”, sung by Richie Havens