Peace & Justice Wednesday Oct. 4 – 9am – Phillip Travis on pre-emptive war

Written by on Saturday, September 30, 2017

This week we’ll interview State College of Florida Philip Travis, PhD, about his recent books. He writes:

“Less than a year ago I published an academic book with the Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group. The book is titled Reagan’s War on Terrorism in Nicaragua: The Outlaw State and it examines how the U.S.-Contra intervention in Nicaragua during the 1980s represented a precedent for the United States’ 21st century policy of pre-emptive war. This policy threatened the concept of national sovereignty and acted as a vehicle for the expanded use of wars of regime change across the developing world. The book is a critical appraisal of the historical roots of a hyper-interventionist US, and the negative consequences that this has created in effected regions.

“I also have just published with The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latin American History an article titled “Oscar Arias and the Treaty of Esquipulas.” Among other primary sources, the article is based on a first-hand interview that I conducted with former Costa Rican President and Nobel Prize winner Oscar Arias Sanchez in August 2016 in San Jose, Costa Rica.”

In the second part of the show we may talk to Carl Dix of the Revolutionary Communist Party. In 1996, Dix co-founded the October 22nd Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of Generation. Most recently, Dix has been a central figure in the campaign to Stop “Stop and Frisk” aimed at opposing the New York City stop-and-frisk program to stop hundreds of thousands of people in New York City and frisk them for weapons, drugs or other items.