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On this Back Story different views on what sparked the recent violence in Jerusalem, and then the rocket attacks from Gaza across Israel's major City's. Host Dana Lewis speaks to former PLO Rep and lawyer Palestinian Diana Butto on her perception of Israeli apartheid and Palestinians right to fight back. Israeli Military Affairs Correspondent Ron B…
 
A year and a half after a pandemic crippled Countries an killed more than 3 million people, more and more evidence the Chinese are blocking data of experiments called Gain of Function in the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Was Covid19 an experiment, that leaked out of the lab that was routinely engaged in strengthening Corona Virus'? And experts say t…
 
Seaspiracy is a new movie that has caused a major debate over fishing practices and the future of our Oceans and Lakes. On this Back Story host Dana Lewis explores what Seaspiracy got right/wrong with Dr. Bryce Stewart, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Environment and Geography, at The UK's University of York. And for Canada, sport fisherman Ja…
 
In this edition of Back Story Dana Lewis speaks to Retired U.S. Major General Jeffrey Schloesser who has written a book on his time in Afghanistan called 'Marathon War'. General Schloesser predicts America may come to regret its decision to leave Afghanistan because, in less than a generation, it could still become a launch pad to attack the U.S. A…
 
U.S. President Joe Biden has ordered the last American troops homes from Afghanistan. As a TV news correspondent Dana Lewis met Sgt's Fransisco Morales and Will Dunn in the Mountains over looking Pakistan, on a remote base called FOB Tillman. They served in one of the most dangerous regions of Afghanistan on one of the longest tours for U.S. troops…
 
On this Back Story the worsening situation in Ukraine as fighting escalates and Russia's formations of more troops on Ukraine's border appears to threaten a larger war. NATO is warning Russia to remove it's forces, and along with U.S. President telling Russia promising support for an independent Ukraine. Host Dana Lewis talks with former Ukrainian …
 
Is Russia about to launch a larger armed assault against its neighbour Ukraine? Both Countries are now beefing up armoured Brigades along a line of conflict. Russia is squeezing Ukraine from 3 directions and may be about to replace Russian back rebels with regular Russian forces. What will be the response of The EU, NATO, and most importantly US Pr…
 
On this Back Story host Dana Lewis on the worlds vaccine tug-of-war and how poorer countries are being shut out of vaccines supplies, while the European Union fights with Britain over vaccines. We talk to Nick Dearden of Global Justice Now who blames by Pharma for unbalanced vaccine rollout. Jutta Paulus, Member European Parliament on vaccine passp…
 
Hate is turbo charged in the pandemic, and in the age of the internet. Incidents of hate crimes are off the charts and why? Where do we begin to hate and how do we manage prejudice? Is hate hardwired? Thankfully it's not. On this Back Story host Dana Lewis talks to Matt Williams who has just authored The Science of Hate. and Philosopher Todd Mei on…
 
Israel and The U.S. says the decision by the International Criminal Court to look into war crimes in Palestinian areas, is politically motivated and unfair. Israel has said it won't cooperated with the ICC, and has warned soldiers they could be put ion international arrest warrants. In part one of this podcast we featured the Palestinian view that …
 
On this Back Story The Int Criminal Court has announced it has jurisdiction to investigate war crimes in The West Bank and The Gaza Strip. That's possible crimes both by Israeli forces,, and also against Israel by Palestinians. One of those cases to be looked at may be that of a young man who was about to be married and was gunned down at an Israel…
 
Imagine a nuclear threat to another nuclear nation and no way to communicate? Believe it or not communications can be hacked and most nations have no direct communications in a crisis at all. On this Back Story with Dana Lewis, talks with former British Rear Admiral John Gower, on nuclear threats and communication as the single biggest component of…
 
On this Back Story with Dana Lewis, environment groups warn 1/3 of the Worlds fresh water fish are going extinct. We talk to rivers expert Jeff Opperman of the WWF who says that 80 freshwater species — which make up more than half of all the world’s species — have already been declared extinct, with 16 disappearing in 2020 alone. And a new report f…
 
Experts warn in Europe and America there is not enough discussion of zero covid and there should be, which means an aim for elimination instead of this yo yo approach to suppression, that translates into more and more disruptions and lockdowns. And, schools need to be reopened carefully, with mitigation, because kids are getting and transmitting co…
 
On this Back Story Dana Lewis interviews New York Times reporter Peter Baker on his new book The Man Who Ran Washington. The book is about former White House Chief of Staff James Baker, and his views on how centrist politics have broken down and why. And Peter Baker leads us through Washington under Baker, and then under Trump and the challenges fo…
 
On this Back Story the history of The Olympic Movements attempt to tackle drugs in sport, which led to the establishment of the World Anti Doping Authority, set up by Canadian Richard Pound. Pound has just retired after decades of fighting the wide spread cheating in cycling, track and field, weight lifting, and in many other sports, not only at th…
 
On this Back Story Dana Lewis interviews Eliot Higgins one of the founders of Bellingcat. Bellingcat uses open source intelligence to reveal truths ranging from Assad's use to chemical weapons to the identities of Russia Agents who have used poisons on Alexei Navalny, Sergei Skripal, and now Higgins says there are at least a 7 more assassinations o…
 
Bees are disappearing and studies show there are 25% less bees since the 1990's. The problem appears to be pesticides, and on this Back Story with Dana Lewis we talk to Dr. Kiah Tasman at University of Bristol who has just done a study on how neonicotinoid insecticides are effecting bee sleep patterns and harming them. And, Prof Dave Goulson from t…
 
On this Back Story Dana Lewis speaks to the daughter of Boris Nemtsov who was murdered in front of the Kremlin. Zhanna speaks of a the birth of a new national political movement in Russia and the desire to remove Putin. And The Former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov calls on the EU to pursue sanctions to force the release of jailed opposition leade…
 
It has started. Civil unrest linked to corruption in The Kremlin, and Putin's jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny has combined to ignite protests nation wide. On Saturday Jan 23 there were protests in more than 60 cities from the far east of Russia to St. Petersburg and Moscow. Police fought with demonstrators leading to the arrests of more…
 
How do we confront radicalization in the internet, and then on the street? On This Back Story with Dana Lewis, two experts on de-radicalization and confronting disinformation. Arie kruglanski is currently a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland and is the co author of the three pillars of radicalization. Needs, narrati…
 
On this Back Story Dana Lewis interviews Soufan Centre Naureen Chowdhury Fink. Naureen served as the Senior Policy Adviser on Counterterrorism and Sanctions at the United Kingdom’s Mission to the United Nations. There were dozens of white supremacists involved in the riot on The Capitol. They have international links. They are well armed and well o…
 
On this Back Story is there a case to be made that D.C. Police knew in advance the threat but allowed it to unravel at The Capitol? Was the riot set in motion and managed from The White House? President Trump clearly lit the fire for dissent and insurrection. Host Dana Lewis talks to Kellie Carter Jackson, an assistant professor of Africana Studies…
 
Thousands of companies may have been hacked as well as Gov Agencies in America. Homeland Security, The FBI and NSA say it's Russia. What was taken? The hack is still ongoing and went on for months. Why weren't critical systems better protected? On this Back Story with Dana Lewis we talk to Suzanne Spaulding, Senior adviser for Homeland Security and…
 
This week in America, The UK, and in Europe record numbers of Covid-19 cases as hospitals struggle to treat the sick. A new vaccine has been approved in The Uk, that makes 3 vaccines not including Russia and China. But, is this new variant of Covid-19 out pacing the vaccine? We talk to two medical experts about what to expect and the dangers of thi…
 
The war on drugs in America is waning. Cannabis is widely accepted by adults. As of now, 36 states have legalized medical cannabis use while 15 states and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis for adult recreational use. Canada was first to legalize cannabis to combat the illegal market, raise tax revenues, and make the use of cannabis r…
 
Britain held it's referendum to leave the European Union in 2016. It has taken years of internal debate and political conflict to determine how to leave. Because Europe is a vital trading partner of The U.K. So Britain needs a trade deal or it's economy will be in tatters. It's close. Close to crashing out of Europe at the end of 2020 with no deal.…
 
On this Back Story, Host and creator, Dana Lewis talks digital money. In Covid19 paperless purchases are accelerated the digital revolution. China has launched a digital currency saying it will become an alternative to the U.S. dollar. Crypto Currencies like BitCoin are soaring in value. Dana talks to a leading digital coin trading Nickel Digital A…
 
In November an Iranian top nuclear scientist is assassinated. Israel is blamed. Is Iran complying with an International nuclear deal to stop it from obtaining nuclear weapons, or it this smoke and mirrors and deception by Tehran? Should incoming U.S. President Joe Biden re-enter a nuclear agreement, which Former President Trump pulled out of claimi…
 
Many experts don't think Corona virus started in The Wuhan Market. Some think it was a virus that escaped from a lab in Wuhan run now by the military. Others think it had "natural" origins but broke out months before the end of 2019. And. we need those answers to understand where the next pandemic could start, as well as the increased dangers of a …
 
In this edition of Back Story Dana Lewis talks to Fmr. National Security Advisor John Bolton. We talk through what damage has been done to American Democracy by Trump refusing to accept the results of the 2020 Election. His nasty personality in The White House and how everything was about Trump, over and above The Nation. On Foreign Policy Amb. Bol…
 
This month Elon Musk's SpaceX blasted off to the Int. Space Station with NASA. SpaceX's first commercial manned flight to the ISS. But, believe it or not the Russians beat America by a decade or so, in offering commercial space exploration. And, Washington's Jeffrey Manber talks to Back Story's Dana Lewis on the challenges ahead in space and busine…
 
Peter Sutcliffe has died. In the late 1970's through 1980 he was the Yorkshire Ripper - killing 13 women and attempting to murder 7 more. And taunting police to catch him. Or so it seemed. The place was Yorkshire England - in towns called Bradford, Leeds, Sheffield. Dana Lewis was a young Toronto, Canada crime reporter, who travelled to England to …
 
Joe Biden may be the most experienced incoming U.S. President ever, when it comes to foreign policy. He has travelled The World as President Obama's point man. He also served for decades on the Senate Intelligence Committee. Unlike President Trump, he has a more traditional view of promoting democracy and human rights. He know's Russia, and Turkey,…
 
Saeb Erekat was the recognizable Palestinian voice for decades. He pushed peace through negotiation. A two State solution with a Palestinian homeland. He believed in Arab States adopting democracy. He didn't believe the Israeli Palestinian conflict was religious and recognized Israel and it's right to exist side by side with Palestinians. Saeb pass…
 
In France, several terror attacks sparked over the debate of republishing Satirical Cartoons of the Prophet Muhammed. For most people in France the cartoons have come to symbolize freedom of speech. The Government has ordered the arrests of dozens of moslem extremists. France has been condemned by several Arab leaders and Turkish President Erdogen …
 
We have never seen an election like this. In the middle of the Pandemic U.S. President Trump attacks opponents and claims The U.S. is rounding a corner. He is lashing out at the media and mocking people who wear masks. This, as American is close to 100 thousand new cases of Corona Virus a day! The political conversation is one of the great democrac…
 
Some might say Lithuania punches well above it's weight on International Affairs. It has taken on Belarus, and Russia and demanded The European Union stand up and speak out on human rights, It has taken in political refugees and let them speak out from Lithuania. It's a Country of only 3 million but speaks like a super power. What can we learn from…
 
The Former Canadian Ambassador to Afghanistan Chris Alexander tells Back Story Host Dana Lewis, there is no point in talking to The Taliban. The only way to peace are sanctions on Pakistan which directs the violence. While Afghan Ambassador to The UK, Said Tayeb Jawad, says The Afghan Government has to talk to The Taliban, but the violence has to s…
 
In this edition of Back Story Dana Lewis speaks to Olivia Troye. Troye was a homeland security official. She went on to work in the Office of the Vice President of the United States as the homeland security and counterterrorism advisor to Vice President Pence, serving as an aide to the White House Coronavirus Task Force. Troye tells Dana Lewis, she…
 
After months of protests by hundreds of thousands demanding free and fair elections, The Interior Ministry of Belarus has now threatened to shoot demonstrators. And the main opposition leader has announced she is calling on factory workers and people from across The Country to strike, and shut down the system. Ex President Lukashenko has only jaile…
 
The Trump-Biden debate was a disaster. How do we change the formats for future debates to work? And what is the goal? Timers, buttons and buzzers to silence arguments? And how should it be hosted? The debates have always been TV shows, but if they are brawls no one will benefit from tuning in. On Back Story Dana Lewis talks to John Donvan, a former…
 
President Trump has undermined Int. efforts to fight Covid 19. Clearly a Biden Presidency would be much different on the issue of cooperation on the pandemic. What about Biden's policies on Russia? China? Afghanistan? Would Joe Biden be so different than President Obama was before Trump? On The Paris Climate Accords certainly Trump has withdrawn fr…
 
Nearly 500 former National Security Officials sign a letter, saying President Trump is unfit for office. Trump has told militia's to "stand-by" but failed to denounce them. He has threatened not to allow a peaceful transition of power in November. Critics claim he is someone who may be one of the largest dangers to American Democracy and the rule o…
 
The dispute goes back decades. Azerbaijan and Armenia are fighting over a disputed region called Nagorno-Karabakh and the conflict now threatens to pit Russia against Turkey. America has ceded some of its influence as a super power under the Trump Administration. And the vacuum is sure to be filled with conflict. France has now accused Turkey of st…
 
Over the next few months, the simmering tensions between China and Taiwan could develop into a full fledged armed conflict. China, say experts, could invade Taiwan during the American election and subsequent inauguration, as it is stirred by new weapons sales from The Trump Administration and official visits to Taiwan by American Diplomats. Would a…
 
Sore knees? Can't run? Bad hip? Need replacement? Shoulder injuries? Why doesn't the body reproduce cartilage as it does when you are a teenager? Well guess what, it does. New research from A Stanford University study shows a breakthrough in stimulating stem cells and actually regrowth of cartilage. Maybe you won't need that knee or hip operation o…
 
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