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 Global Research News Hour 
 Global Research News Hour Episode 214
 Weekly Program
 Kees Van Der Pijl, Michael Welch, John Helmer
 CKUW news  
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This week, the Global Research News Hour probes two major incidents in the last four years which have jaded public (Western) attitudes toward Russia and their President Vladimir Putin. First we hear from Moscow based journalist and author John Helmer about his take on the poisoning of former Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal, and outlines whether the evidence points to a professional assassination attempt and the assertion of Russian culpability.

In the final half hour, we hear from Kees Van der Pijl, author of a recently released book on MH 17. Van Der Pijl is convinced that the official story of the downing of the flight is impossible, outlines the impact of the downing geo-politically, and speaks to the unlikelihood of political or media breakthroughs regardless of the evidence.
John Helmer is the longest continuously serving foreign correspondent in Russia, A former professor of political science, sociology and journalism and former staffer with the Carter Administration, Helmer is a frequent commenter on topics related to Russia. His site, 'Dances with Bears' can be found at
Kees Van Der Pijl is a Professor Emeritus of International Relations at the University of Sussex and former director of the Centre for Global Political economy. He is currently active with the Dutch anti-fascist resistance, having served as its president. In 2017 he authored the book, Flight MH17, Ukraine and the new Cold War.
interviews by Michael Welch
audio in first interview a little distorted

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