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BACK STORY with DANA LEWIS
43 minutes | Jul 7, 2022
BRITAIN'S POLITICAL TURMOIL AND WAR IN UKRAINE
On this Back Story w Dana Lewis, British P.M. Boris Johnson is being forced to step down. Liberal Democrat Candidate and writer Edward Lucas on Johnson's turmoil and what went wrong.And from Kyiv, commentator Paul Niland on Ukraine's future and the war with Russia.
47 minutes | Jul 1, 2022
RESCUE'S IN UKRAINE
On this Back Story the incredible tales of rescue's in Ukraine from the head of project Dynamo, Bryan Stern, an American Vet now saving lives in a war zone.And the Int. Crisis Group's Olga Oliker, on the remote chances for talks to end the war in Ukraine. And how there are indications of escalation before one side or both are ready for a pause in the war.
36 minutes | Jun 24, 2022
LITHUANIA VS RUSSIA/ FOREIGN FIGHTERS UKRAINE
On this Back Story Russia has threatened Lithuania for its decision to stop sanctioned goods crossing from Russia to the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad.Host Dana Lewis talks to fmr. Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius who says Russia has to be confronted.And foreign fighters in Ukraine - British and American volunteers to the Ukraine army captured by Russian forces could face the death penalty.I interview the Soufan Centre's Naureen Chowdhury Fink, who warns foreign fighters could prolong the war and says Russia which claims it's acting against Nazi's, has in fact nurtured neo-Nazis in Russia for years.
56 minutes | Jun 17, 2022
A GRINDING WAR IN UKRAINE
On this Back Story the Institute for the Study of War's Nataliya Bugayova, talks to host Dana Lewis on the critical timing at stake in Ukraine. A tiring, and largely spent Russian force colliding with an ever stronger and better equipped Ukrainian army. Ukraine will not cede territory to Putin's war machine, but it needs to counter attack and take back lands soon.And political commentator from Germany, Jessica Berlin on why Russia should be beaten on the battle field, and our colonial subconscious may be preventing great powers from supplying just enough military muscle to give Ukraine victory.
35 minutes | Jun 3, 2022
100 DAYS WAR IN UKRAINE/ GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA
On this Back Story Host Dana Lewis talks to an expert on defense strategy, Malcolm Davis from Australia's Strategic Policy Institute, on how long this war could last and what would victory look like for Putin?And on gun violence in America, former NYPD Lt. and criminal expert Darrin Porcher who says it has to be time to reduce guns in America, even for pro gun lobbyists.
25 minutes | May 26, 2022
BREAKING RUSSIA'S BLACK SEA BLOCKADE
On this Back Story - you've heard a lot about the land war in Ukraine, but soon there may be international efforts to break the Russian Black Sea Naval blockade.The World's food supply may count on it. Russia is holding back commercial vessels that need to set sail for Asia and Africa with Ukraines massive harvest of grain. Host Dana Lewis talks to Sir Lawrence David Freedman Professor of war Studies at King's College London who says a UN coalition of the willing could free up sea lanes. And (Ret) Lt. General Ben Hodges, former commander of U.S. Army Europe who says the Russian navy needs to be forced back from naval corridors so food can be exported.
44 minutes | May 20, 2022
GUNS AND HATRED IN AMERICA/ CEASE FIRE UKRAINE?
On this Back Story host Dana Lewis talks to Soufan's Colin Clarke, on why this shooting in Buffalo happened. Guns and hatred in America.Nicolas Tenzer at the Centre for European Policy Analysis on why talk of a ceasefire in Ukraine now would be a critical error playing into Putin's hands. And Finland and Swedens bid to join NATO - Henri Vanhanen explains why Finland wants to join and what it means for Europe.
40 minutes | May 13, 2022
NATO EXPANSION AND RUSSIA/UKRAINE
On this Back Story Sir. Mark Lyall Grant, the former National Security Advisor for Britain, says Ukraine may be forced to settle for a Russian seizure of the larger Donbas region, as the war looks set to drag on. But it will be a long term conflict, not easily solved.And William Alberque is Director of Strategy, Technology, and Arms Control at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and says Russia won't be able to stop Finland and Sweden from joining NATO. And he says if Russia resorted to the use of a tactical nuclear weapon, it would face retaliation from America and nuclear powers in Europe.
41 minutes | Apr 27, 2022
On this edition of Back Story the sinking of the Russian Warship Moskva, and was it really hit by Ukrainian cruise missiles? Host Dana Lewis asks naval expert, former British Rear Admiral John Gower -who thinks it likely was sunk in an attack.And no planting, no crops, no food. The war in Ukraine will create huge aftershocks for the world food supply says David McNair of the One Campaign.
1 minutes | Apr 14, 2022
A Gathering Storm, Ukraine
On this Back Story can badly battered Russian forces regroup and take eastern Ukraine?We talk to (Ret) Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, the former commander U.S. Army Europe who says Putin is looking to claim the east of Ukraine but is unlikely to do so, and Ukraine won't now easily accept a cease fire because of warcrimes.And there are many frightening parallels between Syria and whats happening in Ukraine, says Hanna Notte, Senior Research Associate with the Vienna Centre for Disarmament and NonProliferation .
2 minutes | Mar 30, 2022
PUTIN'S WAR ON UKRAINE
One month since the war was launched, without provocation ,on Ukraine by Russia, there is talk of peace, or at least a ceasefire. But there are huge gaps in how the two sides see this being resolved and the fighting is ongoing. On this Back Story Dana Lewis talks with the Int. Crisis Group Olga Oliker who says the two sides don't yet appear ready for a deal. And (Ret) Brig General Kevin Ryan, a Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs., on who is Putin really, and what can we expect him to do in Ukraine as the fighting stalls?
60 minutes | Mar 24, 2022
RUSSIA'S DOWNFALL IN UKRAINE
On this Back Story Dana Lewis talks to the Soufan Group's Colin Clarke who says Putins failed war in Ukraine will relegate Russia to a third World fringe power.Writer and resident of Kyiv Paul Niland on life under siege in Ukraine and the will to fight on. And former Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov on the economic pain in Russia and the need to replace President Putin who is setting Russia back decades.
30 minutes | Mar 17, 2022
RUSSIA - A CHEMICAL WEAPONS THREAT TO UKRAINE
On this Back Story the frightening and growing threat of an attack on Ukraine by Russia using chemical or biological weapons. Dana Lewis interviews former U.S. Assist. Sec. of Defense Andy Weber, who says Russian leader Putin has reconstituted and concealed his illegal chemical/biological warfare programs and has shown he is ready to use these banned weapons. And Former British. MOD Rear Admiral John Gower, who predicts a chemical attack is likely to terrorize the Ukrainian population.
42 minutes | Mar 10, 2022
PUTIN'S BRUTAL INVASION OF UKRAINE
On this Back Story Dana Lewis talks to Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, former U.S. army Europe who says he's frustrated with those who say more can't be done to stop the destruction and killing in Ukraine. There is more to be done by the West.And we speak to Ukrainian journalist Olga Tokariuk who fled Kyiv to Western Ukraine on the effects of the war and the future.
73 minutes | Mar 5, 2022
INVASION OF UKRAINE
On this Back Story can Ukraine hold on? It's a genocidal claim by Russian President Putin that Ukraine is not a real country. And Putin the great chess player, has now turned out to be a reckless gambler holding what looks like a losing hand in Ukraine.Host Dana Lewis talks to Lt. Col Alexander Vindman the former European affairs director at the NSC.Guest U.S. Major Gen. Mike Repass says for Putin Ukraine is beginning to look like the "dog that caught the car".And in Kharkiv, resident Maria Avdeeva tells us whats happening inside the city under attack by Russian forces.
46 minutes | Feb 27, 2022
UKRAINE - WAR IN EUROPE
On this Back Story long time campaigner for sanctions against Russia Bill Browder who says sanctions will isolate Russia, but we are in for heart break in Ukraine.We talk to Dr. Ben Connable, a retired Marine Corps intelligence officer, a senior nonresident fellow at the Atlantic Council, professor of security studies at Georgetown University. And author of an article for RealClearDefense, “Troop-to-Task: A Russian Invasion of Ukraine.” What would it actually take for Putin to invade and occupy Ukraine and what are the risks for Russia? And Ian Bond, from the Centre for European Reform and a former British Diplomat on the chances of a direct clash with Russia and NATO and Putins state of mind.
51 minutes | Feb 10, 2022
Canada And Truckers/ Ukraine War Likely
On Back Story with Dana Lewis this week, the Crisis in Ukraine is reaching a boiling point, and our guest Ben Hodges, a Lt. Gen. (Ret) who commanded all U.S. Army forces in Europe, says 90% Russia is likely to invade.Journalist Fred Weir talks to Russian public opinion, where the appetite for war is low.In Canada Truckers protests in Ottawa, and at the border, won't go away. Police and politicians seem paralyzed. Long time Canadian journalist Neil Macdonald explains this is much more than an anti-vaxxer blockade, but a meltdown of grievances, and the demands for Government resignations amount to a Canadian insurrection attempt.
27 minutes | Feb 3, 2022
On Back Story the case of Boris Johnson and his parties at 10 Downing St., while the rest of the country was in lockdown and gatherings were against the law. 14 parties are now the subject of a police investigation, and British politicians and journalists say theres never been a Prime Minister like this. The calls to resign are headline news and the scandal won't go away.Host Dana Lewis interviews journalists Edward Lucas, and Martin Stanford.
33 minutes | Jan 27, 2022
THE RUSSIA/UKRAINE CRISIS AND NATO
On this Back Story host Dana Lewis who spent 12 years in Russia as a Western TV Correspondent speaks to Ambassador John Bolton, who served as the National Security Advisor to the Trump Admin. and was the U.S. Ambassador to the UN.And former Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov, who worked for President Putin and who thinks Putin is bluffing on Ukraine, and needs to be confronted.
39 minutes | Jan 20, 2022
Covid, What Comes Next?
On this weeks Back Story a reality check on Covid and the notion the pandemic is ending or the variants are guaranteed to get milder.Dana Lewis speaks to his two favourite experts, Epidemiologists Deepti Gurdasani in Britain, and Eric Feigl-Ding out of Washington. Both will tell you Omicron is not less severe in many ways, it's endangering children and even causing deaths in many places. Another variant may be just around the corner they say, and the politicians and the media may not be delivered the truth as it should be told.
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