Progress Report

Television Appearances Reach Global Viewers

More IHR Meetings and a Productive Visit to Turkey

An Update From Mark Weber
Director, Institute for Historical Review
November 2015

In the weeks since our last update newsletter of mid-July, we’ve been busy and productive.

For one thing, I’ve conducted about twenty broadcast interviews, most of them with global television broadcasters that reach vast numbers of viewers. Always respectfully treated, I am introduced as the director of the Institute for Historical Review in California, or as an American historian and current affairs analyst.

On the 70th anniversary of the US atomic bombing of Hiroshima, for example, I was interviewed by the English-language service of Al Jazeera television, which has a worldwide viewership of millions. I also spoke about the legacy of the 1945 Hiroshima bombing in an interview with English-language Press TV of Iran, which also reaches a large global viewership. The atomic bombings of Japan, I noted in those interviews, was part of an Allied policy of indiscriminate terrorism and maximum killings of Japanese and German civilians. I also spoke about Allied double standards during World War Two, and how the US and other victorious powers punished leaders of defeated Japan and Germany on the basis of ad hoc rules invented for the occasion that the Allied leaders refused to respect themselves.

In a July interview with English-language Al Etejah television of Iraq, I provided perspective and analysis on the contentious debate in the US about the recently- concluded nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers, including the US. The strident criticism of the deal by American pro-Israel politicians is basically a charade, I said, because no informed person actually believes the “Big Lie” claim by Israel’s premier Netanyahu that Iran is trying to build nuclear weapons. Even the head of US intelligence acknowledges that Iran has no nuclear weapons program. The US politicians who denounce the agreement are motivated by self-interest. They want funding from wealthy pro-Israel election campaign donors, and they fear the clout of the powerful Israel lobby.

Some of these interviews have been made into video clips, which attract additional viewers around the world. Since January of this year, twenty six videos of my appearances as a news analyst with Press TV have been produced, posted on YouTube, and made available to a global viewership.

My analysis and commentary in these interviews cover a range of current affairs issues, including US relations with Israel and other countries, American and Russian involvement in the Middle East, US policy regarding Syria, disputes among American politicians, ISIS or “Islamic State” terrorism in Iraq and Syria, and Saudi Arabia military intervention in Yemen.

In recent months I have also been a guest on American radio broadcasts, including appearances on the popular weekly show hosted by James Edwards, the “Political Cesspool,” and the widely listened-to show hosted by Jeff Rense. In two recent broadcasts I spoke about systemic problems in American education. I highlighted the irresponsible and unrealistic policies imposed by US politicians, and the steady decline of standards and achievement in our schools.

In August I visited Istanbul, where I was the guest of a retired professor and former UNESCO official. During my week-long stay in the Turkish metropolis, I met with writers, scholars and human rights activists.

Skyline of central Istanbul, Turkey

Front page of the Turkish newspaper Yeni Söz
(“New Word”) with a portion of the lengthy interview
with Mark Weber that appeared, with photographs,
in four parts over two consecutive days’ issues.

One result was a lengthy interview with a journalist for a major Istanbul daily paper, Yeni Söz (“New Word”). This four-part interview, with photos, appeared on two consecutive days’ issues on the front page, and continuing on inside pages.

I explained the goals and work of the IHR. I spoke about the Jewish role in the US bombing, invasion, and occupation of Iraq, and I touched on the likely impact of the recently-concluded Iran nuclear deal. I spoke briefly about the little-known collaboration between the Zionists and Third Reich Germany, 1933-1939

Much of this wide-ranging interview dealt with Jewish-Zionist power in the US and its impact on American political life and foreign policy.

Those who talk about the alleged power of “the Rothschilds” in today’s world, I said in response to a question, do not understand how Jewish-Zionist power actually works. The historic role played by that legendary family has been eclipsed in our age by the immense power and influence of such wealthy figures as Sheldon Adelson, Haim Saban and Paul Singer, and such organizations as the World Jewish Congress, AIPAC and the Anti-Defamation League. The Jews who support Israel and Jewish-Zionist causes, I said, are motivated primarily not by personal self-interest, but rather by ardent concern for the perceived interests of the Jewish people, based on strong bonds of ethnic solidarity.

Commenting on the “Charlie Hebdo” furor in Europe earlier this year, I stressed the dishonesty and double standard of the politicians who proclaim boundless support for freedom of speech, including hateful, despicable attacks against Christianity, while at the same time demanding and enforcing harsh punishment for anyone who sharply criticizes Jews.

In the weeks since our last newsletter, we’ve organized three IHR meetings here in southern California.

In a talk at our July 18 meeting titled “World War Two: A Fresh Look,” I spoke about the meaning and importance today of the most destructive conflict in modern history. I explained how the clash began in 1939, and I reviewed the secret and illegal efforts by Franklin Roosevelt to prod Britain and Poland into war against Germany. I also recalled President Roosevelt’s duplicitous campaign to bring the US into the expanding conflict.

The familiar view of World War II that is propagated by the US mass media and in American classrooms, I emphasized, is a gross distortion of reality. I cited and quoted from three important books: The Origins of the Second World War, by British historian A. J. P. Taylor; Churchill, Hitler and the 'Unnecessary War,' by Patrick J. Buchanan; and, America’s Second Crusade, by American historian William H. Chamberlin. (These books are available from the IHR.)

At our Sept. 19 meeting, an English-born musician who is well qualified by experience, background and temperament gave a well-informed talk about great European composer Richard Wagner. In an address titled “The Total Art of Richard Wagner,” the speaker reviewed the composer’s life, worldview and legacy, and explained how his genius has greatly influenced our world. Modern cinema, for example, owes an immeasurable debt to Wagner’s pioneering work in blending music, setting and narration into a harmonized artistic whole.

The speaker also examined Wagner’s much-discussed view that the Jewish role in western culture has largely been a negative one. This view, the speaker explained, was not based on “hatred” or simplistic prejudice, but was rooted in the composer’s strong devotion to truth and honesty in expression.

Also at this IHR meeting, I spoke about the current migrant crisis in Europe. Political leaders in Germany, France, Sweden and other European countries, supported by the mass media, are welcoming a massive influx from the Middle East and north Africa. These politicians also insist on distributing hundreds of thousands of new Third World immigrants across Europe, regardless of popular sentiment or the law. All this is a green light for a limitless flood of millions from Africa, the Middle East, India, and East Asia. This mad policy, I said, inevitably means the ethnic-cultural death of Europe. Europe’s welcoming of millions of culturally alien migrants from the Third World, I went on, is the logical expression and predictable result of the egalitarian-democratic ideology that was imposed on the continent in the aftermath of the Second World War.

Also at this gathering, I reported on my recent week-long visit to Turkey, including my talks there with writers, scholars and human rights activists. I shared impressions of Istanbul, which for centuries was the capital of the vast Ottoman empire. I also spoke about major issues confronting this important nation of 78 million people, including the crucial questions of national identity and the role of religion in society, the great challenge posed by a massive influx of refugees from neighboring Syria, and the country’s shifting relations with Israel and the US.

At our Oct. 10 IHR meeting, the author of a new book, Facing Reality in American Education: Why the Racial Gap in Educational Achievement Persists, spoke about deep-rooted problems in this country’s educational life. The featured speaker, Robert Walters, is a southern California businessman who has devoted years of research and thought to this issue.

Over the past half century, politicians and educators have tried many programs to close the racial gap in educational achievement. These have included vouchers, adding more teachers, the “No Child Left Behind” Act, and the “Common Core Standards Initiative.” But none of these expensive and burdensome programs has worked. In spite of great effort and tens of billions of dollars, Black and Latino students continue to lag behind White and East Asian students.

As Walters explained in his just-published book and in his remarks at our meeting, the many well-intentioned efforts to close the racial gap in educational achievement have all failed because they have been based on the false premise that student achievement is due entirely to socialization, upbringing and environment.

Also addressing this meeting were two teachers who spoke with verve and insight. They noted how standards and expectations in American education have been falling, especially in recent years, and enlivened their talks with humorous observations and colorful anecdotes from years of first-hand experience. I also addressed the meeting, giving my own perspective on major problems in American education, and why they persist.