BACK STORY with DANA LEWIS

BACK STORY with DANA LEWIS

Dana Lewis is a veteran World Affairs Correspondent. He's been everywhere. From war zones to the streets of London where he is based. And he loves talking to people about whats behind the headlines. Award winning. "A real in the trenches reporter. Great interviewing skills and easy to listen to.... Show More

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October 22, 2020 31 min

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 stop, and The Taliban has to cut ties with Al Qaeda.  So far it has not.  And in the...

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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 (Like Anthony Fauci) has been threatened since she quite the White House over the h...

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October 15, 2020 43 min

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 jailed more people and remains defiant. 

On this Back Story with Dana Lewis, author Edward ...

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October 8, 2020 32 min

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 White House reporter who now hosts debates across the U.S. and has hosted close to 2...

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October 5, 2020 35 min

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 from them. Biden would rejoin and recognize global warming emergencies. 

On this Bac...

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October 1, 2020 37 min

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 of law, ever to have been in The White House. 

People who normally stay o...

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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 stirring war.  

And it's not the only place there is tension between Russia and Turk...

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September 24, 2020 38 min

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 Biden Presidency escalate the Taiwan situation?  Is either Trump or Biden prepared ...

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September 18, 2020 28 min

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 one day in the future. 

We talk to researchers Dr. Matthew  Murphy curr...

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Russia's use of Novichok nerve agent was against it's own citizen.  And it was a only by accident it was discovered by a Germany Military lab.   The poisoning of Alexei Navalny is a violation of International law, because Russia is a signatory to the chemical weapons convention. 

In this Back Story Dana Lewis talks with the U.S. former Deputy Sec. of Defense Andy Weber who says there is no doubt the poisoning had to be appro...

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In this Back Story with Dana Lewis -  alarming predictions President Trump, lagging in polls behind Democrat Joe Biden won't accept a loss.  This could be a disturbing violent election in a system The World thought was a beacon of freedom and democracy. 

A raw and frank discussion with Political Scientist and well known Political Commentator Dr. Jason Johnson, on race relations, Covid19 and Trumps America, culminating he say'...

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September 1, 2020 15 min

Alexander Lukashenko struggles to cling to power after he lost fraudulent and fake elections.   He's jailed and tortured political opponents. Some have fled the Country. Others take to the streets weekly now in massive demonstrations demanding Lukashenko step down.   While Russia's Putin worries the same could happen in Russia, keeps watch and threatens to intervene to prop up Lukashenko. 

In this edition of BACK STORY Host ...

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August 30, 2020 32 min

Peace talks with the Taliban are beginning again in September as U.S. President Trump is bent on reducing U.S. Troop numbers in Afghanistan.  

There are not many U.S. Soldiers left there.  And Trumps desire to announce something positive during his election campaign is likely to short change the efforts since 2001 of Americans to end terrorism in Afghanistan, and stand up an independent and democratic Afghan Government. 

In this epis...

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This week another shooting of a black man in America.  This time in Kinosha, Wisconsin. 

More calls for police reform echo through burning streets.  Defund the police has resulted in concerns of more crime. But, a serious conversation is taking place around the issue of qualified immunity.  Legal experts say qualified immunity is a legal shield for police officers that makes it nearly impossible to hold police accountable for violat...

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August 24, 2020 31 min

The central opposition figure in Russia, Alexei Navalny is fighting for his life in a hospital in Germany. According to his family and advisors he was poisoned after drinking a cup of tea on Tomsk Russia, where he was campaigning against President Putin's political party in local upcoming elections. 

In this Back Story with Dana Lewis we talk to Bill Browder who has led a campaign against Russian corruption and talked nations in...

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August 19, 2020 33 min

Aug 4 2020 - Rocked by a massive explosion Beirut was shredded.   It's infrastructure, the people and Lebanon's Government. 

What happened and what's next for the sectarian Gov which has been rife with corruption and ineffective rule?

On this Back Story host and creator Dana Lewis listens to Beirut businessman Dany Khoury, who explains how he's trying to help his neighbours.

And, former Foreign Minister of Lebanon Gebr...

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August 13, 2020 14 min

More than 7000 people in Belarus arrested in the few days of violent protests after The Presidential election.   President Lukashenko has derailed democracy in Belarus pulling off an election fraud that's so obvious his Country can't swallow it. 

People want freedom in Belarus.   Will Lukashenko be able to brutally put them down or is he finished ?

In this Back Story with Dana Lewis we speak to Andrei Sannikov who ran against...

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Belarus, a former Soviet Country of 10 million has had a pretend democracy since the fall of The Soviet Union.  Since 1994 Aleksander Lukashenko has been President.  He's stifled free and fair elections and jailed opponents.  Until now. 

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, a housewife, and mother of two, whose husband ran for President and was jailed, decided to standup and call for real democracy.   She appears to have won the elections, s...

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August 7, 2020 43 min

Authoritarian Governments are strangling media freedoms in Eastern Europe and elsewhere.  Hungary, Poland, The Czech Republic and Slovenia all have Governments choking free speech.   

In July 80 journalists quit the last independent media platform in Hungary because they knew they could not report freely anymore. 

Why doesn't The European Union (of which these Countries are members) force Government's to respect freedoms that...

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July 30, 2020 30 min

QAnon -  is a bizarre far right conspiracy theory detailing a supposed secret plot by an alleged deep state against U.S. President Donald Trump. 

A murder has been carried out by a purported follower of Q.   The ramming of a truck into the gates of the Canadian P.M.'s residence was by a man who reportedly followed QAnon.  There are now multiple people seeking congressional election who are Q followers.

And yes, QAnon features o...

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