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Around the Empire podcast explores the massive apparatus of the American Empire. In-depth interviews, discussions. Hosted by Joanne Leon.
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Around the Empire podcast explores the massive apparatus of the American Empire. In-depth interviews, discussions. Hosted by Joanne Leon.

Oct 31, 2018

Major Danny Sjursen joins the show to talk about about the war in Afghanistan, an unsustainable quagmire for which no more blood and treasure should be sacrificed. We also talk about the magical American soldier myth and the empire denial syndrome.

Ep75 Myths and Quagmires feat Maj Danny Sjursen

Major Danny Sjursen is a US Army strategist and former history instructor at West Point. He served tours with reconnaissance units in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has written a memoir and critical analysis of the Iraq War, Ghostriders of Baghdad: Soldiers, Civilians, and the Myth of the Surge. He’s the co-host of the podcast Fortress on a Hill, and his articles are published frequently at numerous websites including The Nation, Truthdig, TomDispatch and antiwar.com. FOLLOW Danny Sjursen on Twitter at @skepticalvet and support his work at patreon.com/fortressonahill.         

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Recorded on October 31, 2018. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

Reference Links:

  1. Quagmire: What the Attack on General Miller in Afghanistan Tells Us, Maj. Danny Sjursen
  2. Not Worth Another Life: An Afghan Anniversary To Lament, Maj. Danny Sjursen
  3. The Limits of Power – The Myth of the Magical American Soldier, Maj. Danny Sjursen
  4. Danny Sjursen on The War on Terror, Scott Horton Show
  5. Major Danny Sjursen: Endless War in Afghanistan,The Zero Hour



Oct 22, 2018

Tom Secker joins the show for this two-part series as we compare and contrast two movies: War Machine and Charlie Wilson’s War. We talk about Afghanistan, wars, history, geopolitics, movies, the involvement of the national security state in the entertainment industry and more. A great conversation that is interesting and informative, both serious and light-hearted at varying times and is packaged into two episodes (available in full in advance for patrons).

Ep 74 War Machine and Charlie Wilson's War (Part 2) feat Tom Secker

Tom Secker is a writer, researcher and podcast host from Northern England, who specialises in the intelligence services, Hollywood and the history of terrorism.  He hosts the ClandesTime podcast and is the author of two books, including National Security Cinema: The Shocking New Evidence of Government Control in Hollywood. Find his work and ways to support that work at spyculture.com and patreon.com/tomsecker.

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Recorded on October 18, 2018. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

Fair Use Act Disclaimer. Copyright Disclaimer under section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, education and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing.

Reference Links:

  1. War Machine (2017), IMDB
  2. Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), IMDB
  3. Did the CIA rewrite Charlie Wilson's War?, Tom Secker
  4. The Cinema of the Soviet-Afghan War, Tom Secker
  5. How to Catch Brzezinski in a lie, Tom Secker
  6. Towards an International History of the War in Afghanistan, 1979-1989,  Christian F. Ostermann, Mircea Munteanu, The Wilson Center
  7. National Security Cinema: The Shocking New Evidence of Government Control in Hollywood, Tom Secker
  8. 06/23/10 – Michael Hastings – The Scott Horton Show
  9. 04/21/09 – Michael Hastings – The Scott Horton Show
  10. Brzezinski’s Afghan War and the Grand Chessboard, The Real News Network
  11. The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan, Michael Hastings
  12. The Runaway General, Rolling Stone, Michael Hastings
  13. The Brzezinski Interview with Le Nouvel Observateur (1998), D. Gibbs, University of Arizona



Oct 20, 2018

Tom Secker joins the show for this two-part series as we compare and contrast two movies: War Machine and Charlie Wilson’s War. We talk about Afghanistan, wars, history, geopolitics, movies, the involvement of the national security state in the entertainment industry and more. A great conversation that is interesting and informative, both serious and light-hearted at varying times and is packaged into two episodes (available in full in advance for patrons).

Ep 73 War Machine and Charlie Wilson's War Part 1 feat Tom Secker

Tom Secker is a writer, researcher and podcast host from Northern England, who specialises in the intelligence services, Hollywood and the history of terrorism.  He hosts the ClandesTime podcast and is the author of two books, including National Security Cinema: The Shocking New Evidence of Government Control in Hollywood. Find his work and ways to support that work at spyculture.com and patreon.com/tomsecker.

 

We are independent media and we rely on your contributions. Patreon: patreon.com/aroundtheempire Donations: aroundtheempire.com.

 

FOLLOW @aroundtheempire. Follow Joanne Leon at @joanneleon. SUBSCRIBE/FOLLOW on iTunes, iHeart, Spotify, Google Play, YouTube, Facebook.

 

Recorded on October 18, 2018. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

 

Fair Use Act Disclaimer. Copyright Disclaimer under section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, education and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing.

 

Reference Links:

  1. War Machine (2017), IMDB
  2. Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), IMDB
  3. Did the CIA rewrite Charlie Wilson's War?, Tom Secker
  4. The Cinema of the Soviet-Afghan War, Tom Secker
  5. How to Catch Brzezinski in a lie, Tom Secker
  6. Towards an International History of the War in Afghanistan, 1979-1989,  Christian F. Ostermann, Mircea Munteanu, The Wilson Center
  7. National Security Cinema: The Shocking New Evidence of Government Control in Hollywood, Tom Secker
  8. 06/23/10 – Michael Hastings – The Scott Horton Show
  9. 04/21/09 – Michael Hastings – The Scott Horton Show
  10. Brzezinski’s Afghan War and the Grand Chessboard, The Real News Network
  11. The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan, Michael Hastings
  12. The Runaway General, Rolling Stone, Michael Hastings
  13. The Brzezinski Interview with Le Nouvel Observateur (1998), D. Gibbs, University of Arizona



Oct 3, 2018

Syrian analyst Ehsani returns to the show to talk about the latest developments in the Syrian war, with a focus on the Idlib deal, Turkey’s role in the war, perspectives from Syrians, and the prospects for recovery.

Ep 72 Syria: Idlib Deal and Outlook feat Ehsani

Ehsani is a Syrian American originally from Aleppo. You can find his social media analysis and discussion about Syria on Twitter at @ehsani22. He has also written for the Syria Comment blog under the pseudonym, “Ehsani”.  

We are independent media and we rely on your contributions. Patreon: patreon.com/aroundtheempire Donations: aroundtheempire.com.

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Recorded on October 2, 2018. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

Photo: By Jamen Schahoud at the English language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0

 

Reference Links:

  1. Ep 34 An End to the Syrian War feat Ehsani (9/20/17)
  2. Ep 45 Ghouta, Afrin and Eastern Syria feat Ehsani (3/27/18)
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