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

May 19, 2022

Ep 259 War Planning in the Pacific feat Peter Lee

Guest:  Peter Lee. We discuss two of Peter’s recent China Threat Report episodes titled Death By Oil: US Warplanning in the Pacific and The Escalation Solution with a focus on Taiwan. In a bonus segment, we talk about the escalation in Ukraine, timely catastrophes and why Peter now considers himself a “catastrophist”. 

Peter Lee has decades of experience in East Asia both as a businessman and as a writer. He produces Peter Lee’s China Threat Report and has been published at Asia Times, CounterPunch at his own blog, China Matters. FOLLOW @chinahand.  SUBSCRIBE to Peter Lee’s China Threat Report.

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Recorded on May 6, 2022. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

Reference Links:

Death By Oil: US Warplanning in the Pacific, Peter Lee, China Threat Report

The Escalation Solution, Peter Lee, China Threat Report



May 17, 2022

Ep 258 The Sword and Cross at Albright’s Funeral feat Sam Hussein

Hosts: Joanne Leon and Kelley Lane. Guest: Sam Husseini. We talk about his recent article, Albright's Funeral -- The Sword and the Cross Come Together and more. In a bonus question, we talk about the convergence of neoliberal and neoconservative actors in the foreign policy establishment and the Biden administration. 

Sam Husseini is a Washington, DC metro based independent journalist who has been piercing through the establishment’s falsifications for 25 years. His more recent work includes the possible lab origin of the pandemic (which he started writing about in its early days) and the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 trial. In the 1990s and 2000s he covered the Yugoslavia Wars, sanctions policy against Iraq and the Iraq war. He has rigorously questioned officials including Colin Powell, Mike Pence, Nancy Pelosi, Saudi Amb. Turki bin Faisal al-Saud and many others. 

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Reference Links:

Albright's Funeral -- The Sword and the Cross Come Together

Autopsy Of A Disaster: The U.S. Sanctions Policy On Iraq, Institute for Public Accuracy

May 1, 2022

Ep 257 Checkered Relations of U.S. and Russia Through History feat Peter Kuznick

Guest: Peter Kuznick. We talk about the checkered history of relations between the United States and Russia (and the USSR). We talk about the book “The Untold History of the United States” including a second edition with some new chapters on more recent history. In a bonus question we talk about possible Russian revanchism and whether the Baltic states and other former USSR states in the region are now in danger if Russia begins to feel threatened by NATO activity in those states and in the context of the current invasion of Ukraine.

Peter Kuznick is an author, historian and the Professor of History and Director of the Nuclear Studies Institute at American University. He was active in the Civil Rights and anti-Vietnam War movements and remains active in antiwar and nuclear abolition efforts. He regularly provides commentary for all the major U.S. and international media and has begun his fourth term as Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer.

FIND Peter Kuznick on the American University website, look for the updated version his book with Oliver Stone: The Untold History of the United States (new 2019 edition) and watch their documentary series which is available on multiple streaming services. 

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Apr 15, 2022

Ep 256 Clare Daly & Mick Wallace: The Anti-war Voices Heard Around the World

Guest: Clare Daly and Mick Wallace. We talk to the Irish Members of the European Parliament who are now some of the most powerful anti-war voices heard around the world. We discuss the war in Ukraine, sanctions, flooding the war with more arms and how all of these things lead to more war and destruction, not peace. We disagree with taking sides in a situation that requires more nuance. In a bonus segment, we talk about the position of neutrality taken by Ireland and how this status is constantly under pressure. 

FOLLOW Clare on Twitter @claredalymep and follow Mick @wallacemick. Listen and subscribe to their podcast I4C Trouble with Daly and Wallace, “political podcast from Ireland's two best-known independent left wing MEPs, straight from the belly of the EU beast”. 

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Recorded on April 12, 2022. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

Apr 13, 2022

Ep 255 It’s a Financial War feat Tom Luongo

Guest: Tom Luongo. We continue and update our conversation from Episode 229 Central Bank Wars about the financial war underlying the conflicts and crises around the world right now. We discuss the global financial infrastructure, LIBOR and it’s replacement, SOFR, the Federal Reserve, the great power wars, the hot war in Ukraine, and more. In a long bonus episode we talk about whether Russia and China are part of the Great Reset and “in on it”, so to speak, taking into consideration some arguments from both sides of that question. And more.

Tom Luongo is a former research chemist, amateur dairy goat farmer, anarcho-libertarian, and obstreperous Austrian economist. His specialty is connecting geopolitics and finance/investment and he publishes the Gold Goats, and Guns newsletter and podcast and whose work can be found on sites like Zerohedge, Lewrockwell.com, Bitcoin Magazine and Newsmax Media.

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Recorded on March 31, 2022. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

Reference Links:

  1. ATE Ep 229 Central Bank Wars feat Tom Luongo
  2. GGG Podcast Episode #75 – Davos and the Week That Changed Everything Part 1
  3. GGG Podcast Episode #76 – Davos, Ukraine and the Week That Changed the World Part II
  4. SOFR v. LIBOR: Have We Been Missing Something About the Fed’s Upcoming “Policy Error?”, Tom Luongo
  5. The Putin Interviews, Oliver Stone
  6. Tom Luongo: Can Russia Kill the Great Reset? Palisades Gold Radio
Apr 8, 2022

Ep 254 Analyzing VAERS: The Unacceptable Interview feat Jessica Rose

Guest: Dr. Jessica Rose. We talk about her work analyzing the VAERS database and more. Due to censorship issues, most of this episode will not be available on Youtube but the full episode is available on our other platforms. You can find those on aroundtheempire.com. 

Dr. Jessica Rose is a brilliant Canadian scientist with integrity. She is an immunologist and molecular biologist who has specialized in computational biology and the bio-mechanisms behind pathogenic infections. She has degrees in Applied Mathematics, Immunology, a PhD in Computational Biology and 2 Post Doctoral degrees: one in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. Her research and publications include investigating hepatitis B, cytomegalovirus, HIV, and anthrax and her most current research project is analysis of the VAERS data and an effort to make this data accessible to the public. She is currently based in Israel and she loves surfing. 

She publishes in her Substack Unacceptable Jessica and her website Jessica’s Universe

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Recorded on March 27, 2022. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

Reference Links:

  1. Jessica’s Universe
  2. Unacceptable Jessica
  3. Presentation of VAERS data to the World Council for Health by Jessica Rose
  4. World Council for Health: Understanding Vaccine Causation Conference (2/7/22)
  5. VAERS data
  6. OpenVAERS
  7. Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee – 10/26/2021
  8. Senate Hearing on Federal Response to COVID-19 Variants - January 11, 2022



Mar 31, 2022

Ep 253 D-Day in Kyiv feat Jeffrey Carr

Guest:  Jeffrey Carr. We talk about his experience working with the Ukraine Ministry of Defense cyber warfare team when the invasion began.

Jeffrey Carr has been an internationally-known cybersecurity adviser, author, and researcher since 2006. He has worked as a small business/entrepreneur in Russia for the CIA’s Open Source Center Eurasia Desk. He invented REDACT, the world’s first global R&D database and search engine to assist companies in identifying which intellectual property is of value to foreign governments. He is the founder and organizer of Suits & Spooks, a conference for discussion of challenges in the national security space, and he is the author of the book Inside Cyber Warfare: Mapping the Cyber Underworld.

FOLLOW @jeffreycarr on Twitter and at Inside Cyber Warfare on Substack and find his book “Inside Cyber Warfare” book on O’Reilly Media.

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Recorded on March 24, 2022. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

Reference Links:

  1. D-Day in Kyiv, Jeffrey Carr
  2. Around the Empire Episode 13: Crowdstrike’s Russian Hacking Claims feat. Jeffrey Carr
  3. Around the Empire Ep 145 Crowdstrike Analysis Revisited feat Jeffrey Carr
  4. Exclusive: U.S. spy agency probes sabotage of satellite internet during Russian invasion, sources say
  5. Hackers Attacked Satellite Terminals Through Management Network, Viasat Officials Say (Update on the Viasat hack that was reported on the same day this podcast was recorded)

 

Mar 24, 2022

Ep252 Global Finance & Putin’s Invasion of Ukraine Swapcast

Kyle Anzalone (Conflicts of Interest) and Joanne Leon (Around the Empire). We talk about some global finance aspects of the ongoing hybrid war, the invasion of Ukraine and geopolitics. 

FOLLOW on Twitter: @KyleAnzalone_ and @Con_Interest and find Kyle and the Conflicts of Interest podcast at Libertarian Institute

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Recorded on March 23, 2022. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

Reference Links:

  1. Reuters: Rouble firms past 100 vs dollar after Putin announces gas currency switch
  2. Putin Misunderstands History. So, Unfortunately, Does the U.S., Niall Ferguson, Bloomberg
  3. IMF: Foreign Policy Live with Kristalina Georgieva and Gita Gopinath
  4. ‘Countries may cut dollar holdings after Russian reserves frozen’ – IMF



Mar 22, 2022

 

Guest: Iain Davis. We talk about his article titled: “Technocracy: The Operating System For The New International Rules-Based Order.” We discuss the western international rules-based order vs a new international laws based order proposed by China and Russia and the governing mechanism of  global technocracy. We also talk about global stakeholders, public-private partnerships, UN sustainable development goals, Agenda 21 and Agenda 2030 and more. In a bonus segment we speculate about the likelihood that a world war would advance the goals of global technocracy and whether that’s the situation we are in right now.  

Iain Davis is an independent investigative journalist based in the UK. His focus is upon widening readers awareness of evidence that is not commonly reported by the so-called mainstream media. He writes for the UK Column, Unlimited Hangout and on his blog In This Together. His work has been featured by the Corbett Report, the OffGuardian, Lew-Rockwell, Zero Hedge and other independent news outlets. 

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Recorded on March 3, 2022. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

Reference Links:

  1. Technocracy: The Operating System For The New International Rules-Based Order, Iain Davis, Unlimited Hangout
  2. Book: Pseudo Pandemic: New Normal Technocracy, Iain Davis
  3. United Nations: Agenda 21
  4. United Nations: Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
  5. Book: Tragedy & Hope: A History of the World in Our Time, Carroll Quigley
  6. Book: Tragedy and Hope 101: The Illusion of Justice, Freedom, and Democracy, Joseph Plummer
  7. Book: Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution: The Remarkable True Story of the American Capitalists Who Financed the Russian Communists, Anthony Sutton
  8. Book: Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler, Anthony Sutton
  9. World Economic Forum
  10. The World War I Conspiracy, Corbett Report

 

Mar 13, 2022

Ep 250 Wars Within Wars feat Isa Blumi

Guest: Dr. Isa Blumi. A wide ranging discussion where we discuss the various wars within wars in Yemen and other areas. We talk about the turmoil in Lebanon, competition between the Gulf states, Europe’s gas supply and the gas fields in Eastern Mediterranean and more.

Dr. Isa Blumi is an historian, an author and Professor of Global History, Islamic World, Ottoman Empire, Yemen, Albania. His most recent Destroying Yemen: What Chaos in Arabia Tells Us about the World tells the story of the wars in Yemen but also “ultimately tells an even larger story of today’s political economy of global capitalism, development, and the war on terror as disparate actors intersect in Arabia.”  He also authored the book Ottoman Refugees, 1878-1939: Migration in a Post-Imperial World

We recorded this in February, 2022. 

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Feb 3, 2022

Ep 249 Realistic View of Ukraine and Russia feat Mary Dejevsky

Guest: Mary Dejevsky. We talk about the recent communications between US, NATO and Russia with a realistic view of Russia and Ukraine. In a bonus segment we talk about why the UK establishment is hostile toward Russia. 

Mary Dejevsky is a veteran journalist and columnist, a former  foreign correspondent in Moscow, Paris, Washington and a special correspondent in China. She has written about the collapse of the USSR from inside Moscow and she is an expert on relations between Russia and the western world. She now writes for several media outlets across the political spectrum.

FOLLOW Mary Dejevsky on Twitter @marydejevsky, read her columns at the Independent, at Spiked and The Spectator. Also look for her writing and appearances on various media outlets.  

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Recorded on January 29, 2022. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

Reference Links:

  1. Zbigniew Brzezinski at the Wilson Center June 2014: Mutual Security on Hold? Russia, the West, and European Security Architecture
  2. Ukraine’s president is the voice of reason in stand-off with Russia, Mary Dejevsky, The Independent
  3. What Putin really wants, Mary Dejevsky, Spiked Online
  4. What the US and UK get wrong about Ukraine, Mary Dejevsky, Spiked Online
  5. 5,000 helmets and Germany’s dark history in Ukraine, Mary Dejevsky, The Spectator
Feb 1, 2022

Ep 248 Russia’s Range of Options for Ukraine Crisis feat Mark Sleboda

Guest: Mark Sleboda. We talk about the likelihood of Russian intervention in Ukraine, the options available to them, and the overall situation with the standoff between NATO and Russia. 

Mark Sleboda is an International Affairs & Security Analyst, a US Navy veteran, a university lecturer and a foreign policy realist.

FOLLOW Mark on Twitter @MarkSleboda1 and look for his appearances on RT, Sputnik and other international channels. 

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Recorded January 26, 2022. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

Reference Links:

  1. Around the Empire: Ep 213 Ukraine Escalation feat Mark Sleboda
  2. Around the Empire: Ep 157 Crisis of Confidence in Ukraine feat Mark Sleboda
  3. Around the Empire: Ep 120 Ukraine Political Transformation? feat Mark Sleboda
  4. Around the Empire: Ep 99 Ukraine feat Mark Sleboda
  5. Around the Empire: Ep 141 Maidan Massacre in Ukraine feat Ivan Katchanovski
  6. A Year After 1/6, Ukraine's War Draws U.S. Far-Right to Fight Russia, Train for Violence at Home, Tom O’Connor, Naveed Jamali, Newsweek
Jan 31, 2022

Swapcast with the hosts of Conflicts of Interest Podcast: Kyle Anzalone and Connor Freeman. We talk about the crisis in U.S.-Russian relations. This roundtable first covers Washington and NATO’s written responses to Moscow regarding last month’s Russian security proposals and then we discuss the threat of war, the potential scope of such a war, why Russia is likely no longer concerned about further U.S. sanctions, the role of CIA paramilitaries on the front line, the shutdown of the Ukrainian opposition, and the increasing influence of Nazis and Nazi adjacent elements in Ukraine’s power structures.

There is also conversation on the Biden-Putin relationship, the malign influence of the Victoria Nuland circle, and the recently resumed Normandy Format style talks with the Russians, the Ukrainians, the French, and the Germans.

FOLLOW on Twitter: @KyleAnzalone_ @Con_Interest  and @FreemansMind96. SUBSCRIBE to the Conflicts of Interest podcast and find their writing at the Libertarian Institute

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Recorded on January 26, 2022, 2021. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

 

Jan 27, 2022

Ep 246 Questions About Kazakhstan feat Hrvoje Morić

Guest: Hrvoje Morić, host of the Geopolitics and Empire podcast. About a week after the protests and unrest in Kazakhstan in early January, Hrvoje and I got together for a chat about the questions we still had about the situation and our skepticism about the immediate claims of color revolution. Some things have changed in the past two weeks since we recorded this but for me, many questions still remain. 

Hrvoje Morić is a podcaster and an educator. He lived in Kazakhstan from 2017 to 2020 while he worked as a teacher at Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools. He is also a professor of International Relations. He served with the Peace Corps in Mongolia and has traveled extensively. 

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Recorded on January 13, 2022. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

Reference Links:

  1. After Kazakhstan, the color revolution era is over, Pepe Escobar
  2. After Kazakhstan Crisis, China Will Reassess Its Influence in Central Asia
  3. Documentary: 9 Days: From My Window in Aleppo



Jan 27, 2022

Ep 244 Covert State Sponsored Media feat Kit Klarenberg
Guest: Kit Klarenberg. Kit Klarenberg returns to the show, again with leaked documents related to information and psychological warfare. We discuss his Grayzone article titled: “
Leaked files expose Syria psyops veteran astroturfing BreadTube star to counter Covid restriction critics.” In this case a state-sponsored influence operation was created to undermine critics of coronavirus policies and they’re covertly using at least one prominent YouTube personality as their media conduit for elite, establishment, imperial narratives. In a bonus question we talk about strategies for finding genuine media sources and channels. 

Kit Klarenberg is an investigative journalist who explores the role of intelligence services in shaping politics and perceptions and he has been published by numerous media outlets including The Grayzone, Cradle, Electronic Intifada, RT and more. 

FOLLOW @KitKlarenberg, follow his work on his substack https://substack.com/profile/29599137-kit-klarenberg

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Reference Links:

  1. Leaked files expose Syria psyops veteran astroturfing BreadTube star to counter Covid restriction critics, Kit Klarenberg, Grayzone
  2. ProDemocracy Pod: Episode 19: Breadtube Exposed with Kit Klarenberg and Caleb Maupin
  3. Around the Empire: Ep 210 Information Warfare Networks feat Kit Klarenberg & Mohamed Elmaazi
Jan 12, 2022

Ep 244 Biological Weapons in the Korean War feat Jeffrey Kaye

Guest: Jeffrey Kaye. We talk about his research and writing on the Korean War and the biological warfare that was waged. HIs work is based on years of experience and research including in depth research of the depositions by prisoners of war and other materials that required laborious and expensive efforts to obtain. In a bonus segment we talk about how the US biowarfare operations have changed since the offensive bioweapon programs were officially ended during the Nixon administration when the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention was ratified. 

Jeffrey Kaye  is a retired psychologist. For nearly 10 years he worked part time with Survivors International in San Francisco, conducting both assessment and psychotherapy of torture victims. After 9/11, he joined others in protesting the activities of psychologists in the CIA and Department of Defense, some of whom who helped develop interrogation programs that have widely been exposed as including torture and other forms of cruel treatment of prisoners. He is also a blogger and an author of the book "Cover-up at Guantanamo". His articles have been published for many years on various media outlets including Counterpunch, The Guardian and Al Jazeera.

FOLLOW Jeffrey Kaye on Twitter @Jeff_Kaye and find his work at Medium.

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Reference Links:

  1. Secret History: U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps Flyers’ Confessions on Use of Biological Weapons in the Korean War, Jeffrey Kaye
  2. CIA, MKULTRA and the Cover-up of U.S. Germ Warfare in the Korean War, Counterpunch, Jeffrey Kaye / Insurge Intelligence
  3. "A Real Flood of Bacteria and Germs": Communications Intelligence and Charges of U.S. Germ Warfare During the Korean War, Jeffrey Kaye, Counterpunch
  4. New Revelations on Germ Warfare: It's Time for a Reckoning with Our History from the Korean War, Jeffrey Kaye, Counterpunch
  5. The Schnacke Affidavit: U.S. Admission of Offensive Germ Warfare Capability During the Korean War, Jeffrey Kaye, Counterpunch
  6. Censored: North Korea Accused U.S. of Working with Unit 731 War Criminals on BW Attacks, Jeffrey Kaye
  7. A Concealed War Crime: U.S. Anthrax Bombings of China During the Korean War, Jeffrey Kaye
  8. REVEALED: The long-suppressed official report on US biowarfare in North Korea, Jeffrey Kaye

 

Dec 21, 2021

Ep 244 Civil War in Ethiopia feat Teodrose Fikremariam (Swapcast)

Guest: Teodrose Fikremariam. An in depth discussion of the civil war in Ethiopia. This is a swapcast with Kyle Anzalone of the Conflicts of Interest podcast. 

Teodrose Fikremarium, is the co-founder and editor of the Ghion Journal and host of video shows on the Ghion Journal channel. Originally from Ethiopia, he is a published author, a prolific writer, a consultant in the defense industry and a former community organizer and political activist. 

FOLLOW Teodrose at @teodrose3 and find his work at the Ghion Journal and on their YouTube channel. Follow Kyle Anzalone KyleAnzalone_ and the Conflicts of Interest podcast. 

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Recorded on December 16, 2021. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

Reference Links:

  1. Why Is Ethiopia at War With Itself?, New York Times
  2. Around the Empire: Ep 93 Weaponized Identity & Malcolm X Warnings feat Teodrose Fikre
  3. Around the Empire: Ep 193 Sudan and Red Sea Region feat Isa Blumi
Dec 20, 2021

Ep 242 Libya Elections and Foreign Intervention feat Giorgio Cafiero

Guest: Giorgio Cafiero. We talk about the upcoming elections in Libya, scheduled for December 24, 2021. The situation still remains chaotic and uncertain with just a few days left. To quote Giorgio in one of his recent articles: 

“Libya is at a delicate point in its history. The deeply fractured and divided North African country has the first round of presidential elections officially set for December 24, yet we do not know if the elections will be held that day. Whether or not elections are held then, and whether the second round and parliamentary elections are held in February will matter significantly. But more importantly, how various domestic and foreign actors act in the period following elections matters even more.”

In a bonus episode we talk about the possibility of Libya being integrated into the broader Arab world and to become one of the countries who normalize relations with Israel. We also talk about the main candidates Haftar, Ghaddafi and the interim prime minister Dbeibeh. 

Giorgio Cafiero is a Washington based analyst and CEO of Gulf State Analytics. He is a regular contributor to many media outlets, an adjunct fellow at the American Security Project, an affiliate at the Mena Center and an analyst at London-based advisory Rosa & Roubini Associates. 

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Recorded on December 13, 2021. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

Reference Links:

  1. Libya’s planned elections are a ticking time bomb, Giorgio Cafiero, TRT
  2. UN Security Council Resolution 2323: The situation in Libya (2016)
  3. Libya’s presidential election was meant to unite the country, The Economist
  4. Different Nations for One Libya, Karim Mezran
  5. Gaddafi’s Ex-Spox: Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi Has Widest Support Heading Into Libyan Elections, RT Going Underground
  6. WATCH: Armed men surround Tripoli government HQ, RT
  7. Armed groups deploy around key sites in Libya’s Tripoli, Al Arabiya
  8. Libya, Al Samoud Brigade Besieges Tripoli. Elections At Risk, Southfront
  9. UN Chief: ‘Unprecedented Levels’ of Foreign Interference in Libya, VoA

 

Dec 16, 2021

Ep 241 Theranos Through A New Lens feat Alex Krainer

Guest: Alex Krainer. After two years of pandemic response, there are new and interesting perspectives and ways to view Theranos through a new lens. We discuss Alex Krainer’s three-part article titled Theranos Scandal: The Real Story. In a bonus episode, we talk about how world wars have led to “great resets” in the past and whether our current situation signals that preparations for world changing wars are being made and who the real “empire builders” are. 

Alex Krainer has an impressive and multi-faceted background that has positioned him to look at this case with from a new angle. He is a market analyst, researcher, futures trader, investor, author and former hedge fund manager based in Monaco. He was born in Yugoslavia and lived through hyperinflation in the 1980s. He went to university abroad in the United States and Switzerland and then worked in Venezuela where he experienced his first banking crisis when nine of of Venezuela's sixteen largest banks failed and brought the country's economy to a grinding halt. He then returned to his native Croatia and served in the military during the last phases of Croatia's war of independence. From there he moved to Monaco to work in the oil trading business and rose the level of CEO, having built an R & D unit specializing in market analysis, neural networks and artificial intelligence in trading financial and commodities markets. He developed I-System strategies, launched his own high performing investment management business and managed units of other investment firms. 

Krainer is also the author of finance related books and professional papers including: "Mastering Uncertainty in Commodities Trading," which was ranked #1 book on FinancialExpert.co.uk list of "The 5 Best Commodities Books for Investors and Traders, He also wrote "Commodity price risk, profits and value creation" and "Alex Krainer's Trend Following Bible." In 2017 he published a book based on his investigation of Bill Browder titled "Great Deception: the Truth About Bill Browder, the Magnitsky Act and anti-Russia Sanctions." The book was targeted by Jonathan Winer, former policy adviser to Secretary of State John Kerry (in the Obama administration) and Amazon deleted his account and reviews. They failed to pay royalties since 2018 but kept the book on the Amazon site at hugely inflated prices (while retaining all proceeds from sales) until just last week when Amazon removed his books from the site without explanation.

FOLLOW Alex on Twitter @NakedHedgie and find his work on his blog The Naked Hedgie and his professional website I-System Trend Following

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Reference Links:

  1. Theranos scandal: the REAL story (1/3)
  2. Theranos scandal: the REAL story (2/3)
  3. Theranos scandal: the six encouraging lessons (part 3 of 3)
  4. Krainer: MTP 014: The fall of Global Britain - an investment hypothesis
  5. Reuters: Holmes arrives at U.S. court to testify for fourth day in Theranos fraud trial
  6. A Closer Look At Theranos’ Big-Name Investors, Partners And Board As Elizabeth Holmes’ Criminal Trial Begins
  7. Around the Empire: Ep 126 The Magnitsky Myth feat Lucy Komisar
Nov 27, 2021

Ep 240 Witnessing the Transformation of China feat ADVChina (Winston & Matt)

Guests: Hosts of the ADVChina YouTube channel and podcast Winston Sterzel (aka Serpentza) and Matthew Tye (aka C-Milk/laowhy86) lived and traveled through most of China for more than a decade. They started a custom motorcycle business and did most of their traveling on those motorcycles and they produced two documentary films. Their video and podcast content (they have individual channels as well as the ADVChina channels) is broad ranging but mostly about life in China from a westerner’s perspective and the more recent content has a lot of information about how things have changed. Both Winston and Matt married and have extended families in China and in their home countries of South Africa and the United States and they left China for the United States in the past couple of years after witnessing a significant transformation in China. We talk about that transformation, what life in China was like when they first moved there and how things are now. We talk about the real estate bubble, the Evergrande crisis, and Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign, Xinjiang and the Uyghurs. We then discuss the escalating hostility between China and the United States and its allies. In a bonus episode we discuss whether or not China is becoming an imperial power “with Chinese characteristics”. And more. 

FOLLOW Winston on Twitter at @serpentza, follow Matt at @laowhy86. Subscribe to their YouTube channels ADVChina, ADVPodcasts, Serpentza, laowhy86 and find their work on their website advchina.net

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Reference Links:

  1. ADVChina: Why is Everything in CHINA FALLING APART?
  2. ADVChina: China's Biggest Ghost City - The Military Chased us Out!
  3. ADVChina Documentary: Conquering Southern China
  4. ADVChina Documentary: Conquering Northern China
  5. ADVPodcast
  6. Associated Press: Terror & Tourism: Xinjiang eases its grip, but fear remains
  7. Around the Empire: Ep 207 Chinahawks’ Uyghur Genocide Narrative feat Gareth Porter
  8. Around the Empire: Ep 216 Indy Media Chinahawks (Swapcast) Patrick MacFarlane
  9. Around the Empire: Ep 181 Xinjiang and the Uyghurs feat Peter Lee



Nov 1, 2021

Ep 239 Questions Still Unanswered (Part 2): Anthrax Attacks

Panelists: Peter Castagno, Gumby, Joanne Leon, Robbie Martin, Dan Wright. A panel discussion about the questions that are still unanswered 20 years after 9/11. This is part two of an ongoing series where we talk about the anthrax attacks. We are honored to have such a knowledgeable and talented line up in this panel. 

Joanne Leon and Dan Wright are co-founders of Around the Empire. Peter Castagno is the co-owner of the Citizen Truth independent media website covering international politics. He is an independent writer & researcher with an MA in International Conflict Resolution.

Gumby is an independent researcher, well known for his research threads on Twitter and podcast appearances under the pseudonym @gumby4christ (a handle that he chose years ago in jest but then became a brand). Robbie Martin is documentary film maker (see his film A Very Heavy Agenda at AVeryHeavyAgenda.com), a musician, researcher and the host of Media Roots Radio

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Reference Links:

  1. Timeline: Anthrax Timeline by Barbara Hatch Rosenberg
  2. Timeline: NJ.com timeline of the anthrax case
  3. Timeline: NY Times Anthrax timeline
  4. Unlimited Hangout/Whitney Webb: 20 Years After Anthrax with Robbie Martin
  5. MediaRoots Radio: Amerithrax 20th Anniversary: St Petersburg Letters, Bruce Ivins' Bilocation & the Anthrax Timeline
  6. MediaRoots Radio: Kathy Nguyen the Anthrax Victim FBI Called a Terrorist & Swabbing Hijacker Remains in Shanksville
  7. MediaRoots Anthrax Cache, Anthrax Cache Addition 1, Anthrax Cache Addition 2
  8. NYT 2001: Florida Man Dies of Rare Form of Anthrax
  9. NYT 2001: Anthrax Found in NBC News Aide
  10. Letter to Brokaw traced
  11. Anthrax Now Discovered in Bellmawr P O
  12. Anthrax At Belmawr Post Office?
  13. Another regional N.J. post office is closed after employee develops possible skin anthrax
  14. AP: Man [Hatfill] in Anthrax Probe Bragged of Ties
  15. Bioweapon expert denies anthrax involvement
  16. Anthrax Epizootic in Zimbabwe, 1978-1980: Due to Deliberate Spread? By Meryl Nass, MD
  17. Vanity Fair / Don Foster: The Message in the Anthrax
  18. NYT: Scientist Is Paid Millions by U.S. in Anthrax Suit
  19. Newsweek: Steven Hatfill's Strange Trip From Accused Terrorist to Medical Adventurer
  20. Anthrax victim's family sues U.S. government
  21. FBI Amerithrax or Anthrax Investigation
  22.  nj.com Holt remains skeptical about conclusions in anthrax investigation
  23.  nj.com Report requested by Holt found gaps in FBI's investigation of anthrax attacks
  24. Unlimited Hangout/Whitney Webb: Head of the Hydra: The Rise of Robert Kadlec



Oct 29, 2021

Ep 238 Taiwan Trouble feat Peter Lee

Guest: Peter Lee aka @chinahand. As Peter said “it’s been a pretty good week for the chinahawks.” In fact, a lot of good weeks lately. We talk about the escalation of tensions with China over Taiwan, the US-led “Asian NATO”l ships sailing through the Taiwan strait and in the South China sea, Chinese military exercises scrambling jets near Taiwan, the issue of Taiwan independence and US defense, the political situation and the prospects for war to break out and more. In a bonus episode I ask Peter what triggered Xi JInping’s crackdown in China and what caused the sudden shift in relations between the US and China, the real estate crisis and why Chinese billionaires had been allowed to thrive for so long.

Peter Lee has decades of experience in East Asia both as a businessman and as a writer. He produces Peter Lee’s China Threat Report and has been published at Asia Times, CounterPunch at his own blog, China Matters. FOLLOW @chinahand.  SUBSCRIBE to Peter Lee’s China Threat Report.

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Reference Links:

  1. Peter Lee’s China Threat Report: Taiwan ADIZ Sound and Fury
  2. Peter Lee’s China Threat Report: How Do You Spell Cold War 2.0? AUKUS
  3. WSJ: U.S. Troops Have Been Deployed in Taiwan for at Least a Year
  4. Chinese Foreign Ministry: Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Remarks on Taiwan-related Statement Issued by US State Department Spokesperson
  5. Global Times: Op-Ed: Time to warn Taiwan secessionists and their fomenters: war is real: Global Times editorial



Oct 11, 2021

Ep 237 Realignments in the Middle East & Africa feat Isa Blumi

Guest: Dr. Isa Blumi. This is a wide-ranging discussion about the political realignments in the Gulf states, new partnerships in the Middle East and Africa, Qatar’s involvement in the withdrawal from Afghanistan, developments in Yemen, quiet military repurposing of strategic island of Socotra, the long and complicated exploitation of East Africa, the Red Sea region and Horn of Africa, the mass of military bases in Djbouti, the Turkey-Russia relationship and more.

For those listening to the audio version of this podcast, we have added many maps and other visual enhancements to the video version that you might find helpful during some of this discussion so if you are interested you can find those versions on Youtube and Rokfin right now and other video platforms in the not too distant future. 

Dr. Isa Blumi is an historian, an author and Professor of Global History, Islamic World, Ottoman Empire, Yemen, Albania. His most recent Destroying Yemen: What Chaos in Arabia Tells Us about the World tells the story of the wars in Yemen but also “ultimately tells an even larger story of today’s political economy of global capitalism, development, and the war on terror as disparate actors intersect in Arabia.”  He also authored the book Ottoman Refugees, 1878-1939: Migration in a Post-Imperial World

FOLLOW Isa Blumi @IsaBlumi and find his work at Google Scholar and his latest book at UCPress.edu

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Recorded on October 6, 2021. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

Reference Links:

  1. Book: Destroying Yemen: What Chaos in Arabia Tells Us about the World

 

Sep 30, 2021

ATE Ep236 Questions Still Unanswered

Panelists: Peter Castagno, Gumby, Joanne Leon, Dan Wright. A panel discussion about the questions that are still unanswered 20 years after 9/11. This is part one of a series. There is an “after hours” bonus segment where we talk about turning this into a series, the fact that dissent from the official 9/11 story is (finally) being discussed more openly and there is strong pressure to make it less taboo, and more. 

Joanne Leon and Dan Wright are co-founders of Around the Empire. Peter Castagno is the co-owner of the Citizen Truth independent media website covering international politics. He is an independent writer & researcher with an MA in International Conflict Resolution.

Gumby is an independent researcher, well known for his research threads on Twitter and podcast appearances under the pseudonym @gumby4christ (a handle that he chose years ago in jest but then became a brand). 

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Reference Links:

  1. 9/11 Independent Commission (Family Steering Committee) - Unanswered Questions
  2. Book: Unanswered Questions: What the September Eleventh Families Asked and the 9/11 Commission Ignored
  3. History Commons: BBC Reports WTC 7 Collapse Before It Happens
  4. BBC Response re: reporting WTC 7 collapse before it happened
  5. ClandesTime 114 – An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: Ali Mohamed
  6. Porkins Policy Review: Ali Mohamed: The CIA’s Favorite Terrorist (Guest article by Tom Secker)
  7. History Commons: Ali Mohamed
  8. Covert Action Magazine: The Twenty Year Shadow of 9/11 (Part 1): U.S. Complicity in the Terror Spectacle and the Urgent Need to End It, Aaron Good, Ben Howard and Peter Dale Scott
  9. Covert Action Magazine: The Twenty Year Shadow of 9/11 (Part 2): Why Did Key U.S. Officials Protect the Alleged 9/11 Plotters?, Aaron Good, Ben Howard and Peter Dale Scott
  10. Covert Action Magazine: Stepping out of the Shadow of 9/11 (Part 3): Start by Ending the Post-9/11 States of Emergency, Aaron Good, Ben Howard and Peter Dale Scott
  11. Gumby’s Twitter thread on Pentagon’s special unit DO5 and Pentagon whistleblower codenamed Iron Man
  12. Truthout (2011): New Documents Suggest DoD Watchdog Covered Up Intelligence Unit’s Work Tracking 9/11 Terrorists, Jason Leopold, Jeffrey Kaye
  13. Truthout (2011): Report: Intelligence Unit Told Before 9/11 to Stop Tracking Bin Laden, Jeffrey Kaye
  14. Covert Action Magazine: Anthrax Attacks Directed Against Public Officials Following 9/11 Had all the Markings of a False Flag Operation, Graeme McQueen
  15. Slate: How Did I Get Iraq Wrong?, Richard Cohen
  16. ProPublica: Colleague Says Anthrax Numbers Add Up to Unsolved Case
  17. Washington Post: Justice Dept. takes on itself in probe of 2001 anthrax attacks, Jerry Markon
  18. Book: The Watchdogs Didn't Bark: The CIA, NSA, and the Crimes of the War on Terror, Ray Nowosielski, John Duffy
  19. Epistemic Vice: A Critique of Quassim Cassam’s “Conspiracy Theories”, Peter Castagno
  20. Book: Logical Investigative Methods: Critical Thinking and Reasoning for Successful Investigations, Robert J. Girod
  21. Book: Psychology of Intelligence Analysis, Richards J. Heuer Jr.
  22. Book: The Commission: The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation, Philip Shenon
  23. A Very Heavy Agenda (documentary series), Robbie Martin
  24. Book: Another Nineteen: Investigating Legitimate 9/11 Suspects, Kevin Ryan
  25. Guns and Butter: Another Nineteen, Part One thru Five - Kevin Ryan, #287-291
  26. Max Keiser interviews Jim Rickards on 9/11 Stock Irregularities on The Keiser Report (RT 2014)
  27. Unusual Option Market Activity and the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001, Allen M. Poteshman, University of Chicago Press
  28. Was There Abnormal Trading in the S&P 500 Index Options Prior to the September 11 Attacks?, Wing-Keung Wong, Asia University, Department of Finance
  29. Detecting Abnormal Trading Activities in Option Markets, Marc Chesney (University of Zurich - Department of Banking and Finance), Remo Crameri (University of Zurich - Swiss Banking Institute ISB), Loriano Mancini (USI Lugano - Institute of Finance; Swiss Finance Institute)

 

Sep 4, 2021

Ep 235 Afghans Come to America

Panelists: Kyle Anzalone, Kelley Lane, Joanne Leon, Dan Wright. A panel discussion about the war in Afghanistan and the evacuation of tens of thousands of Afghans, most of whom will be settling in the United States. There is a bonus “After Hours” segment where we let loose on the foreign policy establishment “Blob” of idiots, the profiteering, the pivot to China and more. 

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Recorded on August 27, 2021. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

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