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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.

Apr 29, 2021

Ep 218 Seeing the Larger World With a New Lens feat Alison McDowell

Guest: Alison McDowell. We talk about her research into Agenda 21, the transformation of education, the natural systems being financialized, the biosecurity state, stakeholder capitalism and more. In a bonus question we talk about why the “great reset” or new normal agenda seems to have been fast-tracked and if there are common threads in the institutions and entities who are behind it. 

Alison McDowell is a mom, a prolific researcher and producer of network mapping and reporting on her independent media site, wrenchinthegears.com and her Youtube channel. 

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Recorded on April 19, 2021. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

Apr 27, 2021

Ep 217 The Doom of the Elite feat Michael Vlahos

Guest: Michael Vlahos. We discuss his article published at The American Conservative

titled “The Doom Of The Elite: The rise and fall of elites shapes our history and can be predicted”. In a bonus episode we talk about the prospects for a new civil war, Vlahos’ theory that “cancel culture” is a response to the decline, and other warnings from his recent article titled  “There Will Be Blood: Beware the Ides of March!

Michael Vlahos is an author, a military historian and strategist. He has taught war and strategy graduate courses at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), the U.S Naval War College, and at Centro Estudios Superiores Navales, D.F.  He is the author of the book Fighting Identity: Sacred War and World Change and he is a weekly contributor to The John Batchelor Show

Michael Vlahos is a writer and author of the book Fighting Identity: Sacred War and World Change. He has taught war and strategy at Johns Hopkins University and the Naval War College and other institutions. 

FOLLOW @Michalis_Vlahos and find his blog at anewcivilwar.com.

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Recorded on April 15, 2021. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

Reference Links:

  1. The Doom Of The Elite: The rise and fall of elites shapes our history and can be predicted. Michael Vlahos, American Conservative
  2. There Will Be Blood: Beware the Ides of March!, Michael Vlahos
  3. Old Civil Wars Never Die: Like Zombies They Are Raised By History to Devour Us, Michael Vlahos

 

Apr 23, 2021

Ep 216 Indy Media Chinahawks (Swapcast) Patrick MacFarlane

Swapcast with Liberty Weekly / Patrick MacFarlane. In this age of decline of the establishment mainstream media, the pundits and the usual chinahawk commentators aren’t the only ones parroting the hostile and aggressive narratives toward China. A surprising number of independent media personalities with large followings are doing the same thing. Patrick takes note of some of the people and places where this is happening and also does some deep dive research into the Uyghur genocide claims and counterclaims themselves and takes a sober look at the evidence. 

Patrick MacFarlane is a practicing attorney in Wisconsin, a libertarian podcaster and a contributor at the Libertarian Institute.

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

Reference Links:

  1. Independent Media Parrots Questionable Uyghur Genocide Claims, Patrick MacFarlane, Libertarian Institute
  2. Conflicts of Interest #93 - China's Uyghurs: Genocide Victims or CIA Pawns?
  3. ATE Ep 207 Chinahawks’ Uyghur Genocide Narrative feat Gareth Porter
  4. ATE Ep 181 Xinjiang and the Uyghurs feat Peter Lee
Apr 22, 2021

Ep 215 Turkey’s Geopolitical History & Role in the World Today feat Isa Blumi

Isa Blumi provides some historical background on Turkey and Ottoman empire, some more current history of Turkey and NATO and also an analysis of Turkey’s current involvement in the rising crisis between US/NATO and Russia in Ukraine. We also explore the role of Turkey’s president Erdogan and what it means when people say that he and his political allies have neo-Ottoman aspirations. 

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 April 14, 2021. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

Apr 9, 2021

Ep 214 Fiasco in Alaska, US/China Relations feat Peter Lee

Guest: Peter Lee. We talk about the Fiasco in Alaska aka the Alaska Summit talks between the US and China on March 18th where Secretary of State Antony Blinken and national security advisor Jake Sullivan met with top Chinese diplomats including Yang Jiechi, the Director of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission Office in China. The preaching by the American officials was met with an unexpected clapbac and the whole affair blew up in international media including Chinese social media where the Chinese translator Zhang Jing and the defiant message she relayed was widely celebrated. We also talk about the US Indo-Pacific command’s containment strategy for China, a multi-faceted Cold War on the rise, the situation with Taiwan, Project 2049, and the prospects for war between Taiwan and China. In a bonus episode Peter explains the “who lost China?” narrative that has influenced the military and diplomatic corps for decades. Before we begin the interview, I’ll include some excerpts of the Chinese response to Blinken from the Fiasco in Alaska.

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Recorded on March 31, 2021. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

Reference Links:

  1. Peter Lee’s China Threat Report 




Apr 2, 2021

Ep 213 Ukraine Escalation feat Mark Sleboda

Guest: Mark Sleboda. We talk about the state of affairs in Ukraine with the current Zelensky administration and the new US administration’s policies (which involve a lot of old geopolitical rhetoric). We also talk about the escalation in the Donbas and the Black Sea region. In bonus segment for patrons, we talk about the perils of creating external enemies for political purposes and the reasons behind US sanctions and hostility toward 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 on Facebook, look for his appearances on RT, Sputnik and other international channels. 

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Recorded on March 26, 2021. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

Reference Links:

  1. ATE Episode 99 Ukraine feat Mark Sleboda
  2. ATE Ep 120 Ukraine Political Transformation? feat Mark Sleboda
  3. ATE Ep 157 Crisis of Confidence in Ukraine feat Mark Sleboda

 

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