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

Aug 4, 2022

Around the Empire LIVE: Ep 266 Taiwan / China Panel

Hosts: Joanne Leon, Dan Wright

Guests: Peter Lee, Patrick MacFarlane, Connor Echols

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

Reference Links:

  1. As Pelosi Taiwan visit looms, Menendez bill would ‘gut’ One China policy, Connor Echols
  2. Taiwan and Our ‘Feigned Ambiguity’, Patrick MacFarlane

 

Jul 30, 2022

Ep 265 Third Party Candidates Disrupt the Status Quo PANEL

Hosts: Joanne Leon, Kelley Lane. Guests: Shannon Bray, Matthew Hoh, Scott Horton, Angela McArdle

Panel discussion about the importance of third party candidates, especially anti-interventionist candidates who can act as a political insurgency to disrupt the establishment status quo. We also discuss the recent scandal with the North Carolina election board voting along partisan lines to prevent US Senate candidate Matthew Hoh from getting on the ballot, the recent takeover of the Libertarian party by the Mises Caucus and the need to find common ground among anti-interventionists across the political spectrum. 

Shannon Bray is running for US Senate in North Carolina on the Libertarian party ticket and Matthew Hoh is running for US Senate in North Carolina on the Green Party ticket. Scott Horton is an author, director of the Libertarian Institute and Editorial Director of antiwar.com. Angela McArdle is the recently elected chair of the Libertarian national party. 

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

Reference Links:

  1. Matthew Hoh for Senate
  2. Shannon Bray for Senate

 

 

Jul 13, 2022

Ep 264 Ukraine War From a Baltic Perspective Swapcast Eastern Border

This is a swapcast with Kristaps Andrejsons, host of the Eastern Border podcast. We talk about  life in Latvia, what it’s like to be a small former Soviet republic country with a big neighbor like Russia, and the Ukraine war from a Baltic perspective. In a bonus segment we discuss the increase in NATO troops in Europe and the Baltic countries. 

Kristaps Andrejsons is an historian and a podcaster from Riga, Latvia, He hosts a podcast called Eastern Border about the politics and the history of the eastern Europe and the USSR and the Baltic region but which is now mostly focused on the war in neighboring Ukraine. 

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

Reference Links:

  1. Baltic Citizens Worry They’re Next on Russia’s Menu: Moscow’s aggression has stirred old fears in its neighbors, Kristaps Andrejsons
  2. Russia and Ukraine Are Trapped in Medieval Myths: A shared past underpins—and worsens—the conflict.
  3. Putin’s Speech Laid Out a Dark Vision of Russian History: There’s no room for Ukraine in the Russian leader’s distorted telling of the past.
  4. Eastern Border Podcast: War in Ukraine: Famine

 

Jul 12, 2022

Ep 263 Financial War: Fed Declares Independence feat Tom Luongo

Guest: Tom Luongo. We continue our conversations from previous episodes about the Federal Reserve and financial war underlying the conflicts and crises around the world right now. We discuss recent moves by the Fed and what it means, along with a lot of other political and philosophical commentary mixed in. In a bonus segment I ask Tom how the US and EU manage to be united in the Ukraine war while the Fed and ECB are waging epic battles.

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.

FOLLOW Tom at @TFL1728. Find his work at the Gold, Goats ‘n Guns website, on Youtube, Odysee, Patreon and other platforms.

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Reference Links:

  1. Media: Why the Fed Raised 75 bps and How to Break the Davos Crowd, Tom Luongo
  2. Around the Empire: Ep 255 It’s a Financial War feat Tom Luongo
  3. Around the Empire: Ep 229 Central Bank Wars feat Tom Luongo
  4. Market Watch: Surprise ECB meeting yields commitment to fight widening bond spreads
  5. WSJ: ECB Calls Emergency Meeting to Address Bond Selloff
Jul 1, 2022

Ep 262 Yemen Ceasefire and Reasons Behind It feat Isa Blumi

Guest: Isa Blumi. We talk about the ceasefire in Yemen, the circumstances and the reasons why it happened. We also talk about energy development, the Hodeidah blockade, the situation in Aden, the ousting of Hadi and creation of a new Presidential Council and we continue our discussion from previous episodes about the war within wars in Yemen and the Gulf states. In a bonus segment we talk about Sweden and Finland changing their neutral status and joining NATO. When we recorded this, Turkey was still holding up the approval but yesterday at the NATO summit that block was cleared and it was announced that they would be joining NATO. 

Dr. Isa Blumi is an historian, an author and Professor of Global History, Islamic World, Ottoman Empire, Yemen, Albania. His most recent book 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.

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Recorded on June 10, 2022. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

Jun 28, 2022

Ep 261 War in Ukraine Panel Podcast

Panel: Connor Freeman, Kelley Lane, Joanne Leon, Stephen Semler, Dan Wright. A wide ranging discussion about the war in Ukraine, the possible escalation to nuclear war and the billions of dollars being approved by Congress. 

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Reference Links:

  1. A breakdown of the Ukraine aid bill, Stephen Semler
  2. THERE IS NO OFF-RAMP’: A RECIPE FOR NUCLEAR WAR, Connor Freeman, Libertarian Institute

 

Jun 10, 2022

Ep 260 Intel Influence Operations and British Leadership feat Kit Klarenberg

Hosts: Joanne Leon and Dan Wright. We had a long and fascinating discussion with Kit Klarenberg about his recent report “Operation Surprise: leaked emails expose secret intelligence coup to install Boris Johnson”  and his latest report “Leaked emails expose UK Home Secretary Priti Patel’s connection to MI6-style ‘research and influence operation’”. We also talked about the parallels in American and global politics, Julian Assange and a variety of other subjects. 

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, MintPress News and more. 

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Reference Links:

  1. Operation Surprise: leaked emails expose secret intelligence coup to install Boris Johnson, Kit Klarenberg, The Grayzone
  2. Leaked emails expose UK Home Secretary Priti Patel’s connection to MI6-style ‘research and influence operation’, Kit Klarenberg, The Grayzone
    Yes Minister — Why Britain Joined the European Union   (near 36min mark)
  3. Christina Pushaw Twitter THREAD about Nina Jankowicz’s book
  4. MSNBC contributor deletes tweet of Russian plane being shot down after learning it was from video game
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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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

 

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