Ep 40 Lebanon Crisis feat. Sonia Mansour Robaey

Dan and Joanne speak with Middle East commentator Sonia Mansour Robaey. Sonia is a neuroscientist, Philosopher, Ethicist, Educator and she is a Lebanese francophone living abroad.

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Recorded on November 24, 2017. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

Reference Links:

The Shiites of Lebanon under Ottoman Rule, 1516-1788, Stefan Winter

Ep 39 Russiagate & Censorship feat Joe Lauria

Dan and Joanne talk with author and journalist Joe Lauria about Russiagate and the growing censorship of dissent.

Joe Lauria is an American journalist based in the Middle East, author of “How I Lost By Hillary Clinton,” and he has been a UN correspondent for 25 years. He now writes for Consortium News and has previously written for the Boston Globe and Wall Street Journal and numerous other publications.

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Recorded on November 24, 2017. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

Reference Links:

  1. Huffington Post Pulls Down Article That Runs Afoul of DNC/HuffPost Guidelines on Russia-gate, Ray McGovern

PDF copy of Joe Lauria’s article “On the Origins of Russia-gate,” published on Nov. 4 and removed less than 24 hours later

Ep. 38 Middle East Wars, Lebanon & Saudi Arabia

Dan and Joanne discuss the Saudi purge, unrest in Lebanon, and the possibility of wars escalating in the Middle East.

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Recorded on November 10, 2017. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

Reference Links:

  1. “Senior Saudi figures tortured and beaten in purge” Middle East Eye
  2. State Dept. statement “On the Situation in Lebanon
  3. Israel Channel 10 published leaked diplomatic cable (Twitter)
  4. Interview with Saudi foreign minister Jubeir, CNBC
  5. Interview with Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, CNBC
  6. “Yemeni rebels enhance ballistic missile campaign” Jane’s Intelligence Review (PDF)

“US Air Force official: Missile targeting Saudis was Iranian” AP News

Ep. 37 AFRICOM

Dan and Joanne discuss the War on Terror shift to the African continent and the recent loss of US troops in Niger.  

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Recorded on October 24, 2017. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

Reference Links:

  1. The U.S. military is conducting secret missions all over Africa, Nick Turse
  2. Where does the U.S. have troops in Africa, and why?, CBS
  3. The U.S. Military Moves Deeper into Africa, Nick Turse
  4. U.S. will expand counterterrorism focus in Africa, Mattis tells senators, Washington Post
  5. 2013 Interview with Emira Woods, The Real News
  6. Interview with Léonce Ndikumana, The Real News
  7. Interview with Horace Campbell and Mark Fancher Part 1, DemocracyNow
  8. Interview with Horace Campbell and Mark Fancher Part 2, DemocracyNow

Ep 36 New Axis of Evil, Eurasia Great Game feat Pepe Escobar

Dan and Joanne talk with correspondent Pepe Escobar about the new axis of evil. We discuss the geopolitical and economic importance of the New Silk Road and newly developing alignments on trade and security in Eurasia.

Pepe is the correspondent-at-large for Asia Times, author of several ebooks, and commentator. He is a frequent contributor to websites, TV and radio shows ranging from the US to East Asia. Born in Brazil, he’s been a foreign correspondent since 1985, and has lived in London, Paris, Milan, Los Angeles, Washington, Bangkok and Hong Kong.

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Recorded on October 2, 2017. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

 

Reference Links:

  1. Unmasked: Trump Doctrine vows carnage for new axis of evil,” Asia Times, Sept., 2017

Shadow play: the New Great Game in Eurasia”, Asia Times, Jan., 2017

Ep. 35 Afghanistan War, a Fool’s Errand feat. Scott Horton

Dan and Joanne talk with Scott Horton about his new book, Fool’s Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan.

Scott is an author, managing editor at the Libertarian Institute, editor at antiwar.com, host of Antiwar Radio for Pacifica, and the Scott Horton Show podcast.

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Recorded on September 15, 2017. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

Reference Links:

  1. The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives (Brzezinski) http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0465027261/counterpunchmaga
  2. “Toward a Global Realignment” (Brzezinski)  https://www.the-american-interest.com/2016/04/17/toward-a-global-realignment/
  3. “The Broken Chessboard: Brzezinski Gives Up on Empire” https://www.counterpunch.org/2016/08/25/the-broken-chessboard-brzezinski-gives-up-on-empire/
  4. Scott Horton interviews archive: https://scotthorton.org/all-interviews-2/

No Good Men Among the Living (Anand Gopal) http://anandgopal.com/

Ep. 34 An End to the Syrian War feat. Ehsani

Dan and Joanne talk with Syrian analyst Ehsani @ehsani22 about the origins of the war and the new prospects for an end to the war. We also talk about the current situation in Deir Ezzor and Idlib.

Ehsani is from Aleppo, Syria. He is active on social media, especially Twitter, mainly with analysis and discussion about Syria. He has also written for Syria Comment under this pseudonymn “Ehsani”..  

Follow @ehsani22 on Twitter. He has also been published many times at Syria Comment.

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Recorded on September 17, 2017. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

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  1. Ehsani at Syria Comment
  2. Russian foreign ministry comment on crossing the Euphrates
  3. SDF Issue Statement Condemning Syrian/Russian bombardment of their forces
  4. Ahmed Abu Khawla (commander of Deir Ezzor military council) claims SDF won’t allow Syrian forces to cross the Euphrates
  5. Russian military spokesman denied targeting SDF

Ep. 33 A Syrian Kurdish Perspective feat. Kovan Direj

Dan and Joanne talk with Syrian Kurdish photographer and journalist Kovan Direj about his perspective on Syria and the region.

Kovan is a Kurd from Rojava, Syria. He is a photographer, journalist and documentary film producer who spent most of his life in Aleppo and Qamishli and now works with refugees in Sweden.

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Recorded on August 24, 2017. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

Ep. 32 Charlottesville and Extremist Proxies feat. Max Blumenthal

Dan and Joanne talk with Max Blumenthal about the history of the national security state and the ruling elite using radical and extremist groups as proxies both abroad and at home. We discuss the Syrian “rebels”, neo-Nazi groups in Ukraine  and we also talk about Charlottesville and how we got here.

Max is an author, journalist, senior editor of the Gray Zone Project at alternet.org, and co-host of the Moderate Rebels podcast. He is well known for his acclaimed books, The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza, Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel and Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party.

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Recorded on August 20, 2017. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

Reference Links:

1)      18 August 2017 (VIDEO) The Real Story of How Bannon and Trump Got to the White HouseThe Real News Network – Thomas Hedges

 2)      23 June 2017 John McCain and Paul Ryan Hold ‘Good Meeting’ With Veteran Ukrainian Nazi Demagogue Andriy Parubiy Alternet – Ben Norton, Max Blumenthal

 3)      18 November 2014 How the Israel Lobby Protected Ukrainian Neo-Nazis Alternet Max Blumenthal (Rep. John Conyers wanted to block U.S. funding to neo-Nazis in Ukraine. But the ADL and Simon Wiesenthal Center refused to help.)

 4)      24 February 2014 Is the U.S. Backing Neo-Nazis in Ukraine? Alternet Max Blumental (Exposing troubling ties in the U.S. to overt Nazi and fascist protesters in Ukraine.)

 5)      16 June 2017 (VIDEO) Anti-Muslim Manchester Demo Unites Britain’s Far-Right

6)      16 June 2017 Former EDL leader holds large anti-Muslim demonstration in ManchesterHope Not Hate – Dr Joe Mulhall

7)      18 March 2017 New European Branch of International Alt-Right Group to Launch Hope Not Hate – Dr Joe Mulhall

8)      17 March 2017 More Transatlantic co-operation by the international Alt/Far Right  – Hope Not Hate – Dr Joe Mulhall

 9)      20 March 2017 (VIDEO) Can Europe Stop the Far Right if It Doesn’t Stop Neoliberal Austerity? The Real News Network, Liz Fekete (Institute of Race Relations)

10)   20 June 2016 Return of the Reich – Mapping the Global Resurgence of Far Right Power Insurge Intelligence – Nafeez Ahmed (A four part INSURGE intelligence investigative series commissioned by Tell MAMA)

11) 2012 (PDF) Pedlars of Hate: The Violent Impact of the European Far Right Institute of Race Relations – Liz Feket

Bonus Ep. 31: DNC Leaks (Not Hacks)

Preview of episode 31 (a bonus episode for our patrons), part 1 of a series of bonus episodes on the alleged “Russian hack” of the 2016 presidential election.

Full episode: https://www.patreon.com/posts/bonus-ep-31-dnc-14029153

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Recorded on August 20, 2017. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

Podcast Episode 24: What is the Antiwar Right? feat. Angela Keaton

Originally published on June 21, 2017.

In Around the Empire Episode 24, Dan and Joanne talk with Angela Keaton, executive director of Antiwar.comabout libertarian and right-wing opposition to war and about areas of common ground with the antiwar Left where alliances or coalitions might be formed.

Angela is a second generation libertarian, a writer, legal researcher, and the Executive Director of Antiwar.com. She has worked in news and public affairs broadcasting since 1999 and she has served on the Libertarian National Committee. Her work is focused on a long term goal of ending militarism, war and torture.

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Podcast Episode 23: High-Level Leaks, Soft Coup, and Conspiracy feat. Philip Giraldi

Originally published on June 14, 2017.

In episode 23 of Around The Empire, Dan and Joanne talk with Phil Giraldi about his recent article, “Do High-Level Leaks Suggest a Conspiracy?” Former intelligence officers are questioning whether leaks and other events signal an ongoing soft coup based in the national security establishment.

Phil Giraldi is a former counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer of the CIA. Giraldi is a columnist at The American Conservative and unz.com. He is also a commentator on mainstream and independent media. He is a consultant, the Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest, and he is a member of a group called Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS).

Phil’s article: “Do High-Level Leaks Suggest a Conspiracy?

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Podcast Episode 22: Shadow Wars and the Manchester Bombing feat. Christopher Davidson

Originally published June 7, 2017.

Dan and Joanne speak with author and scholar Dr. Christopher Davidson about manipulation of the Middle East by Western powers, the use of extremist groups as a strategic asset, the strife and extremism that has resulted. We also focus on the recent attack in Manchester by a man who fought with the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) which helped overthrow Gaddafi.

Dr. Christopher Davidson is a scholar and expert in Middle East politics who teaches at Durham University in northern England. He is the author of numerous books including his latest: “Shadow Wars: The Secret Struggle for the Middle East,” based on four years of archival work and interviews with former intelligence officials.

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Podcast Episode 21: Impeach Trump, Get President Pence? Hell No feat. Doug Henwood

Originally published on May 24, 2017.

On this episode of Around The Empire, Dan and Joanne talk with Doug Henwood about the anti-Trump faction’s endgame, the force applied by the unelected permanent government and about the prospect of a President Pence (a “horror”) and Republican-controlled Congress implementing the Republican dream in short order.

Doug Henwood is an American journalist, economic analyst, and financial trader who writes frequently about economic affairs. He publishes a newsletter, “Left Business Observer” and he hosts “Behind the News” a weekly radio show covering economics and politics.”

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Doug’s recent article “The post-Trump Era?”

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Podcast Episode 20 (bonus): Comeypocalypse

Originally published on May 15, 2017 for our patrons. You can get our bonus material by becoming a patron of Around the Empire.

In Episode 20, a bonus episode for our excellent patrons (thank you!), Dan and Joanne talk with about the firing of FBI director, James Comey and the immediate aftermath.
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Recorded on 5/12/17. Music by Fluorescent Grey.