Ep 196 Iran & Middle East Shifting Priorities? feat Elijah Magnier

Ep 196  Iran & Middle East Shifting Priorites? feat Elijah Magnier

Guest: Elijah Magnier. We talk about the recent assassination of an Iranian top scientist and threats of retaliation proposed by hardline Iranian media, the precarious situation and shifting priorities due to Trump  likely leaving office soon and Netanyahu’s political troubles. We discuss the failure to withdraw US troops from Iraq and the likely consequences, the prospects for rejoining the JCPOA Iran nuclear deal and the things that could complicate that, the stronger influence of Russia and China in the region and finally a bonus question about the relationship between Trump and Netanyahu near the end of his term. 

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Recorded on November 29, 2020. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

Reference Links:

  1. IS THE MIDDLE EAST ON JOE BIDEN’S PRIORITY LIST? (1), Elijah Magnier
  2. CAN IRAN CONVINCE BIDEN TO RESOLVE THE NUCLEAR DEAL? (2), Elijah Magnier
  3.  WHY IRAQ IS EXPECTED TO BE HOT FOR JOE BIDEN AND VICE-VERSA? (3), Elijah Magnier
  4. WHY DOES IRAN BELIEVE ISRAEL COULD BE PREPARING A STRIKE AGAINST ITS NUCLEAR FACILITY?, Elijah Magnier
  5. The Pride of Israel: Assassinations, Haaretz
  6. Iran plans ‘calculated’ response after nuclear scientist killed as newspaper calls for revenge on Israeli city, Fox News

Ep 194 A Biden Foreign Policy, US/UK and Media feat Afshin Rattansi

Ep194 A Biden Foreign Policy, US/UK and Media feat Afshin Rattansi

Guest: Afshin Rattansi. Hosts: Joanne Leon and Kelley Lane. We discussed the Biden transition team, the direction that a Biden cabinet would take in war and foreign policy, Brexit and the US/UK and EU relationship, and the current state of the media. 

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Ep 193 Sudan and Red Sea Region feat Isa Blumi

Ep 193 Sudan and Red Sea Region feat Isa Blumi

Guest: Isa Blumi. We discuss the recent lifting of sanctions in Sudan, the development of the strategic Red Sea region and the  historical trends, wars, economic collapse, exploitation, violence and political engineering that led up to it as part of a much larger strategy and ambitions. In a bonus question we discuss the likelihood that the 2020 elections cleared the way for multinational factions to resume imperial enterprises and transformations and the way that politics, media and pandemic are employed. 

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Ep193EXTRA Empire Interrupted… Reset feat Isa Blumi

Ep193EXTRA Empire Interrupted… Reset feat Isa Blumi

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Guest: Isa Blumi. We discuss the recent lifting of sanctions in Sudan, the development of the strategic Red Sea region and the  historical trends, wars, economic collapse, exploitation, violence and political engineering that led up to it as part of a much larger strategy and ambitions. In this bonus question we discuss the likelihood that the 2020 elections cleared the way for multinational factions to resume imperial enterprises and transformations and the way that politics, media and pandemic are employedAn empire interrupted, then reset.

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Ep 192 Contested Election feat Rod Phillips

Ep 192 Contested Election feat Rod Phillips

Guest: Rod Phillips (“Rod from Philly”). On the weekend after the election Rod Phillips and I got together to talk about our thoughts on the contested election, what we have seen and experienced in real life in the Philadelphia area, the bigger questions and the impact on average Americans. In a bonus episode we talked about how we see this playing out, corruption, common ground and what we would like to see going forward. 

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Ep 192EXTRA Contested Election Outcomes feat Rod Phillips

Ep 192EXTRA Contested Election Outcomes feat Rod Phillips

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Guest: Rod Phillips (“Rod from Philly”). On the weekend after the election Rod Phillips and I got together to talk about our thoughts on the contested election, what we have seen and experienced in real life in the Philadelphia area, the bigger questions and the impact on average Americans. In this bonus episode we talked about contested election outcomes, how we see this playing out, corruption, common ground and what we would like to see going forward. 

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Ep 191 Pre Election Discussion & Observations

Ep 191 Pre 2020 Election Discussion & Observations

With guest co-host Kelley Lane we talk about what we’re observing in real life in the days before the 2020 election, rallies, polls, fearmongering and the extraordinary measures that have been put in place for this election. We talk about our concerns and in a bonus segment about our predictions for outcomes and things that might happen. 

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Ep 191EXTRA 2020 Election Predictions

Ep 191EXTRA 2020 Election Predictions

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With guest co-host Kelley Lane we talk about what we’re observing in real life in the days before the 2020 election, rallies, polls, fearmongering and the extraordinary measures that have been put in place for this election. We talk about our concerns and in a bonus segment about our predictions for outcomes and things that might happen. 

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Ep 190 Election Integrity feat Tim Canova, Kelley Lane

Guests: Tim Canova and Kelley Lane tell the story of Tim Canova’s experience running in the Democratic primary against Debbie Wasserman-Schultz in Florida’s 23rd district in 2016 and running again in the general election as an independent in 2018. We also talk about election integrity issues and the upcoming 2020 presidential election.

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Ep 189 OPCW Whistleblowers, Russiagate and a Tribute to Stephen Cohen feat Aaron Maté

Ep 189 OPCW Whistleblowers, Russiagate and a Tribute to Stephen Cohen feat Aaron Maté

Guest: Aaron Maté. We talk about OPCW whistleblowers, Jose Bustani and Aaron’s testimony at the UN. We also discuss recent developments in the Russiagate conspiracy and pay tribute to the great Stephen Cohen, prominent scholar, professor and author. There is a bonus segment for patrons about who was behind the pressuring of OPCW and for what purpose. Ep 189EXTRA Relentless Pressure on OPCW feat Aaron Maté

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Ep 189EXTRA Relentless Pressure on OPCW feat Aaron Maté

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Guest: Aaron Maté. We talk about OPCW whistleblowers, Jose Bustani and Aaron’s testimony at the UN. We also discuss recent developments in the Russiagate conspiracy and pay tribute to the great Stephen Cohen, prominent scholar, professor and author. There is a bonus segment for patrons about who was behind the pressuring of OPCW and for what purpose. Ep 189EXTRA Relentless Pressure on OPCW feat Aaron Maté

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Ep 188 Assange Extradition Hearings Week 3-4 feat Mohamed Elmaazi

Ep 188 Assange Extradition Hearings Week 3-4 feat Mohamed Elmaazi

Guest: Mohamed Elmaazi. We talk about the Assange extradition hearings, what transpired in weeks 3 and 4 and what procedures lie ahead in this process. Mohamed has been providing continuous coverage of the extradition hearings both last year and this year from the press annex of the different court facilities or from nearby facilities via video link when in person coverage wasn’t possible. 

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Ep 187EXTRA Underlying Political and Ideological Battles in 2020

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Guest: Alastair Crooke. In a recent article, Alastair said: “Theories of human ‘Progress’ as an upward-trending, linear continuum, inevitably leading to ‘a better human end’, though clothed today as technological ‘miracles’, were never empirical hypotheses. They were always concocted myths, answering to a human need for meaning, yet manipulated ruthlessly in the interests of power.” Alastair argues that these kinds of “struggles” have a long and bloody history. Politics in the United States in 2020 have been configured into a crusade against a “cosmic evil” and we seem to be barreling toward a major crisis from which we must not avert our gaze. We go into detail on these topics and Alastair offers an insider’s view of how we got to this point. This is a bonus segment for patrons, Ep 187EXTRA: Underlying Political and Ideological Battles in 2020, about who the key players are in this epic battle, what their goals are and to what lengths they are willing to take all of this. 

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Ep 186 Withdrawal From Iran Deal Snaps Back feat Neda Bolourchi

Ep 186 Withdrawal From Iran Deal Snaps Back feat Neda Bolourchi

Guest: Neda Bolourchi. We talk about the recent developments with the JCPOA, withdrawal from Iran deal and how the Trump administration is trying to “have its cake and eat it too”. We discuss the happenings in the UN general assembly and UN Security Council, the news of troop withdrawals from Iraq and a lot more. There is an extra bonus segment for patrons: Ep 186EXTRA Middle East Prospects in the New Cold War Era. 

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Ep 186EXTRA Middle East Prospects in New Cold War Era feat Neda Bolourchi

Ep 186 EXTRA Middle East Prospects in New Cold War Era feat Neda Bolourchi

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Guest: Neda Bolourchi. We talk about the recent developments with the JCPOA Iran deal and how the Trump administration is trying to “have its cake and eat it too”. We discuss the happenings in the UN general assembly and UN Security Council, the news of troop withdrawals from Iraq and a lot more. This is an extra bonus segment for patrons: Ep 186EXTRA Middle East Prospects in the New Cold War Era. 

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