Ep 63 Helsinki Summit and the New Great Game in Eurasia feat Pepe Escobar

Journalist and analyst Pepe Escobar, speaks to us from Bangkok about the new Great Game in Eurasia and why the critical military and geopolitical situation requires that the US resume relations with Russia despite the massive forces working against that.

Escobar is the correspondent-at-large for Asia Times and 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.  FOLLOW Pepe Escobar on Facebook and find his work at Asia Times.

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Recorded on July 26, 2018. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

Reference Links:

  1. Here’s the real reason the US must talk to Russia, Pepe Escobar, Asia Times
  2. Losing Military Supremacy: The Myopia of American Strategic Planning, Andrei Martyanov

Ep 62 Trump Putin MidEast Grand Bargain feat Jim Kavanagh

Dan and Joanne talk with Jim Kavanagh about the summit between American President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki and the anticipated attempt to strike a MidEast grand bargain.

Jim is editor and writer at The Polemicist. His work is also published at CounterPunch, Greanville Post and he’s a frequent guest on the Loud and Clear radio show.  Follow Jim at @ThePolemicist_ . Find his work at polemicist.net.

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Recorded on July 12, 2018. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

Reference Links:

  1. Lindsey Graham interview laying out War Party strategy for Syria, Iran, Turkey (starts at 2:27)
  2. Israeli, Saudi, and Emirati Officials Privately Pushed for Trump to Strike a “Grand Bargain” with Putin, Adam Entous, New Yorker
  3. Netanyahu May Offer Putin: Remove Iran From Syria for Lifting of U.S. Sanctions on Russia, Zvi Bar’el, Haaretz
  4. Middle East officials flocking to Moscow – is there a big deal to be made before Putin meets Trump?, RT
  5. The Real “Deal of The Century” in The Middle East is The One Russia Struck With Israel Regarding Syria, Adam Garrie, Eurasia Future
  6. The Warm War: Russiamania At The Boiling Point, Jim Kavanagh, The Polemicist

 

Ep 58 Russiagate Still Doesn’t Make Sense feat Aaron Maté

Dan and Joanne talk with Aaron Maté about Russiagate and the Mueller investigation. We discuss Aaron’s recent article which argues that after a year of investigation there have been several guilty pleas, but none of them go “to the core of the special counsel’s mandate,” about collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

Aaron is a host/producer for The Real News and a contributor at The Nation magazine. Follow him on Twitter at @aaronjmate.

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Recorded on June 21, 2018. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

Reference Links:

The Mueller Indictments Still Don’t Add Up to Collusion, Aaron Maté, The Nation

Ep 53 Iran Conflict & Transatlantic Crisis (preview)

In this bonus episode (a bonus episode for patrons, 30 minute preview free to the public), Dan and Joanne talk about the growing conflict with Iran, the impact of Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran deal and the severe escalation in the Syrian war that began just hours after that withdrawal.

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Recorded on May 11, 2018. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

Reference Links:

Time for Europe to Join the Resistance, Spiegel, by Klaus Brinkbäumer

Ep 51 Roundtable: Macron’s Prodigious Plan for the Middle East

We hold a roundtable discussion with Joanne Leon, Kyle Anzalone and Will Porter about French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to the White House and Congress where he presented a prodigious plan for the Middle East that includes a harsher set of terms for the Iran deal, containment of Iran and Western dominance in the Middle East.

Kyle Anzalone is the host of the Foreign Policy Focus podcast and the editor-in-chief of ImmersionNews.com. He also writes the Daily News Roundup at Libertarian Institute.

Will Porter is a freelance journalist with a focus on US foreign policy and conflicts abroad. His work can be found at the Libertarian Institute, Antiwar.com and Consortium News

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Recorded on April 28, 2018. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

Ep 50 Bush DOJ Official: Deep State is Real

Dan and Joanne discuss Jack Goldsmith’s essay, “The ‘deep state’ is real. But are its leaks against Trump justified?

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Recorded on April 24, 2018. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

Reference Links:

  1. The ‘deep state’ is real. But are its leaks against Trump justified?”, Jack Goldsmith, The Guardian
  2. “‘Can It Happen Here? Authoritarianism in America’”, Jack Goldsmith, Lawfare (article, book announcement)
  3. “Can It Happen Here?: Authoritarianism in America”, Cass Sunstein (book)

Ep 49 Leaving Syria feat. Lt. Col. Daniel Davis, USA, Ret.

Joanne talks with Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis, USA, Ret.about his recent article, “President Trump is right: Withdrawing from Syria strengthens US security,” and about the current precarious situation where Trump has changed his mind and is signalling an imminent attack on Syria and Russia, using an alleged chemical weapons attack in Ghouta as justification.

Col. Davis served for 21 years, including four combat deployments. He retired from the Army in 2015 and is now a Foreign Policy/Defense Analyst and a senior fellow for Defense Priorities. His areas of expertise are American foreign policy, Middle East policy, Asia policy, grand strategy, international relations, international security, and counterinsurgency.

In 2012, he wrote a classified whistleblower report for Congress about the war in Afghanistan and released an unclassified version to the public. Col Davis regularly appears on news shows and is published in national and international publications.

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Recorded on April 11, 2018. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

Reference Links:

  1. President Trump is right: Withdrawing from Syria strengthens US security, Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis, USA, Ret., CNBC
  2. Truth, lies and Afghanistan, Armed Forces Journal (2012), Daniel L, Davis
  3. Fools Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan, Scott Horton

Ep 46 Trump’s War Cabinet feat Tom Luongo

Joanne talks with economist and writer Tom Luongo about Trump’s cabinet shuffle and the possibility that it is part of a Middle East grand bargain, as Alastair Crooke recently wrote about in the online journal, Strategic Culture.

Tom is former research chemist and staunch libertarian, Tom currently publishes his blog, Gold Goats ‘n Guns along with a monthly investment newsletter focused on geopolitics, commodities and cryptocurrencies. He is a regular contributor at Russia Insider and Seeking Alpha. His work is also featured regularly on sites like Zerohedge, Lewrockwell.com and Investing.com.

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Recorded on March 27, 2018. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

Reference Links:

  1. Is the North Korea Deal a Stalking Horse for Trump’s Mid-East Makeover? Alastair Crooke, Strategic Culture
  2. Neoconning the Trump White House, Kelley Beaucar Vlahos, American Conservative

Ep 44 Mueller Unites American War Party

Dan and Joanne talk about the Mueller’s indictment of Russian internet trolls for defrauding the United States and meddling in the 2016 election by placing ads on social media (most of which ran after the election itself). While the indictments themselves seem absurd, they did bring about a significant change. Both the establishment Left and Right are now more united against Russia and around the War Party.  

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Recorded on February 23, 2018. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

Reference Links:

  1. Mueller Indictments, (via NPR)
  2. Hyping the Mueller Indictment,” Aaron Mate, The Nation
  3. Russian Espionage, or Clickbait?” Aaron Mate, Max Blumenthal, The Real News
  4. A So-Called Expert’s Uneasy Dive Into the Trump-Russia Frenzy,” Adrian Chen, NewYorker
  5. “Is Donald Trump a Traitor?” James Risen, The Intercept
  6. Confessions of a Russiagate Skeptic,” Blake Hounshell, Politico Magazine
  7. Ex-NSA Hackers Worry China And Russia Will Try to Arrest Them,” Lorenzo Franceschi Bicchierai, Motherboard

Quote Montage:  Rod Rosenstein, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Joy Reid, Bernie Sanders, Thomas Friedman, Lawrence O’Donnell, Max Boot, Jerry Nadler, Laura Ingraham, James Woolsey, Jimmy Dore, Adrian Chen, Max Blumenthal

 

Ep 43 MemoGate

Dan and Joanne talk about the lead up to and the release of the House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes’ memo on the abuse of the FISA court related to Russiagate.

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Recorded on February 2, 2018. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

Reference Links:

  1. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Abuses at the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation”, House Intelligence Committee
  2. “Read the Nunes Memo, Annotated,” Charlie Savage, New York Times

Quote Montage:

Donnie Deutsch, John Heilman, Chuck Shumer, Cory Booker, Adam Schiff, Tucker Carlson, Devin Nunes, Joe DiGenova, Donald Trump

Episode 41 The Cost of Empire

Dan and Joanne talk about the cost of the Empire, the War on Terror aka “Empire Preservation Wars,” current events and the new “Costs of War Project” done by Brown University.

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Recorded on January 17, 2018. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

Reference Links:

  1. Costs of War Project, Brown University Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
  2. Seeing Our Wars for the First Time, TomDispatch
  3. KBOO interview with Costs of War Project co-director Neta C. Crawford
  4. Where in the World Is the U.S. Military? Everywhere, US News & World Report

Ep. 30 Washington Babylon feat. Ken Silverstein

Dan and Joanne talk with American author and investigative journalist Ken Silverstein about power and influence peddling in Washington and the role of think tanks, NGOs and the media.

Ken is a DC-based investigative journalist,  and creator of Washingtonbabylon.com. He is a contributing writer to VICE and columnist for the New York Observer. His stated goal for Washington Babylon was “to cover DC politicians and journalists like Hollywood celebrities —  not the way they are worshiped by our current media masters.” He also wrote for Harpers Magazine, AP and LA Times.

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Recorded on August 11, 2017. Music by Fluorescent Grey.