Ep 243 Civil War in Ethiopia feat Teodrose Fikremariam (Swapcast)

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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. 

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Ep 242EXTRA Libya: Integration With the Arab World feat Giorgio Cafiero

Ep 242EXTRA Libya: Integration With the Arab World

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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 this 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. 

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Ep 242 Libya Elections and Foreign Intervention feat Giorgio Cafiero

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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, Gaddafi and the interim prime minister Dbeibeh. 

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Ep 241EXTRA Empire Builders feat Alex Krainer

Ep 241EXTRA Empire Builders feat Alex Krainer

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Guest: Alex Krainer. After two years of pandemic response, there are new and interesting perspectives and ways to view Theranos through a new lens. We discuss Alex Krainer’s three-part article titled Theranos Scandal: The Real Story. In a bonus episode, we talk about how world wars have led to “great resets” in the past and whether our current situation signals that preparations for world changing wars are being made and who the real “empire builders” are. 

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Ep 241 Theranos Through A New Lens feat Alex Krainer

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Guest: Alex Krainer. After two years of pandemic response, there are new and interesting perspectives and ways to view Theranos through a new lens. We discuss Alex Krainer’s three-part article titled Theranos Scandal: The Real Story. In a bonus episode, we talk about how world wars have led to “great resets” in the past and whether our current situation signals that preparations for world changing wars are being made and who the real “empire builders” are. 

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Ep 240EXTRA Imperialism With Chinese Characteristics feat ADVChina (Winston & Matt)

Ep 240EXTRA Imperialism With Chinese Characteristics feat ADVChina (Winston & Matt)

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Guests: Hosts of the ADVChina YouTube channel and podcast Winston Sterzel (aka Serpentza) and Matthew Tye (aka C-Milk/laowhy86) lived and traveled through most of China for more than a decade. In this bonus episode we discuss whether or not China is becoming an imperial power “with Chinese characteristics”. And more. 

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Ep 240 Witnessing the Transformation of China feat ADVChina (Winston & Matt)

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Guests: Hosts of the ADVChina YouTube channel and podcast Winston Sterzel (aka Serpentza) and Matthew Tye (aka C-Milk/laowhy86) lived and traveled through most of China for more than a decade. They started a custom motorcycle business and did most of their traveling on those motorcycles and they produced two documentary films. Their video and podcast content (they have individual channels as well as the ADVChina channels) is broad ranging but mostly about life in China from a westerner’s perspective and the more recent content has a lot of information about how things have changed. Both Winston and Matt married and have extended families in China and in their home countries of South Africa and the United States and they left China for the United States in the past couple of years after witnessing a significant transformation in China. We talk about that transformation, what life in China was like when they first moved there and how things are now. We talk about the real estate bubble, the Evergrande crisis, and Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign. We then discuss the escalating hostility between China and the United States and its allies. In a bonus question we discuss whether or not China is becoming an imperial power “with Chinese characteristics”. And more. 

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Ep 239 Questions Still Unanswered (Part 2): Anthrax Attacks

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Panelists: Peter Castagno, Gumby, Joanne Leon, Robbie Martin, Dan Wright. A panel discussion about the questions that are still unanswered 20 years after 9/11. This is part two of an ongoing series where we talk about the anthrax attacks. We are honored to have such a knowledgeable and talented line up in this panel. 

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Ep 238EXTRA China Crackdown feat Peter Lee

Guest: Peter Lee aka @chinahand. In this bonus episode I ask Peter what triggered Xi JInping’s crackdown in China and what caused the sudden shift in relations between the US and China, the real estate crisis and why Chinese billionaires had been allowed to thrive for so long.

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Ep 238 Taiwan Trouble feat Peter Lee

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Guest: Peter Lee aka @chinahand. As Peter said “it’s been a pretty good week for the chinahawks.” In fact, a lot of good weeks lately. We talk about the escalation of tensions with China over Taiwan, the US-led “Asian NATO”l ships sailing through the Taiwan strait and in the South China sea, Chinese military exercises scrambling jets near Taiwan, the issue of Taiwan independence and US defense, the political situation and the prospects for war to break out and more. In a bonus episode I ask Peter what triggered Xi JInping’s crackdown in China and what caused the sudden shift in relations between the US and China, the real estate crisis and why Chinese billionaires had been allowed to thrive for so long.

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Ep237 Realignments in the Middle East & Africa feat Isa Blumi

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Guest: Dr. Isa Blumi. This is a wide-ranging discussion about the political realignments in the Gulf states, new partnerships in the Middle East and Africa, Qatar’s involvement in the withdrawal from Afghanistan, developments in Yemen, quiet military repurposing of strategic island of Socotra, the long and complicated exploitation of East Africa, the Red Sea region and Horn of Africa, the mass of military bases in Djbouti, the Turkey-Russia relationship and more.

For those listening to the audio version of this podcast, we have added many maps and other visual enhancements to the video version that you might find helpful during some of this discussion so if you are interested you can find those versions on Youtube and Rokfin right now and other video platforms in the not too distant future. 

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 October 6, 2021. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

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  1. Book: Destroying Yemen: What Chaos in Arabia Tells Us about the World

Ep236EXTRA Questions Still Unanswered (After Hours)

ATE Ep236EXTRA Questions Still Unanswered (After Hours)

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Panelists: Peter Castagno, Gumby, Joanne Leon, Dan Wright. A panel discussion about the questions that are still unanswered 20 years after 9/11. This is part one of a series. There is an “after hours” bonus segment where we talk about turning this into a series, the fact that dissent from the official 9/11 story is (finally) being discussed more openly and there is strong pressure to make it less taboo, and more. 

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Ep236 Questions Still Unanswered

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Panelists: Peter Castagno, Gumby, Joanne Leon, Dan Wright. A panel discussion about the questions that are still unanswered 20 years after 9/11. This is part one of a series. There is an “after hours” bonus segment where we talk about turning this into a series, the fact that dissent from the official 9/11 story is (finally) being discussed more openly and there is strong pressure to make it less taboo, and more. 

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Ep 235EXTRA Foreign Policy Blob of Idiots

Panelists: Kyle Anzalone, Kelley Lane, Joanne Leon, Dan Wright. A panel discussion about the war in Afghanistan and the evacuation of tens of thousands of Afghans, most of whom will be settling in the United States. This is a bonus “After Hours” segment where we let loose on the foreign policy establishment “Blob” of idiots, the profiteering, the pivot to China and more. 

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Ep 235 Afghans Come to America

Panelists: Kyle Anzalone, Kelley Lane, Joanne Leon, Dan Wright. Afghans come to America: A panel discussion about the war in Afghanistan and the evacuation of tens of thousands of Afghans, most of whom will be settling in the United States. There is a bonus “After Hours” segment where we let loose on the foreign policy establishment “Blob” of idiots, the profiteering, the pivot to China and more. 

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