Ep 229EXTRA Trade War With China is Back in Fashion? feat Tom Luongo

Ep 229EXTRA Trade War With China is Back in Fashion? feat Tom Luongo

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Guest: Tom Luongo. We talk about the financial aspect of war and foreign policy, central bank wars between the Fed and the European Central Bank, the World Economic Forum and the Great Reset. In the bonus segment we talk about how the sanctions and trade disputes with China were condemned when Trump was in office but have been resurrected under Biden and it now seems that trade war with China is back in fashion.

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Ep 229 Central Bank Wars feat Tom Luongo

Ep 229 Central Bank Wars feat Tom Luongo

Guest: Tom Luongo. We talk about the financial aspect of war and foreign policy, central bank wars between the Fed and the European Central Bank, the World Economic Forum and the Great Reset. In the bonus segment we talk about how the sanctions and trade disputes with China were condemned when Trump was in office but have been resurrected under Biden and it now seems that trade war with China is back in fashion.

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Ep 228EXTRA Destabilization of Central Asia After Afghanistan Withdrawal? feat Scott Horton

Ep 228EXTRA Destabilization of Central Asia After Afghanistan Withdrawal? feat Scott Horton

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Guest: Scott Horton. We talk about the war in Afghanistan, a landlocked country with rough terrain and the diverse groups of people who live there. We talk about the reasons why we lost that war and have to withdraw. We also discuss the news and footage from the withdrawal in progress and the reactions to the various factions who support and oppose that, and the dishonesty and hypocrisy that happen when people try to justify long wars and occupations like this one. In this bonus episode, we discuss the possibility for destabilization of Central Asia after NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan, the impact and involvement of China, Russia and Iran, and how things are likely to play out. 

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Ep 228 Leaving Afghanistan feat Scott Horton

Ep 228 Leaving Afghanistan feat Scott Horton

Guest: Scott Horton. We talk about the war in Afghanistan, a landlocked country with rough terrain and the diverse groups of people who live there. We talk about the reasons why we lost and are leaving Afghanistan. We also discuss the news and footage from the withdrawal in progress and the reactions to the various factions who support and oppose that, and the dishonesty and hypocrisy that happen when people try to justify long wars and occupations like this one. In a bonus episode, we discuss the possibility for destabilization of the entire region around Afghanistan, the impact and involvement of China, Russia and Iran, and how things are likely to play out. 

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Ep 227EXTRA Iran and Shifting Priorities to Great Power Competition feat Neda Bolourchi

Ep 227EXTRA Iran and Shifting Priorities to Great Power Competition feat Neda Bolourchi

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Guest: Dr. Neda Bolourchi. We talk about the recent election in Iran: a deep dive about the background, the people involved, the consolidation of power and the outlook for the future. In this bonus segment we talk about the US shifting priorities toward great power competition and what this means for policy and strategy with respect to Iran. 

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Ep 227 Consolidation of Political Power in Iran feat Neda Bolourchi

Ep 227 Consolidation of Political Power in Iran feat Neda Bolourchi

Guest: Dr. Neda Bolourchi. We talk about the recent election in Iran: a deep dive about the background, the people involved, the consolidation of power and the outlook for the future. In a bonus segment we talk about the US shifting priorities toward great power competition and what this means for policy and strategy with respect to Iran. 

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Ep 226 4th of July Holiday Special

Ep 227 4th of July Holiday Special

As a holiday special for 4th of July, a researcher who is well known on Twitter and goes by the pseudonym Gumby4Christ and Joanne talk about his research on the Covid origins lab leak theory, the pandemic in general and how basic freedoms and rights in our society have been impacted by the response to all of it.

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Ep 225EXTRA January 6th: Cui Bono? feat Jeremy Kuzmarov

Ep 225EXTRA January 6th: Cui Bono? feat Jeremy Kuzmarov

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Guest: Jeremy Kuzmarov. We talk about Jeremy’s new article in Covert Action Magazine, titled How Organized Crime Infiltrated American Business After WW II and Corrupted National Politics from Truman to Trump. In it, he talks about a book by Jonathan Marshall, titled Dark Quadrant: Organized Crime, Big Business, and the Corruption of American Democracy. In this bonus segment, we talk about the January 6th riots. 

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Ep 225 Business, Politics and Organized Crime feat Jeremy Kuzmarov

Ep 225 Business, Politics and Organized Crime feat Jeremy Kuzmarov

Guest: Jeremy Kuzmarov. We talk about Jeremy’s new article in Covert Action Magazine, titled How Organized Crime Infiltrated American Business After WW II and Corrupted National Politics from Truman to Trump. In it, he talks about a book by Jonathan Marshall, titled Dark Quadrant: Organized Crime, Big Business, and the Corruption of American Democracy. In a bonus segment, we talk about the January 6th riots. 

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Ep 224 Swapcast with Geopolitics and Empire

Ep 224 Swapcast with Geopolitics and Empire

Joanne from Around the Empire and Hrvoje from Geopolitics and Empire get together for a wide ranging discussion about the Great Game, the Great Reset, the pandemic lockdowns and other responses, the ramping up of hostilities with Russia and China, withdrawal from Afghanistan and the sudden permission to speak about the lab leak theory. 

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Ep 223EXTRA Future of Israel and Palestine feat Sharmine Narwani

Ep 223EXTRA Future of Israel and Palestine feat Sharmine Narwani

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Guest: Sharmine Narwani (recorded 2 days before ceasefire). We talk about Gaza, the Resistance and the differences between attacks on Gaza in past years and what is happening now, who really needs a ceasefire the most and why a ceasefire with no real change does not really help the Palestinians. We talk about reactions from other countries in the region to the latest attack on Gaza and Sharmine provides an update on the current situation in Lebanon which has fallen out of the news of late but is still in crisis and still deals with foreign interference. Lastly we talked about a new media project that Sharmine will be launching soon. In a bonus question, we talk about the evolution of the map of Palestine and Israel since World War II and how that map might change going forward — essentially the future of Israel and Palestine. 

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Ep 223 Gaza and the Resistance, Another Ceasefire feat Sharmine Narwani

Ep 223 Gaza and the Resistance, Another Ceasefire feat Sharmine Narwani

Guest: Sharmine Narwani (recorded two days before ceasefire). We talk about Gaza and the Resistance, the differences between attacks on Gaza in past years and what is happening now, who really needs a ceasefire the most and why a ceasefire with no real change does not really help the Palestinians. We talk about reactions from other countries in the region to the latest attack on Gaza and Sharmine provides an update on the current situation in Lebanon which has fallen out of the news of late but is still in crisis and still deals with foreign interference. Lastly we talked about a new media project that Sharmine will be launching soon. In a bonus question, we talk about the evolution of the map of Palestine and Israel since World War II and how that map might change going forward — essentially the future of Israel and Palestine. 

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Ep 222 Election Integrity: Arizona Audit feat Craig (Pasta) Jardula

Ep 222 Election Integrity: Arizona Audit feat Craig (Pasta) Jardula

Guest: Craig (Pasta) Jardula. Hosts: Joanne Leon and Kelley Lane. We talk about the latest developments in the election integrity arena surrounding the 2020 election, especially the Arizona audit. There have been a lot of claims about audits in various states but the term “audit” means a lot of different things in American elections (as in some “audits” are really not audits). However, the audit that is happening in the state of Arizona right now is a real audit, which is important for a lot of reasons that we discuss in this episode. Around the Empire’s main focus is not electoral politics or any politics in particular. But politics are at the center of all wars and foreign policy and the presidential elections in the United States are at the center of most wars and foreign policy in today’s world. 

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Ep 221EXTRA NATO’s Mini Empires feat Danny Sjursen

Ep 221EXTRA NATO’s Mini Empires  feat Danny Sjursen

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Guest: Danny Sjursen. Franco-American imperial projects. We talk about reasons for the 2011 regime change in Libya, the complex power struggle and foreign intervention that has ensued ever since and the importance of that story in understanding everything else in the Sahel areas of Africa and the broader region. We also discuss the 21st century American-enabled version of the French and British empires, European influence in African countries and how military operations in Africa are largely hidden from the citizens of the NATO countries who are driving them. 

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Ep 221 Franco-American Imperial Projects feat Danny Sjursen

Ep 221 Franco-American Imperial Projects feat Danny Sjursen

Guest: Danny Sjursen. We talk about reasons for the 2011 regime change in Libya, the complex power struggle and foreign intervention that has ensued ever since and the importance of that story in understanding everything else in the Sahel areas of Africa and the broader region. We also discuss the 21st century American-enabled version of the French and British empires, European influence in African countries and how military operations in Africa are largely hidden from the citizens of the NATO countries who are driving them. 

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