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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Ep 220 Russia’s Sphere of Influence feat Dan Kovalik

Ep 220 Russia’s Sphere of Influence feat Kovalik

Guest: Dan Kovalik. We talk about his op-ed “The West’s sole prerogative is that Russia has no right to self-defense… even when the threat is right on its border”. Russia has no sphere of influence, from NATO’s perspective. Watch/listen on Rokfin and Patreon.

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Ep 219EXTRA Behind Bellingcat feat Alan MacLeod

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Guest: Alan MacLeod. We discuss his article “Support the Tropes: How media language encourages the left to support wars, coups and intervention” and how how media is used as an instrument to manufacture consent for regime change and various acts of war, especially targeting left-leaning audiences. In a bonus segment we talk about Alan’s research on Bellingcat and his article How Bellingcat Launders National Security State Talking Points into the Press

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Ep 219 Support the Tropes feat Alan MacLeod

Ep 219 Support the Tropes feat Alan MacLeod

Guest: Alan MacLeod. We discuss his article “Support the Tropes: How media language encourages the left to support wars, coups and intervention” and how how media is used as an instrument to manufacture consent for regime change and various acts of war, especially targeting left-leaning audiences. In a bonus segment we talk about Alan’s research on Bellingcat and his article How Bellingcat Launders National Security State Talking Points into the Press

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Ep 218EXTRA The New Normal feat Alison McDowell

Ep 218EXTRA The New Normal feat Alison McDowell

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Guest: Alison McDowell. We talk about seeing the world through a new lens, her research into Agenda 21, the transformation of education, the natural systems being financialized, the biosecurity state, stakeholder capitalism and more. In a bonus question we talk about why the “great reset” or new normal agenda seems to have been fast-tracked and if there are common threads in the institutions and entities who are behind it. 

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Ep 218 Seeing the Larger World With a New Lens feat Alison McDowell

Ep 218 Seeing the Larger World With a New Lens feat Alison McDowell

Guest: Alison McDowell. We talk about seeing the world through a new lens, her research into Agenda 21, the transformation of education, the natural systems being financialized, the biosecurity state, stakeholder capitalism and more. In a bonus question we talk about why the “great reset” or new normal agenda seems to have been fast-tracked and if there are common threads in the institutions and entities who are behind it. 

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