Ep 232 The Escalation Ladder With China feat Connor Freeman

Guest: Connor Freeman. We talk about the escalation ladder of hostilities with China and how it developed under the last four presidents and how we seem to climb further up that ladder every day. 

In a long bonus episode we talk about the fall of Saigon moment in Afghanistan, playing out right now. We recorded this episode less than 48 hours ago but things are changing so rapidly that I added an update at the end of the bonus episode. 

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Ep 231EXTRA Progressive Movement and Creeping Fascism feat Jon Lancelot

Ep 231EXTRA Progressive Movement and Creeping Fascism

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Guest: Jon Lancelot. Hosts: Joanne Leon, Kelley Lane. A wide ranging discussion on hybrid warfare, cybersecurity, cyberdiplomacy, democracy, technocracy and more. In this bonus segment we talk about creeping fascism and what went wrong with the progressive movement. 

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Ep 231 Hybrid Warfare and Cyberdiplomacy feat Jon Lancelot

Guest: Jon Lancelot. Hosts: Joanne Leon, Kelley Lane. A wide ranging discussion on hybrid warfare, cybersecurity, cyberdiplomacy, democracy, technocracy and more. In a bonus segment we talk about creeping fascism and what went wrong with the progressive movement. 

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Ep 230EXTRA Relentless Regime Change Operations in Cuba feat Margaret Kimberley

Ep 230EXTRA Relentless Regime Change Operations in Cuba

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Guest: Margaret Kimberley. We talk about the recent assassination and leadership change in Haiti and the campaign for US military intervention. The details of the assassination are important but the fundamental issue is the undermining of Haiti’s sovereignty and who is really dominating and determining the rulership of the country.

From Black Alliance for Peace:

Who rules Haiti? Certainly, neither the Haitian people nor Haitian civil society. Instead, in the two weeks since President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated, the absence of Haitian sovereignty and the hollow nature of Haitian independence has been cynically exposed. 

“A rogue’s gallery of international actors—supposed “friends” of Haiti—have intervened in the republic’s internal political affairs, handpicking the face of Haiti’s government, while determining who best can serve Haiti’s imperial masters,” says Jemima Pierre, Haiti/Americas Coordinator for the Black Alliance for Peace.” 

In a bonus segment, we talk about the relentless regime change operations in Cuba and the current events happening there, from a perspective of self determination for a decades long target of imperial powers. 

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Ep 230 Who Rules Haiti? Undermining Haiti’s Sovereignty feat Margaret Kimberley

Ep 230 Who Rules Haiti? Undermining Haiti’s Sovereignty feat Margaret

Guest: Margaret Kimberley. We talk about the recent assassination and leadership change in Haiti and the campaign for US military intervention. The details of the assassination are important but the fundamental issue is the undermining of Haiti’s sovereignty and who is really dominating and determining the rulership of the country.

From Black Alliance for Peace:

Who rules Haiti? Certainly, neither the Haitian people nor Haitian civil society. Instead, in the two weeks since President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated, the absence of Haitian sovereignty and the hollow nature of Haitian independence has been cynically exposed. 

“A rogue’s gallery of international actors—supposed “friends” of Haiti—have intervened in the republic’s internal political affairs, handpicking the face of Haiti’s government, while determining who best can serve Haiti’s imperial masters,” says Jemima Pierre, Haiti/Americas Coordinator for the Black Alliance for Peace.” 

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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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