Ep 247 Can Ukraine Crisis Be Solved Without War? (Swapcast)

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Swapcast with the hosts of Conflicts of Interest Podcast: Kyle Anzalone and Connor Freeman. We talk about the crisis in U.S.-Russian relations. This roundtable first covers Washington and NATO’s written responses to Moscow regarding last month’s Russian security proposals and then we discuss the threat of war, the potential scope of such a war, why Russia is likely no longer concerned about further U.S. sanctions, the role of CIA paramilitaries on the front line, the shutdown of the Ukrainian opposition, and the increasing influence of Nazis and Nazi adjacent elements in Ukraine’s power structures.

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Ep 246 Questions About Kazakhstan feat Hrvoje Morić

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Guest: Hrvoje Morić, host of the Geopolitics and Empire podcast. About a week after the protests and unrest in Kazakhstan in early January, Hrvoje and I got together for a chat about the questions we still had about the situation and our skepticism about the immediate claims of color revolution. Some things have changed in the past two weeks since we recorded this but for me, many questions still remain. 

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Ep 245EXTRA Selection Strategy For Sources and Media feat Kit Klarenberg

Ep 245EXTRA Selection Strategies For Sources and Media feat Kit Klarenberg

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Guest: Kit Klarenberg. Kit Klarenberg returns to the show, again with leaked documents related to information and psychological warfare. We discuss his Grayzone article titled: “Leaked files expose Syria psyops veteran astroturfing BreadTube star to counter Covid restriction critics.” In this case a state-sponsored influence operation was created to undermine critics of coronavirus policies and they’re covertly using at least one prominent YouTube personality as their media conduit for elite, establishment, imperial narratives. In this bonus episode we talk about strategies for finding genuine media sources and channels. 

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Ep 245 Covert State Sponsored Media feat Kit Klarenberg

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Guest: Kit Klarenberg. Kit Klarenberg returns to the show, again with leaked documents related to information and psychological warfare. We discuss his Grayzone article titled: “Leaked files expose Syria psyops veteran astroturfing BreadTube star to counter Covid restriction critics.” In this case a state-sponsored influence operation was created to undermine critics of coronavirus policies and they’re covertly using at least one prominent YouTube personality as their media conduit for elite, establishment, imperial narratives. In a bonus question we talk about strategies for finding genuine media sources and channels. 

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Ep 244EXTRA How US Biowarfare Changed Since the Korean War feat Jeffrey Kaye

Ep 244EXTRA How US Biowarfare Changed Since the Korean War feat Jeffrey Kaye

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Guest: Jeffrey Kaye. We talk about his research and writing on the Korean War and the biological warfare that was waged. HIs work is based on years of experience and research including in depth research of the depositions by prisoners of war and other materials that required laborious and expensive efforts to obtain. In a bonus segment we talk about how the US biowarfare operations have changed since the offensive bioweapon programs were officially ended during the Nixon administration when the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention was ratified. 

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Ep 244 Biological Weapons in the Korean War feat Jeffrey Kaye

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Guest: Jeffrey Kaye. We talk about his research and writing on the Korean War and the biological warfare that was waged. HIs work is based on years of experience and research including in depth research of the depositions by prisoners of war and other materials that required laborious and expensive efforts to obtain. In a bonus segment we talk about how the US biowarfare operations have changed since the offensive bioweapon programs were officially ended during the Nixon administration when the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention was ratified. 

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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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Find Ep 236 Questions Still Unanswered Part 1 here.

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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