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Ep 265 Third Party Candidates Disrupt the Status Quo PANEL Hosts: Joanne Leon, Kelley Lane. Guests: Shannon Bray, Matthew Hoh, Scott Horton, Angela McArdle Panel discussion about the importance of third party candidates, especially anti-interventionist candidates who can act as a political insurgency to disrupt the establishment status quo. We also discuss the recent scandal with the North Carolina election board voting along partisan lines to prevent US Senate candidate Matthew Hoh from getting on the ballot, the recent takeover of the Libertarian party by the Mises Caucus and the need to find common ground among anti-interventionists across the political spectrum.  Shannon Bray is running for US Senate in North Carolina on the Libertarian party ticket and Matthew Hoh is running for US Senate in North Carolina on the Green Party ticket. Scott Horton is an author, director of the Libertarian Institute and Editorial Director of antiwar.com. Angela McArdle is the recently elected chair of the Libertarian national party.  FOLLOW Shannon Bray on Twitter at @ShannonBrayNC, Matthew Hoh at @MatthewPHoh, Scott Horton @scotthortonshow, Angela McArdle at @angela4LNCChair, Kelley Lane at @Kelleyswords, Joanne Leon at @JoanneLeon and Around the Empire at @AroundtheEmpire Around the Empire aroundtheempire.com is listener supported, independent media. SUBSCRIBE/FOLLOW on Rokfin rokfin.com/aroundtheempire, Patreon patreon.com/aroundtheempire, Paypal paypal.me/aroundtheempirepod, YouTube youtube.com/aroundtheempire, Spotify, iTunes, iHeart, Google Podcasts FOLLOW @aroundtheempire and @joanneleon.  Join us on TELEGRAM https://t.me/AroundtheEmpire Find everything on http://aroundtheempire.com  and linktr.ee/aroundtheempire Recorded on July 27, 2022. Music by Fluorescent Grey. Reference Links: Matthew Hoh for Senate Shannon Bray for Senate
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Ep 265 Third Party Candidates Disrupt the Status Quo PANEL Hosts: Joanne Leon, Kelley Lane. Guests: Shannon Bray, Matthew Hoh, Scott Horton, Angela McArdle Panel discussion about the importance of third party candidates, especially anti-interventionist candidates who can act as a political insurgency to disrupt the establishment status quo. We also discuss the recent scandal with the North Carolina election board voting along partisan lines to prevent US Senate candidate Matthew Hoh from getting on the ballot, the recent takeover of the Libertarian party by the Mises Caucus and the need to find common ground among anti-interventionists across the political spectrum.  Shannon Bray is running for US Senate in North Carolina on the Libertarian party ticket and Matthew Hoh is running for US Senate in North Carolina on the Green Party ticket. Scott Horton is an author, director of the Libertarian Institute and Editorial Director of antiwar.com. Angela McArdle is the recently elected chair of the Libertarian national party.  FOLLOW Shannon Bray on Twitter at @ShannonBrayNC, Matthew Hoh at @MatthewPHoh, Scott Horton @scotthortonshow, Angela McArdle at @angela4LNCChair, Kelley Lane at @Kelleyswords, Joanne Leon at @JoanneLeon and Around the Empire at @AroundtheEmpire Around the Empire aroundtheempire.com is listener supported, independent media. SUBSCRIBE/FOLLOW on Rokfin rokfin.com/aroundtheempire, Patreon patreon.com/aroundtheempire, Paypal paypal.me/aroundtheempirepod, YouTube youtube.com/aroundtheempire, Spotify, iTunes, iHeart, Google Podcasts FOLLOW @aroundtheempire and @joanneleon.  Join us on TELEGRAM https://t.me/AroundtheEmpire Find everything on http://aroundtheempire.com  and linktr.ee/aroundtheempire Recorded on July 27, 2022. Music by Fluorescent Grey. Reference Links: Matthew Hoh for Senate Shannon Bray for Senate
Ep 264 Ukraine War From a Baltic Perspective Swapcast Eastern Border This is a swapcast with Kristaps Andrejsons, host of the Eastern Border podcast. We talk about  life in Latvia, what it’s like to be a small former Soviet republic country with a big neighbor like Russia, and the Ukraine war from a Baltic perspective. In a bonus segment we discuss the increase in NATO troops in Europe and the Baltic countries.  Kristaps Andrejsons is an historian and a podcaster from Riga, Latvia, He hosts a podcast called Eastern Border about the politics and the history of the eastern Europe and the USSR and the Baltic region but which is now mostly focused on the war in neighboring Ukraine.  FOLLOW Kris and the podcast on Twitter at @Eastern_Border and find the podcast on podcast apps and Youtube and the website theeasternborder.lv.  Around the Empire aroundtheempire.com is listener supported, independent media. SUBSCRIBE/FOLLOW on Rokfin rokfin.com/aroundtheempire, Patreon patreon.com/aroundtheempire, Paypal paypal.me/aroundtheempirepod, YouTube youtube.com/aroundtheempire, Spotify, iTunes, iHeart, Google Podcasts FOLLOW @aroundtheempire and @joanneleon.  Join us on TELEGRAM https://t.me/AroundtheEmpire Find everything on http://aroundtheempire.com  and linktr.ee/aroundtheempire Recorded on June 29, 2022. Music by Fluorescent Grey. Reference Links: Baltic Citizens Worry They’re Next on Russia’s Menu: Moscow’s aggression has stirred old fears in its neighbors, Kristaps Andrejsons Russia and Ukraine Are Trapped in Medieval Myths: A shared past underpins—and worsens—the conflict. Putin’s Speech Laid Out a Dark Vision of Russian History: There’s no room for Ukraine in the Russian leader’s distorted telling of the past. Eastern Border Podcast: War in Ukraine: Famine
Ep 263 Financial War: Fed Declares Independence feat Tom Luongo Guest: Tom Luongo. We continue our conversations from previous episodes about the Federal Reserve and financial war underlying the conflicts and crises around the world right now. We discuss recent moves by the Fed and what it means, along with a lot of other political and philosophical commentary mixed in. In a bonus segment I ask Tom how the US and EU manage to be united in the Ukraine war while the Fed and ECB are waging epic battles. Tom Luongo is a former research chemist, amateur dairy goat farmer, anarcho-libertarian, and obstreperous Austrian economist. His specialty is connecting geopolitics and finance/investment and he publishes the Gold Goats, and Guns newsletter and podcast and whose work can be found on sites like Zerohedge, Lewrockwell.com, Bitcoin Magazine and Newsmax Media. FOLLOW Tom at @TFL1728. Find his work at the Gold, Goats ‘n Guns website, on Youtube, Odysee, Patreon and other platforms. Around the Empire aroundtheempire.com is listener supported, independent media. SUBSCRIBE/FOLLOW on Rokfin rokfin.com/aroundtheempire, Patreon patreon.com/aroundtheempire, Paypal paypal.me/aroundtheempirepod, YouTube youtube.com/aroundtheempire, Spotify, iTunes, iHeart, Google Podcasts FOLLOW @aroundtheempire and @joanneleon.  Join us on TELEGRAM https://t.me/AroundtheEmpire Find everything on http://aroundtheempire.com  and linktr.ee/aroundtheempire Reference Links: Media: Why the Fed Raised 75 bps and How to Break the Davos Crowd, Tom Luongo Around the Empire: Ep 255 It’s a Financial War feat Tom Luongo Around the Empire: Ep 229 Central Bank Wars feat Tom Luongo Market Watch: Surprise ECB meeting yields commitment to fight widening bond spreads WSJ: ECB Calls Emergency Meeting to Address Bond Selloff
Ep 262 Yemen Ceasefire and Reasons Behind It feat Isa Blumi Guest: Isa Blumi. We talk about the ceasefire in Yemen, the circumstances and the reasons why it happened. We also talk about energy development, the Hodeidah blockade, the situation in Aden, the ousting of Hadi and creation of a new Presidential Council and we continue our discussion from previous episodes about the war within wars in Yemen and the Gulf states. In a bonus segment we talk about Sweden and Finland changing their neutral status and joining NATO. When we recorded this, Turkey was still holding up the approval but yesterday at the NATO summit that block was cleared and it was announced that they would be joining NATO.  Dr. Isa Blumi is an historian, an author and Professor of Global History, Islamic World, Ottoman Empire, Yemen, Albania. His most recent book 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.  Around the Empire aroundtheempire.com is listener supported, independent media. SUBSCRIBE/FOLLOW on Rokfin rokfin.com/aroundtheempire, Patreon patreon.com/aroundtheempire, Paypal paypal.me/aroundtheempirepod, YouTube youtube.com/aroundtheempire, Spotify, iTunes, iHeart, Google Podcasts FOLLOW @aroundtheempire and @joanneleon.  Join us on TELEGRAM https://t.me/AroundtheEmpire Find everything on http://aroundtheempire.com  and linktr.ee/aroundtheempire Recorded on June 10, 2022. Music by Fluorescent Grey.
Ep 261 War in Ukraine Panel Podcast Panel: Connor Freeman, Kelley Lane, Joanne Leon, Stephen Semler, Dan Wright. A wide ranging discussion about the war in Ukraine, the possible escalation to nuclear war and the billions of dollars being approved by Congress.  FOLLOW @stephensemler, @WrightLeaning, @Kelleyswords, @FreemansMind96, @joanneleon, @AroundtheEmpire Around the Empire aroundtheempire.com is listener supported, independent media. SUBSCRIBE/FOLLOW on Rokfin rokfin.com/aroundtheempire, Patreon patreon.com/aroundtheempire, Paypal paypal.me/aroundtheempirepod, YouTube youtube.com/aroundtheempire, Spotify, iTunes, iHeart, Google Podcasts FOLLOW @aroundtheempire and @joanneleon.  Join us on TELEGRAM https://t.me/AroundtheEmpire Find everything on http://aroundtheempire.com  and linktr.ee/aroundtheempire Reference Links: A breakdown of the Ukraine aid bill, Stephen Semler THERE IS NO OFF-RAMP’: A RECIPE FOR NUCLEAR WAR, Connor Freeman, Libertarian Institute
Ep 260 Intel Influence Operations and British Leadership feat Kit Klarenberg Hosts: Joanne Leon and Dan Wright. We had a long and fascinating discussion with Kit Klarenberg about his recent report “Operation Surprise: leaked emails expose secret intelligence coup to install Boris Johnson”  and his latest report “Leaked emails expose UK Home Secretary Priti Patel’s connection to MI6-style ‘research and influence operation’”. We also talked about the parallels in American and global politics, Julian Assange and a variety of other subjects.  Kit Klarenberg is an investigative journalist who explores the role of intelligence services in shaping politics and perceptions and he has been published by numerous media outlets including The Grayzone, Cradle, Electronic Intifada, RT, MintPress News and more.  FOLLOW @KitKlarenberg, follow his work on his substack https://substack.com/profile/29599137-kit-klarenberg Around the Empire aroundtheempire.com is listener supported, independent media. SUBSCRIBE/FOLLOW on Rokfin rokfin.com/aroundtheempire, Patreon patreon.com/aroundtheempire, Paypal paypal.me/aroundtheempirepod, YouTube youtube.com/aroundtheempire, Spotify, iTunes, iHeart, Google Podcasts FOLLOW @aroundtheempire and @joanneleon and @WrightLeaning.  Join us on TELEGRAM https://t.me/AroundtheEmpire Find everything on http://aroundtheempire.com  and linktr.ee/aroundtheempire Reference Links: Operation Surprise: leaked emails expose secret intelligence coup to install Boris Johnson, Kit Klarenberg, The Grayzone Leaked emails expose UK Home Secretary Priti Patel’s connection to MI6-style ‘research and influence operation’, Kit Klarenberg, The GrayzoneYes Minister — Why Britain Joined the European Union   (near 36min mark) Christina Pushaw Twitter THREAD about Nina Jankowicz’s book MSNBC contributor deletes tweet of Russian plane being shot down after learning it was from video game
Ep 259 War Planning in the Pacific feat Peter Lee Guest:  Peter Lee. We discuss two of Peter’s recent China Threat Report episodes titled Death By Oil: US Warplanning in the Pacific and The Escalation Solution with a focus on Taiwan. In a bonus segment, we talk about the escalation in Ukraine, timely catastrophes and why Peter now considers himself a “catastrophist”.  Peter Lee has decades of experience in East Asia both as a businessman and as a writer. He produces Peter Lee’s China Threat Report and has been published at Asia Times, CounterPunch at his own blog, China Matters. FOLLOW @chinahand.  SUBSCRIBE to Peter Lee’s China Threat Report. FOLLOW @chinahand.  SUBSCRIBE to Peter Lee’s China Threat Report. Around the Empire aroundtheempire.com is listener supported, independent media. SUBSCRIBE/FOLLOW on Rokfin rokfin.com/aroundtheempire, Patreon patreon.com/aroundtheempire, Paypal paypal.me/aroundtheempirepod, YouTube youtube.com/aroundtheempire, Spotify, iTunes, iHeart, Google Podcasts FOLLOW @aroundtheempire and @joanneleon.  Join us on TELEGRAM https://t.me/AroundtheEmpire Find everything on http://aroundtheempire.com  and linktr.ee/aroundtheempire   Recorded on May 6, 2022. Music by Fluorescent Grey. Reference Links: Death By Oil: US Warplanning in the Pacific, Peter Lee, China Threat Report The Escalation Solution, Peter Lee, China Threat Report
Ep 258 The Sword and Cross at Albright’s Funeral feat Sam Husseini Hosts: Joanne Leon and Kelley Lane. Guest: Sam Husseini. We talk about his recent article, Albright's Funeral -- The Sword and the Cross Come Together and more. In a bonus question, we talk about the convergence of neoliberal and neoconservative actors in the foreign policy establishment and the Biden administration.  Sam Husseini is a Washington, DC metro based independent journalist who has been piercing through the establishment’s falsifications for 25 years. His more recent work includes the possible lab origin of the pandemic (which he started writing about in its early days) and the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 trial. In the 1990s and 2000s he covered the Yugoslavia Wars, sanctions policy against Iraq and the Iraq war. He has rigorously questioned officials including Colin Powell, Mike Pence, Nancy Pelosi, Saudi Amb. Turki bin Faisal al-Saud and many others.  FOLLOW Sam on Twitter at @samhusseini and subscribe to his Substack.  Find his past writings at http://husseini.org/ and his artwork at https://bethatempty.org/. Around the Empire aroundtheempire.com is listener supported, independent media. SUBSCRIBE/FOLLOW on Rokfin rokfin.com/aroundtheempire, Patreon patreon.com/aroundtheempire, Paypal paypal.me/aroundtheempirepod, YouTube youtube.com/aroundtheempire, Spotify, iTunes, iHeart, Google Podcasts FOLLOW @aroundtheempire and @joanneleon.  Join us on TELEGRAM https://t.me/AroundtheEmpire Find everything on http://aroundtheempire.com  and linktr.ee/aroundtheempire Reference Links: Albright's Funeral -- The Sword and the Cross Come Together Autopsy Of A Disaster: The U.S. Sanctions Policy On Iraq, Institute for Public Accuracy
Ep 257 Checkered Relations of U.S. and Russia Through History feat Peter Kuznick Guest: Peter Kuznick. We talk about the checkered history of relations between the United States and Russia (and the USSR). We talk about the book “The Untold History of the United States” including a second edition with some new chapters on more recent history. In a bonus question we talk about possible Russian revanchism and whether the Baltic states and other former USSR states in the region are now in danger if Russia begins to feel threatened by NATO activity in those states and in the context of the current invasion of Ukraine. Peter Kuznick is an author, historian and the Professor of History and Director of the Nuclear Studies Institute at American University. He was active in the Civil Rights and anti-Vietnam War movements and remains active in antiwar and nuclear abolition efforts. He regularly provides commentary for all the major U.S. and international media and has begun his fourth term as Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer. FIND Peter Kuznick on the American University website, look for the updated version his book with Oliver Stone: The Untold History of the United States (new 2019 edition) and watch their documentary series which is available on multiple streaming services.  Around the Empire aroundtheempire.com is listener supported, independent media. SUBSCRIBE/FOLLOW on Rokfin rokfin.com/aroundtheempire, Patreon patreon.com/aroundtheempire, Paypal paypal.me/aroundtheempirepod, YouTube youtube.com/aroundtheempire, Spotify, iTunes, iHeart, Google Podcasts FOLLOW @aroundtheempire and @joanneleon.  Join us on TELEGRAM https://t.me/AroundtheEmpire Find everything on http://aroundtheempire.com  and linktr.ee/aroundtheempire
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