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Around the Empire podcast explores the massive apparatus of the American Empire. In-depth interviews, discussions. Hosted by Joanne Leon.

Around The Empire Joanne Leon

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Around the Empire podcast explores the massive apparatus of the American Empire. In-depth interviews, discussions. Hosted by Joanne Leon.

    Ep 214 Fiasco in Alaska, US/China Relations feat Peter Lee

    Ep 214 Fiasco in Alaska, US/China Relations feat Peter Lee

    Guest: Peter Lee. We talk about the Fiasco in Alaska aka the Alaska Summit talks between the US and China on March 18th where Secretary of State Antony Blinken and national security advisor Jake Sullivan met with top Chinese diplomats including Yang Jiechi, the Director of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission Office in China. The preaching by the American officials was met with an unexpected clapbac and the whole affair blew up in international media including Chinese social media where the Chinese translator Zhang Jing and the defiant message she relayed was widely celebrated. We also talk about the US Indo-Pacific command’s containment strategy for China, a multi-faceted Cold War on the rise, the situation with Taiwan, Project 2049, and the prospects for war between Taiwan and China. In a bonus episode Peter explains the “who lost China?” narrative that has influenced the military and diplomatic corps for decades. Before we begin the interview, I’ll include some excerpts of the Chinese response to Blinken from the Fiasco in Alaska.
    FOLLOW @chinahand.  SUBSCRIBE to Peter Lee’s China Threat Report.
    Around the Empire aroundtheempire.com is listener supported, independent media.
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    Twitter @aroundtheempire and @joanneleon.  
    Recorded on March 31, 2021. Music by Fluorescent Grey.
    Reference Links:
    Peter Lee’s China Threat Report 

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    Ep 213 Ukraine Escalation feat Mark Sleboda

    Ep 213 Ukraine Escalation feat Mark Sleboda

    Guest: Mark Sleboda. We talk about the state of affairs in Ukraine with the current Zelensky administration and the new US administration’s policies (which involve a lot of old geopolitical rhetoric). We also talk about the escalation in the Donbas and the Black Sea region. In bonus segment for patrons, we talk about the perils of creating external enemies for political purposes and the reasons behind US sanctions and hostility toward Russia. 
    Mark Sleboda is an International Affairs & Security Analyst, a US Navy veteran, a university lecturer and a foreign policy realist.
    FOLLOW Mark on Twitter @MarkSleboda1 and on Facebook, look for his appearances on RT, Sputnik and other international channels. 
    Around the Empire aroundtheempire.com is listener supported, independent media.
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    Recorded on March 26, 2021. Music by Fluorescent Grey.
    Reference Links:
    ATE Episode 99 Ukraine feat Mark Sleboda ATE Ep 120 Ukraine Political Transformation? feat Mark Sleboda ATE Ep 157 Crisis of Confidence in Ukraine feat Mark Sleboda  

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    Ep 212 Russiagate and Propaganda feat Oliver Boyd-Barrett

    Ep 212 Russiagate and Propaganda feat Oliver Boyd-Barrett

    Hosts: Joanne Leon and Kelley Lane. Guest: Oliver Boyd-Barrett. We discuss Boyd-Barrett’s book titled RussiaGate and Propaganda: Disinformation in the Age of Social Media, which focuses on the Russiagate case in the broader understanding of propaganda. In the bonus episode, we talk about the recent resurrection of the Russiagate saga and the reasons for it.
    Dr. Oliver Boyd-Barrett is Professor Emeritus of Journalism and Public Relations at Bowling Green State University and the author of the book:  RussiaGate and Propaganda:
    Disinformation in the Age of Social Media. He serves on the international advisory board of the Organization for Propaganda Studies and he is currently working on a new book “Conflict Propaganda in Syria: Narrative Battles”. 
    Find Olivery Boyd-Barrett on Facebook look for his books including RussiaGate and Propaganda: Disinformation in the Age of Social Media and his upcoming book “Conflict Propaganda in Syria: Narrative Battles”. 
    Around the Empire aroundtheempire.com is listener supported, independent media.
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    FOLLOW  @aroundtheempire and @joanneleon.  FOLLOW Kelley Lane at @KelleysWords
    Recorded on March 25, 2021. Music by Fluorescent Grey.
    Reference Links:
    Russiagate as Organized Distraction, Oliver Boyd-Barrett, Consortium News The Great Hack (2019 documentary)  Brittany Kaiser  

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    Ep 211 Third Parties, War, Elections & Lockdowns feat Angela McArdle

    Ep 211 Third Parties, War, Elections & Lockdowns feat Angela McArdle

    Guest: Angela McArdle. Co-hosts Joanne Leon, Kelley Lane and Kyle Anzalone. This is a swapcast for the Around the Empire podcast and the Conflicts of Interest show. It’s a broad discussion about war and foreign policy, interventionism, elections and the handling of the pandemic with lockdowns and other restrictions and its impact on the lives of Americans, the economy and our rights. There is a bonus episode questioning whether censorship and lockdowns can be compared to a modern day gulag. 
    Angela McArdle currently serves as Chair of the Libertarian Party of Los Angeles County and is seeking the National Libertarian Party Chair in 2022. Angela was a two time candidate for California’s 34th Congressional District. She is a paralegal and legal aid who currently works in litigation focused mainly on real estate and constitutional law. She also has a private practice providing self help legal services to low income clients and she was a key organizer for the 2013 protest in LA against a ban on feeding in public rights of way. Angela believes strongly in the sanctity of personal choice and allowing people to govern their own lives.
    FOLLOW Angela at @angela4congress and on her website angelamcardle.com
    FOLLOW on Twitter: @KyleAnzalone_ @Con_Interest  SUBSCRIBE to the Conflicts of Interest podcast at the Libertarian Institute and on YouTube and LBRY. 
    FOLLOW Kelley at @Kelleyswords
    Around the Empire is listener supported, independent media. Pitch in at Patreon: patreon.com/aroundtheempire or paypal.me/aroundtheempirepod. Find all links at aroundtheempire.com. 
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    Recorded on March 16, 2021. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Ep 210 Information Warfare Networks feat Kit Klarenberg & Mohamed Elmaazi

    Ep 210 Information Warfare Networks feat Kit Klarenberg & Mohamed Elmaazi

    Guests: Kit Klarenberg & Mohamed Elmaazi. New documents that appear to be from the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office have been leaked by a group that identifies as “Anonymous” and is allegedly the same group that has published leaked documents over the past two years about UK Foreign Office covert programs. This batch of documents shows that Whitehall uses private contractors to infiltrate a variety of media (including smaller, “independent” media and social media influencers and civil society. In this case the stated noble objectives are things like improving literacy, ensuring balance in reporting and countering disinformation. The real objectives revealed in the documents are something else entirely. There is also a bonus episode for patrons about how this seems like an evolved, 21st century Operation Mockingbird. 
    Kit Klarenberg is an investigative journalist who explores the role of intelligence services in shaping politics and perceptions and he currently writes for RT. Mohamed Elmaazi is a journalist with experience in human rights law who is currently writing for Sputnik International. 
    FOLLOW Mohamed on Twitter at @MElmaazi. Find his writing at Sputnik News, The Canary and visit his blog The Interregnum. Follow Kit’s work at RT. 
    Around the Empire is listener supported, independent media. Pitch in at Patreon: patreon.com/aroundtheempire or paypal.me/aroundtheempirepod. Find all links at aroundtheempire.com. 
    SUBSCRIBE on YouTube. FOLLOW @aroundtheempire and @joanneleon.  SUBSCRIBE/FOLLOW on iTunes, iHeart, Spotify, Google Play, Facebook or on your preferred podcast app.
    Recorded on March 3, 2021. Music by Fluorescent Grey.
    Reference Links:
    Leaked papers allege massive UK govt effort to co-opt Russian-language anti-Kremlin media & influencers to ‘weaken Russian state’, Kit Klarenberg, RT From Telegram to elections: Leaked documents expose sinister workings of UK government’s anti-Russian ‘troll factory’, RT, Kit Klarenberg UK Foreign Office Docs Reveal 'Full-Spectrum' Psyops to 'Destabilise Russia', Journalist Says, Mohamed Elmaazi, Sputnik ATE Ep 83 Temple of Covert Propaganda (Part 1) feat Mohamed Elmaazi ATE Ep 84 Temple of Covert Propaganda (Part 2) feat Mohamed Elmaazi On Contact: British government psyops with Mohamed Elmaazi Reuters, BBC, and Bellingcat participated in covert UK Foreign Office-funded programs to “weaken Russia,” leaked docs reveal, Max Blumenthal, The Grayzone PNAC: Rebuilding America’s Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources for a New Century  

    • 1 hr 37 min
    Ep 209 Propaganda on Steroids feat Monica Perez

    Ep 209 Propaganda on Steroids feat Monica Perez

    Guest: Monica Perez from the Propaganda Report show. We talk about the October, 2019 exercise called Event 201 hosted by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, the World Economic Forum and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which illustrated that “public/private partnerships will be necessary during the response to a severe pandemic in order to diminish large-scale economic and societal consequences.” We have a wide-ranging discussion about the Great Reset and other emerging plans that have been set out by various global institutions. We focus on the immense public relations and propaganda efforts around these things and other broader topics about the way the world is changing. There is also a bonus episode for patrons about what the end game is and how likely it is to be successful. 
    Monica Perez is co-host of the Propaganda Report podcast and was the host of The Monica Perez Show for 8 1/2 years on WSB in Atlanta. Prior to that she was an investment banker. She holds a degree from Harvard and a JD-MBA from Stanford and she is a Chartered Financial Analyst and member of the bar of the State of New York.  Monica now lives in Los Angeles, California and is the proud (and busy) mother of three teenagers. 
    FOLLOW Monica @MonicaPerezShow,  SUBSCRIBE to the Propaganda Report podcast and https://rokfin.com/propagandareport Rokfin channel. Find her work at The Propaganda Report website or MonicaPerezShow.com
     
    Around the Empire is listener supported, independent media. Pitch in at Patreon: patreon.com/aroundtheempire or paypal.me/aroundtheempirepod. Find all links at aroundtheempire.com. 
    SUBSCRIBE on YouTube. FOLLOW @aroundtheempire and @joanneleon.  SUBSCRIBE/FOLLOW on iTunes, iHeart, Spotify, Google Play, Facebook or on your preferred podcast app.
    Recorded on February 17, 2021. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

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Consistently brilliant guests and thoughtful discussions
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