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“By Any Means Necessary” on Radio Sputnik hosted by Eugene Puryear connects the political, social and economic movements shaping the world around us. With a sensibility informed by movements from Black Power to #BlackLivesMatter with a dash of Occupy, the show elevates the people and narratives that while often ignored are driving some of the most important changes in the world.

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“By Any Means Necessary” on Radio Sputnik hosted by Eugene Puryear connects the political, social and economic movements shaping the world around us. With a sensibility informed by movements from Black Power to #BlackLivesMatter with a dash of Occupy, the show elevates the people and narratives that while often ignored are driving some of the most important changes in the world.

    The World Mourns Kobe as the US Preaches Peace and Plots Partition

    The World Mourns Kobe as the US Preaches Peace and Plots Partition

    On this episode of "By Any Means Necessary" hosts Jacquie Luqman and Sean Blackmon are joined by Iraqi-American political activist Dina al-Bayati to talk about the different factions vying for power in the protest movement in Iraq, how troubling allegations of corruption, sectarianism, and violence continue to divide Iraqis opposed to U.S. occupation, and why the situation has left many Iraqis to choose between groups whose goals they disagree with.

    In the second segment, Jacquie Luqman and Sean Blackmon are joined by human rights lawyer Jonathan Kuttab to talk about why Trump's so-called "peace plan" for the Middle East is dead on arrival, how the disparity in power between Israel and Palestine hinders any chance at a productive negotiated outcome, and why how in many ways the proposed plan has nothing to do with peace and everything to do with politics.

    In the third segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Haysam Kadri, who stars in "1,000 Splendid Suns," to discuss the play's story of Afghani women attempting to piece their lives together as the country is transformed into a bastion of Wahhabist fundamentalism after the withdrawal of Soviet support for the socialist government of Afghanistan and the rise of the US-backed mujahideen and the Taliban, how such a brutally patriarchal social framework could blur class differences between women, and the struggle to maintain dignity in the face of constant and overwhelming violence.

    Later in the show, Jacquie and Sean are joined by Kristine Hendrix, President to the University City School Board, Junior Bayard Rustin Fellow with the Fellowship for Reconciliation and contributor to the Truth-Telling Project and "We Stay Woke" podcast, to explain Bernie Sanders' is surging in Iowa, why so many politicians seem more interested in justifying the lack of social programs for working people than in addressing it, why some members of marginalized communities end up supporting the politicians who threaten them, demographic dynamics at play in Hendrix's conservative-leaning home state of Missouri, how the political establishment over-hyping the prospect of removing Trump has led to a loss of interest in the impeachment circus, the use of wedge issues like abortion to convince workers to vote against their own interests, the Democratic willingness to engage in racist attacks against progressives like Ilhan Omar, and the party's tendency to take Black voters for granted.

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    Washingtonians Fight for Their "Right to a Home"

    Washingtonians Fight for Their "Right to a Home"

    In a special segment of "By Any Means Necessary" Jacquie and Sean are joined by photojournalist Joseph Young and Eric Falquero, Editorial Director of Street Sense Media, to discuss the "Right to a Home" media project highlighting the issue of homelessness in Washington, DC, how the homeless are impacted by gentrification and the stark contrast between the living reality of homeless encampments and the wealth that surrounds them.

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    Donald Trump Marches for Life ⁠— Iraqis March for Theirs

    Donald Trump Marches for Life ⁠— Iraqis March for Theirs

    On this episode of "By Any Means Necessary" hosts Jacquie Luqman and Sean Blackmon are joined by award-winning editorial cartoonist and columnist Ted Rall to talk about the declassified files released by the Justice Department which show that at least two of the four surveillance warrants used by the secretive FISA courts as part of the Trump investigation were illegitimate, how this revelation may help the legal prospects of those convicted, and why the FISA system was designed to be so opaque.

    In the second segment, Jacquie Luqman and Sean Blackmon are joined by Jenny Brown, author of Birth Strike: The Hidden Fight Over Women's Work and her latest, Without Apology: The Abortion Struggle Now, to talk about Trump becoming the first president to speak before the anti-abortion March for Life in Washington, DC, how the ongoing crackdown on abortion access fits into a larger, racist, Christian fundamentalist political project, and the absurdity of Trump professing his concern for the lives of children while moving to defund social programs which provide for them.

    In the third segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by the Taghyeer Palestinian National Nonviolence Movement's founder, Ali Abu Awwad, and their Executive Director, Muhanad Alkharaz, to talk about why they believe in nonviolence as both a strategy and identity, why women and youth are increasingly taking on leadership roles in the resistance to the occupation, and the deep historical connections between the Palestinian liberation movement and the Black liberation movement here.

    Later in the show, Jacquie and Sean are joined by the founder and director of Hoops Sagrado, Bryan Weaver, to talk about what the Bolivian military coup against Evo Morales means for the country's most vulnerable groups, how the privileged treatment that star athletes receive can leave them emotionally or mentally stunted, public sympathy for Meghan Markle in the wake of the racist attacks against her, what explains the centuries-long domination of Haiti by foreign colonialist powers, and why Alex Haley's "Roots" represented a seismic shift in American cultural understanding.

    • 1 hr 52 min
    Trump Slashes Social Spending then Marches for Life

    Trump Slashes Social Spending then Marches for Life

    On this segment of By Any Means Necessary on Radio Sputnik, hosts Jacquie Luqman and Sean Blackmon are joined by Jenny Brown, author of Birth Strike: The Hidden Fight Over Women's Work and Without Apology: The Abortion Struggle Now, to talk about Trump becoming the first president to speak before the anti-abortion March for Life in Washington, DC, how the ongoing crackdown on abortion access fits into a larger, racist, Christian fundamentalist political project, and the absurdity of Trump professing his concern for the lives of children while moving to defund social programs which provide for them.

    • 7 min
    Auschwitz, Assange, and Andromeda: The West Points Its Bloody Fingers

    Auschwitz, Assange, and Andromeda: The West Points Its Bloody Fingers

    On this episode of "By Any Means Necessary" hosts Jacquie Luqman and Sean Blackmon are joined by international affairs and security analyst Mark Sleboda to talk about the meeting of world leaders in Israel to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by the Red Army, why Poland and Lithuania are boycotting the ceremony, and why NATO-aligned countries are pushing to relitigate WWII history to equate the Soviet Union with Nazi Germany while whitewashing their collaborationist pasts.

    In the second segment, Jacquie Luqman and Sean Blackmon are joined by Berlin-based independent journalist Diani Barreto to talk about the latest developments in the UK government's extradition trial of Julian Assange, how the revelation that the CIA placed him under 24-hour surveillance may improve his chances of being released, and whether the US government's draconian interpretation of the first amendment is having a chilling impact on press freedoms worldwide.

    In the third segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by John Ross, a Senior Fellow at the Chongyang Institute of Renmin University of China, to talk about the Coronavirus outbreak in China, how the huge uptick in Chinese domestic travel over the past decade elevates their susceptibility to disease and may present a challenge for their improving health infrastructure, and the ways the western press is using the victims to demonize that country's communist leadership.

    Later in the show, Jacquie and Sean are joined by political strategist Kimberlyn Carter to talk about the latest poll numbers from the Democratic primary, the perennially-disappointing Congressional Black Caucus, the news that Yo Gotti and Roc Nation are teaming up to sue the state of Mississippi on behalf of those incarcerated under its notoriously cruel prisons, and the urgent need to reform or abolish systems of modern-day slavery.

    • 1 hr 53 min
    Reality Bites Back—Hillary's Unhinged Attacks on Progressives Backfire

    Reality Bites Back—Hillary's Unhinged Attacks on Progressives Backfire

    On this episode of "By Any Means Necessary" hosts Jacquie Luqman and Sean Blackmon are joined by James Early, former Director of Cultural Heritage Policy at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage at the Smithsonian Institution and board member of the Institute for Policy Studies, to talk about the twin charm offensives being waged by the state department’s Chief⁠—Mike Pompeo⁠—and the chief recipient of their financial support in Latin America⁠—Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, as well as expanding ruptures between Carribean nations along pro- and anti-US lines.

    In the next segment, Jacquie Luqman and Sean Blackmon are joined by technologist Chris Garaffa to discuss the Brazilian government filing charges of "cybercrimes" against journalist Glenn Greenwald after he exposed widespread corruption and political manipulation by close associates of president Jair Bolsonaro, the revelation that Jeff Bezo's cell phone was apparently compromised by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, and Apple's decision to defer to the FBI and refuse to allow users to fully encrypt backups of their devices stored on the company's cloud network.

    Later in the show, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Sputnik news analyst Bob Schlehuber and China Dickerson, National Political Director for Forward Majority, to explain Hillary Clinton's ongoing obsession with derailing the Bernie Sanders campaign, how her Russophobic attacks on Tulsi Gabbard have finally led to a libel lawsuit, and why Trump's ascendancy was more shocking to white liberals than communities historically threatened by white supremacy.

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