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    Sputnik Orbiting the World: Liberating Congo, reform in Sudan, and a tour of Africa

    Sputnik Orbiting the World: Liberating Congo, reform in Sudan, and a tour of Africa

    Sixty years have elapsed since the Congo ceased to be the Belgium Congo and became an independent African state – and an extremely wealthy one at that. But just seven months after winning independence from Belgium in 1960, its first prime minister, Patrice Lumumba, was murdered. Many people believe that Lumumba was one of the greatest leaders Africa has seen – or would have become so, had he lived. But some were not prepared to give him that chance. It’s one of the murkiest of conspiracies, involving the Katanga Province and the dark agents of the American, Belgian and British intelligence service. A man who knows a good deal about the Congo is Ludo De Witte. A sociologist and writer, he has written widely on the Congo, as well as having researched two television documentaries about that country. In the week marking six decades since Congo’s independence, he joined us on Sputnik.

    This week also marks the end, a year ago, of Sudan’s 30-year dictatorship. In a violent crackdown by the security forces in the early days of the insurrection, more than 100 were killed and over 700 wounded. Nonetheless, President Omar al-Bashir was removed from power and a transitionary government was put in his place. Today, the people are back on the streets and demanding the promised reforms, which have yet to materialize. Is this a pattern, that once the media moves on, reform programs stall? It’s a familiar story in many countries, but particularly in Africa. So, we take a tour of the continent with British-based Sudanese journalist Ahmed Kaballo, and ask, “Is there any good news originating from Africa?”

    • 25 min
    Going Underground: Prof. Richard Sakwa

    Going Underground: Prof. Richard Sakwa

    On this episode of Going Underground, we firstly speak to the co-creator of ‘Yes Minister’ and ‘Yes Prime Minister,’ Jonathan Lynn. He discusses Sir Mark Sedwill’s intention to quit as the head of the civil service and cabinet secretary, how politicians view civil servants and vice versa, the similarities between ‘Yes Minister’ and ‘Yes Prime Minister’ characters, the similarities between the character Dorothy Wainwright and Dominic Cummings, the domination of Oxbridge- and Eton-educated elites among politicians and civil servants, his shows airing in the Soviet Union, why he believes Western democracy is the best system of governance, how politicians use the civil service as an excuse for their failures, Brexit, coronavirus and more!

    Finally, we speak to Prof. Richard Sakwa, author of ‘The Putin Paradox.’ He discusses Vladimir Putin’s constitutional plebiscite, in which his reforms were approved by a majority of Russians. He discusses the results of the vote being impressive for Putin, dangerous elements of the reforms, McCarthyite coverage of Russia and Putin over the allegations of Russia offering bounties for American soldiers to the Taliban in Afghanistan, Trump’s victory in 2016, the journalistic bubble among Western commentators regarding Russia, the growing threat of nuclear conflict with Russia, Joe Biden threatening economic warfare if he wins, and more!

    • 28 min
    Keiser Report: Lobsters for everyone

    Keiser Report: Lobsters for everyone

    In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy enjoy a plate of lobster on Independence Day as a way of fighting the trade war with China… what? They also discuss the state of the economy on the public holiday, including the absence of any V-shaped recovery in world trade. In the second half, Max talks to Richard Field, director at the Institute for Financial Transparency, about the Fed’s burgeoning balance sheet and the hundreds of billions in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans dispersed without much oversight.

    • 28 min
    Redacted Tonight: Epstein worked for Israel, FBI still surveilling black activists

    Redacted Tonight: Epstein worked for Israel, FBI still surveilling black activists

    The story of Jeffrey Epstein is filled with mysteries connected to powerful people in the US. After his alleged suicide last year, the stories of a powerful international pedophile ring started to slow down but the story that was never picked up was that Epstein was working for Israeli intelligence. This story is still being covered up and we’ll see what happens now Ghislaine Maxwell has been jailed. The psychopaths at the top are always creating new examples of how corporations put profit over lives, and the FBI is still spying on black activists while the police let white supremacists get away with open violence in the streets.

    The meat industry faked a meat shortage earlier this year to justify keeping their factories open throughout the pandemic. This act put their workers at risk on multiple levels. Anders Lee and Lee discuss the power of police unions, a British Labour Party MP being sacked for sharing facts about the Israeli occupation of Palestine, and more.

    • 30 min
    The Big Picture: Sickened retail spells boon for Bezos

    The Big Picture: Sickened retail spells boon for Bezos

    While scores of businesses across the country continue to shutter due to the pandemic, Professor of Economics Richard Wolff explains how Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has multiplied his riches during the retail blackout. With Covid-19 completely reshaping the economic landscape, how can companies adapt to remain not just accessible to consumers, but relevant?

    Major cities across the globe have all but emptied this year, due to stay-at-home orders and social distancing. With hardly any people out and about, and road traffic slowing to a trickle, SmartPower president Brian Keane explains how drastic changes in human behavior are giving the environment and local wildlife a fighting chance to revitalize Mother Nature.

    • 28 min
    Boom Bust: USMCA takes effect & protectionism amid the pandemic?

    Boom Bust: USMCA takes effect & protectionism amid the pandemic?

    While economic upheaval continues to ravage the globe, the USMCA trade agreement has officially taken effect. Will this change the uncertainty plaguing global finance markets? Plus, hyper-sanitation is part of life, but will this attitude extend into cash? We explore the idea of a cashless society, and what the prospects of a digital future could look like. And stockpiling has been a feature of the Covid-19 pandemic, but could protectionism reach into sectors tasked with handling the virus?

    • 25 min

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