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Listen to people who are shaking up politics, economics, society and ideas around the world, in conversation with Dr. Kirk Meighoo, author, academic, TV host, and former Independent Senator.Broadcasting from the Caribbean, Meighoo provides a uniquely global spin and perspective on current issues and controversies.We don't only hear about our guests' ideas and movements. Meighoo also seeks to understand what gives each of these people their freedom to think and express themselves independently, with a view to inspiring listeners as well as stimulating them.

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Listen to people who are shaking up politics, economics, society and ideas around the world, in conversation with Dr. Kirk Meighoo, author, academic, TV host, and former Independent Senator.Broadcasting from the Caribbean, Meighoo provides a uniquely global spin and perspective on current issues and controversies.We don't only hear about our guests' ideas and movements. Meighoo also seeks to understand what gives each of these people their freedom to think and express themselves independently, with a view to inspiring listeners as well as stimulating them.

    63: Charles Haberl | Ethnically Cleansing the Last followers of John the Baptist

    63: Charles Haberl | Ethnically Cleansing the Last followers of John the Baptist

    The 21st century's American interventions in the Middle East has caused a level of destruction in the entire region that we barely even understand.
    That is largely because we on this side of the world barely understood the Middle East in the first place: its history, its peoples, its diversity, its layers upon layers of civilisation, with remnants of each era still surviving and living side by side, even if not always comfortably.
    One tragic story is that of the Mandaeans, or Nazoreans as they call themselves. The Mandaeans are an ethnoreligious people native to the alluvial plain of southern Mesopotamia/Iraq. They are followers of Mandaeism, and consider themselves followers of John the Baptist, rather than Jesus.
    They were probably the first to practice baptism and are most commonly understood to be the last surviving Gnostics from antiquity.
    In the aftermath of the Iraq War of 2003, the Mandaean community of Iraq, which used to number 60,000–70,000 persons, collapsed; fewer than 5,000 to 10,000 remain there; The other community of Iranian Mandaeans has also been dwindling as a result of religious persecution over that decade.
    Today, we will be speaking to Dr. Charles Haberl, one of the world's specialists on the Mandaens, to understand their plight, and to get a better understanding of the world of the Middle East through their experience.
    Dr. Haberl is currently at Rutgers University, and the author of The Neo-Mandaic Dialect of Khorramshahr.
    We discuss
    - how Western postmodern scholarship on the Mandaeans led to ethnocide in Iraq
    - how philology was almost killed off completely by Noam Chomsky and Edward Said
    - continuing the philological tradition (Nietzche, Tolkien)
    - the serious flaw on non-verifiability in the discipline of archaeology
    - The special refugee status for Iranian Mandaeans in the US
    - some of the questions surrounding the ancient past, origins and identity of the Mandaeans: Nazareth, John the Baptist, Jesus, Jews, Sabians of Turkey
    - how the removal of Saddam Hussein led to the persecution of many minorities and massive bloodshed between different communities
    - the question as to where the blood lust came from against the Mandaens in particular
    - how Western scholarship influenced Islamic scholarship to de-legitimise the Mandaens, and their subsequent ethnic cleansing
    - the importance of Iranian perspective in understanding the history of the entire world
    - the relationship of the Mandaen language to the Aramaic used in Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ
    - the detailed contents of the Mandaens' Book of John
    - Mandaeans' relationship to Manichaeism
    - how sensitivity to these historical realities affects geo-political intervention in the Middle East
    - the US abandonment of the Mandaeans after their assistance in the 2003 Iraq War

    • 1 hr 24 min
    62: Patrick Moore | From Greenpeace Founder to Environmental Doomsday Critic

    62: Patrick Moore | From Greenpeace Founder to Environmental Doomsday Critic

    Is the world facing a climate crisis?
    There is an insistence that we are, and a determined effort to shut down debate. The science is settled, we are told, by non-scientists.
    But science is never settled. That is its nature. The scientific mind always questions.
    Indeed, there are many issues which are actively being suppressed and not discussed. Goalposts are constantly shifting, while the terminology switches between "global warming" and "climate change". In the meanwhile, quick, achievable solutions to the so-called "carbon emission problem" such as the use of nuclear power, are not being considered or embarked upon.
    Was the environmental movement always like this? If not, how and why did it change? And what can we do to bring back sense and rationality to the discussion?
    I am pleased to discuss these issues today on my podcast with Dr. Patrick Moore.
    Dr. Patrick Moore has been a leader in the international environmental field for over 30 years. He is a founding member of Greenpeace and served for nine years as President of Greenpeace Canada and seven years as a Director of Greenpeace International. As the leader of many campaigns Dr. Moore was a driving force shaping policy and direction while Greenpeace became the world's largest environmental activist organization.
    We discuss:
    - his deplatforming by the City of Regina for challenging their 100% renewable goals
    - what are the stats about the safety of nuclear power?
    - has the environmental movement moved away from science to blind faith?
    - What are "Invisible Fake Catastrophes" and how has this taken over the environmental movement?
    - How he and others started Greenpeace in Vancouver against nuclear weapons testing and ecological harm
    - the battle for the control of Greenpeace and his departure
    - the success of Greenpeace in the 1970s and 1980s in tackling the major issues of air, water and land pollution, nuclear testing, whaling, etc.
    - how the environmental movement today uses fear as its primary fundraising tool
    - why do people believe that the polar bear population is in danger, when the population is booming?
    - how organisation use popular misunderstandings of the process of "bleaching" of coral reefs to create false alarm
    - How we have the LOWEST concentration of carbon dioxide in the earth's history  
    - Do we actually need MORE carbon dioxide for life to thrive optimally?
    - Has recent CO2 increase actually greened the earth?
    - was the 1990s deforestation emergency about the Amazon justified?
    - why we need critical thinking skills more than ever
    - Is the Green New Deal harmful to development in Africa, Asia and Latin America?
     

    • 1 hr 3 min
    61: Daniel Burke | Fighting the Nihilism and Pessimism of Today's Politics

    61: Daniel Burke | Fighting the Nihilism and Pessimism of Today's Politics

    How do we overcome the cynicism and corruption of practical politics, which Aristotle described as the highest form of ethics?
    It is an election year in the United States, and the debacle of the Democratic Iowa Caucuses has just ended.
    Big questions dominate the election: democracy, nationalism, the global order, creating a new economy, how do we deal with environmental issues.
    While the political fight looks to be mainly between Trump Republicans, Bernie Democrats and the Establishment Uniparty (which itself is very interesting), there are some notably underdog, spunky and visionary local candidates who are seeking to radically shake things up.
    One of these is Daniel Burke, who is running for US Senate in New Jersey as a LaRouche Independent.
     
    We discuss:
    - Why we need a campaign of optimism and the Renaissance of Western culture
    - The necessity of seeing humans as positive creative agents rather than as parasites or burdens on the planet
    - How the attacks on Lyndon LaRouche have never centred on his ideas
    - Daniel's move from Hawaii to Dallas, Harvard, New Orleans, and New Jersey
    - Why America needs the Space Program and a Nuclear Fusion Program
    - LaRouchePAC "Eat the Babies" troll of Alexandria Ocasio Cortez's Green New Deal
    - Why Trump is the only candidate to advance an agenda for peace and development
    - Daniel's view of Nick Fuentes and TPUSA
    - Why Trump, Putin, and Xi need to come together in a global peace summit
     
     

    • 1 hr 2 min
    60: Liliana Gorini | Italy, Salvini, Green De-Industrialisation and the Fake Left/Right Distinction

    60: Liliana Gorini | Italy, Salvini, Green De-Industrialisation and the Fake Left/Right Distinction

    The global shift in politics is happening in key places around the world. Italy is a major node.
    Mainstream analysis places this in terms of a movement from left to right, but this is lazy and unhelpful. It's perhaps even worse, because it hides the real and important struggles that are going on right now.
    Matteo Salvini has been portrayed as a racist, fascist, populist by the establishment and mainstream media and academic institutions.
    There was an election this Sunday where he went to attack one of the left's strongest areas. It was bold move that would shake up not only the current government, but the entire nature of Italian politics -- and perhaps that of the world.
    To discuss these matters further, I am pleased to have on the podcast Liliana Gorini, chairwoman of the Italian political party MoviSol, Movimento Solidarietà, which is in partnership with the current government.
    We discuss:
    - the reason why "left/right" analysis does not explain what is happening in Italy
    - how the "left" are aligned with the big banks and the rich, and the "right" are defending industry, jobs and workers
    - Why do the bankers and speculators support Green Bonds and de-industrialisation?
    - What were these elections about and why are they so important?
    - Why did the National's Government coalition parties contest the elections separately in these important Emilia Romagna elections?
    - What is a "divided vote" in Italy?
    - What is the state of the governing 5 Star Movement after this shameful defeat?
    - How did the 5 Star Movement betray its voters by allying with the establishment?
    - What are the similarities with Syriza in Greece?
    - Is it more useful to see the global political divide as between the cities and the rural areas, the financial and service economy vs. the real economy?
    - How did the "left" become the party of the rich, while the "right" became the party of the poor?
    - Is George Soros supporting the Italian left?
    - Why was the Davos gathering of billionaires adopting a left wing agenda?
    - How Trump stood up to the billionaires at Davos
    - Can the Italian Government be brought down?
    - Is creativity and technological development the real solution to environmental problems, rather than de-industrialistion?
    - Is the mainstream Green Movement actually a fraud?
    - Why has the environmental movement stopped talking about air, water, and land pollution, and only concerned about carbon emissions?
    - Is the current global warming scare similar to the Y2K scare?
    - Is the Global Warming hypothesis falsifiable? If not, does it count as science?
    - Why is carbon -- the very definition of organic -- seen as bad in the current environmental movement?
    - Who really took away Greta Thunberg's childhood?

    • 1 hr 17 min
    59: E Michael Jones | MLK, Race vs. Ethnicity, and American Empire

    59: E Michael Jones | MLK, Race vs. Ethnicity, and American Empire

    Issues surrounding race, immigration, nationalism and identity have been at the forefront around the globe for the past few years. These have fed into radical political earthquakes that are re-shaping the world, such as Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, the consolidation of the BJP in India, and with nationalist and anti-mass immigration parties around the world.
    This week, the United States observed the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the most famous figure in the Civil Rights struggle of the 1960s, and a virtual saint for many around the world.
    As with all saints, there have been mythologies built up around them. With respect to Dr. King and his struggles on behalf of the African American people, we need to delve more deeply into the facts and details surrounding Dr. King and his movement, and the implications for ethnic, political and social justice struggles today. This includes debates on "who are the real racists", what the did the Civil Rights Movement achieve for Afro-Americans, and other issues.
    To talk about this issue today I have with me E Michale Jones, author of "The Slaughter of Cities" and 61 other books.
    E Michael Jones is an unusual, independent Catholic thinker. His interests and knowledge are incredibly wide-ranging, from history, to economics, to global politics, to theology, to sociology.
    He is extremely challenging, fearless, bold, committed, and controversial.
    I am so glad to have him on this podcast.
     
     

    • 1 hr 2 min
    58: Jean Marie Richard | Diego Garcia, Middle East Wars, Mauritius and the Anglo-American Empire

    58: Jean Marie Richard | Diego Garcia, Middle East Wars, Mauritius and the Anglo-American Empire

    Are small states doomed in a world of huge powers?
    With war being threatened between the US and Iran, the tiny island of Diego Garcia plays a crucial role.
    Yet this island is being illegally occupied by Britain, who in turn is leasing it to the United States.
    The rightful owners of Diego Garcia is another small state, the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius.
    This exposes international politics as games of power rather than of respect for law, democracy or human rights, which the US and the UK are claiming to defend by illegally occupying Diego Garcia. It is deeply ironic.
    I am personally tied to this issue as well. I am also from a small state, and i am also married to a Mauritian, which has given me personal, professional, political and media ties there as well.
    As this issue is becoming more and more globally important, I am pleased to speak with Jean Marie Richard, Mauritian business and media consultant with expertise in geostrategical defense, trained in France and US, politically involved in Mauritius, who will explain this issue a bit more to us, and it many surprising ramifications.
    We discuss:
    - the history of Diego Garcia before its population was forcefully expelled by the US and UK
    - the stark differences (even opposite approaches) the British used in decolonisation in Trinidad, Guyana and Mauritius to deal with the ethno-political issues of representation of Africans and Indians
    - the forced depopulation of Diego Garcia
    - Mauritius's surprisingly successful symbolic fight against this injustice in the United Nations and other international fora
    - the International Court of Justice's ruling against the UK, which Britain has refused to recognise
    - how Operation Desert Storm and the threatened attack on Iran is could only happen from the protected position of Diego Garcia, which is out of the current range of targeted countries
    - the centrality of Diego Garcia to the American Empire in protecting and policing oil and gas routes from the Persian Gulf as well
    - Is Diego Garcia just an unforunate but necessary casuality of the US's "fight for global freedom and democracy"? Does Mauritius have any choice in the matter?
    - What exactly does Mauritius want by reclaiming Diego Garcia?
    - How Mauritius has allowed India to use the neighbouring Agalega islands for its own Indian Ocean military facilities, in response to China's New Silk Road expansion
    - the possibility of a South Indian Ocean Conference, and the further involvement of the Indian Ocean territories in geopolitical positioning by the US, UK, France, India, and China
    - How Mauritius has successfully used its multi-ethnic population as economic and diplomatic assets to build development
    - How the UN censured the UK for its illegal occupation of Diego Garcia, and questions were raised about the legitimacy of its seat on the UN Security Council because of its ignoring of the advisory opinion
    and much more
     

    • 1 hr 8 min

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