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A View from Afar broadcasts weekly a live and on-demand program featuring Paul G. Buchanan from 36th-Parallel.com and Selwyn Manning from EveningReport.nz where they discuss and debate global topics spanning geopolitics, world news, security, defence and intelligence.

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A View from Afar broadcasts weekly a live and on-demand program featuring Paul G. Buchanan from 36th-Parallel.com and Selwyn Manning from EveningReport.nz where they discuss and debate global topics spanning geopolitics, world news, security, defence and intelligence.

    Post-Colonial Blowback and Global Conflict

    Post-Colonial Blowback and Global Conflict

    Today, political scientist Paul Buchanan and Selwyn Manning examine: At a micro level, how ‘Post-Colonial Blowback’ has impacted on New Caledonia, Gaza, South Africa, India and even New Zealand.

    And at a macro level, Paul and Selwyn assess how ‘Post-Colonial Blowback’ is a power giving rise to the Global South and its worldwide influence in global geopolitics.
    INTERACTION:
    Paul and Selwyn encourage their live audience to interact while they are live with questions and comments.
    To interact during the live recording of this podcast, go to Youtube.com/c/EveningReport/
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    RECOGNITION: The MIL Network’s podcast A View from Afar was Nominated as a Top Defence Security Podcast by Threat.Technology – a London-based cyber security news publication. Threat.Technology placed A View from Afar at 9th in its 20 Best Defence Security Podcasts of 2021 category.
    You can follow A View from Afar via our affiliate syndicators.
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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Buchanan and Manning Consider the Question: Is a Second Trump Presidency Possible?

    Buchanan and Manning Consider the Question: Is a Second Trump Presidency Possible?

    This episode of A View from Afar podcast was recorded live from 12:45pm May 20, 2024 (NZST).

    Political scientist Paul Buchanan and Selwyn Manning examine: The United States and how the world is engaging with it geopolitically.
    Specifically, Paul and Selwyn analyse what has changed in this regard in 2024, and consider whether some leaders of global, regional, and even small powers are preparing for the possibility of a second Donald Trump presidency.
    And, importantly, at this juncture, they assess whether some leaders who are central to conflict in the world today, regard the Biden Administration as having entered a lame-duck period.
    INTERACTION WHILE LIVE:
    Paul and Selwyn encourage their live audience to interact while they are live with questions and comments.
    To interact during a live recording of this podcast, go to Youtube.com/c/EveningReport/
    Remember to subscribe to the channel.
    For the on-demand audience, you can also keep the conversation going on this debate by clicking on one of the social media channels below:

    Youtube.com/c/EveningReport/
    Facebook.com/selwyn.manning
    Twitter.com/Selwyn_Manning

    RECOGNITION: The MIL Network’s podcast A View from Afar was Nominated as a Top Defence Security Podcast by Threat.Technology – a London-based cyber security news publication. Threat.Technology placed A View from Afar at 9th in its 20 Best Defence Security Podcasts of 2021 category.
    You can follow A View from Afar via our affiliate syndicators.
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    • 1 hr 23 min
    Buchanan and Manning - A moment of friction

    Buchanan and Manning - A moment of friction

    This episode of A View From Afar was recorded LIVE on May 6, 2024 (NZST) which is Sunday evening, May 5, 2024 at 8:30pm (USEST).

    In an analytical essay titled ‘A moment of friction’ political scientist Dr Paul Buchanan wrote how we are living within a decisive moment of world affairs.
    Paul wrote of a decisive moment of transition for the world’s contrasting and conflicting powers, and stated that 2024 is significant; “… because it is the period where force has become the major arbiter of who rises and who falls in the systemic transitional shuffle.”
    So in this podcast, the first episode of A View from Afar, Series 5, Paul and Selwyn focus on this writing, and take listeners on a journey through this example of strategic study, a discussion that will help us to place a context to the world, as we are currently experiencing it.
    (Ref. https://www.kiwipolitico.com/2024/04/a-moment-of-friction/ )
    Paul and Selwyn encourage their live audience to interact while they are live with questions and comments.
    To interact during the live recording of this podcast, go to Youtube.com/c/EveningReport/ Remember to subscribe to the channel.
    For the on-demand audience, you can also keep the conversation going on this debate by clicking on one of the social media channels below: Youtube.com/c/EveningReport/ Facebook.com/selwyn.manning Twitter.com/Selwyn_Manning
    RECOGNITION: The MIL Network’s podcast A View from Afar was Nominated as a Top Defence Security Podcast by Threat.Technology – a London-based cyber security news publication. Threat.Technology placed A View from Afar at 9th in its 20 Best Defence Security Podcasts of 2021 category.
    You can follow A View from Afar via our affiliate syndicators.
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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Buchanan and Manning Assess 2023 Global Trends and Conflicts

    Buchanan and Manning Assess 2023 Global Trends and Conflicts

    The LIVE Recording of A View from Afar podcast was produced at midday Thurs December 21, 2023 (NZST) and Wednesday December 20, 8pm (USEDST).

    In this the twelfth episode of A View from Afar for 2023 political scientist Dr Paul Buchanan and Selwyn Manning note and discuss some of the big world events that have occurred and are occurring in 2023.
    And in particular, Paul and Selwyn discuss the rise of the Global South; evaluate the the wars that continue to rage in Ukraine and Gaza; and tensions in the South China Sea.
    Plus they note, with particular reference the trends that will become prominent in 2024, including the decline of Western democracies and a rightward turn in many places (including in Argentina and New Zealand in their respective 2023 elections).
    INTERACTION WHILE LIVE:
    Paul and Selwyn encourage their live audience to interact while they are live with questions and comments.
    To interact during the live recording of this podcast, go to Youtube.com/c/EveningReport/
    Remember to subscribe to the channel.
    For the on-demand audience, you can also keep the conversation going on this debate by clicking on one of the social media channels below:

    Youtube.com/c/EveningReport/
    Facebook.com/selwyn.manning
    Twitter.com/Selwyn_Manning

    RECOGNITION: The MIL Network’s podcast A View from Afar was Nominated as a Top Defence Security Podcast by Threat.Technology – a London-based cyber security news publication. Threat.Technology placed A View from Afar at 9th in its 20 Best Defence Security Podcasts of 2021 category.
    You can follow A View from Afar via our affiliate syndicators.
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    How the Hamas-Israel War is a Catalyst of Global Order Change - Buchanan and Manning

    How the Hamas-Israel War is a Catalyst of Global Order Change - Buchanan and Manning

    A View from Afar, by Dr Paul G. Buchanan and Selwyn Manning.

    In this the eleventh episode of A View from Afar for 2023, political scientist Dr Paul Buchanan and journalist Selwyn Manning examine how the post-World War II liberal internationalist system is being challenged by a fluid constellation of global and regional powers to influence the shape of an emerging new world order.
    And Paul and Selwyn also assess how this massive shift in geopolitic demarcations is forming, relatively quickly, into a world of bipolarity where on one side we have a multipolar constellation of states, and on the other the traditional western liberal democracies.
    The catalyst behind this rapidly forming bipolarity is conflict.
    And, most recently, it is clear, that the Israel-Hamas war – and the atrocities committed initially by Hamas and more lately by Israel forces – is driving the world toward a transitional moment.
    It appears, that what is emerging from the current multipolar system – and think here the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court among many other global bodies – is a situation that is not merely new-and-old Great Powers competing as nation-states.
    But rather, what we see are groupings of fluid constellations of powers competing as blocs to influence the shape of what is to come.
    In this episode Paul and Selwyn discuss and describe what is now evident, and sketch out what will likely emerge.
    Of course, as mentioned, the Israel-Hamas war lays bare any claims of morality and exposes the hypocrisies of all sides in conflicts.
    In particular the Hamas-Israel war exposes the west – led by the United States of America, the United Kingdom and various European states – to an argument that the west is morally moribund as it continues its colonial/post colonial attitudes of support of Israel as the latter commits an apparent disproportionate-defence offensive against Palestine’s peoples.
    The argument appears to carry weight, especially as this western axis sustains its support for Israel’s war machine even while, on international humanitarian law grounds, the atrocities being committed against Palestine’s civilian population are morally indefensible and potentially legally enforceable as war crimes.
    For example; retribution for the atrocities and despicable crimes committed by Hamas against defenceless Israeli citizens does not remove culpability for the State of Israel as it delivers on an apparent intention to annihilate Hamas and all people – children, the elderly, all innocents – who may surround Israel’s targets.
    IHL shows how duty of care is not excused even if civilians are used as “human shields”, and at this juncture, it is not clear, whether that cited flawed-justification is founded on truth.
    This is the position of what was once an authoritarian axis.
    But what has formed is a multipolar-constellation that supports the Palestinian cause on postcolonial, Global South, and solidarity grounds.
    The Questions:
    So if all of this carnage is the catalyst for a new world order, what comes next?
    Will we see the emergence of a parallel global institutional structure that develops as a counter-balance to the west’s post-WWII world order?
    Has the west’s leading power lost its moral authority through its support for a war machine that has caused the deaths of over 10,000 people of innocent disposition, while itself refuses to be a signatory member state to the International Criminal Court and its principles of global justice?
    And as such, has the west ceded persuasive moral authority to the rising constellation of once authoritarian-states that dominate the opposing bloc?
    And does the west, as a consequence, find itself powerless to counter the migration of moderate independent states that are repelled by the immorality of the west’s arguments, laid bare by the Hamas-Israel war?
    INTERACTION WHILE LIVE:
    Paul and Selwyn encourage their li

    • 1 hr 13 min
    When All the World's Failings End in Gaza

    When All the World's Failings End in Gaza

     

    In this the tenth episode of A View from Afar for 2023 political scientist Dr Paul Buchanan and journalist/analyst Selwyn Manning examine the current Israel-Palestine Atrocities.
    As we prepared for this podcast, representatives of Arab states have presented a united front at the United Nations, criticising the UN Security Council of doing nothing to protect civilians from Israeli bombing and missile attacks on Gazan civilians and locations.
    Since then, the UN Security Council has considered two resolutions, the latter calling for a pause in hostilities to allow a humanitarian effort to enter Gaza to assist civilians.
    The United States vetoed that Security Council resolution.
    Al Jazera has detailed that Israel forces have targeted and bombed civilian facilities include Hospitals, schools, residential areas resulting in the deaths of thousands of people, civilians, – around one-third of the deaths are children.
    It remains contested by all sides in this conflict as to who, or what, is responsible for the deadly attack on Gaza Hospital, resulting in the deaths of over 471 people.
    Additional to this, Israel has sealed the borders of Gaza while it prevents food, water and medical supplies from reaching civilians – in breach of international law requirements and laws of conflict.
    Israel ordered Gazan civilians, who wish to get to safety, to get out of North Gaza and move toward the south, to the border with Egypt. But as people fled south toward what appeared to be safety, Israel bombed the southern Gaza region killing more civilians and sealing off that corridor for others who sought refuge.
    As a consequence of the bombing, Egypt responded by sealing the Gaza-Egypt border.
    Humanitarian aid now sits on trucks, waiting, on the Egypt side of the border, while United Nations officials implore Israel and Egypt to allow medical supplies, food and water to get through to those who are injured and dying.
    The Israel Defence Force strikes followed a surprise-attack on Israeli citizens by soldiers operating under the Hamas banner.
    Civilians were slaughtered and others taken hostage, only to be used as bargaining chips and leverage against their enemies.
    Even Palestinian advocacy groups like the Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa suggested that breaches of international humanitarian Law, crimes against civilians, have been committed by those Hamas-aligned fighters. But they are clear, as others are too, that crimes against humanity, war crimes, have been committed by Israel, without consequence, as we all give witness to its response which is disproportionate, brutal, and disregarding of the thousands of Palestinian lives that have already been taken.
    That’s the current situation. It is likely to get much worse.
    In this episode, our questions will include:
    What are the world’s leaders doing to stop the carnage?
    Are the world’s nations being drawn into what will be an ever-expanding war?
    Are we witnessing the beginning of a war where on one side authoritarian-led states like Russia, Iran, the wider Arab states, and possibly China stand unified against the United States, Britain, Germany, and other so-called liberal democratic allies representing the old world order?
    Is what we are witnessing, what happens when a global rules-based order, multilateralism and institutions like the United Nations no longer have influence to prevent war, or restore peace and stability, or assert principles of international justice and enforce the rights of victims to see recourse to the law?
    Why has this slaughter become an opportunity for the US and Russia to square-off against each other at the UN Security Council – a body that was once designed to advocate and achieve peace, but has now become a geopolitically divided entity of stalemate and mediocrity?
    Eventually, will humanitarianism prevail? Will the world recognise that all people, the elderly, women, children, people of all ethnicities and religions, that they all bleed and die

    • 1 hr 6 min

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