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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 237 Realignments in the Middle East & Africa feat Isa Blumi

    Ep 237 Realignments in the Middle East & Africa feat Isa Blumi

    Guest: Dr. Isa Blumi. This is a wide-ranging discussion about the political realignments in the Gulf states, new partnerships in the Middle East and Africa, Qatar’s involvement in the withdrawal from Afghanistan, developments in Yemen, quiet military repurposing of strategic island of Socotra, the long and complicated exploitation of East Africa, the Red Sea region and Horn of Africa, the mass of military bases in Djbouti, the Turkey-Russia relationship and more.
    For those listening to the audio version of this podcast, we have added many maps and other visual enhancements to the video version that you might find helpful during some of this discussion so if you are interested you can find those versions on Youtube and Rokfin right now and other video platforms in the not too distant future. 
    Dr. Isa Blumi is an historian, an author and Professor of Global History, Islamic World, Ottoman Empire, Yemen, Albania. His most recent Destroying Yemen: What Chaos in Arabia Tells Us about the World tells the story of the wars in Yemen but also “ultimately tells an even larger story of today’s political economy of global capitalism, development, and the war on terror as disparate actors intersect in Arabia.”  He also authored the book Ottoman Refugees, 1878-1939: Migration in a Post-Imperial World
    FOLLOW Isa Blumi @IsaBlumi and find his work at Google Scholar and his latest book at UCPress.edu. 
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    Recorded on October 6, 2021. Music by Fluorescent Grey.
    Reference Links:
    Book: Destroying Yemen: What Chaos in Arabia Tells Us about the World  

    • 1 hr 6 min
    ATE Ep236 Questions Still Unanswered

    ATE Ep236 Questions Still Unanswered

    Panelists: Peter Castagno, Gumby, Joanne Leon, Dan Wright. A panel discussion about the questions that are still unanswered 20 years after 9/11. This is part one of a series. There is an “after hours” bonus segment where we talk about turning this into a series, the fact that dissent from the official 9/11 story is (finally) being discussed more openly and there is strong pressure to make it less taboo, and more. 
    Joanne Leon and Dan Wright are co-founders of Around the Empire. Peter Castagno is the co-owner of the Citizen Truth independent media website covering international politics. He is an independent writer & researcher with an MA in International Conflict Resolution.
    Gumby is an independent researcher, well known for his research threads on Twitter and podcast appearances under the pseudonym @gumby4christ (a handle that he chose years ago in jest but then became a brand). 
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    Reference Links:
    9/11 Independent Commission (Family Steering Committee) - Unanswered Questions Book: Unanswered Questions: What the September Eleventh Families Asked and the 9/11 Commission Ignored History Commons: BBC Reports WTC 7 Collapse Before It Happens BBC Response re: reporting WTC 7 collapse before it happened ClandesTime 114 – An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: Ali Mohamed Porkins Policy Review: Ali Mohamed: The CIA’s Favorite Terrorist (Guest article by Tom Secker) History Commons: Ali Mohamed Covert Action Magazine: The Twenty Year Shadow of 9/11 (Part 1): U.S. Complicity in the Terror Spectacle and the Urgent Need to End It, Aaron Good, Ben Howard and Peter Dale Scott Covert Action Magazine: The Twenty Year Shadow of 9/11 (Part 2): Why Did Key U.S. Officials Protect the Alleged 9/11 Plotters?, Aaron Good, Ben Howard and Peter Dale Scott Covert Action Magazine: Stepping out of the Shadow of 9/11 (Part 3): Start by Ending the Post-9/11 States of Emergency, Aaron Good, Ben Howard and Peter Dale Scott Gumby’s Twitter thread on Pentagon’s special unit DO5 and Pentagon whistleblower codenamed Iron Man Truthout (2011): New Documents Suggest DoD Watchdog Covered Up Intelligence Unit’s Work Tracking 9/11 Terrorists, Jason Leopold, Jeffrey Kaye Truthout (2011): Report: Intelligence Unit Told Before 9/11 to Stop Tracking Bin Laden, Jeffrey Kaye Covert Action Magazine: Anthrax Attacks Directed Against Public Officials Following 9/11 Had all the Markings of a False Flag Operation, Graeme McQueen Slate: How Did I Get Iraq Wrong?, Richard Cohen ProPublica: Colleague Says Anthrax Numbers Add Up to Unsolved Case Washington Post: Justice Dept. takes on itself in probe of 2001 anthrax attacks, Jerry Markon Book: The Watchdogs Didn't Bark: The CIA, NSA, and the Crimes of the War on Terror, Ray Nowosielski, John Duffy Epistemic Vice: A Critique of Quassim Cassam’s “Conspiracy Theories”, Peter Castagno Book: Logical Investigative Methods: Critical Thinking and Reasoning for Successful Investigations, Robert J. Girod Book: Psychology of Intelligence Analysis, Richards J. Heuer Jr. Book: The Commission: The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation, Philip Shenon A Very Heavy Agenda (documentary series), Robbie Martin Book: Another Nineteen: Investigating Legitimate 9/11 Suspects, Kevin Ryan Guns and Butter: Another Nineteen, Part One thru Five - Kevin Ryan, #287-291 Max Keiser interviews Jim Rickards on 9/11 Stock Irregularities on The Keiser Report (RT 2014) Unusual Option Market A

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    Ep 235 Afghans Come to America

    Ep 235 Afghans Come to America

    Panelists: Kyle Anzalone, Kelley Lane, Joanne Leon, Dan Wright. A panel discussion about the war in Afghanistan and the evacuation of tens of thousands of Afghans, most of whom will be settling in the United States. There is a bonus “After Hours” segment where we let loose on the foreign policy establishment “Blob” of idiots, the profiteering, the pivot to China and more. 
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    Recorded on August 27, 2021. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Ep 234 Afghanistan War: The Big Lie feat Matthew Hoh

    Ep 234 Afghanistan War: The Big Lie feat Matthew Hoh

    Guest: Matthew Hoh. Hosts: Joanne Leon and Dan Wright. A wide ranging discussion about the withdrawal from Afghanistan, the response to losing the war, the media coverage over the past 20 years and the bad actors we were allied with throughout the war but now upon leaving, the outrage and sudden concern for the Afghan people. Over the years, so many lies were told that the whole war seems like a big lie. We also talk about why the evacuation went so badly, the national security council, the British freak out and more. In a bonus segment we talk about the opium trade in Afghanistan and the Taliban pledge to shut it down.
    Matthew Hoh is a Senior Fellow with the Center for International Policy in Washington, DC and a member of the Eisenhower Network. He’s a disabled veteran, a former US Marine Corps officer and Department of Defense and State Department official. Matthew was in the Iraq War with the Marines and in both Afghanistan and Iraq with State Department teams. He is on the Boards and Advisory Boards of a number of organizations including Expose Facts, Institute for Public Accuracy and Veterans For Peace. He writes and speaks regularly on issues of war and peace, has appeared on numerous media networks and his work has been published by a wide array of online and print media
    FOLLOW Matthew on Twitter @MatthewPHoh and Facebook. Find his recent writings at CounterPunch, antiwar.com and on his website https://matthewhoh.com
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    Recorded on August 26, 2021. Music by Fluorescent Grey.
    Reference Links:
    What critics of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan get wrong, Matthew Hoh, CNN “I Was Living Like Scarface”: The Ludicrous Costs of the War in Afghanistan Revealed in New Documents, Testimonies, MintPress News, Alan MacLeod Around the Empire: Ep 154 Afghanistan Papers and the Culture of Lying feat Matthew Hoh

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Ep 233 Hold the Generals Accountable This Time feat Ray McGovern

    Ep 233 Hold the Generals Accountable This Time feat Ray McGovern

    Guest: Ray McGovern. Hosts: Joanne Leon and Kelley Lane. We talk about Ray’s recent article calling for military generals to be held accountable this time, for this 20-year March of Folly called the War in Afghanistan. If they are not held accountable, there will be still worse to come.  In a bonus episode, we talk about Biden’s battle with the media, the intelligence complex and the whole “MICIMATT” (an acronym that Ray has coined for the Military-Industrial-Congressional-Intelligence-Media-Academia-Think-Tank complex, the same complex that worked so hard to put him in the White House. 
    Ray McGovern is a retired CIA analyst who served as Chief of the Soviet Foreign Policy Branch and preparer/briefer of the President’s Daily Brief. Prior to that he served as an infantry/intelligence officer in the 1960’s. He is co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), an activist, a prolific writer and a frequent guest on various media outlets.  
    FOLLOW Ray on Twitter @raymcgovern, find his website at https://raymcgovern.com
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    Recorded on August 23, 2021. Music by Fluorescent Grey.
    Reference Links:
    Hold the Generals Accountable This Time, Ray McGovern Welcome to Vietnam, Mr. President, Ray McGovern $10,000 Invested in Defense Stocks When Afghanistan War Began Now Worth Almost $100,000, Jon Schwarz Book: The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam, Barbara W. Tuchman  

    • 55 min
    Ep 232 The Escalation Ladder With China feat Connor Freeman

    Ep 232 The Escalation Ladder With China feat Connor Freeman

    Guest: Connor Freeman. We talk about the escalation ladder of hostilities with China and how it developed under the last four presidents and how we seem to climb further up that ladder every day. 
    In a long bonus episode we talk about the fall of Saigon moment in Afghanistan, playing out right now. We recorded this episode less than 48 hours ago but things are changing so rapidly that I added an update at the end of the bonus episode. 
    Connor Freeman is a writer at the Libertarian Institute, primarily covering foreign policy. He has been featured at Antiwar.com and Counterpunch and the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity. He is a frequent guest on the Conflicts of Interest podcast.

    FOLLOW Connor at @FreemansMind96 and find his work at The Libetarian Institute, Antiwar.com, The Ron Paul Institute and other media outlets.
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    Recorded on August 12, 2021. Music by Fluorescent Grey.

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    Next on the Agenda: War With China, Connor Freeman

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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
97 Ratings

97 Ratings

ajh-nh ,

Appreciate the convo

Tone and content for the podcast is both refreshing and challenging. Keep it up MsLeon.

Tvig1 ,

Good Foreign policy analysis

She has good guests and provides insightful analysis of US foreign policy

Thoughtomater ,

Doug Valentine is disappointing

I came here because of the Whitney Webb Epstein exposés and regrettably listened to an interview with Doug Valentine a man whom Whitney used for some of the research on her pieces.

This man begins the interview by Informing us that socialism and communism are better than capitalism and assuming that the CIA With all of it evil deeds is a natural product of capitalism.

It’s hard to imagine after his research that he still believes that communism would be some kind of just system and hasn’t caused tragic loss of human life in the last century alone. Hundreds of millions dead.

There are in fact many Capitalists and business owners who would balk at the idea of using government power to get an advantage over another business or a person, myself included.

It is not that business or Commerce is bad. It is the relationship between business and government that causes all of the corruption and should be considered treasonous. Promoting the idea that all means of production should be controlled by the state (communism) should also be considered treason.

Being free to work for ourselves (capitalism) without IS actual freedom.

Please do not confuse corrupt politicians selling power, favors and force to force to special interests as capitalism. This is GANGSTERISM and most businesses do not engage in such unsavory actions.

Communism and Socialism is NOT the answer. Illuminating and breaking the link between governmental power and business IS the answer.

Liberty is the answer not more Totalitarianism.

*Facepalm*

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