18 episodes

An ex-Al Qaeda jihadi turned MI6 spy and a former monk turned filmmaker, have been embedded at the heart of conflicts in the Middle East. Together Aimen Dean and Thomas Small unpack the realities of war, fundamentalism and their global implications through first-hand experience.

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    • 4.9, 80 Ratings

An ex-Al Qaeda jihadi turned MI6 spy and a former monk turned filmmaker, have been embedded at the heart of conflicts in the Middle East. Together Aimen Dean and Thomas Small unpack the realities of war, fundamentalism and their global implications through first-hand experience.

    Introducing: UNTOLD KILLING

    Introducing: UNTOLD KILLING

    Thomas introduces a new podcast about a subject familiar to Conflicted listeners: the Bosnian War. Untold Killing is a deep dive into one particularly tragic event during the war - the Srebrenica Genocide. Listen to the teaser and subscribe to the new show at https://bit.ly/untoldpod
     
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    • 2 min
    Bonus Episode

    Bonus Episode

    In this special episode, Thomas and Aimen sit down to answer your questions. They dig deeper into past discussions as well as touch on topics we haven’t covered in the podcast before. Expect to hear discussion about how COVID-19 is impacting the Middle East, western intervention in the Balkans and the role of Faith in Saddam’s regime. 
     
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    Question Time Codes:  
     
    Q1. 1:42 
    Q2. 21:57 
    Q3. 34:38 
    Q4. 41:07 
    Q5. 57:34 
    Q6. 1:10:58 
     
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Climate Crisis

    Climate Crisis

    As the financial crisis moved off the front pages, activists and politicians began to organize around another global emergency: climate change. In this episode, Aimen and Thomas discuss and debate their way through the science and politics around this hot topic.


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    • 55 min
    Wall Street

    Wall Street

    From a bomb maker to double agent to… banker? In this episode, Aimen draws on his experience helping banks combat financial terrorism as our hosts explore the 2008 Financial Crisis and its impact on the New World Order. 


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    • 58 min
    China 3.0

    China 3.0

    From the protests in Hong Kong, to the persecution of the Uighurs and the building of the New Silk Road, this episode explores the role China has played in the New World Order. 


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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Enter Russia

    Enter Russia

    After the Iron Curtain fell, America aimed to bring Russia into the fold of their New World Order. Things didn’t go according to plan. In this episode, Thomas and Aimen discuss the rise of Putin, the Second Chechen War and Russia’s role in Syria.


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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
80 Ratings

80 Ratings

nonojojo ,

Very Informative

Great podcast! My family and I listened to this podcast for our whole road trip. Coming from a Lebanese background, we found it extremely informative, intellectual, and thought provoking! Aimen and Thomas keep the listeners engaged with great conversations and humor. Excited for a possible season 3!

michkatel ,

The Middle East

It is so important to hear this podcast. You guys do an awesome job. Aimen IS very humble, so sensible, so real, so leveled and witty to boot. A amateur psychologist who lived the deal and figured it out. I particularly like the banter between you. Makes me smile while listening to the details of a convoluted and serious situation. Also makes me more inclined to move to the UK...but the sun shines routinely in Nevada:-)

Dnakel ,

So enlightening!

Thank you Thomas and Aimen. Love this podcast and I’ve made sure to share it with my friends.

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