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Will Porter, writer at RT, and Kyle Anzalone, news editor at The Libertarian Insititute and assistant editor at AntiWar.com, co-host the show covering the most crucial events happening around the world. Kyle and Will cut through the dribble put out by mainstream news outlets to focus on the most important stories with detailed analysis. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, the cohosts deliver comprehensive coverage of events that capture the nation's attention, and others that are utterly ignored.

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Will Porter, writer at RT, and Kyle Anzalone, news editor at The Libertarian Insititute and assistant editor at AntiWar.com, co-host the show covering the most crucial events happening around the world. Kyle and Will cut through the dribble put out by mainstream news outlets to focus on the most important stories with detailed analysis. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, the cohosts deliver comprehensive coverage of events that capture the nation's attention, and others that are utterly ignored.

    In the US, War Criminals Go Free & Heroic Whistleblowers Rot in Jail

    In the US, War Criminals Go Free & Heroic Whistleblowers Rot in Jail

    On COI #141, Kyle breaks down the leak, arrest, and sentencing of drone whistleblower Daniel Hale. While working for a defense contractor at the National Geostrategic Intelligence Agency, Hale handed scores of important documents exposing the drone program to the Intercept. His leak revealed an unconstitutional killing machine that murdered civilians without consequence. 
    In 2014, Hale's residence was raided by federal law enforcement, but half a decade went by before he was arrested and indicted for leaking the documents. During that time, Daniel was an outspoken critic of the empire, appearing in the anti-drone documentary ‘National Bird.’ Hale pled guilty to the charges and was sentenced to 45 months in jail. However, the criminals exposed by the leaked drone papers remain heroic leaders in the eyes of many Americans. 
    The Senate Armed Services Committee added an amendment to the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act that requires women to register for the draft. The move comes as legal challenges to the draft claim it is sexist against men. Rather than make the draft illegal – as it is slavery – politicians are seeking to solve the equality issue by making everyone forfeit their rights. 
    The Veterans Affairs department will require 115,000 healthcare personnel to be vaccinated. The move comes before any Covid vaccination has received full approval from the FDA. New York City is making a similar requirement for its more than 300,000 city employees. The mandates raise serious civil liberties questions. 
    The US has signaled openness for arms control talks with North Korea and Russia. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said the US offered to engage in dialog with North Korea, but it is unclear if Washington is prepared to drop its demand for North Korean disarmament. The Kim government has said the demand is a poison pill for talks. The US opened weapons control talks with Russia in Geneva, first floated during Biden's June summit with Putin. 
    The US continues to ramp up its aggressive posture towards China. The US is beginning the Pacific Iron 21 war games in Guam, and the new UK aircraft carrier – the HMS Queen Elizabeth – entered the South China Sea. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin is visiting several southeast Asian countries hoping to grow the anti-China coalition. 
    In Ethiopia, fighting continues to spread from the Tigray region. Two regions neighboring Tigray, Afar, and Amhara, have reported that Tigrayian forces attacked their region and are looking to raise their own militia. At the same time, the Somali region of the country reported being attacked by militias from the Afar region, killing 100s of civilians. 
    In Somalia, the US carried out a second airstrike against al-Shabaab in the space of one week. In Mali, a man attempted to assassinate the interim president, who came to power after a recent coup. The president survived the attack and the assassin died in police custody. In Tunisia, the president, Kais Saied, appears to be making a major power grab by firing the prime minister and dissolving parliament. 
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    The FBI’s Role in Fabricating the Plot Against Gov. Whitmer

    The FBI’s Role in Fabricating the Plot Against Gov. Whitmer

    On COI #140, Kyle and Will return to the alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer last year. New reporting and court filings show that the FBI used no less than 12 undercover agents and confidential informants to infiltrate the plot, most paid substantial sums of money. Some also played key roles in organizing the scheme, covering various expenses and helping to transport other members to group meetings. Several defendants now say they were entrapped. 
     
    New anomalies continue to crop up in the story of Alexei Navalny, the Russian opposition figure said to have been poisoned by Moscow last year. A new OPCW document raises major questions about the timeline between Navalny's alleged poisoning and the intervention of the German government.

    The CIA has tapped a veteran intelligence officer involved in the decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden to investigate the so-called "Havana syndrome," or a wide range of health problems reported by American spies and diplomats stationed abroad. No plausible theory has been put forward to explain the strange symptoms, but the corporate press and some Americans officials have nonetheless cast blame on US adversaries – Russia, China and Cuba among them – suggesting some sort of advanced weapon is behind the ailment.  
     

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    Congress Let the President Steal War Powers, Can It Take Them Back?

    Congress Let the President Steal War Powers, Can It Take Them Back?

    On COI #139, Kyle breaks down a new bill that would repeal the War Powers Act and replace it with a new law that seeks to give Congress back more control over foreign policy. The proposed law fixes several critical problems with the War Powers Act and repeals the 2001 AUMF without replacing it. The bill gives Congress more control over weapon sales and national emergency declarations. However, it falls short of stripping the president of the power to start a war.
    One president after the next has torn the Constitution to shreds, assuming more and more unilateral power to declare war. Nearly every president violated the most crucial article of the Constitution. Congress often gave nods of approval to the usurpations of power. For any law to limit executive war power, it requires Congress to stand up and impeach rogue presidents.
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    New DOJ Rules Open Massive Loopholes for Spying on Journalists

    New DOJ Rules Open Massive Loopholes for Spying on Journalists

    On COI #138, Kyle breaks down several important news stories from around the world. The US Department of Justice announced new rules that prevent federal prosecutors from seeking the records of journalists that publish leaked information. However, Attorney General Merrick Garland left open massive loopholes to snoop on reporters if they are suspected of being “terrorists” or “foreign agents.” Kyle also discusses a significant probe into Pegasus, a spyware program developed by Israeli firm NSO Group.
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    Lazy Propaganda from the Corporate Press

    Lazy Propaganda from the Corporate Press

    On COI #137, Kyle and Will break down the new US Marine deployment to guard the American Embassy in Haiti, which comes amid instability after the assassination of the country's leader. While President Biden insists there will be no larger stabilization mission, that's not so clear, as the Marine contingent comes after the White House had already ruled out sending any troops.

    Governments worldwide are stepping up their censorship demands on social media platforms, with Twitter seeing a record surge in such requests in 2020. The Biden administration also recently admitted to pressuring Facebook to scrub so-called vaccine disinformation from the site, literally "flagging problematic posts" for deletion.

    As anti-government protests erupt in Cuba, the corporate media has spread confusion with several erroneously captioned photos. One image from the Associated Press labeled a large pro-government demonstration as an opposition rally, an error quickly replicated by countless other news outlets. CNN, meanwhile, falsely portrayed a protest in Miami, Florida as taking place in Cuba. 
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    Legacy of US Intervention in Haiti Paved Way to Moise's Assassination

    Legacy of US Intervention in Haiti Paved Way to Moise's Assassination

    On COI #136, Patrick MacFarlane – host of Liberty Weekly – returns to the show to discuss the assassination of Haiti's President Jovenel Moise. Over a century ago, in response to another presidential hit, the US invaded and occupied Haiti for 19 years. After withdrawing, Washington maintained its dominance over the small Caribbean nation through ‘soft power’ NGOs and election-meddling. The Clintons were particularly interested in reworking Haiti into a new Taiwan. However, their humanitarian intervention only fostered corruption and helped to kick off a deadly cholera epidemic. As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton organized the “election” of Moise's predecessor, setting the stage for last week's assassination.
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