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The United States has become synonymous with empire and endless war, American troops sit in 70% of the world's countries, and yet, most Americans don't know that. The military is joined disproportionately by a 'warrior caste’ whom carry this enormous burden, making a less diverse force and ensuring most of society doesn't see their sacrifice. And American tax dollars, funding hundreds of billions in unnecessary spending on global hegemony, are robbed from the domestic needs of ordinary Americans. We aim to change that. Join Henri, Keagan, Jovanni, Shiloh, and Monisha, six leftist US military veterans, as they discuss how to turn the tide against endless war and repair the damage America has caused abroad.

Fortress On A Hill (FOH) Podcast Fortress On A Hill (FOH) Podcast

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    • 4.8 • 98 Ratings

The United States has become synonymous with empire and endless war, American troops sit in 70% of the world's countries, and yet, most Americans don't know that. The military is joined disproportionately by a 'warrior caste’ whom carry this enormous burden, making a less diverse force and ensuring most of society doesn't see their sacrifice. And American tax dollars, funding hundreds of billions in unnecessary spending on global hegemony, are robbed from the domestic needs of ordinary Americans. We aim to change that. Join Henri, Keagan, Jovanni, Shiloh, and Monisha, six leftist US military veterans, as they discuss how to turn the tide against endless war and repair the damage America has caused abroad.

    From textbooks to handcuffs: Campus resistance for Gaza up close - Ep 156

    From textbooks to handcuffs: Campus resistance for Gaza up close - Ep 156

    Jovanni and Shiloh are joined by Levi and Rogue to discuss their roles at campus protests in Michigan and the larger student-led protests across the US in the now 268-day-long siege on Gaza.  The discussion covers the parallels of student-led protests reminiscent of the Vietnam War era, their demands for divestment from Israeli apartheid, increased Jewish participation in the anti-Zionist struggle,  and the responses from university administrations. 
    Levi is a student at the University of Michigan, an Air Force veteran, and a Quaker. Levi is involved with the Divestment Coalition at the university, the TAHRIR Coalition, Levy was a participant at the U.M. encampment from April until the 21st of May.
    My name is Rogue, I’m a political artist and activist in the city they call Detroit.  I’m affiliated with an Anarchist Artist Collective based in Detroit that is focused on queer liberation. I was a participant in the Wayne State University encampment as an autonomous person. On May 30th the University Police launched a raid against the encampment at 5 am. I was off-site at the time and returned to a small protest forming on Anthony Wayne Drive, we witnessed cops hiding badges and numbers, ripping the hijabs off several women when they violently attacked a group of protestors.
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    Fortress On A Hill is hosted, written, and produced by Chris ‘Henri’ Henrikson, Danny Sjursen, Keagan Miller, Jovanni Reyes, Shiloh Emelein, and Monisha Rios. https://bit.ly/3yeBaB9
    Intro / outro music “Fortress on a hill” written and performed by Clifton Hicks. Click here for Clifton’s Patreon page: https://bit.ly/3h7Ni0Z
    Cover and website art designed by Brian K. Wyatt Jr. of B-EZ Graphix Multimedia Marketing Agency in Tallehassee, FL: https://bit.ly/2U8qMfn
    Note: The views expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts alone, expressed in an unofficial capacity, and do not reflect the official policy or...

    • 50 min
    A Revolutionary Act of Protest: Aaron Bushnell and the American empire – Ep 155

    A Revolutionary Act of Protest: Aaron Bushnell and the American empire – Ep 155

    Jovanni and Keagan join About Face folks Jack Tucker, Rachell Tucker, and Ramon Mejia to discuss the self-immolation of Aaron Bushnell, the historical context of self-immolation as a form of protest, and the mainstream media’s pathological reaction to it.
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    A special thanks to our Patreon honorary producers – Fahim’s Everyone Dream, Eric Phillips, Paul Appel, Julie Dupree, Thomas Benson, Janet Hanson, Ren jacob, Scott Spaulding, spooky Tooth, and Helge Berg. You all are the engine that helps us power the podcast. Thank you so much!!!
    Not up for something recurring like Patreon, but want to give a couple bucks?! Visit https://paypal.me/fortressonahill to contribute!!
    Fortress On A Hill is hosted, written, and produced by Chris ‘Henri’ Henrikson, Keagan Miller, Jovanni Reyes, Shiloh Emelein, and Monisha Rios. https://bit.ly/3yeBaB9
    Intro / outro music “Fortress on a hill” written and performed by Clifton Hicks. Click here for Clifton’s Patreon page: https://bit.ly/3h7Ni0Z
    Cover and website art designed by Brian K. Wyatt Jr. of B-EZ Graphix Multimedia Marketing Agency in Tallehassee, FL: https://bit.ly/2U8qMfn
    Note: The views expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts alone, expressed in an unofficial capacity, and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Shitcanning the media narrative on Ukraine w/ Olesya Orlenko – Ep 154

    Shitcanning the media narrative on Ukraine w/ Olesya Orlenko – Ep 154

    Jovanni sits down with independent journalist Olesya Orlenko, a Russian historian, who provides on-the-ground perspectives from Donetsk in eastern Ukraine.  They discuss the roots of the conflict tracing back to the 2014 coup in Ukraine, the role of Western media in shaping narratives, and the views from both Russian and Ukrainian sides.
    Olesya Orlenko is a Russian historian, researcher, and reporter. She studied at the Institute of Russian and Archive in Russia, History Archive Russia, and at the National Charter School in France. Her interest includes World War II, Nazi genocide and extermination policy, history of the far right movement, and theories in France.
    Since 2014, Melissa has been closely following events in the Donbass province and has traveled to the war zone several times to gather facts of crimes committed by the Ukrainian army [00:03:00] against the inhabitants of the UNESCO and Lugansk regions. She became a journalist in 2016 and has been reporting on such facts since.
    Olesya is an author, documentarian, and founder of the Russian Society of Friends of L’Humanité, a French left wing newspaper.
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    Check out our online store on Spreadshirt.com. T-shirts, cell phone covers, mugs, etc.: https://bit.ly/3qD63MW
    Not a contributor on Patreon? Sign up to be one of our patrons today! – https://www.patreon.com/fortressonahill
    A special thanks to our Patreon honorary producers – Fahim’s Everyone Dream, Eric Phillips, Paul Appel, Julie Dupree, Thomas Benson, Janet Hanson, Ren jacob, Scott Spaulding, spooky Tooth, and Helge Berg. You all are the engine that helps us power the podcast. Thank you so much!!!
    Not up for something recurring like Patreon, but want to give a couple bucks?! Visit https://paypal.me/fortressonahill to contribute!!
    Fortress On A Hill is hosted, written, and produced by Chris ‘Henri’ Henrikson, Keagan Miller, Jovanni Reyes, Shiloh Emelein, and Monisha Rios. https://bit.ly/3yeBaB9
    Intro / outro music “Fortress on a hill” written and performed by Clifton Hicks. Click here for Clifton’s Patreon page: https://bit.ly/3h7Ni0Z
    Cover and website art designed by Brian K. Wyatt Jr. of B-EZ Graphix Multimedia Marketing Agency in Tallehassee, FL: https://bit.ly/2U8qMfn
    Note: The views expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts alone, expressed in an unofficial capacity, and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.

    • 45 min
    The propaganda power of “Saving Private Ryan” w/ Tom Secker – Ep 153

    The propaganda power of “Saving Private Ryan” w/ Tom Secker – Ep 153

    ClandesTime host Tom Secker joins Henri to discuss the 1998 World War 2 film, “Saving Private Ryan.”  We spend ample time discussing that “horrific” opening scene and whether it’s as honest as Steven Spielberg would like it to be, as well as Spielberg’s tendency to sanitize and simplify so much of the combat.  We cover the actual history of that section of Omaha beach, as well as the true story of the four brothers who were the inspiration for the film’s plot.  Finally, we tackle the film’s religious themes and how this film serves WW2 cultural myths much more so than any factual account of WW2.
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    Email us at fortressonahill@protonmail.com
    Check out our online store on Spreadshirt.com. T-shirts, cell phone covers, mugs, etc.: https://bit.ly/3qD63MW
    Not a contributor on Patreon? Sign up to be one of our patrons today! – https://www.patreon.com/fortressonahill
    A special thanks to our Patreon honorary producers – Fahim’s Everyone Dream, Eric Phillips, Paul Appel, Julie Dupree, Thomas Benson, Janet Hanson, Ren jacob, Scott Spaulding, spooky Tooth, and Helge Berg. You all are the engine that helps us power the podcast. Thank you so much!!!
    Not up for something recurring like Patreon, but want to give a couple bucks?! Visit https://paypal.me/fortressonahill to contribute!!
    Fortress On A Hill is hosted, written, and produced by Chris ‘Henri’ Henrikson, Keagan Miller, Jovanni Reyes, Shiloh Emelein, and Monisha Rios. https://bit.ly/3yeBaB9
    Intro / outro music “Fortress on a hill” written and performed by Clifton Hicks. Click here for Clifton’s Patreon page: https://bit.ly/3h7Ni0Z
    Cover and website art designed by Brian K. Wyatt Jr. of B-EZ Graphix Multimedia Marketing Agency in Tallehassee, FL: https://bit.ly/2U8qMfn
    Note: The views expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts alone, expressed in an unofficial capacity, and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.

    • 1 hr 46 min
    DPRK says no to reunification w/ KJ Noh – Ep 152

    DPRK says no to reunification w/ KJ Noh – Ep 152

    Jovanni hosts political analyst K.J. Noh for a deep dive into the historic decision by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un not to pursue reconciliation with South Korea, the escalating tensions involving Pyongyang, Seoul, and Washington, and the impact of international geopolitics on North Korea’s future. They also weigh in on the recent International Court of Justice ruling regarding Israel.
    Main website: https://www.fortressonahill.com
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    Check out our online store on Spreadshirt.com. T-shirts, cell phone covers, mugs, etc.: https://bit.ly/3qD63MW
    Not a contributor on Patreon? Sign up to be one of our patrons today! – https://www.patreon.com/fortressonahill
    A special thanks to our Patreon honorary producers – Fahim’s Everyone Dream, Eric Phillips, Paul Appel, Julie Dupree, Thomas Benson, Janet Hanson, Ren jacob, Scott Spaulding, spooky Tooth, and Helge Berg. You all are the engine that helps us power the podcast. Thank you so much!!!
    Not up for something recurring like Patreon, but want to give a couple bucks?! Visit https://paypal.me/fortressonahill to contribute!!
    Fortress On A Hill is hosted, written, and produced by Chris ‘Henri’ Henrikson, Keagan Miller, Jovanni Reyes, Shiloh Emelein, and Monisha Rios. https://bit.ly/3yeBaB9
    Intro / outro music “Fortress on a hill” written and performed by Clifton Hicks. Click here for Clifton’s Patreon page: https://bit.ly/3h7Ni0Z
    Cover and website art designed by Brian K. Wyatt Jr. of B-EZ Graphix Multimedia Marketing Agency in Tallehassee, FL: https://bit.ly/2U8qMfn
    Note: The views expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts alone, expressed in an unofficial capacity, and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.

    • 1 hr
    Revolutionary Optimism amid Global Crises – 2023 Year In Review / 2024 predictions – Ep 151

    Revolutionary Optimism amid Global Crises – 2023 Year In Review / 2024 predictions – Ep 151

    Jovanni, Shiloh, and Monisha share an insightful look back at 2023 and share their hopes and predictions for 2024.  The massive ongoing shift to multi-polarity, the view of Ukraine and Palestine as the year ends, and understanding how to pursue and maintain revolutionary optimism in a pessimistic world are all touched on.  Thank you to everyone who has supported Fortress On A Hill as we enter our seventh year!!!
    Main website: https://www.fortressonahill.com
    Let me guess. You’re enjoying the show so much, you’d like to leave us a review?! https://lovethepodcast.com/fortressonahill
    Email us at fortressonahill@protonmail.com
    Check out our online store on Spreadshirt.com. T-shirts, cell phone covers, mugs, etc.: https://bit.ly/3qD63MW
    Not a contributor on Patreon? Sign up to be one of our patrons today! – https://www.patreon.com/fortressonahill
    A special thanks to our Patreon honorary producers – Fahim’s Everyone Dream, Eric Phillips, Paul Appel, Julie Dupree, Thomas Benson, Janet Hanson, Ren jacob, Scott Spaulding, spooky Tooth, and Helge Berg. You all are the engine that helps us power the podcast. Thank you so much!!!
    Not up for something recurring like Patreon, but want to give a couple bucks?! Visit https://paypal.me/fortressonahill to contribute!!
    Fortress On A Hill is hosted, written, and produced by Chris ‘Henri’ Henrikson, Keagan Miller, Jovanni Reyes, Shiloh Emelein, and Monisha Rios. https://bit.ly/3yeBaB9
    Intro / outro music “Fortress on a hill” written and performed by Clifton Hicks. Click here for Clifton’s Patreon page: https://bit.ly/3h7Ni0Z
    Cover and website art designed by Brian K. Wyatt Jr. of B-EZ Graphix Multimedia Marketing Agency in Tallehassee, FL: https://bit.ly/2U8qMfn
    Note: The views expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts alone, expressed in an unofficial capacity, and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.

    • 1 hr 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
98 Ratings

98 Ratings

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Foreign Policy

Many people feel that the ugliest dog race every four years is the pinnacle of democratic participation. Shows like FOH show everyone why foreign policy should not be disconnected from democracy and ethics. Foreign policy should not be a "business".

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Mostly great

You guys are awesome but for god sake have better mic control or something. In the end of year episode it sounds like someone is spamming a gain knob up and down.

GlennWatson ,

I’m shocked

I’m shocked that this man taught our young officers at West Point. We have to do better.

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