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“By Any Means Necessary” on Radio Sputnik is hosted by Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman and aims to connect the political, social and economic movements shaping the world around us. With a sensibility informed by movements from Black Power to #BlackLivesMatter (and a dash of Occupy), the show elevates the people and narratives that—though often ignored—are driving some of the most important changes in the world.

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    Colin Powell, Barack Obama, and the Need for Black Liberation Politics

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 113:59


    In this episode of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by Alivia Duncan, a senior at Clark Atlanta University to discuss the struggle for safe housing and shared governance at Atlanta University Center HBCUs, including Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Morris Brown College, the paternalistic behavior of university administration toward students, the repression and division tactics employed by the AUC, and the need for investment in HBCUs in light of Joe Biden's cuts to HBCU funding in the reconciliation bill. In the second segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Alivia Duncan, a senior at Clark Atlanta University to discuss the struggles women are facing in Afghanistan in the aftermath of the Taliban takeover as a result of sanctions, the reality of women's rights under the US occupation, and the US military's ongoing desire to dominate the Middle East and south Asia through crippling economic sanctions.In the third segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Karleigh Webb, an athlete, activist, journalist, socialist, contributor to @Outsports and host of the TransSporter Room to discuss the planned walkout of employees at Netflix in response to the Dave Chappelle stand-up special that featured transphobic comments, Chapelle's attempt to turn the LGBTQ and Black communities against each other despite the intersections in identity that Black LGBTQ people experience, and the Texas state government's barring of transgender students from participating on sports teams that align with their gender.Later in the show, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Danny Haiphong, Contributing Editor of Black Agenda Report, Co-Host of The Left Lens, and co-author of “American Exceptionalism and American Innocence: A People's History of Fake News―From the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror” and Margaret Kimberley, editor and senior columnist at Black Agenda Report and author of the book "Prejudential: Black America and the Presidents" to discuss the death of Colin Powell and his celebration despite his war crimes, the anniversary of the assassination of Muammar Gaddafi and Barack Obama's role in unleashing instability and war onto Libya, the collapse of Black politics into Black faces in high places, the opportunity to rekindle a fighting spirit in a mass progressive movement for the reconciliation bill and real reforms to help working ans poor people, and the ruling class' intensifying demonization of alternatives to capitalism.


    The Life, Death, Lies, and Crimes of Colin Powell

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 114:10


    In this episode of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by David Swanson, activist, journalist, radio host, Executive Director of World Beyond War and author of the new book “Leaving World War II Behind” to discuss the legacy and whitewashing of the record of war criminal Colin Powell, Powell's lies that led the US into war with Iraq, the propaganda accomplishment that must precede war and that did precede the war against Iraq, and the ruling class unity in support of war.In the second segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Mahjoub Maliha, head of of external relations for CODESA, the Collective of Saharawi Human Rights Defenders in Western Sahara to discuss the history and current reality of the struggle for independence in Western Sahara, the repression of human rights defenders and organizers by the Kingdom of Morocco, and the interests Morocco has in maintaining its colonial domination over the Western Sahara.In the third segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by technologist Chris Garaffa, the editor of TechforthePeople.org to discuss a bill that threatens to gut Section 230, which protects speech on the internet, the politics of algorithms, Bitcoin mining causing electricity rates to rise and other environmental impacts of cryptocurrency, and the absurd call for prosecution of journalists who found a security flaw in the website of the Missouri Department of Education.Later in the show, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Ted Rall, award-winning editorial cartoonist and columnist, and author of the graphic novel, "The Stringer," to discuss the life, death, lies, and crimes of Colin Powell and the media's role in propagating his lies and promoting war, the use of propaganda to brainwash people in the US and whitewash its imperialist crimes, and the infantilization in American culture.


    Facebook's Misleading Internet Regulation Push

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 18:56

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, Sean and Jacquie are joined by technologist Chris Garaffa, the editor of TechforthePeople.org to discuss a bill that threatens to gut Section 230, which protects speech on the internet, the politics of algorithms, Bitcoin mining causing electricity rates to rise and other environmental impacts of cryptocurrency, and the absurd call for prosecution of journalists who found a security flaw in the website of the Missouri Department of Education.

    Africa's Last (Formal) Colony

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 17:06

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Mahjoub Maliha, head of of external relations for CODESA, the Collective of Saharawi Human Rights Defenders in Western Sahara to discuss the history and current reality of the struggle for independence in Western Sahara, the repression of human rights defenders and organizers by the Kingdom of Morocco, and the interests Morocco has in maintaining its colonial domination over the Western Sahara.

    The Weaponization of Memory: From Colin Powell to Critical Race Theory

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 113:51


    In this episode of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by Marshall Eddie Conway, former Black Panther, political prisoner, and Executive Producer of The Real News Network to discuss the anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, the importance of the Panthers' internationalist politics to its broader political orientation, and the Panthers' place in a long history of resistance for Black people.In the second segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Frederick Mills, Professor of Philosophy at Bowie State University and Co-Director of the Council on Hemispheric Affairs to discuss the illegal extradition of Alex Saab, a Venezuelan official, to the United States, how this fits into the US economic war on Venezuela, the state of the opposition and Juan Guaido, and resistance against Monroeism.In the third segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Jia Hong from Nodutdol for Korean Community Development to discuss the Korean Netflix show Squid Game and its reflection of the history and society of the South Korea, the show's allusion to concentration camps and their historical use in the South Korea, the exploitation and discrimination defectors from the North Korea face in the South Korea, the superexploitation of migrant workers, and the reality behind the myth of South Korea as a shining bastion of democracy and capitalism.Later in the show, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Dr. Gerald Horne, Moores Professor of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston, and author many books including “The Dawning of the Apocalypse: The Roots of Slavery, White Supremacy, Settler Colonialism, and Capitalism in the Long Sixteenth Century” and most recently “The Bittersweet Science: Racism, Racketeering , and the Political Economy of Boxing” to discuss the death of Colin Powell and the disparsate treatment of Black immigrants and descendants of slaves in the Untied States that it exposes, the weaponization of memory and its manifestation as attacks on so-called critical race theory and its attempt to preserve the American foundation myths, how the US attempts to decouple the American economy from China has contributed to the supply chain and inflation crises, and US efforts to spread disinformation about China's involvement on the African continent.


    The Internationalist Legacy of the Black Panthers

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 17:58

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by Marshall Eddie Conway, former Black Panther, political prisoner, and Executive Producer of The Real News Network to discuss the anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, the importance of the Panthers' internationalist politics to its broader political orientation, and the Panthers' place in a long history of resistance for Black people.

    Alex Saab Extradited in Latest Attack on Venezuelan Sovereignty

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 18:04

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Frederick Mills, Professor of Philosophy at Bowie State University and Co-Director of the Council on Hemispheric Affairs to discuss the illegal extradition of Alex Saab, a Venezuelan official, to the United States, how this fits into the US economic war on Venezuela, the state of the opposition and Juan Guaido, and resistance against Monroeism.

    Squid Game Shines A Light on South Korean Capitalism

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 21:20

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Jia Hong from Nodutdol for Korean Community Development to discuss the Korean Netflix show Squid Game and its reflection of the history and society of the South Korea, the show's allusion to concentration camps and their historical use in the South Korea, the exploitation and discrimination defectors from the North Korea face in the South Korea, the superexploitation of migrant workers, and the reality behind the myth of South Korea as a shining bastion of democracy and capitalism.

    Bosses' Worst Nightmares Realized As Striketober Continues Nationwide

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 113:39

    In this episode of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by Kevin Bradshaw, Vice President of Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) Local 252G in Memphis, Tennessee to discuss the Kellogg's strike and the corporate greed that sparked the strike, the conditions that Kellogg's workers faced as the company has raked in record profits during the pandemic, and the heightened importance of union membership amid the resurgence of workers struggles in different industries and places.In the second segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Rania Khalek, journalist with Breakthrough News and co-host of the Unauthorized Disclosure podcast to discuss the recent violence in Beirut sparked by US-supported and Saudi-funded right-wing Lebanese Forces who opened fire on an unarmed Hezbollah protest, the whitewashing of the conflict and the Lebanese Forces in the corporate media, the ever-present threat of sectarian violence built into the Lebanese political system, and the imperialist efforts to keep the Middle East weak.In the third segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Justin Williams, co-host of Red Spin Sports to discuss the resignation of Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden and the fallout of the investigation into the Washington Football Team, what remains to be revealed in the thousands of emails that have not been released, the vindication of Colin Kaepernick's criticism of the NFL's culture around race, the over-the-top jingoism and support for imperialism in sports, and Major League Baseball's insistence on spotlighting white players over players of color.Later in the show, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Maximillian Alvarez, Editor in Chief of the Real News Network and and host of the podcast “Working People" to discuss the great resignation and the conditions exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic that have contributed to mass resignations and labor demonstrations, the baseless claims that the capitalist class has deployed in an effort to misdirect the blame for labor shortages, the record profits that companies are earning while trying to squeeze more production out of workers for little pay and benefits and raising prices on consumers, and how an organized working class movement can channel the energy of this moment.

    Misogyny and Racism in America's Pastimes

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 23:20

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Justin Williams, co-host of Red Spin Sports to discuss the resignation of Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden and the fallout of the investigation into the Washington Football Team, what remains to be revealed in the thousands of emails that have not been released, the vindication of Colin Kaepernick's criticism of the NFL's culture around race, the over-the-top jingoism and support for imperialism in sports, and Major League Baseball's insistence on spotlighting white players over players of color.

    Media Misrepresents Attacks in Beirut

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 18:23

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Rania Khalek, journalist with Breakthrough News and co-host of the Unauthorized Disclosure podcast to discuss the recent violence in Beirut sparked by US-supported and Saudi-funded right-wing Lebanese Forces who opened fire on an unarmed Hezbollah protest, the whitewashing of the conflict and the Lebanese Forces in the corporate media, the ever-present threat of sectarian violence built into the Lebanese political system, and the imperialist efforts to keep the Middle East weak.

    Kellogg's Workers Demand Equality and Better Working Conditions

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 15:12

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by Kevin Bradshaw, Vice President of Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) Local 252G in Memphis, Tennessee to discuss the Kellogg's strike and the corporate greed that sparked the strike, the conditions that Kellogg's workers faced as the company has raked in record profits during the pandemic, and the heightened importance of union membership amid the resurgence of workers struggles in different industries and places.

    The Neoliberal Economy and Consumption as Politics

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 113:49

    In this episode of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by Monica Cruz, labor reporter with BreakThrough News to discuss an international day of action led by employees of Phillip Morris, the importance of solidarity among international workers and the need to globalize resistance to exploitation, how the Phillip Morris action fits into the context of the rising tide of workers struggle in the US, and the connections between labor, class, and race and their importance in building a working class movement.In the second segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Celina Della Croce, Coordinator of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research to discuss an upcoming anti-imperialist week of action focused on food sovereignty, the connections between food and imperialism, how food sovereignty presents a radical shift in thinking around food and community control over food.In the third segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Sohrob Aslamy, a doctoral candidate at Syracuse University in the department of Geography and the environment to discuss the economic crisis and hunger in Afghanistan, how the US invasion and the unofficial sanctions imposed by organizations like the World Bank have contributed to the crisis, the Taliban's inability to handle these issues, and the possibility of the rise of extremist groups like ISIS as a result of these unofficial sanctions.Later in the show, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Devyn Springer, cultural worker, host of the Groundings Podcast, and digital outreach coordinator at the Walter Rodney Foundation to discuss the emergence of both progressive and reactionary movements in the midst of major contradictions within the ruling class and intensifying crises of capitalism, the continued fallout from the Dave Chappelle special on Netflix and the false concern over cancel culture from the ruling class, and how capitalist culture and consumption informs politics.

    A Path to Community Control Over Food

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 17:31

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Celina Della Croce, Coordinator of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research to discuss an upcoming anti-imperialist week of action focused on food sovereignty, the connections between food and imperialism, how food sovereignty presents a radical shift in thinking around food and community control over food.

    Tobacco Workers Worldwide Fight Back Against Exploitation

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 21:02

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by Monica Cruz, labor reporter with BreakThrough News to discuss an international day of action led by employees of Phillip Morris, the importance of solidarity among international workers and the need to globalize resistance to exploitation, how the Phillip Morris action fits into the context of the rising tide of workers struggle in the US, and the connections between labor, class, and race and their importance in building a working class movement.

    The Symbolic Presence of the Black Misleadership Class Only Benefits White Supremacy

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 112:21

    In this episode of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by Anthony Rogers Wright, Director of Environmental Justice with New York Lawyers for the Public Interest to discuss a new report detailing the impacts of climate change already being felt by most of the world's population, how climate change connects to white supremacy and settler-colonialism, how the victims of those systems are the same groups that have to face some of the worst effects of climate change, and the anglo-centrism of the climate provisions in the reconciliation bills.In the second segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Patricio Zamorano, political analyst and co-Director of the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, COHA to discuss what's at stake in the upcoming elections in Chile, the political landscape and the state of progressive forces in the country, and the longstanding issues that must be addressed by the new administration.In the third segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Tings Chak, researcher and lead designer for the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research to discuss China's campaign to eradicate extreme poverty and the role women played in that campaign, the offline and online organizing carried out by the All-China Women's Federation, a mass women's organization led by the Communist Party, the media silence about this campaign and other achievements in China, and the lessons that can be taken from the targeted aspect of this program.Later in the show, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Dr. Jared Ball, a father, husband, Professor of Africana and Communication Studies at Morgan State University at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD, the curator of imixwhatilike.org and author of the book, “The Myth and Propaganda of Black Buying Power” to discuss racist, homophobic, and misogynist tirades of Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden and Stephen A. Smith's flip flopping on his condemnation of Gruden, the trend of wealthy Black people buying up property and how it fits into the myth of Black buying power, and Barack Obama's lasting almost-holy status and its indictment of the Black misleadership class.

    How China Eradicated Extreme Poverty

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 21:19

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Tings Chak, researcher and lead designer for the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research to discuss China's campaign to eradicate extreme poverty and the role women played in that campaign, the offline and online organizing carried out by the All-China Women's Federation, a mass women's organization led by the Communist Party, the media silence about this campaign and other achievements in China, and the lessons that can be taken from the targeted aspect of this program.

    The Capitalist Class' Complicity in the Rise of the Far-Right

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 114:23

    In this episode of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman discuss the many ongoing labor struggles in various industries, how the social, political, and economic conditions created by the COVID-19 pandemic have exacerbated the already-existing issues that have contributed to this strike wave, the next steps in building a broader movement, and the need to join questions of race, labor, and class in organizing that broad labor movement.In the second segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Dr. Gnaka Lagoke, Assistant Professor of History and Pan-Africana Studies at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and a founding member of the Convention for Pan-Africanism and Progress to discuss the long past-due trial into the murder of Burkina Faso revolutionary Thomas Sankara, Sankara's significant contributions to Burkina Faso during his short time in power, and the counter-reovultion which placed Burkina Faso back in the hands of France, led by Blaise Compaoré, former president and defendant in absentia.In the third segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by technologist Chris Garaffa, the editor of TechforthePeople.org to discuss Facebook's smear and minimization campaign against whistleblower Frances Haugen, the European Parliament's call for a ban on facial recognition technology and how it signals public opposition to weaponizing AI against people, the impact of the US targeting of Huawei and how it fits into the cold war drive against China.Later in the show, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Dr. Gabriel Rockhill, an organizer, Founding Director of the Critical Theory Workshop and Professor of Philosophy at Villanova University to discuss the financial backing of the far-right disinformation One America News Network by AT&T and the dark money behind the rise of far right politics in the United States, the ties between the media and the national security state, the similarities between the fascist 1934 “Business Plot” to overthrow the US government and the Capitol insurrection, and how movement and alternative media can connect the dots between the stories that dominate the headlines and the broader system of capitalism.

    How Tech Fits Into Imperialism

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 18:57

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, Sean and Jacquie are joined by technologist Chris Garaffa, the editor of TechforthePeople.org to discuss Facebook's smear and minimization campaign against whistleblower Frances Haugen, the European Parliament's call for a ban on facial recognition technology and how it signals public opposition to weaponizing AI against people, the impact of the US targeting of Huawei and how it fits into the cold war drive against China.

    Thomas Sankara Murder Trial Begins

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 14:15

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Dr. Gnaka Lagoke, Assistant Professor of History and Pan-Africana Studies at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and a founding member of the Convention for Pan-Africanism and Progress to discuss the long past-due trial into the murder of Burkina Faso revolutionary Thomas Sankara, Sankara's significant contributions to Burkina Faso during his short time in power, and the counter-reovultion which placed Burkina Faso back in the hands of France, led by Blaise Compaoré, former president and defendant in absentia.

    Practicing Revolutionary Patience is Key to Movement Building

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 0:21

    In this episode of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by Ryan Cooper, National Correspondent for The Week magazine, and cohost & producer of LeftAnchor podcast to discuss findings from the Senate Judiciary Committee report on the January 6th attack on the Capitol, including former President Donald Trump's attempts to overturn the election by staging a coup at the Department of Justice, how many of the people willing to go along with Trump's coup attempt dominate the Republican establishment and the threat that poses in the future, and whether the Democrats are able to combat that threat in 2022 and 2024.In the second segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi, Director and Senior Scholar, Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies, San Francisco State University to discuss efforts to censor the voices of Palestinians and people who support the liberation of Palestine by Zoom and San Francisco State University, the censorship of the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diaspora Studies program, and the threat to academic freedom that these incidents highlight.In the third segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Nate Wallace, co-host of Red Spin Sports to discuss the indictment of 18 former NBA players in a health insurance fraud scheme, the broader systemic scam that is private health insurance, the damage that players' bodies experience as a result of playing professional basketball, and the Fair Play movement that opposes the exploitation of Minor League Baseball players.Later in the show, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Claudia De La Cruz, Director of Culture for The People's Forum to discuss the pandemic's outsized effect on children and how that reflects the capitalist system's ill treatment of poor and working people in many different areas, how the pandemic exacerbates the scourge of patriarchy amid attacks on the right to make reproductive choices and the longstanding oppression of women under capitalism, and the spiritual aspects of the coming struggle.

    Palestinian and Allied Academics Fight Back Against Censorship

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 19:05

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi, Director and Senior Scholar, Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies, San Francisco State University to discuss efforts to censor the voices of Palestinians and people who support the liberation of Palestine by Zoom and San Francisco State University, the censorship of the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diaspora Studies program, and the threat to academic freedom that these incidents highlight.

    Major League Baseball Players Show Solidarity With Minor League Players

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 16:09

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Nate Wallace, co-host of Red Spin Sports to discuss the indictment of 18 former NBA players in a health insurance fraud scheme, the broader systemic scam that is private health insurance, the damage that players' bodies experience as a result of playing professional basketball, and the Fair Play movement that opposes the exploitation of Minor League Baseball players.

    Can Democrats Handle Another Trump Campaign?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 15:34

    In this episode of By Any Means Necessary, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Ryan Cooper, National Correspondent for The Week magazine, and cohost & producer of LeftAnchor podcast to discuss findings from the Senate Judiciary Committee report on the January 6th attack on the Capitol, including former President Donald Trump's attempts to overturn the election by staging a coup at the Department of Justice, how many of the people willing to go along with Trump's coup attempt dominate the Republican establishment and the threat that poses in the future, and whether the Democrats are able to combat that threat in 2022 and 2024.

    The Police and Military Wage War on Black People All Over The World

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 113:38

    In this episode of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by Robert Dunham, the Executive Director of the Death Penalty Information Center to discuss the controversy surrounding the execution of Ernest Lee Johnson, an intellectually disabled man who was convicted of murder in Missouri, how this case further exposes the brutality of the death penalty and states' wielding of it, the growing shift in attitudes against the death penalty among the public and politicians alike, and the disproportionate use of the death penalty against working and poor people of color and the most vulnerable in our society.In the second segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by K.J. Noh, a geopolitical analyst, a member of Veterans for Peace, and senior correspondent with Flashpoints on KPFA to discuss tensions between the US and China over military activities concerning Taiwan, how the new orientation of the US toward Taiwan plays into the cold war drive against China, Taiwan's historical use as a pawn against the People's Republic of China, and how China's actions are leveraged to attack China and defend the neoliberal world order.In the third segment, Sean and Jacquie discuss Dave Chappelle's unfunny Netflix comedy special “The Closer,” his bizarre, victim-blaming comments on the #MeToo movement, how his humor aimed at the LGBTQ community compares to racist jokes, and how the discourse of acrimony between the LGBTQ and Black communities is flawed.Later in the show, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Netfa Freeman, Coordinating Committee member with the Black Alliance for Peace, organizer with Pan-African Community Action, and host of Voices with Vision on WPFW 89.3 FM to discuss efforts to end the use of the qualified immunity defense to protect police officers from civil suits, how the militarization of police is the consequence of imperialism abroad, especially in Africa, the connections between policing in capital exposed in the corporate financing of police foundations, and the incessant American decline.

    US Uses Taiwan As A Pawn In Its War Drive Against China

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 18:44

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, Sean and Jacquie are joined by K.J. Noh, a geopolitical analyst, a member of Veterans for Peace, and senior correspondent with Flashpoints on KPFA to discuss tensions between the US and China over military activities concerning Taiwan, how the new orientation of the US toward Taiwan plays into the cold war drive against China, Taiwan's historical use as a pawn against the People's Republic of China, and how China's actions are leveraged to attack China and defend the neoliberal world order.

    Missouri Executes Ernest Johnson Despite Evidence of His Intellectual Disability

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 19:24

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Robert Dunham, the Executive Director of the Death Penalty Information Center to discuss the controversy surrounding the execution of Ernest Lee Johnson, an intellectually disabled man who was convicted of murder in Missouri, how this case further exposes the brutality of the death penalty and states' wielding of it, the growing shift in attitudes against the death penalty among the public and politicians alike, and the disproportionate use of the death penalty against working and poor people of color and the most vulnerable in our society.

    Remembering The Lessons Fannie Lou Hamer Taught Us

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 114:30

    In this episode of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman discuss the legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer and the fundamentally racist institution of the Democratic Party, the value of political education in movements, and the need for confidence in the poor and working class to build and lead its own movements.In the second segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Arnold August, a Montreal-based writer, journalist, lecturer, and author of several books including "Cuba U.S. Relations: Obama and Beyond," to discuss planned protests in Cuba and potential US involvement in planning them, the historical significance of the dates of the proposed national strike and protests, and the clues that hint at this being another attempt at a color revolution.In the third segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Dr. Taminisha John, professor at Clark Atlanta University and Caribbean regional analyst to discuss the unveiling of sculptures meant to honor the Windrush generation in the UK in the context of recent violent deportations of the people in this generation, the racist and xenophobic immigration policies that migrants from Caribbean and African countries face in the UK, and the exploitation of migrant workers in the UK.Later in the show, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Jon Jeter, award-winning journalist and foreign correspondent, radio and television producer, Bluesologist and Decolonizer, and author of the book “Flat Broke in the Free Market: How Globalization Fleeced Working People” to discuss the Drug Enforcement Administration's surveillance of protests against the killing of George Floyd in the summer of 2020 and the lack of confidence in the state, the conversation around reparations and how they should be paid, and how historical and contemporary trauma contributes to cynicism about system change and Black liberation.

    Cuba Threatened With Another Attempt At A Color Revolution

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 18:14

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Arnold August, a Montreal-based writer, journalist, lecturer, and author of several books including "Cuba U.S. Relations: Obama and Beyond," to discuss planned protests in Cuba and potential US involvement in planning them, the historical significance of the dates of the proposed national strike and protests, and the clues that hint at this being another attempt at a color revolution.

    Facebook's Rough Start To The Week

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 113:53


    In this episode of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by technologist Chris Garaffa, the editor of TechforthePeople.org to discuss the Facebook outage and its widespread impacts, the impact of the revelations concerning human trafficking and eating disorders revealed by whistleblower Frances Haugen, the reliance of society on social media and the need for community control over Facebook, and Google complying with dragnet police data requests for accounts that search names, addresses, or telephone numbers.In the second segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Afeni, an organizer with Freedom Fighters DC to discuss the clearing out of a homeless encampment in Washington, DC, the absurd obstacles that perpetuate the problem of homelessness and the failure of the District government to implement its pilot housing program, and the rapidly intensifying crisis of gentrification in DC.In the third segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Mikaela Nhondo Erskog, an educator and researcher for the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, also a part of the secretariat of Pan Africanism Today and a coordinating committee member for No Cold War to discuss a strike of engineering workers in South Africa, the severe exploitation of engineers in the country, and the significance of this challenge in putting the ideas of a living wage, benefits, and organizing into public consciousness.Later in the show, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Kamau Franklin, Founder and Board President of Community Movement Builders in Atlanta and Co-host of the Renegade Culture podcast to discuss Facebook's outage and how it highlights the broader issue of monopoly capitalism, Netflix's representation of Malcolm X in the film “Blood Brothers” and the sanitization and cooptation of revolutionaries, the importance of arts and culture in organizing, and the proliferation of and misunderstandings about important political terms like decolonization.


    Facebook's No Good, Very Bad Monday

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 19:08

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, Sean and Jacquie are joined by technologist Chris Garaffa, the editor of TechforthePeople.org to discuss the Facebook outage and its widespread impacts, the impact of the revelations concerning human trafficking and eating disorders revealed by whistleblower Frances Haugen, the reliance of society on social media and the need for community control over Facebook, and Google complying with dragnet police data requests for accounts that search names, addresses, or telephone numbers.

    Washington, DC Continues Its Program of Gentrification

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 13:53

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Afeni, an organizer with Freedom Fighters DC to discuss the clearing out of a homeless encampment in Washington, DC, the absurd obstacles that perpetuate the problem of homelessness and the failure of the District government to implement its pilot housing program, and the rapidly intensifying crisis of gentrification in DC.

    South African Engineering Workers Fight for Fair Wages

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 15:30

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Mikaela Nhondo Erskog, an educator and researcher for the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, also a part of the secretariat of Pan Africanism Today and a coordinating committee member for No Cold War to discuss a strike of engineering workers in South Africa, the severe exploitation of engineers in the country, and the significance of this challenge in putting the ideas of a living wage, benefits, and organizing into public consciousness.

    Amid the Ongoing Pandemic, Pharma Moves to Protect Its Profits

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 114:21

    In this episode of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by international affairs and security analyst Mark Sleboda to discuss the revelations of the recently released Pandora papers and the curious absence of the US elite and politicians, the Guardian's misleading implication of Vladimir Putin's involvement, and the US participation in hiding wealth, particularly in Joe Biden's home state of Delaware.In the second segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Dr. Mike Pappas, a family medicine physician, activist, and frequent contributor to LeftVoice.org to discuss the superprofits that the pharmaceutical industry makes off of necessary, life-saving drugs used for common illnesses, the moral bankruptcy of a system that rakes in billions of dollars from people being sick, and how the corporate political duopoly upholds such cruelty.In the third segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Bob Schlehuber, co-host of Political Misfits, on from 12-2 PM EST to discuss The Many Saints of Newark, a prequel film to The Sopranos television series, the themes of the rot in American society that the Sopranos series and the Many Saints of Newark reflects, how the show has aged well in representations of mental health and prescription drugs, and the hollow representations of Black people in the prequel film.Later in the show, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Walter Smolarek, a journalist and activist editor of Liberation newspaper, and managing editor of LiberationNews.org to discuss Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema's stonewalling of the budget bill and the Democrats' refusal to push for reforms that will provide much needed benefits to working and poor people, the US continued economic and propaganda war on China, and how capitalism contributed to the now 700,000 dead from COVID-19.

    The Many Saints of Newark Fails to Capture the Complexity of the Sopranos

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 17:28

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Bob Schlehuber, co-host of Political Misfits, on from 12-2 PM EST to discuss The Many Saints of Newark, a prequel film to The Sopranos television series, the themes of the rot in American society that the Sopranos series and the Many Saints of Newark reflects, how the show has aged well in representations of mental health and prescription drugs, and the hollow representations of Black people in the prequel film.

    Pharma Continues to Exploit Americans as Politicians Block Drug Price Reform

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 15:19

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Dr. Mike Pappas, a family medicine physician, activist, and frequent contributor to LeftVoice.org to discuss the superprofits that the pharmaceutical industry makes off of necessary, life-saving drugs used for common illnesses, the moral bankruptcy of a system that rakes in billions of dollars from people being sick, and how the corporate political duopoly upholds such cruelty.

    Only A People's Movement Can Resist Joe Manchin and Pass the Reconciliation Bill

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 113:10

    In this episode of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by Nick Stender, a member of the Chicago Teachers Union and an activist with Reds in Ed to discuss what's at stake in the social spending budget for working and poor people, the squabbles over the infrastructure spending package and the social spending bill, and the Democrats' lack of interest in fighting for reforms that would provide relief to working people.In the second segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Amir Khafagy, an award-winning journalist based out of New York City who you can follow on Twitter @AmirKhafagy91 to discuss the illegal detention of Muslim, South Asian, and Arab men in New York in the aftermath of September 11th, the abuse of people detaind at New York City's Guantanamo Bay, and the myth of unity after 9/11.In the third segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Miguel Garcia, Justin Williams, co-host of Red Spin Sports and Miguel Garcia, host and creator of the Sports as a Weapon podcast to discuss the loud minority of the NBA's anti-vaccine players, the NCAA's fearmongering about players receiving labor rights including compensation, and the NCAA's insistence of using the term “student-athletes” rather than “employees” to continue exploiting athletes.Later in the show, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Mondale Robinson, founder of the Black Male Voter Project to discuss the budget reconciliation bill and how it exposes the false promises that the Democratic Party made to Black voters, underreporting of police killings over the past decade, and how a broad people's movement requires intergenerational solidarity.

    NCAA Athletes Continue To Fight Against Exploitation

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 16:40

    In this segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Nate Wallace, Justin Williams, co-host of Red Spin Sports and Miguel Garcia, host and creator of the Sports as a Weapon podcast to discuss the loud minority of the NBA's anti-vaccine players, the NCAA's fearmongering about players receiving labor rights including compensation, and the NCAA's insistence of using the term “student-athletes” rather than “employees” to continue exploiting athletes.

    Police Abuse in the Aftermath of 9/11

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 13:28

    In this segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Amir Khafagy, an award-winning journalist based out of New York City who you can follow on Twitter @AmirKhafagy91 to discuss the illegal detention of Muslim, South Asian, and Arab men in New York in the aftermath of September 11th, the abuse of people detaind at New York City's Guantanamo Bay, and the myth of unity after 9/11.

    Working People Must Fight for the Social Spending Bill

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 19:04

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by Nick Stender, a member of the Chicago Teachers Union and an activist with Reds in Ed to discuss what's at stake in the social spending budget for working and poor people, the squabbles over the infrastructure spending package and the social spending bill, and the Democrats' lack of interest in fighting for reforms that would provide relief to working people.

    Joe Manchin Holds Relief for Working and Poor People Hostage Again

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 114:15

    In this episode of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by Sameena Rahman, staff writer for Breaking the Chains Magazine to discuss the so-called “heartbeat” bill in Texas and its effective banning of abortions, how poor and working class communities will bear the brunt of this law, and the resistance to these laws.In the second segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Tunde Osazua, the Coordinator of the U.S. Out of Africa Network, a project of the Black Alliance for Peace to discuss the use of AFRICOM by the US to control African resources and its people, its fostering of genocidal conditions in some parts of Africa, and the movement to expel AFRICOM from the continent.In the third segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Ivan Klepov, head of online RT DE to discuss the banning of two YouTube channels of RT Deutsch and the strange circumstances surrounding the ban, the stigmatization and targeting of Russian media, and the challenges that YouTube's vague community guidelines pose to alternative media.Later in the show, Sean and Jacquie are joined by James Early, Former Director of Cultural Heritage Policy at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage at the Smithsonian Institution and board member of the Institute for Policy Studies to discuss Joe Manchin's resistance to the already-compromised budget reconciliation bill, why working people need to organize outside of the political duopoly to demand that their needs are met, and the statement by the Cuban foreing minister on the US use of sanctions and its context in broader US imperialism.

    US Continues To Wage war on the African Continent

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 17:46

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Tunde Osazua, the Coordinator of the U.S. Out of Africa Network, a project of the Black Alliance for Peace to discuss the use of AFRICOM by the US to control African resources and its people, its fostering of genocidal conditions in some parts of Africa, and the movement to expel AFRICOM from the continent.

    Working People Must Fight Back Against Draconian Abortion Laws

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 15:41

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by Sameena Rahman, staff writer for Breaking the Chains Magazine to discuss the so-called “heartbeat” bill in Texas and its effective banning of abortions, how poor and working class communities will bear the brunt of this law, and the resistance to these laws.

    YouTube Censors RT Deutsch Over Vague Community Guidelines

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 15:57

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Ivan Klepov, head of online RT DE to discuss the banning of two YouTube channels of RT Deutsch and the strange circumstances surrounding the ban, the stigmatization and targeting of Russian media, and the challenges that YouTube's vague community guidelines pose to alternative media.

    Radical Alternative Media Shines A Light Through The Fog of Propaganda

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 112:49

    In this episode of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by David Schultz, Professor of Political Science at Hamline University to discuss the threat of a government shutdown, the manufactured crisis and political gamesmanship around raising the debt ceiling, the potential fallout from these crises if they are not resolved, and how these crises aggravate already-existing crises such as mass evictions.In the second segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by John Ross, the senior fellow at the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at the Renmin University of China and author of the new book, “China's Great Road: Lessons for Marxist Theory and Socialist Practices” to discuss the Chinese government's response to Evergrande's financial problems, how this situation contrasts with the 2008 financial crisis, China's ban on cryptocurrency trading and mining, and China's role in Latin America as the region moves toward gaining sovereignty.In the third segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by T.J. Coles, Postdoctoral researcher at Plymouth University in the UK and regular CounterPunch contributor to discuss AFRICOM's growing involvement in Nigeria's military, the interests of corporations in Nigeria and how they fit into this engagement in the country, and the broader use of the so-called War on Terror to expand the US footprint in Africa.Later in the show, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Esther Iverem, artist, author and independent journalist, and host and producer of On The Ground: Voices of Resistance from the Nation's Capital on Pacifica Radio to discuss General Mark Milley's testimony to the Senate, the obscene amount of money pumped into the Pentagon and private contractors, propagandization in the age of the 24-hour news cycle and the repression of Julian Assnage, Mumia Abu-Jamal, the 1619 Project, and many others, and the inhumanity built into the capitalist system.

    AFRICOM Expands Its Footprint in Nigeria

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 18:10

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, Sean and Jacquie are joined by T.J. Coles, Postdoctoral researcher at Plymouth University in the UK and regular CounterPunch contributor to discuss AFRICOM's growing involvement in Nigeria's military, the interests of corporations in Nigeria and how they fit into this engagement in the country, and the broader use of the so-called War on Terror to expand the US footprint in Africa.

    Between Bitcoin and Evergrande, China Displays Its Socialist Character

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 15:58

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, Sean and Jacquie are joined by John Ross, the senior fellow at the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies at the Renmin University of China and author of the new book, “China's Great Road: Lessons for Marxist Theory and Socialist Practices” to discuss the Chinese government's response to Evergrande's financial problems, how this situation contrasts with the 2008 financial crisis, China's ban on cryptocurrency trading and mining, and China's role in Latin America as the region moves toward gaining sovereignty.

    Dems Threaten To Gut Reconciliation Bill and Fail Working and Poor People Again

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 115:23


    In this episode of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by Dr. Jack Rasmus, economist, radio show host, & author of 'The Scourge of Neoliberalism' to discuss the politics and corporate agenda surrounding the debate around the reconciliation bill, the reality and context behind the debt ceiling debate, and how society can be reorganized to meet the needs of working and poor people rather than corporations. In the second segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Milton Allimadi, Chief Editor of Black Star News, producer/host of the Black Star News Show on WBAI in NY and author of “Manufacturing Hate: How Africa was Demonized in Western Media” to discuss the quest for justice after a massacre in Guinea, how the recent coup has disrupted that process, and how corporate media coverage of the African continent contributes to neocolonialism and racist caricatures of Africans as irrational and tribal.In the third segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by technologist Chris Garaffa, the editor of TechforthePeople.org to discuss the CIA targeting Julian Assange with kidnapping or assassination, the “predictive policing” and surveillance threats posed by social media data mining technology used by police, and Amazon's absurdly sensitive surviellance of drivers.Later in the show, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Rania Khalek, journalist with Breakthrough News and co-host of the Unauthorized Disclosure podcast to discuss Congress' approval of funding for the Iron Dome missile system and how Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's “present” vote encapsulates progressive frustrations with her, the economic situation in Lebanon and Iran and Hezbollah's efforts to provide relief, and the US's waning power as demonstrated at the UN General Assembly.


    Politicians Threaten to Make Reconciliation Bill Even Less Adequate

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 20:27

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by Dr. Jack Rasmus, economist, radio show host, & author of 'The Scourge of Neoliberalism' to discuss the politics and corporate agenda surrounding the debate around the reconciliation bill, the reality and context behind the debt ceiling debate, and how society can be reorganized to meet the needs of working and poor people rather than corporations.

    Missing Pretty White Woman Syndrome Exposes Ugly Truth About Corporate Media

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 112:31

    In this episode of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by Michelle Witte, co-host of Political Misfits here on Radio Sputnik, which you can hear from 12 to 2 PM EST to discuss the political outlook in Germany after its closely contested parliamentary elections, what the change in leadership might mean for European politics and Germany's relationship with the US, and the complex contours of the German political and social landscape.In the second segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Erica Caines, founder of Liberation Through Reading and Editor of Hood Communist Blog to discuss the slight of hand that the Department of Justice's new policing policies represent, how these policies ignore the roots of policing as protection of property and settler colonialism, and how the popular calls to defund the police continue to be ignored.In the third segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Ollie Vargas, writer and journalist with Radio Kawsachun Coca to discuss Latin America's new challenge to the Monroe Doctrine and the OAS via the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), the historical and contemporary context of American actions toward Latin America, and how this organization amounts to a reassertion of Latin American sovereignty. Later in the show, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Ted Rall, award-winning editorial cartoonist and columnist, and author of the new graphic novel, "The Stringer," to discuss missing white woman syndrome and its connection to media coverage of the disappearance of Gabby Petito, the abuse of immigrants at the Del Rio bridge and how the media coverage of that situation contrasts with that of the disappearance of Petito, upcoming congressional hearings about the withdrawal from Afghanistan, and growing disillusionment with the two-party system and the American political system at large.

    DOJ's Piecemeal Policing Reforms Fail to Address Racist Roots of Policing

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 16:29

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Erica Caines, founder of Liberation Through Reading and Editor of Hood Communist Blog to discuss the slight of hand that the Department of Justice's new policing policies represent, how these policies ignore the roots of policing as protection of property and settler colonialism, and how the popular calls to defund the police continue to be ignored.

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