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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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    Russophobia Motivates Corporate Media's Portrayal of Black Liberation

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 1, 2022 113:24

    In this episode of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by Brianna Griffith, journalist with Liberation News podcast to discuss Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's attacks on transgender children by characterizing medical care for trans children as child abuse, what these characterizations can mean for the safety and security of transgender children whose parents provide gender affirming care, Paxton and Abbott's weaponization of children for their own political gain as they face scandals and contested primary elections, and how this situation fits into far-right attacks on LGBTQ people nationwide and the need for solidarity to fight back against these attacks.In the second segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Zoe Pepper-Cunningham, a journalist with People's Dispatch to discuss the recent Belmarsh Tribunal in New York highlighting US war crimes and its persecution of journalist Julian Assange, the extreme cruelty and repression of Assange by the United Kingdom at the behest of the US for the crime of revealing its war crimes, the importance of alternative media and whistleblowers in breaking through propaganda, and the class aspect of war in both the destruction it rains on working and poor people abroad and the cruelty it also wages domestically. In the third segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by technologist Chris Garaffa, the editor of TechforthePeople.org, co-host of the ReBoot podcast to discuss censorship from big tech companies like Meta and Twitter toeing Washington's line on Ukraine and censoring Russian media platforms, the double standard employed to justify this censorship as the Washington-NATO line continues to be spread by the mainstream media, and Amazon's introduction of surveillance into Whole Foods grocery stores and the concerning implications it has for privacy and labor.Later in the show, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Eugene Puryear, host of the Punch Out podcast on Breakthrough News and author of the book Shackled and Chained: Mass Incarceration in Capitalist America to discuss the misleading picture painted by some political commentators casting Black people as “more conservative” based solely on voting trends and ignoring millions of Black people who don't vote, the casting of Black liberation movements as Russian disinformation and the insult that this implies against Black agency and intelligence, and the double standard employed to criticize Russia while ignoring the destruction the US has waged domestically and internationally.

    Corporate Media Continues To Censor US and NATO Role In Ukraine Crisis

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 28, 2022 114:08

    In this episode of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by Ken Hammond, professor of East Asian and Global History at New Mexico State University and an activist with the organization Pivot to Peace to discuss the anniversary of the Shanghai Communique, which established relations between the United States and China and the One-China Policy, how the split between China and the Soviet Union contributed to the Communique and how it affected the socialist movement in the US, how the US relationship with China has changed over the last fifty years as China has stuck to its socialist development and not bowed down to US hegemony, and how China fits into the current crisis over NATO aggression in Eastern Europe and Russia's conflict with Ukraine.In the second segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Tiandra Robinson, Communications Workers of America Campaign Assistant to discuss the victory and continuing struggle of call center workers for adequate healthcare coverage and higher wages, the partnership between the federal government and private contractor Maximus to provide assistance to people enrolling in healthcare in the Affordable Care Act marketplace, and the importance of this labor struggle in the context of increased labor activism in the US.Later in the show, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Eleanor Goldfield, Eleanor Goldfield, a creative activist, journalist, co-host of Project Censored, and the filmmaker behind the documentary “Hard Road of Hope” to discuss what anti-imperialism means in the current moment and the propagandization behind blaming Russia as the aggressor in the Ukraine crisis despite NATO's aggression, the racism in the coverage and exceptionalization of the coverage of Ukraine by the mainstream corporate media as it ignores scores of victims of US imperialism, censorship of positions that do not line up with the interests of Washington and the ruling class by social media and the mainstream corporate media's toeing of Washington's line, and the importance of anti-imperialists having courage in our convictions.

    Mississippi Call Center Workers Fight For Healthcare and Higher Wages

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 28, 2022 16:50

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Tiandra Robinson, Communications Workers of America Campaign Assistant to discuss the victory and continuing struggle of call center workers for adequate healthcare coverage and higher wages, the partnership between the federal government and private contractor Maximus to provide assistance to people enrolling in healthcare in the Affordable Care Act marketplace, and the importance of this labor struggle in the context of increased labor activism in the US.

    US Continues Cold War Drive As Its Relationship With China Turns 50

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 28, 2022 30:40

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by Ken Hammond, professor of East Asian and Global History at New Mexico State University and an activist with the organization Pivot to Peace to discuss the anniversary of the Shanghai Communique, which established relations between the United States and China and the One-China Policy, how the split between China and the Soviet Union contributed to the Communique and how it affected the socialist movement in the US, how the US relationship with China has changed over the last fifty years as China has stuck to its socialist development and not bowed down to US hegemony, and how China fits into the current crisis over NATO aggression in Eastern Europe and Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

    Corporate Media Offers Anemic Coverage of NATO Aggression In Ukraine

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 25, 2022 113:24

    In this episode of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by Richard Becker, National Organizer for the ANSWER Coalition to discuss how the history of Ukraine and the Soviet Union and the western-backed color revolution in 2014 factor into the ongoing crisis over Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the oil and gas interests that were behind the 2014 coup and which are benefited by the cancellation of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and the rise on oil prices, the corporate media's casting of Russia's invasion as a sudden and unprovoked event rather than acknowledging the complicity of the US and NATO in goading Russia into invasion with its drive to push NATO membership to states on Russia's border, and the crucial task of the anti-imperialist movement to oppose any NATO war or new sanctions against Russia.In the second segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Miguel Garcia, host and creator of the Sports as a Weapon podcast to discuss the extension of the Ukraine crisis on the ice in a game between the Washington Capitals and Putin-supporter player Alexander Ovechkin and the New York Rangers player Artemi Panarin, who supports far-right Russian opposition figure Alexei Nalvany, the ongoing lockout of Major League Baseball players and the threat of owners to begin canceling regular season unless players and owners reach a new collective bargaining agreement this week, and the attempts by owners to manipulate public opinion among baseball fans against players fighting for fair working conditions.In the third segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Salifu Mack, an editor at Hood Communist and a member of the Lowcountry Action Committee and the Black Alliance for Peace to discuss efforts to provide an inclusive and revolutionary celebration of Black history through African Liberation Month, as opposed to the co-opted Black History Month, how the liberal and identarian character of Black History Month erases important liberation figures and the political character of Black memory and history, and why a focus on African liberation is so important in the era of mass incarceration, police terror, imperialist war, and more.Later in the show, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Margaret Kimberley, editor and senior columnist at Black Agenda Report and author of the book "Prejudential: Black America and the Presidents" to discuss the platform given to Kiev-based freelance journalist Terrell Starr by mainstream media to spread ridiculous propaganda and provide cover for the right-wing takeover of Ukraine, the paternalistic coverage of Ukrainians by the mainstream media as helpless and in need of a western savior, and Joe Biden's decision to nominate Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court and what it highlights about representational politics.

    MLB Owners Threaten To Continue Lockout and Cancel Baseball Games

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 25, 2022 13:32

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Miguel Garcia, host and creator of the Sports as a Weapon podcast to discuss the extension of the Ukraine crisis on the ice in a game between the Washington Capitals and Putin-supporter player Alexander Ovechkin and the New York Rangers player Artemi Panarin, who supports far-right Russian opposition figure Alexei Nalvany, the ongoing lockout of Major League Baseball players and the threat of owners to begin canceling regular season unless players and owners reach a new collective bargaining agreement this week, and the attempts by owners to manipulate public opinion among baseball fans against players fighting for fair working conditions.

    A Radical Alternative To Black History Month

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 25, 2022 16:40

    In the third segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Salifu Mack, an editor at Hood Communist and a member of the Lowcountry Action Committee and the Black Alliance for Peace to discuss efforts to provide an inclusive and revolutionary celebration of Black history through African Liberation Month, as opposed to the co-opted Black History Month, how the liberal and identarian character of Black History Month erases important liberation figures and the political character of Black memory and history, and why a focus on African liberation is so important in the era of mass incarceration, police terror, imperialist war, and more.

    Ukraine Invasion Is An Extension Of Cold War Conflict

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 25, 2022 19:27

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by Richard Becker, National Organizer for the ANSWER Coalition to discuss how the history of Ukraine and the Soviet Union and the western-backed color revolution in 2014 factor into the ongoing crisis over Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the oil and gas interests that were behind the 2014 coup and which are benefited by the cancellation of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and the rise on oil prices, the corporate media's casting of Russia's invasion as a sudden and unprovoked event rather than acknowledging the complicity of the US and NATO in goading Russia into invasion with its drive to push NATO membership to states on Russia's border, and the crucial task of the anti-imperialist movement to oppose any NATO war or new sanctions against Russia.

    Russia Reacts To NATO Aggression and Invades Ukraine

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 25, 2022 15:52

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Stephen Gowans, author of the forthcoming book “The Killer's Henchman: Capitalism and the Covid-19 Disaster” to discuss the American media's emotional reaction to the Russian special operations in Ukraine, how the US stands to benefit from this conflict by strengthening its grip on its European allies and dictate economic and military policy, the Biden administration's promise to impose sanctions on Russia and rally the G7 powers to enact similar measures, and the US complicity in extending and exacerbating this crisis.

    Anti-Imperialists Must Hold Firm In The Struggle Against War With Russia

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 24, 2022 114:06

    In this episode of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman discuss a statement by Russian President Vladimir Putin authorizing a special operation of the Russian military into the Donbass region of Ukraine and the NATO aggression that has preceded the mobilization of Russian forces and recent history of meddling in the region.In the second segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Stephen Gowans, author of the forthcoming book “The Killer's Henchman: Capitalism and the Covid-19 Disaster” to discuss the American media's emotional reaction to the Russian special operations in Ukraine, how the US stands to benefit from this conflict by strengthening its grip on its European allies and dictate economic and military policy, the Biden administration's promise to impose sanctions on Russia and rally the G7 powers to enact similar measures, and the US complicity in extending and exacerbating this crisis.In the third segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Daryle Lamont Jenkins, Executive Director of One People's Project to discuss a recent right-wing attack against a book reading in Providence, Rhode Island, the role of “trolling” and internet culture in recruiting people into far-right politics, the alleged targeting and killing of antifascist activists in Portland by a right-wing shooter, and the complicity of right-wing internet trolls in the targeting of activists.Later in the show, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Jaribu Hill, founder and executive director of the Mississippi Workers' Center for Human Rights to discuss the concept of dark work, which is the assignment of work based on race and which is supposed to be illegal, the Biden administration's focus on waging war and destruction on the world while ignoring the economic needs of workers here in the United States, the efforts to establish a national park in Glendora, Mississippi to honor Emmett Till, and the need for anti-imperialists to hold firm in the struggle against war with Russia amid the corporate media's attempts to invoke an emotional crisis to support war.

    China LatinAmerica Ukraine Russia Wordle Google Canada

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2022 114:28

    In this episode of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by Hannah Dickinson, professor and organizer with Geneva Women's Assembly in Geneva, NY and Managing Editor of Breaking The Chains Magazine to discuss efforts to protect some of the gains won by reproductive justice activists through the Women's Health Protection Act, what the political outlook is in the Senate and why the movement is not only necessary, but crucial, to its passage, the attacks on women's health and reproductive justice that have come from state governments and the Supreme Court, and how we can get involved in the fight to protect women's health.In the second segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Dr. Mamyrah Prosper, Assistant Professor of Global and International Studies at the University of California Irvine and International Coordinator with Community Movement Builders to discuss recent strikes by workers in Haiti for better wages, the history of US imperialism in impoverishing Haitian workers and exploiting the power of the dollar, and how the labor movement fits into the recent wave in labor activism in the United States.In the third segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Asantewa Nkrumah-Ture Organizer and Member of the Philadelphia Tenant Union, and the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign/Poor People's Army to discuss a victory over intimidation tactics used to try to force Asantewa Nkrumah Ture to leave her home despite her legal rights to remain in her home for a certain period of time, the importance of the Philadelphia movement in keeping Asantewa safe and helping her secure her legal victory, and how the intimidation faced by Asantewa is more commonplace than generally known.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 the rapid-fire propaganda being pushed by the corporate media on Ukraine and the potential for war with Russia and what history such coverage conveniently leaves out, the misplaced “neither Washington nor Moscow” attitude among some members of the movement and why full focus should be on the US because of its dominance in world affairs, and why it's important to fight against US imperialism in solidarity with poor, working, and oppressed people who are subject to imperialism all over the world.

    Striking Workers In Haiti Highlight Imperialist Exploitation

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2022 16:10

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Dr. Mamyrah Prosper, Assistant Professor of Global and International Studies at the University of California Irvine and International Coordinator with Community Movement Builders to discuss recent strikes by workers in Haiti for better wages, the history of US imperialism in impoverishing Haitian workers and exploiting the power of the dollar, and how the labor movement fits into the recent wave in labor activism in the United States.

    The Senate Must Face Pressure To Protect Reproductive Justice Gains

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2022 16:10

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by Hannah Dickinson, professor and organizer with Geneva Women's Assembly in Geneva, NY and Managing Editor of Breaking The Chains Magazine to discuss efforts to protect some of the gains won by reproductive justice activists through the Women's Health Protection Act, what the political outlook is in the Senate and why the movement is not only necessary, but crucial, to its passage, the attacks on women's health and reproductive justice that have come from state governments and the Supreme Court, and how we can get involved in the fight to protect women's health.

    How The Philly Housing Movement Prevented An Illegal Eviction

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2022 15:58

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Asantewa Nkrumah-Ture Organizer and Member of the Philadelphia Tenant Union, and the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign/Poor People's Army to discuss a victory over intimidation tactics used to try to force Asantewa Nkrumah Ture to leave her home despite her legal rights to remain in her home for a certain period of time, the importance of the Philadelphia movement in keeping Asantewa safe and helping her secure her legal victory, and how the intimidation faced by Asantewa is more commonplace than generally known.

    NYT's Intentions For Wordle Purchase Revealed

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2022 15:15

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, Sean and Jacquie are joined by technologist Chris Garaffa, the editor of TechforthePeople.org, co-host of the ReBoot podcast to discuss the New York Times purchase of the wildly popular game “Wordle” and its addition of ad-tracking to the game, Google's smoke-and-mirrors campaign concerning its use of ad-tracking technology on Android phones, the privacy concerns around New York City's pilot program to automate of noise pollution ticket enforcement with camera and microphone technology, and the widespread adoption of similar surveillance programs across the country and the world.

    China's Role In Latin America

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2022 15:18

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Carlos Martinez, author and activist, co-founder of No Cold War, and co-editor of Friends of Socialist China to discuss the increasing role of China in Latin America's development, the accusation of imperialism lobbed by western officials at China's involvement in the region, how China's investment in the region contrasts with the US and western involvement historically and contemporaneously, and the myth of the debt trap narrative pushed by the western corporate media.

    Mainstream Media Omits Crucial History In Anti-Russia War Drive

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 22, 2022 113:58

    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 Russia's recognition of the Luhansk and Donetsk People's Republics and how it factors into the current tensions between NATO and Russia, the history of the two republics and the aggression from Ukraine that contributed to Russia's recognition of their independence, the US' collective punishment of Luhansk and Donetsk for choosing “wrong” just like they did when Crimea chose “wrong” with sanctions, the far-right ultranationalists who have been integrated into the state structures of Ukraine, and the impacts of Germany halting progress on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.In the second segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Carlos Martinez, author and activist, co-founder of No Cold War, and co-editor of Friends of Socialist China to discuss the increasing role of China in Latin America's development, the accusation of imperialism lobbed by western officials at China's involvement in the region, how China's investment in the region contrasts with the US and western involvement historically and contemporaneously, and the myth of the debt trap narrative pushed by the western corporate media.In the third segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by technologist Chris Garaffa, the editor of TechforthePeople.org, co-host of the ReBoot podcast to discuss the New York Times purchase of the wildly popular game “Wordle” and its addition of ad-tracking to the game, Google's smoke-and-mirrors campaign concerning its use of ad-tracking technology on Android phones, the privacy concerns around New York City's pilot program to automate of noise pollution ticket enforcement with camera and microphone technology, and the widespread adoption of similar surveillance programs across the country and the world.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 of dozens of books, most recently “The Bittersweet Science: Racism, Racketeering, and the Political Economy of Boxing” to discuss Joe Biden imposing sanctions on Russia over the current tensions around Ukraine and how it fits into world politics, the western corporate media's misrepresentation of the facts and history of the Ukraine situation and complicity in pushing for war with Russia, and the misplaced understandings of the Canadian trucker convoy by some elements on the left.

    Anti-Racist and Internationalist Solidarity Are Key To Liberation

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 18, 2022 114:45

    In this episode of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman discuss the weaponization of psychology to demonize John Brown and slaves who attemtpted to escape bondage, how that weaponization continues to uphold white supremacy today with practices like race norming, how this fits into current fights against white supremacy and the need to extend solidarity to all who fight back against the racist, patriarchal, imperialist, and capitalist system, and how no salvation will be found in this system andits politicians.In the second segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Libre X Sankara, poet, cultural worker,educator and organizer with the Troika Kollective to discuss ongoing demonstrations among public sector workers in Puerto Rico and how the colonial debt imposed on Puerto Rico by the US contributes to the economic crisis faced by the island, Puerto Rico Governor Pedro Pierluisi's belittling comments on striking teachers and public sector workers and the challenges faced by those workers, how the current political structure of Puerto RIco ultimately serves the colonial relationship with the US, and the connections between other anti-imperialist struggles all over the world and the struggle against colonialism in Puerto Rico.In the third segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Nate Wallace, co-host of Red Spin Sports to discuss the sudden rightward turn of sports commentator Michelle Tafoya on critical race theory and the teaching of historical racism, the media's double standard and scandalization of Kamila Valieva and her failed drug test as other Olympic athletes also fail tests, how the scandalization of Valieva connects to recent historical and current demonization of Russia as the US and NATO continue to threaten war with Russia over Ukraine, and the continued fallout over the trade between the Brooklyn Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers.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 the light sentence given to Kim Potter for killing Daunte Wright and the continued need for organizing against racist police terror, how Black faces in high places are not enough to meet the needs of working class Black people and stop racist police terror, how socialist revolutions in Cuba and Venezuela have dealt with the question of race and why it is important to deal with questions of race when organizing in the United States, and the need for global solidarity of working and poor in the face of imperialist warmongering.

    Corporate Media Punishes Kamila Valieva For Being Russian

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 18, 2022 21:49

    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 sudden rightward turn of sports commentator Michelle Tafoya on critical race theory and the teaching of historical racism, the media's double standard and scandalization of Kamila Valieva and her failed drug test as other Olympic athletes also fail tests, how the scandalization of Valieva connects to recent historical and current demonization of Russia as the US and NATO continue to threaten war with Russia over Ukraine, and the continued fallout over the trade between the Brooklyn Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers.

    Puerto Rican Workers Fight Back Against Austerity

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 18, 2022 17:07

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Libre X Sankara, poet, cultural worker, educator and organizer with the Troika Kollective to discuss ongoing demonstrations among public sector workers in Puerto Rico and how the colonial debt imposed on Puerto Rico by the US contributes to the economic crisis faced by the island, Puerto Rico Governor Pedro Pierluisi's belittling comments on striking teachers and public sector workers and the challenges faced by those workers, how the current political structure of Puerto Rico ultimately serves the colonial relationship with the US, and the connections between other anti-imperialist struggles all over the world and the struggle against colonialism in Puerto Rico.

    Cuba Fosters Black History and Culture As US Attempts To Erase It

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 17, 2022 112:25

    In this episode of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by Ted Rall, award-winning editorial cartoonist and columnist, and author of the graphic novel, "The Stringer," to discuss corporations working around their commitments to stop donating to politicians who were complicit in the attempt to overturn the election through lobbyists, the extreme corruption in the so-called democratic process that is often passed off as lobbying, and the willingness of corporations to advance the dangerous interests of these politicians in order to turn a profit.In the second segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire to discuss French troops withdrawing from Mali and how the uprisings of Malians against overt French operations played into this decision, how despite the occupation of Mali beginning under the pretext of regional security and the threat of Islamist terrorists it has failed to deliver on any semblance of security, whether France will make good on this commitment to withdraw and what its aftermath will mean for Mali and West Africa.In the third segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Leo Flores, Latin America Campaign Coordinator at CODEPINK to discuss the political prosecution of Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab, who sits in a Miami prison cell over charges related to conducting business on behalf of Venezuela, the attempts to scandalize Saab over allegations that he served as a DEA agent, the successful CLAP food assistance program that Saab was working on when he was arrested, and wh programs like CLAP are necessary for Venezuela under the economic warfare waged by the US.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 challenges faced by Black Cubans because of the US blockade on the country and the reality of the Black Cuban experience, how the Cuban government fosters popular education, history, and culture of Black Cubans instead of suppressing it like institutions in the US, and the history of Black Americans receiving medical education in Cuba and serving their underserved communities at home.

    US Targets Alex Saab For Attempting To Lessen Impact of Sanctions

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 17, 2022 17:14

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Leo Flores, Latin America Campaign Coordinator at CODEPINK to discuss the political prosecution of Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab, who sits in a Miami prison cell over charges related to conducting business on behalf of Venezuela, the attempts to scandalize Saab over allegations that he served as a DEA agent, the successful CLAP food assistance program that Saab was working on when he was arrested, and how programs like CLAP are necessary for Venezuela under the economic warfare waged by the US.

    France Announces Withdraw From Mali, But Will It Actually Happen?

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 17, 2022 15:48

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire to discuss French troops withdrawing from Mali and how the uprisings of Malians against overt French operations played into this decision, how despite the occupation of Mali beginning under the pretext of regional security and the threat of Islamist terrorists it has failed to deliver on any semblance of security, whether France will make good on this commitment to withdraw and what its aftermath will mean for Mali and West Africa.

    Super Bowl Halftime Show Is Another Capitalist Cooptation of Black Culture

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2022 111:46

    In this episode of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by Q. Anthony Omene, Toronto-based freelance writer and historian to discuss the roots of the ongoing “Freedom Convoy” protest against COVID-19 measures in Canada, the class character of the protest and the far-right reactionaries organizing the protests, the dark money behind the protests and how that debunks the claim that this is a working class movement, and the myth of Canada as a “kinder younger brother” to the US.In the second segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Taya Graham and Stephen Janis, hosts of the Police Accountability Report on The Real News Network to discuss corrupt policing in the town of Milton, West Virginia and what it reveals about the political economy of policing in small rural towns, how the cases in Milton reveal the true purpose of the police to enforce inequality and enact violence against working class people, and how traffic stops and policing not only keep poor people poor but also make people afraid to speak out and exercise political power.In the third segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Vicki Cervantes, North America Coordinator of the Honduras Solidarity Network to discuss the arrest of former Honduran president Juan Orlando Hernandez, the organized crime, narcotics, and corruption that flourished under Hernandez and the blind eye that the US turned because of his service to capital, what looms for Hernandez in his trial, which will be overseen by a judge who is a member of Hernandez's party, and the destruction that current president Xiomara Castro has inherited from Hernandez's presidency.Later in the show, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Dr. Jared Ball, a father, husband, Professor of Africana Studies 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 the celebrity gloss being slathered onto cryptocurrency in order to draw more people into the crypto bubble, the censorship of Kendrick Lamar and the anti-police line in his 2015 hit “Alright” and how it exemplifies the cooptation of Black musical artists and Black culture, and how Kanye West and his current antics exemplify the toxicity of celebrity culture.

    Narco-Dictator Juan Orlando Hernandez Arrested

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2022 13:05

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Vicki Cervantes, North America Coordinator of the Honduras Solidarity Network to discuss the arrest of former Honduran president Juan Orlando Hernandez, the organized crime, narcotics, and corruption that flourished under Hernandez and the blind eye that the US turned because of his service to capital, what looms for Hernandez in his trial, which will be overseen by a judge who is a member of Hernandez's party, and the destruction that current president Xiomara Castro has inherited from Hernandez's presidency.

    Dark Money And Reactionary Politics Behind Canada's Trucker Protests

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2022 19:10

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by Q. Anthony Omene, Toronto-based freelance writer and historian to discuss the roots of the ongoing “Freedom Convoy” protest against COVID-19 measures in Canada, the class character of the protest and the far-right reactionaries organizing the protests, the dark money behind the protests and how that debunks the claim that this is a working class movement, and the myth of Canada as a “kinder younger brother” to the US.

    West Virginia Arrest Exposes The True Nature of Policing

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2022 17:01

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Taya Graham and Stephen Janis, hosts of the Police Accountability Report on The Real News Network to discuss corrupt policing in the town of Milton, West Virginia and what it reveals about the political economy of policing in small rural towns, how the cases in Milton reveal the true purpose of the police to enforce inequality and enact violence against working class people, and how traffic stops and policing not only keep poor people poor but also make people afraid to speak out and exercise political power.

    Biden Reaffirms Commitment To Brinkmanship With Russia Over Ukraine

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 15, 2022 113:47

    In this episode of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by Sohrob Aslamy, a doctoral candidate at Syracuse University to discuss the theft of Afghanistan's frozen assets by the US government after Joe Biden announced that they would be split in half between the Afghan people and the families of victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks, the piecemeal attempts at the resolution of economic crises caused by the US invasion and occupation of Afghanistan through humanitarian aid, the efforts to strange the Afghan economy and force it to remain dependent on foreign aid, and how this theft and sanctions only hurt the Afghan people despite what Joe Biden says.In the second segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by technologist Chris Garaffa, the editor of TechforthePeople.org to discuss the growing surveillance infrastructure developed by Apple and other companies advertised as a means of finding lost items but features little regulation and can be easily used maliciously, the culture of acceptance around surveillance that has been inculcated within children partly as a result of pandemic schooling, Apple's anti-competitive practices forcing app developers to adopt its payment platform and the widespread adoption of this strategy across tech giants, and the recently revealed CIA collection of data from American citizens.In the third segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Sputnik News Analyst and transgender activist Morgan Artyukhina to discuss the wave of anti-LGBTQ legislation introduced in state legislatures in 2022 and hoe those bills are taking inspiration from other right-wing bills that attack other marginalized groups, the historic weaponization of children against progressive causes like integration and how that same tactic is being used to push these bills, and how these attacks on LGBTQ people constitute an attack on all workers and present a false choice that must be met with solidarity. Later in the show, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Ajamu Baraka, National Organizer of the Black Alliance for Peace to discuss how some elements of the western left gave in to corporate media propaganda regarding the 2014 coup in Ukraine and how some of those elements continue to fall for the demonization campaign against Russia as NATO and the US escalate tensions over Ukraine, how the attacks by the western press on Russia share similarities to the attacks against Ethiopia when it was the target of the US and allied forces, and Joe Biden's comments on the Ukraine crisis and the irony of his comments on protecting Ukraine's national sovereignty.

    How Attacks on LGBTQ Rights Effect All Workers

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 15, 2022 13:14

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Sputnik News Analyst and transgender activist Morgan Artyukhina to discuss the wave of anti-LGBTQ legislation introduced in state legislatures in 2022 and hoe those bills are taking inspiration from other right-wing bills that attack other marginalized groups, the historic weaponization of children against progressive causes like integration and how that same tactic is being used to push these bills, and how these attacks on LGBTQ people constitute an attack on all workers and present a false choice that must be met with solidarity.

    Joe Biden Plunders Frozen Afghan Assets and Prolongs Economic Crisis

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 15, 2022 15:11

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by Sohrob Aslamy, a doctoral candidate at Syracuse University to discuss the theft of Afghanistan's frozen assets by the US government after Joe Biden announced that they would be split in half between the Afghan people and the families of victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks, the piecemeal attempts at the resolution of economic crises caused by the US invasion and occupation of Afghanistan through humanitarian aid, the efforts to strange the Afghan economy and force it to remain dependent on foreign aid, and how this theft and sanctions only hurt the Afghan people despite what Joe Biden says.

    How Apple Fits Into Growing Private Surveillance Infrastructure

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 15, 2022 20:37

    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 growing surveillance infrastructure developed by Apple and other companies advertised as a means of finding lost items but features little regulation and can be easily used maliciously, the culture of acceptance around surveillance that has been inculcated within children partly as a result of pandemic schooling, Apple's anti-competitive practices forcing app developers to adopt its payment platform and the widespread adoption of this strategy across tech giants, and the recently revealed CIA collection of data from American citizens.

    Super Bowl Pushes War Propaganda Amid US Escalation Against Russia

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 14, 2022 111:51

    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 recently reported increase of the inflation rate and how corporations are driving the increase in prices, the myths about the causes of inflation being propagated by politicians, the price gouging that corporations are engaging in as evidenced by the increase in the prices of things like food, and how the national debt driven by war spending and pandemic bailouts that have been abused by the corporations that received them have contributed to the current issues facing the country.In the second segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Greg Elich a member of the Solidarity Committee for Democracy and Peace in Korea and the author of Strange Liberators: Militarism, Mayhem, and the Pursuit of Profit to discuss the upcoming general elections in south Korea and the geopolitical contours that affect the race and US involvement in the peninsula, how south Korea's proximity to north Korea and China impacts the stakes of the election and US interest in the eventual winner, and current president Moon Jae-In's myopic focus on a peace declaration that would have little effect on the potential for peace on the Korean peninsula.In the third segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by K.J. Noh,a scholar, educator and journalist focusing on the political economy and geopolitics of the Asia-Pacific. He's also a member of Veterans for Peace, and senior correspondent with Flashpoints on KPFA to discuss Antony Blinken's recent tour of Pacific island nations in a blatant attempt to shore up support for its cold war drive against China, China's record in paying attention to and helping the island nations that the US has ignored until now, and how Blinken's visit and promises of support expose the real reason behind this visit as the US deals with similar issues.Later in the show, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Rachel Hu, co-host of the podcast It's Not You, It's Capitalism to discuss Eminem's reference to Colin Kaepernick's protest during his Super Bowl halftime performance and how the NFL's blackballing of Kaepernick highlights many issues with the NFL, the militaristic elements added to the Super Bowl and to sports at large, the continued and intensifying war drive against Russia over Ukraine and the corporate media's attempts at manufacturing consent, and the activism that has emerged after the killing of Amir Locke.

    The Geopolitical Influences On Upcoming South Korean Elections

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 14, 2022 18:09

    In this segment of By Any means Necessary, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Greg Elich a member of the Solidarity Committee for Democracy and Peace in Korea and the author of Strange Liberators: Militarism, Mayhem, and the Pursuit of Profit to discuss the upcoming general elections in south Korea and the geopolitical contours that affect the race and US involvement in the peninsula, how south Korea's proximity to north Korea and China impacts the stakes of the election and US interest in the eventual winner, and current president Moon Jae-In's myopic focus on a peace declaration that would have little effect on the potential for peace on the Korean peninsula.

    How Corporate Price Gouging Is Driving Inflation

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 14, 2022 14:39

    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 recently reported increase of the inflation rate and how corporations are driving the increase in prices, the myths about the causes of inflation being propagated by politicians, the price gouging that corporations are engaging in as evidenced by the increase in the prices of things like food, and how the national debt driven by war spending and pandemic bailouts that have been abused by the corporations that received them have contributed to the current issues facing the country.

    How Black History Month Ignores Critical Parts of Black History

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 11, 2022 109:46

    In this episode of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by Jessica Thomas, Reporter for Yellow Springs News to discuss the real story behind the viral video of Dave Chappelle threatening to pull his investments from Yellow Springs, Ohio over a proposed land development plan that was claimed to have included affordable housing, how Dave Chappelle's celebrity has contributed to rising property values and the struggle for affordable housing in Yellow Springs, and Dave Chapelle's relationship to the town of Yellow Springs.In the second segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Jenipher Jones, Co-Chair of the National Lawyers Guild Mass Incarceration Committee and lead counsel for the JLS International Law Project to discuss a lawsuit alleging delayed medical care for people held at RIkers jail and the inhumane conditions that people held at the jail are subjected to.In the third segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Nate Wallace, co-host of Red Spin Sports to discuss the blockbuster trade between the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers swapping star players James Harden and Ben Simmons and how the trade relates to the controversy over China sparked by 76ers General Manager Daryl Morey, the continued propaganda campaign against China propagated by both liberals and progressives as the Beijing Winter Olympics continue, and the reactionary backlash from some sports commentators against Brian Flores after he filed his lawsuit against the NFL over alleged racist hiring practices.Later in the show, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Dr. Charisse Burden-Stelly, assistant professor of Africana Studies and Political Science at Carleton College, Visiting Scholar with the Race and Capitalism Project at the University of Chicago, and editor of the upcoming book, “Organize, Fight, Win: Black Communist Women's Political Writing” to discuss the politics of Black History Month and how it's nearly exclusive focus on domestic Black trivia disconnects Black history from Black radicalism and its connections to the African continent, the upcoming book “Organize, Fight, Win: Black Communist Women's Political Writing” and how it connects to progressive movements today, and how pop culture seizes on the sanitized version of Black history to ignore real Black heroes who challenge dominant ideologies.

    James Harden Reunites With Anti-China General Manager Daryl Morey

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 11, 2022 17:13

    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 blockbuster trade between the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers swapping star players James Harden and Ben Simmons and how the trade relates to the controversy over China sparked by 76ers General Manager Daryl Morey, the continued propaganda campaign against China propagated by both liberals and progressives as the Beijing Winter Olympics continue, and the reactionary backlash from some sports commentators against Brian Flores after he filed his lawsuit against the NFL over alleged racist hiring practices.

    The Story Behind The Viral Dave Chappelle Clip

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 11, 2022 20:51

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by Jessica Thomas, Reporter for Yellow Springs News to discuss the real story behind the viral video of Dave Chappelle threatening to pull his investments from Yellow Springs, Ohio over a proposed land development plan that was claimed to have included affordable housing, how Dave Chappelle's celebrity has contributed to rising property values and the struggle for affordable housing in Yellow Springs, and Dave Chapelle's relationship to the town of Yellow Springs.

    COVID, Police Terror, and Ruling Class Contempt For Popular Demands

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2022 112:26

    In this episode of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by Sarah Brummet, an organizer with the Party for Socialism and Liberation in the Central Gulf Coast to discuss the Don't Say Gay bill introduced in the Florida legislature and supported by Governor Ron Desantis, the chilling effect that this bill would have on educators in Florida and how it fits into other attacks against education in the state, the effect that this bill would have on LGBTQ youth, who already are at higher risk for suicide, and the hypocrisy of Florida legislator justifying this bill with appeals to youth safety while also allowing COVID-19 to infect largely unvaccinated children unmitigated.In the second segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Medea Benjamin, Co-Founder of CODEPINK: Women for Peace to discuss avenues for diplomatic solutions to the current crisis over Ukraine under the Minsk protocol, the Biden administration's undermining of the accords by sending so-called lethal aid to Ukraine and its involvement in the original 2014 coup, the imperial hubris of the military-industrial complex as it artificially escalates the threat of war with Russia as Europeans and Americans speak out against war, and how Russiagate influences the Democrats willingness to pursue peace.In the third segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Donna Heyward, activist, organizer and widow of late organizer Nicholas Heyward Sr. to discuss the naming of a street for Nicholas Heyward Sr., an organizer against police terror and the father of Nicholas Heyward Jr., who was killed by New York police, the lack of accountability and justice that Heyward Jr. received and the injustice of the system that let his killer walk free, and the work that Heyward Sr. and Donna have done for their community and against police terror.Later in the show, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Kristine Hendrix, President to the University City School Board, Junior Bayard Rustin Fellow with the Fellowship for Reconciliation and contributor to the Truth-Telling Project and "We Stay Woke" podcast to discuss the fallout following the police killing of Amir Locke and the failure of Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey to deliver on his campaign promise to ban no-knock warrants, the lifting of restrictions against COVID-19 and the political and media campaign to over up the dismal COVID response by pushing the idea of endemic COVID, and former Vice President Mike Pence admonishing Donald Trump over the January 6th insurrection and the Democrats' refusal to do anything of substance in response to the insurrection.

    Ron DeSantis Backs Don't Say Gay Bill In Latest Attack On LGBTQ Youth

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2022 19:27

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by Sarah Brummet, an organizer with the Party for Socialism and Liberation in the Central Gulf Coast to discuss the Don't Say Gay bill introduced in the Florida legislature and supported by Governor Ron Desantis, the chilling effect that this bill would have on educators in Florida and how it fits into other attacks against education in the state, the effect that this bill would have on LGBTQ youth, who already are at higher risk for suicide, and the hypocrisy of Florida legislator justifying this bill with appeals to youth safety while also allowing COVID-19 to infect largely unvaccinated children unmitigated.

    Remembering and Honoring The Life and Activism of Nicholas Heyward Sr.

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2022 11:54

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Donna Heyward, activist, organizer and widow of late organizer Nicholas Heyward Sr. to discuss the naming of a street for Nicholas Heyward Sr., an organizer against police terror and the father of Nicholas Heyward Jr., who was killed by New York police, the lack of accountability and justice that Heyward Jr. received and the injustice of the system that let his killer walk free, and the work that Heyward Sr. and Donna have done for their community and against police terror.

    The Avenue For Peace In Ukraine That Politicians Ignore

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2022 16:55

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Medea Benjamin, Co-Founder of CODEPINK: Women for Peace to discuss avenues for diplomatic solutions to the current crisis over Ukraine under the Minsk protocol, the Biden administration's undermining of the accords by sending so-called lethal aid to Ukraine and its involvement in the original 2014 coup, the imperial hubris of the military-industrial complex as it artificially escalates the threat of war with Russia as Europeans and Americans speak out against war, and how Russiagate influences the Democrats willingness to pursue peace.

    COVID Highlights The Courage It Takes To Organize Communities

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 9, 2022 110:23

    In this episode of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by Gloria La Riva, coordinator of the Cuba and Venezuela Solidarity Committee to discuss political prisoner Leonard Peltier's diagnosis with COVID-19 and the danger he is in because of his unjust imprisonment, the calls from multiple legal and political officials to release Leonard Peltier, the dubious circumstances surrounding the incident for which Peltier was prosecuted and the FBI's railroading of him, and how to get involved in the growing movement to free Peltier.In the second segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Nkechi Taifa, Civil and Human Rights Attorney and President of The Taifa Group to discuss the effort to show widespread support for pardoning Marcus Garvey from crimes he was deported on, Garvey's impactful legacy in the Black nationalist movement and Black radicalism, the important lessons from Garvey that continue to inform activism around Black lives and fights over Black memory, and the importance of fighting to clear Garvey's name in an era of efforts to erase Black history.In the third 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 emergence of massive container ships in the global logistics industry and how it affected the global economy, how the containerization phenomenon contributed to monopolization of the shipping industry and the current crises of inflation and the supply chain, the extreme exploitation of workers on the ships and how the pandemic and supply chain issues have intensified their exploitation, and the environmental impact of these massive ships on the planet and on the communities that surround ports.Later in the show, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Maurice Cook, founder of Serve Your City to discuss the lifting of mask mandates by Democratic officials and the concerns over lifting mask mandates in schools while so many children remain unvaccinated, the short-sighted orientation of the government toward the pandemic and the crucial mutual aid organizations that fill the gaps and make society run, the ongoing controversy surrounding Brian Flores' lawsuit against the NFL over racist hiring practices and the Houston Texans hiring of Lovie Smith over Flores, and the reaction of young people to the killing of Amir Locke.

    Honoring Black History and The Campaign To Exonerate Marcus Garvey

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 9, 2022 14:22

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Nkechi Taifa, Civil and Human Rights Attorney and President of The Taifa Group to discuss the effort to show widespread support for pardoning Marcus Garvey from crimes he was deported on, Garvey's impactful legacy in the Black nationalist movement and Black radicalism, the important lessons from Garvey that continue to inform activism around Black lives and fights over Black memory, and the importance of fighting to clear Garvey's name in an era of efforts to erase Black history.

    The Many Hidden Costs of Massive Container Ships

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 9, 2022 18:18

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, 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 emergence of massive container ships in the global logistics industry and how it affected the global economy, how the containerization phenomenon contributed to monopolization of the shipping industry and the current crises of inflation and the supply chain, the extreme exploitation of workers on the ships and how the pandemic and supply chain issues have intensified their exploitation, and the environmental impact of these massive ships on the planet and on the communities that surround ports.

    Political Prisoner Leonard Peltier Diagnosed With COVID-19

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 9, 2022 13:55

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by Gloria La Riva, coordinator of the Cuba and Venezuela Solidarity Committee to discuss political prisoner Leonard Peltier's diagnosis with COVID-19 and the danger he is in because of his unjust imprisonment, the calls from multiple legal and political officials to release Leonard Peltier, the dubious circumstances surrounding the incident for which Peltier was prosecuted and the FBI's railroading of him, and how to get involved in the growing movement to free Peltier.

    Community Is A Movement's Greatest Defense Against Capitalist Cooptation

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 8, 2022 113:38

    In this episode of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman 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 book, “China's Great Road: Lessons for Marxist Theory and Socialist Practices” to discuss US lawmakers' passage of the America COMPETES Act, which is meant to challenge China's Belt and Road Initiative, the meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping and the growing alliance between the countries as both face military threats from the US, and how the current economic crises in the US highlight the differences between the US and Chinese economic models.In the second segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Brandon Soderberg, reporter on Baltimore for the Real News Network and coauthor of the book, "I Got A Monster: The Rise and Fall of America's Most Corrupt Police Squad" to discuss Baltimore's issues with vacant properties that both contribute to gentrification and pose danger to the communities they are in, the refusal of Baltimore officials to address the issue despite solutions being proposed in the past, and the city's pursuit of evictions and eminent domain on working and poor communities, its refusal to enforce housing codes or practice eminent domain on properties owned by housing developers, and how this situation exposes who local government actually works for.In the third segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by technologist Chris Garaffa, the editor of TechforthePeople.org to discuss the IRS canceling its use of third-party facial recognition technology, the troubling EARN IT Act which would make all web platforms scan all uploaded content under the guise of stopping child sexual abuse, and the Department of Homeland Security's deployment of robot dogs on the southern border and the questions surrounding how they will be used.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 the Supreme Court upholding a GOP-drawn Congressional map that diluted the electoral power of Black voters and the failure of Democrats to take meaningful action to stop the erosion of voting rights, the killing of Amir Locke by Minneapolis police and the challenges that have been faced by the movement against police terror in the aftermath of the 2020 uprisings against racism, the cooptation of people with little community connection into the capitalist propaganda machine to sap energy from movements, and the controversy surrounding Israel's admission into the African Union as an observer and how that relates to the broader ideological struggle on the African continent.

    IRS Drops Use of Facial Recognition After Outcry

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 8, 2022 15:20

    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 IRS canceling its use of third-party facial recognition technology, the troubling EARN IT Act which would make all web platforms scan all uploaded content under the guise of stopping child sexual abuse, and the Department of Homeland Security's deployment of robot dogs on the southern border and the questions surrounding how they will be used.

    Vacant Properties Expose Baltimore Government's Fealty To Developers

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 8, 2022 15:14

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Brandon Soderberg, reporter on Baltimore for the Real News Network and coauthor of the book, "I Got A Monster: The Rise and Fall of America's Most Corrupt Police Squad" to discuss Baltimore's issues with vacant properties that both contribute to gentrification and pose danger to the communities they are in, the refusal of Baltimore officials to address the issue despite solutions being proposed in the past, and the city's pursuit of evictions and eminent domain on working and poor communities, its refusal to enforce housing codes or practice eminent domain on properties owned by housing developers, and how this situation exposes who local government actually works for.

    US Lawmakers Threatened By China's Belt and Road Initiative

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 8, 2022 17:50

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman 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 book, “China's Great Road: Lessons for Marxist Theory and Socialist Practices” to discuss US lawmakers' passage of the America COMPETES Act, which is meant to challenge China's Belt and Road Initiative, the meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping and the growing alliance between the countries as both face military threats from the US, and how the current economic crises in the US highlight the differences between the US and Chinese economic models.

    Racist Police Terror and Imperialist Violence Are Two Sides of The Same Coin

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 7, 2022 111:38

    In this episode of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by Dr. Vijay Prashad, Executive Director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research and co-author of the book, Viviremos: Venezuela vs. Hybrid War to discuss the 60th anniversary of the US blockade on Cuba imposed as a punishment on Cuba for daring to stand up to the US, the alternative model that Cuba and other nations present as a challenge to the US drive for hegemony and unipolarity, the anniversary of the 1992 uprising against neoliberalism in Venezuela led by Hugo Chavez, the challenges the nations of the Global South have posed to US hegemony, and the forms of apartheid that are contributing to the climate crisis and the way out through a peoples-centered movement.In the third segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by T.J. Coles, a postdoctoral researcher at Plymouth University in the UK, a regular contributor to CounterPunch, and the author of We'll Tell You What to Think: Wikipedia, Propaganda, and the Making of Liberal Consensus. to discuss US soft power tactics and use of aid programs as cover in the creation of South Sudan and how it has contributed to the issues that the country faces now, AFRICOM's role in filling some of the gaps left by the US abandonment of the country following the outbreak of civil war, and the connections this situation could have with the current uprisings in SudanLater 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 the killing of Amir Locke by Minneapolis police in a pre-dawn no-knock raid, the death of Sandra Bland, and the continuing struggle against police terror, the biased coverage of the Beijing winter olympics that have helped beat the drums of the cold war drive on China, the demonization of resistance to state violence from victims of police terror and victims of imperialism alike, and the importance of political education in connecting the racist violence of police terror and imperialist violence.

    Cuba, Venezuela, and Resistance To US Hegemony

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 7, 2022 30:46

    In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by Dr. Vijay Prashad, Executive Director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research and co-author of the book, Viviremos: Venezuela vs. Hybrid War to discuss the 60th anniversary of the US blockade on Cuba imposed as a punishment on Cuba for daring to stand up to the US, the alternative model that Cuba and other nations present as a challenge to the US drive for hegemony and unipolarity, the anniversary of the 1992 uprising against neoliberalism in Venezuela led by Hugo Chavez, the challenges the nations of the Global South have posed to US hegemony, and the forms of apartheid that are contributing to the climate crisis and the way out through a peoples-centered movement.

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