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

kyle@libertarianinstitute.org


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    Provoking China with Taiwan Is a Losing Policy for America

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 54:53

    On COI #173, Dave DeCamp – News Editor at Antiwar.com – returns to the show to discuss recent news about China and Iran. Upon taking office, Biden had a golden opportunity to undo a key Trump blunder and return to the Iran nuclear agreement. However, Biden delayed action and is now struggling to make any progress with a new president in Tehran. Israel also remains a perpetual thorn in the side of diplomacy in the region, Dave and Kyle explain.  The US continues to use Taiwan to provoke China. Washington's increased diplomatic ties with the island, as well as weapons sales, have pushed the two even further from Beijing's decades-old 'One China' policy. The US is also increasing its military presence in the region with the ‘AUKUS' agreement with the UK and Australia, a pact designed to counter China in the Indo-Pacific. Odysee Rumble  Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash Qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Patreon Subscribe Star YouTube Facebook  Twitter  MeWe Apple Podcast  Amazon Music Google Podcasts Spotify iHeart Radio Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD    

    Antiwar vs Neocon: Conflicts of Interest Scott Horton - Bill Kristol Debate Breakdown

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 55:13

    Kyle Anzalone, Connor Freeman, Patrick MacFarlane, and Joanne Leon give their takes on the Soho Forum debate featuring Bill Kristol and Scott Horton discuss US foreign policy. The panel breaks down the arguments and questions asked to the debaters. The result of the debate was a resounding victory for Scott Horton and the antiwar movement. Odysee Rumble  Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash Qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Patreon Subscribe Star YouTube Facebook  Twitter  MeWe Apple Podcast  Amazon Music Google Podcasts Spotify iHeart Radio Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD

    How the Pentagon Influences Corporate Media

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 72:45

    On COI #171, Matthew Hoh returns to the show to discuss his experience with the mainstream media after becoming a whistleblower in the early Obama presidency. Hoh appeared in and on the most important US print and television outlets. However, because he was speaking out against the war in Afghanistan, the Pentagon quickly worked to discredit Hoh. America's top news outlets caved to Pentagon pressure without pushback and deprived Americans of Hoh's important viewpoint.  Matthew Hoh is a senior fellow with the Center for International Policy and a member of the Eisenhower Media Network (EMN). He is a 100 percent disabled Marine combat veteran, and in 2009, he resigned his position with the State Department in Afghanistan in protest of the escalation of the war. Odysee Rumble  Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash Qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Patreon Subscribe Star YouTube Facebook  Twitter  MeWe Apple Podcast  Amazon Music Google Podcasts Spotify iHeart Radio Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD

    Congress Takes Another Step Towards #DraftOurDaughters

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 39:11

    On Conflicts of Interest #170, Kyle Anzalone breaks down the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act. The 2022 NDAA funds the Pentagon with $780 billion for the next year, but also contains scores of other new laws. One measure requires women to register under the Selective Service Act. In the event of a draft, women will now be among those forced to enter into the service of the state to kill or be killed. Kyle discusses the future of US drone warfare in Afghanistan. The Taliban say the US continues to violate Afghan airspace with unmanned craft, as Washington plans to drop bombs on the country over the Taliban's objections. New details emerged about the last US drone strike in Afghanistan, which left 10 civilians dead, with the NYT revealing that an alleged “ISIS safe house” cited by the Pentagon was just a family residence.  Kyle updates the US war in Syria. The US announced two recent raids against ISIS. Claiming to capture a few militants and kill three others. The State Department said the US will continue to prevent the Syrian government from regaining all territory lost to rebels during the last decade of fighting, and will maintain its economic war against the people of the Lavant. Odysee Rumble  Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash Qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Patreon Subscribe Star YouTube Facebook  Twitter  MeWe Apple Podcast  Amazon Music Google Podcasts Spotify iHeart Radio Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD

    Tulsi Shills for the War Party, While Thomas Massie Makes a Heroic Stand

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 46:14

    On Conflicts of Interest #169, Kyle Anzalone breaks down recent statements from former Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. Despite previous rhetoric against “regime change wars,” Tulsi has called for an expansion of the War on Terror and continues to speak of the need to target “Islamists.” Tulsi lumps multiple diverse Muslim countries together and suggests their religion poses a unique danger to Americans that must be countered with drone warfare, which she presents as the humane option compared to regime change.  Kyle talks about the smear campaign targeting Rep. Thomas Massie after his heroic vote against funding Israel's military. Massie is one of only nine members of Congress – and the sole Republican – to vote “no.” The bill, which still has to pass the Senate, will hand Israel $1 billion in US taxdollars to resupply its Iron Dome interceptors, an essential tool for maintaining the Israeli apartheid regime. However, the Israel lobby is targeting Massie with false antisemitism claims.  Kyle discusses Biden's speech before the UN General Assembly in New York. The president told several lies, but among the biggest whoppers were claims that he does not seek a Cold War with China, and that the US is not at war for the first time in 20 years. In reality, US forces have bombed Syria in the past week, continue to occupy Iraq, and are waging drone wars from Niger to Pakistan. While Biden maintained he doesn't want a Cold War with China, his Air Force Secretary Frank Kendell has nonetheless pushed to weaponize space to counter China, while other military leaders speak obsessively about the need to confront Beijing.   Odysee Rumble  Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash Qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Patreon Subscribe Star YouTube Facebook  Twitter  MeWe Apple Podcast  Amazon Music Google Podcasts Spotify iHeart Radio Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD

    Why Did the Corporate Press Report on the CIA Plot Against Assange?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 54:59

    On COI #168, Kyle Anzalone and Will Porter update recent military spending passed by Congress, including a massive NDAA bill and another measure to hand Israel $1 billion to resupply its Iron Dome missile system, despite the $3-$5 billion in aid US taxpayers already give Tel Aviv on a yearly basis. While she vowed to oppose the latter bill, progressive New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez changed her vote to 'present' at the last minute, apparently hoping to avoid the ire of the powerful and influential Israel Lobby.  Yahoo News published a 'bombshell' report on the CIA's "secret war plans" against Julian Assange, including a plot to kidnap or assassinate him, however Kyle explains that there are some reasons for skepticism. The story appears to rehash many things already reported long ago in the alternative media, and takes certain false narratives – like the well-debunked Russiagate saga – on face value.  After admitting that its August 29 drone strike in Kabul killed 10 civilians – seven of them children, zero terrorists or ISIS fighters – the Pentagon has identified a man killed in a previous strike in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, alleging he was a high-profile Islamic State "facilitator" and "attack planner." Will argues that many of the things claimed about the Nangarhar man were also said about those killed in Kabul, all of which turned out to be false, and that the Pentagon cannot be taken at its word. Kyle and Will also update recent Covid news, including developments on booster shots and a new study suggesting that policymakers have used bad or misleading data to guide their decisions throughout the pandemic.     Odysee Rumble  Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash Qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Patreon Subscribe Star YouTube Facebook  Twitter  MeWe Apple Podcast  Amazon Music Google Podcasts Spotify iHeart Radio Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD

    US and Israel's Careful Plot to Destroy the Iran Nuclear Deal

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2021 61:51

    On COI #167, Connor Freeman - writer at the Libertarian Institute - returns to the show to break down the recent development in US-Iranian diplomacy. Joe Biden ran for president on returning to the Iran nuclear agreement that Trump left when Iran was fully compliant. As president, rather than returning to the agreement, Biden has continued Trump's ‘maximum pressure' campaign. Biden has also allowed the Israelis to concurrently wage an asymmetric war against Iran. The attacks from the US and Israel are spoiling the opportunity for diplomacy and a return to the JCPOA.  Odysee Rumble  Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash Qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Patreon Subscribe Star YouTube Facebook  Twitter  MeWe Apple Podcast  Amazon Music Google Podcasts Spotify iHeart Radio Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD

    The Architects of the Afghan War Failed Upwards

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 64:23

    On COI #166, Scott Spaulding – host of Why I'm Antiwar – returns to the show for the third installment of the 'Villains of the Afghan War' series. Scott breaks down the role of David Kilcullen, the godfather of counterinsurgency under the Bush administration. Kilcullen found himself in a high-ranking position that he exploited to push his own COIN policy. While his approach failed and the Afghan War ended in disaster, Kilcullen is still named as an expert and continues to profit off the military-industrial complex.  Scott discusses USAID official James Derleth's part in the Afghan nation-building effort. Derleth forced American soldiers to ask Afghan citizens questions and fill out forms. The information was useless – but worse, it put US soldiers in danger. He is now a professor who recently spoke at the prestigious West Point military academy.  Scott also takes aim at Paul Sommers and Ryan Brewster. While working for the USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service, the two headed a project that sought to use American soldiers to teach Afghans new farming techniques. However, the Afghans already knew how to farm and the US war had simply made it impossible to grow the fruit trees Sommers planned. In the end, Sommers and Brewster netted no improvement for average Afghans and racked up an expensive tab for American taxpayers in the process. Odysee Rumble  Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash Qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Patreon Subscribe Star YouTube Facebook  Twitter  MeWe Apple Podcast  Amazon Music Google Podcasts Spotify iHeart Radio Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD

    AUKUS Alliance Escalates Hostilities with China and Enrages France

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 57:42

    On COI #165, Connor Freeman – writer at the Libertarian Institute – returns to the show to discuss a newly formed anti-China alliance dubbed AUKUS (Australia, the UK, and the US). The pact will provide Australia with nuclear-powered submarines and allows the US to deploy more military assets in Australian territory. The agreement struck a nerve with Paris, as it effectively killed a $66 billion shipbuilding deal for French diesel subs. Even more outraged was China, as the new alliance further polarizes the world between the US and the Asian superpower.  Odysee Rumble  Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash Qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Patreon Subscribe Star YouTube Facebook  Twitter  MeWe Apple Podcast  Amazon Music Google Podcasts Spotify iHeart Radio Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD

    Clinton Lawyer Indicted Over Russiagate Misinformation Scheme

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 46:19


    On COI #164, Kyle Anzalone breaks down the recent indictment of Clinton lawyer Mike Sussmann. Sussmann was indicted by the Durham investigation looking into the origins and crimes committed in crafting the phony Russiagate narrative. Sussmann passed "data" to the FBI and funneled it to media outlets while working on the Clinton campaign. Clinton operatives then used those reports to claim a Trump-Putin conspiracy was being uncovered, despite planting the information themselves. [Correction: The lawyer's name is Mike Sussmann; Kyle mistakenly called him Mark.] Kyle discusses recent reporting by Bob Woodward on Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Mark Milley. Woodward claims that Milley twice contacted a Chinese general about potential US attacks on China, placing himself into the nuclear chain of command. Milley's alleged actions have Americans calling him a hero and traitor.  Kyle updates the August 29th drone strike in Kabul that left 10 civilians – including 7 children – dead. While the Pentagon initially claimed it thwarted an ISIS-K attack on the Kabul Airport, with Gen. Milley calling the strike "righteous" and the White House deeming it "successful," the military now admits that the strikes killed 10 innocent people. Odysee Rumble  Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash Qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Patreon Subscribe Star YouTube Facebook  Twitter  MeWe Apple Podcast  Amazon Music Google Podcasts Spotify iHeart Radio Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD


    COI Review: Netflix's 9/11 Documentary Turning Point

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 51:56

    On this COI bonus show, Matteo Marchionni - host of the Neutral Partisan Report - returns to the show to review the new Netflix documentary Turning Point: 9/11 and the War on Terror. The documentary reveals a shocking number of crimes committed by the US post-9/11. However, the show constantly spins the stories for the war state and lets absurd lies by swamp creatures go unchecked. Follow Matteo on Twitter @NPReport Subscribe to NP Report on YouTube  Odysee Rumble  Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash Qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Patreon Subscribe Star YouTube Facebook  Twitter  MeWe Apple Podcast  Amazon Music Google Podcasts Spotify iHeart Radio Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD

    Matthew Hoh Names the Reps. Most Responsible for the Afghan War Disaster

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 63:37

    On COI #163, Matthew Hoh joins Kyle Anzalone to discuss the villains of the Afghan War. Hundreds of members of Congress helped to keep the conflict going, but Matt names some of the worst offenders. He shares personal stories about reps who used their support for the war to build political capital needed to pass Obamacare. Several representatives agreed in private that the war was a lost cause that wasted hundreds of thousands of lives, Matt said, but for political reasons continued to support it publicly.    Odysee Rumble  Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash Qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Patreon Subscribe Star YouTube Facebook  Twitter  MeWe Apple Podcast  Amazon Music Google Podcasts Spotify iHeart Radio Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD

    The Pentagon Used Movies, Media, & the NFL to Sell War

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 71:26

    On COI #162, Scott Spaulding – an Iraq and Afghan combat vet who hosts the ‘Why I'm Antiwar' podcast – returns to the show to discuss the villains of the Afghan War. Scott explains how American culture was infected with bloodlust by the Pentagon's post-9/11 PR campaign, while the State Department partnered with Hollywood, the NFL and marketing firms to ensure uncritical support for the War on Terror. The propaganda continues to be very successful in enriching the elites while shielding them from all accountability. Odysee Rumble  Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash Qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Patreon Subscribe Star YouTube Facebook  Twitter  MeWe Apple Podcast  Amazon Music Google Podcasts Spotify iHeart Radio Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD

    Biden's Medical Martial Law

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 78:14

    On COI #161, Kyle Anzalone and Will Porter reflect on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and the innumerable ways they changed America forever. Will and Kyle also recall their own experiences growing up under the burgeoning War on Terror and how the attacks affected and influenced their lives.  The Biden administration continues to crank up its Covid regime, expanding federal vaccine mandates through indirect, piecemeal regulatory moves, as opposed to an outright executive order forcing all Americans to be vaccinated. The incremental approach is less likely to provoke opposition, and allows the government to maintain that it has not, in fact, mandated vaccinations.   The Pentagon's narrative around a recent drone strike in Kabul continues to collapse. A New York Times investigation strongly suggests the target of the strike did not belong to ISIS, and was instead a humanitarian aid worker for an American NGO based in California. It also casts serious doubt on the military's claim that the car hit in the drone strike may have been carrying explosives, and that such explosives caused "secondary" blasts that killed civilians. Will and Kyle had previously noted a 2017 story in which the Pentagon used the same "secondary explosion" excuse after a US strike killed scores of civilians in Iraq.  Several Palestinians have escaped from an Israeli prison, all of them originally captured for their role in the armed resistance to Israel's occupation. The jailbreak has become big news in Israel, but provoked a jingoistic reaction from some locals, Kyle explains. Odysee Rumble  Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash Qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Patreon Subscribe Star YouTube Facebook  Twitter  MeWe Apple Podcast  Amazon Music Google Podcasts Spotify iHeart Radio Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD

    White House Slams the Door on Diplomacy with Iran

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 38:55

    On COI #160, Kyle Anzalone discusses deteriorating US ties with Iran. Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned the window for negotiations with Tehran would soon close, not long after the US announced a new round of sanctions. Israeli officials, meanwhile, have vowed to step up efforts to confront the Islamic Republic. Together, the aggressive US and Israeli policies are likely to kill talks to revive the Iran nuclear deal.  Kyle updates the August 29th US drone strike that killed seven children in Kabul. The Pentagon released details of the strike, revealing the military was unsure of who was driving the car hit in the strike, as well as what home it was bombing. The corporate press, however, has already lost interest in the story, all but ensuring families of the slaughtered Afghan children will never see justice.  Kyle breaks down recent news from Ethiopia. Several massacres have been reported by various local groups as fighting rages on between the government and rebel forces in Tigray. The US has sanctioned an Eritrean official for alleged war crimes in Tigray, and there are reports out of neighboring Sudan that dead bodies are washing up on its shores – casualties of the Tigray war. Tensions between Ethiopia and Sudan are also on the rise after the Sudanese government reported a shipment of guns that arrived from Ethiopia. Odysee Rumble  Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash Qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Patreon Subscribe Star YouTube Facebook  Twitter  MeWe Apple Podcast  Amazon Music Google Podcasts Spotify iHeart Radio Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD

    How the War Party Responds to the Afghan Withdrawal

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 53:17

    On this Conflicts of Interest bonus show, Joanne Leon and Connor Freeman, join Kyle Anzalone to discuss how the media is spinning the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan. Neocons, Republicans, and liberals are pushing Americans to start new wars and continue bombing Afghanistan. Odysee Rumble  Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash Qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Patreon Subscribe Star YouTube Facebook  Twitter  MeWe Apple Podcast  Amazon Music Google Podcasts Spotify iHeart Radio Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD

    The People Who Were Right About Afghanistan

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 52:33


    On COI #159, Kevin Gosztola joins Kyle Anzalone to discuss the people who were right about the Afghan War all along, among them Congresswoman Barbara Lee, who cast the sole ‘no' vote against the 2001 authorization to attack Afghanistan. Lee correctly predicted that the bill would be exploited to justify an endless war, and has continued to fight to repeal the 2001 AUMF.  Kevin recounts the story of Matthew Hoh. Working as a State Department official, Hoh realized Obama's Afghan surge would be a deadly failure. He, therefore, blew the whistle on the administration's propaganda campaign, which insisted the ‘surge' approach employed in Iraq could be exported to Afghanistan. While Hoh was largely ignored, he gained key backing for his claims, which have since been proven correct.  Like Hoh, Daniel L. Davis also blew the whistle over the disastrous Afghan surge. Years after Hoh, Davis reported to Congress – and the American people – that the country's leaders were lying about their non-existent successes in Afghanistan.  Kevin talks about the importance of journalist Micheal Hastings, who penned an explosive 2010 Rolling Stone profile that resulted in the firing of Stanley McChrystal, the “Runaway General.” Hastings also exposed the absurdity of the US counter-insurgency campaign pushed by the disgraced General David Petraeus.  The horrors and failures of the Afghan War were also published by Wikileaks, thanks to leaker Chelsea Manning and journalist Julian Assange. Kevin explains why Manning passed the Afghan War Logs to Wikileaks and updates Julians Assange's extradition appeal.  Daniel Hale is another persecuted whistleblower, who released important information showing the massive number of civilians murdered by the US drone program. Hale appeared in the documentary ‘National Bird,' but was not prosecuted for leaking the information until years later.  Kevin Gosztola is managing editor at Shadowproof, host of the "Dissenter Weekly," and co-host of the podcast "Unauthorized Disclosure." The Dissenter  https://thedissenter.org/author/kgosztola/ Shadowproof on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/c/shadowproofcom Odysee Rumble  Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash Qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Patreon Subscribe Star YouTube Facebook  Twitter  MeWe Apple Podcast  Amazon Music Google Podcasts Spotify iHeart Radio Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD


    Afghan Kids Killed By US Bomb, Pentagon Claims "Success"

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2021 58:52

    On COI #158, Kyle Anzalone and Will Porter update the aftermath of a US drone strike in Kabul that killed at least 10 Afghan civilians, most of them children. While the Pentagon claims it struck a car carrying Islamic State explosives, and that secondary blasts caused the civilian deaths, victims' family members are disputing that version of events. Kyle and Will explain that this is not the first time the US military blamed "secondary explosions" for non-combatant casualties in American strikes. Will also updates the situation in Afghanistan's Panjshir valley, where Tajik warlord Ahmad Massoud is attempting to rally anti-Taliban fighters and remnants of the defunct Afghan National Army under the banner of a newly created National Resistance Front (NRF). Panjshir is historically a bastion of anti-Taliban forces, and was one of the few regions the militant group was unable to fully pacify during its previous stint ruling the country in the 1990s. Several cops and paramedics involved in the 2019 death of Elijah McClain – the 23-year-old murdered in the custody of police in Aurora, Colorado – have been indicted, including charges of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide. Kyle discusses the Biden administration's recent commitment to hand Ukraine more than $60 million in military aid, specifically designed to confront so-called "Russian aggression." Will and Kyle argue that no amount of Javelin missiles and "non-lethal aid" could repel a Russian potential invasion of Ukraine – a prospect that exists only in hawks' fevered imaginations to begin with – and that such "security assistance" is a windfall for arms dealers like Lockheed Martin.  Odysee Rumble  Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash Qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Patreon Subscribe Star YouTube Facebook  Twitter  MeWe Apple Podcast  Amazon Music Google Podcasts Spotify iHeart Radio Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD

    Biden Puts Israel First

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 93:32

    On COI #157, Connor Freeman – writer at the Libertarian Institute – returns to the show to discuss Biden's Israel policy. Biden entered office with a prime opportunity to revive the Iran nuclear deal, but has instead caved to the demands of Tel Aviv. Now the deal is nearly dead and Israel is plotting more actions against Iran with US support. Returning to the deal could help Washington disengage from the Middle East, but Biden is sticking with an ‘Israel First' policy.  In the occupied territories, the Palestinians continue to suffer under a brutal military regime. In recent weeks, Palestinians – including children – were gunned down and others had their homes destroyed by the Israeli forces. The behavior of the occupying forces is unsurprising as Human Rights Watch recently reported Israel likely committed war crimes by bombing apartment buildings in Gaza.  Connor updates recent news from Afghanistan. With the American exit, the Taliban now control nearly the entire country, including all of Kabul. While the militant Islamist movement is now the government of Afghanistan, the US is refusing to recognize the Taliban as a legitimate state. The US denying recognition to the new ‘Islamic Emirate' could have negative consequences for ordinary Afghans.  Odysee Rumble  Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash Qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Patreon Subscribe Star YouTube Facebook  Twitter  MeWe Apple Podcast  Amazon Music Google Podcasts Spotify iHeart Radio Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD

    Conflicts of Interest Bonus #2: FexEx/Police Partnership and Fake Stories From Afghanistan

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 33:50

    On the second COI bonus show, Kyle Anzalone and Patrick MacFarlane discuss a new police partnership with FedEx that allows cops to use drug dogs in the company's facilities, leading to constitutionally questionable raids. Will Porter joins Kyle and Pat to discuss news from Afghanistan, including several fake and misleading stories. Kyle, Will and Pat talk about growing up in the early days of the Terror War and how public schools allowed the military to push propaganda on campus. Odysee Rumble  Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash Qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Patreon Subscribe Star YouTube Facebook  Twitter  MeWe Apple Podcast  Amazon Music Google Podcasts Spotify iHeart Radio Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD

    The Occupation of Afghanistan, Biden Vows to Continue Bombing

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 43:50

    On COI #156, Kyle Anzalone discusses the departure of the last US soldiers in Afghanistan. After 20 years, the occupation has finally ended. However, the US war in Afghanistan may not be over as Biden has vowed to continue drone strikes in the country. The latest strike left seven children dead. The Biden administration says soldiers left after a “successful” withdrawal of over 100,000 people.  Kyle breaks down a recent article in the Washington Post by Max Boot. The war hawk argues the American people are the ones responsible for 13 soldiers being killed in Afghanistan. Boot is attempting to shift blame because he is among the few truly responsible for the deaths of those soldiers and hundreds of thousands of other human beings over the past 20 years. If we don't hold people like Max Boot to account, we are doomed to repeat the mistakes of the Afghan War.  Kyle talks about two recent articles on policing from Reason. One article exposes how cops are teaming up with FedEx to conduct constitutionally questionable raids. Officers deploy dogs to training facilities where any package “hit” on by a dog can then be used to raid the recipient's home. Immigration police are also abusing their powers by targeting immigration activists.  Kyle updates the US relationship with North Korea. After placing the North Korea issue on the back burner, the Biden administration is concerned the pot is now boiling over. The IAEA believes North Korea has restarted its reactor that produces weapons-grade nuclear material. The US will now scramble to prevent Pyongyang from advancing its nuclear program, after missing clear opportunities for diplomacy at the start of Biden's term.  A humanitarian group in London is seeking an ICC investigation into war crimes committed in Yemen. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, US and UK are all among those accused of killing over 100 Yemenis in violation of the laws of war. The most horrific of the crimes include bombing a school bus, killing at least 34 children.  Last, Kyle breaks down increasing tensions with China. On a recent trip to Singapore and Vietnam, Vice President Kamala Harris rallied support against China. The VP offered aid and vowed to increase the presence of US warships in the Indo-Pacific region. As Harris wrapped up her trip, the US sailed a destroyer and Coast Guard ship through the Taiwan Strait. Odysee Rumble  Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash Qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Patreon Subscribe Star YouTube Facebook  Twitter  MeWe Apple Podcast  Amazon Music Google Podcasts Spotify iHeart Radio Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD

    US Bombs Afghanistan, Claims to Target ISIS, Wipes Out a Family

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2021 72:43

    On COI #155, Kyle Anzalone and Will Porter update the situation in Afghanistan, including the aftermath of a deadly suicide bombing outside the Kabul airport on August 26.  President Joe Biden authorized two separate retaliatory drone strikes on what the government claims were ISIS-K targets in Afghanistan. The first was launched Friday in Nangarhar province and was said to have killed two militant "planners" and injured another. A second strike on Sunday hit a neighborhood in Kabul itself, reportedly killing nine civilians, including six children, in addition to at least one jihadist fighter in a vehicle carrying explosives.  Will and Kyle take on a steady stream of bad arguments from war hawks of all stripes, including the likes of Paul Wolfowitz, an architect of the War on Terror and an unrepentant cheerleader for the invasion of Afghanistan.  The DC police officer who murdered Ashli Babbitt – who was fatally shot after entering the Capitol on January 6 alongside a mob of Trump supporters – has given his first public interview. Identified as Lieutenant Michael Byrd, the officer insists he was right to shoot Babbitt, who was unarmed, arguing she posed a threat to US representatives.  Odysee Rumble  Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash Qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Patreon Subscribe Star YouTube Facebook  Twitter  MeWe Apple Podcast  Amazon Music Google Podcasts Spotify iHeart Radio Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD  

    The War State Spins Lies to Exploit Tragedy at Kabul Airport

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2021 65:37

    Connor Freeman – writer at the Libertarian Institute – returns to the show to discuss the dual suicide bombing at the Kabul airport. As of the recording, at least 60 Afghans and 13 American soldiers were killed in the blasts. ISIS-K – a group of mostly non-Afghans that have pledged loyalty to the Islamic State – claimed credit for the attack, which came after several terrorism alerts from US and Taliban officials in recent days.  In response to the bombing, American hawks have exploited the tragedy by spinning lies about the situation in Afghanistan, many claiming Washington could easily take Kabul under control with a few soldiers. Others have suggested that America commit war crimes and wipe Afghan cities off the map in response, often conflating the Taliban with ISIS-K. Kyle and Connor debunk the most popular myths being pushed.  Connor breaks down how Israel is terrorizing the Palestinians. In the West Bank, Tel Aviv is increasing the use of night raids, seeing IDF soldiers storm refugee camps in the middle of the night. Israeli forces have responded to Palesitnian opposition to the raids with increased violence. During a recent raid, Israeli forces murdered a Palestinian teenager.  Kyle and Connor update ongoing protests in Gaza. The situation for Palestinians in the blockaded enclave is even worse as IDF snipers recently opened fire on demonstrators, injuring over 40 people, including 24 children. A Palestinian gunman shot one of the snipers in the head. In response, Israel has bombed Gaza City.  Along with bombing Palestinians, Israel has also been targeting Syria. While Syria and Russia have announced they would attempt to prevent the strikes, Israel has so far been undeterred. The strikes add to the instability in the region that could be exacerbated as Israel pushes Biden to leave the JCPOA. Connor explains how Israel's reckless bombing is driving tensions in the Middle East. Odysee Rumble  Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash Qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Patreon Subscribe Star YouTube Facebook  Twitter  MeWe Apple Podcast  Amazon Music Google Podcasts Spotify iHeart Radio Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD

    Despite All-Out Media Effort, Americans Still Support Afghan Withdrawal

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 42:44

    On COI #153, Kyle Anzalone updates events in Afghanistan. The Pentagon and State Department are working to remove some privileged Afghans and Americans from Afghanistan. The US claims it has evacuated tens of thousands so far,  but it is still unclear how many will be left behind. Despite the speed with which the Afghan government collapsed and ongoing chaos at the airport, the American people have been unpersuaded by a relentless effort by war hawks in the corporate press to turn the public against the withdrawal. New polls show almost two-thirds of Americans support ending the occupation.  Kyle breaks down recent tragedies in Haiti. After a presidential assassination last month, an earthquake and tropical storm left over 2,200 dead. USAID seized on the opportunity to increase the empire's reach in Haiti, with hundreds of troops set to deploy for a relief operation led by the agency. However, USAID has a history of supporting regime change efforts through its “charity.” Aid operations after the last major earthquake in 2010 left the country worse off by squandering billions and creating a cholera epidemic.  Kyle discusses the FDA's decision to grant full approval for Pfizer's Covid vaccine. As predicted on Monday's show, the approval came with a massive wave of government pressure for employers to mandate vaccines for all workers.  In Yemen, Saudi currency manipulation is wreaking economic chaos as there are now two exchange rates in Yemen. The Saudi-backed government has dumped new dollars into Yemen, causing a spike in inflation in those areas. The Houthis have banned the newly minted bills, preventing the erosion in the currency's value. Odysee Rumble  Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash Qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Patreon Subscribe Star YouTube Facebook  Twitter  MeWe Apple Podcast  Amazon Music Google Podcasts Spotify iHeart Radio Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD

    Bonus Ep: End the Damn Wars guest Magnus Panvidya

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2021 40:06

    On the first-ever Conflicts of Interest bonus episode, Kyle Anzalone and Will Porter sit down with Magnus Panvidya to discuss the ‘End The Damn Wars' project, an effort to unite anti-war voices across the political spectrum and organize street actions opposing US militarism. Magnus explains the origins and aims of the new initiative, and argues that internet activism alone is not enough to stand in the way of Empire. Calling for cooperation between all dissident movements – left, right and libertarian – Magnus makes the case that ‘bottom unity' is the best hope for reining in the war state. Note: NSFW language Odysee Rumble  Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash Qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Patreon Subscribe Star YouTube Facebook  Twitter  MeWe Apple Podcast  Amazon Music Google Podcasts Spotify Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD

    Vaccine Passports, Mask Mandates & Booster Shots

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 78:15

    On COI #152, Kyle Anzalone and Will Porter discuss the state of the US Covid regime. An increasing number of federal agencies, state and local governments are requiring employees to be vaccinated. The mandates are not limited to government employees as an increasing number of private companies are requiring employees and patients to receive the jab. Several states are rolling out mandates for masks, especially in schools. However, there is some question as to what it means to be “fully vaccinated,” as the Biden administration has urged all adults to receive booster shots within 8 months of their second dose.  Kyle and Will update the US withdrawal effort in Afghanistan. Many hawks are trying to shift responsibility for the Afghan War to Biden for his poorly planned withdrawal. Kyle and Will argue that the hawks are responsible for much of the suffering of the Afghan people, and that the only reason they continue to wield influence is due to a lack of media coverage of the war. In all of 2020, major network news only spent five minutes covering America's longest conflict.  The hosts break down Biden's increasingly hostile Cuba policy, including two new rounds of sanctions in recent weeks. While the penalties are unlikely to have a practical impact, it signals a continuation of Trump's economic warfare, rather than the more diplomatic approach favored by the Obama presidency.  Kyle and Will discuss an FBI report on the events at the Capitol on Jan. 6th, which found a lack of coordination between the people who entered the building. While several people broke into the Capitol and assaulted police, there was no evidence of an attempted coup or insurrection. However, this has not stopped the DoJ from rabidly attempting  to prosecute anyone at the Capitol, including an InfoWars host.  Kyle and Will update the prosecution of several men accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan's governor. As more evidence of the plot is exposed, it is increasingly clear that FBI agents and informats played a critical role in crafting the kidnapping scheme. Recently unearthed text messages show FBI agents instructing informats to accuse other group members of working for the feds to take suspicion off of themselves, while also telling them to delete the communications in question.  Odysee Rumble  Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash Qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Patreon Subscribe Star YouTube Facebook  Twitter  MeWe Apple Podcast  Amazon Music Google Podcasts Spotify Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD

    Hawks' Boast of Obsessive Anti-China Paranoia as Basis for Policy

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 42:59

    On COI #151, Kyle Anzalone explains how Biden's China policy is being formed by officials who boast about being Sino-paranoid. Biden's new Air Force Secretary said he was “obsessed” with China and was hoping to “scare” the CCP. The delusions of key Biden officials is creating an increasingly anti-American bond between Russia and China. The two nuclear superpowers recently demonstrated their growing ties with a round of joint war games.  Kyle breaks down the ongoing disorder at the Kabul Airport. US officials have suggested the Taliban is complying with the US effort to evacuate Americans. However, Western media has reported Taliban actions are making it impossible for Americans to reach the airport. The US has signaled ambitious goals to evacuate tens of thousands in the coming days, but have only evacuated a few thousand successfully to date.  Kyle updates Israel's occupation of Palestine. Tel Aviv recently seized 23 tonnes of chocolate en route to Gaza, depriving the people of an unusual luxury. Israel is planning to construct over 2,000 new settler homes in the West Bank. In a surprise move, the State Department condemned the announcement.  Kyle discusses Iran's civilian nuclear energy program. The US recently warned Iran against advancing its program after designing an uranium metal plate. The plate is for the Tehran Research Reactor, built for Iran by the US in the 1960s. Washington – which has a massive nuclear arsenal – continues to point the finger at Iran for producing energy and medicine with its nuclear program.  Odysee Rumble  Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash Qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Patreon Subscribe Star YouTube Facebook  Twitter  MeWe Apple Podcast  Amazon Music Google Podcasts Spotify Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD  

    COI #150: Scott Horton on the End of a Fool's Errand

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 55:08


    On COI #150 the great Scott Horton returns to the show to discuss the collapse of America's sockpuppet government in Kabul. Scott explains how he seemed to be one of the only Afghan War analysts to correctly predict how quickly – and mostly bloodlessly – the Afghan government would collapse. He talks about the Taliban's gains in recent years and how they were primed to consolidate their power.    With the Taliban now in control of almost all of Afghanistan, some Afghans – and nearly all of the corporate media – believe the Taliban will return to their same harsh style of rule from the pre-9/11 era. However, Scott explains there are some reasons to be hopeful that the Taliban's rule may be less brutal – although still horrible. Since taking power the Taliban has made an effort to create the appearance that women will be accepted into society and the government. The group has said they are not seeking reprisals and Kabul, at the moment, remains calm under their rule.    In response to the withdrawal, the hawks' favorite trope has been to claim the Taliban takeover makes the world more dangerous for Americans. Scott debunks the myth that the Taliban offers ‘safe haven' to groups that want to murder Americans. However, less than a year ago, the US was backing the Taliban with drone strikes against ISIS-K, with soldiers even dubbing themselves the “Taliban's air force.” Reports claiming an al-Qaeda presence in Afghanistan are nothing more than hearsay.    A second tactic being used by the corporate press is to spin the rise of the Taliban into a threat to American hegemony over Russia and China. Scott dismantles the arguments that Chinese influence in Afghanistan is a concern for Americans. Scott also discussed the issue of Uyghur jihadists who take refuge in Afghanistan.   Kyle rounds out the show by asking Scott if he thinks America's war in Afghanistan is over. Scott explains that the US does not have the ability to redeploy occupation forces to the country. The US would also struggle to carry out special forces missions because of Afghanistan's isolated location, though Scott says the US may try to continue CIA operations to undermine the Taliban.    Scott Horton is editorial director of Antiwar.com, director of the Libertarian Institute, host of Antiwar Radio on Pacifica, 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles, California and podcasts the Scott Horton Show from ScottHorton.org. He's the author of the 2021 book Enough Already: Time to End the War on Terrorism, the 2017 book, Fool's Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan, and the editor of the 2019 book, The Great Ron Paul: The Scott Horton Show Interviews 2004–2019. He's conducted more than 5,500 interviews since 2003. Scott's articles have appeared at Antiwar.com, The American Conservative magazine, the History News Network, The Future of Freedom, The National Interest and the Christian Science Monitor. He also contributed a chapter to the 2019 book, The Impact of War. Scott lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, investigative reporter Larisa Alexandrovna Horton. He is a fan of, but no relation to the lawyer from Harper's. Scott's Twitter, YouTube, Patreon. Odysee Rumble  Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash Qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Patreon Subscribe Star YouTube Facebook  Twitter  MeWe Apple Podcast  Amazon Music Google Podcasts Spotify Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD


    Taliban Overruns Kabul, Dealing Fatal Blow to the US-Built Government

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2021 67:28

    Major territorial gains that began in provincial centers earlier this month came to a head on August 15, with the militant group waltzing into the national capital and seizing the city, encountering virtually no resistance from government forces in the process. With Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fleeing the country, the Taliban has installed a new president from its own ranks, insisting there would be no transitional state as it declared the "Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan" as the new government.  Having failed to prepare for the fall of the capital, Washington is now overseeing a hasty, chaotic evacuation of diplomatic staff and other American civilians, with some 6,000 US soldiers deployed to secure the operation. Thousands of Afghans are also looking to flee the country, including those who worked alongside US diplomats, but with no clear contingency plans in place, their fate remains in limbo.  Will and Kyle break down the Biden administration's response to the news, the overall status of the American withdrawal, as well as the reactions from hawks who insist the occupation should never end. Odysee Rumble  Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash Qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Patreon Subscribe Star YouTube Facebook  Twitter  MeWe Apple Podcast  Amazon Music Google Podcasts Spotify Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD

    After 2 Decades of War & Nation Building, the Afghan State Is Crumbling

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2021 57:04


    On COI #148, Kyle breaks down some of the latest developments in Afghanistan. The Taliban continue their offensive, seizing major Afghan cities like Kandahar, Ghazni, and Harat. In response, the US is planning to reduce the staff at its embassy and possibly abandon it entirely. The State Department is calling on all Americans to leave the country and increasing the number of flights for Afghans seeking to flee. NOTE: After recording, the US announced it was deploying 3,000 troops to Afghanistan to aid the evacuation and the Taliban-seized Kandahar.    Kyle discusses a new secretive NSA program code-named ‘WildandStormy.' Little is known about the project other than that it is a new cloud program for the agency. Amazon Web Services is reported to have won a $10 billion contract to produce the system. Microsoft quickly sued, claiming the bidding process was unfair.    Julian Assange had an important hearing as Washington continues to push for his extradition. The US had already won a limited appeal of the judge's ruling that Assange could not be extradited to the US because mental distress and the cruel US prison system would cause him to commmit suicide. However, the US was able to score a larger victory, allowing a wider scope for their challenge to the judge's decision.    Kyle updates some of the latest US preparations for war with China. The Pentagon concluded a stress test on the USS Ford by detonating a 40,000-lb bomb in the ocean near the ship. The explosion caused some damage, but the US says it proves the ship could withstand an attack from Russia and China. The US is also conducting the SEACAT war games with 20 other nations in Singapore and planning naval war games in the Pacific next month.    Signs of potential for diplomatic progress on the Korean Peninsula quickly came to a halt when South Korea announced the start of annual war games with the US. A few weeks ago, North and South Korea reestablished hotlines that had been dormant for over a year. After the war games kicked off, North Korea stopped answering the calls.    Kyle talks about Israeli aggression in the Middle East. After bombing northern Lebanon a few weeks ago, Israel carried out heavy bombing in the country's south, also recently striking Gaza. In all cases Tel Aviv claimed it was responding to attacks, however the rockets and incendiary balloons targeting Israel are themselves a response to its cruelty towards the Palestinians.  Odysee Rumble  Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash Qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Patreon Subscribe Star YouTube Facebook  Twitter  MeWe Apple Podcast  Amazon Music Google Podcasts Spotify Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD  


    American Leaders Weaponize the ‘Chinese Boogeyman' for Political Gain

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 58:12

    On COI #147, Dave DeCamp – News Editor at Antiwar.com – returns to the show to discuss how American pols increasingly use China as a political weapon. Secretary of State Antony Blinken recently warned that the US must pass a massive infrastructure spending bill or risk ‘losing' to China. He also warned that Beijing is in the midst of a nuclear buildup. However, the Chinese nuclear arsenal is many times smaller than the American arsenal, and the US is planning to spend trillions updating its own nuclear weapons stockpile.  The US is working to influence the geopolitics of Southeast Asia against China, forming stronger ties with many of the country's neighbors and endorsing territorial claims that rival Beijing's. The last several US administrations have also sought to form stronger ties with Taiwan, including through arms sales, while an American commander recently stated the US is ready and able to defend the island.  Dave and Kyle update the Taliban offensive in Afghanistan. Provincial capitals are falling at a rapid pace as the Biden administration continues to say it is holding firm on the August 31st withdrawal date. The US still has 650 troops deployed to the Kabul embassy and is bombing Taliban targets at an increasing rate. However, the US airstrikes are not enough to turn back Taliban advances. Dave and Kyle discuss what Biden will do as the crumbling Afghan state faces tough decisions.  The Mercer Street was the first of two cargo ships attacked off the coast of Oman in recent weeks. The attack was blamed on Iran by the US, Israel and many Western allies. Israel is demanding action against Iran – which has denied involvement – and even suggested it would carry out a unilateral response. New reports from the UK press say British special forces are working with their American counterparts on the ground in eastern Yemen to bring the culprits to justice. Dave and Kyle examine the possible actors behind the attacks.  Dave updates the US mission in Iraq. A recent agreement between Washington and Baghdad said the American mission would shift to training only. However, that agreement appears to be a PR stunt attempting to appease the American and Iraqi people's desire for the occupation to finally end. Odysee Rumble  Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash Qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Patreon Subscribe Star YouTube Facebook  Twitter  MeWe Apple Podcast  Amazon Music Google Podcasts Spotify Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD

    Afghan Capitals Fall to Taliban as Pentagon Threatens to Ramp Up Bombing

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2021 62:59

    On COI #146, Kyle and Will break down Twitter's latest attempt to root out what it calls 'misinformation,' with the platform announcing a new partnership with Reuters and the Associated Press to 'fact check' information on the site. The two newswires are among the most respectable in western media, but have poor track records reporting on certain issues and a tendency to uncritically repeat the empire's narratives and framing.    A major offensive by the Taliban has seen the militant group capture five provincial capitals over the last week, including Kunduz city, while Taliban fighters continue to threaten Lashkar Gah, Kandahar and even Kabul, where they've launched several bombings and assassinations in recent days. As Afghan government forces fold under the assault, US officials are warning of a stepped-up bombing campaign to keep the group out of important cities. New York City has become the first in the US to adopt a full-blown vaccine passport. Mayor Bill de Blasio says the new pass will come into force in mid-September, and that the government will inspect businesses to ensure compliance. The program may be a sign of things to come for the rest of the country, as cities, counties and states across the US reimpose mask mandates and other pandemic restrictions due to hype around the Covid-19 "Delta variant."    Odysee Rumble  Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash Qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Patreon Subscribe Star YouTube Facebook  Twitter  MeWe Apple Podcast  Amazon Music Google Podcasts Spotify Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD

    Biden's Endless War Games and Sanctions Sets the US on a Path to War

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2021 68:50

    On COI #145 Connor Freeman, writer at The Libertarian Institute, returns to the show to discuss recent attacks on ships near the Persian Gulf. The first attack saw two drones hit a cargo ship, killing two. The US, UK, and Israel have pointed the finger at Iran, claiming to have evidence. However, the governments have yet to present any, and Iran is denying the charges.  The second attack was alleged to be an attempted hijacking. Again, Iran was blamed with no evidence yet presented. The attack was thwarted after the crew disabled the ship. The timing of the incident raises suspicions of a possible false flag to fuel tensions between Washington and Tehran. Kyle and Connor break down the motives of the possible actors, including Israel and Iran.  Connor explains how the slow American policy shift in favor of Taiwanese independence has put the US on a collision course with China. Along with increased diplomatic ties with the island, the US has ramped up military support. This week, Biden announced his first weapons sale to Taiwan – $750 million in Howitzers and guided-munitions kits. Under Biden, the US has sailed a warship through the Taiwan Strait seven times, moves repeatedly condemned by Beijing.  As the US steps up support for Taiwan in the East China Sea, the Pentagon is carrying out massive war games with several allied countries in the region, including its largest amphibious military drills in 40 years. US allies India, Germany, the UK, France and Japan have also deployed military ships to the South China Sea.  Connor breaks down how the US continues to destroy its relationship with Russia. War games in the Black Sea paired with this week's removal of 24 Russian diplomats surely undermines any good will produced from recent arms control talks. Some American hawks are noticing that Russia and China have adopted closer ties in recent years. Connor argues this is unlikely to change without a less aggressive American foreign policy.  Odysee Rumble  Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash Qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Patreon Subscribe Star YouTube Facebook  Twitter  MeWe Apple Podcast  Amazon Music Google Podcasts Spotify Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD

    Danny Sjursen Dismantles the War State's Afghanistan Narrative

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 59:04

    On Conflicts of Interest #144, retired Army Major and Afghan War vet Danny Sjursen returns to the show to discuss Biden's declared end to the Afghan War. Danny explains how the war has changed under the current administration. He attempts to tackle the tough question: “Is the war actually ending?” Danny and Kyle break down the factions in the Biden administration resisting the president's push to end the war. Danny compares Biden's struggle to that of Obama and Trump, who both attempted to limit or end the war but were unable to do so – at least in part – because their employees undermined their efforts.  Danny discusses how the Afghan War is evolving. He breaks down the country's ethnic groups and explains why there is no way to partition the country. Danny tells some stories from his experience in Afghanistan and why our nation-building effort has failed.  Danny debunks key points being made by the hawks to justify the continued occupation and bombing of Afghanistan. Danny looks at the human rights abuses and war crimes of the US and Afghan militaries. Using his own experiences in Afghanistan, Danny explains why the US cannot improve the lives of Afghans with troops or bombs.  Danny concludes the show by discussing how his fellow veterans have reacted to the end of the war. While there is a wide range of opinion, Danny argues the vet community is actually MORE against the war than American civilians.  Danny Sjursen is a retired U.S. Army officer, the director of the Eisenhower Media Network (EMN), a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy (CIP), contributing editor at Antiwar.com, and co-hosts the podcast “Fortress on a Hill.” His work has appeared in the NY Times, LA Times, The Nation, The Hill, Salon, The American Conservative, and Mother Jones, among other publications. He served combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and taught history at West Point. He is the author of three books, Ghostriders of Baghdad: Soldiers, Civilians, and the Myth of the Surge, Patriotic Dissent: America in the Age of Endless War, and most recently A True History of the United States. Follow him on Twitter @SkepticalVet. Odysee Rumble  Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash Qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Patreon Subscribe Star YouTube Facebook  Twitter  MeWe Apple Podcast  Amazon Music Google Podcasts Spotify Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD

    Conflicts of Interest #143: Corporate Press Covers for Israel as It Murders Palestinians By Choice

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2021 59:29

    On COI #143, Kyle and Will break down the latest quarterly report from the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR), which paints a bleak picture for the country as the US' 20-year war and occupation finally appear to be winding down. A major Taliban offensive over the spring and summer has put around half of Afghanistan's districts under the militant group's control, sending civilian casualties to record levels for the period between May and June. Despite being propped up by American largesse for nearly two decades straight, the Afghan military has been woefully unprepared to meet the ongoing assault.    Washington has imposed two rounds of sanctions on Cuban officials on allegations they worked to "suppress" recent anti-government protests, part of a growing pressure campaign on Havana by the Biden administration, which has vowed additional penalties in the future. With the sanctions largely symbolic so far, it's unclear whether Biden is looking to seriously take on the regime, or merely to score a short-lived domestic PR win. Israeli forces shot four Palestinians dead in the occupied West Bank last week, including a 12-year-old boy. Another victim – all were civilians – was murdered in cold blood during the child's funeral, where IDF troops deployed to terrorize mourners. Kyle and Will discuss the extreme state violence Palestinians are forced to tolerate on a daily basis, and Washington's role in ensuring it never stops.   Odysee Rumble  Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash Qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Patreon Subscribe Star YouTube Facebook  Twitter  MeWe Apple Podcast  Amazon Music Google Podcasts Spotify Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD

    How Biden Bungled Talks to Save the Iran Nuclear Deal

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2021 72:31

    On COI #142, Kyle Anzalone breaks down Biden's Iran policy. Trump took a stark turn from Obama when it came to Tehran. Rather than looking to build on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Trump tore the deal to shreds and embarked on a “maximum pressure” sanctions campaign. With the destruction of the deal, US-Iran hostilities nearly erupted into a shooting war. Biden entered office on vows to “restore normalcy” with Iran and significantly reduce tensions. Iran simply wanted to return to 2016, when Biden was Obama's vice president. However, rather than agreeing to revive a deal he previously endorsed, Biden demanded additional concessions, though Iran predictably held firm in response.   Months passed by as the US took other aggressive actions, with Biden holding provocative war games and sending ships and planes to Iran's doorstep. Biden only increased the sanctions and sold pirated Iranian oil, while the US sat idly by as its Middle East accomplice, Tel Aviv, sabotaged Iranian tanker ships and nuclear facilities.    Now, a hardliner has been elected as Iran's president and the US is indicating it will not budge further, retaining most Trump-era sanctions. The nuclear deal appears to be dead, and even if it is saved, Iran's hardliners will have struck a victory regardless. Kyle discusses the US war in Afghanistan as CENTCOM ramps up airstrikes on the Taliban. Gen. McKenize refused to tell the American people if the bombs would stop falling after Biden's declared withdrawal deadline at the end of August. Even as the US continues to strike Taliban targets, Secretary of State Antony Blinken lectured the militant group that there is “no military solution” to the conflict.    Biden and the Iraqi prime minister announced a change to the mission of US troops in Iraq. According to the agreement, American troops will remain in Iraq, but shift to a training only role by the end of the year. Some Shia figures in Iraq welcomed the agreement, however, rockets landed in Iraq's Green Zone in the days after it was signed.  While Biden has brought some troops home from Afghanistan, and promised a mission change in Iraq, he plans to keep all 900 troops deployed to the occupation of northeastern Syria. The Biden administration also announces new sanctions against and an opposition rebel group. Kyle also updates Israel's war against Ben and Jerry's. Tel Aviv has now launched its own “maximum pressure” campaign on the ice cream giant after it said it would halt sales in the occupied West Bank after 2022. The company's decision was backed by its founders and namesakes. Odysee Rumble  Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash Qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Patreon Subscribe Star YouTube Facebook  Twitter  MeWe Apple Podcast  Amazon Music Google Podcasts Spotify Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD

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

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021 50:01

    On COI #141, Kyle breaks down the leak, arrest, and sentencing of drone whistleblower Daniel Hale. While working for a defense contractor at the National Geostrategic Intelligence Agency, Hale handed scores of important documents exposing the drone program to the Intercept. His leak revealed an unconstitutional killing machine that murdered civilians without consequence.  In 2014, Hale's residence was raided by federal law enforcement, but half a decade went by before he was arrested and indicted for leaking the documents. During that time, Daniel was an outspoken critic of the empire, appearing in the anti-drone documentary ‘National Bird.' Hale pled guilty to the charges and was sentenced to 45 months in jail. However, the criminals exposed by the leaked drone papers remain heroic leaders in the eyes of many Americans.  The Senate Armed Services Committee added an amendment to the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act that requires women to register for the draft. The move comes as legal challenges to the draft claim it is sexist against men. Rather than make the draft illegal – as it is slavery – politicians are seeking to solve the equality issue by making everyone forfeit their rights.  The Veterans Affairs department will require 115,000 healthcare personnel to be vaccinated. The move comes before any Covid vaccination has received full approval from the FDA. New York City is making a similar requirement for its more than 300,000 city employees. The mandates raise serious civil liberties questions.  The US has signaled openness for arms control talks with North Korea and Russia. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman said the US offered to engage in dialog with North Korea, but it is unclear if Washington is prepared to drop its demand for North Korean disarmament. The Kim government has said the demand is a poison pill for talks. The US opened weapons control talks with Russia in Geneva, first floated during Biden's June summit with Putin.  The US continues to ramp up its aggressive posture towards China. The US is beginning the Pacific Iron 21 war games in Guam, and the new UK aircraft carrier – the HMS Queen Elizabeth – entered the South China Sea. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin is visiting several southeast Asian countries hoping to grow the anti-China coalition.  In Ethiopia, fighting continues to spread from the Tigray region. Two regions neighboring Tigray, Afar, and Amhara, have reported that Tigrayian forces attacked their region and are looking to raise their own militia. At the same time, the Somali region of the country reported being attacked by militias from the Afar region, killing 100s of civilians.  In Somalia, the US carried out a second airstrike against al-Shabaab in the space of one week. In Mali, a man attempted to assassinate the interim president, who came to power after a recent coup. The president survived the attack and the assassin died in police custody. In Tunisia, the president, Kais Saied, appears to be making a major power grab by firing the prime minister and dissolving parliament.  Odysee Rumble  Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash Qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Patreon Subscribe Star YouTube Facebook  Twitter  MeWe Apple Podcast  Amazon Music Google Podcasts Spotify Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD

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

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2021 52:30

    On COI #140, Kyle and Will return to the alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer last year. New reporting and court filings show that the FBI used no less than 12 undercover agents and confidential informants to infiltrate the plot, most paid substantial sums of money. Some also played key roles in organizing the scheme, covering various expenses and helping to transport other members to group meetings. Several defendants now say they were entrapped.    New anomalies continue to crop up in the story of Alexei Navalny, the Russian opposition figure said to have been poisoned by Moscow last year. A new OPCW document raises major questions about the timeline between Navalny's alleged poisoning and the intervention of the German government. The CIA has tapped a veteran intelligence officer involved in the decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden to investigate the so-called "Havana syndrome," or a wide range of health problems reported by American spies and diplomats stationed abroad. No plausible theory has been put forward to explain the strange symptoms, but the corporate press and some Americans officials have nonetheless cast blame on US adversaries – Russia, China and Cuba among them – suggesting some sort of advanced weapon is behind the ailment.     Odysee Rumble  Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash Qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Patreon Subscribe Star YouTube Facebook  Twitter  MeWe Apple Podcast  Amazon Music Google Podcasts Spotify Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD    

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

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2021 48:00

    On COI #139, Kyle breaks down a new bill that would repeal the War Powers Act and replace it with a new law that seeks to give Congress back more control over foreign policy. The proposed law fixes several critical problems with the War Powers Act and repeals the 2001 AUMF without replacing it. The bill gives Congress more control over weapon sales and national emergency declarations. However, it falls short of stripping the president of the power to start a war. One president after the next has torn the Constitution to shreds, assuming more and more unilateral power to declare war. Nearly every president violated the most crucial article of the Constitution. Congress often gave nods of approval to the usurpations of power. For any law to limit executive war power, it requires Congress to stand up and impeach rogue presidents. Odysee Rumble Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash Qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Patreon Subscribe Star YouTube Facebook  Twitter  MeWe Apple Podcast  Amazon Music Google Podcasts Spotify Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD

    New DOJ Rules Open Massive Loopholes for Spying on Journalists

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2021 55:12

    On COI #138, Kyle breaks down several important news stories from around the world. The US Department of Justice announced new rules that prevent federal prosecutors from seeking the records of journalists that publish leaked information. However, Attorney General Merrick Garland left open massive loopholes to snoop on reporters if they are suspected of being “terrorists” or “foreign agents.” Kyle also discusses a significant probe into Pegasus, a spyware program developed by Israeli firm NSO Group. Odysee Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Subscribe Star – Conflicts of Interest  YouTube – Conflicts of Interest Facebook – Conflicts of Interest Twitter – Conflicts of Interest Apple Podcast – Conflicts of Interest Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD

    Lazy Propaganda from the Corporate Press

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2021 48:38

    On COI #137, Kyle and Will break down the new US Marine deployment to guard the American Embassy in Haiti, which comes amid instability after the assassination of the country's leader. While President Biden insists there will be no larger stabilization mission, that's not so clear, as the Marine contingent comes after the White House had already ruled out sending any troops. Governments worldwide are stepping up their censorship demands on social media platforms, with Twitter seeing a record surge in such requests in 2020. The Biden administration also recently admitted to pressuring Facebook to scrub so-called vaccine disinformation from the site, literally "flagging problematic posts" for deletion. As anti-government protests erupt in Cuba, the corporate media has spread confusion with several erroneously captioned photos. One image from the Associated Press labeled a large pro-government demonstration as an opposition rally, an error quickly replicated by countless other news outlets. CNN, meanwhile, falsely portrayed a protest in Miami, Florida as taking place in Cuba.  Odysee Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Subscribe Star – Conflicts of Interest  YouTube – Conflicts of Interest Facebook – Conflicts of Interest Twitter – Conflicts of Interest Apple Podcast – Conflicts of Interest Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD

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

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2021 48:44


    On COI #136, Patrick MacFarlane – host of Liberty Weekly – returns to the show to discuss the assassination of Haiti's President Jovenel Moise. Over a century ago, in response to another presidential hit, the US invaded and occupied Haiti for 19 years. After withdrawing, Washington maintained its dominance over the small Caribbean nation through ‘soft power' NGOs and election-meddling. The Clintons were particularly interested in reworking Haiti into a new Taiwan. However, their humanitarian intervention only fostered corruption and helped to kick off a deadly cholera epidemic. As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton organized the “election” of Moise's predecessor, setting the stage for last week's assassination. Odysee Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Subscribe Star – Conflicts of Interest  YouTube – Conflicts of Interest Facebook – Conflicts of Interest Twitter – Conflicts of Interest Apple Podcast – Conflicts of Interest Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD


    Hawks in Dove Feathers

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2021 67:21

    On COI #135, Connor Freeman – writer at the Libertarian Institute – returns to the show to discuss how the popular ‘Breaking Points' podcast sells war under the guise of populism and nonintervention. Connor reviews the career of host Saagar Enjeti, who spent time in neocon hotspots like the Hudson Institute before joining The Hill's YouTube show, ‘Rising.' While Saagar – as well as co-host Krystal Ball – present themselves as members of the independent media, they often echo the empire's narrative. Odysee Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Subscribe Star – Conflicts of Interest  YouTube – Conflicts of Interest Facebook – Conflicts of Interest Twitter – Conflicts of Interest Apple Podcast – Conflicts of Interest Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD

    Biden's War on Journalists

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2021 57:51


    On COI #139, Kyle and Will give updates on the political situation in Haiti, where President Jovenel Moise was assassinated by a group of gunmen last week. The assassin team involved more than two dozen Colombians and two Haitian-Americans, and were reportedly organized through a series of private security firms. Those who ordered the hit, as well as their exact motive, remain unclear.  Joe Biden's war on journalism is ramping up. The administration continues to pursue its extradition case against Julian Assange, telling the British court last week that he would not be housed in a US supermax prison if he were extradited, in hopes of assuaging the judge's concerns that the WikiLeaks founder would harm himself in US custody.  Biden's NSA also appears to have spied on Fox host Tucker Carlson, who claims a whistleblower approached him with his own emails scooped up by the agency. Carlson says he was in the process of setting up an interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the time of the purported spying, also claiming the NSA sought to leak his interview plans in order to paint him as a Russia-loving traitor.  Odysee Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Subscribe Star – Conflicts of Interest  YouTube – Conflicts of Interest Facebook – Conflicts of Interest Twitter – Conflicts of Interest Apple Podcast – Conflicts of Interest Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD


    Biden's Strikes in Iraq & Syria Put a Target on US Soldiers

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2021 52:04

    On COI #133, Kyle argues Biden's recent bombing of Iraq and Syria has created a more dangerous situation for the troops deployed to those countries. Biden said the goal of the strikes was to deter more violence directed at US soldiers. Predictably, the Shia militias in Iraq and Syria are responding to violence with violence. When Biden announced the strikes, he identified five times US troops have been targeted since April. Since the strikes, US troops have been targeted at least 6 times. Odysee Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Subscribe Star – Conflicts of Interest  YouTube – Conflicts of Interest Facebook – Conflicts of Interest Twitter – Conflicts of Interest Apple Podcast – Conflicts of Interest Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD

    New Documentary Dismantles Anti-China War Propaganda

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2021 59:48

    On COI #132, Patrick MacFarlane – host of Liberty Weekly – returns to the show to discuss his new documentary, “‘Stain of the Century?' An Investigation of Uyghur Genocide Allegations.” In the film, Pat traces the main sources behind claims of Uyghur genocide and “organ harvesting.” Many of the charges come from questionable figures, such as Adrian Zenz, a Christian fundamentalist researcher who uses misleading data to push sensational accusations. Pat explains that the situation in China is nuanced and cannot be simplified into a story of 'good vs. evil.' Odysee Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Subscribe Star – Conflicts of Interest  YouTube – Conflicts of Interest Facebook – Conflicts of Interest Twitter – Conflicts of Interest Apple Podcast – Conflicts of Interest Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD

    The Deep State's Role in Facebook's Anti-Extremist Warnings

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2021 50:56


    On COI #131, Kyle and Will delve into the US case against Julian Assange, which was dealt a major blow after a key witness against the WikiLeaks founder admitted to lying to the FBI. An Icelander, the witness is a convicted pedophile and financial fraudster, but provided testimony for the DOJ's superseding indictment against Assange. Facebook is asking users to rat out their right-wing uncles, sending prompts to certain accounts warning that somebody they know might be flirting with an "extremist" ideology. As part a new effort against so-called "extremism," the platform has partnered with Life After Hate, a NGO strictly focused on right-wing radicals, which received a $750,000 grant from the DHS last year to "disrupt domestic terrorism." Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has died at the age of 88. Kyle and Will summarize his legacy of militarism and deception, exemplified by his indispensable role in the disastrous 2003 invasion of Iraq. Odysee Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Subscribe Star – Conflicts of Interest  YouTube – Conflicts of Interest Facebook – Conflicts of Interest Twitter – Conflicts of Interest Apple Podcast – Conflicts of Interest Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD


    Dave DeCamp on Biden's Faux Withdrawal From Afghanistan

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 2, 2021 43:14

    On COI #130, Dave DeCamp – news editor at Antiwar.com – returns to the show to discuss Biden's disorganized Russia and Afghanistan policies. After a somewhat successful summit with Putin, the Biden administration followed up by threatening sanctions and violating Russian territorial waters. In Afghanistan, US officials say the withdrawal is mere days away from completion – however, 1,000 troops will remain in the country. Dave breaks down the chaotic Afghan War policy. Odysee Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Subscribe Star – Conflicts of Interest  YouTube – Conflicts of Interest Facebook – Conflicts of Interest Twitter – Conflicts of Interest Apple Podcast – Conflicts of Interest Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD

    Biden Bombs Syria and Iraq

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2021 51:28

    On COI #129, Kyle discusses Biden's latest bombing of Shia militias in Iraq and Syria. Biden claimed Article 2 of the constitution gave him the authority to carrying out the "defensive" strikes. However, the US is illegally occupying Iraq and Syria and Biden failed to show the strikes would make Iraq or Syria safer for US forces. Kyle breaks down the results of the strikes and how it could negatively impact talks to save the Iran Nuclear Deal. Odysee Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Subscribe Star – Conflicts of Interest  YouTube – Conflicts of Interest Facebook – Conflicts of Interest Twitter – Conflicts of Interest Apple Podcast – Conflicts of Interest Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD

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    Did Jamal Khashoggi's Killers Get Training in the US?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2021 50:27

    On COI #128, Kyle and Will break down reports indicating that four of the Saudis behind the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi received paramilitary training in the United States. The training, which took place between 2014 and 2019, was authorized by the State Department. The Biden administration has confirmed that it will not end the American military occupation of Syria, with State Department officials saying the troops will remain in the country to "defeat" the Islamic State. While the group is now more of a low-level insurgency than a multi-national caliphate, it continues to offer a perpetual justification to keep US troops in Syria, where they are embedded with Kurdish proxy forces. Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer convicted for the murder of George Floyd, has been sentenced to 22.5 years in prison. Kyle and Will break down the sentencing, the potential for appeal and the public reaction to Chauvin's punishment. Odysee Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Subscribe Star – Conflicts of Interest  YouTube – Conflicts of Interest Facebook – Conflicts of Interest Twitter – Conflicts of Interest Apple Podcast – Conflicts of Interest Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD

    Hawks Use Failure of Afghan War as Reason to Keep Fighting

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2021 63:08

    On COI #127, Connor Freeman – writer at the Libertarian Institute – returns to the show to discuss recent events in Afghanistan. The Taliban have recently captured dozens of districts and a border crossing with Tajikistan. The Afghan Army is struggling to provide reinforcements to its special forces, leading to the slaughter of 50 troops. Other soldiers are accepting the Taliban's terms of surrender. Kyle and Connor discuss how the hawks are attempting to use the failure of the two-decade mission in Afghanistan to justify extending the war. Odysee Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Subscribe Star – Conflicts of Interest  YouTube – Conflicts of Interest Facebook – Conflicts of Interest Twitter – Conflicts of Interest Apple Podcast – Conflicts of Interest Support Our Sponsor Visit Paloma Verde and use code PEACE for 25% off our CBD

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