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.
On COI #278, Kyle Anzalone and Connor Freeman cover former President George W. Bush's viral confession- by-gaffe to war crimes in Iraq, President Joe Biden's resistance to Kiev's demands for long range rocket launchers, U.S./Israeli war drills aimed at Tehran, and the latest news on the Iran nuclear deal. Kyle and Connor watch and discuss Bush's Freudian slip rapidly making the rounds where he is giving a speech denouncing an illegal, brutal, unprovoked war in Iraq when he meant to say Ukraine. Bush was trying to paint Russian President Vladimir Putin as the ultimate mass murderer, Hitler du jour, but subconsciously realized he could just as easily be reading his own criminal charges. Bush writes this off as him just losing it in his old age. However, it is a blatant example of the fetish for projection fashionable in Washington these days, particularly among those like Bush himself who is forever covered in the blood of a million dead Iraqis. Kyle breaks down Biden's apparent reluctance to send Ukraine the long range rocket launchers they have requested, namely the M270 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems. These weapons would enable Kiev to launch strikes deeper beyond Russia's borders, attacks on Russia have become an increasingly more common occurrence and threaten to uncontrollably escalate and expand the conflict. Connor talks about a series of ongoing Israeli military exercises called Chariots of Fire. The exercises largely eye an attack on Iran and also include preparation for contingencies of a wider regional war with the Resistance Axis. U.S. Air Force refueling aircraft will soon be joining Israeli fighter jets over the Mediterranean Sea to simulate a wide scale assault on Iran. The simulation will practice how to enter Iranian territory and conduct repeated airstrikes. This comes as Israel just recently bombed Syria, killing as many as five people. Defense Minister Benny Gantz claimed they were targeting advanced Iranian military assets. This latest strike is also notable because it is the first time the Russians fired back at Israeli warplanes using the S-300 air defense systems they have provided Damascus. The new development will likely change the Israeli strategy in Syria, given that, for many years, they have taken for granted that they can bomb the country on a weekly basis virtually without consequences. Connor continues the Iran news by detailing a series of talks with the European Union's nuclear negotiator in Tehran. The EU has reportedly made enough progress, breaking the two months long deadlock, and relaunched indirect talks between the U.S. and Iran. Though no date for new Vienna talks has been set yet, Josep Borrell, the EU Foreign Policy Chief, says a deal is now within reach. The Iranians and the Americans have put the onus on each other to do what needs to be done politically to move things forward. Though Tehran says they now await U.S. responses to new proposals they put forward presumably during last week's talks with Mora.
On COI #274, Kyle Anzalone and Connor Freeman cover Tel Aviv's murder of an internationally renowned journalist in the occupied West Bank as well as the latest Iran deal news. Kyle breaks down the Israeli occupation forces' brutal killing of Al Jazeera's Shireen Abu Akleh during a raid on the Jenin refugee camp. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and his apartheid regime attempted to blame the shooting on Palestinian gunmen, this absurd claim was immediately debunked by Israel's top human rights organization. The bullet that was lodged in Abu Akleh's brain was of a type used by the Israeli military. Washington has predictably issued cheap, tepid condolences and has expressed support for an investigation that is to be partly led by Tel Aviv. The reaction to the murder highlights the U.S. government's double standards and the mainstream press' rank hypocrisy. Connor discusses a hawkish Senate motion passed by a bipartisan majority that, though non binding, sends a powerful message to the Joe Biden administration and Tehran that any attempted return to the deal will face insurmountable opposition. The supporters of the motion advocate for the much of the same “longer and stronger” measures the Trump administration demanded previously including putting Iran's ballistic missiles on the table and refusing to lift the IRGC's Foreign Terrorist Organization designation. There is growing anti-Iran deal sentiment even among members of Biden's own party.
Brandan P. Buck joins host Kyle Anzalone to discuss the war in Ukraine and the antiwar movement. Brandan P. Buck is a Ph.D. candidate in history and Digital History Fellow at George Mason University. He previously studied history at the University of Denver where he completed my B.A. in 2009. Brandan previously served in both the U.S. Army and Virginia Army National Guard and completed multiple tours of duty in Afghanistan as both an infantryman and intelligence professional.
On COI #271, Kyle Anzalone and Connor Freeman discuss America's escalating proxy war with Russia and the latest Iran nuclear deal news. Connor talks about his latest article at the Libertarian Institute which covers the still growing consensus among the D.C. foreign policy blob, the corporate media, President Joe Biden's men, as well as Pentagon and NATO leadership that this war will last for “months and years.” Diplomacy is not even being tried. Top diplomat Antony Blinken appears to be calling for regime change, like his boss, and aid to the Ukrainians is now so bloated that it may soon surpass the State Department's yearly budget. Biden just requested Congress approve another aid package for Ukraine, this one costs $33 billion including more than $20 billion in weapons alone. The article also raises the alarm over the recent hawkish Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger's proposed Authorization For the Use of Military Force which calls for the deployment of U.S. troops to Ukraine in the event of a Russian chemical, biological, or nuclear weapons attack. This is essentially an invitation to bad actors who may carry out a false flag to manufacture the casus belli - at best - or a “redline” trap that could guarantee World War 3. Connor further updates the current situation regarding the JCPOA talks and the chances of the nuclear deal surviving or dying. The Israelis appear to be exerting political pressure on the U.S. right now and are claiming in their press that U.S. officials, in private discussion, speak as if the deal is already dead. Blinken is not helping matters, he is making baseless claims that the Iranians are attempting to assassinate Mike Pompeo, his blood soaked predecessor. Regardless, after seven weeks of stalled talks, Iran continues to say indirect communication is ongoing and calls for the U.S. to make the necessary political decisions to get things going again. Tehran has even demanded direct, face to face, talks with Washington diplomats. However, domestic American politics threatens to prevent Biden from doing what he should have done early last year, that is returning to the deal and lifting sanctions. Unfortunately, influential hawkish Democrats like Bob Menendez, midterm considerations, the Israeli pressure, and near unanimous Republican opposition to any diplomacy with the Islamic Republic may all kill the deal soon.
On COI #264, Kyle Anzalone and Connor Freeman cover Washington and NATO's latest escalations in the Ukraine war with Russia. Kyle breaks down reports of American weapons shipped to Kiev disappearing into what an official called a “big black hole.” The U.S. is shipping billions of dollars' worth of arms to Ukraine without an end in sight. Reports say the second $800 million package, in less than two weeks, will be announced soon. Ukrainian commanders are now acknowledging the presence of British troops in Ukraine training Kiev's forces. American Senator Chris Coons has called for U.S. troops to be deployed to the battlefield as well. Connor discusses his new article detailing the increased military assistance NATO is providing Ukraine including providing heavy artillery, tanks, drones, helicopters, and potentially fighter planes. The U.S. is refusing diplomacy with Russia, discouraging the Ukrainians from making reasonable concessions, and pouring fuel on the fire. The Pentagon, with the military industrial complex, is planning for a war that “lasts years.” Washington's current strategy is a recipe for World War 3.
On COI #262, Kyle Anzalone and Connor Freeman cover political upheaval and boiling violence in Israel, as well as the latest Iran nuclear deal news. Kyle breaks down critical changes in Israeli politics that have seen Prime Minister Naftali Bennet lose his parliamentary majority and what it likely means for U.S-Israel relations. More Knesset members may be leaving Bennet's coalition, joining the Likud, and empowering Benjamin Netanyahu's factions. Bennet will have to cover his right flank where he is currently facing pressure including to further expand the illegal settlements. There has also been an uptick in killings and tensions in Israel, Bennet has encouraged Jewish civilian volunteers to carry guns and provide assistance. Additional soldiers are being sent to the West Bank and areas near the Gaza Stip. This is setting the stage for a major escalation only a year after Israel's last war which saw myriad brutal attacks on Palestinians in Israel proper, East Jerusalem, the West Bank, as well as hundreds of Gazans bombed and killed. Connor discusses a massive hawkish campaign seeking to thwart Biden's return to the nuclear deal with Tehran. An assortment of Democrats in the House of Representatives, Republicans in the Senate, top Biden officials, and neocons like Elliott Abrams are demanding that Biden cut off talks and/or give Israel more military aid. Even the Iranians, more recently known for their optimism regarding the negotiations' progress, are becoming increasingly pessimistic in view of the dismal U.S. politics. The Israelis are boasting they successfully lobbied Biden to keep the IRGC on the terrorism blacklist. Tel Aviv hopes this move will be the "dealbreaker."
On COI #259, Kyle Anzalone and Connor Freeman cover the NATO hawks' desire for a protracted war in Ukraine, the American people's support for war with Russia, and the latest news on the Iran deal talks. Kyle discusses new revelations in the Washington Post that some NATO member states' governments actually prefer to see Ukrainians “fighting, and dying, than to achieve a peace that comes too early.” There is further indication that the U.S. led, Western sanctions imposed on Russia will not be lifted even in the event of future diplomatic breakthroughs with Kiev and Moscow or if there is a ceasefire. Sanctions relief is either being presented as off the table or tied to concessions Russia and President Vladimir Putin cannot possibly make. This is all pointing toward proving that President Joe Biden was not incorrect when he appeared to declare recently that regime change in Moscow is Washington's true policy. Connor breaks down his new column at the Libertarian Institute on the enthusiastic willingness of Americans to support Biden's policies which already threaten to start a shooting war with Russia. Worse, polling data keeps coming in showing majorities of Americans support No-Fly Zones, stronger anti-Russian sanctions regardless of economic blowback, and even outright war with the Russians. Connor outlines how he believes this is due to incessant propaganda that obfuscates the origins of the war. The simplified TV narrative conveniently allows Americans to project all their guilt, shame, fear, and insecurities, as well as their complicity in their rulers' mass murder onto the Russian people and make them pay. Connor talks about how the major remaining sticking point in the Iran nuclear deal talks appears to be Tehran's “red line” that the Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps must be delisted from Washington's Foreign Terrorist Organization blacklist. This would be part of a side deal apart from the official nuclear agreement negotiated in Vienna. However, the issue would also need to be resolved in concert for the former to succeed to finalization and implementation. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is asking Tel Aviv for input on how to contain Iran's supposedly dangerous nuclear ambitions. Of course, Israel's answer is more sanctions and a general ramping up of tensions and pressure. America's ambassador to Israel has green lit any future Israeli attacks on Iran whether there ultimately is a deal or not. Blinken is now saying he doesn't believe there will be a return to the JCPOA and that window of opportunity to do so is closing fast.
On COI #251, Kyle Anzalone and Connor Freeman break down the latest Iran deal news, Senator Rand Paul's support for the JCPOA, the ongoing genocide in Yemen, and the war industry's profiteering. Connor covers London settling decades old debts with Tehran, a new IAEA report on Iran's uranium hexafluoride processing, the Ayatollah's support for the JCPOA talks, and Ned Price's attempts to dampen optimism on the agreement's seemingly “imminent” finalization. Kyle talks about his new article running on Responsible Statecraft about Senator Paul's break with Donald Trump and the GOP Senate's otherwise unanimous opposition to the Iran nuclear deal. Kyle discusses the latest developments on the ground in the Yemen war, the drastic uptick in Saudi air raids, the data on civilian targets hit as well as 161,000 Yemenis now facing famine. Kyle also details how the economic war on Russia will worsen conditions by raising the prices of food already scarce within besieged Yemen. Connor talks Washington's plans to replenish weapons stocks sent to Ukraine, particularly the Javelin anti-tank systems and Stinger missiles. An idea currently being floated is to institute the Defense Production Act to rapidly ramp up manufacturing of these arms. The military industrial complex is explicitly ecstatic at the prospects of further conflict and tensions in Yemen, the South China Sea, as well as the ongoing Ukraine war.
On COI #247, Kyle Anzalone and Connor Freeman cover the latest Ukraine news, a potential deal to end the war, this weekend's Iranian missile attack in northern Iraq, as well as recent Israeli drone strikes inside Iran. Kyle updates the war and the situation on the ground in Ukraine. There are increasing signals that Kiev and Moscow are approaching a deal to end the war. However, speaking to Canadian and American lawmakers, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has continued to demand a NATO-imposed No Fly Zone in Ukraine. Zelensky's speech to the U.S. Congress invoked Pearl Harbor, 9/11, and even Martin Luther King Jr.'s “I have a dream” speech. Kyle also talks about the Russian claims that they have received written assurances from the U.S. that the West's sanctions will not impede Moscow's business with Iran per the nuclear deal. Connor reports on the status of talks in Vienna, it appears that the above Russian requested guarantees have been included in the written agreement being finalized now. In Iraqi Kurdistan, the Iranians launched ballistic missiles against what they say was a Mossad site in Irbil. Though Kurdish officials deny this and say only civilian sites were hit. The “strategic center” was allegedly responsible for strikes on drone factories and buildings in two western Iranian cities. Tehran's Irbil strike was also retaliation for the Israelis' bombing in Damascus that killed two IRGC members.
On COI #244, Kyle Anzalone and Connor Freeman cover the latest on the JCPOA negotiations and the Ukraine war. Connor discusses the apparently imminent U.S. return to the JCPOA. To bring skyrocketing energy prices down, President Joe Biden has put working out a deal for Iranian oil “on the table.” However, the Russians' demands for written guarantees that the Washington led sanctions blitz will not impede their business with Iran may delay or prevent the deal's completion. Kyle breaks down the latest on the fighting in Ukraine. There are indications that President Volodymyr Zelensky is prepared to move forward on talks regarding his country's neutrality, as well as Kiev's recognition of the Donbas Republics' independence, and Russia's control of the Crimean peninsula. Alarmingly, Washington reportedly has plans to move more Patriot missiles into Eastern Europe. The U.S. and Poland also reportedly planned on providing fighter jets to Kiev. Though it seems that risky move has hit a dead end.
On COI#241, Kyle Anzalone and Connor Freeman break down President Joe Biden's second State of the Union speech. Approximately the first third of last evening's speech was directed squarely at Russia and President Vladimir Putin. Biden ranted, pounding his podium and boasting about sanctions on Russia and further arming Ukraine against Moscow. Biden declared there is unprecedented unity and strength in NATO. He talked about strangling Russia's economy and cutting it off from the rest of the world. Kyle and Connor further discuss how Biden's policy which seems designed to support a protracted proxy war is not about the Ukrainians at all and will ultimately cost them the most. However, this played great with US lawmakers draped in blue, yellow and sporting Ukrainian flags which vastly outnumbered the American flags present. There was thunderous applause and unanimous cheering for the economic war against Russians and “security assistance” to Kiev. Kyle also talks about his new Libertarian Institute featured article co-written with Will Porter. The piece analyzes how the administration, its hawkish media surrogates, as well as assorted former and current officials are once again blatantly rewriting history, putting forth a false narrative, and labeling any dissent as treason.
On COI #238, Kyle Anzalone and Connor Freeman discuss Vladimir Putin's military attack and apparent invasion of Ukraine. President Joe Biden just gave a speech announcing myriad sanctions on Russia plus further deployments of U.S. forces to NATO's “eastern flank” and Germany. The hawks are comparing Putin to Hitler and demanding the U.S. cut off Moscow from the SWIIFT banking system, a position which lacks Europe's support.
On COI #235, Kyle Anzalone discusses America's war in Yemen. Dave Smith recently shattered the war party's Yemen narrative. Then, TimCast guest Cory Mills attacked Smith, alleging he was misrepresenting Iran's role in the war. Kyle breaks down Macron's announcement that European troops will leave Mali.
On COI #234, Kyle Anzalone and Connor Freeman discuss the February 16th non-invasion of Ukraine, the state of U.S.-Russia tensions, and the latest Iran/JCPOA news. Kyle covers the Biden administration's dubious claims of a Wednesday Russian attack falling flat. The legislative branch continues to put forward competing bills that would sanction the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and commence a massive economic war on Russia. Goading Moscow, NATO continues to talk up further troop deployments to member states including on the Black Sea. The Russians announced a partial troop withdrawal from Crimea as well as from the western Russian bases near Ukraine. Moscow's claims are questioned by NATO and Washington. The status of said withdrawal has yet to be confirmed. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has told Putin to intensify diplomatic talks with the Americans. Putin has said he will not recognize the Donbas breakaway republics because he supports the MINSK agreements. Connor covers the latest on the Vienna talks as well as Israel's efforts to build up an anti-Iran regional alliance. All delegations to the JCPOA negotiations seemingly agree that the parties have reached the final stage where political decisions must imminently be made. The American hawks continue to hype the short Iranian nuclear “breakout” period. Tel Aviv has sent diplomats to Vienna. Israeli fighter jets accompanied an American B-52 bomber to the Persian Gulf. Israel is reportedly agitating Washington to redesignate Yemen's Houthis as terrorists. Israel is also expanding ties militarily with Gulf dictatorships such as the UAE and Bahrain, something Biden's nominee for CENTCOM chief is keen on promoting and assisting.
On COI #232, Kyle Anzalone discusses Biden's recent decision to steal the billions of dollars in the Afghan government's bank account. Biden says he will split the fund into two, one for 9/11 victims and an aid fund for Afghanistan. However, Afghanistan cannot survive on a trickle of US aid, and the current Afghanistan government must be given access to the funds to advertise the crisis. Kyle updates the tensions over Ukraine. The Biden White House is demanding Americans flee Ukraine as the Russian invasion any day. Ukraine is downplaying the risk of invasion saying the current enemy is “panic.”
On COI #231 Patrick MacFarlane - host of Liberty Weekly - joins Kyle Anzalone to discuss the American police state. Pat breaks down two recent night raids that resulted in young men being killed. The police woke the men in the middle of the night, saw guns, and opened fire. Pat argues standing up for these victims should be a top priority for second amendment groups. Pat discusses ‘geofence' warrants and how the government can get tech companies to disclose your information. Pat and Kyle discuss the over-classification problem in the US and the distrust it creates.
On COI #230, Dave DeCamp - News Editor at Antiwar.com - returns to the show to discuss Yemen, Iran, and China. Dave updates the recent Saudi attacks in Yemen. January was the deadliest month for Saudi civilian casualties since 2016. However, at the start of his administration, Joe Biden had pledged to reduce military support for the Saudi's slaughter. But with no political pressure to end the war, he is now looking to deeper embed America in the war by supporting the UAE and designating the Houthis a terrorist group. Dave breaks down the status of US-Iran nuclear talks. The US continues to warn that time to save the deal is running out. Israel is telling the US not to return to the deal because Iran is unlikely to make nuclear weapons with or without an agreement. Dave and Kyle discuss the growing number of American politicians who declare opposition to wars with Russia or terrorism, but vigorously support hostilities with China. Figures from across the political spectrum take this poison, Tucker Carlson, Matt Gaetz, Tusli Gabbard and Ro Khanna. Leading to a growing number of Americans believing that the Chinese Communist Party is a nefarious actor that must be confronted.
On COI #229, Kyle Anzalone and Connor Freeman discuss the U.S. potentially returning to the JCPOA and the Abraham Accords Caucus. They also examine Kyle and Will Porter's latest articles on U.S.-Europe-Russia relations. Kyle breaks down the status of Vienna's JCPOA talks. The Iranians have said there has been progress, but significant issues remain including namely the scope of necessary sanctions relief. The U.S. hawks in the legislative branch are screeching against Biden's tentative decision to lift sanctions. Senators Ted Cruz and Bob Menendez are blatantly attempting to subvert Biden's putative Iran agenda. U.S. officials in the media are warning Iran's breakout time to build a nuclear bomb – a weapon they are not seeking - has been greatly reduced. Israel is also threatening to continue attacking Iran in various ways including “targeted killings.” Kyle reports on the status of Biden's economic war on Venezuela. The U.S. still backs the would be puppet Juan Guaido, who lacks support in the country and whose coup attempts infamously failed. A retired Venezuelan general involved in regime change efforts is now saying his plot had the CIA's full knowledge. Connor covers the Abraham Accords caucus, a bicameral, bipartisan group of lawmakers promoting an agenda that would require the State Department to promote further normalization between Israel and Arab States. This comes at a time when Israel is dealing with the fallout of multiple human rights organizations issuing reports detailing Israeli apartheid. The caucus and their agenda is backed by myriad Zionist special interest groups and even the Atlantic Council. The phony peace deals are merely a way to throw Palestinians under the bus, encircle Iran, and sell arms to authoritarian regimes. Connor then interviews Kyle about his recent News Round Up articles on the tensions with Russia and the Ukraine crisis. Kyle analyzes the roles of Turkey and Germany in the crisis, potential THAAD anti-ballistic missile launcher deployments to Ukraine, various fractures in NATO, ongoing NATO military exercises mere tens of miles from Russia's borders, and recent provocative NATO troop movements. Kyle also reports on the French President's recent meeting with Putin, possible deals over the breakaway Donbas Republics' autonomy, the U.S. State Department's false flag narratives, and the continuing information war against Russia.