Conflicts of Interest podcast

Conflicts of Interest

kyle@libertarianinstitute.org

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.

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    Colin Powell’s Career Supporting the War State guest Scott Horton

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    On Conflicts of Interest #177, the great Scott Horton returns to the show to discuss the true legacy of Colin Powell, who served in many high-level roles during his long career in government. Scott breaks down Powell’s infamous UN speech that swayed millions of Americans to support the Iraq War. However, Powell’s bloody legacy stretches far beyond the 2003 invasion, all the way back to the Vietnam War. Scott explains Powell was wrongly lauded as a successful military leader and then used his faux reputation to sell the American people on war.  Scott also discusses his take on his debate with Bill Kristol at the Soho Forum.  Justin Raimondo on Colin Powell https://original.antiwar.com/justin/2000/12/25/the-canonization-of-colin-powell/ 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  
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    Corporate Press Weaponizes Fictional ‘Havana Syndrome’

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    On COI #176, Kyle Anzalone discusses the so-called “Havana Syndrome.” Since 2017, the supposed ailment – which has so far not been proven to exist as its own discrete illness – has been invoked repeatedly by deep state and corporate media pundits to demonize US “adversaries.” The Havana Syndrome has no known cause, and its alleged symptoms range from migraines, dizziness, nausea and vertigo, among other symptoms common to countless other existing diseases and disorders. Initially, the Trump administration used the issue to roll back Obama’s diplomatic gains with Cuba. As scientists increasingly suggested the Havana Syndrome could be psychosomatic – or largely a psychological problem rather than physical disease – the MSM spun the Trump administration’s lack of interest by tying the narrative into the broader Russiagate craze. Now, the deep state and corporate press are deploying the unproven theory again to demonize Russia and China, suggesting they are somehow behind the mysterious syndrome.    Kyle breaks down recent news about Facebook after the Intercept released the social media giant’s ‘blacklist,’ which includes some 4,000 groups and individuals deemed “Dangerous Individuals and Organizations” on the platform. Among the blacklisted figures were politicians, writers and various other people of influence. The list helps explain how Facebook suppresses independent reporting on the empire, ensuring certain voices are never heard while elevating others as go-to ‘experts.’  Kyle updates recent missile tests by North Korea. As with many previous launches by Pyongyang, the corporate media treated the test-fire as an act of aggression and allowed subsequent coverage to retain the same framing. Washington’s regular joint war games Seoul –  effectively simulating an invasion of the north – as well as its own periodic weapons tests are seldom mentioned in mainstream coverage. Kyle argues that the US should meet North Korea’s missile tests with diplomacy, noting that South Korean President Moon Jae-in – a vocal proponent for improved inter-Korean ties – is giving Biden an ideal opportunity as he continues to push for an official end to the Korean War, which is formally still underway despite an armistice pact signed in 1953. 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  
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    Is Antony Blinken Pushing Phony Diplomacy?

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    On COI #175, Kyle Anzalone breaks down Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s meetings with the Israeli and Emirati foreign ministers. In the meeting, Blinken and Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid threatened Iran. Tehran has signaled that it is willing to return to JCPOA talks, and the threats are sure to deter Iran’s openness to dialogue. Blinken suggested the US should encourage more deals like the Abraham Accords to create a pact between Israel and Palestine. However, the Abraham Accords were not peace deals, but rather US payoffs to Muslim states to end their objection to Israel’s apartheid against the Palestinians.  Kyle discusses Congress considering a bill that transfers legislative war powers to the president. The proposed law would allow the president to determine if the US was to go to war with China over Taiwan. The bill is based on a false understanding of US foreign policy and military strategy.  Kyle updates US intervention in the Horn of Africa. Tigrayan forces in Ethiopia recently claimed the central government opened a new offensive. In response, the US is considering sanctions against Ethiopia. Biden has also invited the head of neighboring Kenya to the White House. President Kenyatta’s visit came as the World Court decided on a major territorial dispute with Somalia, with the judges largely ruling in favor of Mogadishu. 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  
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    The US Is Pushing China to the Brink

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    On COI #174, Kyle Anzalone breaks down the recent news in the US Cold War against China. Reuters reports that the US has been sending special operations soldiers to Taiwan for training. The US has sent Coast Guard and arms trainers to Taiwan previously, but the special operations forces would be a serious escalation. The UK is following Washington’s lead with its own “tilt” to the Indo-Pacific. The UK’s new aircraft carrier is currently docked in Singapore while two other UK warships are preparing for new homes in Japan.  Kyle discusses US-Iran tensions. Iran has signaled a willingness to return to nuclear negotiations in Vienna. However, the Biden administration has largely met the new Iranian president’s overtures with threats of more sanctions. Last week, the US removed sanctions on two Iranian entities. The move could have been a signal to Iran that the US was open to removing additional penalties, but the Treasury Department made clear that the sanctions relief did not indicate an overall policy change and more measures could come soon.  Kyle updates the situation in Syria. The Syrian Kurds recently met with US officials and said Washington gave a firm commitment that US troops would remain in Syria. The occupation of some of Syria’s more profitable regions is causing suffering for average Syrians. Eventually, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will challenge the US in the eastern regions, potentially provoking clashes with American forces. The US effort to overthrow Assad in Syria is lost, and even American allies who took part in the prior regime change effort – such as Jordan – are reforging ties with Assad.    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  
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    Provoking China with Taiwan Is a Losing Policy for America

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

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    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
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    How the Pentagon Influences Corporate Media

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    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
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    Congress Takes Another Step Towards #DraftOurDaughters

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

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

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    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

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