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Foreign Policy Focus

Foreign Policy Focus is a podcast hosted by me, Kyle! It covers current events overseas and how those events affect you at home. While US military operations in the Middle East seem like they are on the other side of the world, they have real impacts on the everyday lives of Americans. Wars are the most costly of all US government actions and politicians use them to strip away rights of Americans. Knowing what your government is doing around the globe will give you insight into what they are doing at home.
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Foreign Policy Focus is a podcast hosted by me, Kyle! It covers current events overseas and how those events affect you at home. While US military operations in the Middle East seem like they are on the other side of the world, they have real impacts on the everyday lives of Americans. Wars are the most costly of all US government actions and politicians use them to strip away rights of Americans. Knowing what your government is doing around the globe will give you insight into what they are doing at home.

Jan 15, 2018

On FPF #142, I discuss the war in Syria. Israel has continued to bomb the Assad regime. Turkey is now threatening to invade Syria to attack the Kurds. Syria and Russia are waging a brutal air war against the Syrian rebels. The US says we are staying in Syria out of concern of Iranian influence. The US also announced plans to create a huge border army to defend the Kurdish state in eastern Syria. I cover the false alarm in Hawaii and Tulsi Gabbard's demand the US engage in talks with North Korea. I also update Korean peace talks and Panama

Jan 13, 2018

On FPF #141, I discuss the media's reaction to Trump's alleged statement on Africa and Haiti. 'The Resistance' was flabbergasted by the fact that Trump would say something so rude. However, US policy has caused genocide, famine, refugee crisis, slavery, epidemic, war, failed states, and countless war crimes that have gone unnoticed. I look at some of the real crimes and problems US presidents have caused across Africa and the Middle East. I talk about Trump saying within the Nuclear Agreement with Iran. I also update North Korea, Yemen, and Pakistan. 

Debunking Iran myths show

Jan 10, 2018

On Foreign Policy Focus #140, Mike Maharry joins the show to discuss how to fight the war state with the 10th Amendment. Mike discuss an effort to prevent future torture, limiting the federal governments use of the National Guard, stopping the arming of American police, and shutting down NSA surveillance. Mike Maharrey is the Communications Director at the Tenth Amendment Center and author of Our Last Hope: Rediscovering the Lost Path to Liberty

MichaelMaharrey.com

Jan 8, 2018

On FPF #139, I break down Mattis' new Afghan policy "We'll fight them." I analyze Nikki Haley's UN statement on the Iranian protests. I discuss the status of US aid to Pakistan and Palestine. I also update Iraq, Zimbabwe, and Saudi Arabia

Jan 5, 2018

On FPF #138, I discuss some good news. The North and South Koreans have agreed to talks and the North will look to send athletes to the Olympics. South Korea's president and Trump agree to not hold any wargames during the Olympics. The Iranian protests fading and European leaders are not looking to intervene. In a little more good news, Norway has decided to halt weapon sales to the UAE. I also update Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, and US aid to Pakistan

Jan 3, 2018

On FPF #137, I discuss the protests in Iran. I give the timeline for what has happened as protests have evolved. I detail the Iranian response by suppressing the protesters and internet. I explain how a portion of the protests are violent and target police. I analyze on the US media coverage and lack of unbiased reporting. I look that the US response. I also update the Rohingya crisis, North Korea, Yemen, Afghanistan, and Trump's tweets. 

Links

Ron Paul Liberty Report 1/2/17

Moon of Alabama 1/2/17

Dec 29, 2017

Will Porter joins Foreign Policy Focus to analyze foreign policy in 2017. We review all the big stories from Russia, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Afghanistan, Africa, and North Korea. Will and I break down Trump's first year as Commander in chief and biggest blunders. We discuss the media's lack of critical coverage of Trump's foreign policy. Then, we give some big stories to watch in 2018. 

Articles 

Muhammad Sahimi on the Iran deal [Link] 

Dec 27, 2017

On FPF #135, I discuss the big news from over the Christmas weekend. Saudi Arabia is increasing airstrikes in Yemen. Saudi airstrikes killed at least 70 civilians on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The US announced, under the cover of Christmas, that the US would begin supplying Ukraine with lethal weapons. I examine the article Scott Ritter released of his analysis of Nikki Haley claim that Iran is supplying missiles to the Houthi. 

Dec 23, 2017

Will Porter returns to Foreign Policy Focus to discuss Trump's National Security Strategy. In the report, Trump lays out his plan to secure America. Trump calls for lots of interventions around the world. Trump mentions China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran by name as threats to America. Will helps me explain how Trump's policy is more of the same and it will fail in creating a safer world for Americans. Will also assists is debunking some of the worst lies in the NSS. 

Dec 20, 2017

On FPF #133, Biran Saady comes on the show to discuss the drug war and how it devastates Mexico. Brian explains how the American drug habit creates a $100 billion black market for deadly cartels to get rich on. Brian describes how the cartels influence Mexican politics, media, and police. Brian focuses on the impact of the drug war on Mexican citizens. 

Brian is a freelance writer and he has been published in the American Conservative, The Libertarian Insitute, and The Mises Institute. Brian is the author of several books including America's Drug War is Devastating Mexico and The Drug War: A Trillion Dollar Con Game. Brian's website, Twitter, and Facebook.

Dec 18, 2017

On FPF #132, I discuss the Yemen war at 1,000 days. Iona Craig is now working on a Yemen database revealing key stats about Saudi's war in Yemen. I explain how US Amb to the UN Nikki Haley is trying to provoke a war with Iran. I talk about the US sharing intelligence with Russia to prevent a terror attack. I also update North Korea, Libya, and Egypt. 

Articles 

  • Saudi Arabia kills ten Yemeni women going to a wedding in an airstrike. [Link]
  • The US and South Korea continue to drill the invasion of North Korea. North Korea sees the drills as a threat and has asked the US to end the drills. [Link] 
  • Senator Lindsey Graham says there is a 30% chance of war with North Korea. [Link] 
  • Italy and the EU will work to strengthen the Libya coast guard to prevent migrants from reaching Europe. [Link]
  • US shares intelligence with Russia that allowed Russia to prevent a terror attack. [Link] 
  • Reza Marashi explains that Nikki Haley is bad at foreign policy. [Link]  
  • Many are expressing skepticism of Nikki Haley’s claim that Iran is supplying missiles to the Houthi. [Link] 
  • James Mattis says there is no reason for the US to step up militarily against Iran. [Link]
Dec 15, 2017

On FPF #131, I address several claims of Russian Aggression. I refute a tweet from Mitt Romney. I explain how the Crimea crisis started with a US coup. I detail how Russia was welcomed into Syria, and the US continues to stay in the country without an invitation. I talk about Putin's trip to the Muslim world. I also update Yemen and North Korea. 

Articles 

  • US Amb. to the UN Nikki Haley claims to have proof Iran is supplying the Houthi with missiles. [Link] Trista Parsi responds. [Link] Iran issues a statement claiming the US evidence is fabricated. [Link]
  • The House is looking at a sanctions bill against Iran for their alleged role in the Yemen Civil War. [Link]
  • Doctors Without Borders finds the Myanmar military’s ethnic cleansing campaign against the Rohingya killed 6,700 people. [Link]
  • The US government will provide additional weapons to the Lebanese Army. [Link]
  • IS was armed with weapons the US gave to Syrian rebels. [Link]
  • Two US F-22s intercepted two Russian fighter jets over Syria. [Link] 
  • The White House walks back Tillerson’s statement that the US is ready for talks with North Korea. The White House reaffirmed that Trump sees talks with North Korea as pointless. [Link]
  • The US Ambassador to Yemen prevented critical humanitarian infrastructure from reaching Yemen. The ambassador has also been unwilling to present the Houthi with an acceptable offer. [Link] 
  • A Saudi airstrike killed at least 39 people in Yemen. The airstrike hit a police building and prison. [Link] 
  • The Houthi and factions loyal to the deceased former president Saleh are close to making a deal. The Houthi have released several journalists who were loyal to Saleh. [Link]
Dec 13, 2017

On FPF #130, Will Porter returns to the show to discuss his new article on Yemen and the situation in Israel. Will's article explains how deaths in Yemen have been undercounted during the Saudi/US war against Yemen. Will talked with several sources to gain a better understanding of the humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen. Will also discussed the NY subway terror attack and how that it was blowback from Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. 

Dec 12, 2017

On FPF #129, I take questions for the first Q and A show. I answer questions on Yemen, Trump, and Israel. I explain Trump's possible reasons for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. I also discuss CNN's fake bombshell report on a connection between Wikileaks and the Trump Campaign. 

Dec 9, 2017

On FPF #128, I discuss the execution of Daniel Shaver by police officer Phillip Brailsford. The shooting occurred in January 2016 and Brailsford has been acquitted by a jury of all charges. A judge finally allowed the body cam footage to the public. I react to the video and give some analysis. I also explain how America's are not holding out military and police to a high enough moral standard. 

Link to video

Dec 7, 2017

On FPF #127, I look at current events from the perspective of people in other countries. I explain how US war games create fear among North Koreas. I describe how the US moving of the US Embassy in Israel impacts the Palestinians. I update Lebanon's Prime Minister Hariri announcing his resending of his resignation and how the could delegitimize him in the eyes of the Lebanese people. I also detail how the current US occupation of Syria could upset the Syrian people. 

Articles

  • The US plans to spend $14.4 million to reopen a Cold War Era base in Iceland. [Link]
  • Trump is expected to announce the US embassy in Israel will move from Tel Aviv to Jerulesum. [Link]
  • Saudi Arabia and the UAE announce new partnership separate from the GCC. [Link]
  • Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced he will no longer be resigning. [Link]
  • Fighting between ISIS-K and the Taliban breaks out in Afghanistan. [Link] 
  • The US has increased the number of airstrikes in Afghanistan and killing more Afghani civilians. [Link] 
  • The Pentagon says the US will remain in Syria “as long as we need to.” [Link]
  • Iona Craig details the horrors Yemeni children live under. [Link] 
  • US bombs being used on civilian targets in Yemen. [Link]
  • Honduran President Hernandez is said to be still ahead in the voting after a partial recount of the presidential election. [Link]
  • The US and South Korean air forces are holding massive war games in South Korea. NSA McMaster says war with North Korea more likely. [Link]
  • Former SDF spokesmen speaks out about SDF ties to the PKK.  [Link] 
  • Israel carried out more airstrikes on Assad allied targets near Damascus. [Link] 
  • The US missile defense system likely failed to hit Houthi converted SCUD missile fired at Saudi Arabia. [Link] 
Dec 5, 2017

On FPF #126, I discuss three states were Hillary Clinton played a large role in the direction of the country's future while she was Secretary of State. In Honduras, Hillary Clinton gave legitimacy to a military coup and helped elected a leader against the will of the Honduran people. A recent election stoled by a president supported by Hillary Clinton lead to protests. The protesters are being suppressed by forces trained by the US. In Yemen, a one-man election organized by Hillary Clinton set off a chain of events leading to civil war and famine. Recent fighting has lead to the split of the Houthi/Salah alliance and the death of the former president of Yemen Salah. In Libya, Hillary Clinton pushed for war against the Libyan leader Gaddafi. The death of Gaddafi led to a failed state in Libya. Competing government in Liyba are weaponizing rape and salves are openly sold. 

Dec 1, 2017

On FPF #125, I explain the recurring failure of US foreign policy through the lens of the massacre in Bariire. In the missions that lead to the massacre, the SEALs allied themselves with former al-Shabaab fighters and used a translator know for giving false information. The SEALs failed to understand the local politics and warring tribes complicated the situation on the ground. In the end, the mission ended in a massacre, and a terror attack in October is possible blowback. These are just a few of the several reasons this mission, like all COIN operations, failed. Daily Beast Article

Nov 29, 2017

On FPF #124, I discuss North Korea's recent missile test and events around Africa. I give the details and some analysis of Nort Korea's missile test. I also discuss the reaction from world leaders. I examine the situation In Zimbabwe, a new president has been sworn in after the coup. I look at a new Kenyan president being sworn in. I also update Egypt's Saini massacreMarcon's trip to West Africa and Nigeria. 

Nov 27, 2017

On FPF #123, I smackdown two articles published in the New York Times. The first article I take on is Thomas Freidman's love letter to MBS. I explain how Freidman is so enchanted by MBS he ignores MBS's crimes. The second article examines if anyone is committing war crimes in Yemen. In this article, the NYT hides Saudi and US war crimes in Yemen. 

Nov 24, 2017

Will Porter returns to Foreign Policy Focus to cover the fall of ISIS. This episode is the second in a two-part series on the rise and fall of ISIS, the first show can be found here. In this part of the series, Will details how the US and Russia became involved in Syria. Will covers the liberation of Mosul and Raqqa. Will explains how the War against ISIS has impacted the Syrian Civil War. Will also gives analysis on what to expect now that the caliphate is dead. 

Articles 

  • Starvation in Mosul [Link]
  • 40,000 Casualties in Mosul [Link] 
  • New York Times - The Uncounted [Link]
  • Kurdish withdraw from Kirkuk [Link] 
  • AirWars' Casualty Figures for Raqqa [Link] 
Nov 22, 2017

On FPF #121, I guide you through foreign policy discussions at Thanksgiving dinner. I identify the important players in ongoing wars. I debunk common myths people believe about US wars. I also give talking points to help you simply explain complex geopolitics issues. 

Nov 20, 2017

On FPF #120, I look at the 60 Minutes segment on Yemen. The segment was one of the first times the crisis and war in Yemen has gained MSM attention. The 60 Minutes crew was denied access to Yemen by Saudi Arabia. The segment has several problems that I address. I also update Lebanon, Turkey, and Zimbabwe.

Articles 

  • Trump threatens to close the PLO. [Link]
  • More US troops are dying in war zones for the first time in six years. [Link]
  • A Marine killed a Japanese citizen in a car crash. [Link]
  • US warship collides with Japanese tugboat. [Link]
  • Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe refuses to step down as president. [Link] 
  • Turkey’s president pulls Turkish troops from NATO exercises in Norway. [Link]
  • Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hariri made it to France on Saturday. [Link]
  • The Iraqi Kurdish government announce their support for a united Iraq. [Link]
  • 130 children die every day in Yemen. [Link]
  • Saudi Arabia blocks ’60 Minutes’ from entering Yemen [Link]
Nov 17, 2017

On FPF #119, I discuss the coup to remove Robert Mugabe as president of Zimbabwe. The military commander behind the coup has insisted that this is not a coup. The former Vice President is poised to take power as the 93-year-old Mugabe is ousted. The AU and UN have said they are looking for a peaceful transition of power. I also update the imprisonment of Lebanon's Prime Minister, the Afghan opium market, and North Korea. 

Articles 

  • China will send a high-level envoy to North Korea. [Link] 
  • South Korea says the US needs their consent before attacking North Korea. [Link] 
  • Saudi Arabia may be planning to replace Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri with his brother Bahaa. Bahaa made statement condemning Iran and Hezbollah. [Link]
  • Islamic State snipers are using US weapons and equipment. [Link]
  • Dan McAdams explains how the US plans to influence Hungarian elections. [Link]
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies has been pushing the idea of putting THAAD missiles in South Korea. THAAS missiles are made by a top donor of CSIS, Lockheed Martian. [Link]
  • African countries are attempting to peacefully transition President Mugabe from power. [Link]
  • Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hariri plans to leave Saudi Arabia Saturday for France. [Link]
  • Afghanistan 2017 opium crop sets records of land use and weight produced. The anti-opium effort destroyed a record amount of opium. [Link]
  • Inspector general report finds US troops were informally told to ignore child sex abuse. [Link]
Nov 15, 2017

FPF#118, I look at the future of the Syrian Civil War. Al-Qaeda continues to control territory in Idlib Syria. Israel is threatening to attack Iranian or Hezbollah targets in Syria. Turkey is threatening to attack the Syrian Kurds. Assad restated his goal to control all of Syria. The US plans to stay to prevent any future ISIS 2.0 from popping up. I also update North Korea, Yemen, Libya, and Zimbabwe. 

Articles 

  • A Green Beret was killed in Mali by two Navy SEALs after the Green Beret uncovered the SEALs stealing money. [Link]
  • A breakaway region of Somalia, Somaliland, held presidential elections Monday. [Link]
  • A North Korean soldier defected to South Korea. The soldier was hit by gunfire from North Koreans as he fled. [Link] 
  • North Korea sends a letter to the UN about US aggression. [Link] 
  • Israel will destroy a Palestinian village and displace 300 people. [Link]
  • BBC documents the deal cut between the US/SDF and ISIS. The deal allowed IS fighters, including foreign fighters, to escape the city of Raqqa. EHSANI22 claims IS allowed the SDF to take the Omar oil fields in exchange. [Link] [Link] 
  • Saudi Arabia continues to block ports and airports in Northern Yemen. [Link] 
  • House passes a non-binding resolution that declares the US role in Saudi’s war against Yemen is unauthorized. [Link]
  • House votes 366-30 on a nonbinding resolution against supporting Saudi’s war in Yemen. [Link]
  • The ‘groundbreaking’ Atlantic article showing a conversation between WikiLeaks and Donald Trump Jr. was unethically edited. [Link]
  • 23 European countries sign an agreement to spend more on military and promote European military integration. [Link]
  • CNN exposes the slave trade in Libya. [Link] 
  • In Libya, militants are cutting water to cities to negotiate with the governments. [Link] 
  • Tanks of entered the capital city of Zimbabwe. Reports suggest that the military may attempt to remove the 93-year-old President Mugabe from power. [Link] The military declared they had control of the capital city but were not carrying out a coup. [Link]
  • In Syria, 53 people were killed in a market by airstrikes. Russia likely carried out the strikes. [Link] 
  • Turkish President Erdogan suggests Turkey may attack the Syrian Kurds. [Link] 
  • Russia’s Foreign Minister said Russia has not ensured Iranian backed forces will leave Syria. [Link] 
  • Iraq/Iran earthquake death toll now at 530. [Link]
  • Saudi Arabia bombed the airport in Yemen. The destruction of the airport will make it more difficult to get starving people food. [Link]
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