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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.
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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.

Oct 6, 2017

On Foreign Policy Focus #102, I discuss the Yemeni Civil War. I review the history of the war and the destruction of Yemen. Americans remain apathetic about Yemen as it is destroyed with American weapons. Saudi Arabia was blacklisted for a second year for killing Yemeni children. 

Articles 

  • Saudi Arabia was put on a UN blacklist for murdering Yemeni children. [Link] 
  • CNN has released new footage showing the conditions in some Yemeni hospitals. Nearly 800,000 Yemeni have now contracted cholera. [Link]
Oct 4, 2017

On FPF #101, I discuss the Catalan independence vote. 90% of people who were able to vote, voted for independence. The Spanish police brutally cracked down on people trying to vote. Catalans have responded with massive peaceful protesters. 

Articles

  • The US ordered 15 Cuban diplomats to leave the country. The US also withdrew 60% of US diplomats from Cuba. [Link] 
  • The US voted against a ban on the death penalty being made illegal as a punishment for homosexuality. [Link] 
  • General Mattis told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the US should stay in the Iran nuclear deal.
  • John McCain criticized the Trump administration for not being transparent enough about its Afghanistan policy. [Link] 
  • Mattis said about 3,000 US troops in Afghanistan will be in combat roles. [Link] 
  • Catalans protested and were on strike against police abuse for a second day. [Link] 
  • Catalonia’s president said Catalonia would declare independence from Spain within a few days. [Link] 
  • Iraqi Kurds will have parliamentary and presidential elections on November 1. [Link] 
  • US warships will now travel with their Automatic Identification System turned on. The AIS alerts other ships in the area on the size and speed of a ship to prevent coalitions. [Link]
  • The White House confirms that they are unwilling to engage in talks with North Korea. [Link]
  • Justin Raimondo argues the Catalan independence vote revealed the true nature of government. [Link]
  • The Catalan President has submitted the results of the referendum to the Catalan Parliment. The president is also seeking international mediation to help with a peaceful split from Spain. The Spanish government is refusing to acknowledge the referendum happened and refusing to negotiate with Catalonia. [Link]
  • On Monday, Catalans took to the streets to protest the brutal police crackdown on the Catalan independence vote. [Link]
  • An American soldier was killed and another was injured in Iraq. [Link]  
  • Iran has deployed tanks and artillery to the border they share with Iraqi Kurdistan. [Link]
  • The Trump administration has set a cap of 45,000 refugees to be admitted to the US in 2018. [Link] 
  • The Trump administration is urging Congress to renew and make permanent some sections of the Foreign Intelligence Survalience Act. [Link] 
  • Senators McCain and Lee have introduced a bill to permanently exempt Puerto Rico from the Jones Act. [Link] 
  • Julian Borger explains why the CIA is not helping Donald Trump to undermine the Iran nuclear deal. [Link] 
  • Trump Tweeted that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was wasting his time trying to negotiate with North Korea. [Link] 
  • Catalans held their independence referendum in spite of a brutal crackdown by Spanish police. Police were filmed beating and abusing peaceful voters. Police beat elderly women and firefighters attempting to protect voters. In total, 844 Catalans were injured yesterday. Police seized some ballot boxes and closed some polling stations. 90% of Catalans voted for independence. [Link] 
  • The Spanish government will do everything possible to stop Catalonia from declaring independence. [Link] 
  • A US missile malfunctioned and killed several civilians near Kabul Afghanistan. [Link]
  • Senator Bob Corker said the US was likely to have ground troops in Afghanistan for the next decade. [Link] 
  • Rex Tillerson issues a statement saying the US does not recognize the Iraqi Kurdish independence vote. [Link]
  • A Turkish soldier was killed fighting the PKK in Iraq. Three PKK militants were also killed in the fighting. [Link]

 

Oct 2, 2017

Scott Horton joins me on Foreign Policy Focus #100 to discuss his new book Fool's Errand. Scott debunks the idea that 9/11 was the start of US interventionism in the Middle East. Scott explains Bush's war in Afghanistan and what happened at Tora Bora. Scott discusses ISIS in Afghanistan and where these jihadist came from. Scott also analyzes Trump's strategy for the American's longest war.

The web page for Fool's Errand FoolsErrand.Us

Scott Horton, managing director of the Libertarian Institute, is the host of Antiwar Radio on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles, and Opinion Editor of Antiwar.com. Scott is the host of the Scott Horton Show.

Articles 

No Good Men Among the Living (Anand Gopal) http://anandgopal.com/

Afghan Analyst article on ISIS. Afghanistan-analysts.org

 

Sep 29, 2017

On FPF #99, I provide quick updates on several big current events. In Catalonia, the Spanish government is trying to censor the independence movement. In Iraqi Kurdistan, the Iraqi government has shut down airspace as a punishment for voting for independence. In Afghanistan, Mattis made a visit and had to be rushed to safety.

 

This is a short show because I am not feeling well. 

Sep 27, 2017

On FPF #98, I discuss Trump bombing Libya. This is the 6th country that Trump has bombed during his presidency. Congress has not authorized Trump to carry out any military actions. I discuss Trump's tweet on Iran's missile test. I also update Yemen, Syria, and Iraq. 

Articles

  • US officials say Iran did not test a ballistic missile over the weekend. A Trump Tweet from the weekend claimed Iran had tested a ballistic missile. [Link] 
  • Trump said the US is totally prepared for devastating military action against North Korea. [Link]
  • Chelsea Manning has been barred from entering Canada. [Link] 
  • General Dunford answered questions to a Senate committee for his reappointment to as the head of the Joint Cheif of Staff. In the session, Dunford said the US must influence Pakistan to change the situation in Afghanistan and China would be the greatest enemy to the US by 2025. [Link]  
  • Trump said the Catalan independence vote was foolish. [Link] 
  • The Spanish government says there is a plan to have police officers at every voting station in Catalonia to prevent the independence vote. [Link] 
  • The US lost track of $700 million in ammunition sent to Afghanistan. [Link] 
  • The Saudi Arabian King issued a decree that will begin a process that will allow women to drive in June 2018. [Link] 
  • The Syrian government says they are willing to negotiate Syrian Kurdish autonomy. [Link]
  • Arab media sources are reporting Israel fired on a Syrian military aircraft near the Golan area. [Link] 
  • Saudi Arabia published a letter threatening nations that support the UN resolution that creates an independent investigation into war crimes in Yemen. [Link] 
  • H.R. McMaster said North Korea must allow inspections and declare it is committed to getting rid of nuclear weapons before the US will negotiate with North Korea. [Link] 
  • Jimmy Carter says the US needs to talk to its enemies and warns against provoking North Korea. [Link] 
  • North Korea says a tweet posted by Donald Trump is a declaration of war. North Korea also threatened to shoot down US aircraft in international airspace. [Link]  
  • The Iraqi Kurds have voted overwhelmingly to form a new state. [Link] 
  • In response to the Kurdish independence vote, Iran has closed the border with Iraqi Kurdistan. [Link] The Syrian government has refused to validate the vote. The Iraqi Parliament has voted send troops to the Kirkuk Province and other disputed areas. The Turkish government has threated to stop oil exports from the Iraqi Kurds. [Link] 
  • The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces claim they were hit by a Russian airstrike outside of Deir Ezzor. Russia denies the claims. [Link] 
  • Dozens of children were killed by a US airstrike in Syria that hit a school. [Link]
Sep 25, 2017

On Foreign Policy Focus #97, I discuss Trump calling Kim Jung Un a madman on Twitter. This is Trump's most dangerous Tweet so far. If Trump thinks Un is a madman, then Trump could decide to wage preemptive war North Korea. I review the road that led us to the mess in North Korea. I also update Syria, Yemen, and Myanmar. 

Articles 

  • The Russian Zapad wargames have ended. Several news outlets used the wargames to create fear of Russian aggression. [Link] 
  • The US flew B1-B nuclear-capable bombers and F-15s in airspace very close to North Korea. [Link] 
  • Trump called Kim Jung Un a madman on Twitter. [Link] Trump made a threat to Kim Jung Un and North Korea’s Foreign Minister. North Korea held an anti-US rally. [Link] 
  • 62% of Americans do not trust Trump to handle the North Korea situation. [Link] 
  • Islamist fighters in Marawi continue to hold out against the Philippine military. The Islamists control about ten blocks and are estimated to have about 60 fighters left. [Link]
  • Bangladesh reports that the flow of Rohingya refugees has stopped. [Link] 
  • The Taliban have claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing attack on NATO troops in Afghanistan. Three civilians were killed in the attack. No NATO troops were killed or injured. [Link] 
  • A Russian general was killed fighting the Islamic State in Deir Ezzor. [Link] 
  • US-backed SDF fighters claim to have captured Syria’s largest gas field from the Islamic State. [Link] 
  • The US has killed 2,617 civilians in Syria. [Link] 
  • The Israeli military carried out airstrikes in near Damascus. Israel claims it was targeting Hezbollah. [Link] 
  • Yemen’s President Hadi says that he only sees a military solution in the Yemen Civil War. [Link] 
  • Saudi Arabia claims to have shot down a missile launched from Yemen. [Link] 
Sep 22, 2017

On FPF #96, I look at independence votes and movements around the world. Catalonia and Iraqi Kurds have upcoming votes for independence. Syrian Kurds are looking to form their own parliament. Taiwan and Palestine continue to fight for their own states. Several other countries also have populations looking for more freedom. 

Articles 

  • US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has become a star neoconservative. [Link] 
  • Senator Bernie Sanders said Saudi Arabia is not an ally of the US. [Link] 
  • National Security Advisor McMaster said the Iran deal is fundamentally flawed. [Link] Secretary of State Tillerson admits Iran is complying with the deal. [Link] 
  • The UN Security Council condemns the Iraqi Kurdish independence vote. [Link] 
  • In a UN speech, the Palestinian president said a one-state solution in an option. [Link] 
  • Iran’s President says the nuclear deal cannot be renegotiated. [Link] 
  • Syrian Kurds will hold the first in a series of three votes on Friday. The second round of voting in November and the third round is in January. The January vote will form a Parliment for Syrian Kurdistan. [Link]
  • This article has basic information on the Catalonian independence vote. [Link] 
  • Catalonian leaders say the crackdown by Spanish police is a major blow to their independence vote. [Link]  
  • Trump says he has made a decision on the Iran nuclear deal. Tillerson says no one knows what decision Trump made. [Link] 
  • Daniel Larison explains how the Iran nuclear deal is a one-sided deal in favor of the US. [Link]
  • The US Strategic Command Cheif has confirmed that Iran is following the nuclear deal. [Link]
  • France’s President said, “the Iran deal is not enough.” [Link] 
  • Spanish police continue to carry out raids and arrests to try to prevent the Catalonian independence vote. [Link]
Sep 20, 2017

Will Porter returns to Foreign Policy Focus to breakdown Trump's speech to the UN General Assembly. Trump's speech was hawkish and full of lies. Will debunks Trump's lies. Will also provides key insights into the real situation in Syria, Iran, North Korea, and Yemen. 

Trump gave a speech to the UN General Assembly. [Link]

Will Porter is a journalist and commentator with a focus on U.S. foreign policy and Mid-East affairs.  
His freelance work can be found at the Libertarian Institute and Antiwar.com.
 
Articles 
 
Trista Parsi explains how Trump conflated Iran and North Korea in his speech to the UN. [Link] 
Sep 18, 2017

On FPF #94, I discuss why US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, is awful. Haley continues to advocate for war and refuses to do her job as a diplomat. I also update Israel, Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan. 

Articles 

Harvard canceled plans to make Chelsea Manning a visiting fellow. The plans were canceled after CIA Director Pompeo refused to speak at the school. [Link] 

Congressman Rohrabacher attempted to offer Trump a deal where Assange provides Trump proof that Russia did not provide the leaked emails. In exchange, Trump would give Assange a pardon. [Link]

15 Marines were injured in a training accident. [Link]

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley advocates for war with North Korea and Assad. [Link]

Josh Stimpson argues Trump needs to go to North Korea to meet with King Jung Un. [Link]

A bomb exploded on a UK subway injuring 30. Two men have been arrested in connection with the bombing. [Link] 

Trump says the US is prepared to “defend our civilization” from North Korea. North Korea says it is seeking weapons to achieve equilibrium with the US. [Link] 

Isreali settlers destroyed 70 Palestinian olive trees in two raids. [Link] 

The CIA is looking for authority to carry out drone strikes in Afghanistan. [Link] 

The Iraqi government is beginning a military operation against the Islamic State in the Anbar Province. The US will support the operation. [Link] 

Bin Laden’s son calls for jihadists to continue the fight against Assad. [Link] 

US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria said they would not allow Assad government troops to cross the Euphrates River. Russia said Assad allied troops have already crossed the river. [Link] 

Reports have claimed that Russia carried out airstrikes against SDF forces outside of Deir Ezzor. Several SDF soldiers were injured. [Link] Russia disputes the claim they carried out the airstrikes. [Link] Syria Fyle

Reports claim that the US has given YPG and SDF militias $2.2 billion in Soviet-style weapons. [Link] Syria Fyle

 

Sep 15, 2017

On FPF #93, I discuss the US and Russia relations. A new story said Russia offered to reset relations with the US in March. While that offer was passed on, Russia's Foreign Ministry and the US State Department now agree there is no need to continue in the downward spiral in relations. I also update Syria, Yemen, North Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

Articles 

Jerrod Labor argues no one should ever listen to John Bolton again. [Link]

After 9/11, the US developed a surveillance centers in Ethiopia to spy on Ethiopians and others in the Horn of Africa. [Link] 

An Army officer explains the harsh truths Americans must accept about the war in Afghanistan. [Link]

 

Sep 13, 2017

On FPF #92, I discuss the attempt by Senator Rand Paul to repeal the 2001 AUMF. The 2001 AUMF was passed in the week after 9/11 and was intended to be a war resolution for Afghanistan. Since 2001, the AUMF has been used to justify military actions in at least 14 countries. The repeal vote failed but gained some traction. I also update Myanmar, Yemen, Syria, and Afghanistan. 

Sep 11, 2017

On FPF #91, I share my experience of growing up after 9/11 and the Terror War. I was 10 when the 9/11 attacks happened. I share some myths I believed, I debunk those myths, and talk about how I was led to believe them. 

Sep 8, 2017

On FPF #90, I discuss some recent reporting in the media. The fictions told be the media lead to a false understanding of foreign policy. I blast the media and reveal the truth. 

Sep 6, 2017

On FPF #89, I discuss the importance of understanding foreign policy. Nuclear war, Famine, disease, and death are all consequences of interventionist foreign policy. I also update North Korea, Myanmar, Yemen, and Syria. 

Sep 4, 2017

On FPF #88, I discuss several recent foreign policy stories. I cover several stories about wars coming to the homeland. I break down US/Russian relations. I explain what going on with North Korea's latest nuclear weapons test. I also update Yemen, Iraq, and Syria. 

Sep 1, 2017

On FPF #87, I look at the downward spiral of America's foreign policy. US foreign policy for Russia, North Korea, the Middle East, and Africa have created a worse situation for Americans. After making the situation worse, the US has fallen in a downward spiral and continues to make the situation worse with more interventions. I also give updates on Yemen, Syria, Turkey, and Iran. 

Aug 30, 2017

On FPF #86, I cover all the news on North Korea's most recent missile test. The missile test traveled over Northern Japan. Japan, South Korea, and US leaders have all made responses to the test. I also update Iran, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen.

Aug 28, 2017

On FPF #85, I discuss the impact of the War on Terron on the US. My discussion on it is prompted by Trump's plans to resume the sale of surplus military equipment to police departments. I explain how the war affects the economy, culture, and civil liberties. I also update North Korea, Yemen, Syria, and Afghanistan.

Aug 25, 2017

On FPF #84, I discuss the Establishment's victory in Afghanistan policy. I explain how they can use their victory to start more war in Ukraine and Yemen. In Ukraine, the Establishment's plan of arming the government will lead to Nazi militias owning powerful US weapons. In Yemen, an increase in support for Saudi Arabia's war will lead to more death and starvation. I also update Russia, Iran, Qatar, and ISIS.

Aug 23, 2017

On FPF #83, I breakdown Trump's Afghanistan speech. On Monday, Trump announced his new Afghanistan policy. Trump presented his policy as a new policy that can finally turn the 16-year war in America's favor. However, his policy will only lead to a repeat of the mistakes made by Bush and Obama. Trump policy is an abandonment of campaign promises and a sell out to the establishment. 

Aug 21, 2017

On FPF #82, I discuss Bannon leaving the White House and its impacts on wars in North Korea and Afghanistan. Before leaving the White House, Bannon said there was no military solution in North Korea. Bannon was also pushing a plan to privatize the Afghan War with Erik Prince. I also update the USS John McCain, ISIS War, Yemen, and Africa. 

Aug 18, 2017

Ryan Burgett makes his first appearance on Foreign Policy Focus to discuss Christianity and War. Ryan discusses his views on Christianity and uses bible verses to explain his positions. Ryan breaks down why some Christians have different views on war. Ryan also explains effective arguments to engage Christians with. 

There is a brief pause in the audio at 2:57 when the recording program stopped working. Ryan felt like the few seconds of missing audio did not take away from his argument, so I left a small pause to indicate that a few of Ryan's words are missing. There is also some popping in the audio and the audio quality is lower than typical on FPF. This was a great interview and I hope you will be able to overlook pops in the audio and learn a lot from Ryan like I did. I am working to get a higher quality of audio for future interviews. 

Ryan is a licensed minister in the Mennonite church, I have four children and have been married eleven years. I make my living as a computer programmer building desktop, web, and mobile applications. Ryan's website ==> https://ryanburgett.com

Aug 16, 2017

On FPF #80, Will Porter returns to discuss Russiagate. Will debunk the latest claims and give his take. Will talks about a bombshell claim by Seymore Hersh that Seth Rick was the DNC leak. Hersh is now denying he said made that claim. Will then gives his working theory on what really happened with the DNC emails. Will also discuss the idea of Russia aggression and US/Russia relations. 

Will Porter is a journalist and commentator with a focus on U.S. foreign policy and Mid East affairs. His freelance work can be found at the Libertarian Institute and Antiwar.com.

Will's notes

Main Links:
 
• "Has Russiagate Finally Been Solved?" - Will Porter - http://www.thedailysheeple.com/has-russiagate-finally-been-solved_082017
 
• VIPS Memo - https://consortiumnews.com/2017/07/24/intel-vets-challenge-russia-hack-evidence/
 
• Forensicator Investigation into Guccifer 2.0 Metadata - https://theforensicator.wordpress.com/guccifer-2-ngp-van-metadata-analysis/
 
• Adam Carter Analysis: Fake Russian Fingerprints? - http://g-2.space/#4
 
• Adam Carter Analysis: CrowdStrike Behind Guccifer 2.0? - http://g-2.space/#9
 
• Voice of America Demolishes CrowdStrike Claim on Russian Hacking in Ukraine - https://www.voanews.com/a/crowdstrike-comey-russia-hack-dnc-clinton-trump/3776067.html
 
• Seymour Hersh / Ed Butowsky Audio - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giuZdBAXVh0
 
• Rough Text Transcript of Hersh / Butowsky Audio - https://www.reddit.com/r/The_Donald/comments/6r2dpf/rough_transcript_seymour_hersh_on_seth_rich/
 
Additional Reading:
 
• "New Research Shows Guccifer 2.0 Files Were Copied Locally, Not Hacked" - Elizabeth Vos - http://disobedientmedia.com/2017/07/new-research-shows-guccifer-2-0-files-were-copied-locally-not-hacked/
 
• "Has Seymour Hersh Debunked Russiagate?" - Justin Raimondo -http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/08/03/seymour-hersh-debunked-russia-gate/
 
• "Audio: Seymour Hersh States Seth Rich Was WikiLeaks Source" - Cassandra Fairbanks - http://bigleaguepolitics.com/audio-seymour-hersh-states-seth-rich-wikileaks-source/
 
• "Emails: Ed Butowsky Pleads With Sy Hersh to Go Public With What He Knows About Seth Rich" - Cassandra Fairbanks - http://bigleaguepolitics.com/emails-ed-butowsky-pleads-sy-hersh-go-public-knows-seth-rich/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
Aug 14, 2017

On FPF #79, I look at the new James Mattis/Rex Tillerson op ed in the Wall Street Journal on North Korea policy. Mattis and Tillerson explain the new policy of "strategic accountability" and the goals of the policy. Tillerson and Mattis explained how China will have to take a leading role in this policy. I examine the op ed and reveal the lies and omissions. I also update Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, and Kenya. 

Aug 11, 2017

On FPF #78, I look at other news stories while everyone has been paying attention to North Korea. I discuss some early Trump immigration policy stats. I explain how the US backed Syrian rebels ended up fighting for Assad. I also give some new stats coming out of the ISIS War. 

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