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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.

Sep 17, 2018

On FPF #247, I discuss the possibility of another round of talks with Kim Jong Un and the Taliban. Trump and Kim have said they would like to meet again. The Taliban said they want a second round of talks with the US. I break down demands of the US and the Taliban.

I answer criticism about why I am optimistic about Korean Peace. 

Links

Daniel L Davis on North Korea

Sep 14, 2018

On FPF #246, Matt Bankert joins the show to discuss music and war. Matt goes through a short history of American wars and music that opposed them. Matt highlights some of the great antiwar songs. 

Matt Bankert is a musician. His work is featured in the introduction to the show

Links

AntiWar Playlist

MattBankert.com - Link for bonus songs 

Matt Bankert Facebook

Matt Bankert Twitter

Matt Bankert YouTube

Matt Bankert Liberty Playlist 

Sep 11, 2018

On FPF #245, I discuss 9/11 and the US War on Terror. I explain how the 9/11 terror attack was blowback for US attacks on the Middle East. I argue the US War on Terror has failed to make the world safer and more stable. 

Links

NYT - Misleading Americans about Afghanistan

SHS - Daniel Elisburg 

FPF - 9/11

FPF - #WhyImAntiWar

Sep 10, 2018

Will Porter returns to FPF to cover the alleged chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Will debunks the common lies about Ghouta 2013, Khan Sheikhoun 2017, and Douma 2018. Will and Kyle discuss the Syrian Army offensive in Idlib and the potential for another alleged chemical weapons attack. 

Will Porter is a freelance Journalist specializing in US foreign policy and Mid East Affairs. Will's work can be found at AntiWar.com, Consortium News, and LibertarianInstitute.Org

Links

Seymour Hersh - Rat Line

Seymour Hersh - Trump's Red Line

Will Porter's Syrian CW reading List

Rick Sterling - Khan Sheikhoun

 

Sep 7, 2018

On FPF #243, I discuss the UK announcement that 2 Russians have been identified as suspects in the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal. I review the development of the evidence and accusations related to the poisoning. I break down an article published on Moon of Alabama that questions the new allegations made by the UK. I also update the Afghan War, the Syrian Civil War, and Israel. 

Links

Moon of Alabama on the Skripal poisoning 

Jason Ditz on Israeli arming of Syrian rebels

Sep 5, 2018

On FPF #242, Tricia Stuart joins to the show to discuss her effort to raise money for Yemen children. Tricia tells us about her “Put your money where your memes are” drive. She makes the case to donate to the charity she selected, Save the Children. We explain the US role in causing so many Yemeni children to be in need of aid. 

On the second part of the show, I discuss the ethnic cleansing in Myanmar. Two Journalists were sentenced to seven years in jail and the Myanmar government is working to mask the extent of the genocide. 

Links

Liberty Network

Save the Children 

Eric Margolis on Myanmar

Sep 3, 2018

On FPF #241, I discuss the US role in continuing the Syrian Civil War. David Ignatius of the Washington Post reports that a Trump official said the US policy is to draw Syria and Russia into a quagmire in Idlib. Ignatius argues for the US to do more to assist the rebels. I explain the results of the US arming the Sunni resistance to Assad under Obama and why the policy will fail again. 

Links

David Ignatius Washington Post article 

WSJ on Myanmar 

 

Aug 31, 2018

On FPF #240, I break down false and misleading information on Russiagate and North Korea. I discuss an article by Gareth Porter that debunks the claim that Russia hacked 21 state voter registration sites. Recent reporting on North Korea suggested that Donald Trump canceled a meeting with North Korea after reading a "belligerent" letter from Kim Jong Un. I review an article by Justin Raimondo that argues the truth is nuanced and the Trump/Un relationship is as bad as it may seem. 

Links

Gareth Porter on DHS Election Hacking Report

Ted Galen Carpenter on Macedonia

Justin Raimondo on North Korea 

38North.Org on the direction of Kim Jong Un

 

Aug 29, 2018

On FPF #239, I discuss how Turkey is a loser in the Syrian Civil War. I break down an article by Joost Hilterman on Turkey's role in the Syrian Civil War. Turkey's plan to back Sunni resistance to Assad failed as it looks like Assad will retain power in Syria. The US has backed and armed the Syrian Kurdish YPG, a group Turkey identifies as terrorists. 

I update Trump calling off Pompeo's visit for North Korea and Trump's push for military intervention in Venezuela. 

Links

Joost Hilterman on Turkey

Doug Bandow on Venezuela

Aug 27, 2018

On FPF #238, I discuss Russian President Putin's trip to Germany and Austria. I explore an article by Gilbert Doctorow on the importance of the trip and how Trump's foreign policy has impacted Russia's relationships with Europe. I update news on North Korea, Syria, and John McCain. 

Links

Zerohedge on John McCain

Gilbert Doctorow on Putin's trip to Germany and Austria 

Aug 24, 2018

On FPF #237, Will Porter and Pat McFarlane join the show to discuss why we are anti-war. Will gives his take on how the war state is destroying journalism. Pat explains how the war state is eroding the checks on government power. The Libertarian Institute is asking #WhyImAntiWar on Twiter, we give out answers. 

Tweet #WhyImAntiWar to @libertarianinst & @Kyaaale

Patrick McFarlane is the host of the Liberty Weekly Podcast

Will Porter is a freelance journalist specializing in US foreign policy and Mid East affairs. His work can be found at The Libertarian Institute, AntiWar.com, and Consortium News.

Links 

Liberty Weekly - Conditioned Killers in War

Aug 22, 2018

On FPF #236, I discuss Senator Rand Paul's effort to ease tensions between the US and Russia. Rand has taken a trip to Russia and is now asking Trump to remove sanctions from Russia lawmakers so they can enter the US. Senator Paul is also making an effort to halt NATO expansion. 

I also update North Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan.  

Links

Matthew Bankert - Send in the Tanks 

Aug 20, 2018

On FPF #235, Steven Clyde comes to the show to discuss the economics of war. The 2019 NDAA authorized $717 billion in defense spending for a single year. Steven gives his take on Austrian Economics and his analysis of what massive "defense" spending does to the economy.  

Steven Clyde is the host of the Peace and Liberty Podcast. 

Aug 17, 2018

Scott Horton returns to FPF to discuss the first year of Trump's policy for the Afghan War. Scott explains how the drug war in Afghanistan has been a failure. He looks at the US goal of securing the capital Kabul and how the additional US troops have been unable to curb violence in the city. Scott gives his analysis of the recent talks between the US and Afghanistan.

Scott argues that the US efforts in the Afghan War are futile and we should just come home. 

Links 

Scott's book Fool Errand 

SHS - Eric Margolis on Imran Khan

SHS - Andrew Cockburn on the Afghan opium trade 

Scott Horton on the Ron Paul Liberty Report

Aug 15, 2018

On FPF #233, I discuss Trump signing the 2019 John McCain National Defense Authorization Act. The overly costly and hawkish Pentagon spending bill is a perfect reflection of John McCain's horrific foreign policy record. I explain how parts of the bill will move the US towards more war. 

I also update the Syrian Civil War and recent US reports on the strength of ISIS. 

Links

FPF #228 - A $700 Billion Waste

UN report on ISIS fighters

Russia supports bilateral trade in national currencies

Aug 13, 2018

Will Porter returns to FPF to discuss a Saudi massacre of Yemeni children on a school bus. The US continues to back Saudi's slaughter of Yemen children. Will discuss his updated numbers of Yemenis killed in the civil war. Will and Kyle also debunk the most common myths of the Yemen Civil War. 

Links

SHS - Nasser Arrabyee

SHS - Iona Craig

 

 

 

Aug 10, 2018

Will Porter returns to FPF to discuss renewed US sanctions on Iran. Will explains the logistics of sanctions and what could happen if states defy US demands. Will and Kyle review the history of American sanctions against Iran and the Iran Nuclear Agreement. They provide analysis on the potential effectiveness of the new sanctions and what could happen if other states, including allies, don't comply.

Will Porter is a freelance journalist who focuses on Mid East affairs and US foreign policy. His work can be found at Consortium News, AntiWar.com, and LibertarianInstitute.org.

Links

Iranian Sanctions Aren't Just Counterproductive, But an Act of War - Will Porter

Aug 8, 2018

On FPF #230, I discuss Senator Rand Pau's recent trip to Russia. Rand's trip to Russia is a good thing and could help lawmakers in both countries realize their common goals. 

I also break down Saudi's diplomatic split with Canada. The Saudis have kicked the Canadian ambassador out of the kingdom and announced that Saudi students would be moved out of Canada. 

Links

Saudi provocative Tweet

SHS - Andrew Cockburn

Aug 6, 2018

On FPF #229, I look at the difference between the US media portrayal of the Korean peace process and what is actually happening in the region. The US media has focused on stories that indicate North Korea and Trump are ruining the peace process. However, North and South Korea military leaders are meeting to discuss reducing conventional weapons near the DMZ. Japan is removing anti-missile systems citing a reduction in the threat from North Korea. 

Links 

SHS - Nassar Arraybee

Aug 3, 2018

On FPF #228, I discuss the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act. Congress recently passed the 2019 NDAA, authorizing $716 billion in defense spending. The spending is largely for offensive purposes and does not benefit the protect the American people. I break down some of the mandates Congress placed on the money. 

Links 

FPF #226 - NDAA with Will Porter

 

Aug 1, 2018

On FPF #227, I discuss Trump's foreign policy. It appears Trump is using the same plan with Iran that he believes brought North Korea to agree to denuclearize. I explain how Trump misunderstands how the peace process developed in North Korea and why a similar US policy in Iran will have far different results. 

I break down recent talks between the US and the Taliban and how Pakistan's new prime minister may impact the Afghan War. 

Links

Moon of Alabama - Afghan Talks

Rand Paul's Middle East Peace Plan

Moon of Alabama - Imran Khan

SHS - Eric Margolis on Imran Khan

Jul 30, 2018

On FPF #226, Will Porter returns to the show to discuss Israel's continued bombing of Assad's forces in Syria. The Syrian Civil War has continued to drag on, and the Israeli actions are effectively protecting ISIS. The Syrian Kurds are looking to make a deal with Assad. Will provides the analysis. 

Will and Kyle update the horrific situation in Israel for the Palestinians. The Israelis continue to carry out a bombing campaign against Gaza. In some rare good news, Ahed Tamimi has been released from prison.

Links

Will Porter's FPF YouTube Playlist  

Jul 27, 2018

Will Porter returns to FPF to discuss Donald Trump and foreign policy. Inflicted with Trump derangement syndrome, the mainstream media is writing headings suggesting the soccer ball Putin gave Trump had a device inside of it. The dishonesty of the headlines pushes America's policy away from peace with Russia. 

Kyle and Will break down the proposed 2019 NDAA. The NDAA has several new mandates that impact Turkey, Yemen, and Syria. 

Will Porter is a freelance journalist who covers US foreign policy and Mideast affairs. Will's work can be found at AntiWar.com, ConsortiumNews.com, and the Libertarian Institute.  

Jul 25, 2018

On FPF #224, I discuss the reports that Julian Assange will soon be handed over to British authorities. Assange has been targeted for the important information his organizations, Wikileaks, has released to the public and his sympathy for the Catalan independence movement. I explain the importance of Assange's work. 

I also discuss an article written by a US Veteran. The vet explains how he signed up in the US Army to be a hero and, in his role as a US soldier, became a villain. 

Links

 

Jul 23, 2018

On FPF #223, Brian Saady returns to the show to discuss the roots of the immigration crisis. In the US, the focus of the immigration issue is focused on what the should happen when people reach the US Southern border. However, US policy in Central America has caused many people to seek refuge in the US. Brian explains how immigration crisis has its roots in US intervention in Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. 

Brian is a writer and podcast host. His books and podcast can be found at BrianSaady.com.

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