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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.

May 27, 2019

Scott Horton returns to FPF to talk about Assange, weapon sales to Saudi Arabia, and the new deployment of troops to the Middle East. Scott 'Fisks' the Assange indictment and explains who Julian Assage is a journalist. Scott and Kyle talk about Trump declaring a national emergency to sell more weapons to the UAE and Saudi Arabia. The weapons will likely be used to commit genocide in Yemen. Scott breaks down Trump's announcement of sending 1,500 troops to the Middle East to combat the Iranian threat. 

Scott Horton is the host of the Scott Horton Show and the author of Fool’s Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan. He is the Editorial Director of Antiwar.com and the Managing Director of The Libertarian Institute.  

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Scott Horton - Assange Indictment 

May 24, 2019

Will Porter returns to FPF to break down events in the Middle East that could cause a larger conflict between the US and Iran. In Syria, the US is again claiming the Iran-backed Assad government is using chemical weapons against its own civilians. In Iraq, the US government is warning that Iran-backed Shia militias will attack US forces. The US, Saudi, and UAE continue to blame Iran for any attacks carried out by Yemen's Houthis. Will and Kyle discuss the potential for one of these events to be used to spark a war. 

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Around the Empire - Elijah Magnier 

May 22, 2019

On FPF #352, I discuss the military power of the Libyan Field Marshal Haftar. Haftar came to power in the vacuum left by Obama's war in Libya and now controls most of Libya. The strongman has acquired a fleet of fighter jets and 10,000s of troops. He has also built up a navy. Most of the military equipment was given to him by allies of the US like UAE, Egypt, and France. 

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May 20, 2019

On FPF #351, I discuss weapon sales and their impact on geopolitics. Turkey said it will buy the S-400 and S-500 air defense systems from Russia. The US approved $1 billion in Raytheon made missiles to Canada, Japan, and South Korea. Google is funding a company that is developing targeting AI for the Pentagon drones. I break down how global nuclear weapons are becoming more advanced and dangerous. 

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Defense One - Nuclear Weapons

SHS - Muhammad Sahimi

May 17, 2019

On FPF #350, I argue that the armed US government agents are often the bad guys with guns on American streets and overseas. A recent editorial in the NYT explains how cops in Baltimore became the bad guys. I explain how US troops end up becoming the bad guys with guns during our wars. 

I also discuss Chelsea Manning, Africa, Iran, and Yemen. 

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May 15, 2019

Will Porter returns to FPF to discuss his recent writing on events in the Persian Gulf. Will breaks down the deployment of US forces to the Gulf and the alleged sabotage against four ships at a UAE port. Will and Kyle give their analysis on the events and the potential for war. 

Will is a staff writer at RT. His work has been published at Antiwar.com, Consortium News, and Libertarian Institute.  

May 13, 2019

On FPF #348, I update the persecution of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning. The UK sentenced Assange to a 50-week sentence for violating bail. The US is seeking his extradition on charges related to the Manning Leaks. Now Sweden is also seeking his extradition. 

Chelsea Manning is now free from jail. Manning served over two months for invoking her 1st, 4th, and 6th Amendments rights. She now faces another subpoena that forces her to testify or be arrested. 

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Caitlin Johnson - Rape allegations against Assange

FPF - Patrick Shanahan

May 10, 2019

On FPF #347, I discuss the reckless actions the US is taking against China, Iran, and Venezuela. Trump new tariffs could restart the trade war with China. He is also increasing challenges to Chinese territorial claims in the Taiwan Strait and the South China Sea. Bolton made a big show of the US deploying the USS Abe Lincoln to counter threats from Iran. The deployment of the aircraft carrier is routine, however, the hawks in Trump's administration seem determined to provoke a war with Iran. The regime change effort in Venezuela is ongoing. I review the one-sided media coverage of the events. 

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May 8, 2019

Will Porter and Joanne Leon return to FPF to do more debunking of the Russiagate conspiracy theory. Joanne, Will, and Kyle focus in on the story of George Papadopoulos. According to the conspiracy theory, Papadopoulos was connecting Trump's campaign to Russia for receiving secret information about Hillary Clinton's emails. Papadopoulos claims he was the mark of some deep state actors who were attempting to set him up. Joanne and Will make sense of competing claims and changing narratives. 

Will Porter is a staff writer at RT. He has bylines at Antiwar.com. Consortium News, and Libertarian Institute.  

Joanne Leon is the host of the Around the Empire podcast. 

May 6, 2019

Marko Marjanovic returns to FPF to talk about Venezuela and Syria. Kyle and Marko discuss how US regime change efforts in Venezuela have failed to topple Maduro. The US actions have hurt the Venezuelan people and increased Maduro's popularity. In Syria, Assad is continuing to work to retake all of his country. Currently, he is battling with jihadists in Idlib. Kyle and Mark break down how Assad's fight and the role of the US trying to prevent Assad from retaking Syria. 

Marko Marjanovic runs Checkpoint Asia.

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May 3, 2019

On FPF #344, I discuss how Trump is expanding the President's powers.  The US joined the Yemen War without Congressional approval under Obama. Trump's veto of the Yemen War Powers bill proves Congress has no ability to check the war powers of the president. The Pentagon is adding 300 more troops to the southern border. The troops continue to break American military tradition by expanding their roles and putting the troops in more contact with suspected illegal immigrants. The DoJ's persecution of Julian Assange is an attack on journalism and truth. The attack makes it easier for the government to control the media narrative and decide what information is allowed to reach the public. 

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May 1, 2019

On FPF #343, I discuss Juan Guaido's latest failed coup attempt against Maduro. Guaido posted videos with a few Venezuelan soldiers and they took control of a small area outside of an airbase. Thousands of protesters joined Guaido. Maduro called for Venezuelans to take to the streets to show support him and massive crowds turned out to protect the presidential palace. The coup was broken up with some violence from the government. 

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Apr 29, 2019

On FPF #342, I discuss DNC Chair Tom Perez statement, 'we are at war' with Russia. I explain how this hysterical thinking is reflective of the current DNC political leadership. The Democrats are at fault for losing the 2016 election. However, they continue to try to blame Russia for the loss. The hysteria is doing damage to the critical US/Russian relationship. I update Sri Lanka, Ukraine, and Pentagon corruption. 

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Apr 26, 2019

On FPF #341, I discuss a former Marine being held on an extradition request from Spain for stealing electronics from the North Korean embassy in Madrid. The break-in occurred in the days leading up to Trump's second summit with Kim Jong-un. While few details of the break-in are known, the case against the Marine may help to shed some light on who broke into the embassy and what they were after. I update the planning for regime change in Venezuela, human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia, and SEALs being told to keep quiet about war crimes. 

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Apr 24, 2019

Will Porter returns to FPF to discuss his recent articles published at RT. The appointment of a new IRGC leader - who is considered a hardliner - is a sign that Iran is reacting to the US withdrawing waivers for oil sanctions. Will and Kyle give an analysis of the impact of Trump's decision to reduce Iran's oil imports to 0. 

Chelsea Manning remains in jail and was denied bail at an appeals hearing. Manning is jail for refusing to testify in front of a secret grand jury. Will and Kyle look at the greater problems in the US bail system. 

Will Porter is a staff writer at RT and an analyst of US foreign policy. You can find more of his work at Antiwar.com, the Libertarian Institute, and Consortium News.

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Apr 22, 2019

On FPF #339, I discuss the Mueller Report. #Russiagate's true believers saw the report as a vindication of their false narrative; I debunk many of their claims. I break down the best analysis of the Mueller Report, showing it for what it really is.

I update Trump's Iran policy, Sri Lanka Easter bombings, Zelensky's election as Ukrainian president, and Trump's veto of the Yemen War Powers bill. 

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Apr 19, 2019

Scott Horton returns to Foreign Policy Focus to explain the importance of Wikileaks. Scott discusses some of the cruelest crimes of the American Empire and our allied states. He details Wikileaks documents that show Israel is an apartheid state. 

Scott Horton is the Editorial Director at Antiwar.com and Managing Editor of the Libertarian Institute. He is the author of the book Fool's Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan and the Host of the Scott Horton Show.

Apr 17, 2019

Scott Horton returns to Foreign Policy Focus to explain the importance of Wikileaks. Scott breaks down how leaks from Chelsea Manning helped to expose the cruelty of the Iraq War. He debunks so of the most common lies about Wikileaks. Scott also discusses some soon to be released books by the Libertarian Institute. 

Scott Horton is the Editorial Director at Antiwar.com and Managing Editor of the Libertarian Institute. He is the author of the book Fool's Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan and the Host of the Scott Horton Show. 

Apr 14, 2019

On FPF #336, Will and Kyle discuss how the indictment of Julian Assange is an attack on journalism. Will exposes errors made in the mainstream media about the charges. The errors have led to the false belief that Assange's work did not fall under the category of journalism. Will and Kyle review the statements from key figures to the arrest of Assange. 

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Apr 11, 2019

On FPF #335, I discuss the arrest of Julian Assange. Assange was arrested by the UK after Ecuador's president rescinded his asylum. Assange now faces the potential of being extradited to the US; an indictment against Julian Assange charges him with crimes related to Chelsea Manning's leaking of documents in 2010. I argue the persecution of Assange is an attack on journalism. 

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Cassandra Fairbanks

Apr 10, 2019

On FPF #334, I discuss the Trump admin naming Iran's Islamic Revoluntary Guard Corps a terror organization. I explain the false arguments used by the Trump admin to claim the IRGC supports terror groups. The move makes a conflict with Iran more likely. 

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Eric Margolis - Algeria

Micah Zenko - No Real Threats

Apr 8, 2019

On FPF #333, I discuss Trump's dive into the swamp. 14 of Trump's ambassador nominations made significant donations to Trump's inauguration fund. Some of the nominations have been important posts such as Iceland and the UAE.

On the campaign, Trump criticized NATO as being outdated. However, Trump has only expanded NATO and engaged in terrible policies that inflame tensions with Russia. I also update Assange's asylum status and Haftar's attack on Tripoli.  

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Apr 4, 2019

Will Porter returns to FPF to talk Russiagate, Yemen, and Israel. Will and Kyle take a victory lap on Russiagate. They explain how the Democrats have given Trump a huge win by spending so much power pushing the Russiagate conspiracy theory. 

The House passed a Yemen War Powers bill. Will breaks down the US and UK involvement in Yemen. Including a recent report that UK soldiers are fighting against the Houthi in Yemen. 

Will looks ahead to the upcoming Israeli elections. Will and Kyle review the events of the Great Return protests. 

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Ramzy Baroud - The purpose of Palestinian protest

Apr 3, 2019

On FPF #331, I discuss the formation of a possible bipartisan antiwar coalition that works with Trump to end wars. The coalition would be made up of Republicans and Democrats often labeled as far-right or far-left members of their parties, like Ro Khanna and Rand Paul. Trump has expressed desires to end wars in Syria, Somalia, and Afghanistan. The coalition could work with Trump to ease sanctions on Russian and make a denuclearization agreement with North Korea. 

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Apr 1, 2019

On FPF #330, I discuss Secretary of Energy Rick Perry signing at least six agreements with Saudi to allow American companies to sell the kingdom nuclear technology. Saudi Arabia has rejected buying a civilian nuclear program with safeguards to limit the ability to make nuclear weapons. 

I update the ongoing Korean peace process. A copy of the extensive demands Trump gave to Kim at Hanoi has been released. It shows the US is demanding 'Libyan Style' denuclearization. Kim is unlikely to agree to that process. 

I explain my excitement for the 2020 DNC race. Some left-wing groups like MoveOn and candidates like Tulsi Gabbard are taking important anti-intervention positions. 

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