On COI #76, Patrick McFarlane – host of Liberty Weekly – returns to the show. Kyle and Pat discuss how members of the independent media, including libertarians, are pushing anti-China propaganda. A recent report used birth data to push the claim that the Chinese government was committing a genocide against the Muslim Uyghur minority.
A recent article by Gareth Porter and Max Blumenthal looks at the data behind the claims. The figures, when analyzed alongside Chinese government policy, shows that a decline in birth rates is not due to an ongoing genocide. Kyle and Pat break down the details and other false claims against China. Pat explains how the anti-China myths make it into the American mainstream through the Epoch Times newspaper and the shady group behind it.
Just before recording, the Pentagon confirmed Biden had ordered the bombing of Shia militias in Syria. Kyle breaks down the early reporting on the strikes and the dangers of Biden’s escalation.
Twitter added a ‘hacked materials’ warning to an article published by The Gray Zone detailing how BBC, Reuters, and Bellingcat were paid by the UK Foreign Office. [Link]
The US opened a new facility to cage migrant children. [Link]
The New York police officers that killed David Perdue will not face charges according to a grand jury. Police officers pinned a naked Perdue to the street until he stopped breathing. [Link]
Attorneys for Jessica Watkins say that after she was arrested for entering the Capitol and destroying property on the 6th. She was denied medical care, stripped naked, and forced to remain exposed for four days. [Link]
Hundreds of billions of spending in Biden’s $1.9 trillion covid bill isn’t even for covid relief. [Link]
At least $63 billion in Cares Act unemployment benefits have been improperly distributed. [Link]
Biden launched a classified review of US counterterror policy. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan will lead the review. [Link]
Biden’s pick for deputy Treasury Secretary, Wally Adeyemo, said the US needs a hardline approach against China. [Link]
The Senate confirms Linda Thomas-Greenfield as US Ambassador to the UN. [Link]
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer wants lawmakers to draft a bill to combat China’s rise. [Link]
Amnesty International rescinds its label of Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalmy because of discriminatory and violent statements. [Link]
The US sanctioned two Myanmar military commanders for their involvement in the coup. [Link]
Vox reports Biden withdrawing from Afghanistan by the May 1st deadline is “off the table.” [Link]
The US is an elected position in the UN Human Rights Council to prevent the body from condemning Israel. [Link]
Iran says the US must make the first move in returning to the Iran Nuclear Deal. [Link]
Iraqi Shia Militia, Kataib Hezbollah says it did not carry out recent rocket attacks targeting US forces. [Link]
On COI #75, Connor Freeman – writer at The Libertarian Institute – returns to the show to discuss the Israeli vaccination program. The program has received wide-spread praise from the US media and even Dr. Fauci. While Israel is vaccinating a lot of people, the Palestinian population is struggling to get vaccinations. Israel has denied Gaza the ability to get any vaccinations.
Dr. Fauci recently received a $1 million prize from Tel Aviv University for “speaking truth to power” about Covid-19. However, in an interview with Israeli media he glorified the Israeli vaccination regime. Fauci – having just won an award for courageous speech – refused to answer questions or comment on vaccinations going to Palestinians.
Real courageous speech came through by Michael Che at SNL. Che joked that Israel is only vaccinating its Jewish population. While obviously a joke, Che’s quip contained a lot of truth. The joke was met with claims of anti-Semitism. However, those allegations are unfounded and the real offense is Israel denying Palestinians medical care.
Connor and Kyle debunk Syrian war propaganda that recently appeared on 60 Minutes. Connor explains how Biden is moving towards more confrontation with Russia and China.
Texas police arrested a man for walking in the street during the Texas freeze. [Link]
The Los Angeles school district will cut the number of police officers in schools by a third. The cuts will allow $25 million to be redirected towards support services. [Link]
An independent investigative report finds the police officers who stopped Elijah McClain had no right to stop him. Police killed McClain after having him injected with Ketamine. [Link]
Two Democratic lawmakers sent a letter to cable providers asking why they still allow Fox News and Newsmax to air. [Link]
Politico reports the US is planning new sanctions against Russia. [Link]
China called for an effort to reset relations with the US. The US said it was a Chinese effort to avert blame. [Link]
Afghan government and Taliban negotiators met for the first time in a month. [Link]
Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressed his commitment to the ‘two-state solution’ in a call with Israeli officials. [Link]
Israel will debate the US on Iran policy “below the radar.” [Link]
An Israeli court ruled the corruption trial of Prime Minister Netanyahu will not resume until after the election in March. [Link]
Bliken said the US is looking to “lengthen and strengthen” the Iran Nuclear Deal. [Link]
Iran’s Supreme Leader said Iran would enrich uranium up to 60%. [Link]
A rocket attack in Iraq landed inside Baghdad’s Green Zone. The US condemned the attack. [Link]
Sources from the Saudi-backed government in Yemen say hundreds of fighters have died in the Houthi weeks-long assault on Marib. [Link]
A UN report says Erik Prince violated the UN arms embargo of Libya by shipping gun boats and attack craft to eastern military leader Hafter. [Link]
Libya’s Interior Minister escaped an assassination attempt unharmed. [Link]
The Italian Ambassador to the Congo was killed when armed men attacked his convoy. His bodyguard and WFP driver were also killed. It is unclear who is behind the attack, but the Congo interior minister said it was a Hutu militia. [Link]
Assange’s lawyers are considering a cross appeal to the UK High Court. [Link]
Bolivia has returned the entire US-IMF loan the country received when a coup government was in charge. The $346 million loan racked up $25 million in interest when it was paid off. [Link]
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin tells NATO allies that the US would not “hasty” leave Afghanistan. [Link]
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says US tariffs on China will remain. [Link]
Senator Tom Cotton wants to change US policy to make it clear we would go to war with China if China invaded Taiwan. [Link]
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says China is a top priority for the alliance. [Link]
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the US will take firm action against Myanmar’s military. [Link]
The Myanmar military’s main Facebook page was removed. The military recently took control of the government in a coup. Facebook removed the page for inciting violence. [Link]
National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said it is a “complete and utter outrage” that Iran holds Americans as prisoners. Sullivan said getting the American released is a “significant priority.” [Link]
The US says it will not lift sanctions on Iran before engaging in talks. [Link]
Iran’s Foreign Minister says Biden is continuing with Trump’s Iran policy. Iran plans to reduce the additional inspections of its nuclear energy program if the US refuses to lift sanctions. [Link]
The IAEA and Iran reached an agreement to scale back the IAEA’s inspections in Iran. Iran is reducing its commitments to the JCPOA because the US left the deal. The agreement reached by Iran and the IAEA will allow monitoring of Iranian sites for another three months. [Link]
Iran’s FM says US sanctions cost Iran $1 trillion and Iran expects compensation. [Link]
The UN said Palestine is $30 million short in vaccination funding. [Link]
Israel is starting to reopen its economy to anyone with a “green pass” or received both doses of the vaccination. Only a few thousand Palestinians have gotten their vaccination. [Link]
Israel financed vaccines for Syria in return for releasing a Israeli prisoner. Russia helped facilitate the agreement. [Link]
A rocket attack in Iraq hit a base that houses US contractors. One Iraqi was injured in the attack. [Link]
On COI #74, Kyle and Will go over recent comments from the Biden administration signaling it’s ready to sit down with Iran and European powers to discuss coming back into the 2015 nuclear deal. But with US officials hinting that other “regional issues” could be shoehorned into the talks, while demanding Tehran return to “full compliance” before Washington does, Biden’s approach may quickly lead to an impasse.
In the wake of the Capitol riot, a massive display of security theater continues in Washington, DC, where thousands of National Guard troops will remain at least until March, costing taxpayers nearly $500 million. Local police have called to maintain a security barrier circling the Capitol until September, citing “threats” against lawmakers, while some Democrats have already suggested it stay up permanently. Meanwhile, at least 35 Capitol police officers are under investigation for their actions during the January 6 riot, six of them already suspended.
A woman is suing police in Hopewell, Virginia for $13 million, claiming officers are responsible for her son’s death. Troy Howlett was coerced into working as a confidential informant after a minor drug bust. Despite knowing of his drug problem, Howlett was made to purchase narcotics as a CI. He later fatally overdosed on heroin he bought while undercover, found to be heavily laced with fentanyl.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is under federal investigation related to his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the state’s policies toward nursing homes. A senior New York official was recently caught acknowledging that Cuomo’s team concealed data related to nursing homes, sending the administration into damage control mode.
On COI #73, Joanne Leon – host of Around the Empire – returns to the show to discuss Biden’s foreign policy. The mainstream media is pushing the narrative that Biden’s foreign policy is radically different than Trump’s. While there are some differences, like Yemen, Biden has mostly picked up Trump’s wars.
The foreign policy blob is pushing the narrative that Trump destroyed US relations with NATO allies and Biden is desperately trying to fix them. Trump only opposed NATO rhetorically and his Russia policy was more aggressive than Obama’s. NATO just announced that it believes the Taliban are not living up to the peace agreement with the US, signaling NATO forces will remain in Afghanistan past May 1st. NATO is also planning to increase troops in Iraq from 500 to 4,000.
Hedge fund Alden Global Capital will buy Tribune Publishing – publisher of the Chicago Tribune and other papers – for $630 million. Alden Global Capital already owns Digital First Media. DFM includes papers like The Denver Post and Boston Herald. [Link]
The FBI arrested and raided the home of a left-wing activist for posting anti-police statements online. [Link]
A California police officer is seeking qualified immunity after he shot at a fleeing car and killed a passenger. [Link]
The Covid lockdowns are pushing more young people to remain in the military. [Link]
Biden called the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline a “bad deal for Europe.” Biden is still deciding if he will continue to sanction the pipeline that will lower energy prices in central Europe. [Link]
NATO says the Taliban must do more to meet their commitments under the “peace deal.” [Link]
The Taliban threaten to launch an offensive against US forces if the US keeps troops in Afghanistan past the May 1st date agreed to in the US-Taliban agreement. [Link]
The White House Press Secretary says the US will recalibrate its relationship with Saudi Arabia. [Link]
Israel is planning to buy another squadron of F-35 and four KC-46 refueling takers. [Link]
Israel says it will not engage with the US on Iran if the US reenters the JCPOA. [Link]
Iran informs the IAEA that it will limit inspections starting on February 23rd. [Link]
The State Department approved a $200 million sale of rolling airframe missiles to Egypt. [Link]
The Acting US Ambassador to the UN said the US must address Iran’s destabilizing activities in Iraq. [Link]
The Biden Administration says it has the right to respond to the rocket attack that killed a contractor and injured a US soldier in Erbil. [Link]
NATO is expected to increase its troop deployment in Iraq from 500 to 4,000 – 5,000. [Link]
The US is urging the Houthi to end their offensive on Marib. [Link]
Worsening fuel shortages in Yemen are causing more people to rely on firewood. [Link]
US News YouTube removed a Consortium News video that covered election suppression in the Georgia Senate runoff. [Link] Facebook plans to invest $1 billion in the news industry over the next three years. Facebook invested $600 million in the industry since 2018. [Link]...
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82 Minutes PG-13 Ryan Dawson is the host of the Anti-Neocon Report and a documentary filmmaker. Ryan joins Pete to talk about YouTube deleting his account, the answer that he has created, and to give his take on current events. ANCReport.com vid.ancreport.com Get...
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On Conflicts of Interest #72, Kyle Anzalone discusses the recent attack on US troops in norther Iraq. The attack left one contractor dead and an American soldier injured. Hawks are claiming Iran was behind the attack and the US must respond. The link between Iran and...
On COI #71, Kyle and Will discuss the Biden administration's continued push to extradite Julian Assange. Picking up where Trump left off, Biden's DOJ has submitted an appeal to UK judge Vanessa Baraitser to challenge her January ruling against extradition on grounds...
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On COI #69, Joanne Leon, host of Around the Empire, returns to the show to discuss the 2020 election. A new Time magazine article - The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election - explains how an 'elite-cabal' 'saved democracy' by 'influencing...
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https://youtu.be/Ut4X7B1sHII Keith Knight and I tag teamed an interview with David D. Friedman about his newest book, "Legal Systems Very Different From Ours." I asked him some burning questions I had from what I consider to be a Liberty Weekly Classic--"Non-State...
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