Posts Tagged ‘State Department’

ClandesTime 169 - Margaret Thatcher and the Entertainment Industry

ClandesTime 169 – Margaret Thatcher and the Entertainment Industry

The British government’s role in using the entertainment industry is smaller than in America, but nonetheless involves many of the same familiar activities. From helping provide ideas to the writers of Yes, Minister to exploiting the England football team’s success in the 1990 World Cup, the Thatcher government proved adept ...
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Was the Integrity Initiative behind the Salisbury Poisoning?

Was the Integrity Initiative behind the Salisbury Poisoning?

Newly-released documents on the Institute for Statecraft's Integrity Initiative suggest that they had a hand in the Salisbury poisoning fiasco that dominated the British press last summer. An alternative narrative - whereby the poisoning of Yulia and Sergei Skripal was the work of British military and intelligence figures, in order to transform ...
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Why a Transgender James Bond Completely Misses the Point

Why a Transgender James Bond Completely Misses the Point

After actor Dominic West suggested that the next James Bond be transgender the commentariat have gone batshit arguing over whether this is a key moment in the struggle for trans rights or another sign that the entertainment industry is dominated by damn commie liberals with their Jewish gay-loving agenda. As ...
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Cultural Protectionism?  The 2012 China-Hollywood Agreement

Cultural Protectionism? The 2012 China-Hollywood Agreement

In 1994 the Chinese government first allowed Hollywood films to be distributed within the country.  Since then the US and China have been in a near-constant state of negotiations over import quotas, profit sharing and market access.  In 2007 the US brought a case before the World Trade Organisation, arguing ...
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CIA: Where Are Our Passes to Disney's Magic Kingdom Club?

CIA: Where Are Our Passes to Disney’s Magic Kingdom Club?

The story of the relationship between Disney and the various branches and agencies of the US government is long and complex.  A recently uncovered memo adds one more episode to the relationship between Disney and the CIA, and revolves around a question that was critical for national security: How would ...
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Dennis Rodman Kim Jong Un

Operation Rodman: State Dept Cables on Dennis Rodman’s 2013 Visit to North Korea

Dennis Rodman's visit to North Korea in early 2013 sent shock waves through the international media and inspired a CIA-supported Hollywood film about assassinating Kim Jong-Un. It also drew the attention of the US State Department, who recently released cables about Rodman's trip, though they are highly classified and heavily ...
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Disney's Frozen vs Climate Change vs the State Department

Disney’s Frozen vs Climate Change vs the State Department

In 2015 Admiral Robert Papp, the State Department's Arctic envoy, spoke multiple times about trying to broker a deal with Disney to use characters from Frozen to promote climate change issues to children.  Recently released State Dept. documents show that negotiations broke down because of conflicts with Disney's corporate messaging, ...
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ClandesTime 116 - An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The Embassy Bombings

ClandesTime 116 – An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The Embassy Bombings

On August 7th 1998 two almost identical truck bombs exploded outside the US embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. In this episode we look at the embassy bombings, their genesis and consequences. From the role of triple agent Ali Mohamed to the absurd circumstances of the explosion ...
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National Security Cinema - Tom Secker and Matt Alford on PPR

National Security Cinema – Tom Secker and Matt Alford on PPR

Good friend Pearse Redmond invited Matt and I on his radio show to talk about our new book National Security Cinema: The Shocking New Evidence of Government Control in Hollywood. We discussed the new evidence that provoked us into writing this book, looked at some of the case studies including ...
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ClandesTime 105 - An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The Blind Sheikh

ClandesTime 105 – An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The Blind Sheikh

The Blind Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman was an Egyptian cleric who played a critical role in the early years of Al Qaeda. Rahman and his followers took over the New York branch of the MAK, an international fundraising and recruiting organisation that was central to the CIA's Operation Cyclone. His ...
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Subscriber Podcast #6 - Under Siege (no, not that one)

Subscriber Podcast #6 – Under Siege (no, not that one)

In this month's subscriber-only podcast Pearse and I discuss the 1986 TV movie Under Siege. Co-written by former Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward on the surface this is a liberal take on the Reagan White House, but underneath is a profoundly neoconservative film. When terrorists attack the US on a ...
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WTC Bombing and the Death of the Blind Sheikh - Tom Secker on PPR

WTC Bombing and the Death of the Blind Sheikh – Tom Secker on PPR

This week I joined Pearse on his radio show to revisit the 1993 WTC bombing, in light of the recent anniversary and the death of former CIA asset the Blind Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman ...
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