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Casey Michel - Is Putin Retooling His Regime to Support 'Eternal Warfare' & Confrontation with West?

Casey Michel - Is Putin Retooling His Regime to Support 'Eternal Warfare' & Confrontation with West?

“A toxic flood of dark money has given billionaires and special interests a powerful way to rig the system secretly in their favour…” These are the words of Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, ahead of a debate in the US Congress around the Spending in Elections (DISCLOSE) Act. But this phrase could equally be applied to the UK, where Russian Oligarchs and dark money interests have been able to cleanse their ill-gotten gains for decades through the London financial laundromat. Londongrad is the phrase coined to describe the high presence of Russians in the United Kingdom, especially in reference to Russian money in London, permeating its service sector and securing political influence. ---------- Casey Michel is head of the Combating Kleptocracy Program at the Human Rights Foundation, focusing on how dictators and autocrats use illicit finance and dirty money to remain in power. He’s the author of AMERICAN KLEPTOCRACY, on America's transformation into an offshore haven. His new book, FOREIGN AGENTS, will examine the explosion of the foreign lobbying industry in Washington, and how that industry has helped entrench dictatorships and upend American foreign policy. FOREIGN AGENTS will be published in 2024. ---------- SUPPORT THE CHANNEL: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/siliconcurtain https://www.patreon.com/siliconcurtain ---------- LINKS: http://www.caseymichel.com/ https://x.com/cjcmichel https://www.linkedin.com/in/caseymichel/ https://www.rusi.org/people/michel https://www.hudson.org/experts/1381-casey-michel ---------- BOOKS: https://read.macmillan.com/lp/american-kleptocracy/ American Kleptocracy: How the U.S. Created the World's Greatest Money Laundering Scheme in History (2021) Foreign Agents: How American Lobbyists and Lawmakers Threaten Democracy Around the World (2024) ---------- ARTICLES: https://foreignpolicy.com/author/casey-michel/ https://www.theatlantic.com/author/casey-michel/ FOREIGN POLICY How Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Became Putin’s Spiritual Guru April 7, 2024 Russia’s Opposition Needs More Than One Savior March 1, 2024 Russia’s Crimean Red Line Has Been Erased October 4, 2023 How to Stop Former Western Leaders From Becoming Paid Shills for Autocrats February 15, 2022 Kazakhstan’s Border With Russia Is Suddenly an Open Question Again January 6, 2022 How Delaware Became the World’s Biggest Offshore Haven November 19, 2021 The Fatal Flaw in the West’s Fight Against Autocracy October 6, 2021 America’s Money Lost the Afghan War September 13, 2021 Biden Might Stop a Sanctions Revolution August 24, 2021 Oligarchs’ Favorite U.S. Visa Might Not Last July 16, 2021 THE ATLANTIC We’ve Never Seen Anything Like the Menendez Indictment - The case against the New Jersey senator has the potential to reshape how America deals with foreign agents. Casey Michel - October 26, 2023 Make Russia Pay - The West has already frozen some $300 billion in Russian assets. Here’s the case for seizing them. Casey Michel - May 28, 2023 Decolonize Russia - To avoid more senseless bloodshed, the Kremlin must lose what empire it still retains. Casey Michel - May 27, 2022 How the West Undermines Its Own Sanctions - The Western sanctions in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have been far broader than many experts anticipated. But there’s a catch. Casey Michel - March 9, 2022 The United States of Dirty Money - How landlocked South Dakota became one of the world’s hottest destinations for offshore funds. Casey Michel - October 5, 2021 ---------- TRUSTED CHARITIES ON THE GROUND: Save Ukraine https://www.saveukraineua.org/ Superhumans - Hospital for war traumas https://superhumans.com/en/ UNBROKEN - Treatment. Prosthesis. Rehabilitation for Ukrainians in Ukraine https://unbroken.org.ua/ Come Back Alive https://savelife.in.ua/en/ Chefs For Ukraine - World Central Kitchen https://wck.org/relief/activation-chefs-for-ukraine UNITED24 - An initiative of President Zelenskyy https://u24.gov.ua/ Serhiy Prytula Charity Foundation https://prytulafoundation.org NGO “Herojam Slava” https://heroiamslava.org/ kharpp - Reconstruction project supporting communities in Kharkiv and Przemyśl https://kharpp.com/ NOR DOG Animal Rescue https://www.nor-dog.org/home/ ---------- PLATFORMS: Twitter: https://twitter.com/CurtainSilicon Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/siliconcurtain/ Podcast: https://open.spotify.com/show/4thRZj6NO7y93zG11JMtqm Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/finkjonathan/ Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/siliconcurtain ---------- Welcome to the Silicon Curtain podcast. Please like and subscribe if you like the content we produce. It will really help to increase the popularity of our content in YouTube’s algorithm. Our material is now being made available on popular podcasting platforms as well, such as Spotify and Apple Podcasts.
Taras Byk - Is Putin’s Endless Aggression Exhausting Russia’s Military, Social and Economic Reserves

Taras Byk - Is Putin’s Endless Aggression Exhausting Russia’s Military, Social and Economic Reserves

Taras Byk's special mission is the breakup of the Russian Federation, a project that doesn't seem so far-fetched after the Prigozhin mutiny, and Putin’s endless aggression that is exhausting Russia’s military and economic reserves. Taras is a civil society activist and political strategist, who believes that Ukraine's Maidan Revolution, in which he participated, saved not only Ukraine but also Europe. Today we will be discussing the threat from a resurgent Russia, and the history of imperial expansion that sits behind it. Can Ukraine's stand for freedom and struggle against renewed Russification of its peoples hold the line in Europe between freedom and authoritarianism, between the rule of law and unimaginable barbarism. Can Ukraine's experience even help revitalise the idea of democracy and help us to become more resilience in the face of creeping nepotism, corruption, oligarchy, and aggressive autocrats? ---------- Taras Byk is a manager at Wooden Horse Strategies, LLC, a governmental-relations, and strategic communications firm based in Kyiv. ---------- LINKS: https://www.linkedin.com/in/taras-byk-09bb305/ ---------- ARTICLES: https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/ukrainealert/is-putins-russia-heading-for-collapse-like-its-czarist-and-soviet-predecessors/ https://www.pravda.com.ua/eng/podcasts/6527f6aaefe26/2023/10/26/7425908/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QScdSVMz83A&t=2s ---------- SUPPORT THE CHANNEL: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/siliconcurtain https://www.patreon.com/siliconcurtain ---------- TRUSTED CHARITIES ON THE GROUND: Save Ukraine https://www.saveukraineua.org/ Superhumans - Hospital for war traumas https://superhumans.com/en/ UNBROKEN - Treatment. Prosthesis. Rehabilitation for Ukrainians in Ukraine https://unbroken.org.ua/ Come Back Alive https://savelife.in.ua/en/ Chefs For Ukraine - World Central Kitchen https://wck.org/relief/activation-chefs-for-ukraine UNITED24 - An initiative of President Zelenskyy https://u24.gov.ua/ Serhiy Prytula Charity Foundation https://prytulafoundation.org NGO “Herojam Slava” https://heroiamslava.org/ kharpp - Reconstruction project supporting communities in Kharkiv and Przemyśl https://kharpp.com/ NOR DOG Animal Rescue https://www.nor-dog.org/home/ ---------- PLATFORMS: Twitter: https://twitter.com/CurtainSilicon Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/siliconcurtain/ Podcast: https://open.spotify.com/show/4thRZj6NO7y93zG11JMtqm Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/finkjonathan/ Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/siliconcurtain ---------- Welcome to the Silicon Curtain podcast. Please like and subscribe if you like the content we produce. It will really help to increase the popularity of our content in YouTube’s algorithm. Our material is now being made available on popular podcasting platforms as well, such as Spotify and Apple Podcasts.
Nicole Grajewski - The Russia-Iran Relationship is Growing Stronger but are they Best of Frenemies?

Nicole Grajewski - The Russia-Iran Relationship is Growing Stronger but are they Best of Frenemies?

As the global geopolitical landscape undergoes significant transformations, the nuclear threat has taken on new dimensions. The Russia-Iran relationship is growing stronger. Khamenei endorsing Russia’s war in Ukraine — which has given Tehran more leverage in the bilateral relationship — while both countries try to weather unprecedented Western sanctions. Nonetheless, Russia’s ties with Iran remain complex, characterized by areas of cooperation, stalled plans and competition across various domains. Iran / Russia – best frenemies? ---------- Nicole is a Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She is an Associate at Harvard’s Belfer Centre and Author of the forthcoming book “Russia and Iran: Partners in Defiance from Syria to Ukraine”. Her areas of expertise include Russia, the Middle East & North Africa, international relations, international security and defence, military intervention. ---------- LINKS: https://twitter.com/NicoleGrajewski https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicole-grajewski-phd-b9405385/ https://www.belfercenter.org/person/nicole-grajewski ---------- ARTICLES: https://carnegieendowment.org/emissary/2024/04/iran-and-israels-dangerous-gambit?lang=en https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/event/iran-russia-alliance/ https://www.russiamatters.org/analysis/russia-and-iran-get-closer-while-still-competing-amid-balancing-act-turkey https://ecfr.eu/publication/alone-together-how-the-war-in-ukraine-shapes-the-russian-iranian-relationship/ ---------- SUPPORT THE CHANNEL: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/siliconcurtain https://www.patreon.com/siliconcurtain ---------- TRUSTED CHARITIES ON THE GROUND: Save Ukraine https://www.saveukraineua.org/ Superhumans - Hospital for war traumas https://superhumans.com/en/ UNBROKEN - Treatment. Prosthesis. Rehabilitation for Ukrainians in Ukraine https://unbroken.org.ua/ Come Back Alive https://savelife.in.ua/en/ Chefs For Ukraine - World Central Kitchen https://wck.org/relief/activation-chefs-for-ukraine UNITED24 - An initiative of President Zelenskyy https://u24.gov.ua/ Serhiy Prytula Charity Foundation https://prytulafoundation.org NGO “Herojam Slava” https://heroiamslava.org/ kharpp - Reconstruction project supporting communities in Kharkiv and Przemyśl https://kharpp.com/ NOR DOG Animal Rescue https://www.nor-dog.org/home/ ---------- PLATFORMS: Twitter: https://twitter.com/CurtainSilicon Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/siliconcurtain/ Podcast: https://open.spotify.com/show/4thRZj6NO7y93zG11JMtqm Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/finkjonathan/ Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/siliconcurtain ---------- Welcome to the Silicon Curtain podcast. Please like and subscribe if you like the content we produce. It will really help to increase the popularity of our content in YouTube’s algorithm. Our material is now being made available on popular podcasting platforms as well, such as Spotify and Apple Podcasts.
Calder Walton - "Spies" Charts Century-long War of 'Hot' and 'Cold' Espionage Between East and West.

Calder Walton - "Spies" Charts Century-long War of 'Hot' and 'Cold' Espionage Between East and West.

Calder Walton is a world-leading expert on intelligence, national security, and geopolitics. He has written two books, the latest of which is “SPIES. The Epic Intelligence War between East and West” (2023). It is a best-selling exposé of the history of Russian intelligence, that challenges the idea that the Cold War ended with the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991, but in fact continued after, down to the present day. Today, he argues, the West is in a new Cold War with Russia and China. ---------- LINKS: https://calderwalton.com/ https://twitter.com/calder_walton https://www.linkedin.com/in/calder-walton-a9034590/ https://www.simonandschuster.com/authors/Calder-Walton/190278440 https://www.belfercenter.org/person/calder-walton ---------- BOOKS: Spies: The epic intelligence war between East and West (2023) https://www.amazon.co.uk/Spies-epic-intelligence-between-East-ebook/dp/B0B37519PL?ref_=ast_author_mpb ---------- ARTICLES: https://www.economist.com/culture/2023/07/20/calder-waltons-spies-is-a-riveting-history-of-espionage https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/china-is-using-every-trick-for-world-domination-97xm3hcxn https://www.ft.com/content/b037b640-0365-41f6-a98b-bdd797fc0da4 https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2023-12-16/ai-not-human-spies-will-drive-the-new-us-china-cold-war https://theconversation.com/profiles/calder-walton-1436266 ---------- SUPPORT THE CHANNEL: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/siliconcurtain https://www.patreon.com/siliconcurtain ---------- TRUSTED CHARITIES ON THE GROUND: Save Ukraine https://www.saveukraineua.org/ Superhumans - Hospital for war traumas https://superhumans.com/en/ UNBROKEN - Treatment. Prosthesis. Rehabilitation for Ukrainians in Ukraine https://unbroken.org.ua/ Come Back Alive https://savelife.in.ua/en/ Chefs For Ukraine - World Central Kitchen https://wck.org/relief/activation-chefs-for-ukraine UNITED24 - An initiative of President Zelenskyy https://u24.gov.ua/ Serhiy Prytula Charity Foundation https://prytulafoundation.org NGO “Herojam Slava” https://heroiamslava.org/ kharpp - Reconstruction project supporting communities in Kharkiv and Przemyśl https://kharpp.com/ NOR DOG Animal Rescue https://www.nor-dog.org/home/ ---------- PLATFORMS: Twitter: https://twitter.com/CurtainSilicon Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/siliconcurtain/ Podcast: https://open.spotify.com/show/4thRZj6NO7y93zG11JMtqm Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/finkjonathan/ Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/siliconcurtain ---------- Welcome to the Silicon Curtain podcast. Please like and subscribe if you like the content we produce. It will really help to increase the popularity of our content in YouTube’s algorithm. Our material is now being made available on popular podcasting platforms as well, such as Spotify and Apple Podcasts.
Silicon Bites #44 - Russia Opens a New Frontline North of Kharkiv - Reported to Sustain Huge Losses.

Silicon Bites #44 - Russia Opens a New Frontline North of Kharkiv - Reported to Sustain Huge Losses.

Edition No44 | 13-05-2024 ~~~~~ Key developments on May 11,12: - Putin proposes firing Shoigu, appointing new defense minister - Zelensky says Russian troops try to "gain a foothold" in Kharkiv Oblast; heavy fighting ongoing - Russia's breakthrough attempt halted, situation in several sectors' changing rapidly,' Syrskyi says - Russia attacks 106 infrastructure facilities in Ukraine in one day - Media: Ukrainian drones attack military targets in 3 Russian oblasts overnight - Russia seeking to blame Ukraine after apartment building collapses in Belgorod, reportedly killing at least 7. Russian dictator Vladimir Putin on May 12 proposed firing Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and nominated Andrei Belousov to replace him, according to the Telegram channel of the Federation Council, the Russian parliament's upper house. Putin appointed Shoigu as the secretary of Russia's security council, Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. Shoigu is replacing Nikolai Patrushev, who has been the council's secretary since 2008. ~~~~~ SUPPORT THE CHANNEL: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/siliconcurtain https://www.patreon.com/siliconcurtain ~~~~~ KYIV INDEPENDENT https://kyivindependent.com/ukraine-war-latest-russias-breakthrough-attempt-halted-situation-in-several-sectors-changing-rapidly-syrskyi-says/ https://kyivindependent.com/legal-committee-of-georgian-parliament-takes-1-minute/ https://kyivindependent.com/military-russian-forces-in-kharkiv-oblast-contained-fighting-continues/ https://kyivindependent.com/civilians-flee-vovchansk-under-russian-bombardment-as-ground-offensive-on-kharkiv-begins/ https://kyivindependent.com/kharkiv-governor-heavy-fighting-underway-but-no-threat-of-ground-invasion-of-city/ https://kyivindependent.com/sensing-weakness-russians-push-up-to-cut-off-kostyantynivka/ https://kyivindependent.com/czech-president-europe-russia/ https://kyivindependent.com/german-lawmakers-suggest-nato-could-protect-sky-over-western-ukraine/ https://kyivindependent.com/biden-approves-400-million-defense-aid-package-for-ukraine/ https://kyivindependent.com/ukraine-could-recruit-up-to-20-000-convicts/ https://kyivindependent.com/ukraine-targets-russian-oil-refineries/ https://kyivindependent.com/russias-highly-militarized-victory-day-celebration-has-nothing-to-do-with-wwii/ THE MOSCOW TIMES https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2024/05/11/russia-claims-gains-in-ukraines-kharkiv-region-a85093 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2024/05/11/thousands-rally-in-tbilisi-against-foreign-influence-bill-a85094 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2024/05/10/ukrainian-drone-attacks-oil-refinery-in-russias-kaluga-region-a85086 KYIV POST https://www.kyivpost.com/opinion/32355 https://www.kyivpost.com/post/32452 https://www.kyivpost.com/post/30574 NOVAYA GAZETA https://novayagazeta.eu/articles/2024/05/09/past-perfect-en https://novayagazeta.eu/articles/2024/05/10/imputiny-en https://novayagazeta.eu/articles/2024/05/11/willing-accomplices-en ~~~~~ USEFUL LINKS: Vatnik Soup https://twitter.com/P_Kallioniemi http://www.medbat.org.ua/en/ Real World News https://kyivindependent.com/ https://www.kyivpost.com/ https://english.nv.ua/ https://www.themoscowtimes.com/ https://meduza.io/en https://meduza.io/ https://novayagazeta.eu/ https://www.newsweek.com/topic/russia... Analysis https://www.ft.com/russia https://www.economist.com/ https://www.foreignaffairs.com/ https://cepa.org/ https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/ https://www.theatlantic.com/search/?s... YouTube Channels / @timesradio1 / @khodorkovskyru / @popularpolitics / @macknack / @plushev / @tvrain / @fake_news / @feyginlive ~~~~~ TRUSTED CHARITIES ON THE GROUND: Save Ukraine https://www.saveukraineua.org/ Superhumans - Hospital for war traumas https://superhumans.com/en/ UNBROKEN - Treatment. Prosthesis. Rehabilitation for Ukrainians in Ukraine https://unbroken.org.ua/ Come Back Alive https://savelife.in.ua/en/ Chefs For Ukraine - World Central Kitchen https://wck.org/relief/activation-chefs-for-ukraine UNITED24 - An initiative of President Zelenskyy https://u24.gov.ua/ Serhiy Prytula Charity Foundation https://prytulafoundation.org NGO “Herojam Slava” https://heroiamslava.org/ kharpp - Reconstruction project supporting communities in Kharkiv and Przemysl https://kharpp.com/ NOR DOG Animal Rescue https://www.nor-dog.org/home/ ~~~~~ Welcome to the Silicon Curtain podcast. Please like and subscribe if you like the content we produce. It will really help to increase the popularity of our content in YouTube s algorithm. Our material is now being made available on popular podcasting platforms as well, such as Spotify and Apple Podcasts.
Safe Unsound - Exploring a Film Following the Lives & Challenges of Displaced Ukrainians in Ireland.

Safe Unsound - Exploring a Film Following the Lives & Challenges of Displaced Ukrainians in Ireland.

Safe Unsound | Documentary What is Safe Unsound about? Three Ukrainian families find a foothold in a remote corner of Ireland. How temporary is their life there? No one knows. ---------- LINKS: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/d-j-b/safe-unsound-documentary ---------- THE TEAM: Daniel James Baldwin - Director and Producer Hannah Tookey - Producer Steve Lacey - Executive Producer Daria Korsak - Editor and Translator Jackie Teboul - Director of Photography ---------- In Spring 2022, the plight of Ukraine and its people was at the forefront of our minds and we opened our arms to them. Today, 6 million displaced Ukrainians face a souring of that mood, and Moscow is poised to take advantage the moment our emotional fatigue kicks in. Safe Unsound is a story about the human cost of war told from the perspective of three Ukrainian families containing three generations. In County Mayo, in Ireland, where they moved after the invasion of their country, they are far from the frontline, and very far from home. Victor and his wife Ludmilla imagined spending their retirement eating apples in their orchard, not learning English in an abandoned schoolhouse in Castlebar. Kate planned to learn to dance, not leave her law career and husband in Kyiv to work day and night to rebuild a life for her young children in the countryside. Maryna hoped to support her four kids and help them thrive, not keep the peace at home while her eldest daughter, Arina, works to make ends meet. This film explores these families' efforts to contribute to, and fit into, Irish society as well as their tireless quest for control, momentum, and independence. ---------- SUPPORT THE CHANNEL: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/siliconcurtain https://www.patreon.com/siliconcurtain ---------- TRUSTED CHARITIES ON THE GROUND: Save Ukraine https://www.saveukraineua.org/ Superhumans - Hospital for war traumas https://superhumans.com/en/ UNBROKEN - Treatment. Prosthesis. Rehabilitation for Ukrainians in Ukraine https://unbroken.org.ua/ Come Back Alive https://savelife.in.ua/en/ Chefs For Ukraine - World Central Kitchen https://wck.org/relief/activation-chefs-for-ukraine UNITED24 - An initiative of President Zelenskyy https://u24.gov.ua/ Serhiy Prytula Charity Foundation https://prytulafoundation.org NGO “Herojam Slava” https://heroiamslava.org/ kharpp - Reconstruction project supporting communities in Kharkiv and Przemyśl https://kharpp.com/ NOR DOG Animal Rescue https://www.nor-dog.org/home/ ---------- PLATFORMS: Twitter: https://twitter.com/CurtainSilicon Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/siliconcurtain/ Podcast: https://open.spotify.com/show/4thRZj6NO7y93zG11JMtqm Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/finkjonathan/ Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/siliconcurtain ---------- Welcome to the Silicon Curtain podcast. Please like and subscribe if you like the content we produce. It will really help to increase the popularity of our content in YouTube’s algorithm. Our material is now being made available on popular podcasting platforms as well, such as Spotify and Apple Podcasts.
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