MAGA’s White Nationalism Is Blocking Ukraine Military Aid. Plus Thoughts on Navalny’s Death and African Refugees Who Fled Ukraine
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3d ago
Terrell J. Starr and guest Kimberly St. Julian-Varnon discuss the second year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the African students who faced discrimination while fleeing the war, House Speaker’s Mike Johnson’s refusal to bring the U.S. Senate’s bill to the floor for a vote, how MAGA’s racism is blocking Ukraine military aid and Alexei Navalny’s death. Host: Terrell J. Starr Guest: Kimberly St. Julian-Varnon (Book her here) Producer: Mike Hull Support us financially on Venmo: @BlackDiplomats, CashApp: $BlackDiplomats, PayPal: https://paypal.me/blackdiplomatspod and Patreon: patreo ..read more
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Black Diplomats and Gaslit Nation break down the news
Black Diplomats
by Black Diplomats
5d ago
Greetings, everyone.   This week, I was a guest on Andrea Chalupa’s Gaslit Nation podcast, where we discussed Alexei Navalny’s death and how we should all be reflecting on it.  This recording is from her most recent episode.  We also talked about how New York State Attorney General Tish James and Fulton County  District Attorney Fani Willis are defending American democracy from Donald Trump’s attacks on our democratic institutions.  Thanks for listening! Show notes: DEFIANT Fani Willis HITS BACK At Misconduct Claims In HEATED Testimony: ‘IT IS A LIE!’--Roland Mart ..read more
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Palestine In Context
Black Diplomats
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4M ago
This week, we’re replaying our May 10 show about Palestine. We’re pretty sure you’re aware of the terrorist attacks Hamas committed against Israeli civilians October 7 and Israel’s response. What is making matters worse is the massive disinformation that is going around on social media. Twitter is a cesspool of disinformation, where even the best and most seasoned reporters are being tripped up by false accounts and videos. Black Diplomats wants to fight against the disinformation by resurfacing the May 10 episode we aired about Palestine. It features Palestinian human rights lawyer Diana Butt ..read more
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Liberating Iran featuring Priscillia Kounkou Hoveyda
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by Black Diplomats
6M ago
The fifth and final episode of “Liberating Iran” features Priscillia Kounkou Hoveyda. She talks about being Black in Iran and the racism she and other Black Iranians face under Tehran’s brutal theocracy. This episode is one of the few pieces of reporting that deals with the lives of Black Iranians in any meaningful way.  There is pretty much no reporting on Black Iranians, but this episode does address some aspects of how they are experiencing the uprisings in Iran. You can learn more about Priscillia’s work at the Collective for Black Iranians, which may very well be the only place where ..read more
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Liberating Iran featuring Yegi & Jason Rezaian
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by Black Diplomats
6M ago
The fourth episode of “Liberating Iran” features Yegi Rezaian, who tells us about her life as a reporter in Iran and her efforts to free her husband Jason, with whom she was falsely imprisoned after he was accused of being a U.S. spy in July 0f 2024. Please go and buy his book, “Prisoner: My 544 Days in an Iranian Prison―Solitary Confinement, a Sham Trial, High-Stakes Diplomacy, and the Extraordinary Efforts It Took to Get Me Out” This is the fourth of five episodes that will publish each Saturday, with the final show airing September 9. Next week’s episode, the fifth and last of the series, w ..read more
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Liberating Iran featuring Nahid Siamdoust
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by Black Diplomats
6M ago
The third episode of “Liberating Iran” features Nahid Siamdoust, who takes us through the history of Iranian feminism and the decades of female musical expression that defines today’s protests in Iran.  Please go and buy her book, “Soundtrack of the Revolution: The Politics of Music in Iran.” This is the third of five episodes that will publish each Saturday, with the final show airing September 2. Next week’s episode, the fourth of the series, will feature Yegi and Jason Rezaian , who’ll talk about the role of media in Iran. Jason’s story is well know, so Yegi will be the primary subject ..read more
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Liberating Iran featuring Pouya Alimagham
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by Black Diplomats
7M ago
The second episode of “Liberating Iran” deals with the 1953 CIA coup that overthrew Iran's leadership and how that event provides better context for Washington’s relationship with Tehran—not the 1979 U.S. Embassy takeover.  Historian Pouya Alimagham helps us understand how devastating the West’s role in undermining has been to fostering better relations with Tehran’s leadership and why Americans have been fed a false narrative on Iranian people and its history. Please go and buy Pouya’s book, “Contesting the Iranian Revolution: The Green Uprisings.” This is the second of five episodes tha ..read more
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Liberating Iran featuring Assal Rad
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7M ago
The first episode of “Liberating Iran” drops today.  Assal Rad breaks down the Iran Deal and the political history between the U.S. and Iran that explains why relations between the two nations are so frayed.  Please go and buy Assal’s book “State of Resistance: Politics, Culture & Identity in Modern Iran."  This is the first of five episodes that will publish each Saturday, starting August 5 and ending September 2. Next week’s episode will feature historian Pouya Alimagham who’ll break down the West’s efforts to undermine Iran’s democracy and why so many Americans have bough ..read more
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Black Diplomats presents: Liberating Iran
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by Black Diplomats
7M ago
Coming July 29: A five-part series about Iran through the eyes of Iranians - protest, history, music, Black Iranian struggle, what the U.S. always gets wrong, and how we can get it right this time. Join host Terrell J. Starr as he unlearns years of media hype to find out the real history of Iran ..read more
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Kakhova dam explosion and Fatima Muhammed at CUNY
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7M ago
This week on Black Diplomats, I start off with news about the Kakhova dam explosion in the Kherson region that has claimed at least 5 lives and is causing a massive ecocide in the area.   For on the ground coverage, please read these articles that break down what is going on: The New York Times: U.S. Official Says Spy Satellites Detected Explosion Just Before Dam Collapse The Moscow Times: Norwegian Seismologists Detect Explosion Signals From Ukraine Dam The Kyiv Independent: Zelensky: 'Russia needs to bear full responsibility for ecocide' Please support Black Diplomats! Give us 5 st ..read more
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