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Meet the Newsbud Team


Founder & Editor-In-Chief

Sibel Edmonds is founder, editor and publisher of Newsbud, founder and president of the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition (NSWBC), and author of the acclaimed books Classified Woman: The Sibel Edmonds Story, and The Lone Gladio, a Political Spy Thriller. She is the recipient of the 2006 PEN/Newman’s Own First Amendment Award. Ms. Edmonds is a certified linguist, fluent in four languages, and has an MA in public policy from George Mason University and a BA in criminal justice and psychology from George Washington University.


Newsbud Executive Producer

Spiro Skouras is Newsbud production director. He oversees and directs Newsbud video productions on a variety of topics ranging from civil liberties and environmental issues to media censorship and geopolitics. Mr. Skouras is based in the US Pacific Northwest, and travels frequently as a roving cameraman with a keen eye for real stories.


Newsbud Production Director

Raul E. Diego is Newsbud’s Production Director, tasked with coordinating and editing Newsbud’s regularly scheduled video productions and documentaries, as well as promotional trailers and graphic elements. He has 15+ years experience in video production, editing, and graphic design. Raul is passionately interested in history, geopolitics and socio-economics; topics he looks to explore in special documentary projects like the one he is currently working on, Ghost on the Water – The Spiritual Roots of Environmental Justice in America. Originally from Mexico City, he resides in Miami, Florida.


Newsbud Senior Analyst & Commentator

Professor Filip Kovacevic is Newsbud senior analyst for Russia and the Balkans. He is a Montenegrin geopolitical author, university professor and the chairman of the Movement for Neutrality of Montenegro. He received his BA and PhD in political science in the U.S. and was a visiting professor at St. Petersburg State University in Russia for two years. Dr. Kovacevic is fluent in several languages, and is the author of seven books and dozens of academic articles. He currently resides in San Francisco and teaches at the University of San Francisco.


Newsbud Producer, Author & Analyst

John W Whitehead, Newsbud Producer, Author & Analyst, is an attorney and author who has written, debated and practiced widely in the area of constitutional law and human rights. He is the president and spokesperson of the Rutherford Institute. Mr. Whitehead is the author of numerous books on a variety of legal and social issues, including Battlefield America: The War on the American People. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arkansas and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law, and served as an officer in the United States Army from 1969 to 1971. Mr. Whitehead’s video show Battlefield America with John Whitehead is featured exclusively at Newsbud.


Newsbud Senior Producer

Kurt Nimmo is a writer, editor, producer and researcher based in New Mexico. His research centers on international geopolitics and national politics in the United States. He is the former lead editor and writer for Infowars and now edits Another Day in The Empire. His most recent books are Donald Trump and the War on Islam and Another Day in the Empire: The Reign of George W. Bush and the Total War Neocons.


Newsbud Senior Analyst & Commentator

Peter Lee has been involved in East Asian affairs since 1979, first as a businessman and then as a writer. He has been writing on China with a focus on US policy since 2005. Mr. Lee’s work has appeared at Asia Times, CounterPunch, Japan Focus: The Asia Pacific Journal, and the South China Morning Post. He is the proprietor of the China Matters blog..


Newsbud Senior Analyst & Author

Douglas Valentine is an independent author and analyst. He has written numerous articles on national security, appeared in TV documentaries, testified as an expert witness, and worked as a private investigator. Mr. Valentine is the author of the five works of non-fiction: The CIA as Organized Crime: How Illegal Operations Corrupt America and the World; The Strength of the Pack: The Personalities, Politics and Espionage Intrigues that Shaped the DEA; The Strength of the Wolf: The Secret History of America's War on Drugs; The Phoenix Program; and The Hotel Tacloban. He is the author of the novel TDY and a book of poems, A Crow's Dream. He created and edited the poetry anthology With Our Eyes Wide Open: Poems of the New American Century.


Newsbud Senior Analyst & Producer

F. William Engdahl is an international best-selling author, political economist, lecturer and political risk consultant. He has specialized for more than thirty years in geopolitical analysis of global events, with special focus on the interrelations of economics with politics. Mr. Engdahl has a degree in politics from Princeton University (USA), graduate study in comparative economics at the University of Stockholm, and was appointed Visiting Professor of International Political Economy at China Northwest University, Xi’an in 2006. Among his best known books are, A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics, Gods of Money: Wall Street and the Death of the American Century and Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation. His most recently published book, The Lost Hegemon: Whom the gods would destroy is about the CIA and political Islam. A sample of his writings is available here.


Newsbud Senior Analyst & Commentator

Pye Ian is an independent economic and geopolitical researcher as well as a strategic planning and business development advisor. His articles and analyses on international affairs, economic trends and cultural topics have been published in various mainstream and alternative press sources. Mr. Ian’s wider intellectual interests are reflected in his writings on the convergence of foreign affairs, political philosophy, history, global finance and energy policy. He has undergraduate degrees in economics and political science from the University of California and a Master’s degree in finance from Cambridge University. In addition to English, Mr. Ian has proficiency in Farsi.

Lt. Colonel TIM FERNER (Ret)

Newsbud Senior Analyst & Author

Tim Ferner, Newsbud Senior Analyst & Author, is a retired United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel who recently finished his PhD in Political Science at the University of Otago. He was a rated officer with over 5000 hours in the C-130 Hercules, EC-130 and MC-130. While on active duty with the USAF he served 2 tours with NATO, was an exchange officer with the US Marine Corps, a visiting fellow with the Royal Australian Air Force and an exchange officer flying with the Royal Saudi Air Force. While on active duty, he had the distinction of becoming the first officer in the history of the United States Military to successfully sue a government contractor on behalf of the United States Government for fraud. He has written three books; Men of the Coin; A once Grateful Nation and Consumer Jihad. Lt. Col. Ferner currently lives on a farm in New Zealand, his wife’s home country.


Newsbud Analyst & Commentator

Christoph Germann, based in Germany, is an independent analyst and researcher majoring in political science. His analyses and work focuses on the New Great Game in Central Asia and the Caucasus region. Mr. Germann’s articles are regularly published at Russia Insider Magazine and BFP Report. He also runs the blog The New Great Game.


Newsbud Author & Correspondent(Greece)

Chris Melidis is an independent researcher and investigative journalist. He worked as a journalist and a news anchor in several newspapers and radio stations in Greece. Chris operates and writes for his own web-based publication Off the Record through which he’s been extensively covering the refugee crisis. He resides in Kavala, Greece.


Newsbud Video Production Editor

Broc West is Newsbud’s video production editor. He has been the Video Editor of The Corbett Report since early 2015, where he helped produce and edit popular documentaries such as “9/11 Trillions: Follow The Money” and “How Big Oil Conquered The World”. He currently lives in Queensland, Australia.


Newsbud Reporter & Analyst

Christian Sorensen is a writer and an independent journalist. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 2007-2011. He holds advanced degrees in Translation Studies and International Relations. His work focuses on the U.S. war industry.


Newsbud Author & Analyst

Bas Spliet, Newsbud Contributing Analyst, is a bachelor’s student in History and Arabic at the University of Ghent, Belgium. He is interested in geopolitics, focusing most of his time on getting a better understanding of wars in the Middle East. Mr. Spliet is proficient in English, Dutch and Arabic, and his analyses can be found at www.scrutinisedminds.com. He can be reached at bas.spliet@gmail.com


Newsbud Contributing Partners


Newsbud Contributing Producer & Commentator

James Corbett is an independent journalist. He has been writing and producing The Corbett Report, an online multi-media news and information source, since 2007. Visit The Corbett Report here.


Newsbud Analyst

Daniel Begley is a Newsbud Analyst with six years’ experience in the US Intelligence Community. He earned his Associate of Applied Science in Intelligence Studies, his BA in Psychology and is pursuing an MA in Intelligence Studies. Mr. Begley’s primary interests are in social theory and the structures of political influence such as media propaganda.


Newsbud Analyst

Erik Moshe is an independent writer who resides in Northern Virginia. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 2009-2013. His writings focus on technology, weapons of war, and futurism. He's currently studying Rhetoric at George Mason University.


Newsbud Contributing Author & Analyst

James Petras is a Bartle Professor (Emeritus) of Sociology at Binghamton University, New York. He is the author of more than 62 books published in 29 languages. He has a long history of commitment to social justice, working in particular with the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement for 11 years. He writes a monthly column for the Mexican newspaper, La Jornada, and previously, for the Spanish daily, El Mundo. He received his B.A. from Boston University and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. Visit Dr. Petras’ website here.