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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 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 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 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 Video Production Editor

Jeff DeRiso is Newsbud’s video production editor. He has been focused on video storytelling from a young age, and received a BS in Film Production from the University of Texas, in Austin Texas where he currently resides. He has been working as an independent video post-production specialist since 2012. In 2016 he produced the web series Confronting Sophistry which explores the nexus of opinion, belief, truth, and personal identity.


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.


Newsbud Researcher & Analyst

Ali Syed is a Newsbud researcher and analyst with a focus on NATO, the Middle East and the EU. He studied Business & Economics at the University of Kent at Canterbury. Mr. Syed is proficient in Urdu, French and English, and has some proficiency in Dutch. He is based in Belgium, where he runs his own businesses in electronics and textile.


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 Reporter & Analyst

Christian Sorensen is Newsbud analyst with focus on Military Industrial Complex related reports and analyses. He is an independent writer and Arabic translator. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 2007-2011. The profligate waste he witnessed during his time in uniform forced him to reassess his support for U.S. Empire. Mr. Sorensen holds advanced degrees in Translation Studies and International Relations. His writings focus on the Israel-Palestine conflict and U.S. imperialism


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 Legal Analyst & Commentator

Todd Macfarlane is an attorney, rancher, writer, political activist and commentator. Although he is comfortable wearing several different hats, beyond faith, family and ranching, his primary interests include natural law, property rights, western land-use, political policy, and what he often refers to as the “so-called justice system.”He also has a keen interest in waves – making a few, riding some, and being content to simply watch and admire others. For Newsbud, Mr. Macfarlane alternates between two columns: Legal Reality Check, and The Tug-o-War.


Newsbud Analyst & Author

Abigail Hall Blanco is an economist and Assistant Professor at the University of Tampa. She is a Research Fellow with the Independent Institute, a non-partisan think tank based out of Oakland, California. Her research includes a variety of topics surrounding U.S. Foreign and domestic policy including domestic police militarization, weapons as foreign aid, imperialism, drones, and the economics of the War on Drugs and War on Terror. She received her PhD from George Mason University in 2015.


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.