Podcast Show #114: Wikileaks Party Candidate on the Quest for Transparency, Accountability & Justice

The Boiling Frogs Show Presents Dr. Binoy Kampmark

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WikiLeaks Party candidate Dr. Binoy Kampmark joins us to discuss his candidacy for the Australian Senate, the platform and main objectives of the party in seeking transparency, accountability and justice, and the needed effort to “regain dignity” in the political experiment. Dr. Kampmark evaluates the current political landscape in Australia, the media’s reaction and attitude in response to the launching of the party thus far, Julian Assange, the challenges ahead, and much more. Do not miss this riveting episode of Boiling Frogs Post Podcast Show.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark, BFP Contributing Author & Analyst, is a Wikileaks Party candidate. He was a Commonwealth Scholar at Selwyn College, Cambridge University, where he took his PhD in History. He lectures at RMIT University and writes regularly on politics, security and international affairs. Visit Mr. Kampmark’s blog site Oz Moses here.

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“The coming corporate tyranny of the Trans-Pacific Partnership can only be defeated through a democratic movement of Transnational People Power.”

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The theoretical definition of a “free market” is one in which every individual actor in the realm of exchange exists in a state of equality of opportunity; where all compete with one another to produce the best products at the cheapest prices for consumers, thus the most innovative and efficient producers succeed while others fail, unregulated – and unhelped – by the state. Within “free markets,” what we call “free trade agreements” are meant to reduce barriers such as tariffs, subsidies and regulations so that market “competitors” can freely move products and goods across borders and compete in an ever-expanding global “free market.”

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A Transnational Corporate Coup over the Democratic Process & Public Accountability

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Now I want you to consider a real-life case. The place- The United States of America. The court- United States Foreign Surveillance Court. The parties- US Federal Government vs. Secret Foreign Targets inside the Unites States. The purpose- for independent and judicial judges to oversee government requests for surveillance warrants, and after carefully reviewing the requests and shown causes, make decisions to grant or not to grant warrants. Last year, in 2010, the federal police agencies brought before these FISA judges 1506 such warrant requests. Last year, in 2010, the FISA Court, every single judge in the FISA Court, eleven out of eleven judges of the FISA Court, granted every single warrant requested of them by our federal police agencies. All 1506 of them. Every single request: [Read more...]

Podcast Show #42

The Boiling Frogs Presents Dr. Aland Mizell

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Dr. Aland Mizell joins us to discuss the controversial Turkish Imam Fethullah Gulen and his rapidly expanding cult globally and here in the United States. He provides us with a rarely discussed biography of Gulen and his movement, the cult’s objective of reviving the Ottoman Empire’s glory and Gulen Missionaries expansion into Central Asia and further around the world. He talks about Imam Gulen’s charter school empire in the United States, operated under absolute secrecy, the Turkish Missionaries’ Lobbyists targeting US federal and state governments, Gulen’s CIA connections and historical joint operations, the connection between Gülen and the Unification church- aka the Moon-cult, the oath of secrecy taken by all Gulen cult members, and more. Also, in the second half of our show we are joined by Bill Thacket, a parent of one of Gulen Charter Schools' former students.

mizell Aland Mizell earned his master's degrees in political science and public administration and a doctorate in political science with an emphasis on politics and religion. Having lived and worked at an educational institution in Central Asia for nearly a decade he brings experiential evidence to his studies and initiatives. He reads and speaks several languages, adding to the breadth of his three-decades of research on Islam with a focus on the Gulen movement. He is the founder of Minority Care International (MCI), a nongovernmental organization with the mission of assisting deprived minorities, and serves as its president and CEO. Dr. Mizell is a frequent contributor to Kurdish Media, speaking on behalf of the Kurds, as well as presenting to the Kurdish American Youth Organization on the importance of education. For select samples of Dr. Mizell’s articles click here, here, and here.

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