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Tune in to Loud and Clear with Brian Becker for the latest news, commentary and searing political analysis. We bring you independent experts, activists and political writers.

Tune in to Loud and Clear with Brian Becker for the latest news, commentary and searing political analysis. We bring you independent experts, activists and political writers.
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Tune in to Loud and Clear with Brian Becker for the latest news, commentary and searing political analysis. We bring you independent experts, activists and political writers.

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English


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Bill Binney: CIA Admits It Has No Evidence of Russian Hacking

11/9/2017
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On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker and Walter Smolarek are joined by NSA whistleblower Bill Binney. For the past several days, the corporate-owned media has been engaged in a smear campaign against Binney, the former NSA technical director and legendary whistleblower, labelling him a conspiracy theorist. This was prompted by reports that he met with CIA director Mike Pompeo to discuss his finding that the alleged hack of the DNC server during the 2016 election campaign was in...

Duration: 01:53:10


What Does Trump Want from China? What Does China Expect from Trump?

11/8/2017
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On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker and Walter Smolarek are joined by Jude Woodward, the author of “The US vs China: Asia's new Cold War?”, and by political analyst Ajit Singh. Donald Trump is in China today for the first time in his presidency for a high-profile summit with President Xi Jinping. The two leaders will discuss a range of issues of diplomatic, military and economic issues. Loud & Clear co-host John Kiriakou was invited to address the European Parliament in his...

Duration: 01:53:05


100 Years Later: How the Russian Revolution Changed the World

11/7/2017
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On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker and John Kirakou are joined by professors and authors Vijay Prashad and Jodi Dean, as well as Eugene Puryear, host of Radio Sputnik's By Any Means Necessary. 100 years ago today, an earth-shaking revolution took place in Russia that led to the establishment of the Soviet Union. The existence of the first socialist state reshaped all of global politics, and the end of that state 26 years ago became a defining feature of the 21st century as...

Duration: 01:54:01


Will Saudi Arabia Push War on to Lebanon? Purge Rocks Royal Family

11/6/2017
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On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker and John Kiriakou are joined by Jana Nakhal, an independent researcher and a member of the central committee of the Lebanese Communist Party. Political turmoil has rocked Lebanon and Saudi Arabia in recent days, as Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned -- while he was in Saudi Arabia! -- and a sweeping purge eliminates rivals to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. Donald Trump is headed to South Korea following his meetings with...

Duration: 01:54:14


Trump, Three Aircraft Carriers, and B1-B Bombers "Visit" Asia-Pacific

11/3/2017
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On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker and John Kiriakou are joined by journalist and author Patrick Lawrence, as well as Sputnik News analyst Walter Smolarek. Donald Trump is off to Asia for nearly two weeks, where he will visit five countries. While a range of issues will be discussed, his top priority appears to be beating the drums of war against North Korea. The fallout is continuing from Donna Brazile’s claim that Hillary Clinton orchestrated, in her words, “a secret...

Duration: 01:53:00


Trump Tax Plan a Bonanza for Wall Street and the Ultra Rich

11/2/2017
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On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker and John Kiriakou are joined by financial policy analyst Daniel Sankey and investigative report Dave Lindorff. House Republicans unveiled their tax plan today, which slashes the tax rate for corporations alongside many other measures. But this is just the first step in a long and treacherous series of negotiations that could derail the push for tax reform. Former DNC chair Donna Brazile published a shocking -- for several reasons -- article...

Duration: 01:54:35


After NYC Attack: A Deeper Look into the Origins of Modern Terrorism

11/1/2017
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On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker and John Kiriakou are joined by journalist Ben Norton, anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, and professor and activist Danny Shaw. In the wake of the terror attack in New York, we’ll spend the full hour discussing the historical roots of modern terrorism, the role of U.S. foreign policy during the past four decades in the Middle East and South Asia, and Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant response to the incident in New York City. Tech giants...

Duration: 01:55:31


General John Kelly: U.S. Civil War That Ended Slavery Was a Mistake

10/31/2017
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On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker and John Kiriakou are joined by Kevin Zeese, the co-director of Popular Resistance, as well as Sputnik News analyst Walter Smolarek. Tech giants Facebook, Google and Twitter are testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee this afternoon as the media works itself up into another frenzy over so-called “Russian ads” influencing the 2016 election. Chief of Staff General John Kelly -- frequently praised by liberals for being the adult in the...

Duration: 01:58:43


Manafort Charged, Podesta Next? The "Politics" of an Indictment

10/30/2017
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On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker and John Kiriakou are joined by Jim Kavanagh, the editor of ThePolemicist.net, as well as by Dan Kovalik, a human rights and labor lawyer who is the author of “The Plot to Scapegoat Russia”. Indictments have been issued targeting Paul Manafort, Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos. What is Special Counsel Mueller’s strategy in the ongoing investigation? Are others likely to be indicted? None of the charges are related to Russian interference...

Duration: 01:50:08


High Stakes Independence Showdown As Spain Dissolves Catalan Parliament

10/27/2017
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On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker and John Kirakou are joined by Alberto Garcia Watson, former Middle East correspondent for HispanTV. Catalonia has declared independence, with hundreds of thousands pouring into the streets to celebrate. However, a dramatic showdown looms as the Spanish central government prepares to reassert its control. The United Nations has thrown its weight behind the narrative that the Syrian government made the decision to deploy chemical weapons...

Duration: 01:56:26


Twitter Bows to McCarthyist Witch Hunt, Bans RT and Sputnik Ads

10/26/2017
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On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker and John Kiriakou are joined by journalist and bestselling author Max Blumenthal, as well as by Bruce Fein, a former Assistant Attorney General of the United States to discuss Twitter's announcement that it is banning advertising by RT and Sputnik. The Senate Intelligence Committee voted yesterday to not only renew the “702 program” of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that authorizes domestic surveillance, but in fact to expand it!...

Duration: 01:55:51


The Curtain Rises on Dossier Scandal: The Role of Clinton, DNC and FBI

10/25/2017
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On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker and John Kiriakou are joined by international affairs and security analyst Mark Sleboda. Yet another twist has emerged in the “Steele dossier” prepared by the opposition research firm Fusion GPS -- it turns out that the Clinton campaign and the DNC were financial backers of the report. The battle between Donald Trump and Republicans in the Senate continues, as the high profile feud with Jeff Flake of Arizona and Bob Corker of Tennessee...

Duration: 01:57:56


Loot, Plunder, Pillage: Trump Tax Plan a Declaration of War on the Poor

10/24/2017
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On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker and John Kiriakou are joined by financial policy analyst Daniel Sankey. The high-stakes balancing act on the budget and tax reform has become even more fragile in the wake of Donald Trump’s ongoing feud with Senator Bob Corker. But behind the drama, is Congress gearing up for a huge giveaway to corporations? Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman has voiced his desire to, in his words, “return” his country to “moderate Islam”. But does he...

Duration: 01:56:56


At the Brink: Showdown Looms Between Spain and Catalonia

10/23/2017
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On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker and John Kiriakou are joined by Dick Nichols, correspondent for Green Left Weekly in Barcelona. With the imposition of direct rule by the central government looming in Catalonia, pro-independence forces are scrambling to come up with a response. Crises and tensions are piling up in Asia as China continues to rise and the United States pulls out all the stops to maintain its power in the region. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s victory...

Duration: 01:56:19


Vijay Prashad: What the Bush, Obama v. Trump Debate Is Really About

10/20/2017
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On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker and Walter Smolarek are joined by Vijay Prashad, Professor of International Studies at Trinity College, as well as author of the book, The Death of the Nation and the Future of the Arab Revolution. 50 years ago today, Edgar Ray Killen, the main organizer of the infamous 1964 murders of civil rights activists Michael Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman was acquitted by an all-white jury. We’ll take an in-depth look at “Mississippi...

Duration: 01:56:54


Spanish PM Invokes "Nuclear Option", Will Disband Catalonia Government

10/19/2017
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On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker is joined by Alberto Garcia Watson, former Middle East correspondent for HispanTV. The Spanish Prime Minister has announced his intention to disband the Catalan government in a major escalation of the conflict over the region’s push for independence. Newly released diplomatic cables show that U.S. officials were fully complicit in the 1965-1966 anti-communist genocide in Indonesia. Brian and Walter are joined by Peter Kuznick, a Professor of...

Duration: 01:56:25


Understanding China: Does Xi Jinping's Speech Signify a New Era?

10/18/2017
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On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker and Walter Smolarek are joined by David Ewing of the US-China People’s Friendship Association; by political analyst Ajit Singh; and by Patrick Lawrence, the author of Time No Longer: Americans After the American Century. In our first hour we take an in-depth look at Xi Jinping’s big speech at the opening of the Chinese Communist Party’s Congress. The address, an event which happens once every five years, lays out his vision for the future of...

Duration: 01:49:54


After Daesh's Defeat in Raqqa, What Next for Syria and for the Kurds?

10/17/2017
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On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker and Walter Smolarek are joined from Germany by Dastan Jasim, and from London by Mark Campbell, both are supporters of the Kurdish movement in Syria. The Kurdish YPG forces did the bulk of the fighting in the liberation of the Raqqa from ISIS, but the future of Syria is far from certain. U.S. military forces supported the Kurdish-led offensive. But the Syrian government demands that all U.S. forces leave Syria. We discuss the political...

Duration: 01:50:35


A War Within a War: Iraqi Forces Seize Kirkuk from Kurds

10/16/2017
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On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker and Walter Smolarek are joined by journalist Mojtaba Masood and Kani Xulam, founder of the American-Kurdish Information Network. Iraqi pro-government forces have swept into the disputed region of Kirkuk, taking Kirkuk city from Kurdish peshmerga soldiers. As the fight over the shape of post-ISIS Iraq ensues, could another war be on the horizon? In a surprise turn of events in Venezuela, pro-government candidates won the vast majority of...

Duration: 01:55:58


Trump Trashes Nuclear Deal, Sets Path for New Confrontation with Iran

10/13/2017
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On today's episode of Loud & Clear, Brian Becker and Walter Smolarek are joined by political analysts Shabir Razvi and Ajit Singh, as well as Mohammad Marandi from the University of Tehran, to look at Trump's Iran policy after he confirmed that he will be decertifying the nuclear deal and went on a tirade against the country, accusing it of sponsoring terrorism. Donald Trump delivered what many consider to be a death blow to the Affordable Care Act today by cutting off cost-sharing...

Duration: 01:48:15

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