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Episodes

5 days ago

In this episode of FO° Podcasts, host Atul welcomes back Flavius Mihaies to discuss the recent political unrest in the French overseas territory. Flavius explains that the crisis stems from the indigenous Kanak population's demands for greater autonomy and potential independence. The Kanaks, comprising 41% of the population, are concerned about proposed changes in voting laws by the French government, which they see as undermining their political power. The episode delves into New Caledonia's colonial history, its strategic importance, and the economic and healthcare benefits provided by France. Efforts at resolution and the island's divided stance on independence are also explored.

Thursday Jun 13, 2024

In this episode of FO Podcasts, Atul Singh and independent journalist Flavius Mihais discuss NATO's expansion and its implications, particularly in relation to Russia and Eastern Europe. They explore the historical context of NATO's formation and its growth from 12 to 32 members, emphasizing the shift towards Eastern Europe. The conversation delves into differing perspectives on Russia's actions, with some viewing them as a continuation of Soviet aggression and others seeing them as a defensive stance against NATO's proximity. They also highlight the varied responses of European countries, influenced by historical traumas and current geopolitical realities, that shape NATO's strategic direction.
 

Monday May 27, 2024

In this podcast episode, Atul Singh and Gary Grappo examine the repercussions of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi's death. They analyze potential causes, including challenging flight conditions and political motives, and discuss the impact on Iran's political landscape. Grappo offers insights into the country's autocratic structure, the IRGC's role, and religious councils' influence on governance. The episode also explores the succession of the supreme leader, the aspirations of the Iranian youth, and the nation's strained international relations. The conversation finally provides a deep dive into the complexities of Iranian politics and its global implications.

Sunday Apr 28, 2024

In this episode of the Fair Observer podcast, Anton Schauble and Nick Henninger discuss the significant economic repercussions of a bridge collapse in Baltimore. They cover the city's historical and industrial importance, the immediate effects on local communities, and the logistical challenges posed by the disruption of traffic. Nick also touches on bipartisan efforts to secure federal funding for bridge restoration and the regional and national consequences, including the rerouting of cargo and long-term implications for the port's business contracts. He concludes with a focus on the commitment to rebuilding a stronger port infrastructure, supporting workers, and leveraging the new bridge for the port's resurgence.

Wednesday Apr 24, 2024

In this episode of FO Podcasts, Atul Singh and FO contributor Nasir Khiliji discuss remittances. They focus on Pakistan and Israel to explore the positive and negative effects of remittances on economies that rely heavily on them.

Sunday Apr 21, 2024

In this episode of FO Podcasts, Atul Singh sits down with Flavius Milhaes, who recently got back from Ukraine. They delve into a critical but often overlooked aspect of the war: the religious conflict. Flavius offers his firsthand observations on how the war is impacting religious communities, public attitudes, and the relationship between faith and society in Ukraine.

Friday Mar 29, 2024

Josep Colomer explains why political polarization and infighting are so rampant in the United States. The framers of the Constitution designed it with more "checks" than "balances," making it far easier to stop rather than pass legislation. The framers did not anticipate how the two-party system would emerge and weaponize the mechanisms they created. Yet a few simple measures can go a long way in alleviating the worst of polarization.
 
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Credits: 
"Loopster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ 

Tuesday Mar 26, 2024

French President Emmanuel Macron has taken a surprisingly aggressive stance on the Russia-Ukraine war. His recent pronouncements, including hinting at NATO intervention and calling Putin "evil," have sparked criticism.
 
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Wednesday Feb 21, 2024

Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is the last woman standing against Donald Trump in the Republican primary elections. While most look at the race as a foregone conclusion, Trump’s legal headaches, including both civil suits and criminal charges, may catch up to him yet. The world is bracing for the possibility of another protectionist Trump presidency, which could destabilize the international system.
 
You can follow Fair Observer on social media:
LinkedIn: https://in.linkedin.com/company/fair-observer
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Credits: 
"Loopster" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ 
 

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