Phantom Foreign Interference Reappears in Establishment Imaginations

China Daily Editor rejects ‘foreign mission’ label; Putin, Erdogan talk as airstrikes pound Idlib; Racist presidents’ historical precedents.

On this episode of “By Any Means Necessary” hosts Jacquie Luqman and Sean Blackmon are joined by Ian Goodrum, senior editor of China Daily, to talk about the U.S. State Department’s designation of his news organization as a “foreign mission” of the Chinese government, where the reclassification fits into the State Department’s broader information war against China, what all this means for China Daily and other outlets, and how the proliferation of US government-funded media outlets abroad exposes a double standard between the networks labeled “publicly-funded” and those referred to as “state propaganda.”

In the second segment, Jacquie and Sean are joined by Francis Boyle, Professor of International Law at the University of Illinois, to talk about the escalations between Turkey and Russia in the Idlib province of Syria, the role of the U.S. government in fomenting the violent conditions currently facing the Syrian people, the historical precedent for Turkish territorial ambitions in that country, where international law falls on the issue, possible outcomes of the planned conversation between Turkish President Recep Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin, whether the US/Taliban 7-day reduction in violence slated to begin today truly represents a reason for optimism, and why US intentions in Afghanistan may actually be quite…

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