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Selective Swift Sanctions, Crypto and US Military Intervention

Selective Swift Sanctions, Crypto and US Military Intervention
Ahead of the State of the Union Calls for US Backed Insurgency in Ukraine.
Mark Sleboda, foreign affairs and policy analyst joins at the top of the show to break down the strategy that is unfolding in Ukraine as attacks on infrastructure intensify near Kiev. They also talked about how much military aid is being supplied by NATO to the Ukrainian military. Weapons are going into west Ukraine to support an insurgency according to Sleboda.
Dr. Jack Rasmus, economist, radio show host & author of 'The Scourge of Neoliberalism: US Economic Policy from Reagan to Trump, 2020 and Central Bankers at the End of Their Ropes: Monetary Policy and the Coming Depression joins the show to talk about how much sanctions slammed on Russia will impact its economy and economies beyond Russia's border. No one really knows if sanctions will turn around and take a bite out of the US and European economies, that remains to be seen, according to Dr, Rasmus. The real economy in Russia is connected to natural gas and oil sales, not the stock market. It will be difficult for the global economy to make up for the loss of Russia’s oil and natural gas. The Russian stock market remains closed since the beginning of the conflict and not slated to open until Monday. Russia is using Crypto to circumvent sanctions and using it in place of the banking systems that Russians do not have access to Dr. Rasmus said.
Next, KJ Noh, a global justice activist, writer, teacher, and member of Veterans for Peace joins the conversation to talk about the misinformation media war while trying to navigate the fog of war. The Misfits talk about the role of censorship in media: the EU banned Sputnik News and RT what does this type of action portend for media that does not align with a Western ideology and bandwidth?
The Misfits discuss Russia’s relationship with China. What is China anticipating following sanctions placed on one of their major trade partners? China wants peace and will lift all wheat- import restrictions on Russia. Then they talk about the kind of assistance China will offer to Russia. China declares a multipolar world and economy a drive toward centralized digital currencies. And, China supports Russia’s security interest. The root cause of this crisis is the US and the Western expansion of NATO just as China possesses similar security concerns in the Pacific according to Noh.
For the last segment, John Kane, Mohawk activist and educator, producer and host of the Let's Talk Native Podcast, and co-host of Resistance Radio on WBAI Pacifica Radio NY joins the show to talk about the Supreme Court taking up a challenge to the Indian Child Welfare Act. The battleground is over child placement. Overturning the legislation could potentially remove large amounts of regulations protecting tribes and their members. Forceable moving children from native households to place them with a white family. Texas, Louisiana and Indiana are challenging the child protection law they claim the law is racist and violates the 14th Amendment. Kane says that’s why the law is failing because it does not recognize the sovereignty and distinct cultural identities of native tribes. If SCOTUS overturns the legislation Indian casinos are at risk of loosing regulated gaming privileges which is important to native economies because there is no state income tax base on tribal lands.
The Misfits sign off till tomorrow.
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