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    Huge Asian Trade Deal Highlights Declining Strength of US Imperialism

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    Trade deal shows shift away from 'western supremacy'; US military surveilled Muslim apps; Bolivian coup officials flee after arrest ordered.

    In this episode of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by K.J. Noh, a long time activist working on global justice issues, writer, teacher, and a member of Veterans for Peace, to discuss the signing of the world's largest trade deal by 15 Asia-Pacific countries on Monday, how the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) paves the way towards a more open & multipolar world, and why assertions that the deal constitutes a "Chinese-led influence campaign" don't hold water.

    In the second segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by John Winstead, a communist organizer out of Lexington, Kentucky, to discuss the mass surveillance of Muslims across the globe via data mined from Islam-oriented cell phone apps, where the recent revelations fit into the US government's broader efforts to track the movements and activities of Muslims, and why—alarming as they are—such efforts come as little surprise to longtime observers of the steady erosion of civil liberties in the US.

    In the third segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Bolivian journalist Alberto Echazu to discuss the news that former Bolivian Interior Minister Arturo Murillo and former Defense Minister Fernando López have apparently fled the country to avoid arrest for their role in last November's massacres and why further efforts may be needed to bring state security forces back under the control of democratic forces.

    Later in the show, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Dr. Vijay Prashad, Executive Director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, to discuss why he doesn't think "Venezuela should take any comfort in the US election" results, how global white supremacy works to undermine socialist governments and disparage their leaders, and what the future holds for waning US imperialism.

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