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America is back • Yay? • Principle or propaganda • China Time

It's the Foreign Influence Podcast, with American Bill Poorman and Dutchman Nikolaj Groeneweg, taking you on a humorously serious and seriously humorous romp through the week's international events! This time:

• Biden announces "America is back". Is that good news? 

• American credibility and empire and allies and promise.

• From Paris to Peoria? Say, yes!

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De-platforming • Maybe insurrection is the limit? • US vs Europe free speech • Whence truth?

It's the Foreign Influence Podcast, with American Bill Poorman and Dutchman Nikolaj Groeneweg, taking you on a humorously serious and seriously humorous romp through the week's international events! This time:

• De-platforming people - talking them offline is a serious issue. Isn't it? 

• Comparing US vs European concepts of freedom of speech and freedom of expression

• Capitol policeman says thanks, but f*ck you for being there.

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Insurrection • Awesome “beacon of democracy” • Enlightenment values on the line • Accountability

It's the Foreign Influence Podcast, with American Bill Poorman and Dutchman Nikolaj Groeneweg, taking you on a humorously serious and seriously humorous romp through the week's international events! This time:

• Seriously, what the hell else are we going to talk about? There was an insurrection - not hard to call it an attempted coup - in the US this week by Trump supporters. Seriously 2021? We couldn't get one good week?!

• Processing the details, events, and outcomes of the insurrection. Including with the Animaniacs!

• Revolutions aren't for lightweights.

• There needs to be accountability and consequences.

• Enlightenment values themselves - liberty, equality, brotherhood, reason - are all under threat now. With authoritarian regimes ready to throw them into the dustbin of history. Good times!

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Happy New Year! • 2020 reflections, 2021 predictions • And about as much happiness as we can muster

It's the Foreign Influence Podcast, with American Bill Poorman and Dutchman Nikolaj Groeneweg, taking you on a humorously serious and seriously humorous romp through the year's week's international events! This time:

• It's our end-of-the-year show! We still don't know where the crab people are, but we're sure they're delicious.

• According to scientists and historians, 2020 hasn't even made it on the list of worst years (yet). We have the objective answer to when you really didn't want to be alive.

• We invoke the Power of the Jinx to make sure 2021 will be better.

• We remember the long-term trends that will really shape life going forward.

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Stay safe, and be nice to one another!

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The US makes being a Third World country cool again • Nikolaj has just had it • Bring on the vaccines, baby!

It's the Foreign Influence Podcast, with American Bill Poorman and Dutchman Nikolaj Groeneweg, taking you on a humorously serious and seriously humorous romp through the week's international events! This week:

• The Supreme Court joins the Deep State

• The US is making being a Third World country great again

• In a related manner, Nikolaj has just about had it with the US

• The GOP has done caught the crazy

• In the good news, we have a vaccine! We're absolutely certain it will go to the needy first.

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We pioneer re-truthing • War on Christmas won • Wounding democracy is highly profitable • Covid is exhausting

It's the Foreign Influence Podcast, with American Bill Poorman and Dutchman Nikolaj Groeneweg, taking you on a humorously serious and seriously humorous romp through the week's international events! This week:

• Fun with the War on Christmas and various Trump Cult highjinks

• The cash machine that is tearing the fabric of American democracy

• This could all get pretty dangerous, actually

• #flattenthecurve. Please.

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Stay safe, and be nice to one another!

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The Eastern Hemisphere moves on while the West is a basket case • Democratic institutions undermined

It's the Foreign Influence Podcast, with American Bill Poorman and Dutchman Nikolaj Groeneweg, taking you on a humorously serious and seriously humorous romp through the week's international events! This week:

• Pretty much the entire Eastern Hemisphere has signed a new free trade agreement and brought covid under control. They're moving on while the West is a giant basket case.

• American democratic institutions are being deeply wounded by Trump and his enablers. Quite the international inspiration.

• One tiny bit of good news. Can't say we didn't try.

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Stay safe, and be nice to one another!

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Relief with a Biden/Harris victory • Will underlying problems get addressed? • The joys of a botched presser

It's the Foreign Influence Podcast, with American Bill Poorman and Dutchman Nikolaj Groeneweg, taking you on a humorously serious and seriously humorous romp through the week's international events! Another episode with a focus on the US, because, you know:

• The presidential race has been called for Biden/Harris, and we're breathing a sigh of relief. But it still feels tenuous until Trump concedes.

• The sheer joy that was the “press conference” at the “Four Seasons” in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

• We’re concerned that the underlying problems will not be addressed, especially issues of inequality and especially by the Democrats. And Andrew Yang backs us up.

• Given the closeness of the race - and in the interests of domestic peace - Americans need to try to understand one another. But man, some Trump supporters make it hard, especially the conspiracy theorists. 

• And just in case it bears repeating, the good news is the Biden/Harris win.

Thanks for listening!

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Stay safe, and be nice to one another!

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Count all the votes! • No repudiation of Trump • Macron sticks up for western values

It's the Foreign Influence Podcast, with American Bill Poorman and Dutchman Nikolaj Groeneweg, taking you on a humorously serious and seriously humorous romp through the week's international events! Did you hear there was an election in the US yesterday? Well, we've got you covered with trenchant analysis and commentary, including:

• Count all the votes! As expected, Trump is trying to prevent all the votes from being counted. Bernie called it.

• Even if Biden wins, it's a hugely disappointing result since it's clearly not a repudiation of Trump, his performance in office, and his values.

• We've long thought the present and future of western values were on the ballot in the US this time. Elsewhere, Pres. Macron of French is doing his part to stick up for them.

• China could still have an opening to dominate the 21st century.

• For the song we finish the episode with, check out March of the Mindless by Casper.

Thanks for listening!

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Please remember that, if you like what you hear or read, sharing is caring. 🙏

Stay safe, and be nice to one another!

Bill & Nikolaj

Long voting lines • Do we like politicians to lie to us? • New missiles = big trouble

It's the Foreign Influence Podcast, with American Bill Poorman and Dutchman Nikolaj Groeneweg, taking you on a humorously serious and seriously humorous romp through the week's international events! This week:

• Bill has voted. He had to wait an hour-and-a-half to do so, and Nikolaj just can't understand how that's possible.

• Lying and politics - We have global issues of trust in government. Do politicians lie, or do we want to be lied to? Or is politics basically just impossible?

• And we have fun with "hydrosonic" weapons. That is, until war breaks out in Asia...

Thanks for listening!

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Reach out to us at hello@foreigninfluencepodcast.com or through social media. You'll find us individually on Twitter, but also check out our FI Facebook page, where we can continue the conversation.

Please remember that, if you like what you hear or read, sharing is caring. 🙏

Stay safe, and be nice to one another!

Bill & Nikolaj

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