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Please support the CoGoPod here. I truly appreciate your support. Thank you! My notes for this talk are available here. Contact Daniel Lazar at danielaaronlazar (at) gmail.com with questions or comments. Our theme song is "Inspired" by Kevin MacLeod (License). Thank you for listening.Av Daniel Lazar
 
Please support the CoGoPod here. Your donations are truly appreciated. Thank you! Here are the lecture notes. Contact Daniel Lazar at danielaaronlazar (at) gmail.com with questions or comments. Our theme song is "Inspired" by Kevin MacLeod (License). Thank you for listening.Av Daniel Lazar
 
Please support the CoGoPod at Buy Me a Coffee. All donations are appreciated. Thank you! Contact Daniel Lazar at danielaaronlazar (at) gmail.com with questions or comments. Our theme song is "Inspired" by Kevin MacLeod (License). Thank you for listening.Av Daniel Lazar
 
Please support the CoGoPod at Buy Me a Coffee. All donations are appreciated. Thank you! Our theme song is "Inspired" by Kevin MacLeod (License). Contact Daniel Lazar at danielaaronlazar (at) gmail.com with questions or comments. Thank you for listening.Av Daniel Lazar
 
In this episode, we discuss the recent major change in Qatari relations with its nearest (only) neighbor, Saudi Arabia, and several other countries in the Middle East, as well the potential repercussions from this that will ripple throughout the world. Who & where is Qatar? Why have they been feuding with Saudi Arabia? Why did several nations cut o…
 
Please support the CoGoPod at Buy Me a Coffee. All donations are appreciated. Thank you! The Power Point notes for this lecture are available on my website. Our theme song is "Inspired" by Kevin MacLeod (License). Contact Daniel Lazar at danielaaronlazar (at) gmail.com with questions or comments. Thank you for listening.…
 
A special reading of Chapter 1 of Ring of Conspiracy, my brand-new mystery/suspense novel! If you want to continue the story, the novel is available on Amazon NOW in both paperback and Kindle! Thanks so much for your support! I really appreciate all of you! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nutshell-politics/support…
 
In this episode, we discuss the recent mysterious killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, an Iranian nuclear scientist about a week ago. Assassinated by (apparently) a remote-controlled machine gun in a roadside ambush, this scientist played a role in the nuclear weapons program in Iran for decades, but his most important contributions were many years back.…
 
In this episode, we discuss two major world events that took place on the same day in history, 61 years apart, in the same country of Germany. November 9th has been the day of both evil heartbreak and amazing triumph, with far reaching impacts that had ripples that reshaped the world, with both Kristallnacht and the fall of the Berlin Wall. So we d…
 
In this episode, we discuss the recent 75th anniversary celebration parade in North Korea. Between an unusual tone taken by Kim Jong-un in his speech to a gargantuan new missile that was unveiled, there was a lot that people noticed. So what does it all mean?? --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nutshell-politics/support…
 
In this episode, we highlight a people group in Asia that has been in the news recently, the Uyghurs. Who are they? Where are they from? What makes them unique? And why have they been in the news? The Chinese government has been oppressively persecuting these people within their borders, bordering on a modern-day Holocaust complete with labor camps…
 
In this episode, we talk about how much of the modern Middle East got the borders we see today, from Iraq to Syria to Jordan to Israel. While there are exceptions to this (notably Saudi Arabia and some of the eastern countries), I track the national borders back to World War I and discuss the Sykes-Picot agreement that allowed for the current natio…
 
In this episode, we discuss the recent historic peace deal to normalize relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the first such deal in 26 years, and brokered in part by the United States and Donald Trump. We talk about the conditions of the ground-breaking deal, the history of Israeli peace deals with Arab countries, and the ma…
 
In this episode, I come back from a several month hiatus to discuss pandemics. We talk about a handful of historical pandemics and pandemic responses at a political level. We also touch on the impact our current COVID-19 pandemic is having on the population and the political realm.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nutshell-politics/suppor…
 
In this episode, we discuss the recent events between the US and Iran, sparked by the killing of Iranian general and terrorist, Qasem Soleimani by targeted missile. Who was he? Why was this a big deal? Why are people talking about World War Three? Is that going to happen? And what SHOULD we expect going forward from this? --- Support this podcast: …
 
For Christmas Eve, we have a brief discussion of the famous Christmas Truce of 1914, an unusual and fascinating event that took place during World War I. This is a replay of the episode from last year, but it's a good one and 'tis the season! I know I've been on a bit of a hiatus lately, but I'll be back with new episode shortly! (And an explanatio…
 
In this episode, we examine the concept of uncontacted tribes. Following up on the last episode about the Sentinelese, we briefly touch on a few other groups in the world, but also talk about the concept from a larger political scope. Where are these groups? Why are they uncontacted? What do we & should we do about them?--- Support this podcast: ht…
 
In this episode, we discuss one of the most famous untouched people groups in the world, the Sentinelese. Who are these people on a single island off the coast of India? Why are they untouched by modern society? What are they like? Have there been attempts to contact them? This episode also serves as the introduction for the next one, a more broad …
 
In this week's episode, we look at the recent shocking news of the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, taken out by US Army Delta Force. How did we find this terrorist leader? What happened in the raid? Who was he and what was his impact? And what will the repercussions be going forward? --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nutshell-politics/supp…
 
In this week's episode, we discuss President Trump's recent decision to pull out of Syria and the effect that has on one of our allies in the region, the Kurds. What did he actually do? Why did he do it? What effect will this have on our allies? We also replay a previous bit about who the Kurds are & why they're important. --- Support this podcast:…
 
This week, we examine the political science paradox known as the "Resource Curse" or the "Paradox of Plenty". Why do countries with an abundance of a natural resource often have struggling economies? What explains that? Is it a true relationship or is something else happening? And what can be done about it? --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.…
 
In this week's episode, we discuss the recent death of Robert Mugabe, former President of Zimbabwe. A very controversial figure with a past of liberation for the Zimbabwean people, but also a history of violence, racism, corruption, and human rights abuses, Mugabe ruled the nation until 2017 and recently passed away. --- Support this podcast: https…
 
In this week's episode, we conclude a two week series on economic models in the world by looking at Capitalism and Socialism. This is a bit more technical episode than I normally do, but hopefully it's helpful and informative! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nutshell-politics/support
 
In this week's episode, we begin a brief, two-week series on major economic models/systems, culminating next week with a big Capitalism vs Socialism episode. This week, I offer the lead-in by discussing Mercantilism and State Capitalism models. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nutshell-politics/support…
 
In this week's episode, we discuss the ongoing Hong Kong protests in their demonstrations against Chinese influence and push for democracy. It's been going on since March/April, so why are they protesting? What do they want? What are the implications of their demonstrations? And what can we expect going forward? I had to record this week in an unus…
 
In this week's episode, I provide an update to the story I told on March 4th about the son of infamous terrorist Osama bin Laden. His son, Hamza, was a rising star in terrorist circles and in March, I provided a mini-history of him, but just last week, it broke that he had died. So I discuss the impact of that, but also replay that biography from t…
 
In this week's episode, we spotlight a terrorist organization that was in the news last week for a brutal terrorist attack in Mogadishu. al-Shabaab is less known than the more infamous al-Qaeda or ISIS, but have been very powerful and violent in East Africa. We discuss who they are, what their ideology is, what they want, and more. --- Support this…
 
In this week's episode, we look at the story behind the recent discovery of the USS Eagle Boat 56, a submarine chaser patrol boat that was sunk off the coast of Maine during World War II. Missing for nearly 75 years, it was recently found again! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nutshell-politics/support…
 
In this week's episode, we take a fun look at the tiny, Norwegian fishing village of Sommaroy. Situated so far north, it's inside the Arctic circle, they have mounted a half-serious marketing campaign to become the only time zone-free city in the world. Find out why by listening! --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nutshell-politics/support…
 
In this week's episode, we discuss the West African plan to introduce the "eco", a single currency that they seek to share as soon as 2020. What is it? Why are they trying to do this? What implications does this have for the region? And what implications does this have for the world at large? I think you'll find that this "eco" may have more import…
 
In this week's episode, we discuss a BRIEF history of the Israel-Palestine conflict to set the stage, then dive into the outcome of the recent conference last week in Bahrain where the US revealed their economic plan toward peace and prosperity in Palestine. Who went? What was discussed? What was the outcome? Why is this important? And where do we …
 
In this week's episode, we discuss the relationship between the United States and Iran. We start by briefly touching on the history of the relationship going back to the 1950s, but then focus on the sharp rise in tensions just in the last couple weeks, culminating in Iran shooting down a US drone and America's response. --- Support this podcast: ht…
 
In this week's episode, we examine the upcoming conference in Bahrain, hosted by the United States, to improve the Palestinian economy & infrastructure as the first step toward peace. The Palestinians aren't showing up, but what Arab states are planning to attend? What does that mean? What implications does this have for the region? And why is this…
 
In this week's episode, we take a look at the unusual case of John Walker Lindh, the man known infamously as the "American Taliban". Convicted of aiding terrorists and captured in Afghanistan after 9/11, Lindh was released from federal prison after serving 17 years (with 3 years of upcoming probation). We discuss who Lindh was/is and some of the co…
 
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