Rank #1: Trump Acted "To Stop A War" by Killing Iran's Top General
In the second segment, Jacquie Luqman and Sean Blackmon are joined by Sina Azodi, a foreign policy advisor at Gulf State Analytics to talk about the on the ground response in Iran to the killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, the controversial legacy of Soleimani, the weak justification the US is giving for the targeted killing and what if anything will lead to the de-escalation of tension between the US and Iran.
In the third segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Kim Ives, editor of the English Section of Haiti Liberte joins the show to talk about the latest protests against Jovenel Moise in Haiti, the petro-corruption that led to the mass protests against Moise, the Trump administrations “hands-off” puppet policy towards Haiti, how the US has used Haiti against Venezuela, and Moise’s attempt to consolidate and hold on to power.
Later in the show, Jacquie and Sean are joined by independent researcher Sam Menefee-Libey to talk about elements of America's political elite excusing Donald Trump's killing of Iranian General Soleimani, if Trump will gain or lose support after the attack, the role mainstream media plays in perpetuating American imperialism, the environmental impact of right-wing politicians like Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, and 207 Congressmembers asking for the Supreme Court to review Roe v. Wade.
Jan 03 2020
Rank #2: Guiado Calls for Final Phase, Maduro Supporters Rally in Venezuela
On this episode of "By Any Means Necessary" hosts Eugene Puryear and Sean Blackmon are joined by Venezuelanalysis.com writer Paul Dobson to talk about the re-energized efforts to remove President Maduro from power in Venezuela, the support of the American government of opposition figure-head Juan Guaidó, and what the response by pro-government supporters will be after the latest coup attempt.
In the second segment, technologist Chris Garaffa joins us to discuss to talk about the lack of transparency around Google and other tech companies search algorithms, the efforts by the Washington Post and Western media to silence independent or foreign media outlets, and WhatsApp suspending Spain's left-wing party Podemos' communication channel days before the Spanish election.
In a special third segment of "By Any Means Necessary" Eugene Puryear and Sean Blackmon are joined by Chuck Kaufmann National Co-Coordinator of the Alliance for Global Justice to discuss the AFGJ’s new book “Live from Nicaragua: Uprising or Coup?” What motivates corporate media and NGOs distortions about Nicaragua and the country’s strategic value to US imperialism.
Later in the show, Eugene and Sean are joined by Mondale Robinson of the Free Born Blacks PAC and Anoa Changa, lawyer and host of “The Way with Anoa,” to talk about Joe Biden's surge in the primary polls, Alyssa Milano's poor attempt to silence internal Democratic dissent, Stacey Abrams's decision not to run for Georgia Senate in 2020, 101 reasons why Cory Booker should drop out of the 2020 Presidential race, Pete Buttigieg and Al Sharpton's awkward breakfast, the problem's with Jay-Z's 'Gentrify Your Own Hood' lyric, and T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle.
Apr 30 2019
Rank #3: Facebook and CNN Collude to Attack Alternative News
In the second segment we're joined by James Early, Former Director of Cultural Heritage Policy at the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage at the Smithsonian Institution, and board member of the Institute for Policy Studies to mark the anniversary of Malcolm X's assassination, the importance of his example of transformative organizing and internationalism and the need to highlight figures in the Black Radical Tradition like Claudia Jones and Haywood.
In the third segment Eugene and Sean are joined by journalist Rania Khalek to discuss how Facebook and CNN contrived a news story by colluding to take down In The Now's Facebook page, the attack against media that contradicts the US status quo, and the double standard around media funding.
In the show's final hour Sean and Eugene discuss MAGA teen Nicholas Sandmann suing the Washington Post for $250 million, climate change and Sen. Bernie Sanders assembling his team for his 2020 presidential run.
Feb 21 2019
Rank #4: Dem Debates, Night 2, Electric Boogaloo!
In the second segment, Eugene and Sean are joined by Sputnik News Analyst Bob Schlehuber to discuss the second night of Democratic debates, how Bernie Sanders faded into the background somewhat despite his platform dominating both debates and Kamala Harris successfully going after Joe Biden.
In a special third segment Sean and Eugene are joined by Jude Woodward, the author of “The US vs China: Asia's new Cold War?” to discuss the upcoming meeting between Donald Trump and Xi Jinping at the G20 Summit, how trade talks may play out between the two world leaders, and the regional implications for East Asia.
In the show's final segment Eugene and Sean are joined by writer David Shams to discuss the different performances during the second night of Democratic debates, how Marianne Williamson raised good points despite her bizarre inspirational pronouncements and the poor showing of Joe Biden.
Jun 28 2019
Rank #5: Trump's Middle East Policy Has US Stuck between 'Iraq' and a Hard Place
In the second segment, Eugene and Sean are joined by award-winning editorial cartoonist and columnist Ted Rall to talk about Wikileak's Julian Assange being indicted of violating the US espionage act, what the charges mean for Freedom of Press protections, and the response to the charges by mainstream media and civil society groups.
In a special third segment of "By Any Means Necessary" Eugene Puryear and Sean Blackmon are joined by Tazewell Thompson the writer and director of the brand new show “Jubilee” which highlights the world-renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers. "Jubilee" is now playing at Arena Stage in Washington D.C through June 9th.
Later in the show, Eugene and Sean are joined by writer David Shams and Sputnik News Analyst Bob Schlehuber to talk about the upcoming November gubernatorial elections in November, Donald Trump sending weapons to Saudi Arabia and 1,500 troops to the Middle East, rising tensions between the US and Iran, the future of India under Modi, and the All-NBA First Team selections.
May 24 2019
Rank #6: Obama Cancelled After Critique of 'Cancel Culture'
In the second segment, Eugene Puryear and Sean Blackmon are joined by Patrick Henningsen, writer, global affairs analyst, co-founder and executive editor of 21st Century Wire, to talk about the United Kingdom holding general elections on December 12th, what strategies the Labour and Conservative parties will take over the next 6 weeks to win the election, the role 'remain' Liberal democrat MPs will play in the election and what to do about the Irish reunification issue.
In this segment, Sean and Eugene are joined by Dr. Natasha Stavros, Applied Science System Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology to talk about the history of fire management and policy that led to the massive fires across California, the science behind different 'fire regimes', how aggressive development policy into wildlife areas heightens fire risks, and what led to California issuing an “extreme red flag” warning.
Later in the show, Eugene and Sean are joined by China Dickerson, National Political Director for Forward Majority, to talk about former President Barack Obama's shaming of 'call-out' and 'cancel' culture, Kayne West's new album "Jesus is King", the death of actor John Witherspoon, the resignation of US Congress member Katie Hill, the corniness of Senator Amy Klobuchar, and 101 reasons Joe Biden needs to end his political career.
Oct 30 2019
Rank #7: 'Fuera JOH!' Rings Out in Honduras As Protesters Demand Hernandez's Resignation
Aug 08 2019
Rank #8: White Supremacy in America Starts with America's Police Force
In the second segment, Eugene Puryear and Sean Blackmon are joined by Steve Keen, the author of “Debunking Economics” to talk about the latest job numbers from the United States, how the "gig economy" is leading to misleading labor data, the massive labor protests in France, the economics behind Brexit, and the latest from neo-liberal protests in Latin America.
In the third segment, Sean and Eugene are joined by Dr. Jeb Sprague, a Research Associate at the Institute for Research on World-Systems (IROWS) at the University of California, Riverside and author of “Globalizing the Caribbean: Political economy, social change, and the transnational capitalist class” to discuss the upcoming elections in Dominica, interference from the US government and the Organization of American States, and why an independent Caribbean is such a threat to Western supremacy.
Later in the show, Eugene and Sean are joined by independent researcher Sam Menefee-Libey to talk about West Virginia prison staff being suspended after taking a group photo while giving the Nazi salute, the rise of classical fascism from Brazil to Poland to Turkey, and the shocking number of empty homes in California compared to those who need homes. The show also says goodbye to Eugene Puryear.
Dec 06 2019
Rank #9: Will Today's Global Movements Take Down Neo-Liberalism?
In the second segment, Eugene Puryear and Sean Blackmon are joined by Dr. Gerald Horne, Moores Professor of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston to talk about first-ever Russia-Africa Summit held in Sochi, Russia, the historical connections between the Soviet Union and Africa, if Russia can serve as a continental mediator in Africa, what African nations can gain from Russia, and what stronger ties between Africa and Russia will mean for US and Western imperialism.
In a special third segment of "By Any Means Necessary" Eugene Puryear and Sean Blackmon are joined by an independent scholar Rhone Fraser to talk about their new book “Pauline Hopkins and Advocacy Journalism”, the role fiction played in converting the committed liberal to a committed radical, the lost history of Black fiction in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and the lack of seriousness around modern American fiction as an agent for political and social change. You can see more of Dr. Fraser's work at www.DrRhoneFraser.com
Later in the show, Eugene and Sean are joined by Ben Norton of The Grayzone to talk about the latest military movements in Syria and where the American left has gone wrong on the conflict, the global backlash to neo-liberal policies, what led to the uprising of citizens in Lebanon, and how right-wing media oligarchs have suppressed socialist and leftist governments and movements.
Oct 24 2019
Rank #10: Trump Cancels Military Parade; Palestine's 'One-State' Reality
In the second segment of "By Any Means Necessary" is joined by Nizar Farsakh, former member of the Palestinian negotiation team to talk about the "one-state reality" Israelis and Palestinians find themselves in after Israel's "nation-state" bill, the efforts to organize Palestinian resistance, and the role of Egypt in the ongoing crisis in Gaza.
In the third segment of “By Any Means Necessary” is joined by Joe Lombardo, Co-Coordinator of the United National Antiwar Coalition, to talk about the postponement of Donald Trump's military parade in Washington, D.C., the right-wing military policies of the Democratic Party, the role of grassroots anti-war protests, and the never-ending nature of US wars.
In the last hour "By Any Means Necessary" is joined by Brandon Sutton, host of the Discourse Podcast joins the show to talk about the Black staff at the Trump White House, the need for social discourse to involve class analysis, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's media blackout, Spike Lee's questionable relationship with the New York Police Department, the merits of the US National Anthem, and the current state of hip-hop in America.
Aug 17 2018
Rank #11: Survey Says: Socialism and Racism on the Rise in the US
In the second segment, Eugene and Bob continue to be joined by Dr. Gerald Horne to talk about a very racist and apolitical story by NBC News claiming Russians were planning to train African-Americans to establish a pan-African state in the American South, and the history and importance of the Freedom newspaper.
In a special third segment of "By Any Means Necessary" Eugene Puryear and Sean Blackmon are joined by Mac Hamilton, Executive Manager at STAND: The Student-led Movement to End Mass Atrocities to talk about the potentials of the World Food Programme suspending aid to Houthi-controlled areas in Yemen, the potentials of the UN to reestablish a cease-fire between warring parties, the efforts to end the US support of Saudi Arabia and the UAE actions in Yemen, and the misunderstood and characterization of the relationship between Houthis and Iranians.
Later in the show, Eugene and Bob talk about the the NBA and NHL playoffs, Mel Gibson's upcoming film "Rothchild", the regressive tax schemes DC Mayor Muriel Bowser uses to fund her development projects, Venezuelan negotiations in Norway, a racist active school shooting drill in Pennsylvania, and a new poll from Gallup around Socialism.
May 21 2019
Rank #12: A Missionary and a Racist Killed: I Really Don't Care, Do U?
Text: On this episode of "By Any Means Necessary" hosts Eugene Puryear and Sean Blackmon are joined by Brandon Sutton, host of the Discourse Podcast and Bob Schlehuber, Radio Sputnik Analyst to talk about their Thanksgiving experiences, the Phil Mickelson vs Tiger Woods Pay-Per-View golf match, the scale and challenges to slowing climate change, the history of migration flows from the Global South to North due to wars and economic sanctions, and a Fedex driver accidentally killing a racist man in Oregon.
Later in the show, Eugene Puryear and Sean Blackmon are joined by Miss Black America DC and producer at “We Act Radio” LJM to talk about the killing of an American missionary by an endangered tribe in India's Andaman and Nicobar islands, the new movies "Green Book" and "The Front Runner", bowling nights in Maryland, rough times in Cleveland, Ohio, and the latest from the El Chapo trial.
Nov 24 2018
Rank #13: Why Trump Wants War with Venezuela Not Iran
We continue our conversation with Mitchell Plitnick discussing John Bolton's lies about the moving of the USS Abraham Lincoln closer to Iran, Donald Trump's efforts to avoid military intervention, and whether US foreign policy is more concerned with Venezuela or Iran.
In a special third segment of "By Any Means Necessary" Eugene Puryear and Sean Blackmon are joined by Kei Pritsker and Aminta Zea of the ANSWER Coalition and the Embassy Protection Collective to talk about their efforts to hold space and protect the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C. while calling for an end of US-backed efforts to violently oust President Nicolás Maduro and the true nature of right-wing pro-Juan Guaidó protesters outside the Embassy.
Later in the show, Eugene and Sean are joined by special guest Jamal "DJ One Luv" Muhammad, host of the "Love Lounge" radio show on Square1Radio.com to talk about the food crisis in Yemen, an Ebola outbreak in Congo, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services report on the state of nature, Salesforce CEO Benioff donating $30 million to study homelessness, and the family of Justine Ruszczyk Damond who was killed by Minneapolis Police officer Mohamed Noor receiving $20 million dollars for her wrongful death.
May 06 2019
Rank #14: From Lebanon to Chile, Social Movement Fight For Change
In the second segment, Eugene Puryear and Sean Blackmon are joined by independent journalist, writer and researcher Denis Rogatyuk to talk about the Bolivian elections, why Evo Morales continues to enjoy popularity and what is motivating the protests in Chile.
In a special third segment of "By Any Means Necessary" Eugene Puryear and Sean Blackmon are joined by actor Justin Weaks who is currently featured in August Wilson's "Fences," currently running at Ford's Theater in Washington D.C. Weaks talks about the importance of Wilson's work in the 21st Century and the conflict that can arise from how conceptions of manhood shift and change from generation to generation.
Later in the show, Eugene and Sean are joined by Sam Meneffe-Libey, PhD Student in Anthropology at American University to discuss the lessons Americans can pull from different global resistance movements, how the ravages of colonialism help set the stage for its defeat and how being intentional is important in political organizing so as not to get caught up in spectacle for spectacle's sake.
Oct 21 2019
Rank #15: Why a Reactionary Will Not Beat Trump; Humans Near Extension?
In the second segment, Eugene and Sean are joined by Kelly Stone, Senior Policy Analyst at ActionAid USA, to talk about a new climate change analysis warning of potential human extension by 2050, the role climate activists will play during the 2020 Presidential campaign, Joe Biden's outdated climate policy, and understanding what can be done to mitigate climate change.
In a special third segment of "By Any Means Necessary" Eugene Puryear and Sean Blackmon are joined by award-winning editorial cartoonist and columnist Ted Rall to talk about the police raid of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation over their Afghanistan stories, the threat this poses to journalists exposing state crimes, the lack of corporate press support for Wikileaks, and why Progressives will not vote for Joe Biden.
Later in the show, Eugene and Sean are joined by Delonte Gholston, Pastor of Peace Fellowship Church in Washington, DC to talk about Paul Manafort being sent to Riker's Island, the reactionary runs by Democratic Presidential candidates, what may lead blacks and Hispanics to vote for Donald Trump, Joe Biden reaffirming his support for the Hyde Amendment, and Jay-Z being hip-hop's first billionaire.
Jun 05 2019
Rank #16: 10 Minutes from War, What Scared Trump Away from Bombing Iran
In the second segment, Eugene and Sean are joined by Kei Pritsker, a journalist and organizer with the Party For Socialism and Liberation, to talk about the economic costs to Donald Trump's attempted coup of Venezuela, the lack of housing in the US at the expense of US imperialism, and how Democrats and Republicans funnel millions of tax payer dollars to their developer friends amidst a domestic housing crisis.
In a special third segment of "By Any Means Necessary" Eugene Puryear and Sean Blackmon are joined by Max Blumenthal, editor of The Grayzone, to discuss the Syrian Network for Human Rights, a pro-intervention operation masquerading as an independent nonprofit group. Blumenthal explains the SNHR’s murky funding sources, how it’s staffed by top Syrian opposition figures, purposefully publishes disinformation and is given carte blanche to advocate for the toppling of Bashar Al-Assad by prominent journalists, major media platforms and NGOs.
Later in the show, Eugene and Sean are joined by organizer and activist Calvin Jackson and Civil and Social Innovation expert Kendrick Jackson to talk about Iran, Roy Moore running for Senate again in Alabama, Washington D.C. Counsel-member Jack Evan's home being raided by the FBI, a North Carolina pool banning dreads and baggy pants, cops in St. Louis and Philly under investigation for offensive social media posts, and the Supreme Court ruling on racial bias and juries.
Jun 21 2019
Rank #17: Will Bold Policies Help Warren and Sanders Surge?
In the second segment, Mondale Robinson of the Conyers Institute joins the show to talk about Bernie Sanders' stance on voting while incarcerated, whether or not Democrats will or should push for impeachment of Donald Trump, the pitfalls of announcing your candidacy for President too soon, why Elizabeth Warren will do well in the primary process, and if Julian Castro is getting punished by the DNC and media for past decisions.
In a special third segment of "By Any Means Necessary" Eugene Puryear and Sean Blackmon are joined by author Gabriel Kuhn to talk about his new book “Soccer vs. the State: Tackling Football and Radical Politics”, the origins of the game of soccer, the global regulation of the sport, the contradiction between who soccer is marketed to and who can afford high tickets prices, and the broader impacts of socio-political movements on soccer.
Later in the show, Eugene and Sean are joined by Aja Taylor, Advocacy Director at Bread for the City to talk about Senator Elizabeth Warren's policy plans, what Democratic candidates will soon flame out, whether or Eugene and Sean have a problem with Beyonce, the latest developments in the case of Jussie Smollett, and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings making $302 million in 2018.
Apr 23 2019
Rank #18: In Case You Were Wondering, Kamala Harris Is Still A Capitalist
In the second segment, Eugene Puryear and Sean Blackmon are joined by Jamier Sale, Organizer with ANSWER Coalition Sacramento to discuss California Gov. Gavin Newsom signing Assembly Bill 392, which deal with police use-of-force regulations. Sale explains that the bill is a kind of first step in police accountability, even if it doesn't go as far as the families of victims and activists would like, and that ultimately it will take a sustained mass movement to get the kind of critical solution to racist policing the community seeks.
In a special third segment of "By Any Means Necessary" Eugene Puryear and Sean Blackmon are joined by film director Muta'Ali Muhammad to discuss his upcoming HBO documentary, “Yusuf Hawkins: Storm Over Brooklyn,” a documentary about the 1989 racist killing of a Black teenager in New York City. Muhammad describes the deep racial tensions that permeated New York at the time, how Hawkins' death revitalized civil rights activity in the city and how Yusuf's story connects to the current movement against racist violence.
Later in the show Eugene and Sean are joined by Mondale Robinson of the Freeborn Blacks PAC to discuss Elizabeth Warren apologizing to Native Americans for the heritage debacle, how Democrats suffer from a lack of political identity and how "woke" branding often happens at the expense of Black communities.
Aug 20 2019
Rank #19: White House Tackles 'Russia-Gate'; Trump Best President for Blacks?
In the second segment of "By Any Means Necessary" Bob Schlehuber and Sean Blackmon are joined by Lorenzo Jenkins, lead activist for Justice for Markeis in Clearwater, Florida, to talk about killing of Markeis McGlockton by Michael Drejka on July 19th, the troubling history of local Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, the lack of support or care from elected officials, and the community actions set to take place while State's Attorney Bernie McCabe decides whether to press charges.
In the third segment Dr. Philip Stinson, Associate Professor, Criminal Justice Program at Bowling Green State University joins Sean and Bob to talk about the police killings of Thurman Blevins in Minneapolis and Lamar Richardson in Toledo, Ohio, and a one-of-a-kind police accountability database at Bowling Green State.
Later in the show Dr. Caroline Light, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Senior Lecturer of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University and author of Stand Your Ground: A History of America's Love Affair with Lethal Self-Defense joins us to talk about the history of the Castle Doctrine, the intersection of "Stand Your Ground" laws and race, gender, and class, the corporate interests behind the controversial laws, and the role of the right-wing nonprofit American Legislative Exchange Council in the state of Florida.
In the last hour "By Any Means Necessary" is joined by technology policy analyst and engineer Cory Lancaster to talk about the White House press conference featuring intelligence officials speaking on "Russian meddling", Reddit being hacked, Former President Obama endorsement of 81 candidates for the 2018 elections, the Urban Meyer scandal at Ohio State University, Donald Trump's meeting with Black pastors, and the birthday of James Baldwin.
Aug 02 2018
Rank #20: Trump Attacks S. Africa Land Reforms; U.S. Targets Cuban Social Media
In the third segment “By Any Means Necessary” Hakim Adi, Professor of the History of Africa and the African Diaspora, University of Chichester in London joins the show to discuss his newly published work "Pan-Africanism, A History," how the Pan-Africanist movement shifted over time and space, and how the movement inspired activists in the US and Caribbean.
In the last hour "By Any Means Necessary" is joined by Ashton P. Woods, Community Activist with Black Lives Matter Houston to talk about voter suppression efforts in Texas and Georgia, the racist, classist and sexist attempts to disenfranchise US citizens ahead of the 2018 US midterm elections, the latest in the Michael Cohen guilty plea, college football coach Urban Meyers 3-game football suspension, and Nazi and white supremacists crying after being held accountable for their crimes.
Aug 23 2018