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By Any Means Necessary

“By Any Means Necessary” on Radio Sputnik is hosted by Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman and aims to connect the political, social and economic movements shaping the world around us. With a sensibility informed by movements from Black Power to #BlackLivesMatter (and a dash of Occupy), the show elevates the people and narratives that—though often ignored—are driving some of the most important changes in the world.

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Russophobia Motivates Corporate Media’s Portrayal of Black Liberation

In this episode of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by Brianna Griffith, journalist with Liberation News podcast to discuss Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s attacks on transgender children by characterizing medical care for trans children as child abuse, what these characterizations can mean for the safety and security of transgender children whose parents provide gender affirming care, Paxton and Abbott’s weaponization of children for their own political gain as they face scandals and contested primary elections, and how this situation fits into far-right attacks on LGBTQ people nationwide and the need for solidarity to fight back against these attacks.In the second segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Zoe Pepper-Cunningham, a journalist with People’s Dispatch to discuss the recent Belmarsh Tribunal in New York highlighting US war crimes and its persecution of journalist Julian Assange, the extreme cruelty and repression of Assange by the United Kingdom at the behest of the US for the crime of revealing its war crimes, the importance of alternative media and whistleblowers in breaking through propaganda, and the class aspect of war in both the destruction it rains on working and poor people abroad and the cruelty it also wages domestically. In the third segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by technologist Chris Garaffa, the editor of TechforthePeople.org, co-host of the ReBoot podcast to discuss censorship from big tech companies like Meta and Twitter toeing Washington’s line on Ukraine and censoring Russian media platforms, the double standard employed to justify this censorship as the Washington-NATO line continues to be spread by the mainstream media, and Amazon’s introduction of surveillance into Whole Foods grocery stores and the concerning implications it has for privacy and labor.Later in the show, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Eugene Puryear, host of the Punch Out podcast on Breakthrough News and author of the book Shackled and Chained: Mass Incarceration in Capitalist America to discuss the misleading picture painted by some political commentators casting Black people as “more conservative” based solely on voting trends and ignoring millions of Black people who don’t vote, the casting of Black liberation movements as Russian disinformation and the insult that this implies against Black agency and intelligence, and the double standard employed to criticize Russia while ignoring the destruction the US has waged domestically and internationally.

1hr 53mins

1 Mar 2022

Rank #1

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Corporate Media Continues To Censor US and NATO Role In Ukraine Crisis

In this episode of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by Ken Hammond, professor of East Asian and Global History at New Mexico State University and an activist with the organization Pivot to Peace to discuss the anniversary of the Shanghai Communique, which established relations between the United States and China and the One-China Policy, how the split between China and the Soviet Union contributed to the Communique and how it affected the socialist movement in the US, how the US relationship with China has changed over the last fifty years as China has stuck to its socialist development and not bowed down to US hegemony, and how China fits into the current crisis over NATO aggression in Eastern Europe and Russia’s conflict with Ukraine.In the second segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Tiandra Robinson, Communications Workers of America Campaign Assistant to discuss the victory and continuing struggle of call center workers for adequate healthcare coverage and higher wages, the partnership between the federal government and private contractor Maximus to provide assistance to people enrolling in healthcare in the Affordable Care Act marketplace, and the importance of this labor struggle in the context of increased labor activism in the US.Later in the show, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Eleanor Goldfield, Eleanor Goldfield, a creative activist, journalist, co-host of Project Censored, and the filmmaker behind the documentary “Hard Road of Hope” to discuss what anti-imperialism means in the current moment and the propagandization behind blaming Russia as the aggressor in the Ukraine crisis despite NATO’s aggression, the racism in the coverage and exceptionalization of the coverage of Ukraine by the mainstream corporate media as it ignores scores of victims of US imperialism, censorship of positions that do not line up with the interests of Washington and the ruling class by social media and the mainstream corporate media’s toeing of Washington’s line, and the importance of anti-imperialists having courage in our convictions.

1hr 54mins

28 Feb 2022

Rank #2

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US Continues Cold War Drive As Its Relationship With China Turns 50

In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by Ken Hammond, professor of East Asian and Global History at New Mexico State University and an activist with the organization Pivot to Peace to discuss the anniversary of the Shanghai Communique, which established relations between the United States and China and the One-China Policy, how the split between China and the Soviet Union contributed to the Communique and how it affected the socialist movement in the US, how the US relationship with China has changed over the last fifty years as China has stuck to its socialist development and not bowed down to US hegemony, and how China fits into the current crisis over NATO aggression in Eastern Europe and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

30mins

28 Feb 2022

Rank #3

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Mississippi Call Center Workers Fight For Healthcare and Higher Wages

In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Tiandra Robinson, Communications Workers of America Campaign Assistant to discuss the victory and continuing struggle of call center workers for adequate healthcare coverage and higher wages, the partnership between the federal government and private contractor Maximus to provide assistance to people enrolling in healthcare in the Affordable Care Act marketplace, and the importance of this labor struggle in the context of increased labor activism in the US.

16mins

28 Feb 2022

Rank #4

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Corporate Media Offers Anemic Coverage of NATO Aggression In Ukraine

In this episode of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by Richard Becker, National Organizer for the ANSWER Coalition to discuss how the history of Ukraine and the Soviet Union and the western-backed color revolution in 2014 factor into the ongoing crisis over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the oil and gas interests that were behind the 2014 coup and which are benefited by the cancellation of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and the rise on oil prices, the corporate media’s casting of Russia’s invasion as a sudden and unprovoked event rather than acknowledging the complicity of the US and NATO in goading Russia into invasion with its drive to push NATO membership to states on Russia’s border, and the crucial task of the anti-imperialist movement to oppose any NATO war or new sanctions against Russia.In the second segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Miguel Garcia, host and creator of the Sports as a Weapon podcast to discuss the extension of the Ukraine crisis on the ice in a game between the Washington Capitals and Putin-supporter player Alexander Ovechkin and the New York Rangers player Artemi Panarin, who supports far-right Russian opposition figure Alexei Nalvany, the ongoing lockout of Major League Baseball players and the threat of owners to begin canceling regular season unless players and owners reach a new collective bargaining agreement this week, and the attempts by owners to manipulate public opinion among baseball fans against players fighting for fair working conditions.In the third segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Salifu Mack, an editor at Hood Communist and a member of the Lowcountry Action Committee and the Black Alliance for Peace to discuss efforts to provide an inclusive and revolutionary celebration of Black history through African Liberation Month, as opposed to the co-opted Black History Month, how the liberal and identarian character of Black History Month erases important liberation figures and the political character of Black memory and history, and why a focus on African liberation is so important in the era of mass incarceration, police terror, imperialist war, and more.Later in the show, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Margaret Kimberley, editor and senior columnist at Black Agenda Report and author of the book "Prejudential: Black America and the Presidents" to discuss the platform given to Kiev-based freelance journalist Terrell Starr by mainstream media to spread ridiculous propaganda and provide cover for the right-wing takeover of Ukraine, the paternalistic coverage of Ukrainians by the mainstream media as helpless and in need of a western savior, and Joe Biden’s decision to nominate Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court and what it highlights about representational politics.

1hr 53mins

25 Feb 2022

Rank #5

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MLB Owners Threaten To Continue Lockout and Cancel Baseball Games

In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Miguel Garcia, host and creator of the Sports as a Weapon podcast to discuss the extension of the Ukraine crisis on the ice in a game between the Washington Capitals and Putin-supporter player Alexander Ovechkin and the New York Rangers player Artemi Panarin, who supports far-right Russian opposition figure Alexei Nalvany, the ongoing lockout of Major League Baseball players and the threat of owners to begin canceling regular season unless players and owners reach a new collective bargaining agreement this week, and the attempts by owners to manipulate public opinion among baseball fans against players fighting for fair working conditions.

13mins

25 Feb 2022

Rank #6

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A Radical Alternative To Black History Month

In the third segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Salifu Mack, an editor at Hood Communist and a member of the Lowcountry Action Committee and the Black Alliance for Peace to discuss efforts to provide an inclusive and revolutionary celebration of Black history through African Liberation Month, as opposed to the co-opted Black History Month, how the liberal and identarian character of Black History Month erases important liberation figures and the political character of Black memory and history, and why a focus on African liberation is so important in the era of mass incarceration, police terror, imperialist war, and more.

16mins

25 Feb 2022

Rank #7

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Ukraine Invasion Is An Extension Of Cold War Conflict

In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by Richard Becker, National Organizer for the ANSWER Coalition to discuss how the history of Ukraine and the Soviet Union and the western-backed color revolution in 2014 factor into the ongoing crisis over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the oil and gas interests that were behind the 2014 coup and which are benefited by the cancellation of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and the rise on oil prices, the corporate media’s casting of Russia’s invasion as a sudden and unprovoked event rather than acknowledging the complicity of the US and NATO in goading Russia into invasion with its drive to push NATO membership to states on Russia’s border, and the crucial task of the anti-imperialist movement to oppose any NATO war or new sanctions against Russia.

19mins

25 Feb 2022

Rank #8

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Russia Reacts To NATO Aggression and Invades Ukraine

In this segment of By Any Means Necessary, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Stephen Gowans, author of the forthcoming book “The Killer’s Henchman: Capitalism and the Covid-19 Disaster” to discuss the American media’s emotional reaction to the Russian special operations in Ukraine, how the US stands to benefit from this conflict by strengthening its grip on its European allies and dictate economic and military policy, the Biden administration’s promise to impose sanctions on Russia and rally the G7 powers to enact similar measures, and the US complicity in extending and exacerbating this crisis.

15mins

25 Feb 2022

Rank #9

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Anti-Imperialists Must Hold Firm In The Struggle Against War With Russia

In this episode of By Any Means Necessary, hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman discuss a statement by Russian President Vladimir Putin authorizing a special operation of the Russian military into the Donbass region of Ukraine and the NATO aggression that has preceded the mobilization of Russian forces and recent history of meddling in the region.In the second segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Stephen Gowans, author of the forthcoming book “The Killer’s Henchman: Capitalism and the Covid-19 Disaster” to discuss the American media’s emotional reaction to the Russian special operations in Ukraine, how the US stands to benefit from this conflict by strengthening its grip on its European allies and dictate economic and military policy, the Biden administration’s promise to impose sanctions on Russia and rally the G7 powers to enact similar measures, and the US complicity in extending and exacerbating this crisis.In the third segment, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Daryle Lamont Jenkins, Executive Director of One People’s Project to discuss a recent right-wing attack against a book reading in Providence, Rhode Island, the role of “trolling” and internet culture in recruiting people into far-right politics, the alleged targeting and killing of antifascist activists in Portland by a right-wing shooter, and the complicity of right-wing internet trolls in the targeting of activists.Later in the show, Sean and Jacquie are joined by Jaribu Hill, founder and executive director of the Mississippi Workers' Center for Human Rights to discuss the concept of dark work, which is the assignment of work based on race and which is supposed to be illegal, the Biden administration’s focus on waging war and destruction on the world while ignoring the economic needs of workers here in the United States, the efforts to establish a national park in Glendora, Mississippi to honor Emmett Till, and the need for anti-imperialists to hold firm in the struggle against war with Russia amid the corporate media’s attempts to invoke an emotional crisis to support war.

1hr 54mins

24 Feb 2022

Rank #10