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#56 - Notes on Patriotism: Taking a Knee
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the previous episode, Aidan talked about the British reverence for Monarchy. In this edition, Aidan moves across the pond to explore the US national identity. In recent weeks, we have been reminded of the importance of the US flag and national anthem to Americans, with Donald Trump on the offensive against sportsmen who have protested racial inequality and other related grievances by taking a knee for the US national anthem. Protesting can carry a political cost and can give ammunition to your opponent. David Frum wrote in Atlantic magazine, “Colin Kaepernick has better right to that flag and anthem than Donald Trump. Why concede that right? Assert it.” This is an interesting debate. Aidan gives his take, and explains why he would refuse to sing the British national anthem. Aidan also addresses recent comments made by Trump about press freedom.  These comments follow those made in February, when - lest we forget - Trump outrageously stated that the press were “the enemy of the people.” For further reading and links to references, head to the podcast’s web site at www.TheAidanProject.org</span></p>
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#55 - Notes on Monarchy: House of Wax
<p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Why, when the subject of royalty or monarchy is mentioned, do the British bid adieu to every vestige of proportion, modesty, humour and restraint?"</span></em><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Christopher Hitchens</span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><em><span style= "font-weight: 400;">The Monarchy: A Critique of Britain's Favourite Fetish</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Why, after executing a King, did the British almost immediately experience a distinct feeling of buyer’s remorse? What purpose do the British think the Royal Family serves? And how intrinsic is the yearning for monarchy within the British identity?</span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style= "font-weight: 400;">In</span> <em><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Rights of Man</span></em><span style= "font-weight: 400;">, Thomas Paine, wrote stridently that he thought the British monarchical system absurd. Indeed, he helped establish the United States of America in opposition to monarchy. Christopher Hitchens said the British have a ‘fetish’ for all-things Royal. George Orwell, a man who experienced, wrote and was fearful of autocracy, explained that the British see their monarchy as a safety-valve against tyranny. Orwell pointed to the dictatorships, in stark contrast to British constitutional monarchy, which had suffocated democracy in Germany and Italy in the prelude to World War 2.</span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style= "font-weight: 400;">These questions of national identity are, of course, subjective. But by looking at past events (such as the Civil War and its regicidal aftermath), analysing the various arguments made over time (Paine, Orwell, Hitchens and others), and seeking to understand the continued reverence for monarchy, we can gain an insight into the British identity and its apparent obsession with Royalty.</span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">At the beginning of the podcast, Aidan briefly comments on the high emotions surrounding the Catalonia referendum, and the awful Las Vegas shooting, which both occurred on 1 October 2017.<br /> <br /></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Bibliography at TheAidanProject.org</span></p>
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#54 - Afterword on Atheism, Hitler and Nazism
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kristallnacht, or ‘Night of Broken Glass’, was a notorious pogrom against German Jews throughout Nazi Germany on 9–10 November 1938. In this edition of the podcast, Aidan expands on the arguments presented in episode 49, ‘Notes on Atheism, Hitler and Nazism’, to provide a comprehensive afterword. In the original podcast, Aidan explored the classic argument of the faithful against atheism when discussing human history. This argument – especially prevalent whenever the issue of violence or hatred is discussed – is that Adolf Hitler was an atheist. The inferred claim is that this godlessness demonstrates the danger of turning away from the moral teachings of the church. Another aspect of the argument which is often thrown in as an addendum is a charge that the Third Reich was a secular movement. Aidan revisits these arguments, with particular attention to the Night of Broken Glass, to provide further insight and analysis. Aidan is on Twitter @AidanXCoughlan.</span></p>
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#53 - Project Extra: Choice Words
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In this edition of the podcast’s bonus audio series, ‘Project Extra’, Aidan again welcomes back special guest Jared Miracle, who holds a PhD. in anthropology from Texas A&M University. Aidan and Jared discuss the depressing lack of choice in UK and US politics in respect of viable ruling parties, Jared’s experiences on campus with social justice warriors, the fascinating politics of sport in different regions of the world, and more. As always, a conversation with Jared is well worth your time in listening to. You can find Jared’s web site at</span> <a href="http://www.jaredmiracle.com"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">www.jaredmiracle.com</span></a><span style= "font-weight: 400;">, on Twitter at <a href= "http://www.twitter.com/dockungfu">www.twitter.com/dockungfu</a></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, and on Facebook at</span> <a href= "http://www.facebook.com/jaredmiraclewriter"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">www.facebook.com/jaredmiraclewriter</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. Aidan is on Twitter at <a href= "http://www.twitter.com/AidanXCoughlan">www.twitter.com/AidanXCoughlan</a></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p>
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#52 - Project Extra: Whitewashing Revisited
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Is there a real problem in Hollywood with casting agents hiring white actors for roles for which the source material rather seems to necessitate a non-white actor? On this bonus edition of the Aidan Project, Aidan and special guest Jared Miracle, who holds a PhD. in anthropology from Texas A&M University, revisit a subject from a previous episode - episode 27, ‘Project Extra: Whitewashing’ -  and explore the latest controversy surrounding Hollywood’s casting culture. Furthermore, delving into yesteryear, Jared explains the prejudicial challenges faced by Bruce Lee, and also gives his take on the precarious nature of silver screen gender politics. You can follow Jared on Facebook (facebook.com/jaredmiraclewriter) and Twitter (@DocKungFu).</span><strong><br /></strong></p>
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#51 - Betrayal: The Rotherham Abuse Scandal
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal is arguably the worst child safeguarding failure in British history. In August 2014 an inquiry led by Professor Alexis Jay concluded that at least 1,400 children, the majority of whom were white girls aged 11–15, had been sexually abused in the English town of Rotherham between 1997 and 2013. This abuse had been committed predominantly by British-Pakistani men. As shocking as the scale of the abuse was, what made the events even more unbelievable was the sheer incompetence of the authorities and their subsequent attempts to suppress the truth of what had been really happening. The abuse was an open secret in the town and further afield. What was not known was that the authorities were failing to produce a meaningful, transparent response of any kind. In this edition of the podcast, Aidan talks to solicitor, David Greenwood, also Chairman of Stop Church Child Abuse, to discuss this real-life horror story.  David and his team of solicitors represented - and continue to represent - several of the young girls who were subjected to sexual abuse by gangs of men in Rotherham over an astonishing 16 year period.  This is not a classic far-right conspiracy yarn nor is it a grisly fiction novel, though it appears as far-fetched as anything you could ever read about. Sadly it is a true story of what happens when a society and its institutions abrogate their moral responsibilities. Aidan previously spoke to David for episode 37, ‘Dogmatic Silence: Abuse in the Church’, which examined the failures of the Catholic and Anglican Churches in dealing with child sex abuse.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">--<br /> <br /></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Additional notes regarding items discussed on this episode:<br /> <br /></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the United Kingdom, you can report criminal offences to Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.<br /> <br /></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">For listeners in the United States, see the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. Visit https://www.rainn.org/ for more information.<br /> <br /></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sarah Wilson's book is called 'Violated: A Shocking and Harrowing Survival Story from the Notorious Rotherham Abuse Scandal' and is widely available, including via Amazon.</span></p>
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#50 - Notes on Antifa: What’s in a Name?
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There is a quote, often attributed to Winston Churchill, which predicts, “The fascists of the future will call themselves anti-fascists.” Churchill probably did not say this, but the idea certainly has prowess. We all too often see well-meaning organizations come to represent the very behaviours they had set out to destroy. Is Antifa an example of this? There is evident confusion on the left surrounding the name, ‘Antifa’. Antifa is an abbreviation of ‘anti-fascist’ or ‘anti-fascist action’. Unfortunately, there is a branch of leftists who are using the explanation of the name as the only required justification for all the organisation does. In this edition of the podcast, Aidan looks at Antifa and asks, “What’s in a name?” You can tweet the show @TheAidanProject or Aidan directly @AidanXCoughlan. For further information on other groups discussed on this show, see www.sourcewatch.org.</span></p>
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#49 - Notes on Atheism, Hitler and Nazism
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The faithful are playing with reference to a different set of rules when arguing for the merits of religion based on faith alone. Faith, by definition, requires no tangible evidence. But claims from the faithful about human history can be countered by the inquisitive atheist. We all have access to a plethora of terrestrial historical accounts which were not gleaned from divine revelation. In this edition of the podcast, Aidan explores the classic argument of the faithful against atheism when discussing human history. This argument - especially prevalent whenever the issue of violence or hatred is discussed - is that Adolf Hitler was an atheist. The inferred claim is that this godlessness demonstrates the danger of turning away from the moral teachings of the church. Another aspect of the argument which is often thrown in as an addendum is a charge that the Third Reich was a secular movement. How much merit is there in these claims? Did Hitler reject God, and if he did, did this make a difference to human history? And how secular was Hitler’s Nazi regime? Aidan delves into the argument to provide grounded insight and analysis. Indeed, as with the claims of the holy books, the introduction of earthly evidence is crucial when one desires to separate fact from fiction.</span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Selected bibliography:</span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">J. Cornwell, Hitler’s Pope:</span> <em><span style= "font-weight: 400;">The Secret History of Pius XII</span></em><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">A. Hitler (ed. N. Baynes),</span> <em><span style= "font-weight: 400;">The Speeches of Adolf Hitler</span></em><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">A. Hitler,</span> <em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mein Kampf</span></em><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">C. Hitchens,</span> <em><span style="font-weight: 400;">God Is Not Great</span></em><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">G. Orwell,</span> <em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Literature and Totalitarianism</span></em></p>
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#48 - Project Extra: Atlantis Reimagined
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">On this bonus edition of the Aidan Project, Christopher Hale, freelance executive producer, producer/director and writer, explains the curious 19th century reimagining of the story of Atlantis. This revival of the idea of a lost advanced civilization owed less to an interest in folklore or the works of Plato, but was instead inspired by something altogether less innocent, as Christopher explains. For Aidan’s full-length episode with Christopher, check out episode 46, ‘The Emergency: Empire, Massacre, Duterte'. For more information on Christopher and to check out his work, visit</span> <a href= "http://www.christopherhalemedia.org/"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">http://www.christopherhalemedia.org/</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. You can find Christopher on Twitter at</span> <a href= "https://twitter.com/chalemedia"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">https://twitter.com/chalemedia</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p>
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#47 - Notes on North Korea
<p>In this edition of the podcast, Aidan is back with everything you need to know about the ominous stand-off between the United States and North Korea. This potentially-catastrophic conflict focuses around Pyongyang's nuclear capabilities, such as they are. In these 'Notes on North Korea', Aidan explains how this crisis has evolved, and addresses the potential outcomes of this long-running narrative, including a look at the unpredictable ‘Trump factor’.</p>
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#46 - The Emergency: Empire, Massacre, Duterte
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The British Empire, and other European powers, began to leave South East Asia in the aftermath of World War 2. The region has changed dramatically since this era; a period when British troops were fighting communists in Malaya, several years before the US attempted its own communist supression in Vietnam. It was during the British Empire’s response to Chin Peng’s insurgency that the colonial rulers committed an atrocity that could be called ‘Britain’s My Lai’. On this edition of the Aidan Project, Aidan is talking to Christopher Hale, a distinguished freelance executive producer, producer/director and writer, to discuss British rule in Malaya, post-colonial South East Asia, press constraints in Malaysia and Singapore, Donald Trump’s tenuous grasp of history, and the incomparable Philippines President, Rodrigo Duterte, a man who has claimed to have personally killed criminals, among other controversies. Christopher has numerous documentary credits to his name, for the BBC, Channel 4, Discovery, and National Geographic, amongst other broadcasters. His programs include ‘Why Reading Matters’ for BBC4, ‘The Year the Earth Went Wild’ for Channel 4, ‘Naked Science: Universe’ for National Geographic, ‘Oasis of the Golden Mummies’ for Discovery, ‘Accidents in Space’ for BBC/Travel Channel, and many more. Christopher’s 2013 book, ‘Massacre in Malaya: Exposing Britain’s My Lai’, covers the Malayan Emergency of 1948–1960, which was the longest war waged by British and Commonwealth forces in the twentieth century.  Christopher has also written a number of books on wartime Nazi Germany, including ‘Hitler's Foreign Executioners: Europe's Dirty Secret’. For more information on Christopher and to check out his voluminous work, visit</span> <a href="http://www.christopherhalemedia.org/"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">http://www.christopherhalemedia.org/</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. You can find Christopher on Twitter at</span> <a href= "https://twitter.com/chalemedia"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">https://twitter.com/chalemedia</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p>
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#45 - De-Platformed: Challenging Bad Ideas
<p>On July 21, the noted evolutionary biologist and author, Richard Dawkins, was de-platformed by a ‘progressive’ radio station in California because of comments he had previously made about Islam. This decision - powered by the moral confusion that maliciously designates fair criticism of religion as hate speech - is yet another example of the left’s deeply dishonest, nonsensical, virtue-signalling and outlandish apologising whenever Islam is discussed. In this episode, Aidan is joined by Sadia Hameed, spokesperson for the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, for an honest conversation on the challenging issues of appraising Islam, leaving the faith, the media’s obsession with ‘Islamophobia’, the widespread cultural relativism and obscurantism espoused on the left, the conflation of peaceful Muslims and archaic Islamists by the right, and much more, including the de-platforming of Dawkins. This is an important conversation regarding the interactions of the ideas of Islam and the world. For more information on the Council, visit their web site at https://www.ex-muslim.org.uk/.</p>
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#44 - The New Cold War
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Russia has signalled its intent to demand a reduction in the number of US diplomats in the country, following US Congress approving fresh sanctions against Moscow over interference in the 2016 US election. What is driving this new Cold War? Dan Kovalik is a human rights, labour rights lawyer and peace activist. Dan’s new book is called ‘The Plot to Scapegoat Russia: How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Russia’. Dan argues that the real threat to US democracy does not emanate from the Kremlin, but from within Washington’s own security services and vested interests. Dan opines that even if Russia did interfere in the US election, for the US to cry foul is entirely hypocritical, in view of numerous attempts to topple leaders and install preferential candidates in other nation states, including in, of course, Russia. Aidan and Dan discuss the Clintons, Vladimir Putin, the mainstream media, how Democrats should respond to Donald Trump if they seek to gain a foothold as an effective opposition, US exceptionalism, and much more. The show also covers a selection of current events, including the Pyongyang issue: Dan gives his take on why North Korea has - at some level - a legitimate grievance with the United States</span><span style= "font-weight: 400;">. Dan’s book at Amazon UK:</span> <a href= "http://tinyurl.com/ya8rcnuh"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">http://tinyurl.com/ya8rcnuh</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. Dan’s Twitter address:</span> <a href= "http://www.twitter.com/danielmkovalik"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">www.twitter.com/danielmkovalik</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p>
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#43 - Project Extra: Genetic Revolution
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In this edition of Project Extra, Ran Levi explains the hugely exciting developments in gene editing, clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR), which has the potential to transform human biology as we know it.  CRISPR (</span><span style= "font-weight: 400;">pronounced "crisper") is a biological gene editing system for reconfiguring DNA. The concept was discovered in 2012 by molecular biologist Professor Jennifer Doudna of the University of California, who told the BBC last year, “I never want to over-promise but I feel diseases will be cured and we want to enable clinicians and scientists to bring that to a reality." Aidan has previously recorded two full-length podcast episodes with Ran, most recently, episode 40 – ‘Downloading a President’, and episode 11 – ‘Malicious Assured Destruction: Cold War to Cyber War’. Ran’s new podcast, ‘Malicious Life’, has topped the iTunes charts in Israel and is available at www.malicious.life. You can tweet Aidan with your thoughts @theaidanproject.</span></p>
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#42 - Notes on Dunkirk
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In this edition of the Aidan Project, Aidan looks at the glorious myths and gloomy realities of the real Dunkirk, and examines how accurately Christopher Nolan’s latest blockbuster addresses the bittersweet events of Operation Dynamo. Is the movie mere flag-waving or a true account of the disastrous chaos on the beaches of the French town of Dunkerque in 1940? Did the French receive fair treatment in the film? How does the script handle the German’s costly halt, which allowed so many men to make it off the beaches? If you have not yet seen the film, Aidan will signpost when to press pause to avoid the film review section of this episode. </span>Current events, history and culture merge in this edition of the Aidan Project Podcast - enjoy the episode! Referenced in this podcast is an article Aidan wrote in December 2016 - <a href= "https://aidancoughlan.org/2016/12/30/dunkirk-from-spike-milligan-to-christopher-nolan/"> https://aidancoughlan.org/2016/12/30/dunkirk-from-spike-milligan-to-christopher-nolan/</a>. You can Tweet Aidan @theaidanproject.</p>
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#41 - Westminster Briefing
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In this edition of the Aidan Project, Aidan is joined by John Ashmore, chief reporter for PoliticsHome, to discuss the latest developments in British politics. Is Theresa May on borrowed time? How relevant is Tony Blair? Plus a look at Grenfell, Brexit, terrorism, Donald Trump potentially visiting the UK, and much more. PoliticsHome describes itself as the most viewed and valued specialist online news source in Parliament. You can find the web site at www.politicshome.com. You can find John on Twitter @smashmorePH..</span></p>
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#40 - Downloading a President
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The United States Intelligence Community concluded with high confidence that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">. I</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">n this edition of the Aidan Project, Aidan is joined on the line from Israel by Ran Levi, an accomplished technology expert, science author and podcaster. In this episode, Aidan and Ran discuss the Russian hacking and/or cyber-meddling, and whether this type of outside interference can be stopped or whether it will also affect the 2020 U.S. presidential election. What exactly did the Russians do? And how did they do it? This episode also takes a look at the recent ransomware attacks which counted the British National Health Service amongst its victims, Donald Trump’s use of Twitter, the echo chamber mentality of social media, a possible showdown between NATO and North Korea, and much more. Born in Israel in 1975, Ran studied electrical engineering, and has worked as an electronics engineer and programmer for several high tech companies in Israel. Ran has written three books in Hebrew, ‘Perpetuum Mobile’, ‘The Little University of Science’, and ‘Battle of Minds’.  You can find Ran on Twitter @ranlevi or visit his web site at</span> <a href="http://www.ranlevi.com/"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">www.ranlevi.com</span></a><span style= "font-weight: 400;">. Ran’s new podcast, ‘Malicious Life’, has topped the iTunes charts in Israel and is available at</span> <a href="http://www.malicious.life"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">www.malicious.life</span></a><span style= "font-weight: 400;">.</span></p>
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#39 - Animal Liberation: Ethics and Speciesism
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The name of this podcast was inspired by the influential 1975 book,</span> <em><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Animal Liberation: A New Ethics for Our Treatment of Animals</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, by Peter Singer, an Australian philosopher. Singer argued that the interests of animals should be considered because of their ability to experience tangible suffering.</span> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">Are we, as a society, guilty of speciesism? What is the reality of factory farming in the United Kingdom? How humane is the dairy industry? How does the UK compare to the rest of the world with respect to animal welfare? The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) state that animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment or abuse in any other way. In this edition of the podcast, Aidan is joined by Sonul Badiani-Hamment, Campaigns Officer for PETA UK, to discuss the reality of factory farming and the dairy industry in Britain. Aidan explores the case for and against veganism in this thought-provoking podcast. For more information on PETA UK, visit http://www.peta.org.uk/. You can support the free speech and honest debate mission of this podcast by subscribing or leaving a rating. Please enjoy this podcast and feel free to share it across the web.</span></p>
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#38 - Notes on Making America Great Again
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Donald Trump is indeed the pro wrestling president. In this edition of the podcast, Aidan looks at President Trump and the entirely surreal manner of his presidency.</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">We have an emerging problem now of a dangerous new normal. Trump must be the mistake, the anomaly, the Chernobyl. We must push back at Trump’s vile online ranting, but not at the expense of challenging his policies.</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">You can tweet Aidan with your thoughts</span> <a href= "http://www.twitter.com/theaidanproject"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">@theaidanproject</span></a><span style= "font-weight: 400;">.</span></p>
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#37 - Dogmatic Silence: Abuse in the Church
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In this edition of the podcast, Aidan talks to David Greenwood, Chairman of Stop Church Child Abuse. The Catholic Church has a history of abuse cover-ups, scandals and unscrupulously moving priests between countries once abuse has taken place. What are the current attitudes emanating out of the Catholic Church in respect of child sex abuse? Furthermore, the Church of England has its own shameful story to tell, or rather, a story that requires activists such as David to tell, for the Church will not seek to do it itself.</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">How much of a landmark moment is this review? In this</span> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">Pope-Truth world, Aidan and David discuss the dogmatic silence of church leaders and the institutionalized resistance to transparency.</span> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">If you were affected by any of the issues raised in this episode, you can visit</span> <a href= "http://macsas.org.uk/"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">http://macsas.org.uk/</span></a><span style= "font-weight: 400;">, e-mail</span> <a href= "mailto:helpline@macsas.org.uk"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">helpline@macsas.org.uk</span></a><span style= "font-weight: 400;">, or call 08088 01 03 40.</span></p>
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#36 - Project Extra: A.C. Grayling
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In this edition of the Aidan Project Podcast, enjoy exclusive, previously unreleased, audio from A.C. Grayling’s Q&A session, following his ‘Fighting for Europe’ speech, held at the University of Suffolk, England, on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. In this podcast, Grayling comments on how good a deal the United Kingdom currently has with Brussels, ‘pusillanimous MP’s’, the lack of knowledge within the UK about the European Union, and more.</span> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">Aidan would like to thank A.C. Grayling (</span><a href="http://acgrayling.com/"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">http://acgrayling.com/</span></a><span style= "font-weight: 400;">), the Suffolk EU Alliance (</span><a href= "https://www.suffolkeualliance.co.uk/"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">https://www.suffolkeualliance.co.uk/</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">) and the University of Suffolk (</span><a href= "https://www.uos.ac.uk/"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">https://www.uos.ac.uk/</span></a><span style= "font-weight: 400;">) for allowing this event to be recorded. You can catch the entire A.C. Grayling speech at</span> <a href= "https://aidancoughlan.org/2017/06/06/a-c-grayling-brexit-can-be-stopped/"> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">https://aidancoughlan.org/2017/06/06/a-c-grayling-brexit-can-be-stopped/</span></a> <span style="font-weight: 400;">or via your favorite podcast app. The episode is called ‘A.C. Grayling: Brexit Can Be Stopped’.</span></p>
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#35 - Notes on Belief
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Tim Farron has announced his intention to resign as leader of the Liberal Democrats, citing unfair media coverage surrounding his Christian faith. In this podcast, Aidan argues that beliefs matter and that religion does not exempt anyone from reasonable scrutiny.</span></p>
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#34 - Notes on Mrs. May
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Strong and stable leadership, indeed. Theresa May can surely not long survive this debacle. The votes have been cast and the results are in. In this edition of the Aidan Project Podcast, Aidan offers his thoughts on the 2017 UK General Election. What does this result mean for the United Kingdom? What happens next? Will Nigel Farage answer the hard-line Brexit distress call and return to frontline politics? Tweet Aidan with your thoughts @theaidanproject.</span></p>
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#33 - A.C. Grayling: Brexit Can Be Stopped
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In this edition of the Aidan Project Podcast, enjoy an exclusive recording from A.C. Grayling’s impassioned ‘Fighting for Europe’ speech, held at the University of Suffolk, England, on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. A.C. Grayling says that <span style="font-weight: 400;">Brexit is not a done deal and that it can be stopped, or at the very least, reversed. Grayling also offers his thoughts on the UK General Election, the British press, David Cameron, Theresa May, and much more. Anthony Grayling MA, DPhil (Oxon) FRSL, FRSA is Master of the New College of the Humanities, and a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford. Grayling had previously written that, “</span><span style= "font-weight: 400;">When the lies and self-interest and manipulations of the Brexiters have been defeated, the future of the UK will be as in a full partner with its European friends and allies in the EU.” Grayling expands on his case for resistance in this thought-provoking talk.</span> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">Aidan would like to thank A.C. Grayling (</span><a href="http://acgrayling.com/"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">http://acgrayling.com/</span></a><span style= "font-weight: 400;">), the Suffolk EU Alliance (</span><a href= "https://www.suffolkeualliance.co.uk/"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">https://www.suffolkeualliance.co.uk/</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">) and the University of Suffolk (</span><a href= "https://www.uos.ac.uk/"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">https://www.uos.ac.uk/</span></a><span style= "font-weight: 400;">) for allowing this event to be recorded.</span></span></p>
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#32 - AMA: UK General Election
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the very first Aidan Project AMA (Ask Me Anything) episode,</span> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">Aidan is joined by journalist, podcaster and activist, Joshua Thomas, to answer your listener questions on the forthcoming 2017 UK General Election.</span> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">For more information on Joshua, you can find Joshua’s YouTube channel, Disputandum, at http://bit.ly/2spdKaO</span><span style= "font-weight: 400;">.</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Aidan will be back the day after the election with thoughts on the results and what it means for the United Kingdom.</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">From the inbox:</span><strong><br /></strong><strong><br /></strong><span style="font-weight: 400;">Is Jeremy Corbyn an IRA sympathiser?</span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style= "font-weight: 400;">What happens to Corbyn in the event of a Conservative landslide?</span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">If there is a hung parliament, what is the process?</span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Are there any possible coalitions that could form an opposition to the Conservatives?</span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style= "font-weight: 400;">What type of result justifies May’s decision to call an election?</span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Why aren’t there more independent MP’s in parliament?</span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Should May have taken on a leader's debate?</span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style= "font-weight: 400;">How damaging are policy gaffes on TV and radio? (Diane Abbott)</span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Is there an issue with anti-Labour bias from the BBC?</span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> </span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">How damaged has Corbyn been on the issues of anti-semitism within Labour, and regarding Trident?</span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Where has Nigel Farage vanished to?</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style= "font-weight: 400;">What do you make of the lack of progressive debate within the left on immigration?</span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Will “covfefe” play a part in this election?</span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style= "font-weight: 400;">Who do you think will win the election?</span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style= "font-weight: 400;">You can always send questions via www.AidanCoughlan.org or you can tweet @theaidanproject</span></p>
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#31 - Aide-Memoire: The General Election
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Theresa May called an early election in an attempt to shore up support for her government’s position on Britain’s exit from the European Union. But where do the parties stand on this issue? Or on social issues? Voter apathy is alarming, but this is often the result not simply of an absence of interest in politics, but because of the confusion inherent in the abundance of mass political coverage across the various media platforms. The news outlets produce endless political news content, but how does one keep track of which party stands for which policy? Indeed, much of the coverage tends to be on the embarrassing gaffes and the way in which a candidate eats their chips or bacon sandwich, rather than the important policies themselves. Ahead of the June 8 United Kingdom General Election, this episode features a simple, non-partisan, rundown of the manifestos, along with an explanation of the election terms you may not understand but were simply too afraid to ask. Aidan also looks at the latest polling numbers and summarises the results of the 2015 election. Look out soon for a further pre-election episode, when Aidan will be joined by journalist, podcaster and activist, Joshua Thomas, to answer your questions and to examine the latest developments within the election narrative.</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Aidan will also be back on the day after the election, June 9, with thoughts on the results and what it means for the United Kingdom. Aidan is on Twitter (</span><a href= "http://www.twitter.com/theaidanproject"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">www.twitter.com/theaidanproject</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">), Facebook (</span><a href= "http://www.facebook.com/theaidanprojectblog"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">www.facebook.com/theaidanprojectblog</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">), or visit his web site at</span> <a href= "http://www.aidancoughlan.org"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">www.aidancoughlan.org</span></a><span style= "font-weight: 400;">. If you found this election guide useful, please share it. Knowledge is power, after all.</span></p>
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#30 - Notes on Manchester
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Aidan talks about the Manchester bombing, which took place at Manchester Arena, England, o</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">n 22 May 2017. Aidan feels we need an honest debate on the issues which led to this latest outrage, and that liberals need to attend to a problem of their own: moral confusion. What do you think about the modern, virtue-signalling, ‘liberal’ reaction to any criticism of Islam? Aidan is on Twitter @theaidanproject</span></p> <p> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Links to items discussed on this episode:</span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><span style= "font-weight: 400;"><br /></span><a href= "https://www.facebook.com/Morrissey/posts/1349891061714098"><span style="font-weight: 400;">https://www.facebook.com/Morrissey/posts/1349891061714098</span></a></p> <p><a href= "https://twitter.com/AsraNomani/status/867109727024631808"><span style="font-weight: 400;"> https://twitter.com/AsraNomani/status/867109727024631808</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"><br /> <br /></span></a></p> <p> </p>
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#29 - Project Extra: Under Siege
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In this bonus edition of the Aidan Project Podcast, enjoy previously unreleased audio from Aidan’s conversation with Jared Miracle from the episode, ‘</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Great Cat Massacre’. In this ‘Project Extra’ episode, Jared explains the curious case of one Steven Seagal, the famed</span> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">actor, producer, screenwriter, director, martial artist and musician. Seagal is not quite the famous action movie star he once was, but he has nevertheless found his way into the news on a regular basis since his ‘Under Siege’ heyday, albeit for frankly surreal reasons. This includes a report from</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">August 2016, when</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko welcomed Seagal to Minsk with a carrot and two watermelons.</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">And, wouldn't you know it, Seagal has made no secret of his support for Donald Trump, ironically a man whose entire administration seems very much ‘Under Siege’.  </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Jared Miracle holds a doctorate in anthropology from Texas A&M University, where his research focused on transnationalism and folklore between East Asia and the West, especially where violence and the fighting arts are concerned.</span> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">You can follow Jared on Facebook (facebook.com/jaredmiraclewriter) and Twitter (@DocKungFu).</span></p>
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#28 - Notes on America's Great War
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In this first spoken essay edition of the Aidan Project Podcast, Aidan examines why, and with what effects, the United States opted to enter World War One in 1917. The essay also looks at the idealist US President, Woodrow Wilson, who declared war on Germany on 6 April 1917, following repeated provocations. This essay takes a deliberately contentious look at the US’s role in the war, which adds a few ‘what-ifs’ into the mix for your consideration. Could, or should, the Bolshevik take-over have been snuffed out before it began? What about the conditions for Hitler’s rise to power? The roots exist within World War One and its aftermath. </span><span style= "font-weight: 400;">For more Project podcasts on the US involvement in World War One, take a look at the ‘America’s Great War’ two-part series with Dr. Paul Dean. Part one covers the period of US non-belligerence, up until the Zimmermann Telegram. Part two looks at ‘America’s Forgotten War’ from Wilson’s declaration of war, up until the Treaty of Versailles, for which this essay serves as a useful companion piece. You can find a full archive of podcasts at iTunes, YouTube and</span> <a href= "http://www.aidancoughlan.org/"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">www.AidanCoughlan.org</span></a><span style= "font-weight: 400;">. Enjoy the essay.</span></p>
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#27 - Project Extra: Whitewashing
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In this bonus edition of the podcast, enjoy previously unreleased audio from Aidan’s conversation with Jared Miracle, a cultural entomologist with an M.Ed. and a PhD. in anthropology from Texas A&M University, from the episode, ‘</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Great Cat Massacre’. In this ‘Project Extra’ episode, Jared explains the concept of Whitewashing, with particular reference to the current debate over casting decisions in Hollywood movies and on television. Is this a question of racism? And where does the phrase ‘whitewashing’ originate from?</span> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">You can follow Jared on Facebook (facebook.com/jaredmiraclewriter) and Twitter (@DocKungFu).</span></p>
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#26 - The Great Cat Massacre
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">On this edition of The Aidan Project, Aidan is joined once more by Jared Miracle, a cultural entomologist with an M.Ed. and a PhD. in anthropology from Texas A&M University. In this episode, Aidan and Jared discuss the infamous cat killings from The Great Cat Massacre, Robert Darnton's noted scholarly work on the cultural history of France. Why did early modern Europeans find cats to be completely deserving of such harsh treatment? Along with this incredible story and the wider context surrounding it, Aidan and Jared also discuss the mythical Mexican chupacabra, religion, Artificial Intelligence, and much more. You can follow Jared on Facebook (facebook.com/jaredmiraclewriter) and Twitter (@DocKungFu).</span></p>
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#25 - Project Extra: Exceptional
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This bonus episode features unreleased audio from the podcast, ‘America’s Great War: Part Two’, with Dr. Paul Dean. In this edition of ‘Project: Extra’, Aidan and Paul briefly discuss the idea of US exceptionalism, the War of 1812 between the US and Great Britain, the importance of remembering those who served in various conflicts, and more. Dr. Dean, is a former instructor at, and alumni of, Washington State University, who is an expert on World War One and author of ‘Courage: Roy Blanchard’s Journey in America’s Forgotten War’. For more information on Dr. Dean, please visit his web site at www.paultdean.com.</span></p>
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#24 - The Irish Famine: Tragedy and Propaganda
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In this edition of the Aidan Project, Aidan is joined by Professor Liam Kennedy, Emeritus Professor of History at Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland, and a member of the Royal Irish Academy for Social Sciences. The Great Famine was the most traumatic event of modern Irish history. Professor Kennedy explains the famine and seeks to provide context to the argument, propagated by some, including a number of Irish Americans, that the Great Famine is comparable to the Holocaust that occurred in Eastern Europe. Professor Kennedy also provides some thoughts on the death of the Irish republican and Sinn Féin politician, Martin McGuinness. Professor Kennedy’s most recent book is ‘Unhappy the Land: The Most Oppressed People Ever, the Irish?’, which is available at all good bookstores and at Amazon.</span></p>
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#23 - America’s Great War (Part Two): Courage
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">One hundred years ago to the day of this episode’s release, on 6 April 1917, President Woodrow Wilson declared that the US was at war with Germany. This is part two of a two-part series focusing on the role of the United States of America in the Great War of 1914-1918. In part one, Dr. Paul Dean explained the underlying tensions that led to war, the ambitions of the Central Powers and The Entente, and the tragically misplaced belief that it would all be over quickly. Part one concluded on the eve of the momentous Declaration of War on Germany. Part two surveys the path of the war following the US’s official military intervention until the 11 November 1918 Armistice, but also beyond in wider political terms. What were Wilson’s war aims? How did the US military perform? What overall impact did the US have? And what is the legacy of ‘America’s Forgotten War’? All judgements on the merits of the war aside, the events of 1914-1918 must never be forgotten. It appears there is much work to do to raise the Great War’s profile in the US. This is the Aidan Project’s small contribution towards reinvigorating this valuable historical memory.  The series’ special guest, Dr. Dean, is a former instructor at, and alumni of, Washington State University, who is an expert on World War One and author of ‘Courage: Roy Blanchard's Journey in America's Forgotten War’. For more information on Dr. Dean, please visit his web site at</span> <a href="http://www.paultdean.com/"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">www.paultdean.com</span></a><span style= "font-weight: 400;">.</span></p>
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#22 - Project Extra: Money and Death
<p>IG Farben was a ruthless former German chemical and pharmaceutical conglomerate which assisted the Third Reich during the Second World War. IG Farben’s key personnel became rich, whilst its slave labourers were worked to death. In this bonus edition of the podcast, I am joined by acclaimed authors, Gerald and Trisha Posner, to discuss this ultimate form of corporate greed. This episode features unreleased audio from the full episode, ‘The Sleep of Reason: The Third Reich and The Vatican’. You can find Trisha online at www.trishaposner.com, and Gerald at www.posner.com.</p>
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#21 - Project Extra: Imposing The Divide
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This is a bonus podcast from Aidan Coughlan’s conversation with Sami Ramadani from the episode, ‘The Tragedy of Iraq’. Sami grew up in Baghdad, departing as a political exile during Saddam Hussein’s reign. In previously unreleased audio, Sami explains that,</span> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">contrary to what is widely believed, the sectarian fighting in Iraq is something of a new phenomena.</span></p>
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#20 - Sleep of Reason: Third Reich and The Vatican
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In this edition of The Aidan Project, Aidan is joined on the line from Florida by acclaimed authors, husband-and-wife, Gerald and Trisha Posner. The Posners have an impeccable body of work behind them; this episode draws upon their work on the Holocaust, including the role of the Vatican in working with the Third Reich for financial gain. Trisha’s most recent book is <em>The Pharmacist of Auschwitz</em>, which tells the little known story of Victor Capesius, who worked alongside Josef Mengele at the infamous death camp as its chief pharmacist.</span> <em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The San Francisco Book Review</span></em> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">wrote that "words cannot even properly describe the devastation that unfolds within these pages." Gerald’s most recent book, <em>God’s Bankers</em>, is the result of nine years of extensive research. The book was described by</span> <em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The New York Times</span></em> <span style="font-weight: 400;">as "an exhaustive history of the financial machinations at the center of the church in Rome....an extraordinarily intricate tale of intrigue, corruption and organized criminality." For more information on these fantastic authors, you can find Trisha online at</span> <a href= "http://www.trishaposner.com"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">www.trishaposner.com</span></a><span style= "font-weight: 400;">, and Gerald at</span> <a href= "http://www.posner.com/"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">www.posner.com</span></a><span style= "font-weight: 400;">. Their books are widely available in book stores and online at Amazon.</span></p>
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#19 - Project Extra: Beyond Brexit
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In this edition of The Aidan Project, enjoy previously unreleased audio from the episode ‘On Liberty and Free Speech’ with Joshua Thomas. In this bonus episode, Aidan and Joshua discuss UKIP, voting reform, Brexit, and the British left. For more information on Joshua, you can catch Liberty Live every Saturday evening at 8PM GMT on YouTube, where you can also find the Political Conundrum Podcast. Joshua is on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/PoliticalConundrum/) and YouTube (http://bit.ly/2g4ZXiN).</span></p>
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#18 - The Tragedy of Iraq
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In this edition of the Aidan Project, Aidan is joined by Iraq-born writer, Sami Ramadani, to discuss important questions regarding Iraq and the Middle East. What is happening now in Iraq? We are now 14 years on from the controversial invasion, yet Iraq is not at peace, not least because of an ongoing battle with ISIS. Sami provides a whistle-stop history of the struggle of the Iraqi people, from imperial oppression from the United Kingdom up to the occupation of US-led forces in 2003. Sami also discusses US foreign policy under the Trump administration, speculating on a potential showdown with Iran. Sami grew up in Baghdad, but departed as a political exile during Saddam Hussein’s reign. However, despite his objections to Saddam’s government, Sami argued against US-led sanctions and opposed the 2003 invasion and occupation. A semi-retired lecturer in sociology, Sami writes on Middle Eastern affairs and sits on the Stop the War Coalition’s steering committee. For more information on Sami, you can find him on Twitter (@SamiRamadani1) and the Guardian web site (https://www.theguardian.com/profile/samiramadani).</span></p>
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#17 - The Fake News Agenda
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In this edition of the Aidan Project, Aidan is joined by Gary Herman to discuss press freedom, fake news, citizen journalism and the future of a free press in a digital age. Also discussed on this show is Donald Trump’s scheduled autumn visit to the United Kingdom, why journalists often refrain from pressing public figures on evaded questions, ‘Stop Funding Hate’, the lack of trust of the public in the media, Facebook as a news source, Leveson, and much more. Gary is a member of the British National Union of Journalists and has been campaigning for press and broadcasting freedom for 37 years. Gary sits on the National Council of The Campaign for Press & Broadcasting Freedom (</span><a href= "http://www.cpbf.org.uk/"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">http://www.cpbf.org.uk/</span></a><span style= "font-weight: 400;">), which is funded by membership and trade unions. Established in 1979, the CPBF strives for a more accountable, freer and diverse media. Gary has a background in journalism and writing, beginning his career as a freelance journalist and author, specialising in film and popular music and authoring or co-authoring a number of books. If you would like to find out more information about Gary, you can visit http://www.keywordsassociates.com/.</span></p>
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#16 - On Liberty and Free Speech
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The title of this episode is an homage to an important philosophical work by John Stuart Mill, ‘On Liberty’, which was published in 1859. In this edition of The Aidan Project, Aidan is joined by journalist, podcaster and activist, Joshua Thomas, host of Liberty Live and the Political Conundrum Podcast. Whilst Aidan and Joshua disagree on several points, a true liberal democracy’s interpretation of free speech must surely mean that diametrically opposed arguments can be made without shouting your opponent down. In addition to the central theme of the episode, also discussed and defined are ‘fake news’, 'the regressive left' and ‘social justice warriors’. Aidan and Joshua also look at the Daily Mail infamously labelling UK judges as ‘enemies of the people’, and much more. For more information on Joshua, you can catch Liberty Live every Saturday evening at 8PM GMT on YouTube, where you can also find the Political Conundrum Podcast. Joshua is on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/PoliticalConundrum/) and YouTube (http://bit.ly/2g4ZXiN).</span></p>
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#15 - Project Extra: Folklore
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In this bonus edition of the podcast, enjoy previously unreleased audio from The Aidan Project episode, ‘Pokemon Diplomacy and Transnational Culture’ with Jared Miracle.</span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Jared is an author, educator, researcher, martial artist, chef, and much else besides. You can follow Jared on Facebook (facebook.com/jaredmiraclewriter) and Twitter (@DocKungFu).</span></p>
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#14 - America’s Great War (Part One): Neutrality
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This is part one of a two-part series focusing on the role and experience of the United States of America in the Great War of 1914-1918. In these episodes, Aidan is joined by Dr. Paul Dean, a former instructor at, and alumni of, Washington State University, who is an expert on World War One and author of ‘Courage: Roy Blanchard's Journey in America's Forgotten War’. In this episode, Aidan and Paul discuss the underlying tensions that led to war, the ambitions of the Central Powers and The Entente, and the tragically misplaced belief that it would be over quickly, before it became a desperate stalemate. This episode moves through the chronology of the war up until April 1917, all the while considering the US perspective; the view of the US public, and President Woodrow Wilson’s policy towards the conflict. This episode concludes on the eve of the momentous Declaration of War on Germany, which was handed down on April 6, 1917. Following German antagonism at sea and the infamous Zimmermann Telegram, the US moved away from the Monroe Doctrine and into the fight. Part two will be released on April 6, 2017, one hundred years to the day that the United States officially entered into the global catastrophe that was, at the time, thought to be the war to end all wars. For more information on Dr. Paul Dean, please visit his web site at www.paultdean.com.</span></p>
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#13 - Pokemon Diplomacy and Transnational Culture
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">On this edition of The Aidan Project, Aidan is joined on the line from Oregon by Jared Miracle, a cultural entomologist with an M.Ed. and a PhD. in anthropology from Texas A&M University to discuss transnational culture. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Where did tea really originate from? Or the bow and arrow? Or Pokémon? Probably not from where you may have assumed. In this episode, Aidan and Jared discuss cultural phenomena, homing in on the case of Pokémon, of which Jared is the world’s leading scholar. Aidan and Jared also discuss the fascinating characteristics of Japanese culture more generally. Also discussed on the show is violence in society, delayed human adaption to modern technology, and much more. Jared is an author, educator, researcher, martial artist, chef, and much else besides. Definitely a fun show to share with your friends to get them hooked on The Aidan Project! You can follow Jared on Facebook (facebook.com/jaredmiraclewriter) and Twitter (@DocKungFu).</span></p>
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#12 - Western Downfall: Why Trump Won
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">On this edition of The Aidan Project Podcast, Aidan is joined on the line from New York City by philosopher, Dr. Benedict Beckeld.</span> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">In this episode, Aidan and Dr. Beckeld discuss a number of important issues, most notably Dr. Beckeld’s explanation of Donald Trump’s electoral success. Dr. Beckeld argues that oikophobia - a repudiation of one’s own culture - led to the rise of Trump. The good news is that ‘Western Decline’ is cyclical; the bad news is that there is no immediate sign of a reversal. Also discussed on the show: the ‘Regressive Left’, immigration, Islam, free speech, race riots in Sweden, Brexit, Milo, atheism, bodybuilding, and much more.</span> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">Dr. Beckeld</span> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">was born in Sweden to Brazilian and Jewish parents, but emigrated with his family to New York City as a teenager. Dr. Beckeld’s philosophy has thus far focused primarily on matters of aesthetics, ethics, contemporary culture, political philosophy and the philosophy of history. For more information on Dr. Beckeld, you can find him online at</span> <a href= "http://www.benedictbeckeld.com"><span style= "font-weight: 400;">www.benedictbeckeld.com</span></a> <span style= "font-weight: 400;">and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/benedictbeckeld</span></p>
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#11 - Malicious Assured Destruction: Cold War to Cyber War
<p>In this episode of The Aidan Project, Aidan is joined on the line from Israel by Ran Levi, an accomplished science author and podcaster. In this episode, Aidan and Ran discuss Ronald Reagan’s ambitious Strategic Defence Initiative, known as ‘Star Wars’, which came to prominence towards the end of the Cold War. Aidan and Ran also look at ‘Mutual Assured Destruction’ – did the nuclear balancing act of the Super Powers mean that nuclear war was prevented? This episode also features a look at how warfare has developed since the demise of the USSR, the use of cyber-attacks rather than conventional military action, what steps Israel has taken to counter terrorism, the audacious Israel/US malware attack on Iran (Stuxnet), Israeli national identity, national service, and a number of other interesting topics. Ran is the host of one of Podbean‘s top ten technology podcasts of 2016, 'The Curious Minds Podcast', and his ‘Making History' podcast is one of the most successful podcasts in Israel, with over five million downloads. Born in Israel in 1975, Ran studied electrical engineering, and has worked as an electronics engineer and programmer for several high tech companies in Israel. Ran has written three books in Hebrew, 'Perpetuum Mobile', 'The Little University of Science', and 'Battle of Minds'.  You can find Ran on Twitter @ranlevi or visit his web site at <a href= "http://www.ranlevi.com">www.ranlevi.com</a></p>
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#10 - George Orwell Versus Alternative Facts
<p>In this edition of the Aidan Project Podcast, Aidan is joined by Richard Keeble, who is none other than the Chairman of the Orwell Society. Richard is a retired Professor of Journalism at the University of Lincoln and has written extensively about Orwell, including a critical assessment of Orwell’s war reporting, and also wrote a chapter in the 2012 book, Orwell Today, which he also edited, looking at Orwell’s complex relationship with the intelligence services. Richard and Aidan look at Orwell’s two most famous works, Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four (and the latter's huge spike in sales), and discuss what Orwell would have made of “alternative facts” in the new media age. Would Orwell be blogging online, attacking Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer for their doublethink with his unique command of language? We also discuss Orwell’s life, his schooling, the shooting of an elephant in Burma, being wounded in Spain, his tremendous wit and his untimely death, in addition to discussing separating fact from fiction in his work, and much more besides. He (or she) who listens to this podcast will know the future. But you might not be able to control the past. For more information on The Orwell Society, please visit http://www.orwellsociety.com/</p>
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#9 - Denying the Holocaust
<p>In this edition of The Aidan Project Podcast, Aidan is joined by documentary filmmaker, Frances Harper, alongside Richard Payne, to discuss Holocaust denial. The famous libel trial of David Irving v Penguin Books and Deborah Lipstadt was recently brought to the silver screen. The trial is noted for the utter destruction of Irving, featuring an uncompromisingly brutal assessment of his dishonesty by the trial judge. Away from this court battle – which Irving himself took to trial, having taken umbrage at the book, 'Denying the Holocaust', which painted him as a dangerous Holocaust denier - is there any limit that society should place on free speech? What can be made of German law, whereby Holocaust denial is a criminal offence? Is the best way of defeating a bad idea to suppress it or engage it? Are some claims too obscene to be allowed in public discourse? Following a short review of the film, these questions are explored and debated.</p>
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#8 - The Spanish Civil War
<p>With a very special guest, Dave McCall, The Aidan Project looks at the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). Taking the nomme de plume of David Ebsworth, Dave is an acclaimed historical fiction author, and a member of the Historical Novel Society, the International Brigades Memorial Trust, the Anglo-Zulu War Historical Society, New Writers UK, and the Alliance of Independent Authors. For many historians, the Spanish Civil War marks the real start of World War 2. What is the merit of this argument? What type of man was Franco? Can he be compared with the leaders of the Axis powers? What were the typical experiences of the many men and women from across the world who volunteered to fight for either side? What can be made of British policy during the war not to intervene? George Orwell wrote that he traveled to Spain to fight for 'common decency'. The Aidan Project explains why, despite Orwell's best efforts to defend the Republic, it was a losing battle.</p>
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#7 - The Art of Terror
<p>In this episode, The Art of Terror, I will be looking at the War on Terror, in addition to Edmund Clark’s thought-provoking exhibition at the Imperial War Museum, London, entitled War *of* Terror. This adapted name is quite deliberate, as will become clear within this episode. The artist-photographer, Clark, has visited Guantanamo Bay, along with the homes of persons who have been held under house arrest here in the United Kingdom. In a world in which ISIS and other groups sympathetic to the Jihadist cause are committing regular atrocities in the Middle East and, indeed, much closer to ‘home’, Western-speaking, we must surely offer strong support for robust governmental action to tackle terrorism. But - and this is the key - it needs to be effective and proportionate. Is it really a case of no pain, no gain? Is torture ever morally acceptable? Indeed, can the War on Terror ever be fought with our morals intact? This episode also looks at the West’s best options for tackling extremism; options which, frustratingly, are being suffocated by the 'regressive left'. Furthermore, and very much linked to the work of would-be reformers, the power of belief in the supernatural is a significant factor in the War on Terror, which this episode explores in detail. Did George W. Bush’s belief in God lead to the invasion of Iraq? Thank you for tuning in. You can follow my work on Twitter @theaidanproject.</p>
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#6 - Left to Die: Whilst Liberals Slept
<p>This episode of The Aidan Project tackles the moral confusion of the liberal argument, and the intellectual self-harm being conducted by the left. The rise of Trump, and the Brexit result can surely, at least in part, be explained by the inner fighting on the left, which has moved many to the centre, and on some issues, to the right, in the search for a measure of much-needed honesty. The left has a lot of work to do; Aidan is aghast that the left is not willing to defend basic constructs of liberalism by not being honest about its unpalatable challenges. This episode also looks at Trump's conduct thus far in 2017. Please do take a moment to subscribe, be it via WordPress, iTunes, YouTube or Stitcher et al, as this truly assists in getting this argument out there. This is a wake-up call.<img src= "http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheAidanProject/~4/nuxULOILNXA" alt="" width="1" height="1" /></p>
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#5 - Demise of the Two-State Solution
<p>On this episode of The Aidan Project Podcast, Aidan looks at the history of the Israel/Palestine conflict, explores the views of respected thinkers on the issue, considers how US policy may change under a new US President, and attempts to gain an insight into future prospects for a lasting peaceful settlement. The dispute between Israel and the Palestinians remains as contentious as ever, but other issues in the Middle East in 2016, principally the conflict in Syria, have taken the Palestine question off the front page. However, the recent vote of the United Nations Security Council to declare Israeli settlements in the Occupied Territories as illegal has raised media coverage. Is there any hope for peace?<img src= "http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheAidanProject/~4/ZPLVxPpShGQ" alt="" width="1" height="1" /></p>
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#4 - 1984 Bad, 2016 Worse (Part 2)
<p>In part one, The Aidan Project covered Brexit, Stop Funding Hate, the British press, the decline of the left, Labour’s impotence, Jihadism, Nigel Farage, David Cameron, and more. In part two, we must talk about Donald Trump, including his relationship with Syria, Russia and the United Kingdom. Aidan also looks forward (if that is the correct term) to 2017, including the supposed alliance of Trump and Vladimir Putin, Israel's anger at the UN, and Scottish independence. Aidan also makes an appeal to the left to be honest.<img src= "http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheAidanProject/~4/8T2HUW_jLdI" alt="" width="1" height="1" /></p>
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#3 - 1984 Bad, 2016 Worse (Part 1)
<p>It is time to review 2016. A brave undertaking, to be sure, but someone has to do it. Across two episodes, The Aidan Project humbly presents a review of the most significant events of the year. Part one includes Brexit, Stop Funding Hate, the British press, the decline of the left, Labour’s impotence, Jihadism, Nigel Farage, David Cameron’s disappearance, and more.<img src= "http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheAidanProject/~4/EBf3D6gJdTo" alt="" width="1" height="1" /></p>
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#2 - The Man of the Year and The Führer
<p>On this edition of the Aidan Project podcast, I take a detailed look at Time magazine’s Man of the Year, Donald Trump, and the lessons of history that can be gained from his remarkable election victory. Is Trump a modern-day Hitler? Which other US President has Trump been compared to? Is a former Italian leader the best comparison to Trump? No, not Mussolini. Is the fear of Trump as a maniacal tyrant realistic or misplaced? This question and more are covered in an interesting episode. Thank you for your interest – please subscribe and spread the word by sharing with your online communities.<img src= "http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheAidanProject/~4/azDSyw33t08" alt="" width="1" height="1" /></p>
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#1 - Brexit and Enemies of the People
<p>The Aidan Project podcast gets to grips with Brexit. What would Winston Churchill have made of Brexit? And who are the enemies of the people?<img src= "http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheAidanProject/~4/5VWpzDXzgSc" alt="" width="1" height="1" /></p>
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