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2021, please don’t go so soon! • The ’rona is coming for us all • 2022 will better. Right? Right?!
It's the Foreign Influence Podcast, with American Bill Poorman 🇺🇸 and Dutchman Nikolaj Groeneweg 🇳🇱 taking you on a humorously serious and seriously humorous romp through international events. This time:
• In this New Year's Eve episode, we celebrate the purely awesome, truly spectacular year that was 2021.
• Nikolaj got the 'rona! And it's coming for us all. But get vaccinated, and you'll likely be fine!
• China's crackdown on Hong Kong continues, and Bill continues to worry about war over Taiwan.
• Some predictions for 2022
Thanks for listening, and Happy New Year, everyone! 🎉🥳🍾
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Bill & Nikolaj
Ukraine continue to fight • Covid is still with us • Plenty of exoplanets to choose from
Ukrainians💪 • How about a little bit more covid? • We’re sure there’s good news out there
Well, another of the four horsemen has arrived • Standing with Ukraine • Masks are coming down • Watch the whales
Can’t quit the ’rona • US politics is awesome • Looking for good news anywhere
Making Biden quotable • Compromised Catholics • Real causes of vaccine reluctance • Don‘t worry about the armed robot dogs
Can we call it a Cold War yet? • There‘s no way to do Facebook right • We came *this* close to not talking about covid
Looking for positive covid news • Doom and gloom around Taiwan and East Asia • The endless search for good news
And we're back! • Has anyone heard of this covid thing? • Afghanistan and accountability • Don't worry the robots will be nice
Singapore no more! • Bill and Nikolaj reflect on their time in SG and Asia now that they have both left
Covid catch-up - who's fault is it now? • The western democracies make up • Changes afoot
Covid optimism • Hong Kong crackdown continues • Facebook "censorship" • Universalism is the answer to racism • Israel/Palestine • UFOs are real! But are aliens?
Happy Mother's Day! • Chinese spaceship apocalypse • Covid • Gas attack! • Channel (fish) wars • Cheerio Scotland?
India covid crisis, but the vaccines are holding up • US policing - a good Floyd verdict, but the robot dogs are coming • Too much good news
On the way to vaccination • Pay attention to the South China Sea • Academic papers made easy
The US and China get pissy with one another • Anti-Asian attacks in the US • When stairs strike back
America is back • Yay? • Principle or propaganda • China Time
De-platforming • Maybe insurrection is the limit? • US vs Europe free speech • Whence truth?
Insurrection • Awesome "beacon of democracy" • Enlightenment values on the line • Accountability
Happy New Year! • 2020 reflections, 2021 predictions • And about as much happiness as we can muster
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