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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
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 the week's international events. This time:
• India is experiencing a horrific covid outbreak, but the efficacy of the vaccines is really good. If only we can get them to where they are needed.
• A good verdict in the case of George Floyd - murder and manslaughter convictions for the police officer involved. But there's so much more to do with re-designing policing - including getting rid of all the guns! But don't worry - there's an even worse idea being deployed - biased robot police dogs!
• There was so much good news this week we ran out of happy music. The US was back to the climate table in time for Earth Day. Plus, toilet paper sales are down, and distilleries are getting back to making whiskey instead of hand sanitizer!
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Bill & Nikolaj
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?
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
The US makes being a Third World country cool again • Nikolaj has just had it • Bring on the vaccines, baby!
We pioneer re-truthing • War on Christmas won • Wounding democracy is highly profitable • Covid is exhausting
The Eastern Hemisphere moves on while the West is a basket case • Democratic institutions undermined
Relief with a Biden/Harris victory • Will underlying problems get addressed? • The joys of a botched presser
Count all the votes! • No repudiation of Trump • Macron sticks up for western values
Long voting lines • Do we like politicians to lie to us? • New missiles = big trouble
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