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Behind the Headlines: Whose Side is Erdogan on? Understanding Geopolitics and Human Nature

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Things seem to be heating up towards a final denouement in the phony 5 year-long Syrian "civil war". Turkey recently "invaded" Syria, officially to remove the scourge of Daesh from the Turkish border and, more specifically, to contain the Kurds and their aspirations for a "Kurdistan". The US is, again officially, ok with these moves by Turkey but, oddly, US troops, several hundred (or likely thousand) of them are 'embedded' with the Kurds and the "Syrian Democratic Forces".

Meanwhile, Russia has remained largely silent on these recent developments, and instead has been focusing on the "peace process".

What's really going on? Join us today and find out, as we reveal the rather prosaic (if at times disturbing) realpolitik behind the flowery narratives.

Running Time: 01:18:58

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The Health & Wellness Show: Greatest Hits: Timely topics revisited

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On this episode of the Health and Wellness Show we give updates on some of our favorite previously covered topics. Supplements are back in the news but not in a good way. The FDA is cracking down and guess who will benefit? The UK is experiencing a resurgence in diseases that were common in the Victorian age. Why? Does it have anything to do with diet? Speaking of diet, we revisited our old friend gluten (it can make you crazy, you know) and re-explored the wonders of the ketogenic diet in case you forgot. We rounded out the show with the virus psy-op of the year: Zika.

Stay tuned for Zoya's Pet Health Segment on pet allergies.

Running Time: 01:25:56

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Behind the Headlines: Yemen resists, Turkey rebels, and the weather goes wild

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The Saudi war on Yemen has been raging for a year and half. But fierce resistance from the Houthis and increasing awareness of Saudi atrocities may hint toward the future course of the war. Recently the Houthis and Saleh have formed an alliance and plan to form a new government. Meanwhile, Americans say they are pulling out of the Saudi war effort, leaving the Saudis to bear the brunt of bad PR.

Turkey continues its eastern realignment, getting closer to Russia and Iran, with hints of a change of view toward Syria. Everyone is freaking out about Incirlik airbase's U.S. nukes, and Russia and Turkey are both hinting that the Russians may be permitted to use the airbase in their Syrian campaign.

Meanwhile, George Soros is drowning in hacked emails, and Louisiana is drowning in water as extreme weather events come fast and hard.

Join us Sunday as we take a look at these recent developments.

Running Time: 01:53:21

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The Health & Wellness Show: Pain, pain, go away

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Overdoses from opioid abuse has hit an all-time high. In 2014, more than 47,000 people died from a drug overdose. Heroin use jumped 63% in an 11 year span. Prescription drugs like Vicodin and Percocet cause 17,000 deaths per year. Why are so many Americans turning to drugs and why are they in so much pain? On this episode of The Health and Wellness Show we spoke about the hidden hands involved in the rise of drug use and abuse in the US and why pain management is such big business. We also spoke about chronic pain and it's causes, traditional and not-so traditional methods of treatment as well as drug-free alternatives.

Running Time: 01:31:25

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Behind the Headlines: War on Syria ending? Erdogan-Putin peace deal

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Erdogan's recent meeting with Putin in St Petersburg means the US-led 5-year-long effort to oust President Assad in Syria is all but over. Western leaders will, however, be the last to realize this. This week on Behind the Headlines we're discussing the bloody siege of Aleppo, the last major Syrian city where Western-backed terrorists are holding out.

Elsewhere on the West-East battlefront this week, Kiev forces were prevented from committing terror attacks in Crimea, 11 coordinated bombings at tourist sites in Thailand left 4 dead and dozens injured, and US-UK efforts to 'stir the pot' in the South China Sea has cast a spotlight on the anti-drugs policies of new Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte.

Extreme weather events this week saw yet another 'one-in-1,000-year flooding event', this time in Louisiana; a devastating flash-flood hitting Skopje, Macedonia; and a month's worth of rainfall in 24 hours swamping parts of Mexico.

All this and more coming up later today on Behind the Headlines - from 12 noon US Eastern, 6pm Central European.

Running Time: 02:01:14

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The Health & Wellness Show: Minding your mouth and natural ways to keep your teeth

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Dr. Wayne Aldredge, president of the American Academy of Periodontology, demonstrates how dental floss should be used in Holmdel, N.J.
Have you ever wondered if our modern methods of oral hygiene and dental care are causing us more harm than good? Despite all the advancements in dental technology our collective teeth are actually worse off than they were before the agricultural revolution. In this Health and Wellness Show we discuss the topics of flossing, mercury amalgams, fluoride, root canals and more. We also share natural means and DIY methods to obtain a healthy mouth and keep your grill in tip-top shape.

Running Time: 01:18:53

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The Truth Perspective: X-Files, Mothman and the inimitable John Keel

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In 1975, John Keel published his strange and classic Mothman Prophecies about the even stranger events he experienced and investigated in 1966-67 in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. The book, and the articles he wrote nearly 10 years before, were decades ahead of their time, identifying and taking seriously countless topics that most people ignored or wrote off as fantasy, but which are now being taken seriously by many in the field of ufology. Today, we took a broad look at the book and the phenomena Keel described.

We also discussed the latest iteration of the X-Files TV show (see SOTT editor Ennio Adams' series on the show starting here): what it gets right, and what it gets wrong, and why it matters. In the last half hour we gave brief updates on the situations in Syria and Ukraine, as well as the U.S. presidential election. Tune in!

Running Time: 02:01:00

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The Health & Wellness Show: Connecting the dots: Health in the news

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On this episode of The Health and Wellness Show we did a bit of dot connecting. There have been a lot of interesting stories in the news as of late and we did our best to cover them. In gut news we covered the power of mother's milk, how gut flora can influence food cravings and the rapidly shrinking population of America. Pharmaceutical and vaccine madness continues. Statins, birth control pills and the HPV vaccine continue their reign of destruction. There have been big stories on corruption at the CDC and FDA (what else is new?). And in political health news -- what will a Killary Clinton presidency mean for your medical sovereignty?

Running Time: 01:31:05

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Behind the Headlines: Weekly Mayhem Roundup: Olympic hi-jinks, the German terror, Turkish delight, election madness, and the Russian connection!

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As the world spirals into unprecedented depths of madness, it's hard to keep track of everything that's going on. This past week or so has been a doozy, and today on Behind the Headlines, we tried our best to cover it all: the political cultural warfare banning Russian athletes from the Rio Olympics, the latest on the Turkish clean-out of fifth-column 'opposition', the recent spate of terror attacks in France and "terror" attacks in Germany, the outbreak of "non-terror terror" incidents practically everywhere, 'terror management theory', the information war against the Syrian siege of Aleppo, a hopeless U.S. election, and the 'Russian Connection'. Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments.

Running Time: 02:17:12

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The Truth Perspective: Beyond Iran-Contra: The secret history of America's covert wars, with Hugo Turner

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The original 'moderate rebels', the Contras, on patrol in 1987.
For the first hour of the show, we were joined by blogger Hugo Turner of Anti-Imperialist U to discuss the thirtieth anniversary of the Iran-Contra scandal. Funding the Contras in Nicaragua was just a small window into a much wider history of American death squads, drug trafficking, torture, arms smuggling, regime change, and terrorism that was nothing new in the 80s, and hasn't changed much at all today. We talked about how it all fits together, and how it relates to what's going on today. You can read Hugo's Iran-Contra series on SOTT:

Beyond the Iran-Contra Affair Part 1: The secret team
Beyond the Iran-Contra Affair Part 2: World War 3 has already happened
Beyond the Iran-Contra Affair Part 3: The World Anti-Communist League

In the second half of the show, discussed the aftermath of the failed coup in Turkey, the mass shooting in Munich, and other current events, followed by a Police State Roundup.

Running Time: 02:20:36

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