6.1 China’s Economy – Part 1

6.1 China’s Economy – Part 1

There’s been lots of talk in the media about Trump’s trade war with China. One aspect about it that I find interesting is that I never see any talk, in this context, about the fact that China is a Communist country – a Communist country that seems to...
BFTN 50 – The Propaganda Model

BFTN 50 – The Propaganda Model

The plan this week was to interview Alan MacLeod about his new excellent book “Propaganda in the Information Age” but he missed the call, so we talked about it without him instead. We’ll get him on next week for a follow up. The book is an...
BFTN 49 – Boris Part 2

BFTN 49 – Boris Part 2

We finish our mini-biography on the new Prime Minister of the UK, Boris Johnson, aka “BoJo”, or, as I like to call him, “The Big BJ”.  In Ray’s absence, I’m joined again by my good friend Trevor Bell from the The Iron Fist and...
BFTN 48 – Boris Part 1

BFTN 48 – Boris Part 1

On this episode I’m joined by Brisbane’s #1 podcaster, the fabulous Trevor Bell, co-host of The Iron Fist and the Velvet Glove (“a weekly podcast which takes a look at news, political events, culture, ethics and the transformations taking place in...
BFTN 47 – CIA Spies in Iran

BFTN 47 – CIA Spies in Iran

On this week’s news show we look the recent headlines concerning Iran – their arrest of 17 CIA spies, and the seizure of oil tankers by both the British and the Iranians. Who and what should we believe? Iran detains 17 citizens accused of spying for the...
Bullshit 5.3 – The Panama Papers (part 3)

Bullshit 5.3 – The Panama Papers (part 3)

How do these shell companies get used? We provide some examples. We also talk about the fallout of the Panama Papers, Operation Car Wash, the murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Galizia, why Americans didn’t show up in the Panama Papers as much as we might have...
Bullshit 5.2 – The Panama Papers (part 2)

Bullshit 5.2 – The Panama Papers (part 2)

After more than a year of analysis, the first news stories were published on April 3, 2016, by SZ and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). Some 4.8 million leaked files were emails, 3 million were database entries, 2.2 million PDFs, 1.2...
Bullshit 5.1 – The Panama Papers (part 1)

Bullshit 5.1 – The Panama Papers (part 1)

In 2015, journalist Bastian Obermayer from the Süddeutsche Zeitung , a Southern German Newspaper, was approached online by an anonymous source.  He or she provided him with a database from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca. They are the Panama Papers....
BFTN 46 – The Gulf Of Oman

BFTN 46 – The Gulf Of Oman

Iran stands accused by the US of attacking two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. But should we accept the US’s claims at face value? Or is there more to the story? Here’s a short clip from the show. Full shownotes below. Please Note: our weekly news shows...
BFTN 45 – The Australian Stasi

BFTN 45 – The Australian Stasi

Australian journalists are under attack for publishing stories on domestic spying and our military. What kind of protections should we have in place for whistleblowers and journalists in a democracy? That’s what today’s show is about. Full shownotes below....