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51. OSINT: War Crimes via Google Maps
Aug 14 • 66 min
We speak to investigative journalist Christiaan Triebert about open source investigation and how he’s managed to discover where war crimes happened using tools available to everyone. - www.patreon.com/popularfront - www.popularfront.co -…
50. Inside the Camp for ISIS “Brides”
Jul 31 • 33 min
We speak to Xebat Abbas, a journalist, filmmaker, and NGO worker from and based in NE Syria. She’s been working in the al-Hol camp that holds the so-called “ISIS brides” since the beginning. After taking a tour of the camp with her, we speak about the…
49. Libya: Warlords, Militias, and Western Abandonment
Jul 16 • 35 min
We speak to researcher and author Frederic Wehrey as he returns from the frontlines of the recent conflict in Libya, between General Haftar’s forces and GNA militias. He explains what’s going on, why it’s happening, and what the war looks like on the…
48. ISIS in Iran
Jul 6 • 45 min
This week we speak to writer and researcher Séamus Malekafzali about the threats posed by an ISIS cell operating inside Iran. He explains how if the US goes to war with Iran, ISIS will likely thrive. - www.patreon.com/popularfront - www.popularfront.co -…
47. The New American Culture War
Jun 30 • 49 min
This week we speak to journalist Jacob Siegel about America’s new culture war, where deepening political division is leading to escalating violence and hatred. - www.patreon.com/popularfront - www.popularfront.co - www.twitter.com/jake_hanrahan -…
46. Is This Hong Kong’s Last Stand?
Jun 19 • 32 min
We speak to Laurel Chor, a journalist on the ground in the midst of the protests currently sweeping across Hong Kong. She explains why an estimated 2 million people marched recently against the new extradition bill. - www.patreon.com/popularfront -…
45. On the Ground for Sudan’s Uprising
Jun 12 • 102 min
We speak to journalist Yousra Elbagir about what’s happening with Sudan’s revolution. She explains what she’s seen—from the ground and in her investigative work—in Sudan, explaining how the uprising has been hijacked by a brutal paramilitary force. -…
44. Afghanistan’s Arms Dealing Networks
Jun 8 • 43 min
We speak to Franz Marty, a journalist who’s been living in Afghanistan for the last four years. He’s been searching for blackmarket Afghan arms dealers and has discovered a lot of the information around these operations is false. Here’s how it really…
43. The Congo Wars You Won’t See in the News
May 21 • 48 min
We speak to independent researcher Ryan O’Farrell about the Congo’s many militias and the splintering conflicts taking place there, specifically the recent ISIS cell whose members are slaughtering people in the jungle. - www.patreon.com/popularfront -…
Shop Restocked
May 20 • 2 min
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42. Aid Under Fire with the Free Burma Rangers
May 3 • 33 min
We speak to Dave Eubank of the Free Burma Rangers about how his organisation of volunteers helps to save lives in some of the most dangerous conflicts on earth… - www.patreon.com/popularfront - www.popularfront.co - www.twitter.com/jake_hanrahan -…
41. The Underground ISIS Network Still Active in Mosul
Apr 22 • 41 min
We speak to researcher and analyst Rasha Al Aqeedi about her home city of Mosul and the grip ISIS has there. She tells us how ISIS first took over and how they’re still around operating criminal networks throughout the city. - www.patreon.com/popularfront…
40. When War Kills the Environment
Apr 11 • 42 min
Wim Zwijnenburg tells us about the hidden cost war has on the environment and how it’s often used in battle, from toxic waste dumps in Ukraine to wildfires in Iran. - www.patreon.com/popularfront - www.popularfront.co - www.twitter.com/jake_hanrahan -…
39. Brexit, Bombs, and the New IRA
Apr 3 • 37 min
We speak to journalist Paulie Doyle about the so-called New IRA, a militant Irish republican group that’s recently stepped up their political violence in both Northern Ireland and Britain. Paulie tells us about their recent letter bomb campaign, the Derry…
38. The American White Nationalist Street Fighting Crew Making Links in Europe
Mar 22 • 55 min
We speak to reporter Ali Winston about his investigations into a white nationalist street fighting crew in America known as the Rise Above Movement (RAM). RAM is arguably the first group on the US far-right that began to mobilise themselves in political…
37. How the Free Syrian Army’s Uprising was Crushed
Mar 11 • 54 min
Elizabeth Tsurkov tells us how the secular uprising of the Syrian people was crushed by the brutality of the Assad regime, the rise of ISIS, and the terrible mismanagement of the US. - www.patreon.com/popularfront - www.popularfront.co -…
36. The New Wave of Eco-Terrorism and Nihilist Militancy
Feb 26 • 54 min
We speak to radical environmentalist researcher and writer John Jacobi about the largely under-reported new violent wave of eco-extremism. He tells us how eco-terrorism is very much on the rise and how it’s turning into something more dangerous: militant…
35. The South African Farmers Preparing for a Civil War
Feb 12 • 60 min
We speak to journalist and author James Pogue about his recent visit to South Africa, where he spent time with radicals to find out the real truth behind the farmer killings. He discovered many are preparing for what they think will soon be a new civil…
34. Revolution, Coup, or War for Venezuela?
Jan 30 • 64 min
Venezuela’s in chaos. The country has two people claiming to be the rightful president, more than 35 protesters have been shot dead in a week, and all people want to do is scream about who they support on social media from thousands of miles away. Cut…
33. Kosovo: Conflict, Corruption, and a Brand New Army
Jan 22 • 37 min
Kosovo based journalist Valeria Plesch tells us about Kosovo’s recent decision to start its own army and the trouble this could cause in a country still tense from the war in the 90s. We also talk about the crippling youth unemployment in Kosovo and the…
32. The Group Chat Catching Fleeing ISIS Fighters
Jan 18 • 45 min
We speak to AFP correspondent Maya Gebeily about a WhatsApp network she discovered that has the sole purpose of catching fleeing ISIS fighters in Syria. Thousands of Syrians pool their information together in a network of group chats to try and stop the…
31. Insurgent Airforce: Weaponising Commercial Drones
Jan 7 • 39 min
Today we speak to Bellingcat researcher Nick Waters about his extensive work on the use of commercial drone bombs in war. We’re talking about drones you can buy off of Amazon and use in your garden that have been converted by insurgents to drop bombs on…
Popular Front 2019 - Moving Forward
Dec 30, 2018 • 7 min
Thanks for all the support. This year was just the beginning, 2019 will be a lot bigger for Popular Front. Have a good New Year. - www.patreon.com/popularfront - www.popularfront.co - www.twitter.com/jake_hanrahan - www.instagram.com/popular.front
30. Is This the End of Rojava?
Dec 22, 2018 • 25 min
We speak with journalist Wladimir van Wilgenburg, who’s dedicated his career to covering the Kurdish issue, about Trump’s recent decision to abandon the YPG in Northern Syria. - www.patreon.com/popularfront - www.popularfront.co -…
29. A Crossroads in Yemen’s Forgotten War
Dec 13, 2018 • 51 min
We speak to John Arterbury, an analyst with his eyes firmly set on Yemen. He tells us how the war started, the current crossroads both sides are at, and his theories on why this conflict, where children regularly starve to death, goes so under-reported. -…
28. The Russian Training Jihadist Special Forces
Dec 5, 2018 • 24 min
This week we hear from Abu Academic who claims to be former Russian special forces and is now using those kills to train HTS jihadist fighters in Syria. (This was a Patreon bonus episode that I’ve decided to put out on the normal podcast. One off. Back to…
27. Russia vs Ukraine: Trouble in the Sea of Azov
Nov 29, 2018 • 29 min
We got journalist Christopher Miller back on to talk about last week’s clashes between Russia and Ukraine in the Sea of Azov. Everything you wanted to know about this escalating situation is right here. - www.patreon.com/popularfront - www.popularfront.co…
26. Assad’s Tank Graveyard
Nov 21, 2018 • 36 min
Independent researcher Jakub Janovsky tells us how the Assad regime’s tank fleet, one of the world’s biggest, was reduced almost entirely to scrap metal and smouldering debris. - www.patreon.com/popularfront - www.popularfront.co -…
25. The Real Cyberwar
Nov 14, 2018 • 50 min
There’s a lot of hype and nonsense when it comes to reporting on cyber warfare, so we spoke to one of the best tech journalists around to explain what the real threats of cyberwar are right now. - www.patreon.com/popularfront - www.popularfront.co -…
24. Who are the Hashd al-Shaabi?
Nov 7, 2018 • 61 min
Phillip Smyth takes us on a deep dive into the world of the Hashd al-Shaabi, the Iranian backed militias (also known as the PMU, PMF, and “Shia Militias”) fighting in Iraq. They’ve documented their own war crimes, shot unarmed protesters, and have been…
23. The Pop Culture of Nuclear Apocalypse with War College
Oct 31, 2018 • 42 min
It’s Halloween, so we’re doing something a bit different. For this episode we teamed up with the guys from War College to have a chat about how nuclear war has so often influenced the pop culture around us. - patreon.com/popularfront - www.popularfront.co…
22. Assassinations in Afrin
Oct 25, 2018 • 52 min
Alexander McKeever tells us all about the mysterious assassination squads of Afrin in Northern Syria. We hear about the tactics of Wrath of Olives and how Afrin was looted and ruined after the invasion by Turkish backed rebels. - patreon.com/popularfront…
21. Wilayat Sinai: The ISIS Insurgency in Egypt
Oct 17, 2018 • 52 min
Yago Rodríguez tells us about Wilayat Sinai, the branch of ISIS in Egypt. We hear how they’re launching well organised military attacks, trading weapons with Libya, and doing deals with Gaza. - patreon.com/popularfront - popularfront.co - @jake_hanrahan
20. Venezuela’s Crushed Rebellion
Oct 10, 2018 • 63 min
We speak to Giancarlo Fiorella from In Venezuela Blog about the crushed rebellion in Venezuela. He tells us all about the street clashes, the food crisis, the drone bomb, and the last stand of Oscar Perez. - patreon.com/popularfront - popularfront.co -…
19. On the Frontline of the YPG’s Ongoing War
Oct 3, 2018 • 40 min
We speak to Firat Batman as he takes a brief rest from fighting against ISIS in their last stronghold in Syria. Firat is a Kurd from Rojava who grew up in Sweden. He’s been fighting in Rojava for the YPG for three years and is currently on the final push…
18. The Rise of the Tiger Forces
Sep 26, 2018 • 49 min
Gregory Waters tells us all about the Tiger Forces in Syria, the pro Assad regime militia that’s seen as heroes to some and war criminals to others. We’ll find out why their leader is so enigmatic, how they’re working with with the Russian military, and…
17. Female Guerrilla Warfare
Sep 19, 2018 • 44 min
We speak to Ora Szekely about the role of female combatants within various irregular conflicts, from the Colombian rebels of FARC to the Kurdish female fighters of the YPJ in Syria. - patreon.com/popularfront - popularfront.co - @jake_hanrahan
16. Keep it Quiet: Insurgent Suppressor Use in Battle
Sep 13, 2018 • 49 min
We speak to Everest65, who’s been working extensively to gather information about insurgent suppressor use in battle in the Middle East and North Africa. This one is about as niche as it gets. - patreon.com/popularfront - popularfront.co - @jake_hanrahan
15. The Idlib Dilemma
Sep 4, 2018 • 50 min
Russia and the Assad regime are likely to launch an offensive on Idlib in northwest Syria very soon. The region is ruled by a variety of jihadists, but with three million people living there, it’s not as simple as wiping out extremists. Sasha…
14. 3D Printed Warfare
Aug 28, 2018 • 36 min
We speak to Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed about his highly controversial 3D printed gun project. He also talks about crypto-anarchy, untraceable firearms, and his long battle with the US government. - patreon.com/popularfront - popularfront.co -…
13. Ukraine is Still at War
Aug 22, 2018 • 59 min
Young soldiers are killed almost every week in East Ukraine, and the separatist held regions are still under the rule of an iron fist, yet the media, both in Ukraine and internationally, seems to have forgotten that Ukraine is still at war. We got some…
12. The Ambazonia Insurgency in Cameroon
Aug 17, 2018 • 44 min
In Cameroon a conflict between English speaking Cameroonian rebels and the French speaking Cameroon state forces is rapidly getting worse. Whole villages are being burned, civilians are being killed, and young men are forming militias. There’s little…
11. Tracking Guns Across the World with Silah Report
Aug 7, 2018 • 57 min
Ever wondered why some warlords get all the best guns and others are left to craft their own? Or how British made muskets end up on Afghanistan gun markets? Or why the Marines now have a dedicated drone guy? If so, you’ll love this. Discover all things…
10. ISIS International
Jul 31, 2018 • 76 min
Hear Pawel Wojcik talking about how ISIS has gone international, spreading its jihadist Caliphate across the world, setting up effective cells in Libya, Afghanistan, Nigeria, and East Asia. Find out why the fall of Raqqa was not the end of ISIS. -…
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Jul 25, 2018 • 2 min
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09. Aum Shinrikyo: A Japanese Death Cult’s Apocalyptic Terrorism
Jul 22, 2018 • 43 min
Independent Aum Shinrikyo researcher Sarah Hightower tells us how the Japanese death cult became a terrorist organisation with more than 10,000 members. They produced Sarin gas, they built their own assault rifles, and they even tried to buy bombs from…
08. Inside the Battle of Marawi
Jul 18, 2018 • 42 min
A first person account from reporter Sean Williams (New Yorker, Harpers) of what it was like inside the battle of Marawi, where Filipino ISIS fighters laid siege to the island city in 2017 for six months. - patreon.com/popularfront - popularfront.co -…
07. The “Christian Militias” of Iraq and Syria
Jul 10, 2018 • 92 min
A very detailed introduction to the many different facets of the so-called “Christian militias” fighting in Iraq and Syria, talking about the history and motivations of the Assyrian/Syriac/Chaldean community. - patreon.com/popularfront -…
06. MS-13 and the WhatsApp Death Squads
Jul 7, 2018 • 53 min
After recently returning from El Salvador, journalist Danny Gold tells us about the violence of MS-13 and how evangelical Christianity is tying to quell it. He also explains how paramilitary death squads are organising via WhatsApp to slaughter the gangs…
05. Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenia’s Powder Keg War
Jul 2, 2018 • 63 min
Aram Shabanian tells us why the forgotten “frozen conflict” between Armenia and Azerbaijan could explode into a full blown war that pulls in everyone from Russia to India. - jakehanrahan.com - patreon.com/popularfront - @jake_hanrahan
04. The ISIS Car Bomb Production Line
Jun 9, 2018 • 71 min
All about ISIS and their suicide cars (or SVBIEDS—suicide vehicle borne improvised explosive devices) in Iraq, from the switches they use to tricks they played in Mosul. jakehanrahan.com @jake_hanrahan
03. Portrait Photography on the Rojava Frontlines
May 7, 2018 • 40 min
Portrait photographer Joey L went to war for the first time in Northern Syria to capture the fight of the Kurdish YPG, documenting the culture in a way he says photojournalists can’t. jakehanrahan.com/popularfront @jake_hanrahan
02. All American Militias
May 7, 2018 • 71 min
Find out from Hampton Stall, the guy who runs “Militia Watch, all about US militias and their love for guns, liberty, and often Donald Trump. jakehanrahan.com/popularfront @jake_hanrahan
01. The Nazis Fighting for Assad in Syria
Mar 27, 2018 • 38 min
Find out from Pascal Andresen about the far-right Syrian Social Nationalist Party and the militants they’ve sent to go and fight for Assad in Syria. jakehanrahan.com/popularfront @jake_hanrahan