Jake Hanrahan is a British journalist and documentary filmmaker.


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In Episode 105 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Jake Hanrahan about the crisis unfolding in the border region between Syria and Turkey following the US withdrawal of forces from northern Syria. This withdrawal precipitated the subsequent assault by Turkish Armed Forces on the Kurdish YPG-controlled region of Rojava. Jake Hanrahan is an independent journalist and documentary filmmaker based in the UK. He has reported from Syria, Iraq, southeast Turkey, and other conflict zones for HBO, Vice News, PBS Newshour, and BBC News, to name a few.  Turkish President Erdogan, after obtaining the consent of President Trump, began his invasion into the Kurdish YPG controlled region of Syria known as Rojava this past Wednesday. During Sunday’s “Face the Nation,” Secretary of Defense Mark Esper confirmed to Margaret Brennan that roughly 1,000 U.S. troops would be evacuated from northern Syria following Trump’s troop withdrawal announcement. There are also multiple reports of ISIS families and fighters previously captured and held by Kurdish forces starting to escape after Tukey’s bombardments. Also, Lebanese broadcaster al-Mayadeen reported Sunday that the Syrian army would enter Manbij and Kobani in the next 48 hours, based on an agreement with the Syrian Democratic Forces (the latter, according to Mohammed Shaheen, the deputy chairman of Euphrates region told North-Press).  It seems that what we are seeing transpire in the Middle East is the disintegration of artificially constructed national borders around sectarian lines. The forces being unleashed have thus far remain contained within the Greater Middle East, but Turkey’s involvement creates the further potential for spillover into the Balkans and southern Europe at some indeterminate future date. Additionally, Turkey has been flexing its geopolitical muscles where Greece is concerned in recent years, and it is no longer inconceivable to imagine that its troubled relationship to the EU and its membership in NATO will prove insufficient as deterrents for curbing Turkish military aggression or the expansionary ideas of Erdoğan in the Aegean.  This conversation is meant to help Hidden Forces listeners develop some context for what has transpired over the past week, the significance of Trump’s decision, and the implications moving forward.  Hidden Forces is listener funded. We rely on you to help us keep the program free of corporate advertising. You can help us do that by subscribing to one of our three content tiers through the Hidden Forces Patreon Page. All subscribers also gain access to our overtime feed, which can be easily be added to your favorite podcast application. Your support is deeply appreciated. Producer & Host: Demetri Kofinas Editor & Engineer: Stylianos Nicolaou Subscribe & Support the Podcast at http://patreon.com/hiddenforces Join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @hiddenforcespod
Episode brief: A conversation with independent journalist and documentary filmmaker Jake Hanrahan, about his experiences as an irregular warfare correspondent for outlets such as ViceNews, HBO, Bellingcat and the Guardian, as well as his current project – grassroots media outlet, Popular Front. Jake has reported from places as close home as Northern Ireland, and as far as Peru, having also provided coverage of multiple Balkan and Middle Eastern conflict affairs. Popular Front, which he is the founder of, and driving force behind, is supported on a subscription model basis, through its Patreon profile. Aside from that, Jake is also currently holding an Indiegogo campaign, under the title Popular Front 10K, with the aim of being able to purchase much needed new equipment, and compensate PF contributors financially. Note: The episode is not safe for work, as it contains some explicit language, as well as references to sexual violence. Links: – Jake’s personal website – Jake’s Twitter Profile (@Jake_Hanrahan) – Popular Front’s website (popularfront.co) – Popular Front’s Twitter profile (@PopularFrontCo) – Popular Front’s iTunes page – Popular Front’s Patreon profile – Popular Front’s 10K Indiegogo campaign Books referenced in this episode: – It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis (f.p. 1935) The post #48: Popular Front (w/ Jake Hanrahan) appeared first on CTRL+D.
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Jan 21st, 1990
City of London, England, United Kingdom
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1 hour, 48 minutes