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#363 Interview With A Real Life Bond Villain
Israeli-Canadian lobbyist Ari Ben-Menashe's latest gig is working for Myanmar's military junta.

In the course of his long career, Ben-Menashe has been an Israeli spy, sold weapons to Iran, survived a firebombing, and been the target of at least one RCMP investigation. He crossed paths with Jeffrey Epstein. And he’s worked for Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe, Libya’s Khalifa Haftar, and Sudan’s Transitional Military Council.

Ben-Menashe runs the lobbying firm Dickens & Madson (Canada), based Montreal.

And on March 5th, it was reported that he’d been awarded a US$2 million contract to lobby the U.S. and other governments on behalf of the military generals in Myanmar who seized power in a coup on February 1st.

Julian Pecquet broke that story for his site ForeignLobby.com, and he tells Jesse what he knows about Ben-Menashe, his source.

Then Jesse talks to Ari Ben-Menashe himself.

This episode is brought to you by Hover, CFUV 101.9, and Article.

Additional music by Audio Network.

March 14, 2021
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