35 Burst results for "Balkans"
Not Defeat, Not Victory, But a Third Scenario...
"Right, Jim, so here's the third scenario. And I look at not just the patterns of life for Vladimir Putin and his background as a KGB colonel and not a very good one because you don't get posted to East German if you're good. You get posted to London or Paris or Washington. I look at the region. I look at the Eastern Europe and I see a pattern I see many, I see multiple so called frozen conflicts. So there doesn't have to be, hey, we won, or you lost, he could just play for the mess with the Ukrainians long enough until it gets into some quasi status, a stasis of a no man's land, whether it's Moldova, the mysteria, South Ossetia. That could be another scenario. Well, I mean, that's been the strategy all along is to have these conflicts. So it's literally a button he can push any time. Whether it's in the Balkans or in Moldova or in Georgia, or in Ukraine. Having said that, he has said he wanted to conquer Ukraine. And that's failing. And not only is it failing is he's losing ground. And when you get down to the core of this strategic core, which is Crimea, right? The one thing he literally can not afford to lose. That would be a complete number. But geographically, it's much easier to hold on to Crimea. Yes, it's very, very difficult for the Ukrainians to take that. So the question is, yeah, he can fight another day, right? And you would say, well, the sensible guy would do that. But I have to be honest with you, I don't know if he's being sensible or not, right?
Stephen Miller: Biden's Cognitive Mistakes Can Lead to Nuclear War
"Cut ten. Here's more of what Stephen Miller said about the cognitive decline of Joe Biden and why it matters. I'm not sitting here just trying to take political pot shots at Democrats. That's not what we're saying. You have got to understand what the risk is here. Stephen Miller sure understands it. Of course, we can talk about Afghanistan, the greatest foreign policy humiliation in American history without even a close second, we can talk about the fact that this administration is now presiding over the first war in Europe since the Second World War, obviously you've had some conflicts, so I shouldn't say the first major war in Europe since the Second World War. There's obviously been some conflicts, but the first major war in Europe. And nothing like, for example, what happened in the Balkans or what happened in the Clinton administration, you're talking about something that could lead us to nuclear war. You're talking so that could lead us to World War II. So this could lead to nuclear war. Do you understand it?
Get to Know Hung Cao, U.S. House Candidate for VA-10
"You're running as the Republican in the tenth congressional district in Virginia which is right outside of Washington but it also stretches a bit Tell everybody a little bit about your background From Vietnam in 1975 and then we escaped there within days of the fall Saigon Came over here and my father couldn't find work over here So we had to move to Africa So I grew up I spent 7 years in Africa And while we're over there my parents we spent 7 years over there I was going to French schools and my parents realized at the age of 12 that this kid probably needs to learn English also So we moved back here My mom brought myself in my sport sisters back here while my dad remained over there for 15 years by himself working and seeing him every 6 months but I want to I grabbed on to that American Dream and I want to Thomas Jefferson high school for science and technology I was the first class to graduate from there I went to the United States naval academy I got my master's in physics from naval postgraduate school and I was a fellow at MIT and at Harvard But I paid everything back with services country I served 25 years in special operations I thought in Iraq Afghanistan Somalia I was in Pakistan during the earthquake relief I was in the Balkans I dove the ocean depth I recovered John F. Kennedy Jr. but then that's been required last October because just watching Kabul fall and seeing mothers hand babies to marines Just broke my heart I mean that's exactly what happened in Vietnam And so I decided to run for Congress Wow And how old are you I'm 51 sir 51 well you've led a full life at the age of 51 And a very patriotic
Wright earns 18th win, Braves beat Giants 5-1, gain on Mets
"The braves are closing in on the mets after they beat the Giants 5 to one Atlanta is only half a game behind New York for first place in the national league east Kyle Wright became the major's first 18 game winner allowing only a run on three hits and 5 and a third innings It's definitely a team award We got to score runs we gotta play defense and then the Balkans gotta shut it down and fortunately got a really good team of guys help me win those games so it just says a lot about our team Dansby Swanson hit a two run Homer in the third inning Giants pitcher Jacob junis took the loss he pitched 5 innings giving up 7 hits and four runs Ryan leong San Francisco
Who Was Mikhail Gorbachev?
"Yesterday, Mikhail Gorbachev passed away. Now for many young people out there, they have no idea who Gorbachev is. In fact, I was talking to some young people recently. I said, oh, you know, tell me about the Soviet Union never heard of the Soviet Union. In high school, never heard of the Soviet Union. They don't learn that stuff in school anymore. Now Gorbachev was a very special leader. Gorbachev by all estimates was ethical and full of integrity. In a country that was basically run by thugs and criminals and was nothing more than a massive cartel enterprise. Now Gorbachev was met with a fair amount of anti Soviet Union protests and he was one of the first people not to crack down on the anti communist anti totalitarian protest with force. Now, Gorbachev is not totally beloved in Eastern Europe. He's not. In fact, Vladimir Putin has said many times that one of the greatest mistakes that Russia ever made was the dissolution of the Soviet Union, brokered by Gorbachev. Gorbachev ended the Cold War. And yes, Gorbachev was outmaneuvered and out strategized by Reagan, but he was always inclined towards peace. Gorbachev was probably too good of a person to run the Soviet Union. And he did bring a lot of he brought a movement of sovereignty of in Estonia and Lithuania and Latvia in the Balkan Peninsula. The Soviet union was a far reaching totalitarian communist blanket over the eastern part of Europe and a lot of that has broken up and Russia is doing their best job to try to recreate that. Albeit very difficult and clumsily and at a very, very high cost.
FBI's team to investigate massive cyberattack in Montenegro
"FBI's cyber experts are heading to Montenegro to investigate a massive and cause an agent attack on the tiny Balkan nation's government and its services Last weekend Montenegro's agency for national security said the country was under a hybrid war at the moment blaming the attack squarely on Russia though without providing evidence Officials say Russia has a strong motive because the Balkan state once considered an ally join NATO in 2017 despite
"balkans" Discussed on The Aloönæ Show
"Okay. Yeah. That's good. Yeah. Totally. So how often do you perform? Well, actually, it depends when it was the Corona time. I didn't perform at all. I actually did some online concerts in some websites. But I mean, it doesn't really it's not as much fulfilling as you hope it would be. But right now I'm actually focusing on only trying to find the right people to work with and have a have a good album to come out. The first two mixtapes that I did, I actually pushed the production. So it wasn't the perfect songs in it. And I hate that because it should have been. But in this album, I spent a whole year working on it. I haven't released a single music in a single track in the last year at all. I've written a 180 songs. And from those, I'm only going to use 12. So I made sure everyone would be perfect for this album. So afterwards, yeah, I'm going to, I think, this summer, I'm going to be kicking up a little bit during the show. I'm going to be all out. I'm going to be performing everywhere, but you know, everywhere, speaking local venues and small stuff, of course. Or maybe opening up opening up for bigger ads because that's actually a really good way to go. Great. Yeah, that's amazing. And is there any big name venues that you really want to perform more? Any country you are to perform in well, if I'm being completely honest, U.S. would be the best, the best choice ever. When it comes to any genre of music, to be honest. The U.S. will have over every other country all the time will be will be the push that they give the movie industries and the music industry. It's amazing. And I mean, even the underground rappers there make a lot a lot. I mean, it's not just about the money. It's mostly about also being a recognized and having a respect because here I can a couple stop me in the streets and be like, I don't know, I don't care who you are, but if you're an underground artist in the U.S., they'd be like, oh, hey, you're Kirk. I've heard something in the radio or whatever. Underground rappers don't get played in a radio here in Albania. Okay. But yeah. If you had to. So if you could work with any huge artist who you want to work with. I don't know if you've heard of the slaughterhouse. It's always crooked eye and Joe Biden and dual roots. They used to be assigned to shady records to M and M therefore rubbers. I think I've kind of heard a slaughterhouse. Yeah, I think it was kind of right. Yeah. Yeah. It's one of them. It's called Joel Ortiz. I followed his music ever since 2008, I think. He's one of my favorite artists and yeah, if I could work with him, that would be like, all right, I can die now. It's totally cool. I did everything that I ever wanted to do. But if you're talking big, big names, I mean, I think Eminem would be the way to go. I mean, it's never going to happen, but still one can hope.
"balkans" Discussed on The Aloönæ Show
"Alona. And then this episode I've brought on regular Eric Taylor. And as for our guest, he's from Albania. He's a rapper and programmer. Well, more specifically, he's an underground rapper. We saw the educated has made his living as a programmer and developing freelancer. Ladies and gentlemen, I'll give you such mere printing. Correctly. Hi, everyone. I hope to hear that. Yeah, I think what I would do that, yeah, good. So how's life? Well, it's going pretty good. It's stable, I guess. I mean, there's always better, but you've got to make the world you've got. Yeah? Great. Yeah. Have you been up too much recently? Actually, I'm going to process of producing my third album. So I've been all over the place, plus I've had some clients on my on my other job and have been I've been not sleeping correctly lately. Okay. Okay. What kind of music do you produce or make? Well, most of the time, I get other producers to work on my music, but I actually produce some of the tracks on each album, they're my two of them three of them. They're solid all over. I do the track. I do the instrumental adrenergic mastering. The recording process, everything. And well, it's mostly youth related stuff. Disruptive generation issues that we face on everyday life. How hard it is for someone to come up from zero from literal zero and there's people that want to hear that. So when I make it. Okay. Interesting. And what got you into music? Well, I actually always had a had a thing for it since 5th great, I think. I used to write lyrics in my notebook instead of paying attention to school. And it just stuck with me. And then you meet people, they push you into doing stuff that they think that it's good for you. And sometimes it's good to listen to them because at times we don't take the chances that we need to take unless somebody is pushing us from behind. I'm really glad for that. Yeah, that's great. Yeah. Yeah. So do you have a go other places outside of Albania? Actually, I mean, yeah, if it's for traveling, but not from music. At least not yet. Okay. Not yet.
"balkans" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Briefing
"To Kosovo where a dispute over vehicle license plates and identity cards has left the government accusing Serbia of trying to destabilize the country. Officials in Christiana had planned to require Serbs in northern Kosovo to replace their license plates with Kosovo plates starting today. But protests that turned violent over the weekend have led the plans to be postponed until at least the 1st of September. While joining me to discuss more of this is Monaco's Balkans correspondent guide Lonnie, guy good to have you on the show. Let's start with sort of take us through why this move from Kosovo was seen as so or is seen as so controversial by Serbian, particularly by the ethnic Serbian population in the country. Well, what we have at the moment with Kosovo is as a fudge in essence. So Serbia does not recognize Kosovo's unilateral Declaration of Independence, which it made in 2008. As far as Serbia is concerned, Kosovo remains part of Serbia. And that largely applies to the ethnic Serb population of Kosovo as well, who are a minority in Kosovo these days. But there's a large concentration of ethnic people in northern Kosovo in particular. And they have since 2008 and right now and an ongoing situation, they maintain strong ties with Belgrade and they have jobs in many cases which are related to the government and Belgrade and their license plates on their cars and their identity cards are issued by Belgrade rather than Pristina, which is Kosovo's capital. So if you go to, say, north mitrovica in north Kosovo, you'll see number plates there on cars which have KM on them and insignia implying that those are Serbian number plates. This has been getting on the nerves of the government in Pristina, in particular, the government of Alban kurti, the current prime minister. He's an Albanian nationalist. He makes no secret of his dislike for Serbia and he doesn't see why people who are in the borders of Kosovo shouldn't have Kosovo insignia on their cars, Kosovo ID, cards, and so on and so forth. This has been a real bone of contention between Belgrade and Pristina. We had a standoff last year about this, which lasted for a couple of weeks with blockades on the roads. And we've had a repeat of this over the weekend, which again threatened to turn a bit nasty, but then everybody's back down again. Okay, so everybody's back down for now, but where do you expect this to go then? I mean, as you say, Kosovo tried this last year. It clearly seems determined to try and push this through. Are we going to see a repeat of the protests and violence a month from now? Or do you expect some sort of deal to be reached? Well, what we've had right now is we've seen the problem being kicked down the road and only kicked down the road by 30 days. So what happened last year was the issue was kicked down the road for slightly longer because two sides agreed that the fudge they would reach. And fudges are terribly important when you have these sort of situations. They reached a fudge that the number plates the Serbian insignia on number plates would be paced over with stickers when those cars entered the administrative across the administrative line into Kosovo. That was going to be the fudge so you have to put a little sticker on your number plate. Vice versa, if you have a car with a Kosovo number plate when it goes into Serbia, they have to put a little sticker over the Kosovo insignia on there. This fudge worked, but it was only going to be a temporary fudge. Nobody's really worked out a permanent solution to this. So Alban Curtis has said, well, we're now going to enforce the deadline for the end of this particular compromise and this is happening and it's happening at midnight on the 1st of August. Nobody was really ready for that to happen. The U.S. embassy in particular took right and asked the government and Pristina to delay the implementation of these measures. We've also had remarks as well from a militarized who's the EU special envoy to the western Balkans saying he welcomes the decision by Kosovo to accept Joseph Burrell's the EU part of foreign policy chief proposal to postpone by one month so the EU is involved as well. Everybody is saying good grief that this really isn't what we need at this moment. It's not going to go away. Alvin Carti is playing to his constituency, which is in essence Albanian nationalists and people who really don't like Serbia at all, and that's the majority of the ethnic Albanian population in Kosovo. President Alexander vucic of Serbia is playing to his constituency, which is Serbian nationalists who believe the Kosovo Serbia. So the game will just continue. Well, it's a game, but at the same time, guy just from the way you even discuss it there. It's always amazing with these kinds of things how something seemingly small where both sides act on principle and refuse to back down can create far far greater tension than perhaps the issue itself even deserves, frankly, you know, we're talking about license plates at the end of the day, but what sense does that should that give us about just how tense things still are politically between Kosovo and Serbia. When generally things rub along, that's a thing. It's a bit like the situation we used to have with China and Taiwan. That everybody really knows about Taiwan's status that Taiwan has its own government to operate in all respects as an independent country. But most countries around the world follow a one China policy and nudge nudge wink wink and everybody was quite happy with that for quite a number of years. That's been shifting over the past three years. Well, likewise, with Kosovo and Serbia, if you ask president Alexander vucic, you know, what the situation is with Serbia and Kosovo and Kosovo's independence. He can be quite Frank sometimes and say, well, you know, we have to accept the realities with Kosovo. But he won't really say the south loud to his voters. And it's a problematic situation for Belgrade because it's a bit of a pain to have to keep on dealing with these issues with the province as they would see it. Whose population is 90% ethnical. As unilaterally declared independence does help Serbia, the great majority of the population now. That's all quite clear. But it's not politically feasible for Serbia of the government of Alexander vucic to recognize Kosovo's independence. It simply isn't. Meanwhile, prime minister Albin kurti of Kosovo keeps talking about mutual recognition, which is quite funny really because the idea that Serbia is waiting for Kosovo to recognize its existence is slightly ironic to put it mildly. The little fudge is the little compromises is how we get by on these things. And it's why the talks
Moving From Action to Administration With LTG Jerry Boykin
"You as a man of action. I mean, you're just a gregarious guy. You love big, you talk, you're there. You want to be an action. That's what about you the force to start with. When you started moving toward the more administrative roles, how did that for someone like you how did that make was that different? Was that almost a more difficult challenge? Oh, yeah. I mean, it always is, especially when you're sent from being on the front lines with the Delta force up to The Pentagon. You know, that's like being thrown off to San Francisco bridge or something. But you know what, what was good about that was, I. Actually was only only the staff therefore a little while, and I got sent over to the CIA. So I spent a couple of years at CIA running covert actions there to CIA. And so it kind of put me back in the fight, so to speak, and that was a great assignment. And I got to tell you, don't ever say anything bad about CIA around me, because they are, they have some of the finest professionals in the government. And then when I came back for my second tour at The Pentagon, I wound up going over to the Balkans running a task force there to capture war criminals, remember after the Dayton accords, there had been an agreement that all of the war and factions would turn in the people that were identified as war criminals, but they didn't do it. So I was running a task force out of Sarajevo that was capturing war criminals and that was that was a great assignment. I mean, I really enjoyed that. And then I left that job after about a year and came back to take over all the green berets, but I got to tell you, I just kept getting put back into those positions where I could feel like I was still part of the game.
Colonel Douglas Macgregor Reacts to Sen. Graham's 2017 Russia Speech
"Colonel, I want to play cut 72. It reinforces something you said where the west was the one that was pushing towards the border of Russia. This is Lindsey Graham and John McCain and Lindsey Graham giving a rather enthusiastic speech saying, we're going to take the fight to Putin. We're going to go straight to the border. We're going to play offense. Play cut 72. Your fight is our fight. 2017 will be the year of offense. All of us will go back to Washington. And we will push the case against Russia. Enough of a Russian aggression. It is time for them to pay a heavier price. I believe you will win. I am convinced you will win and we will do everything we can to provide you with what you need to win. Colonel, your reaction. This was very dangerous, obviously. And they had a receptive audience unfortunately in Ukraine given its tragic history. And I think this actually has its roots in the 1990s in Bosnia Herzegovina and then subsequently in Kosovo and the attacks that we launched against the Serbs, which were aimed ultimately to eject Russia for all intents and purposes from the Balkans and Europe to marginalize Russia. Russia was weak. We were strong and we made no secret of our desire to marginalize them as a power. All of this is connected. And it's unnecessary. I couldn't understand why we even continued to maintain forces in Europe once the wall came down because there was no threat from Russia and frankly today there isn't one when the president of Finland was asked why he wanted to join NATO. He made it very clear that he didn't feel as written by Russia in the least. And I don't think that's the case with anybody right now in Europe to truly understand contemporary Russia.
"balkans" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Briefing
"And finally on today's program we're heading to the western Balkans for roundup of stories from the region, our man, their guide and learning joins me. Now, good afternoon to you guy. Afternoon Marcus, an afternoon everybody. Where are you joining us from today? Actually from the harbor at lovren on Croatia's coast. So I'm off on a working holiday this week and it's absolutely beautiful to be here just arrived literally three minutes ago. Sounds very good. Well, your first story is actually from Croatia. So big news for the country. It will start using the Euro from the start of next year. What is the mood over there? Is everyone delighted by the news? Well, not everyone is delighted because of course people do suspect that the changeover from the Kuna to the Euro on the 1st of January 2023 will result in stealth price rises. That's a standard fear, isn't it when countries switch over to the Euro. But there's a very specific tourism related change as well, which is, as I was crossing the border from Slovenia and to Croatia, you see all of these little exchange officers saying exchange Euros for Kuna. And of course, they're going to be they're not going to be able to do that as of the 1st of January next year. And this is normally their peak season for all these exchange officers and you see them all the way along the road. You'll see them in towns like love run and anywhere else that you go in the tourist hotspots, the Kuna is a fairly esoteric currency. People may get caught up, not realize they can't spend Euros here, and these little businesses, these exchange officers do a roaring trade in the summer, but of course there will be no need for that from next year. So a lot of them are saying, well, this is going to be our final summer of operation. Oh dear, well let's continue to gracious capital next. They have an interesting problem. Indeed, they do. They rather like a slice of wild boar on their plates in the finer restaurants in the Croatia. They're not so fond of wild boar wandering the streets of Zagreb. And that's what's been happening over the past couple of weeks. We've had all sorts of reports of packs of pesky pigs, mooching around the suburbs. And not just mooching around, but also attacking pets. So there was one slightly gruesome video of a dog which appeared to have had potted skin torn off by allegedly by these wild boars. So as you can imagine, the residents are disgruntled. If you see what I said, did that. And the hunters association are licking their lips. What is happening next? How can the sissy fight against packs of wild boar? How do you get rid of them? Well, wild boar are a traditional animal that hunters will hunt in these parts, not just in Croatia, but also in Slovenia and Serbia. It's very well known as an animal to be hunted and the hunters association have been demanding meetings with the mayor of Zagreb, which may have grabbed agreed to before we contracted COVID. But the first thing we can be part of the solution, because the wild boar don't have natural predators, certainly not around Zagreb. And so we humans have to step in, yum, yum. And finally, today you have controversial art news from another capital we're heading to Sarajevo. Indeed, we do. I'm looking at this one. A performance on the square in Sarajevo disturbed passers by as a naked man took to the streets. So what are you? No, it wasn't me. I'm a long way from study over. And anyway, clothing strictly compulsory for me, never optional. But yes, this was meant to be happening in an arts festival in Sarajevo, a 6 hour long performance called together, unfortunately the performers were in the altogether, which, as I say, apparently shocked the citizens of Sarajevo, who you thought would have thought would be fairly unshakable. They're generally quite a phlegmatic gunshot tend to find, but they didn't like seeing a naked man wandering cross Susan Sontag square in the center of the city. They called the police and the police Julie arrested the performers and stopped the performance. What do you think this tells us this new story about first of all, the cultural artistic value of this performance and secondly above the local mindset? Yeah, it's quite an interesting one, isn't it? I mean, there's some people that are saying that it looked like the performers were under the influence of narcotics. So this is the local reaction to performance art. So perhaps if it was an actual performance, it would be one thing. But if you're going to pull a sort of Marina abramovic style act, perhaps study over isn't quite so well tuned into that. Though I am surprised because they do have theater festival cinema festival every year, international participation. There's a great beating cultural heart in Sarajevo as well. But as we also aware, there's been an influx of people into study ever since the war, who wants maybe in school to nose artistic traditions. So maybe this is a case of you can express yourself, but not too much, please. Exactly. That was Monaco's Balkans correspondent to guy de lawing joining us from Croatia. I enjoy your day there. And that's all for this edition of the briefing. It was produced by Rhys James, a researcher was Isabel rosenman's are a studio manager was Greece a plaque. The briefing is back tomorrow at the same time as midday, London time. Meanwhile, don't forget to tune into the monocle daily as 1800 London time, Arya Marcus hippie, goodbye and thanks for listening..
"balkans" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Globalist
"There is a matter of there might be delay of a few days while fellow NATO member states first decided to what they're going to do and then get all the troops from all over Europe where they are based to the attacked country and it would be there would be some delays caused by availability of railways and so forth. The Rain cars, but not half a year. These are very strong words. Kadri finally, what's your reaction to these words, caracalla saying that NATO's existing defense plans for three Baltic states was to allow them to be overrun before liberating them after 6 months. Well, I would take about this political rhetoric that is aimed at NATO delivering more to the Baltics in it. To me, it's a clear run up to the summit. But yeah, I didn't exclude what she has already done it a little bit because I've seen reactions among British military and they are a little bit also disappointed that troops are considered to be the beaches that were run because clearly they have making plans. But yes, that is VA. I wouldn't say any other action that behind it. Kadri leak, thank you so much for joining us on the line. And in the studio, Elizabeth brought my thanks to you listening to the globalist life on monocle 24. 8 15 in Paris, 7 15 here in London. Now while the path has been smoothed for Ukraine's entry as a candidate state to the EU for the countries of the western Balkans, or they are now in their 20th year in the queue. Later today, EU leaders are expected to address this at a summit in Brussels, but to give you an idea of the state of play, it was only yesterday afternoon that the leaders of Serbia, Albania and North Macedonia changed their minds about boycotting the meeting and decided to make the journey to Brussels while guide Alana is Monaco's Balkans correspondent, welcome back, good morning. Thank you very much, Emma. So let's rewind 2003. That's when several countries, I think it's 7 countries, isn't it? In the western Balkans who were promised EU membership. What's happened? It's not gone well since then to be fair, now this decision in 23 that you're talking about Emma was called the Thessaloniki declaration, which is a bit of a mouthful, but it was where the European Union was holding a summit on that particular occasion, and it said, basically, western Balkans is part of Europe. We need all of these countries in the European Union. And the 7 countries that they talked about at the time were the 6 countries today known as the western Balkans 6, and the country which appears to have escaped the western Balkans, which is Croatia, because that joined the European Union in 2013. It's the most recent country to join the European Union and it looks like being the last country to join the European Union for quite some time for those other 6 and we're talking here at Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, North Macedonia, Bosnia and Kosovo. They're all stuck at various stages of the process. Serbia and Montenegro have started accession negotiations. Albania and North Macedonia have candidate status but haven't started negotiations. Bosnia is Bosnia and Kosovo isn't even recognized by 5 U member states. So that's where we are today. So that's not a great position, but then they then see the likes of Ukraine and Moldova last week being given candidate status. I mean, no one is going to begrudge Ukraine being having its path smoothed towards EU membership. But that must great somehow in terms of their other countries or what the western Balkans countries ability to progress. Well, everybody's gnashing their teeth in some way, shape or form. So if you're Montenegro and Serbia, you're in negotiations, but these negotiations have been dragging on for years. In Montenegro's case for more than a decade, in Serbia, almost as long as that now. If you're Albanian and North Macedonia, you're thinking, well, great, candidates status sounds good, doesn't it? But you have to move beyond candidate status into actual membership negotiations. And this is where Albania and North Macedonia are stuck right now. Because of the way that the EU allows member states to veto things going forward. And they are the victims of a veto by Bulgaria, which basically wants North Macedonia to admit that its people, its heritage, its language, have strong Bulgarian roots and Bulgaria will not allow North Macedonia to progress until it does so. North Macedonia's bid is tied to that of Albania, coupled is the speak that the EU uses. So Albania's stuck as well. There's been a big push over the past few days for Bosnia to get candidate status at the same time as Ukraine Moldova and Georgia. But that's not going to work because of the state that Bosnia is in. And you now got ethnic leaders in Bosnia saying, well, if you're not going to give us candidates status, maybe we won't play nicely with this reform program, which we've agreed to, which was negotiated by Charles Michel, the other week. So it's all part of an internal political game as well. But yes, massive frustration and understandably so. How can you make a declaration 19 years ago and only have one of those 7 countries actually in the European Union now? Never mind the rest which haven't even started negotiations. Could you just briefly explain what Bulgaria's problem is with North Macedonia and Albania tied in as well? It's completely crackers if you're looking at it from the outside. I'm sure for some people in Bulgaria, it's deadly serious. And for the people of North Macedonia, it's absolutely deadly serious. So Bulgaria basically looks on has had issues with North Macedonia as a separate country and a separate people over the years. It views the people of Macedonia, the people who in Macedonia are known as Macedonians, it thinks that they have Bulgarian heritage. They're basically, if they want to put this in a casual sort of way, that they're Bulgarians in denial. That the roots of their language and their people are Bulgarian and they should acknowledge that and they should ensure that the Bulgarian minority in North Macedonia has certain rights and privileges in North Macedonia. That's at the root of it. Because of this veto rule that you have in the European Union, it's not majority voting. It's not even qualified majority voting..
Ukrainian Troops Locked in Combat Along the East, Waiting for Weapons
"Washington compost Kyiv Ukraine Ukraine forces locked in a grinding battle for control of the country's east struggled to hold off Russian troops and buy themselves some time Yesterday while they await the arrival of the advanced rockets and anti aircraft weapons promised by the west Now I want to thank the Brits who have been really at the front of this I want to thank many of the once captured nations in Eastern Europe our closest allies in Europe actually like the polls and so forth I want to thank the tiny little Balkan states Finland I want to thank even these formerly neutral states They see what's taking place And now finally we've said hey you know what And the problem is you get these medium range rockets now with the pinpoint precision And the good artillery It takes weeks to get them in the field and get them where they need to be and train these guys to do this Weeks So when they wait this is what happens
"balkans" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Globalist
"Then that's what he keeps saying since then. As a human rights organization, we're not in the business of sending weapons. There was a song in the 19 70s that with the refrain send lawyers, guns and money. So somebody else sends guns. We send lawyers. And that's the work that we can do that we have the resources to do. It's to send the lawyers with the expertise in complex litigation with expertise in war crimes, who can help document what's going on and prepare the case. For trial. And I wonder if more broadly has the war in Ukraine and the sort of inflection point that we're in as a result of that has that changed your work or your approach at all. Do you think it changes the approach of the United States for that matter when it comes to defending human rights around the world? Well, I think the war in Ukraine is an unmitigated disaster, especially for the people of Ukraine, but there is no doubt that they are on the front lines for all of us. And one of the good things that has come out of the war is the consolidation by Europe and the United States and other countries, but most especially Europe around the idea of democracy. I think that up until this point, there has been a wavering in Europe, leaders have not spoken about the importance of democracy, per se. It's not one of their talking points. And there's been a lot of leaning towards autocratic regimes. I think what's happened now is that huge populations are saying no to Putin no two autocrats. They making it harder to be autocratic. So I think that's great. I was just in the Balkans at the western Balkans. I just came from Sarajevo a couple of days ago. And I can tell you they are scared. They are very deeply concerned that western Paul can sits next. And that it Putin worked prevail. That's where they would go next. And so there's this great urgent desire to be part of the EU to join NATO. I think I heard from people in Georgia. I've heard that from people really across the former Yugoslavia, the western Balkans, et cetera and I think that that's good for boats well for the future. Why are you hopeful? I'm hopeful because when I started working in human rights in 1981, all of Latin America was underwriting military dictatorships, all of Eastern Europe was under communism, South Africa is at the height of apartheid and women's rights was not on the international agenda. Today, seat all the women's rights convention has been ratified by over a 187 countries. All those changes came about, not because governments wanted them to governments tried to stop them, not because multinational corporations wanted them to, not because huge military wanted them to multinationals and military tried to stop them. But because small groups of determined people harnessed the dream of freedom and made a come true. And that's what I see happening all across the globe today. That's what the women's rights movements and all of these countries. It's all about the work on indigenous rights. It's all about that. Work on planetary safety environmental justice. That's what it's all about. So I think whether you're talking about migrant waves or democracy or freedom of expression or diversity and inclusion that's all look closely, look closely who's doing this. It's small groups of determined people. That's what changes the world. And the only thing harder than changing the world is trying to stop the world from changing. And we're going to change it. That was Kenny Kerry Kennedy daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy and president of RFK human rights. She was talking to monocles Chris chermak in Davos. The time here in London is 7 32, a quick look now at the rest of today's headlines on monocle 24. Japan has scrambled fighter jets after Russian and Chinese warplanes neared its airspace. It follows a.
"balkans" Discussed on The Dork Forest
"Like literally it's like, oh, we're getting this strange alien message. We don't know what it means. There's no universal translator because it's pre Star Trek or whatever. Pre enterprise. Pre star fleet. Nope, that's still wrong. Pre federation. Okay. That's the right word. And she literally, it's like other broadcasting something weird. What is it? I need more nouns. I need more verbs. They're saying we hate you. Like that. It's amazing. Oh my God. I need to actually just see that episode quite honestly, just offhand. Okay, so there is an episode where they meet the romulans. Okay. And every once in a while I'll just wake up in a dead sweat because I'll be like, how did that work? Because they're like a mine hit the ship blows up. Oh, it's terrible. And then they're like, what's this, what's this message coming in? And she's like, it's just on repeat. It's a message from something called the romulan. And then to Paul, the jolene blalock the Balkans says, it's pronounced romulan. And I'm like, wait a second. It's an audio message. Yes. He could have known how to say. Oh, my God. Oh, that's hilarious. Anyway. That is hilarious. And only caught by nerds. Much like if I might digress briefly, the morbius trailer for morbius that he keeps saying, no, well, the trailer is morbius is, of course, some sort of vampire superhero, right? Or supervillain. Between the two. And it's a Sony guy. And he has what he keeps initially the first trailer said that he had sonar. The subsequent trailers he keeps saying, I have some sort of bat radar. I want to stab them with a pen. Nerds,.
"balkans" Discussed on The Stuttering John Podcast
"And instead of leaving like they could because they're millionaires, they chose to frigging put on camouflage and manipulation. Wow. I saw a picture of miss Ukraine. She's out there with a machine gun. Absolutely breathtakingly beautiful and here she is and combat gear with her hair long and she's hitting the damn streets fighting. This is what Russia is now finding themselves facing. And we also know that some of the Russian military had no clue they were never told. Once they crossed into Ukraine, that's when they found out and Russian military are surrendering in many cases. They're surrendering to these people. And I'll tell you about that. They were just saying yeah, that's a clip of size. Yeah, we have yeah, that's right. And there's you also have the ghost of Kyiv. And good lord, that guy right there, whoever he is, I'm sure that his days are numbered because Russia is going to scramble everything they can to take him down. But as of right now, this guy's gotten multiple. He's got like 6 air to air kills and he's killed multiple tanks, BTUs, and all these other things. I mean, look, what the president, the president, right there, Tony macaroni. Thanks for the $22 in krona. The freaking president was in combat gear. Yeah, that's incredible. That's a leader. That's the guy that says, I'm not going to get out of here. I want to stay there. I'm going to fight. And you know, and Donald Trump and Donald Trump only president of the last 5 presidents to go into the bunker when the black lives matter protests were holding up limping away with bone spurs. Yeah. All of a sudden resurfaced. Oh, that bone spur. But I mean, what we're seeing with zelensky. I mean, this is what leadership looks like. And let me tell you something. Vladimir Putin would absolutely he might as well cut his throat. If he kills that president, if he strikes and kills that president, that president will become a martyr, and let me tell you something. Russia will not be able to recover from this. People will go into Russia to go after them. The Russia will get invaded by frigging Ukrainian. By Ukraine, if they're gone, they do this bullshit. I'm tell you right now what we're seeing in Ukraine is bravery that we haven't seen in a long, long time. It really does. When you do it in the battle of London and stuff like that, I mean, you know, Battle of the Bulge and some of these places where you just saw this incredible bravery. And let me tell you something. These are not weak people. These are not weak people. Soviets are not weak people. Anybody that grew up in the Balkans, anybody that grew up in areas that struggle are not weak people. So, you know, and they love their homeland, I'll tell you right now, man, these people are tough as nails. You got women, don't give a shit, pick up a rifle, and they'll fight to the death. These Russians are, you know, Vladimir Putin in his mind had a vision of him doing this, getting away with everything, and everybody else bowing down because, oh, we're worried that if we even so much as remotely even getting food and space, he's going to launch nukes out us. First and foremost, there's people in Russia..
Sen. Cotton: Vladimir Putin's Intention Is Being 'the Next Great Czar'
"The killing people they're destroying the infrastructure of Ukraine It's all out war against this country We have NATO countries right on the border Serious Eastern European NATO countries Romania Hungary Poland you've got the Balkan states You've got others And can you imagine Latin repute and he takes over Ukraine here he is sitting on the border and what's he going to do for the next ten years sit there and pick his nose What's he going to do So I think we should add that he also has de facto control of Belarus as well The main effort against Kyiv is coming from Belarus not technically Russian territory but I think now it's fair to say especially over the last year when he helped Alexander Lukashenko to Bela Russian dictator still the election that Belarus is de facto now part of Russia once again And this is part of Vladimir Putin's long-term ambitions Mark As you know this is nothing to do with Ukraine membership in NATO that was not somehow approaching There is no relevant deadline There's no plan even for Ukraine to join NATO It wasn't about military exercises on Ukrainian soil We don't conduct those If you just listen to what Vladimir Putin said Monday night in that speech Well for that matter Mark as I'm sure you did read the essay he published last summer which is entitled on the historic unity of the Russians and the Ukrainians You can see that this is all about reassembling the greater Russian Empire that he has the ambition to become the next great Tsar in the mold of Peter the great or Catherine the Great And he can not in his mind be either Russians are have greater Russia without Belarus and Ukraine
Rep. Brooks: Trump's Strategy Was Pressuring NATO Countries to Step Up
"But I'd like to talk to you about what's going on in Ukraine My first question for you you know I don't want to get into a Biden versus Trump thing specifically right now but I do want to get into a strategy conversation congressman president Trump was very unpredictable with the Russians You know he wiped out those Russian marks on the battlefield He had looked to expand magnitsky he had sanctioned the Nord stream to pipeline I made him very unpredictable of the predictable excuse me to Putin and Putin didn't really toy with him That all changed with the recent change in president This is causing a real problem here in an escalation on Putin's end Your thoughts on that Well Donald Trump was very forceful He had it right particularly with respect to NATO in which he demanded that our Western European allies contribute more to their own collective defense instead of relying so much on the United States of America for their defense President Trump caught a lot of flak for doing what he did But I don't think anybody would say he was wrong today to have done what he did And if Western Europe had done more than they'd be better positioned to be able to defend Europe from an invasion by Russia Who knows how far Putin wants to go Today the Ukraine yesterday it was Georgia before that it was while somewhere back in there It was the Crimea What's going to be next The Balkans And here I used to step up to the plate They can not continue to rely on the United States of America for their national security They have three times the population of Russia They have roughly ten times as much economic capability as Russia They should have the ability then the manpower and the money to put together a national defense that would scare the willies out of Russia and Putin but unfortunately there have been soft like sheep and you see the wolf taking advantage
James Carafano: There's a Reason Putin Never Tried Trump
"But I also think that the aggressiveness that's occurring now is also because of the fecklessness in the Oval Office It's not just the southern border They don't think Biden's willing to do a hell of a lot And I worry I worry James what if they do cut through Ukraine and they say wow there's the Balkans over there Let's dip our toe in there What is Biden going to do I don't think he's going to do much He's now bending over backwards for the Iranians It's unbelievable to even watch this So there are actually already stirring up issues in the Balkans And the problem all right let's slow down that second They're stirring up in the Balkans Tell us what you mean by that That's a big statement Yeah so Putin has these little packets all over Europe like little landmines So he's occupied part of Moldova's occupied part of Georgia's occupied part of Ukraine And he has his fingers in the conflict in the bottom between Serbia and Kosovo and embossing a host of covina where the Russians have dramatic influence He can push any one of those buttons any time he wants And they were all strategically built for the same reason to give Putin the ability to push into and destabilize Europe whenever he saw set This is not a secret In fact Donald Trump knew this There's a reason why he sent rich grinnell into the Balkans There's a reason why he gave javelins to the Ukrainians There's a reason why he engaged with the Georgians He was and there's a reason why nothing happened in the four years on Donald Trump's watch Trump made it very clear he would not stand for this and Putin never even
World Volcano Review-Volcano Intro and Wrap
"Twenty twenty twenty twenty one one was was a a very very busy busy year year for for people people who who monitor monitor volcanoes volcanoes the the two two eruptions eruptions that that got got the the most most media media attention attention were were in in Iceland Iceland and and La La Palma Palma in in Spain Spain and and Iceland Iceland superstructure superstructure manner manner and and since since the the thirteenth thirteenth century century I I think think Balkan Balkan allergy allergy professor professor Clive Clive Oppenheimer Oppenheimer at at the the university university of of Cambridge Cambridge says says the the Iceland Iceland volcano volcano has has a a history history if if we we look look at at the the last last ten ten thousand thousand years years or or so so they're they're interruptions interruptions that that decides decides that that lasted lasted for for a a century century or or more more that that volcano volcano has has it it caused caused a a lot lot of of damage damage Oppenheimer Oppenheimer says says it's it's a a different different story story on on the the island island of of La La Palma Palma in in Spain Spain so so the the nana nana plantations plantations being being inundated inundated with with lava lava very very very very sick sick plaza plaza it's it's just just burying burying everything everything what what is is the the volcanic volcanic outlook outlook for for twenty twenty twenty twenty two two some some of of the the old old old old faithfuls faithfuls the the million million names names like like Aetna Aetna and and strongly strongly that that they'll they'll they'll they'll continue continue doing doing nothing nothing with with more more dormant dormant volcanoes volcanoes coming coming to to life life I'm I'm a a Donahue Donahue
Kurt Schlichter: From the Gulf War to the LA Riots
"And way back with colonel Kurtz later. Okay, so you're back from the Gulf War. You've just started law school a little bit more mature than the people around you and give us how things proceed from that point cut. Well, it was interesting. I was in kind of a strange place. I would party harder than anybody else in law school. Because an army guy, you could, 'cause you knew how to and you could do it, you could survive it. I could and, you know, I mean, I'm back from the goal. I'm not with any other military people. I think there were a total four out of 404 veterans out 400 in my client. One guy had 20 years ago been in the air force. There was another guy who'd been a seal. And it was strange. And I didn't, I didn't really stop until about 6 months later when I joined the California National Guard. And I don't know why I did. I just, I guess I just wanted to be back with, you know, at least once a year, once a month, a few days a month, be with guys who kind of knew what I did. And I found myself in the last angel's riot. Which you said, what you said was scarier than being deployed to the Balkans, right? Oh, God. Much, much more so. The LA riots, I was living in Pasadena. I look at this thing and we weren't expecting to get deployed. When I had actually joined up, I'm standing in the operations room at the Inglewood armor in Burbank, and I said, so what happens if we get mobilized and the full-time guys just left? 20 some years later as commander in that armory, I would deploy a company standing in that same place. I gave the order to set up a go. But at that time, I call into the United States, look, I'm watching people get the help now of them in TV. Are we getting deployed? Nah, they're not going to call us off. I go, oh, okay. And having enough experience in the army, I immediately packed my stock.
Balkan neighbors mourn victims of bus fire in Bulgaria
"Bill Clinton neighbors are mourning victims of a bus fire in bulk area well Gary and and north Macedonia the gun P. roots of national mourning in honor of the victims off the bus crash that killed forty five people and injured six others the accident occurred on Tuesday while the bus was traveling through Bulgaria carrying tourists to neighboring north Macedonia the the exact cause of the crash has not yet to be determined the bus apparently ripped through a guard rail on the highway to be quickly engulfed in flames and then burned out completely a dozen children were among the dead I'm
NY Rep. Claudia Tenney Shares Her Backstory and Connection to the Former Yugoslavia
"First welcome back to our one on one end studio in discussion with New York's congresswoman Claudia teddy. For those who aren't familiar with your backstory. I didn't even know it until you came in today. You said you mentioned my book, and then you said you sold me on TV and you bought my book, which talks about my parents who escaped Hungary under communism and then mentions what was happening next door in Yugoslavia. Share with us who aren't familiar or who aren't from your district, your connection to the Balkans in the Eastern Europe. I'm not of Yugoslavia in descent or Balkan descent, but I did actually see you and I said, oh, look, you know, because one of my jobs when I worked at the former Yugoslav consulate, which is obviously gone because of the war. We're still look for people in the Balkans, people in the region, and I just, you know, anyone with a sort of the accident, even though Hungarian is not similar to several creations to different route language, I just said, oh, who's this guy? Oh, he's talking about hungry. Interesting because of all that was happening and Yugoslavia being so unique, technically not behind the iron curtain. Tito was able to keep him out of the common form. So I went to Yugoslavia as a student in 1981, 40 years ago, just for a study group and ended up falling in love with the place to just so diverse and interesting and continued to stay there. Work for the consulate worked on the Olympics in Sarajevo in 1984. Learn the language, you know, just continue to go back and then obviously through the war, it was a tough time for me. I had friends from every part of the country, the former years of everywhere. Because we all worked in the consulate together, and so that's been my connection and just living in a country that was communist and then seeing the transformation since the war and them trying to emerge as a market economy, and reading your book where you hear about you're talking about some of the things that happened and how a lot of Hungarians were trying to cross through Yugoslavia and get to freedom and how Tito basically turned them in. And they read the benevolent dictator who was Marshall, Joseph pizza, right? Right, yeah, so called benevolent dictator, and that's where I, you know, I think we're on this moment in American history where people should learn that when they say we have communism we've never just done it quite right, and we had a benevolent dictator in Tito, not a benevolent dictator. Tito had a dissident camp where people were tortured and killed on a barren island in the Adriatic Sea. So it's all these communists. And he played and he played the nationalities. Right. Slovenes vice the Croatians, the Croatians versus the Serbs. Yeah, and technically he was Croatian, but first and foremost he was a communist. Right. He was able to bridge the gap and keep an allied relationship with the Americans and with kind of keeping everyone at bay to maintain this sort of artificial union of these countries and Yugoslavia, which wants Tito died. You know, they devolved into war within about ten
$7.5 Billion Tax Payer Dollars for Electric School Busses?
"Why are senators and congressmen that represent red states? That have massive oil and natural gas production, going along with the following. The infrastructure package will spend $7.5 billion for electrical vehicle charging stations, with which the administration says is critical to accelerating the use of electrical vehicles and to curb climate change. It would also be available for a $5 billion of purchase for electric school buses and hybrids, reducing reliance on school buses that run on diesel fuel. So, for the representatives from states like Pennsylvania, like Brian Fitzpatrick, or from West Virginia, like David McKinley, or from North Dakota, why is there a support of an agenda that will destroy the oil and natural gas production from the Marcellus shale? To the Balkan, isn't that a major job producer in your state? Modernizing the electric grid. By the way, this makes Pete Buttigieg, one of the most powerful people in Washington, D.C.. You are giving him a $1.2 trillion as the head of the Department of Transportation to allocate towards his green energy cronies as he sees it as he sees fit. Of $1.2 trillion of additional spending on top of the trillions of dollars we spend every single year on top of the stimulus packages we've passed in the last 12 months. Is that what we went and elected Republicans to go do?
"balkans" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Globalist
"7 45 here in London, that's head to the western Balkans now for a roundup of the stories making news there. Our man in the region guideline joins us on the line from the Slovenian capital Ljubljana, a very good morning to you guy. Good morning. Good morning, everybody. Nice to have you with us. What's hitting the headlines where you are? Well, I think the big thing really is what's going on in Bosnia because today we've got a session in the parliament of the Republican srpska region and McKee listeners may recall that Bosnia is basically split into two. You've got Republican where most of the ethnic Serbs live. And then you've got the federation, which is where most of the ethnic Croats and bosniak Muslims live. And republica is rattling its saber a little bit talking about pulling away from the rest of Bosnia. This is all being led by Miller adoc, who's the senior ethnic Serb politician in Bosnia. He's the member of the presidency for the ethnic Serbs in Bosnia. And he basically the session today in the National Assembly. It's going to be all about establishing a medicines agency. And the reason this is significant is because it would take away the authority of the national medicines agency, transfer it to this Republican subscribe medicines agency. And this is the first shot in this campaign the Miller haddock's been staging for quite some time now. Withdrawing republic a subsequent from the national institutions of Bosnia, and people are saying, well, look, this is putting the integrity of Bosnia, which, frankly, never looks that solid at even greater risk. Indeed, whatever his chances of this actually being a successful campaign. Well, this is the thing. I don't think he's actually got the support where it counts. And when I say the support where it counts, I mean, in Serbia itself, because we've had the president of Serbia Alexander vucic, come out and say that Serbia will support any decisions made in Bosnia, which are supported by all three constituent peoples and by the constituent peoples of Bosnia. He means the ethnic Serbs, the ethnic Croats and the bosniak Muslims. So in other words, if the ethnic craz and the bosniak Muslims don't go along with the middle of our dods campaign, Serbia has not got Miller adults back. And basically, without that, I can't see him succeeding in the long term. The question is what is short term ambitions are? Tell us that there is an issue of an Albert of an accordion player, explain that relevance to this tale, please. Well, that's right, earlier this week. I think it's always worth talking about Balkan politicians and their musicians, especially as I once ended up singing let it be with if it's a Dutch, who at that point was the prime minister of Serbia. In this case, thank you very much. Proudest moment of my career, Emma. Certainly my singing career. In this case, though, Miller had, he brought an accordionist into the presidency building of Bosnia earlier this week. Sat him down in his office with a bunch of cronies and the all brought out the old rakia and started drinking and singing all sorts of songs. And Miller had a called up his mom on the phone and started singing in my dear old mother down the line to him, which was taken in many quarters as not as a mark of respect for his mom, but disrespect for the solemnity of the office of the presidency and the nation of Bosnia and Herzog governor. Finally, I mean, the idea of bringing someone into an office into disrespect briefly, how serious an issue is that? Well, I mean, it's more of the same familiar dod really, but it doesn't all go well for a Bosnia, which has been judged by the European Union to have made no progress on all the important things it's meant to be doing towards European Union membership. Thank you so much for joining us on the line. That was one of those Balkans correspondent their live on the global list.
Russians flock to Serbia for Western-made COVID-19 vaccines
"Russians are flocking to Serbia to receive western approved covert nineteen shops over Russia has its own vaccine known as Sputnik five international health authorities haven't approve this use that means Russians who want to travel freely need to show they received a western made short with Serbia a convenient choice because they can enter the allied Balkan countries without visas I'm because it offers a wide choice of vaccines vaccination tool packages for Russians seeking Schultz induced by the World Health Organization appeared on the market in mid September questions
"balkans" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Globalist
"Fourteen twenty in hong kong eight twenty here in zurich now consists countries in the balkans finally be allowed to get the hopes up over. Joining europe's most important club needs of the eu are in slovenia whether expected to restate a guarantee of membership to serbia. Kosovo bosnia herzegovina montenegro albania and north macedonia. But it still not as simple as that and the man who can explain it to us all is guided loney monaco's balkans correspondent. He joins us on the line from slovenia. Good morning guy. good morning. I'm kamal before we dive into the the issue of this these six countries. I mean the the television screens are full. This morning of the dinner last night among the eu leaders It was supposed to be informal. But do we know what was said. I think it was a fair amount of fume going on about the situation regarding all curse and china and everything that's been going on in the in the pacific and i'm not making that up off the top of my head. This is from what people were saying on their way into that informal dinner. Say hard european. Council president sean. Michelle saying that. They would indeed be talking about all those things and again emmanuel macron talking about how they wanted to talk about that and also have a little reset of their relationship with the us after all that unpleasantness over the the orcas defense pact But the word that was coming up again and again when you had people making that little sign soundbites before they tucked into the non nuoc walls autonomy in terms of how the european union connect. And we've heard this before and it's basically code for saying we really really really want to get this idea of an e you defense force together. We want nato to be an ally to be a partner but we don't want it to be our only option. It's something that we've just had from spurrier a few minutes ago. This this is a new New line in a new direction and a clear on. Isn't it well. Yeah so able to be to be honest. This whole idea of defense forces gone back over two decades and you meant to have these deployable brigades that that can be dropped into situations at fairly short notice and for one reason and another from funding just to not getting their act together. This hasn't happened with britain out of the way it becomes a lot easier. Because britain obviously was was staunchly opposed the idea of defense force and again one of the was the strongest military power in the european union one of the strongest military powers in nato. So there's a different paradigm at work here and it does allow them now to come back together the eu twenty seven. They all now and say right. What can we do to get this together. Because clearly afghanistan was not ideal for his aucas was a humiliation for france. We need to do something else in both. Those events have given those discussions a great deal of urgency. Let's move on to this issue of the six vulcans countries that that are keeping knocking on the door of the european union. Where are we with this now. You keep on knocking but you can't come in On bev unfortunately. That's how it is where we are with. This one is that they've been promising. European union that they want the countries of the western balkans in european union since twenty three when we had the first of these eu western balkan summits so that was at thessaloniki in thessaloniki declaration. Said guys we want. Un we're committed to the western balkans joining the european union. Now since that meeting in twenty three we've had precisely one country in the western balkans joined the eu. That's croatia who joined in two thousand thirteen then longer considered to be part of the western balkans as far as the european union's concern because the six remaining countries only two of which have actually started negotiations. Which is serbia and montenegro. They've been at it for eight and nine years respectively now and put it this way. When slovenia was organizing this meeting they wanted to have a declaration of commitment from the u twenty seven that the western balkans countries would be admitted by twenty thirty. That's nine years from now. And they couldn't get an agreement on that commitment. The best that we've got is going to be a word in the declaration that's issued after today's meeting and that word is enlargement so is this any great expect in any great surprise. You've given us a one word. Have we heard that word before. I suspect yeah. But it's gone out of recent declarations in the western balkans habits because these are quite regularly and the word enlargement and gone what we had instead was the eu perspective of the western balkans. Country was the line that was was written into enlargement. Actually gone from these declarations. The fact that enlargements made its way back in who be seen by some soothsayers and signal watches as a sign that maybe we're coming back towards the idea of enlargement but to be frank. Well we've got friends in the netherlands. Very very skeptical about the idea. It's going to be difficult to get through. I mean we've seen north macedonia changed. Its name to get negotiations started. still can't happen because bulgaria's using its veto because it reckons north macedonians bulgarians in denial. What are the objections from the next to the dutch. It's a thing a lot of it just domestic politics because you think everybody's still smarting from the admission of the east european countries in the northeast and they look at that and what happens subsequently with the economic crisis and what happened in terms of the social values of some of those countries. I mean let's be frank about this. We're talking about countries like poland and hungary here and looking at that and they didn't want to repeat and forever enlargement of the european union as well in some countries particularly among Nationalist and right wing politicians. It's almost a synonym for immigration. And this whole idea of you. Open the doors to serbia. Well the first thing. We'll do jump on buses and come straighten take jobs. I mean that's what's being played on here so it's a hard sell european union enlargement and therefore you've got this resistance from countries like france and the netherlands and we also have bulgaria. You mentioned a moment ago blocking northern macedonia from coming and tell us a little bit more about about the situation with that. Well this is. The thing. North macedonia thought it solved. Its problem because the one was been blocking it from joining the eu and nato for the years was. Was that the name issue. That degree subjected them being called macedonia Because it has a province called macedonia. And you can't have to. Macedonia became the republic of north macedonia. Everybody thought well. Hey problem solved but then it turns out. The bulgaria will not let north macedonia even start negotiations in lasette acknowledges that the roots of its language and culture. A bulgarian and this again is playing to a certain domestic audience in bulgaria. The rest of the eu twenty-seven are absolutely furious with bulgaria but as the voting system goes in the european union. The moment there's absolutely nothing they can do about it. So everybody's bagging the heads against the wall trying to think. What on earth can we do to come up with a solution to this. North macedonia has already changed. Its name you can really ask it to go through further one could almost call it humiliations. And you don't want that to be happening. It's no way to start a negotiation by putting somebody ever babble and getting them to admit to something that don't really feel they should admit to in terms of this heritage and language issue in that context. How do these six balkan countries feel about the fact that the the whole issue is mired in complication. Yeah well they feel everything from fed up to betrayed but you. You'd be absolutely surprised to hear that. The idea of joining the european union is still viewed very positively in most of those countries not least north macedonia and albania which are currently being blocked. They've been given the green light by the european commission but not by the european council which is the heads of heads of government. Which is the important one of you like. In serbia of survey last month showed the fifty seven percent of people wanted to join the european union. And that's the highest number. I can remember for a long time. Because serbia of all these countries you must remember was bombed by nato in one thousand nine hundred nine and hasn't had particularly harmonious relationship with the european union in many respects. But i think people there. If i'm going to speculate you know if if you asking where do you want your children to go to university. They wouldn't say russia they wouldn't say china they'd be talking about countries in the european union. They see their future very much with the european union and the hoping that the membership process and ultimate accession will bring them all these things which they believe they're lacking at the moment things like you know rule of law strong judiciary Good economic conditions strong infrastructure. All of that they can see has been happening in croatia and slovenia which both of former yugoslav countries and they want peace of it. Looney thank you so for joining us. The time here in zurich is eight to one thousand nine. Let's have a look at the latest headlines. Relations between taiwan and china are the worst in forty years. That's according to the islands. Defense minister cheer coaching also warned. China could be capable of a full scale invasion by twenty.
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"Balkans Correspondent Candy Lonnie, residents of cities in the region have become grimly accustomed to choking through the winter months as air quality plummets. Capitals like Belgrade, Sarajevo and Scorpio have all spent time at the top of the Air Visual index, which ranks the world's most polluted places. The grassroots Bank Watch network says that coal fired power stations bear a large part of the blame. They're just 18 such facilities in the six countries of the western Balkans. But collectively, they emit 2.5 times more sulfur dioxide than the total produced by more than 200 similar plants in European Union countries. The human consequences are severe. Only eight countries in the world have a higher pollution related death rate than Serbia. Meanwhile, Bosnia, Kosovo and North Macedonia are all in Europe's top five for particulate pollution. Bank Watch says there's a simple solution. Power stations in the western Balkans should comply with EU emissions regulations or close and it says EU countries can play their part by ending energy imports from polluting power plants. Try to Lonnie. The 20th anniversary of the 9 11 attacks falls this week whilst the abiding images are of the collapsing twin towers of the World Trade Center or the smoldering ruins at the Pentagon in Washington. One of the most enduring stories is that of the fourth hijacked plane. United Airlines flight 93. Now you may have seen the Paul Greengrass directed movie. But in Shanksville, Penn, Pennsylvania, there's a memorial to the 40 passengers who seized back control of that. Played well. The president of Friends of Flight 93 Donna Gibson has been speaking to the BBC's Paddy O'Connell. I do believe that their intention was to take control of the plane for me represents 40 people who said not today, not on our watch. We're going to take control. We're not going to let you take one more plane. United 93 that traffic was one o'clock, 12, Miles east 1370 negative contact. We're looking united 93, You know 40 individuals who did not know one another had less than 30 minutes to decide to find out. What was going on to come up with a plan and to act is just extraordinary. About two hours later in New York as the BBC's dazed and confused Wall Street correspondent. I walked with these people from the scene to Times Square. I'm glad to be alive. I mean, there was a total stampede of people. I follow a couple of times, you know, slightly trampled. People are walking around in shock, You know, literally, do you.
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"Things are done in the Balkans. You use public money to redistribute them to your crony. That for work or companies and then use it in political purposes and so on. And now, he says, this is made easier with money from a rising superpower eager to wield its influence globally. Earlier this spring, Montenegrin Deputy Prime Minister Abbott Soviet told the press he was open to launching an investigation into alleged corruption among members of the previous government over the Chinese built highway. But that was before he stopped speaking to the international press before his government entered into talks with Beijing over how to repay the money it owes China and so far no such corruption investigation has been launched. Rob Schmitz. NPR news both Dorita This is NPR news. This is listener funded listener supported W N. Y. C Today in the Brian Lehrer Show Congressman Al Green on a less Payard breaks down the recent news from D C, including details of the infrastructure deal. That's today. Coming up at 10 o'clock this morning, or 93.9 FM in Am 8 2078 Sunny this morning in Manhattan, But we're going to have a heat advisory all the way until eight o'clock tomorrow night. Temperatures up near 100. Stay cool. It's 8 30. W N. Y C supporters include the John S and James L. Knight Foundation dedicated to promoting informed and engaged communities and committed to helping public radio advance quality journalism in the digital age. More at.
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"And i think that is actually good because then we can enforce our way of thinking about the future in us them to to respect that that. He's something that we wanted to do from the very beginning which is changed the political discourse. This country changed the way people think about the politics out the balkans. The bosnian hits a so. Even though i know that many of our members believe that we can do it all alone by ourselves. And i think that they might be right but it will take a long time to be able to grow that much to be the ones sewer either. Lead afford the government or the lead the coalition of the government. So those are the tough choices ahead of loss. Tough conversations within outranks. Some of those conversations will not be easy as people feel very passionate about who we are in our potential and they're so proud they apart This movement and i certainly don't want to disappoint. Because i i also believe this. Move into ideas that we have already presented to the country. But i also have. This does of pragmatism me which basically tells me first things come first. Which is the change in the country. So that is more important than prophet for progress. It's up this is a vehicle for the change in. We can bring those changes sooner rather than later. Let's think about the option. How carefully and Let's accept the responsibility for that if it can be agent to change that because others to in the same direction as well so major interesting by time. See yet yet another challenge. That's coming out of that. You have yes but anyways. Best of luck with everything on sunday and obviously be well in safe to the process..
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"Now we're super fun Balkan service to bank it rich kids learning and don't you have to give up their time also under Canada or thank you so much all right William who the chief marketing officer from the chemist tutoring William it's been great to have you on the show thank you for taking the time thank you so much with each passing week we're getting closer to what officials with the state say will eventually become the new normal the reopening is underway here in Massachusetts and this weekend we're getting more details about phase two right now cities and towns all over the Commonwealth are trying to find the best way to help people get back out but also water routes stay socially distance to and try to stop any further spread of the virus over in Somerville the launching a pilot program called shared streets in fact it's already under way with us on the show to talk about it right now is a Somerville mayor Joe Curtatone he's so mayor we've seen ideas like this in other cities across the country and even around the world when did you and your team come up with the thought of bringing it shared streets to Somerville well our mobility team my community you know stakeholders in the city of we have all been working on a really broad approach to understand how we can recapture of much of the public rom you know we truly believe that if you plan a city for cars that's what you gonna get and part of our goals around sustainability healthy living and improving our economy is to again create more opportunities more mall but more options of different options for mobility around Bach and actually walking biking not to mention public transportation but she is St Patrick's began on also as an additional measure to help in aiding contactless pickup and social distancing during this pandemic all right so then where are you for starting to roll this out so in an effort to provide more walking and biking was at a loss for the social distance and and the roots will also connect to essential services like food distribution sites medical facilities grocery stores the first room which we already have up and running next winter hill in the east in the some of the neighborhoods includes some of the public schools distribution sites at the hilly school in the summer community schools one of our food pantries on Broadway which projects you stop and shop in another school that have won a school and they will add subsequent routes are two of the summer and what happened is this phasing approach of giving the city's mobility staff time to evaluate each road in and make changes as needed we're not talking about necessarily shutting down major avenues like Broadway or you know all the streets leading into Davis square something we're talking about smaller streets or is this really going to be a situation where you could shut down some of the bigger roots eventually we made when we are we are looking at our streets to where would implement measures to make it currently only for people walking and biking but these measures are sheer you know we're we're just waiting for the traffic we are you know emergency vehicles of people live in the neighborhood going to deliver services if we allow for that capacity for that need but you know it's a motorcycle a user's history messages about it they should drive slowly expect to see people on the street and these risks are then people walking roller R. rollerblading biking should remain alert and aware then make room for these allowed vehicles on and where they were adding safety measures such as signage impossible barriers to alert all users to the shared use of the streets you've got this first shared streets route that's already up and running any feedback so far on this how's it going so far yeah initial feedback is good and again we're collecting data and information it's it's interesting I'd submit that we're gonna find as we move forward and people experience they don't want more of this and I want more than on a permanent basis again we plan of city for cars and automobiles that's what you get you know it he has plenty of examples where they even when people try to address highway congestion the Phillies a planning in the past we increase the lane think about asking how I was in and out and walking gestione you know so we we were trying to and we are taking in some of the like we've always done a very deliberate research based on informed approach to improve the mobility options by city and during this pandemic are we are trying to make sure we connect them to opportunities access to food because food access and security are been difficult for many population we're doing with the lens will look into a lens of equity you know some of the only four point one square miles but we're still a city haves and have nots in many people live in areas where you know man made out highway infrastructures around them and don't they don't have access or safe access to those food sources are perhaps a park or other public space so you know launching in these neighborhoods it was the right approach when you mentioned that a couple seconds ago I also think of the fact that the Green Line extension it's coming up through Somerville as well and you're taking the steps as the city to get people out of cars how are these moves going over to you have any any naysayers that thank you know transitioning Somerville from a car based city might not work because you know I've driven to your city I I live in Boston and I've driven through your city many many times in the middle of rush hour and I see all the people walking and I see other people biking and I'm like why am I not to take home a lot faster yeah you know our goals are on public health I'm creating a local sustainable economy our goals are my mobility instructor systemically goes to be carbon neutral are all based on science research and community collaboration and participation these are all value initiatives on behalf of the community so well there is some angst from some folks not knowing how to go as the experience it whether it's issued street pilot program we're doing now or the dedicated twenty four seven bus lane that we implemented several months ago went to hell all the efforts to improve and add mobility options and improve mobility service like buses and and and with an eye on you can show the most vaunted by community on their needs and lack of activity or dressed or the Green Line extension as you mentioned which will take twenty five thousand what a vehicle trucks are parked city per day are endorsed by the cities in the community's long term goals and in in dreams and then all encapsulated in our summer vision plan which is the city's comprehensive plan how we want to grow as a community not just the physical things we wanna build but the value initiatives about around mobility among public health around diversity inclusion I want to stand ability and much much more all right beautiful mereka Tony thank you for taking the time nice talking to you take care unfortunately we're out of time right now but the mayor and I weren't able to speak for a little while longer about not just shared streets but the corona virus as well so if you're interested in that and any of our previous episodes don't forget it's all up.
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"Countries not all you've heard the exception about U. K. perhaps you've heard about Ireland what the president said was he was going to close off all European travel except the U. K. we actually signed is a proclamation that affects the euro zone countries that if you travel overseas you understand it that you can go from for example France to Germany without having to undergo immigration or customs there are close to two dozen European countries though they're not in this and change and zone thanks Lou to Ireland Monaco the Balkans Turkey Ukraine these are some of the countries from which people can travel and they're not affected by the ban and that's about the present even though those countries have coronavirus cases asked to explain why the president said he believes that the eurozone countries have open borders and therefore they're inherently essentially less safe than some of those other countries and how about the mixed messages about whether or not or mixed reports I should say about whether Mr trump will invoke emergency disaster powers are not yeah this has to do with the Stafford act Brendan and that's the nineteen eighty eight a law that creates the federal disaster relief fund and if the president were to invoke the Stafford act which he hasn't yet but suggested he might that would allow states and localities to dip into that forty odd billion dollar stash of cash sure they needed for their response to the virus the president said that he knows well all the emergency powers he has he knows and so well he's memorized them and that he might invoke them because of strong powers but he hasn't done it yet I think one of president trump's strongest points leading up to the corona virus was how the economy was doing and here we are with this stock market tanking in a big way how are people in the White House looking at what's going on with the economy because they believe they're trying to calm the economic situation well that's their intent you know the intent of the president giving an oval office address clearly was to try to put forward an air of confident and competent leadership.