35 Burst results for "Beirut"
"beirut" Discussed on Monocle 24: Section D
"Are you ever tempted to think. The studio needs to move those certainly today. The past twenty or twenty. Five years of. But i've been completely meaningless now. I think we're we're we're going through. Explain interesting times very rough interesting. And this is what brought me to be in the early ninety s. I was about to be at the time. Because i thought raising questions that were very important and very personal to me and i thought it would be more interesting to be in beirut there to new york or tokyo or anywhere else at that point in time it is more the case today than than it was twenty five or whatever years ago so no nothing else were producing out of for. We've worked in seventeen different countries but my basis and be able to more than ever and just continuing on this idea about staying darren and continuing to do the great work. I mean you told me earlier that not doing so much work in beggar anymore as an architect because of obvious difficulty of the situation. You're employing a very large team and a very young team. You have incredible internship program where you're bringing talent straight out of university and fully putting them to the task of weapon on these international projects. And i think that's something that i'm sure will have. You will agree with the created young talent that comes out of beirut. I was four years ago writing about willoughby's allergic fashion designers and these incredible option schools. Maybe not as well could you. Maybe share with us. Just a little bit of info about what. These young people are made of this creativity that always tends to come out of the city no matter what the architecture practice. We produce producing too many architects even before the crisis hundreds of graduates per year. So that was not an a four o'clock even the years so a lot of these ended up also leaving. This is not new. We export talents. And i think this is one of the greatest force of our territory. It's human resources. I think more than most of the countries surrounding us as put it this way so we have to keep this present because if we lose this starts would that this is what made us indestructible so far to certain extent. At least this is what made us resist. So we have to get people just want to add leaving. Beirut privilege is not something everybody can do so for me. It's key to export culture abroad being with food or design which is what i've done. Specialize in exporting lebanon in a very positive way through image. I do it very well through branding especially in retail and hospitality. Then agnese had distorted image in the eighties and design was not our strength So when we privilege went abroad to study came back to lebanon. We reestablish the design Scene and start to build that in lebanon and exported very well abroad. It's very important to do that. And that's our strength as designers is to keep lebanon alive through design which is another form of politics. I believe is into the soft power question. We'll talk about greece today. How you tell the story on a world stage and it keeps it going. We sit with lebanese food around the world. Jada these all always touch points with lebanon. Make people feel something about the country. Do you think that's possible with design that you can use design as global branding tool for what needs to happen. Lebanon famous i mean. Why do it through design for. When i produced my products i said stories from the middle east and being with onto my products. I do it in. When i designed restaurant working on architects understand my vision setting stories is key when we want to keep an eye on the map. You said before that. What inspired you to do this. Sort of work that you do in beirut initially it did come from all the difficulties you saw in the city and the problems. I mean you you when the blast happened traumatic experience for you and your team being a few hundred meters away but you've quickly gone on to talk about telling the story through the architecture through buildings damaged near the ball on the port. Can you take us through what you're actually doing to these buildings in the repair of them. One of the buildings which is just two hundred meters away from the reports. Nimitz was literally on the front line. We have the of casualties in its so immediately right after the blast we proceeded with what a doctor would do which is basically a scan of an assessment of the damage and not not an assessment of numbers but more and more of a scientific assessment. Took it as a discount almost like this. Can you see over this and this led us because we was not about designing. It was about the recovery process literally sorta process out. We go about it. And and this literally druid strategy the strategy of rehabilitation which is certainly not going to be dating this building as it was because otherwise it'd be stupid in music but but we're going rehabilitating by very proudly of rebuilding the stitches enjoying the stitches that would make its recovery and he's very particular process. They came out of the situation. We built not only narrative but in architectural demolish and and this is ongoing right. Now we're showing this at the banalities. It's called stitching skyline which is literally surgical process. This will never happen. I think anywhere else like to see my workers. Vase circumstantial very specific obsessively specific. Well i would be very wary. I mentioned this hour to rana in when we were in milan and response expansion. Why resilience is has become such a tricky word. In a way this question might cliche strapped on which is the show must go on. That's all i can tell you. That's what keeps us going for me. At least ron. We were talking earlier about an interview that you did. Only i think it was less than a month after the boss good interview. You were filled with this energy of. We have to continue. We have to. We have to get on with the job. It's so amazing. For someone like myself. I could never imagine how difficult this must be riding around on your in beirut talking about getting the job so where does this energy fro passion love for the country seeing all the positive at the edge of the people for sure. I don't get entangled or jones into the politics. Otherwise would be redundant another you work with these incredible cross people right and you'll going there. Visiting them getting inspired by them. So is it the same same sort of case view the people they drive me actually in a way i work for them. They drove me to they. Give me the confidence to go on for me. The work is all about identity. We can't lose it. So that's why the idea to keep going. That was not a dabs. And before that bernard curry and rana salaam. We'll be right back straight after this get going. This autumn with monaco's. October issue with a refreshed look and feel new features but that self-same commitment to great journalism from a sit down with estonia's prime minister to a correspondence diary in afghanistan. We bring you the stories that matter here. How pete buttigieg is shaping. American transport is see how they route is building better and sneak a peek inside. The moves cutting edge conservation center that.
"beirut" Discussed on Monocle 24: Section D
"This is monaco on design our weekly look at the best in architecture. Kroft furniture and fashion. I'm nolan giles. On today's show we reflect on the rebuilding of beirut following the blast last year at the city's port. We also visit a new showcase that centers bio philip design. Plus we find out why. The royal college of art in london is including new facilities for science technology engineering and mathematics. All that coming up right here on monaco on design. Do stay tuned.
Number of Americans in Afghanistan to Be Rescued Unclear
"What's the minimum number about which we are certain that are there and have not been able to get out is at one hundred is at five hundred. Is it five thousand. Do they have any minimum number. No no number at all. At least from what i saw. They resisted providing specific number which is incredible now. Their argument is okay. When people come into afghanistan they're encouraged to register with the embassy. Some do some don't and then some don't d- register when they leave the country. I understand but we should at least have some range of an estimate about how many we have contact with you right exactly. How many have contacted you. Because you gotta let now. My question is if people forgotten danny pearl. Have they forgotten the woman journalist in syria. They forgotten the beirut's cia station cheap. These are fanatics. it's not like we're giving the pirates. They're they're the absolute worst people in the world and we're abandoning americans to it. It's mind boggling. And by the way. The taliban has american hostages right now to me. I don't understand. I don't understand why if we're gonna make this humiliating surrender agreement. Why didn't even include getting some hostages back that we know they have the final thing. I mean. the other thing i'd say is if the white house continues to make this argument that will don't worry about the collapse of position afghanistan leaving behind american citizens the fact that we don't have the ability to over the horizon counter-terrorism there it's all about china and the pacific our past actions and our reputation in a in a different theater doesn't matter in terms of our ability to deter china. Okay well if you accept that argument then everything. Hinges on the balance of power in the indo pacific vis-a-vis china and that balance of power is getting worse in large part because the biden defense department is making it worse and it's budget is abysmal. And yesterday we voted on a five trillion dollar bill that takes us to the lowest level of defense. Spending is a function of gdp in eighty years. So their priorities which are all out of whack. Which hinge entirely on passing a bernie sanders progressive budget while decimating defense that is weakening our position vis-a-vis china
How Does Afghanistan Compare to Benghazi or Vietnam?
"Beirut, 83 when 241 of my fellow Marines and sailors were killed by a suicide bomber And the big thing back then, is once the dust settled. Ronald Reagan the honourable person he was Took full responsibility as he did like whatever we got in the White House today, uh, is blaming everybody but himself. So, But here's the question I got for you, sir. Is this debacle in Afghanistan? Uh, bring to mind the Benghazi fiasco a decade ago when Biden was a key player, then failed to respond in a timely manner, resulting in the death of our ambassador. Three other Americans, except now, in a much larger scale. We once again have Biden and get another and and another inept administration. You know, people, there's a lot of parallels that can be made. There is no question of people try to make them like with South Vietnam. And I talked earlier today with a friend of mine. He's been on the air. He was the commander of British forces in Afghanistan for a period of time. Retired British colonel Richard Kemp. Any as an example. People been saying this is Saigon, He said. Let me tell you the difference. He said. When we Americans left Vietnam the way we left Vietnam, which was also horrible. Took us many years to build our Reputation back. But the Communists in Vietnam weren't interested in conquering anybody. They weren't even interested in attacking the continental United States. He's a brilliant man, he said. In Afghanistan, it's different. It's totally different. The reason we were in Afghanistan is because they attacked us in the United States because they were communists or anything else. So the parallels can only go so far.
"beirut" Discussed on The Times: Daily news from the L.A. Times
"It's a moving podcast from lebanon media and black bar mitzvah that shines a light on formerly incarcerated young writers. It's hosted by walter thompson hernandez and each episode features and interview with a talented writer. While creatives like john. Legend j ellis and kiki palmer perform their work. The voices of those locked up. Some miners have been all but written off. But no more written off premiers july fourteenth. Listen wherever you get your podcasts. So no be before the break. You were telling us about the frustration. That a lot of lebanese are feeling a year after the explosion. And i mentioned earlier. You're right there when it happened. So how was the city. Beirut and lebanon leading up to the blast in beirut and lebanon like all the rest of the world was of course suffering from the impact of the krona virus. this is of course worse in lebanon. Because you had this. Massive currency crisis situation people weren't even able to get money out of the back right. I mean the banks basically restricted all withdrawal will so there wouldn't be a run on the currency. i mean. imagine you know. You're sitting there on your life savings in the bank. And you're watching the lebanese lear dwindle in value by the day. And you can't take your money out. I mean that's just supremely frustrating and you talk on the krona virus and you tack on just the general economic downturn in the region and it was just it was just tara. Hundreds of protesters marched on the streets of beirut to the residents of the designated prime minister hassan diab. Lebanon is facing economic crisis in decades an economic gut punch at a time when lebanon is also.
"beirut" Discussed on The Times: Daily news from the L.A. Times
"He lives in beirut but he didn't live close to the port he was about six kilometers way but for him. I mean it was just really striking how he felt. That's you know there wasn't a hope i mean. He wanted to leave as quickly as possible and he wanted to find some way to leave the country and just emigrate. Anywhere has been devastated. Said angry from my young men and women like basically just to get out of this but nevertheless even though we had faith today's protests would make any change. He still wanted to be there and he felt it was important to be there. There was a lot of talk also. About how all these officials knew all these officials have been saying you know. I don't know i had no idea. What ammonium nitrates were you know. It wasn't my responsibility blah blah et cetera. But i mean actually recently had a very very meticulously done report by h. Human rights watch regarding just the paper trail of you watch and the fact. Is you know sony. Different asides were involves so many different sides. You know were aware but it just through a combination of negligence and corruption. It ended up staying there for seven years so year after the blast. Nebi house beirut right. Now well it's it's kind of unraveling you have people here call though the or the cues of humiliation creation and the reason why they're the cues of humiliation and is because they have to queue for everything now whether it's for gas whether it's for the bank i mean just like the most basic things like getting even phone credit than getting medications from the pharmacy. It all requires queuing now. Because you know there's so little of it and this is just you know the way it is right now. In the sense that you have a slow unraveling of even state functions so for example..
"beirut" Discussed on Front Burner
"People died and thousands of others were left injured. All because of the mismanagement of twenty seven hundred tons of ammonium nitrate that was stored in the city's port well on the anniversary of the tragedy yesterday. Thousands of people in beirut once again hit the streets some threw stones and smash the police car while officers fired water cannons and threw tear gas canisters..
"beirut" Discussed on Consider This from NPR
"Gift giving feasting experiencing and she met a family of three sisters with their husbands and kids see is a lot of fourteen year old. Miriam solid said edith. Eat when asked if they've done any of the things families typically do at this time like buy clothes for the children or enjoy a big meal together. The question itself seemed totally ridiculous to them. One one of them. We haven't had sheep or chicken or burgers or anything said solace end a beer el-massari all of that is too expensive now. She joked we're just smoking shisha right now so we can blow away our frustration. Lebanon is in the middle of a staggering economic crisis. Banks have frozen accounts meaning. People can't even access their own money. A once. healthy middle-class has been gutted. Evictions are rising and unicef the united nations children's agency says more than seventy percent of the country can't afford to buy food. It don't take anything i needed. A commit. hosseini is an unemployed chef. Takes hours to get the basics. Now i don't much government officials say lebanon is out of money and donor countries. Don't want to give more into lebanon addresses rampant corruption which is why these families were left to celebrate aid in the dark literally the streetlamps above their heads were broken before when only makes matters worse is what happened exactly one year ago today just a few miles east of this spot. An explosion in beirut's port killed more than two hundred people injured thousands and caused billions of dollars in damage. Consider this one year. After the deadly explosion in lebanon's capital city. Those who survived are still waiting for justice..
"beirut" Discussed on Sky News Daily
"And when i spoke to a senior general he told me that the situation was so catastrophic. The financial situation was so dire that the armed forces were several months away from total collapse. Soldiers who are being paid the equivalent now of one hundred dollars a month because of this currency crisis and economic collapse were risk of being bribed the risk of deserting with risk of having to go home because they simply couldn't. It's not viable to live into that family on such little money. I mean if you armed forces are potentially months away from collapse and if the majority of the population can't afford or even find basic medical and food supplies in the country and if as we've just outlined the political situation remains this precarious and there doesn't seem to be any kind of solution on the horizon. Then i think the answers your question look. Lebanon is a country and it's a situation where a lot of hyperbole can be used so you say it's a failed state on the verge of being a failed state. It's almost superfluous when you have to look at the reality. I mean the situation is there. People can't afford to live can't afford to provide for their families. There's an army according to their senior commanders. That's on the verge of collapse and there's absolutely no hope in sight so i think if you're listening to that scenario you can make your own mind up about. What kind of state is as for the poor explosion. We'll those affected get the closure. They need you. Have thousands of people family members loved ones friends of those who were killed in that horrific blast at the port of beirut still waiting for accountability still demanding justice and they've received nothing since an investigation was launched into who was responsible. The first judge leading the investigation was pulled out by senior lawmakers in the country. The new judge that's now overseeing. The investigation has summoned the acting prime minister senior. Mp's former ministers who were working at the time of nitric coming into the port. He's been blocked from trying to speak to them and interrogate and question them and essentially at every avenue when we're waiting to see how the investigation is progressing. There's either constitutional intricacies or legal loopholes or political deadlock that stops the investigators. The lawyers representing the families and the families themselves demanding justice and when recently members of those families who are demanding justice went to protest outside the interior minister's house in beirut they weren't met with support they weren't met with perhaps more understanding minister or senior politician. They were met by his private security forces and security officials beating them harassing them. Haranguing them in what. We're really ugly scene. So we are seeing an absolute outpouring of anger on the streets of beirut and yet still despite one of the worst explosions in modern history. We are absolutely none the wiser or any closer from getting a sense of justice or accountability for those responsible. Lebanon was once described as the switzerland of the east because of its financial power and stability through the nineteen fifties in the nineteen sixties with beirut often referred to as the paris of the middle east. Will it ever flourish again. The people of lebanon like alexandra parents tracy and paul want to see better times ahead. It's the hope for justice under truth for our daughter. This is You know the key reason why Fighting we need to have to be able to stay here. Hope is also about looking at the people around us that are fighting because they are not stopping. Everybody has their northern their sheriff eight. you know. we're country that's going through so many prices right now Us is price of justice and truce but others have also there are. There are struggling with and altogether. We would make a difference. It's a crime against humanity that happens on the fourth of august. So i really hope and wish that you know international counties see what's happening in lebanon here our screen for head and had boss. That's it until next time. I thanks to all of our gas.
Gunmen kill 2 at funeral for Hezbollah commander in Lebanon
"Army has deployed to a town south of Beirut, where a funeral for Hezbollah member was ambushed. The military said it would fire on anyone armed in the streets of Hardy after at least two people were killed during the funeral of Ali Shibly, who was shot dead on Saturday night.
Suez Canal Traffic Backlog Finally Cleared Following The Ever Given Saga
"Is now over with the last of them making their way through. Just today is not a Homsi reports, Hundreds of them had been stuck by the grounding of a massive container ship. The final ships have passed through the Suez, clearing the vital artery for passage five days after the ever given was dislodged from the canal, Egypt's Canal Authority said Saturday. International supply chains were held up for over a week when the skyscraper sized ever given run aground in the Suez in mid March. Leaving over 400 ships stuck in the canal. Special rescue teams were dispatched to free the container ship in an operation that lasted nearly a week. The grounding of the ever given became an international crisis as vital container ships could not continue their passage. Spending billions of dollars worth of maritime commerce for NPR news. I'm not a home see in Beirut.
A Modern Day Escape From Egypt
"When people ask me where my home is I find it quite hard to unser but i originally come from south sudan. That's that's that's where. I know. I come from but i don't really know where my home is. That's christina christina zia. She's tall has bleached cut hair. Dark skin and fierce is. That somehow don't seem to match shyness of her smile. She's nineteen years old but listening to her. You'd think she was much older. Or maybe i should say much more mature. I just feel. I've been so many places and every time they tried to call a. Place my hall. It was snatched away from me. Christina was born a refugee in fact. She's what un agencies call a second generation refugee and as is the case with many other refugees. It's hard to know where exactly to start her story. I could go all the way back to one thousand nine hundred ninety eight. When christina's parents to clean and philip took their three year old first born daughter viola and fled war-torn sudan. Search of a safer future this time might genocide could attorney typically begin in beirut lebanon where the bas wound up and where in two thousand and one christina was born or else i could fast forward a few years and starred in maadi a bustling suburb of cairo where christina spent her early child but instead i'm going to open with a scene which to christina to felt like a true beginning a modern day exodus from egypt. It's june two thousand and seven and wearing the sinai peninsula. It's pitch black night bedouin. Smugglers have just instructed. Six year old christina twelve-year-old viola. Their father they're pregnant mother and a few dozen other sudanese asylum seekers to climb onto the back of rickety pickup truck and they covered us. And they're like don't make any noise and If you do it will be problem to us and t- you of so just don't risk
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad tests positive for Covid-19
"President Bashar al Assad and his wife have tested positive for the coronavirus, not a home. Z reports from Beirut that a statement from the Syrian government says both are showing minor symptoms. The president and first lady will quarantine in their home for the next 2 to 3 weeks, according to a statement carried by state news.
Prominent Hezbollah critic found dead in his car in Lebanon
"Author, also an outspoken critic of Hezbollah spent founded the News of Look. Lynn Slim staff has been another big shock to the Lebanese people, just as they were marking six months on from the devastating blast in Beirut. Mr. Slim was reported missing by his family last night. He was found according to security sources, with two bullets in his head in his car this morning in the south of Lebanon on investigation has been opened into his death. In his writings and media appearances. Mr. Slim, who was himself from a prominent Shia family had regularly criticized his villa his reported to have received threats on to have asked for police protection last year, the BBC Sebastian Usher Iran's
"beirut" Discussed on It's All Journalism
"This week. We talked to an investigative journalist. Who quit her job so that she could move to another country and report on the unjust way. some women are being treated in lebanon. I'm michael o'connell this is. It's all journalism as twenty twenty winds down or checking with a few of our former podcast guests to see what they've been up to. We last spoke. Lisa corey back in september. Two thousand eighteen. She had just finished in investigative feature about syrian child. Brides and lisa reached out to us in november about a story that she had just written for the washington monthly about the plight of housekeepers in beirut. Welcome back to the podcast lisa. Thanks for having me. Mike so you know just because we have to dot all our is in the crawl tease you. You came to our attention originally because you were working with ambra healy. Who's one of our producers up in <hes>. Buffalo and for some reason. We have a lot of guests from <hes>. Western new york and also from canada from ontario. So it's great to hear you again in it sorta checkup on so what you've been up to. Since we last spoke in september two thousand eighteen so allies happened since then. I have continued to travel to lebanon as a freelance journalist. And i knew. I wanted to dive into another instigative story. This one in particular has been on my mind. For about seven years since my first adult trip to lebanon. I had visited the country where my parents are from in. I noticed there are these black and asian maids who are treated incredibly poorly and for seven years. I've thought about it. But i thought it would be too hard of a story to do. There are just so many barriers in the way and luckily my last trip to lebanon which was summer of twenty nineteen. I had the opportunity to interview a maid who had a lot of traumatic experiences in. That really opened up the door for me to go deep and explore this topic. It seems in a way very similar to your approach with the story that you did a couple of years ago that you talked about about the the syrian war. Brides the the fact that you were looking for something to cover in lebanon his interesting also that you know. This is something that you noticed. How are you able to set up that initial incas. You know this seems like such a difficult story to <hes>. get an entree into. How did you find this woman to speak to. So it's really funny. Because as bad as this sounds i went to lebanon bananas. Second trip without much of a plan at all. I didn't know i was gonna do this story. It was july two thousand nineteen when i left buffalo and a lot of people. Ask me what stories are you gonna cover. What if nothing really happens for you to cover. And i said listen. I'm going. i'm gonna see whatever. I see that stands out to me. I'm just gonna dive into and luckily that trip two months later or a few months in the lebanese revolution started. So i was there for that but before the revolution happened. I was about two weeks into my trip and my aunt said. Why don't you come with eight to a family friend's house. So i went with her and i was like man. I really need to be focusing on work. But i guess to her friend's house we get there and her friends are asking me. What are you planning to write in. Lebanon while you're here and i said well there's one top i'd really love to do. It's about the maids who are abused here in. They said actually you should probably talk to our made. Her name is josephine. The last two houses that she worked for abused her. I said wow really you would let me just interview your made in. They said yeah. And i'm like well. How am i gonna do that. She's from ghana. And i only speak english. She's like she speaks perfect english so i sat down with josephine that night and she opened up to me for almost two hours. She was crying and she was telling me about her past employers who starved her made her sleep on. The kitchen floor attempted to rape her. You know verbally abused her. Didn't let her speak to their children because they said she would infect them with african diseases and at the end of the conversation josephine took a deep breath like a sigh of relief and the next day because actually slept at their house. We were fire from our where. I stay in love the next day. She told me that for the first time in years she slept last night because she felt like she got off her chest. And i think in that moment i realized the story is much bigger than me. It's much bigger than me. Trying to find article to pursue while overseas. it was really about the fact that so many women in lebanon so many of these maids are suffering in secret and a lot of journalists can document the specifics of <unk>. Offering because. I mean as you know mike. Journalism is changing so much and there's not a lot of investigative journalism happening. We just simply don't have the money and resources send reporters out to spend months on one topic and you know. I had quit my job and pretty much taken. A leave of absence suspended indefinite amount of time in lebanon and for the most part before the revolution <unk>. Are i spent a few months focusing on just this and then obviously the revolution took attention away from that. And i was finally able to revisit the topic when kobe came and i was stuck at home and i was able to finish the story so i mean you have a narrative re very powerful narrative from a for firsthand narrative from somebody who was involved this topic. Where do you go from there. To sort of examine the story the causes behind this situation in lebanon right so josephine gives me her side of the story which obviously was extremely dramatic and then i needed to find the facts. The data the research to back up her story and to prove she's not just experiencing a <unk>. Abuse so i did continue out to different maids but i also started reaching out to organizations that tried to help them. For instance. amnesty international and human watch have been issuing reports for years about the abuse maids endure in an calling on the lebanese government literally for decades asking them to end kefala file the the system i discuss in my article that allows us abuse to take place so those organizations were extremely helpful. I was interviewing people on the ground. In beirut who have really been advocating to end this strike system but on top of that there was one group in particular it's an advocacy group. That really helped take my article to another level in. help me really learn what's happening in the scene explicit. there's a group called this is lebanon. They were founded by former migrant domestic workers who were abused they operate on facebook so they have a group and their mission is to save maids. Who are trapped in abusive situations so because the lebanese government is so negligent <unk>. The lebanese government is negligent on. Its own people. There's no reliable. Gop system or police enforcement or rules or laws that can protect these maids. So where can they go. They go to this. Facebook group in this group literally gets thousands and thousands of messages a year <hes>. From women saying can you please help me. I haven't been paid in months. Can you please help bend sexually assaulted. Can you please convince my boss to let me leave or let me go home or let me go back to africa and there are people behind the facebook group who than contact the employers in. Say if you don't let this person go we will do x. y. and z. I mean it's kind of bizarre. It's kinda crazy but when you live in a country where there are no rules in. There is no proper system in place to take care of people. This is what they have to do.
Lebanese judge charges caretaker PM in August port explosion
"The Lebanese prosecutor probing last summer's politics plays number read file charges against the caretaker prime minister and three former ministers the full of the most senior individuals to be indicted so far in the investigation which is being conducted in secrecy judge buddy someone filed the charges against her seventy up and former finance minister Ali Hassan Khalil as well as two former ministers of public works old fool which touch with Candice this negligence leading to death over the August fourth explosion at Beirut's pulls the incident led to more than two hundred deaths and injured thousands the explosion was caused by the ignition of a large stockpile of explosive material that had been stored at the port for six years near a heavily populated area top security officials and politicians knew about the stockpile and its whereabouts and did nothing about it I'm Karen Thomas
Lebanese judge charges caretaker PM in port blast
"Probing last summers port explosion in Beirut has filed negligence charges against the caretaker prime minister and several former ministers of public works. The August explosion at Beirut Poor killed more than 200 people and injured thousands. The explosion was caused by the ignition of a large stockpile of explosive material that had been stored at the port for years with the knowledge of top security officials and politicians who did nothing about it. Anger has been building over the slow pace of the investigation and the fact that no senior officials had been indicted. Warmer
The Latest News On The War In Yemen
"War in yemen has been one of the grimmer stories unfolding anywhere on earth for roughly six years now for most of that time it has struggled fool widespread and much more so this year as the rest of the world was preoccupied with the obvious. One of the reasons that yemen has been under reported is that it has been difficult and dangerous to report from monocle. Twenty-fourth beirut correspondent. Leyla moulana alone has recently been to yemen and joins me now a layla. First of all the logistics at this point of getting in and out of yemen. How do you do it. The logistics arch freaky and there are multiple ways now. there awesome flights operating into yemen. And on the way in the way it was done. was through cairo's flying into cairo. And then going into an applet. Who'd you in the south now the flights of neuron a few times a week. They don't necessarily ron time. All hugely overbooked. Of course with people want to go on another extremely expensive as what happened with us. Was that when we lost one can can you then looking out as well because these flights are constantly moving. So it's very unsure when you go in how exactly oh gutting be able to get out and in all case We had to change into a land route option and dry options country which took days because the flights simply went operational on the way out so not necessarily the stable of travel. Itinerary will clearly once in yemen which parts of it. Were you actually able to see so. I was in shabwah. Governorate which is in the south is traditionally very Very tribal governor. At and at the moment it's now the only southern governor this fact compete under the control of the central government it was until the end of two thousand and nineteen ponti occupied by the some transitional council which is the nutritional southern separatists of southern yemen. But they were pushed out at the end of two thousand and nineteen alongside the shabani elite forces which were essentially local mercenaries hired and backed by the united arab emirates. Who of fighting that. They had been fighting against al qaeda terrorists forces that they will push out the two thousand eighteen so it is now backsitting under government control but of course at still a lot of controls over the different parties that some things. That isn't the right decision. So in that part of yemen is life relatively stable and peaceful on the one hand is driving around the capital city act. They're all going up. There are shop opening people walking around. That does seem to be a bishop. Prosperity come back and stuff. People was antony there were jobs hidden now. We can't find jobs in other areas with coming his to work so in on that side of things know that building tourist complex building hotels that very hopeful that the level of stability having now even things like went scoreless Address the that level of civility means that they will have increasing prosperity. The problem of course is firstly that the country as many said to me is still seen as water but also there are a lot of problems with stability they currently have posited is because there is oil. it's one of the three governorates that has a lot of oil in yemen and the governor has made a deal with the central government that they get a twenty percent cut. That goes straight to the governor at so they can invest in rebuilding infrastructure analytical houses in the governor at. That's a great deal. But a lot of people in southfield they should be getting even more not so much of it should be going to the central government that trying to encourage more western oil companies to come back in as also lots of liquid natural gas that the moment there is just one australian oil company functioning on The moment there is just one austrian oil company who is currently can shop. Hope that increase was fired. You enjoy -tunities Very unstable as i say with the political situation still going around. They're all active. Frontlines from the nearest one is in marriage to the north. That's fine with the season is also still frontlines. The southern traditional council as well given everything you've said about life in shaw born those soins reasonably encouraging signs of some sort of return to normality. Does it feel like the government is itself a self contained country at this point. Is there much talk about trying to put yemen back together. So this is the big question with some people are saying shove what is the example of how of federalist yemen could work. You know in which the different governorates level tournament. A certain amount of money to run that own concerns are loyal to a central government and of course contribute troops to a central government. Which is what's currently happening. Lots of shift one young men going and fighting own the nearest frontline that the government has up in a way in tons for its relationship that they have on say. The governor is a loyal to central. Government has a good working relationship barron which she has been given this level of autonomous theoretically that is hopeful future. The problem is that people are fighting for different reasons. This is something people kept saying to me that you know there are some people who had the interest of the money interest of the oil. The pool of calls many people saying that the uae and the arabia of that those reasons. But then you've got some transitional council bay come from a long line of people who believe that the south of the. Nfl is completely different from the nose. Should be united and shouldn't be wrong from the north which causes where at the central government is based although i should say that most of the people who make up the central government actually are outside the country right now because he ended so constantly moving on stable But seth me they're southerners new feel wouldn't at shouldn't be enrolled in the as the south bend. Of course you have. The who fees. Who are the shiite iran backed militia. Who are still fighting in. How occupied a lot of the north of the moment. They are running at sanaa city at the moment still and they of course flight final ideology and copy one of my money as many people said to me that it's not just about these business relationships on the national resources so while the idea the united yemen too. Many people is hugely appealing. And so many people that saying can you with retired war. We want peace. We want elections. We just want to get on with our lives and have yemen stop being associated with the idea of this ongoing horrific war which the united nations is called the greatest humanitarian crisis currently in the world but whether or not that's realistic the number of political issues currently butting up against each other both in tunnel and the proxy wars being fooled by international powers is is another question is obviously not short of problems but it was also burden this year as every country on earth walls by the covid nineteen pandemic. Were you able to get much sense of how that has affected life in yemen or how yemen with the resources it has has been able to handle it so the area i was in has extreme yellow covid figures at least in tons of what's being counted now going in i thought perhaps they simply aren't being counted all covered up in some way. One of the arguments is of course. It doesn't really make sense for the government to be covering up coach. Vic is because it's one way of them getting access to aid. Amy because so much aid money to other projects has been coastal this year because it will bring directed towards codex but in the area. I was in shock whistle. The numbers are extremely loads. They do have a new testing center in the capital of. Its just couple of months old. That's incompletely funded and built by the saudis very center. It isn't getting much use because they don't seem to be that many people coming in now elsewhere in yemen. The problem has been much worse. Part of the reason might be that there is not that much movement in the south. Where's the north in ogden. In saana a further away from that is a lot of moving there and we. Stephanie seen horrific numbers of people really struggling particularly ibp comps. Where who's it spreads wildfire. Now i did meet with several people who said that in the prisons. The situation is getting much worse as well. I spoke a couple of prisoners families who said that they the dominant co code in prison and the conditions were horrendous. They were not being freed Unlike many prisons seeing around the world who've been given a thorough from prison while the coronavirus has been spreading shouts great concern. The big problem really is as i say. That was not much of it to be seen at the moment. But the very worried about Of course we know that in the summer does seeing that the transmission. I'll in the winter. Once that construe immune systems are the health service simply The local hospital is absolutely overwhelmed. Ready mary i was having a den. Gay deng massive outbreak which is affecting a lot of young children in particular from the rural areas. You have to travel hundreds of kilometers to get to the hospital. So although right now where i was as i say not that big a problem if it does hit in the winter and docs saying they're concerned about that. It would be really really devastating. The muslim needs right now. Layla milana allen in beirut. Thanks for joining us.
Lebanon begins 2-week lockdown as COVID-19 cases surge
"Has been praised for his handling of the pandemic, but now a soaring number of coronavirus cases. Threatens to overwhelm its fragile health system. I'm going prime minister who stepped down falling. This summer's Beirut blast ruled out closing the countries on the airport as he did so during an earlier long time. Like in many countries. Some business leaders are opposed to the latest measure, arguing that the law tone will be another devastating blow to our nation already suffering from its worst economic crisis and decades.
Macron wants France to have a seat at the top table
"President Emmanuel Macron is not unique among French leaders in entertaining grandiose notions about his country's singular place in the world charles-de-gaulle believed that France cannot be France without greatness and wrote of its exalted and exceptional destiny for Napoleon. The word impossible is not French. Emmanuel macron is a banker by background rather than a warrior, but he seems to share with his swashbuckling predescessors. The conviction that France is a great power and should behave like one in recent months alone macron has met with the Democratic opposition leaders of Belarus dispatched warships and fighter jets to Greece as it butts heads with Turkey and perhaps most startlingly invited himself to Lebanon within forty eight hours of the warehouse explosion which devastated. Beirut. In August, all of which is to say nothing Francis outreach economic and military to its former colonies in West Africa. Last month macron. told the UN General Assembly that the world as it is today cannot come down to a rivalry between China and the United States macron appears to have a firm idea of at least one of the nation deserving of a seat at the top table.
Overwinter Tropicals With Dennis Schrader
"Cooling off. Very nice. Yes. So before we get started is say I was so happy that we did that New York. Times story together a couple of weeks ago about this subject mad stash right Yeah Thank you. It was very popular and it was fun to read the comments, lots of people jumping in and saying their successes in their failures with different plants you know. So this is something people love to do is try to figure out right how to. How to carry over a beloved plant so Yeah you identified several sort of tactical categories like every plant will want the same thing and I just thought. to survive the winter in this sort of false environment, not their native habitat, and I I just wondered can you tell us about sort of how you group them in how you thought about that? You I mean first of all, it's it's I mean we we get these plans. He's given to US purchased and we nurture them all summer, and then we want to do something with them just not have them hit by a frost and that's it. So you know a lot of it has been experimenting with different types of overwintering and So some of the easiest ways or collecting from seed and doing cutting sore even just actually bringing the plant inside and treating it as a houseplant There's Different ways to store them. Some even store dormant like bring it in as a house plant and keep it away or. Bringing in his plant in, let it nap and that's one of the things that I. Frequently earlier on my gardening career is to try to keep everybody awake and some would rather go to. Also run A it's space issue most of the time. Yeah I mean so I've tried you know even high biscuits puskas and pregnancy is that would normally grow all year those you know just putting them in a basement and keeping them on the dry side darken. Some day back. Then you got them going in the spring and they really take off. 'cause most plants do have a slowdown or doorman period either from cool or in the tropics a lot of times it's from dry whether have rainy season and dry season so. There is. You try and mimic maybe the dry season and We'll just let them Foley rake up the leaves and hold onto them till spring. Even he I think that you recommended that for some of our fancy leaf Geraniums, yes oh sure. Yeah. To hang them, would Beirut them and just hang them in their basement and then plant them again spring. So. You can be pretty radical and what I find also, if you have success with one type of plant or a treatment of one type of planet it with some other ones and Another friend that used to keep pity the red, leaf, Avid, city and bananas he would got so big was huge trunk. He would keep it under his dining room table. We do fine. Except for you kick is it was a dog or something I'm very look at is six foot stump. But? It worked for him. So they've been under the dining table, is that going to be a reference spoke about this? All right. So. What what we're really trying to do is we're trying. Sort of categorize things as we look around the Fading Garden Right now wherever we garden. Match. Them to the right tactics. So like with seed, like what would be the kind of what? What are just a few examples of like things to do from seed? Oh then he is. marigold some of the common annuals. Able motionless. And it's you know the plant kind of lets you know when it's it's done blooming starting to turn a little bit. Brown. looking a little bit dry and It's it's You know shorter as cooler weather. Those are all indicators start looking morning glories or another Morning Glories. And and you know they they start looking a little tattered. Like they've done their big show for the season and It's time to harvest and you want the seedpods to be right but not ripe enough where they you know open up and a lot of plants will expel this heeds and kind of open up and shoot the seeds around you WanNa. Wait before that happens or else use some kind of an bag or something like that to hold the seeds catch seeds. So it's Like You know commercially we go out twice a week and do around to all the seed plants that will be collecting. And we usually right on top of it.
Macron 'ashamed' of Lebanon's political leaders amid crisis
"President, president Emmanuel Macron Francaise, bitterly condemned Lebanon's leaders for their failure to form a new government. He said he was ashamed of thumb. On Saturday, Lebanon's prime minister designate Mustapha Deep, resigned because he couldn't get political parties to agree on his Cabinet lineup. After last month's devastating explosion in Beirut, Mr Macron led international efforts persuade the ruling elites to form a new administration rapidly. He said they had acted against the wishes of the country. The force. Politically, Ben is the Lebanese political forces. The leaders of Lebanese institutions clearly resolutely explicitly, did not wish to respect the commitment made to Frantz. And the international community. I see that the Lebanese political forces made the decision to favor their partisan and individual interests to the detriment of the country's general
Lebanon PM-designate steps down amid impasse over gov’t formation
"Lebanon's prime minister designate, has resigned less than a month after his appointment is at home See reports from Beirut He's stepping down amid a deadlock over forming a new government in the small, crisis ridden country. Prime minister designate most of a deep attempts to form an independent cabinet drew the ire of political parties and Hezbollah. They demanded the finance Ministry be assigned to a Shiite candidate of their choice. Deep been endorsed by a majority of political parties, as well as French President Emmanuel Macron. Cronus pressured Lebanon to form a government quickly in order to unlock international aid required to bail the country out of a severe economic crisis. Deep was designated in the wake of a massive explosion in Beirut sport. That explosion caused by almost 3000 times of ammonium nitrate cause popular anger and Lebanon after it was revealed many of Lebanon's politicians knew about the unsafely stored material for years. And did nothing.
Lebanon's prime minister-designate steps down in blow to French plan
"Lebanon's prime minister designate has stepped down after failing to form a new government. Mustafa a. Deeb. Had the support of much of parliament but not among Shia parties, including a mall in Hezbollah, which have strongholds in the government. The move deals a blow to French President Emmanuel Macron's call for needed change in the country and to bring Lebanon out of an economic crisis. He says a new government needed to be formed. Their crisis worsened by that August 4th explosion at a Beirut port. Lebanon needs financial help. France and other international powers say they won't provide it until reforms were made
James Bond, 'Avengers' star Diana Rigg dies at 82
"And actor the corrupted Diana Rigg and they read has as died a huge of cancer fire broke at the age out at of the eighty site two of last month's I marquees catastrophic are loaded explosion with a look at her which career killed nearly that two was hundred very people and destroyed very parts good of the capital Diana Rigg brought smarts swagger and sex appeal to the Avengers as an appeal in mystic the nineteen next sixties night did it recent for the port TV viewers orange flames may remember leaping her as from a the letter grounds to rattle in smoke game of covered thrones the capsule and Wrigley firefighters Tracy and ambulances bonds the rushed only wife to the scene of James bond on in the helicopters on her were majesty's taking part in secret efforts service to extinguish the she fire was an accomplished stage forty actor days and after won huge a Tony explosion Award for the decimated title role central in the Greek Beirut tragedy the course Medea of the new fire was she not never clear stopped acting but it her triggered last widespread role was panic in all creatures amongst traumatized great and small residents currently of the area running a British TV the Lebanese army said the fire started warehouse what women ties a placed in the GT Friesen adding that efforts to bustle the file on going I'm Karen Thomas
Huge fire breaks out at Beirut port a month after explosion
"And the corrupted and they read as a huge fire broke out at the site of last month's catastrophic explosion which killed nearly two hundred people and destroyed parts of the capital mystic next night did it for the port orange flames leaping from the grounds smoke covered the capsule and firefighters and ambulances rushed to the scene on the helicopters were taking part in efforts to extinguish the fire forty days after huge explosion decimated central Beirut the course of the new fire was not clear but it triggered widespread panic amongst traumatized residents of the area the Lebanese army said the fire started warehouse what women ties a placed in the GT Friesen adding that efforts to bustle the file on going I'm Karen Thomas
"beirut" Discussed on Altamar - Navigating the High Seas of Global Politics
"The domestic confusion and sort of melting that's going on and the Middle East conflict itself. It depends on the UN raid eight on the IMF for debt restructuring and money for its government on on foreign leaders and NGOs for humanitarian assistance, and although from many Lebanon was perceived years ago as this type of sanctuary, the mulches reasons with cafes and religious diversity inadequate services. The politics in this country have been increasingly fragmented since the fifteen year civil war post-civil-war administration didn't have good administration as an objective the objective was. To shoehorn a government that reflected the sectarian divisions are eighteen religious communities between. Shia Sunni Christian. Jews Druze, and the three main political offices the speaker's office, the president's office in the Prime Minister's office along with the parliament that is divided between Christian, Shia, Muslim, and sunny Muslim. It's a mess the country's religious diversity, which was something that they were proud of for many years is now it's great as political weakness in the sectarian groups have become a proxy for external powers Iran's backing of the powerful Shia Hezbollah alliance. look at the West supporting the recent governments. Certainly, Saudi Arabia is supporting Sunni Muslim interests, and so what was designed as a power-sharing solution is now a chaotic sectarian paternal system rampant with corruption. You've described it really well, it's a very complex environment, and after the explosions other interested parties have come in and entered the fray. The US has waded into the explosion investigations sending FBI agents to quote clarify some of the questions behind the incident they've been super careful not to comment and say that the communications will come. Directly. From Lebanon Hezbollah leaders reject the Western let investigation pointed to Israel as possible culprit, and then there's France prep. Well, President Amendment Macro flew to Beirut a few days after the explosion creating a surreal scene of a foreign president providing solace and care, which was actually kind of welcomed by the Lebanese people and he's become deeply involved in the search for a political solution and actually proposed a political transition for Lebanon to transparently channel international aid. His goodwill gestures have been labeled opportunists by politicians rightly. So at the Beirut recovering on the street seemed grateful that somebody actually cared. Of course, Iran's foreign minister also flew into Beirut to show support for Hezbollah on the same day that Israel on the UAE announced a deal to open diplomatic ties. So sectarian tensions are even higher in Lebanon is again, not only recovering from the explosion, but in the middle of this global power struggle between proxy backers and along the various internal players very complicated it's a sad scene Mooney and it could have repercussions for a very vulnerable part of the world. So let's invite our guest to shed some light on what the current situation looks like what the future will hold Paul. Salami is president of the Middle East Institute which specializes on all about the political change, the transitions and the conflicts as well as the international relations of the middle. East Salami is the author and editor of a number of books and reports on the subject and prior to joining the Middle East Institute. Slam was the founding director of the Carnegie, Middle East Center in Beirut before that he was. Director of the Fattest Foundation and founded and directed the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies Lebanon's leading policy think-tank. Importantly, I want everybody to know that slam is also a musician and composer of Arabic Brazilian jazz and his music can be found on itunes ball. Salim. Thank you for joining us on Alto Martha Day. Thank you, Peter it's a pleasure and honor. So let me let me just ask the PACE is Lebanon fixable. The sectarian oligarchy seemed so entrenched. There's so so much conflict corruption rivalry politics seem broken. Can Lebanon survive. they are I. Guess Two different questions something was survived. Lebanon will survive. Is it fixable? is a complicated question. Let me unpack it at three levels. There's an aspect of Lebanon's predicament in which you have Hezbollah an armed group which is. Armed and led and financed by Iran which is part of a Confrontation between Iran on the one side and the US. On the other with some of its allies like Israel and the go. Being. In the mix as well that major existential problem, which is having an armed group, which does not they the Lebanese constitution or Lebanese authorities at basically as a state within a state is a kind of a mortal wound that Lebanon cannot fix on tone. It's fixable in the context may be of some grand bargain with Iran or some other major international or regional event it's not locally fixable. Or we get to the local scene. There's the economic and the political. As maybe some of your listeners know. The horrific blast that took out part of Beirut on August four came at the tail end of nine ten months of an economic I. Really a horrific economic collapse. Lebanon was a middle income country doing reasonably well. Over the course of nine months the Economy ground to a halt and his in a major contraction and the bank says seized giving money to giving their people depositors father's money them. The currency lost eighty percent of their view of its value the government reneged on its international debt and so so we were already in the midst of a complete. Economic and financial meltdown. Of course, the whole world had cova deal with as well, and then we got the blast of August four. The economic side is it fixable? Yes, I mean it is a very dire economic situation but similar to you know crises that Argentina went through agrees others. There is a pathway fix that and that would be a through significant reforms that would have to be made inside Lebanon and then serious negotiations with the IMF. As, well, as as serious international support, which the international community is willing to give if the government implements reforms so there is a pathway there, but that does lead us to the political logjam in which you have a corrupt oligarchy which has been running the place for about thirty years. Very, sectarian, very corrupt. which has led the country to this sort of bankruptcy at the economic level and bankruptcy at the level of basic governance you know not leaving three thousand tons of ammonium nitrate in the country's port would have been a good idea. And that challenge is more difficult but that but there is a kind of an uprising that began last October that's trying.
"beirut" Discussed on Altamar - Navigating the High Seas of Global Politics
"Welcome to tomorrow when he Johnson and Peter Scheckter today's episode will focus on. Lebanon. It seemed like Lebanon has been forever land of contrast a beautiful country bordered by the oceans and the mountain and known for its cuisine and nightlife and cafes. It's also sad they've been for far too long land of religious strife and violence after decade of some solace from the civil war and strife. Lebanon seemed to be enjoying a comeback but now it's hit rocky rocky shores again, and since the twin explosions rocked Beirut's port on the afternoon of August fourth leaving at least two hundred dead thousands injured of hundreds of thousands without homes. It seems that the country which has long been in the midst of economic political crisis is now spiraling completely out of control. That's true in the explosion would some. Suspected initially to be inactive terrorism was apparently the result of improper storage of chemicals used for explosives and considered to be one of the strongest non nuclear explosions and history. The blast was felt in Syria Turkey Cyprus Israel in the horrifying video footage, we've all seen of three thousand tons of ammonium nitrate exploding in the heart of the city was downloaded everywhere and the political aftershocks of this explosion came. Pretty quickly, even as the government declared a state of emergency, Lebanese men and women staged massive protests blaming poor leadership for failing to take preventive measures with such large amount of explosive and this outrage that went into the streets. But that followed months of citizen marches and boycotts and protests against the government for inaction on economic stagnation on corruption on the creasing use, Lebanon is upon proxy by regional powers. A. Week after the explosion, the Western back, the prime minister and cabinet resigned framing the move as taking a step back to stand with the people. Yeah. Right. In a system that was already ridden with infighting and corruption said today, and ultimately we will dive into the underlying causes of Lebanon's discontent, the political forces. So interesting inside and outside of the country and how these explosions of further impacted the region's complex power networks will be joined later by gas, Paul Salem President of the Middle East Institute who will help us understand the intricacies of these politics and share the country's outlook from Lebanese perspective only the devastation in. Beirut fueled even more anger around the already deepening economic crisis, the rising poverty unemployment, the reach twenty, five percent raging wildfires that have ravaged the country and more recently and understaffed and underequipped medical infrastructure that's been just unable to manage cove it, and the country's health sector is decimated especially after the destruction of so many health facilities and so many beds were filled with wounded from the blast. It does appear that Lebanon is faced with a very complex mix of financial crisis rising poverty food shortages to collapsed currency in very very angry protesters on the street. The governing system is a jigsaw puzzle created to placate the Syrian. Anti and it seemed like a solution but has turned into a worse problem. So now the protests have successfully forced the resignation of a government which was widely seen as corrupt. The problem is what comes next few Lebanese trust the country's political leaders to properly investigate the causes of the explosion and let alone make reparations for the victims and let alone run a countries. So in other a perfect storm for more national and rest. Yeah. You're totally right in Lebanon is now more than ever at a cross here is. Between the domestic confusion and sort of melting that's going on and the Middle East conflict itself. It depends on.
"beirut" Discussed on AP News
"The U. S. military affairs agency said in its report that the explosion has affected operations at 6 hospitals up from an initial 3 and damage of more than 20 clinics in the parts of Beirut worst hit by the blast it's still isn't known what caused the fire that ignited nearly 3000 tons of ammonium nitrate stored in Beirut's port but the comments have emerged in the wake of the explosion that show the country's top leadership and security officials were aware of the chemicals being stored in the city port I'm sorry I shockingly
"beirut" Discussed on The Pascal Show Podcast
"Now. The Haitian in the building social written now. Catch. To feel people unveiled hock. Body Brian. Morning. To the Pascale. Yes hey as good morning good morning everybody I hope you're having a thriving Thursday. S- Thursday one more day till the weekend y'all and it's been a weird week. I'm just going to be real. So I'm very happy that the weekend is going to be in full effect here very very soon. But man, you know I got my Jackie Buck in the house up something how you doing Hagen morning how's it going, man good beautiful day outside it is a beautiful day over here over here you gotta remember we got people from all over the globe that washed his show and So definitely take a look outside your own windows and let me know if it's sunny or not. You know what I mean because I'd like to know you know what I'm sane because I care. Jack, apparently doesn't give a damn doesn't give two damns about you, I. I have a good day on. So. I can't control the weather and I'm grateful when the Nice weather comes near us so. in it's in the mid seventies when we got storms all next week so I'll take what I got. Oh. Wow you. You are see see this is meteorologist meteorologist. Jacqui buck on the on the on the show right now he's gone those showers coming in next week so. is in the Sun will set. Those sunny raise as long as you can this is. Jackie bug reporting you live from my basement. Anyway. But thank you. Thank you for that. Yes it is. It is a beautiful sunny day out. I don't even know is supposed to be like what are you was yesterday yesterday was. Really Nice like whether. You'd like really really nice man. So. I am. Definitely, looking forward to. Getting outside today and enjoying some of this weather. Hopefully, it's not that bad. But Anyway, definitely, let me know how you guys are doing out there in the in the afer and all that you know. So, there's a lot of stuff that's going on today. We got a lot of things to cover We got some really it's an action packed day for you guys I got some. Got A lot of really cool people coming onto the show I have. Jan. Housi- of filtered by JEN. She's been on the show before she's also a nurse. There's something on my nose and just won't go away. There it is. We have JEN. Of filtered by Gen going to be on the show at the pretty much in about fifteen minutes or so she'll be on and then I have Michael, Buran of the wildlife command center like I said, if you like furry animals, you're GonNa get to meet some really cool for animals here around ten o'clock as well. So we got a lot of things a lot of a really great talented people coming onto the show to talk about. Various things. Some to talk about the closing of schools or the talk about the the reopening of schools, and then of course, talk about animals and. lemurs and stuff, and if you've never seen the LEMUR before. Let me tell you. They are weird looking. Cute at the same time. We're looking. there. We're looking cute. You know what I'm saying. So we're going to see them face to face to face but you know live on the show you know as much as we can do within the confines of social distancing right but you get to see him and it's GonNa be fun. You know what I'm saying. So hopefully, you guys are doing well, definitely calmed down below and let me know that you guys are having a thrive thriving Thursday ya but anyway, we gotta jump into some news. This is something that just broke a just a little bit ago. And it's really interesting at all surrounds the the. The explosion that happened Beirut Lebanon and I, got to be really honest. It is the wildest thing I've ever seen because here it is. It's interesting when you see. That life. Everyone has a different timeline. Everybody has a different everyone has lives life differently you know what? I'm saying everyone on this day on the day that the explosion happened everyone's doing something different some people are. In. The middle of writing a really good book, some people are taking a job. Some people are riding their bicycles. Some are just taking a swim. Some are celebrating the birthdays and some. Are Trying to celebrate Holy Matrimony. That's right. There was a wedding. That was cut short due. To the explosion In Beirut and there's so much stuff. So many videos out there. But this one in particular I found very interesting. So a Lebanese bride is happy to be alive after a blast cut short. Her her wedding video. Now obviously, the wedding had already happened there were taking some bridal photos of her beautiful gown, very beautiful bride and an explosion went out. Explosion happened and they caught it all on their wedding video. So radiant and long white gown and veil twenty nine year old Lebanese bride, Ishra. SIBLANI stand smiling and posing for her wedding video the scene shattered by a deafening roar and a powerful shock wave nearly blows her off her feet. The dramatic footage captured that the moment when the massive explosion explosion. The Lebanese capital on Tuesday killing of right now, it's one hundred and thirty five people and injuring more than five thousand people So Siblani is a doctor working in works in the United States Obviously, she rolled up her sleeves of her gown and Checked on the injured nearby before fleeing to the square to safety Are Fleeing the square to safety So of course, they went back and they they're reflecting on this and I'm GonNa show you guys the video here because the videos really really wild to. But a day later, she and her husband. Were struggling to process what happened and I'm sure everybody is doing the same everybody who witnessed I'm still processing it. You know what? I'm saying she said. I've been preparing for my big day for two weeks and I was so happy like all other girls I'm getting married. My parents are going to be happy. See me in a white dress. I'll be looking like a princess. What happened during the explosion here? There's no word to explain I was shocked. I was wondering what happened..
"beirut" Discussed on The Economist: The Intelligence
"In Beirut yesterday countless people began the painful work of fixing homes devastated by a massive explosion on Tuesday. . One woman who'd mlk posted a video of her mother-in-law playing the piano as others swept up broken glass. . The music is bittersweet, , the city is reeling. . The moment of the blast no one was quite sure what had happened there was a deep bass sound for seven or eight seconds there was a rumbling. . and. We . thought it was a localized explosion, , maybe a gas main that had blown up across the street or a car bomb in the neighborhood. . Greg Carlstrom is our Middle East correspondent. . I A cafe. . <hes> everyone, , of course, , left the cafe and started making their way home and it was only on the way back down towards the three Indian towards the ports <hes> that I started to realize the scale of the damage. . There was, , of course, , broken glass everywhere carpeting, , all of the streets all at the sidewalks pass through an intersection where there were several women sitting in the median holding cloth scraps of fabric bleeding from the head they'd obviously been hit by glass. . And every building that you pass by not only the windows blown out but the aluminum window frames blown off. . So. . You realize that this was not a localized incident, , but rather something that had affected the entire city center. . The blast was felt as far away as Cyprus it registered as an earthquake in Jordan. . It had come from the port of Beirut or something had set off an explosion of staggering size sending up a white mushroom cloud then a vast bloom of orange smoke. . Yesterday the government placed a number of court officials under house arrest and again investigation. . Declared a two weeks state of emergency. . Residents are still coming to grips with the shock of the blast. . Felt like it went inside us like a best our soul the way. . I saw something bright and I lost my hearing for few seconds. . An explosion just went out. . The human toll of the explosion has been catastrophic the death toll officially more than one hundred so far, , and that number continues to grow as rescue workers find victims who were buried in the rubble more than five thousand people injured by the blast and many of them had to go into a hospital system that was already stretched thin. . We've had a spike in corona virus cases in Lebanon over the past few weeks, , some hospitals themselves were damaged by the explosion hospital Saint George Hospital across the street from where I live. . was so badly damaged that it had to halt operations and when I went by the hospital, , you saw patients some of them still wearing their hospital gowns with intravenous lines in their arms bloodied from flying debris and shrapnel for nurses were killed. . Fifteen patients on respirators died when the machines failed the other immediate impact is according to officials in Lebanon about three hundred thousand people were left homeless by the explosion. . About five percent of the population of the entire country and what do we know so far about what caused the explosion? ? It seems to be the result of unbelievable negligence even on the scale of the perennially negligent Lebanese government back in two thousand thirteen customs officials in Lebanon confiscated the cargo of a Russian ownership that was traveling to Mozambique. . The cargo was two, , thousand, , seven, hundred, , , fifty tons of ammonium nitrate, , which is highly explosive chemical that is used mostly to make either fertilizers or explosives from mining and quarrying and other industrial uses. . So this material was confiscated, , it was put in a warehouse at the port and for six or seven years it just south there there was some talk of maybe exporting the stuff for giving it to the army to use but this required approval from the Lebanese judiciary that approval never came you've had officials at the ports and with insecurity agencies who warned this was tantamount to keeping a giant bomb on the doorstep of the country's capital. . Those warnings went unheeded and of course, , tragically on Tuesday it all exploded but I mean what kind of government would ignore warnings about tons and tons and tons of explosive material just sitting in a city centre the Lebanese government would it's almost par for the course for Lebanon's political class. . This is the government that <hes> for more than a decade could not agree on a budget. . This is the government that for almost thirty years allowed the same central banker to run the Central Bank Lubin, , and to run effectively state-sanctioned Ponzi scheme to defend the currency peg it's a country that created a political and economic model that was totally unsustainable. . Invested hardly at all in basic services even in good times, , Lebanon can't provide twenty four hour electricity routinely struggles to pick up the trash piles up in the streets. . It is a perennially negligent government and this is of course, , a catastrophic example of that but it's of a piece with the behavior of this government over the past thirty years. . So this is a population economy that was suffering quite a bit even before the blast it was the country has been slipping into a profound economic crisis since October <hes> the the currency. . Lebanese. Pound . which for decades has been pegged to the dollar. . Began to break away from that since October? ? It's lost about eighty percent of its value on the black market which has contributed to runaway inflation in a country that imports almost everything from food and fuel to consumer goods. . So, , inflation running around eighty percent right now and for food around two hundred percent prices have become astronomical this summer we've had fuel shortages that have caused blackouts in Beirut normally three hours a day stretch as long as twenty hours a day this summer and the backup generators that people rely on to provide electricity when the state cannot <hes> those are either burning out from overuse or running out of fuel just one crisis after another point. . which has led to widespread poverty in the country the the official figures the government thinks around half the country is now below the poverty line that could rise as high as seventy five percent. . By the end of the year, , there's been a spike in petty crime <hes> driven simply desperation. There . was one man who was caught on TV robbing a pharmacy for diapers another man who robbed someone at knifepoint on the streets and a once busy part of town, , and then came back to apologize for doing it and said, , he he needed the money to his family. . So it sounds a a years long problem has gotten really quite a lot worse very recently mean why hasn't the government been able to sort of keep things from getting so much worse? ? The current government was installed in January <hes> meant to be a technocratic government that would tackle this economic crisis and negotiate a rescue agreement with the IMF but. . Six or seven months later it's made almost no progress. . The negotiations with the IMF have really stalled at this point they've had about twenty rounds of talks. . But is not even really negotiating with the IMF yet it's still negotiating with itself. . You have the cabinet on one side. . And the parliament on the other backed up by the banking sector. . which are having this very arcane dispute about the scale of the losses in Lebanon's financial sector about how bankrupt the country is effectively. . And so you have this surreal situation where instead of Lebanon negotiating with the IMF Lebanon is negotiating with Lebanon. . The Fund has told Lebanon that talks are not going to advance unless there's an agreement on the size of the losses or if the cabinet pushes through a few meaningful reform of capital controls, law , changes to the electricity sector things like that. . Neither of these things have happened and there are increasing calls for the government to step down. . Do you think that's the way forward I? ? Mean, , what do you think should be done here to to bring Lebanon back to? ? A functional state though the problem is if this government steps down what replaces this government and a lot of the pressure on the government right now is is coming from the traditional powerbrokers in Lebanon the sectarian X. warlords who have divvied up power in this country for decades since the end of the civil war in one, , thousand, , nine, , hundred, , ninety, , this power sharing agreement they have it was designed to keep the peace and prevent a return to conflict after the war. . But it's been captured by the. . Hands up power based on sect, , which runs a massive patronage network <hes>. . The World Bank estimates that it costs the country about nine percent of its GDP each year but if it were to step down without broader changes to the country's political system in this power, , sharing system would simply be replaced by the same cast of characters who have ruined the country over the past thirty years. . But that power sharing system was was there to to keep the peace to prevent a return to civil war, , and that was the argument for years for decades when people in Lebanon would complain about the corruption and. . The negligence and the inefficiency of their government, , the response would be well at least this is better than a return to the bad old days even before what happened on. Tuesday . even before the explosion though that argument was beginning to lose its weights with a lot of people here you have a younger generation of Lebanese who don't have the same memory of course of the civil war that their parents or their grandparents had, , and so as the country slipped further and further into crisis over the past year, , people have been more willing to to <hes> break away from this system than they were before. . And I think the argument that well, , there could be violence if the power-sharing system was stripped away after what happened on Tuesday after half of Beirut was destroyed by the incompetence of this government I think that argument is not going to carry with a lot of people.
"beirut" Discussed on News Radio 1190 KEX
"Stored in a Beirut warehouse is what caused the massive explosion that ripped through the city, killing more than 100 injuring thousands. ABC Z and panel has more based artist Michela Boots, saying the entire event was surreal before we could even think of what to do next. Everything exploded. And when I mean everything I mean everything as degree was following. I just hid under card people. They were like literally standing right next to me, didn't get so lucky to have a lot of them got head on the head, some of them die. Officials in the disaster stricken city now searching for answers about what caused the enormous explosion and, above all, who was responsible is preparing for a major repair project on the Interstate bridge in September. The truncheons at the top of the north bound span will be replaced. I haven't moved into position near the bridge or doubts down, Hamilton says. They're massive steel wheels that moved the lift Cable's. These are 12 feet in diameter, and they were manufactured specially in Alabama. You can't buy parts off the shelf. For 103 year old bridge anymore. You have to have them specially made the North bound span will close between September 12th and the 20th. All I five. Traffic will move to the south bound span. During the morning commute. There will be two lane south bound, one lane north bound and then in the afternoon, there'll be two north bound lanes and one south bound major delays were expected. Drivers were advised to use the eye. 205 Bridge solve is known for its spring and fall beach cleanups. But those and other large group events have been canceled this year because of covert 19 they're holding several small Events now through August 15th. Saul's Monica.
"beirut" Discussed on PRI's The World
"Times make for great right. I thought must have been on the minds of many artists at the beginning of the pandemic trying to find the silver lining to this very gray cloud thinking perhaps now's my opportunity to finally create a true masterpiece. Things don't always work out that way. Of course, physical distancing, for example, a lot more challenging than many of us probably expected. The French Chilean singer. Has Managed to draw inspiration from one aspect of these trying times. The world's Jorges Valencia brings us the story behind her new single pocket. The singer Annette issue tries to maintain a balance in her life. She works hard and takes relax when she can today I'm going to the beach and she loved my kid, did you visiting Barcelona when we spoke she has two kids son and daughter who make themselves heard occasionally She's jumping as a crazy girl right now. And parenting of course is only one of her jobs and the musician composer rapper mother. The Grammy nominated artist is now working on her fifth album in the midst of a pandemic she says, she's reminded that the work of a composer is collaborative. Even if you have solo artist, you always compose we your friends, your your friend that is a pianist. Guitarist is a social network is not a solid network. Her new single is titled Bucket which loosely translates to so why she was first inspired by a phrase that was popularized a few years ago on social media to men carry and apparently intoxicated friend out of a party. All of. Your you know how I get the friend says. So what do you invite me? Like that was like inspiration of course, the first idea but any. Automatically. With everything that happened in the world is everything that happened in the world of course, is the pandemic and the chorus of bucket things you already know how I get. So why do you invite me but she's referring to being an artist WHO's going to sing about politics. On. means. To you starts her first verse with reference to Chili's former health minister high may money Leach back in March, he explained in a TV interview that the coronavirus could mutate keep buses we don't move. Don't use a loud wind up at sooner what the mutates and turns into a good guy. Asked in a televised interview that immediately went viral it less crazy. Don't worry did vapors can be a good person. Each has since lost his job. An anti Jew says she was also inspired by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson who in March seemed to take the corona virus lately. The other night where I think the roof you there are actually a few credit bars patients and I shook hands with every body. You'll be pleased to know, I continue to shake hands. Johnson got sick received intensive care and recovered a few weeks later then Jeb Wilson. Idol saying like wasn't not letting person. So do you remember that Zils President? Scenario also in March said that because he had a background as an athlete, he wouldn't feel anything if you got sick, he eventually did contract the virus but didn't become any less dismissive about it. The. Majority shoot. We all debts Boston are set at one point, but we are all going to die anyway in Brazil at least ninety, four, thousand people have died from covid nineteen tissue says, this is what she drew from in her track Bucky I think he's surrealistic. They don't care about the people that seek or the people that passed away. They don't even have empathy and that's make me very worry at the same time when people doesn't having emotion about life the same way this tissues first-time rhyming about public health. It is also her first rhyming over Columbia Columbia is Shawna with Afro indigenous roots that is massively popular across Latin America. Kunia song the just really love both. Yes. Did you says there are actually many Columbia artists who inspire her the most famous is the Lamont Pacino from Columbia. And in the middle of these use song. K.. She switches to another genre pioneered by late next musicians. It's called Midden House car. And one of her favorite groups Sandy eep up from the Dominican. Republic. Says playfulness humor and fierceness connected. She says musicians have opinions and this one is hers limit he plays. We're here to be honest with what we think if you'd like or not. That is not the question and he's good at bad at least on..
"beirut" Discussed on PRI's The World
"Reserve. The car he says he's feeling good today. But as mom still doesn't know about his living situation, the next time she calls he plans to tell her he's safe. This time he hopes it will be the truth for the world I'm about to Rothman in Paris? A year or so ago who among US had heard of tiktok right? Don't raise your hand if you're under twenty one TIKTOK. Now the fastest growing APP on the market very recently though it's been at the center of a Cold War style battle between the US and China Microsoft wants to buy the video sharing APP from the Chinese company that owns it President Trump said yesterday that the US Treasury would need to get a chunk of the sale price for US regulators to approve the deal Adam? Siegel. Has Been Watching this closely. He Directly Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations Hey Adam. Okay I just want to start with what president trump said yesterday. So in closed down on September fifteenth unless Microsoft or somebody else's able to buy it and work out a deal inappropriate deal. So the Treasury of the. Really, the Treasury I guess you would say the United States gets a lot of money. A Lot. Of Money What do you make of? That's really hard to figure out what the president means. Since there doesn't seem to be any legal mechanism or precedent for the US being paid for merger and acquisition it undermines the argument that. This for national security reasons trump wasn't clear on whether that money should come from Microsoft if it purchased Tiktok or. Talks Chinese parent company Bite deaths, is it even legal? I have seen people with a better legal basis in this field and I say seems to be unconstitutional. But as with many things with President, trump seems to be without president. So really knows. All right. Let's just put that sliced aside because it is one gobsmack and part of a larger picture. What is the big picture of what's going on here with Tiktok how has it gotten caught in the middle of what looks like a Cold War battle between the US and China. I think it arrived on the radar screen of China Hawks in the trump administration because it became the first global platform with tens of millions of users, and they became worried about what access to data that gave the Chinese government and what it said about the rise of China as a competitor is the US right to feel threatened by Chinese technology I think there are legitimate threats I'm not sure that tiktok. Represents one I. Mean we've seen a similar debate about the Chinese telecom manufacturer hallway and it's rise is provider for five G. Networks. I think the security threat, there is more legitimate. It's not clear to me what the national security threat is of the data of fifteen year olds making funny videos. We do know that. Chinese. through hacking and other sources have already access to a lot of citizens data so. I don't see a huge security threat there. Are there other threats that tiktok could represent to the white? House there seems to be to other concerns. One is an influence operations and propaganda, and because the algorithm that recommends tick talks is unknown to most users. There is a worry that could be exploited and promote either disinformation or stories that are supportive of the Chinese government's view, and then some have suggested that because Tiktok has a number of people. Including, Sarah, Cooper and others. I was just GonNa ask you about Sarah Cooper who make fun of the President very effectively that he is out to get the platform. For that way, it may be a concern, but there's a real possibility of a backlash. They're young conservatives also use the platform and so there does seem to be some reaction from Tiktok users who are supporters of the president who don't support the ban. Adam Siegel. He Directs The digital in Cyberspace Policy. Program at the Council on Foreign Relations thanks very much for being with US Adam though my pleasure. In Two thousand fourteen an international treaty to prevent violence against women went into effect. It's called the Istanbul convention in most countries in Europe have adopted it they agreed to create special legal category for gender based violence but now some signatories are having second thoughts. The government in Poland has indicated, it will quit the treaty Turkey is now considering a similar move. So Turkish women are worried of a spike and domestic violence and other crimes against women there from assemble Duras Garin reports. When everything shuts down? Where do you go when you can't go home? This is a question that haunts Elif Egg. With coronavirus pandemic, hit thirty, a government run network of domestic violence shelters, legal aid groups, and other support pretty much ground to a halt. They don't have any kind of hotline. So then you shut down all of these mechanisms venue cannot apply in person as it happens during the pandemic became useless gay says hundreds of women called her organization a privately run women's foundation called more charter but even at two had to close its shelter to prevent the spread of corona virus shattered is leg small. Environ months peaceful put other in danger. It's not that the lockdowns necessarily made violence rates go up says it's that women in abusive situations had fewer ways to get out of danger, and this is precisely the scenario that the Istanbul convention is designed to prevent against says, that's why withdrawing from the treaty would be a mistake will mean that we won't be able to get any good judicial decisions that protect Vermont. That's shows perpetrators. That's if you ever practice violence, you're GONNA be punished for this. Gesture. That's newman cruel too much speaking. July. He's deputy chairman of Turkey's ruling party cruelty says that the Istanbul Convention would be reviewed and that Turkey may withdraw from the agreement. He went on to say that the LGBTQ community has. Taken refuge behind the documents concepts and that withdrawing from the treaty would not increase domestic violence. That position has some support earlier this year Turkish? President Egypt Type Air Don said that the way to stop violence against women is by strengthening the institution of the family is there is why does? What does family is it? Malacca wanderer is the spokesperson of a group known as the we will stop femicide platform..
"beirut" Discussed on PRI's The World
"I'm Marco Werman your with the world this afternoon in Beirut a massive explosion at the city's port a billowing pillar of white smoke was followed by what looked like a huge mushroom cloud and a fireball. Buildings dozens of blocks away were damaged. There are casualties, but it's too early to know exactly how many also reports of hospitals that capacity with Corona virus patients turning away people injured from the blast. Fisher. Show the governor of the region of Beirut Marwan Abu told Sky News Arabia that this disaster looked like scenes from Hiroshima and Nagasaki Behavioral Shimon Kazakina. Mush. D'Amato then he broke down. The. Monitor. Journalists Fatuma L. Mahmoud lives just a few minutes from the port and felt her apartment shake before hearing the explosion. My very first first instinct upon hearing explosion was Oh. God another war we do not have the time where already struggling financially economically you know the coronavirus now and everything's a mess on like seriously like now how much more in this country hands on how much more can we handed lucy porter is also a journalist and Beirut. This was a loud rumble fund like rumble and. I. started. Shaking the buildings and and then it carried on an really really felt like an earthquake was happening I've had having experienced once in the past and it felt very similar. Then there was a huge bang was blasted backwards and my glasses fell off I cycled around for few moments and got up local A. Couple of glass because all of our windows been blasted away and. I ran down stairs outside and tried to take cover because I thought. It happened again if this, if this was an explosion, then it might happen again, their sirens all around us. Now helicopters flying overhead. There are really really enormous scenes of destruction and buried here tonight. In miles how far is your apartment from the port the site of the blast? So where about one point five kilometers so around. A mile. Mile the fact that there will almost no windows left in our neighborhood really gives you a sense of the enormity of this blast. And the fact that this was A. Huge if I had a couple of friends who are in the mountains about fifteen twenty kilometers. Of Beirut's and they said, they felt the blast up there. They didn't have windows smashed, but they felt the ripples of the blast. The initial casualty reports are not good. The numbers are changing rapidly have tried to get in touch with hospitals and what have you heard from first responders. Hospitals are overwhelmed at moment. There reports have one hospital one hospital alone treating five hundred people. Images of bloodied patients going into receive emergency treatment both myself and my flatmate have things that we think probably need stitches but we're staying away because we're well aware that the hospitals are going to be overwhelmed the Lebanese Red Cross, which is responsible for lots of the first response here in Beirut's and why to Lebanon has said there are still going to be people trapped in depots at the port in buildings that were damaged and destroyed by the blast. So the emergency services are going to be kept extremely busy unfortunately I here tonight. I can hear the sirens still blaring in the background I'm. Absolutely. Yeah. I'm reluctant to ask about this. What do we know about the cause of the explosion because? I, officials said. There were fireworks involved I, mean how much reliable information is there right now. Are there are several theories puts about. Immediately people think it's an Israeli missile on Hezbollah. What we do know here people in Lebanon do know that Israel strikes Syrian. Has Weapons that WHO's in Syria. So it's not too much of a stretch of the imagination for people to think they've struck them in Lebanon now people already scared about the prospect of another war because of the economic situation and people believe that another the war is about to happen between has blur Israel. There is no confirmation of that road. We should say that Israeli officials have officially denied any involvement and so has Hezbollah. There were also reports some reports of a second explosion. Do you have any details on that? I. Don't at the moment all I mean from what I can see and what I heard is that it was one extremely loud bang and that there is still smoke rising from sites and. I mean, clearly. Fires will have been ignited as a result of the huge huge. Initial blast. That's journalists lizzy porter. In Beirut. Today, we'll have more coverage tomorrow here on the world. American exceptionalism. It's been a way to describe the uniqueness and shared purpose of the American experiment, the scale of US power and influence too big to fail covid nineteen though has redefined American exceptionalism and not in a proud way today this is America exceptionalism. The US has the highest number of Cova deaths in the world, the highest number of total cases in the world and. Those continue to rise in both urban and rural areas. So let's look at where the US fits into the Global Corona virus picture joining us Dr Ashish John. He's a director of the Harvard Global Health Institute these trends and rising cases industrial in the United States are staggering give us a reality check where do these numbers put in relation to the rest of the globe? Really, is impressive just how poorly America's doing by almost every measure we are the worst performing nation certain worst performing high income country and our performances far far worse than most low and middle income countries. It's in some ways truly unbelievable that a country with our wealth with our scientific capacity could be watching this pandemic as badly as we are. So. If we look at the seven countries of the most Cova cases in the world six are middle income countries, Brazil India. Russia for example, not lower income countries the US is still thinks of itself as upper income. But if you look at the US partners in infection rates, I mean, what does that say about the US response where the US sits in relation to the world specifically in terms of health infrastructure there's no question that money is not the primary reason why some countries are. Doing better than others, there are plenty of low income countries. Vietnam is often heralded but others as well who've just done a fabulous job with few resources because the public health response to this pandemic does not require a lot of money. What it requires is taking the virus seriously doing basic public health measures and not becoming excessively susceptible to misinformation and on all of those fronts, America has failed quite badly whereas countries that are middle and high and low income across the world have done much better. Six months and you look at places like Hong Kong. China Singapore. Vietnam and South Korea, they responded hard. There's not fast but it's not like the pandemic gone away there. We've been reporting on a spike in infections. In Vietnam cases are much lower compared to here. But what lessons do you see in the flare ups we've been seeing in places that do have this under better control if you're a Vietnam or your South Korea or Germany these flare ups are like little little brushfires and you they'd kind of pop up and you can put them down. America is in the middle of a raging forest fire. It's a totally different landscape of what we are dealing with. Every country, even the most successful we'll continue to have outbreaks and they have infrastructure and strategy for managing that. So what are we learning about what's working? What is not working in other countries and what it is at the US appears not to be doing yes. So what's interesting is if you look at various accessories, take a New Zealand South Korea and Germany three pretty successful approaches the. All look a little different from each other right. So there isn't like there is one model that everybody else followed and we didn't. So in some places, it was about really vigorous lockdowns, other places it was aggressive testing and tracing in places like Germany was kind of a mixture of all of those things and all of those strategies have largely worked and keeping virus under control their hospitals able. Part of. It. Is that. The man of misinformation spread by facebook in our country is massive and then we're we really become different than everybody else is that our political leaders have amplified it and at times appear said, they've even come to believe it and acted on it, and that really is different. You don't see unglued markle promoting a goofy ideas. That no scientists beliefs coming up on from Chile talks about creating music during the is the failure of the. Rally behind her latest single. President trump's interview with Jonathan. Swan of axios He doesn't seem to have a grip on the data. Right here United States is lowest in. Numerous categories. And lower. Here that. Than Europe..