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"ben hubbard" Discussed on Conspiracyland

Conspiracyland

05:51 min | 1 year ago

"ben hubbard" Discussed on Conspiracyland

"After hubbard wrote about all this for the new york times. You've got an indignant phone call from a high ranking. Saudi official was major general ahmed assiri. Close confident of mb. S then the official spokesman for the saudi military operation and soon to be named deputy chief of saudi intelligence hubbard sent assyria list of detailed questions before the article ran and got back blanket. Denials of any wrongdoing by the saudis. He sent me responses. We condense those responses. Put them in publish them in the story and then he was when he saw what the final product was he was quite angry about it and call me up and complained and i mean he basically said i told you that we're not destroying yemen's economy. Why didn't you say that your story like. Why doesn't your article say that. And i said well because everything else we saw convinced me that you were so like your denial. Is you know that's not going to change. The everything that i saw when i was in yemen was after that says hubbard that a series took steps to make sure such reports never surfaced again he ban journalists from taking un flights into the country choking off access for the western media to report on. How the saudis were laying waste to the country. They profess to want to save. As ben hubbard continues reporting on the rise of m b s and the devastating impact. The yemen war. He started paying increasing attention to another curious figure who is keeping close tabs on what he is fellow. Journalists were writing. his name was sued. Al-khatani he's the henchman you heard about in the first episode of the series. A former journalist turned hacker who landed a position as the real courts media monitor under king abdullah then king abdullah dies his previous boss and kingston man comes in in two thousand and fifteen and soon autonomy basically makes his pitch to mb. S that you know. I have all these skills that i can use to help you. On your way up you know you have a lot of people who are out to get you. And i know a lot about how do this online stuff that's going to help you. Out and mvs brings them on as deputy and his power just increases for a number of years. He just becomes a huge huge deal. Nbs gives him tremendous resources which he uses to sort of do a kind of electronic somewhat electronic warfare in favor of nba. Some of what tommy was doing during this period was eerily similar to what the russian internet research agency was doing just about the same time to disrupt two thousand sixteen american presidential election creating bots and fake social media. Accounts to concoct narrates Tommy's case the goal was clear to promote the strategic goals m b es and to target his enemies. Now i wanted to ask you about something. He created called the black list the blacklist. This was a very sort of mccarthy. You know where he basically got on his twitter feed which by then had millions of followers and he was a huge force on the saudi twitter spirit and he basically said we're not going to accept any any any criticism from people and we want our citizens to all fall in line. And so i want basically he call on his followers to.

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"ben hubbard" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast

The Lawfare Podcast

05:09 min | 1 year ago

"ben hubbard" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast

"You know he tells him. I've been a lot of hard negotiations. But i've never needed a bone. Saw very hard on them and they never really give him any information. They never acknowledged anything. And you know the big sort of quote that brings it to the end. Is donald trump. Put out a famous statement. Saying i don't know if you ordered it. Maybe he did and maybe he didn't but it doesn't really matter anyway because saudi arabia so important to us basically as an outline in the middle east and as a purchaser of american weapons that. We don't really need to punish them for this. And you know that. I think for a lot of people just showed the extent that the trump administration would go to protect this relationship into talk. Talk a little bit about your experience reporting on the book so you are also journalists. Was it easy getting people to talk to you. Was it easy to get visas. And how do you feel like the saudis took to your reporting on the country. Well it sort of. It changed over time. I began going to saudi arabia in two thousand thirteen under the previous king king abdullah and then it was. It was difficult to get visas but it wasn't particularly difficult to work. I mean it's always a bit of a close society. It was hard to get visas. I mean i would get seven days single entry visa. I would go for seven days. And then i would leave and then they would get a two week basan and again. It did get better over time. Partly you know win. Nbs came in. It did get better. I think that we will one of the talking points of the nba s era was openness and transparency and for a while that did extend to foreign journalists. They did make it easier. And i was able to get some longer term visas and so that i could kind of come and go and and i think it was the amount of time that i spent there even before. Nbs really had come to power. I mean i got to know a lot of people. I worked on a lot of different subjects. Did certainly i did some stories that they didn't like but i also did many stories that the saudis really did like so that kind of gave me a wide network of contacts that i could come to later on when i really started focusing on him and then i think it sort of the turning point would have been two thousand sixteen two thousand seventeen when we started writing about him. I think a little bit more aggressively than they expected in a we a colleague of my my colleague mark mazzetti and i broke the story of him spending about a half a billion dollars on a yacht. They were not very happy about that. S- you know. And then i think the way that we covered eighty the way that we covered the ritz. They were definitely not happy about that. I think they felt that we were being much too aggressive on him. And we were not giving him enough credit for the things that he was doing inside the country and so you know my access kind of started gradually drying up and then by the time i really got down to working on the book. I was having a hard time getting into the country and had a good network of contacts. Either people that. I could talk to remotely because you know. They knew me entrusted me. That i would protect them if i needed to. And then other people who were abroad in. Oh there's a whole network of people around the region who either have you know who have close links to various parts of the saudi royal family. And so you know. I'd met a number of these people along the way as well so was able to meet people. And you know in lebanon and jordan. Some people in london and was able to sort of go back to those contacts and it became quite clear. I mean by the time. The saudis knew that i was working on a book relationship was pretty bad and they made it pretty clear. They just didn't want anything to do with that. They were going to keep it at arm's length and you know they were not going to facilitate in any way. Yeah and so to end with one of the maybe the biggest takeaway for me from the book was sort of how aggressive mb s is he tells. Is this quote where he tells an adviser that he takes no half measures. How do you go about thinking about what he might do next. Or whether there's any chance of him sort of doing away with that aggressive impulse and evolving into a partner that the country like the united states would be more eager to embrace. Why i think the main thing to remember is that he's still very young. I mean he's now thirty four years old and he could be around for a very long time. I mean it. Was you know when his father passes away. Most people expect that he will then become the king unless something kind of extraordinary happens and if he lives to be as old as his father he'll be empower until sometime in the two thousand sixty s. So you know we're we're still pretty early in what could be a very very long era of mvs in the middle east. And so i'm a bit i. It's something. I thought a lot about in the book. I mean. it's a bit risky to do a book about somebody whose only thirty four years old and who could be around for many more decades. So i tried to focus very much on sort of what we know about him from this. I four to five years and not sort of predict so much where he's going and and what i found in just talking to you know diplomats business people you know other people engage of saudi arabia's. There's just kind of this question that everybody has in recognizing how young is but there's this question of you know is he learning from these incidents incidences learning from his mistakes. You know. does he look at you. Know the murder of hushovd g does he look at the war and he say wow. We really did that wrong. And that really. That really costs us a lot in terms of either our international credibility or in. Oh i wanna do a different next time and you know. Is there a possibility that you know. I think the question is really is what we've.

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"ben hubbard" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast

The Lawfare Podcast

06:08 min | 1 year ago

"ben hubbard" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast

"And to the trump administration and about the white house response to kashoggi's murder. It's the law fair podcast episode. Five hundred twenty. Eight ben hubbard on s. S- actually want to start in the same place that you start the book which is with two events that happened in the fall of twenty seventeen for the most part it plays in the same hotel and on the one hand there's mba his so called davos in the desert and on the other hand there's this roundup of prominent saudis talk a bit about both of these and what they what you feel like they represent about mohammed bin salman's dual in stinks. Yeah i mean this was a really great point to kind of start the book because we really see these two tendencies in his personality. That that i think drove him throughout his rise really come into fruition and really become very clear for people the first is he hoped he this. Investment conference called the future investment initiative. And this thing is sort of vaulted in its ambition. He invites business people. Heads of state Investors billionaires millionaires from all over the world to come to rod any basically goes out of his way to convince them listen. We we know that you guys have preconceptions about saudi arabia. You may think it's kind of a strange place. You may think that we're stuck in the past that we follow the steer form of islam. You're wrong we're going new places. We're going to do amazing new things. We want to shake up the kingdom. And do all you know. He gives his very dramatic declaration about how we don't want to have anything to do with extremism. We're gonna crush extremism today. He'd gets a standing ovation. He announces kind of the headline projects. That he announces are these three mega cities that he plans to build in saudi arabia. One is an entertainment city. This going to have amusement parks and movie theaters and things like that that he wants to develop some islands in the red sea. Into kind of a fancy eco resort. And then the the sort of capstone is this thing called. Neil which is this massive sprawling city that he wants to build in the far north west of the country's kind of in this isolated somewhat barren area on the red sea and he says they wanna spend five hundred billion dollars on it. They wanna make it this sort of hub for innovation technology for business. They want to have it run. On solar energy they want to have robots to all the servicing and an incredible incredible ambition. For what this guy wants to do and you know. I think a lot of people are pretty impressed. I mean definitely you know. A lot of people were skeptical. That some of these things were gonna come about. But i think there was also a lot of enthusiasm. People were pretty used to a certain kind of saudi arabia. I think i became clear to people who attended the conference that this was going to be a very different kind of saudi arabia at this Young prince wanted to develop and then so everybody goes home and you know people are sort of thinking. Wow do i wanna put my money here. Do i want to get do. I want to invest in this place. What do we think about this guy. Is he for real. And then november two thousand seventeen a few weeks after the conference ends you have officials from the royal court and from the secret police. Suddenly round up hundreds of the kingdom's richest and most powerful people and the way this works that people started getting phone calls and they would get a call and say oh the king would like to see you or they would get a call this at the crown prince would like to see you. People would show up. They would be relieved of their cell phones if they had guards their guards would be dismissed their personal belongings would-be taking as if as if they were going to prison. And then they were taken to the ritz carlton which is in very very fancy hotel. They were checked into rooms told to leave the doors open and basically kept there. And then you know. Roy court officials eventually would come around for quote unquote negotiations. The government build this as a massive crackdown on corruption. Basically saying the kingdom has long had a problem with corruption. We're going to end. We're gonna get to the bottom to it. The people who are locked in the ritz are people who are accused of corruption. And we're gonna recuperate any gotten gains in so they have these quote unquote negotiators these people and in the process there's a huge amount of coercion including some physical violence against some of the detainees. And you know they wrap it up. In a few months and government announces that they had recuperated about one hundred and six billion dollars from These people who'd been locked in the hotel so you know if the first the investment conference had really been assigned that l. b. is hugely ambitious. And he wants to do things differently. Any wants the world to come to saudi arabia and be excited about saudi arabia. The message of the ritz was very much. I'm in charge. Nobody else stands above me and even the capital. That was once considered private capital is gonna come to my service. I'm gonna marshall it for the things that i wanted to saudi arabia and i might do that in ways. That don't necessarily respect the rule of law and that might even imply employ violence right and so before we get into more details of what. Nbs does as de facto rule. I wanna zoom way out for a second and saudi. Arabia is the monarchy controlled by a huge single family. But it's famously opaque you describe the inner workings of the family as sort of a black box. How does the hierarchy the royal hierarchy work in saudi arabia. More to the various roles that s occupied in his quick ascension while so in two thousand beginning in two thousand fifteen king abdullah the the previous monarch passes away and and son man who is nbs. his father becomes the nobody's really paying attention to 'em yes at this point but it's the first time that many of us hurt his name this. This includes journalists including myself who had been reporting on saudi arabia. It also includes diplomats. You know people in intelligence services who are sort of charged with researching the royal family and trying to identify young princes who are on the way up and who could become a movers and shakers in various ways and many of them nbs came across their radar. because he'd never really done anything all that significant his background he didn't have sort of shining. That would you know. Point amount is being somebody who could it will likely rise to great power in the kingdom but we start hearing his name. I think the first job that he got if i remember correctly while he was put in charge of the royal court so he sort of becomes the gatekeeper for his father..

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"ben hubbard" Discussed on KQED Radio

KQED Radio

09:41 min | 2 years ago

"ben hubbard" Discussed on KQED Radio

"Character than many realize he's a heavy handed autocrat known for spying on citizens and arresting his critics and he's given to strange and sudden foreign policy moves such as kidnapping the prime minister of Lebanon to for some to resign but he's also initiated meaningful reforms in the country loosening strict Islamic social codes and giving women more freedom Ben Hubbard speaks and reads Arabic and has spent a dozen years covering the Middle East he's currently the Beirut bureau chief for The New York Times he spoke with fresh AIR's Dave Davies about his new book M. B. S. the rise to power of Mohammed bin Salman in Hubbard welcome to fresh AIR so let's talk about what Mohammed bin Salman has done with his power in Saudi Arabia they're just it's full of contradictions he has big ideas for economic reform and modernization be presented these to the Obama administration of various trips to Washington give us a sense of his vision for the country and its future and how he catches it well he's he's a young man who has big dreams and you know who really thinks he can he can do big things I mean I think that there are plenty of twenty year olds are people in their early thirties who think that they know better than the older generation and you know the difference is that his father is the king of a country and he can give them tremendous power and that he also has access to tremendous resources and so he's able to sort of you know hire consultants and hire people to try some of these things out and so we've seen this kind of whole raft of of hugely ambitious initiatives so you know this goes from his you know vision twenty thirty which was his big plan to sort of reform out both Saudi society and the Saudi economy and it's it's it's this huge ambitious plan that goes through you know trying to get more Saudis into the private sector trying to get more women Saudis into the workforce it goes all the way down to you in changing society so that Saudis have more access to entertainment it it goes into trying to encourage more Saudis to exercise on a regular basis I mean this is huge kind of sprawling document about all the things that he would like to see change in Saudi society and you know I think when it came out a lot of people kind of Pooh poohed it and kindness and all this is you know I don't think there's much in it that's objectionable I think what's remarkable is that it's so incredibly ambitious I mean we can certainly debate how likely it is that he's going to be able pull all of these things off but you know I remember thinking at the time well you know there's a lot of other leaders in the Arab world for not thinking this positively about the future of those countries you know I don't think that Bashar Assad in Syria for example is thinking about where his country is going to be and and in two thousand thirty and so you know I think it's in it's in in one way it's quite encouraging that he's thinking about these things and that he's actually making some effort to put them into practice let's go through some of these one at a time because I think they're interesting I mean these Klay made some major changes in social life in Saudi Arabia the list the economic projects he had some huge grandiose ideas for you know new cities rising in various places give us a sense of some of those ideas one of them was gonna be called NEO M. Neil yes Neil what was he talking about her so on the economic front he has a whole raft of initiatives some of which have actually begun some of which may it may never quite make it off the ground well you know one of the bigger the ones was the privatization of Aramco and and so you know this was something that he had announced quite that was quite a surprise to everybody including many of the executives inside of Aramco which is the state oil monopoly and it's really the economic engine of the entire country he basically mentioned in an interview with the economist magazine that he was going to privatize Aramco when it sent everybody sort of you know scrambling for information and people who work in oil markets what does this mean this has been you know the largest one large yeah I think it's the largest company in the world and all of a sudden he wants to privatize it what is this going to mean what's it going to mean for its relationship with the royal family and so they kept setting dates it was delayed numerous times and then finally late last year they did offer a limited IPO of Aramco but only on the domestic Saudi stock market so they got some money out of that and you know there's there's there's debates about sort of how wise that was and what the what the benefits of that decision where you know he's got very solicitous to try to get more women into the workplace and I think that those those were actually those actually predated Mohammed bin Salman Abbas King Abdullah the previous monarch who was the first to really try to get more Saudi women into the workplace including in retail as supermarket cashiers and things like that and MBS has really stepped up and I think that there's a lot of success going on there some of these other things are quite high are much much more ambitious the really pie in the sky project is this thing called me home and he announced this and in may two thousand seventeen he held at an investment conference in Riyadh and invited him business people from all over the world I mean people hundreds and hundreds of thousands of people showed up for this thing and the big reveal at the conference was this thing called me home and he said you know we have this unexploited piece of land in the northwestern corner of the country near the Red Sea and we're going to turn it into the sort of Mecca for technology development business into anything that you can think of they're gonna he said they were gonna spend five hundred billion dollars on it they were going to bring in business people to write the regulations so that to sort of create the perfect climate for innovation for business for everything they were gonna bring in technology companies he said that they they were gonna have so many robots working there that they might actually outnumber the human inhabitants they were gonna take advantage of the Saudi sun and have it all run on solar power I mean this is like complete pie in the sky stuff I mean Saudi Arabia really has no experience with solar power with robotics with a lot of the things that he's talking about but he just felt that if I create momentum behind this that people are going to come to it you know and then there were sort of once they got working on it they you know there were a bunch of other documents that came out the Wall Street journal did an amazing report where they got access to some of the internal documents which I cite in the book where he was talking about wouldn't it be great if we could have a beach with glow in the dark sand and they they just kind of couldn't deal scientists were sort of working on Jeez how we make glow in the dark sand haven't quite figured out a safe way to do it wouldn't it be cool if we had an artificial moon that sort of launched over near home at night Kerry by some drones I mean really like you know really crazy stuff and so I mean this is one of the tricks about understanding Mohammed bin Salman is all one hand you feel like you know you should at least appreciate appreciate the ambition this is a guy who really wants to change things in a country that I think many people felt was in dire need of change in two thousand fifteen but but sometimes you hear about this project can you sort of wonder like you know does he really think this is possible when and if it's even possible is that really a valuable way to spend all that money like glow in the dark sand really huh right so let's talk about some of the more practical things that he has achieved one of them was kind of curtailing the power of the conservative clergy this was quite real wasn't this was very real and and to be Frank I wasn't even sure about it at the time I never I remember I was not in Saudi Arabia when it happened it was done somewhat unceremoniously the government just basically made an announcement and said that the you know the religious police no longer have the power to arrest and that they were supposed to be sort of kind in their interactions with us all the citizens and I remember sort of seeing this and saying I don't know like is this for real this is not for real is this just sort of a PR thing and it's very difficult to tell and it sort of messaging a bunch of my Saudi friends it's like what do you think and they just kind of said we have no idea either was going to have to wait and see and looking back this was a major major stop I mean this was again if you have got together sort of a panel of Saudi experts in two thousand fourteen and said do you think that you know Mohammed bin Salman or some some of the king consort of snap his fingers and take the power to arrest away from the religious police do you think he's going to get away with it I bet that most of them would have said no there was this belief that these guys were untouchable there was this belief that they had the backing of very powerful conservative sectors of society would have risen up and who would have gone to see the king and and in the end it works and you know it's it's it's made it a very different place and I think that MBS realize that if you did want to make some of these changes specifically in terms of advances for women in terms of women driving in terms of women working in terms of entertainment and movie theaters and things like that he had to get these guys out of the way and he pulled it off no tell us about what Saudi Arabia was like when when you first went there in terms of the availability of you know music to listen to or movies to see the kinds of entertainment that people take for granted in the west and help him beat how Mohammed bin Salman change that it was really really a doll I mean I would go and I will check into a hotel and then I would sort of try to figure out okay what do I do now and you know I mean I took it it took a while to sort of develop contacts to get to know people to figure out who would actually talk to you and it also I would spend sort of as much time as I could working but then you know you can only work so long and then you know you're in a new country you want to go out and sort of see what the place looks like and there was just kind of nothing to do you know you've been a hotel and okay you can go sit in the lobby and drink coffee we can't order a beer because there's no beer okay maybe I'll go to a movie there's no movie theaters they shut down all the movie theaters in the decades ago so you can't do that live music maybe I can catch a show there's no live music because we don't really like maybe in the hotel lobby you would hear some fairly quiet instrumental music but definitely nothing live okay and I remember thinking can let me know I was staying at a hotel that happen to be right next to a mall is Evelyn at least like a walk in Riyadh the capital of Saudi Arabia's not particularly friendly city for pedestrians by circulating on the mall and take a walk around and I showed up in his guards at the door he said no no it's family time you as a single man you can't you can't come in well well okay fine so I sort of sat.

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"ben hubbard" Discussed on KQED Radio

KQED Radio

03:12 min | 2 years ago

"ben hubbard" Discussed on KQED Radio

"Not responding more quickly the public health calls to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus by limiting large events the four major organizations NHL soccer Major League Baseball in the NBA put out guidelines to protect their athletes but not their fence and I found that curious the sports leagues are temporarily preventing reporters from entering team clubhouses to keep them at arm's length from players Santa Clara county's ban on gatherings of more than a thousand people for the rest of March means at the San Jose Sharks and the San Jose earthquakes will have to play some games without fans present or move their scheduled home games elsewhere Major League Baseball set to return to the bay area and less than two weeks and so far the teams are planning to go ahead as usual in addition to its ban on large gathering Santa Clara county is making other aggressive interventions to reduce the spread of the virus county sheriff Laurie Smith has announced several measures intended to prevent infections in county jails KQED's Alice will flee as more the Santa Clara county sheriff wants to reduce the population in county jails to make space for potential quarantine we're going to be working with public health to identify those that are at risk categories and see if we can find alternative sentencing or housing or isolation or something we have a real high at risk population around fifteen percent of inmates in Santa Clara jails are over the age of fifty Smith also announced a ban on contact visits and plans to limit the number of people coming in and out of facilities there are no reports of coronavirus infections in the county jails at this time San Jose mayor Sam Liccardo says be prepared for the county to take additional steps I won't be surprised if a week from now we do have schools or school districts that are shut down I won't be surprised obviously if we're gonna have to do an awful lot of work that we never thought was within the realm of government but county public health director Dr Sarah Cody says after consulting with health officials in areas experiencing severe outbreaks she believes the negatives outweigh the positives the harms of school closure would mean that many parents and children cannot go to work many of those parents are in our health care work force and other critical services county officials also reiterated the need for improved testing I'm Alice will flee KQED news three transportation security administration officers who work at Mineta San Jose airport have tested positive for the novel coronavirus inter getting medical care the TSA announced yesterday that all agency employees who came in contact with them over the past two weeks are quarantined at home the TSA is yet to say what kind of contact the officers had with the general public I'm Brian white KQED news support comes from visitors coverage dot com covering travelers for travel emergencies in the U. S. and abroad you can learn more at visitors coverage dot com on the next fresh air New York times reporter Ben Hubbard author of a new book about Saudi.

"ben hubbard" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

WNYC 93.9 FM

08:45 min | 2 years ago

"ben hubbard" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM

"York times reporter Ben Hubbard author of a new book about Saudi Arabia's young enigmatic leader crown prince Mohammed bin Salman he ended a ban on women driving essential modernize the country but he's cracked down on internal dissidents and his agents planned and executed the grisly murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi join us weekdays at two and ninety three point nine FM NYC this is morning edition from NPR news I'm Rachel Martin in Washington DC and I'm David green in Culver city California we're gonna visit to communities in the United States now they're on opposite sides of the country but both desperately trying to contain the corona virus we hear from Washington state in a moment the death toll in the number of cases are higher there than anywhere else but let's begin in new Rochelle just north of New York City they're more than a hundred confirmed cases there are now a containment area has been created and yours governor Andrew Cuomo has deployed the National Guard to help Brian Mann with north country public radio visited new Rochelle he joins us on Skype hi Brian hi David how did this cluster of cases emerge in the city yeah this ties back to one man from new Rochelle who got sick last week and before he knew it was corona virus you had contact with family and friends and people that are local synagogue and since then it's just continued to spread also more aggressive testing is turning up more and more people who are infected okay explain this containment zone that has been set up now and and and how is it supposed to work yes what state health officials have done here is they've drawn a big circle with a one mile radius that centers on the synagogue in new Rochelle were a lot of the cases originated thousands of people live inside the area more than a half dozen schools are going to close some of them starting today churches closing all gathering places shut down and no big groups allowed but this isn't like Italy or China people can still leave their homes they can go shopping even leave the community if they want to the hope though is that by limiting these big clusters of people they're gonna break the chain of transmission but I I mean this just has to be really scary for people who are who are living here yeah I talked to a lot of folks yesterday in new Rochelle who just really want one woman described it like living inside a movie the streets are empty shops are closed it feels very real in new Rochelle changing people's lives I spoke yesterday with Rita madly who runs one of the nursing homes in the area where visitors have been banned from seeing their loved ones and she says this kind of restriction is upsetting we do have some families that are very angry at not being able to visit mother or father and I understand that and I so empathize with that but you know she says the risk of elderly people being exposed to this virus is just too high right now in this community sure well I mean that there's the impact on on people's lives and health of course also I mean this is this has to hit a city hard economically yeah very very hard like I said the streets are empty things are just really shut down and there's also just the spiraling cost of dealing with this health care and and public services I spoke with new Rochelle's mayor Noam Bramson yesterday he says as this drags on it's getting harder and harder particularly those who are quarantined having their lives disrupted in terms of work and school and normal interactions with their neighbors at the same time I'm very proud of how our community has risen to the challenge at one other thing David more broadly you know with Wall Street continuing to take hits from corona virus this is going to affect New York state's larger economy the state budget already had a six billion dollar deficit and so we're gonna have to see where this goes economically hi Brian thanks for bringing us you're reporting here in the situation your cell thank you that was north country public radio's Brian man again reporting a new Rochelle New York and let's turn now to another part of the country very hit by coronavirus it's Washington state the governor there Jay Inslee spoke with MSNBC and have this prediction should things continue to get worse seven weeks from now we might have sixty thousand people plus infected with Canada will stone he reports for member station KNKX he's in Seattle I will good morning so pretty ominous prediction there from the governor what what do we know about the number of confirmed cases at this point the latest tally puts Washington at more than two hundred and fifty cases with twenty four deaths the majority of cases are still concentrated in the Seattle metro area but that's also changing counties in all parts of the state or discovering cases and that's because health care workers are able to do much more testing in so these results are coming back within one to two days so far people are voluntarily not getting together in large groups for the most part but Inslee hinted that he may take some more restrictive measures to mitigate the spread of the virus in the coming days like ordering major public events to be canceled I wanna one place in Washington said we've heard a lot about it's that long term care facility in Kirkland called the life care center which which was just overwhelmed by cases how how how are they coping and enter other nursing homes seeing effects of this it is a very grim situation at life care center the number of deaths and that relatively small group of people is actually quite staggering close to twenty people have died there others are hospitalized just a fraction of those initial residents who were there in mid February still remain at the facility in recent days they've received some reinforcements from the federal government since the staff had dwindled after so many also caught the virus the latest news is that the public health department has found new cases at nine other nursing and long term care facilities throughout the region and this like governor Inslee to put in place emergency rules aimed at limiting the spread of the virus in these obviously very vulnerable populations what kind of emergency rooms are talking about they include mandatory screening of visitors and staff as they entered the facility a log of who comes in in certain cases requiring people to wear protective equipment and isolating people who test positive for the virus I mean I can't imagine the pressure this is putting on on local health departments dealing with all of this that's right it's a huge undertaking for them they're doing their best to relay information and field questions from the public who are concerned that they may need to be tested and it's not just the metro areas like Seattle but also smaller communities I spoke with Teresa Atkinson who leads the public health department in Grant County about a three hour drive from Seattle I am concerned for our health care system we talk about the number of ventilators you have in your community and an ability to transport out of our other facilities get overwhelmed so there are some big conversations that are gonna need to be had as we ride this wave Atkinson says at the moment she can handle this kind of labor intensive investigation of cases because they've only had one in her community but that may soon no longer be feasible and what sounds like the state is doing some things to try and expand health care coverage amid all this that's right citing the extraordinary service circumstances the state run affordable Care Act marketplace we opened enrollment for the next thirty days so people who are uninsured can sign up and they did so on the basis that many people may have been exposed in the last few weeks even before we knew about these cases those who run the program say they don't want anyone to shy away from testing or treatment just because people are uninsured it's just one way the state is trying to remove barriers to care during this outbreak all right so get the picture there from two communities in that state's going with corona virus that was can catch reporter will stone joining us from Seattle will thanks thanks for having me all right a set of surveillance tools used by the FBI and national security investigations is set to expire on Sunday to be more specific the rules governing those tools are set to expire lawmakers on both sides of the aisle one implement reforms but they're fighting over how far those changes should go and your justice correspondent Ryan Lucas has the story the three surveillance authorities that will lapse this weekend without action from Congress are not tied to the Russia investigation and yet that probe has loomed large over the debate about whether to re authorize them exhibit a this recent TV ad paid for by the American civil liberties union and the conservative group FreedomWorks.

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"Live from NPR news in Washington I'm korva Coleman six states held presidential contest on Tuesday and Joe Biden has won four of the democratic primaries they include Michigan Idaho Mississippi and Missouri Biden is virtually tied in Washington state with Bernie Sanders and Sanders appears to be leading and results from the North Dakota caucuses that hasn't been called yet Biden flipped states that Sanders carried in twenty sixteen such as Michigan from member station KCUR Frank Morris reports Biden also flipped misery button seems to one Missouri pretty much the way succeeded in other midwestern states by carrying the overwhelming majority of black voters and a solid majority of whites including groups that backed Bernie Sanders four years ago Sanders when the most support from younger voters misery but turnout among that group wasn't especially high Frank Morris reporting president trump has won the Republican contests held on Tuesday trump's campaign has announced that it will hold an event next week in Milwaukee Wisconsin even as public health officials tell organizers to think about canceling events they want to stop the spread of the corona virus NPR's Tamera Keith reports the trump event won't be a full scale rally trump is set to attend the launch of Catholics for trump which according to the campaign will bring together Catholics from across the nation who support president trump's reelection it's not clear how large it will be this comes as the coronavirus task force put out guidelines saying in areas with minimal to moderate transmission community organizations should consider cancelling large gatherings of two hundred and fifty people or more and individual should limit nonessential travel the Democratic Party announced that a debate scheduled for this weekend will move ahead without a live in person audience or press filing center in spin room Tamar Keith NPR news both Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders canceled rally on Tuesday night in Ohio after the big Tuesday votes in response to virus worries Biden spoke to a smaller group in Philadelphia instead Sanders chose not to make a public statement Afghan president Ashraf Ghani has signed a decree to begin releasing Taliban prisoners this Saturday Jennifer glasse reports from Kabul the Taliban are demanding this before they'll start negotiating with Afghan officials under the presidential decree the Afghan government will begin freeing Taliban prisoners on Saturday a hundred a day for fifteen days they will be biometrically verified and must sign a pledge not to return to the battlefield if talks with the Taliban proceed and the group continues to reduce violence and the government will release five hundred prisoners every two weeks the Taliban had demanded the release of five thousand before talks can begin the US special envoy has urged the two sides to discuss this further in Doha the U. S. had agreed a prisoner release in his deal with the Taliban even though the Afghan government wasn't part of those talks and the detainees are in their custody Jennifer glasse reporting this is NPR T. in your good morning I'm Richard hake six oh four forty eight degrees the fair skies right now increasing clouds today with a high near fifty six degrees the federal government is advising nursing homes to prohibit visitors if the cold with nineteen has spread WMI see Cindy Rodriguez says some families have been told they can't visit friends and relatives one woman said she was turned away from northern Manhattan nursing home in Harlem where she went to visit a friend who had a stroke and can't speak others have called Richard moments from the long term care community coalition he says he understands the intent of having no visitors but he says there should be leeway for certain situations such as what if you're in hospice and you're not able to see a loved one at the end of your life well that is you know that that's breathtakingly sat the federal guidelines encourage nursing homes to set up video communication and assigned one staff member to take calls from families homeless shelters many of which put individuals in close contact with one another have received guidelines from New York City and how to contain the virus W. M. as his moral Iraq has that the city is instructed to shelter providers to ask clients if they have a fever or cough if they do staff members are supposed to provide our clients with face masks to keep them from infecting others into call nine one one Kevin Tapani is executive director at homeless services United which represents shelter operators our first line of defense is really identification greening and triage to appropriate treatment for anyone who is sick so that everyone in our dorms with well can stay well and remain safe she says there aren't any known cases of code nineteen in shelters yet this call watchdogs say state governments in the region should brace for a drop in tax receipts due to the fallout from the virus but as W. M. as his friend mobile reports most of their rainy day funds aren't ready for the decline the financial cost of fighting the outbreak is modest compared to the cost of lost tax revenue from travel tourism in the retail sector and while that decline will surely hurt state coffers an even bigger hit looms if financial markets continue to tumble states in this region especially New York rely heavily on taxes from wealthy residents and their investments to ride out market down turns experts say states should hold about sixteen percent of expenditures and reserve Connecticut almost meets that with fifteen percent but New York has about three percent in New Jersey just one percent with a little help from these rainy day funds to close budget gaps there could be deep cuts in education and health care spending and a slowdown in construction projects it's forty degrees with fair skies right now in New York City we do expect increasing cloudiness today with a high near fifty six degrees tonight mostly cloudy lows around forty and then tomorrow Thursday partly sunny with a high near fifty one degrees forty degrees fair skies in New York support for NPR R. comes from Charles Schwab Schwab believes a modern approach to wealth management starts with asking questions Charles Schwab own your tomorrow learn more at Schwab dot com of the next fresh air New York times reporter Ben Hubbard author of a new book about Saudi Arabia's young enigmatic leader crown prince Mohammed bin Salman he ended a ban on women driving.

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09:52 min | 2 years ago

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"Silent but not for long he'll soon be playing a leading role in president trump Senate trial another member of trump's legal team is Jay Sekulow he says the Bologna is more than ready for the spotlight it's got exceptionally good legal skills and legal judgment but he also understands the political side of this especially an impeachment proceeding and it's not every lawyer that gets both and Pat clearly does so Bologna's conservative roots run deep the son of Italian immigrants who grew up in the Bronx he went to high school in Kentucky and worked part time at McDonald's he was valedictorian of his college class at Fordham University and then he went to law school at the university of Chicago on a full scholarship it is that conservative place that's Melanie Sloan a law school classmate she still friends with the baloney even though she now fights the White House for public records with the liberal watchdog organization American oversight she says it was at the university of Chicago we're simple Loni was immersed in conservative legal fought my friends tended to be in the progress of law students association and were on the liberal side of the spectrum and hat in the crowd he hung out with were on the more conservative side of the spectrum including the people who are often now shortlisted for the Supreme Court in the trump administration so Bologna was managing editor for the law review he worked closely with Eugene Scalia the son of conservative icon justice Antonin Scalia Republican senator Mike Lee whose brother was also on the law review says he admires to Bologna's caution he is quick to Frank and slow to speak about an issue until a fully comprehensive and he knows how to assess it simple Loni clerk for a federal judge Danny box known for stumping new hires with his famously difficult trivia tests for simple Loni was sixty four questions including how many chromosome pairs are there any human genome and name a Beethoven symphony that is in and of itself a badge of distinction among lawyers senator Lees said knowing a lot about a lot of things has helps a Polonia as White House counsel H. come in very handy form to have access to such a broad and deep knowledge base so baloney is fifty three and has ten children faith is another big influence in his life and career he is among a group of the lead conservative Catholics who service close confidants to the president they include Attorney General William Barr and Leonard Leo the federalist society who help trump pick judges including for the Supreme Court one of the many things I like about Pat is yes okay faces a big deal with this that's bill nettles he's a former US attorney for South Carolina in the Obama administration who has worked with Cephalonia our world where people routinely wear on their sleeve and Pat is not like that well face is very significant Pat's life you don't use it as a vehicle to judge other people the White House declined to makes it baloney available for an interview before joining the administration so Bologna was a partner at two firms with a wide range of clients he was involved in one very high profile case representing the woman known only as Jackie was featured in a two thousand fourteen article in Rolling Stone magazine the article about a gang rape at the university of Virginia was later retracted and the subject of lawsuits but even then sit baloney work behind the scenes helping supervise the lawyers at his firm leading Jackie's defense early in his career he did a stint in the public sector working for Attorney General William Barr in the George H. W. bush administration like bar so Bologna is written that the president wheeled abroad executive powers she serving the president at the expense of the constitution at the expense of a true point in making people that's Kimberly Whaley she worked with former special prosecutor Ken Starr who investigated the Clintons she and other critics say sit Bologna's twisting the law for the president's benefit he's operating to create a mega presidency that has more power than the other two branches and that's very dangerous Newt Gingrich the former house speaker and an informal adviser to trump disputes that he's worked with SO baloney before and as a fan of his discipline style in the trump White House years but a very stabilizing factor I've been to the if you look at the letters he's written and the things he's done as a more logic and on a very disciplined approach an approach that will be tested a simple Loni takes a central role in the made for television Senate impeachment trial Franco or down yes NPR news Washington Saudi Arabia has sentenced five people to death for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi show Jeez death last year inside a Saudi consulate in Istanbul caused international outcry Saudi officials have consistently claimed his death was a mistake carried out by rogue agents but other investigations including one by the CI a and another one by the U. N. found evidence that the killing was the carefully premeditated execution the Saudi court whose proceedings were mostly conducted in secret also sent in several other men to prison but exonerated two senior aides to Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin someone we're joined now by Ben Hubbard of The New York Times welcome thank you do we have reasons to doubt the integrity of this particular verdict what's your sense well it's a lot of people think outside of Saudi reboot deathly are raising a lot of questions there just the fact that it was held in secret they were you know they did let some local media in but no international media of certain you know that's just not a lot going on here in terms of international standards that would make people feel very confident that was a legitimate process truly trying to ascertain who was responsible for this killing and how they should be punished if that's the case what purpose do you think this verdict service for the Saudi kingdom well if you know the sun is very interested in putting this behind them I think that they realize how how much of a black mark this was you know the verdict as it came out today very much lined up with the Saudi narrative which says that this was a very exceptional active reserve not trip planned this was a decision that was made sort of in the heat of the moment by the Saudi agents were on the ground and who had not been dispatched to kill and and have not been authorized to kill right and how does that narrative differ with the narratives emerging out of these other investigations investigations by the CI a bye bye Turkey by the U. N. we do not quite a lot about what happened and we know that there were fifteen agents from Saudi Arabia who fluent in the hours before Mr Shoji showed up to receive his paperwork they spent time in the consulate preparing they had entire conversations before he arrived about his body about the size of his body whether or not pieces of it would fit in suitcases one of the agents referred to him as a sacrificial animal when they arrived at the consulate then there's sort of all the efforts that the Saudis put in afterwards to try to cover up the crime they brought in forensic and chemical experts to more or less forensically cleanse the crime scene on a huge huge amounts of effort to keep the the Turks from sort of figuring out exactly what happened and who did what and you reminding us that at least a team of fifteen Saudi agents are flown in a is stumbled who were involved in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi what do we know about whether all of those people have been held to account we know that five people have been sentenced to death we don't know their identities we know that more men have been sentenced to prison but we don't know if the fifteen Saudi agents are these people who now face penalties no well I mean we we have good reason to believe that the there were eleven who were on trial we have good reason to believe that these eleven were among the fifteen who were in this terrible I don't think we know exactly which eleven they they were right and you know we don't know which people did what I mean the date that the Saudis did say that the five who were given sentences today were the ones who were actually involved in the killing where as the three who were going to prison were involved in covering up the crime and violating other laws but other than that we have no detail exactly who these people are what exact role they played in this killing I want to read you something the U. N. investigator on yes Telemark wrote today she wrote bottom line the hit men are guilty sentenced to death the master minds not only walk free they have barely been touched by the investigation and the trial that is the antithesis of justice it is a mockery do you think that fairly sums up the vast majority of international reaction to this verdict today well I think it's something a lot of the settlement in the past and you can write it states we've seen a lot of anger from various parts of the U. S. come ferment of with the exception of the White House elsewhere in the world I think there are plenty of other countries that do business with Saudi Arabia they're less concerned about you know pushing it on human rights you know the the the Russians don't probably care so much of the Chinese and plenty of other people so is this where the inquiry ends inside the Saudi justice system I mean is this the final word from the kingdom well I don't think it's the end of the Saudi judicial process this sentence it was referred to as a preliminary rulings and so these can be appealed and then they can later go to the High Court before they're any executions they actually have to be approved by the king and so you know just the Saudi legal process could go on for quite a long time okay for these particular individuals facing punishment now but with respect to additional individuals who have yet to be held to account could there be further repercussions it doesn't appear that there's any further investigation going on Saudi Arabia I mean I would be very surprised if the king that came out and said we have new information against new people and at this point I don't think there's a lot to expect from other other external process easy either I mean the the UN rapper to recorded earlier yeah she had called for an international investigation plenty of other people have there's just no I haven't really seen indicate any indication of these kinds of calls giving any momentum okay then Hubbard.

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06:57 min | 3 years ago

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"Four zero one six three josh miranda is a great thinker and scholar i've i've known him for very very many years and his latest book so appropriately titled heaven on earth about socialism so josh i'm gonna put you on the spot let's say you have one minute with a college kid this is what's wrong with socialism take it away josh miranda check it's been around for two hundred years and it's been tried so many different ways the lenin and his followers tried to do it by dictatorship and force killed millions of people but created only system of poverty the more for citius social democrats europe thought they were going to create socialism by peacefully democratically nationalising industry and and equalizing the wealth and they actually were voted into office and try to in country after country and quickly reverse course they provided social safety nets but they didn't they gave up after a year or two of that scientists socialize the economy because it was getting disastrous results from the good go in the third world all over africa and the and the countries of the middle east some of asia they tried what they called african socialism arab socialism which was their own invention but the point was state controlled the economic development and it led to stagnation all around the third world for twenty years so this thing has been tried every way people could imagine it and and more that i haven't mentioned and it's every possible version why why do it all over again that's right at the they always raise oh well what about sweden for example they don't know that for example corporate tax rates until the trump lowering of tax rates corporations corporate tax rates in sweden were lower weight lower than in the united states that every citizen who earns anything in sweden pays income tax half of americans don't pay federal income tax one hundred percent of swedes pay federal income tax so they they don't really know about their the vaunted ideals that they're they're speaking of but it's altima tely what you what you said is beautiful explanation of redemptive history so josh keep writing great work in the book folks heaven on earth it's up dennis prager dot com josh thanks a lot thanks having me on dennis pleasure indeed in honor a great thinker all right you got the got that the press that off there okay folks there is a very important piece really important by bret stephens in the new york times breath stevens can't stand president trump he's a conserve he's never trumper conservative i disagree with him but he has aside from that very important things as the as the most conservative columnist at the new york times which isn't saying much because there's no there is no one who reflects half this country writing among the dozens of new york times opinion writers but it's okay but he does very important work often here is this is critical i it's to credit because he can't stand president trump but here's the here's the color withdrawing from the iran nuclear deal has paid dividends it's been nearly a year since donald trump made the decision to withdraw from the iran nuclear deal too loud cries that it would bring nothing but woe to the united states and our interests in the middle east so far the result has been closer to the opposite this is never trumper writing that much was made further clear thanks to excellent reporting this week by the time you're ben hubbard quote iran's financial crisis exacerbated by american sanctions he writes from lebanon quote appears to be undermining its support for militant undermining iran's support for militant groups and political allies who bolster iranian influence in iraq syria lebanon elsewhere you're on the stand that donald trump has made the world better kinder and safer just with the iran bill that's why i if forgetting bret stephens okay whom i know when i doran i've debated on the new york times website and print okay it is what it is but for the rest of you folks you have no idea how much bail i got i can't believe you dennis prager oh you talked morality your whole life and you support trump the superficiality of that argument is breathtaking it is just breathtaking those every single statement like that is foolish you don't give a damn about world peace about goodness on earth about americans working all you give a damn about trump's character there's something wrong with you folks you understand you your moral compass is broken i don't care about that as much as i care about iran not being able to slaughter people as much okay that's more important to me than if the guy went to bed with the porn star if that's important to you you're an idiot you are immoral idiot you hear me can i be clearer i care more about the victims of iranian terror than i do about who trump slept with you don't you're a fool okay is that clear all you let writers all you idiots who who support the the the max boot and crystal crowd not crystal bill kristol irving kristol i don't think would feel this way you don't care about iran being weaker in terms of slaughtering people you care about trump's sleeping what hell is wrong with you okay got that out of my system back.

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03:32 min | 3 years ago

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"And welcome back. Just wanted to give you an update on what's going on with Saudi Arabia. This. There is so much news associated right now with with the Saudis that you know, John Abbas aid was is the retired general who is nominated to be Trump's first embassador Saudi Arabia and he went before congress yesterday. And basically, and I'm sure you know, Bob ney will be telling us about this. During the news break coming up in a little bit about a half hour, but it turned into a what Bob ney described as a bipartisan rant against Saudi Arabia's gangster like abuses. They pressed opposite on the kingdom's domestic repression. Lashings electrocutions, beatings whippings sexual abuse raids the alleged detention and torture of activists and Royal family members and most recently, the torture of a US citizen, and you know, not to mention this devastating war with your. Eamon and cutting diplomatic in an investment relations with with candidate because they called out the kingdom on their human rights. You know, ordered the murder of Jamal kashogi kidnapped the prime minister of Lebanon triggered a spat between the Gulf allies that undermines US efforts. Marco Rubio said about Mohammed bin Salman. He's gone full gangster. This is the Republican Senator from Florida. He says he's gone full gangster. And it's difficult to work with a guy like that. Meanwhile, Europeans, Canada and Australia. This was all twenty eight European Union members, plus Canada, and Australia. The only really fully developed country. That's lacking. From this list is the United States just passed a resolution in the United Nations. Calling on Saudi Arabia. This was today. Calling in Saudi Arabia released ten activists and cooperate with the UN led investigation into the murder of Jamal kashogi. So, you know, I'm not expecting the Saudis to do that. But this is what the rest of the world is calling for. Daily Beast is reporting that officials and staffers the US embassy in Riyadh said that they were not given any details of you know, of Jared Kushner trip to Saudi Arabia last week when he hung out. He went and hung out with Bala bin Salman. This is according to three different sources familiar with the with the trip, and that is causing congress and people in the embassy to be very worried about you know, what is Jared Kushner talking to this young princeling about meanwhile, an American woman from Washington state who taught at a at a women's university in Saudi Arabia after she married a Saudi businessman and gave birth to a daughter. You know, the two of them that she got a divorce while in Saudi Arabia and now quoting Ben Hubbard the New York Times because of the kingdom so-called guardianship laws, which give men great power over women. She is unable to use your Bank account this American citizen is unable to leave Saudi Arabia. She's unable to travel with your doctor or even seek. Legal help. She is completely stuck her husband's left led her residency visa expire. Meaning she's lost access to her Bank accounts. You can't get authorization leave the country. This is absolutely terrible. And then of course, Mark Sumner over a daily Cho's writing. And they're kind of the headline says the whole thing is Jared Kushner himself responsible for the dismemberment and death of the reporter Jamal kashogi and that plus yesterday's Washington Post.

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10:02 min | 3 years ago

"ben hubbard" Discussed on AM 970 The Answer

"Inside a very wet and rainy, southern California. Another day of deluge today on the west coast in the east coast. They've dug out of the snow and they're back to normal, but they're not back to work, and they're not going to back to work anytime soon. I sat down with a couple of buddies of mine yesterday. Larry in sandy. Al- Dixon, guys guys who know a thing or two about how government works in crises. And of course, they were around when Watergate felon, and they know they know what's up when there's a crisis, and they look at this. And they laugh this isn't really a crisis much tougher on Nixon at the end that it is right now on Trump and Trump in uniform, but I was asked by them. When do you think this is gonna end, and I said, I actually don't have any idea everyday goes on. I think it's going to go on longer because it's up to Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. It's all on them when they want to reopen the government the government we open our job is to protect the country could have protect the country an emerging direct declaration, and it's all going to get dialed in very very quickly. The entire country understands it's about five point seven billion dollars for border fencing and other measures at the ports of entry and additional border agents, etc. And Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer don't want Donald Trump to get a political win. And even though it's so far away from the election. It wouldn't matter in the election. Election doesn't really get underway until. September of twenty twenty after the Democrats have had their west side story knife fight Steven Spielberg has got to remake west side story, by the way that it'd be pretty good in any event. It's a day. I guess twenty six of the Schumer shutdown, and if you're not getting paid, and you're listening to me inside the beltway or your fed anywhere in the United States or you're in a business. It depends upon federal spending. It isn't President Trump's fault. He he needs border security. That's his job it Chuck Schumer shutdown and anti Pelosi shutdown. It is that simple. The saddest story today is the one now lead with four Americans four American among nineteen people killed in Syria on Wednesday reported this as I went up there yesterday and details have now arrived the attack targeted a suicide bomber targeted an American military convoy in the northern city man Bish while troops were inside the palace of the prince's a restaurant where they often stopped ate during patrols restaurants said while the Americans were inside a nearby suicide attacker wearing explosive vests bloom south up the bombing says the New York Times Eric Schmidt. Ben Hubbard and rookie me Kalamata Raquin is one of the best reporters on ISIS going, by the way. The bombing raising questions about Mr. Trump's surprise decision last month to end the American war ground ground warned Syria, critics of the president's plans, including members of his own party said Mr. Trump's claim victory over the Islamic state may have emboldened its fighters encouraged Wednesday strike that's just stupid. That's absolutely stupid. I don't know who thought that. It's not the fact you can't possibly draw a line from suicide bomber and a explosive device that has to be very carefully engineered and the setup has to wait, and you have to wait for the patrol and say it happened because President Trump last month said Americans are withdrawing from Syria, just crazy. The physical caliphate is destroyed. Isis is not destroyed because it's Al Qaeda, and Al Qaeda is wahabbist fundamentalism, and it's not going anywhere. And we're going to have these attacks for as long as we live it as long as your children and grandchildren live. This is not a one year battle. It is a multi. Front war in which the enemy has say in when they want to give up the physical caliphate canon has been destroyed. Another one will spring up some day, and it will have to be destroyed in Nairobi two nights ago. Al Qaeda, south Al Qaeda in in Kenya. Al-qaeda in Somalia struck and murdered fourteen. Innocent people now here are four military people their identification have not been. Revealed yet. We want them when they are. Vice President Mike Pence said yesterday, the US are still waiting on North Korea for quote concrete steps to denuclearize. That's very good. We're very very very why why clear eyed about what is going on in North Korea. Nothing thus far. But they also have it any missile launchers, and they have not had any underground tests for at fledgling nuclear power that has not tested its ICBM capability or its weapons that means they've stopped. They're not moving forward. That's the good news bad news is or not moving backwards fast enough. We wanted them to fail fast and they're not failing fast. So that's a challenge for Mike Pompeo and his team moving forward. Microsoft has pledged five hundred million dollars for Ford forcible housing in the Seattle area. Good luck with that. That ain't gonna work. You can't buy enough affordable housing and give it away that look at the the section seven housing around the United States. Look what happens to quote, rent control, close quote communities. You gotta let markets work the only way to make Seattle have a housing shortage. Go ways to build more houses quickly northern Virginia where I live most of the year. Is going to find itself. Because I know someone who just bought a house there with Andrew and Todd dot com. They were walking me through the process with them as I was observing how they're doing it in Amazon land because Amazon is descended on Long Island city in queens is a neighborhood in queens and in. Arlington Virginia in Alexandria, Virginia. And already the number of inquiries are doubled in two months. And it's just going to drive prices through the roof in Washington DC and northern Virginia and Maryland around EC just like it did and you can't buy enough units. You could only allow the market to respond by loosening. Zoning restrictions requires the abdication of power by people who like it too much city council. I remember I was a land use lawyer for thirty years before I retired to devote my life exclusively to you my audience just just to be there for you, and my Lawson's, so I no longer go toe to toe with developers. I no longer go toe to toe with city councils, I no longer try and bring houses out of the ground to benefit Americans. I did that for thirty years. I know the business pretty doggone. Well, I was good at it. And all this stuff about affordable housing. It's just all nonsense just absolute nonsense. I mean, give people money for rent, you can get five hundred billion dollars five hundred million dollars for rent. But that goes in plays like Seattle to like eight people you've got to build houses and apartment complexes. And you've got to go to city councils and mandate that they do if you're state government. It's california. They ain't going to happen in Washington state it might, but that's pretty liberal to they want it. They think they can plan that they had to go see the movie I saw yesterday with the fetchy. Mrs Hewitt, Cold War. It's a movie and polish. I know some of you are thinking back to the old polish jokes. Don't I'm from Warren, Ohio. We got a lot of polish jokes there. And they didn't go over well with. The war skis of the world. So this is a love story set in the Cold War, the postwar period in Poland, and in east, Germany, and in Paris, and in briefly Yugoslavia, and you have to know a little Cold War history to fully appreciate it. But the grimness state controlled economy comes through in every black and white frame sunny. Bunch needs to go, see Cold War. And it's it's remarkable kind of just conveys it. I'd forgotten. How bad communism was. Well, Seattle is run by left-wingers who aren't communist, but they are central planners. And that's why there are many houses. Get rid of owning you'll get houses really get rid of zoning do what Houston did we don't need zoning. We just don't need Joni. Okay. Biggest story of the day though, Pentagon seek to expand scope and sophistication of US missile defenses. The Trump administration is seeking to expand the scope and sophistication of American missile defense is on a scale not seen since everyone. Pause. President Ronald Reagan's Star Wars. The initiative that was a new strategy in the eighties. But President Trump plans to roll out personally on Thursday. The revised version of Star Wars alongside military leaders at the Pentagon known as the missile defense review, the document that Trump will unveil I'm reading from Paul Sohn's Washington Post story this morning. The document that Trump will unveil marks the first official update in the American missile defense doctrine in nine years. It comes with North Korean. Yeah. I can give you the short version. A lot of it everywhere. More bring us more missile defense everywhere. Make it good. Make it work deter attacks on America. There's going to be great we needed this. We needed it for a long time when we come back from break. We're having a problem here in the studio it's printer one Dwayne nothing. And so I'm doing this offer memory it's printer one Dwayne nothing installed a new printer here. I did the work overnight. It was working fine. When I left overnight is actually the afternoon here is working fine. When I left I came back and generalissimo and decided he would tinker with it. So now, it will only print to side double spaced and that that's one Dwayne nothing. And this follows the explosive story yesterday. That perimeter breach had been occurred at the studio that runs directly to Duane broin open the door and a book burglar it was in in and out. Remember, I've khloe used to establish a perimeter around Jack Bauer. Remember that khloe would say, Jack, we've got a perimeter. There's a gap at the perimeter here, and they were trying to get a permanent. Khloe would always get jacked at the perimeter. Dwayne us to care about the permanent, but it's been breached. So the books are flying out the printers are not working. Luckily, the relief factor dot com. What do we call this thing? Those are called Mike flag back. Mike flag. If you're watching on hughhewitt dot com avenue Mike flag. This was actually supposed to have been installed in two thousand sixteen. And so it's great that we have the relief factor dot com. Mike flag up. Now,.

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10:00 min | 3 years ago

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"And rainy, southern California. Another day of deluge today on the west coast in the east coast. They've dug out of the snow and they're back to normal, but they're not back to work, and they're not going to back to work anytime soon. I sat down with a couple of buddies of mine yesterday. Larry and sandy. Al- guys guys who know a thing or two about how government works and crises. And of course, they were around when Watergate fell in, and they know they know what's up when there's a crisis, and they look at this. And they laugh this isn't really a crisis much tougher on Nick at the end than it is right now on Trump and Trump in uniform, but I was asked by them. When do you think this is going to end? And I said, I actually don't have any idea every day goes on. I think it's going to go on longer because it's up to Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. It's all on them when they want to reopen the government the government reopen. The president's job is to protect the country going to protect the country's not gonna need an emergency declaration. And it's all going to get dialed in very very quickly. The entire country understands it's about five point seven billion dollars for border fencing and other measures at the ports of entry and additional border agents, etc. And Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer don't want Donald Trump to get a political win. And even though it's so far away from the election. It wouldn't matter in the election. The election doesn't really get underway until. September of twenty twenty after the Democrats have had their west side story knife fight Steven Spielberg is going to remake what side story by the way that it'd be pretty good in any event. It's a day. I guess twenty six of the Schumer shutdown, and if you're not getting paid, and you're listening to me inside the beltway or your fed anywhere in the United States or you're in a business. It depends upon federal spending. It isn't President Trump's fault. He he needs border security. That's his job it Chuck Schumer shut down anti Pelosi shutdown. It is that simple. The saddest story of the day is the one I'll lead with four Americans for American for among nineteen people killed in Syria on Wednesday reported this as I went up there yesterday and details of now arrive the attack targeted a suicide bomber targeted an American military convoy in the northern city man bitch wild trips were inside the palace of the prince's a restaurant where they often stopped eat during patrols restaurant said while the Americans. Inside a nearby suicide attacker wearing explosive vests bloom south up the bombing says the New York Times Eric Schmidt. Ben Hubbard and rookie me Kalamata. Mccain is one of the best reporters on ISIS going, by the way, the bombing raise new questions about Mr. Trump's surprise decision last month to end the American war ground groundwater in Syria. Critics of the president's plans, including members of his own party said Mr. Trump's claim a victory over the Islamic state may have emboldened its fighters encouraged Wednesday strike that's just stupid. That's just absolutely stupid. I don't know who thought that. It's not the fact you can't possibly draw a line from a suicide bomber and a explosive device that has to be very carefully engineered in the setup has to wait, and you have to wait for the patrol and say it happened because President Trump last month said Americans are withdrawing from Syria. It's just crazy. The physical caliphate is destroyed. Isis is not destroyed because it's Al Qaeda. Ada, and Al Qaeda is wahabbist fundamentalism, and it's not going anywhere. And we're going to have these attacks for as long as we live, and as long as your children and grandchildren live. This is not a one year battle. It is a multi-front war in which the enemy has a say in when they want to give up the physical caliphate canon has been destroyed. Another one will spring up some day, and it will have to be destroyed in Nairobi two nights ago. Al Qaeda, south Al Qaeda in Kenya. Al Qaeda and Somalia struck and murdered fourteen. Innocent people now here are four military people their identification have not been. Revealed yet. We will honor them when they are. Vice President Mike Pence said yesterday US are still waiting on North Korea for quote concrete steps to denuclearize. That's very good. We're very very very why I clear eyed about what is going on in North Korea. Nothing that's far. But they also have it any missile launches. And they have not had any underground tests for at fledgling nuclear power that has not tested its ICBM capability or its weapons that means they've stopped. They're not moving forward. That's the good news. Bad news is moving backwards fast enough. We wanted them to fail fast and they're not failing fast. So that's a challenge for Mike Pompeo and his team moving forward. Microsoft has pledged five hundred million dollars for housing in the Seattle area. Good luck with that. At work. You can't buy enough affordable housing and give it away that look at the the section seven housing around the United States. Look what happened to quote, rent control, close quote communities. You gotta let markets work the only way to make Seattle have housing shortage. Go ways to build more houses quickly northern Virginia where I live most of the year is going to find itself. Because I know someone who just bought a house there with Andrew and Todd dot com. They were walking me through the process with them as I was observing how they're doing it in Amazon land because Amazon is descended on Long Island city in queens is a neighborhood in queens, and in Arlington Virginia in Alexandria, Virginia and already the number of inquiries are doubled in two months, and it's just going to drive prices through the roof in Washington DC and northern Virginia and Maryland around just like it did and you can't buy enough units. You can only allow the market to respond by loosening. Zoning restrictions requires the advocation power by people who like it too much city council. I remember I was a land use lawyer for thirty years before I retired to devote my life exclusively to you my audience just just to be there for you, and my Lawson's, so I no longer go toe to toe with developers. I no longer go toe to toe with city councils, I no longer try and bring houses out. To the ground to benefit Americans. I did that for thirty years. I know the business pretty doggone. Well, I was good at it. And all this stuff about affordable housing. It's just all nonsense just absolute nonsense. I mean, you give people money for rent, you can get five hundred billion dollars five hundred million dollars for rent. But that goes in place like Seattle to like eight people you've got to build houses and apartment complexes. And you've got to go to city councils and mandated that they do if you're state government. But it's California. They ain't gonna happen in Washington state it might, but that's pretty liberal to they want it. They think they can plan that they had to go see the movie I saw yesterday with the fetchy, MRs Hewitt, Cold War movie and polish. I know some of you are thinking back to the old polish jokes. Don't I'm from Warren, Ohio. We got a lot of polish jokes there. And they didn't go over well with. The war skis of the world. So this is a love story set in the Cold War, the postwar period in Poland, and in east, Germany, and in Paris, and in briefly Yugoslavia, and you have to know a little Cold War history to fully appreciate it. But the grimness state controlled economy comes through in every black and white frame sunny. Bunch needs to go, see Cold War. And it's it's remarkable kind of just conveys it. I'd forgotten. How bad communism was. Well, Seattle is run by left-wingers communist, but they are central planners. And that's why they have any houses get rid of zoning, you'll get houses really get rid of zoning Houston. Did we don't need zoning? We just don't need zoning. Okay. Biggest story of the day though, Pentagon seek to expand scope and sophistication of US missile defenses. The Trump administration is seeking to expand the scope and sophistication of American missile defense is on a scale not seen since everyone. Pause. President Ronald Reagan's Star Wars the initiative that was a new strategy in the eighties. But President Trump plans to roll out personally on Thursday. The revised version of Star Wars alongside military leaders at the Pentagon known as the missile defense review, the document that Trump will unveil I'm reading from Paul Cezanne's Washington Post story this morning. The document that Trump will unveil marks the first official update the American missile defense doctrine in nine years. It comes with North Korean or. Yeah. I can give you the short version. A lot of it everywhere. More bring us more missile defense everywhere. Make it good. Make it work deter attacks on America. This is going to be great. We need this. We needed it for a long time. When we come back from break. We're having a problem here in the studio it's printer one Dwayne nothing. And so I'm doing this all from memory. It's printer one Dwayne nothing installed a new printer here. I did the work overnight. It was working fine. When I left overnight is actually the afternoon here is working fine. When I left and came back and generalissimo decided he would tinker with it. So now will only print to side double spaced, and that that's printer one Dwayne nothing. And this follows the explosive story yesterday. That perimeter breach had been occurred at the studio that runs directly to Dwayne Dwayne open the door and a book burglar was in in and out remember khloe used to establish a perimeter around Jack Bauer. Remember that khloe would say, Jack, we've got a perimeter. There's a gap in the perimeter here. And they were trying to get a permanent. Khloe would always get jacked Dwayne used to care about the permanent, but it's been breached. So the books are flying out the printers are not working. Luckily, the relief factor dot com. What do we call this thing? Those are called Mike flag back. Mike flag. If you're watching on Hewitt dot com. I have a new Mike flag. This was actually supposed to have been installed in two thousand sixteen. And so it's great that we have the relief factor dot com. Mike flag up. Now.

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10:01 min | 3 years ago

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"Democrats won control of the house of representatives in November in part by campaigning to break the gridlock in Washington. The ongoing government shutdown is testing that promise. A lot of us are very much can do people were very concrete people were very practical people. So all I wanna do is. I'm Mary Louise Kelley that story this afternoon on all things considered from NPR news. Weekdays starting at four on WNYC. WNYC supporters include Sony Pictures, classics, presenting STAN and Ollie a new film by John s Baird starring Steve Coogan and John C Reilly as laurel and hardy embarking on a comeback tour in their later years now playing. This is WNYC ninety three point nine FM and AM eight twenty NPR news and the New York conversation. On wednesday. A suicide attack in northern Syria killed nineteen people including four Americans in the city of min beige, ISIS has taken responsibility. The attack comes one month. After President Trump first announced that American troops would be pulling out of Syria after having defeated ISIS. Ben Hubbard is the Beirut bureau chief for the New York Times, and he's been following the developments he joins us now from Beirut. Then welcome back to the takeaway. Thank you. So what do we know about this attack in terms of its targets was this a targeted attack towards American troops seems very clear that this was definitely targeted towards American troops. This took place in the town of men bitch, which is a northern Syria fairly close to the border with Turkey. This is an area that is clearly sort of under American protection. And I think we're the Americans have felt very comfortable. What we heard from people in the town yesterday is that there was a particular restaurant downtown that they like to stop at. They would go there and take breaks when they were doing patrols through town. And. Eats and whatever. And and yesterday while they happen to be there. Somebody wearing explosive vests came in and blew himself up. And that's how this terrible event happened. The US led coalition confirmed yesterday that American troops had been killed in this attack. And just an hour later. We heard this statement from vice President Mike Pence, I'm gonna play for you. Take a listen, thanks to the leadership of this commander in chief and the courage and sacrifice of our armed forces. We're now actually able to begin to hand off the fight against ISIS in Syria to our coalition partners. And we're bringing our troops hall. The caliphate has crumbled, an ISIS has been defeated. Then you've covered the war in Syria for years. What do you make of the vice president's remarks? Well, part of the trick is how you define what it means for these lawmakers state to be defeated the thing that set this organization apart from a lot of the other terrorist organizations that were familiar with Al Qaeda, and all the other organizations is that their goal from the start was to establish a physical territorial entity. They wanted to have a so called caliphate. You know, this sort of Islamic state that they were gonna run, and it was going to have all the trappings of statehood. And so when people in the Trump administration talk about defeating ISIS, they're talking about getting rid of the physical caliphate like the physical control of territory and over the last number of years because of intensive American airstrikes and also assistance from American forces on the ground to local local fighters, both in Syria and Iraq, it is true that we've gotten rid of most of the territorial control there still some small pockets here and there where fighting is still going on. And where you know, they're trying to get. Get them out of the territory. So on one hand, it is true that the caliphate has largely been defeated. It's mostly gone in terms of being a territorial entity. But that doesn't mean that this organization and no longer has the power to carry out attacks and to do things like this attack that it managed to carry out yesterday. We know that the vice president was making these remarks, particularly after President Trump made a recent announcement that they would be withdrawing troops from Syria and from the region could this attack be the thing that changes his thinking, it could really go both ways. You definitely have a lot of, you know, a lot of members of congress and a lot of members of the president's own Republican party coming out and saying this just proves that that the Islamic state has not been defeated this proves that we need to stay there. So that we can continue to fight them and keep them from coming back in greater power. You know, there there are certainly a lot of people who are arguing that the US does need to stay in that this bombing. We saw yesterday is one more piece of proof for all the reasons on the other side. It's it's not hard to imagine a scenario where people say, wait what min beige like, where's that? I've never heard of it. Does it have significant American interests are their oil wells there? Bizarre significant American commerce there the answer to all those questions is. No. So it's it's not hard to imagine a scenario where you're gonna have some people saying, well, why did four Americans get blown up there? What exactly would we fighting for? How exactly does that relate to our own security? And so we're just gonna have to wait. I think as the information comes out in the aftermath of this attack and see which way it goes Ben Hubbard is with me. He's the Beirut bureau chief for the New York Times then stick with us. We just heard about an ISIS claim suicide attack in the city of min Bish, but ISIS isn't the only threat to life in Syria today, at least eight children most of them. Infants died in the last month in a refugee camp called rook Bon that's according to a report out earlier this week from the United Nations an additional seven children most of them under one year old died while fleeing conflict in Deir ez-zor. Ben Hubbard the Beirut bureau chief for the New York Times is with me. Then we've seen images of the devastation, particularly how it affects children your colleague. Tyler Hicks has done amazing work around this. But this humanitarian crisis is just doesn't seem to have an end what are the sorts of conditions in on right now. I think we're kinda start with the larger humanitarian crisis going in Syria. I mean, the conflict that's been going on there since two thousand eleven has displaced about half of Syria's population. I mean half of the population of Syria has been moved somewhere else. I mean, millions of these people have become refugees outside the country. Most of them scattered around the neighboring countries Lebanon where I am Jordan Turkey. They have all have large refugee populations. Obviously we had waves of refugees going to Europe on the boats, but the largest number actually people who are displaced inside of Syria. So they've left one part of the country where there's fighting or there's violence or destruction that had gone to another place thinking that either trying to go another place that was safe or in the case of groupon. They were trying to get into a neighboring country. And the borders got shot. So a lot of the, you know, the neighboring countries of Syria have for the most part shut their borders to new refugees because they feel that they have too many. And they they don't want to take any more. So rooke von as a place where tens of thousands of refugees who were hoping to get into Jordan ended up, and it's very isolated place. It's kind of a desert camp conditions there in the best of times quite miserable. It's been difficult at times for aid organizations to get in there, and and provide assistance and then over the last number of weeks and the region here, we've had some pretty exceptional winter weather has been huge huge storms rainstorms at some of the higher altitudes, we've had snow, and so it's really made life miserable. For a lot of the refugees around the region boasts in the neighboring countries end inside of Syria. So that's the larger context of this report that we had this week from the UN saying that there were eight children who had died in band. And then they also had reports that there were seven more children who had died elsewhere in Syria who had been displaced the United Nations also reported that ten thousand people. I'll have fled violence in Deir ez-zor since December. Then those seven children that died while trying to get out. What was the situation like there? We don't know very much other than that. But this this, you know, it's the conditions for these people even in the best of times are very very dire. I mean, these are people who are leaving oftentimes very quickly a lot of times people who are displaced in Syria have not just been displaced once but have been displaced multiple times over the last number of years. So sometimes you'll meet refugee families who have lived in five six seven eight different places. And so we don't know the specific cases of these families or these deaths, but these are very very dire situations that they're in. And then you know, when it's when their situation is that tenuous, and then all of a sudden, you have incredibly inclement weather come along, whether it's freezing temperatures or serious rain things like that. Then it it just makes life that much harder for the most vulnerable who are going to be the children's the children, and the elderly is they're concerned that the situation could get worse by if the US withdraws its troops. It's a bit hard to know. I think part of the problem part of the part of the difficulty of knowing how US withdraw would affect the people in this region is that we don't know exactly who would come in and fill the void. We now have a situation where the US effectively the protector of about between a quarter and one third of serious territory, and you have local groups on the ground who are doing local security and governance and things like that. But you have the Turks to the north who are I in this territory, you have the Syrian government to the west who's eyeing the territory and they've got Russia Iran, working with them. And they're looking at it. You still have jihadists underground. And so in a way, the US is there is a kind of placeholder, and if the US does decide to withdraw it's very unclear who's going to act I how they're going to act. So you know, there's a lot of people in the region worry that if the US does pull out. In a very quick way without sort of finding some way to do a handover of these. Territories that it could lead to all kinds of other instability, another that is going to be good for the displaced. Ben Hubbard is the Beirut bureau chief for the New York Times been thank you. Thank you..

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04:49 min | 3 years ago

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"Hubbard is with me, he's the Beirut bureau chief for the New York Times, Ben stick with We just heard about an ISIS claimed suicide attack in the city of min Bish, but ISIS isn't the only threat to life in Syria today, at least eight children most of them. Infants died in the last month in a refugee camp called rook Bon that's according to a report out earlier this week from the United Nations an additional seven children most of them under one year old died while fleeing conflict in Deir ez-zor. Ben Hubbard the Beirut bureau chief for the New York Times is with me, then we've seen images of the devastation, particularly how it affects children your colleague. Tyler Hicks has done amazing work around this. But this humanitarian crisis is just doesn't seem to have an end what are the sorts of conditions in robot right now. Well, I think we're kinda start with the larger humanitarian crisis going in Syria. I mean, the conflict that's been going on there since two thousand eleven has displaced about house of serious population. I mean half of the population of Syria has been moved somewhere else. I mean, millions of these people have become refugees outside the country. Most of them scattered around the neighboring countries Lebanon where I am Jordan Turkey. They have all have large reputation populations. Obviously we had waves of refugees going to Europe on the boats, but the largest number actually people who are displaced inside of Syria. So they've left one part of the country where there's fighting there's violence, or there's destruction then had gone to another place thinking that either trying to go another place that was safe or in the case of groupon. They were trying to get into a neighboring country and the borders got shot. So a lot of the, you know, the neighboring countries of Syria have for the most part shut their borders to new refugees because they feel that they have too many, and they they don't wanna take it anymore. So rooke van is a place where tens of thousands of refugees who were hoping to get into Jordan ended up, and it's this very isolated place. Kind of a desert camp conditions there in the best of times are quite miserable. It's been difficult at times for aid organizations to get in there, and and provide assistance and then over the last number of weeks and the region here, we've had some pretty exceptional winter weather. There's been huge huge storms rainstorms at some of the higher altitudes, we've had snow, and so it's really made life miserable. For a lot of the refugees around the region boasts in the neighboring countries end inside of Syria. You know, that's so that's the larger context of this report that we had this week from the UN saying that there were eight children who had died in rook band. And then they also had reports that there were seven more children who had died elsewhere in Syria who have been displaced the United Nations also reported that ten thousand people have fled violence in Deir ez-zor since December. Ben those seven children that died while trying to get out. What was the situation like there? We don't know very much. I mean, other than that that this this, you know, it's the conditions for these people even in the best of times are very very dire. I mean, these are people who are leaving oftentimes. Very quickly. A lot of times people who are displaced in Syria have not just been displaced once but have been displaced multiple times over the last five years. So sometimes you'll meet refugee families who have lived in five six seven eight different places. And so we don't know the specific cases of these families or these deaths, but you know, these are very very dire situations that they're in. And then you know, when it's when their situation is that tenuous, and then all of a sudden, you have incredibly inclement weather come along, whether it's freezing temperatures or serious rain things like that. You know, then it it just makes life that Machar for the most vulnerable who are going to be the children's in the children, and the is they're concerned that the situation could get worse by if the US withdraws its troops. It's a bit hard to know. I think part of the problem part of the part of the difficulty of knowing how a US withdraw would affect the people in this region is that we don't know exactly who would come in and fill the void. We now have a situation where the US effectively the protector of about. Between a quarter and one third of serious territory, and you have local groups on the ground who are doing local security and governance and things like that. But you have the Turks to the north who are I in this territory, you have the Syrian government to the west territory, and they've got Russia and Iran working with them. And they're looking at it you still have jihadists underground. And so in a way, the US is there is a kind of placeholder, and if the US does decide to withdraw it's very unclear who's going gonna act I how they're going to act. So, you know, there's a lot of people in the region worry that if the US does pull out in a very quick way without sort of finding some way to do a handover of these. Territories that it could lead to all kinds of other instability, another that is going to be good for the displaced. Ben Hubbard is the Beirut bureau chief for the New York Times. Ben, thank you. Thank you..

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05:06 min | 3 years ago

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"Almost Friday? It's twelve twenty nine at KCRW look for continuing showers this afternoon, but decreasing as the day wears on is will be mostly in the lower sixties. High surf advisories expire at two pm in LA, and Ventura counties, but will continue in orange and Santa Barbara counties right now at sixty two degrees in downtown LA, sixty two degrees in Santa Ana with light rain reported. Fifty nine degrees at UCLA and fifty eight NCNB valley. A wall from CD shining seas the most expensive and lease affective way to do border security a physical barrier in some places does make sense that's not long all two thousand miles of the border. And there's probably only a handful of miles where something like that isn't either I'm Michael Barr. That's today on the daily from the New York Times at two thirty on KCRW. On wednesday. A suicide attack in northern Syria killed nineteen people including four Americans in the city of min Bish, ISIS has taken responsibility. The attack comes one month. After President Trump first announced that American troops would be pulling out of Syria after having defeated ISIS. Ben Hubbard is the Beirut bureau chief for the New York Times, and he's been following the developments he joins us now from Beirut. Ben, welcome back to the takeaway. Thank you. So what do we know about this attack in terms of its targets was this a targeted attack towards American troops seems very clear that this was definitely targeted towards American troops. This took place in the town of men bitch, which is a northern Syria fairly close to the border with Turkey. This is an area that is clearly sort of under American protection. And I think for the Americans have felt very comfortable what we heard from people in the town yesterday is that there was a particular restaurant downtown that they like to stop at. They would go there, and, you know, take breaks when they were doing patrols through town and. Eats and whatever. And and yesterday while they happen to be there. Somebody wearing explosive vests came and bloom self op, and that's how this terrible event happened. The US led coalition confirmed yesterday that American troops had been killed in this attack. And just an hour later. We heard this statement from vice President Mike Pence, I'm gonna play for you. Take a listen, thanks to the leadership of this commander in chief and the courage and sacrifice of our armed forces. We're now actually able to begin to hand off the fight against ISIS in Syria to our coalition partners. And we're bringing our troops home. The caliphate has crumbled, and ISIS has been defeated. Then you've covered the war in Syria for years. What do you make of the vice president's remarks? Well, part of the trick is how you define what it means for these lawmakers state to be defeated the thing that set this organization apart from a lot of the other terrorist organizations that were familiar with Al Qaeda, and all the other organizations is that their goal from the start was to establish a physical territorial entity. They wanted to have a so called caliphate. This sort of Islamic state that they were gonna run, and it was going to have all the trappings of statehood. And so when people in the Trump administration talk about defeating ISIS, they're talking about getting rid of the physical caliphate like the physical control of territory and over the last number of years because of intensive American airstrikes and also assistance from American forces on the ground to local local fighters, both in Syria and Iraq. It is true that we've gotten rid of most of the territorial control there still some small pockets here and there where fighting is still going on. And where you know, they're trying to get, you know, get them out of the territory. So on one hand, it is true that the caliphate has largely been defeated. It's mostly gone in terms of being territorial entity. But that doesn't mean that this organization and no longer has the power to carry out attacks, and to do, you know things like this attack that it managed to carry out yesterday? We know that the vice president was making these remarks, particularly after President Trump made a recent announcement that they would be withdrawing troops from Syria from the region could this attack be the thing that changes his thinking, it could really go both ways. You definitely have a lot of, you know, a lot of members of congress and a lot of members of the president's own Republican party coming out and saying this just proves that that the Islamic state has not been defeated this proves that we need to stay there. So that we can continue to fight them and keep them from coming back in greater power. You know, there there are certainly a lot of people who are arguing that the US does need to stay in that this bombing. We saw yesterday is one more piece of proof for all the reasons on the other side. It's it's not hard to imagine a scenario where people say, wait what members like where's that? I've never heard of it. Does it have significant American interests are their oil wells there? Bizarre significant American commerce there the answer to all those questions is. No. So it's it's not hard to imagine a scenario where you're going to have some people saying, well, why did four Americans get blown up there? What exactly would we fighting for and how how exactly does that relate to our own security? So we're just gonna have to wait. I think as the information comes out in the aftermath of this attack and see which way it goes. Ben.

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04:08 min | 3 years ago

"ben hubbard" Discussed on KQED Radio

"On wednesday. A suicide attack in northern Syria killed nineteen people including four Americans in the city of ISIS, his taken responsibility. The attack comes one month. After President Trump first announced that American troops would be pulling out of Syria after having defeated ISIS. Ben Hubbard is the bay reviewer chief for the New York Times. And he's been following the developments he joins us now from Beirut. Ben, welcome back to the takeaway. Thank you. So what do we know about this attack in terms of its targets was this a targeted attack towards American troops seems very clear that this was definitely targeted towards American troops. This took place in the town of men bitch, which is a northern Syria fairly close to the border with Turkey. This is an area that is clearly sort of under American protection. And I think we're the Americans had felt very comfortable. What we heard from people in the town yesterday is that there was a particular restaurant downtown that they like to stop at. They would go there and take breaks when they were. Patrols through town and eats, and whatever. And and yesterday while they happened to be there somebody wearing explosive vests came in and blew himself up. And that's how this terrible event happened. The US led coalition confirmed yesterday that American troops had been killed in this attack. And just an hour later. We heard this statement from vice President Mike Pence I'm gonna play his for you, take a listen, thanks to the leadership of this commander in chief and the courage and sacrifice of our armed forces. We're now actually able to begin to hand off the fight against ISIS in Syria to our coalition partners. And we're bringing our troops hall. The caliphate has crumbled, an ISIS has been defeated. Then you've covered the war in Syria for years. What do you make of the vice president's remarks? Well, part of the trick is how you define what it means for these lawmakers state to be defeated the thing that set this organization apart from a lot of the other terrorist organizations that were familiar with Al Qaeda, and all the other organizations is that their goal from the start was to establish a physical territorial entity. They wanted to have a so called caliphate. You know, this sort of Islamic state that they were going to run, and it was going to have all the trappings of statehood. And so when people the Trump administration talk about defeating ISIS, they're talking about getting rid of the physical caliphate like the physical control of territory and over the last number of years because of intensive American airstrikes and also assistance from American forces on the ground to local local fighters, both in Syria and Iraq, it is true that we've gotten rid of most of the territorial control there still some small pockets here and there where fighting is still going on. And where you know, they're trying to get. Get them out of this territory. So on one hand, it is true that the caliphate has largely been defeated. It's mostly gone in terms of being a territorial entity. But that doesn't mean that this organization and no longer has the power to carry out attacks and to do things like this attack that have managed to carry out yesterday. We know that the vice president was making these remarks, particularly after President Trump made a recent announcement that they would be withdrawing troops from Syria and from the region could this attack be the thing that changes his thinking, it could really go both ways. You definitely have a lot of, you know, a lot of members of congress and a lot of members of the president's own Republican party coming out and saying this just proves that the Islamic state has not been defeated this proves that we need to stay there. So that we can continue to fight them and keep them from coming back and greater power. You know, there there are certainly a lot of people who are arguing that the US does need to stay at this bombing. We saw yesterday is one more piece of proof for all the reasons on the other side. It's it's not hard to imagine a scenario where people say, wait. What like where's that? I've never heard of it. Does it have significant American interests are their oil wells there? Bizarre significant American commerce there the answer to all those questions is. No. So it's not hard to imagine a scenario where you can have some people saying, well, why did four Americans get blown up there? What exactly would we fighting for? And how exactly does that relate to our own security? And so we're just gonna have to wait. I think as the information comes out in the aftermath of this attack and see which way it goes Ben Hubbard is.

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"ben hubbard" Discussed on 860AM The Answer

860AM The Answer

10:00 min | 3 years ago

"ben hubbard" Discussed on 860AM The Answer

"Another day of deluge today on the west coast in the east coast. They've dug out of the snow and they're back to normal, but they're not back to work, and they're not going to back to work anytime soon. I sat down with a couple of buddies of mine yesterday. Larry in sandy. Al- Dixon, guys guys who know a thing or two about how government works in crises. And of course, they were around when Watergate fell in, and they know they know what's up when there's a crisis, and they look at this. And they laugh this isn't really a crisis much tougher on Nixon at the end than it is right now on Trump and Trump in uniform, but I was asked by them. When do you think this is gonna end, and I said, I actually don't have any idea everyday goes on. I think it's going to go on longer because it's up to Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. It's all on them when they want to reopen the government the government reopened processed job is to protect the country going to protect the country, not gonna an direct declaration, and it's all going to get dialed in very very quickly. The entire country understands it's about five point seven billion dollars for border fencing and other measures at the ports of entry and additional border agents, etc. And Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer don't want Donald Trump to get a political win. And even though it's so far away from the election. It wouldn't matter in the election. The election doesn't really get underway until. September of twenty twenty after the Democrats have had their west side story knife fight. Did you see Steven Spielberg is going to remake what side story by the way that it'd be pretty good in any event. It's day. I guess twenty six of the Schumer shutdown, and if you're not getting paid, and you're listening to me inside the beltway or your fed anywhere in the United States, or you're in a business that depends upon federal spending. It isn't President Trump's fault. He he needs border security. That's his job. Chuck Schumer shut down an anti Pelosi shutdown. It is that simple. The saddest story today is the one on lead with four Americans for American for among nineteen people killed in Syria on Wednesday reported this as I went up there yesterday. And details at now arrive the attack targeted a suicide bomber targeted an American military convoy in the northern city man Bish while troops were inside the palace of the prince's a restaurant where they often stopped eat during patrols restaurants said while the Americans were inside a nearby suicide attacker wearing explosive vests bloom, south up. The bombing says the New York Times Eric shit sh- met Ben Hubbard and rookie me Kalamata. Mccain is one of the best reporters on ISIS going, by the way, the bombing raise new questions about Mr. Trump's surprise decision last month to end the American war ground groundwater in Syria. Critics of the president's plans, including members of his own party said Mr. Trump's claim victory over the Islamic state may have emboldened its fighters encouraged Wednesday strike that's just stupid. That's just absolutely stupid. I don't know who thought that. It's not the fact you can't possibly draw a line from a suicide bomber and a explosive device that has to be very care. Engineered in the setup has to wait, and you have to wait for the patrol and say it happened because President Trump last month said Americans are withdrawing from Syria. It's just crazy. The physical caliphate is destroyed. Isis is not destroyed because it's Al Qaeda Al Qaeda is wahabbist fundamentalism, and it's not going anywhere. And we're going to have these attacks for as long as we live, and as long as your children and grandchildren live. This is not a one year battle. It is a multi-front war in which the enemy has a say in when they want to give up the physical caliphate canon has been destroyed. Another one will spring up some day, and it will have to be destroyed in Nairobi two nights ago. Al Qaeda, south Al Qaeda in Kenya. Al Qaeda in Somalia struck and murdered fourteen. Innocent people now here are four military people their identification have not been. Revealed yet. We will honor them when they are. Vice President Mike Pence said yesterday, the US are still waiting on North Korea for quote concrete steps to denuclearize. That's very good. We're very very very wide. I clear eyed about what is going on in North Korea. Nothing thus far. But they also have it any missile launchers, and they have not had any underground tests for fledgling nuclear power that has not tested its ICBM capability or its weapons that means they've stopped. They're not moving forward. That's the good news bad news is or not moving backwards fast enough. We wanted them to fail fast and they're not failing fast. So that's a challenge for Mike Pompeo and his team moving forward. Microsoft is pledged five hundred million dollars for forcible housing in the Seattle area and good luck with that. You can't buy enough affordable housing and give it away that look at the the section seven housing around the United States. Look what happened to quote, rent control, close quote communities. You gotta let markets work the only way to make Seattle have a housing shortage. Go away as to build more houses quickly northern Virginia where I live most of the year is going to find itself. Because I know someone who just bought a house there with Andrew and Todd dot com. They were walking me through the process with them as I was observing how they're doing it in Amazon land because Amazon is descended on Long Island city in queens is a neighborhood in queens and in. Arlington Virginia and Alexandria, Virginia. And already the number of inquiries are doubled in two months, and it's just gonna drive prices through the roof in Washington DC and northern Virginia and Maryland around DC, just and you can't buy enough units. You can only allow the market to respond by loosening. Zoning restrictions requires the advocation of power by people who like it too much city council. I remember I was a land use lawyer for thirty years before I retired to devote my life exclusively to you my audience just just to be there for you, and my Lawson's, so I no longer go toe to toe with developers. I no longer go toe to toe with city councils, I no longer try and bring houses out of the ground to benefit Americans. I did that for thirty years. I know the business pretty doggone. Well, I was good at it. And all this stuff about affordable housing. It's just all nonsense just absolute nonsense. I mean, you give people money for rent. You can you can get five hundred billion dollars five hundred million dollars. For rent that that goes and plays like Seattle to like eight people you've got to build houses and apartment complexes. And you've got to go to city councils in mandated that they do if you're state government. But it's for you. Thank to happen in Washington state, it might but that's pretty liberal to they want it. They think they can plan that they had to go see the movie I saw yesterday with the fetchy. Mrs Hewitt, Cold War. It's a movie and polish. I know some of you are thinking back to the old polish jokes. Don't I'm from Warren, Ohio. We got a lot of polish jokes there. And they didn't go over well with. The war skis of the world. So this is a love story set in the Cold War, the postwar period in Poland, east, Germany, and in Paris, and in briefly Yugoslavia, and you have to know a little Cold War history to fully appreciate it. But the grimness of a state-controlled economy comes through in every black and white frame sunny. Bunch needs to go, see Cold War. And it's it's remarkable kind of just conveys. I'd forgotten. How bad communism was. Well, Seattle is run by left wingers who aren't communists, but they are central planners. And that's why they have any houses get rid zoning, you'll get houses really get rid of zoning Houston. Did we don't eat zoning? We just don't need zoning. Okay. Biggest story of the day though, Pentagon seek to expand scope and sophistication of US missile defenses. The Trump administration is seeking to expand the scope and sophistication of American missile defense is on a scale not seen since everyone. Pause. President Ronald Reagan's Star Wars the initiative that was a new strategy in the eighties. But President Trump plans to roll out personally on Thursday. The revised version of Star Wars alongside military leaders at the Pentagon known as the missile defense review, the document that Trump will unveil I'm reading from Paul Cezanne's Washington Post story this morning. The document that Trump will unveil marks the first official update of the American missile defense doctrine in nine years. It comes with North Korean or I can give you the short version. A lot of it everywhere. More bring us more missile defense everywhere. Make it good. Make it work deter attacks on America. There's going to be great we needed this. We needed it for a long time when we come back from break. We're having a problem here in the studio it's printer one Dwayne nothing. And so I'm doing this all from memory. It's printer one Dwayne nothing installed a new printer here. I did the work overnight. It was working fine. When I left overnight is actually the afternoon here is working fine. When I left and came back and generalissimo and decided he would tinker with it. So now, it will only print to side double spaced, and that that's printer one Dwayne nothing. And this follows the explosive story yesterday. That perimeter breach had been occurred at the studio that runs directly to Wayne Dwayne open the door and a book burglar was in in and out remember khloe used to establish a perimeter around Jack Bauer. Remember that khloe would say, Jack, we've got a perimeter. There's a gap in the perimeter here. And they were trying to get a permanent khloe would always get jacked into parameter Dwayne used to care about the perimeter. But it's been breached. So the books are flying out the printers are not working. Luckily, the relief factor dot com. What do we call this thing? Those are called Mike flag that Mike flag. If you're watching on hughhewitt dot com. I have a new Mike flag. This was actually supposed to have been installed in two thousand sixteen. And so it's great that we have the relief factor dot com. Mike flag up. Now if you're watching on hughhewitt.

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