13 Burst results for "Graeme Smith"
"graeme smith" Discussed on The Current
"School itself is no longer accepting female students But it is a thorny thicket of policy issues now confronting canada and its allies about how to clean up this mess in afghanistan. We leave behind. I think that young girl that you spoke with Who wants to wear orange socks and she talks about how she doesn't know whether she would be able to wear them anymore. But the last shot we see of her sitting there with those socks on. What happens to someone like her. Who wants to be herself. well in the last few days My co writer. Julian share has been in touch with mario and adiba. Those two girls They're still in kabul I suspect that they're not flaunting. Orange socks at the moment because everyone's being pretty cautious You know no one really knows How the taliban are going to enforce their rules. You seem genuinely heartbroken in some ways by where the country has gone. But the way that you're describing that also suggests that there is a bit of hope in there as well. The deadliest war on the planet just ended. i think there's a chance that Foreign donors like canada will still Commit some money to Keeping the lights on Quite literally actually keeping the lights on making sure. The electricity utility still working and And why would they do that. Because there's so many poor countries around the world well hopefully because we show sense of responsibility after all the damage. We've done to afghanistan. So yeah i think I think actually it's still some hope Despite everything graham. It's a great film. And i'm glad to talk to you about thank you very much. Thank you graham. Smith is a former canadian correspondent for the globe and mail and the author of the dogs are eating them now. Our war and afghanistan. The world premiere of his documentary. Ghosts of afghanistan is tonight on tv. Oh cbc radios ideas was also run a radio version of the documentary tomorrow night at eight pm and we'll continue our series afghanistan in the shadow of the taliban. This friday i'll speak with former afghan politician and women's rights activists fayza koufi and on monday. I'll sit down with washington post reporter craig. Whitlock who's the author of the afghanistan papers a secret history of the war for cbc podcasts goto cbc dot ca slash podcasts..
"graeme smith" Discussed on The Current
"Government had made. Tick listen to this to get quick fixes. We empowered some of the very warlords. That people were fed up with we put them in positions of ministries and governors as businesses. They were given lucrative contracts. What did that corruption do. Graham to the way the people on the ground saw what was unfolding. You know it's funny. Corruption is sometimes treated like a side issue. You know it's sort of like. Oh well it's afghanistan that's corrupt but correction was such a profound part of what went wrong here You know the the government's was a series of overlapping criminal. Enterprises backed up by thunderous foreign air support in they. You know. The government preyed on its own people and the people rose up and overthrew it. i mean. that's a huge part. That's not the only thing that happened here but that that is a that is a huge part of of why we the west lost the war. Do you see a direct line. Between that and the return of the taliban yes definitely i mean because the birth of the taliban was as a rebellion against what was known as the mujahedeen sort of multiple squabbling islamist factions that had been backed by the west against the soviet invasion the nineteen eighties. The taliban were Revolting against What they saw as financial immoral corruption by the mujahedeen. I mean people were kids are getting raped at checkpoints. And you know you couldn't drive a truck along the road so being extorted multiple times. That's how then rose up against them. and then when The west invaded afghanistan We As you heard in the clip we aligned ourselves with those same mujahedeen factions And the taliban reconstituted rose up against those same people one more time. I mentioned aisha that you spoke with. Who was norwegian joins the army she eventually quits army and becomes an afghan civilian. There's this really interesting moment in the film in which she talks about this moment that she had once she took her uniform off. Listen when i was in a uniform. My entire understanding of the situation was a very kind of security based understanding but it was only when i actually came back to afghanistan as a civilian. You know as i shall backs. I got a reality check. Suddenly i felt that i witnessed the occupation and action. It was seeing people that don't look like them through control. Their cities control their checkpost control their movement. She calls this an occupation. That's a really powerful word to me more about that. And and and is that how you're hinting at this before. How afghan saw the presence of the united states and other countries over the sweep of history. There i mean. I have so many different points of view on this. You know there are. There are urban afghans Who have more modern choice. Say dreams for their own country. Who definitely did not feel like it was occupation. They felt like in fact The presence of foreign troops protected them from taliban occupation But i think you know the reality is that easily. Seventy percent of the country is rural Most afghans live in villages not in the cities and Aisha has worked Really bravely and quite extensively In the south of the country And so she's seen for herself You know what people think in those villages as wins use. The word occupation. That's you know. Let's not just her point of view reflecting back you know hundreds of conversations that she's had with with villagers who who want one of the foreign ships out and You know in the last month they finally. They finally got what they wanted. We've spoken with a number of afghans over the past few weeks and they talk about the last twenty years and what was accomplished in the last twenty years. They worry that that that was for nothing but they also say that. Perhaps what happened in those last twenty years would not have happened without the presence of those foreign countries in afghanistan. So how do you square that. You know it's interesting. I've i've had conversations along these lines with taliban And some of them. You know the the more kind of open minded amongst the taliban will say yeah. It is good that Some things were built stood. We got some roads that telecommunications towers out dotted across the landscape. But then we'll look at me and they'll say you know just imagine what might have happened if you hadn't turned our country into an inferno of violence you know like yes. The country has developed over the last twenty years but so have many countries And you know there is an alternative history that you can imagine in which There was no invasion in two thousand one. And that's i mean you start the film. Essentially there by talking about how the last two decades have essentially been a disaster for the country. Where does that leave. Those promises that were made by countries like canada to afghan women for example around issues of education around human rights. Well i mean it hasn't been an unmitigated disaster. There are today twice as many afghans living in afghanistan as the were under taliban rule. So they're talking about a population that has flourished in some ways. There has been greater access to education that access to health care You know there has been some difficulties with getting people out of poverty by some accounts Poverty has actually worsened in recent years. But you know it. Just in terms of the sheer number of people in the country there has been a flourishing in some ways and now What's left behind I don't know one of the The girls school in canada heart that we profile in the film The of that school I just saw a photograph of him. landing in america seeking asylum.
"graeme smith" Discussed on The Current
"You see when it came to that cheerleading. There was a lot of pressure on canadian journalists to be on the side of the troops. And that's not really the job a journalist. The job of a journalist is to try to talk to as many people as you can figure out what's going on to write it down. The work of journalism in my view is is much more humble and much simpler. And i think in the middle of a war especially when when canadian troops are dying. It's easy to lose sight of that and wrapped up than kind of jingoistic sensibility. Much of your reporting from that prison. Where taliban prisoners who who were being tortured by afghan security forces broke that at jingoism broke that that cheerleading. What was the response when you report it and what was happening in that prison. Yes i spent about a month in early. Two thousand seven sitting in prison and And actually tracking down ex-prisoners who are outside the prison And talking to them about their experiences and attention then a large number of them Told me that they had been beaten. Wit choked electrocute frozen. All kinds of terrible things happen to these prisoners One of them had been beaten so badly that it didn't seem to know where he was anymore and the other prisoners complained that he was forgetting That you had to pull his pants down when he used the toilet and so they always had to clean them up So you know it was it was it was an awful awful system and When we wrote about it in the globe and mail Canadian officials denied it It was the lead question in the house of comments for a couple of weeks and then canada abruptly tried to fix the mess by Signing a new bilateral agreement with the government in kabul But of course. I didn't solve the problem And it went on for many years this sort of cat and mouse game trying to To patch up the detainees system Really until the canadian troops left and I have to say You know the system of detention afghanistan Just got worse over the years really. I mean the bleached bones of prisoners are still washing up in registan desserts and there is going to be an accounting. I think someday for all the terrible things that happens down there in the south you do some accounting as well for yourself. I mean the man who helped you break that story and report on those abuses Was later captured by the taliban and he was beheaded and you go and visit with with his family in part. Because you say that you felt responsible. Tell me more about that. I was actually genuinely curious when you make a documentary you're supposed to Know what people are going to say before you meet them But i did sort of broke those rules a little bit. I i didn't know What the relatives of. I'm sorry below ch- would think of me I knew that you know we had put his name on the front page of the golden male. He had been a big part of the detainees story. And then i knew that some months later he had been kidnapped and beheaded. And i never really got to the bottom of why So i went to see his family in kabul and His relative wept as he described seeing on saturdays body and And he told me look It was a it was a kidnapping by the taliban. it didn't have to do with With your stories I don't know she was just being nice. Or or but anyways that's what he said and we thought we would include an sorry story in the documentary and i'm pleased to say that The young man who told me that story has just landed in. Italy is now sticking asylum So like a lot of people in the film. He has now escaped the country. You go back to afghanistan and you meet a number of people there in the country Who are trying to figure out what their life looks. Like in the afghanistan post war. One of the people is a woman isha. She was born in norway and she joins the norwegian army and then returns to afghanistan. Let's take a listen to how she describes the hours. After the taliban was i understood. And i remember music play. Afghans love music as soon as the regime was toppled. I felt that okay now. The world has access to afghanistan and and afghanistan has access to to the world to all the impulses that help country move in the right direction. Practically that meant you know development projects coming in girls going to school as something as basic as that right now. Our lives are on our phones and with our phones full of livestream exercise classes midday work calls and nightly family video calls. There's no room for fraud calls thankfully. At and t. Makes customer security a priority helping block those pesky calls. It's not complicated. At and t. 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It really depends on who you were For some afghans They never stopped believing in the war. i think you know if you open up twitter you can see today. Afghans calling on their fellow countrymen to stand with the resistance of the last remaining militiamen than the north in place called the panjshir valley who are still fighting the taliban So yes some people remained extremely enthusiastic about the war I i think if you were an ordinary person Living in rural afghanistan You probably just don't like war in general You know there was a story going around. I don't know if it was apocryphal. Or not the villagers in a remote part of gun province when the Nato troops showed up They just said oh. The russians have new tanks because You know they equated the foreign invaders with one another Didn't see any difference between us and the russians. So you know it's an incredibly divided country I'm surprised every time. I have a conversation with with any afghan and it we tried to do with. This documentary was to speak to a really broad range of people. And i think we really just scratched the surface you know. There's there's so many competing visions of the country and it. It's very polarized place. There are billions of dollars that were poured into the country as part of the reconstruction effort and one of the people that you meet in. The documentary is a man named hamdullah. Mujib he is the now former national security adviser of the former afghan president. He talks to you about some of the alliances.
"graeme smith" Discussed on The Current
"On evening in early december twenty eighteen the young ceo of crypto currency exchange reportedly dies while on his honeymoon in india. This death is not announced to customers for another month and when they're told gerald cotton is the only person to hold the passwords to their funds. Conspiracy theories grow leaving. Some to wonder could gerald cotton and still be alive honeymoon. Moving body all the missing money. It was like but what happened. A death in crypto land available now on. Cbc listen and everywhere you get your podcast. This is a cbc podcast vin. The word given opportunity to us to to prove Ourselves to the world what we are in what we want they will be surprised and they will they will find us Very different. that's meyer iraq. He works in a taliban's political office and he's being interviewed by graeme smith the globe and mail's former war correspondent and the author of the dogs are eating them now. Our war in afghanistan. that interview is taken from. Graham's new documentary ghosts of afghanistan afghanistan of course is now back under control of the taliban. Yesterday they announced an interim government led by mullah muhammad hassan account. One of the movement's founders. Ghosts of afghanistan follows graham smith as he returns to that country and tries to make sense of the war he covered in the years that followed graeme. Smith joins me now. Graham good morning that clip from twenty nineteen has a real different meaning. I think In twenty twenty one when you listen to him say that the world would find a very different taliban if given a chance. What do you make that. I think we're still waiting to find out at the time I'm ours was giving his first ever television interview. He'd never sat down in front of the cameras. Before or It was a of senior official in their diplomatic office. Doha and we're still waiting to see what it all means. And the fates of millions of people hanging in the balance now. Do you believe the taliban now is different than the taliban of years past i mean obviously it is Contains different people have different ideas They're much more technologically literate than they were In the past but just because they are different definitely does not mean that they're going to be more palatable to canadians or to you know other foreigners They have extremely different ideas than we do about women's rights about media freedoms about democracy itself They're not huge fans of the of western democracy that we tried to install in afghanistan at gunpoint. And so i think what we're about to see. Is something very very different. What do you make of what you've seen over the last couple of weeks. Since the taliban took over. I mean to a lot of people. They were surprised by the pace of change as you watched the country fall in in august. What was going through your mind. I was shocked. I don't think anyone had a full taliban takeover of the country in their sort of top ten list of of likely scenarios. It was a stunning reversal. And it happened incredibly abruptly. I wanna talk more about where that leaves the country now coming up a little bit but i go back to to when you first arrived in afghanistan. You're in your twenties. You go there to cover the war when you stepped off the plane the first time. What do you remember about your first impressions of the country. You know you shouldn't believe what you read newspapers all the time. Because i say this as someone used to write for news but you know. I arrived in the country With a sheaf of printouts from you know newspapers and think tanks and I remember the first paragraph of a washington. Post's front page story about you. Know the new afghanistan Said that it was going through an exercise. In post-war democracy That the fighting was over. The taliban gone and i was stepping onto the tarmac in kabul to cover the two thousand five parliamentary elections. And i just. I took seriously that western narrative. I said okay. This is a democracy is our elected leaders. And i didn't think i'd be in afghanistan for very long. I thought it was a boring story. His was finished Of course it was not finished and Canadian started dying there in big numbers and so It served took over my life. I ended up spending most of my professional career. There you talk in the film about how the was the sense that what was going on in afghanistan at that time and you speak about the canadians who were dying there that this was a noble war. What do you mean by that. A noble war. I remember in those early days downing canada har- as a young newspaper correspondent the canadian military public affairs officers were extremely eager to have us go and take photographs of canadian soldiers. handing out medical supplies or handing out. You know school supplies to children. There was a real effort to portray this as As something noble as a as a kind of civilising enterprise And i say that you know with scare quotes around it because it is scary. Anyone tries to turn up with a whole lot of guns and quote unquote civilized place It's you know It turned into a very very ugly thing and he became the deadliest war on the planet. Earth the violence kept rising The number of foreign troops kept growing It became you know something where tens of thousands of afghans are being killed every single year and hundreds of thousands. we're being displaced every single year. So this the fact that's haven't had no taken over a lot of my friends in kabul are upset But some of my friends in the villages are not upset because it means that this meat grinder of conflict is finally reaching some kind of danger mall you got swept up in that idea of the nobility which you call in the film pushing back the forces of darkness and barbara's you got swept up in that as well. I think all of the foreigners who had anything to do with afghanistan Yeah they were somehow. Invested in the project writ large Yeah so i drank the koolade i And it took a couple of years before. I really started to see the war as something that You know had real dark side to it I think it was probably In prison when i started to meet the people who are being tortured regular basis That i started to understand that when bad things happened you know. If a bomb fell on a village and children died. You know that could be described as an accident. But if you know day in day out. Canadian troops were taking detainees. Heading over into torture chambers. You know that it wasn't accidental. It was part of the design of the war. And and i started to get really disturbed by what was going on. How much of that In we'll talk more about what happened in the prison in a moment. But you're part of the media. That's they're covering that and you talk about the story of media cheerleaders for that that war. How much did.
"graeme smith" Discussed on As It Happens from CBC Radio
"Are in the foreign troops in general because most afghans don't make a distinction are viewed as being a very powerful generally fairly well mannered and also a bit stupid that they pick up the wrong people for the wrong reasons greensmith. Thanks for speaking with us. Thank you bye-bye. That's graeme smith of the global mail speaking to caroline april of two thousand seven when reports of the detainee abuses. I broke and as the war continued to grind on afghans began to grow more disenchanted with the foreign troops and with their own government. Here's what some afghans living in kabul said to as it happens about the nato led mission in their country as it entered its seventh year messina. Alexi it's funny. You know if you if you seen our to ice off. Npr tees and things. You're doing only military activities. They've done nothing for reconstruction if they are doing any projects in the provinces in the region deal doing it for their own purposes so that they can have the way that they win the heart in mind of the people where a lot of useless i would not see. The taliban were good but people were feeling that they are sealed in after two. People are scared and actually for myself in my village in even for my province. You have been noting. It's all just sadness as always. I am from western province lamont if the compared the construction process with the money which that foreign countries donated with our country. It did not acceptable. Because you know if you saw just the kabul there is no electricity still now during six year. we don't have a damn of water to produce their power. I think it is not acceptable for the people because of gunston get a lot of money during sixth year. But there is no change. In the life of ordinary people that was to afghans living in kabul speaking to acid happens about the presence of foreign troops in their country that was in october of two thousand and seven although the taliban had suffered serious setbacks the insurgents remained tenacious and continuing their campaign of suicide bombings with support from allies across the border in pakistan in two thousand and eight parliament passed a motion to end the combat mission by twenty eleven but the troops remained in harm's way which was made painfully clear on the day that the one hundred canadian soldier died in afghanistan in december. Two thousand and eight one mother mark that milestone. on as it happens sherri clarkson joel. We had died the previous year and a roadside bombing. After that she kept a diary and she read an entry for the record. Well every time another soldier is lost. My heart breaks. It doesn't matter if it's one or fifty or a hundred. Although each of those numbers carry a significant emphasis on the loss especially to the nation but most especially to us it feels like a thousand losses when jaw corporal. Stephen frederick brassinne and sergeant christos care. Gannets were killed..
"graeme smith" Discussed on As It Happens from CBC Radio
"During your time i see. I don't ask you how that that is a soldier to have to deal with that. But as a commander as the person in charge how difficult was it for you to deal with the numbers of soldiers that you have to send home in coffins. I remember the number one one too many one soldier dying is too many one. Afghan dying is too many and everyone was special. I wrote to every family when it happened. I wrote to every contingent who law soldiers because it was personal is doubled my resolve to deal with the issue because is a worthy mission to help people who are less fortunate to us who are being intimidated. Coerced brutalized by a regime. That has and acknowledges no rules out there. It is a dangerous thing that we're doing and it is the one thing as a commander that is the hardest thing to deal with. I saw you a few times during those those announcements. And you look to your heart would break as i say. It looks like it's going to break right now not break. It's just a the top part of the mission. I lost four guys my own team and that's hard but you know we sent the canadian forces over there. You're not sending the boy scouts. You're sending the canadian forces into a situation that is dealing with a regime. That will kill anybody out there man women and child and they deserve better than that. The afghan people are looking for hope and opportunity and were there to help them. Joan fraser. thank you very much for coming in. Thank you great video. But by by brigadier general david fraser speaking to carol in january. Two thousand and seven canadians would soon become aware of other difficult. Facts about the military operation in afghanistan. News broke that. The canadian military was handing detainees over to afghan authorities with virtually no monitoring of how they were treated in custody. Graeme smith of the global mail interviewed thirty prisoners. He spoke to as it happens about what he discovered. Graham gimme sense to some of the stories. You've heard from detainees that you've interviewed there long painful stories and the the immediate beginning of those stories is always fairly innocuous. I met the canadians. And then they put me in the back of their armored vehicle. They talk to me for a few hours. Nothing bad happened. It's what happens after that. They got me interested. later on. People are usually handed off to the afghan national army national police or to the national record for security the secret police and all three of those institutions generally Treat them badly. You know some less so than others i mean. The afghan military is generally fairly disciplined. What i heard about them is that they people with rifle butts which considering the intensity of the concept here in afghanistan is not as bad as could be. But then you know. They're all kinds of other people. Who said that really horrible things happen to them in police custody. People said they were electrocuted. People said that they were beaten. And all this happens in sort of long arduous odyssey's of of torture that that these things happen for for six months at a time. Those detainees that you spoke with who considered that they had suffered an injustice. Did they blame the afghanistan or canadian military both really because You know people who are picked up by the canadians. They think that the canadian should not have picked him up in the first place that even though the canadians were nice flights and gentle the fact that they've handed them over to tortures doesn't really endeared him to the canadians at all..
"graeme smith" Discussed on Front Burner
"After twenty bloody years the us is leaving is longest war within a month of the nine eleven attacks in two thousand one. The us with support from canada and other nato allies invaded afghanistan. Strike against terrorism is missile barrage lands on afghanistan. We will not falter and we will not fail. Peace and freedom will prevail. The goal was to wipe out al-qaeda and overthrow the taliban regime accused of hiding them more than two thousand. Us troops in one hundred and fifty eight canadian members of the military were killed during the mission but it has been of course afghans that have borne the brunt of the war's casualties over sixty thousand afghan security forces are estimated to have been killed and according to the united nations over hundred thousand civilians have been killed or injured just since it started. Rigorously recording civilian casualties in two thousand nine late last week. American troops handed over the control of their main military base in afghanistan to the afghan army and while the plan has been to fully withdraw by september eleventh of this year. Us president joe biden said yesterday that they'll be out even sooner this exit. It comes as part of an agreement signed by the us and the taliban early twenty twenty but the attempts at forging actual peace between the afghan government and the taliban since then remain fragile and violence still rocks the country today the legacy of the twenty year war and what. It means for afghanistan's future graeme smith is here with me. He's covered canada's role in the war from canada har- for many years as a journalist and and more recently he acted as a consultant on the peace process. He's the best. Selling author of the dogs are eating them now. Our war in afghanistan and graham was recently back in the country working on an upcoming documentary for teo called ghosts of afghanistan. Hey graham thanks so much for making time today. Thanks for getting touch. So i was hoping we could start with the american military's exit from the bagaram airfield a key base in the country last week and so u s forces left in the dead of the night without notifying the afghan military. I the new afghan commander of the base only found out that americans had left several hours after their three. Am departure after. We see some rumor that the americans left the backroom. We increase our intelligence reports and finally by seven seven o'clock morning. We understood that it confirm that they are already the backroom. What did you think when you heard that this was how the us was making its exit. The pentagon has denied That they just turned off the lights in the middle of the night and snuck away without telling their afghan partners. They claim that did a did a walk through the base with afghan counterparts before they left but the point is that in bagaram generally across afghanistan. the americans have been leaving very quickly with a real emphasis on keeping their own forces safe and doing everything as smoothly as possible for the americans and not necessarily for their afghan allies. And you know it's it's been it's been tough and it's been very abrupt for afghan government forces i thought one senior afghan official tell the guardian that that many saw this move as emblematic of how the us is handling their departure. All quote unquote him. Here people are saying. The americans didn't ask the afghans about coming here and they didn't consult the about leaving that's correct. Yeah and i think the the way. The biden administration has chosen to leave. setting service symbolic exit date of september the eleventh twenty years after the start of the war it shows the americans intend to carve their own path. Both in and out of south asia. There had been hopes that the american ex exit could be bundled. Could be a part of a package deal that would include Peace in afghanistan. And you know there have been and there still are ongoing diplomatic efforts to end the war but this piece of it. The american troops leaving biden decided to go his own way. I i like to get into those ongoing diplomatic efforts a little bit later in the conversation. But i right now. There are reports of growing violence in afghanistan and the taliban has been gaining ground and more than a thousand afghans soldiers recently fled into neighboring tajikistan to their own lives after clashing with taliban militants. And what does that tell you about about. The current stability or lack of stability in the country as as us troops withdraw Palace officials have said that those troops that fled across the river into dizzy or to come back and they will keep fighting the taliban But yeah it's clear that. In some of these far-flung outposts the afghan government is having a hard time holding the line This morning the taliban was boasting of having captured one hundred and sixty. Two of afghanistan's four hundred some districts in recent weeks a check that with a western official in kabul in the last hour who said well it's probably more like one hundred sixty But still it's an impressive number. The taliban really are advancing very quickly and the taliban is pressing on with its territorial campaign making significant gains the armed group now controls. Almost a third of the country's four hundred districts mainly in the north into not only me but all afghans are very to taliban. We'll take off honest as us troops leave the country from the day. The issue of the draw of foreign troops arose. It has had a negative impact on the daily book of people. Afghan security forces are currently in control of what used to be until a few days. Ago the biggest. Us military base in the country the americans vacated the premises and now there are fears the afghan military will collapse once foreign troops complete their withdrawal by september. The vast majority i. I know that you were actually in the. Us shortly after nine eleven you went to cover the plane that crashed into the field in pennsylvania and and what what dark signs of what was to come. Did you encounter on that trip. I was standing in the global mail. Newsroom when the planes hit the towers and pretty soon the news editors sent me down to cover the fourth crash site in pennsylvania. And as i was driving down across the open american countryside towards the crash site stopped to refuel my car. And the guy who was pumping gas for me was standing under the clear blue sky because there were absolutely no no planes in the sky. He looked at means that yet. We going to kill some and i was. I was shocked. And i but he turned out to be right. You know there was a kind of visceral american need for retaliation at that time in after nine eleven and unfortunately That's how it played out enough. Cast a lot of people were killed. Nobody really knows the number but best.
"graeme smith" Discussed on KLIF 570 AM
"So right when we went to break, I have to say it again because they're letting Bill Cosby outta Bill Cosby a single and ready to mingle. He's 85 soon too soon. Okay. Oh, So a friend of mine tweeted Bill Cosby walks out of prison, gets on a bus and rides into a long rock wall next to a big oak. He finds a letter. He follows it to Mexico, where he finds Epstein working on a boat. Oh, man, So he's Bill Cosby is going to be released from prison within hours because the Pennsylvania High School in Pennsylvania overturned his conviction. And it was overturned on a technicality. Not because he didn't rape anybody. But it was just, you know, on a technicality, and Kane told everyone that those putting pots are not gonna dose themselves. So Yeah. You said that though you made me tweet out a private conversation. That's fine. I didn't I just thought was funny and that it should be shared while you're gonna be stingy with the people. You can be stingy because you said it like you're blaming me for telling Oh, no, no, I didn't find nothing that you're guilty too much to me. What sounds like that's a no, No, no, I didn't. But no, no, no, not not for nothing, you know. So I, um just everybody be careful about accepting drinks from people You don't know, just saying I really wouldn't. I'd be dying in the desert out of thirst wouldn't take a bottle of Ozarka from him. Cain was arguing with me and say, Well, you know how old I mean he's dating. For result. I mean, where do you He's not that It's not that bad. He's not going to be that much of a threat to anybody. Yeah, I would just say and what kind of day But you say old people aren't innocent. No, That's not what I say. Listen to make it clear. I say not all old people are innocent there. Certainly. Some old people that are completely innocent. My grandma, for one is completely innocent. But there are some old people. Not all but not all old people are innocent. Just the truth. Okay. Obviously, you know, Cosby falls in that category. You think? Yes, a little little bit. So the Man. What is happening with media right now? So I just I saw a second tweet. This one's from ABC. So here's the I really do believe that CNN deserves a massive ratio for this. Listen to this tweet. This is I'd retweeted. If you follow me, it will be in your prep email. For those of you who subscribe to the newsletter. CNN tweets this Quote the Chinese Communist Party is about to turn 100, but G will be the real star. Talking about the Communist tyrant, She Jinping. And they have this This was after a media outlet the other day said, Can you Why is it a reporter said. Why is it that you know all these people? They're doing these like celebrations in in Beijing at the Olympic Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing, and it has all these people around and they're all raising their hands up towards the communist flag. It's really creepy looking and someone was saying yesterday. How do all these people they get? Everybody stay still so still and and look at all the colors and etcetera. It was all red, Uh, and they got trolled endlessly by just tons of photos of the weaker is imprisoned up in Jiang Jiang in that northern province there. So they this piece. It was written by bin Westcott from CNN and Not a single thing in here about the Wuhan, right? So Communist China is on a PR rehabilitation rehab their image campaign. Because they want to disassociate themselves from the virus, and they also want to make themselves look stronger and somehow more popular than Western nations. So, the article says much has changed since 1921. But the Chinese Communist Party, which today boasts more than 95 million members, equivalent almost 7% of an of China's entire population. Has remained an ever present fixture, even as communist parties elsewhere collapse or fade from view. But while the party has proven itself adapt and and willing to adapt and change at crucial moments to ensure its survival, it remains keenly aware of the risks it face faces. Increasingly united West determined to counter its rise. Oh, my gosh! Yeah. And They quote some dude. Graeme Smith at the Australian National University. They really had to look for somebody to give them this type of quote. How do you prove? Quote? How do you prove that you were are the legitimate government of China? You do so by putting on an enormous show to remind people of what you've given them. You've lifted them out of poverty if given them economic growth, restore China to a central place in the world. This is all like the fantasy Bs. If you force them to to abort their Children if they had more than one And you imprisoned millions. I mean, how we're I mean, Good heavens, how far you want to go? Not a single bit in here. Of Anything about the virus. Anything about the wigger is nothing. This is what CNN tweeted. Then you have a B C quote party Time China stage denied of political theater with US performance to sing The parades is of the ruling Communist Party, and the article was like just Lavished them with praise. Did G Jinping right for these agencies? Who did you Jinping rifle? I mean, seriously. That's the only way that this makes sense. CNN deserves the ratio. That they that they deserve the ratio for this. I mean, and they call him in the tweet CNN. Oh, geez. The real star. Holy Wow. I mean retail organ harvesting forced labor. Good heavens. I mean, this is it's This is what we have to deal with with media. Just it's just unbelievable to see this. This is the media. That is, they're so eager. Two. Celebrate or push. Anything anything with Was She Jinping? Someone said this is GNN and stuff. CNN. It's true, though. Do the Communists have something on CNN? I'm curious. I? I just I mean, I know I think you might have read this part of the Of course, it's far from certain the Communist Party will continue its upward trajectory. But for better or worse, whatever the party does, and however long it lasts. Its impact is likely to be felt across the world. What kind of right up is this? Do. They still have parades in that in Tiananmen Square, Curious off Good grief..
"graeme smith" Discussed on Xtra Sports Radio 1300 AM
"They have it on the near side the field through the midfield that comes and Jimmy Oxford, right in the middle of the play again, hip checking Hey, Casey, player getting called for his first foul of the contest. This will be a free kick. Just inside the midfield stripe is sporting KC tries to get something going against Andrew Penenberg. Nothing's Yet and they'll certainly trying to target Tyler Freeman if they can. The goal scoring hero one week ago for sporting KC too. Is off the free kick. They'll have it on the far side of the field down to the middle. Still plenty of time left in this match those sporting KC and no hurry. Now they'll go over the top looking towards the box, good job, thereby switchbacks FC able to get in front of the intended target and take it away. Now they'll work up the feel good. Turn around here by me. She Galina help push it up with a lot of speed. He's got his man beat, but a second Casey defender comes in to clear that one out. As me. She Galina with a smile on his face. He knew if that defender didn't make it over there, he was going to be one on one with the keeper, but still a tremendous run here and you get A glimpse of just how quick the Lena is how fast he is with, even with the ball got to be one of the faster players in this division for switchbacks FC. What a weapon! He's going to be moving forward as the switchbacks. Have a throw in now they'll move it back to Andrew Penenberg all the way back down to those side, the field Pan Enberg put some air underneath. It sends it to the near side header there by Casey. They'll take over possession, but only for moments, which backs gathering in and their own half of the field. And now getting dragged around was Beverly mocking Gila referee finally blows the whistle. Quick restart here for the switchbacks. Jose Torres passing over the Haji Berry Haji Berry kind of moving up high again trying to get in the middle of the plate here for switchbacks FC. Now tours goes over the top has a man going down the far side of the field to look for a cross into the box? They come here is Austin doing with the shot? That one was blocked out front switchbacks. Get it back. Marking. Gila will pass this one off and now send into the box by Colorado Springs headed away by Casey, But it will result in another corner kick. Amadou DEA heading that one away. This will be A McDevitt Law firm Corner Kick this corner kick brought to you by McDevitt Law firm. We are in your corner. The former Golden Eagle of Mount Vista High School there, Amadou DEA, clearing that one out for the corner kick one of two players from mountain Mr High School. Graeme Smith, the other one in that defense force Sporting Kansas City to but once again a great opportunity for the switchbacks Jose Torres to take this corner kick. Yeah, The lefty will take this one. Anderson had it on the other side. He'll send it in and this one I think was headed by sporting KC into the side of the goal, so this is going to result in another corner kick. I don't know that that was, I guess better safe than sorry, but that one looked like it was heading out the entire way Rolling. It looked like it was going to curl out before reached the near post but sporting Kansas City to just getting some of their Communications lines crossed and it'll be another opportunity for Jose tourist to put in a good ball from the corner. This corner kick brought to you by Pepsi Pepsi. That's what I like tours again. This time puts way more under it. It goes over everyone's head to the far side of the field. It just stays in play. Casey takes possession, They'll send it downfield and out throwing coming for switchbacks FC It is still only 13 minutes into this one. Austin, doing with his first goal of the season has switchbacks FC on top one mil. You could not ask for better start. Four switchbacks FC And again you never signed up for one game and then a bye week, right out of the gate. But it sure seems like the switchbacks of cure. What ails them? At least in the 1st 15 minutes of this one, as He has Galina gets pushed down. And maybe a little bit extra from Galina there, so he's not going to quite or is he Going say wasn't quite going to get the yellow card out there. He won't but it was a clear foul, so this will be a free kick opportunity, a joint chiropractic free kick opportunity. Joint chiropractic. We've got your back. The switchbacks with the ball in an advantageous position. It will be basically across here there. Horizontal to the goal. Only a two person well put up by Casey. Couple of switchbacks over it'll be tour is taking it far posed and jumping in front to grab it is Kendall Macintosh before it could get to its intended destination? Yes, actually, you're pretty good. Safe from Kendall Macintosh had to backpedal reach up pluck that one out of the corner was a good ball in from Torres just sort of floating In toward that far post but a nice catch there from Kendall Macintosh. It certainly was as sporting KC tries to move out of their own and knocked away by switchbacks FC. And then McIntosh has to come all the way out of his goal. To play this one. He'll send it all the way to the other end of the field. It will go out for a switchbacks throwing Right now. This it looks so similar to two weeks ago. It's just that the rolls the reverse is now the switchback, so the ones taking the game to their opponent, and it's the other. Team that can't quite get things going right now with sporting KC. I don't think they've linked more than two passes together the entire way up the field. Yeah, You just took the words right out of my mouth. It's 15 minutes into this match..
"graeme smith" Discussed on Xtra Sports Radio 1300 AM
"Taking on Sporting Kansas City to on both teams looking for their first win of the season Switchbacks FC would I think even take just a result tonight. They just want to see as Roland you mentioned before. This is still about finding their den identity. It's very much about them. Here tonight, but At the same time, Nothing you know, makes you better better than winning right. So the switchbacks definitely want to get a result here tonight. Yeah, they certainly do. We talked about it already Such a difficult place to go play against a really quality organization that knows exactly what they're doing. They've been doing it for years. They've been playing the same way now for a long time. It's gonna be a really difficult test for the switchbacks. We look at those first two road games for them. Despite being separated by almost a couple weeks, those or two Very difficult test. This obviously the second one, but I'm excited with the switchbacks. Line up Good to see Pan Enberg and goal. See what he's about, obviously had a great college career, but a good strong experience line up for the switchbacks. If you had a narrow down keys to the contest tonight. What's one thing you want to see? Here? Let's just say in the 1st 10 or 15 minutes. What would you like to see from the switchbacks other than multiple goals? Well, I think they're gonna be doing Almost what they did in San Antonio, where they like to sit back and then try to hit quickly on the counter against a sporting Kansas City to side that likes to possess the ball. What we need to see. I think early on is just about the space. You mentioned that they're being too much space between that midfield for in the back for a swell and then just how isolated Haji Berry gets we saw against San Antonio, he was dropping. So deep to try to start the play right so he could get the ball. There was just nobody in front of him. There was no outlet for the switchbacks when he was trying to when he was forced into doing that, And so I think for the switchbacks, they've got to keep things a little bit more compact and when they are able to break use their with used the players that they have overlapping used the speed of players like Austin doing in wide positions. I think if they could do that Early on, just absorb some of the pressure early on from Sporting Kansas City. They can have some success in this match before we get things going from Kansas City. Let's pause. 10 seconds for station identification. You're listening to switch back Soccer on extra sports. 1300 Colorado Springs Accumulated fictions live from Olympic City Yusa face is extra sports 1300 So one more time running through the lineups before we get this one underway for switchbacks FC. It will be the former demon deacon Andrew Payne Enberg getting his first start in a switchbacks uniforms similar the rest of the way. Sebastian Anderson, Michael Edwards, Jimmy Oxford and Matt Mahoney are in front of him on the back line. You have Beverly mocking Gila. Jose Tour Zach Sandy in the midfield, Austin doing and me she Galina as the wings and Haji Berry will be the Ford tonight for Brandon Burkes side and on the other side for Sporting Kansas City, too. Will be Kendall Macintosh in goal. Caden Pierre Matthew Constant, Graeme Smith, Mamadou DEA in front of him. Peter Cool, which Jacob Davis on vault, Osvaldo Cisneros in the midfield and then Grace and Barber Papa MENSA in Tyler Freeman, who we talked about already on this broadcast had the lone goal. Last week against Okay, see energy. He will start again tonight. So on Lee Three changes by my count, actually, let's say 123. I think there's five changes, actually. So I undersold it a little bit, but as far as it a A M allies to side About as ah, much continuity is you can expect as we get this one underweight switchbacks, of course, wearing the road white uniforms as This one will be cleared out for switchbacks FC, Of course, the switchbacks unveiled their new home kids earlier this week at a season ticket member event event. Very sharp. Whoever designed these uniforms They look pretty sharp in the look even better in person one week from tonight, So the switchbacks earn a corner kick hero. Be Sebastian Anderson to take it so right out the gate a chance for switchbacks FC. Not much. Doing there as it was a low line drive from Sebastian Anderson cleared out easily for a throwing by sporting Kansas City to as now things they're getting held up. Just a little bit here. We had our first McDevitt corner kick of the evening. This corner kick brought to you by McDevitt Law firm. We are in your corner off the throwing. Switchbacks have it in the attacking end, Mahoney will get it to the near side here for Galina. Me, she Galina trying for the cross, and I think that one was deflected out. Apparently not. And it will be a goal kick. Four Sporting Kansas City, too. I thought the trajectory of the ball said that it was deflected but apparently just came off the outside of godliness. Foot sporting Kansas City will take over possession on the far side of the field pass up. To the midfield is taken away. But a foul is called against Jimmy Oxford, the captain for switchbacks FC You know, tremendous start for the switchbacks. Getting a corner kick after just 10. Seconds of this match could have done more with it. Sebastian Anderson, As you said, with the low balled the near post it was hooked away by Sporting Kansas City, too, but really, really Energetic start for the switchbacks early in this match, so sporting Kansas City to after the foul will dribble this one of field still on their half off the pitch here, switchbacks doing a good job pressuring. Hi Finally getting into the midfield circle is sporting KC and it's taken away by switchbacks FC Pass up to bury top of the 18 hours showed off the crossbar. Haji Barry, so close Forgetting the Ledger open for the regular season. That was a great sequence by switchbacks FC. As they just split the double team. Haji Barry got free. Now claims off the crossbar which is unfortunate, but I gotta believe that is a good sign for things to come in this one Yet all started from a really good win from Zach Sandy in the middle of midfield, getting the ball back for the switchbacks laying it off. It found its way up to Haji Berry. Wonderful strike off the right foot of Barry just catching the middle section of that cross bar. But this is a fantastic start from the switchbacks they're showing. Exactly what head coach Brandenburg wanted them to show the energy coming out. Ready for the fight here. They've already shown that inside the 1st 90 seconds. Yeah, taking the game to their opponent. Tonight certainly are the switchbacks throwing coming here from Sporting Kansas City to on the far side of the field. It's kicked out by switchbacks FC, so sporting will throw it in. Again. At Children's Mercy Park as All teams looking for their first win of the season Sporting Kansas City coming in at one and one and now a turnover here, here's switchbacks FC again Haji Berry into the box. He'll take a shot save made by Macintosh and all cleared out..
"graeme smith" Discussed on National Secular Society Podcast
"You're listening to the National Secular Society podcast hosted by. Emma pocket. Queen. Elizabeth. The second is now the longest reigning monarch in British history and one of the most popular. But what will happen when she eventually dies well, Prince Charles. Simply succeed to the hereditary throne and carry on the same old tradition. We'll email to be anointed by the Bishop of, Canterbury, in Westminster Abbey and will he assumed the title of Defender of the Faith and supreme? Governor of the Church of England, we'll Britain's political establishment continued to be Anglican monarchical and general stuck in the nineteenth century. I'm joined today by Graeme Smith CEO, Republic Republicans, a member based pressure group, which calls for the abolition of monarchy and the substitution of an elected head of state, as well as for an elected House of Lords Grandma, and I will be discussing how close the links between the monarchy and the established church why we should cat and whether secularists need to be Republicans. So I'm joined now by Graeme Smith of Republic I'm Graham just starting with the most. Question in a way, should the abolition of the monarchy pianist shoot the support of secularism are concerned about? Yes. Absolutely. I think that. You know. I would say everybody should be concerned about it but I I. The monarchy as a quasi religious institution and the it's very much bound up with the established church. The Queen of goals is the head of the church. England, and it know the family. Even if we sort of pay separated out the crown from the church I think the Family itself is very much part of the Pasta Christian tradition. And you only ever, GonNa get that that same family in that position. Underlying this. If you look at the Oth, the Queen took back in nineteen, fifty three when she did her coronation. About God not so much about. Democracy and modern values I. Mean, it's is asked by the archbishop will. You do your utmost. To maintain the laws of God and the True Professional. Gospel. So In, a modern age I think that. All religions should be equal. They should be a freedom of faith and I. equality of beliefs, and you can't really do that. If you've got a head of state here is absolutely wedded to one religion. Absolutely. And I mean not just to freedom of faith. But freedom not spirit of cases well would be part of that. Yeah. Well, I mean I'm not surprised that when Queen Elizabeth's school hosts, it didn't sound very democracy after to rule the monarchy is a very old fashioned institution. Isn't it? How close you said? The family is part of the church tradition. What are the specific ways in which the monarchy is is close to the established The Queen is head of boasts she's defend the face on the Anglican faith. But other other links you've just look. So of officials societies, you might call it..
"graeme smith" Discussed on Trailer Junkies Podcast
"You know typical work week with the with the holiday coming so not a lot going on a lot of your work today. No no work today sweet. Today was another friendsgiving over with Natalie and Ryan another one. Yeah and this is like your personal. Just keep celebrate. They you just keep going and going man. Haven't there year week anything. Yeah boy started. Swim lessons today. Oh cool so you know it was funny. I'm sitting uh-huh working around the house and you know whatever I'm doing you know like cleaning up stuff. I like doing dishes or something. I watched buzzes. And I am like you know sometimes a buzzes. In the back of your head. You're like okay. Sure got forty two steps to go exactly but I'm like I decided maybe this time I should look and I look and it's it's like Mikey swim lessons in thirty minutes and I'm like Oh man. Yelling swim lessons in thirty minutes. Get changed as I go down the hall Mikey's pulling up like he's already change pulling up his swim trunks. I'm like wow he. I can't do anyway. We got all that boom out of the house. Seven minutes down the road. We're where we're at the pool. Will you know yeah it was. It was hilarious so so the boys like it. Then because that's what they they jumped into action. Oh Yeah and what it was is before four. We did swim lessons. That really group swim lessons. There'd be like ten kids in the pool and they run. It's like forty minutes but they get like two minutes like every ten in of attention. Universal instruction yeah exactly so literally for like ten dollars more you get a full thirty minutes one and one yeah. That's the only way I was like. That's like saving it's cheaper than if you look at it on like a per time basis basis. So that's what we did man. I'll tell you after one lesson they're already swimmers. It's amazing when they get that that really close in direct direct attention and stuff but but hey ted how about we get into the trailer of the movie that you're GonNa go see with an okay. Great Komo Emma. Does she not have a wrinkle. I mean what is this. What do you mean not go? She looks like her face. She'll say anime on is is some faces is like so painted. What makeup or something? Some some beautiful Porcelain makeup yeah total porcelain man. Yeah it's it's like incredible double the it's the art of the show wait show. This isn't a movie. The movie The sorry the movie the Mao Man. You had me worried. They're familiar with with Graeme Smith. Now who's that. Oh he wrote Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. Jane Austen's pride and prejudice and zombies. Yes yes yes okay. Does he have an emo. I want him to do like Emma the Werewolf or something so did you. Did you like this trailer. took a question Shen. The trailer was fine. I mean like the trailer it was it had like fun. WIT A few quips. It was quick moving it it had some humor that has British dry humor to it and everything right. I don't think it's I think I saw what I needed to see with it. It's not not the kind of movies that I'm into not your cup of tea per se. Oh yeah I mean like I said the trailer was was wonderful full. I mean you know it was so good that it told me. I don't need to go see the movie. I think I.
Flash standalone movie pushes start date, eyes 2021 release
"Nine thousand nine with a with a release date for twenty twenty one a around that time. So and because fantastic beasts begins shooting in July during nineteen. It would not have made sense for them to start flash earlier, and it seems that they've kind of put it on the back burner and. Feels like the flash movie is kind of endanger of being sent into the void as the cyborg standalone movie has. And it's one of the long list of troubles at this movie has had on the road to the big screen. I has gone through many directors. Seth Graeme Smith and Rick were the first to board and exit the project within a span of two years during two thousand sixteen currently, John Francis, Daley, and Jonathan Goldstein are attached direct and their parents. Reportedly tweaking the taking the script as of been a now. So they're still plans to do this film, but it's actually a ironically, not been officially green lit by the studio yet. So it seems like they're developing it with a plan to make it at some point, but they don't want to tie themselves to any date. So as of now, we probably won't see the flash until around twenty twenty one. And that's more than that's about seven years since as a Miller was first cast as the flash. Article. The source article of this also notes that one of others seems to be moving past Ben Affleck Henry Cavill for superman and Batman, it makes me wonder, do you think do you think when we actually do get the flash movie that it will be as Remillard as the flash? And mean, that's a good question. I feel like even now as Miller is putting task beasts prioritizing fantastic beasts and doesn't seem to be intent on making the flabby anytime soon. It's wonder, brothers could totally revamped their entire cinematic universe and with an entirely new cast except for wonder woman. And yeah, I don't know. It's possible, especially since Justice league was a little bit of a boxer offices appointment.