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How The Biden Administration Can Tackle America's Longest War
"Administration is reviewing its options in many areas of foreign policy, including Afghanistan. It is America's longest war and in a deal with the Taliban. Last year, the Trump Administration agreed to withdraw U. S troops by May, but The new administration says the Taliban is not keeping its end of the bargain, hinting that U. S troops will likely stay longer. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports a former U. S government and U. N expert on Afghanistan, Rina Amiri knows that Americans are tired of fighting endless wars. Now we're trying to win the peace. But she says the Trump administration left a complicated hand. Amiri, now with New York University, says the U. S emboldened the Taliban. By negotiating the withdrawal schedule and keeping to it even as violent spite and Afghan peace talks faltered. And now what we have the situation where the Taliban feels very much they have won this war that they're winning this war that the peace agreement is simply a cover for withdrawal for the U. S. The U. S still has 2500 troops in Afghanistan under the deal with the Taliban, they're supposed to be gone a few months from now. But Biden's national security advisor Jake Sullivan, says the administration is taking a hard look at whether the Taliban are meeting their commitments to break ties with terrorists, reduce violence and negotiate in a serious way with the Afghan government. And in that context, we make decisions and now our force posture and our diplomatic strategy going forward. That's welcome news to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. He told the Aspen Institute last week that he expects a U. S team in Kabul soon, and he's gotten good signals from Secretary of State Tony Blinken. A promised me robust diplomacy in the region. Full coordination with us in a focus on ending 40 years of violence, the bidet administration may be promising too much, though Laurel Miller of the International Crisis Group says it's signaling that it wants to keep some US troops in Afghanistan for counterterrorism purposes and wants a peace deal that protects the democratic and human rights gains of the past two decades. Those are all perfectly fine and understandable things to be saying Again in the very first days of the administration, but ultimately you can't have all of the above. Miller says The Biden administration will have to prioritize. There cannot be both a negotiated peace and keeping some troops even a small number in Afghanistan for counterterrorism or any other purposes Because the Taliban won't agree to that there can't be a negotiated peace and No change in the nature of the system of governance and and writes in Afghanistan. U. S officials have long said they would protect women's rights in Afghanistan. Rina Amiri says not following through on that could send the wrong signal to Islamist groups elsewhere, so she thinks the U. S needs to get the diplomacy, right. And she'd like to see a third party, perhaps from the U. N manage the peace process. It will also be more helpful for the U. S. Because right now, everything right on the U. S. You need a manager of this peace process Right now. We do not have a manager. A State Department spokesperson says the U. S will support the Afghan peace process with a quote senior and robust American diplomatic effort. Trump Administration's envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, remains on the job. Even a secretary Blinken builds out the team. Michele Kelemen. NPR NEWS Washington
"international crisis group" Discussed on KQED Radio
"On this very country. But he has also long advocated for small, residual footprints of counterterrorism presence. But the deal that the Trump administration made with the Taliban signed in late February this year. Specifically says that all U. S and international troops will withdraw by May 2021 so the Biden team is going to have a difficult decision. Whether they want to have a lasting counterterrorism presence or whether they want to keep the option to pursue this peace process and to keep this deal with Taliban that they've made so far. Andrew Watkins is senior analyst on Afghanistan for the International Crisis Group. Thanks a lot. Thanks so much girl and a quick good news update to a story we reported earlier this week More than 300 boys kidnapped in northwest Nigeria have been freed. The boys were taken a week ago when gunmen raided their boarding school and march them into a forest. The Islamist extremist group Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the attack. It said the boys were receiving an UN Islamic Western education. It's still unclear how involved the group was in the actual abduction. The raid took place in the state of Katsina in northwest Nigeria. The governor there I mean, you bellow. Massari told the BBC that the abduction was the work of bandits with unclear affiliations. The way the operation took place. One cannot precisely see there is a noble Oklahoma toe. But those who operated a notebook a home are not known. To be members of Boko Haram. Another thing that remains unclear is how exactly the boy's freedom was secured. On Friday, doctors were examining the boys and arrangements were being made to reunite them with their families. The attack was the third mass kidnapping from a Nigerian school in the past six years. You're listening to the world. It's 2 20. This is KQED Public radio. I'm Michelle Hannigan. Not even a pandemic can stop Beethoven. Details are coming up next on the world after a traffic updates starting in Pleasanton, happy Friday. Do we de piss? Michelle Happy Friday. They are putting out a car fire in Pleasanton that's closed. The hacienda Drive off ramp from eastbound 5 80, a brake lights start around round ranch. North down 8 80 after Whip a road that's a two car wreck, too. Right lanes are blocked. Slow back to Dakota Road and big delays on the peninsula Highway. 92 is Skyline Quarry truck crashed into a tree, so they're doing one way Traffic patrol. Julie de Fish were KQED traffic support comes from Lucky and Lucky, California. On the next news. Our must see moment.
Ethiopia to replace Tigray region leadership as forces clash
"Let's move to Ethiopia, which is currently technically in a state of civil war. On Thursday, the Ethiopian military and officials in the northern Tigre region accused each other of instigating a civil conflict that has seen fighting between government soldiers and troops loyal to the regional administration. In a televised address early on Wednesday, Ethiopia's prime minister Abbiamo accused the local government of attacking federal troops, and he said the region's ruling party, the Tigre, People's Liberation Front, or TPLF, were traitors. We're going to the National Defense Force that has been in the bunkers for the past 20, plus years defending its people and the country by paying heavy sacrifices with its blood and flesh has been attacked this evening in Michael. And many other places by traders and the force they organized. The army has been attacked from behind by its own citizens, and many have been martyred, wounded and properties destroyed. This force of destruction has been engaged in many counterproductive activities for the past many months. The regional president of Tigre. Debra Montgomery kill, has described the actions of the military as an invasion were joined on the line out from Addis Ababa by William Davison. He's a senior analyst on Ethiopia for the International Crisis Group. Thank you for joining us. What's the latest that you're hearing how many casualties in the fighting? Well, actually, the number of casualties of fatalities is one of the things that is not clear. There is still a communications blackout across Tigre. But there are certainly casualties being reported from the hospital visits and outside the thing. Essentially, we have an active conflict, a CZ you've clearly described in the introduction. The fighting has been concentrated in West too great so far has bean incursions by the federal military from West agree that Paul is the horror region on horror regions. Forces have also been involved. To some extent. I think it's worth noting that degrades main supply route would be through West a great and into Eastern sedan reported on so that perhaps explains the focus of that fighting, and we've also seen small search skirmishes around medically. To grace capital and in the last day or so, that is involved air strikes by the federal military to try and take out military installations around metal. And that really indicates a major problem here, which is that part of the federal military appeared to be siding with a great vision. Can you explain a little bit of background to this? Why has this situation been allowed to reach to this state of hostility? Well, I mean offices that there's a very long political background to great region has a long history of autonomy to the central government, as well as being involved in central politics. More recently, TPLF was the preeminent party, the ruling coalition that lasted essentially until 2018 when Communist at the Army came to power. No off. He took power on the tplf. They lost a lot off their federal positions and power. And there were all sorts of accusations traded back and forth allegations of destabilization as we've heard what's on the TPL aside. They said that they were unfairly targeted prosecutions by the federal government and also discrimination and marginalization More general Then there was the creation of a national ruling party by prime minister Beyond the TPLF objected to that, Andi they sat it out, became formerly part of the opposition this year. This is evolved into an electoral dispute at the constitutional disputes. The federal government tried to extend all government terms when it delayed elections due to covered 19 Tigre opposed us. They run their own poll and that lets the federal government describing Tigre is government is unlawful and takeaways Government government, saying the federal government had overstayed its constitutional mandate. That is the buildup to the conflict We have now and William, you're seeing evidence now that the military in Tigre is siding with the Local government. Is that right? Yes, That's right. Like I say, information blackout. I can't be sure of exactly what's occurring on the ground. But yesterday, the federal government says that the military the air force to try to take out missile launches on missiles. Now that is Ethiopian military hardware. So that suggests either elements of what is called the Northern Command a very powerful units of Egypt's military that has been fighting the war on manning the border with Eritrea that suggested either elements Since there have defected or otherwise under the control of the secret leadership. Otherwise, the air Force would not be bombing those installations. This is a major piece of the puzzle in terms of the balance of power here, and it suggests that we could be entering a protracted conflict that is a conflict that is likely to escalate, it could destabilize Ethiopia and its armed forces it could bring in Eritrea. And it could generally destabilize the entire region. This is why dialogue and some form of talks is absolutely in Paris, and
The International Crisis Group issues a rare report about the US
"Crisis Group, which focuses on preventing global conflict in developing nations, issued a rare report today. The first thing is 25 year history about the United States and fears of violence surrounding the upcoming presidential election. The report the US presidential election, managing the risk of violence Notes. The president's quote, often incendiary rhetoric suggest he will more likely stoke than calm tensions the world's most powerful country. Could face a period of growing instability and increasingly diminished credibility abroad and quote to avoid election violence. The report urges bipartisan support. Of election vote counting and results
UN General Assembly: US-China tensions flare over coronavirus
"Pandemic is a test of international cooperation. One, the U. N secretary general says the world is failing is NPR's Michelle Kellerman reports that failure Was on display at the ongoing General Assembly. The secretary general is trying to use this virtual General Assembly to get countries to work together to fight the pandemic and many other global challenges. But one Security Council debate showed just how hard this will be. You know shame on each of you. I am astonish, and I'm disgusted. That's the U. S ambassador to the U. N. Kelly Craft accusing her colleagues, though not naming, which ones of playing politics with covert 19 members of the council who took this opportunity to focus on political grudges rather than the critical issue at hand. My goodness Craft defended the Trump administration's decision to pull out of the World Health Organization and said China should be held to account for quote, unleashing this plague onto the world. China's Ambassador John Joon, says the US is just trying to blame others for its own failings. The United the States has been spread in political virus on this information. And for 18 confrontation on division. Up to that point, it had been a rather dry Security Council meeting about global governance in the wake of covert 19. There was a lot of talk about multilateralism and a few veiled swipes at the Trump Administration's America first approach, Kraft said. The U. S has given you n agencies $900 million to counter the pandemic and compared that to others on the Security Council. NYU's year 4.6 million South Africa 8.4 million Indonesia five million. The US does give more to the U. N than other, says Richard Gallon of the International Crisis Group. But this is not just about money. Foreign diplomats had grown accustomed to trump attacking. Yuen arrangements like the Paris climate deal on mechanisms like the Human Rights Council. But they were genuinely shocked the Washington would walk away from the W. H O during a global pandemic. Speaking via Skype, he said diplomats are worried about what he calls a nasty fight between the US and China as Beijing tries to increase its influence in the world body on a day to day basis, Chinese diplomats in New York are often Very assertive, increasingly hard line and sometimes bullying colleagues from smaller countries. The reality is that for most members of the U. N, neither the US nor China Is offering an attractive vision of the future of multilateralism and the world needs multilateral solutions on a range of issues beyond the pandemic, says Latisha Courtois, who represents the International Committee of the Red Cross. She's raising the alarms about the forgotten conflicts from Yemen to this, the hell region of Africa has a triple threat of climate conflict and called it mansions. And for that they need to be a collective approach. The U. N Secretary General Antonio Guterres made the same appeal all week, reminding diplomats that the World Sol a previous period of fragmentation a century ago. The result was the first World War. Followed by the seconds. Over. 19 is casting a dark shadow across the world. And he called the band eh Mika warning that must spur US toe action. Michelle Kelemen. NPR news, the State Department
As World Powers Push To Implement Iran Nuclear Deal - Who Needs America?
"At the United Nations. The Trump administration wanted support to restore economic sanctions on Iran. European nations as the U. N. Security Council were having none of it. It was a humiliating defeat for Washington. Robert Malley is here to help us make sense of this rift. He's a former White House negotiator for the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and the current president of the International Crisis Group in Brussels. Robert. Why are European nations rejecting Washington's request for more sanctions? Well, I think it's going to take a step back and and try to look at what the Trump administration was trying to do. President withdrew from disagreement some time ago and value to the agreement by reimposing unilateral U. S sanctions even though Iran at the time had been living up to the deal. That is not just me saying it. The U. S. Was saying it itself. The nuclear inspectors were saying it as well. So the US withdraws from the deal and then comes back a year or two later and says. We now want invoke a provision of this deal that we have withdrawn from him that we have violated in order to force other countries. The U. N system as a whole to reimpose collective sanctions on Iran and European countries have been saying for some time. Something that says you do not have the ability to bring back these sanctions since you walked away from the deal under which these sanctions were going to be re important, but at the same time Iran is violating the terms of the 2015 around nuclear deal. So why not hold him to it? I mean, the European countries are trying have invoked a dispute resolution mechanism in the deal itself to try to work out this problem with the rains. That's the way to tell is supposed to work. Iran into European nations and others. Russia and China are supposed to sit down, which they have done episodic in covert. 19 has since gotten in the way, so they still keep the calibrating the response. But it just doesn't compute for Europeans and they told the U. S. For a long time. Let's try to work together to try to resolve this rather than you going your own way and violating the deal withdrawn from the deal. And then, as I said, invoking A provision of the deal to try to reimpose sanctions. But why can't the remaining countries who are in the deal with Iran? Why can't they snap back the sanctions? They could. Of course, we could send back the sanctions. They certainly would be in their right to snap back the sanctions. They just don't see the logic to snapping back sanctions against the country that had been faithfully respecting the provisions of the deal until the U. S withdrew. From their view is the best way to get back into compliance is for the U. S. Two. Restore its sanctions relief and for Iran to come back into compliance with the deal, But they're hard to imagine that happening under the trump. Well, yeah, it's not. So where does that leave? The European countries were still part of the deal? What's the strategy? It is them ism in a waiting game. They want to see. You know the vote that happened of Security Council was one vote. The important one is the one that's gonna happen in the U. S on November 3rd and they want they're waiting to see as so many whether vice President Joe Biden is elected or President. Trump has re elected vice president Biden is elected he has committed To returning to the in which case if Iran returns into compliance, we're back to no more or less where we were before, and if they don't then the Europeans might well consider reimposing sanctions. If President Trump is elected. I think their view is the secure. The nuclear deal is buried. And at that point, let's turn the page and see where we go. Just happened to you and Was an exercise to buy time by the Europeans and others. Let's see what happened in November and see whether the nuclear deal can live to fight another day in job after General 20. Okay, let's turn to Russia and China Since the nuclear deal was signed in 2015, Russia and China have kind of changed their behavior toward Iran, and they're reportedly now interested in resuming arms sales to Tehran. How do you see their change of heart towards their own? Not that it's really change of heart. I think they've always wanted to maintain strong relations with the RAF, although they were concerned by the prospect of Iran developing a nuclear weapon, I've suspected you might see some arm cells to Iran occurring and the conventional weapons in balance between Iran and neighbors is such a lot would have to do a lot to make up. I think this is not necessarily going to be a game changer. I don't expect that we're going to see a major arms purchase from Iran's simply because they are suffering from huge economic problems of their own. What could this diplomatic standoff mean for the future of the Security Council? You know, it's not good for the Security Council security because we really are in analysis in Wonderland world where the U. S is going to say, 30 days from now, the U. S will say sanctions back the rest of the council and the rest of the world will say no, That's not the case And so you'll live into with two parallel universes. That's not good, but let's also put it in perspective. It's not the first time the Security Council has gone through a crisis. Just think back to the Iraq war, so there have been other cases. Where the council has got through huge divisions. I think there's two lessons to be drawn. We're going to see those crises and the Security Council will survive them. On the other hand, the Security Council is not that effective a body when the main powers that comprise it are not able to speak in one voice that's reflected in the Security Council, which is simply a mirror image of the state of global politics. Robert Malley is the former White House negotiator for the 2015 Iran
4 days after U.S. signs a deal with the Taliban, the fight is on
"Martin on Saturday the United States and the Taliban signed a deal intended as a first step to peace in Afghanistan and the withdrawal of US troops from the country just four days later the US is fighting the Taliban again the US says it has conducted an airstrike against Taliban fighters and hers international correspondent DND joins us now from Islamabad Pakistan DHEA what happened so according to a spokesman for US forces are they conducted an airstrike against Taliban fighters in the southern Helmand province fighters there were talking an Afghan military checkpoint it was the first right against the Taliban since he was signed a deal with them on Saturday and that's meant to see conditional a withdrawal of US and NATO forces within fourteen months up before that deal the Taliban had abided by seven day partial truce but after the deal itself it's been it's been vague whether that meant continued or not so even though this this deal has been signed between the U. S. and the Taliban the Taliban can still attack of US forces or even Afghan right from Wilson the deal is vague on this point and what analysts think is happening right now is that the Taliban a testing the limits of the Americans and the commitment to the steel and the Afghan government and they might have actually been emboldened by recent events consider this on Monday the Taliban announce a resuming their attacks against Afghan security forces and I conducted more than forty just in the Helmand province alone on Tuesday evening president trump called the Taliban's chief negotiator that was the first time an American president has talked directly to anyone in the Taliban following the call the Taliban attacked military checkpoints and killed sixteen soldiers and then miss U. S. S. strike happened in response to a different attack in another part of the country what's the strategy I mean to the extent that you're able can you explain what why this would benefit the Taliban to escalate attacks just after signing this deal with US right what it appears to be is that the Taliban need to continue their attacks because violence is the chief leverage they don't really have anything else and they need to demonstrate their muscle especially as they going forward with negotiations with the Afghan government to settle their place in the future if gonna stop and so on this point I spoke to Andrew Watkins he's a senior analyst at the international crisis group in his in Kabul right now and he says the it's the Taliban Khan really stop stop their attacks because it might de motivate their base what is the Taliban all of a sudden result such an extended road tion in violence but when it calls its fighters to resume in order to put that pressure on the Afghan government what if the fighters don't return the call great so so what does happen next I mean how does this complicate the talks that are supposed to happen between the Taliban and the Afghan government right so what we see now to select a hammering out of the parameters and that the question is like what level of violence will be Americans tolerate in Afghanistan as they prepared withdrawal particularly instead of cons of consecrated forces who let's remember are the allies which the US is effectively funded and trained and because the Americans being vague on what they'll tolerate where probably gonna learn the limits is struck by a strike all right it goes on and here's the deed in the Islamabad thank you DO we appreciate it thank you
What's behind the latest European bid to save the Iran nuclear deal?
"So what if I told you like a month ago if France Germany and the UK were all going to get on board with sanctions against Iran well president trump was president when you said big diplomatic win for president trump when you have said good move for present what if I told you all three of those countries are gonna get on board with sanctions against Iran additional sanctions against Iran after the death of the second most powerful person in Iran and the leader of their entire terror regime which is a good move for trump well all that is happening what if I told you that there be a runny and protests in the streets against the regime I mean all that be pretty good news what if I told you that the Iranians were so scared of trump that they had actually started to dismantle some of their terrorist allies in places like Iraq and that they were free notifying the Iraqi government about strikes in advance well that's pretty good right well that let the the first one about friends in Germany the UK that is now coming to reality it's coming to fruition Stephen earlier reporting at The New York Times Britain France and Germany on Tuesday formally accused Iran of breaking the twenty fifteen agreement that limited its nuclear program taking the first step for reimposing you want sanctions the European countries started the clock running on what could be some sixty days of negotiations with Iran about coming back into full compliance with the nuclear deal under the agreement if they cannot resolve their dispute that could provide you and sanctions on Iran that had been suspended under the deal including an arms embargo the move which had been expected for more than a week was delayed when he was killed top commander Major General Qassem Soleimani with repercussions that are still playing out in Iran and across the region president trump withdrew in twenty eighteen it from the deal in response to her on his repeatedly move beyond the limits that the agreement had placed on its uranium enrichment raising fears it could be close to building an atomic bomb Europeans want to save the deal they want to persuade Washington into her on to begin a new set of negotiations about missile development and runs regional activities so in other words the Europeans are now pushing the negotiations between the United States and Iran and they're doing so with the knowledge will be opening knowledge men at this point Iran is gonna have to cave on its ballistic missile testing and it's gonna have to restrict its terror activities again a big win for trump because the Obama administration deal JC PO I was specifically based on the idea that was none of the west business whether Iran pursue terrorism or ballistic missiles which by the way is really very much less business the terrorism pursued by Ron very often takes place in the west and those ballistic missiles those long range ballistic missiles as they are developed they have the capacity hit Europe the three European countries all signatories to the JZ PO I clearly felt they had response around moving away from compliance in a joint statement the foreign ministers of Britain France and Germany so they want to run on December six that quote unless it reversed course we have no choice but to take action but Iran has chosen to further reduce compliance on Tuesday they set in motion the nuclear deal the dispute resolution process they said in good faith with the overarching objective the preserving J. P. B. J. C. P. away and in the sincere hope of finding a way forward through constructive diplomatic dialogue the three countries reiterated they don't want to withdraw from the deal entirely and they're not in favor of the maximum pressure campaign they said is that our hope is to bring around back into full compliance but here's the reality because the United States took a strong position and because the Iranians responded that strong position with both weakness with regard to terrorism but also but this sort of militant signaling about their nuclear program the Europeans are now stuck between a rock and a hard place that deal was never tenable and now it is seriously untenable earlier this month runs it would no longer abide by any restrictions in its uranium enrichment without specifying what would actually do the Europeans that use that is useful ambiguity saying okay well I haven't completely pulled out of the agreement so let's get into negotiations the Europeans especially prime minister Boris Johnson Briton wanna give a nod toward trump also trying to bring urgency to diplomatic efforts to get the talks under way again the trump administration would love nothing better than a new and improved J. C. P. away they made this fairly clear they're not looking for work to run if there were an offramp here involved Iran limiting its terror activity stopping is terror activities stopping its ballistic missile testing and stopping its nuclear program in exchange for economic normalization the entire west would be overjoyed right left and center the question is whether that pressure could ever be brought to bear on rock about was busy kissing **** to the mullahs when the Europeans were joining him Boris Johnson said let's style was thing down president trump is a great deal maker by his own account let's work together to replace the JZ peeling at the trump deal instead and that's the the smart way for Boris Johnson to go always appealing intrinsic always always marble and separate statement for minister Heiko Maas in Germany so we can no longer leave unanswered increasing Runyon violations of the nuclear agreement our objective is clear we want to preserve the agreement and reach a diplomatic solution within the agreement will tackle this together with all partners in the agreement naturally team of almost like we can't negotiate now trust to me we get it Robert Robert Malley who's just awful a full on anti Israel pro Arron voice yes the international crisis group yep we go should the nuclear deal maybe if this Radamel is just awful I got a video back in two thousand eight about Robert malice involvement with the Obama campaign Robert Malley is radical he said on Tuesday the trumpet his age would feel now that Ron was weakened by the sanctions and protests in the streets that the Americans would be unlikely to once again run any concessions to start the talks well no it depends what Iran is willing to do now isn't senior Iranian officials would not want to be seen talking with trump administration officials responsible for killing a general Soleimani he's suggesting that they'll hold off until we get a Democrat which is quite possible in the run ins would love nothing better than a Democrat to negotiate with considering the last time they got to Democrats and go **** with a person basically bent over like I like I I could that for Kevin bacon in animal house and shouted yes Sir may have another so this is this is all good movement in their joint statement the three European foreign ministers urged all sides to negotiate a given recent events it is all the more importantly do not at a nuclear proliferation crisis the card escalation threatening the whole region around four ministries now warning Europeans were in was furious and strong response to the European decision but these foreign spokesperson opposite Mesabi said around the school fully ready to answer any good will and constructive effort to preserve the nuclear yes there is some flexibility from the Iranians the media are going to ignore all of that and this is this is what they're studiously doing it's so funny they cannot decide on the narrative in the aftermath of what is obviously a coup for the trump administration they cannot find it aired itself you got to New York Times suggesting that the sanctions on Iran at work but trying to present that is a bad thing the headline from The New York Times today around the green economy limits its willingness to confront the US well does not mean that the sanctions are a good policy like why are you against the sanctions then fearful of public anger over a plunging economy Iran's leaders appear to be turning inward pulling back less collation yeah that's that's a good thing but here's how the near Times covers that right get a good means as a run is caught in a wretched economic crisis jobs are scarce prices for food and other necessities are skyrocketing the economy is rapidly shrinking Iranians are increasingly disgusting it disgusted rather crippling sanctions imposed by the trump administration has severed around access to international markets decimating the economy which is now contracting at an alarming at nine point five percent annual rate oil exports are effectively zero in December according to Oxford economics on Tuesday pressure intensified as Britain France and Germany serve notice they formally triggered a glaciations of the Ron for forcing it back into compliance with the twenty fifteen a nuclear deal the bleak economy appears to be tempering the willingness and Ron task late hostilities with the United States in recent months public anger over joblessness economic anxiety and corruption and emerge as a potentially existential threat to Iran's hardline regime only a week ago such sentiments have been redirected by outrage over the trump administration's January third killing of runs top military commander so a money the protest letter to new over the weekend in Tehran the demonstrations most pointedly an expression of contempt for the regime's cover up following its downing of Ukrainian jet which killed all one hundred seventy six people on board but the fury in the streets resonated as rebuke for broader grievances inflation is running your forty percent a sailing consumers with sharply rising prices for food and other basic necessities more than one in four young Iranians is jobless with college graduates especially short of work the missile strikes around at least on American bases in Iraq appear calibrated to enable its leaders to declare vengeance had been secured without provoking a response from president trump hostilities with most powerful military on earth would make life even more punishing for ordinary Iranians the likely weaken the currency and exacerbate inflation well medicine what remains of the national industry eliminating jobs in reinvigorating public pressure on the leadership in other words trump's policies worked here he cripple their economy and then he tried to hem them in in terms of their terrorism in some this is the unpalatable choice confronting the Iranian leadership you can keep the economy going by continuing to stare creditor banks in industry adding to the risks of an eventual banking disaster hyperinflation or you can opt for austerity that would cause immediate public suffering threatening more street demonstrations and then we got to the New York times attempts to save a Ron front is it a vice of its own creation though such realities appear to be living around topside fresh escalation some experts so then your time to suggest that the regime's hardliners may eventually come to embrace hostilities with the United States as a means of stimulating the anemic economy because nothing stimulates the economy quite like being aerially bombarded from those powerful military in history of the world good idea good idea yes me matter political economist unibody box for a university of Oxford says they're only those who argue we can't sustain the current situation we don't have a war for the Iranian government living in crisis is good it's always been good because you can blame all the economic problems on sanctions well no it it actually is not very good but the fact is that they got a look for some angle for why trump did something wrong here even though the policy has obviously worked as even the New York times is now
Operation against Soleimani was set in motion before embassy attack
"Our top story today the killing of an Iranian military commander ordered by president trump last night at my direction the United States military successfully executed a flawless precision strike that killed the number one terrorist anywhere in the world Major General Qassem Soleimani was at Baghdad airport when he was hit by U. S. drones salamander was plotting eminent in sinister attacks on American diplomats and military personnel but we caught him in the act trump went on to blame someone money for recent attacks on US targets in Iraq and for acts of terror across the Middle East over decades we took action last night to stop a war we did not take action to start a war Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei responded in a harsh statement he said quote a forceful revenge awaits the criminals who have his blood on their hands the state department has ordered Americans in Iraq to leave immediately and the Pentagon said it sending more than three thousand troops to the Middle East to bolster security in Congress reaction to the killing has been sharply divided Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who praise the operation it knowledge as much in remarks on the Senate floor productive way on up in this political environment the operation that led to solo on his death may prove controversial or devices I recommend that all centers wait to review the facts and hear from the administration before passing much public judgment free to speak now with Virginia senator Tim Kaine Democrat on the armed services and foreign relations committees he has spoken publicly about the US move calling it quote a drastic escalation of hostilities and he's just introduced a war powers resolution to force a vote in Congress before further action against Iran can be taken senator came welcome to the program thank you I we've heard much criticism about Chris not getting full notification about what was going to happen so when did you first get word of this operation I'm already I heard about it the same way they much of the congressional leadership did through newspaper and press accounts the president not only did not seek congressional permission he didn't even notified Congress and that's why I filed the war powers resolution today is is general Salah money a despicable Keller yes he was is around a bad actor yes it is and remains so but the question is whether the United States should be engaged in a war with Iran another war in the Middle East that in my view would be unnecessary under no circumstances should we be in such a war based on the president's whim that should have to be debated and voted on in Congress now as the president has said he believes that he was trying to stop a war not start one and there's also been reports that there were as alleged imminent attack coming from celeb money can you tell us what you've learned if there was an imminent threat from Iran's military leader posts the U. S. there has been no briefing of Congress that I am aware of and I said on both the armed services in the foreign relations committee about an imminent threat from general Soleimani he has been a known quantity and a bad guy in the despicable person for decades but there's been no briefing about whether there is an imminent threat the administration and said that they will conduct such a briefing next week but the constitution is very very plain that we shouldn't be a war unless there is a vote of Congress and that is what my resolution resolution will force the kind of debate with the facts on the table so that the American public can see it there may be some of my calling to think a war with Iran is a good idea but we should be having this debate from the public and and putting it to a vote not allowing this president or any president to take such a step on his own you know past efforts to claw back authority from the president have failed right what do you think is going to bring your colleagues around this time it is it has been difficult most recently in the in the Senate we passed a resolution was actually an amendment to the defense authorizing bill by fifty to forty vote saying the president could not initiate war against Iran without a vote of Congress but because that was a motion that required sixty votes we didn't get to the threshold but we're getting closer and closer this it also happened with Yemen as well right and even last year house Democrats voted to repeal the two thousand one authorization of use of military force and they tried to claw back the Iraq war authorization these seem to be non starters what's the reluctance ID when I started this when I came into the Senate in twenty thirteen as a member of the committee I could hardly get two or three senators interested in at the fact that we had fifty votes in the Senate a few months ago the fact that we passed a resolution in both houses trying to stop the U. S. activity supporting Saudi attacks in Yemen the number of senators in Congress men and women who are very very worried about war being waged by president with no consultation with Congress is growing and in this particular case I warned the president two years ago that if he tore up a diplomatic deal with Iran he would blunder us into a war and the Pentagon has been advising the White House for well over a year that the maximum pressure campaign of the trump administration economic diplomatic and military is raising the rest every day to retaliation against Americans that's what's happening and it's time for Congress to step in and the mechanism that I've used will force us to have that debate and vote whether the votes will be sufficient on whether president trump might veto will have to get to that down the road but at least Congress cannot be silent about this we have to put everybody on the board I want to jump in at the last moment here because you mentioned the maximum pressure campaign on Iran you've said that the US should do it recently came to punish Iran's bad behavior the US is already in CD tough sanctions that have heard Iran's economy haven't brought them to the negotiating table final moments what are the options well the president should try the one thing that he has refused to try he remember was this president that tore up a diplomatic deal with Iran over its nuclear program that our ally said was working at the international atomic energy agency said was working and that secretaries teller sin and mad us in general make master president's original national security teams that was working the president might want to consider diplomacy rather than blundering us into a war that's not necessary that's democratic senator Tim Kaine of Virginia thank you for your time absolutely Iran's Major General Qassem Soleimani was on the U. S. is radar for years the American military says the money commanded Iranian forces and worked with the rocking wishes that killed hundreds of US troops so how did he escape Washington's reach for so long here's NPR national security correspondent Greg Mary the US government designated Iran's Qassem Soleimani a supporter of terrorism way back in two thousand seven at that time US general David Petraeus was battling insurgents in Iraq who are being guided by soon money from afar and they were often killing American troops he was a very significant and formidable adversary but there was no real way for Petraeus to act against to a money back then I can note that during that time as the commander of the law custom so long certainly never dare set foot in the country however in recent years so money had become a periodic visitor to a rock and shortly after his plane touched down at the Baghdad airport on Friday morning a U. S. drone strike turned his car into a fireball it killed the man who's been the architect of Iran's military operations throughout the Middle East the trainer says his death deals a serious blow to Iran I think it is impossible to overstate the significance of this action he is in my view the second or was he was in my view the second most important person in awhile and second only to the supreme leader Salah money age sixty two sported silver hair a neatly trimmed beard and popped up across the region and well pressed military fatigues he spent almost his entire adult life engaged in Iran's regional conflicts and since the late nineteen nineties he commanded Iran's could force comparable to US special forces he came to symbolize Iran's effort to be the leading power broker across the region from Iraq to Syria to Lebanon the US watch as his influence grew out of this custom for the money was not in the administration's cross hairs for the last two administrations rob Malley was a Middle East expert on the National Security Council during the Obama administration he's now head of the international crisis group they were opportunities in the past no doubt to assassinate him the decision at the time was made not to do so because the assessment was that the risks outweighed the benefits clearly this administration president trump has changes calculus trump has waged a maximum pressure campaign in repeatedly threatened the country Malley meanwhile believes Iran will now retaliate perhaps in a big way killing him is for all intents and purposes the declaration of war but secretary of state Mike Pompeii told CNN the administration acted because it had intelligence that sewer money was planning another attack he was actively plotting in the region to take actions a big actions he described it that would have put dozens if not hundreds of American lives at risk Hey declined to provide details in recent years so money had gone from a shadowy figure to someone who is increasingly visible on the front lines of conflicts like Syria where he played a critical role in propping up president Bashar al Assad he gained a lot of precision around because he went on the battlefield and was not a general stayed behind but who went sometimes with the risk was and I think that contributed to his image in a strange twist he found himself on the same side as the US a couple of years ago a rocky malicious under his guidance and American troops were both battling the Islamic state again David Petraeus he was doing sell for use on the front lines with a walkie malicious fighters but that alignment didn't last earlier this week trump blamed Iran for killing a US contractor in for orchestrating the attempt to storm the U. S. embassy in Baghdad defense secretary mark asper dropped a hint of what was coming saying Thursday that quote the game has changed rob Malley is skeptical that still monies death will change Iran's behavior they've already named his replacement and one should expect to run in foreign policy is not going to change in any significant way as a result of his death hours after school money was killed Iran's supreme leader vowed to continue the same course Greg my re NPR news
US Still In Open Skies Treaty, Needs Evidence To Support Exit
"The open skies treaty basically says to Russia you show me yours and I'll show you mine for the past seventeen years that treaty has left Washington and Moscow take aerial photos openly of one another's military installations nearly all the NATO allies take part in the treaty as does Ukraine but there are increasing signs that the trump administration is ready to close the American skies and bail out of this treaty and yours David welna has the story it was president Dwight Eisenhower who first proposed the US and the Soviet Union fly over each other's territory and exchange their photos the first President Bush revive that idea after the Soviet Union collapsed and it was early in his son's administration one such flights actually began under the open skies treaty its proponents say that even in the age of satellites the treaty offers distinct advantages and gives you access to things that even if you have a satellite network you might not be able to see the old girl liquor she directs the your program at the international crisis group in Brussels via Skype she says it's not just that surveillance planes can fly below clouds blocking the view of satellites they also help prevent dangerous miscalculations or wait for the parties to be on the same page about who has watched where on Wednesday the Senate Armed Services Committee held a confirmation hearing for deputy secretary of state John Sullivan nominee for the empty ambassadors post in Moscow Massachusetts Democrat ed Markey press Sullivan about signs the U. S. may be pulling the plug on the open skies treaty I have received information that before John Bolton resign president trump may have made a decision to exit the open skies treaty Sullivan neither confirmed nor denied reports trump had signed a document stating his intent to withdraw from the treaty I inquired as to whether we had withdrawn from the treaty and was assured we had not if the US were to pull out of the treaty Solomon added there would need to be substantial evidence to support the national security interests for withdrawal from that treaty that would be a mistake it's really hard to see what we can with Dr we actually conduct many more flights of the Russian in Russia conducts of the United States Stephen Piper is a former US ambassador to Ukraine he says the US has conducted nearly three times more surveillance flights over Russia and Russia has over the US Washington has done similar flights over Ukraine it's a good way to monitor what Russian and Russian proxy forces are doing in eastern Ukraine and and that's a good way to peace order and my guess is the Ukrainians would be unhappy abusing that still opponents say Russia has repeatedly denied American overflights of key military installations one such critic is Arkansas Republican senator Tom cotton perhaps rather than calling this the open skies treaty maybe it should be called the open skies over America and the clothes guys over Russia treaty cotton was speaking at a recent confirmation hearing for admiral Charles Richard nominated to head the US strategic command notably Richard defended the treaty we do derive some benefit from it vertically with our allies we would need to make the appropriate resource and operational command must utilize the full provisions of the treaty if we were to remain that's because Moscow has modernized its surveillance planes but all occur says the US has not yet the United States is it needs to modernize our place that aircraft if it doesn't then it really just talking is getting any value from the treaty not because the treaty has no value because America's airplanes don't work pulling out of the open skies treaty would require six months notice and that hasn't happened not yet
"international crisis group" Discussed on PRI's The World
"Escalating tensions between the US on Iran earlier today, President Trump took to Twitter he confirmed that last night, he stopped a planned air strike on Iran minutes before it was supposed to take place and he did it. He wrote because he was told one hundred fifty people would die. So how is Iran reacting to President Trump's move for that we turn to Ali Vyas. He directs the Iran project at the International Crisis Group. I think the problem is that they Ronnie has might have interpreted this as a sign of weakness, and maybe extreme aversion within this administration on, at least on the part of the president to enter into a military confrontation with them. And so they might decide to push further. But even if they run interpreted that way what can they do? I mean they're kind of stuck look the Iranians waited for about a year since prison. Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal in may of two thousand eighteen in the hope that the remaining parties to the nuclear agreement, the Europeans, the Russians, and the Chinese would help them withstand the pressure of US sanctions this didn't happen. So now there's starting to lash out in, they're starting to push back unafraid when there's so much tension in so many flashpoints across the region and no channel of communication, on almost no exit ramp that a single miscalculation could result in regional conflagration your group, the International Crisis Group its mission is to de escalate conflicts, and you said, the maximum pressure campaign leaves Iran, with only military options like taking down US drone. So now what I mean what do both sides need to do to get this back in the bottle? I think in the recent esscalation there might be an opportunity for stepping back from the brink. And the way this could be done as that. They run ins have now demonstrated to the US that there. It could be a cost associated with US's maximum pressure policy. And if the president is willing to reduce the pressure of sanctions and provide the Runyan's with reprieve, I think it is possible, that we would see some US Iran engagement, maybe through a mediator, that would help the escalate tensions, and eventually move the parties towards achieving broader and better agreement. I mean who would be a good mediator there. No, diplomatic relations between the US and Iran Oman's been mentioned, what other international actors can help get Iran and the US off this collision course..
"international crisis group" Discussed on KCRW
"Speak. Chant sing the national anthem. This crowds, a small fraction of the hundreds of thousands who don't quite both three months ago when he launched his US-backed to Hugh power Venezuela's. Interim president the thing is people. It's frayed. That's a businessman cool Weadock who doesn't want his full name costs for fear of reprisals. What are they afraid? If they got you put you in jail, and they go to you. People is afraid as though loses. Momentum Madore is raising the stakes. The model this afresh propaganda drive state control TV and the internet blaming dough. And oil sanctions imposed by the Trump administration for the misery so many Venezuelan suffering, although Hunga hyperinflation and medical shortages began low the full Dudas trying to seize the initiative, I think he must be very pleased that he he's now in the driving seat in that respect. Filc outs is a senior analyst with International Crisis Group who's based in caps despite this. He says is not comfortable, man. He's presiding over a country. That's collapsing. Economically, socially. He's very unpopular. He doesn't entirely trust anybody around so far, but does refrained from resting Guido. However, he is going to people close to him. Why is president Venezuela's national assembly a few days ago? Intelligence agents, arrested, the assembly's vice president at Gaza. But I was inside his Vic when they go to they used to toke to hold his car with him in it off to prison as pressure grows on Guido, some among his supporters feel his allies in the White.
"international crisis group" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"Bikini fuss over six people, including a priest killed on Sunday in the tank on a church in the north of the country is just the latest in a series of tax on churches. Rinaldo depan yet is an expert on the region of the International Crisis Group joins us now Rinaldo first off series of terror terror-related stories coming out of bikini Foucault at the moment the release of four hostages in that operation by French special forces. Now this tack on the church. How would you describe the situation in that area? In particular. This situation is is not good at all visually since. Oh, septum Bill twenty eighteen since then we we called it a never age of sixty four attacks of fail mums, and you have more and more attacks and attack against a church on. On sunday. Because it's the second one in a row up on ten days ago, and it could be a trend, and we know what that to Sousse groups. Aw, dogging schools to services trivial, and they are going to dog at churches. Not give us an idea of the many many groups in play that because one thing that many of those countries along the Suhel in that region. Have in common is an absence of state authority. So who are the groups do they come together under one umbrella of the criminal groups religious groups, opportunistic groups, how would you describe the mix of armed groups and militias in that area? The word mix is the white world. So on a new one and a two ritual and international link group. That are the Janine linked to Al Qaeda and slimy states in the retail Sala, who's all big groups, we've international routes, and as one allied to al-qaeda one allied to Islam state, and then a along with them who else, and then a lot of small local groups at least in bulk Gina sauce, we know ten of them with all not links with criminal gangs. So it's it's it's really really a complicated picture zoos groups of in relations, but they can act supposedly all the can join for one Aparicio. It's it's witted. She called to the stand and most of the action that they all doing craned, right? What ninety percent of action on the so it's very difficult to. See with doing what in the in the absence of state power in these areas. There is obviously the presence of special forces. We usually talk about the French. We talk about the Americans in ninja in Mali and so on. What is their role? What about the ordinary people of caught between various factions between various sides. What's it like for normal life ordinary people there? Well, officially the mission of of the French, and the US is to get rid of those groups that what they are doing the east. They are containing them. They don't get rid of them containing them. So it's containment us while the people. Well, they us you said they are caught in well between different groups and sometimes they also suffer from as military ended. We spawns from the state, and this is the case both in muddy and book where of some of you men whites abuses done by local armies of been recalled by civil you organization. When we hear, and you say you're concerned that we've seen to attacks on changes in northern bikini just in the past couple of weeks. These one would presume ideologically driven the this is sort of an Islamist operation rather than one of the the criminal gangs. All is it more complicated than that. It's called say but while yesterday. Why a plan to Parisian involving at least twenty people separating on on motorbikes and a coming kidding. And also a burning of some dolls and OSA quickness in the city. So it's it's not criminal. It's something else day. Many many thanks Dade Rinaldo Rinaldo, depend expert on the Suhel of the International Crisis Group reflecting on those attacks just the most recent attacks by medicines in northern Pacino..
No church again in Sri Lanka
"For the second weekend in a row. There will be no church services in Sri Lanka, this is because of fears of more attacks like the Easter suicide bombings that were blamed on his Llamas extremists more than two hundred and fifty people were killed as NPR's. Michael Sullivan reports from Colombo many Sri Lanka's are still wondering how such a thing could happen. Sri Lanka knows war and suicide bombings, its decades-long conflict between ethnic Thomas separatists, and the majority Sinhalese government left more than one hundred thousand did a war that ended ten years ago this month. Now, the peace has been shattered by the bombings linked to the Islamic state. So yucca now is caught up in this global wall political analyst, David Young Goethe Thome awful several decades, and they'll this brief interregnum and over the Bechtel living with Kroll after the war ended in. Two thousand nine says horrendous Vidana gave the bundle Nike center for international studies. Sri Lanka's, political leaders may have paid too much attention to the country's place in geopolitical rivalries in the Indian Ocean and too little on what was happening at home. You clearly see the return of foreign fighters coming from Syria towards the issue and decisions was a clear signal of polarization Lankan society to the right, and to certainly slimy groups becoming one more allies. So I think these things that we lost focus on and there were people who exploited that lack of focus. All. Like this, man. The fiery preacher around Husham? Police say was the leader of last month's bombings. One of two men killed in the suicide attack at the Shangri LA hotel in Colombo. In videos like this one he rails against nonbelievers. Religious leaders say repeatedly warned thirties about sovereign in his message of hate to no avail. But it wasn't the only one preaching hate religious hardliners and the Buddhist majority community. Here have conducted a campaign against the Muslim minority for years, including anti-muslim riots in two thousand fourteen and again last year, it was complete impunity for these attacks mob swept through was the Maria's in burn people out. Absolutely, no one has been prosecuted for any of this. Alan Keenan issue Lanka project director for the International Crisis Group in London. And so clearly that is changed the mood within the Muslim community. They feel under siege. They feel unprotected and the government has done very little to sway those fears or to respond to the threat. None of this Canaan says justifies the Easter attacks, and it may not have directly contributed to them. It's hard to think that it hasn't made it more likely that some small number of Muslims feeling so alienated and feeling angry might be more susceptible to extremely radical jihadi. Ideologies like I s. Two of the bombers brothers, the sons of a wealthy spice merchant lived here in the affluent neighborhood of demagoguing where a twenty four year old grad student, a Muslim neighbor from a few doors down is still trying to get her head around it. They had everything they had money. They had all developed they needed educated. So I asked my mum. Why do you think they did this? What was wrong with them? She's angry at them for taking life and for making her wary of leaving the house since the Easter attacks. She doesn't want her name used because she's afraid and she was shocked to see what some of schoolmates have been saying about was on social media since the attacks. No, I'm really scared to even step out of this Lynn with my national identity card, which has this address because you think you will be branded. Yes. Because I think I'd be branded used to be so proud, but not anymore the civil war here ended. She says. But now now she too. Sri Lanka is part of something much bigger. And that scares her even
"international crisis group" Discussed on 760 KFMB Radio
"Back to the New York Times. I circle back. The first hour of the program. He'd never ends over there at the New York Times. I will be the first to say, and I'm going to say whether they like it or not the New York Times is in many ways, an anti Israel an antisemitic newspaper. That's correct. That includes the holocaust. But it includes their coverage of HAMAs and Hezbollah vis-a-vis Israel clues their coverage of Netanyahu. He is consistent. And our friend Adam credo over there at the Washington tree beacon, another wonderful site. He points out that the offer this Sunday's New York times magazine cover story. About the campaign to boycott divest and sanction the state of Israel's works for an organization whose major donors Qatar is also the largest state funder of the terrorist group HAMAs. And they didn't mention that on the New York Times page. They're too busy going after Hannity. Other significant donors to the authors organization. The International Crisis Group are leading supporters of the anti-semitic boycott movement. The author describes in his piece, they didn't mention this at media. Right. Too busy going after Carlson. The publication of the article how the battle over Israel anti-semitism is fracturing American politics represents yet. Another salvo in the New York Times continuing promotion of anti Israel writers views been going on a long time. The author. Nathan thrall, Nathan thrall is tied to a large network of Bedia supporters that are funded into the millions by the Qatari government, which has a law has long been engaged in efforts to spy on the American Jewish community and pro Israel officials Qatar foreign influence operations in Washington. DC have flown mostly under the radar but are part of a larger proxy battle being waged by wealthy Middle Eastern governments eager to peddle influence in powerful Washington circles. Now, this guy thraw with a times presents as a disinterested expert serves as director of the Arab Israeli project at the international crisis. Group are is C g a left leaning advocacy group that it's received about four million dollars from the Qatari government in just the last year. So we have collusion, ladies and gentlemen on the pages of the New York. Limes Qatar is not mentioned in throws eleven thousand five hundred word piece. I see g also receive one million dollars of the past several years from the Rockefeller brothers foundation. A prolific open funder of the BS movement in the United States another significant portion of ICG's funding more than five million dollars. And the last three years comes from the open society foundations run by liberal billionaire? George Soros, an open society funds, dozens of Palestinian organizations that are prominent members of the BS movement, and it goes on and on and on still the New York Times pushes the anti-jew anti Israel agenda funded by the left and at no point. In this massive article. The cover story. The New York Times reveal Mr. throws ties. At no point at all. Well, ladies and gentlemen, let me depart from the left as I like to do. Let me do something that I wanna do. We had Barack Obama us the State Department and American textile is to try and defeat Benjamin Netanyahu last time around with the New York Times that has a daily drumbeat of anti Israel. Anti Netanyahu stories by Creedence, malcontents, miscreants. And and that sort of crowd crowd. Well, let me use my microphone. Do the following. I don't know the extent of this program reaches into the state of Israel. But we are heard on podcasts throughout the world, including in Israel. And I just want to encourage the Israelis as strongly as I know how. To vote for Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud party. Benjamin Netanyahu has not only been. A great leader leader for Israel. But during the time when Obama was president he was the most important leader of the free world. Is a tremendous ally of this country, and he's hated by the left because he's a strong leader. He's hated by the left because he's made Israel a strong economic country. He's moved at towards the free market and away from socialism. He's hated by the left because the Israelis know how to defend themselves and they've built up a military second to none in the Middle East. It was all fine. When Israel was a victim country. It was all fine when the Arab states, the Muslim countries thought, they could defeat Israel. But now that Israel has billed itself into a mighty power in the Middle East. Now they treated as some kind of an imperial estate. It's nothing of the sort. And your prime minister in Israel Benjamin Netanyahu has worked very closely with President Trump. And as a result of that Jerusalem is recognized as the capital of Israel as it is. And always should be the United States embassy was moved from Tel Aviv to Israel. The Iran deal. Thank goodness for the United States, and Israel, and the Arab states that are not radicalized few and far between. The United States left. The Obama nuclear Iran deal. I cannot believe that the people of Israel. Having witnessed these incredibly historic events having benefited from the rational free market policies of their prime minister and his government. Having benefited from the security decisions. Of their prime minister in his government. That they would dislodge him from office. It would be like the British after World War Two. Voting out Winston Churchill. Benjamin Netanyahu is for lack of a better parallel. Israel's Winston Churchill. Israel's Ronald Reagan. Israel's Margaret Thatcher. If you get my drift terms of policies. His a strong statesman. Surrounded by little political munchkins. I feel the same way about President Trump. My admiration for Trump has been growing and growing over time as you know. I am extremely impressed with him. There are people who come on TV and radio who wanna play games. They want you to think they're taking sides, but not really taking sides. They want you to think there for Trump and not really for Trump. And then they pass this off as being thoughtful and objective conscientious in terms of their their viewpoints of they're not they're positioning themselves. We're in the middle of the political civil war. Like we've never seen in modern times. Between capitalism and socialism. Between securing border and having no border between building up our military and eviscerating our military between strengthening the rule of law and rejecting the rule of law embracing the constitution and undermining the constitution. There's a lot of good versus evil going on right now. And a lot of it is in black and white. And I don't mean race wise. I mean, like ink black and white. As Reagan with say, no pastel colors. And to be sitting on the sidelines or playing games in order to promote your careers or promote your ego hanging on like, I don't know. Now's not the time for that. And I say the same to the Israelis. You'd be making a disastrous decision. If you felt for one of these other candidates in their propaganda. You have a historic figure serving as your prime minister just like our president trying to take him out. They brought these phony indictments they were time to affect the election who brings indictments five weeks before an election unless they're trying to affect the outcome. Isn't that quite obvious? Or says they're going to bring them. Over cigars and champagne, for God's sakes. And over free speech and the media for God's sakes. What a bunch of crap. Let you in Israel. You're going to decide your own fate. For the other strong leader or Nevis. May I say with all due respect? I don't vote in Israel. I'm not a dual citizen, I'm an American citizen of all right here. But if I did vote in Israel, I'd be voting for Netanyahu and the Likud party. There's no question about it. Wouldn't you ladies and gentlemen? Wouldn't you you live nights? I know you would. I'll be right back. Lovin?.
"international crisis group" Discussed on KTOK
"Jenna, Sal dot com. Back to the New York Times. I circle back. The first hour of the program. It never ends over there at the New York Times. I will be the first to say, and I'm going to say whether they like it or not the New York Times is in many ways, an anti Israel and antisemitic newspaper. That's correct. That includes the holocaust. But it includes their coverage of HAMAs and Hezbollah vis-a-vis Israel to clues their coverage of Netanyahu. It is consistent. And our friend Adam credo over there at the Washington free beacon, another wonderful site. He points out that the offer this Sunday's New York times magazine cover story. About the campaign to boycott divest sanctioned, the state of Israel's works for an organization whose major donors Qatar is also the largest state funder of the terrorist group HAMAs. And they didn't mention that on the New York Times page. They're too busy going after Hannity. Other significant donors to the authors organization. The International Crisis Group are leading supporters of the antisemitic boycott movement, the author describes in his piece, they didn't mention this media. Too busy going after Carlson. The publication of the article how the battle over Israel anti-semitism is fracturing American politics represents yet another south on the New York Times continuing promotion of anti-israel writers views on a long time. The author. Nathan thrall, Nathan thraw is tied to a large network. Bedia supporters that are funded into the millions by the Qatari government, which has long has long been engaged in efforts to spy on the American Jewish community and pro Israel officials Qatar foreign influence operations in Washington. DC have flown mostly under the radar but are part of a larger proxy battle being waged by wealthy Middle Eastern governments eager to peddle influence in powerful Washington circles. Now, this guy thraw who the times presents has a disinterested expert Sirs has director of the Arab Israeli project at the International Crisis Group are I see g a left leaning advocacy group that has received about four million dollars from the Qatari government in just the last year. So we have collusion, ladies and gentlemen on the pages of the New York. Limes Qatar is not mentioned in throws eleven thousand five hundred word piece. I see g also received one million dollars the past several years from the Rockefeller brothers foundation. Eight prolific open funder of the BS movement in the United States, another significant portion of ICG's funding more than five million dollars. And the last three years comes from the open society foundations run by liberal billionaire? George Soros, an open society funds, dozens of Palestinian organizations that are prominent members of the BS movement, and it goes on and on and on still the New York Times pushes the anti-jew anti Israel agenda funded by the left and at no point. In this massive article. That cover story. The New York Times reveal Mr. throws ties. At no point at all. Well, ladies and gentlemen, let me depart from the left as I like to do. And let me do something that I wanna do. We had Barack Obama us the State Department and American textile is to try and defeat Benjamin Netanyahu last time around with the New York Times that has a daily drumbeat of anti Israel. Anti Netanyahu stories by Creighton smell contents, miscreants. And and that sort of crowd crowd. Let me use my microphone. To do the following. I don't know the extent of this program reaches into the state of Israel. But we are heard on podcasts throughout the world, and including in Israel. And I just want to encourage the Israelis as strongly as I know how. To vote for Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud party. Benjamin Netanyahu has not only been. A great lead him leader for Israel. But during the time when Obama was president he was the most important leader of the free world. Is a tremendous ally of this country, and he's hated by the left because he's a strong leader. He's hated by the left because he's made Israel is strong economic country. He's moved at towards the free market and away from socialism. He's hated by the lap because the Israelis know how to defend themselves and they've built up a military second to none in the Middle East. It was all fine. When Israel was a victim country. It was all fine when the Arab states and the Muslim countries thought they could defeat Israel that now that Israel has billed itself. Into a mighty power in the Middle East. Now they treated as some kind of an imperialist state. It's nothing of the sort. And your prime minister in Israel Benjamin Netanyahu has worked very closely with President Trump. And as a result of that Jerusalem is recognized as the capital of Israel as it is. And always should be the United States embassy was moved from Tel Aviv to Israel. They ran deal. Thank goodness for the United States, and Israel, and the Arab states that are not radicalized few and far between. The United States left. The Obama nuclear Iran deal. I cannot believe that the people of Israel. Having witnessed these incredibly historic events having benefited from the rational free market policies have their prime minister and his government. Having benefited from the security decisions. Of their prime minister in his government. That they would dislodge him from office. It would be like the British after World War Two. Voting out Winston Churchill. Benjamin Netanyahu is for lack of a better parallel. Israel's Winston Churchill. Israel's Ronald Reagan. Israel's Margaret Thatcher. If you get drift terms of policies. Here's a strong statement. Surrounded by little political munchkins. I feel the same way about President Trump. My admiration for Trump has been growing and growing over time as you know. I am extremely impressed with him. There are people who come on TV and radio who wanna play games. They want you to think they're taking sides, but not really taking sides. They want you to think there for Trump that really for Trump. And then they pass this off as being thoughtful and objective conscientious and terms of their their viewpoints, they're not they're positioning themselves. We're in the middle of the political civil war. Like we've never seen in modern times. Between capitalism and socialism. Between securing a border and having no border between building up our military and vis rating, our military between strengthening the rule of law and rejecting the rule of law embracing the constitution and undermining the constitution. There's a lot of good versus evil going on right now. And a lot of it is in in black and white. And I don't mean race wise. I mean, like ink black and white. As Reagan would say, no pastel colors. And to be sitting on the sidelines or playing games in order to promote your careers, or promote your ego. No, now's not the time for that. And I say the same to the Israelis. You'd be making a disastrous decision. If you fell for one of these other candidates in their propaganda. You have a historic figure serving as your prime minister just like our president trying to take him out. They've brought these phony indictments they were time to affect the election who brings indictments five weeks before an election unless they're trying to affect the outcome. Isn't that quite obvious? Or says they're going to bring them. Over cigars and champagne, for God's sakes. And over free speech and the media for God's sakes. What a bunch of crap. Let you in Israel. You're gonna decide your own fate. The strong leader or NEB ish. May I say with all due respect? I don't vote in Israel. I'm not a dual citizen, I'm an American citizen of all right here. But if I did vote in Israel, I'd be voting for Netanyahu and the Likud party. There's no question about it. Wouldn't you ladies and gentlemen? Wouldn't you you Lavigne I'ts. I know you would. I'll be right back..
"international crisis group" Discussed on WMAL 630AM
"Jenna, Sal dot com. Back to the New York Times. I circle back. The first hour of the program. He'd never ends over there at the New York Times. I will be the first to say I'm going to say whether they like it or not the New York Times is in many ways, an anti Israel and anti semitic newspaper. That's correct. That includes the holocaust. But it includes their coverage of HAMAs and Hezbollah vis-a-vis Israel to clued coverage of Netanyahu. It is consistent. And our friend Adam credo over there at the Washington free beacon, another wonderful site. He points out that the offer this Sunday's New York times magazine cover story. About the campaign to boycott divest sanctioned, the state of Israel's works for an organization whose major donors Qatar is also the largest state funder of the terrorist group HAMAs. And they didn't mention that on the New York Times page there. Too busy going after Hannity. Other significant donors to the authors organization. The International Crisis Group are leading supporters of the antisemitic boycott movement, the author describes in his piece, they didn't mention this at media. Right. Too busy going after Carlson. The publication of the article how the battle over Israel's anti-semitism is fracturing American politics represents yet. Another salvo in the New York Times continuing promotion of anti Israel writers views going on a long time. The author. Nathan thrall, Nathan thrall is tied to a large network of Bedia supporters that are funded into the millions by the Qatari government. Which has I law has long been engaged in efforts to spy on the American Jewish community and pro Israel officials Qatar foreign influence operations in Washington. DC have flown mostly under the radar but are part of a larger proxy battle being waged by wealthy Middle Eastern governments eager to peddle influence in powerful Washington circles. Now, this guy thraw times present says a disinterested expert Sirs has director of the Arab Israeli project at the International Crisis Group are I see g a left leaning advocacy group that has received about four million dollars from the Qatari government in just the last year. So we have collusion, ladies and gentlemen on the pages of the New York. Slimes. Qatar is not mentioned in throws eleven thousand five hundred word piece. I g also receive one million dollars the past several years from the Rockefeller brothers foundation. Eight prolific open funder of the BS movement in the United States, another significant portion of ICG's funding more than five million dollars. And the last three years comes from the open society foundations run by liberal billionaire? George Soros, an open society funds, dozens have Palestinian organizations that are prominent members of the BS movement, and it goes on and on and on still the New York Times pushes the anti-jew anti Israel agenda funded by the left and at no point. In this massive article. That cover story. The New York Times reveal Mr. throws ties at no point at all. Well, ladies and gentlemen, let me depart from the left as I like to do. And let me do something that I wanna do. We had Barack Obama us the State Department and American textile is to try and defeat Benjamin Netanyahu last time around with the New York Times that has a daily drumbeat of anti Israel. Anti Netanyahu stories by Creighton Smout contents, miscreants. And and that sort of crowd crowd. Well, let me use my microphone. Do the following. I don't know the extent of this program reaches into the state of Israel. But we are heard on podcast throughout the world, including in Israel. And I just want to encourage the Israelis as strongly as I know how. To vote for Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud party. Benjamin Netanyahu has not only been. A great leader leader for Israel. But during the time when Obama was president he was the most important leader of the free world. Is a tremendous ally of this country, and he's hated by the left because he's a strong leader. He's hated by the left because he's made it's really strong economic country. He's moved at towards the free market and away from socialism. He's hated by the left because the Israelis fend themselves and they've bought up military second in the Middle East. There's all fine. When Israel was a victim country. It was all fine when the Arab states and the Muslim countries thought, they defeat Israel. But now that Israel has billed itself into a mighty power in the Middle East. Now they treated as some kind of an imperialist state. It's nothing of the sort. And your prime minister in Israel Benjamin Netanyahu has worked very closely with President Trump. And as a result of that Jerusalem is recognized as the capital of Israel as it is. And always should be the United States embassy was moved from Tel Aviv to Israel. The Iran deal. Thank goodness for the United States, and Israel, and the Arab states that are not radicalized few and far between. The United States left. The Obama nuclear Iran deal. I cannot believe that the people of Israel. Having witnessed these incredibly historic events. Having benefited. From the rational free market policies have their prime minister and his government. Having benefited from the security decisions. Of their prime minister in his government. That they would dislodge him from office. It would be like the British after World War Two. Voting out Winston Churchill. Benjamin Netanyahu is for lack of a better parallel. Israel's Winston Churchill. Israel's Ronald Reagan. Israel's Margaret Thatcher. If you get my drift terms of policies. His strong statesman. Surrounded by little political munchkins. I feel the same way about President Trump. My admiration for Trump has been growing and growing over time as you know. I am extremely impressed with him. There are people who come on TV and radio who wanna play games. They want you to think they're taking sides, but not really taking sides. I want you to think there for Trump that really for Trump. And then they pass this off as being thoughtful and objective conscientious in terms of their their viewpoints, they're not they're positioning themselves. We're in the middle of the political civil war. Like we've never seen in modern times. Between capitalism and socialism. Between securing a border and having no border between building up our military and viscera our military between strengthening the rule of law and rejecting the rule of law embracing the constitution and undermining the constitution. There's a lot of good versus evil going on right now. And a lot of it is in in black and white. I don't mean race wise. I mean, like ink black and white. As Reagan with say, no pastel colors. And to be sitting on the sidelines or playing games, promote your careers or promote your ego hanging on like, no, now's not the time for that. And I say the same to the Israelis. You'd be making a disastrous decision. If you fell for one of these other candidates in their propaganda. You have a historic figure serving as your prime minister just like our president trying to take them out. They brought these phony indictments they were time to affect the election who brings Dighton that's five weeks before an election unless they're trying to affect the outcome. Isn't that quite obvious? Or says they're going to bring them. Over cigars and champagne, for God's sakes. And over free speech and the media for God's sakes. What a bunch of crack. But you in Israel, you're going to decide your own fate. With the strong leader or Nevis. May I say with all due respect? I don't vote in Israel. I'm not a dual citizen. I'm an American citizen. I vote right here. But if I did vote in Israel, I'd be voting for Netanyahu and Likud party. There's no question about it. Wouldn't you ladies and gentlemen, when you you live in I'ts? I know you would..
"international crisis group" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"We need peace. We need security at a bus terminal in Lagos the country's most populous state and hear people tell me that the left concerned with security. They want the economy to be fixed. My concern is. Once foods so be less because it's too much. Howdy, eventual, Victor tackles, these election issues will have important repercussions on and off the continent. The presidential outcome is expected to be a close race. And with both sides already claiming foul play. It's unclear whether either side will concede the BBC's Miami Jane's. Well, I've been talking to nom de Obasi near Nigeria research, if the conflict resolution organization, the International Crisis Group, and I asked him I why these elections mattered first of all it's part of the continuing evolution of the democratic system in Nigeria. This is the sixth elections things return to civilian rule in nine hundred ninety nine and after the last election in which there was the first peaceful transfer of power Toronto position party. This is also an important election constantly that process and in purely logistical terms, given the size of Nigeria. How big an undertaking is it it is a huge on and FOX it's the biggest the most. Complicated. Election of all the six six the return to civilian rule for the votes. Upwards of eighty four million is the highest ever the number of political parties ninety one is the highest ever the number of initial country that is the highest ever and he's Nigeria up to that challenge. Do you think? Yes, indeed commission says it is optimal. It's made all the arrangements everything going well so far. But then of course, there's a sense of anxiety on the ground. There's some concern as to whether things will walk very well, first of all there's some uncertainty about the Qadri dice that will be used to accredit voters, and this time the electoral commission states where they don't walk. The voting has to stop until they can either replace them or get them working. Secondly, the FOX that have seventy one presidential candidates. Illiterates populations in rural areas might spend quite some time. Trying to look at the party on the cards on the ballot paper, this might take some time the fears that in some areas voting may drag on you know, to let our on darkness. And then, you know, the hawks team is there a risk to that. The results may be manipulated. Well, both parties the two major parties about us each other of planning to manipulate the election that have been limbs of fake roots Ascot's being printed and then process of accreditation being money. Let's head. We saw him vote buying in the by elections in some of the states last year. And there's a fear that that might also be very much the case in this election, but the commission on the security agencies are again, giving a shorter insist. They would do everything possible. Such manipulations minimum you expecting this to be a tight election doesn't beat eats moving very very tight. And both parties are on edge, usually the. The president and the ruling party where you know way ahead in the race. But you know, in recent times, the opposition has been able to mount a more vigorous more robust. So it's looking like a very tight race with cancer evacuate hydro. No. But my next question is this do you see the biggest likely problems with this election that if it is tied both on a presidential or local level that whoever loses either they or their supporters may find it difficult to accept the result. Yes, that's a real risk. Although the two presidential candidates of the ruling ABC and Trump PDP signed a peace accord again yesterday committing themselves to peaceful conduct during the elections and to accepting the results. There's also credible pools. And that means if they doubt the credibility of the polls EBay suspect a billion manipulation the other side, then that could be grants or regretting the outcome of the election and just one final thought. I mean is there a wider problem that whoever wins is going to struggle to address which is that not only is Nigeria a very big country with a lot of people in it. It's also a very divided controls looking at some charts about employment income and literacy and so on and you can see the divisions particularly between north and south. I mean can anyone bring Nigeria together an offer. Everybody the same sort of opportunities. I must I must say right away. It's a daunting task. It's a huge task. I mean, the economic problems are huge the sectors do problems quite grief, and the challenge of just uniting the country and getting a sense of coherence, it's in different parts of it. It's also very challenging as a matter of fact, that's one of the main. Issues that whoever wins will need to address the country's a bit more polarized and fractured now than it was in previous years, and therefore the task of forging unity sense of common purpose would be extremely important as a priority going forward, and that was bossy senior Nigeria research for the International Crisis Group speaking to me from a Guja. Now, here's.
The U.S. And Russia Are Stocking Up On Missiles And Nukes For A Different Kind Of War
"The US has begun production of a new nuclear weapon supporters of the weapons they it's needed to counter Russia, but critics worry it's taking America back to a time when nuclear weapons were more likely to be used NPR's, Jeff Brumfield has more. It wasn't that long ago with the military had plans to use nuclear weapons all over the place July nineteen sixty two these troops were the first hour army's history to engage in tactical exercise supported by live nuclear firepower. That's our KYW footage from the Nevada. Desert. Hundreds of troops rehearsed to the tech. But before they went in they fired a tiny nuclear weapon at a simulated enemy position it detonated perfectly releasing its lethal radiation back, then that was how some thought nuclear war would look nukes small enough to knock out just a couple of city blocks used together with conventional weapons like tanks and troops. Of course, that's not what happened radiation and other factors may nuclear weapons of bad fit for the battlefield, and as the US's conventional strength through battlefield nuclear weapons became less important and the end of the Cold War, the United States said well that was kind of stupid. Why did we have all the? Stuff. Let's get rid of it. Matthew crane is at the Atlantic Council. He also worked on nuclear strategy in the Pentagon, the US dismantled nearly all of its battlefield nuclear weapons. But Russia took a different path. It has kept thousands of battlefield nukes in storage. So today Russia has nuclear landmines nuclear torpedoes, nuclear depth charges nuclear artillery, nuclear short range missiles, and the Trump administration believes Russia would be tempted to use some of these weapons in conflict. If that happened chronic says, the US wouldn't be able to responding kind though only nukes it has left are big weapons designed to fight an apocalyptic nuclear war. So the administration has begun converting an existing larger warhead into a new smaller low-yield weapon. More like the old battlefield nukes. What the low yield nuclear weapons do say, no actually we have a range of options. If you use a low you'll nuke. Earlier weapon we can respond with one two or three of our own. I mean, well, it's insane. That's Jeffrey Lewis a scholar at the Middlebury institute of international studies, who's not a fan of battlefield nukes. The Trump administration's new warheads sits on the same missile that now carries a much more powerful nuclear weapon. So if the US did use it for some reason, all the Russians are going to see is that a missile that only carries nuclear warheads is heading toward Russia and Russian policy as Flannery. Putin has said many times is not to wait for it to land. In other words, Russia could unleash an attack on the US just to be safe or go ole occur is with the International Crisis Group. She says just the existence of smaller US weapons could cost the Russians to take battlefield nukes out of storage. They think wow, we need to deter that. No way are conventional weapons deter that. We have to emphasize the nuclear capability, she says that could end. Up countering the vastly superior conventional forces of the US, they're throwing away advantage. The Trump administration says several of these new smaller weapons will be ready to enter service later this year, but the administration's long-term plans for more battlefield nukes. Face a bigger obstacle. Newly elected Democrats have vowed to block them. Jeff Brumfield NPR news, Washington. This message comes from NPR sponsor. Comcast business. Business has always been driven by innovators. That's why Comcast business is helping you with technology that provides better experiences. Comcast business beyond fast.
"international crisis group" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast
"So they're concerned that Iran is smuggling weapons material into the who. 'this so Saudi Arabia has what to a large degree amounts to an economic blockade of the country. So they wanna keep Iran out. But they also seem to want to really stir up civil unrest to the point that people will rise up against the who 'this and fight who these from within. I don't think that's a very workable strategy. Because the who these is bad as they are at governing, and they are very bad. They largely get a pass in Yemen. Because of the airstrikes that are coming from Saudi Arabia and from the from the emerets so by and large the famine is caused by the Saudi blockade of the country. That's that's a large part of there's also decisions that the EMMY central government made for instance, timber of two thousand sixteen Yemen's internationally recognized president president had decided to basically split the central Bank. So there is a central Bank in the capital of Tanabe that was under the control of the who 'this, and they and just to be clear for like the who teas are largely in control of most of the country. They're in control of about thirty percent of the country, but that has about seventy percent of the population. So they're in control of the northern highlands. And they're effectively what they've done is. They've sort of lopped off the top of the state installed their own. People but largely kept the infrastructure that existed before they took control. And the problem though, is now you have competing governments in one place. You have the government which is on the ground and has control in the northern highlands. And you have the Yemeni central government, which doesn't have much control in his largely in exile. And to match those two governors. So you have to ministers defense, Hootie minister of defence, a Yemeni minister of defense and so forth. You also have to central Bank. So the decision was made by the Emmys, I think in consultation with the Saudis, and the marauders not to do things like paying salaries of civil servants who were living under whose control with the idea that you could sort of starve the who these out and creates civil unrest. The problem this. Of course is that. Now, it's the civilians who are really the pawns in this war. So there's not pressure on not political pressure domestically on the Saudis. There's not a lot of political pressure on the local Yemeni government. And who 'this their leadership is largely insulated? It's the civilians that are paying the price for this war, and they're paying it on the humanitarian front as well as paying it. On the battlefield, Dan. I'm interested in the question, it, it's fairly routine on the in the political left to describe this as a high degree of US culpability for the situation in in Yemen. And I'm interested in your evaluation of to what extent that is a reasonable judgment to what extent the US is an active party in the in in the conflict, and where the major US policy making decisions with respect again happened. So a lot of US policy was really I will say we can determine by decisions that were not made. So if you look at Yemen. With the start of the Saudi intervention. It happened at a time when US Audi relations in US, you a relations are very very tense the Saudis and the Emirati very angry about the Iran deal. They feel that the United States has betrayed them. During the herbs spring by siding with for example, the anti Mubarak protesters in Egypt. So there's tremendous anger at the United States when they wanna go to war in the there's a US government sense of US interest in Yemen are low if the allies wanna do it let him do it. Because the last thing we want is another fight. And in fact, will support them in small ways, and the International Crisis Group gave what I thought was very nice report describing this as a US yellow light. So there was kind of a general cautionary. You know, we think this would be bad if you did it, but at the same time through providing logistics, providing televisions refueling and not using your influence. It was permissive. And that it fluence is actually. Mendis-led important, especially for the Saudis because their air force depends extremely heavily on the United States. They depend very heavily in the United States for munitions. So it would be very hard for them to continue the war if the US actively opposed it in terms of culpability, there's a lot of culpability on the Yemeni side, right?.
Former Canadian diplomat reportedly arrested in China
"Canada. The International Crisis Group says it's looking into reports one of its staffers a former Canadian diplomat is under arrest in China. Michael Culver joined the think tank last year after diplomatic Stinson. Beijing Hong Kong in the UN is reported arrests comes this way technologies chief financial officer among one Joe faces bail hearings in Vancouver, Google CEO. Sinndar Pichai is testifying for the first time before the House Judiciary committee
Why Are People So Angry At Ebola Responders In The Democratic Republic Of The Congo?
"This podcast. And the following message is brought to you by jet dot com. Your one stop shopping destination. The jet experience provides a unique and relevant Dortmund with no membership fees. Start shopping conveniently at jet dot com or on the jet app. Today. Ebola has been spreading through an eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo for more than three months more than two hundred forty people have been infected and recently the tally of new cases has risen from about ten to more than thirty per week NPR's and Eisenman explains why this outbreak is proving difficult to end last month visual Attiyah found himself in a town near the epicenter of the outbreak surrounded by an angry crowd. Yes. My Ricky appear young some had rocks. Some had empty bottles is with the international federation of the Red Cross and coordinator of these safe burial teams, they sent into the community when someone has died if he Boola at home on this day the team had come to pick up the body of. Child. No fun descend on a boy of seven. I just as the crowd of about one hundred and fifty neighbors started gathering as soon as the team arrived at first people were just watching is the team pulled on protective suits and walked into the house. Then just as the team was about to put the boy into a body bag Abudu on the boy's father rushed in and said, he changed his mind. He didn't want his son taken this way. That's when the mood in the crowd shifted from curious to menacing in an instant the team immediately backed off started taking off their suits as quickly as they dared to Bramall be fear. It's just fear. The worst you're trying not to look like you're rushing because showing fear will provoke the crown. You're also trying to get out before someone throws the first rock because you know, once that happens everyone will start throwing in his team did manage to drive off in time. But the DS's government reports that health workers are being threatened like this three or. Or four times a week, partly it's because many people in the communities where Ebola is now spreading had never heard of it. So they're resistant to giving up their loved ones to these strange people in scary, plastic suits, but there's another issue. She's predom- is a senior analyst with International Crisis Group local population is very distrustful of the government. Even though this part of the DRC has a lot of mineral wealth, people are desperately poor many believe the ruling authorities only care about exploiting the wealth for themselves. We haven't seen anything from this government. Perhaps most of all they are furious that for years now, multiple armed rebel groups have roomed the area, and neither the central government, nor a United Nations peacekeeping force. That is thousands strong has offered much protection just ten days ago. One of these groups reportedly killed fifteen civilians and kidnapped a dozen children. And so says done when an authority figure be it from the government or a foreign health worker shows up to warn about Ebola. There's a questioning. Of whether this outbreak is even real know, whether they're ulterior motives that. The government has also after pretty much every attack by a rebel group people in the affected town or city had been staging street protests during which he Bola responders or forced to hunker down that includes health workers who would normally be tracing anyone who has had contact with an infected person. So the contact can be vaccinated and monitored Ray Arthur is one of the officials tracking the bull epidemic for the US centers for disease control and prevention. So every time this happens. Your teams don't go out. They don't see the contacts and the disease spreads the world. Health Organization has called for more security in the opera zone, but predom- of international crisis. Group says the UN is trying to wind down its presence in the DRC. So it's very unlikely they'll add peacekeepers in the outbreak zone right now. The UN's main focus on the DRC our elections that are set for December making sure the government actually holds them doesn't crack down on opposition groups in fear of that the UN has had to shift its pieces of. Ford away from the east where he bowl is spreading to other parts of the country L workers have managed to vaccinate a record number of people more than twenty four thousand so far and the CDC's Arthur says that's why despite the violence. This outbreak is not spiraling. But the logger this goes on we may get to the point where that dampening effect that we have of using the vaccine is no longer keeping the level transmission down. And then Arthur says we could move into a more explosive outbreak Narita Eisenman NPR news support for this podcast and the following message. Come from internet essentials from Comcast. 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"international crisis group" Discussed on KQED Radio
"Knows how to survive and for their survival this victory you turn them to Trump's military option I mean his military bluster on North Korea turned. Out to be empty threats in the face of military realities on the ground what are the military options when it. Comes to, Iran for the US looking? Only way to the US can topple the Iranian regime invade Iran but Iran three times the. Size. Of Iraq, and three. Times the population of Iraq so for those who liked the Iraq war or Afghanistan or they're going to love the war with Iran because I think. Those two wars compared. To war with Iran would be like a cakewalk and the reality is neither the Trump administration or I think any other administration could realistic Weekly consider invading Iran so the other option is a limited military clash that would not topple. The regime but would allow it to miniaturizing securitise the domestic sphere and in fact. That would, allow it to crush dissent to its. Shelf life, it would consolidate the most hardline elements of the Sonics Republican would push to lash out in the region it sounds. Like from what you're saying the Trump administration has very few paths to follow here look I think the administration will pursue pressure strategy will declare, victory one way or another would say that pressure has weakened they're running economy has. Forced Iran to be a more internally focused and as a result of that is not interfering in the, region as much as before but the reality is that the objective which is to change, your behavior it's regime is not going to be met by this purely pressure centered strategy Are they is at the International Crisis Group in Washington thank you My pleasure.
Paris conference seeks political roadmap for lawless Libya
"Development of existentialist thinking and feminism her views advanced considerably towards group solidarity and action after france was occupied in world war two she was still selling revolutionary newspapers on street corners in her sixties and politically active till she died and then remained controversial afterwards i'll be joined by a biographer of simone de beauvoir a close friend of hers and a leading philosopher to examine this fascinating enigmatic character so please join us after the news bbc news hello i'm gary spano a close aide of the north korean leader kim jong un is reported to be on his way to the united states kim yong shows visit could be another sign that preparations for a summit between north korea and the united states are moving ahead laura bicker is in so kim yang chow was seen boarding a flight to the us according to the news agency yonhap although his exact destination isn't yet clear he's really far from kim jong inside he was on both of his trips to china and during his meetings with the south korean president moon jaein mr kim has also met the us secretary of state mike pompeo in pyongyang he is the regime's former spy chief and a key strategist if north korea and the us are to reach any deal on denuclearization he will have a major part to play a conference aimed at agreeing a roadmap to reunify libya is being held in paris today fronts hopes the two sides will will commit themselves to hold nationwide elections roger walker has more details under president emmanuel mccall has tried to expand its role as a peacemaker in libya nastier mr mac hall convene rare talks between fires suraj who heads the un backed unity government in western libya and the militia leader holly hunter whose forces dominate the east of the country the two men will feature prominently at the paris conference but there has been criticism of the format the international crisis group an ngo which works to prevent and resolve conflicts said negotiating through individual personalities without ensuring a broader consensus was likely to be counterproductive the hungarian government is placing a new set of laws before parliament today targeting civil rights groups which help silom secrets the legislation could make printing leaflets with information for asylum seekers and offering them food or legal advice.
"international crisis group" Discussed on NPR News Now
"They are not free and fair they say state workers are being coerced into voting for the ruling socialist party and that many opposition leaders have been banned from running but the boycott could backfire by demoralizing opposition supporters ahead of next year's crucial presidential election phil gunson is a venezuela analysts for the international crisis group i think the very least that you can always give an opposition is that it up that it shows up and that it puts up a fight the ruling socialist party is expected to win the vast majority of the three hundred thirty five mayoral posts up for grabs for npr news i'm john noticed in caracas this is npr california fire officials are ordering more people to evacuate in santa barbara county as the thomas fire threatens several coastal communities it's burn two hundred seventy square miles and threatens 15000 structures iraq is observing a national holiday today after the country declared victory yesterday in it's more than three year war against isis prime minister hyder alabadi attended a military parade in baghdad and fireworks lit up the skies the commander of the uslead anti isis coalition has sent his congratulations lieutenant general paul funk says coalition forces will continue to support iraq rock and roll lost one of its fastest rising stars fifty years ago today as kabeer body of member station w k s ksu were members otis redding died in a plane crash when he was only twenty six.
"international crisis group" Discussed on FP's The Editor's Roundtable (The E.R.)
"There is no military solution in libya the only solution has to be political solution and with all the difficulties in taking the lpd libyan political agreement the agreement and implementing it nevertheless it's the only tool that we've guides the only option that we've got welcome to foreign policy i'm ben powder afp's executive editor for the web and you're listening to the er i'm in brussels today and i'm joined by in basle their muhammad abu shabab just hiltermann and colin call mohammed abbou shaba's the ambassador of the united arab emirates to belgium and the eu he was previously director of policy planning and the ministry of foreign affairs can international cooperation of the uae just hiltermann is the middle east and north africa program director at the international crisis group leading the organisation's research analysis policy prescription and advocacy in an about the region and calling call is an associate professor in the security studies program at georgetown walsh school of foreign service is also a strategic consultant for the pen biden center for diplomacy and global engagement in january 2018 he'll join the faculty at stanford university as the inaugural steven see hazy senior fellow in the freemen spoiling institutes center for international security and cooperation er nerds we love hearing from meal if you've got an episode ideas are comments email us at eur podcast at foreign policy dot com welcome listeners we have a special edition of the er today we're not actually in our tiny podcasts studio high above dupont circle but on the 25th floor of a hotel in brussels where have the privilege to be joined by these three discussing in the heart of the european capital discussing some issues of great importance to the global community we just finished up a piece game which is a special event that does this was our aid one discussing libya and so i thought we would have a little bit of a discussion about that in some of the regional complexities and then because it's going to be in the news at might turn and we'll have a little talk about what we foresee it some of the complexities regarding the iran deal with what seems to be trump's imminent decision to decertify the deal but because we're in brussels not washington i think this is a unique opportunity to talk more broadly about some of the issues regarding some of the issues regarding both of these regional crises.
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"The bring you live coverage now from capitol hill take you to an event hosted by the national irani in american council holding a discussion on president trump's strategy on iran he hey such a fantastic hatch and you are also young it is freaking me out fiercely like your cell young it's time i i i am the hawks you see i go by holly and attack on healthy for politico and and really pleased to welcome everyone here today for what i hope will be a fruitful this action i personally introduced our panelists though i doubt i can possibly detested solid accomplishments i'm rob molly at is the vice president for policy at the international crisis group he previously said in the obama administration as special assistant to the president senior adviser to the present for the counter eichel campaign and the white house coordinator for the middle east north africa and the gulf region prospectus beat ac having unhealthy i managed to obtain robs private email address like very early on the for the longest time for some reason i was to try to reach out to him and then what he's highly did reach out then two guys actually a really nice guy so i don't know why didn't get before i am now going to get an edge later at is director at foreign policy studies at the cato institute which week in in the press opting to save the libertarian thinktank the cato institute and his return the research entrust include grand strategy basing posture us foreign policy in the middle east the rise of china and the role and status at the role of status and prestige motivations in international politics that sounds like everything on uh i'm not i never talk to john before so i was doing a bit of research on him and i found out along the way that there's also a john lease are who is an actor and comedian who use right for conan o'brien but you're not that guy right a guy has no h in his name oh featuring guy okay and she departs seat is the founder of the nationally romanianamerican council out after the president today um and he also is the author of several books including must recently losing an enemy obama iran and the triumph of diplomacy um so before we start the discussion on.
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"Need to do so let me start with david miller band and ice assume yuval read the bible is up going to say a little bit about them and i'll take the opportunity a little bit about me as well as i ask david the first question david is the president and ceo of the international rescue committee which is an organization a great organization that's that it catered to providing humanitarian relief and development across the world he's also he also was a foreign secretary of the uk and that's when i first met him the question i wanna ask david about is precisely this interaction between ones role in government in one role in the in the ngo in the mont for profit community just a few words of myself i've gone back and forth i was at the international crisis group which is a conflict prevention organization dealing with the middle east then i went into government i serve the last three years as president obama's adviser for the middle east and are just returned back to the international crisis group and what struck me and i'm curious david whether struck you it's how different languages of both worlds are different the languages of when you are in the in an ngo community on a nonprofit in in government when i was at i see gee i was focused on root causes what can we do to stop conflicts in the middle east and not simply killed jihadists when i was in governmental i have to say the pressures of being in government moment of being in in in of having responsibility to a political responsibility but also policy responsibility it became so easy it is just focus on the military side of fighting terrorists and now back outside vac at icg and i'm putting my old had an focused again on this issue of other reasons behind that can be good enough to simply kill jihadist that and even that may sometimes be counterproductive you need to focus on development you need to focus on justice accountability inclusive governance so from your experience being foreign secretary and then coming to the international rescue committee how what how do you view the two worlds are how can one best coming from the private from the nongovernmental world influence government officials who have different priorities some time in different ways of looking at things mobile thank you very much up.
"international crisis group" Discussed on KQED Radio
"Need to do so let me start with david miller band and ice assume yuval read the bible is i'm going to say a little bit about them and i'll take the opportunity a little bit about me as well as i ask david the first question david is the president and ceo of the international rescue committee which is an organization a great organization that steady catered to providing humanitarian relief ended element across the world he's also he also was a foreign secretary of the uk and that's when i first met him the question i wanna ask david about is precisely this interaction between ones role in government and one role in the in the ngo in the mont for profit community just a few words about myself i've gone back and forth i was at the international crisis group which is a conflict prevention organization dealing with the middle east then i went into government i served the last three years as president obama's adviser for the middle east and now just returned back to the international crisis group and what struck me and i mean curious david weathers struck you it's how different languages of both worlds are and what different the languages of when you are in the in an ngo community on a nonprofit and in government when i was at i see gee i was focused on root causes what can we do to stop conflicts in the middle east and not simply killed jihadists when i was in government i have to say the pressures of being in government of being in in in having responsibility to a political responsibility but also policy responsibility it became so easy it is just focus on the military side of fighting terrorists are now back outside back at icg and i'm putting my old had and i'm focused again on this issue of other reasons behind that can be good enough to simply kill jihadist that and even that may sometimes be counterproductive you need to focus on development you need to focus on justice accountability inclusive governance so from your experience being foreign secretary and then coming to the international rescue committee how what how do you view the two worlds are how can one best coming from the private from the nongovernmental world influence government officials who have different priorities sometimes in different ways of looking at things mobile thank you very much about.
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"Tensions are running high in venezuela today wearing election is underway to create an assembly to rewrite the constitution phil gunson a senior analyst with the international crisis group says it's aimed at consolidating power by venezuelan president nicolas maduro the reload liberates or what you can do limits youth ruled how long a related so this is basically the end dole the republic in venezuela as as we know it the installation all an all powerful body with no checks and balances so while the opposition is making a lastditch effort to flood the streets in defiance of hundreds of thousands of soldiers and police maduro is vowing to go after his political foes if he wins today's election as congressional investigators looking into russian meddling and possible links to president trump's campaign intensify some republicans in congress are ramping up their calls to investigate hillary clinton and other obama administration officials several obama administration and clinton campaign officials of appeared before the house and senate intelligence committee's as part of the russia probe the gop led house judiciary committee has approved a resolution to request documents related to the fbi's now closed investigation of clinton emails this is npr a power outage has driven out tourists from north carolina's outer banks it could take days or even weeks to repair an underground transmission line damaged thursday by construction crews working on a new bridge an israeli court has upheld a manslaughter conviction for a former soldier who killed a palestinian attacker who was already wounded.
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"World's largest marine reserves covering nearly two million square kilometers of the pacific ocean the environmentalist who's idea it was said it would allow the ocean a chance to heal bbc news you're listening to news our extra from the bbc world service with owen bennett germs and a reminder of our panel today we've got to run out mansour from chatham house dr admiral azam from sean he state university ohio know bums e from the international crisis group and rania abbas aid author of no turning back lie loss and hope in wartime syria let's just get an insight now into what these that mcstay group is saying itself from someone who monitors the various bits of output publications most of them online of course my oust laura smith is with the jihadist media team at the bbc media's model unit what i asked has been saying abides its defeat versatile and most for the group has paved the way for its military defeat in the city and has also been spinning events that as victory so for example it's been playing up strength in other countries and also being emphasizing the fact that it's been defeated territority in the past and come back much stronger right and what about syria how does that compare the group's being claiming attacks in different areas of iraq and do say in syria so it's very much business as usual it doesn't want to convey the message that this will actually have any impact on its wider activities globally so tell us about the global situation where our is able to boast that is going well the greek recently in its propaganda has played up hits philippines branche for example and even compared the pro i asked militants capture of they're southern philippine city of marawi in may with their groups capture.