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Fresh "Middle East" from Financial Exchange with Barry Armstrong
"It's time for the financial exchange with Barry Armstrong and Mike Armstrong in November of last year, the United States decided to go a different direction. Politically speaking Take the Chinese were expecting that, huh? Maybe the Biden administration will not be quite as cantankerous is the Trump Administration. Turns out Michael they their hopes were dashed because these two countries, United States and China no better getting along today than they were a year ago. Yeah, I think that was. The message that was taken from the Alaska meeting is that the public support for the push against China is there and it's going to be continued under the by administration, you know, And I think that should be the message we take until proven otherwise on the Chinese side of good. I don't think we should underestimate the message that they are sending to the United States. I have seen this in a few different Manners. You're coming out of the Chinese propaganda machine and it Z messages this year, we will not be pushed around. We're not going to be this quiet developing nation anymore. We are going to very directly try and you know, spread our influence. And anyone that takes problem with that is going to have a problem with with China, and I think a few moves that we've seen this year really spelled that out. It hasn't been moves against governments but mainly moves against companies where Hmm. And Nike, for instance, in their commentary about the Muslim leader population treatment in China, Um You got put out there and Chinese government clamped down on it very quickly and really, really put a hurt to those companies intentionally and said they're not going to do business here. I think that all of us and United States particularly we need to be prepared for what I think is going to be the most difficult period of time in U. S China relations in history. The next stop is Taiwan. As far as I can tell, this is probably going to be a big big focus both strategically for the United States. And for China. Um it it'll be. It'll be really, really interesting Tow Watch here as China Is spending billions of dollars every year to expand their influence, you know, invest in infrastructure in other developing nations, and try and you buy those countries to their side of the story here, and the question is, did they push they push so far that they mobilized the US with its allies to push back? Or do they are they able to do so under the radar in a way that you know does not get the EU concerned about Chinese relations does not get the UK and Canada and Mexico And you know other Western democracies spark They're concerned to the point where they actually take action. Here s so I think, you know, post pandemic. This is going to be the big story of 2021. Beyond Are we Is the United States doing anything to build a coalition with countries like Canada, Japan. India would be you know, India is also another country. That's right in the crosshairs of China and on opposite sides of the trade. Yep. Biggest democracy in the world, India, you know, certainly seen as a threat shares your pretty close borders with China and, um, yeah, yeah, The United States has done a lot of I think I would consider it soft stuff. Toe, push the allies on their you know. Meetings frequently with Japan, Korea, Australia, India. Those have all existed. But the fact of the matter is, you know, relations with those countries are Rocky right now, let's call that what it is right? We we spent the last four years doing trade battles with a lot of these countries, Japan, all of the European Union. We've been picking picking trade fights with them, and I think the United States is going to have to Yeah, I think we're gonna get pushed into this position where it's the United States probably can't take on China and all of its allies alone, right? If we just push, you know, push big tariffs on the Chinese. It's not going to impact their economy to the point where it actually matters. If they're going to want to actually counter the Chinese efforts, it's going to require The you know relationships with their allies and even some countries that we probably find problematic for a whole bunch of reasons. Right in the Middle East. What are we gonna have to do in the Middle East to Sure up those relationships and make sure that it can be counteracted against China. I think that's incredibly important. But China needs the Middle East oil more than we do. Yes, maybe we can get by with you know, South American, Mexican and North American oil. Chinese Can't They have to have Middle Eastern oil and they're they're playing ball. I mean, they have a very cozy relationship with an enemy nation in Iran, you know, and that becomes like a proxy. For for China. If you're right, the relationships between and and it's you know, it's hard to delve into it. Topic this complex and in a two hour show, but These these relationships are problematic and you know, we we point out about the religious persecution that goes on in China with the leaders. But the Chinese are quick to point out. You know the problems that we have with racial injustice here in the United States, so Yeah, Of course not. Something is going to start a story that's gonna go away anytime soon. Yeah, So I mean, I am keeping an incredibly close eye on Taiwan. Given the semiconductor shortage across the globe right now, I've got you've got to assume that the Chinese government looks at that, as strategically as the United States does, all right. I think we said that 70% of semiconductor manufacturing happens on Taiwan, Uh, 50% of the global supply of some chips are made by one company. Taiwan Semiconductor's And you know the question The For anyone that hasn't studied. You know, China is Taiwanese relations over the last 100 years. It's It's pretty fascinating. But you know the Chinese government at least and you know traditional party members of the party. View Taiwan in a very similar way that they've you Hong Kong, which is part of their autonomous region, part of China, and so I don't think we should be surprised.
Blackout Hits Iran Nuclear Site in What Appears to Be Israeli Sabotage
"To curb. Iran's nuclear ambitions just got a lot harder on saturday. The country announced that it had restarted advanced centrifuges for uranium enrichment at its natanz nuclear facility by sunday and apparent of sabotage took out the sites power grinding to a halt. Iran has blamed the attack on israel which has made no official comment. Israel's prime minister benjamin netanyahu emphasized his country's opposition to iran's nuclear program on is never given up its quest for nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them and iran consistently consistently outrageously calls for israel's relation and word towards that goal the nuclear deal known as the joint comprehensive plan of action or. Jcp is an international agreement. Signed in two thousand fifteen in which iran agreed to limit it stocks and enrichment fuel president donald trump took america out of the deal in two thousand eighteen and talks for reentry began in vienna last week but the escalating tensions between iran and israel have made that far trickier. It's not even clear. If tomorrow's talks will proceed. The attack seems to have been the result of an explosive device that was probably smuggled into the natanz plant most likely detonated remotely when they took out the electrical systems and cause some of these centrifuges to fail. Roger mcshane is are middle east editor. The exact details are unclear. But i think what we can be pretty sure about is that israel was behind the attack. And that's because it's not being coy about. It has officials out there who were speaking to reporters off the record of course but they are talking pretty openly about their role in
Fresh update on "middle east" discussed on The KFBK Morning News
"Way haven't talked well again. We have seen the reports. We don't have anything more to speak to, as it relates to the cause is or who is responsible. Our focus is, of course, on the diplomatic path forward. We have not been given any indication that attendance at the discussions and that will proceed on Wednesday has changed. So that's where our focus is. But is there a concern that the actions of an ally are derailing? I think I've answered your questions. Did you have another one? I didn't think it was an answer. Okay. I'm sorry to hear that I've answered a couple times. Hey, e didn't think it was an answer. She get called out Well, because it wasn't and you're gonna have to start challenging or they're gonna look silly what they are and and Southeast been treating them. In a condescending fashion since she she took the position and look a lot of those White House correspondents now Very young. They are. They're really, really young. You look at some of the pictures of them. And you think are you working in in like a smaller market, Or you with White House where Sam Johnson, Right? Right. So some, you know, some seasoned veterans challenging, you know a lot of this malarkey. That's just not that's not gonna happen with this group of White House correspondents and then so sake is going to run all over them. But you know, there's a reporter saying, You know what? You didn't answer the question. You have a history of violence in the question, and with regards to this actual topic excel itself. The bite Administration is in a really tough spot because Israel winning and they took out this nuclear facility with Ron. They just they did it on their own. And and you think there was even a phone call from Netanyahu to the Biden? Probably not. Probably not. No, I mean these two. Their relationship is really questionable. Yeah, and especially after the hard work that you know, happened on behalf of other administrations, not just the trumpet in this station, but the Obama administration and try to get some peace, their hands and the bike administration has come out and said Yes, we're trying to have this unilateral discussion within the Middle East because tensions are beginning to flare. They are escalating, and we're trying to calm things down. So it was a very legitimate question. When you say, Are you concerned if Israel is working on its own if their actions are going to derail these talks Specially as we try to put together the Iran deal again again, Right? Get that back together. All right, let's get you caught up on this hour's top national stories from ABC News. I'm.
Muslims Navigate Restrictions in the Second Pandemic Ramadan
"Navigating restrictions during the second pandemic Ramadan last year, the coronavirus upended the routines of Muslims performing the communal rituals associated with Islam sacred month of Ramadan. The month long observance, which begins Tuesday across the Middle East, is associated with fasting, worship and charity. It's when Muslims typically congregate for prayers. Gather around festive meals to break their daylong fast crowd into cafes and exchange visits. But this year, the world has been hit by an intense new coronavirus wave. The regulations vary in different countries. For many Muslims, that means hopes of a better Ramadan than last year have been dashed with the surgeon infection rates.
Fresh "Middle East" from The KFBK Morning News
"Augustine E News 93.1 KFBK Quick note on something making news this morning. Patrice Khan Cullors, the leader of the Black Lives matter organization. She's a self described Marxist, creating some controversy this morning. She recently bought a $1.4 million home in an exclusive L, A neighborhood. Where a vast majority of the residents are white. Hmm. So it's causing a little bit of Ah, evil. I'm sure are questioning. You know that money that they're they're giving to warm this Social cultural organization or they're giving it to the leader to go buy a house. So at any rate, very interesting there. Let's get to Jen Psaki. Now we have chronicled on this program, the new White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, She's established a pattern of Well, not directly answering questions. Asked by reporters and the media briefing room, we have another example this morning, but this time it's a little bit different. After not answering the question, the reporter calls sake out on it. And here's the backdrop. The reporter asks a question about Israel's recent attack on Iranian nuclear facilities. And if the Biden administration is concerned about the heightened tensions in the Middle East with that, here's our featured audio clip. This hour. On Iran for ministers vowing revenge against Israel or its alleged attack on its nuclear facilities. Israel's not denied this. How concerned is the White House is the president of the actions of an ally, potentially maybe derailing effort by the White House to get run back into compliance under the Jason Cuba. Well, I think I answered a version of this question earlier, But let me try again. Way haven't talked well again. We have seen the reports. We don't have anything more to speak to, as it relates to the cause is or who is responsible. Our focus is, of course, on the.
COVID-19 Infections Are Increasing Globally
"Is kind of the pulse of this. Pandemic globally right now alana. Where are we at with infections. Well the big picture of marco is that the world is actually experiencing a steady increase in infections leaders at the. Who again sounded the alarm today. Because it's been seven straight weeks of rising infections actually is some of the highest surges yet in the pandemic and it's been four weeks streep of reisen deaths would areas most impacted. We have a sense of that. So i talked with ali mokdad about this. He's with the institute for health metrics at the university of washington and he's been modeling this pandemic since the start he says what's going on in five regions really stands out so i that is an increase in brazil. That snow started to come down so brazil is the big one. Neighboring countries like argentina and chile are now starting to experience rises to and then here the other hot spots this a big rise which still going on in india pakistan bangladesh at bark that is an increase in europe and the middle east following. What's your doping seeing. That is a. It is in cases in the philippines and that this is in south africa and african country. That's now started to come down so the fact that infections are increasing globally even parts of the us. We don't want to forget that. That really worries him. I mean it sounds like overall the world is just not close to controlling this virus. Do scientists have a handle on why cases continued to rise even with vaccines. Is it now all about the variants. Not points to the variance and lots of scientists do variants like be one one seven have become a dominant in europe and this has been found to be more transmissible. But there's another strong message. I'm hearing from a lot of scientists like angela rasmussen. she's just at georgetown. And as of this month the university of saskatchewan which is that these rises are not just from variants like the breakthrough masking and distancing another really important prevention
Fresh update on "middle east" discussed on Hugh Hewitt
"That the solution can't be to use American taxpayer resources to prop up the Chinese Communist Party under the guise of a great new deal. Yeah, Mike, I don't understand. On the one side, they say they want to be tough on China, and they've made you know, gestures blink in solving and so forth, Um, even accepting President Trump's tariffs that remain in place. On the other side. They pull a stunt like this, which would take out our fossil fuels. I'm thinking natural gas, which is a clean burning fuel. And then this emphasis on electric vehicles and charging stations, which is dominated by China. Now they have to know that Mr Secretary, do they not? They have to know this. Surely, surely they know that learned that they know this, too. They know that the great new deal imposes an enormous cost on America. And when they rejoined the Paris climate accords that was a gift to the Chinese Communist Party as well. American energy independence, our ability to sell energy around the world. China is enormously dependent on fossil fuels. And yet we're gonna flip the switch. We're gonna go the other direction. It's inconsistent with their rhetoric. Your point's well taken. We've heard them give some tough language to the Chinese Communist Party. I just hope that their deeds the actions that they take don't undermine those words. The Chinese Communist Party will figure this out in a second, and they will drive a truck through that appeasement they appeasement is the word Secretary Tom Bailey, also, by the way, got in a lick on rejoining the Iran deal because, of course, it is appeasement central at the White House. Cut number 10, You know, they've been so absorbed by this nuclear deal for you know, since the Obama administration you saw it when we came into office when we took the reins and develop the Abraham records, which created peace and stability throughout the Middle East, and now they want to go unwind this. I thought today Larry and I m f report. There were $126 billion in foreign exchange reserves that the Iranians had in 2018. And by the time we left, it was less than $10 billion. We had denied the regime, the Ayatollah and his kleptocratic buddies the capacity foment terror around the world to build up big militaries to do all the things that they can do when they have that extra money laying around it. It appears that the administration is determined to go back to that. It's it's bad for securing American freedom. It's bad for our friends at Israel. That's bad for Gulf State allies throughout the Arab world as well. See, that's the thing like the president yourself. Jared Kushner and others You all negotiated. You completely changed the map in the Middle East and you negotiated the Abraham accords, which brought the Gulf States, the Arab states to peace with Israel and relations in trade and investment and diplomacy that we haven't had in quite some time. Iran wants to wipe Israel off the face of the Earth. We know that And Iran's biggest backer is financially is China. We know that so aren't they by the administration? Aren't they effectively choosing Iran? China over Let's say Israel, Yusa, maybe Israel, Yusa and the Gulf States as well. Glory. They most certainly are. Their theory of the case Back in 2013, 14 and 15 was that if we don't take this deal, this deal that guarantees the pathway to nuclear weapon then will be a war. And of course, we proved just the opposite. Right Secretary carry, it said. You can't get peace without solving the Palestinian problem. We demonstrated that wasn't true. We were realistic about the world. We gauge diplomatic across a broad spectrum when we brought these Gulf states, together with the Israelis for a security arranged But the benefits Americans all across the country to go back to that deal would be an enormous regression and enormous increase in the risk to the United States of America. Look, this is an appeasement oriented white house and appeasement. If you don't know what it is, you're USC grad. Go look up the 19 thirties, and we're gonna have a replay of Stanley Baldwin and Neville Chamberlain out of Joe Biden and John Kerry in And I, You know, I helped Tony Blinken can assert some authority here. But when you've got your former boss running around the building and calling for virtual climate, can you imagine being sentenced to sit through? That Jim call. There's going to be a virtual climate summit. And it's going to be virtual and President. She's going to participate. Suri is you betcha. They're gonna have a Endless loop of president she nodding as I am, if you're watching on YouTube, just kind of sit there and nod. And look serious and listen to John Kerry. It work in the fact he served in Vietnam somehow, but that's That is going to be the worst him call ever. Climate change, with John Kerry talking for A few 100 hours with Like minded delegates from around the world doing you're gonna watch that. I think that's something you ought to be watching. In fact, we're gonna I would not watch that with your eyes. Okay. See? It's not really going to draw much of a cloud crowd. I think we're gonna sign Harley because of hardly jokes. Tourism yesterday, Harley is going to have to watch and write back and edit. Let us get four 22nd clips Harley from the beginning, and it one hour intervals. He was on care was pretty funny Yesterday. He was pretty funny yesterday, but he's gonna enjoy watching the climate summit with John Kerry. That's that's what Harley gets to do for having making a joke. He make a joke, and I would have that sound. If I had my soundboard. I would Be able to play that little clip but I can't. I do have my relate factor which I point out. SEB. 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Muslims Navigate Restrictions in the Second Pandemic Ramadan
"Muslims navigate restrictions in the second pandemic Ramadan last year the coronavirus up into the routines of Muslims performing the communal rituals associated with Islam sacred month of Ramadan the month long observance which begins Tuesday across the Middle East is associated with fasting worshipping charity that's when Muslims typically congregate for prayers gather around festive meals to break their daylong fast crowd into cafes and exchange visits but this year the world has been hit by an intense new coronavirus wave the regulations vary in different countries for many Muslims that means hopes of a better Ramadan than last year have been dashed with the surgeon infection rates I'm Walter Ratliff
Fresh update on "middle east" discussed on Le Monde diplomatique - English edition
"My name's george miller my guest. This month is ibrahim ward. Whose junk professor of international business at the fletcher school of tufts university in this sedition of the paper ibrahim written about us foreign policy in the middle east in a piece entitled biden and iran. Who trusts who he asks. What inheritance has donald trump left his successor. And what clues are there. So far as to the biden administration stance towards the wider region three years ago trump withdrew the us from the iran nuclear deal and reimposed stringent sanctions. The deal still exist. Six of its seven signatories remain but it is as brahim more points out on life support. Biden's choice robert malley as iran envoy and therefore the pass to re engage in negotiations with his republic has been one of his most controversial appointments interest strong criticism from the right who fear. He'll prove to emollient. We'll talk about the man and his mission. We also talk about us relations with saudi arabia and israel under biden. But when i called ebrahim earlier this month. I started by asking him about another inheritance from trump. The abraham accords between israel the united arab emirates and the. Us should they be chalked up in the credit column. Well in some ways. It is an achievement. Bickers it's been quite elusive getting arab countries to sign any kind of agreement with with israel. And in this instance. The word normalization was used. Which is i don't know if excessive or not but certainly in terms of being able to fly to each other's country to get visas to conduct business etc so on from one perspective it is quite an achievement. So four countries did that starting with the uae then. Bahrain then sudan and morocco and then they're a few others that are being discussed so one way of looking at those agreements is that especially with gulf countries and to some extent with a country like morocco. it's way of officializing. Something that already existed. So there have been for the past few years a number of direct business contacts between gulf countries including actually saudi arabia which is not far to louis abraham accords and especially in the field of security so this was an open secret that they were ties between israel and some arab countries. So what jared kushner did was essentially get into business deals or business oriented deals and all the protagonists belong to a very narrow group of people who think alike and so there to diplomats. I won't get into the names of the details. But basically when trump became president the two people he named to deal with arab israeli conflict Were former employees of the trump company. One of the technically was just the bankruptcy lawyer of donald trump which kind of he had many occasions to us..
Iran Calls Natanz Atomic Site Blackout 'Nuclear Terrorism'
"On sunday described a blackout at its underground natanz atomic facility. An active nuclear terrorism reading regional tensions as well as powers and tehran continue to negotiate over its tattered nuclear deal while there was no immediate claim of responsibility. Suspicion fell immediately on israel where it's media nearly uniformly reported. A devastating cyber attack orchestrated by the country causing the blackout. If israel was responsible it further heightened tensions between the two nations already engaged in a shadow conflict across the wider middle east israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu who met on sunday with. Us defense secretary. Lloyd austin has vowed to do everything in his power to stop the nuclear deal. Details remained few about what happened. Leeann sunday morning at the facility which was initially described as a blackout caused by the electrical grid feeding. It's above ground workshops and underground enrichment holes. The i a the united nations body that monitors tehran's atomic programme earlier said it was aware of media reports about the incident at natanz and had spoken with iranian officials about it however natanz has been targeted by sabotage in the past the stuxnet computer virus discovered in two thousand ten and widely believed to be a joint. Us isreaeli creation wants disrupted and destroyed iranian centrifuges in natanz amid a period of western fears about tehran's program natanz suffered a mysterious explosion at its advanced centrifuge assembly plant in july that authorities later described as sabotage
Iran calls Natanz atomic site blackout 'nuclear terrorism'
"A 17 year old girl in central Florida, who stepped on a downed power line. About 10,000 customers are still without power. A mysterious nuclear incident in the Middle East. Iran is blaming Israel for a blackout at its Natanz atomic facility, describing it as nuclear terrorism. Israel has not claimed responsibility, but Israeli media say the Mossad spy agency carried
The Middle East Crisis Factory
"Guest today is al-baghdadi who together with akhmed got nash. Is the author of the book. The middle east crisis factory. I wanted to start by talking about the recent history of the middle east as it's affected you directly because your current circumstances a kind of a product of the recent history of the middle east so i was wondering if you could talk us through that a bit and explain how it is. You come to be talking to us today from oslo and that's a good question and one that is personally relevant for me. I mean i had kind of a white upbringing out say in the united arab emirates. My family really was formed in the united arab emirates and nineteen seventies. I was born there. And i do buy in the nineteen eighties. Maybe even into the nineteen nineties was kind of like one of those best kept secrets. It was boring in a good way. In the sense that it's that one place in this turbulent region where people could move and they could have a successful career and there was no instability around the united arab emirates. The results of news about you know things happening in iraq and iran but mostly on that side of the gulf things were quiet. My own family however came from a much. More turbulent history. My father was born shortly before the nineteen forty eight neka the exodus of palestinians from historical palestine. My mother herself was born diaspora in damascus. So there was lot of instability that kind of pre existed that. I was never exposed to so growing up in the united arab emirates. You are in this kind of place which has more or less in this. Very turbulent region an island of stability at least seemed to the until twenty seven.
The History of Muslim-Controlled Spain
"In the early eighth century the iberian peninsula was populated by the visigoths who are dramatic people who entered and populated the peninsula after the collapse of the roman empire. During the reign of the caliph will lead the first general. Tariq iban ziad lead moore's forces across the mediterranean and landed in gibraltar on april thirtieth in the year seven eleven. This began a seven year campaign. Where the moore's brought most of the iberian peninsula under islamic control the term moore should probably be explained as i've used it here. In several previous episodes there really are no people called. Moore's the term more was used by europeans to describe muslim inhabitants. From north africa included people of different ethnicities including berbers and arabs. The term isn't too dissimilar from the term francs which was used by muslims in the middle east to describe all europeans. The term comes from the roman province of mauritania which is where modern day morocco is located. The current country of that name is not located exactly where the ancient province of mauritania is located. The invasion began a period where muslim rulers controlled at least part of the iberian peninsula for almost eight hundred years the moore's never completely conquered the peninsula however even at its greatest extent just eight years. After the invasion there was still a part of the peninsula that remained under christian control in the far north the kingdom of asturias remained independent and it was never conquered that being said one of the reasons why they had such an easy time is because they gave very generous terms to the people who they did. Conquer one example of this is theodomir the visigoths chief of america. He agreed to terms where he could still continue to be the leader of his people and practice christianity. All they had to do was pay an annual tribute. The entire region of iberian muslim rule was known in arabic as al
Jordan Says Plot Involving High-Profile Figures Is 'Totally Contained'
"Deputy prime minister says a coup plot has been foiled and accuses former Crown Prince Hamza bin Hussein of working with foreign parties to destabilize the country. Several high profile figures have been arrested and are in custody and Amman based journalist Rana Sway, says Hamza, who was King Abdullah's half brother. Has released a video saying he's under house arrest. He said that all communication was cut off the Internet was cut off and that he his security was Revoked his security and his family's security as well. He talked about corruption in the country on the failure off reform on the deterioration of institutions and Jordan as well. The Biden administration has expressed support for King Abdullah Jordan is considered a rare spot of stability in the Middle East.
Palestinian Militant Will Challenge Abbas’s Party in Election
"Figure has the inside track and replacing my clue boss as the Palestinian president. The ladies for the media lines. Police free to attention in the Middle East is turning to Palestinian elections and fat sack leader Marwan Barghouti is emerging as a leading candidate to replace Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The problem for Barghouti is that he's in an Israeli prison, serving five consecutive life sentences for murder. The popular Barghouti always places among top finishes in polls. While the octogenarian Abbas, who is presently in the 15th year of a four year term, appears to have lost the Confidence of the younger generation. As to Israel, releasing Barghouti experts don't dismiss the idea. A deal might be just what is needed in order to prevent a victory by the Iranian backed Hamas terrorist organization. I'm
Saudi Crown Prince announces Saudi Green Initiative, Middle East Green Initiative
"Saudi arabia aims to plant ten billion trees in the coming decades as part of an ambitious campaign unveiled by crown prince mohammed bin salman on saturday to reduce carbon emissions and combat pollution and land degradation the de facto. Ruler of the world's top oil exporter said that saudi arabia aims to reduce its carbon emissions by generating fifty percent of the country's energy from renewables by twenty thirty react would also work with other arab states on the middle east green initiative to plant an additional forty billion trees which the print said. We'll be the world's largest reforestation program. The statements did not provide details. On how the ambitious planting project would be carried out in the country with limited renewable water resources. The world's largest producer of desalinated water has in the past said it would use cloud seeding and recycled water to plant local trees that require less irrigation including in urban areas. The saudi green initiative is part of the prince's vision twenty thirty plan to reduce its reliance on oil revenues and to improve the quality of life in the country the kingdom the region and the world needs to go much further and faster in combating climate change. Prince mohammad said he said the share of clean energy production in the middle east does not currently exceed seven percent and that saudi would work with regional partners to help contributes to a reduction in carbon emissions resulting from hydrocarbon production in the region by more than sixty percent.
The Hitler Haggadah with Jonnie Schnytzer
"Joined today by johnny schnitzer to talk about the hitler. Haga a nineteen forty-three judeo arabic haggadah. Which tells the story of the holocaust the second world war and the allied landing in north africa through the passover seder. Johnny schnitzer is a phd candidate at bar. Ilan university with a focus on medieval kabbalah. His dissertation is focused on the fourteenth century. Kabul list rabbi. Joseph ben shallow ashkenazi and johnny is also preparing a critical edition of ashkenazis. Commentary on sefer itsy raw. Johnny also edited an english edition of the etc. Which we're going to be talking about today. The hitler etc is such a fascinating text in many ways even just the title is jarring. And you might think how can you use. Hitler's name in the title of this traditional jewish text and it draws you in to a tremendous piece of moroccan jewish history that reworked the traditional passover story to tell us about the experience of north african jews in the holocaust. I hope you enjoyed our conversation. Where we're going to dive into this text and think about how it can broaden our understanding of the holocaust to include the middle east and north africa in that story and also where we think through the important relationship between jewish roots and holidays with history and historical memory. Thanks for tuning in high johnny. Welcome to the podcast. Thanks so much for joining us to talk about your book that you added. Thank you for inviting me. Lovely to be here. Absolute think this is such a fascinating text. Can you maybe tell us a little bit about it in other words like what is it that makes this different from all other hug adults. I think there are sort of two bombs that this text drops upon any re- debt guest that sort of feast there is on the hit laga and the first one of course is the title and this is what got me interested in this from the outset and that is this sort of sporadic this who has the chutzpah to do this at taking a jewish texts calling it the hit laga. That's the sort of bomb number one. Because you're not even sure what this is about. Who wrote this. But you know one thing you know that the author who is anonymous and we'll touch upon them in a moment takes to keywords. That every juneau's today every jew does not need to google almost haggadah writer passover passover eve where we read the haggadah we all come and we eat together and he takes haggadah and he connects to the other. Keyword that we all know about for a very separate horrific connotation. That's hitler and he puts it together. The first bomb is who has the chutzpah to perpetrate a text. And give it the title. Hit laga taking one of the most sacred texts and connecting it to one of the biggest mom's area if you like in jewish history and then you open the text and you realize that author has done something absolutely fascinating he is done with. The sages have asked us to do generation after generation and that is to see ourselves as if we left egypt red. It's to reenact. Redemptions to reenact. God saving the jewish people taking us out. And what does he do. He takes the structure of the storytelling bit of the haggadah. Right on passover. Eve we have the ceremony we have the blessings and then we reached the mortgage section the mugged section to section where we meant to mcgee. We meant to tell the story. That's what is about right. We tell story we tell the story of redemption. This also explains why passovers become right. This trend of everyone bringing own hug dot. Everyone bringing their own stories. Because it's all about bringing together different pieces of the puzzle. Creating this beautifully rich mosaic. So he takes the traditional structure of the haggadah which tells us about how we were taken out of egypt and it tells us about these different characters. Rabbinic figures leaving two thousand years ago. The told us to do this and told us to do that. And he takes out the content and fills it with a new content whereby he tells the story of the holocaust of world war two of the allied victory of the ex pows over nazi germany. And hitler and mussolini's italy he tells us the story of his generation rights yossi who has something to tell us in the traditional said. There's something about how. How would you meant to do something. All of a sudden becomes the speech of the dictator iosif stalin when we told them the haggadah that i god and not an angel. Not anyone else is going to take you. The jewish people out of egypt suddenly becomes. I shall the goal. I not level not the right none of none of the other vichy high commanding general's. I shall the goal which already tells us right. This is what's fascinating in the hitler etc and this is the second bomb if the first bomb is the title. We still don't know what it's about. The second bomb is when you discover that this was written by an anonymous jew living in robots morocco probably towards the end of nineteen forty-three as a result possibly inspired by operation torch. The allied operation led by the us on the shores of casablanca and algiers. And everything changes all of a sudden this jew living in morocco. Who's lived under a regime whether anti jewish laws jews around him have lost their jobs. Jews around you can't get a jewish education you become by night a second-grade citizen and so out author. It almost seems as if he's taking a text which it's time to write it when we don't yet know the ending. He doesn't yet know about the horrific six million who are being murdered. He doesn't know about concentration camps in poland. But he knows he wants to do something horrific any also is living in a time where his life has changed for some years and as a result of the allied victory he suddenly possibly is inspired and sees. I get the exodus. The story i meant to be telling i meant to take the passover haggadah until the story that i see and that's how the allies beat the excess power. And how in fact you know retelling the story of exodus mine new-fangled version. I think that the text itself is amazing in the ways in which it on. The one hand utilizes the story of passover very explicitly very specifically in when he talks. About how hitler. Enslaved the jews but also like you mentioned the way in which some of the characteristic aspects of the traditional aspects are transfigured and transformed new. Whether we're talking about the parable of the four sons the for children or the different rabbis plagues. What are some of the really interesting things that are happening in this text that really are utilizing the passover story itself and also the the characteristic aspects of the passover seder that people who read attritional seder would be familiar with but they give it new meaning in this context. If we take right this this idea of the four sons four daughters any jewish figure that we look at it and we want to understand. What is it the sort of a heart of their teachings you know. One of the tricks is to see if they wrote a commentary on the haggadah. What do they do with these. Four boys of for doors. What do they symbolize. And in the case of the hit da it takes us back in time to a sort of moroccan viewpoint of the the north african campaign. And so who is the wise son now. You know it's going to be an allied power. But you're not sure that england or is it america and you'll told the the wise son is england right. The royal air force acts cleverly. He's clearly impressed he he is probably the razzie stance radio. He knows about the bombings. He knows about montgomery and then we move onto the russia. The russia we know can only be one person. That's clearly hitler. Hitler the evil one. He knows that he's a know he. He's torturing the jewish people and yet it's interesting that if you read through the at that we're not quite sure what's going on in europe right off a thinks that there is a concentration camp in berlin so we're not yet show what's going on in the world and our author doesn't yet. Nobody knows that he clearly is evil that he's plotting against the jews there wearing yellow badges which also is interesting. Because we're not sure. If he's referring to the yellow badges of jews in europe or the yellow badges of jews in certain places in north africa and then who is the tam. The time is interesting. Because tom can both mean in hebrew complete simpleton the thomas america and then shane no. You're dillashaw and who doesn't know how to ask questions. The classic version says the fourth son is the son who doesn't know how to ask questions. The newfangled version is and mussalini. Who isn't with the avowed woods and this is very interesting because when i was speaking to holocaust survivors. Oh you know this. Sort of all degeneration and i spoke to people from algeria from tunisia morocco across the board there was a nickname from cellini mar. He was the donkey he was the s. This resonates with this passage whims lead author decides to change it. And say it's not. He doesn't ask question it's that we don't even wanna talk about
Honeysuckle the Perfect Champion at Cheltenham Festival 2021
"Question that's been asked to ask you as a broadcaster who has been to pretty much every major events in the world. And you've anchorage a loss of mainstream on terrestrial television in america but also you've covered pretty much every cheltenham festival in your career. What was it like would know crowd. Well we had had a year. I suppose of getting used to that crowd and even some pretty big events but it was right up there as very strange indeed because i think the restrictions of tightened here in the last couple of months before or they get loosened again restrictions tighter for children than perhaps they'd ever seen it at any major fixture at certain types it than they were at the breeders cup ties than it looked in in the middle east and an in australia so it was really odd him because cheltenham more than any other event is so contingent on on the crowds and provide atmosphere. It really was a an odd not experienced but by midway through the first after noon. I'd almost forgotten at one point. The crowd that i mean if you will if you're broke cussing racing. Cd audience as distinct from it audience. Perhaps you could say that. The crowd isn't as isn't as important. Because you're not going to be putting quite as much of that into the so Yeah bye-bye halfway through day one. My mind had been taken off it. But then there were moments that punctuated the week. Where you were. You reminded of quite stock again but still the the quality of this boat was outstanding when they ride the record books. They don't want to write the asterisk. That was crowd so it didn't seem to take the gloss off too much for henry bra. Gb buck and certainly an operational. Absolutely not i suppose. The top performance came day one and the champion hurdle the uni bet champion hurdle before the sponsors comes running after me with an ax honeysuckle and rachel block. More get back to back. Cheltenham festival wins another brilliant performance from henry de bromhead at cheltenham would last year's form kind of holding up sharjah. The runner up last year was second again. And the winner of last year's race epa ton with our new jockey. Aidan coleman finishing third. Nick what was your overall impression of of this year's champion your reaction as i watched was. I'm pretty sure it was is. The director came to you and said nick iran. I'm pretty sure you use went. Wow that's that kind of summed it up for all of us. I probably got a bit carried away in all honesty. But we do. Occasionally we do occasionally get a bit carried away and i. It was a completely genuine emotion. I wasn't trying to compensate dirty. Was i genuinely was blown away by so i tried to work out. Why subsequently i made some cloud landed comments that would probably verging toward hyperbole. And i think it's because of the way she finished her race off the way the the way in which she rounded the final almost on rails honeysuckle jumped the loss and then scampered up the running. And i left the impression of a performance of of of of otter total dominance on. I was staggered. By how well. She finished off the race now. Subsequent section now. The ray suggests that the reason for that was that they'd slowed the pace down. Because gordon was being a head banger. In the middle of the race they. The pace of the race had slackened significantly and really at turned into a test of speed and she was able to win like she was because as she was in grateful be. She's very very good. See she's got more than people thought she had. Indeed she was tactically. Well positioned biracial blackmore. But the the image the impression of scampering away from shahjahan episodes in a really good time the hill really good finishing split Just was just made me feel good and before you start talking about ratings and allowances where it sits in the pantheon ultime champion other. When is it just made me feel good. And i didn't think at that point they would be many. If any performance during the week to to eclipse i in terms of dominance and quality. How wrong i was
US Officials To Hold Talks in Mexico & Guatemala on Migration
"Migrants coming to the U. S border. Thousands of unaccompanied teens and Children in U. S custody, some held in jail like facilities. More likely on the way. This is the urgent situation facing President Biden at the border today and an echo of the one he faced as vice president back in 2014. His approach so far is similar focus on the root causes. Today, he sent three top officials to Mexico and Guatemala to discuss how to manage the increasing numbers of people trying to reach the U. S. Joining us to talk more about this is Franco or join us and Przybyl, White House correspondent and Franco first tell us just the basics of this trip to Mexico. Well, I think this is a trip that really shows how urgent the situation really is. Most of the migrants to the U. S border are from three Central American countries. Mexico had been working with the former administration to keep them from making that journey through Mexico, but that largely stopped. Biden is now sending two top officials from the National Security Council and another from the state Department to the region. Roberta Jacobson. She will be leading talks with Mexico's foreign secretary, Marcello Abroad and other top Mexican officials. She was actually an ambassador to Mexico during the Obama administration, and she'll be joined by one Gonzales, the NSC senior director for the region. Now they'll be talking about how to manage the situation and also be exploring a joint development strategy for Mexico and the Northern Triangle countries, you know, trying to work together to address the root causes of migration. Let's take one example. Guatemala What's on the agenda there? Welcome. Salas, again from the NSC and Ricardo Zuniga from the State Department will travel to Guatemala to meet with president they part of the President Alejandro Giammetti and his foreign minister, Pedro Barolo, and other economic and security officials. They will also meet with representatives from the private sector and civil society groups. You know, the big picture here is that President Biden feels that security and prosperity in Central America Are closely linked to security and prosperity in the United States. Give us some context here in terms of how Biden waiting when he was vice president, and maybe what he's doing differently this time around as president. Well, his vice president, Biden led a similar effort to Rio to address the root causes of migration. It was called the Alliance for Prosperity, and it provided a billion dollars to help police training, judicial reform and and corruption. This time around. He wants to offer $4 billion. Now I talked to Andrew Seeley about this. He's the president of the Migration Policy Institute. He said Biden is finding out the hard reality about this challenge that faces all presidents. And that it's not easy. The border is to immigration politics with the Middle East is to foreign policy. You know, every president comes in determined to do something focus on a different part of immigration. And ends up sucked into the border in some way. Frankly, Biden now owns this issue and the political fall out in a way that he didn't when he was just the vice president and one big difference in his approach this time is that the administration is going to be a bit more clear eyed about the realities of corruption at the highest level of these governments and Central America. The administration says they will on Lee give the money to community and international organizations. How has the Biden administration responded to criticism from Republicans who are claiming that Biden triggered this influx of migrants by reversing some of the restrictive immigrant immigration policies? Of President Trump's, You know, it's been a difficult thing to answer. On the one hand, the bind Administration says Look, we're going to have a more humane policy and going to rebuild the asylum system, which was largely dismantled by the former administration. On the other hand, they're saying Don't come now. And there's a sense that that message is a little bit muddied. The White House insists they've been clear they point to the thousands of radio ads and targeted social media ads in the region that they say have reached millions of people. But the numbers of people coming to the border are still high. And while the administration says that most people are turned away Children or not, and some families are not as well. And will Biden visit the board? Well, he said yesterday that heals go at some point, but there's no sense that that will happen in the near future. That's NPR.
Iran Inaugurates New Underground Missile Facility
"News story out of Iran is that the Revolutionary Guard. They've inaugurated a new underground missile facility that was intended designated for missile storage reported by state TV. I mean, so there are transparent to that extent. On by the commander of the Revolutionary Guard who we first met when I say we, the United States first met with the embassy takeover. In November of 1979. He said the cruise and ballistic missiles will empower the forces Navy even more. They had a TV report that showed footage of scores of missiles in an enclosed space resembling an underground corridor. And they claimed that these missiles contractual 2000 kilometers, which is 1200 miles Um, placing much of the Middle East, including Israel within range, and I'm not mistaken. There was a bit of a dust up today. I think that Iranian forces Struck a U. S military base in Syria. And I think there was a little bit of a problem over the weekend with with an oil tanker in the strait of her moves. It just seems that they're just spoiling for a fight. Even even again. You know, a few weeks after we've have have resumed participation in these talks. Am I missing something? When the the Washington has, uh has had talks to try and re enter the J C P away, but it has not yet done so on. It is requesting certain focus and understanding from Iran before doing so we'll have to see Where Iran takes it. But yes, Iran's the military prowess has always been very, very important in the region in the world. The Iranian military power when the molars took over in Tehran that you mentioned 1979 when they did take over is the Iranian army was the world's largest army. Andre the always been a very, very strong military force in the region. They fought a decade long war with their neighbor Iraq at the time in the 19 eighties on into the 19 nineties. On But But yes, one would. One would hope that the world does understand as I mentioned in the beginning when you live closer to to a country like that. I think you understand it better. It's all very well to live tens of thousands of miles away from from Iran. But if you don't have to deal with what they're doing, and they're undermining Off the Middle East on bits all over the Middle East, their connections in Lebanon and in Syria and in Iraq and in the Yemen on their meddling in affairs in governments all over the Middle East. When one begins to understand. I think Iran and what it's focusing in on and it's revolutionary. God are incredibly problematic. And Ruth that group lists, of course, know, Della,
[TEST BURST] Lucid Motors
"The undisclosed commitment came after lucid accepted over one billion dollars in financing from saudi investment. Funded two thousand eighteen. A spokesman for lucid said it expects to set up manufacturing facilities and several regions including the middle east. A representative of the saudi public investment fund. Didn't return a request for comment.
U.S. will defend troops and interests after rocket attack in Iraq, Defense Secretary says
"Understand and respect the reservations that some of you have expressed about having another recently retired general at the head of the department of defense the safety and security of our democracy demands competent civilian control of our armed forces the subordination of military power to the civil. I spent my entire life. Committed to that principle. Retired general. Lloyd austin at his confirmation hearing to become the nation's first black defense secretary now on the job just over six weeks. We sat down to discuss the obstacles facing the military across the middle east the kovin pandemic and extremism within the ranks. But i began by asking him about his transition from army four star general to civilian chief of the armed forces lloyd illustrations years in uniform stretched from the halls of west. Point to the battlefields of iraq. Where i shed a ride out of baghdad with him back in twenty eleven. How does your combat experience your forty one years in uniform guide you now as a civilian leader you certainly come into the position With a great appreciation for the complexities of combat and you also have an appreciation for the impact that combat has not only on the country that you're fighting in but also on the resources of the country set are actually fighting. We wanna lead with diplomacy in every case but if deterrence fails and you must fight you fight to win and so you wanna make sure that that your your troops are properly resource properly trained and focus the right way so that they can not only win but when decisively during his forty one years in the army it was not just combat that tested austin. He broke through many racial barriers. Along the way. I can remember going to a bus station with my mother and looking at the restrooms that were male female in colored. That's kind of how we started. How i started as a child and to rise to To be able to rise to position of secretary of defense in my lifetime is quite incredible. But you have to ask yourself you know why it took so long to have an african american secretary of defense. What we wanna make sure happens going forward is that i am not the last african american secretary of defense that we create those opportunities in our ranks for african americans and hispanics to rise to the very highest ranks in our military and to that end. Battling extremism is high on his agenda. I wanna turn to to january. Sixth more than forty veterans have been arrested from that day. You have asked for one day standdown for everyone to talk about extremism. What are you hearing in terms of extremism in the ranks. I just got an initial brief bag from From our service secretaries on on how they're conducting the stand down they're all going about it in a in a bit of a different way as you would expect great initiative They're all doing great work. They're having some really in depth conversations with their troops on On values on the oath that we took on the importance of unit cohesion. This is not about You know political parties or political political beliefs. This is behavior that can really tear at the fabric of our institution And so we want to make sure that our troops are reminded of of what our values are reminded of the oath that we took coming in and and my belief my strong belief martha is at ninety nine point nine percent of our troops embrace those values and are focused on the right things and are doing the right things each and every day and want him move to iraq. This week we saw a second significant attack with those ten rockets. Do you know who did it. And what kind of responses might we expect. We're still developing the intelligence. They're encouraging the iraqis to move as fast as i can to investigate the incident and they are doing that but you can expect that we will always hold people accountable for their acts. We wanna make sure that Again we understand. Who's responsible for this The message to those that that would carry out such a such an attack. Is that you know. Expect us to do necessary to defend ourselves. We'll strike if that's what we think we need to do. At a time and place of our own choosing we demand the right to protect our troops has iran been given the message that this is not an escalation when we retaliate. iran is Is fully capable of assessing You know the strike and and our activities and draw their own conclusions but what they should draw from. This again is that we're going to defend our troops and are responsible be thoughtful. It will be appropriate. We would hope that they would choose to do the right things
Amplify Your Voice with Ronsley Vaz
"Mitterrand's lee welcome to govern on. Bam bam awesome so broadly. This is the second go round when he tried to do this once and here we are again. You're later just about a year later. I think if not maybe a little bit more members from the first one. I remember we did yours. End mind like in the same recording musically and so we talked a lot about representation. We talked about your experience with being a person of color and having not really realized it until. And why don't we dive in. So tell us who you are. What's your heritage. Which is i'm in the us over everyone else. Rhonda's in australia and also you're in the future. We're talking about this before the recording Way the features eight thirty a m in the future. Now's ahead so when i leave australia night. Arriving in la. I arrived four hours before i left. Scottish has of his is amazing features. Spent a good day to be alive icicle yet. I mean i'm looking forward to thursday. Who's rawnsley what's your heritage. Well i. it's interesting. I've always struggled with identity and i still. I think i'm on that journey. All figuring out exacting by bennie. So it's a constantly evolving. Question alonso. I suppose to the questions constantly. Ask myself that. But my mom on a portuguese possible at my dad's in indian possible fire was spreading office. The only possible and osborne bearing in the middle east by mom was born in mombasa in kenya. So i've actually never thought of myself as a minority. I think is the would that i like. I never thought of myself as a minority. And i think that's the conversation he had maybe time because i was in an entrepreneur events where there was a session on minorities and someone asked me on going to that session and i'm like no. I'm not a minority minority and then bay said in hindi because i still understand riot out. He said it in job excellent but it's very similar thing like connie see the color of skin now's life. Us should stick with that so that was fascinating when that happened. What all that changed often. Black lives matter off the some conversations about representation about somew- conversations that i'm having so i'm just a citizen of the load totally when i find interesting is that it wasn't until adulthood. That was pointed up to you which it even much more complex and layered because i grew up in mexico city came to the. Us and the united states is notorious for wanting to put you in boxes. When you arrive into the us is like oh you. Are this whatever we decide. That box is and most of my audiences in the us but habitat people like it all over the world. And so your experience makes the answer even more layered because not everyone exists within the constraint. You didn't you. Iran's lead for a long time and i didn't fit him anywhere right so that was the familiar part of everything. Like i never fitting. Why didn't fit in need. Even i spoke in the with an english accent sauce incidents the ride and i come to failure. I have an indian accent and my indian turret still acts up. Don't get me wrong. But i had changed the way i spoke primarily because i think that when someone didn't understand me they didn't know how to ask again to the only way than you ought to ask again was to make like i wasn't saying correctly in the first place and i gotta john's to like you know break that down really until now this year even in the last few months so then now more and more i'm encouraging people to pull and that's why i think clubhouses amazing and obviously i'm one of my a lot but I love clubhouse primarily because you feel all these different voices and really listen because you know in cobb. Got to listen before you speak right. It's like a token stick. So you have to listen to this person and you realize that if you pay attention just because they sound different in the english is different does not mean that they're not smart or they're not intelligent in the points that they're making bright
"middle east" Discussed on The Classicist
"Leave Sumatra. I have fifty two targets in Iran. And if you kill any Americans I'm going to systematically automatically go down that list and the subtext was power stations nuclear facilities airbases. Who knows and they're not going to cost any American lives? It can be taken out by drones or cruise missiles. Probably you mentioned the salience of of oil having declined some because it mooted for the United States purposes anyway by fracking development of our own energy resources that said there is still a a more general version of that argument that important role for a superpower power like the US to play is to make sure that important trade routes like this who has canal are the Straits of Hormuz stay open for for Global Commerce. How much much How much stock should we put into arguments like that? Victor by which I mean that the the US bears this distinctive responsibility to ensure essentially international benefits. Should we be looking looking for more international assistance in terms of shouldering that burden. That's a very good question troy because we're seeing something analogous with the corona virus virus scare her in China because it's almost shutdown Chinese tourism entirely. It'll cut off most trade and visitation to China and what will affect will that have on the global economy I don't know what the percentage of GDP losses will be worldwide but it will have an effect but it's beyond the control of the United States and the worst thing we can do is have business as usual China into a no the nature. This virus. The same thing's true of oil should Iran Send send a whole armada of drones and take out four or five or we find reason Kuwait and Saudi Arabia and reduce Middle East. You know daily the output by fifty percent that would have an effect on the economy but to what degree the United States. It's insulated from that. To what degree does it calibrate. Yeah well it's going to hurt China and it's going to hurt Europe and they're not going to buy US goods or it's going to affect you as tourism or it's GonNa Affect financial markets. I don't know but I do know that the American people do not think any longer You know seventy five years after World Award to that. It's our responsibility to keep protecting the financial and economic interest of other people who were not necessarily always fond. Oba's it was so my final question for you. There's a passage in your piece. It's really start comprehensiveness. Our listeners are going to have to forgive me a long quote here because it's the only way to do it. Justice says you right in here and I'm quoted especially in the last half century. The Middle East has produced a little more than bad news bad memories and bad blood six major israeli-arab conflicts the nineteen seventy nine and eighty running hostage crisis the Persian Gulf war the Iraq war a decade of no fly zones the shooting shooting down a US Blackhawk. In Mogadishu the two decades log in Afghanistan the first and second Libyan bombing missions the Marine barracks attack in Beirut the Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia the terrorist attack on the USS Cole. Him and Obama's red line in Syria gassings genocides by Saddam and Assad the hijackings assassinations mass killings and bombings by the the Muslim Brotherhood. This keeps going the PLO black September the Popular Front for the Liberation Palestine Hamas Hezbollah al Qaeda and Isis the current mass ethnic cleansing of Christians the online mind beheadings the no go zones of Middle East immigrant communities in Europe. All these have done their part in souring generations of Americans on the Middle East. I mean good Lord Victor when you read that list in its entirety at the risk of asking a question that admits of no easy answer. What is wrong with this region that is an arresting cat at a log of dysfunction and malfeasance to what do we point as the underlying malady or maladies as the case? Maybe maybe yeah you know and then you think of those names. Don't use your car we've all we hear e Bin Laden had off saw not. Because I didn't want to fatigue everyone but yes no right there Baghdadi. I know I emotional response now with Americans are just done with it. You know been there done that. And what is the problem with that region economically that it's sort of like the homeless in San Francisco next Google all in apple and facebook. There's enormous amount of wealth and it's not evenly distributed in this next to abject poverty that's one and then where they were the Tabu second topic of courses Islam and doesn't allow the liberalisation of society doesn't promote scientific research it doesn't allow equality for women. It has certain reactionary elements within that are violent and it won't address the necessary changes in the modern world so it has a resistance toward all the things that make modern societies wealthy transparency parents religious tolerance constitutional government liberalization of women. Doesn't have that and then three three It has a historical. I don't know how has historical burdens so to speak in the Islamic mind. This is culture. pan-islamic Monica say we saw little elements of that in the sixties and seventies with unification. You've Libyan Egypt the United Arab Republic and all that stuff but there's an idea that one day just maybe in the future there will be a pants mommy caliphate doing him sick name of Isis and then all of the historical injustices that took L. Andaluz Spain vein from from Islam and stopped at the gates of Vienna. All these crazy ideas will be rectified. And the Palestinians Estonians oldest story Israel and this will be in Europe again except except on his own people who believe that doesn't mean large percentage is but when you have about seven hundred and nine people ten percent. Believe that you've got seventy million fanatic and so those governments that are illegitimate and are not constitutional official consensual to stay in power. They make deals with these fanatics. When it's a Saudi? Royal Family to Kuwaiti Royal. Family Tehreek governments in Syria Libya. Whatever it is they allow those to function and exist and even pry by saying point? Your guns or you're a terrorist bombs or your suicide belts that Westerners not us and we allow that to happen and what I think is so ironic now. Is that when you WANNA be there. And you want to say please like us. And we'll give you billions of dollars in aid and we took out Saddam. We took out good off the and we took out the Taliban for you. It doesn't work but when you say then a been there done that. CEO WOULDN'T WANNA be. We had that attitude then all of a sudden please stay engaged. Adjudicate the Turks and the Kurds don't let all these people died in Afghanistan looking the rack. We have a functioning democracy. Why would you abandon us all this stuff and so I think that's what trump would his animal cunning has since it is Kabila up the US economy bill would even stronger US military forces but you know option wars have bad optics and bad ratings? Don't get rolled called them and then let the vessel beg us to come over at our own convenience and our national interests in our self interest. And that's where we are today and everybody says Oh the bipartisan consensus of world. War Two since World War Two crumbling and we need to be here and snape power. Hillary you know we came. We saw Qaddafi awesome. That's dead it's not. It's it's zero support and I'm speaking of somebody who supported taking out Saddam Hussein but There's just no support for that one. Given the litany that you read and I know we're we're tired of it all right. You've been listening to the classes. podcast with Victor Davis Hanson. Remember you can read all the victories work. Victor Hansen Dot Com. He's on twitter at Vdi. Hanssen Hansen joined the show. Please on Itunes or wherever you get your podcast for Victor Davis Hanson Choice Senate. Thanks for listening..
"middle east" Discussed on World News Analysis
"So Dr Gile could you remind us what are the key messages Inc? Bronco bama's Meteo policy in ten in Cairo Taylor. Well, back then remember Obama from the very beginning during his campaign. He stands out as a guy who supposed to the invasion of Iraq. And he believed that that was wrong based on a wrong assumption and America if America to get involved in the Middle East in that way, then that's against the people in the Middle East would think that America's against slum instead of exotic extremism and terrorists so almost foreign policy in the Middle East in particular is very much focusing on for instance, pursuing Osama bin Laden killing terrorists, you know, dismantling terrorist network instead of invading countries and also regime change. So in that respect, his Cairo speech is a very significant piece signifying his overall foreign policy, and in particular, he's making that in Cairo is very import. Because Egypt is a key ally in the Middle East to the United States. Therefore, I mean, just like Pompeo did the same thing making major speech during his Middle East tour in Cairo that shows America respect Egypt's row in the Middle East. So overall, I think Obama's speech ten years ago laid the ground for his administration's foreign policy. I think back then he probably didn't expect just two or three years later. There will be a major upheaval in the Middle East. He's not really prepare for that. He wanted to make peace and getting good relations with with the Middle East, including Iran. So that's why after the Arab spring, and then later on after a very prolonged period of negotiations together with allies and also with Russia and China made the deal with Iran. That's a major success all come from his Middle East policy. Now, Trump obstruction is turning against it totally completely and trying to reverse that and to make around major enemy of the United States in that region. So in general, how do you see the role the US has been playing since nine eleven particularly after the two thousand eight and also twenty seven Arab spring during the past few years. Well, there's a bigger picture than the Middle East, which is America's domestic energy revolution. After the widespread technology of fracking United States has gradually become the world number one oil and gas producer, and that changed a lot of American thinking about American role in the Middle East and how America should approached the Middle East, and you can see the diminishing effort of the United States getting involved in the Palestinian Israel conflict. And also can see that the US domestically. There's very strong. Call for withdrawal of the United States forces and also involvement in the Middle East. So I think that's where Trump is coming from. And however, there's also a very strong establishment trying to maintain that the US should be still getting involved and should push for more US dominance in that region to prevent any other regional hegemony like. Particularly like, you're wrong to emerge. I think now because of this unclear direction of where the United States should go in because of the internal dispute about that. You see this back force? Unclear American foreign policy in the Middle East. And now it's getting murkier like the previous speaker said, right? So like just discussed some argue the speech of Heo very much anti Obama represents one hundred eighty degree shift. Others argued deep down. It's not actually not that different assoc arming. What's your take on this? How do you see the Volve -ment? But also, the consistency of the Middle Eastern policy of the past three the Bush, Obama and Trump rations. Earlier. I don't really see a different between the Trump and Obama administration, and they're dealing with the Middle East, and as far as their speeches go the only difference in the narrative and the media's reaction to both of their into. I I look I think yeah, it's true..
"middle east" Discussed on Our Man In the Middle East
"Rising tension between saudi arabia and iran is fuelling wars in yemen and syria the iranians are seen as enemies by israel as well as the saudis so those two countries have made an unlikely alliance that is heating up the old conflict between israel and lebanese hezbollah which gets most of its weapons from iran iran is one of a phalanx of major military powers in eastern syria including the us russia and turkey that competing to control what happens after the jihadists of i s a defeated and miscalculation there could be in a rapid slide into a wider regional war parts of syria that hoped i'd seen the worst of the trouble might then be back in the thick of it aleppo is one just after the russian intervention defeated the rebels there i went to parts of its old city i hadn't seen since a holiday just before the war this street our members worthless his suck factory but there were poachers because in candlestick make his life went on here in the way that it had for hundreds of years and now i will pass to the scene and artillery shells stuck in the ground for loads looted shops ghost town compared to high walls this street which is not deserted and broken was packed with people god knows whether will on a whole lot will be refugees so walk down the street in 2010 heading for the the great citadel of a letter i went there with my mother my daughter who was nine.
"middle east" Discussed on Our Man In the Middle East
"But you can't understand the upheaval energy and anger of the middle east as it is now without understanding the weight of all the centuries that has brought its people to this point history matters a lot sirte can get deeply politicized some said he had a archaeological site just outside the wolves will city in jerusalem and they've been working here for about ten years and they have exposed layer upon layer upon layer of history this series has covered 25 years with a few excursions back into the past but in the history of a city like jerusalem 25 years is is nothing is barely a breath looking down at this jake looking at the different layers of settlement layers of history that have been revealed makes me realise the things on permanent things change each change of ownership of the city was generally accompanied by violence sometimes absolutely horrendous violence these stones metaphorically are soaked with blood but it's a reminder that what seems permanent in the span of one or two or three or even four or five or ten human generations will change the city this rate is hate to hear this might have other owners in the future palestinians might hate to that as well could be other people history doesn't stop it goes on the conflict between israel and the palestinians is heading for another explosion there's no chance of hope let alone peace under the current set of leaders it's important to remember that everything that matters in the middle east is connected.
"middle east" Discussed on Our Man In the Middle East
"More than ten years ago now in the summer of two thousand and six israel and hezbollah the most powerful faction in lebanon but fighting and other war after a long and hard day i sat having a drink with a colleague in our hotel in the centre of beirut we could hear the israelis bombing the southern suburbs of the city where hezbollah is based on my colleague mused darkly over his loss of beer a one day he said whether this is how it felt to be in europe sometime in the 1930s i knew what he meant the presence of a profound malays the could not be sustained foreboding about a crisis ahead the went deeper than the terrible and destructive war going on outside the hotel and the certainty of more bloodshed in beirut that night with more bombs and more beers we talked through a few scenarios i don't think any of them included the overthrow of egypt's president mubarak the killing of chemical daffy by a mob of enraged libyan's the rise of the jihadist group islamic state and a war in syria that has killed getting on for half a million and that is just part of the drama of the last few years.
"middle east" Discussed on Our Man In the Middle East
"Casey see it tiny cages about waste waisthigh it means that you couldn't stand up and you be really hard push to to sit in to you be bent and then great pain i would have full there are one two three four five told hate this until the short cages ferry heavy buys i you can imagine what it must have been like two of being chained up in here like an animal this is the dash islamic state's legal system in action in the school it two men had been shot dead and left to rot under the blanket of summer heat i've said a lot in this series about the consequences of foreign intervention in the middle east and it applies here too islamic state in its predescessors would not have had the chance to expand and mutate without the invasion of iraq in two thousand and three by the us and britain the failure to replace saddam hussein's dictatorship with an effective government all and effective occupation turned iraq into a land of opportunity for the jihadists the most bloodthirsty of a new groups called itself alqaeda in iraq it's love of killing and repression was its own undoing it alienated many of its fellow sunnis it was defeated by an alliance of sunni tribes and the socalled surge of american troops which for the first time gave the us the numbers it needed to impose some order on the chaos they created in iraq.
"middle east" Discussed on Our Man In the Middle East
"A glance at relatively recent history might have told the saudis that there's no such thing as an easy war in yemen yemen has a gun culture the would make some americans jealous in the 1960s britain had to fight hard to retain control of the port of aden in the south in north yemen around the same time egypt intervened in a civil war committing at its peak seventy thousand troops ten thousand of them were killed yemen became egypt's feared phnom and it was a major reason why it's militry did so shambolic lee badly in the 1960s seven war with israel the who 'this transform themselves from a rebellious northern clan to the rulers of the capitol by making some shrewd alliances and fighting heart the depth of iran's relationship with the notoriously independent who 'this is debated the saudis insist they are iranian clients there's a sectarian dimension for both sides iran as the preeminent share power the who 'this follow a form of shia islam and the saudis are sunnis but really it's a trial of strength between two big powers that was why in sanar one darken hot night some of the poorest arabs were waiting for more air raids from some of the richest i'm looking at a my hotel room window that darken city of senna darkened roofs dopp where those job doorways bad and that means that atrocity here for months yemenis are used to tough times but what makes this time tougher than ever is the fact that that future isn't in their own hands they've been pulled into the wider standoff between iran and saudi arabia and for yemenis that's very bad news.
"middle east" Discussed on Our Man In the Middle East
"But russia the kremlin not the press shrank from trying to end the war it's too complicated now for one power to do that think of the war in syria as a deadly layered cake the fight against the acids is just one lehrer each foreign intervention adds another the conflict between kurds and turks shootouts between rebel factions the proxy war between the saudis and iran the most dangerous laser being added now one is what follows the campaign to destroy islamic state's selfstyled caliphate president obama restrict the us military to the fight against isis after he decided not to bomb the asset regime in 2013 president trump is much more aggressive the biggest risks will come after islamic state has been removed from eastern syria a wider regional war might only be a serious miscalculation away they should in the series i'm going to return to the whole issue of the jihadists they've managed to unite enemies but once they've gone there's a real risk of a western confrontation with iran and the militias it supports or even with russia when earlier this year i went to what had been the front line after the rebels were forced out of aleppo the war didn't feel like it at ended it a just change shape again all lighten here in this deserted destroyed street in a deserted destroyed area in a ruined city spurts on no one lives on this road anymore and the thing about these side of aleppo the former rebelcontrolled territory that really strikes me is that you can drive for a couple of miles in one direction and see nothing but devastation than drive a couple of vials in another direction and see nothing other than devastation.
"middle east" Discussed on Our Man In the Middle East
"Attempts at a peace process have failed in a trench on a front line in 2015 they didn't seem to be much to discuss there's one thing for people politicians a very long way from here to talk about the need for some kind of a deal to end the war but viewed from the battlefield that looks further away than ever but dynamic of war has taken over in syria not politics or diplomacy and there was religion westerners found it hard to grasp not all the rebels would you harvests but very many but pious sunni muslims assad relied on russia and iran the rebels have been help most by saudi arabia qatar and turkey feuds between the outside powers have changed the shape of the war the rebels could never unite while two of their main backers the saudis and the categories were daggers drawn rebel splits created a space for the rise of the jihadists turkey opened its long border with syria perhaps thirty thousand wouldbe jihadists crossed over neither the regime nor the rebels were given a decisive edge by that backers but they always had enough to keep going russia has been deeply involved now for nearly two years and one back all of aleppo syria's biggest city for the regime when people were coming up to me and regime held western aleppo and asking delightedly bruschi i could see the impact the russians were having the side of our hotel that faced the front line had a bad case of the smallpox of war was pockmarked by bombs and bullets a big group of russian journalists swaggered around the hotel foyer boasting about the access they were getting to the war to places off limits to westernise the bar was restocked and opened late in their honour.
"middle east" Discussed on Our Man In the Middle East
"Oh man in the middle east jeremy burien reflects on a quarter of a century covering one of the world's most troubled regions hodge twenty one a mini world war the last thing i expected in syria was a trip to the beach but syria's mediterranean coast is about as far from the fighting as it's possible to get and in the last week of the summer holidays in 2015 the beaches were packed remaining loan young men roared up and down on jetskis doing their best to impress goals and bikinis bit iraq and lebanese wine were on the menu in seaside fish restaurants it was the time of horrifying pictures of syrians dying as they tried to get to europe but around the port of attack yet children played in the waves instead of drowning in them as i walk down the beach was hard to believe it was the same country i've been covering during four years of war with hundreds of thousands dead and half the population more than ten million losing their homes and fleeing the fighting the tech here is a government stronghold and the beach said a lot about the reasons why bashar al assad has survived a serious president it was a taste of the sect killer and free syria that the president and his supporters said they were fighting for the well documented evidence of thousands of political prisoners and thousands of deaths in the regime's prisons were not part of the vision lots of people wondered why russia didn't run for his life when he saw that video of libyan rebels killing colonel gadhafi and untrue story went round that he just skate to a russian worship.
"middle east" Discussed on Our Man In the Middle East
"At the hotel rick sauce in tripoli the libyan capital that hanoi summoning us for another blast of the truth according to colonel gaddafi's regime often sounded in the early hours sometimes one of the cameramen would pad down to the briefing room wearing his hotel dressinggown and slippers we'd wait for gadhafi's spokesman he was often late perhaps reading are intercepted emails transcripts were found in his office after the regime fell and i had a notebook stolen from my room at the end of the war it was found alongside the body of one of gadhafi sons his plans of attack added to my dubious shorthand one nyse how is passing the time checking twitter which i just discovered my phone pinned someone had posted a video this time of regime forces shooting demonstrators in syria this i thought is big syria was right in the heart of the middle east two it took another ten months to get visas to travel to syria we drove from beirut to damascus upon over the snowy mountains that separate lebanon from syria my phone pinged again it was a warning delivered via twitter from someone who knew the bible watch out the message said seoul went blind on the road to damascus seeing what's really happening preferably with your own eyes is a must for journalists.
"middle east" Discussed on Our Man In the Middle East
"Wageearners are but slaves to the masters who hire them votes are frauds against democracy it was a typically eccentrics slice of life in qadhafi's libya eccentric but not harmless gadhafi built a brutal police state it consigned political opponents two years in jail sometimes two years of torture if anyone on the ferry had laughed out loud at the absurdity of the green book quiz a cell could easily have been waiting when the ship docked in tripoli in february 2011 four days after the full of president mubarak in egypt an uprising against can we qadhafi started in benghazi libya second city within two weeks as libyan government forces advanced on benghazi britain and france were pressing for a nofly zone enforced by nature saying gadhafi was planning a genocide they being caught napping by the revolutions in tunisia and egypt wanted some control of what happened in libya bloodcurdling reports about killings at checkpoints and demonstrations were coming out of tripoli benghazi was in the hands of the rebels gadhafi seemed to have learnt a lesson from the full of the regimes in tunisia and egypt use force early and often the libyan's grunted visas this time i flew into tripoli on one of their aircraft we were taken along with the rest of the press corps to the fivestar rick sauce hotel good affects son and heirapparent safe all islam strolled through its mobile holes handsome confident even triumphant the building became the regime's linked to the outside world through the journalists.
"middle east" Discussed on Our Man In the Middle East
"To make matters worse the old dictators across the region were grooming vest sons to take over that included goma barak the younger of the egyptian president's two sons many of those who rose up against the old order in 2011 took action when they realized that not even the death of their aging despots would free them mubarak didn't go quietly or easily in pitched battles his supporters repeatedly tried to break into tigress where mubarak was a former airforce general but the crisis was threatening the military's places egypt's most powerful institution president obama was also putting pressure on them to act the key question he should be asking himself is how do i leave a legacy behind in which egypt is able to get through this transformative period and my hope is is that he will end up making the right decision egypt's generals did not want to lose one point three billion dollars of american military aid every year ony israel gets more mubarak wouldn't go in the end the militry removed him and took power the crowd celebrated wildly it felt as if the whole of cairo was on the streets of course many weren't hated the lack of order and worried about the future the next day tens of thousands of egyptians what back in the square celebrating the elevation from subjects to citizens by cleaning it up.
"middle east" Discussed on Our Man In the Middle East
"They see iranian plots everywhere and believe the nuclear deal will do nothing more than delay its development of a nuclear weapon or not reducing anywhere their nuclear enrichment capability soya iran got the deal of the century and the international community got a bad deal iran's conflict with saudi arabia in some places a cold war and others proxy will is one of the main drivers of deadly trouble in the middle east president trump seems justice suspicious of iran which is the one country that makes israelis lose sleep that's led to unprecedented israeli cooperation with saudi arabia skeptics about iran say correctly the president rouhani powers are limited and point instead to the powerful iranian revolutionary guard corps it's led by hardliners and it's a big player in the economy the revolutionary god is also the military connection between iran and its main allies the asaid regime in syria hezbollah in lebanon and some powerful shia militias in iraq the iranian some say want to contiguous land route from iran through iraq and syria to his beloved in the mediterranean i say give iran a chance to show it wants a peaceful future the united states and its allies are easily strong enough to take action if it looks as if iran is not keeping its nuclear promises show them it's in the interests to open up and do business for a while in the 1990s the bbc was very keen to see its onscreen male correspondence wearing ties even in iran where it's against the dress code so i was asked to have a tie in my pocket for friday present tehran to whip it out for the peace to camera and then to hide it again.
"middle east" Discussed on Our Man In the Middle East
"The islamic republic transform the politics of the region it was a different kind of regime a shia muslim theocracy iran is the biggest shia muslim state a natural leader for she is in the region it was strengthened by the american and british removal of saddam hussein a sunni strongman from neighboring iraq the sharpened competition between shia iran and the sunni world led by saudi arabia has ramped up sectarian tension iran's politics a hard to read that complicated and opaque some iranians are very religious many are not the government is a lot more religious the many of the people well i was flying out of tehran after a brief visit with the british foreign secretary in 2015 he said he was surprised high secular tehran had seemed he's right the city is less overtly religious than most of the sunni arab capitals is iran a dangerous revolutionary state one view says it's not and that the world would be a lot safer if iran was not an outcast iran the argument goes is a big power with legitimate interests in the region it points to the recently reelected president hassan rouhani he's a cleric but he's liberalminded and one because he promised more personal freedom and the deal he made on the iranian nuclear industry in 2016 means sanctions have been relaxed in iran is slowly opening for business the saudis and they're sunni allies in the gulf believe iran is a clear and present danger.
"middle east" Discussed on Our Man In the Middle East
"It made for a certain kind of stagnant stability radical islamists plotting in prisons in egypt and elsewhere planned a violent revenge and then came the invasion of iraq in two thousand and three and the uprisings of 2011 one after the other a tore the old arab order applause i saw how that's playing out in the modern midleeast on a hot night in the holy city of nha nejaf in iraq last year young volunteers were being grilled up and down a practising martial arts and then running through an obstacle course of learning roofs and time they were heading off to war against the sunni renegades of islamic state in 2014 ice it taken over big swathes of syria and iraq and declared a new caliphate and islamic entity the shia grand ayatollah ali else's tani issued a fatwa authorising sheehan to take up arms against the sunni jihadists the finishing the evening of military training now with the press session and a speech from a shia clerics throughout all of this has been no took about iraq contrary about the nation instead the immature the identity is old bean about the shia people and the need to defend themselves against socalled islamic state and to fight but it's all about fighting because you're a shia not because you're an iraqi some of the shia militias fighting in iraq have a reputation for sectarian killing its welldeserved their feed with good reason why many civilians sectarianism rallies communities behind leaders as nationalism did in europe and the 20th century it says much about power and identity as faith.
"middle east" Discussed on Our Man In the Middle East
"Even so for most of the 20th century it was rude and arab countries to ask if someone was sunni or shia and outside religious festivals it didn't seem to matter much that's because the ideas that counted especially in the twenty years after the second world war was sector egypt's leader gamal abdel nasser dominated the arab world after he defied britain france and israel at so as in nineteen 56 he lost the war but he won the peace when the americans made the three invade is give up the territory they'd seized nasa preached arab nationalism and sewers seemed to prove that it worked malcolm i'm an kankkunen people can men okla him are you through his radio station voice of the arabs millions were electrified by naas his message that his ideas would restore arabs to their rightful place as world leaders undo the humiliation inflicted by israel and brings social justice for all women and honey the crushing defeat inflicted by the israelis in the 1960s seven middle east war exposed the hollowness of knossos firsts often 1960 seven more and more arab started to get their on says from the mosques secular dictators held on presiding over police states that repressed prussia for political change.