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"milana allen" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Foreign Desk

Monocle 24: The Foreign Desk

08:09 min | 3 d ago

"milana allen" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Foreign Desk

"Is very much part of who Emmanuel Macron is that he does believe in his powers of persuasion on the global stayed home as well. You created party for nothing in a matter of twelve months and against the odds persuaded people to vote for him raise money for him. Stanford election for him. So he does have something of a track record at home of being able to sway people do think in particular when it looks when you look at foreign policy, it's a valid question and it's important to understand the way in which you know he persists he keeps going he's never quite given up that hope that he might be able to be the one to persuade a foreign leader to behave. In a different way Philippe along with macron's obviously healthy sense of his own magnificence he does have an idea enormous goal ish idea. In fact of old school French grandeur he thinks France should be impressive that it should loom large and it's been a distinguishing feature of his presidency that he's being extremely Cain to project French military power abroad. How important is that to him in terms of what he's trying to project of fronts? Yes I agree besides is tremendous self confidence and self. Believe we've talked about a now and attempt explain my calls standing foreign affairs is really. is to look at the way he swapped of positions themselves very much in line with the traditional French way of seeing the well and seeing the place and role of France in the world I think which. Again comes from, of course from Charles de Gaulle grounder as you said it, and this is typically French and this is also why starkly Franz has been seen as a fairly arrogant actor in world affairs decided that is medium size not small country, which is no longer in a position economically politically to dictate anyone in the world do is still arguing that yes, indeed. France is a major political power in world affairs and that's what he does MORLA and I. Think is very different from I think you had to go was one of the goals started with this said himself he had a certain idea of Franzen. He's idea was that France would be and would remain an independent fiercely-independent the actor in world affairs and would have a role to play France's past history culture would make it an inevitable partner where anyone in world affairs and I think that's what my wants to. He wants to renew with the sort of A. Glorious past of France being seen, it remains to be seen whether it is actually true but being seen at least as a sort of a major actor in world affairs Sophie expanding on that point a little bit. Is it possible that due to a confluence of current or upcoming events? My Chrome? A global moment for France looming here France is obviously about to become the only country, which is a member of NATO the European Union and a permanent member of the UN Security Council Germany. is about to enter the Post Merckel era does he think that now is? For France to lead the Western Hemisphere. Up to a point, I think he thought that when he was elected. He was already anticipating I think sort of the end of the miracle error and rebirth of French leadership in Europe, and you know various points during the last few years we've sort of seen a lot of mockery of that front of having overreaching ambition. Particularly when it came to Europe but I think that in a sense yes, I would agree with your question that I do think he sees this as a sort of moment for French leadership. But in the sense that she got some reason to think that now in particular added a further factor to your factors and that's Brexit. The lawsuit Britain. which regrets made him angry at the time and I think he has actually been no he does feel that was a real risk with the loss of Britain fracture Europe and damage its reputation as sort of as a block in the world. But he also has seen as an opportunity when we saw the deal that was done between France. Germany and July this year every new recovery funds and lending debt Finance Recovery Fund. There are reasons to see that France has actually managed to get to shift the argument and not just. The argument in Europe, but also the reality in actually making things happen in the French direction mackerels way. So I think he definitely would see this is an opportunity for France to reassert its leadership, but I think he would seem that this is something that's already happened and is happening and has done really accelerated because of Brexit and what that's done to us among the other twenty seven. So if you and Philip Molly thank you both very much for the moment we will have more from you both later in the show. President Emmanuel macron's foreign policy enterprises in recent times none has been more eye catching than his dramatic arrival in Lebanon in August less than forty eight hours after the colossal chemical explosion in Beirut's port, it was an extraordinary diplomatic gesture, a foreign head of state inviting themselves to someone else's national disaster. This is Layla Milana. Allen. Journalist and Monaco contributor in Beirut. Title of Angus. Sweeping. The. country. President Macro. Shots, streets. mckim touchdown in Beirut. He went straight to the people as he puts it and he actually said just before we flew from Paris he said, I'm coming first and foremost to see the Lebanese people to give them solidarity in the promises of our continued friendship at a time calls whatever was extremely angry even angrier than before the politicians after it was becoming clear that people had known about Besam Odiham nitrates dog. So he landed down and he went straight to. Jamaica in East Bay route. One of the worst damage neighborhoods buildings collapsed everywhere and he walked the streets with the people. He hugged people kissed the ship the Hands One woman started screaming at him please don't give these leaders don't trust them. They'll spend on money won't help us and he looked to her hand and said to her I. Know I know that's how you feel here to bring health to coordinate will don't European and International Initiative. To bring money on directly to people. Are Those. Aside, we have to launch a new political initiative. Chance in depth. What is today at because? All these never city that you see. All This fear and Anger you have he's against politicians. And Against Everything is. It really was a show. You're absolutely wanting to engage with the people who've suffered the most so that really was the thrust of that I visit plus befriending directly the Lebanese people wanting to speak to them and hear their concerns and then taking to politicians. That first visit of clean was generally very well received by of course, in Lebanon there is often not of concern somewhat rightly about the involvement of foreign countries for so many years using this as a bit of a political playing field but certainly attempts this specific visited did feel to some that he was coming. Even, just the show of compassion, the French being the first to send out aid very quickly. This such teams I was out with a frantic rescue trying to dig people out of the rubble and the pope, just two days off the explosion. So when he came people really did feel that he was putting his money where his mouth was some being willing to come down and do the work could seeing that absolute devastating..

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"milana allen" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Globalist

Monocle 24: The Globalist

05:19 min | 6 d ago

"milana allen" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Globalist

"Lebanon and Israel have been mired in conflict for decades and are still formally at war. However tomorrow they'll meet with mediators to address a long running dispute over their maritime border running through potentially gas-rich Mediterranean waters Leyla Milana Allen Journalist, and monocle twenty four contributed in Beirut joins me on the line with more. Good morning to you, can you give us something of the context and history of this particular dispute? Good Morning. Yes. So this is part of the whole dispute between Lebanon and Israel of course they are you say still officially at war in Lebanon off a Israel off to the nominees which ended in one thousand, nine hundred was still occupying large parts of southern Lebanon until the two thousand when they pulled out that has very lost in legacy those Israeli troops there. But also then of course, there was the two thousand, six war in which over a period about a month Israel bombed lot of Lebanon, and killed over a thousand people not still very strong in the minds hair as well, and of course, we'll that leads to about the Hezbollah. the materialisation, which is designated a terrorist organization by many countries in the world really there is on desks. The main reason for existing is as a resistance party against Israel, and so they now is a major player in the Lebanese government, of course. Then main focus is to try and ensure that there isn't any mobilization of relations with Israel. So that's one of. The things that has plagued the border proposal. Now, this is specific just to the maritime borders, not land borders, and that's been a culture that going on about ten years over smells number see about three, hundred, two square miles, and now finally it looks like they might be willing to negotiate because they both want to access the rich natural gas reserves that a and how important. The negotiations to the two countries I mean presumably Lebanon. This, much more than Israel. Well you say reading needs as much more than Israel, but Israel hasn't been having a great time politically over the last year only this and so both countries, it would be great to be able to point to this as. A way for the country to make more money to provide more jobs, of course, as these eight, particularly in Lebanon, which is suffering a horrendous economic crisis and has been for the most year and what many people feel is that the government by agreeing to these tools trying to deflect away from how much anger there is the political system here which has been. Going through throws up and down over the NASTIER enacting on you prime minister that being a new cabinet than not falling apart that's twice now and it now looks set to happen again, there are no splits limitations this week. Now, the main player in this is now berry who is the head of of the biggest Shia posse, which is united with Hezbollah in the. Government and he longtime has rejected. The idea of these talks now finally has agreed in one of the reasons people think he might have done. That is this year. The US has been using targeted sign just generally sanctions upon particular people in the country on in the middle of September, they targeted alley an helene who is Betty's right how Manaf a Finance Minister And it was always like a kind of way coming to you next unless you stop using things, you want you to do so many people think that trying to deflect attention away from not only to these talks that the US has been pushing on the US is actually going to moderate assistant undersecretary their schenker's coming to openly arrived yesterday in order to moderate. Moderate And of course, as you said that they've been pushing for it for three years now and I, wonder if the timing is relevant. So close to the US election and of course, it comes right after the U.. A. And Bahrain agreed to establish full relations with Israel and that's under, of course, another US broke could deal realigning Washington's closest Middle East allies against Iran. Does. It's clear that something the trump administration is trying to do is slightly salvage. They had this big plan for Middle East peace of course was announced. Then really was a bit of a dump squid and people went very impressed with this time that they had full the Palestinian territories kind of working with Israel not as deed of the century, and so what many people think they've been trying to do with the run-up to the elections show that they all capable of creating. These peace deals which all oversee falls onto the umbrellas weather things like putting the troops out of Iraq Afghanistan really closing down and being more looking towards the US while still being able to say we have a foothold we have relationships in this region because of course, one of the things that they talk about a lot is the threat of terrorism that comes from at least that's been a big beating drums for the trump administration so it does seem that trying to push this. One of those deals you mentioned that one that happened recently between the US in Bahrain and Israel. But the Lebanese being very, very clear on this they say this is in no way of towards relation relations is absolutely just about this maritime. That, they can both get digging for this natural gas on both sides on it. I should say that talks have happened are efficient will but talk to do happen quite regularly between the Israeli military force is Lebanese military forces with the UN UNIFIL this group in the south as a moderate in between overseas security issues. So the Lebanese is saying, what's all this is with just talking. It out another one of these security issues about the border and we are in no way open doors deliberation, and that's why he's been pushing for it..

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"milana allen" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Globalist

Monocle 24: The Globalist

06:55 min | 2 months ago

"milana allen" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Globalist

"Is more than. Fifteen . years since Lebanon's Prime Minister Rafic, , Hariri was killed in a massive car bomb along with twenty one others. . Later today an international caught near The Hague will hand down verdicts in the trial of four people accused of planning and carrying out the attack the four accused of of the Iran backed militia and political party. . Hasballah. . Hezbollah itself is not formally accused. . Well, , let's hear from the journalist and multiple twenty four regular contributor in Beirut Leyla Milana Allen Lali you're standing outside the very hotel in front of which Rafic Hariri was killed. . What sense is in Beirut today that the justice will be done. . There is very little sense. . <hes> the families, , all of the twenty one people other than because eighty who were killed as well as the nearly three hundred injured have waited as you say, , over fifteen years justice taking a very long time <hes> this commission to come through with this, , and the problems are a few of course many people here feel that the responsibility lies with <hes> the Syrian regime and through has through then has one. . and. . The five men on trial here all labeled as Hezbollah supporters because they found it very difficult to actually find evidence to show that they his bumbling members because, , of course. . Is So secretive I'm one of the biggest problems is that must have budgeted dean who was the main sort of ringleader <hes> debt these indictments who was accused of having set. The . whole thing was known very well as the military imam to Hezbollah was killed in two thousand sixteen <hes> an attack on Damascus APP while his was helping Bashar Assad's regime with the wool there. . So he was the one person who is very easy to link to Hezbollah and the only evidence they have all circumstantial evidence from these mobile phone networks. . So as we expected, , the indictment will come through the verdict will. . Saying that before remaining men <hes> all guilty lane attempts about those who are accused of the murder of the prime minister. . said a five men who stand accused have all been labeled Hezbollah supporters and that's because it's incredibly difficult to prove that they were in fact, , Hezbollah members everyone in Lebanon believes that <hes> that. . The majority of people believe that Kennedy was assassinated at because he was starting to pull away from <hes> supporting the Syrian regime who'd had troops stationed in Lebanon nearly thirty years <hes> all the way through the civil war and afterwards, , and of course, , we now know that Hezbollah very heavily H. Two zero. . But this was all just sort of starting not link between Syria and Iran and Hezbollah but the main man was accused of being the ringleader. . Organized the whole nation is most of that that the WHO <hes> was very well known as the head of the military wing of Hezbollah but he was killed in two, , thousand sixteen and attacks Damascus Apple, , which means he's no longer in the indictments and he was the only person. . It was very easy to direct the link because there was evidence that he walls a top commander in. . Bola. . So I, , the that means that it's very unlikely has itself will be named in the verdict today it will simply be. . These men and then these men haven't been found <hes> the Lebanese government has been able to find. . Her Bella is a big portion Lebanese government and the chief of Hezbollah nationalize long maintained that he absolutely does not see any of independence in this inquiry he says that it's funded by Israel <hes> and he says that there is no way that they will ever hand over these suspects <hes> old they will ever be found and historic has very good at hiding <hes> its top guys who've been involved in operations in. . Lebanon in Syria and even Iran many think that these four worship over to Iran. . So even if that comes through in the verdict is guilty as we expect, , there's not really going to be any justice indeed has on Rolla said that Hezbollah isn't worried or isn't remotely concerned with today's verdicts but what will the repercussions be? ? The repercussions are unlikely to be much at this point, , and that's for a few reasons I, , Ne- as I said standing outside the. . Hotel, , which at the time in two, , thousand and five win this thousand kilograms of TNT when pages devastating crater in the middle of the road and destroying all the buildings around loons lodge in the public consciousness here <hes> you there had been assassinations in the years off the list of this by the largest active. . So many people because whoever was responsible really wasn't taking any chances and it was enormous copy. . And other than the two thousand, six , war with Israel, which , was very different because it's a war in terms of an explosion going off in a very recognizable. . Popular Ponte. . <hes> out of nowhere that was the one that was remembered. . Of course, , until two weeks ago, , two, , thousand, , seven, , hundred and fifty tons of ammonium nitrate. . In the port, , just a few hundred meters down the road from this hotel. . Injuring seven thousand people or more chilling up to two hundred, , and still don't have a full body copy. . What is still missing Susan now is far more would have. . Done that assassination the other thing is that at the time, , it was very shocking that people. . Had Eighty was really associated with post for Lebanon. . He was the symbol of course will Lebanon deeply loved by international leaders around the world as well as many Lebanese <hes> and so the idea that the Syrian regime would dad's kill him has would dare to kill him with. . So shocking even though of course, assassinations , were quite common <hes> but he was he was such. . An important figure now firstly, , since then of course, , we've seen brushing Alaska <hes> wage a almost decade long bloody war against his own citizens in Syria we've seen very clearly now those strong legs between Hezbollah Syria and Iran Hezbollah work soldiers <hes> full bachelor says regime in the civil war in Syria. . So nobody would be remote. . You surprised now that that they all responsible. . And the other issue of course is the fact that. . Sad had eighty <hes> I think Kennedy some kind of stepped in his stead very much because he was the son and that's why he was given so much faith especially young age and has become such an important figure in politics here. . But in the last year, , we've seen a rudy seismic shift in Lebanese. . Politics. . People say that happens every fifteen years the lost round with two, thousand, , , five, , thousand, , and six before the civil war ended in one, , thousand, , nine, , hundred before about. . It started in nineteen, , seventy five, , and now of two, , thousand, one, , , thousand, nine, , , hundred, , twenty weeks but newest protest movement Saudi the is very much seen as one of those political elites people out. . So the younger generation at least don't have that same attachment to the family and time to seeing them as such an important force a good and for future movements, , which is what that party is called Ford Movement in Lebanon <hes>. . So really this bird apartment, , of course for the families. . Of those killed and injured is not really going to have that much of an impact with so much else going on right now.

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Lebanon tribunal names 4 suspects in Hariri killing

Monocle 24: The Globalist

06:55 min | 2 months ago

Lebanon tribunal names 4 suspects in Hariri killing

"Is more than. Fifteen years since Lebanon's Prime Minister Rafic, Hariri was killed in a massive car bomb along with twenty one others. Later today an international caught near The Hague will hand down verdicts in the trial of four people accused of planning and carrying out the attack the four accused of of the Iran backed militia and political party. Hasballah. Hezbollah itself is not formally accused. Well, let's hear from the journalist and multiple twenty four regular contributor in Beirut Leyla Milana Allen Lali you're standing outside the very hotel in front of which Rafic Hariri was killed. What sense is in Beirut today that the justice will be done. There is very little sense. the families, all of the twenty one people other than because eighty who were killed as well as the nearly three hundred injured have waited as you say, over fifteen years justice taking a very long time this commission to come through with this, and the problems are a few of course many people here feel that the responsibility lies with the Syrian regime and through has through then has one. and. The five men on trial here all labeled as Hezbollah supporters because they found it very difficult to actually find evidence to show that they his bumbling members because, of course. Is So secretive I'm one of the biggest problems is that must have budgeted dean who was the main sort of ringleader debt these indictments who was accused of having set. The whole thing was known very well as the military imam to Hezbollah was killed in two thousand sixteen an attack on Damascus APP while his was helping Bashar Assad's regime with the wool there. So he was the one person who is very easy to link to Hezbollah and the only evidence they have all circumstantial evidence from these mobile phone networks. So as we expected, the indictment will come through the verdict will. Saying that before remaining men all guilty lane attempts about those who are accused of the murder of the prime minister. said a five men who stand accused have all been labeled Hezbollah supporters and that's because it's incredibly difficult to prove that they were in fact, Hezbollah members everyone in Lebanon believes that that. The majority of people believe that Kennedy was assassinated at because he was starting to pull away from supporting the Syrian regime who'd had troops stationed in Lebanon nearly thirty years all the way through the civil war and afterwards, and of course, we now know that Hezbollah very heavily H. Two zero. But this was all just sort of starting not link between Syria and Iran and Hezbollah but the main man was accused of being the ringleader. Organized the whole nation is most of that that the WHO was very well known as the head of the military wing of Hezbollah but he was killed in two, thousand sixteen and attacks Damascus Apple, which means he's no longer in the indictments and he was the only person. It was very easy to direct the link because there was evidence that he walls a top commander in. Bola. So I, the that means that it's very unlikely has itself will be named in the verdict today it will simply be. These men and then these men haven't been found the Lebanese government has been able to find. Her Bella is a big portion Lebanese government and the chief of Hezbollah nationalize long maintained that he absolutely does not see any of independence in this inquiry he says that it's funded by Israel and he says that there is no way that they will ever hand over these suspects old they will ever be found and historic has very good at hiding its top guys who've been involved in operations in. Lebanon in Syria and even Iran many think that these four worship over to Iran. So even if that comes through in the verdict is guilty as we expect, there's not really going to be any justice indeed has on Rolla said that Hezbollah isn't worried or isn't remotely concerned with today's verdicts but what will the repercussions be? The repercussions are unlikely to be much at this point, and that's for a few reasons I, Ne- as I said standing outside the. Hotel, which at the time in two, thousand and five win this thousand kilograms of TNT when pages devastating crater in the middle of the road and destroying all the buildings around loons lodge in the public consciousness here you there had been assassinations in the years off the list of this by the largest active. So many people because whoever was responsible really wasn't taking any chances and it was enormous copy. And other than the two thousand, six war with Israel, which was very different because it's a war in terms of an explosion going off in a very recognizable. Popular Ponte. out of nowhere that was the one that was remembered. Of course, until two weeks ago, two, thousand, seven, hundred and fifty tons of ammonium nitrate. In the port, just a few hundred meters down the road from this hotel. Injuring seven thousand people or more chilling up to two hundred, and still don't have a full body copy. What is still missing Susan now is far more would have. Done that assassination the other thing is that at the time, it was very shocking that people. Had Eighty was really associated with post for Lebanon. He was the symbol of course will Lebanon deeply loved by international leaders around the world as well as many Lebanese and so the idea that the Syrian regime would dad's kill him has would dare to kill him with. So shocking even though of course, assassinations were quite common but he was he was such. An important figure now firstly, since then of course, we've seen brushing Alaska wage a almost decade long bloody war against his own citizens in Syria we've seen very clearly now those strong legs between Hezbollah Syria and Iran Hezbollah work soldiers full bachelor says regime in the civil war in Syria. So nobody would be remote. You surprised now that that they all responsible. And the other issue of course is the fact that. Sad had eighty I think Kennedy some kind of stepped in his stead very much because he was the son and that's why he was given so much faith especially young age and has become such an important figure in politics here. But in the last year, we've seen a rudy seismic shift in Lebanese. Politics. People say that happens every fifteen years the lost round with two, thousand, five, thousand, and six before the civil war ended in one, thousand, nine, hundred before about. It started in nineteen, seventy five, and now of two, thousand, one, thousand, nine, hundred, twenty weeks but newest protest movement Saudi the is very much seen as one of those political elites people out. So the younger generation at least don't have that same attachment to the family and time to seeing them as such an important force a good and for future movements, which is what that party is called Ford Movement in Lebanon So really this bird apartment, of course for the families. Of those killed and injured is not really going to have that much of an impact with so much else going on right now.

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"milana allen" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Globalist

Monocle 24: The Globalist

06:01 min | 2 months ago

"milana allen" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Globalist

"Live from London. This is the globalist I'm Emma Nelson and a very warm welcome to today's program coming up fifteen years after the assassination of Lebanon's Prime Minister Rafic Hariri accord in the, Hague will hand down verdicts on four men accused of his death. We'll ask why it took so long and what role politics played injustice also coming up the Democratic convention. Kicks off virtually, Donald Trump is the wrong president for our country. He has had more than enough time to prove that he can do the job, but he is clearly in over his head will examine what the speeches from the lights of Michelle Obama and Bernie Sanders can set things in a winning direction plus we hear from Australia's former prime minister Kevin, Rudd. They might critics would never agree with us. I'm actually quite shy and that is I'm not much into. That's call it the Hagiography of politics Oh that plus the latest business headlines in the welcome return of the sleeper train. That's all ahead on the globalist live from London? I quick look at what else is happening in the news. The British government says it is still hopeful that a trade deal can be struck with the e U by next month Canada's finance ministers to step down following claims. He didn't repay travel expenses to a charity while on an overseas trip and while residents of Paris London New Yorker fleeing the city following the corona virus researchers suggested that Berliners are staying. Put Stay tuned to monocle twenty four throughout the day for more on these stories. But I it is more than. Fifteen years since Lebanon's Prime Minister Rafic, Hariri was killed in a massive car bomb along with twenty one others. Later today an international caught near The Hague will hand down verdicts in the trial of four people accused of planning and carrying out the attack the four accused of of the Iran backed militia and political party. Hasballah. Hezbollah itself is not formally accused. Well, let's hear from the journalist and multiple twenty four regular contributor in Beirut Leyla Milana Allen Lali you're standing outside the very hotel in front of which Rafic Hariri was killed. What sense is in Beirut today that the justice will be done. There is very little sense. the families, all of the twenty one people other than because eighty who were killed as well as the nearly three hundred injured have waited as you say, over fifteen years justice taking a very long time this commission to come through with this, and the problems are a few of course many people here feel that the responsibility lies with the Syrian regime and through has through then has one. and. The five men on trial here all labeled as Hezbollah supporters because they found it very difficult to actually find evidence to show that they his bumbling members because, of course. Is So secretive I'm one of the biggest problems is that must have budgeted dean who was the main sort of ringleader debt these indictments who was accused of having set. The whole thing was known very well as the military imam to Hezbollah was killed in two thousand sixteen an attack on Damascus APP while his was helping Bashar Assad's regime with the wool there. So he was the one person who is very easy to link to Hezbollah and the only evidence they have all circumstantial evidence from these mobile phone networks. So as we expected, the indictment will come through the verdict will. Saying that before remaining men all guilty lane attempts about those who are accused of the murder of the prime minister. said a five men who stand accused have all been labeled Hezbollah supporters and that's because it's incredibly difficult to prove that they were in fact, Hezbollah members everyone in Lebanon believes that that. The majority of people believe that Kennedy was assassinated at because he was starting to pull away from supporting the Syrian regime who'd had troops stationed in Lebanon nearly thirty years all the way through the civil war and afterwards, and of course, we now know that Hezbollah very heavily H. Two zero. But this was all just sort of starting not link between Syria and Iran and Hezbollah but the main man was accused of being the ringleader. Organized the whole nation is most of that that the WHO was very well known as the head of the military wing of Hezbollah but he was killed in two, thousand sixteen and attacks Damascus Apple, which means he's no longer in the indictments and he was the only person. It was very easy to direct the link because there was evidence that he walls a top commander in. Bola. So I, the that means that it's very unlikely has itself will be named in the verdict today it will simply be. These men and then these men haven't been found the Lebanese government has been able to find. Her Bella is a big portion Lebanese government and the chief of Hezbollah nationalize long maintained that he absolutely does not see any of independence in this inquiry he says that it's funded by Israel and he says that there is no way that they will ever hand over these suspects old they will ever be found and historic has very good at hiding its top guys who've been involved in operations in. Lebanon in Syria and even Iran many think that these four worship over to Iran. So even if that comes through in the verdict is guilty as we expect, there's not really going to be any justice indeed has on Rolla said that Hezbollah isn't worried or isn't remotely concerned with today's verdicts but what will the repercussions be? The repercussions are unlikely to be much at this point, and that's for a few reasons I, Ne- as I said standing outside the. Hotel, which at the time in two, thousand and five win this thousand kilograms of TNT when pages devastating crater in the middle of the road and destroying all the buildings around loons lodge in the public.

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"milana allen" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Globalist

Monocle 24: The Globalist

04:42 min | 2 months ago

"milana allen" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Globalist

"A week after a massive explosion to. . All parts of the Lebanese city of Beirut. . Apart, , the entire government has resigned the massive blast was caused whenever two thousand tons of ammonium nitrate which had been stored unsafely at the port for six years exploded killing over two hundred people injuring more than six thousand and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless over the weekend residents of Beirut demonstrated against the government calling for the removal of the entire political class due to their negligence and corruption. . Joining us once again from Beirut is Layla Milana Allen Leyla when we spoke to you yesterday, , five politicians had resigned so far. . Tell us about the announcement made last night by the prime minister. . So what we saw yesterday and the evening before session, , all government ministers resigning. . We also saw several NPR's goes well, , Megyn went from protesters. . Here we go one by one this many left to go. . and. . Then there was the resignation of the finance minister as he wasn't he just before that meeting that was supposed to in the afternoon that cabinet meeting in which prime minister the APP had said that he was going to a table a motion. . To try and have the elections is at the State Petunia. . So. How's . it wasn't said that he would suspend his <hes> his resignation until off the meeting they went in and they spent two thousand not room. . Getting. . Rumors from quite early on in fact, , the entire government was going to resign because there were two ways that this could happen. . Either has MD <hes> could resign himself or if more than a third of his ministers resigned, , that would make his cabinet untenable already looking at five. . So essentially, , just two more and they were already two minutes to said before they went through, , they would resign if the government didn't as Walter a couple of hours they came out and those announcement saying that he would speak in the evening. . And when he did speak, , he came forward and he said. . That they had tried their best to be transparent tried to Rama transparent government. . She's January failed to impose some of the reforms that Lebanon. . So desperately needed <hes> but endemic corruption in the government had made it impossible to do so had caused this tragedy. . Now, , of course, , many people don't feel that's the case they feel that the government was not run transparently at all. . Or none of the reforms that has promised January. . Would be done in six months word done within six months, , and of course we now know. . That both the president and the prime. . minister. . WED Two thousand, , seven, , hundred and fifty tons of money not great was in the Port as worse excessive government none of them do anything about it. . So the government's gone but is going to be a change in the system will the same sectarian politics driving the unrest still exist? ? Not at the moment now, , sectarian politics is really driving some rest. . There are a few elements here. . Firstly, , the the problem with the government system is not that it's impossible to run because the country says <unk> sectarian, , it's the it's impossible to have a government which allows the country to not be sectarian young people on the streets is saying that's not what they want. . They want to country that will come together and work together where people are elected based on their merit not based on what sector they come from but because the political system is original on these lines where each sect gets a certain number of seats innocent area firstly, , it's impossible to have that kind of government that is responsible for the entire country doesn't have. Interest . in certain places, , and secondly, , it means only a certain kind of person can be elected because there is such entrenched nepotism in politics and you need the money and connections to be able to run and succeed. . So right now, , what's going to happen is that as we saw late last year when Prime Minister I've had resigned, , the current government will stay on in a Catholic capacity. . There's not much they can do in that capacity they will meet rally and they will only be able to put in bills or emergency bills to keep the country going, , of course, , Lebanon ready needed proper legislation to come in and change things before this explosion now, , really function of government. . To get things moving the country who built and help people that's not going to happen under a caretaker government but the system is so complex in terms of trying to elect a new prime minister different block in Palm. . As I say, , these different sectarian blocks have to agree on the candidates and then he has to find a cabinet that pleases all of this -Tarian blocks each of whom will want their own cows come in that. . Again, , what we're going to see in the coming weeks is this political game. . All aimed at making the right formation balance of people in power rob. . Then a government trudy is just focused on what is best for the Lebanese people purchase street saying this is the same old system. . Nothing's going to change a new election won't help us. . Cabinet won't help us. . We need a complete overhaul of its system which has dragging us down and letting the country move forward.

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Lebanon's entire government resigns amid anger over Beirut explosion

Monocle 24: The Globalist

04:42 min | 2 months ago

Lebanon's entire government resigns amid anger over Beirut explosion

"A week after a massive explosion to. All parts of the Lebanese city of Beirut. Apart, the entire government has resigned the massive blast was caused whenever two thousand tons of ammonium nitrate which had been stored unsafely at the port for six years exploded killing over two hundred people injuring more than six thousand and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless over the weekend residents of Beirut demonstrated against the government calling for the removal of the entire political class due to their negligence and corruption. Joining us once again from Beirut is Layla Milana Allen Leyla when we spoke to you yesterday, five politicians had resigned so far. Tell us about the announcement made last night by the prime minister. So what we saw yesterday and the evening before session, all government ministers resigning. We also saw several NPR's goes well, Megyn went from protesters. Here we go one by one this many left to go. and. Then there was the resignation of the finance minister as he wasn't he just before that meeting that was supposed to in the afternoon that cabinet meeting in which prime minister the APP had said that he was going to a table a motion. To try and have the elections is at the State Petunia. So. How's it wasn't said that he would suspend his his resignation until off the meeting they went in and they spent two thousand not room. Getting. Rumors from quite early on in fact, the entire government was going to resign because there were two ways that this could happen. Either has MD could resign himself or if more than a third of his ministers resigned, that would make his cabinet untenable already looking at five. So essentially, just two more and they were already two minutes to said before they went through, they would resign if the government didn't as Walter a couple of hours they came out and those announcement saying that he would speak in the evening. And when he did speak, he came forward and he said. That they had tried their best to be transparent tried to Rama transparent government. She's January failed to impose some of the reforms that Lebanon. So desperately needed but endemic corruption in the government had made it impossible to do so had caused this tragedy. Now, of course, many people don't feel that's the case they feel that the government was not run transparently at all. Or none of the reforms that has promised January. Would be done in six months word done within six months, and of course we now know. That both the president and the prime. minister. WED Two thousand, seven, hundred and fifty tons of money not great was in the Port as worse excessive government none of them do anything about it. So the government's gone but is going to be a change in the system will the same sectarian politics driving the unrest still exist? Not at the moment now, sectarian politics is really driving some rest. There are a few elements here. Firstly, the the problem with the government system is not that it's impossible to run because the country says sectarian, it's the it's impossible to have a government which allows the country to not be sectarian young people on the streets is saying that's not what they want. They want to country that will come together and work together where people are elected based on their merit not based on what sector they come from but because the political system is original on these lines where each sect gets a certain number of seats innocent area firstly, it's impossible to have that kind of government that is responsible for the entire country doesn't have. Interest in certain places, and secondly, it means only a certain kind of person can be elected because there is such entrenched nepotism in politics and you need the money and connections to be able to run and succeed. So right now, what's going to happen is that as we saw late last year when Prime Minister I've had resigned, the current government will stay on in a Catholic capacity. There's not much they can do in that capacity they will meet rally and they will only be able to put in bills or emergency bills to keep the country going, of course, Lebanon ready needed proper legislation to come in and change things before this explosion now, really function of government. To get things moving the country who built and help people that's not going to happen under a caretaker government but the system is so complex in terms of trying to elect a new prime minister different block in Palm. As I say, these different sectarian blocks have to agree on the candidates and then he has to find a cabinet that pleases all of this -Tarian blocks each of whom will want their own cows come in that. Again, what we're going to see in the coming weeks is this political game. All aimed at making the right formation balance of people in power rob. Then a government trudy is just focused on what is best for the Lebanese people purchase street saying this is the same old system. Nothing's going to change a new election won't help us. Cabinet won't help us. We need a complete overhaul of its system which has dragging us down and letting the country move forward.

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"milana allen" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Globalist

Monocle 24: The Globalist

06:16 min | 2 months ago

"milana allen" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Globalist

"Lebanese prime minister that announcing the resignation of the government the individuals may have gone, but we'll ask how and when the system might change. Then could piece finally be within sight in Afghanistan as Kabul's signs off on a mass Taliban prisoner release. The end of twenty years of conflict may well be a reality soon, unrest continues in Belarus's angry citizens react to an election that was almost certainly rigged as calls grow for e you sanctions will analyze whether this might be a real turning point for the country the red carpet will be rolled out for. The first visit of a U. S. secretary of state in almost a quarter of a century US Defense Secretary Mike pompeo's on a charm offensive across Europe ahead of a mask troop withdrawal from Germany. We'll look at who he's talking to and crucially who he isn't pluses. The Dust Clears in Beirut and the rebuilding begins our editor Andrew Tuck wonders where to start in this architecturally diverse city, and we'll get the latest business news and have a flick through the front pages to that's all ahead in the next hour here the globalist life from London. I look at what else is happening in the news Hong Kong's Apple Daily tabloid responded with defiance this morning to the arrest of owner Jimmy Lai under a new national security law imposed by Beijing, promising to fight on in a front-page headline over an image of lie in handcuffs. US Democratic presidential candidate. Joe Biden has interviewed the finalists to be his running mate and his campaign is readying to announce his choice as soon as this week and in Australia the country's second most populous state reported only a small rising new covid nineteen infections. Boosting hopes that cases are stabilizing second wave do stay tuned monocle twenty four throughout the day for more on those stories but I a week after a massive explosion to. All parts of the Lebanese city of Beirut. Apart, the entire government has resigned the massive blast was caused whenever two thousand tons of ammonium nitrate which had been stored unsafely at the port for six years exploded killing over two hundred people injuring more than six thousand and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless over the weekend residents of Beirut demonstrated against the government calling for the removal of the entire political class due to their negligence and corruption. Joining us once again from Beirut is Layla Milana Allen Leyla when we spoke to you yesterday, five politicians had resigned so far. Tell us about the announcement made last night by the prime minister. So what we saw yesterday and the evening before session, all government ministers resigning. We also saw several NPR's goes well, Megyn went from protesters. Here we go one by one this many left to go. and. Then there was the resignation of the finance minister as he wasn't he just before that meeting that was supposed to in the afternoon that cabinet meeting in which prime minister the APP had said that he was going to a table a motion. To try and have the elections is at the State Petunia. So. How's it wasn't said that he would suspend his his resignation until off the meeting they went in and they spent two thousand not room. Getting. Rumors from quite early on in fact, the entire government was going to resign because there were two ways that this could happen. Either has MD could resign himself or if more than a third of his ministers resigned, that would make his cabinet untenable already looking at five. So essentially, just two more and they were already two minutes to said before they went through, they would resign if the government didn't as Walter a couple of hours they came out and those announcement saying that he would speak in the evening. And when he did speak, he came forward and he said. That they had tried their best to be transparent tried to Rama transparent government. She's January failed to impose some of the reforms that Lebanon. So desperately needed but endemic corruption in the government had made it impossible to do so had caused this tragedy. Now, of course, many people don't feel that's the case they feel that the government was not run transparently at all. Or none of the reforms that has promised January. Would be done in six months word done within six months, and of course we now know. That both the president and the prime. minister. WED Two thousand, seven, hundred and fifty tons of money not great was in the Port as worse excessive government none of them do anything about it. So the government's gone but is going to be a change in the system will the same sectarian politics driving the unrest still exist? Not at the moment now, sectarian politics is really driving some rest. There are a few elements here. Firstly, the the problem with the government system is not that it's impossible to run because the country says sectarian, it's the it's impossible to have a government which allows the country to not be sectarian young people on the streets is saying that's not what they want. They want to country that will come together and work together where people are elected based on their merit not based on what sector they come from but because the political system is original on these lines where each sect gets a certain number of seats innocent area firstly, it's impossible to have that kind of government that is responsible for the entire country doesn't have. Interest in certain places, and secondly, it means only a certain kind of person can be elected because there is such entrenched nepotism in politics and you need the money and connections to be able to run and succeed. So right now, what's going to happen is that as we saw late last year when Prime Minister I've had resigned, the current government will stay on in a Catholic capacity. There's not much they can do in that capacity they will meet rally and they will only be able to put in bills or emergency bills to keep the country going, of course, Lebanon ready needed proper legislation to come in and change things before this explosion now, really function of government. To get things moving the country who built and help people that's not going to happen under a caretaker government but the system is so complex in terms of trying to elect a new prime minister different block in Palm. As I say, these different sectarian blocks have to agree on the candidates and then he has to find a cabinet that pleases all of this -Tarian blocks each of whom will want their own cows come in that..

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"milana allen" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Briefing

Monocle 24: The Briefing

07:17 min | 2 months ago

"milana allen" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Briefing

"But of course, everybody's saying somebody else's the perpetrator on what we know so far it seems that for six years has been ongoing negligence at the highest. Level where a several reports were were built up by the head of the port and have customs sent to the government center the Prime Minister's Office the judiciary about the fact that this was a ticking time bomb and something has to be done completely ignored. So the government is going on about this investigation saying they'll find responsible meanwhile three hundred, thousand people in Beirut homeless, five, thousand injured hundreds still missing, and honestly all you can see on the streets is volunteers. The. Lebanese. breath volunteers, obviously with their ambulances civil defence wanting tears, young people armed with spades and rooms marching down the street just going into people's homes into buildings and sweeping up what they can and moving onto the next one cleaning up themselves. They all said to me of course not here we wouldn't expect anything else from them with the only people who can help ourselves and today international aid. Groups coming in different countries, sending their own firefighters medical support in, and still a complete absence of the Lebanese government anywhere except the poor area learn Milana Allen in Beirut thank you very much for joining us. You're listening to the briefing. This is the briefing with me Andrew. Mullet now, listeners with memories stretching as far back as January can recall a period when it seemed like tensions between the United States and Iran going to be the big story of two thousand and twenty happy days those tensions overtaken though they may have been by events have not dissipated earlier this week America's lead diplomat where Iran is concerned Brian Hook resigned and will be replaced by Elliot Abrams who listeners with even longer memories will recall. Requiring a presidential pardon to escape more serious punishment for his role in the Iran Contra. Scandal of the early nineteen, ninety s a next week. The US plans to pitch the UN. Security Council on extending sanctions against Iran I'm joined now by Holly Digress at two of the Atlantic. Council's Iran source holy before we move onto next week's conclave with the Security Council a the insertion of Elliot Abrams into this discourse is this the present United States Administration just trying to be funny. I wish I could say that I mean it is quite humorous. Here they are trying to push the UN arms embargo on Iran to extend it, but they've hired a man's replaced Brian Hook with someone that has his hands dirty from a pass scandal related to Iran arms. So I mean I think the reality here is they're running out of people to fill in positions and it makes sense that. Elliot Abrams being the Venezuela on boy would could also be the Iran on boy as well since there may only be a few months left in the trump presidency for all we know so I think that's what's really happening here but we will come back to the dynamic of the clock ticking on Donald Trump. Well, one can only hope and and how that might be affecting the rest of the world's interactions with Iran but let's look ahead to the UN Security Council and what the United States wants to pitch to it the sanctions that the US wants to extend what are they and why does the US won't them extended Essentially, there is a UN Security Council resolution that was tied to the Iran nuclear agreement that was a multilateral agreement signed between Iran, and the five Security Council members including Germany, and so what it entails was that this arms embargo after a certain amount of years after the Iran deal would be signed That, it would actually be removed and that expiration date is October eighteenth. Now, the situation here is that as your listeners may well remember the United States withdrew from the Iran nuclear agreement in May two, thousand eighteen and decided to impose a maximum pressure policy on Iran in the hopes of essentially trump getting a better deal than his predecessor. Now, that hasn't happened There have been hard punitive. US. Sanctions imposed on the country in Tehran has yet to come to the table and so realizing that or suddenly remembering that there's this arms embargo that is expiring October. Suddenly the administration has remembered Oh. There's this arms embargo maybe we should stay we're back on the Iran deal so we can get this thing extended, and so that's kind of what's been happening the past few months since they've been talking about it and US has been having trouble getting people on its side to extend the embargo. Now, the problem is that next week secretary of State Mike Pompeo is going to go to the UN Security Council to bring forth. A resolution to vote on the arms embargo and it is assumed that China Russia allies Baronne would veto and with this veto, this would bring back snap back sanctions mechanism and not to give a headaches everybody in explaining the details on that long story short, it's a special mechanism. The denied states has that will invoke evoke or invoke Multilateral UN sanctions on Iran, and that's going to be where the problem is. In, terms of what we're witnessing here from the European parties to this especially, and Russia and China who as you suggest, might veto this anyway. Are we watching the world basically trying to just keep some semblance of the Iran deal alive until November, on the assumption that president-elect Biden would single what would signal the United States willingness to reenter it. I think that's exactly the point I think that there is a sense of patience let like let's keep being patient. There's a chance that trump my low longer being up office, and that's essentially how Iran's been reacting to the trump administration. During this past year, they call it strategic patience. Now, the trump administration actually recognizes this and is also possibly hoping to reimpose stop back sanctions in the event that there is a Joe Biden presidency come January so they're thinking to themselves. Well, we're GONNA, make sure that it's almost impossible to go back to. The current Iran deal as is because they they assume or calculate that will wrongly react to this veto or snack back. razzle excuse me snap back resolution because Iran has threatened repeatedly that it could do a number of things that could continue escalating its nuclear program. It could with draw from the Iran deal or even withdraw from the nuclear non-proliferation treaty that it is a signatory to or do a mix of all of those. So I. think that they definitely have that in mind and that's in part their them trying to put deb. Essentially, killed the Iran deal before Abidin presidency established the case come January holy digress. Thank you as always for joining us. You're listening to the briefing. Here is Monaco's ailing.

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"milana allen" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Briefing

Monocle 24: The Briefing

08:43 min | 2 months ago

"milana allen" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Briefing

"Some exercises in perspective the IRA bomb which severely damaged Canary Wharf in London in Nineteen ninety-six was estimated at just over one ton of ammonium nitrate Timothy McVeigh's bomb which demolished a federal government building in Oklahoma City in nineteen ninety-five was just over two tons of the same material. . The boss which erupted in Beirut's port on Tuesday was estimated at two. . Thousand seven hundred and fifty tons of ammonium nitrate. . One of the biggest peacetime non nuclear explosions in history as Bhai. . Route begins the barely imaginable task of cleaning up and is understandably enough growing tear gas was fired yesterday at protesters near the parliament building I'm joined. . Now by Lila Milana, , Allen France twenty four's correspondent in Beirut Leyla. . First of all, , you have been visiting the port which was the epicenter of the explosion. . I can't begin to imagine where you would even describe such scene but I'm going to ask you to have a crack at doing that the scene is as you say, , almost indescribable does smoke still rising from the charred MBA's off. . Destroyed packing crates destroyed shelving and it says every kind of. . Utility <hes> things you'd expect to see in shops. . Twisted. . Washing machines on the floor items from pharmacies because this of course port, , this is the one thirty functional in Lebanon imposed everything and everything was stored than in the center. . You have the remains of these enormous grain silos that carried the grain for the majority of the country <hes> completely destroyed and parts of them. . Still collapsing there you have a aid workers desperately trying to dig people of rubble that's thirty meters deep, , and the conditions are horrific temperatures of thirty degrees baking hot sun. . The air is thick and brown the smell acrid burning metal and plastic. . It really is post-apocalyptic and this goes on for over a mile. . Entire poor is just smoking twisted metal and daybreak. . Nash. . have. . You got a clear sense of how widespread the damage across Beirutis. . How far can you go from the blast without seeing broken windows? ? So it. . was about nine kilometers where we're still doing things like breaking windows <hes> the impact of it and having people. That's . it really has <hes> spread incredibly far, , and it's an uneven spread as well <hes> because. . What's happened is that the grain ciders positioned in a certain way which meant that it protected half of the city of West Beirut, , which historically has in many disasters. . Conflicts actually born the brunt of of problems in Beirut and actually deflected the majority of the blast towards the East and the south, , which is why a famous areas like Gymnasium Ohio Asha fear completely <hes>. . The buildings there obliterated and one of the concerns now is a lot of. . Buildings the older buildings in Beirut the few buildings left in the east of in pre-civil war, , which were much loved already, , quite delicate on the point of collapse yesterday as people were trying to clear the streets <hes> constantly civil defense volunteers trying to pull people back away from these buildings with balconies hanging down stone starting to crumble because of course, , that's a huge dangerous. . People are still sifting through rubble trying to find loved ones that buildings could. . New Buildings that had not yet collapsed could collapse on top of the other issue is that the new builds a lot of them are concrete and speaking to an engineer what can happen with concrete is that with a shockwave blast like this concrete cracks easily under pressure and so that can be in tunnel cracks there that you don't know about in can't be seen from the outside, , but the make the building unstable and because there's really been. . Very, , little help from the government with people trying to go back into their homes, , clear up and see what they can retrieve and whether their homes are still livable. . Many people going back into very unstable buildings and some living there because they have no other former shelter. . So a real risk of further injury <hes> as buildings might potentially collapse over the next few days very similar to the aftermath of an earthquake, which , is what this is compared to. . A among the people who was serving the damage in Beirut yesterday was of course, , President Emmanuel Macron of France undertaking a extraordinary spontaneous visit. . How is that being received? ? I mean, , it's it's understandable enough that Lebanese politicians don't want to interact at a personal level with the public at the not only for their own safety but is it being regarded as strange that the first high profile politician to to take a walkabout should be the president of an entirely different country? ? Well, , it is strange, , but it's not being regarded as strange. . I was down on the street yesterday when McCone was was walking through glad-handing the crowd I mean, , he really was <hes> you know playing up to it and was supposed to be going <hes> to Baabda Palace, , the Presidential Palace to meet with politicians and delayed that for an extra hour on the schedule to stay with Lebanese people in the streets of course, , <hes> playing up very much. . The fact that he was there to see them he'd said before the visit my main priorities to go and be with the people of Lebanon. . And extend, , solidarity's to them, and , then after that I will be dealing with the political varieties speaking to them. . So in the streets, , he was absolutely mobbed by people he's hugging people shaking hands with them people coming up tim saying, , please don't give those politicians any money that corrupt criminals we don't trust them and he responded to one woman I know you don't trust them graffiti everywhere saying don't give one. . Euro. . To those Michael help us. . So he really did make himself as I say a man of the people yesterday I spoke to a couple of young women afterwards. . WHO said to me? ? That man was more of a leader to us in fifteen minutes than any of our politicians have been where all day no one has come to see us where are they wears the help and later in the day after a lot of commentary that. . The. . Obviously. . Lebanese politicians feeding quite shamefaced one. . The justice minister did come down to the streets to try and speak to people clearing up and she had water thrown in her face and chanting protest. . Immediately, , <hes> they're not welcome and that people absolutely fading that the government has no interest in safety in their health in their wellbeing and their ability to rebuild hiding away from them as everybody marshals together to try and get things. . Back to nothing like normal but something livable at least just to follow that up finally, , regular listeners may recall that you and I were speaking on Monday talking about the resignation of Lebanon's foreign minister and that seemed like a pretty big story at the time <hes>. . He's probably ruin his timing at this point but have you seen or heard anything in terms of actual messaging attempts to help or anything from the alleged government of Lebanon or d you kind of assume that they've all got to the point where they just realized the games up nobody really wants to hear from them anymore. . It's quite extraordinary. . There is honesty nothing happening in terms of that what the government is doing <hes> <hes> a lot of finger pointing at each other and previous administrations about who's to blame for this they've put everybody associated with the report under house arrest and saying that they're going to find the perpetrators. . But of course, , everybody's saying somebody else's the perpetrator on what we know so far <hes> it seems that for six years has been ongoing negligence at the highest. . Level where a several reports were were built up by the head of the port and have customs sent to the government center the Prime Minister's Office the judiciary about the fact that this was a ticking time bomb and something has to be done completely ignored. . So the government is going on about this investigation saying they'll find responsible meanwhile three hundred, , thousand people in Beirut homeless, , five, , thousand injured hundreds still missing, , and honestly all you can see on the streets is volunteers. . The. . Lebanese. . <hes> breath volunteers, , obviously with their ambulances civil defence wanting tears, , young people armed with spades and rooms marching down the street just going into people's homes into buildings and sweeping up what they can and moving onto the next one cleaning up themselves. . They all said to me of course not here we wouldn't expect anything else from them with the only people who can help ourselves and today international aid. . Groups coming in different countries, , sending their own firefighters medical support in, , and still a complete absence of the Lebanese government anywhere except the poor area learn Milana Allen in Beirut thank you very much for joining us.

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beirut explosion latest news

Monocle 24: The Briefing

08:43 min | 2 months ago

beirut explosion latest news

"Some exercises in perspective the IRA bomb which severely damaged Canary Wharf in London in Nineteen ninety-six was estimated at just over one ton of ammonium nitrate Timothy McVeigh's bomb which demolished a federal government building in Oklahoma City in nineteen ninety-five was just over two tons of the same material. The boss which erupted in Beirut's port on Tuesday was estimated at two. Thousand seven hundred and fifty tons of ammonium nitrate. One of the biggest peacetime non nuclear explosions in history as Bhai. Route begins the barely imaginable task of cleaning up and is understandably enough growing tear gas was fired yesterday at protesters near the parliament building I'm joined. Now by Lila Milana, Allen France twenty four's correspondent in Beirut Leyla. First of all, you have been visiting the port which was the epicenter of the explosion. I can't begin to imagine where you would even describe such scene but I'm going to ask you to have a crack at doing that the scene is as you say, almost indescribable does smoke still rising from the charred MBA's off. Destroyed packing crates destroyed shelving and it says every kind of. Utility things you'd expect to see in shops. Twisted. Washing machines on the floor items from pharmacies because this of course port, this is the one thirty functional in Lebanon imposed everything and everything was stored than in the center. You have the remains of these enormous grain silos that carried the grain for the majority of the country completely destroyed and parts of them. Still collapsing there you have a aid workers desperately trying to dig people of rubble that's thirty meters deep, and the conditions are horrific temperatures of thirty degrees baking hot sun. The air is thick and brown the smell acrid burning metal and plastic. It really is post-apocalyptic and this goes on for over a mile. Entire poor is just smoking twisted metal and daybreak. Nash. have. You got a clear sense of how widespread the damage across Beirutis. How far can you go from the blast without seeing broken windows? So it. was about nine kilometers where we're still doing things like breaking windows the impact of it and having people. That's it really has spread incredibly far, and it's an uneven spread as well because. What's happened is that the grain ciders positioned in a certain way which meant that it protected half of the city of West Beirut, which historically has in many disasters. Conflicts actually born the brunt of of problems in Beirut and actually deflected the majority of the blast towards the East and the south, which is why a famous areas like Gymnasium Ohio Asha fear completely The buildings there obliterated and one of the concerns now is a lot of. Buildings the older buildings in Beirut the few buildings left in the east of in pre-civil war, which were much loved already, quite delicate on the point of collapse yesterday as people were trying to clear the streets constantly civil defense volunteers trying to pull people back away from these buildings with balconies hanging down stone starting to crumble because of course, that's a huge dangerous. People are still sifting through rubble trying to find loved ones that buildings could. New Buildings that had not yet collapsed could collapse on top of the other issue is that the new builds a lot of them are concrete and speaking to an engineer what can happen with concrete is that with a shockwave blast like this concrete cracks easily under pressure and so that can be in tunnel cracks there that you don't know about in can't be seen from the outside, but the make the building unstable and because there's really been. Very, little help from the government with people trying to go back into their homes, clear up and see what they can retrieve and whether their homes are still livable. Many people going back into very unstable buildings and some living there because they have no other former shelter. So a real risk of further injury as buildings might potentially collapse over the next few days very similar to the aftermath of an earthquake, which is what this is compared to. A among the people who was serving the damage in Beirut yesterday was of course, President Emmanuel Macron of France undertaking a extraordinary spontaneous visit. How is that being received? I mean, it's it's understandable enough that Lebanese politicians don't want to interact at a personal level with the public at the not only for their own safety but is it being regarded as strange that the first high profile politician to to take a walkabout should be the president of an entirely different country? Well, it is strange, but it's not being regarded as strange. I was down on the street yesterday when McCone was was walking through glad-handing the crowd I mean, he really was you know playing up to it and was supposed to be going to Baabda Palace, the Presidential Palace to meet with politicians and delayed that for an extra hour on the schedule to stay with Lebanese people in the streets of course, playing up very much. The fact that he was there to see them he'd said before the visit my main priorities to go and be with the people of Lebanon. And extend, solidarity's to them, and then after that I will be dealing with the political varieties speaking to them. So in the streets, he was absolutely mobbed by people he's hugging people shaking hands with them people coming up tim saying, please don't give those politicians any money that corrupt criminals we don't trust them and he responded to one woman I know you don't trust them graffiti everywhere saying don't give one. Euro. To those Michael help us. So he really did make himself as I say a man of the people yesterday I spoke to a couple of young women afterwards. WHO said to me? That man was more of a leader to us in fifteen minutes than any of our politicians have been where all day no one has come to see us where are they wears the help and later in the day after a lot of commentary that. The. Obviously. Lebanese politicians feeding quite shamefaced one. The justice minister did come down to the streets to try and speak to people clearing up and she had water thrown in her face and chanting protest. Immediately, they're not welcome and that people absolutely fading that the government has no interest in safety in their health in their wellbeing and their ability to rebuild hiding away from them as everybody marshals together to try and get things. Back to nothing like normal but something livable at least just to follow that up finally, regular listeners may recall that you and I were speaking on Monday talking about the resignation of Lebanon's foreign minister and that seemed like a pretty big story at the time He's probably ruin his timing at this point but have you seen or heard anything in terms of actual messaging attempts to help or anything from the alleged government of Lebanon or d you kind of assume that they've all got to the point where they just realized the games up nobody really wants to hear from them anymore. It's quite extraordinary. There is honesty nothing happening in terms of that what the government is doing a lot of finger pointing at each other and previous administrations about who's to blame for this they've put everybody associated with the report under house arrest and saying that they're going to find the perpetrators. But of course, everybody's saying somebody else's the perpetrator on what we know so far it seems that for six years has been ongoing negligence at the highest. Level where a several reports were were built up by the head of the port and have customs sent to the government center the Prime Minister's Office the judiciary about the fact that this was a ticking time bomb and something has to be done completely ignored. So the government is going on about this investigation saying they'll find responsible meanwhile three hundred, thousand people in Beirut homeless, five, thousand injured hundreds still missing, and honestly all you can see on the streets is volunteers. The. Lebanese. breath volunteers, obviously with their ambulances civil defence wanting tears, young people armed with spades and rooms marching down the street just going into people's homes into buildings and sweeping up what they can and moving onto the next one cleaning up themselves. They all said to me of course not here we wouldn't expect anything else from them with the only people who can help ourselves and today international aid. Groups coming in different countries, sending their own firefighters medical support in, and still a complete absence of the Lebanese government anywhere except the poor area learn Milana Allen in Beirut thank you very much for joining us.

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"milana allen" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Briefing

Monocle 24: The Briefing

08:27 min | 2 months ago

"milana allen" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Briefing

"In London I'm Andrew Miller coming up are contributed in Beirut Layla. Milana Allen will have the latest from the site of Tuesday's colossal explosion in the Lebanese capital also ahead, of course, the conflict in Yemen his rage in large part because Islam Republic of Iran's illegal arms transfers to the WHO th-this. And so next week, the United States will put forward a resolution in the Security Council, to extend the arms embargo on Iran. Secretary of State Mike pompeo is talking tough on Iran and a bit later on Hello Finland was to buy share today will be joined by senior Elliott and who be talking about the latest in Latin America including the strong connections between Lebanon and Brazil, plus we'll have our weekly recap of what we have learned since about this time last Friday, all that coming up right here on the briefing on Monaco, two, thousand four. Welcome to today's edition of the briefing with me, Andrew. Miller some exercises in perspective the IRA bomb which severely damaged Canary Wharf in London in Nineteen ninety-six was estimated at just over one ton of ammonium nitrate Timothy McVeigh's bomb which demolished a federal government building in Oklahoma City in nineteen ninety-five was just over two tons of the same material. The boss which erupted in Beirut's port on Tuesday was estimated at two. Thousand seven hundred and fifty tons of ammonium nitrate. One of the biggest peacetime non nuclear explosions in history as Bhai. Route begins the barely imaginable task of cleaning up and is understandably enough growing tear gas was fired yesterday at protesters near the parliament building I'm joined. Now by Lila Milana, Allen France twenty four's correspondent in Beirut Leyla. First of all, you have been visiting the port which was the epicenter of the explosion. I can't begin to imagine where you would even describe such scene but I'm going to ask you to have a crack at doing that the scene is as you say, almost indescribable does smoke still rising from the charred MBA's off. Destroyed packing crates destroyed shelving and it says every kind of. Utility things you'd expect to see in shops. Twisted. Washing machines on the floor items from pharmacies because this of course port, this is the one thirty functional in Lebanon imposed everything and everything was stored than in the center. You have the remains of these enormous grain silos that carried the grain for the majority of the country completely destroyed and parts of them. Still collapsing there you have a aid workers desperately trying to dig people of rubble that's thirty meters deep, and the conditions are horrific temperatures of thirty degrees baking hot sun. The air is thick and brown the smell acrid burning metal and plastic. It really is post-apocalyptic and this goes on for over a mile. Entire poor is just smoking twisted metal and daybreak. Nash. have. You got a clear sense of how widespread the damage across Beirutis. How far can you go from the blast without seeing broken windows? So it. was about nine kilometers where we're still doing things like breaking windows the impact of it and having people. That's it really has spread incredibly far, and it's an uneven spread as well because. What's happened is that the grain ciders positioned in a certain way which meant that it protected half of the city of West Beirut, which historically has in many disasters. Conflicts actually born the brunt of of problems in Beirut and actually deflected the majority of the blast towards the East and the south, which is why a famous areas like Gymnasium Ohio Asha fear completely The buildings there obliterated and one of the concerns now is a lot of. Buildings the older buildings in Beirut the few buildings left in the east of in pre-civil war, which were much loved already, quite delicate on the point of collapse yesterday as people were trying to clear the streets constantly civil defense volunteers trying to pull people back away from these buildings with balconies hanging down stone starting to crumble because of course, that's a huge dangerous. People are still sifting through rubble trying to find loved ones that buildings could. New Buildings that had not yet collapsed could collapse on top of the other issue is that the new builds a lot of them are concrete and speaking to an engineer what can happen with concrete is that with a shockwave blast like this concrete cracks easily under pressure and so that can be in tunnel cracks there that you don't know about in can't be seen from the outside, but the make the building unstable and because there's really been. Very, little help from the government with people trying to go back into their homes, clear up and see what they can retrieve and whether their homes are still livable. Many people going back into very unstable buildings and some living there because they have no other former shelter. So a real risk of further injury as buildings might potentially collapse over the next few days very similar to the aftermath of an earthquake, which is what this is compared to. A among the people who was serving the damage in Beirut yesterday was of course, President Emmanuel Macron of France undertaking a extraordinary spontaneous visit. How is that being received? I mean, it's it's understandable enough that Lebanese politicians don't want to interact at a personal level with the public at the not only for their own safety but is it being regarded as strange that the first high profile politician to to take a walkabout should be the president of an entirely different country? Well, it is strange, but it's not being regarded as strange. I was down on the street yesterday when McCone was was walking through glad-handing the crowd I mean, he really was you know playing up to it and was supposed to be going to Baabda Palace, the Presidential Palace to meet with politicians and delayed that for an extra hour on the schedule to stay with Lebanese people in the streets of course, playing up very much. The fact that he was there to see them he'd said before the visit my main priorities to go and be with the people of Lebanon. And extend, solidarity's to them, and then after that I will be dealing with the political varieties speaking to them. So in the streets, he was absolutely mobbed by people he's hugging people shaking hands with them people coming up tim saying, please don't give those politicians any money that corrupt criminals we don't trust them and he responded to one woman I know you don't trust them graffiti everywhere saying don't give one. Euro. To those Michael help us. So he really did make himself as I say a man of the people yesterday I spoke to a couple of young women afterwards. WHO said to me? That man was more of a leader to us in fifteen minutes than any of our politicians have been where all day no one has come to see us where are they wears the help and later in the day after a lot of commentary that. The. Obviously. Lebanese politicians feeding quite shamefaced one. The justice minister did come down to the streets to try and speak to people clearing up and she had water thrown in her face and chanting protest. Immediately, they're not welcome and that people absolutely fading that the government has no interest in safety in their health in their wellbeing and their ability to rebuild hiding away from them as everybody marshals together to try and get things. Back to nothing like normal but something livable at least just to follow that up finally, regular listeners may recall that you and I were speaking on Monday talking about the resignation of Lebanon's foreign minister and that seemed like a pretty big story at the time He's probably ruin his timing at this point but have you seen or heard anything in terms of actual messaging attempts to help or anything from the alleged government of Lebanon or d you kind of assume that they've all got to the point where they just realized the games up nobody really wants to hear from them anymore. It's quite extraordinary. There is honesty nothing happening in terms of that what the government is doing a lot of finger pointing at each other and previous administrations about who's to blame for this they've put everybody associated with the report under house arrest and saying that they're going to find the perpetrators..

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"milana allen" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Briefing

Monocle 24: The Briefing

06:12 min | 2 months ago

"milana allen" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Briefing

"Four. Welcome to today's edition of the briefing with me Andrew Muller Given the list of things presently going wrong in Lebanon list, which may be broadly summarised as everything. It might seem more like news win senior government officials don't resign them when they do nevertheless today's resignation of foreign minister. Nassif not a veteran diplomats feel significant. His departing statement was notably light on platitudes about wishing to spend more time with his family Lebanon. Is slipping into a failed state while I'm joined with more on this spite Leyla Milana Allen France. Twenty four's correspondent in. Beirut. Later. Did anybody see this coming? Is this a surprise? This isn't a surprise I mean I it's not a surprise because it was leaks last night This often happens with situations like this. So they can be sure that they've got uh suitable press gathering and everyone's ready for it, but it also isn't not much of a surprise because now see fifty has been quite critical both governments during it also just how bad the. Situation in Lebanon is and one of the reasons this is very important. Obviously Embarrassing Prime Minister Hassan when he submitted his resignation today, but he is quite a respected member of this government for now former foreign minister. He won the put together at the end of January. It was supposed to be the technocrat government. What that meant was many of the people that didn't have much experience they were into that field but mostly things like. But, now he does have this very strong background in international politics and diplomacy. So not only does understand Lebanese politics, but he understands how Lebanon should be working with foreign countries because because of. That relationship with foreign countries is so important Lebanon what they're hoping will drag enough of the current crisis, but it's as things get was was the moment they don't seem to be able to do that, and that's one of the things that that he has flagged. He was supposedly very angry when the foreign French Foreign Minister Plan visited a couple of weeks ago. He felt but the way the government dealt with such important ally of the country was very bad and when the French foreign minister said that the country wouldn't be giving any more money unless Lebanon did put in some of these reforms at the international community has been asking for prime minister has responded by saying that the turnout didn't understand the way that got him. Going to happen in Lebanon which was incredibly embarrassing for the whole Lebanese cabinet, and of course, for the French will remain angered by that. So that was just one of the many pitfalls mistakes. This quite an inexperienced government has made seems to of made us feel that he couldn't continue any longer. Now in that letter as you said, he did say that let him slipping into a failed state, the language used was. Very strong. He wasn't shying away from just how bad things become and who said that he joined this government to try and work for one employer. That's Lebanon the what he ended up with was seeing a divided government web multiple employs multiple interest, and unless they can come together and put the interests of the country and the people I the country is going to continue sinking. It's going to be a sinking ship. It strikes me as one of those resignations for which there's two possible explanations. One is that it's just one individual who's absolutely sick of everything realizes he can't get anything fixed and just want to wash his hands of at all the other is that he's hoping to accomplish something by doing this that he's trying to either engineer the downfall of the government or engineer his own advancement, which of those two seems the most likely. So I mean there's a bit of both of those analysts I think of course, there is absolutely the impact that this is going to have on the government. Having such a prominent member of the government, and as I say, one of the most trusted, one of the ones who actually seem to have the experience to be able to do something leading very embarrassing this government but it does seem that this government is on a downward trajectory. Anyway, they haven't been able to achieve anything they promised all these reforms. Six months ago that's come in I. Don't think that that was his objective in China. Of course you know this is just my personal view, my speculation but having seen his behavior and having seen also how he came out of this, you know that he wasn't saying that he thinks government is very functional that can achieve anything but nor did he individually Damn, any men's them it doesn't look like he's trying to go off to anyone and embarrass anyone this situation. He is a man who has many years of experience and there's somebody who has works around the world trying to move things forward four Arab states and he did same statement as well that he you know is very proud of it should. Be a great Arab exposed to be this beacon in the region that everybody wants it to be. It does seem that he feels he's tried to put his time in an he simply cannot perform. We cannot achieve anything and he's somebody who really isn't looking to build his career anymore you know with the level experience he has with the age he's up. Actually. It does seem that what he was trying to do is try and do something positive for Lebanon, near the country forward that's certainly the appearance of any way that off some rumors behind the scenes as well from sources inside the government who say that he was increasingly frustrated thusly, of course, by not being able to achieve anything and not really being respected the foreign minister but also by maneuvering going on around him. So That's particularly one situation top security official who is an adviser of the President John Wall sent a little while ago over to the to try and get money from Gulf countries trying to peel money from them and he apparently. Felt very undermined by that because that of course should be his job and because he was leaning towards any particular group in this government it's been suggested that perhaps that's one of the reasons why he wasn't really given as much power as he should have had in this very important role particularly over the country that WHO's international links off. So important. So it does look simply as a case of him that he cannot achieve anything and he's not willing to keep endorsing this government when they're not doing anything that the country is asking them to do Lola Milana. Allen in Beirut. Thanks for joining us. You're listening to the briefing on monocle twenty four. This is the briefing on monocle twenty four in Sri. Lanka candidates are in the final stretch of campaigning ahead of a parliamentary election on Wednesday. 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"milana allen" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Briefing

Monocle 24: The Briefing

06:44 min | 3 months ago

"milana allen" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Briefing

"Was that Hezbollah fighters the has confirmed that and historically has has said that they will take action to avenge fighters who all chilled by Israel weather. It's Syrian territory, so although that doesn't seem to have been any moment. That's why there was concern about destroying this drone being down, generally concerned about increasing tensions along those borders at the moment at a time when Lebanon really calm before to be any kind of conflict. We spoke a few weeks ago on the foreign desk. About Lebanon's vast and sprawling and all pervasive crisis I get the impression that things in those few weeks have not improved How much worse has it got? Things haven't improved at all. No, it has, it has significantly worse. The currency has stabilized a little bit. We're not seeing the crazy jumps of a twenty percent value per day. There has of been a stabilization of around eight thousand. Lire to the dollar that of course still is a crazy change from fifteen hundred, which it was just at the end of last year is still people really struggling to get by? And meanwhile one of the big problems that we've been saying? The last couple of weeks is a complete lack of government `electricity that has traditionally been a three hour power caught in Beirut every day, and up to twelve outside Beirut because the government costs plan, but we're now seeing twenty two hours a day of no power across the country and the only other options. The people is to use these incredibly expensive fuel generators to of course that can Ernie be provided if you can afford it which. Which means people con, but even now because of that dollar shortage with the crisis that isn't enough fuel coming countries, even those generators assaulting to fail, and in the very intense heat, people are going without power, but also shops agreeing without power so a lot of bad food now, though the food, too often of course, chops are keeping food in for Longa as restaurants because they can't afford to throw anything away so a lot of risk with that now as well, but one of the things that has changed since we spoke is that Rafic Hariri, international airport, which had been closed during the pandemic, or as a response to the pandemic has reopened, but hasn't helped either right. No. It's made sense so it has now been open for month and one thing that the government does seem to have got right had right here is that they knocked down almost immediately when the first cases crop top which meant that Lebanon really escaped unscathed almost from that first round of corona virus. Now since the been for a month we've been saying before the open around five cases today would now going up to around one hundred fifty to one hundred and sixty cases day incredibly concerning, and not only of course, because that does indicate that there's more. More widespread and they've now also lost control of where the cases are coming from before they could track them all, but also because Lebanon's hospitals simply will not be able to cope if there is a massive escalation in cases, they are very behind on equipment. They don't have the money on the hospitals properly and uncles people can't before treatment either so great concern now that if the that spike does continue, the country weren't able to cope and not health crisis to get out of control here at a time when people are already desperate about daily lives. Does the government have any well? Does the government have any bright ideas about anything at the moment? I suspect the answer to that question is going to be no, but where the covid nineteen pandemic specifically is, can concerned ave contemplating another lockdown, and is that even possible? So, this is incredibly controversial here. At Lone the problem close as in many countries in the world is the Google, is currently way whether they want to risk a third of the economic crisis, escalating economic crisis, risking another lockdown, which many companies would built survive, so many have closed. We're ready. As a result of the combined economic prices on how that was made worse by those three months of lockdown, we had all whether they risk this health health crisis in many people now saying look, you can't cripple the economy and info. The people already desperate, so we do have to risk it, but of course. A situation in which the hospitals are overflowing, people are dying. Trying to get into hospitals is not something. The government won't sign the so essentially, not arguments between different members of cabinet. We've been hearing different things every day about what might happen. They all doing things this week again like banning weddings shutting down gyms, shutting down bars and things like that, but at the moment s saying the APP. It will stay open because they needed to for. For the Dolans to come back with the country, and they weren't go full-scale lockdown across the country at that begging people to be a bit more responsible into property south isolate when they come back into the country which they happen to love reports, people have not been doing, and that's why we've been getting these new cases and has Lebanon's government didn't the loss few weeks managed to propose anything that looks like a constructive solution, not necessarily to. The pandemic, which is obviously the fault of anybody in Lebanon, brought to the economic crisis, which was already a thing before the pandemic struck. Very little so traditionally, of course, Lebanon has relied on foreign sponsors foreign allies to support them through times need one of those main allies has been France decades and just last week at the foreign minister, the French foreign minister came to Lebanon those great joy about this and people. Finally the white coats might be coming to save us, and the visit really was A. A bit of a dumps Webby. They did announce some money to help French. Language schools here, but other than that. They just repeat that message. They doubled down. He famously said there's a couple of weeks before about the God's sake, please help us help you meaning. You need to do something you need to put in some financial reforms economic reforms so that we. We can step up and help you and encourage the IMF to help you. That doesn't seem to happen. He just came here and repeated that message. There was also an emissary from the British foreign. Office became outlaws because well, but he just came and visited a few programs cultural programs that the that the Brits are doing here again. No promises of cash. Cash, so that was quite a disappointing to the government last week, and then negotiations with the IMF of this loan, still completely frozen, because they won't sit down and actually clarify and agree how much government debt there is a walk. Austerity reforms going to put in because they think it'll be too unpopular with the public, really no way for things getting increasingly desperate. As, it seems to people on the streets in. Complete lack of feeling of responsibility from the government. It's almost as though they're not aware that they're supposed to looking after people here and doing things for the country, they're just apparently sitting in their homes, and not really paying attention from what people on the streets feel Hitler, ring feel. They have a government right now. Leyla Milana Allen with fronts twenty four in Beirut. Thank you for joining us. You can hear more from Layla and more background on Lebanon's crisis, in addition, three hundred and forty of the foreign desk which you can find on our website you're listening to. The briefing brought to you in association with Alliance..

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"milana allen" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Foreign Desk

Monocle 24: The Foreign Desk

02:52 min | 3 months ago

"milana allen" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Foreign Desk

"None of that <Speech_Female> is in the picture <Speech_Female> right now. <Speech_Female> The IMF is <Speech_Female> being very firm <Speech_Female> about its conditions, <Speech_Female> and rightly so <Speech_Female> the United States <Speech_Female> is also <Speech_Female> very fun <Speech_Female> with its maximum <Speech_Female> pressure policy on <Speech_Female> Iran and sanctions <Speech_Female> imposed on Syria <Speech_Female> <SpeakerChange> of course <Speech_Female> are also affecting <Speech_Female> Lebanon so in <Speech_Female> a way the <Speech_Female> Lebanese. <Speech_Female> That <Speech_Female> foreign powers <Speech_Female> think that Lebanon <Speech_Female> is central <Speech_Female> to their Middle East <Speech_Female> strategies <Speech_Female> are now having <Speech_Female> to see that. 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Lebanon: Economic Meltdown Leaves Country on the Brink of Collapse

Monocle 24: The Foreign Desk

01:08 min | 3 months ago

Lebanon: Economic Meltdown Leaves Country on the Brink of Collapse

"Hello and welcome to the foreign desk I'm Andrew. Mullah guests today, Lena Katina and Layla. Milana Allen Lena Katina is the director of the Middle East and North Africa program at Chatham House and Layla Moulana. Allen is France twenty four's correspondent in Beirut. Welcome both to the program Leyla. I'll start with you in Lebanon if one was to take a stroll through by route right now today. What indications would you see of the problems? Lebanon is having. Closed shops and bars people inside shops, doing things like asking the cashier to stop touching items when they get to a certain price on the phone to their partners, trying to figure out how many items they can afford to buy their no prices now on items in most shots because they're changing every day, people still queuing outside banks trying to get them money. People going through bins of his point trying to find food, I don't want to state situation. You know we're not chaos yet. Some people have been saying, but it is very very clear that the situation is getting increasingly discover people. Very consent.

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07:59 min | 4 months ago

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"In Lebanon as the country's economic crisis continues to deeper. There had been hopes that the International Monetary Fund would bail out the economy, but Lebanon's politician, unable or unwilling to make changes that would guarantee a rescue package. Let's get more on this now. With Layla Milona Allen who's Franzen cats correspondent in Lebanon's capital Beirut Leyla good afternoon tea. Thanks for being with us. Just bring us up to speed it. It does look like A. Starkly a bad situation is only gonNA get worse. It does Tom so as you may have seen. The situation in Lebanon financially has been really plummeting off the cliff edge over the last few months. Since the end of summer last year back then Lebanese liberal. It was pegged at fifteen hundred lyrics the dollar. It's now sunk to about five thousand around that number. The majority of that crashes happened just over the last few months, so there was already a huge economic crisis habit of course, covid nineteen has massively exacerbated that and what we're seeing now is that the Lebanese government has reached out. I'm MEF formally asked for the IMF to consider a bailout deal about a month ago, but the problem is that historically Lebanon has not been a very good candidate for these kinds of deals, because there is lots of money that they've been given the then. Don't turn around and implement the. The reforms that do actually ready eleven billion dollars just hanging in limbo that they're waiting for from the said conference collection of European investors from a couple of years ago, but because they have the reforms. They were all stupid. They still access that money they've lost the IMF for around twenty billion dollars, which we made money from the IMF Auburn donor countries, and as I said Nope the best candidate for loan, because historically they haven't really fulfilled what they need to do. Even worse right now, because so many countries around the world, all skin guy with the money now there have been talks going on over the last few weeks and initially an appraisal of the finance of the country. said that they were in about sixty two billion dollar hole. That was those are the figures that were give the IMF said they kind of agreed with that that seemed about right about honest and then suddenly. MP's timed around. and Re reevaluated those numbers and said Oh no, actually we've reduced the numbers. It's only about eighteen billion dollars that seventy percent car. Essentially, they're not being honest about how up in in many people look at that. As a result, the IMF is very likely unlikely to agree to deal with them, because they simply don't trust those numbers and don't trust that engage in honest dialogue about the problems here. Well let me ask you more about that. Let it because it is interesting that the Central Bank of Lebanon has defended its ongoing practices as I think they call them financial engineering, which is euphemistic, but there are those from without who say look. This is a best this is. Some financial trickery at worse I've I've heard it described as a Ponzi scheme by some Where does the truth lie as UCF in terms of the difficulty just getting to the bottom of these numbers almost. Indeed in financial engineering is a kind way of pushing it I mean we're we're now in a situation in Lebanon whether all five parallel exchange rates and one of the problems is the Riyadh solemn Central Bank? Governor for the last twenty three years has been able to maintain this peg mostly safely, essentially artificial by pumping lots of dollars inter the Lebanese banks by giving high interest rates, the people willing to keep the doors in the country, and so it seemed as though the Lebanese providing, but it wasn't. Wasn't really at was. As we say, south up a bit like upon Z., scheming as things have started to crash, he's tried to maintain that right. He said No. It's fine survive, and then what's happened is the people who have that donors in banks and savings tradition people. Can that money in banks in the doors because the Lebanese lira on the dollar used concurrently bubba knees. Lyric is enclosed currency. It means that it can only be used inside Lebanon. You can't trade outside of Lebanon's kept them money. And suddenly the realistic exchange rates on the street of what I mean by realistic is the not the people can actually get for that dollars has totally changed and within the banks they are still only worth fifteen hundred lira so i. people have been massively losing money, and if you look like they've lost about sixty five percent of their savings where we are now with a black market exchange rate, and they also have even been able. Able to get them money out of the banks months because all the banks have put arbitrary capital controls meaning stopping people from taking money out, because they don't want to run on the banks that is enough cash to keep the banks liquid. If everyone takes out the money, and then on the streets, we've got up to five different current exchange rates warming at the same time as rate. If you go to the currency, exchange the legal. Legal ones rate if you go to the black market cars, the exchange rate if you go to Western Union, you try and send yourself money and each bank also has its own rate of rate. You can take those dollars out so every single day. People panicking over what their money really means, and at the same time because Lebanon imports, so many of its goods radius country that's based on imports. The prices of things have gone up. Up Exponentially because of course, they have to pay for those imports indoors dollars now so expensive. WHOA, Whoa, that's resulting in is chaos in terms of people's financial viability, the viability of that basic daily lives paying their rent, paying for food, and instead of reacting to business insane going to do something about it. They feel that the central government in collaboration with the government is simply pretending that this situation isn't as bad as it truly as. Well let's take a step back. Maybe just finally We've always seen a lot of protests on the streets. principally directed at the government around this steepening economic crisis. Just gives you a sense about. Any potential pathways through the the next few weeks and We talked to Lamar Twenty four before about political inertia in Lebanon how difficult it is to get things down into make structural change without even being the embassies. Is there a a pathway you can see? That navigates the country through this particularly turbulent moment. So of course, these protests when they started in October of last year were hopeful protests, they were aimed at trying to get a government that the people felt they deserved and changing the political system. Since Code. Nineteen back has really changed these on now. Bread protests these are hunger protests, and of course that has a very different mood to it as I said you, if things will bad before covid nineteen and a three month lockdown, which did work in terms of the rates here goes. Nineteen have been catch pretty low was important because the hospitals are so would be so overwhelmed. Weather health crisis hit I really wouldn't be able to function, but that meant of course is so many businesses closed will never reopen Sony. People have lost their livelihoods. Though is an estimate recently that thirty five percent of restaurants and hotels across the country have to close, and another third of people that have their salaries completely slashed in half, so Sony people not earning anywhere near what they were or nothing at all, and so people rooting out all on the breadline was suddenly seeing huge poverty rates here there have been estimates that by the end of the is seventy five percent of people in Lebanon. We'll be living in poverty. That's a huge jump so in Thomson. Actually because what we've been seeing for the last few weeks is every week or so we'll be. Be a couple of protests. The anger boiled over something will happen with financial situation all the political situation, and it will trigger a big protest, and these have been violent protest. Now there's been allotted violence between security forces and people on the streets who had just so furious and desperate, and they feel nothing's being done for them, so it looks like that's likely to keep playing out over the next few weeks. The question is whether the government will be able to spy whether Hasan used. Government will be able to live whether they will actually be able to lock in this lion FDR, not which? Would give some positivity some sense that things are going to change, but at the moment everyone on the streets to say they feel completely hopeless, and they don't think that government cares about them, and so it is, we will see a lot more of those protests start reality indeed. Leyla, thank you very much for the update. That was Layla Milana Allen in Beirut. Listening to the briefing here..

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04:37 min | 11 months ago

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"Live from NPR news in Washington. I'm Jeanine herbst. The FBI says it's investigating Friday's shooting at the Naval Airbase in Pensacola Florida as an act of terror. The gunman are Saudi. Military pilot. Killed Three people before he was shot and killed. NPR's Greg Allen reports a number of Saudis who were on base at the time of the shooting are are being questioned. The gunman was a twenty one year old member of the Royal Saudi Air Force on base for flight training the FBI says he legally purchased the nine millimeter glock used in the shooting. Somewhere in Florida. The agency is withholding. Specifics the F. B. I. also won't confirm reports that some Saudis on bass videotape shooting. FBI Special Agent in charge ritual Rojo Says of their Saudis training at Pensacola have been restricted to base and are cooperating with authorities. I main goal right now is to confirm whether he acted alone alone or was he part of a larger network. We currently assess there was one gunman members of a joint terrorism task force or part of the investigation but Rojo says the FBI has not yet settled on a motive for the gunman greg. NPR News Pensacola the house. Judiciary Committee this week is expected to start drafting articles of impeachment against President Trump. NPR's Mara Liasson says House. Democrats have to decide what charges to include do do they keep it very narrow and just have one or two counts abuse of power Obstruction of Congress because the White House has flatly refused to cooperate with Congress. Answer answer subpoenas for witnesses and documents or as some other Democrats want should the articles be broader and include obstruction of Congress that the Muller Investigation Asian turned up so Democrats are debating among themselves. The one thing that we do know is they want this to be pretty quick and done by Christmas. NPR's Mara Liasson Lebanon's. The president has postponed selecting new Prime Minister for a third time after a last-minute objections to the favored candidate Leyla Milana Allen. Reports businessman Samir Cottage. Ruth drew his name today. Just ahead of parliamentary consultations intended to confirm nomination which was scheduled for tomorrow huts. He was expected to be nominated Monday. Eh on Sunday Lebanon's leading Sunni authority. Came out against latib saying it wanted caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hetty who resigned in late October to lead the next government government. It promptly withdrew his name and the selection was postponed again to a week Monday. It's the second time in a month. A candidate has pulled out in favor of how easy protesters took to the streets immediately. Furious at the process has been delayed again more furious. Still that the only option parliament will seemingly except is the return of had Aditi whose resignation was the protests. First Victory had eighty says. He doesn't want the job but some analysts say it's a political ruse to put him back in the running for NPR news. I'm Lana in Beirut and you're listening to. NPR news from Washington. People in France are bracing for even more transportation woes Monday at the start of the work week because von going nationwide strikes that have been happening for for four days. Unions upset with governments redesign of the pension program are calling on even more workers to walk off the job tomorrow. The government says the retirement changes will make the system more fair and financially stable but officials say they will gradually introduce the changes to make it easier on workers union workers though say they are worrying that they'll have to work longer longer for a smaller pension a piece of art at a Popular Show in Miami that sold for more than one hundred thousand dollars while it is no more. NPR's amy held reports the gallery had to remove the over ripe fruit for safety reasons. It was a banana. Duct taped to the wall slowly Browning but art basel show organizers said the art installation had become too appealing managing to spoil the show. They removed it early Sunday saying the fruits admiring miring crowds had grown uncontrollable even with guards broaden aptly titled Comedian. The peace had become spectacle a day earlier performance artist. Unstuck the Banana Anna from the wall and ate it in front of patrons with cameras rolling the gallery had replaced the consumed banana with a new one saying the banana was an idea. But after after determining it had expired for good art basel trying to explain its runaway success comedian with it's simple composition it said ultimately offered a complex reflection of ourselves. Amy Held N._P._R.. News and I'm Jeanine herbst and you're listening to N._P._R.. News from Washington..

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03:14 min | 11 months ago

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"That has gone off the city for months. Demonstrators Traders March for the city's Victoria Park near Hong Kong's financial district. Today's marches different in that authorities approved the protests two weeks after opposition candidates dates one local elections. That saw record turnout. It was organized by a human rights group that has not been granted permission for demonstration since the middle of August scores of women protested in Beirut this weekend in a march against sexual harassment and calling for improved rights for women. Lebanon is often considered considered one of the most liberal countries in the Middle East for women but protesters say many discriminatory laws remain lay Milana Allen reports Lebanese women marched through the streets of Beirut shouting feminist that demands included changing the law to allow women to pass this ship to their children and harsher punishments. Wants for sexual assault which often goes unreported because of no prosecution rates. The march was prompted after more than fifty women. Step forward to accuse one man a sexual harassment in the past last week after purchase reach downtown Beirut one man appeared to set himself on fire one of his legs was badly burned the four other protesters were able to put out the blaze is according to witnesses. He said he was motivated by economic concerns. Lebanon is facing a severe economic downturn. Three Lebanese have died by suicide in in the past week after saying they could no longer cope with daily bills. NPR News. I'm Lina Bolanos Allen in Beirut this is NPR news with authorities and Arkansas say the FBI and other law enforcement agencies are helping to investigate the killing of a police officer last night. Fayetteville police spokesman in Anthony Murphy says officers inside the police station heard gunshot. Once I got outside. They've they saw that. An officer had been shot by suspect via bills. Police chief who says motive is not clear he says the officer appears to have been executed. The suspect was chased by police officers and killed in an exchange of gunfire. This cheers flu season has gotten off to a slightly earlier start than usual. NPR's Rob Steiner reports on word from the Centers for Disease Control and prevention the CDC says. The flu season has started a week or two earlier than usual this year. In fact the flu season hasn't started this early in more than fifteen years. This isn't isn't great news because it could mean the flu would have more time to make more people sick but the CDC says there's always a chance this could mean. The flu season could end up peeking and ending earlier than usual to. There's just no way to know. The flu is notoriously unpredictable but this. CDC says it's still a really good idea to get a flu. Flu Shot No matter what happens Rob Stein. NPR news capsule filled with holiday supplies arriving at the International Space Station this. It's morning the private company. Space X launches shipment on Thursday from Cape Canaveral Florida. It's carrying nearly three tons of supplies including science experiments. NASA says the capsule is ahead of schedule and will soon be captured by the station's robotic arm. I'm Dr Snyder N._p._R. News..

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03:03 min | 11 months ago

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"Live from NPR news in Washington. I'm Korva Coleman. President trump is meeting NATO leaders in London. He's reiterated his complaint than other countries must pay more for their own defense dance and he had a warning. There are some countries that are fulfilling their commitment to those countries going to be dealt with. Maybe I'll deal with them from the report. Maybe I'll deal with them in a different way. Something where they have to say. NATO member countries have already set a timetable to increase their defense spending by twenty twenty four but trump wants it done immediately in separate comments earlier. Today trump discussed the chance of ending the trade war with China by the end of the year that could wave off new the. US tariffs on Chinese goods. That are supposed to take effect next week but today trump said he liked the idea of waiting until after next year's presidential election to reach each a new trade deal economist. Mark Zandi suggests trump may have been needling Chinese trade negotiators move. Maybe wait up. Push them to some terms that he'd like to see or you know could bees just losing his temper he's done that in the past and You might be taking the trade war down a darker pass so hard to know what the president the markets have reacted negatively. The Dow is down more than one and a half percent. California Congressman Duncan. Hunter is expected to plead guilty today in federal court to one count of misusing campaign funds. The six term Republican has long denied any wrongdoing until the reason interview. NPR's UNA jumpy reports that's swin hunters said he's changing his plea to protect his children from a trial hunter. UNDIS- wife Margaret were indicted for spending around a quarter of a million dollars of campaign. Funds ends on everything from dental bills to luxury vacations to flying their pet rabbit across the country. Hunter was stripped of all of his congressional committee. Assignments and just narrowly early won reelection in his predominantly Republican district. NPR's on Jeff Levine. The trump administration has released more than one hundred million dollars in funding -Unding to Lebanon's military after holding up the payment for nearly a month. Leyla Milana Allen has more the hundred and five million dollar military aid. Package was froze. He's not this month after a request from the White House without explanation both the State Department on the Pentagon had pushed the funding to continue Lebanese army. Spokesperson Person said the decision was an internal political issue but that the aid was always beneficial and always needed Democratic senator. Chris Murphy who visited Lebanon last week take said Monday that holding the money. We can the Lebanese military just at the moment that they were holding the country together the US has provided two point. Two billion dollars to the Lebanese Ebeneezer armed forces since two thousand five and supplied more than eighty percent of its equipment. NPR News. I'm Jon Allen. In Beirut on Wall Street the Dow was was down about four hundred fifty points or more than one and a half percent. The Nasdaq is more than one and a third percent lower this is NPR. More than two hundred fifty people have been killed.

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04:38 min | 11 months ago

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"Live from NPR news in Washington. I'm Dale Willman with less than three months to go until voting begins and Democratic primaries. Some presidential candidates who are spending the holiday seeking support from voters. NPR's Juana Summers has more on the candidates Thanksgiving plan while most people are shifting their focus to food and family some Democratic presidential angel- candidates are spending the Thanksgiving holiday on the campaign trail. Several are staying in Iowa where voters have the I say in the Primary Race California. Senator Kamla Harasses heiresses there. She'll cheer on runners in a Thanksgiving Day Turkey trot and moines spend time with seniors. And she's having dinner in Iowa with her family. Minnesota Senator Senator Amy Klobuchar is in Iowa to she and her family are participating in a service project before a holiday. Dinner with friends and staffers and New Jersey Senator Cory Booker is marking the holiday. By taking part in community Thanksgiving events in the Des Moines Area Juana Summers NPR news and evacuation Asian orders in place for the people of Port Nature's Texas after two explosions at a chemical plant there on Wednesday while officials say there are no air quality issues right now a continuing endanger from flames and more possible explosions have authorities concerned and they want people to leave port nature mayor. Glen Johnson says it's better for people to choose inconvenience rather than the potential health risks. You know our hope is to lift that as quick as we can trust me. We won't everybody back in their homes as quick as they can can get in there so You know where I'm very cautiously optimistic. Three people were injured in that initial blast but none of the injuries were considered serious Philadelphia. This week became the first first city in the country to pass a law that will enable gig workers to accumulate paid time off the law affects domestic workers including Nannies and housekeepers and it could serve as as a model for how to provide benefits to independent workers. NPR's Yuki Noguchi reports sued. Elliot's new law creates a system. Where GIG workers who work for many different clients or you work? Part time can still earn paid time off. Eligible workers would accrue one hour. Pay leave for every forty hours. They work just like fulltime employees. Do until now. FEW GIG or contract workers had mechanisms to allow them to accrue such benefits but as the ranks of those independent workers grow more cities in states are contemplating ways to allow workers to access benefits even if they work irregular hours for many clients you can Gucci. NPR News Washington president live in trump made a surprise visit to Bagram airfield in Afghanistan. Today he spent about three and a half hours with American troops there although he did not have dinner with them. Trump says the. US Lesson Taliban have been engaged in peace talks at the Taliban wants to make a deal. The trump administration had broken off talks with the Taliban September trump also had a brief talk with Afghan Afghan president. Ashraf Ghani with House press secretary. Stephanie Grisham says plans for the visit had been underway for several weeks this is NPR. The Canadian National Railway Company says it's ramping up operations as the country's biggest rail strike in a decade comes to an end that after the parties reached a tentative agreement. Some thirty two hundred conductors yard workers were demanding improved working conditions and rest breaks in a statement the railway said the strike had forced the company to run at just ten percent of its normal capacity. The walkout gained attention after the release of a recording of an exhausted worker. Pleading with a supervisor for a break after a ten hour shifts in Lebanon a meeting to find replacement for the prime minister collapsed today before it even began anti government protesters meanwhile continued to fill the streets one month after after Prime Minister Saad Hariri step down leaving a void in leadership live Milana Allen reports. Lebanon's parliament suffered another setback in electing a new government Thursday after the leading parties. Latest choice for prime minister a businessman and political novice some. You're hot failed to secure the nomination. Although meetings to consider him we'll continue continue. Protesters say they want a complete overhaul of the prevailing political close. The deadlock is exacerbating an economic crisis. Gestational Shnell freighters began a strike. Saying they can no longer afford to import fuel. As the value of Lebanon's Lira. Drops protesters are now calling for the governor of the Central Bank doc to resign for NPR news. I'm Lana Allen in Beirut the buffalo bills got their first Thanksgiving win since nineteen seventy five today when they beat the Dallas cowboys cowboys. Twenty six to fifteen early in the day. The Chicago bears came from behind to slip past the Detroit lions. I'm Willman N._P._R.. News in Washington..

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