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"polish government" Discussed on WTOP
"16th. Glad you're with us. Now to the latest of the war between Ukraine and Russia, a senior U.S. official, the intelligence official saying this week, the Russian missiles crossed into NATO member Poland killing at least two people, the Polish government spokesman there did not immediately confirm the information but said top leaders were holding an emergency meeting this week due to the crisis situation as they saw it. This morning, WTO national security correspondent JJ green on the implications of this incident. It's hard to exaggerate the significance of this development. One or more missiles or fragments hit a farm area in a provincial area of Poland where they were in the process of drying grain. Officials from Poland have confirmed this and emergency meeting was called to figure out exactly what took place. And to determine what's next. It's not totally clear what happened, but there appears to be enough evidence enough concern that this was a Russian missile to trigger concern around the world, whatever happened in the Polish border town of cheval, about 5 miles from the Ukrainian border. Two people are dead and this is a moment that has the potential to turn into a pivotal point in history and explain the significance of why this could be a pivotal point. Poland is a NATO country. There is a core principle of the NATO organization that says it is called article 5. It says if one of the 30 members is attacked, it's an attack on all of them. And they all respond. We've been talking about this since this war began because there have been some close calls. And so meetings are happening across Eastern Europe, even here in the U.S. and in other places in our part of the world here regarding this because this is the moment that everybody had feared might happen. Now, they're not quite sure exactly what the details are, but there is, again, enough concern that a NATO country has been hit. Whether accidentally or intentionally by a Russian missile. There are a lot of players in this JJ, who didn't want to further escalate with Moscow. And this, of course, has the potential of doing that. Can you explain where the U.S. side is on this? Right now, what they're doing is very cautiously huddling and very deliberately examining the facts. Following the facts, what they know. They're talking with people. They have assets and ways to determine whatever happened on the ground to figure out exactly what happened, where this missile or these missiles came from. There are some that say, perhaps it was an anti aircraft missile from Ukraine. There seems to be more people and more evidence or whatever that suggests it was Russian. But what they're doing is talking and listening and they're trying to pour through every piece of information they have with their
KCBS All News
"polish government" Discussed on KCBS All News
"One 20. The Polish government is convening an emergency session of its national security officials after Polish media reported that a Russian missile headed for Ukraine missed and hit a facility in Poland killing two people. Poland still has not officially confirmed the bombing for more were joined on the case CBS RingCentral news line by Samuel remini, international relations researcher at the University of Oxford. Thank you for joining us. So how sure are we and everyone about this missile and did it come from Russia? What's the latest information? Well, I mean, it can not be a 100% confirmed yet that it came from Russia because Poland has not confirmed it yet, but we already seen Latvian Slovakia both say that it has come from Russia as well as Vladimir zelensky. So I think it's moving in that direction. All right, if it did come from Russia, was it a mistake or intentional? I think it was very likely a mistake where she's been striking Levi, which is 70 kilometers from the Ukrainian border. The Russian Ministry of Defense claims that they never strike right on the Polish Ukrainian border, but they don't have a reputation for really telling the truth. There's a small minority of Russian commentators though like margarita simony and the head of RT or Russia today who actually talks about NATO's defense as being weak and hinting at a more intentional attack. So it's a mixture of words from Moscow. So what are the implications for Russia and for any responses? To the most likely responses, I think, given the fact that it came on the heels of a hundred missiles strikes in Ukraine are more air defense systems for Ukraine. Ukrainians might try to push for a limited note 5 zone on the west by the border with Poland. But that has generally been ruled out in the past and it's unlikely to get unanimity. With regards to NATO response, we might be looking at article four being invoked. Lafayette already suggested this salad basically get all the NATO countries together in one room to talk about a threat to a country sovereignty. But again, you never be able to be required for further action. So I think it's more likely that we're going to be looking at air defenses is going to Ukraine and more force deployments and drills in Eastern Europe and less likely to see NATO get involved in a more tangible way. So yeah, NATO can respond if one of their member nations is attacked, which circles back around to did Putin really mean to be doing this. Yeah, exactly. In the article four, if it's going to be a threat, can become article 5. And NATO can declare war on Russia. Effectively. And destroy Russians to conventional capabilities and the big question is, what countries like Hungary, which is traditionally toad the line with Russia. How do you think Bulgaria, which are divided on whether to side with Russia or turkey, which doesn't want to sanction Russia. Take that step. I don't think so. So that's why I'm skeptical of unanimous data action. And I think that it's probably going to be more E Ukraine and more collective security defense for Poland, but not necessarily something more. When something like this happens, I'm sure it's a case by case basis, but how long to really figure out what exactly happened. Well, it could take a little while. Obviously we'll have to look at the missile debris and see what kind of missile it comes from. We're seeing some of the Russian telegram channels playing. It could be a caliber or a Th1 O one, which are two Russian missile systems, or it could be Ukrainian S 300. So we first have to see what the nature of the debris is and what it points to. And then decide whether it was most likely an interception of similar kinds of missiles striking on Ukrainian territory or whether it was in more of an intentional and targeted attack. But the thing is they could always be a little bit of uncertainty about that. We may have a likely answer, but not necessarily a 100% beyond the reasonable that answer. All right. Well, we really appreciate you taking the time this afternoon. Thank you. That was Samuel ramani, international relations researcher at the
America First with Sebastian Gorka Podcast
Jim Carafano Discusses His Recent Trip to Ukraine
"I am Sebastian gorka, this is America first with one of our regulars mister national security and foreign policy for the conservative mothership. It is, of course, the heritage foundation heritage and colonel Jim caravan of doctor carafano is freshly back from Ukraine, and he has so much to share with us. Don't you, Jim. So this is weird, you know, I was in the army for 25 years. I was never deployed to a combat zone once. And in the last two months, I've been in two combat zones, so you had two busy playing with those nuclear weapons. I care, right? I guess. So I had another group of experts working with a Polish think tank. So we went to Ukraine. You fly to the border, the Polish border. The Polish border take a train to ten hour train ride to Kyiv. So you and Boris Johnson, secret trainer. Yeah, yeah, everybody takes the secret train ride. It's a private train. It runs at night. The security is ridiculous. Everybody, WeChat our own SEAL Team 6 guy. I mean, it wasn't SEAL Team 6, but they look like social security. Yeah, they look like something out of the movie. And everywhere we had like this arsenal. And I was just like, I've pitied anybody that would come after us. But these were supplied by the Ukraine government. This was actually these were actually supplied by the Polish government. Wow. And so we went to bucha, which is the high water mark of the Russian incursion towards the capitol, which is stunning how close. Where there was basically genocide. Right. So the town horrible, terrible. I mean, one is how close they actually got to the capitol. The other is, is the destruction was just terrible. I mean, including obviously blowing up things that are not military targets in any way. We'll show some photographs and then of course this is a scene of one of the mass burial sites. And tragically on the day we left, they found it even bigger mass barrels. People bound tortured. Families bound together in the latest. Hundreds of people thrown into a hole in the ground. And no matter what you take away from this, no matter what side you're on, if you're a neocon or a restrainer or whatever and you want nobody can think that Putin is a global player. And the notion that you would just sit back on your hands and just let him run wild being the murderer and soulless godless killer that he is. And think that someday that wouldn't come after you. That's just nuts.
"polish government" Discussed on WTOP
"Ukraine could spill into other countries CBS News special report Russian forces are bearing down on Ukraine southeastern port city of mariupol where Ukraine reports a steel factory that's been sheltering hundreds of civilians and soldiers has been hit by 35 air strikes in just 24 hours and there are fears Russia maybe eyeing the western breakaway region of Moldova Katarina Wilshire at the chatham House think tank Whether it's going to happen we will see because we have mixed messages from the Kremlin on this crisis for gas of surge as much as 24% in Europe today after Russia cut off deliveries to Bulgaria and Poland the BBC's Adam Easton Spring is here Summer is coming demand is low Also the Polish government took the wise decision to fill up the underground gas storage It's now about 80% full So Polish ministers have been fairly calm in their response to this news Russia's Gazprom says it cut off gas because neither country would pay in rubles CBS News special report Deborah Rodriguez members of Congress are railing about inflation and the pain at the pump but it's unclear if they'll approve any legislation that will actually help consumers details from WTO's Mitchell Miller today on the hill Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer knows the political perils of the issues and points a finger at oil companies Perhaps no sector has evoked more frustration and anger from the American people as the largest oil and gas companies and the prices they are charging But while Democrats have proposed a windfall profits tax and even possible direct rebates when gas prices remain at a certain level the legislation isn't likely to go anywhere Iowa Republican Joni Ernst charges that The White House's energy policies have made matters worse This price of fuel has been going up since President Biden took office On Capitol Hill Mitchell Miller WTO Even as Russia has been beaten at every turn in Ukraine and has resorted to war crimes a Ukrainian parliament member has a warning for other countries Ukraine is not the end goal of Russian Federation Ukrainian member of parliament Ivana klin push since Aziz And we have to very attentively listen to what Russian authorities are saying Which often is untrue Since ate told WTO in 2019 war was coming if Russia wasn't dealt with She says giving in to Russia's demand of neutrality now is not going to work It didn't work in the past either Back in 2014 when Russia started its attack we under our Ukrainian legislation were non aligned country But Russia attacked anyway JJ green WTO news Three two.
Bloomberg Radio New York
"polish government" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York
"Right now is the president it's the end of March is in Europe ahead of a key EU China summit April 1st Today is all about making sure the messaging and the actions that could follow on China all line up Maria today please tell us the military momentum if any that Ukraine has at this moment Well Tom of course a lot of this information is not made public and the Ukrainians are always very secretive about the equipment that they have that the views and that it's been destroyed in this fight with Russia A lot of this I should say the secrecy around the military operation has gone in crescendo over the past week because it really concerns the Polish government Remember a lot of these weapons have to go through the Polish border Poland at the stage is the biggest distribution hub of weapons into Ukraine and many of the European officials that I speak with now say the best thing we can do is for everyone's safety is to just stay quiet and not reveal a lot of this Remember at the start of the crisis because everyone wanted to show solidarity with Ukraine they all revealed this is what we're sending This is where we're going to send it to and this is how it's going to get to Ukraine But then that made Poland a target for the Russians If you watch Russia on TV every night Tom which we do here they always say this The Polish government should better watch out because they do not or should not get involved here Otherwise they're going to have a problem with Russia So a lot of the military operation in Ukraine Thomas is now very secret The one thing that's very open and the Ukrainian government continues to see is that they are not going to surrender their major cities It's not even maneuverable Remember there was an ultimatum that was put forward by Russia and Sunday singing You have to give up your weapons or it will be a trial by a tribunal The Ukrainian set we're not going to do it The fight continues Well and on that point Maria we Greg valier over at AGF investments in his note today said the question is also whether or not NATO is going to push Vladimir zelensky to accept a deal that he may not want to Is either Ukraine or Russia looking like they are ready to accept some sort of peace deal is either one willing to cave on anything at this point But at this point the clear answer to that is no When you look at the situation the special military operation the Vladimir Putin refers to At this point he's gone in too deep in Ukraine The Donbass is not good enough for him And Crimea if we're honest everyone in the real politic of things already knew that this kind of belongs to Russia They're not going to get it back to Ukraine So that is not enough for Vladimir Putin to say we have the Donbass and Crimea He's gone in too deep when it comes to Ukraine Well they'll tell you no we don't want to do bilateral deals with Russia We still believe we have momentum to stop them So therefore what you see is that the two sides are just trying to really build up their leverage before the real talks begin I have Ukrainian officials that tell me nothing's really going to move until the end of April So if you think this word is just a matter of days actually in fact when you look at the Ukrainian psyche there's still belief if they get the weapons they can go on for longer and the longer it goes on it could actually help the Ukrainian government because it will tire out the Russians on the ground Maria thank you Marie today are alongside AMH in Brussels Tom what a busy day we've got coming out Worth repeating The president and allies in a NATO meeting right now in that summit ongoing they had an address by president zelensky of Ukraine After this wraps up about an hour from now they'll go on to a G 7 summit from their time in the U council meeting Leader summit a little bit later The diplomacy here is wrapped around globalization in the markets The market speak for themselves and we'll give you that data all day I do want to point out John a wonderful essay by John micklethwait and Adrian wooldridge on the similarities here in World War I and the differences to World War I And what they talk about here John is something that I think prime minister Johnson has a unique feature of and that is Maynard Keynes in 1919 talking about the permanent and the permanent of 1914 that were shattered forever The idea of the normal the certain the permanent gone The history of this speaks to today in some ways hearing from dementia peskov of the Kremlin is saying the following Katy Russia regrets Ukraine being quote slow at talks according to interfax just moments ago Yeah continually putting the blame on Ukraine for talks not making substantial progress but it feels like we are now hearing this almost every day out of the Kremlin's slow progress on these talks and it speaks exactly to what Maria was just telling us about how long this could go on before either side gets to a point where they're willing to give in They Security Council discussing the economic situation with the president of Russia until in that situation What do you think of the theater in equity market That's not a mistake is it To open the market in Russia today after being shut for a month with all the restrictions around it It's almost ensure an up day just as leaders are meeting In Brussels to talk about Russia and sanctions Global GDP United States 24% of global GDP Russia 2% of global GDP that from the Bloomberg quick take this morning you know what Johnny it's about commodities And they.
"polish government" Discussed on WTOP
"Your listening to WTO negroes China reporting its first COVID death since January of 2021 Health officials reported on Saturday the death were two elderly people with preexisting conditions This comes as the country battles its worst outbreak in two years driven by a surge in the highly transmissible omicron variant China has pressed on with its policy of lockdowns and mass testing of millions of its people as part of a successful if burdensome zero COVID strategy Nationwide the country reports more than 29,000 confirmed cases since the beginning of March Hong Kong which is facing its worst surge of the pandemic recorded more than 16,000 new cases Saturday That is AP correspondent Julie Walker Europe also seeing an uptick in cases there A senior at rockridge high school allowed him county is on a mission wants to help close the gap for students who have fallen behind since the pandemic began The nonprofit is called immunized for immunity The organization has gone from supporting COVID vaccination to addressing the impacts of the pandemic Well we're currently tackling is educational inequity Abuse at Krishna is the founder you can see that marginalized communities have been disadvantaged to the impacted with people living in lower socioeconomic conditions So far they've donated over 5000 books to charities and libraries Now he says their focus is on the policy level to drive institutional change by working with state leaders to help create new opportunities for students Anyone could be that difference in over time you'll see that hard work really does lead to actual results Melissa WTO P news Children in Ukraine are about to get a special surprise from Virginia They look like stuffed animals but there's more to them These are quite remarkable Wi-Fi act like real pets Steve Cohn chief of philanthropy and communications at Virginia based capital caring said they started integrating robotic pets into their care They provided them to patients with dementia and younger children with serious health issues Now they're sending 500 of these pets to children from Ukraine who had to leave their homes We decided this was a wonderful way to provide something unexpected and delightful They are working with the Polish government to get them to Ukrainian refugees feathery bonk WTO Money.
The Dan Bongino Show
The Biden Administration Has Zero Integrity
"The problem with the Biden administration is again they have the zero integrity and they lie about everything The Biden administration is trying to publicly play tough while behind the scenes They don't want to play tough with Russia because they don't want to escalate which by the way I don't think is a bad idea Having said that if they would just be honest about their position behind the scenes they wouldn't cause themselves as public embarrassment Here's what I mean I asked senator Ted Cruz about this yesterday It rare again that we play a radio interview twice but just not the whole thing but just this answer because it's important And he's read in on this program pretty well He knows a lot about it They don't want to escalate with Putin which is not a problem Just tell our international partners that we are going to try to find a way out of this that doesn't escalate into World War three delicately tell the American people without telegraphing every single thing we're going to do There's no need for that Just tell them We are doing our best here to assist the Ukrainians in their fight for self determination national borders and their own sovereignty but we're trying to do so in a manner that doesn't escalate this crisis into a nuclear World War three I think the American people Republicans and Democrats alike would be understandable But problem is they always lie The Biden administration's original take was oh you know the polls they don't want to help They're really not interested They're not going to help And then when the polls said the Polish government said really we're going to ship these MiGs over to ramstein in Germany and now you guys got them and you can go give them the UK and all of a sudden the story
AP News Radio
Harris trip to Poland takes a turn over jets for Ukraine
"Vice president Kamel Harris heads to Poland today jumping into a new flap over fighter jets for Ukraine the vice president's trip to Warsaw was to thank the Polish government for taking in Ukrainian refugees but now Kamilla Harris has to deal with Poland surprise announcement it was planning to transfer its fighter jets to the U. S. military to give to Ukraine the Pentagon says it can't work that way leaving Harris to patch up this dispute one member of Congress expressed surprise that Poland blindsided the U. S. this way while the former ambassador called it a messy deal that requires an in person conversation to sort it out this is a rare instance of disunity among NATO allies trying to help Ukraine without getting pulled into a wider war with Russia I'm Jackie Quinn
"polish government" Discussed on WGN Radio
"Away to Poland Which we think Polish government for taking women and children as refugees at this moment Or being this tragic war will stop soon and we can that way that we should stop yesterday today tomorrow And we can go back to normal life but he's defending kids every single day I am going back on 18th after 18 19 or 20 years of March because some commitment which was made before I have to stay back and it's not business but I have two children here I have to granddaughters here my wife is here So I just have to do a few things for my son who is graduating school This year but I have to do what I have to do and I'm going back after 18 March Are you going back to help try to rescue people You're going back to fight of what sends you back Whatever I have to do whatever I have to do I will be there I want to get back to Kyiv I have a home in Kyiv I have in another two cities which I have my distillery home so I just have to protect my I don't even call them any longer My employees I call them my associate and it is my family to because without them I wouldn't be able to conduct business and they are really not any longer my employers will want big family We are speaking again with the Roman tallis he is a Ukrainian born as you can tell and has businesses both back in Ukraine and in the United States here he's based currently in Dallas and kruto kra is the name of his company We're going to take a break We'll come back and we'll take calls for you Roman at one 8 6 6 5 zero Jimbo one 8 6 6 5 O 5 four 6 two 6 before we break however I would wonder about a website for your vodka distillery No I have American website It's good about the USA And this is not just the company but that's the name of the actual brand vodka screw And if anybody crypto vodka USA is that the name of it Yes it's my website yes sir Yes And that is what a dot com yes Dot com crudo vodka USA dot com All right we will come back and we will talk some more with a very courageous man He is going back He doesn't have to obviously except by the own morality of his inner soul but we certainly commend him Wish him the best one 8 6 6 5 zero Jimbo and will be back in just a moment I'm.
"polish government" Discussed on WGN Radio
"Group station The 30° at 2 o'clock good morning I'm James Sears the news is sponsored by news nation The U.S. there's a wrench in Poland's fighter jet plan and the new study on COVID and the brain WGN traffic are expressways in tollways in good shape right now no accidents to report Vice president Kamala Harris trip to Warsaw today to thank Poland for taking a Ukrainian refugees is taking an unexpected turn WGN's Shannon halligan explains The Polish government announced it was ready to transfer all of its fighter planes to a U.S. Military base in Germany with the understanding we would then hand those aircraft over to Ukrainian pilots The U.S. would supply Poland with backfilled jets a proposal that took U.S. leaders by surprise To my knowledge it wasn't pre consulted with us that they plan to give these planes to us The Pentagon saying they do not believe the plan is a tenable one saying it raises security and logistics concerns for the entire NATO alliance Meanwhile the Senate will soon pass a sweeping government spending bill that includes more than $12 billion in emergency aid for Ukraine Chicago police say they've gotten surveillance video and are talking to two people of interest in Monday's murder of WGN TV security guard 35 year old Selena claiborne She'd stopped at a south shore gas station to fill up and was sitting in her car when she was shot Her sister Sheila talked with WGN's Kelly Davis And she loved every minute of it On Monday afternoon she received a tragic phone call from her daughter She said she didn't make it Sheila reflects on that horrifying.
WNYC 93.9 FM
"polish government" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"Live from NPR news I'm Charles Snyder officials in the Ukrainian city of Mario again tried to evacuate civilians today in agreement for another temporary ceasefire had been reached with Russian forces but Ukraine's National Guard says that ceasefire was broken After Russian forces opened fire a government official says a plan to evacuation has been abandoned again a similar plan to establish a humanitarian corridor failed yesterday The Polish border patrol says more than a million Ukrainians fleeing the Russian invasion have crossed into Poland and PRs to Annika kisses reports from a polish of border town where more than 50,000 refugees are arriving every day Thousands of Ukrainians and residents of Ukraine rest at a supermarket warehouse that's become a welcome center for refugees including 16 year old John tarimo I born in Ukraine I grow up in a great go to school in Ukraine We don't know when we came back Karimov's parents are from Uzbekistan the family plans to stay with relatives there Poland says it has no need for refugee camps because many polls are putting up Ukrainians in their homes Secretary of State Antony Blinken has pledged at the U.S. will give Poland nearly $3 billion to provide for Ukrainian refugees Joanna kisses NPR news porch of a Poland Following Ukrainian president zelensky's plea for more warplanes Secretary of State Antony Blinken said today the U.S. is considering sending planes to Poland as a backfill at the Polish government decides to send fighter jets to Ukraine Lincoln was in Moldova today as part of his trip to Eastern Europe and he hinted at the U.S. would come to Moldova's aid if it was also invaded by Russia Whenever and wherever that aggression might appear we will do the same thing Moldova is not a member of NATO but just a few days ago it did apply to join the European Union potentially drawing Russian anger Mastercard Visa say they're suspending service in Russia in response to the country's invasion of Ukraine here Saint Pierre David gura The move is sure to complicate life for Russians and it will leave the Russian economy even more isolated Cards issued in Russia won't work on either Visa's network or on mastercards and cards issued in other countries will no longer work in Russia In a statement Visa's CEO says the company was compelled to act following Russia's unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and the unacceptable events that we've witnessed Mastercard says it was motivated by the quote unprecedented nature of the conflict and the uncertain economic environment Company says it's been in business in Russia for more than 25 years David gura NPR news New York Russian authorities are making arrest at today's demonstrations around the country hundreds have been detained The independent monitoring group info puts a number at more than 2000 but that's not been independently verified You're listening to NPR news This is WNYC in New York I'm David first A cyberattack on New York's ethics commission last month is expected to keep lobbying and financial disclosure systems offline for about another week The joint commission on public ethics said yesterday that it's continuing its investigation into the attack on its web application server but that it expects electronic lobbying reporting and financial disclosure statement systems to be back online by Friday The attack was discovered by a suspicious activity alert on February 21st and all systems were taken offline as a precaution It's not clear who was behind the attack Mayor Adams announced yesterday that meal delivery service is being extended for survivors of the January 9th Bronx fire that tore through an apartment building killing 17 people Meals are being provided by the New York State Latino restaurant bar and lounge association In a statement Adams said quote knowing that you don't have to worry about where your next meal is going to come from can make your entire day and these New Yorkers can trust that their city has.
Bloomberg Radio New York
"polish government" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York
"When you speak to pose and the Polish government they tell you that they view Russia as their number one threat and that once again they're concerned and they worry that we're seeing a repetition of history and they stress listen to us we've seen this first hand or history listen to us We need more sanctions on the table and Ukraine needs more weapons This can not be an easy ride for Russia Otherwise after that all bets are off The other thing I would point to as you say where you see behind me is the gift from Stanley That is how it's known but every night it has a Ukrainian flag over it You see the blue and the yellow of Ukraine so this tells you the tension this country has cut between Russia Ukraine and now of course the Belarus border there's a lot of concern about that border Remember at this point what we see is troops going into Ukraine the polls are concerned that this is now a puppet state of Vladimir Putin and their surrounded by a war torn Ukraine and now Belarus that is not independent that it's in the hands of Vladimir Putin Emily we hear the urgency in Maria today's voice as she talks about the escalation in fighting the escalation in death Is there a change in the rhetoric in Washington D.C. around the steps needed the steps willing to be taken Well I think we saw that shift over the weekend and President Biden is certainly well aware that there are many Americans out there who feel like he has not been aggressive enough when it comes to the U.S. giving assistance to Ukraine and pushing back against Russia So that's going to have to be something that he addresses in his speech tonight You are seeing this rare moment of bipartisanship here in Washington around this issue I mean former president Trump aside you really are seeing Republicans coming out criticizing Putin saying that more aid needs to be given to Ukrainians And I think it's a lot of it's just a question of tone What we are going to hear Biden say tonight if he's going to touch on potential sanctions to the energy sector that's something The White House does not want to do because they're still worried about that global recovery as well as high gas prices in the U.S. A lot for Biden to do tonight White House press secretary Jen Psaki says no one wants a two to three hour speech True enough But at the same point there's a lot to touch on because Biden can't just touch on the international he also has to touch on the domestic Emily Wilkins down in Washington Thank you to Maria today In Poland today Maria thank you very much for all your hard work There are some headlines crossing the Bloomberg on freezing funds At the moment in many places we don't have a market to express this including in Russia itself with the market closed again Yesterday JPMorgan closed the gates on its JPMorgan emerging market Europe equity fund in Russia funds as well Tom we got a headline from schroders about ten minutes ago Straight down from 40 down to 20 This has been something with huge huge losses well under a $1 billion of assets It's not a big deal but John it is the microcosm a little drips here The micro data we're seeing here it's not about swift It's not about bank of Russia It's about all the little decisions that we're covering It's setting a market Lisa really difficult in an environment like this one You saw the depository receipts in London trading yesterday for some of the names like spare bank spare bank was down 74% on London training on that depository receipt Just unbelievable moves How much is this also because it is one of the only areas of liquidity in a market that otherwise is nonexistent I mean there is no trading in a lot of the securities of Russian assets So if you're in a fund that holds these securities yeah you're going to freeze it because if people withdraw money how are you going to sell the underlyings to give them their redemptions Donna RuPaul one O one Let's call it one O two Lisa is that a proper market right now Jane foley said no Well I mean really am I going to go against Shane foley or any of the data coming out where people are basically saying this market has been frozen They've been closing the exchange The bank is basically taking all actions necessary The question really is what would the ruble look like if it was a free market right now That's kind of what I've suggesting I wasn't asking you to go against Shane Farley who's a wonderful friend of this program Well you know I thought it would be a cheesy way I don't really know I mean I don't know how much it would tank to you Peaches That's 7 cents of 1% on the S&P I don't know either The NASDAQ down by three quarters of 1% From New York City this morning and good morning to all there is a bit in this bond market Yields are lower by 11 basis points to one 72 We were 30 basis points north of that just a few trading days ago just an unbelievable turnaround as we start to price out more rate hikes that are fed and the ECB as well Crude very close to 199 94 Call it 95 on WTI up by more than 4% from New York City This is Bloomberg.
America First with Sebastian Gorka Podcast
"polish government" Discussed on America First with Sebastian Gorka Podcast
"Many, many speeches, I am Friends with the president's the former president's speech writers who were amazing young men. There are several many multifarious pivotal moments of the four years of the Trump administration. I think the speech in Riyadh in the heart of the hejaz, talking to more than 40 Arab and Muslim heads of state, where the president said, it's up to you to clean up the mosques to clean up the terrorism from your societies was one of those historic moments I remember a woman from the Middle East two weeks later saying, that's the speech we've been waiting for for 11 years. That was quite a stunning thing to hear. But perhaps in the broad sweep of history, with the challenges internally and externally to our civilization, at least for me, the most important moment was the president's speech in Warsaw. At the site of the Warsaw uprising, the Polish government wanted the speech to be made in Warsaw at some palace. We said, no, we want the president to be there next to the statue of the polls coming out of the sewers to fight the Nazis at incredible statute. Finally, we convinced the polls, the president gave the speech, and there's a line in that speech. I want to play for you right now. Play cuts. We have to remember that our defense is not just a commitment of money. It is a commitment of will, because as the Polish experience reminds us, the defense of the west ultimately rests not only on means, but also on the will of its people to prevail and be successful and get what you have to have. The fundamental question of our time is whether the west has the will to survive. Do we have the confidence in our values to defend them at any cost? Do we have enough respect for our citizens to protect our borders? Do we have the desire and the courage to preserve our civilization in the face of those who would subvert and destroy it? I'm not talking about politics now. I am talking about what I believe to be the question whether it's you with your grandchildren and Tel Aviv in a bomb shelter hiding from the rockets that savages are raining down on the Israeli civilian population. Or whether it's ISIS beheading Jordanian fighter pilots or whether it's the fentanyl flooding across our borders, isn't this the true nature of what we were trying to achieve, isn't this the question for our time whether we have the backbone or the courage to stand up to those who would try to destroy judeo Christian civilization, mister ambassador? It absolutely is. That is the question of our time. And we were doing okay. I think we had a backbone. We stood on principle. We backed it up with our strength and our military when we needed to. Never looked for a fight, but never ran from a fight. And that's the way to preserve the world. The western world, western civilization for the future for our grandchildren. We're.
ToddCast Podcast with Todd Starnes
"polish government" Discussed on ToddCast Podcast with Todd Starnes
"Hi Mario, what's up? Hello. Nice to see you. Thank you for taking my call. And came to this conference from Eastern Europe and I see that dictatorships of communist eastward and when I left my country and I agree completely with you that Republicans have failed us down not once, but many times and these are the reason we are in the big mess right now and if they fail us again, well for the third party and we have to do it. There's only only solution now the previous car is saying about election, there will be elections, but election will be that just as far not important who votes important who can't devote. And there will always win election the same like they were doing in the country when I was the election was, but the people who were winning the election, the people were already decided by big data. Now, Mario, let me jump let me jump in and what part of Eastern Europe did you come from? Because that is not a North Carolina accent. You're absolutely correct, sir. Poland, wow. Well, I have to tell you Mario, I have been so impressed with the Polish government of late. I mean, they have been behaving quite frankly like Americans used to behave. Yeah, they have some opposition and some many useful heat yields on the streets, but like everywhere in Europe. That it well, that is that's fascinating and Mario, when you was there a moment when you said in your mind, you're watching all the news of the day, was there a moment when you said holy cow, this is what happened back during the Soviet era back in Eastern Europe. That moment was long ago when I was working one place and they start people are coming and preaching to the workers about teamwork and I already had the best feeling about that and I figured out this is not gonna work because when you start putting the team work and in real responsibility to haul team and everybody has to work for somebody else mistake, that's not right thing. And they were doing that slowly with every business and they start doing it and teaching all we have to be united, but only in the way they want it to be. If you are with them, you are an enemy and you know what's happened. Mario, we are blessed to count you as a fellow citizen. We're so glad you're here in America. God bless you and folks. I hope you pay heed to people like Mario. They escaped that nonsense and came to America and now they're starting to see the warning signs. We've got to pay attention. Let's wake up America at 8 four four 747 88 68 that's our toll free number that's 8 four four 747 88 68. This is.
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"polish government" Discussed on WABE 90.1 FM
"Well Yeah But then the Berlin Wall comes down after Reagan's famous speech about this in 1987 Mister Gorbachev tear down this wall And then post communist Poland wants to befriend the west and NATO and specifically the United States Sir John what is the broader affinity here So first there's a very strong cultural bond between Poland and the United States I mean there's 9 million Polish Americans But there's also the reality that the CIA had known of Polish excellent trade craft during the Cold War And the CIA very much was committed to the possibility that once the Cold War ended the Polish government wouldn't fire all their spies They would actually just sort of change their hats and instead of working for the Soviet Union they'd begin working for us And it happens pretty quickly Soon after the iron curtain falls the CIA asks Polish intelligence for help in Iraq Now before we actually tell that story how did Washington end up turning to Poland anyway for this project So Saddam was saying invades Kuwait in 19 August of 1990 and lots of countries have people in Baghdad and also in Kuwait that they need to get out quickly And we have 6 officers a couple of military officers NSA communicators and CIA officers that we need taken out of Iraq And we asked the British the French and the Russians even the Russians at the time to help us And they're too busy getting their own people out So we asked the polls and it made sense to ask the polls because at the time the polls had thousands of workers in Iraq building sewage treatment plants and roads et cetera So if they wanted to embed a intelligence officers for example in that group it would be relatively easy So we went to the polls and the poll said yes And the Polish agent in charge of this mission I mean this is fascinating He lands in Baghdad tells the Americans to disguise themselves and pretend they're Polish But then they're polished pronunciation is terrible So new plan so he brings in 6 Polish workers overalls He brings it also 6 fake Polish passports with 6 fake Polish names which were written for an American pronunciation So they were relatively easy Polish names to pronounce But these Americans couldn't even pronounce those names so he kind of makes the strategic decision to literally douse them with Johnny Walker black so that they would look like drunken eastern Europeans who could no longer speak Now we have a little piece of sound from Fred hart one of the Americans captured in Iraq talking to the podcast soap rep He came back the next time we had a little meeting you know he had satchels full of Johnny Walker red and whisky and everything else And he said you know you're going to keep this stuff on you He said I'm going to tell the Iraqis y'all are just a bunch of drunk Polish construction workers Drunk Polish construction workers John how in the world did this possibly work Well I mean it was stage managed by this remarkable Warsaw Pact spy named Grosjean pinsky who had worked around the world against the United States So he was a real really a consummate professional a risk taker but a fellow who didn't take crazy risks and actually one of the problems that they faced was as they were doing their research into which direction they would take these Americans out of Iraq They concluded that there were several Polish speaking Iraqi border guards and they needed to avoid them They determined that these Iraqi border guards were in the south of Iraq but then as they moved north towards Turkey they found they bumped into one of the polar speaking border guards He obviously been redeployed but they get past this guy Is this when they arrived a lot of people along the way How did they get past this guy Well they basically hugged him and kissed him and declined an offer to have lunch And the Americans were in the car literally pretending to be drunk but actually you know through their lidded eyelids they were watching this whole thing Unravel and they're like okay we're sunk We're done But both chimpanzee the polar spine and the engineer who is working with them really were perfect at dealing with this guy and getting him keeping him away from the car and then ultimately allowing them to drive north towards Turkey Yeah wow So that's when big episode you write about in your book Another one is when U.S. intelligence goes back to Poland for help after 9 11 The CIA sets up this secret prison in Poland for waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques of people they capture in Afghanistan They later destroy video evidence of this And here's how some of that tape was described by journalist Jane Mayer talking to PBS frontline.
"polish government" Discussed on WBUR
"All deeply agree that people need some basic human help At the border desperation People trapped in the cold of a makeshift camp on the Belarusian side Poland refuses to let them in and today accused Belarus backed by Russia of preparing the people here to storm the EU border en masse Some people have made it across the border They're hiding in the forests along its length Behind them a hostile Belarusian border force ahead of them a Europe where they're not really wanted And the Polish government would prefer you not to know about them Journalists and aid agencies are banned from getting too close to the border But mischa lives inside the exclusion zone and helps the people he sees Recently I met a group of 25 people from Iraq and before 15 from Syria some guys from Somalia Some people from Turkey So probably around 100 or something We went back to the Woods where the young family was found The geopolitical standoff continues Belarus and Russia against Poland in the west Scattered possessions a reminder of those caught in the middle That was Jenny hill Last week the United States reopened its borders for international travelers the latest indication that the world is gradually moving towards a post crisis COVID acceptance mode Even countries like Australia New Zealand and Singapore which until recently were attempting to eliminate every COVID outbreak with strict lockdowns have shifted to a plan to live with coronavirus However China the country where the pandemic began remains closed our correspondence Stephen McDonald has this report from the Chinese capital The Beijing's oldest long distance railway station travelers in their thousands are wearing masks as they prepare to board one of the trains which Cris crossed this vast country.
Monocle 24: The Briefing
"polish government" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Briefing
"That Durham effort was an attempt to undermine the entire Trump Russia findings of which the steel doll say was only a small fragment. Now, if they can do that with Trump Russia, yeah, they'll try to do this with the capitol attack as well. And Scott on a sort of, I guess it's kind of quasi constitutional question. This idea that Trump had been arguing about what's covered by executive privilege in terms of his records, confidentiality for White House comms. Is there some, you know, if we do take a step back, some reluctance or reticence or certainly awareness that that could be sensitive if it seemed to set any new precedents about the scrutiny of the day to today in The White House. Or, you know, I don't know, is that an erroneous question? No, it's very important question. And here I'll defer to the judges, including the judge and yesterday's case who said that the Trump camp have to hand over documents. And records. And the reason for that, the judge ruled is, is that Donald Trump is no longer a president. He can no longer assert executive privilege if he is not in office, and Joe Biden, who is in office, despite Trump's attempts as president has refused to invoke executive approach. So as the judge said yesterday, well, presidents who are out of office can not assert privilege and any president can not try to claim the right of a king. Pretty pithy way of dismissing Trump's immediate effort to refuse to provide documents. Let's see if any other judge at a higher level including the Supreme Court will buy that executive privilege argument for a man who is no longer in office. Always good to hear from you. Thanks for your time. As always, that was the U.S. political expert and Monica 24 regular. Scott Lucas joining us on the program. Right now, let's cross in here from Emma cells. She's standing by with the day's other news headlines. Thanks Tom. The Polish government has accused Moscow of being behind the migrant crisis at Poland's border with Belarus, Warsaw claims Belarus orchestrated the situation, but has accused the Russian president Vladimir Putin of being the mastermind behind the crisis. Thousands of migrants are currently stranded at the border. Reports suggest that a virtual meeting between the U.S. president Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping could be held as early as next week. It comes as Washington in Beijing continued to trade bobs over the origins of the pandemic and China's rapidly expanding nuclear arsenal. The British prime minister Boris Johnson is urging nations at the cop 26 summit to pull out all the stops to limit global warming. It follows the publication of a landmark draft document on cutting global emissions. Monica 24s carlotta rebello will have regular updates from the summit in Glasgow over the next few days. And Vietnam's first metro line is up and running in Hanoi after a decade of construction and countless delays. Trains began operating over the weekend and patient passengers in the capital are being rewarded with free rides. You can find out more by heading to monocle dot com forward slash minute. Those that is headlines back to Tom. Thank you very much, indeed, Emma. Well, let's get an update on that migrant emergency at the border between Poland and Belarus now. Delighted to say were joined by session goal, visiting teacher at the London school of economics, Sessions also an adviser to NATO's defense education enhancement program. Such a good afternoon to you. This is a story obviously that's been unfolding in recent days. We covered it yesterday. And as we heard from Emma there in the headlines, Polish government has accused Moscow of being behind the crisis at the border with Belarus. How serious are those claims specifically? Well, it's very serious because there is no doubt that Russia has been involved in various clandestine activities. You just need to look at neighboring Ukraine and the problems that have emerged there following a Russia seizure of the Crimea as well as supporting insurgents on the eastern border of Ukraine. And the worry has been that Russia's support for Lukashenko's regime in Belarus has only emboldened him to create further displacement and the fact that you're seeing this migrant flow restarting, it is fair to assume that there are agendas being played here to directly impact on NATO, which is a very sorry on Poland, which is a key note to alloy. Well, yeah. And if we look at NATO more specifically, it's instructive, you know, NATO says it stands ready to assist. What can you tell us about that? What does that really mean? Well, Poland being in a very important ally of NATO. And in many ways on the front line with the Belarus and Russia as well. The goal is to show solidarity on the one hand, so symbolically, but also in terms of the fact that Poland is having to utilize its resources, its manpower to patrol the border, which is very extensive with Belarus to deal with illegal migrants, human trafficking, and it could be that NATO may have to mobilize some of its troops, not designed for any conflict, but to shore up the border patrols, that Poland already has implemented. Let's talk a bit about the EU block then. The EU is considering further sanctions. And they believe there's a legal basis for new sanctions because they claim that what's happening on this border is tantamount to a sort of hybrid warfare. I think that was the quote. How likely are we to see anything rapidly from the EU? I mean, that's presumably you'd go along with that reading. Is that a coherent reading of the situation? Well, certainly, there is this concern that Belarus is breaking international law because there are accusations that they're trying to use illegal migration to destabilize the EU in revenge for sanctions effectively..
Monocle 24: The Globalist
"polish government" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Globalist
"It it plays into the hands of of destabilizing internal relationship in the eu. Doesn't it given the fact that poland in brussels are having a a a tricky time of it at the moment absolutely that's another interesting dimension of it. It certainly goes to show the better resume very much at the u. borders and it's weaponising migrants and weaponising its proximity to the eu at the same time of course trying to trying to push negotiations but indeed within the u. Disputes generally how to treat migrants just the other day. I think it was the lithuanian. Foreign minister was asked so of all these migrants from iraq from afghanistan on that have crossed into their country from belarus. Pink pushed by belarussian border guards. How many of them have received asylum in lithuania. And he said zero which goes to show that actually lukashenko's really pointing out a weak spot within the you as well of how refugees are supposed to be treated and we all very much aware of the authoritarian. Turn that the polish government has taken. And how how to deal with migration is one of these indicators so certainly weeks but in the u. it points to disputes within the eu. At the same time the use fairly firm it sent frontex officials. i'm to the border dare to reinforce these countries that are affected by the influx of migrants That's quite widespread support. Because it is targeting belarus which easier it's easy to unite against belarus than to unite within the eu on a refugee policy. For example that is all and steven dale. Thank you both very much for doing.
Monocle 24: The Globalist
"polish government" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Globalist
"Excessive imposition on on the situation so that the resources allocated in normal times should be plenty to to patrol the situation. The wider issue here in many ways is the fact that both countries both poland and belarus have reason to push back against the european union. Let's belarus i. I mean the the. Eu has accused belarus of engineering this so-called migrant influx to try to rebelo as retaliation against sanctions against them. Yeah i mean. I think belarus in in many ways it's considered a form of edi dimensioned mentioned retaliation by schenker's yim If the way to ascend migrants to poland which is the country where migration has been such a sensitive issue for so long. Paul's are very skeptical of migration. They were skeptical of migration during the twenty fifteen migrant crisis polls show that they continue to to really push against migrant entry into europe. The bellary note that so. This is a great way to kind. Nev- creates at tension to create tension within the year to create a difficult meredith. But when we do that the eu has actually spoken out in defense the polish government on this particular issue. It's difficult for the you here. Not be not least because of the obvious pushback from from belarus knowing that it can inflict some damage on the european union countries. By doing what it's doing but let's look at poland's very difficult relationship with your opinion in as well ponant can now take advantage of the european union's help which is something that will be very galling to some people in brussels who are still furious at poland's noncompliance with the rulings of the top court and that's been a freeze on a you. Funds m m for local authorities opponent in the you are absolutely fighting tooth and nail against each other at the moment and yet the has to jump in and help poland in this situation. I think the help that we're seeing from the eu mostly through rhetoric through support when it comes to basically defending their needs to protect their the border because we use external border. It's not just told him border. So it's it's basically used as a way of securing itself. But as far as i understand. Poland has not actively reached out for help from frontex which is the eu border agency. I as far as i understand. Lamma kwena have gotten help from frontex at but poland. South is is using its own border guard at the current moment and they're communicating with them but when it comes to actual boots on the ground Frontex has not sent people in to that given situation to where that data emergency is. There is also a build up of A military on the other side and in belarus with these upper twenty twenty one drills these at russian leads drills had training grounds in russia and belarus very close to the appropriate border and based on a scenario in which the countries are coming under attack and russia insists drills are defensive. I think we'll always incredibly skeptical about any sort of military activity by russia. That's happening close to its border. It's very careful sensitive. And there's a reason that nato eastern flank is also enlarged. Heart in poland in employment has pushed so hard to have international horses at being on its border because they they are very scared of russia. And there's a reason that poland was so engaged in the debate about belarus And in criticizing russian cooperation with belarus. I think that something might pull his always been sensitive to absolutely. There's a double reasoning here. It's not just about migrants coming in. But they have the reason that we need to defend reporter anything pulls support that and in large part because polls as a culture are very sceptical of russia and are scared of of russian military forces. What does this go next. Japan because the migrants aren't going to stop coming in the belarusian augury unkind going to stop pushing them towards the border. What can poland do after state of emergency. While the prime minister has said that if needed they will continue to extend it so it looks like the situation in the were inherently. Just continue for a very long time so the state of emergency last thirty days but it can keep going so will likely expect that. But but it's unclear and i imagine poland will continue to reinforce that border to build this border fence. Border wall potentially tried to use new technologies to patrol that border. As you mentioned it is unlikely to stop anytime soon and anything with what's happening in afghanistan right now. There could be more migrants coming through and there does seem to be active system. That's in place through men sending people to that border so imagine. Imagine that it'll be the same situation if not further escalation Journey putin's into thank you so much for joining us on monocle twenty four. You're listening to the globalist in washington. The us department of justice's week has said it is considering all options to protect the constitutional right to an abortion. The pledge comes off the southern state of texas postal restricting abortions to just six weeks after pregnancy in an unprecedented move texas lor effectively outsources enforcement of its new anti-abortion law to private citizens well to examine. What all this means models news us at chris. Shurmur heard from james ramoser. Who's a journalist and editor of the scotus blog and he began by asking him. What exactly the us department of justice can do to hold taxes to account. It's not quite clear to me how much they really can do. And so far. The statements from the attorney general and from the president had been quite big in setting forth specific actions that the federal government could take here. And so i think honestly. They're still sorting that out and trying to figure out what actions if any are available there has been some suggestion that the federal government could use federal criminal laws to actually prosecute anyone who brings a lawsuit in texas state core under the texas abortion law. And so there are a couple of federal laws that basically criminalize any conduct that deprives keeble of constitutional rights and. I suppose you could make arguments that. If some taxes citizen sues abortion provider under the texas law that conduct amounts to depriving person of their constitutional rights abortion. And there's been some suggestion. The federal government could actually press charges against the people. Who do that. I think that would be seen as somewhat extreme. And i think that there will be some problems with those sorts of prosecutions on litigation is another avenue but again i think that there are some roadblocks to the federal government trying to bring civil lawsuits to try to block the enforcement of its texas law. I mean it's such an explosive thing that you're you're describing there to have sort of the federal government bring criminal charges against people that are doing something that in a state is legal. Just talk a little about the precedence of all of this. I mean this case is so significant. Not just because of the topic of abortion. Which of course is so emotive in the us. But also this idea of texas enlisting private citizens to enforce the law by assuming abortion providers as you talked about there i mean is there any precedence for that in the us in the abortion context. It's definitely unprecedented. Various other conservative states have passed laws that essentially tried to achieve the same outcome as the texas law. So a lot of states have asked laws that ban abortions after six weeks of pregnancy but those are simply all strict bands and they say state officials need to enforce those bands and of all of those laws have been blocked before they even took fact by federal courts because they directly conflict with with the supreme court has said about Right to abortion and texas found you. A highly unusual had indeed unprecedented way around that as some mike claude ingenious. Some mike caught cutting but this idea of leaving all of the enforcement of the law to private citizens to bring private lawsuits against abortion provider. Or anyone else do aids or bats abortions really is a quite a remarkable procedural feature of the law and for various procedural reasons courts are not used to dealing with laws like that in the us. And there's very little precedent for how a court would step in before the law took effect and block and that's why you've seen this in take effect in extra slapstick. Wanted to talk about the supreme court site but before that just as you say this this precedent they're setting by involving a private citizens. I mean do you think that is something then that could be taken up by other states and for that matter also not just in cases of abortion but is this something you know that there's the sort of road that other states could go down with with other federal or state laws that they Particularly federal laws that they don't like absolutely and it's already been suggested. I'm so in the abortion context. There are other conservative states have already said that they intend to try to pass copycat laws that mimic its excess.
"polish government" Discussed on Inside Europe
"Polish families moved in since full of communism in one thousand nine hundred nine the descendants of holocaust survivors living in israel. The us and other countries have claimed their properties back but individual court cases have dragged on successive governments have been reluctant to deal with property restitution on the grounds that it scale is enormous and because it's a socially sensitive problem monica kravchuk works with claimants approach. The organization of jewish communities in poland have unsuccessfully claimed some of their properties love during the war in poland and those claims are not resolved until today and they started their at in one thousand nine hundred eighty nine. But there are those in poland who believe it's not just about the money foam a left-wing prime minister. Lucia commuter is convinced that by staring the controversy surrounding former jewish property. The nationalist government is pushing a darker internal agenda without mentioning it by name. He suggests that it's trying to appeal to residual anti semitic sentiments by raising the specter of foreigners claiming property which ended up in polish hands after the wall policies is marshall should go. It's inconceivable that the polish government did not expect to strong reaction to the bill from israel and the us but the fact remains that all its foreign policy moves a subordinated to domestic needs. So what i want to know is this. What exactly did the government wants to achieve internally by taking this risky step at this particular point in time.
AP News Radio
Polish hospitals struggle with surge of virus patients
"What should have been a weekend of celebration turned into one of ill health and struggled in Payton's as hospitals for such a code nineteen cases which is spread across central and Eastern Europe in recent weeks the Polish government set down two weeks of strict a pandemic restrictions over the Easter period in order to slow down the infection rates the country hit new records of thirty five thousand daily infections on two recent days and deaths have been in the hundreds each day yells five good spot medical director of the county hospital of book the US says the situation has gotten out of control in the past year I've been in sales have been standing with driving from hospital to hospital trying to beat the patient's somewhere the many many hours this is a symptom of very high in efficiency if we have no way to put these patients and no way to treat them I'm Karen Thomas
How the Biden administration will affect the EU
"With the biden administration taking office in just under a month. You leaders a counting the days until they feel like they can have a new start with an american team. that's more committed to transatlantic relations this week. The us foreign policy chief. Joseph barrell reveal the agenda he hopes to pursue well joining me on the line from brussels. Is our correspondent. Teri schultz terry. It's not an exaggeration to say most e you leaders a hugely relief with the biden win and believe things are going to be different now. Where does the e u. side wants to start well and they've actually released this document now laying out where they believe. The most progress can be made in the fastest and most efficient way. And that's what you high rep josette burrell released yesterday. And they've got four areas where they want to start the europeans. They want to start with corona virus. Response making that again. A global effort with president trump having pulled out of the world health organization saying constantly america first america first when it comes to a vaccine. That's something that does not sit well with the europeans who are committed to making vaccines affordable and available to the entire world on climate. They are very much looking forward to president-elect biden making good on his campaign promise to rejoin the paris climate accord. That's something that suffers without. Us leadership and i think president-elect biden is is committed to doing that the third one is a little a little tougher trade and technology that you use third priority and that's one where you're not going to automatically see any. Us president stop protecting or trying to protect american tech giant's against for example e regulators who want to recoup taxes from from the multinationals. That's going to be somewhere where we we may not see as quick progress but on trade looking at the world trade organization where president trump is just continually attacked and and made it impossible for the wto to get reforms that the europeans also support. I expect that that will be one of the areas that there will be some quick progress and unwed burrell calls global action and he says this is working toward a safer more prosperous and more democratic world and they're hoping that president-elect biden will put more emphasis on human rights on rule of and on basic democratic values that the eu and the us due to a large extent share but is it realistic for the e. You just think that the biden administration shares these views simply going to sign onto this plan. Or i think europeans may be disappointed by the fact that foreign policy is probably not going to be the first thing on on president-elect biden's list he's got to deal with the corona virus that's just raging in the in the us and and the divisiveness that this campaign and actually the trump presidency has brought about in america and he's got to work on that before he can justify to anyone that he's going to be working on with with european leaders but he very much wants to do that. All of his statements during the campaign to to europeans. Were basically i understand. This is not the way the. Us you relationships should work and he will. He does share a lot of these views. He certainly will not be giving comfort to leaders. Like hungary's viktor orban or the polish government. That is rolling back the rights of women. He will have. He will have a few things to say about that. Which president trump left unsaid or probably didn't even believe
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Why a New Abortion Ban in Poland is Causing a Furor
"Today in Poland where for five straight days. Now, streets across the country have been filled with protesters as we mark the swearing in of new Supreme Court, Justice Amy Coney Barrett, and wonder how the court will now see Roe v Wade Poland is an interesting case protesters. There are angry precisely because of a high court ruling on. Abortion last week, Poland's constitutional tribunal outlawed the practice in all but the most exceptional of circumstances as the world's Europe correspondent Orla Barry reports. The latest legal decision is now being widely condemned by women's rights, groups, Justin of it. The refs as a founding member of the abortion dream, team they're a well-known group of activists who says out in two thousand sixteen to de stigmatize abortion in Poland the dress had an abortion in. Two thousand six and even though she worked with an abortion support group called almost no one about your own experience for more than twelve years up to two thousand, eighteen I was talking about this as anonymous person. I was not showing my face I was afraid about my community for threats says, she worried what our neighbors would thank her. There's nothing unusual about women keeping their abortion secret in Poland more than one thousand. Legal abortions for carried out in the country last year but women's groups reckon that the number of illegal abortions or those performed abroad is closer to two hundred thousand. No one knows the exact figure the court ruling last Thursday. Permits Abortion only in cases of rape incest and the mother's life is at risk activists say that just adds to the stigma and it helps explain why women have been out protesting every day since. In more. So last night protesters poured red paint across the city's main bridge holding up signs that read you have blood on your hands, and this is war in the western city of Poznan demonstrators interrupted Sunday church services. Video posted online. A couple of dozen protesters are seen approaching the altar chanting we've had enough, but the refs ca says young people using such fury at the church is something new for Poland. There are very young women who are protesting chorus creaming on the on the priests in small towns. And like really today jurors, it is something which hasn't been seen on the streets before this is something new. What we see ninety percent of Poles identifies Catholic, and since coming to power in two thousand fifteen, the ruling law and Justice Party has promoted what it calls traditional Catholic values but recent surveys show the majority of Poles did not support more restrictive abortion laws. Activists say the new measures are a threat to women's rights in Poland Hillary Margolis is a senior. Researcher. With human rights, Watch under the Lawn Justice Party, we've seen repeated attempts to completely ban abortion also to obstruct sexuality education schools to really smear and undermine women's rights, groups and activists including those who work on violence against women and Margolis says, it's not just women's rights conservative politicians have in their sides the way they've used the concept of the so called traditional family to undermine women's rights but also lgbt rapes is very worry but in some ways has seen. Some success you they've managed to get people afraid and that is I think part of how they have kept power. But protesters say they will not be deterred several university faculties canceling classes tomorrow and some companies have announced a day off. So workers can protest Anthony in eleven. Scott is a sexual and reproductive health and rights activists based on more. So she says is not just young women who are taking to the streets taxi drivers joined yesterday form as join and. Some smaller towns and of the groups that has already joined the protest were actually the police officers that goes ing one of the provinces they just took their helmets off and they entered the crowd in order to participate. But not all police officers support the demonstrators that have been street clashes in Warsaw and Levin of SCO worries things might get more violent yesterday. The prime minister gave permission for the Military Police to join the police in the streets and they only do. You really believe that there is a huge risk of riots and the public turning islands. The Polish government has been accused of appointing judges loyal to the ruling party activists are hopeful that an international body like the European. Court of Human Rights could challenge the recent decision on abortion on that basis. In the meantime campaigners say they're worried about their future in Poland I asked just thrift Ska from the abortion dream, team if she's concerned about being targeted by authorities of cars every. Day that we are expecting them. So if there will be some kind of idea to close us, we will move abroad and we'll be still working will not stop for the rest says no matter what the government does women will continue to have abortions in Poland, and groups like hers will keep fighting for the right to do. So for the world I'm Morna Barry.
Monocle 24: The Globalist
Poland's Top Court Tightens Strict Abortion Laws
"Loose. Highest Court has ruled that the only circumstances in which a woman may have an abortion is in the case of rape incest or if there is a threat to the mother's life, the EU has reacted swiftly saying such a decision is tantamount to a ban on terminations and such a violation of human rights which could put women's lives at risk. Tell us more. We Cross over to Warsaw. Now to join Joe Johanna pretends guy who's a political journalist for Reuters welcome back to the show you Hannah. Thanks for having to explain to us how did we get to this point where the the Polish Supreme Court with voting on abortion rights? So. Abortion has been a debate that's been ongoing in Poland for many years now, and it's not the first time that we're seeing women on the streets. Protesting limiting abortion rights in, Poland. But the accusation is that the Polish government, the ruling nationalist and decided that it should be ruled on as through the courts and not through parliament because it would potentially limit broader discussion about this at now, of course, the ruling government has not said that, but that if the accusation from opposition activists that by avoiding public debate in parliament on, this is just kind of sets the decision in stone by taking through the courts and the reaction has been pretty clear. This weekend we've seen protesters disrupting church services. We've had sit-ins. It's it's been very clear. What many women think Yeah absolutely I think. Every single day since the decision was made, there have been thousands of people, thousands of people on the street in all parts, of Paul, and not just in Warsaw and I think the protests are expected to continue this week. And tell us a little bit more about how the government has responded to this. I think the government is defending the stance in there. Saying this is a decision by a court. It carries weight and I you know this confirms a lot of the socially conservative values that said the law and Justice Party that's in charge in Poland has been seeking to confirm since it came to power in two thousand fifteen. I'm just tell us a little bit more. About some are saying that so many protests having being held in. Churches. I. Think many protesters staging sit ins at Sunday mass, and what have you and it's suggested that the Catholic church is Fall to involved in government policy in Poland could you explain that for us? So the ruling party does have a very close relationship with the church at the Catholic Church in Poland in many ways is more conservative than the Vatican and it really has been kind of the pinnacle a confirming socially conservative values on issues such as abortion, but also another issue such as the civil partnerships fraud ubt people So the church really death play a key role in kind of helping to confirm this world view that the law and Justice Party has been trying to. Confirm as well at through through its time in power and I think that's why people went to church on Sunday in protested because they felt that the church is a key part of this decision that this institution that really works hand in hand with the ruling party. One thing that people have suggested is that the European Union must step in more clearly here and so far as if it is seen as an attack on women's rights. It must act against one of its member nations. But unfortunately, we've seen what the European Union be things take a long time and I think that. It's. The European hasn't taken strong action in a lot of other cases I. mean the debate on the rule of law is still ongoing in the EU add. There's constantly discussions about how to place limitations on Poland, but I think the government has sense that not a lot of concrete action has actually been taken and I would say many critics say that the consequences from the European Union don't seem to be swift or strict enough. In data I mean look Poland has got a track record of having long debt running speech the you about attacks, judicial independence, human rights, the freedom of the press. What point do you think that there will be intervention for by the European? Union or is there just an acceptance in Poland that the EU will take action, but it is indeed to slow northern effective. I mean, there was a discussion. There is an ongoing discussion in the European Union about linking. Issues not just rule of law, but also anything that violates the treaties. With EU funding and I think that's a discussion that will continue for quite some time. This was something we saw what the whole at discussion the summer about the lgbt ideology-free downs if there was a way to cut funding from the European Union to those areas that declare themselves, lgbt ideology-free and I think you know the issue of abortion will also be part of that broader debate. So I'm sure the European Union is is likely to continue to discuss this to vocally condemn it and try to find a way to to take action. But it's just a matter of when that will happen and with what strength that will happen
Polish women protest new abortion restrictions
"And cities across Poland. Against the Constitutional Court ruling the band's almost all abortions, with exceptions only for cases of rape, incest or where the mother's health is at risk of the ruling outlawed abortion, even in the event of fetal defects. Which accounted for 98% of all illegal abortions carried out in Poland last year. Martin Lynn, partisan activist with Polish women's strike and has been organizing the protests. Where does Thie Court ruling leave women in Poland? What we're facing now are two ways of action. One is the doctors who actually already contacted us is organization that supports fight for abortion and declared that they will not actually comply with Mrs Trump's Gus announcement because they don't consider this a cart rolling. All of them are even prepared to go all the way with the criminal charges, if needed, because the state's obviously will try to impose this announcement is a court's ruling, and also there is a team over our lawyers that is tasked with preparing individual cases, but also general cases. To European Commission to European institutions, all kinds, of course, that we can rely on national and international. So now we go for the legal grounds. You go for the judiciary system to help us. We promote initiatives that provide abortions that support women who want to have an abortion. Either abroad or here in Poland, because we're talking about something that will be happening anyway. If the ban is there or not. The problem is that many women won't know that the fetus is damaged because now many of the doctor's just won't tell them during the tests because they will be afraid to be investigated if than some abortion happens or something happens earlier this week, we heard from a Polish government spokesman who Distance himself from this ruling, he said. It was a court ruling. But you are questioning the composition off the court that made this ruling. Am I right? I'm not the only person to question that. We are questioning it. Off course, the lawyers are questioning this. A European institutions that put a complaint finally. Against Poland in the European Court of Justice also questioned this. So we now have an example What happens if there is no independent judiciary is the rule of law is actually broken. We have in the living example off the decision. That is not a court ruling. And now we have to take all the forces to bring this to the light and to win this in court in the independent course. You're thinking about the legal and the medical challenges to this ruling. But where the protests going from here tomorrow we are protesting in churches outside of the churches. And we're telling the Catholic Church of Poland that is extremely happy with the bond that they think will be imposed in Poland that they are wrong with putting their own religion above women's rights. And on Monday we go carb locates and their old locates all over Poland, and on the Wednesday we strike because the police state is not working properly anymore with the panda. Mia was declared the economy crisis of and with the human rights crisis, so we might as well stop Poland for good until someone comes to them their senses. Got a
Norway grants asylum to man claiming persecution by Polish government
"To a Polish man who had fled prison term for fraud and forging of documents but says the prison term was a form of political persecution under Poland's right wing government. Raval Walls case is the first time of political asylum has been granted to a pole in more than 30 years. This is townhall dot
E.U. issues its first rule-of-law report, angering leaders of Hungary and Poland
"European Union has published today an audit of rule of law issues across its 27 member states, the first of what will be an annual review of Thie State of the blocks Democratic institutions as expected. There is criticism of judicial changes made by nationalist government's in Poland and Hungary in recent years, but concerns We're also raised about corruption in six countries, including Bulgaria. On DH Malta On Tuesday, The Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban called for the report's author, The You commissioner for values very Jehovah to be sacked All Europe correspondent Kevin Connolly joins us now from Brussels and Kevin just on hungry. How badly does the country come out of this report? There's nothing that will be unfamiliar to the Hungarian government in the charges, but they are not familiar concerns about the limitations of the freedom of the media and determination by the Hungarian government has seen from Brussels. To exercise undue influence of judicial process so that in effect the court system, the legal system in Hungary becomes less free. So it's not the freshness Of the charges, which will annoy Viktor Orban, the Hungarian leader. It is the fact that as you would have expected, they are front and center in the presentation of this case on the really fear in Hungary and in Poland, too. To a slightly lesser extent is the underlying threat, which is still present in this document, which is gaining currency and Brussels as an idea that if you really want to do something about this is the European Union. You have to link the spending of you funds from Brussels with adherence to basic rules about the rule of law, the freedom of the justice system on the freedom of the press. That's what really angers Viktor Orban on DH angers the Polish government, too. That's what they will always come out on the attack. That's why, of course, he's asking for the sacking or via your over the vice president, the European Commission. He certainly won't get that. But he wants to make this for his own domestic political audience about it about Hungary being under attack, rather than hungry, being criticized for falling short of international standards. How likely are other, You country's Tio follow up on on that threat. I think at some point, that idea is gonna have to work its way onto the political agenda. Because at some point I think the European Commission is going to be forced to conclude that persuasion simply doesn't work in these kind of cases. Viktor Orban Thie nationalist government in Poland, They're both going to pursue the same argument. That the European Commission doesn't understand what it's like to emerge from decades of Communist domination that certain measures are necessary that Poland and Hungary are not France and Belgium and the things of different so as long as The countries who are accused pushback in those terms. I think eventually the European Commission will be forced to acknowledge that it's going to have to use any financial levers at its disposal. It won't be quick because nothing involving the European Commission of the European Union is quick. But I think it's some point. It's inevitable on just briefly. The other countries mentioned I included Bulgaria immortal one of the concerns there is that about corruption. It's about both corruption and about shortcomings in the judicial process. In this special mention, I suppose for Bulgaria, Croatia and Slovakia who make both this and here's the takeaway from this. This is a 27 member institution. About a quarter of the member states, mainly former Communist states. About a quarter off them come in for some kind of criticism, so a bracing dose of freshness.
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The rise of Poland's far right has important lessons for Americans
"Election of Donald J. Trump. We in the United States have become accustomed to a degree of fabulous. Um I've done more for black Americans than anybody. With the possible exception of Abraham Lincoln, the president, self aggrandizement provides the framework for his alternate reality. We have one of the lowest mortality rate way had 900 Deaths in a single day. You have the numbers place because I heard we had the best mortality number one low mortality, right? We are being given something I can't recall in my lifetime, a choice of realities. One that is mostly regarded as evidence based and one that you might call faith based that faith being in Mr Trump In either case, you have a sizable cohort to back you up. Truth has been displaced in many quarters by rage and fear. Over the past four months, we've had many opportunities to observe the impact of paranoia. When deployed by a fantasist in the White House in Arizona Man died after taking Clara Quien, his wife said that they heard about it from Trump's briefings. Are you gonna allow the government to tell you you have to wear a mask? Some believe these mask orders go against their freedoms will protect. All right, I will know asked me and I will not pay for antibiotics. Conspiracies of Sena numbers swell on Facebook and doctors warn, if left unchecked, they could undermine an effective vaccine. The death toll from the Corona virus pandemic has surpassed 150,000 in the United States. That's the highest number of fatalities in any nation by far. And accounts for nearly 1/4 of the recorded global. Told immediately after the 2016 election, I spoke with New York ER writer Masha Gessen, who, after having lived long under Vladimir Putin had some advice for anxious Americans trying to navigate the so called new normal. She explained that for the would be authoritarian, the lying is the point that the ability to create a reality flagrantly staring down conspicuous fact. Is a crucial component of building and sustaining power. And last fall boxes, David Roberts noted bluntly, where such a strategy left unchecked, could lead this sort of cultish, increasingly authoritarian movement takes over the country. In Russia and Turkey and Poland. Right's a disturbingly longer and longer list. We see countries that we thought were democracies devolve into this. In the U. S. So much has happened in the last few years that we thought would never happen. I think we should really loosen up our imaginations as to what can happen when a movement that is convinced that everything it knows and loves is in danger of falling apart movements that's thinking like that unconnected anymore to fax or reality. And got its hands on the power of the federal government is the basic recipe for democracy is falling apart. And so last fall on, the media producer Leia Feder reported on one of those places Poland, a young democracy teetering on unstable ground and where it's far right Nationalist government is intent on rewriting the nation's painful history. For almost a decade, Poland has been in the grip of a conspiracy theory what really happened when a plane crashed in a forest in western Russia, killing Poland's president and dozens of other government officials. The plane had been on route to commemorate another Polish tragedy, a massacre that had occurred in the very same location in 1940. 1973 documentary explored the mystery While the German army is advancing from the West, the Soviets crossed Poland's eastern front court in a method of Polish army collapsed, Um, surrendered. The victors, divided the country down the middle and imprisoned every soldier they captured. Russia took a 215,000 Poland officer Corps were never seen alive again. Many. What die near Smolensk, in a forest called catching after decades of opacity and suspicion on investigation in the early nineties, confirmed finally, that it was not Hitler. But Stalin, who had ordered the massacre. And so when, on April 10th 2010 a delegation of 96 Polish politicians and officials traveled from Warsaw to Smolensk. It was in service of remembrance and reconciliation. But what happened instead compounded the national pain. Poland's prime minister burst into tears when he heard the news today that his country's president was killed in a plane crash pilot tried to land in a thick fog at least twice missing the runway. And ignoring the control tower's direction to divert to another city. Not just losing the president of that country. The first lady, the ahead of the army chief of staff, the National Security Office head deputy Parliament speaker, the deputy foreign minister. It was a devastating national tragedy. What's more, the symbolic layering was undeniable. Ah, longstanding tragedy finally solved and a new one appears in its place. And yet, in the immediate moments and days after the crash, there was a kind of common shock. An Applebaum is a journalist and academic beast in Warsaw At the time of the 2010 crash, her husband was minister of foreign affairs in the Polish government, and there was pretty straightforward reporting. About what had happened. What was immediately clear There were people on the ground who saw the crash. So there was a kind of concensus initially about what had happened that it was a terrible Accident and that you know many people of value to the nation had died. But the story started to shift is the investigation into the crash proceeded. Investigators say pilot error was mostly to blame. It became clear that one of the causes of the crash was the fact that the pilots were under pressure to land. The president's delegation had arrived late for the plane. They were running behind schedule as they got closer to smell lens, which was even really an airport. It was a kind of airstrip in the forest. They began to be worried about the fog and the pilots weren't sure they could make the narrow landing. But according to black box recordings, Polish President Lech Kaczynski, head of the opposition party directed the pilots to do it was meant to be the launch of his reelection campaign. So there were cameras there which he knew, and he was very anxious to go under pressure, the pilots tried to make the landing. Instead, they hit a tree, killing all 96 people on board. The president's twin brother, the head of the nationalist right political party in Poland, same parties, the president He didn't like this story. It made the president look bad, more to the point. This is a terrible crash very near to a place where a Nurlita generation of poles were murdered by the Soviet state. Because of that eeriness. People immediately began to speculate that there was actually a different, deeper story that perhaps the Russians caused the crash. Perhaps there was a bomb on the plane. And conspiracy theories began to proliferate online. The president's brother, Nijinsky began openly alluding to them. Kaczynskis Law and Justice Party made unraveling the Smolensk conspiracy. It's key campaign promise once you had bought into their idea that there is a secret conspiracy, possibly involving the Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk. Possibly involving the Russians, and that lots of people high up in the state were implicated in some great big secret plot to kill the president. If you believe that Then you can believe a lot of other things. The point was to get people to believe in a kind of alternative reality to doubt institutions to doubt that the government was telling them the truth, and that was absolutely an attempt to help win an election, But it did more than carve out a new electorate. It created new divides in Polish society. Where one's Polish politics were split between Communists and anti communists around economic policy. Now it was over a vision of history. It was how you see Poland's place in the world. And whether you think secret dark forces air trying to undermine your country and whether you know you need to elect a government of Patriots in order to make sure that doesn't happen. Where you fell on that dividing line affected how you would vote and how you would understand politics for the next several years, And so when line justice one in 2015 it spawned a new kind of power a power based on the willingness to embrace the myth. They fired large numbers of Polish civil servants. Polish members of the foreign service. All kinds of people who work for the government also leaders and board members of state companies and they replaced all of them with people whom they were sure we're loyal. And one element of the loyalty test was belief in this Molinski myth. Smolinski conspiracy implied that there were dark, mysterious forces continuing to try to manipulate and undermine the Polish nation. It also drawn the larger story of a Poland continually attacked by outsiders and the valiant Polish resistance to threats past and present line Justice Road that narrative electoral victory. And then wrote its electoral victory to further consolidation of that narrative in service of Polish nationalism.
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The rise of Poland's far right has important lessons for Americans
"Of Donald J. Trump. We in the United States have become accustomed to a degree of fabulous. Um I've done more for black Americans than anybody. With the possible exception of Abraham Lincoln, the president, self aggrandizement provides the framework for his alternate reality. We have one of the lowest mortality rate way had 900 Deaths in a single day. You have the numbers place because I heard we had the best mortality number one low mortality, right? We are being given something I can't recall in my lifetime, a choice of realities. One that is mostly regarded as evidence based and one that you might call faith based that faith being in Mr Trump In either case, you have a sizable cohort to back you up. Truth has been displaced in many quarters by rage and fear. Over the past four months, we've had many opportunities to observe the impact of paranoia. When deployed by a fantasist in the White House in Arizona Man died after taking Clara Quien, his wife said that they heard about it from Trump's briefings. Are you gonna allow the government to tell you you have to wear a mask? Some believe these mask orders go against their freedoms will protect. All right, I will know asked me and I will not pay for antibiotics. Conspiracies of Sena numbers swell on Facebook and doctors warn, if left unchecked, they could undermine an effective vaccine. The death toll from the Corona virus pandemic has surpassed 150,000 in the United States. That's the highest number of fatalities in any nation by far. And accounts for nearly 1/4 of the recorded global. Told immediately after the 2016 election, I spoke with New York ER writer Masha Gessen, who, after having lived long under Vladimir Putin had some advice for anxious Americans trying to navigate the so called new normal. She explained that for the would be authoritarian, the lying is the point that the ability to create a reality flagrantly staring down conspicuous fact. Is a crucial component of building and sustaining power. And last fall boxes, David Roberts noted bluntly, where such a strategy left unchecked, could lead this sort of cultish, increasingly authoritarian movement takes over the country. In Russia and Turkey and Poland. Right's a disturbingly longer and longer list. We see countries that we thought were democracies devolve into this. In the U. S. So much has happened in the last few years that we thought would never happen. I think we should really loosen up our imaginations as to what can happen when a movement that is convinced that everything it knows and loves is in danger of falling apart movements that's thinking like that unconnected anymore to fax or reality. And got its hands on the power of the federal government is the basic recipe for democracy is falling apart. And so last fall on, the media producer Leia Feder reported on one of those places Poland, a young democracy teetering on unstable ground and where it's far right Nationalist government is intent on rewriting the nation's painful history. For almost a decade, Poland has been in the grip of a conspiracy theory what really happened when a plane crashed in a forest in western Russia, killing Poland's president and dozens of other government officials. The plane had been on route to commemorate another Polish tragedy, a massacre that had occurred in the very same location in 1940. 1973 documentary explored the mystery While the German army is advancing from the West, the Soviets crossed Poland's eastern front court in a method of Polish army collapsed, Um, surrendered. The victors, divided the country down the middle and imprisoned every soldier they captured. Russia took a 215,000 Poland officer Corps were never seen alive again. Many. What die near Smolensk, in a forest called catching after decades of opacity and suspicion on investigation in the early nineties, confirmed finally, that it was not Hitler. But Stalin, who had ordered the massacre. And so when, on April 10th 2010 a delegation of 96 Polish politicians and officials traveled from Warsaw to Smolensk. It was in service of remembrance and reconciliation. But what happened instead compounded the national pain. Poland's prime minister burst into tears when he heard the news today that his country's president was killed in a plane crash pilot tried to land in a thick fog at least twice missing the runway. And ignoring the control tower's direction to divert to another city. Not just losing the president of that country. The first lady, the ahead of the army chief of staff, the National Security Office head deputy Parliament speaker, the deputy foreign minister. It was a devastating national tragedy. What's more, the symbolic layering was undeniable. Ah, longstanding tragedy finally solved and a new one appears in its place. And yet, in the immediate moments and days after the crash, there was a kind of common shock. An Applebaum is a journalist and academic beast in Warsaw At the time of the 2010 crash, her husband was minister of foreign affairs in the Polish government, and there was pretty straightforward reporting. About what had happened. What was immediately clear There were people on the ground who saw the crash. So there was a kind of concensus initially about what had happened that it was a terrible Accident and that you know many people of value to the nation had died. But the story started to shift is the investigation into the crash proceeded. Investigators say pilot error was mostly to blame. It became clear that one of the causes of the crash was the fact that the pilots were under pressure to land. The president's delegation had arrived late for the plane. They were running behind schedule as they got closer to smell lens, which was even really an airport. It was a kind of airstrip in the forest. They began to be worried about the fog and the pilots weren't sure they could make the narrow landing. But according to black box recordings, Polish President Lech Kaczynski, head of the opposition party directed the pilots to do it was meant to be the launch of his reelection campaign. So there were cameras there which he knew, and he was very anxious to go under pressure, the pilots tried to make the landing. Instead, they hit a tree, killing all 96 people on board. The president's twin brother, the head of the nationalist right political party in Poland, same parties, the president He didn't like this story. It made the president look bad, more to the point. This is a terrible crash very near to a place where a Nurlita generation of poles were murdered by the Soviet state. Because of that eeriness. People immediately began to speculate that there was actually a different, deeper story that perhaps the Russians caused the crash. Perhaps there was a bomb on the plane. And conspiracy theories began to proliferate online. The president's brother, Nijinsky began openly alluding to them. Kaczynskis Law and Justice Party made unraveling the Smolensk conspiracy. It's key campaign promise once you had bought into their idea that there is a secret conspiracy, possibly involving the Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk. Possibly involving the Russians, and that lots of people high up in the state were implicated in some great big secret plot to kill the president. If you believe that Then you can believe a lot of other things. The point was to get people to believe in a kind of alternative reality to doubt institutions to doubt that the government was telling them the truth, and that was absolutely an attempt to help win an election, But it did more than carve out a new electorate. It created new divides in Polish society. Where one's Polish politics were split between Communists and anti communists around economic policy. Now it was over a vision of history. It was how you see Poland's place in the world. And whether you think secret dark forces air trying to undermine your country and whether you know you need to elect a government of Patriots in order to make sure that doesn't happen. Where you fell on that dividing line affected how you would vote and how you would understand politics for the next several years, And so when line justice one in 2015 it spawned a new kind of power a power based on the willingness to embrace the myth. They fired large numbers of Polish civil servants. Polish members of the foreign service. All kinds of people who work for the government also leaders and board members of state companies and they replaced all of them with people whom they were sure we're loyal. And one element of the loyalty test was belief in this Molinski myth. Smolinski conspiracy implied that there were dark, mysterious forces continuing to try to manipulate and undermine the Polish nation. It also drawn the larger story of a Poland continually attacked by outsiders and the valiant Polish resistance to threats past and present line Justice Road that narrative electoral victory. And then wrote its electoral victory to further consolidation of that narrative in service of Polish nationalism.
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Poland's judicial reforms put EU membership at risk, warns top court
"Poland's Supreme Court says the judicial reforms proposed by the country's right wing. Government are in violation of EU rules. And and could mean that oiseaux would be forced to leave the block well on the line from also Christian Davies. WHO's a journalist in Poland Chris? Thanks for for joining us. What are the proposed reforms that the government wants to push through what I think the important background? This is earlier. This in in the altern and the European Court of Justice issued a ruling saying that a body had been taken over by the Polish government am and had his loyalist Putin which which appoints punish judges had to be assessed by The Polish sue prem- cool to it helps to decide whether the judges in the the members of that body were appointed properly or not and and The Supreme Court of Potent then ruled that these People appointing judges would not am We're not legally appointed and what the government is now. Doing is responding by saying that police judges are not allowed allowed to declare other Polish judges illegally. Appoint judges as having as not being properly appointed and so the government is essentially doing is telling Polish judges that they're not allowed to criticize the illegal appointments of government loyalists am which is a escalation of the battle is being going on for several years The second point is at which is what the head of the Supreme Court was really referring to when she said that pardons that place in the EU is under threat was In order to preempt the fact that the European justice has been issuing rulings against will the pump has been doing with its own judiciary The Polish government wants to make it illegal for police. Judges to apply European law directly. They must instead Referred the question to the constitutional tribunal which is itself controlled by government lawyers. So what they're trying to do to shut down any avenues of not just descent but all the other court's ruling lead doing as legal so there's no actual mechanism for expelling an e you member so if the ruling Lauren Justice is this party doesn't back down on this. What happens next well at oversee it would be completely unprecedented? I think am him. What the head of the Polish cold is saying She's not saying it would be immediate. It would be instant that potent will be thrown out. She's he's actually just pointing out something which has been the case for a long time. which is The changes in the Polish judiciary giving the ruling party direct control. All of opposed judges are simply incompatible with the requirements of European law of European membership am at that is is already the case it would be even more stock if this legislation to go through and the comes a point when you can't Violate the basic conditions of of membership forever. So she simply saying that and the situation. The long-term is untenable which I think is correct and but no one has really got round around two to thinking what the consequence might be. Everyone I think both in Poland and in Brussels a hoping this will this issue would just go away. But it hasn't and I don't think it will I mean is the government likely to back down. Well people have been hoping especially I think in the European Commission and the that member states at every stage at the government will back down but actually this process started in the in around December. Twenty fifteen. So it's been going for four years and people have been talking about whether the Polish government might back down and for four years and they haven't so am I don't see why they would but now I mean one possible course of action for the e us to to not allow parents have voting rights. Well the mechanism the M depriving voting rights requires unanimity in the European Council which they weren't get and the the commission and the member states it's sort of went halfway up this path during the last commission and then realized they didn't have the political support to complete as they found themselves stranded so the next sort of way of doing it could be to restrict a funding through the next budget process but of course post war Poland has done quite cynically but quite cleverly is to a hold up the budget process on climate change. So am a potent knows that it's it may get less money over the over the judicial issue. And so what they're trying to do is demand more money on the climate issue needed to compensate for. It said what they're doing. The thing is dragging in all these other issues in order to make it extremely complicated and to make any effective action much much more difficult. I mean an the U. member since two thousand and four and it is a major beneficiary of e you funds. How does the majority of citizens Polish citizens feel about membership? Well if you am. Nearly every bit of survey data polling data suggests at very high support plus for leaving in in many surveys the highest level of support you membership in the of any member of the EU. The problem is not so much that people in principle The support meme should the the. It's the the Polish people have now twice elected a government which does not share at basic liberal democratic mctighe values which underpin the European Union so at which is why these Control see why these fights keep keep coming up so so even if one hundred percent of Poles wanted to stay member of the EU you can only violates the fundamental European values and laws for so long and that's what the the head of the Supreme Court was trying to say. Do you think finally we could see some kind of brexit contagion. I mean his Poland lightly to leave leave voluntarily. I don't think so simply because there's no public appetite title for it and a lot of Polish as people at whatever. The views on the judiciary don't really believe that there's any imminent threat opponent leaving the European and I think that's correct. I don't think the threat is imminent because it would be such a catastrophe and in many ways worse Problem for the EU than in Britain leaving. And but I I can't see any resolution to this quickly and it's it's been going on for many many years and it may be that supported. The government may start to reach this conclusion that they can't actually implement that program. They want which is actually a restoration of a form of authoritarianism opponent as long as you members visit and that is true at whether they drool the natural conclusion and start to advocate. Leaving Is another question but for now they Rather trying to do is simply to comment discontent discontent with the EU but not necessarily to support departure but that's a very dangerous game to play Christian. Thank you very much. Indeed that's Christian Davies. Speaking to us from
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EU leaders include nuclear energy in green transition
"European Union leaders have taken the first step toward making Europe carbon-neutral continent by the year twenty fifty from Brussels Teri Schultz reports. The the Polish government has not signed the agreement e you leaders minus one have agreed to take actions to achieve climate neutrality. In the next thirty years meaning they aim mm to take as much carbon out of the atmosphere as they create or to offset emissions in other climate-friendly ways. Poland says it supports the goal in general but refused to sign the agreement for now. Now this is still success in the view of new European Commission President Ursula von Der Lion. Who proposed this green deal but of course we are aware that not every region us has the same starting point we aware of the fact that for some regions and sectors? We'd be more difficult under the agreement. Every country has the right to adjust their energy mix in their own way including with nuclear
New UN plan will ensure that worshippers can observe their rituals in peace
"This is connor lennon from you and news the senior u._n. Official tasked with overseeing a plan of action to ensure that religious sites are safe and that worshipers this kind of serve. The rituals and peace has delivered a draft to the secretary general following consultations with governments religious leaders faith based organizations and and other relevant stakeholders speaking from the german town of lindow where he was addressing the ten th world assembly of religions for peace. Mr moratinos explained that one of the new elements explored in the draft plan is the role of social media using as an example the mass shootings in christchurch new zealand in much every body the <hes> was absolutely shocked by the way <hes> this supremacist <hes> kill innocent people and broadcast in it in the same time so that kind of be repeated again so that's going to be one of the main areas but of course there are also elemental how we are are going to operate these protection of side god's hand by hand but what the counter terry's office offer mr barranco are trying to do and they have what they call the soft target at the soft target of course <hes> <hes> support steady on <hes> <hes> associated premises but also of course release site and they need software there would be some specific recommendation that had been worked together together by our organization by the u._n. O._a._c. by show by <hes> elsie self-conscious stories myself that unites our nation so by hand they had been working in a specific recommendation on this show more heart security measures in order to prevent such attacks. What difference do you hope this action will have. I think they will be <hes> any differences. The first one is to create that awareness. You know we'll have <hes> information plan for of the world in other debt to recreate their wellness of the important of release aside. We we are going to try to have our mapping of all the release or set in the world and then the second day we will have shown a specific recommendation as i told did you on social networks and some specific recommendation how to provide assistance and support to member state in other two takes ten mesh. We have <hes> our list of recommendation <hes> quite a lot and on the prevention air aw of course on the preparedness of the religious leaders <hes> we had the rest of the responsibility of course of state state governments but also religious leader <hes> civil society media. Everybody has to put on responsibility ability and contribution to really change the situation that has been so negative in recent years yes and month as you say. You've been hearing a lot of testimony over the last few months some of it. I'm sure quite harrowing. How's this affected you personally well. I'm in the really get me the moral support to really work for a concrete and and <hes> let's i'd say positive for blood pacture. I think <hes> <hes> today is one of the important day the twenty second of august <hes> uh polish government decided to get a general some resolution seventy-three defi- diet <hes> decided to oh have this twenty second of august international day to remember do not the victims of that in a key on the basis of religion deletion of faith you know so we include this day as the day that we all should really have a special year yeah no recognition and mobile immobilization in other to stop this kind of atrocities and this kind of behavior but again he's not generally the the site is also addressed to the worshiper is not the buildings we are. The premises that we are directing in our recommendation is how we really give you know these article eighteen of human rights universal declaration resent the case command right to to to write to privy to practice had to have the right to pray in peace and safety today today. That should be the <hes> start work in other to stop this such behaviour. I think <hes> for the first time we can see. I mean in lindau in germany today <hes> participating in the term for war at sombrero british or peace and with more than nine hundred leader. I addressed to them and <hes> here. The spirit of lindau is that for first time producers the ready to work together with political leaders in other to really <hes> guarantee and serve guard not only the protection of release hillside but also of human beings that wants to exert the freedom of religion conscience in beasts and our body.
News in Brief 13 December 2018
"This is the news in brief from the United Nations the announcements of ceasefire between Yemen's warring parties in and around the key. Port of data was held by UN secretary. General Antonio Gutierrez on Thursday as a deal, which would improve the lives of millions of people. Speaking on the last day of UN, led talks, Sweden to decide the future of the war-torn country where it's people are in the grip of the world's worst humanitarian crisis. Mister, Gutierrez told those present that they had the future of Yemen in their hands. Mr. guitarist, also pointed out other breakthroughs in the first talks between government and position who representatives in two and a half years. We've also reached the mutual understanding to ease the situation ties, and I believe will lead to the opening of humanitarian corridors and the facilitation of the mining. Before coming here. You had already agreed on a prisoners exchange. Now, you have agreed on a time line and details for implementing the exchange allowing thousands, I repeat thousands of Yemenis to be reunited with their families. And finally, very important step for the peace process. You have agreed to engage in the discussions on a negotiating framework in the next meeting. These critical elements for the future political settlement to end the conflict, the UN children's fund UNICEF and the World Health Organization. WHO reveals in a report launched on Thursday that nearly thirty million babies are born too soon. Too small or become so sick that they require a specialized care to survive. The on the first month of life when it comes to babies and their mothers the right care at the right time in the right place can make all the difference said Omar Aldi, UNICEF deputy executive director noting that millions die every year because they do not receive it. The report survive and thrive transforming care for every small and sick newborn finds that babies with. Complications from being born premature or suffering brain injury during childbirth severe bacterial infection or Janis risk, death and disability. Dr Sumaya swim enough on WHO's deputy director general for programs praised universal health care to ensure that everyone including newborns has access to the health services. They need regardless of their ability to pay progress on newborn health care is a win win situation. She said it saves lives and is critical for early child development, thus impacting on family society and future generations, while global leaders meet in catalyst Poland at the cop twenty four conference to save the planet from the deadly effects of climate change u n human rights experts voiced concern on Thursday over reports that polish the thirties have been harassing arbitrarily detaining and questioning human rights. Fenders due to take part. Moreover, they said that some accredited participants had been denied entry to the country or prevented from travelling to catalysts. We are dismayed at the actions taken by the authorities to prevent free and unfettered public participation in these critical multilateral discussions. The experts said previously they had raised concerns with the polish authorities over new safety and security law drafted for the conference that they believed could hamper civil society involvement. The experts said we reiterate our call to the polish government to mmediately ensure full and affective participation and access to cop twenty four to all civil society representatives. They said that all human rights defenders should be allowed to gather an exercise their right to freedom of expression and opinion association, and peaceful assembly. Lists Kapiti UN news.
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"A leaked list of e three nintendo games posted to four chan indicates a version of fortnight will come to the nintendo switch euro gamer says it's sources indicate that list is accurate fortnight launched on i o s in march and it's coming to android as well this summer nokia announced thursday it closed the sale of its digital health division to eric correal nokia's health division was created largely by its acquisition of withing which career founded he plans to relaunch windings by the end of the year with products focused on preventative health as usual at the same time nokia announced that chief legal officer maria barcelona will also become president of nokia technologies indicating nokia is going to focus on patents toshiba announced friday it has completed the sale of its chip unit to a consortium led by bain capital to sheba memory is the number two producer of nanjing ups as k hynix apple dell seagate and kingston are also part of that consortium dialogue semi said it expects its main customer apple to cut orders for its power management chips by thirty percent this year dialogue told investors that apple's going to source the chips from two suppliers now and finally central european bitcoin exchange bit pay has shut down operations in poland while also being invited by the polish government to participate in a national blockchain working group but pay was shut out by polish banks and announced may twentyninth it would move its headquarters from poland to malta.
Gov. Jerry Brown says National Guard is "chomping at the bit" to get to border
"Of europe's remaining pristine forests as nicholson reports on the victory for environmentalists european coach of justice said tuesday that potent had failed to carry out its duty to protect a natural site of important after an increase in logging in the visha forest in two thousand sixteen poland's environment ministry argued the massive felling of trees was necessary because of a bark beetle infestation the logging has since stopped and the polish government says it respects the ruling ahead of wall street's opening bell the markets in europe trading in positive territory in asia however there was more of a mixed bag china's benchmarks lost ground but japan's nikkei closed up this is npr actor harry anderson has died he is likely best known for playing the judge in the television comedy series night court what can i do for you mr elliot governor is getting mr shibata testimonial dinner tonight and we would like you to arrangers get that he's finished in time to get there i don't arrange anything just to accommodate a man with political connections we will serve no crime before its time lisa nashville north carolina say officers found anderson dead at home he was sixty five foul play is not suspected there are conflicting reports over whether national guard troops from california will be sent to the us mexico border president trump wants as many as four thousand sent to the border to combat illegal immigration daniel carson reports the conditions for deploying troops from california still being hashed out between state and federal officials governor jerry brown has agreed to deploy four hundred guardsmen to go after gangs human traffickers drug and firearms smugglers but they can't take part in immigration enforcement the national border patrol councils brandon judge says the president has the authority to federalize the national guard so it wouldn't be a problem if there are gaps at california's border with mexico with four thousand troops we can take border patrol resources.