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"pora shankar" Discussed on FT News
"From the Financial Times in London. I'm police Clark. And this is news in focus where we offer our insights into the stories that matter today. We're looking at Ukraine crane. The Problem Child of Europe. That's now at the center of the Donald Trump impeachment inquiry. You'll be asking. What is it about this country that creates so much trouble in far flung places and could end up harming donald trump's chances of reelection next year I'm here with our European editor? been whole his recently back from his second trip to Ukraine in the last six months seven. What makes it such a turbulent country? Probably because it's the ultimate borderland country in Europe court between Russia previously the Russia Empire and then obviously part of the Soviet Union but now on the eastern edge of the European Union and the the country is essentially torn between the two. Although one would have to say in the last five years it's become more clearly. A country with western European leanings leanings than Pro Russian ones is a consequence of course of the Russian annexation of Crimea in twenty fourteen and then the russian-backed insurgency in the eastern regions of the Dumbass. So it's partly a consequence of geography and also partly a consequence of its history. This is a country that has not got a long history of independence then even including since the break-up of the Soviet Union even thirty isn't it became independent so this is a country still trying to find his identity in its place in the world place in Europe it's only been independent since ninety-one say and it's already had two revolutions and what looks like a revolving cast of leaders wise. Yeah well in some respects this is arguably a healthy sign in the sense that it shows the this is a country with a sort of competitive democratic system mm-hmm where you get older generations of power and that's obviously stark contrast with neighbouring Russia. I think it's because it is a country of competing. Power Centers is essentially and that effect is amplified by powerful oligarchs in the country whose large fortunes fuel this competitive system. which which clearly in the past has verged on turmoil and revolution as you said two revolutions both of them have essentially been tussles over Russian influence in the country? Yeah now you were there in much in September before and after the April presidential election. That broad Vladimir's Linski a television comedian to power. How are you cranium adjusting to their new president? Well when I was there in March seeing politicians and government members there was clearly a founder regime. Team feel about the administration of Petro. Pora Shankar the outgoing president. At that time he was way behind in the polls and he was about to give way in a landslide. Slide to Vladimir's Alinsky. I think there was a huge amount of skepticism about Zielinski. For understandable reasons is the only experience this guy had of politics was in fiction an and play literally play a history teacher who becomes president his sort of honest. Run of the mill bloke. Who is voted into this position of power and he had become hugely popular and enduring kind of figure in Ukrainian and interestingly in Russians coach alive so I think Ukrainians were genuinely Bradfo about how this guy could be? I've got himself into this situation at no political party no political experience or anything but still he won in a landslide clearly because he served his wave of anti establishment feeling desire to clear away the corrupt political elite an September cre- There is still skepticism about him and exactly what he can achieve but also huge enthusiasm sort of real energy in Kiev may of course fat someone to do the fact that it was still a Balmy summer on the place was brimming with young people enjoying the late summer season. But I mean I think there is energy that has been released in Ukraine because people feel that this country is changing. Yeah clearly he's got quite pardon. Extraordinary Reform Agenda it really is exceptional. I mean to be a lot of these reforms were actually devised by his predecessor. They then just got stock stock in the legislative machine and obviously vested interests made sure that they didn't get anywhere so he's unleashing pent-up desire for reform but it still nonetheless extraordinary Mary. Literally scores of bills have been rammed through parliament. Many of the things that Ukraine's western backers the IMF the EU won't Ukraine to do to make get a more business-friendly environment and one where is less prone to corruption and so it really is quite impressive. The stuff that they're putting through often with very little scrutiny and and even some of those people in government except that they will make mistakes on the way they just hope that they'll be around long enough with enough power to correct it a little bit further down the line. So Mr Zelinski has a hugely ambitious agenda and obviously the outcome is going to be incredibly important for Ukraine but what about Russia. Well I think Russia's obviously this overbearing neighbor which has conducted war of aggression against the country for the last five years so as annexing Crimea so Zielinski Alinsky on the one hand needs to cut the deal to achieve peace in the east. And he's gone about that by offering some sort of concessions to try and get tokes coming that he's actually Lindsay's number one objective is to try and bring an end to the fighting in the East which is cost whatever. Thirteen thousand lives extraordinary made intensity war but the the second thing. Is that Zilenski Insulin. Skis team. Think they have one powerful weapon that they can deploy against Putin and that is the example of success if if they can actually turn around Ukraine and turn it into a more dynamic economy that is less corrupt that is more stable and that is definitely hitting into the western Europeans orbit. If you like that would be a very powerful symbol of change and one which could inspire domestic opponents of Vladimir Putin oversee absolutely absolutely remains to be seen whether they can do anything like as much as that to show that Ukraine can be a real success if Putin were watching Zilenski create this Democratic Democratic Paradise on his doorstep what Bayes reaction. There are many people in Ukraine and the West. who think that will do everything to stop this from happening? And that could even and if you wanted to turn up the dial on violence in the east or even if he eventually get some kind of peace deal in the east. These two regions is a return to Ukrainian sovereignty. It would be legitimising. The kind of bandit Kremlin supported operatives. There who would then disrupt Ukrainian policymaking and democracy from the inside so there's always a fear that in any scenario Russia is out to destabilise. Its neighbour because that's a way a of extending its own influence and strength. It took Mr Zalewski quite a while before he had his first press conference which I imagine edit people's skepticism about how how he was actually going to perform lasted fourteen hours and he was so exhausted the end of it he was literally stammering but I just want. How did he actually emerge from that that lengthy and probably rather searing experience I think with his reputation enhanced somewhat in Ukraine? He did it in sort of trendy food food market in downtown. Kiev was not far from where we were staying and it was. Well presented you sitting around a big table with lots of other reporters with plates of food. It was very much the image of modern Ukraine that he wants to project cloak to hear exactly both impressively was that he clearly had a better grasp on the detail of policy than he did earlier in the summer where business representatives and others. Who had met him may have been pleased by his good intentions in his rhetoric before? Frankly AH pools by his ignorance of economic and other kind of policy making. He didn't seem to be across everything that he was then. Soon going to have to get to grips with but in these fourteen hours so as I mean he also had a lot of questions and a lot of detail and I think surprise a lot of people and the other thing that was really quite extraordinary was the way he batted away a lot of the questions about Donald Trump trump and about the pressure that the American prison had allegedly put him under to open up a probe into one of Donald Trump's domestic opponents which is now landed. The was president in this impeachment and cry now if we get onto the inquiry itself. It's curious tomato. That Ukraine has always been quite a magnet for International Political Consultants Consultants Light Pole Manifesto President Trump's former campaign manager and indeed Rudy Giuliani. Mr Trump's lawyer what were they sorts of people doing there in the first place as we mentioned before Ukraine is a competitive democracy and we also mentioned the influence of the oligarchs who have injected quite a lot of money into the Ukrainian political system and that together with a sort of history of looking for western approval and Western backing. There was clearly tradition of reaching out to Western political advisors to give them the best sort of advice on political techniques but also perhaps to put them in good stead with Western governments and people like Manafort made a fortune essentially out of advising Fityani Kovic. One one of Ukraine's former presidents who took power lost power and manafort helped him to regain that power in two thousand ten and then he got turfed out in the might on Revolution Kovic fled to Russia. Are here oversee pro. Russian leanings. And manafort's Work Vienna Kovic at the time alarmed American diplomats who said this was working against American Arken interest. You did it anyway because the money was clearly so important and Rudy Giuliani likewise as what for different people. But it's a place where there is a lot of money to be made so it's a lucrative market for political operatives but also for businessmen one of whom of course is Hunter Biden son of Joe Biden former. US Vice as president and now a Democrat hoping to be nominated by his party to be their candidate next year. US presidential election. What drew him to Ukraine? I think it was the same thing he in two thousand. Fourteen was. Recruited to the board of Ukraine's largest commercial gas producer comedy cool Barista owned owned by a small oligarch. I suppose you might save. He's caught burly Imposing physically but McCullough is locked. Cheifs ski happened to be. Ah the minister responsible for doling out gas licenses on one of the allegations is that he essentially acquired a lot of these gas production licenses while he was in power and therefore for it was an abuse of his power but anyway Hunter Biden served on this board and was reportedly paid about fifty thousand dollars a month which is a pretty extraordinary figure. We know very very little about what he actually did on this board and there is no evidence that he aided and abetted anything illegal. Didn't anything illegal himself but people are puzzled as to why he should be involved in a company like this and what he was really doing there and the most simple explanation is that he gives the company A kind of reputation haunting presence on the board because the fact his father was vice-president of course. So let's just jump for a little bit and look at what led to the impeachment inquiry in Washington. There was a now notorious fan compensation between Mr Trump and Mr Zelinski in July. What exactly was Mr Trump asking the MR landscape today for him well? The allegation against Mr Trump is that he was withholding. US military aid to Kiev in order to force force Mr Zilenski and his administration to open up inquiries into both the role of Joe Biden in allegedly killing off off a anti-corruption inquiry involving Burris MMA and secondly an investigation into whether Ukraine was responsible for hacking into the service sort of the DNC and Hillary Clinton rather than Russia. The thing is that have been no evidence to back up these allegations and so far the Ukrainians have read Detroit to avoid being sucked into this political trap. Right so this conversation in July has come under a few months after Mr Zielinski election on a platform home of anti corruption. So how does he respond to Mr Trump. Well I think what was slightly shocking about the tenor of the transcript of this conversation. was how craven craven. Mr Zielinski seemed he was almost fawning telling the president could be a great teacher. Phisilan ski and Zielinski also wanted to drain the swamp. The tone was rather ingratiating but actually what was interesting was that he never really agreed to cave. In to any of the pressure from Donald Trump and subsequent evidence for example texts between US officials that were submitted to the congressional inquiry suggests that repeatedly the Ukrainians Unions refused to succumb to US pressure and they for example refused to issue a statement saying that they were going to conduct such an investigation which the Americans wanted before agreeing bring to face to face interview between the. US and Ukrainian leaders so it sounds as if he's been quite deft and his handling of what is obviously an extremely streamline sensitive and difficult situation because he needs to keep on side with the existing president and the potentially the new president. Would you agree that he's handled it quite well today. Yes I think so. Far He has I think the reason is that the Ukrainians desperately to stay out of this and they know of course. There's a chance strong chance that trump will lose the two thousand twenty election and then they'll be looking at a Democrat president so they don't want to alienate the Democrats by taking sides in this. They need to preserve good relations with Washington is an with Congress because Ukraine needs American backing in order to try and bring Vladimir Putin back to the negotiating table in order to secure peace in in eastern Ukraine. And then there's a third reason which is that. Zielinski was elected as the anti corruption president. And the reason why Ukraine has such a problem with corruption is the judicial system courts judges but also prosecutors and the abuse of those figures for private political or commercial ends and the last thing. That's Alinsky inskeep really be seen to be doing is doing trump's bidding to abuse prosecutorial system and open up an investigation for American political purposes..
"pora shankar" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"You crane now and former TV satirist flow me Lansky who played the Ukrainian president in his show sworn in today as the country's actual new, president to the strains of Ukraine's national anthem. Amazed. Lansky has never held public office outside of satire, but a month ago he won a resounding election victory over the incumbent petro Pora Shankar in his first speech to Parliament, Mr Lonski said he would work to defend Ukraine and to end the conflict with Russia. I am certainly not afraid of making tough decisions I am ready to lose my popularity my writings and to never lose territory. Never stop. Well, let's go now and speak to our correspondent that Jona fishe. So Joanna tennis about the significance of the inaugural speech, talking about ending conflict, with, with the Russian rebels in the east being his top priority. Well, the significant for starters is basically, this is the first time we've really heard a lengthy political speech from Mr. Alinsky throughout his election campaign and in the month since he won that election. He's not had this platform is not taking sort of platform to talk to people about what you might stand for so yes, interesting that he made the conflict in eastern, Ukraine, a priority, stressing that he would be doing everything we heard that to try and bring that big bring peace to that area, quite how he's going to do that remains to be seen. He has very different brick Romy made the point that he wasn't going to concede any territory in eastern Ukraine. Of course, parts of Ukraine are occupied by Russian-backed, forces and Russia of courses annexed Crimea. So there's very little scope on the cranium side to negotiate or do things differently. I think there is some, some people do have some expectation the change of personnel hearing Kiev might lead to greater die. Dialogue with Moscow. There might be an improved channel of communications. So I, I mean it's going to be hard to break. What has actively being a stalemated situation in eastern Ukraine for the last few years? Okay. So that eastern Ukraine remains a challenge. He won by the largest margin ever in a presidential election in Ukraine. What do we know about his policies beyond what we've just heard? Well, we're still trying to piece it together. We've had a period during which Mr. Lewinsky's advises have been out onto shows trying to brief people as to what might come next. It's been a lot of talk about reforming the judicial system. That is really an absolute must do. If you crane is going to tackle the endemic corruption, that really permeates almost all aspects of life here. So that's as being stressed repeatedly missed the linski himself today, talked about reforms politically trying to remove immunity from prosecution for 'em pays and various of things, but it's still something of a blank slate. What, what we're seeing from Mr. Alinsky himself. We know that there are various different factions within his camp. Some of them reforms, some of them connected to a powerful all agog, some of them connected to Mr. Zilenski, former career as a comedian a TV producer, and we have yet to see really, which of those three factions is. Gonna come out on top. We don't know who's going to get the key positions mister lebowski cabinet when that announcement is made made which maybe in the next few days, we'll get a better idea as to exactly what does Alinsky presidency will mean in practice. Jennifer kesse. Correspondent joining us live from the Ukrainian capital Kiev now the thorny issue of suing those who joined the Islam state group and committed crimes house bring them to Justice has been a subject, considered by several in western capitals for some time today. The Swedish government has been talking openly about setting up an international tribunal in the Middle East Iraq has been mooted as location. I've been speaking to Sweden's interior. Minister Mikhail dome. Beck Sweden has already set up its own warcrimes unit. What does he think an international tribunal in the Middle East can achieve national courts Comte, we continue our work in Sweden? So I think we have five open cases right now. We all support. The unco it's to collect evidence in the region. From a Swedish perspective that must be done. No matter what. So if we find warcrimes in Sweden we have the possibility to convict people in Swedish courts. But if you want to state, an example, for the world if you want to put this terrorist cell also in the history books of humanity. I think an international tribunal mechanism in the region would be good from a moral perspective to bring accountability to the table about also closeness to witnesses and evidence in might be easier to get more people convicted have a location in mind that reports suggesting that you would want to be in Iraq. We haven't made that choice yet and we don't want to percent Swedish model for this because we, we rather would like to we see that many European countries actually talking about this now half a year ago or it was not that much of an issue. But it's growing in many European. Countries. That's why we have taken initiative to invite to expert meeting in Stockholm in the beginning of June, where all the countries that have interest in this temporary spate and exchange experience and also ideas of how to move the process forward. Would you characterize those conversations? You say this all the other capitals and governments all interested in this is this something that you think has sufficient momentum and enough agreement. I think the momentum is growing many European countries actually, feel that this might be the solution. So more and more countries are open for the discussion but I most so humble because this is a very difficult path forward. We know all the obstacles and each and every one of the countries that are evaluating this way forward is also looking at the problems. So that's why I think it's the right thing to do now to bring the experts together to see if there is a possible common way forward any international tribunal. Will cost money where do you think the money will come from should come from? I think all countries that see the possibility of international tribunal on the stands that there will be called symbols how it will be set up out will function will determine the cost everyone that are arguing for this also know that it comes with a price tag. I would argue that without a clear conviction of the crimes committed into region. I think there's also comes with immoral price. Have you been speaking to governments in the region? Have you spoken to the Iraqi government? Of course, we've been listening tool so players in the region. And we also can read the public statements for, for from some of the plays in the region that has been open for a discussion. So of course, we take notice of that. But I think if you want to do this for real, I think it's good more countries. Join together and ordering process going forward. There are anxieties in some countries that for any court like this to work, it should. Should actually be located in the region, and any convictions and people being imprisoned and so on those people should stay in those regions because there is an anxiety of having anyone involved with the Islamic state group, brought to the countries where those people were nationals, there's several questions that has to be on. So if you want to follow through on an international tribunal that is for sure, one of the questions once again, I would like to gather more relevant partners in the same room experts from different countries to compare notes every country have but also on the possible ways forward. I think for Europe to be involved in an international tribunal there has to be some international standards for this kind of proceeding. So, of course, the death penalty will be a red line, I think for for many European countries, but there's still a lot of questions that has to be answered. But I think most countries that have thought of this has done their own national. Evaluations, and also looking at the way forwards. Now it's time to compare them and to see if we can find a common way forward. That was Sweden's interior. Minister Mikhail dome by with the governing social democratic policy..
"pora shankar" Discussed on 1A
"He played on TV as you say a high school teacher, which he isn't in real life, by the way, he's a TV STA right, high schoolteacher who fights corruption and in a e crane back on the right path. He. Ronna campaign that said that was precisely what he would do in real life that Ukraine is clearly oligarchy place like much of that part of the world. Is it still dogged by wall? The wall really began in eastern Ukraine with Russian separatists onto Patrick Pora Shankar's presidency. Parsh- co was very easy to type cost somebody who was in the pockets of the himself and the. And so it's not surprising Lansky with this a very attractive. Message swept swept the inaction with three quarters of the vote partial was kicked out. But at another level, it is utterly studying. Because he's a here's a TV who's had no prior experience of any elected office over formal job by the of it other than being employed to play a fictional character. I think this clearly is something that's going on in other democracies and other countries to a yearning for somebody not tainted by politics as usual Ukraine's politics is notoriously on agok. And the I thought you were going to say that that this is going on in other parts of the world, the idea that someone would go from being on TV to being the press insisted that I know because that would never rub. This also is important for Russia. I mean in the days after Ukraine's election, Vladimir Putin. Took a step at some people. Saw. It's kind of a test for the president-elect offered residents living in these disputed territories in eastern Ukraine, which but up against Russia the chance to fast track Russian citizenship. This feels like a shot across the bow to the president-elect. Oh, it absolutely is. I mean, it's his way of saying come join me come be a part of mother Russia and its fits into his logic theme and everything he's tried to do with. That part of the world in the last decade or so, and it shouldn't be any surprise at all. And I think this is going to be just the first many tests for Zilenski, and in a sense, the real worry for all of us should be that he's completely untested. We don't have a clear sense of what any of his policies will be. We don't know who he's going to name foreign minister defense minister. I mean, this could easily we laugh about it. But it could turn out quite badly..
"pora shankar" Discussed on AM 970 The Answer
"Bedding. I told him. I was going to do it by didn't do it. Very very weak case. Really, look, a you. It's a weird time. Isn't it all this is going on? So that was drum corps. She talking about the rest. I I agree with everything he said, they're eight seven seven nine seven zero two nine nine. Hey, got a mention this. And I'm going to take your calls. And I appreciate everybody patiently holding. We'll get to you anything. You wanna talk about? That's just fine. We have to open lines. They're all yours. If you want him at eight seven seven nine hundred zero to nine nine nine voters in Ukraine. Are voting in their run off election today, and they are expected to elect a TV star as their next president. So if you believe the polls who knows, but the poll said that actor Vladimir zelenskjaja is the overwhelming favorite to defeat. Incumbent president petro Pora Shankar who's been in a barrister by the way in today's runoff election. Both men have pledged to keep Ukraine on a pro. Western course. So it's not as if there's one pro Russia candidate and one pro-western can both of them claim to be pro-western, but Zilenski has also promised to fight corruption. And his message has resonated in Ukraine, which is one of the poorest countries in Europe. Porsche Anco is sorta portrays Alinsky as a buffoon whose incompetence would leave Ukraine vulnerable to Russia. Now, what's interesting about? This is the lens ski is a comedian. He's never run for office before. And he plays a fictitious president on a comedy show in Ukraine. So I think this is fascinating. You see? You crane is about to reject a consummate insider, a political insider who before that was a business insider, big chocolate magnate. And instead turn to a comedian who's never even run for office before in the United States. We rejected a whole bunch of professional politicians to turn to someone that had never run for office before that was really a celebrity in Italy. If you look at what they did a few years ago, but selecting the five star movement and giving them the most votes that was a party that was founded and led at the time. He's not leader anymore. But it was founded and the leader was Beppo Grillo an Italian comedian. So I really do think that what we're seeing around the world this globalist this global populism this global. Nationalism both left-wing and right-wing and centrist. And this rejection of professional politicians in favor of. Amateurs political amateurs is really in. Some respects the chickens coming home to roost for the establishment, the establishment around the world, the political and and business elites that have been running. The world have really muck things up. And voters are smart enough to see that. And I think the election of linski if takes place today and the election of Trump, and Brexit and the five star movement in Italy and the rise of Sereda in grace, and you know, what the election of Macron in false who would also never run for office before these are all. A response to the same thing. Now what you crane optimally does. And what all these countries end up doing. We'll see what happens. I think it's very interesting. I think the elites are about to pay the piper. They're in the process of paying the piper for screwing us over time and time again, much rather talk about food, and what you do free dinner eight seven seven nine seven zero two nine nine nine. I Mike has been patiently holding. Hello, mike. Happy Easter to things, please. I agree with you about web. Thank you literally smells dog. It. Does I that is the thing that is the perfect description it smells like a wet dog. Actually. Yes. Yes. A wet over doors that you don't want to touch, and it doesn't matter. I'll let you make your point uninterrupted, Mike. But it doesn't even matter. How prepared I to some of the fanciest restaurants in the world, and they or at least in New York, and they bring over this. This this platter of lamb chops. These are the most expensive lamb chops in Manhattan. It's still smells like a wet dog. It's disgusting. Extinct it does. And your thought on your spot on about career politicians governor, weld should smoke another fatty and go have some pancakes governor casick 'cause he's the reason. So I'm kind of liked it the nebulous Jordan, the political formulations beltway. It's all nonsense. Well, I love I'm for Trump over. Well, I think by lumping him in with casick that's a little unfair. You know, weld has actually spent the last twenty years working in the private sector earning living, whereas casick with the exception of being a media pundit and writing a couple of books has spent his entire life caching government. Check, let me say a low to Pat in my hometown of Staten Island, who has a differing view on lamb. Hello, pat. Hi there. Good morning until your show. Thank you happy Easter. Hello. Yes. Happy Easter pappy. Well, I haven't family of three K rations by the middle generation. I have well before I have grandchildren and all of them actually in person, the family doesn't like landing one. We had liked had it we have led all year round. And I prefer not lamb. I don't really know. Why surely memorably is very tasty. I said you do with American lamb. We didn't have a stray in. I didn't know that. There's a difference in in flavor between an American lamb and an Australian lamb. I used to think so, but I'm not sure that the really is. I'm not sure that it just has a different view. I don't know it, and you never get a full leg of lamb because it would be to to ship when Australian lamb it's always semi bone say just leave mall bone at the end. And I think it's the bone that makes it better it should different texture, and it's tasty. And the funny thing you talk about the smell of lamb. Well, when we cook Landry Sunday every week and different rose different things. But when we cook the lamb at all boy loved that walk in the door, and they love you cook it for a couple of hours shooting pretty good size rose what else today? Pat, what else is on the menu. Actually today because we're going to the house of my daughter who had been desert, Mike lamb. She always made Easter, you know, a condition of money. She makes homemade none go and. And I think she makes an was out near mean saucy golden sometimes we have budge old. But yeah, today's a different Easter because we have lamb on Iraq, not a big deal to have land for eastern shore. I get what. And the grandchildren who announced don't in their twenties have always liked his children. Hey, different strokes for different folks. Happy Easter to you, Pat, Pat, thanks for calling and his any of that many got that's leftover you could send it to one eleven Broadway. Third-floor attention rental. Thank you pack. Eight seven seven nine seven zero two nine nine nine. I'd love to know what you're cooking today. I'll tell you a little bit about Italy momentarily. We'll continue with your calls this Moreno name night, seventy near Welden wisdom, just a moment with Marana AM nine seventy the you know, what what we always had an family. I don't know if they actually serve this on Easter in Italy, it's pizza Russia. And I'm I'm looking forward to going to Italy for the first time in October of two sample. The how the Italian food there compares to the American version of Italian food, and I'm really looking forward on Italy because I'm going on a Parillo. Tour. Now, you all remember those great commercials with Mario Parillo will. Mario son Steve is still around. And he's carried on this tradition of excellence. 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"pora shankar" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"A big fight with the police in the out whether they're inside or not. So it's it's not clear. Exactly. What's really happening? I've spoken to the church church. Authorities. There said there were many come to the prayers in the morning, and when the blast of and they're very sad. Because that Steph hearing similar reports around the country in battle in the Negombo. I've seen pictures. Lot of station has happened and the Colombo hospital had as confirmed that at least they have twenty dead bodies at the moment. So which is and of scoring the scale of these attacks and data more reports I've seen the pictures of five star hotel blocks in Colombo where that seems to be a couple of oblast assess all taken place on on kind of similar times. What is being expressed about people's concerns about what might be behind these attacks? It's not very clear. What exactly but there were some reports earlier in the week of some attacks about Christian churches in Nevada? So there were protests Colombo as well on Friday about expressing concern about religious freedom on Christian players. But I'm not sure whether that is the case, but you know, it's very early to say what is really behind. It looks very organized with six at least six tax taking place in kind of almost on the same time and not of course, completely confined to the capital either. Not exactly I'm in demand of Baticaloa is in the eastern Sri Lanka where the former was wrong. So in in that is that is we are not seen any pictures. But there seems to be many casualties there and Negombo it is a little out of town. And that is the other church which has been attacked. So which I've also seen pictures, really devastating. That was the BBC's as I'm mean. Mm in Colombo took into Tanya, Beckett in the lost few moments as you will gather from that conversation details still certainly not clear as the extent of these attacks and to the death toll at least twenty five people have been killed. According to those initial reports will keep you updated throughout this program is to what is happening in Sri Lanka and return there when we can to hear other voices on it. Now, I have two guests with me for the rest of the program to offer their perspectives on the news of the day. Emma, Beal's journalist writer researcher focused on work in Syria and Mark Stevens hair. International. Lawyer foam ahead of the KOMO wealth lawyers association, the C L A welcome to both of you wondering and welcome particularly your first time in the program. Talk to your route into into journalism, and well, I studied journalism back in New Zealand where I'm wearing from. I'm quite quite a while now, but actually my teacher there was was a woman her head reported extensively on the war in the for me 'cause year. And she had come to New Zealand as sort of place that didn't have any of those kind of problems going on. But having having come from a country where there wasn't much happening. That was so quiet peaceful. There was something about the energy that she brought with her in the way that she talked about the things that should say an experience that it really stayed with me, and I found quite sort of captivating. And so I went on a very roundabout kind of journey out of New Zealand of often to the world and eventually found myself coming back to journalism, and then and then being joined to Syria after that what drew you to Syria. I'm still not exactly sure. Still try to that one out. I said went into one story initially, and that just sort of spiraled out of out of control slightly there. I am seven years later in. That's all I really report on. So it's just something that I think because of the scale of the of the crisis and the need to go really deep into the story and not just trade on the surface. And the fact that you know, there is a reasonably sympathetic set of side whether civilians for all sorts of reasons on all sorts of sites really suffering that there is kind of an need and a desire to keep reporting on that and telling me stories, Martha would you about the Commonwealth noise association, the work you did there. What what were you setting out to do as head of that organization? I wanted to share experiences, and perhaps also look to reform share experiences from countries which have paps had environmental damage around the Kamov and looking at what legal. As we have developed, and they might also develop it also looking at things like criminalization of consenting adult gay love, so homosexuality, which is of course, being decriminalised in many parts of the world, but is a peculiar legacy of British colonial rule. So that with those kinds of issues, and particularly I've just come back from Zambia where we had a conference and one of the issues that we were looking at in focused on there was around goals who sold into marriage, so every country has an age of consent to marriage, but in many parts of the well, this is on more in the breach in the observance. And I was really moved that we should do something about this. When I read about a fourteen year old Yemeni go who was sold into marriage to a seventy year old, man. And she then died a year later when she was fifteen in childbirth. And I just thought there was so much wrong with that picture. That perhaps taking legal action to enforce the age of consent would be the way today without in some some of the cases in India, for example, where please social services have been required to comply with the law, even though perhaps essential services, and the place culturally believe that having underage marriage is appropriate. We'll talk more about the the work you referred to in passing that with regards to the decriminalization of homosexuality in various parts of the world later on in the program. Mark Stevenson MBA with me if you wish to join the conversation, you can buy the World Service Facebook page, of course, now let's go to Ukraine, we heard about the start the imminent start voting there at the start of this hour round two of the presidential election. The race between the incumbent petro parish Anco and Vladimir Zilenski a comedian. He's only experience of politics is playing the press. In a hit comedy on television. Nevertheless, he pulled around twice as many votes as president Pora Shankar in round one the lead up. Today's vote has been extraordinary. It's or both men. Take blood tests for drugs and alcohol and televised debate in a stadium which is head of the final vote today. We're live in Ukraine is one of the country's most prominent novelist entry Kirk of known for his surreal nightmare stories about life in Ukraine, including death and the penguin and his latest is the bickford fuse Andre welcome to the program. Thank you. Thank you. We spoke to you before the first round what if anything has changed since then in your mind. In the country. A lot has changed because now we have to follow camps. Oh, really? Coralline because they're very into vote for different candidates, and everyone is considered the site crazy irresponsible. What has has emerged during the campaign with regards to specific issues policies plans from either side? The main issues that radian hell, no plans, and he changed several times people in his team. So it's not clear who will be working with him. Once he becomes president. In fact, actually yesterday was slight scandal. When one of his exit visors complained that kids said that she never met him. So I mean, we know that if for Shanta. Gets. Victory. The station will be probably the same. But I've been Persian has done new promises and promise to speed up the direction towards Europe and NATO. Alinsky in his few statements said that he will edit the. Discussed about Ukrainian language will have rights to Russian speakers. Hit accusers lovely all the political inversion Korean being completely corrupted unable to leave the country, peaceful solution with they separate. Territories. One nothing yesterday the debate he used quite a neutral positive word about separatists instead of usual description of them as terrorists and bandits or listens to bring my guests in hurricane to ask questions of you. Mark stevens. I was interested in this whole thing about Vladimir Zilin ski. And it seems to me from the reporting. We're seeing in London that many of the voters and politicians are seeing him as somebody who if elected will be easy to manipulate. What's your take on that? I think they are. Right. Because he doesn't have any firm views. He doesn't have. Well, Rick program. He was reading the debate the members of his team from paper like, you know, their names, and we know that actually he was created and financed by the only gar either moisture who cannot come back to Ukraine, while per cent is president because criminal cases against him. So I think it's quite possible. But also large part of the voters will vote for the landscape just because they are against for us because they may TV channels creative so negative picture of Shankar. And they were completely incredible accusations against on eager key ski TV show. Actually, there was a problem where person of organizing of his own rather. And his brother many years ago, I think was killed in car accident. No, you spent some time in Ukraine have new teaching journalism and journalism ethics. Yes. I was I was interested to run the basis of of that having having been out there and worked with journalists in the Ukraine who were thrown into the situation where they're reporting on quite different than anything that ever done before. And what was in other countries as well as the media, not necessarily really rising to the challenge of these these populist candidate? So I was wondering if you could explain about how you you touched on it just now, but the extent to which the media has been able to really get under the surface of what these candidates have about what's actually really happening in this action. So a question. Yes. The journalists and how they've been able to cover it. Several different camps, of course, maintain which. Most of different oligarchy so gentlemen, schoolwork in there. I'm complying with policies in us over the owners of the TV channels independent. Journalists are working mostly for either slow TV channels all like. Journalistic investigations bureaus and website, and they're the live receiver grants from different international foundations, and actually I think the reason for the new tech against Persian was an investigation by journalist whose name is Smith a nigga who did it for a small TV channel in his investigatory program, and he reveal to the corruption in the defense industry of Ukraine, just before the elections, which contribute, of course, think to better better ratings for the landscape and worse ratings for word finally on eastern Ukraine on you've traveled there in recent times. What's the view there of this election? Well, it's interesting people who are voting for Yanukovych in the into elections. They're going to vote for the landscape the same time people on the Ukrainian side of the done. They now quite at odds with people on the separatist science, but for economical reasons, but generally, I think south east, and yeah and part of central Ukraine. Landscape because he's also speaker, and because he sort of wise to his disagreement with the national Listrik Ukrainian policies which were supported by for Shankar who has now the major support from three major Ukrainian-speaking region in the west of the country. Okay. We appreciate your time as ever Andre Andre Kirk of in Ukraine. News of the outcome of that to president Dench election, of course, here on the BBC World Service. You're listening to weekend..
Ukraine's presidential vote pits comedian against incumbent
"Of course, now let's go to Ukraine, we heard about the start the imminent start voting there at the start of this hour round two of the presidential election. The race between the incumbent petro parish Anco and Vladimir Zilenski a comedian. He's only experience of politics is playing the press. In a hit comedy on television. Nevertheless, he pulled around twice as many votes as president Pora Shankar in round one the lead up. Today's vote has been extraordinary. It's or both men. Take blood tests for drugs and alcohol and televised debate in a stadium which is head of the final vote today. We're live in Ukraine is one of the country's most prominent novelist entry Kirk of known for his surreal nightmare stories about life in Ukraine, including death and the penguin and his latest is the bickford fuse Andre welcome to the program. Thank you. Thank you. We spoke to you before the first round what if anything has changed since then in your mind. In the country. A lot has changed because now we have to follow camps. Oh, really? Coralline because they're very into vote for different candidates, and everyone is considered the site crazy irresponsible. What has has emerged during the campaign with regards to specific issues policies plans from either side? The main issues that radian hell, no plans, and he changed several times people in his team. So it's not clear who will be working with him. Once he becomes president. In fact, actually yesterday was slight scandal. When one of his exit visors complained that kids said that she never met him. So I mean, we know that if for Shanta. Gets. Victory. The station will be probably the same. But I've been Persian has done new promises and promise to speed up the direction towards Europe and NATO. Alinsky in his few statements said that he will edit the. Discussed about Ukrainian language will have rights to Russian speakers. Hit accusers lovely all the political inversion Korean being completely corrupted unable to leave the country, peaceful solution with they separate. Territories. One nothing yesterday the debate he used quite a neutral positive word about separatists instead of usual description of them as terrorists and bandits or listens to bring my guests in hurricane to ask questions of you. Mark stevens. I was interested in this whole thing about Vladimir Zilin ski. And it seems to me from the reporting. We're seeing in London that many of the voters and politicians are seeing him as somebody who if elected will be easy to manipulate. What's your take on that? I think they are. Right. Because he doesn't have any firm views. He doesn't have. Well, Rick program. He was reading the debate the members of his team from paper like, you know, their names, and we know that actually he was created and financed by the only gar either moisture who cannot come back to Ukraine, while per cent is president because criminal cases against him. So I think it's quite possible. But also large part of the voters will vote for the landscape just because they are against for us because they may TV channels creative so negative picture of Shankar. And they were completely incredible accusations against on eager key ski TV show. Actually, there was a problem where person of organizing of his own rather. And his brother many years ago, I think was killed in car accident. No, you spent some time in Ukraine have new teaching journalism and journalism ethics. Yes. I was I was interested to run the basis of of that having having been out there and worked with journalists in the Ukraine who were thrown into the situation where they're reporting on quite different than anything that ever done before. And what was in other countries as well as the media, not necessarily really rising to the challenge of these these populist candidate? So I was wondering if you could explain about how you you touched on it just now, but the extent to which the media has been able to really get under the surface of what these candidates have about what's actually really happening in this action. So a question. Yes. The journalists and how they've been able to cover it. Several different camps, of course, maintain which. Most of different oligarchy so gentlemen, schoolwork in there. I'm complying with policies in us over the owners of the TV channels independent. Journalists are working mostly for either slow TV channels all like. Journalistic investigations bureaus and website, and they're the live receiver grants from different international foundations, and actually I think the reason for the new tech against Persian was an investigation by journalist whose name is Smith a nigga who did it for a small TV channel in his investigatory program, and he reveal to the corruption in the defense industry of Ukraine, just before the elections, which contribute, of course, think to better better ratings for the landscape and worse ratings for word finally on eastern Ukraine on you've traveled there in recent times. What's the view there of this election? Well, it's interesting people who are voting for Yanukovych in the into elections. They're going to vote for the landscape the same time people on the Ukrainian side of the done. They now quite at odds with people on the separatist science, but for economical reasons, but generally, I think south east, and yeah and part of central Ukraine. Landscape because he's also speaker, and because he sort of wise to his disagreement with the national Listrik Ukrainian policies which were supported by for Shankar who has now the major support from three major Ukrainian-speaking region in the west of
"pora shankar" Discussed on Monocle 24: Midori House
"And what about South Korea James because the South Korea, obviously wants talks between the northbound the Americans. It's it's caught in the middle. So what leverage if any ejects this is not just over Kim himself, but also with United States given that Donald Trump does have a rather oil personality. I assume from from where South Korea's looking on. They're just hoping United States is going to make sure that they remain solid allies on the peninsula and any rapprochement between any sort of relationship building between Washington. John Young will not be the expense of South Korea security. Okay. Then what move on to another of the world, but this time in eastern Europe. Now, you cranes recently formed orthodox church has been granted its independence mocking historic split from the Russian church. Now, most go has reacted furiously to the move which has deepened a split in the worldwide off the docks church wants to what's taking Ukraine's churches out of Russia's authority. Now, the dry foreign independent church in Ukraine intensified in two thousand fourteen that's when Russia annexed Crimea and also backed separatists who seized Ukrainian territory in the countries east now James did Russia's annexation of Crimea, make an independent Ukrainian church and inevitability because this is something which has been going on for some time. So you could argue I guess to what happened in Crimea was the accelerate our finger certainly made it more likely because after that no Ukraine's entire post-soviet history has been a story to a large extensive where is going to position itself internationally for countries tragedy is that sits between eastern western could potentially have been a very lucrative business and diplomatic bridge between them, but it hasn't turned out that way, of course. But I think we if we look at the way this process has moved particularly since the autumn when it was first agreed by the achey, medical patriarch in stem bullet Ukraine could have it soon church. It's become a very very political process. The cranium president petro Pora Shankar went to stumble for the ceremony over the weekend. Christmas as well. And he was in church in Kiev yesterday. Whether declaration was on display, the the actual tax the declaration was on display. He was in church there again talking about the significance of it. And it has been very much. This is a way in which you crane tick units. Current government can break more ties with Russia ties which lasted for centuries. But I think they've got a more recent significance to it is this if you consider that for most of the last century Botha part of the Soviet Union both were officially a fierce. It was very very difficult to be religious them. The church did enjoy brief periods of tolerance. During the second war, for example, installing used it's charter Marshall morale to to fight Nazi Germany, but since the end of the Soviet Union both in Russia and Ukraine. Resurgence of religion has been a very very important part of that post comments. And so in a sense religion, the two countries it's very important spiritually of for those people who practice it. But it's also tremendously important, politically and culturally. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. He is the head of global off the dogs church. He signed those documents in Turkey..
"pora shankar" Discussed on WINT 1330 AM
"Bush will be laid to rest Thursday on the grounds of his presidential library, Texas. Am University School announced yesterday that Mr Bush will be buried at the family plot next to his wife, Barbara who died in April, and they're free year old daughter Robin who passed away in nineteen fifty three the nation's forty first president did not attend Texas am, but he chose college station campus as the library site in nineteen ninety nine. I should say nineteen Ninety-one he passed away late Friday at the age of ninety four the US and China have reached a ninety day ceasefire in their trade dispute. The breakthrough came after dinner meeting yesterday between President Trump and Chinese leader Z Jingping elsewhere, Mr. Trump is pressuring congress to approve a new trade deal he signed with Canada and Mexico. The president says he will terminate the North American Free trade agreement giving lawmakers six months to approve the replacement. He signed on Friday. He says congress will have to choose. Choose between the new US Mexico Canada agreement or nothing Mr. Trump has made renegotiating the North American trade pact a centerpiece of his presidency. Greg Clugston, Washington to dead after a small plane crashed through the roof of a Florida building. Local media say the crash occurred Saturday afternoon near the Fort Lauderdale executive airport and caused a fire in a building. That contained a therapy center for autistic children both passengers in the Cessna three thirty five were killed eight teachers and five children were in the building. When the plane crashed one of the teachers suffered minor injuries as she ushered the children from the building. But she was not hospitalized. Correspondent Rhonda rock. Strip Ukraine's leader calling on Germany on its allies to boost their naval presence in the Black Sea to deter Russian aggression resident Peter Pora Shankar says Russia's also moved a lot of troops to the border with Ukraine. More of these stories at townhall dot com..
"pora shankar" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"To HIV clinic and recruited people. I'm not even sure if they were infertile couples that even needed to go through fertility treatment, but certainly this genome editing did not need to be done in this particular case. Professor Joyce Harper of University College London. Martial laws come into effect today and ten Ukrainian regions. It follows that incident on Sunday when the Russian navy captured three Ukrainian vessels of the Crimean peninsula. Twenty four Ukrainian sailors were taken prisoner president petro Pora Shankar called the declaration of martial law. Eight defensive step to deter Russia. Other says more about his own precarious political position. Let's go to Kiev and talked to the BBC's Ukraine. Correspondent Joe Fisher, Geno? What does martial law mean in practice? By all accounts. It hasn't meant a great deal. So far it's in place in those regions along the border with Russia and along the as often black sees from what we're hearing. It simply means tightened security around airports at border crossings, but not much more president Petropars Shinko. The Ukrainian president has made it pretty clear that for the start at least there will be no restrictions on civil liberties. There will be no curfews. Reserve is will not be called up. But I think what's important to say is that by by putting martial law in place. He does have the power to to bring in those things at a later date, if he so sees fit, and it's also sending a pretty strong message both internationally enter people here in Ukraine that the president thinks there is a very significant threat from Russia across the border. People broadly supportive of the move. No, not really I've just been out and about here in Kiev. Now, there isn't Marshall Lauren care, but obviously people have been following the news pretty closely. I'd say a fair few of the people I spoke to were deeply sceptical who's they see this as potentially being a political move. They pointed the fact that martial law was not introduced when Crimea was taken by Russia. It was not introduced during this ongoing conflict with Russian backed rebels in the east. Why? Now, they say and the answer for some people is that there's an election Jew here. In four months time, president Porsche shaneco is doing appallingly badly in the opinion polls and that just maybe by positioning himself as the savior of Ukraine. The patriots standing up against Russian aggression, it might somehow turn around his fortunes. Yes. That view echoed by President Putin of Russia himself yet. This is a serious situation. Isn't it? Yeah. We had the first comments from President Putin today effectively saying that the Ukrainians done this on purpose had deliberately provoked the clash on Sunday in the coach straight. We now have a situation where both sides are effectively saying that the other side engaged in a provocation, and we are left. I think waiting for the fine detail of exactly where and which points in the Kerch strait and the areas around the Black Sea and the as off see did these clashes take place because at the moment, there are still a few glaring holes in the narratives, particularly on the side. I have to say about where the first clash took place. And if we have that information, it will be rather clearer as to what had happened on Sunday because there are still a few questions to be answered they're trying to many, thanks. So you crank cross monitor inefficient joining us live from Kiev. There's more on the story in our website, including some maps just explaining where this might have taken places. China was saying there are still holes in that. Narrative of the reported root of those Ukrainian boats and where they were seized by Russian forces, just BBC dot com forward slash news and search for Ukraine. You're listening to NewsHour from the BBC to stay with us..