14 Burst results for "President Bongo"
"president bongo" Discussed on WBEZ Chicago
"Population's growing infinitely faster than any in North America. Comfort ero. Do you think it might be too late for President Biden to make up? For a wholesale U. S withdrawal from African engagement. Not necessarily. Look, I think we should also recognize that this is not sort of the Africa off old of 20 or 30 years ago. This is a continent that does have multiple choices now, so no longer just needs to look to the West at traditional allies like the U. S or the U K or Europe. It does have a multitude of choices that there towards the East I China been the most significant India the other other player, Turkey in the last decade. It also has ramped up its its presence on the continent and the other sort of latest set of actors on the concept of the Gulf States. So the continent now is a host to sort of competing interests. But I do think through all of that there is a sense in which some leaders on the continent and I would mention here, for example, Prime Minister Abby despite sort of difficulties and the awkwardness off the relationship, still look to the United States to see Legitimacy on that itself gives. I think the United States under Biden some kind of leverage or some kind of room to maneuver. There are other parts of the concert that don't necessarily see the U. S. Is holding much sway and the U. S itself has waned as evidence and waned in terms of its own relationship. So I think it's zoo quite a mixed picture, but a picture that suggests That sort of the multiple centers off influence on the continent, and each actor is seeking from the continent certain sort of dividends or is hoping that that the continent or different leaders on the continent can back up its own interests back home or in various multilateral forums as well. Out, Devon want I talked earlier about some African countries being on the front line of climate change. Can the U. S fight that fight in Africa? Sure. I think the U. S can be very helpful. And you asked earlier about over turn to the continent and what I hope it's not just a return. It's not a back to the future moment where we We do all the things that we used to do, but we actually look forward and approach the continent and meet the continent where it is in 2021 at least one of those ways in which I think the U. S government is doing that is on climate change. The President Biden will have a summit this month He's invited President Buhari of Nigeria President Obama Pose of South Africa President Katie of the DRC as well as President Bongo of God Bone. The President Kenyatta of Kenya, So it's ah It will be a test in my mind to see whether the Africans are just symbolic. Are there just so that they have a global coverage or that the United States really is going to address specific African issues with respect to climate change? Many of the cities that are on the coast are worried about flooding. Obviously, there's serious issues of desertification in places like this a hell and I want the Africans to stop being agenda takers and Harping agenda setters, and I want the United States to really engage with him seriously on these issues and who's gonna pay the bills? He's gonna pay the bills. Well, I think this is a global responsibility. I mean, the Africans need to do their share. But as you know, and as Jennifer and comfort no is that Africa is the least responsible for global change in admissions, And yet it is one of the most vulnerable as so it is the United States and China and India. And major countries developed countries responsibilities step up because Africa is reaping what they so but the Africans have to do ah lot as well on mitigation and adaptation to adjust to a new world Comfort Arrow. Underlying most of our discussions is an assumption that The U. S has a moral imperative to get involved in Africa and all sorts of ways. Do you think that's the way that most Africans said Not necessarily, and and I want to go back to what chair man? Meeks said. In the segment. That's that you sort of illustrated on. He said that what we wanted to see was a more balanced relationship, You know, and he talked about these four Forties, and I welcome the way he explained that because I think what is important and it picks up with what judge said, is that the U. S under Biden instead of just picking up from where things were left off. I think they need to think about offering new approaches. The U. S under biding needs to treat African states a serious players on the global stage, particularly the U. N and fairest multilateral organizations around the world. Members of the Biden administration themselves. We've got a number of experience people in diplomacy, I think, particularly the U. N. Linda Grateful Thomas will assure. Or we assume she will assure a more nuanced understanding one that that doesn't treat the content as a sort of a begging bowl, but as people who have sort of got clear views on understanding Off the challenges on the continent on I think the view off off the concert, and by the way, these are 54 countries. They're all very different perspectives the way North Africa thinks as well. It's very much different from West Africa from Southern Africa. They all have a very different view off their own sort of weight on their own relationship with the United States as well. But what is very clear Is that, as I said, before, this is not the Africa off 30 40 years ago. These are countries with very clear views off their own importance on the international stage. These are countries with very clear interests on the continent on what the last four years has done is, it has exposed the fragility of democracy on the United States. There's also exposed some of those very complicated dark side off the United States that we always knew that was there on. I think it demands that the that the Americans that the administration comes to the table in a more humble manner, less preaching manner on these issues on has an honest conversation around democratization around human rights because it's not as though the continent sensitive The concept is not moving towards this direction. We've seen ourselves some very exciting, important transitions taken place some very important revolutions that overthrow off basher in Sudan. We've seen what's happened in Ethiopia. So I think America has to approach Africa as a responsible, serious player. On the continent that has very clear views, clear interest, and even they can't define a common position..
"president bongo" Discussed on WLRN News
"So creating algorithms that can spot deep fakes and kind of shoot them down on that is a kind of cat and mouse game. As soon as you've kind of created technology to be able to spot these more sophisticated deep faith technology comes up and No. L talked about legislation and this certainly a role for that as well. Platform regulation. Absolutely. The platforms need to engage with this. You know, it brings up questions of freedom of speech and also about manipulation of media. In general, You know, why is a deep fake worse than a cheap fake, which was also being manipulated. There's a there's an example of that that I would like to bring up which is You know, there was a film of Nancy Pelosi. A nim itch of her. A video of her rather sorry, was slow down. So it it appeared that she was slurring her speech. Now that was seen as not being a deep fake, So it's problematic. Even this definition. What is it that we're going to ask platforms to take down? It wasn't a deep fake, You know, it didn't use a eye technology it all anyone can do that in carriage band or in in premiere. You just slow it down, So I think that really Perfectly highlights that the problem is misinformation, not the technology on destroying to figure out what is harmful. Misinformation needs to be the focus rather than what type of technology is is harmful. So that is the discussion. And that's the same around the legislation again. Putting the laws against certain types of technology is problematic. Because you know most of the misinformation that is out the moment on the Internet is not deep faith misinformation. There are very few political deep fakes a moment most of them are done with regular video editing technology. I'm not saying this isn't a problem for the future, but it's not going to catch all the problematic material in the moment. I see this is being a mixture of public awareness legislation like form regulation and computer science detection, all working hand in hand on really, actually, I think, right at the heart of this Is trying to get to know the cause of the problem. I've been working particularly area of misinformation over the last few years, but what is causing this increase in misinformation to start with? So the moment we're looking at the kind of sticky plaster Taping up the wounds from the misinformation. But I'm also very interested in kind of how we've got how society's got to such a position where even the president of the United States is creating misinformation, not by technology it all just by lying. So how do we get to a stage where there is? You know, we're not in such polarized, deeply divided societies where Misinformation on every single platform is coming out. Although you could argue there's a chicken and egg situation there and his social media fueling that, But that's a conversation for another day. I want to stick with this idea of politics and how This new form of synthetic medium eyes effect the way in which we view politics is quite a nice example. Back in 2019. There was an attempted coup in the West African nation of Gabon against President Ali Bongo, whose families ruled the country for 50 years on it began with the absence of President Bongo from public life for some weeks on then, his surprise reappearance. In a video address to the nation, everything was upon You don't get a good move. Please allow me to briefly raise the matter that I know has encouraged recklessness and has been the subject of much speculation. It's true that I've been through a difficult period. Sometimes happens in life. I overcame this challenge. Thanks to God. Thanks to those around me in particular my family. Today. As you can see, I'm better. I'm preparing to be back with you very soon. But despite his assurances, the president's opponents claimed that he was either severely ill or dead on that the video was a deep fake. In the confusion, A number of army officers attempted a coup only should be put down by troops that are loyal to the president on the debate over the authenticity of the video still lingers. Debra Johnson, that's something we haven't really talked about that once you've seen something, or that seed of doubt, has been sewed in your head. Quite hard to unsee it. Yes, This is the huge problem of mistrust. You don't know what to believe. Even when you see something that's true or real. You have this suspicion about it. You don't know how much to trust it. And I agree that this is ah, part of a broader problem of misinformation. It is undermining our social institutions and our trust in those institutions. We need to address it. Alan Cicconi, is it something we should lie awake worrying about? It's undermining potentially our sense of shared reality. Well, I don't think the deep fix themselves will, you know? Destroy democracy? The spite you know how much conversation there was about and One of the reason is that creating, you know deep fake is very expensive in terms of time in terms of resources. While it's much much he's your two other, make a fake video and just love to BBC logo on it and share it on on a private group on our messaging up. Or it's even more concerning for me to take something that is real but taking it out of context. We were talking about a video of Nancy Pelosi, for example. But they can be even in their sentences that out of the context can Means something ability, friends person, and I think we need stronger education about no just fake news but also passed truth. The fact that just because something is a line doesn't mean that is true. Just because it's your video of something doesn't mean that it's true. And I think that we need a stronger stress on the education, perhaps even in school. Well, you know young kids, young students, younger girls to realize that they have to look for services off the information and especially if a piece of news is of information, it's make you very emotional, and it's conveyed in a way to make you very emotional. Probably there's something behind. That probably needs to be looked at it more carefully turning this on its head, though, Francesco Panetta should deep fakes be protected by freedom of expression. Do we have a right to use this technology? The technology? Yes, but backed Magda what we've been talking about all the way through with consent, the same with video with audio. You know, it's the way that it's done, but synthetic media itself doesn't need to be banned. It just need to be very clear about what the technology is. We're using it and in the process we've been through with it. So to wrap up throw forward a decade. This is still in its infancy. I think it's fair to say it's a technology 10 years from now. How do you think it will change us? Deborah Johnson? I think the terrible worry is that you we will just have less trust. Even then we have now and and I just want to add about education, educating the public or educating kids in school. I think the problem there is going to be how you do it because on the one hand you want to make them a little bit suspicious. When you're training them, you're telling them to mistrust and then you have the problem of when should they trust? That's a very complicated thing. So if you wanted me to think about a kind of positive future, we have to take a multi pronged approach. And if we do some of that I think this could be a great technology in certain domains. You know, in the domain of entertainment in the domain of education, but it's just really how do you get the benefits without the burdens? You know? How can you get the good stuff? Without the bets of Allen's attorney? I think you'll quite optimistic about where this technology they take us. How do you think it made changes in a decade or so? Well, I feel as a person. I'm not very optimistic. But I want to focus on the bright side of this technology. And I want to hope that maybe in 10 years Deep fakes. You know, maybe we won't call them he picks anymore, And perhaps there would be just a tool that we use in any video editing software. We're basically in the same way we do motion track and you know we can feel the background or we could do some other special effects. We can just use them to allow people to be more creative and maybe tell stories in a more interesting way. So I really hope that this is worth the technology is going to be used. I don't know if that's where it's going to be used on. You know, I don't want Tonto to say anything, but I want to project some positive. I want to hope that this is the good way in which we're going to use it. Francesca Panetta that maybe the good news But in 10 years time will this technology have destroyed trust and turbo charged the polarization that we're already seeing? Possibly, I think kind of worst case scenario. Yeah, we lose all sense of reality. We don't trust anything. We no longer know what's real around us. And what's not best case. Yeah, we have these creative tools and a I is actually helping us to, you know, make not any more creative media but help us live our lives better. Onboard. I think that probably be annulment of both..
"president bongo" Discussed on WABE 90.1 FM
"I'm not deceived in the way that I might be deceived by seeing something which has been fabricated, but I don't know. Other broader issue I want to take his. The harmful aspect of deep fakes involved lots of different actors. It's not just the creator of the deep fake because I could sit at home and just create a deep fake. It wouldn't be harmful it all But when I posted somewhere, and then it gets distributed amplified so platforms can have a role here in how we respond to deep fakes. Francesca Panetta, Is there a role for platform? Should they perhaps think about whether they allow viral deep fakes to spread? Yeah, I think the solution is a multi problems one there. There isn't one particular kind of golden bullet for this, So you know, we talked about kind of algorithmic detection. So creating algorithms that can spot deep fakes and kind of shoot them down on that is a kind of cat and mouse game. As soon as you've kind of created technology to be able to spot these more sophisticated deep faith technology comes up and Noel talked about legislation in this certainly a role for that as well. Platform regulation. Absolutely. The platforms need to engage with this. You know, it brings up questions of freedom of speech and also about manipulation of media. In general, You know, why is a deep fake worse than a cheap fake, which is also being manipulated. There's a there's an example of that that I would like to bring up which is, you know, there was a film of Nancy Pelosi and image of her A video of her rather sorry, was slow down. So it it appeared that she was slurring her speech. Now that was seen as not being a deep fake, So it's problematic. Even this definition. What is it that we're going to ask platforms to take down? It wasn't a deep fake, You know, it didn't use a eye technology it all anyone can do that in carriage band or in in premiere, You just slow it down, So I think that really Perfectly highlights that the problem is misinformation, not the technology on destroying to figure out what is harmful. Misinformation needs to be the focus rather than what type of technology is is harmful. So that is the discussion. And that's the same around the legislation again. Putting the laws against certain types of technology is problematic. Because you know most of the misinformation that that is out. The moment on the Internet is not deep faith misinformation. There are very few political deep fakes a moment most of them are done with regular video editing technology. I'm not saying this isn't a problem for the future, but it's not going to catch all the problematic material in the moment. I see. This is being a mixture of public awareness legislation, platform regulation and computer science detection, all working hand in hand on really, actually, I think, right at the heart of this Is trying to get to you know the cause of the problem. I've been working particularly area of misinformation over the last few years. But what is causing this increase in misinformation to start with so the moment we're looking at the kind of sticky plaster Taping up the wounds from the misinformation. But I'm also very interested in kind of how we've got how society's got to such a position where even the president of the United States is creating misinformation, not by technology it all just by lying's how do we get to a stage where there is, you know, we're not in such polarized, deeply divided societies where misinformation on every single platform is coming out. Although you could argue there's a chicken and egg situation there and his social media fueling that, But That's a conversation for another day. I want to stick with this idea of politics and how this new form of synthetic media might affect the way in which we view of politics is quite a nice example. Back in 2019. There was an attempted coup in the West African nation of Gabon against President Ali Bongo, whose families ruled the country for 50 years. On. It began with the absence of President Bongo from public life for some weeks on then, his surprise reappearance in a video address to the nation very much upon Okay. Come on. Please allow me to briefly raise the matter that I know has encouraged recklessness and has been the subject of much speculation. It's true that I've been through a difficult period as sometimes happens in life. I overcame this challenge. Thanks to God. Thanks to those around me in particular my family today as you can see, I'm better. I'm preparing to be back with you very soon. But despite his assurances, the president's opponents claimed that he was either severely ill or dead on that the video was a deep fake. In the confusion, A number of army officers attempted a coup only should be put down by troops that are loyal to the president on the debate over the authenticity of the video still lingers. Debra Johnson, that's something we haven't really talked about that once you've seen something, or that seed of doubt, has been sewed in your head. Quite hard to unsee it. Yes, This is the huge problem of mistrust. You don't know what to believe. Even when you see something that's true or real. You have this suspicion about it. You don't know how much to trust it. And I agree that this is ah, part of a broader problem of misinformation. It is undermining our social institutions and our trust in those institutions. We need to address it. Alan Security is it something we should lie awake worrying about? It's undermining potentially are our sense of shared reality. Well, I don't think that deep fix themselves will, you know? Destroy democracy? The spy to know how much conversation there was about And one of the reason is that creating, you know, deep fake. It's very expensive in terms of time in terms of resources. While it's much much he's your Two other, make a fake video and just love to BBC logo on it and share it on on a private group on our messaging up or it's even more concerning for me to take something that is real but taking it out of context..
"president bongo" Discussed on KQED Radio
"At sea. Three. Dottie, I And by the listeners and members of led hese smoky skies With sunshine mixed together today and this part of Northern California. The spare the air alert for the Bay Area also continues. Cooler high temperatures highs in the sixties seventies coast in bay eighties to the mid nineties, far inland. From NPR and W bur. I'm Jeremy Hobson, along with Robin Young. It's here and now some breaking news this afternoon, new recordings reveal President Trump knew how deadly the Corona virus was, even as he publicly downplayed. Its severity. The tapes are from interviews done by Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward for his upcoming book, NPR. White House reporter Aisha Roscoe is here with Maura and Aisha Woodward asked Trump on March 19th what explained his pivot. Toward acknowledging the gravity of the Corona virus pandemic. Here's Woodward's tape from the Washington Post. Well, I think really, To be honest with your I want you I wanted to I wanted to always play it down. I still like playing it down. Yes, because I don't want to create a panic. He doesn't want to create a panic, so he was wanting to play it down in a February 7th phone called, Trump says the Corona virus is more deadly than the seasonal flu. But it would be weeks before he publicly acknowledge that fact. Aisha. How significant is this? I think it's very significant. It's very hard to tell with voters. How much is already baked in how much they have already. How many people it seems like many people have already made up their minds. But In an election that could really be defined by the Corona virus to have the president on tape, saying things that were really very at odds with what he was saying at the time to the public is a big deal, and I will be a factor in this election going forward, and I would be shocked if we don't see this on the campaign trail coming from the Biden campaign if we don't see ads and more about this Cause this is the argument that the Biden campaign has been making is that the president Bongo old, his response to the Corona virus pandemic on that he's not taking it seriously. And here we have the president saying on tape saying that he was playing it down, playing down the dangers of it. Well, actually, the Biden campaign has already Come out with something on this. Joe Biden just talked about these revelations in Michigan. If we can play that tape, let's listen. He knew how deadly it was. It was much more deadly than the flu he knew and purposely played it down. Worse, he lied to the American people. He knowingly and willingly lied about the threat it poses to the country for months. He had the information. He knew how dangerous it wass. All this deadly disease ripped through our nation. He failed to do his job on purpose. That was Biden. Just speaking today. I said, do you think you know the president has been trying to make this election all about the idea of law and order? Do you think that something like this is enough to really change the conversation going forward? It will certainly dominate headlines going forward, at least for you know the next couple of days, maybe weeks on. I think it's going to keep coming up on not only just because the corona the thing about that law and order trying to make that stick is that people were still dealing with the Corona virus. You know, we're not past that. S so you have parents who are dealing with kids at home. We're going into a fall with the flu season where we'll be dealing with a flu season and the Corona virus. So these were always questions that President Trump would have to answer to. But now you have a book, and you have him on tape talking about it and talking about his response and and seeming to say, especially that part about saying That it is more deadly than the flu because he did not make that clear. And he continually trump continually compared the corona virus to the flu on basically saying the flu kills all of these people. We don't shut everything down for that. Why are we doing it with the Corona virus? I mean, that is Ah, Siri, but we know now that he was privately telling Bob Woodward that it was much more deadly than the flu. There's a lot more that's already coming out from this book, which hasn't even been released. Yet. Woodward's conversations went beyond the pandemic here. Ia's talking with Trump about the idea of white privilege and the fact that the two of them Had similar upbringings privilege. Has isolated and put you in a cave. To a certain extent, is it put me and I think lots of white privileged people in a cave and that we have to Worked our way out of it. Understand the anger in the pain, particularly black people feel in this country. You know you You really drank the Kool Aid, Didn't you? Listen to you Well know. What else do we know so far about Woodward's reporting on Trump's thinking on racism? Well, I Woodward press Trump about whether he believes that there is systemic racism in Trump was evasive about that. And he kind of admitted that he does think that there's racism in the USA is racism everywhere. But I don't know that that is that surprising He. Woodward also said that Trump continually when, when he tried to point out to trump that they're you know the disparities that African Americans face President Trump continually pointed out the you know record low black unemployment that was in the U. S before the Corona virus. Which is what President Trump has done over and over again when he tries to make this case about his record for black people. The issue, of course, is that when you talk about you know African American low black unemployment that we did have, we don't have any more was that it was still much higher than white unemployment. Even at its best, it was still way higher, the wide unemployment and so these have always been kind of these blind spots for President Trump. By the way, the White House today the press secretary, Kayleigh Mcenany did comment on this and said the president has never lied to the American public on covert 19. But of course, there are tapes in this case, which we will continue to follow The reaction to NPR. White House reporter Aisha Roscoe. Thank you. Thank you..
"president bongo" Discussed on Amanpour
"Hello everyone and welcome to almond for. Here's what's coming up. America, who was the keeper of democracy, says former top diplomat Wendy Sherman, but as the president, Bongo's of global fight against Corona virus and sends federal forces into US cities I asked whether American democracy is under threat, then with Sweden's decision, not to lockdown brilliant or a fatal mistake, the public health chief behind that controversial approach defense is strategy and. What is the world's population rejects of Corona virus treatment how to combat fear of new vaccine with expert, professor, Heidi, Larssen, and later we have something that might look like. A militia.
"president bongo" Discussed on 90.3 KAZU
"Hello and welcome to Newsday on the BBC world service with Lawrence Falard and shine affiliate yeah this is Newsday today the G. seven consider an initiative to tackle wild files worldwide Priscilla said no thanks for the scheme could benefit the African continent we'll take a look at the fires raging an African force and how concerned we should be about the most on the way the again the national airline carrier takes the air again and we go I'll Ross with the spores BBC news with Neil nearness of the Attorney General of the U. S. state of Oklahoma has welcomed a fine of more than half a billion dollars imposed on the pharmaceutical John Johnson and Johnson my conta said the firms agreed had caused thousands of deaths through opioid addiction Johnson and Johnson says it will appeal the ruling is being seen as a test case for litigation against drugs companies across the US a Chinese born Australian running to young horn Joan has been formally arrested in China for spying Australia's foreign minister said Mr young had been held in harsh conditions for more than seven months without adequate explanation from China the Brazilian government has said it will reject an offer of twenty million dollars in aid from G. seven countries to help tackle fires in the Amazon officials did not give a reason for turning down the money but president Joey Bosa number has questioned the motives behind the offer accusing Franz of treating Brazil like a call to me Italian political leaders are resuming talks today to try to form a new government the move aimed at avoiding a snap election came after the left wing opposition Democratic Party signaled it would no longer oppose Giuseppe Conde continuing as prime minister a study in the United States has found that people who are optimistic tends to live longer than those who are not optimists also have a much better chance of achieving exceptional longevity reaching the age of eighty five the researchers say optimists may be better able to regulate emotions and recover from stress and all manned spacecraft carrying Russia's first humanoid robots to be sent into orbit has successfully docked at the international space station on board is of life size robots named feudal which will be trained to carry out simple tasks BBC news hello thank you very much indeed for the latest this is Newsday wildfires in Africa Uganda Madeline set to take off again the toughest sheriff in the USA please note of the moment but he wants to be again and we have a series looking at the importance of radio we would wouldn't we but Mike Thompson all week has been listening to remarkable radio stations bringing people together when there aren't many media tennis is a star in south Sudan radio put about a total they're gonna be all now on the World service in about twenty minutes time state you the Amazon fires prompted many people to check out NASA's maps of fires around the world in according to reporters when you look at the map it clearly shows more fires burning in some parts of Africa yeah this is quite a hot issue if you'll excuse the phrase president Emmanuel macron a front says that the industrial nations meeting at the G. seven are considering launching an initiative similar to the one announced for the Amazon now the one announced the Amazon has been roundly refused by Jibal Samara who says he doesn't want any European colonization in Brazil never the less could this money be useful in sub Sahara Africa such a scheme is rolled out there and also what is going on why does there appear to be more wild fine in for example the DRC than in Brazil will somebody who is a data scientist has been looking at this with the geographers hot on as well as like Alexander Orenstein who is based in Dakar Senegal and joins us on the line I'm when you look at the pictures and you can be you know all this is going to have a look on the only on the BBC world service website you see the files from a satellite picture they look the same is it possible to tell whether the same type of file sure I mean it's a you can basically look at this the simplest way is to look at where the what the type of land is that it's coming up or are we looking at a forest cover are we looking at grassland and you can get a general idea based on is this a forest fire is this slash and burn or is this a brush fire if you look at northern Angola right now a lot of these are really spies you see these giant red splotches that you see on these NASA images are occurring at the end of the dry season which is the peak period for brush fires so a lot of these images are some are forced Faisal we're seeing a lot of D. R. C. is deforestation but at the same time a lot of what we're seeing is brush fires that happened during the crisis right let's distinguish between those because in the Amazon the argument is that these are deliberately set fires which people are not targeting the rain forest to then try to turn it into productive land in in Africa okay let let let's let's bear in mind your advice we we think okay we're looking at this band of rate I mean if you look at the pictures is extraordinary is just a stripe of red across the kind of mud no south central band of Africa distinguish forest between the cross fire and the rain forest fire so the grass fire is something that happens quite regularly during the dry season and in most cases this would be a regular occurrence in which the the in which the the the the ecosystem recovers quite quickly deliberate by farmers sometimes deliberately set folk troll sometimes liberally set to clear brush but also a lot of times just naturally occurring from heat wind but what we see in some cases is that while this used to be a regular either controlled or acceptable occurrence climate change has rendered these fires very very dangerous so we're in a situation where if we look at West Africa for instance we see huge swaths of pasture land being destroyed tier of we lost it well I'm I'm sorry sorry do do do apologize to you and to the listeners about we lost you there you just saying we see large swathe of grassland being destroyed sorry to carry on Alexander oh sorry about that notice large Sausal grassland that are being destroyed and normally you know you would have appeared where during the rainy season would be a regeneration which happens but now the rainy seasons are shortening and shortening in West Africa right we've gone from a six month rainy season in nineteen fifty one that you would see across the valley in band to currently a two to three months rainy season while at that's affects the recovery because otherwise this wouldn't necessarily be environmentally devastating because the land would actually I mean it might not be a a a best practice but the land recovers it becomes productive people can grow well preserved the the real impact is definitely being felt by livestock Curtis I mean these are people that depend on pastureland to feed their animals and if you have a pasture lands that I supposed to do he just heads and it turns out from a brush fire and this you have six seven eight months until the rains come you're in a serious the album and I'm very briefly Alexander the rain forest can we tell what proportion of fine that is affecting the rain forest in Africa is a busy that's the big story in Brazil and in Bolivia in Africa it's really hard to tell right now because a lot of since so many of these files as a seasonal it's very hard to distinguish I mean I is there is a significant level of deforestation happening across the continent but I would I would caution not to paint it with a wide swath saying Solti course they do in the same colors as we are in Brazil Alexander I'm see crystal clear many many thanks indeed geographer and data scientist Alexander Orenstein many thanks a meeting of goblins courts of appeal to hear a petition over president Ali bongos health failed to take place on Monday Mr Bungle has made only limited public appearance since he suffered a stroke last year and the opposition has been calling for him to be declared incapacitated so who is in charge in Dublin at the moment and what next for the president's Britt Carter is a regional analyst for the university of southern California on October twenty fourth of last year president Ali bongo was in Riyadh Saudi Arabia for diplomatic summit and he suffered what appears to have been a heart attack he has been virtually unseen and unheard from over the course of the past now nearly ten months and this is about fitness to govern who then came up with the idea to call for a panel hearing for his fitness to lead the country yeah so earlier this year a civil society organization about ten or twelve leaders filed a motion to force president bongo talk undergo a medical exam now this medical exam would determine his cognitive fitness for office and if present bonded failed the medical exam then by law the Senate president would have to declare if they can see of power which would then trigger a a process that would culminate between sixty ninety days later and new elections in may of Libreville court declined to hear the case ruling that only the Constitutional Court had jurist sure of the matter at this point the soul society organization appealed and then the Libreville appeals court agreed to hear the case now this appeal hearing was scheduled for Monday morning in Libreville last Thursday the bongo government simply suspended the judge on the appellate court who agreed to hear the complaint and because of that only one judge was present at the appellate hearing consequently there was no quorum since there was no quorum the hearing had to be postponed until next Monday what can we read into that can be read to the leadership you know isn't going to play I think that's the only thing that one can reasonably read into that judge who ruled that she would have the hearing was suspended by the minister of justice of course appointed by president bongo himself I mean this is clearly an attempt by the longer working to exert control over the judicial branch in a way frankly that's on cross and who is actually running the country now you know I I think that's the question that everybody is asking themselves quite frankly it's certainly the case that the prime minister is exercising some responsibilities that are ordinarily the province of the president but at the same time many people suspect there's kind of a ruling triumvirate behind the prime minister what happens now what are the opposition do now because surely the would've expected resistance that's exactly right the real surprise was that the B. Bravo appellate court even refused to hear the case that shocked virtually everybody most people expect the government to pack the appellate court hearing for next Monday consequently I think there's little hope at this point real hope that is that the appellate court would force bongo to undergo a medical exam so it's really unclear frankly what the future the government will really look like Britt Carter their regional analyst with the university of southern California this is new state very warm welcome we go I'll Ross standing by with the sport and then we talk about the man who called himself the toughest meanest sheriff in the U. S. he then lost a court case was given a problem by Donald Trump announces he wants to go back and he's from plain old for the job as well interesting case that's on the way but we can talk about Uganda airlines taking to the air once again in a few hours time.
"president bongo" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York
"They've nine s markets. Cautiously waits for fresh keys on US China trade negotiations. The Nikkei was up eight tenths of a percent on the clothes. Chinese stocks pet small initial gains with the CSI three hundred closing lower by two tenths European stocks. Play small gains around three tenths of a percent. The Italian footsie mid one of the better performing indices with that domestic banks up three quarters of a percent, this morning retailers insurance names and real estate, the best best-performing sectors. So far. European government bonds traders a function of today's supply dynamic shocking of the poor German industrial production data early this morning on the issuance is expected from Netherlands Australia, Germany, UK as well as they syndicated deal from Belgium, which is weighing in the future space Belgium, underperforming pays ten year points of the curve in the Bloomberg dollar index is stronger strengthened in Asia for the first time in four days, the Australian dollar and the euro are the worst performance in g face the South African rand and lira underperform emerging market FX WTI crude has ground sideways this morning, just about forty eight dollars fifty aluminium and zinc lead base metals. Lower coming up from the Bronx apply today. We have European consumer confidence we get US. And if I be small business optimism Canadian trade balance and the US jolts release. That's from me from more. Macro breaking news at squawk on the Bloomberg terminal there. Thank you so much Michael not ally. Breaking news type squawk on your Bloomberg. That's your Bloomberg business flash. Yeah. She's beyond guarantee with more on what's going on around the world. Good morning, Nara in Gabon. Authorities say they've defeated an attempt to kublai group of military soldiers who sees control of the national broadcaster. The government says order has been restored of the gunfire rang out across the capital yesterday. President Bongo's company receiving medical treatment in Morocco after having a stroke. His family have ruled Coban since nineteen sixty seven in the UK transport secretary has announced an exclusion zone around airports will be extended from the recent thrown kale set Gatwick Chris grading says the government's also going to look at technology to detect the devices and stop them from flying in sensitive areas. And finally judge has ordered actor Kevin Spacey to stay away from a man who accused him of sexual assault in two thousand and sixteen Spacey appeared in court charged with indecent assault and battery of an eighteen year old a pretrial hearing has been set for March global news twenty four hours a day on Aaron at tick tock on Twitter. Powered by more than twenty seven hundred journalists and analysts in more than one hundred twenty countries. I'm young guarantee. This is Bloomberg Markus. Thanks very much. Leeann now turning to trade next to the Chinese vice premier you her unexpectedly attended the first day of trade talks with the United States in Beijing. That's according to people familiar with the matter and the photo seen by Bloomberg. Meanwhile, commerce secretary Wilbur Ross of the United States said that is a very good chance that the US gets a reasonable deal with China for more. Let's go live now to Hong Kong where Bloomberg's chief Asia economics. Correspondent Karen is standing by for us and great to have your own as always. So the mood music after the first day of talks on Monday seem quite quite good. Really? What about the second day of talks? Do. We have details from it. Well, those talks should be wrapping up a little bit later today. And it will be interesting to see if we get a readout either from the US side of things are Chinese officials themselves gives them. Commentary on it. But as you mentioned earlier, there's no doubt that the the mood music. So far seems to be somewhat positive aid talks are taking place in the first instance, second we had vice premier Liu who popped into those meetings at least for some states yesterday. That's showing how series China takes sitting. He's he's president. She's top economic adviser securely put a series offer or they are series. We're putting enough around the table. And then you had a common treatment from the US overnight with commerce secretary will saying he thinks your ideal can be done through certainly prospects for something for prospects for progress at the very least seem to be there. But of course, it remains to be seen if they can well and truly nose-dived dealer satisfies both sides within the timeframe that is March one. Yeah, meanwhile, and Kim Jong UN is visiting China on president, Xi Jinping's invitation, the foreign ministry spokesman Liu Cong has spoken at a briefing in Beijing about this. Instead, it's. Not a surprise that Kim's. Visit has coincided with trade talks. China's also said that North Korea is not a bargaining chip in the US trade talks. Does this complicate the picture at all for investors? Or is it a bit of a red herring? Well, I think it's all part of the mix. Remember? President Trump had made a big deal last year out of getting support from China on pressuring North Korea by enforcing those sanctions up or down to border there this visit now by John is probably a reminder to President Trump that look he has he has other options is not all about soul. It's not all about Washington. He's got Beijing too. So it's certainly complicates the geopolitical side of things, and when you consider that both China, and do you after these trade talks, and it's all about and broader relations. I mean, I don't I don't think you can ignore. And do you political side either? If we go back to the trade talks, we've had in the past twenty four hours or so of China, buying more soybeans, I suppose that's one very tangible sign of there being progress. Have there any have there been any more such signs those tangible? Topics in those tangible points that we should be looking at. Well, it's been discussion over addiction on tariffs on auto imports. For example, of that would be a boon for help those US cars that are imported into China. And there have been outer. Am am gestures as well about a Chinese government are talking about strengthening IP protection, for example, that goes to the core of what you're looking for. But interestingly Wilbur Ross made this point last night and others made similar point that China has made promises in the past. There is this what's known as promised fatigue, so with ever poems, China give this time around there will one day, the US will want to make sure they are enforceable. And that they monitor their implementation, I think that's going to be critical. Takeaway money agreement won't be enough to say we will open or American under our economy in in the sector in that sector. There will have to be progress reports and progress implementation and targets I think for China to meet because because this has been a criticism of paths agreements, and when we start calling this attack war and not trade war. Well, I think by all accounts technologies at the heart of it. So it's a little bit of column. Little bit of Columbia. There's certainly good Steph inside of it. But China's technicians are certainly at the center of. Of the US concerns as well. Thank you so much. Bloomberg's chief Asia economics correspondent undercurrent joining us from Hong Kong and markets happened in a little bit of a holding pattern with these trade. Talks ongoing. Of course, there are other things affecting the markets as well. We hear from a lot of speakers this week. The stock six hundred started off a muted it's now up six tenths of a percent pretty much every industry group in the green apart from telecoms..
"president bongo" Discussed on 90.3 KAZU
"Take a look at that story. And what went wrong for those junior officers who tried to overthrow President Bongo the ailing President Bongo that is also what it means now for the Ukrainian church at having gained independence from Moscow and new development on the story of Ralph. Muhammad Elkana Saudi woman is trying to gain asylum outside her country. Let's begin by talking about that attempted coup in Gaborone, which we were reporting on this time exactly this time yesterday. The news was just coming out. It appears to have failed the leader young left tenant whose voice we heard on the program in the Gabonese. Army was arrested free stormed one of the radio stations in the country calling for a popular uprising against President Ali Bongo as we were saying the president has been abroad since suffering health complications last year. Let's speak now with Philippe Vesey who's the executive editor of the online magazine. Africa intelligence amongst other publications on African affairs who joins us now and first of many analysts have expressed surprise about the turn of events were you taken aback. Really? Don't be designing. I'm super pressure talk, crystal because. The country has been locked into. Fightings between several accents creek has been has left the country where the head of state has been out of the country for nearly three months and for the first month. The population that new idea what the president was going through officially had to temporary highly highly. Official communiques were saying, but actually stroke and four month in hawks. Nobody actually knew whether wither would recover or not. So you can imagine how speculations and ambitions fueled by that. So it's a classic power vacuum, which is being filled. But as I understand it the military has always been very close to the ruling family. What do we read into what looks like a split in the army? What are the different factions? Well, the different places. No really in the all the different Texans with the power. About two weeks before the field crew actually took place. Which was you know, the shortest coup in history. Probably because it lost it on the eight hours before that two weeks before that there was a French commando who was stationed in gap. Tend to rely people. Kevin government had no idea that were there. Whether we discovered. Interrogate? Lead the country quite knew what they were doing there. It appears that they were brought into the country. Some members of the government are the members of the government had no idea there with us remarkable. So what were they were the French commando unit invited into bolster one side in this power struggle is that the thinking that definitely think they left ten days ago approximately and you don't tend to visit failed coup attempt. So it's more. The fact that the military and something that it was straight back is the fact that the people who lead the Felker attempt to actually junior officer. Hail from one section of the presidential guard, which is only mobilized for parade. Right. That's an interesting detail as well. And as far as the ruling family are consent, obviously President Bongo comes after his own father as well. Is there a distinct preparation as well because you would expect that if the president left the country, we see this time again, if you leave the country for medical reasons, you're pretty careful to ensure that someone is minding the shop did President Bongo not do that then. Well, you didn't. And for for good reason is on an official trip every hadn't stroke during the trip who we didn't leave the country for medical reasons. Exactly. So which created this huge power vacuum now to answer your question directly. I I suppose I know there's no preparation, which is also why did this huge power vacuum that lots of people are trying to fill fascinates Philippe. Many many thanks indeed Philip Vesey, who's the executive editor of Africa intelligence also publisher, the west Africa newsletter and Africa energy as well. Thanks to feed heap. The orthodox Christian world has been celebrating Christmas day. This week was Monday, the seventh and in Ukraine, it's had an extra extra poignancy ju to the presence for the first time of something called a Thomas the Thomases a decree that was issued by the issue medical Patriarch Bartholomew in Istanbul. This weekend Bartholomew is considered the first among equals of the global orthodox community in the Thomas recognizes the Ukrainian branch of the church as independent and crucially outside Russia's controlled while they're cranes have been celebrating the Russians have been licking their wounds with with church leaders severing ties with ecumenical patriarch and threatening a major schism from Kiev. Here's Our Ukraine correspondent Jonah Fisher. With more. Ooh..
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"NPR podcasts are now. Available on every platform checkout all our shows at NPR dot org slash podcasts. That's NPR dot org slash podcasts. Live from NPR news in Washington, I'm Lakshmi Singh. The White House is trying to make its case for why it's holding out for more than five billion dollar wall at the border with Mexico that demand is at the heart of a partial government shutdown at eight hundred thousand federal workers wondering about their next paychecks as NPR's hammer Keith tells us, President Trump is doubling down on his demand for wall as part of border security funding as he prepares to head to the southern border on Thursday. It seems pretty safe to say that the president feels like he needs to tell his own story here, you know, leading into the shutdown. He said he would be proud to shut the government down. That's what's still hanging out there. Even though he's done a press conference in these. He's, you know, stopped to talk to reporters as he's gone off to Marine One sort of the the the White House and the president have not done a great job of yet making their case NPR's tamra Keith House Democrats who strongly oppose spending billions on a wall a rolling out. So. Several bills this week designed to reopen the government Exxon Mobil likely will have to turn over documents on what the company knew about climate change NPR's Jeff Brady reports is supreme court has denied Exxon's appeal of an earlier decision requiring the oil giant to give the documents to Massachusetts attorney general. This is the latest setback for Exxon Mobil in its effort to stop to climate change related investigations by Massachusetts and New York. The state lawsuits were filed after reports in two thousand fifteen that Exxon. Scientists concluded in the nineteen seventies and eighties that fossil fuel use would have to be reduced to address climate change. Massachusetts. Attorney general Maura Healey said the case clears the way to investigate Exxon's conduct. And she says the public deserves answers. A spokesman for Exxon Mobil says the company has no comment on the supreme court decision in the past. The oil giant has called the state investigations politically motivated, Jeff Radi. NPR news for the first time in centuries, orthodox Christians in Ukraine or Celebes. Christmas today, independent of the Moscow base? Russian Orthodox church. NPR's? Lucian Kim explains. Orthodox Christmas on January seventh according to the old calendar and Ukraine's political leaders attended mass and Kiev's ancient saints Afia cathedral, president petro per shaneco, who's running for reelection is celebrating the economy of Ukraine's orthodox church as one of his main achievements over the weekend. The spiritual leader of eastern orthodoxy and Istanbul officially recognized that Ukrainian church as one of fifteen orthodox denominations. The move has angered the Russian Orthodox church the central authority for Ukrainian believers since the seventeenth century Ukrainians have wanted their own church in part because of the closeness between the Russian church and the Kremlin. Lucian Kim NPR news Moscow. The Dow is up one hundred sixty two points. This is NPR news. Thousands of people across northern California are beginning their work week without electricity. After winter storm down trees and power lines. Last night nearly ninety thousand customers across the Sacramento area loss electricity by this morning. Some thirteen thousand people reportedly were still without power a portion of a major interstate highway that had been shut down due to white out conditions in. The Sierra Nevada was reopened today. A short-lived coup attempt in Gabon appears to be over NPR's ofeibea Quist arcton reports the government of the ailing and absent president who's recovering from a suspected stroke says it has arrested the plotters who are all junior military officers. A government government spokesman Beth Roma Pango said they've regained control of the national radio station which soldiers seized in the early hours and read out a belligerent statement, claiming they will restoring democracy. The spokesman insisted that everything was back to normal in Gobbo the family. Fifty nine year old President Bongo on Dimba who succeeded his late father in two thousand nine has been in charge of oil-rich Gobbo for fifty years, but we always believed to had a stroke in Saudi Arabia in October, and is now recovering in Morocco. The young soldiers announced that he was clearly not in a fit state to govern. The attempted coup is an indication of political instability in a divided gobble where Bongo one disputed elections in two thousand sixteen affair Bianca. Stockton NPR news Kinshasa, the NASDAQ composite index is up nearly one and a half percent. The S and P five hundred is up more than one percent. The Dow is up more than half a percent, I'm Lakshmi Singh. NPR news.
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"Regan McCarthy has more Scott has said he believes democratic operatives are trained to steal the election. We all know what is going on. Every person knows exactly what is happening. Their goal is to keep mysteriously by more votes to election. Turns out the way they want Florida attorney general Pam Bondi is also asking state police to get involved, but law enforcement officials have said they've received no credible reports of fraud. According to the election day results turned into the Florida secretary of state Saturday, Scott his leading his democratic opponent Bill Nelson by about twelve thousand five hundred votes, the racist for Florida governor and agriculture Commissioner are also being recounted for NPR news. I'm Regan McCarthy in Tallahassee in Georgia that states. Gubernatorial race is too close to call Republican Brian Kemp has declared victory democrat Stacey Abrams has filed suit demanding that counties receive more time to count ballots. She says, we're wrongly rejected Democrats hope to force a December runoff election in Arizona. The US Senate race also remains too close to call democrat Kirsten cinema has a small lead over Republican Martha mcsally, but. More votes are still being counted. Thousands of Central American migrants are beginning a new leg in their journey toward the US border. Jose Valencia of member station. K J Z Z reports. The caravan is leaving Mexico City a question migrants. In the caravan are asking themselves is how long it'll take them to reach the US. There are seventeen hundred miles from Mexico City to the San Diego port of entry that they want to reach their taking trains hitching car rides and walking among them are many mothers with young children like Rosalio Garcia from Honduras. Just lean says the journey is rolling and dangerous, and she doesn't want to keep going. But she says the violence in poverty that awaits her in Honduras would be worse Valencia reporting. You're listening to NPR. Officials in Afghanistan say at least six people have been killed in Kabul. By suicide bomber the attacker set off his device near checkpoint that leads to the Afghan foreign ministry. Police and civilians were killed the government of the central African nation of Gabon says the country's president has been ill, but is recovering NPR's ofeibea. Quist arcton says unconfirmed reports suggested he suffered a stroke last month ending weeks, if official silence Ali Bongo spokesman acknowledged that Gabon's President was recovering all his physical abilities after suffering bleeding, which required medical care. That was no mention of a stroke, President Bongo who's fifty nine took ill while attending a conference in Saudi Arabia. Debonair newspaper was suspended for three months last week for suggesting that in Bongos absence Gobbo was operating on autopilot. The Bongos have been in power in the oil-rich central African nation. For more than fifty years, and he Bongos succeeded. His late father, Omar bomb was president in two thousand nine and one disputed elections in two thousand sixteen ofeibea Quist arcton NPR news. It's reported to be quiet on the border between Israel and Gaza. And Israeli army officer and seven Palestinians have been killed including a local HAMAs commander after an operation by his really forces into Gaza. Hamas fighters responded that led to Israeli airstrikes and rocket fire from Gaza into Israel. The reason for the military operation has not been disclosed, I'm korva Coleman. NPR news in Washington. Support for NPR comes from NPR stations. Other contributors include zoom zoom offers cloud video conferencing, online meetings and video conference room solution in one platform, featuring digital video and audio with screen sharing account registration and more at zoom dot US..
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"Lean Garcia says the journey is grueling and dangerous, and she doesn't want to keep going. But she says the violence and poverty that awaits her in Honduras would be worse Valencia reporting. You're listening to NPR officials in Afghanistan say at least six people have been killed in Kabul. By a suicide bomber the attackers set off his device near checkpoint that leads to the Afghan foreign ministry, police and civilians were killed. Killed the government of the central African nation of Gabon says the country's president has been ill, but is recovering NPR's Fabien. Quist arcton says unconfirmed reports suggested he suffered a stroke last month ending weeks of official silence. Alabama born spokesman acknowledged that gobbles president was recovering all his physical abilities after suffering bleeding, which required medical care. That was no mention of a stroke, President Bongo who's fifty nine to kill while attending a conference in Saudi Arabia. A deputies newspaper was suspended for three months last week for suggesting that in Bongos absence Dabo was operating on autopilot. The Bongos have been in power in the oil-rich central African nation for more than fifty years, and he Bongos succeeded. His late father, Omar bomb wars, president in two thousand nine and one disputed elections in thousand sixteen ofeibea Quist arcton NPR news deca, it's reply. Be quiet on the border between Israel and Gaza. And Israeli army officer and seven Palestinians have been killed including a local HAMAs commander after an operation by Israel forces into Gaza, HAMAs fighters responded that led to Israeli airstrikes and rocket fire from Gaza into Israel. The reason for the military operation has not been disclosed, I'm korva Coleman. NPR news in Washington. Support for NPR comes from zoom. Zoom offers cloud video conferencing, online meetings and a video conference room solution in one platform, featuring digital video and audio with screen sharing account, registration and more zoom dot US. Twenty five year old Nadia Murad has been telling the world about the genocide of the eighties. And she recently co won the Nobel peace prize. But what is it like for a young woman who's already suffered so much to have the future of her people largely in her hands? That's the central question of the new documentary on her shoulders the. Will screen this powerful understated film for KCRW members on Tuesday the thirteenth in Beverly Hills for more information and reservations, go to KCRW dot com slash screenings..
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"But that was yeah that was definitely that was when i felt the most threatened i would say rachel g email dan what was going through your mind when you were punched at the 1968 dnc uh out that hurt bolivia's see facebook since back in the day when you peter jennings and tom brokaw we're the big three when it came to news who do you consider to be the big three in news today there is no big three right at the whole media landscape is so diffused and spread out there's no cers names big three or a big thirty for that matter yeah do you have you seen i either of the former president bushes since you said xu interacted with them i have seen of the main lately or gazza a much seen either one lately president bongo president hw bush is very ill yes but i haven't senior when lately but i have seen them since they left the presidency and is your how is the root poor between the two of you or it's always been very proper training there's no question that god they don't like me but uh particularly with president hw bush's always a gentleman about it kind of a frosty gentleman if you were samantha blair g oneself you ever heard from ann coulter after you publicly commended her for being critical of trump what i did i commended well according to blair g you did i have never heard from her effort i life as a hopefully never will.
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"Sake of zambian unity and stability but is there a willingness on either side to put the nation first well ikea in vahidju labor joins me now welcome to hardtalk thank you for hustling student it's a pleasure to her not not least because you are now a free man this summer you spend more than three months in prison but you were released you are out is it now time would you acknowledged to to build fences with your political enemies in particular the president president bongo of zambia first them go out to be out nor would really should be in prison especially when you're not in prison for committing crimes so it's nice to be out of prison on i'm grateful to all of those who did something time wilder the rongj i think it's time to fix the broken pieces democractic pieces iraq and the fouled defined very very such let let's talk about the incident but got you into prison many people around the world will find it quite bizarre you're in the west of your country on the road with your teams of a sort of convoy when the presidential convoy motorcade eight came through on the same road and you and your team refused to pull over and get out of the way which of course is expected when a president passes through why fact sweat that's not what it was steady his motorcade was coming behind this we were ahead of him he he overtook not just my four five hundred other vehicles in a similar ma'am it's a bit of a although he said she said story of the road to versions of their is yours in the president's but let us stick with what the police chief of your country said he shared mr can good come jonah can duncan ganji rather he said it has been established published that the opposition leader this obeyed police orders and thereby put the life of the head of state endanger absolutely not through one two if that was the case how is it that either 100plus mortar if you like roadusers when not arrested for treason why me why did was exactly the same conditions obtained when he's watergate over to several hundreds of other vehicles why did they become to them a couple of days later there is a raid on your.
"president bongo" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"Margin was small opposition leader claimed there was clear evidence of ford since then zambia long seen as one of africa's freer and more democratic countries has been gripped by instability sporadic violence a state of emergency and the imprisonment of mr hitch elena for more than one hundred days this summer after a bizarre roadside standoff with the presidential motorcade aid international mediators have called on government and opposition to enter a national dialogue for the sake of zambian unity and stability but is there a willingness on either side to put the nation first well archiving joins me now welcome to hardtalk thank you for her statement stephen it's a pleasure two host you're not least because you are now a freeman this summer you spent more than three months in prison but you were released you are out is it now time would you acknowledged to to build fences with your political enemies in particular the president president bongo of zambia first them grab to be out mobile really should be in prison especially when you're not in prison for committing a crime so it's nice to be out of prison i'm grateful to all of those who did something the ranch i think it's time to fix the broken pieces democratic pieces in count the fouled defined very very sage let some talk about the incident but got you into prison many people around the world will find it quite bizarre you're in the west of your country on the road with your teams will a sort of convoy when the presidential convoy motorcade came through on the same road and you and your team refused to pull over and get out of the way which of course is expected when a president passes through why fact choi that's not what it was stated his motorcade was coming behind this we were ahead of him he overtook not just my four five lake was a hundred other vehicles in a similar ma'am it's a bit of a.