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The Dinesh D'Souza Podcast
Col. Grant Newsham Exposes China’s Militaristic Plans for the Future
"Guys, I'm really happy to welcome to the podcast, colonel grant Newsom. He's the author of a new book. We're going to talk about couldn't be more timely. It's called when China attacks a warning to America. Now colonel newsham is a retired U.S. Marine served in the indo Pacific region for decades. He's a former U.S. foreign service officer who covered both east and South Asia, he's an attorney who's lived in Tokyo for more than 20 years. This is a guy who knows Asia and who knows China. The book again is called when China attacks colonel new sham welcome to the podcast, thanks for joining me. You make the argument in this book that China's goal is not simply to help usher in a multi polo world in which there are numerous independent foci of power. China wants to replace and displace the United States and eventually become the world's sole superpower. Now, are you saying that the Chinese plan is to do this sort of step by step? In other words, Taiwan first, the larger asiatic region next and then make a play for more global domination. How is China planning in the long term? We know the Chinese think that way to replace the United States. Well, make no mistake. As you've laid it out, that is China's objective is not just to replace us, but rather to dominate us ideally to destroy us. But China has that opportunistic approach to these things. But at the same time, they look at the whole map, they look at the entire globe. And they have established themselves on every continent, starting with commercial presence, economic presence, which leads to political influence, and ultimately there's a military objective to all of this. And so it's like somebody who is at the same time checking every door to see if it's locked or not. And where you find an opportunity, and you push. And I do see things coming together over Taiwan in the near term. And that would best be looked at as a first step, really, to a much larger longer sequence of events that is ultimately intended to bring us down.
America First with Sebastian Gorka Podcast
Is There a Spanner in the Works for China? David Goldman Explains
"Does what happened in the last three years factor into the rise of China? Well, will nations be less willing because of their seeding the world with those who were infected? Will there be a need for Beijing to do a mea culpa despite being a communist dictatorship? So does a wrench has a spanner being thrown into the works because of COVID for the plans of domination from the CCP? Well it depends on who you talk to. I think in the industry. I'm talking to David P Goldman. That's who I'm talking to. In the democratic world, there's going to be a lot of rancor. The likeliest scenario is that the Wuhan virus came out of an incompetent Chinese lab doing research paid for by Doctor Fauci and his friends and gain of function for a deadly virus. So we've got some wood to chop, where people would chop up in the United States. In response to that, China's main orientation now is towards the 6 billion people of the global south. It wants to dominate and absorb, as I said, assimilate into its economic system, the 700 million people of Southeast Asia. Several 100 million people in South Asia, Brazil, Mexico, and so forth. And it's making great strides to do that. The people of those countries are much more concerned about getting basic telecommunication services, health services and other things, which China is helping them to get. And they're less concerned about who to blame for the virus than what they're going to get tomorrow. We have neglected that. That's something where we should challenge China, China, and compete with them until to toe.
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"Enormous ten foot waves. But promote the issue. They were about to run into a Gale. As they approached this enormous storm, the waves started getting bigger and bigger, sarai noticed that the vessel was taking on water and by that point they were being tossed between what surrogate described as these walls, just gigantic mammoth waves. Sergey closed his eyes and thought, I shouldn't be here. No human should be in this place. So what she did was the only reason they survived was because of maxime. He is such adapt sailor. And then they arrived in American waters. They arrived in the town of gamble and a lot of people came to check out these strangers. At first, the locals, you know, seeing that these people were wearing camo jackets, wondered if they were Russian soldiers. Sergei vaccine hastened to explain, there was seeking political asylum. Yeah. Once they reached an understanding with the locals, the crowd responded really warmly. They said, welcome to America. They got some pizza around. They got some juice. And they said, you're safe now. But the relief didn't last long, within just a few hours that you're taken into custody by the local police force who then handed them over to immigration and customs enforcement agency. It used to be. What that meant to them was that they were flown to a detention center in Washington state.
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"Several weeks ago, I met Sergei and Maxine with an interpreter. They are two friends about 40 years old from a port town in Russia's far east called. Sergei is this really outgoing dynamic truck driver, Maxine, much more reserved. He's a fisherman. Charlie McCann writes for 1843, our sister magazine. They met as teenagers, and their friendship as they told me has really been sustained over the years by their shared belief in the crookedness of the Russian state. The ratio booster. Sergei talked about how the country feels like a concentration camp. There's very little freedom expression. And they both talked about how they think the war and Ukraine is not just pointless, but evil. And they said it was inconceivable for them to fight for a government that they despised as much as they do. Speaking out against Russia is dangerous in the country of Sergey told me. He knew that people would happily report criticisms to the government. He couldn't help himself. He would tell everyone and their small town. What he thought about the state. And he also talked a lot about the war Ukraine, how he was vehemently opposed to it. Eventually, he got in trouble. In August, the FSB Russia's internal security agency charged Sergei with extremism and told him not to leave the town without their permission. So that was when he decided to flee. But it was a close call. One morning in September, both Sergei and maxime received a knock on the door. Both knew not to answer it. Because of course, it was the government looking for conscripts for the war on Ukraine. And maxime told me that if you answered that door, they would just take you. So Sergei asked maxime to come round with House. Because of course they couldn't speak on the phone. So once they got together, Sergei proposed a rather drastic solution. He suggested that they flee to Alaska by crossing the Bering sea and maxim's fishing boat. Now to stop for a minute to think about what this proposal actually looks like. This would be a 300 miles voyage and one of the world's most dangerous bodies of water. In maxim's fishing boat, a tiny 16 foot vessel with not a terribly strong engine. Maxime agreed to go with him immediately. As he saw it, he could either dine Ukraine or try to escape to America. The plan was to get to the island of saint Lawrence off the West Coast of Alaska. And so over the next three days, they very hardly went about making arrangements. And you were. It didn't take long. Maxime got the boat ready. He bought a ton of provisions, bread, sausages, eggs, tea coffee biscuits. And of course, plenty of fuel. And so finally, at four p.m. on September 29th, they got into maxims boat and they set off. They took turns steering and keeping watch. And navigated the vessel down the coast of the chukotka Peninsula. And the first few days went pretty well. These were of horse waters, they had grown up in. And they told me about how they saw orcas. Walruses whales, the weather was good. That first night they spent on shore with maxim's relatives. The second night, they stayed with acquaintances of Sergey's other nights they pitched their tents in the wild. But of course, they were always worried about being discovered. 1 million discussions. When they were back in the boat, they didn't say much to each other. They told me they just thought, if only we can make it without getting caught. They were particularly concerned about the second half of the journey. The coast of chukotka is heavily fortified. And their route to come past these towns that were just bristling with border guards. And you know, somehow, despite this quite dangerous patch of water, no one stopped them. We were in it again. And so they were becoming tantalizingly close to the end of this 300 mile journey. It was day 5, Alaska lay just 20 miles away, and then Sergei saw something that made him very scared. He saw in the distance the white caps of these
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"In South Asia. So far has only one of these, which is a commission for egg quality management launched a few years ago in Delhi. And that's responsible for the National Capital Region, which is about 55,000 km², 46 million people covers Delhi plus a number of other states. And they also have this sort of vague extra power, which is adjacent areas. And Andretti, there's some modest games being seen, according to official figures, there is average daily concentrations of p.m. 2.5, declined last year to 98 micrograms per cubic meter from a 105 the previous year. But there will have to be a huge expansion of such efforts all across India in several regions in Pakistan. And the ideally, one day across countries, you said that the idea of that kind of international cooperation was fanciful, but surely this eventually becomes so big a shared problem that cooperation becomes all but necessary. Perhaps, I mean, I think we're in the realm of pure speculation here. But I can imagine a point where India, for instance, buoyed by the success of the CA QM management in Delhi and sort of extends that approach throughout the country, but there's still pollution coming in from neighboring states or another country does that and has pollution coming in from India. And then there's some progress. But you must remember that these are very, very big countries. This is a lot that can be done internally, and they simply stuff brick guns can be made more efficient or shut down. One of the major polluting factors inside homes in the north is using solid fuels for cooking, such as wood or cow dung, that's another easy win in one that India is working on by providing free gas. Doesn't look that countries can do before it becomes necessary or imperative for them to have to cooperate with their neighbors. But it's really, really urgent that these countries start doing these things. And it's really the best way to ensure that people like me
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"There's a little jostling going on at the top of a ranking that no one wants to win, the list of cities with the filthiest air. One pattern is clear, a new list from the World Bank says 9 of the ten cities at the top are in South Asia. In part, it's a question of population of policy of local practices like burning off the stubble after grain harvests. But it's also a question of geography, the indo gangetic plain, founded by the Himalayas to the north, traps pollution in a huge swath of land, and pollution doesn't pay any mind to national borders. It used to be that Chinese cities topped that unhappy ranking, but policies on emissions there have brought considerable success. Policies from which south Asians could start drawing some lessons. An easy way to tell how polluted it is in Bombay is to take a ride down the bandra worli sea link, which is this big bridge over a small bay that connects two bits of the city. Leo morani is The Economist's South Asia correspondent. On clear days, you can see the skyline which is quite a majestic skyline. But recently, especially on many, many days in January, the city just vanished. There was just degree haze there and you had no idea that there were any buildings behind it. Whatsoever, let alone 40 and 50 story ones. Bombay has been having a rough few weeks on a rough few months, but it's far from unique. All of South Asia has been having a terrible winter when it comes to air quality. Delhi is usually the most muted city in the world, as well as its satellite cities in Pakistan in Lahore, things are pretty horrible. They had to extend school holidays because they couldn't let their kids go out in taka colleague recently was in town and he said he could barely see anything. And it's not just this region of the indo gangetic plain, but also high up in the mountains and Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. The smog is obscuring the hamadas in Peshawar near the border with Afghanistan, the air quality has plummeted. The pollution really is spreading across the whole region. And presumably all of that pollution is not just an eyesore, but a health concern. It is a massive health concern. I mean, I can tell you personally that I have had a cough in recent weeks because just of the horrible air quality, I recently bought my mom and a purifier, which is something people really didn't do. It was something we sort of thought people up north did. But on a much broader scale, out of the 7 odd million people every year who died because of air pollution, 2 million of those are in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan alone, mostly in India, simply because it has the largest number of people. There's various kinds of pollutants in the air. The worst of this stuff is something called p.m. 2.5. Which is very fine particulate matter really, really teeny tiny, even smaller than a human hair. And that stuff is really dangerous because it can borrow deep into your lungs and enter the bloodstream, which increases the risk of heart and lung disease and of strokes, and moreover, even if the air pollution is not actually killing you immediately, it's reducing average life expectancy by 2.9 years globally by about 5 years in India and in some really badly affected parts of the indo gangetic plane, which is up north in India. By as much as 7 years, it's also bad for the economy. In 2019, a study published in the lancet, which is a respected medical journal, estimated that India's economy lost 1.4% of GDP or about $37 billion because of pollution related death and illness. Another study calculated that India lost 1.3 billion working days that year due to employees staying at home or because their family members were unwell because of pollution. So you say that to the problem is getting more widespread, but it's certainly not a new one. What's being done? It's not a new one at all. It's something that is concerned citizens across the region for quite a long time is frankly astonishing that not more has been done so far. In 2019, India launched a national clean air program with the aim of improving air quality in around a 130 old cities. Four years in, by January this year, only 38 of those were on track to hit their targets. In many cities, including, again, those far outside the indo gangetic plains such as Bangalore in the south, Chennai in the south, Mumbai here in the west. They've all gotten worse. Next Pakistan, they've been thinking about launching a national clean air program focused on provinces instead of cities, but haven't got around to it. Bangladesh drafted a clean air act in 2019, has not passed it. So the surprisingly little being done, despite the fact that this isn't obvious and urgent problem. And one that affects everybody, and even what is being done. And if you look at India's national clean air program, that's a start, at least something's happening. But it is far, far, far from enough. And it main reason for that is that even if cities did everything in their power to reduce their own emissions to clean up their own streets to eliminate building and construction dust and all of this stuff, they would still be horribly polluted because in most South Asian cities, less than 50% of the pollution comes from within the city itself. So less than half of a given places pollution arises in that place. Where is it coming from? Well, if you think about it, Jason, humans create city limits and state boundaries and international borders and all of that. But water circulates the way it circulates. So in a city like Bombay, a lot of the pollution comes from the mainland in a city like Delhi, a lot of the pollution comes from the states surrounding it. In November, for instance, which is the worst time in Delhi, the reason is that in the state of Punjab, to the west, farmers are burning the stubble that is left on their fields as a efficient and cheap way to prepare for the next season of sewing in taco, the capital of Bangladesh. It's surrounded by all these extremely inefficient and dirty brick kilns. And there's very little you can do as a city about those things out there. You don't have jurisdiction. And it's not just in your immediate neighborhood, in India's Punjab, both 30% of the pollution originates in Pakistan in Bangladesh's major cities about 30% of the pollution actually originates in India. And sometimes Cisco's back and forth because when battles change. So this is everybody's problem. The one that needs to be solved collectively. But how to do that, as you say, there are issues of state borders and jurisdiction. True. So looking at the outset say that the idea of India Pakistan and Bangladesh and nipah all working together is a bit fanciful talking today in 2023, perhaps one day. However, states within countries working together should be possible. It's something that's been shown to work elsewhere. Take China. Before Delhi became the sort of poster city for horrible air, it was Beijing. And yet they've done a remarkable job of cleaning up their pollution. What the government did after some particularly horrific episodes is they created an authority that is in charge of managing something called an airshed, which is just a jogging word for a region in which air circulates. That took in Beijing, Tianjin, and 26 other prefectures that were nearby. And so with that sort of management, you can actually achieve a lot more. So our policy makers taking note there are their moves to roll out this kind of setup
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"Is morning edition from NPR news. I'm a Martinez. And I'm Steve inskeep. Pakistan is asking the world for help following devastating floods and exceptional monsoon season and rapidly melting glaciers wrecked vast areas of the country this summer. But in seeking help many Pakistanis say they are not asking for charity. Huma Yusuf who writes for a leading Pakistani newspaper talks of climate reparations or climate justice. Steve today Pakistan has one third of its landmass underwater, 33 million people are homeless and affected, livestock has been killed. And the country's topsoil and all its crops are gone. We're looking at a country that's looking ahead to famine. That's looking ahead to massive food insecurity to conflict, to homelessness, to climate migrants. So the first demand is, frankly, for money. And the long-term demand may be from more money. Countries in what's often called the global south, such as Africa, South Asia, South America are among the first to face this scale of destruction from climate change. Many blame the more developed economies of the United States and Europe. There's growing recognition that countries like Pakistan, which contribute to less than 1% of greenhouse gas emissions are now bearing the brunt of the greenhouse gas emitting activities of industrialized nations that have been happening not just in recent decades, but basically since the industrial revolution and that if you see that the cumulative contribution to the greenhouse gases comes from the G 20. It's not coming for countries like Pakistan or countries like Bangladesh, but that is where the effect is being felt. The industrialized nations that have profited from it are the ones that we now believe should be helping out with this big Bill. I want to make sure that we're getting at some of the nuances here. You're absolutely correct that industrialization came first to places like the UK and the United States and European nations. But today, China is the world's largest climate emitter, India is among the world's largest climate emitters, and even Pakistan is in the top 20 or so nations when we talk about total climate emissions. Is this not something that happens globally even if it comes more from some places? Well, I think the climate justice argument is that the 1.5° warming that we are approaching its cumulative. And that the wealth that has been accrued by industrialized nations over the past few decades through the high emitting activities, it is that which is contributing to the climate change effects that we're seeing in the global south today. I also do recognize though that there is going to have to be clarity in countries like Pakistan, which are increasingly starting to ask for loss and damage facilities or climate reparations of some kind where they need to recognize that they have to make some difficult diplomatic or political choices around how they make these demands. And what I mean by that is that so far, a lot of the global south has been using this idea of saying that look, it's our turn that if they are going to be calls for the globe to cut back on greenhouse gas emissions that the most drastic cut should come from those economies that have already had the chance to profit from high emitting activities, for example. And the developing nations that need to play catch up should now be given that turn. But I think events such as the floods in Pakistan right now have really changed the discourse locally. I think people are recognizing that no one can have a turn that these high emitting activities have to stop and that those countries that are most affected need some kind of climate justice from those that have already benefited in the past. You have just touched on a key part of the political debate and also political resistance to a lot of climate actions in the United States. Americans see other countries demanding their turn to pollute while the United States restrains itself, and you're saying that other countries need to get past that framing. I think that there is going to be a shift to much clearer asks for climate reparations, which take the form in addition to financial aid that you need to deal with things like relief after climate calamity, such as the Pakistan floods, but also support for rehabilitation. But I think going beyond that, what you're going to see is growing demands for support for countries to have a quick green transition. And so that when we talk about climate reparations, it's a broad idea that encourages Western countries, for example, to share green technology or to include skills development as part of the reparations idea to help countries like Pakistan, not try and play catch up through high emitting activities, for example, but to instead leapfrog that stage and go straight into economies that are growing, but growing through sustainable means because they have access to the same technologies that the west is now hoping to use as a way out of the climate change quagmire. What is a way to frame fighting climate change and aiding countries like yours that large democratic majorities in countries like the United States would see as being in their interest. I do think that we are in a new era where all countries yours and mine need better climate diplomacy. Pakistan is currently in a process where it is trying to repair its bilateral relationship with the U.S. after a few difficult years. It's just signed a defense deal to get some F-16s from the U.S.. So you can not from one side have that kind of diplomatic overture and defense relationship on the other side, then try and point to blame finger at the U.S. and say also support us with climate reparations. Exactly the same with China, Pakistan has been turning to China for debt for infrastructure development support Pakistan's foreign debt is primarily owned to China. And as you've already mentioned, China is currently the highest emitting nation. So again, Pakistan is going to have to be clear about what kind of climate diplomacy narrative it opts for. But I don't want this to imply that the onus is on countries like Pakistan to get their climate diplomacy right. This is something that even the U.S. needs to think about. So you're starting to see, for example, the EU has given a paltry summer financial aid to Pakistan in the wake of the flooding at the same time it is spending billions in order to put up all the defenses needed to keep climate migrants from across the global south out of Europe's borders. It's that kind of disconnect between security planning, foreign policy planning and the realities of climate change that I think no country is getting right at this point. Humor Yusef is a columnist for dawn. One of the leading newspapers in Pakistan. Thanks so much. Thank you. This is NPR news. This is doubly NYC, the new fall season of theaters upon us today on all of it, Allison Stewart speaks with New York Times theater reporter
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Rights groups urge Sri Lanka not to use force on protesters
"International human rights groups are urging Sri Lanka's new president to immediately order security forces to cease use of force against protesters A day after president rhino wick from a singer who has sworn in hundreds of armed troops raided a protest camp outside the president's office in the early hours of Friday attacking demonstrators with batons Human Rights Watch says the action sends a dangerous message to the Sri Lankan people that the new government intends to act through brute force rather than through the rule of law the group's South Asia director says the nation urgently needs measures to address the economic needs of Sri lankans who demanding a government that respects fundamental rights I'm Charles De
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"Dot com slash public. It's morning edition from NPR news. I'm Rachel Martin. And I'm Steven skeet Sri Lanka's new president will try to end up better than his predecessor did. Indeed, the new president is the former prime minister. His name is ranil Vic Rama singer, and he takes over one week after the former president fled the country. Last week, protesters crowded the presidential mansion celebrated the old president's departure, even swam in his pool. They were demonstrating against a shortage of essentials like food, medicine, and fuel. Reporter roxi Kumar is following this story from nearby India. Welcome to the program. Thanks, Steve. How did the new president get the job? Well, Sri Lanka's parliament voted in the acting president ranil Vikram as then neo president. But the problem is that this is exactly what the protesters did not want. A primarily because he was known to be close to the former president got a buyer aja paksha, who, as you said, was forced to flee. And Vikram is enabled remain in office at least in theory until 2024, which was the end of Rajapaksa's term. You said at least in theory, meaning that there might be some doubt as to whether he can endure the protesters. Yeah, I mean, protests are reportedly underway in certain parts of Colombo and certain other parts of Sri Lanka. I spoke to some of the protesters and they were extremely unhappy with the decision that their parliament has taken. They are voicing their displeasure on social media as we can see and they are promising for the chaos. And this is a guy who has been part of the government for many years prior, even if he was not president previously. If he manages to stay in the job, if he manages to calm the streets enough to do something, what is it that he needs to do to address the rect economy? You're right. We're promising a has been the prime minister of the country for 6 terms. So he is no new being the office. But what he needs to do exports in Sri Lanka and in other parts of South Asia that I spoke to was saying that he needs to liaise with the International Monetary Fund. And if the IMF purchase in with their help, then other countries might pitch in too. So he would need to lay his with them as well. Japan, China. Et cetera, who are actually waiting to see if the IMF trusts the country's leadership. The IMF, of course, will come to the aid of any country only on certain conditions, so it would be his job to bring in austerity measures. So this means that he might further alienate the already alienated population. How does this economic and political crisis in Sri Lanka fit in with what's going on throughout the region that you cover South Asia? Well, one in four people in the world lives in South Asia. So any blow to the economies of this region will have lasting effects on millions of people across the region. And that is to say that Sri Lanka's crisis is not an isolated one. There are several other countries that are down the similar trajectory. So last week, Pakistan reached an agreement with the IMF to resume its loan program. So they were forced to raise fuel and electricity prices. And the country's economy is not in a great shape at all. The Maldives has actually seen a tremendous rise in public debt. Nepal has cut imports of luxury goods to save on their foreign exchange. So as a whole, the region is in crisis. Country after country, reporter roxa Kumar, thanks so much. Thanks, Steve. Thank you. Highland park, Yuval day, buffalo. After mass shootings, the questions are always why is this tolerated in America and what must be done to stop it?
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"Reporting another record number of COVID cases monkeypox cases climb in the UK EU officials asking health officials to step up vaccination efforts China reaches out to Australia's new prime minister saying it wants to continue to develop the strategic partnership America's club downtown location in Hong Kong has been put under a compulsory testing order after one case was identified Ukraine's president of Vladimir zelensky pleading with nations at Davos to help in the fight A U.S. chair of the joint chiefs of staff Mark milley says a Black Sea is closed to commercial shipping the quad nations meet today by the way Manhattan's district attorney Alvin Bragg has denied selectively targeting the Trump organization on tax fraud charges saying the charges are ordinarily based or ordinary in their based on criminal tax evasion and a Washington D.C. says it is sued Mark Zuckerberg for his part in the Cambridge Analytica data breach used to target Facebook users In San Francisco Ahmed Baxter this is Bloomberg Brian All right thanks very much Ed to that story about Joe Biden's comments about defending Taiwan The South China morning post says the remarks send a signal to Beijing without changing U.S. policy A reporter asked the president whether the U.S. was willing to get involved militarily to defend Taiwan Biden said yes that's the commitment we made A White House official later walked back the remark and said it did not reflect any change in policy The post went on to quote other observers as saying President Biden has sent a politically useful signal to Beijing without formally ditching the policy of strategic ambiguity And then in another post story they had this line that some China watchers say that Biden string of unclear comments on the matter could heighten uncertainty confuse Beijing and also others in the region Meantime President Biden also commented that he'd review Trump era tariffs and that provided a spark for a global markets to rally It's not the first time the administration has floated the idea Biden made similar comments back on May 10th nor is removal set in stone The treasury secretary Janet Yellen favors at least partially lifting the tariffs but others including the USTR say such a move would reduce America's leverage on China over other concerns as it was reported in The New York Times And let's look at the media Paul and Doug to you All right thanks very much Brian Well global power grids are about to face their biggest test in decades There won't be enough energy supplies to go around and sweltering heat is boosting power demand Joining us now to talk about this situation and Noreen malick Bloomberg news natural gas and power markets reporter Give us a sense of the scale of the problem we have seen some historic heat waves in India and Pakistan What's going on Yeah so we're seeing stress across power grids across the world Power is very regional local So we've tend to look at them in a more isolated basis and this year we're just seeing such widespread stress We're already seeing blackouts in Pakistan and India and India is on track to have the most shortages since 2014 It's pretty staggering there experiencing extreme heat and that just adds to stresses that communities are already facing which is higher costs for everything basically from supply chain issues higher energy bills and now even higher power bills Well let's drill down into that a little bit more deeply Noreen What do we know about the energy sources being used to generate this electricity So one of the things that makes the stressed common across the globe is that natural gas prices and coal prices have been soaring And they are leading power plant fuels I mean there has been a rise of wind and solar which adds intermittency to the grid but you need a lot of gas and right now coal to back that up So the increase and economies like Europe and even the U.S. that try to scale back the use of coal have had to step up the use of this fuel to help meet demand And so right now if we have a widespread heat this summer that is intense across the northern hemisphere you're going to see this bidding war for natural gas And that's just going to raise costs for everyone As the world missed an opportunity here to use the preceding decades to build out wind solar power and battery capability as well I mean that's definitely something that is still up for debate as the world still moving too slowly One thing that has changed is the cost of renewables has come down dramatically and that's why you're seeing a faster uptake of it And in places like Texas and the U.S. and you've got emerging economies looking at leapfrogging over the transition from coal to renewables and trying to skip over gas But there's just like everything is really constrained right now And so this is like a huge issue Can we still reduce emissions and meet our climate goals to help stave off global warming the catastrophic events of it and pursue this renewable transition and clean energy transition or is that going to face a major setback So when you look at the global picture what do we know about the jurisdictions or the country's most vulnerable right now I mean the country's most vulnerable right now are emerging economies in South Asia East Asia These are countries like in Pakistan for instance it's not unusual to see a shortages in the summer and these are just being exacerbated and we're seeing this extreme heat in spring And so in this heat while we see risks across the northern hemisphere it's really going to disproportionately impact lower income communities and lower developed countries And it will potentially add to Human duress and potentially increase the equality gap Japan had a power scare of course earlier this year as well so wealthy countries not immune to this but Japan after the experience of Fukushima also closed down its nuclear power generation is at time for another look at nuclear People are definitely like power experts are definitely talking about nuclear or more I mean California for instance is reconsidering the shutdown of Diablo canyon in California.
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"Is NPR news This is listener supported WNYC later on morning edition a brutal heat wave has endangered 1 billion people across South Asia A large fraction of our population in India works outside in the fields on building construction in factories which are not cool Temperatures topped a 120°F over the weekend It's one of the scenarios its scientists have been warning about as the climate crisis intensifies We will have more on that coming up in about 15 minutes At 6 51 52° outside with some clouds out there mostly cloudy and for our forecast today with a high of 64 the night down around 51 on Wednesday wet you can call it a wet Wednesday with showers and possibly a thunderstorm in the forecast and a high of 64 Once again 52 would clouds it's 5 51 5 51 WNYC supporters include 59 E 59 theaters presenting the lucky star which brings the book every day last a year a Jewish family's correspondence from Poland to the stage now through June 12th tickets at 59 E 59 dot org On the next all of it true biz is an American sign language expression meaning real talk It's also the title of a new novel set at a boarding school for the deaf where things get real when three students go missing.
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US, Pakistani officials in strained talks on Afghanistan
"United States and Pakistani officials meet amid a worsening relationship between the two countries as each nation searches for a way forward in Afghanistan under Taliban rule fifty six year state Wendy Sherman is saying a powerful army chief on the foreign minister as well as prime minister Imran Khan well a Pakistani foreign ministry spokesman says close and regular engagement between his country and the US has always been mutually beneficial and effective for stability in South Asia Islamabad has been pressing for greater engagement with the old male old kind of band companies in Kabul while Washington which spent a long beard negotiating peace with the Taliban is still smarting from its chaotic end to twenty years in the country with much about the off them off remaining unclear I'm Charles Taylor this month
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"Successful and a ticket so incredibly important and you really to be applauded on a new work on that front and i do want to ask you clearly. Huge proponent of women everything you outlined just now about single mothers and and women sort of bearing the brunt of a lot of the poverty and generational poverty that we see not only in washington state but really nationally and yes globally. No question about that is so important. You also are supporting a bill that would offer tax tax exemption for certain feminine hygiene products. And i know that in michigan. They're contemplating this same. Typical called the tampon tax. So just want to hear more about that. It is shocking to me that in twenty twenty one. We are being taxed on on this product. Which i it's just incredible being from south asia. We know that there's many things that need to happen. In order for feminine hygiene products to be readily available for women not only in the global south but other parts of the world. But here we are in the most advanced country in the world and we continue to pay tax on these items so just want to hear more about that from you now. I love a bill. We in the state of washington no longer pay tax on mental products. So i you know. There's just so much stigma around menstruating especially in our culture. And so i think it's really important for seven on this conversation about the human body and the female body and transgender bodies and you know human bodies the human body so it's an interesting story you know. I don't have a lot of history and politics have a lot of history in policy. And so when i ran for office four years ago. I really don't come from political background. Come from very much a policy oriented background. And so when i ran my campaign it was very important for me to engage the youth. I i better my kids were gosh yeah thirteen and fifteen and so we have a team campaign committee where engage over two hundred fifty teenagers in this campaign and we can talk a little bit more about model minority and south asian kids because i love them were south asian and so after i won my election i told the teens i say you know what you guys have such bleed ideas. I wanna make sure a sponsor at least one or two bills that have been brought to me by the youth so every year i sponsored two bills. That teenagers brought to me and The feminine hygiene product..
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Climate Change Could Push 200 Million People to Move by 2050
"The mall bank one that reduced agricultural production water scarcity weisensee levels and other adverse effects of climate change could cause up to two sixteen million people to migrate within their own countries by twenty fifty. The washington-based development lender had released a report in two thousand eighteen covering climate changes effects on migration in south asia. Latin america and sub saharan africa and projected one forty. Three million people could move in those regions by twenty fifty throughout bank vice-president for sustainable development georgian vote gala. Says is important to note that this protection is not cast in stone. He says of countries start to reduce greenhouse gases closed development gaps restore vital ecosystems and how people adapt internal climate migration cook thirties by up to eighty percent to forty four million people by twenty fifty
America First with Sebastian Gorka Podcast
Afghanistan: 20 Years of Mindless Mission Creep
"September. The eleventh was planned out of afghanistan. Three thousand people murdered in the space of one hundred and two minutes in a country. That was truly perfect to establish it. Training base is to house a mastermind. A of muslim fundamentalists never functioned as a nation on even during the monarchy that ruled it for a few years in the one thousand nine hundred seventy s no the nation whose genetic warrior bloodymindedness soul alexander the great defeated so the british empire at its height defeated so the soviet union which dis- deployed helicopter gunships against civilians. Landmines disguised as plastic toys to main but the children of that benighted nation. None of them could defeat the afghan tribes and our elite after deploying the best of the best special operators special forces. Cia pamela trees in october the month after september the eleventh in an amazing mission the quintessence of irregular warfare unconventional warfare. With just three hundred guys literally on donkeyback with laptops and laser-guided munitions leveraging twenty-one thousand indigenous anti-taliban northern alliance took down a tyler ban. This tried the out kind training camps and forced been laden to run and hide in likewise fundamentalist pakistan that amazing mission october. What happened twenty years of mindless mission creep. Twenty years of cretans. Who'd been to harvard and yellow convincing us and themselves because they believe as well that we're going to create democracy in south asia. The girls will go to school. Music will be legal again. And they'll be hospitals across ghanistan and civil society and gender studies. At the university. In kabul cretans imbeciles all of them
Monocle 24: The Briefing
Boris Johnson Warns UK of Terror Threat Amidst Afghanistan Pullout
"Unrest has continued in afghanistan while the united states is rushing to complete. Its treat withdraw from the country tomorrow. Us anti-missile defenses intercepted as many as five rockets. That were fired at kabul's airport earlier today. Meanwhile in the uk prime minister. Boris johnson has warned that the country faces its biggest terror threat for many years. He's even suggested offering the taliban diplomatic recognition if the group promises to prevent attacks launched from afghanistan. Well let's get more on this now. Joining us on the line for more as paul rogers author of irregular war isis and the new threat from the margins. Good afternoon to you paul Let me ask you just first of all about. We heard that little extra to the top of the show. From boris johnson. There what did you make of what he's had to say about the fact that you know they haven't been any attacks launched on the uk in the twenty years since the afghanistan campaign started From afghanistan is he being slightly disingenuous with the way that he's representing that information. Holden's likely yes. i mean. the reality is that there'd be many attacks in britain. They've had a lot to do with the kind of what you might call this. The inspiration that you've had from what has happened afghanistan and the development of the wars in iraq and elsewhere so yes attacks organiz specific from afghanistan very few and far between at least as far as world outside of south asia concerned within afghanistan. It's a very different case. But in a way i mean mister. Johnson is a mousetrap physical rhetoric. I think this is what we're seeing in this statement.
The Big Story
"south asia" Discussed on The Big Story
"Troops. So who exactly is ISIS K? According to a report from the center for strategic and international studies, a U.S. based think tank access K or the Islamic State of course is a regional offshoot of ISIS, and is currently active in Afghanistan and Pakistan. It was formed in January 2015 and is responsible for hundreds of attacks and civilians in Afghanistan and Pakistan. At the height of its strength in 2016, the size of the group is reported to be 2000 to 3000 fighters, but have suffered losses due to clashes with U.S. and a bond troops. Reportedly, ISIS case main aim is to establish an Islamic State movement and become the leading jihadist organization in Central and South Asia..
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"south asia" Discussed on The Big Story
"And i believe the taliban would have noted that because they have become far more savia and smarter especially in the public domain nowadays. So i think that the chips are down no doubt about it but there is definitely not that everything is lost. We have a lot with the iranians to what with the russians and try to minimize the damage. That can because augustan than chinese excess. What increases india's this out. Pakistan and china china for the past decade has been leveraging its fast enough economic resources to gain influence and strategic advantages across south asia especially in countries like pakistan. Sri lanka belt invested billions and constructing economic goydos inputs. But when it comes to afghanistan it has in the past few years very carefully step into the country with investments in mineral resources but has largely been silent given the heavy us presence in the country however since us announced withdrawal of troops in april beating was quick to engage the taliban china's foreign minister ultimatum. The high level taliban delegation on twenty nine july to discuss future but alterations what jonah stand to gain from investments and coniston. What geopolitical interests. Does it have missing doughnut. Visit pakistan china. This adam trent whether it is pakistan against the sanctioning of its Muscle dodgers and all that you know. Terrorists the unc so this has been all been standing from behind pakistan. What is on static objective. It uses pakistan notre as a tool to contain india. Right that is that is also. it's one of the deck and now the new thing is open. A data's of afghanistan is the most destructive nation in this will it is it is central. Asia does would south asia west asia this connectivity wise. Into one of the most from gonna feed that we have in a very difficult job. If china ultra name of aghanistan speculation and in the indian where we have the legal problems in china out illegal muslim center costano slavic movement which is very much on this side of palestine in afghanistan. So the the chinese biggest what he is that these two should not get combined and you know become one eleven that type of so it has engaged with taliban say surely seek the assurances that taliban will not allow These groups to operate against china from you. Alabama's promised that many of them but whether it will succeed or not we made to be seen in luton what. China is giving them designees extension of china pakistan economic corridor towards Got his continent cobbled showroom and also the honda from xinjiang into aghanistan into central asia is another roads and all these.
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"south asia" Discussed on The Big Story
"It's future of the country. Depends on how acts necks as india caught that it has created tremendous people than the fact that today every time they been made by even the western countries indians and india have been found to be the most popular among the afghans so it wanted to work on that although there might be some context with the taliban in one way or the other this is normal diplomatic discourse which is not always but i personally believe that the policy that followed was right of an accent. What van saw that. They have rondo by the taliban talking. When we saw that the americans who are supposed to be the custodians and security in the country talking to them when they were seeing the russians and chinese were talking to them but has been spawning them all along so we had an opportunity of opening some i would say takes in that and be mentally. It looks like that we not take funded. When the agreement was being signed indian ambassador represented their external ministers spoke from India online. So there have been preferred and more. Recently we have seen the iran and russia that india has been involved in this and even attended destroy competing in the meantime immense. Really very fast. And you know it was not expected and most of the world i think relied spicy. The western world and india relied on the us intelligence as and that is where you have been caught into this spread mile now. India in my view is that everything is not lost in that sense of the trump. You may not have that kind of imagine. One as pakistan or china has but we definitely have the grassroots devils support for india. You have plenty of fence here. They have been there. There have been solved. The taliban leaders who have been trained and studied in india also right so they would be in addition. We think that if there is an inclusive government That street be some people who have been exposed to india better in the more president frame of mind turdly if we were to believe that taliban has actually as it says it has changed as it says that it appreciates india's a that has been given as one they are to complete those four hundred projects in has not austin to leave. It had nothing. There have been no direct conflict between india and taliban so can we work together on that but ballymun each to also build. Its maybe there. They say they'll come in might come there but at the same time. India is one of the biggest capacity building in the world. And that's what one knows very well. And i think that there'd be pragmatic about it at this. Biggest concern has been terrorism emanating from there which they're trying to address to the world. You know they have. They have told that they will not allow this. I doubt the capacity to control it because it is pakistan based terrorist. Groups are more harmful to us than the albany groups by themselves. That is this fights. I feel that the moment at least during this month sharing the nfc as security council have already done to meeting centered on ghanistan and brought into focus. The key issues. That are there. And i personally saw the statements and i think that the statement was voted. One day. That'd be did not mention taliban by name dot toll statement of window that means the along wanting any blame or responsibility on.
The Big Story
"south asia" Discussed on The Big Story
"Of ghanistan is likely to ship the geopolitical crippled diabled with immediate implications falling on its neighbors india china and pakistan now pakistan has been largely accused of arming training and giving shelter to the taliban and pakistan prime minister ron condo speak also said that the taliban have quote unquote broken the shackles of slavery which has board raise eyebrows and we also be interpreted as countries supporting them while china has publicly stated that it is willing to develop couldn't could friendly relations with the taliban india on the other hand which has poured billions and trained in afghanistan has remained mum on the entire show the only clear response game on nineteen august when excellent feds minister jackson stated that india's approach towards afghanistan will be couldn't go guided bites relationship with you have gone people experts pointed out that india has placed itself in a tight spot since it does not engage the group in the past and has largely condoned and with china and pakistan but whom india has untold border tensions willing to engage with the taliban how will it impact in recent identity has india missed the bus when it comes to engaging with the taliban in previous episodes of the big story on the afghanistan gaston crisis we are trying to break down how the taliban took over the country so easily what you might in crisis would signal for president joe biden government and the freedom of of government now that the taliban have taken over the country if you have mr pursued you can find a link to them in astronauts for today's episode we will discuss the geopolitical implications of taliban's entrance in the region and its implications for this spoke with unaltering unite former an envoy to jordan libya and malta joined into the big story the podcast baby toxic the headline making news for you and i'm your host and let officially india has always been opposed to dobbin and even after the ouster it helped afghanistan rebuild itself remind aaron and economic. It's in fact it has been one of the largest contributors humanitarian infrastructure lead to the country but investments reportedly in billions of dollars in projects like schools dams electricity grids and even a new parliamentary building. But india may have to reassess its strategies. Now it's strategic interest has been limited in kosovo which also prevented it from being invited to reason. Security talks for example. The most recent quad summit organized by the us was held between the us pakistan. Afghanistan bickerton but india was left out however there are also signs at india's outlook towards the terror group maybe changing there have been recent hints diplomatic corridors of communication between india and taliban but some media reports stating that indian officials did speak with the taliban when minister deshaun good visited on june but there are also mixed signals with the taliban who recently called out new delhi and asked to complete its infrastructure projects if individuals to for group which india has formally denounced in the past and has had no formal diplomatic engagements with doesn't have any leg to stand on when it comes to initiating a dialogue with the taliban former diplomat tonight believes that given the goodwill that india has established in afghanistan. It has not missed the bus doors..
Recorded Future - Inside Threat Intelligence for Cyber Security
China's Ambitions Toward Digital Colonization
"I started my career in the. Us army back in two thousand five back then. I thought for sure. I'd be learning arabic and going to iraq but The army had other plans for me. They sent me to learn mandarin. Chinese at the defense language institute and i served for several years at the national security agency on the china mission so i was analyzing intelligence and translating chinese into english there and that led me to cybersecurity. Eventually i went over to private sector. And i've worked for You know some enterprises and some startups. And i absolutely love working for intelligence companies and Last year Great position opened up a recorded future with insect group. So i found myself Working with insect group on strategic level intelligence and analyzing cyber threats and pretty much. Anything related to china. Well that is what we are talking about here. Today we're talking about the report that you and your colleagues at the insect group recently put out. This is covering china's digital colonization Can we just start off with. Maybe some descriptive stuff here. What prompted the creation of this report. China's been very busy with cyber espionage campaigns over the past decade but especially over the last few years and i started doing some research on some of their digital silk road projects. The digital silk road is a part of the more widely known belt and road initiative. It's basically a private sector agenda that aims to extend china's digital presence abroad and enhancing its commercial and political influence so as i started researching some of these digital silk road projects. I found some interesting findings around how they were using. These projects to influence regimes in certain regions of the world like africa. Latin america and south asia. So that's what prompted me to do a little more digging and find out exactly The scope of these projects. What they're being used for. And what type of influence. China is Gaining in those
A Desi Woman with Soniya Gokhale
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"To law and order. Svu the mysteries of laura on nbc and how to be a startup in twenty one days your leader in that at for burning soap productions and then we'll get into your phone walk equally impressive and diverse and then in theater as well and so i do want to ask you. Is there a project that really stands out. You did receive the outstanding actor award in two thousand sixteen for the film. Tamasha a festival of south asia and performing arts in new york city. And i i have to ask you. Is there a medium or a format that you really enjoy more than anything else. Yeah while i definitely enjoy on camera much more cinema guy. I love television film acting. I love the subtlety of it. I love the silent moments in between the dialogue when you can really carry your soul and inhabit be conveyed and make an emotional impact on your audience. Not saying doesn't happen with theater. I think theater is extremely powerful. It's immense it's large. It's beg and there's really nothing that matches the electricity the energy when you're on stage with a live audience. I have felt that it is such an adrenaline rush. You cannot get that on television. But there's something about the on camera medium and how amplified it can be and how many people can reach around the world that really pulls me in right and it can be really watched. It is immortalised in many ways and to me. There's a different kind of power in the in a different kind of legacy in that. Yeah i never thought about that. But you're absolutely right like the direct energy exchange you get from on a stage and theater versus the power the bod spending power as you stated a film and television and and this podcast is kind of an example when i started it. I certainly had no idea that india would take off the way that it has an. Isn't it fascinating that. I'm sure you've experienced this to that your fans and those that follow your war or all over the world and so it's a very powerful time to be alive and especially as an actor. I can't even imagine what that feels like. That your work could be in kuwait. It could be in pakistan. It could be an india and and theatre would have a very different sort of attractiveness to it of course and i did. It appears to me that theater is like where you cut your teeth. And.
Dilip Kumar, Bollywood's Great 'Tragedy King,' Dies at 98
"Dilip Kumar has died at the age of 98. He started off as a script writer but moved in front of the cameras in 1944 in the film noir butter. Oh, Jeannie Vaidyanathan reports from Delhi. Yeah, I've got a job to keep. Dilip Kumar was the face of an emerging Indian film industry. And an emerging India Morning Peshawar in 1922 in what is now Pakistan. He changed his Muslim name use of con to the Hindu Philip Kumar when he entered the film industry. In a career spanning six decades, he starred in some of Bollywood's most iconic films. He was the first ever recipient of best actor that India's equivalent of the Oscars the film Fair Awards and still holds the record for winning the honor the most times. And acting megastar in South Asia. He was awarded both India and Pakistan's highest civilian honours.
"south asia" Discussed on NEWS 88.7
"In South Asia when she finally came to America for the first time at the age of 12. She was odd by the freedom people had to do and say as they pleased She later lost her legs in an army helicopter attack defending that freedom, then what does it mean to be a true patriot? That's coming up on top of mind. It's good to have you with us. With everything decked out in red, white and blue. This weekend, we got to wondering why those colors and not just for the American flag red, White and blue are the most common combination on flags all around the world. There are six basic flag colors red, white, blue green. Yellow and black. Other colors can be used Pink orange brown, Great. But ever since heraldry began 1000 years ago, those are the basic six if there is a flag expert on this planet It's this guy. His name is Ted K. He's secretary of the North American Vessel, a logical association. That's the study of flags. Heraldry is the design of coats of arms, and it's the discipline that informed flag design. Starting 1000 years ago, it began during the Crusades as a means of identifying people who were in armor. And you couldn't see their faces and coats of arms created a way for illiterate troops to identify the Lord for whom they were fighting. And I I think in terms of national flags, country flags There are three parts of the explanation of why red, white and blue are so common practical had to do with dye technology. Uh, imitation and influence, which is perhaps the most important factor and meaning ascribed to the colors, usually after the fact let me talk about dies. White is usually the result of bleaching. So that's relatively Easy to create as a color red and blue have been strong dies that kept their color black tended to fade yellow tended to fade green was very hard to make so Die technology of hundreds of years ago favored red, white and blue. Uh, so that's that's one big piece of why we see red, white and blue across national flags. Does that also mean because today die technology doesn't limit the color of your flag? So is it more common to see countries whose flags have been established for hundreds of years? They're the ones that are most likely than to be red, white and blue. Indeed. And in fact, in Africa, green, yellow and black are relatively more popular. And that may be because dyes are better now. But that's also perhaps an anti colonial reaction to the red, white and blue used by the colonial powers. So that ties into the second thing you mentioned which was influence, right? Yes, country flags, show ties to other countries and reflect the influence of their symbolism, including colors. These can create flag families related flags. Uh, as we were talking flags started out on the battlefield, but then they became important in the age of maritime trade. And let's flash forward to the 16 hundreds. When the Netherlands was a dominant seafaring nation, its flag was a horizontal tribe are of red, white blue. And that set an example for other countries. The Dutch flag started out as blue, white and orange. The ruling family was the house of Orange, but the unstable orange dye the yellow component in it. All often faded to read, so they just gave up and replace that upper strike with red in 15 96. And then when Peter the Great came to the Netherlands in 16 97 to learn about shipbuilding and how to modernize Russians, Maybe he returned with the idea of a flag. Russia's flag then and today is a horizontal tribe are of white, blue red, so the hammer and sickle That was the Soviet Union. Then even though that's the one I think of as the Russia flag, but that Russia's flag until the Russian revolution was quite, uh, was the white blue red. Horizontal tribe are and then, after the fall of communism in the early 19 nineties, Russia went back to that flag. So it reinstated the flag that originated with Peter the great, So at this point, then it's a, um you have countries who are Like they're like, Why would the Russians copy what they had seen in the Netherlands? Because it was Hey, look at you know the Dutch are such great maritime, you know, travelers and business people and that it looks really snappy on the top of the mast, so let's do something in the same colour scheme. Absolutely absolutely. And remember that those were the guys that were the the most stable right and those colors the white blue red that Russia adopted became the pan Slavic. Colors and variations of those stripes have been used by Yugoslavia, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Montenegro, Crimea. The Czech flag uses those colors, too. Mhm. And so when the United States so but then you think about the United States if if we were, um, you know, breaking away from Being a British colony. Why wouldn't we pick it? Other different color scheme? Well, I I think that there's a couple concepts there. One is, uh, those were the colors available red, white and blue. Um and The sense of what? What is a flag? Is influenced by what you're seeing. Uh, the British Union Jack first appeared in 16 1 and that combined the red and white flag of England. With the white and blue flag of Scotland, and that red white blue scheme continued with the addition of the red and white flag for Ireland in 18 5, and those colors directly evolved into the U. S flag. Through the version known as the Continental Colours, which had red and white stripes and a union Jack in the corner, and those colors have in turn influenced state flags in the U. S. As well as the flags of former parts of the British Empire, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Malaysia and their sub national flags and in turn because of the U. S flag. Many countries with smart with many countries with strong historical ties to the U. S. Use the same colors Liberia, Cuba, Panama, the Philippines. Plus, of course, Puerto Rico. Oh, wow. It never occurred to me that people would, uh, that countries as they established a flag would try to try to do a bit of sort of symbolic kinship with their colors. It's what they know during the during the French revolution in the 17 nineties. The country's new flag combined. The colours of Paris, which were blue and red with the color of the monarchy, quite, however, to symbolize the upending of the traditional social order. The stripes became vertical. That's the French flag not only inspired other flags with the same colors it inspired, many more with its vertical tribe are There's so much more to this than I even expected. I'm speaking with Ted K, who is a pixel ologists. That's an expert in the study of flags. He is secretary of the North American Vex a little big, solid, logical Association of the tricky where you have to get training and how to pronounce it. Once you become one of these experts, I imagine Mr Okay, indeed, some say expects philology because it's vexing and silly. It um, um, you mentioned also, there's some symbolism of the of the colors themselves Red, white and blue. Um uh, Besides the the practical nature of the dies in the process of imitation and influence, colors often have meanings attributed to them. Usually that's after the fact. After the flag has been designed and adopted, but that helps people remember the colors and connect to the flags. For example, Red is commonly associated with blood. And therefore bravery and sacrifice quite often means peace or purity. Blue can mean truth or tranquility and sometimes means water or sky. Uh, some people say that the colours of the French flag Symbolize the nobility blew the clergy white and the bourgeois red, which were the estates of the old regime in France. The United States flags colours have no official meaning, but that hasn't stopped people from making them up. For example, I've seen seen this explanation. The red symbolizes valor and bravery. The white stands for purity and innocence, and the blue signifies justice, perseverance and vigilance. That's made up, but that helps people connect to their flag. Yeah, I'm pretty sure I learned something along those lines in elementary school. Actually, when we talked about the flag and so in African countries where, uh, yellow and black are particularly popular in country in national flags. Um what? What's what's going on there? Do you think? Well, I think that, uh, there are a couple of things. They're relatively newer flags. Most African countries achieved independence in the fifties and sixties from their colonial powers and green, yellow and black are the other colors from red, white and blue in the basic six of flags. So if you want to create an anti colonial flag and reject the colours of the colonists, you might choose yellow, green and black as part of your color scheme there. Also flag families in Africa. West Africa tends to use a lot of green, yellow and red, um and black, green and red or the Marcus Garvey colors used as pan African colors, also in the Arab world. Black, red, green and white are the Islamic colors. So all of those are our excluding blue, Um, and those tend to inform the color schemes of African flags. Our flags pretty much always rectangular. Ah, yes, yes, There are practical reasons for that. That conserves cloth If you if you if you make them triangular, you may be wasting cloth. But also if you make a flag with a pointy end on it that and accepts a lot of suffers a lot of abuse in the wind and tends to Wear out,.
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The Business of Fashion Podcast
Devising a New Social Contract for Fashions Garment Workers
"This week marks the eighth anniversary of the collapse of rana plaza an eight story garment factory housing thousands of workers making clothes for some of the world's famous brands which led to the death of more than one thousand people. It seems like an appropriate moment to look back at our professional summit. Closing fashion sustainability. Got where we had an in-depth conversation with a group of leading experts to address issues around workers rights in fashion supply chain ananias bhattacharjee is international coordinator at the asia floor. Wage alliance of trade unions and labor rights activists focused on addressing poverty wages and gender discrimination. He joined us from bangalore. India based in los angeles aisha barren plot another sustainability council member and and chief executive of remake the advocacy group behind the pay up campaign which highlighted brands that refuse to pay for completed orders when the pandemic hit and to set is an expert on south asia traditional arts crafts and textiles based in new delhi. She's the founder trustee of the craft revival trust these three leaders in the space around workers rights spoke to our london editor. Sarah kent at the b. o. f. professional summit before we dive into what the industry needs to do to tackle so many of these labor issues. I wanted to talk a little bit about why we're still facing. Systemic problems of labor abused an annual. I wonder if i could start with you. You know you spend your career advocating to try fix these issues. Why is fashioned still failing to protect. Its welcome fashion fast. Fashion industry or one can say really fashion industry as a whole because even when they're not fast fashion. They're mimicking the fast fashion business model. The fashion industry business model is really at the heart of the problem. And so deal that business model. It's unlikely to unlikely to see fundamental
BBC World Service
How vaccine inequality is endangering the world
"With that anniversary one year ago today when the World Health Organization officially declared the covert 19 outbreak, a worldwide pandemic when a year on and 2.6 million people have died worldwide, and the economy is in tatters. There is also hope, because Kobe vaccination drives under way more than 100 countries with more than 300 million doses of ministered, but who gets vaccinated, for example, there around 80 million refugees, asylum seekers and displaced people worldwide. Will they be included in vaccination plans where they live? Filippo Grandi is the U. N High Commissioner for Refugees and his current in Uganda. When I spoke to him, he started by telling me what impact the pandemic and lockdowns have had on refugees. Where I think the impact is severe and will be even more severe is more on the economic side and in lockdowns, which prevail all over the world. We've seen an escalation off poverty if you wish in refugee and displaced community all over the world from Lebanon, Toe black in America, the Venezuelans toe Afghans in South Asia and so forth, So this is really the key challenge that we have to face now. We know that the key to getting out of the pandemic. His vaccination aren't refugees at the end of the list of people who are going to get vaccinated or too often, well, that was very much our concern, especially refugees. Refugees are not nationals off the country's they're in, and we were worried that because of that they would be marginalized. You know, there's been some good developments. I am in Uganda is speaking to you from Kampala and here, for example, today the vaccination begins. I was with the acting prime minister this morning He was going to be vaccinated and he was keen to tell me refugees will be included. There's no question about that. You can the host 1.5 million refugees. Almost the pandemic has the underlying the inequalities that disparities Throughout the world on one of those is that the richer Western countries of vaccinating at a much higher rate than poorer countries, and yet so many of the world's refugees, Aaron places Like where you are right now, you can do that slower roll out in places like Uganda is undoubtedly going to effect refugees, isn't it? You're absolutely right. George. Vaccination programs have to exist and to be rolled out to include refugees, and this is where really the enormous inequality of the international system has appeared. Very carries. The tent of March is the first day that you can to a nation of more than 40 Million people is receiving its first vaccine when in rich countries. This has been going on for several months. So this inequality is blatant. This needs to be corrected. We are active as an organization in those initiatives that aimed at securing a minimum amount of doses. For poor countries and our role there is to ensure that some of those does is go to the refugees as well. But frankly speaking, that effort is not enough to correct that huge imbalance which is really short sighted. It's not only wrong, it's shortsighted. It's a bit like refugees and nationals in the country if people in poor countries do not get vaccination. This is a global issue. It will backfire everywhere else so then more vaccines and needed and more needs to be done to deal with, as you say, the social impact of the pandemic on Refugees in particular. He's a difficult questions, and there aren't presumably easy solutions to them. But what are a couple of things that could should be done to make progress in this sense from the very beginning off the pandemic? I've reached out personally to the leadership of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. These institutions have led The establishment off economic rescue packages for countries impacted by Corbett and lockdowns, and my message to them has bean first of all to accelerate. The disbursement of those packages so that this country's are more protected, but also to ensure that vulnerable groups are included actually are considered as a factor to increase those packages. In other words, take Uganda again. Uganda is negotiating. If I understand with the I m F one such package and the message that I will pass through the eye, meth and other similar institutions is remembered. Uganda has what 40 45 million people. It's national population. It has almost 1.5 million refugees. These needs to be factored in, especially in countries like you can that that are very inclusive that include refugees in education programs in health programs that extend to them efforts to create livelihoods. This additional burden that these countries have needs to be considered when this economic packages are rolled out. This is not always the case. Look at Lebanon, for example, where one in four people is a refugee. This huge political tension in Lebanon over this refugee issue. I'm very worried that rescue packages being rolled out and Lebanon has many challenges may not include refugees, and this would be catastrophic for this huge, vulnerable population in that particular country, And this example is valid in other countries as well. So yes, More complex, I would say even then the vaccination inclusion.
BBC World Service
Myanmar coup: 'We were told to shoot protesters', say police who fled
"For me Amar have talked to the BBC, saying they fled across the border into India. After refusing to carry out the orders of the military, which seized power in a coup last month. In some of the first such interviews outside the country. More than a dozen defectors told us they escaped, fearing that before stew, kill or harm civilians. Security forces in the country accused of killing protesters into democratically elected government was overthrown in February. Are South Asia. Correspondent. Virginia Virgin, Nothin, reports. Way given for quite a while. And Avery, dusty and bumpy road on We've come to a border town. I'm just looking out across The river, the river TL and that he's basically the border between India and Myanmar's. I can see a very colorful washing line with clothes hanging out. Well, that is in Myanmar, where I'm standing right now is in India and he's across this river. That dozens of people in recent weeks have fled the military crackdown in Myanmar. Coming to India for safe passage. It's in a small town along the border. We need two dozen of the policemen and women who are now hiding in India. The group all in their twenties, say they're terrified. They say they ruled it by the military in Myanmar to use violence against their own people. The first time name whose name we've changed to protect his identity is sharing his story, Son. Don't let that happen. The cut as protests were taking place. My boss ordered us to fire at the crowd. I refused to shoot them. I said I'd rather side with the people later I told him I was going to visit my family. That's when I ran away to military is becoming more and more brutal. As we speak named, pulls out his phone to show me photos of the family he left behind a wife and two daughters, 15 years old, the other just six months. Made me Don't make us come on. I'm worried that may not be possible to meet my wife and Children again named in the police officers. We met shared photos of them on duty on their ideas. The BBC is unable to independently verify their stories is pro democracy protests escalate across me and mark Security forces in the country have been accused of killing people. Mobile phone footage shared with US by activists shows protesters dragged to the ground and beaten. Some of the footage is distressing. His 22 year old police constable told me he witnessed brutality firsthand insight in coma coma, Viv went out with the military threatening toe harass peaceful protesters. People were beaten up. I had sleepless nights when I saw innocent people bleeding. My conscience wouldn't permit me to take part in such evil acts. Authorities in the animal have asked India to return any defectors toe up hold friendly relations. Offices. We talked to say they can't go back. Grace his name. We've changed. He's one of two female officers we met who's defected. She said she saw the military use sticks and rubber bullets to round up protesters. And on one occasion, salt tear gas being fired into a group, which included young Children. Once I'm officiating, they wanted us to arrest our friends. If you continue to remain in Myanmar, a life would be in danger. We want peace to come quickly to the country and for the military to be defeated, moving 100. People have now taken refuge here in the mountain, a state of misery arm Since the coup, local politicians say they'll provide temporary help to those arriving from Myanmar. These people flee to this northeastern corner of India. The national government has yet to decide what happens to the next
A Desi Woman with Soniya Gokhale
Interview With Former Air Force Officer, And Motivational Speaker Toolika Rani
"Hello and welcome to another edition of a dc woman. Podcast i am your host sonia ago play and today in honor of international women's day. We are so excited to welcome. Retired indian. Air force officer mountaineer motivational speaker research. Scholar and travel writer to ronnie deluca is the first woman from uttar pradesh india to climb mount everest and the first indian woman to climb the highest volcano of asia. Known as mount. Dama avant in san to look i served in the indian air force for a decade and was squadron leader an outdoor training instructor in the prestigious indian air force academy in hyderabad india and she was even involved. The physical training of hundreds of feature officers including india's first three women fighter pilots with twenty three mountaineering expeditions and tracks in india nepal bhutan iran africa and russia under her belt. To look at is now working on her. Phd continuing to train for future tracks and she serves as a motivational speaker which includes a hugely popular. Ted talk and she has been featured widely in mainstream media india and south asia. She is a staunch advocate of women's rights and human rights. Globally juelich out. Welcome to the show. Is sonia thank you for having made you to look i. I wanna say that the messages you received from your family and especially your mother growing up or such a tremendous example of female empowerment and a genuine belief in human spirit. You were taught that you only have this life to pursue your dreams and goals and that nothing can get in your way so long as your mind believes it you can achieve it while if every young girl or woman receive this message growing up. What could be accomplished on planet earth. So really really impressed by that. And you've talked a lot about your spiritual beliefs and faith. And i wanna ask you. What is going to remind as you ascend a mountain. do you go into a meditative state. Will you rely on your deep spiritual beliefs and constantly have to retain mindfulness in assessing the physical challenges. Along the way i would imagine. There's a variety of protocols and situational awareness. That is needed. But i'd really like her more from you on that. Because in my estimation this mindset is what separates those who make it to the top and those who unfortunately do not on different stages of climbing i have a different kind of a mindset. I would say that. If i fain like there there might be avalanche. There might be a route wash. That might be bad weather. Something which has detained my plans to climb a mountain. I get into a buddy confrontational mode. Because i am. I'm trained as a soldier. And i had to fight my adversity so at times i started seeing the mountain. Asthma adversity. it happened to me on mount everest. I had to in my second attempt. Also i had to turn back from three thousand feet twice before i made my tent and succeeded so in those two attempts i started challenging everest. That either you can give me death or injury you can go ahead and give me that and i will keep on doing what i'm capable of doing. So sometimes i get into that kind of confrontational mode. Where i see that. Yes the mountain in front of me. Is the obstacle that i have to overcome he. It is an enemy. And i have to fight it with all my might that i have sometimes from vivid me. There are certain sentences accord or something but have support him that just springs up bent. The conditions are really tough. I'm climbing exhausted and the going gets very very tough. I have seen these flashes. Coming from within a volume by Kipling everybody had about displaying very famous swim. If so there was this lions from this point if that some everything is finished and nothing is left to new that still a wasting your head which says hold on so at one time this would hold on just a up in my mind and i just continued. I just held on and kept my foot one foot after another in front official. So that is how it happens sometimes. It is ready spinach with because london's are so beautiful. I get into that meditative state also but i contemplate the nature of life seeing a mountain see a mountain the stance alone so anybody who is strong mighty and wants to rise high. Perhaps in life would be like that alone solitary having his own battles and also facing all kinds of storms videos rain gold snowfall everything but still standing very tall and after that i absolve that seed they also the cloud at times at times it is just sunny so this is how life also is on. Mountain's what i love the most about is that i don't have that usual crowd around me.
Bhutan lawmakers vote to decriminalize same-sex relations
"In Bhutan have voted to decriminalize same sex relations such mito Pataki reports. It's the latest South Asian country to do so. Activists are celebrating after Bhutan's lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to amend a law that penalized what it called unnatural sex that's widely interpreted as gay sex. The amendment will become final after Bhutan's King approves it, but that's considered a formality. Mood dance move is the latest in a series of legislations recognizing LGBTQ rights in South Asia two years ago, Bhutan's neighbor, India decriminalized homosexuality by striking down a colonial era law. Next year. Nipple, another Himalayan country will count LGBTQ people in its senses for the first
PUBG Mobile Announces Massive Prize Pool for 2021
"Pubg mobile is heading into its Global championship for 2020 the pmdc to welcome fans. They made an announcement for the upcoming season, which promises to be a huge one for fans of the mobile Battle Royale and twenty Twenty-One pubg mobile have a total prize pool of fourteen million dollars the highest total prize pool for a mobile a sport in one year in history month that price will be spread across a much larger ecosystem than we saw in twenty-twenty this year pubg mobile operated two leaks the pubg Mobile Pro leagues in South Asia and Southeast Asia off next year. They will add 7 more regions. Those regions are turkey Western Europe Arabia North America Latin America and Brazil. The final region being added is the Commonwealth of Rome. Dependent states, which is basically the old Soviet Bloc with Russia, Ukraine Yugoslavia and other countries in that region, the actual format of the year will be similar to fans of League to split beginning in January and am waiting in a global championship in Fall. There will also be major invitationals held over the summer pubg mobile is seeing record-breaking growth and viewership and fans who want to buy in ahead of next season as the Regent enters the pubg mobile Bots world can watch the pmdc from now until December 20th. The current pmgc is competing for a prize pool of two million dollars. The new pubg mobile format is really important for a couple reasons, It's the biggest mobile Esports structure. We've ever seen attached to one game and it's also the most fleshed-out format for Battle Royale Esports we've ever seen well fortnite has put down more money and prizes. They don't operate Regional leagues and you are close to level. We're going to be seeing from pubg Mobile in 2021. And in other good news for pubg mobile. It seems like the game is on track to be reinstated by the Indian government. India was the name. Growth region for pubg mobile for most of this year and the government banned the game along with a lengthy list of other apps with connections to China a few months ago according to a leak reported by Indian Publications over the weekend. There is a place to bring pubg mobile back to the world's second most populous country sometime soon, but we don't have much more information than that.
World Week Morning Shahzad
"Good morning it's time for choppers your morning and night tooth brushing show today our friend Jasmine is here with an interview. Gentleman take it away. Thanks start brushing on the top of your mouth on one side and here's Trumpian Idris speaking Japanese to counter saw. How It's World Week and today our Friendship Zahed is here to tell us about Pakistan, the country where his family is from. High She's odd. Families from Pakistan and they speak earlier there. Okay and where in the world is Pakistan. Pakistan is right next to India and China. And South Asia. Switch you're brushing to the other side of the top of your mouth and brush your front teeth to. Have you ever been to Pakistan I've indo-pakistan many, times? I used to go I used to go in the summer the kid to see my family especially my grandparents. Would fly to Karachi trustee is the big city in Pakistan And it's a city that has twenty, four, million people. It's one of the biggest cities in the world you might never have heard about it. Switched to the bottom of your mouth. And brush the molars all the way in the back. Okay so used to fly to Pakistan to visit your grandparents. So how would you say grandmother in early? So. Early, do with family members is very specific in. Titles. So you don't say grandparents really you say, my grandmother, my Mom's side or my grandmother on my Dad's side. So the data and Daddy are on your Dad's side and the Nana and Nani on your mom's side. The Nana Nani. Secure brushing to the other side of the bottom of your mouth. And give your tongue up brush to. What do you call your mum? I'd call her mother a me or Mama a me or Mama what about your dad call my Dad Baba. And I could also say a boo, a lot of families say Abhu we say Baba. Mahba. We just like how that sounds.
Democracy Now! Audio
Bangladesh to allow death penalty for convicted rapists
"And Bengladeshi. The approved the use of the death penalty for convicted rapists. This comes following widespread protests over several high profile rape cases including a gang rape and a remote village which circulated on Social Media Human Rights Watch US South Asia director knock. She ganguly noted that most cases are not reported or prosecuted and conviction rates are low and the government should instead focus on reforming Bangladesh is justice system.
TIME's Top Stories
Dogs Can Be Trained to Sniff Out COVID-19, Studies Suggest
"Are now emerging in refugee camps. Why did it take so long for the virus to reach them By Melissa Godin. For a number of months, the world's largest refugee camps appear to have been spared the worst of the coronavirus pandemic but human rights groups now say cove nineteen infection rates are on the rise in the temporary. That house millions of the world's most vulnerable people with alarming consequences both for those vulnerable groups, as well as the world more broadly the United Nations high. Commissioner for Refugees reports that globally twenty one, thousand of the world's thirty million refugees have tested positive for the virus across ninety seven countries at the end of September. Thirty two new cases were reported in the refugee camps. In Cox's Bazar. Bangladesh home. To seven hundred, forty, five, thousand Rohingya an ethnic minority fleeing violence and discrimination in. Myanmar. In Greece, more than two hundred, forty refugees have tested positive for the virus on the island of Lesbos, and in Lebanon, Syria and Palestine. Cova nineteen outbreaks have occurred at several camps over the past month though UNHCR reports the numbers rose sharply in September. The true number of cases remains unknown because of limited testing. Aid agencies had long expressed fears about the potentially devastating impacts of the virus for those living in crowded camps where medical services are sparse yet for the first six months of the pandemic case rates remained far lower than expected while low testing rates in refugee camps could explain why so few cases have been reported experts say camps isolation from host communities, as well as the imposition of strict laws down measures curb the spread of the virus even if refugees have so far been spared the worst of the pandemics immediate health impact, the outbreak has taken a huge toll on refugees lives. The global economic recession has led to major cuts to humanitarian funding for refugee camps, causing food shortages, and. Employment Opportunities for displaced people with the Norwegian Refugee Council estimating three quarters of displaced people have lost income since the pandemic began lockdowns have also further restricted refugees mobility with countries like Greece placing tighter restrictions on refugees than the rest of the population. Moreover, many experts say governments are using the pandemic as an excuse to violate refugees rights. Governments are using covid nineteen as a pretext to block people from the right to seek asylum says bill freely the director of human rights watches. Refugee. And Migrant Rights Division. It runs roughshod over the basic principles of refugee protection. He says now, as the virus begins circulating in camps around the world experts worry that refugees who have already suffered so much from the pandemic may not get the medical support they need. If the disease gets introduced into more refugee camps, it would be a tinderbox says freekick noting that the virus would spread rapidly the low case rates we have seen so far free lick says are just a lucky break. Why have cove nineteen rates been lower than expected in refugee camps? covid nineteen rates in refugee camps or unexpectedly low in part because the camps tend to be isolated from surrounding communities limiting the odds of the virus spreading into the camps camps are situated often in the most desolate unwanted land that a country can find free like says, no one casually goes in and out national lockdowns also help protect refugees from the virus in Jordan, for instance, which hosts seven hundred. Forty seven thousand refugees mostly from Syria the government implemented. One of the world's strictest lockdowns, shutting down airports for several months and jailing people who broke quarantine. There was tight lockdown that was put in place towards the Third Week of March including the shutting down of all the borders and airspace says, Juliet Toomas. UNICEF's Chief of communications for the middle, east, and North Africa, about Jordan this help she says. Additional restrictions placed specifically on refugee camps also helped limit viral spread. Many camps have reduced the number of people entering and exiting. For instance, in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar only twenty percent of the usual number of humanitarian workers were allowed to enter during the first few months of lockdown and deliveries were made less frequently in order to reduce potential transmission according to Saad Hamady a south. Asia campaigner for Amnesty International many of the operations except the essential ones were carried out remotely Hamadi says, these are the measures that might have reduced or delayed the spread of the virus. There are other factors however, that could explain low case numbers. Half of refugees worldwide are under the age of eighteen according to the UNHCR and their relative young age may make them less susceptible. To having a severe infection with the virus if young people are ACM dramatic or have mild symptoms, they may also be less likely to get tested. It's also possible that there have been cases of course at nineteen that have gone undetected and camps. While some testing is available, it's hindered by shortage of testing supplies and medical personnel to carry out the tests. Some refugees also don't. WanNa get tested for fear that they may have to self isolate and therefore be unable to carry out any income generating activities they rely on for survival in Cox's Bazar the world's largest refugee settlement in Bangladesh less than one percent of the population has been tested. The lower case numbers could therefore be a result of low testing rates. The actual number of cases could be higher. But experts say that despite low testing rates cove in nineteen infection rates in camps still have not been as bad as expected. Even if you carried out a large number of tests, it still likely to be a low number of infections says somebody if Cova Nineteen was spreading through camps undetected camps would witness rising numbers of people requesting medical attention or rising numbers of deaths neither of which have been the case in several camps according to UNHCR data I do think there's a hidden outbreak to an extent, but we're not seeing other indicators showing a massive outbreak says to Jacobson cares country director in Syria were not seeing a host of people falling ill or dying.