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Fresh update on "state department" discussed on WTOP 24 Hour News
"People who you don't know and an indoor setting a mask is still necessary It makes sense Doctor Thomas jordano at Baylor college of medicine says the emergence of the omicron variant should have people being more cautious If I were hosting a party if it weren't outside I would probably not really welcome people who weren't vaccinated into my cardio And Nara Johannesburg South Africa correspondent Deborah palace Scientists in this high risk biohazard lab arm themselves for another day on the COVID battlefront They are hot on the trail of the new mutant strain circling the globe Yeah they are growing live on the crime which will be tested against the blood of fully vaccinated people as well as those who have previously infected It was a court proceeding by Zoom teleconference the morning after the Detroit capture of the parents of the teenager in that mass shooting that left four fellow students dead Jennifer crumley cried as each of the four involuntary manslaughter charges against her and her husband James were red in court Prosecutors say in the days leading up to the shooting at Oxford high school the Kremlin bought the gun allegedly used by their son And were warned by school officials that he was looking at ammunition on his phone and writing a violent note but authorities say the crumblies did nothing CBS is Michael George CNN has fired prime time host Chris Cuomo The move follows a network inquiry into his efforts to help his brother Andrew Cuomo Then the governor of New York fight off a sexual harassment scandal In a tweet Cuomo said this is not how I want my time at CNN to end He had been with the network nearly 9 years Correspondent Jamie yucas about renewed nuclear negotiations between major world powers and Iran After 5 days of negotiations in Vienna a senior State Department official says it's clear Iran isn't being serious Analyst Joseph surin sione at the Quincy institute agrees Even their closest allies China and Russia do not support the Iranian position at this point So rinse yoni says Iran should reevaluate its posture The Iranian position in this last round of negotiations was a disaster The high stakes talks are scheduled to resume next week Christopher Cruise CBS News With the upcoming 80th anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor 97 year old World War II pilot Bryce Jordan planning to travel there So much Especially in the last years.
Fresh update on "state department" discussed on WTOP 24 Hour News
"The U.S. Marshals service has begun transferring inmates from the D.C. jail to other federal facilities because of concerns of conditions at the jail So far 200 people have been transferred to a federal prison in louisburg Pennsylvania and among other facilities family members and advocates have been concerned about which inmates will be transferred and when The Marshall service says it intends to move all of the approximately 400 inmates from the D.C. jail after a surprise invasion turned up on lengthy list of serious complaints including clogged toilets guards with holding food and water as punishment and other abuses A stern warning to Iran Saturday from the United States we will not let you slow walk to negotiations over your nuclear program while you improve your nuclear capabilities After 5 days of negotiations in Vienna a senior State Department official says it's clear Iran isn't being serious Analyst Joseph siren sione at the Quincy institute agrees Even their closest allies China and Russia do not support the Iranian position at this point So rinse yoni says Iran should reevaluate its posture The Iranian position in this last round of negotiations was a disaster The high stakes talks are scheduled to resume next week Christopher Cruise CBS News Just ahead of traffic and weather what we know and don't know yet about the abercrombie It's three 36 What if you were wearing something sexy What if you were drinking What if you made the first.
German soldiers face vaccine mandate as COVID cases rise
"The German ministry is making a coronavirus Schultz compulsory for troops amid a growing debate on whether to introduce a general vaccine mandate to counter rising infections that the defense ministry has confirmed a report on a German ministry blog the officials and soldiers representatives agreed late on Monday to add the coronavirus shocked to the list of vaccines soldiers have to get the measure still needs to be formally added to military regulations the ministry has said in a statement also on Monday the state department urged Americans not to travel to Germany because of rising case numbers and to ensure that fully vaccinated if they do I'm Charles de Ledesma
Astronauts take shelter as debris passes dangerously close to space station
"A Russian weapons test is being blamed for space junk that is threatening the international space station the four Americans one German and two Russians on board the space station were forced to briefly seek shelter in their doctor capsules because of the debris mark Vande hei is one of the Americans it was certainly a great way to ponder the crew starting off with our very first work day in space net price at the state department says an old Russian satellite was destroyed by a missile strike the test has so far generated over fifteen hundred pieces of track intractable orbital debris price says the test was dangerous reckless and irresponsible Russia's claims of opposing the weapons and weaponization of space are disingenuous and hypocritical prices some parts of the destroyed satellite are big enough to show up on radar and on satellites it
US urges citizens to leave Haiti amid deepening turmoil
"The US government is urging American citizens to leave Haiti given the country's deepening in security the red warning from the state department comes as Haiti's government and police struggle to control gangs that have blocked gas distribution terminals for several weeks the severe lack of fuel who's affected hospitals schools and banks as gas stations close it's unclear how many US citizens come to live in Haiti a state department official has told the AP but it does not provide that data and that American citizens are not required to register their travel to a foreign country I'm Charles de Ledesma
Family says ex-U.S. Marine on hunger strike in Russian prison
"Ex marine imprisoned in Russia has gone on a hunger strike attorneys and the family of former U. S. marine Trevor reed say he has begun a hunger strike to protest his detention and human rights abuses behind bars in Russia the twenty nine year old reed was convicted in July and sentenced to nine years for assaulting police officers in Moscow read who's from Texas was studying Russian and visiting his girlfriend at the state department Tuesday spokesman that price was asked about read and American Paul way but was also imprisoned in Russia after being convicted in June of espionage securing the release of Americans who were unjustly detained in Russia that includes of course Paul Whalen that includes Trevor read out remains an absolute priority
Who Is Igor Danchenko?
"Let's start backwards. Last 48 hours, John Durham, who is appointed by Bill Barr, issued some indictments. One of the indictments that he issued was towards this new figure and you would know about him if you were really into this. But a guy by the name of Igor danchenko. Now Igor danchenko is supposed to be a Russian specialist. Igor danchenko is someone that formerly worked at the brookings institution a Dante is a Russian born U.S. based researcher. He worked at the brookings institution from 2005 to 2010, and he was a former official in Bill Clinton's State Department. And so danchenko's role was not really clear up until the last 48 hours. So the centerpiece of all of this, the centerpiece for the whisper campaign against Trump, the basis for to get Mueller and to spy on Trump was a document. It was a piece of work known as the dossier. The dossier was compiled by none other than former British spy Christopher Steele. But Christopher Steele compiled the dossier in what has always been a focus for those of us that have wanted to get the truth is who were his sources. Well, the main source, the main Russian source was Igor danchenko. Now, this dossier, this document, this summary, fraudulent one and fake one was then fed to the FBI and the press and was later used in fisa surveillance warrants against Trump aide Carter page, and then through surveilling Trump's pages communications, the Clinton Obama regime was able to spy on the Trump campaign.
Blinken raised concerns about Taiwan with China
"Secretary of state Antony Blinken was met with Chinese foreign minister **** Yi as part of the group of twenty summit the out reach is designed to ensure that the intensely competitive relationship between the world's two largest economies doesn't veer into open conflicts state department officials say Lincoln said China has increased tensions with regard to Taiwan that America wants to continue its one China policy which recognises Beijing but allows informal relations and defense ties with Taipei a further goal is to maintain an open line of communication with Beijing and set up a virtual meeting later this year between president Joe Biden and China's xi jin ping I'm Charles collect as much
United States issues its 1st passport with 'X' gender marker
"A new passport marks a milestone and how the U. S. recognizes the rights of people who do not identify as male or female for the first time the state department has issued a passport with an X. gender description it will not say who received a passport but that the option will be more broadly available next year America special diplomatic envoy for LGBT Q. rights calls them historic moves saying a person can live with more dignity and respect whether identity documents reflect their true identity Australia and Canada are among other nations that led citizens designated gender other than male or female on passports Sager mag ani Washington
Israel envoy to brief US over ban on Palestinian groups
"Israel sending an envoy to Washington amid a deepening rift with the bike the administration of the six outlawed Palestinian rights groups Israel's foreign ministry has told army radio the envoy would give administration officials in the U. S. all the details and present all the intelligence Jerusalem last week designated some prominent Palestinian rights groups as terrorist organizations sparking international criticism I'm repeating assertions by Washington there have been no advance warning of the move Israel's decision marks what critics say is a major escalation of his decades long crackdown on political activism in the occupied territories the state department has said it wants more information on the decision I'm
US details new international COVID-19 travel requirements
"The by the administration is offering details on new Kobe nineteen vaccination requirements for most foreign travelers flying to the U. S. starting November eighth they'll have to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding airplanes United States state department spokesman Ned price says there will be very limited exceptions primarily children under the age of eighteen and certain individuals from countries where vaccines are not yet readily accessible all travelers will need to be tested before boarding a plane to the US the administration says it's working with airlines will have to enforce the procedures and collect contact tracing information the CDC will spot check passengers for compliance Sager made Ghani Washington
Ian Prior and Mark Levin Analyze Collusion Between AG Merrick Garland and NSBA
"Yeah again going back to Garland you know it was interesting when they asked him about this case and he said he didn't know about it but it sounds like a state issue No no what we're talking about is violating federal law title 9 perhaps more Meanwhile when we're talking about domestic terrorism what we're talking about is state law right State law things like trespass disorderly conduct Those are state issues The Department of Justice has its priorities all backwards because it's completely politicized by this administration And you worked at the department justice right I absolutely did Mark And I can tell you one thing that letter from the NSPA came out on September 29th and they were able to turn around and memo in two business days I mean those things take weeks You got to tell the U.S. attorneys You got to tell office of legal counsel obviously the policy You got to coordinate with other cabinets and departments that are involved Please that thing was done probably written well beforehand and given to the attorney general when it was convenient when they got that in FDA letter It's a complete inside job and the Republicans need to stay on this People by the way you can foia the United States Department of Justice and see the internally who wrote the memo who was responsible for the memo who signed off on the memo any other communications that took place too So I would just tell my audience you know hundreds and hundreds of you ought to pile on and file those frequent information act and fire them right into the Department of
Iran: US should lift sanctions to prove it wants talks
"Hi Mike Rossi you're reporting Iran wants the United States to lift sanctions to prove it once stalled nuclear talks to proceed Iran's president said Monday the United States should lift sanctions on Iran to prove it is serious about restarting stalled nuclear talks in Vienna Ebrahim Raisi made his comments in an interview with Iranian state TV but in Washington at a state department briefing spokesman that price we will continue to enforce them together with our allies and partners around the world until and unless a run chooses a path of diplomacy talks between Iran and the European signatories of the twenty fifty nuclear deal alongside Russia and China have been stalled since June president Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the United States from the accord in twenty eighteen Mike
Blinken praises Colin Powell as 'beloved' at State Department
"Colin Powell earned adoration as a history making military officer but his reputation later took a big hit Powell retired in nineteen ninety three as the first black joint chiefs of staff chairman I have never wanted to be anything but a soldier a decade later as America's top diplomat Saddam Hussein and his regime will stop at nothing until something stops him Powell's state department was dubious of military and intelligence claims that Saddam had what was developing weapons of mass destruction but he went before the U. N. security council to make the case for war against Iraq citing faulty information it was seen as a low point in Powell's legendary career in eighteen months later he acknowledged no stash was found the intelligence community
US, Haiti seek release of 17 missionaries snatched by gang
"U. S. officials are working to secure the release of seventeen missionaries including five children who were kidnapped over the weekend by a gang in Haiti that gang the four hundred mo also or caps almost so is notorious in eighty four kidnappings extortion and killings according to authorities the missionaries sixteen Americans and one Canadian are with the Ohio based Christian aid ministries and are in Haiti building an orphanage the US state department says it's working with Haitian officials and the welfare and safety of US citizens abroad as one of the highest priorities kidnappings there are prison since the country's president was assassinated and ransom demands range from a couple hundred to more than a million dollars I'm
US vows to pay relatives of Afghans killed in drone strike
"The U. S. says it will pay relatives of Afghans killed in a drone strike in August Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a statement Friday the U. S. defense department will offer condolence payments to relatives of ten people killed in Afghanistan in an errant U. S. drone strike in Cabool on August twenty ninth the hellfire missile struck a car that it just pulled into a driveway of a family compound ten members of the family including seven children were killed the U. S. central command called the strike a tragic mistake Kirby says they're also working with the state department to help surviving family members relocate to the United States the U. S. military originally said it had targeted an Islamic state group facilitator but the Associated Press and other news organizations quickly reported that the driver of the targeted vehicle was a long time employee at a humanitarian organization Jennifer king Washington
US official: American, Taliban officials to talk on evacuees
"Hi Mike Rossi reporting a U. S. official says American and Taliban officials will meet to discuss evacuations from Afghanistan U. S. officials are meeting with senior Taliban officials in Doha Qatar this weekend a US official not authorized to speak by name about the meetings tells the Associated Press the talks will focus on holding the Taliban to commitments they made to allow Americans and other foreign nationals to leave Afghanistan I did ministration is facing questions about evacuations that have ground to a halt on Thursday state department spokesman Ned price said one hundred five U. S. citizens and ninety five green card holders have departed Afghanistan on U. S. facilitated flight since the end of August but that number has remained unchanged for more than a week Mike Rossio Washington
Deputy Attorney General and Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Intentionally Misled the Senate
"This is a shocking blockbuster story It'll be ignored by the corrupt media but it must not be ignored by anybody else In the American people need to understand That at the direction of the Biden White House an individual from the president's staff and individual from his domestic policy council And an additional individual In a senior political position in the United States Department of Justice civil rights division coordinating with others Set this entire thing up With a national school boards association I told you I smelled a rat Fink and there's rat finks everywhere You're two individuals who testified during the course of this week The Deputy Attorney General the assistant attorney general for civil rights both of whom knew what took place An intentionally misled the United States Senate The Senate Judiciary Committee Intentionally misled the United States Senate At no time did they explain to those senators That this memorandum was the product of a conspiracy between The White House and the United States Department of Justice That this national school board association letter Was a pretext a planned pretext to unleash the full power of the federal government unconstitutionally and illegally Against parents throughout America
A Letter by America First Legal Foundation to Inspector General Horowitz
"One one I want to read you a letter How off the presses From American first legal That was sent to the inspector general of the United States Department of Justice today Michael horwitz And when I get into the heart of the letter you'll see why this is important This is a letter that is written by or signed by re D rubinstein senior counselor director of oversight and investigations American first legal foundation This is important It reads as follows your inspector general Horowitz American first legal foundation is a national nonprofit organization I mentioned includes promoting government transparency and accountability by gathering official information analyzing it disseminating it through reports and so forth Whether the president and agencies direct including the U.S. Department of Justice respect citizens rights and faithfully execute the laws passed by Congress Our court AFL concerns The Supreme Court has repeatedly recognized American parents as fundamental liberty interest in in constitutional right to control and direct the education of their children On this basis along the nationwide protest by parents against public school policies and practices regarding critical race theory indoctrination anti religious and anti family gender ideology and or forced online education and mass mandates are entitled to the most robust federal constitutional protection Instead the facts surrounding the attorney general's memorandum of October 4 2021 which we've discussed at length Suggest the department may be committing federal law enforcement resources to inappropriately prevent parents from exercising constitutionally protected rights and
Dozens of California Students Remain Trapped in Afghanistan
"And I want to get this in before the end of the program From our Friends at the daily wire Emily zanotti Dozens of California school children are still trapped in Afghanistan And the Biden State Department is mom At least 41 elementary school students from the San Juan unified school district remained trapped in Afghanistan the Sacramento bee reported And getting them out as proving an impossible task Though representative Daryl Issa Republican California says it is continually pressing the Biden administration and their State Department at apartment of Homeland Security to assist in their rescue 41 schoolchildren San Juan unified school district officials last week said 41 students were trapped in Afghanistan a sharp increase from the two dozen or so the district of previously identified The 41 kids three were evacuated over the weekend from the war torn country but remain overseas Sacramento said a unified officials last week said 8 students are straining in Afghanistan initially they identified just one family who the bee interviewed attendance records at the school has progressed showed more students were missing in staff trace their whereabouts to Afghanistan Officials of baker elementary school in the San Juan district say they're trying to cobble together a rescue mission As our officials are nearby sacrament why the hell is it the FBI involved in this Why is the hell isn't the Department of Justice involved in this They're worried about students
"state department" Discussed on 5 Things
"In the country only fans the popular subscription service is backing off its change banning sexually explicit content. The main work that put the company on the map in the first place money tech editor brett. Molina broke it down on the talking. Tech podcast okay. Let's talk only fans. Some of you may have heard of it for those who don't know what only fans is. It's a content subscription platform where people can subscribe to users or give money in other forms like tips and in return. They received special content. One of the big reasons only fans has jumped in popularity. Recently is because it offers some sexually explicit content. That users can choose to subscribe to earlier this week. Only fans announced plans to bar that sexually explicit content from its platform. As of october first sighting requests from banking partners and companies that handle financial transactions. The company has been seeking additional funding from outside investors at evaluation of a billion dollars. A lot of money going on here. Of course this raised eyebrows because only fans was basically kind of trying to kill off the primary avenue of interest in revenue that it's platform is pulling from And we saw a lot of backlash and feedback on that One organization that spoke out sex workers outreach project. Usa a national social justice network said it was quote very concerned and quote by only fans initial decision to ban sexually explicit content saying it would push sex workers further underground and result in more harm on wednesday. Only fans backtracked in a statement. They posted to twitter. They said quote we have secured assurances necessary to support a great verse creator community and have suspended the planned october one policy change in an interview before this with the financial times. Only fans founder and ceo timothy stokely basically blamed banks who cited reputational risk as a reason..
"state department" Discussed on 5 Things
"Minister naftali bennett will visit the white house on thursday for his first meeting with president joe biden and a new era of relations between israel and the united states. Bennett visited the pentagon wednesday. Where secretary of defense void austin reiterated. The americans commitment to the middle eastern country remains committed to israel's security. Self defense is on it is steadfast and it is our must be held accountable for acts of terrorism aggression where there in the middle east or an international worse like the july thirtieth attack on the mercer street commercial vessel. We've also been closely watching as israel has been a global leader in the battle against kobe. Nineteen over decades of corporation. The united states and israel build a strong and enduring partnership and partnership is rooted trust shared democratic values and mutual security interests moving forward. We're going to build on that prime minister and we're gonna seek lasting security for israelis and palestinians alike austin's mention of iran. Comes after bennett. Told the new york times that he would emphasize his opposition to us efforts to reinstate a nuclear agreement with iran. There are also tensions on palestine. Then it said he will continue to expand west bank settlements. That biden opposes bennett has ruled out the possibility of reaching a peace agreement with palestinians under his watch. His trip comes as hundreds of palestinians demonstrated on wednesday in gaza near the israeli border. They called for an ease to a crippling blockade in the territory. Israel has again launched airstrikes on gaza this week and palestinians launched a new wave of fire balloons over the border. The israeli military also killed a fifteen year old palestinian boy in clashes this week. Shooting him in the head. Israel and hamas militants operating out of gaza have fought four wars since two thousand seven. They most recently fought in an eleven day battle in. May that killed two hundred sixty palestinians and thirteen people.
"state department" Discussed on Impeachment: A Daily Podcast
"It's it the lines that are happening at the gates right now. I don't understand what's have i. It's hard to establish order from what i've seen but a lot of them are just young males or without families up there who don't even have a status that come to the united states but there's children being crushed on your wines. I mean it's it's it's crazy. And you know i voted for biden. I campaigned eighty hours for by I believe in him. But i think that this was just a nightmare and in opinion the only way it could be redeemed is this or some redemption is if he manages to stay long enough to get these people out and i also want to give a shoutout to iraq Attorneys who are working so hard and they're like on the ground day-night these people. I mean they are. I did want. I helped out one thing and i was just a part of a team doing this. These people are emotionally invested pulling people out It is just. It is crazy in in all this craziness. I saw in the sadness. You know I some of that humanity of decide decide decided like people working hard nine asking questions to say. Okay where's your guy and that was tremendous but overall it's just it's hard to celebrate our guy getting out with his family in with everything else happening over there because you know he's just one you know and it's just the only way i could see it as being a redemption for the administration and i hope it is is. They put a solid effort to sing those line out. See now those lines get some quarter over there and get people out because the in my opinion is situation afghanistan. it's like the taliban is just a domestic violent. Father was hanging out with the family. Until the i guess leave at once it was gonna her out the door. It's going to be gave on so mike. Thank you for your call. Thank you for your heart. Thank you for putting such a human face on part of this story. Please call us again. And he force heimer. I heard you're trying to get in there. What are you thinking i. I wasn't trying to get in. I was just agreeing. I what What amazingly You know apt way of putting all of it. I i know some of the people who are working who haven't slept in you know ten days Who are with those organizations. I sit on call. Sometimes with people who have. They're talking about their lists the endless types of forms. Because there's not just one way of doing this They are scared. They're getting calls. Of course i am also getting you know. Facebook personal messages from people who are terrified And there it is a human You know at the human level You know i can think of close friends..
"state department" Discussed on Impeachment: A Daily Podcast
"So how much can you say. This cable is evidence that the by the administration failed to act on intelligence that it had to make this evacuation reach more people. Well i think. I can't comment on the timing of prediction Because what was it. Play was the morale and the The readiness of the afghan army to defend kabul and defend the other parts of the country. And that definitely collapsed faster than i think. Almost anyone could have predicted what i do. Know as diplomatic observer is that there were parts of the us withdrawal decision and our messaging. That made it very likely that that collapsed would happen and that it would happen relatively quickly. We'll let me play a clip of joint chiefs of staff chairman. Mark milley on wednesday reacting to other published reports. That intelligence had warned them of what's happening now. Let me make one comment on the intelligence. Because i'm seeing all over the news. There were warnings of a rapid collapse. I have previously said from this podium in sworn testimony before congress that the intelligence clearly indicated multiple scenarios were possible one of those was an outright taliban takeover following a rapid collapse of the afghan security forces and the government. Another was a civil war and a third was a negotiated settlement however the timeframe or rapid collapse. That was widely estimated in ranged from weeks to months and even years following our departure. There was nothing that i or anyone else saw that indicated a collapse of this army and this government in eleven days does millage description sound either credible or adequate to you. I think. I don't want to describe what is credible right. Because i spent a career working with intelligence estimates and what they have to be is one element among many for policymaker to make a decision An intelligence estimate is not something that you could. Actually you know you cannot claim that it has to be right In one hundred percent what has to do is indicate that the policy. Where are the problems where the weaknesses. And where i think. The embassy cable weighed in it said our intelligence estimates are pointing in a certain direction. Which means that contingency planning for those weaknesses should be our highest priority. The new york times is reporting this morning that the united states has rushed troops and diplomatic reinforcements to the kabul airport to speed up visa processing for afghans and that american commanders are negotiating daily uses that term negotiating daily with their taliban counterparts. The former insurgents they battled for nearly two decades to ensure that evacuees can reach the airport unquote from the new york times so as a former. Us diplomat in kabul. Can you give us insight into what negotiations with. The taliban might be like right now over. What specific asks and with what leverage on the us side. Some of this. I will say is So astonishing to me When i served there of course this was This was a city that. Us forces and us diplomats could go into all parts of it was never fully safe but we did not have to negotiate with the taliban to go to the airport on a road that is actually quite short. The airport is pretty much inside the city. I'm sure the negotiations will center on american citizens first and foremost That's our responsibility. But also on those who are carrying a papers that show that they have refuge with u s and nato allies Those and of course..
"state department" Discussed on Impeachment: A Daily Podcast
"Life and death drama unfolding in afghanistan as the us failure to anticipate the taliban's rapid takeover threatens the evacuations of americans and especially afghans. Who have helped. The us led war effort as taliban checkpoints continued to control. Who is and who isn't allowed to get to the kabul airport. At least several new developments are worth mentioning protests against the taliban or spreading at least one violent. Crackdown on the protesters is being reported. Important in its own right but also how will that affect taliban decisions about how free movement movement to the airport will be and the wall street journal is reporting on a state department cable sent last month from about two dozen people working at the. Us embassy in kabul warning of potential collapse of the city. Soon after president biden's august thirty first troop withdrawal deadline. The journal says the cable offered ways to speed up the evacuation and was sent through the state department's confidential descent channel with us. Now is someone who recently served at a high level in the us embassy in kabul any force heimer was deputy chief of mission there in two thousand seventeen and twenty eighteen and then became the acting. Deputy assistant secretary of state for afghanistan until march of twenty nineteen. She is now an associate with the center for strategic and international studies think-tank and force. Heimer joins us now. Thank you so much for your time at this very crucial time. Welcome to wnyc. Thank you very much for having canal. Ask you first to give our listeners. From some context for that july cable from the embassy staff reported on by the wall street journal. What is the descent channel that the article says the cable was sent through sure. Descent channel is a proud Element of state department culture Since really the vietnam war era There has been this ability for ordinary officers To send a message directly to the secretary of state and it goes to that person and the head of the policy planning office. Those two senior officials are going to hear an unfiltered criticism of policy matter and the journal describes the cable as the clearest evidence yet that the administration had been warned by its own officials on the ground that the taliban advance was imminent and the afghan army may be unable to stop it but reportedly the warning was for after august thirty first..
"state department" Discussed on Cross Examined Official Podcast
"Said as a matter of fact i did and she said that's why would a pray for you so it. It was just an amazing time and Andrew has gone on like his written. The book called god's hostage he will be joining us at the religious freedom summit july thirteen. Yeah tell us about this summit pam because here's one way that people can learn more about this and maybe even do something about it. You've pulled together people from all over the world from all different faiths to come to washington. Dc here in july. Tell us a little bit about that. And who's speaking and and what we're going to get. We're even going to have a video that sent to us by the dalai lama. Not really this is not. Art is involved yeah. He didn't even speak that much right. So cardinal dolan out of new york. It's it's a who's who and here's how people can find out about it frank if you go to. Www dot earth summit i r. f. as in frank couric i r f summit dot com dot com. It's not an org or dot gov because it's being done on the outside by civil society july thirteen to fifteen in person at the omni shoreham here in washington. Dc for still time to sign up. You can still come. I'm even I i know this is going to be airing a little bit closer to the time. And it doesn't matter you can still come. And they're it's starts on the thirteenth and it is multi faith and it's really a who's who of all kinds of faith people that are going to be there not nudist. You even have an imam who obviously is a moderate well. In fact as we mentioned at the top of the program that the boko haram people are out there in. Nigeria are not just killing christians. They're killing muslims. Don't agree with them. Yeah i guess they will be at the religious freedom summit. I don't think there are some muslims who will be who are more moderate in their viewpoint. Obviously lance so you're bringing everybody together that you can get to talk about these issues and on that website you'll see all these speakers master andrew brunson's one of them never say well. I is out of the Philippines malaysia really the largest population of muslims. And he has to be a real A real voice of reason in there. And you know you're kinda surprised. He's able to continue his life because there are so many people that want to take simon so slides but one of the good things about this. Frank is it just allows us to focus and there are great civil society organizations around the religious freedom institute twenty first century wilberforce christians for middle east peace. There are I could go on and on with lists and lists of the aid to the christian church Many many civil society organizations and one of the things that we spawn while we were there. There's always been a religious freedom secretary and if you will a roundtable but sam brownback made sure that that mitt every single tuesday that he was in town and now there are religious freedom roundtables around the world. And that's one of the things we're going to be challenging people. This time is to start more. Religious freedom roundtables in countries bunch. Like we have an frank to start them domestically too so that people can go back in their states or counties or communities bring together not not like we used to in You know the all faith mostly led by main mainline protestant organizations and they would meet not do much but really what can we do to really encourage religious freedom around the world will check it out. Ladies and gentlemen i r f summit dot com that stanford international religious freedom summit dot com july thirteenth of the fifteen in our nation's capital sam. I'm pam pryor has really organized this long sam and others. This is the place to go talk and learn more about religious freedom. We got more with pam prior right after the break. You're listening to. I don't have enough faith to be an atheist with frank kirk back into welcome back to. I don't have faith. Atheists pam pryor is with me today she served in the state department way up the food chain doing good things for religious freedom around the world and pam. We haven't really got to this yet. We're almost done with the program. And i haven't really asked you. What are some of the successes and challenges. You had while you were at the state before you are nine. Got you mentioned bronx. And that was a big success huge. It was huge We owe frank wanting thing in. This isn't just religious freedom. But remember what i said out of religious freedom flows so many other rights which is why by the way our framers the framers of the constitution put it in the first amendment. It's not just an afterthought it is right up there as important we have something called the geneva consensus declaration thirty four thirty six countries that came together and said we are pro-life we are unequivocally pro-life and that happened on our watch and i had to go out and get some countries it was here. They sent me to get the easy countries like saudi arabia. And so if i was talking to them and talking to the princess who is the ambassador to the us but they signed the document saying that they were pro-life because we knew look trends. It's like you said frank Dare win when republicans come in. It's just different than democrats. We are pro-life day one. We institute mexico city language. We really promote religious freedom. There are things we just do different. That's why there's two parties and so of course when they came here. Nate tore down the geneva consensus but we did have some great successes. So remember i was. In charge of international organizations we had the Presidency of the security council which rotates the security council was under me and through the un and president trump and secretary general gutierrez sh and mike pompeo and mike pence all did a panel on religious freedom. The first time ever at the united nations first time ever since so many i first time ever that a sitting president welcome survivors of religious freedom into the oval office. And oh frank what a time that was. We had over forty different survivors off face of of religious persecution that met with trump Pastor paula white and embassador brownback were there. It was supposed to be ten minute grip and grin get picture. Everybody leave but you. And i both know donald trump. That wasn't going to happen. He wanted to hear. Every story is a christian lady and a believe an era tria. Who's actually held in a container box like a Like something put on the back of the semi held in a container for thirteen months. Never got out of that box and he was like what kind of animals are these he on. Frank asked.
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"Her answer a look back over the weekend and over the last year his passing more than a dozen mass shootings across this country. Four thousand more people shot and killed by guns twenty twenty compared to the year before is their crime problem in this country i would say certainly there is a gun problem. And that's something the president would say and their communities where local violence and community violence is an issue. And that's one of the reasons that we have proposed and have now are implementing funding for community violence prevention programs across the country. I will say that we don't often highlight and you just gave me the opportunity to the fact that between mass shootings mass shootings that get a lot of attention that we lower the flags. There are hundreds thousands of people who lose their lives. And that's one of the reasons. The president will continue to advocate for the senate passing Bap universal background checks but also advocate for actions in states where we have seen The greatest level of activism over the past several years so. Let me translate what. I heard what i heard is mass shootings to come after your grounds. We just need crime to come after your guns. Let's fund the police. Then why have more crime. Then we could come after your guns. See how it works. All make sense right. They don't need mass shootings. All they need is shootings gun violence. Well if you take the police away you'll have gun violence. The problem is in guns and everybody knows this and you know this is old news. But why do we have all this epidemic of violence because we had it. Being encouraged encouraged by democratic politicians. Were telling people to go out into the streets that you need to get up in their face right. maxine waters that we need to have more protests. You know more more more and so where does all this come from. It comes from them encouraging it and defend the police gone demonstrate in the street defend. The police are the two messages right well. What does that result in violent clashes in the street. So then they're gonna use that as a reason now to limit guns because we have crime every day we violence every day and it has nothing to do with with the change in the police has. Let me ask you a question. Are there more guns. If we have an uptick in violence by twenty percent for sake of discussion did we have twenty percent. More gun ownership. Is that y. I don't think so. I don't think we have more gun ownership but the reality is the people going in acquiring firearms legally. Those aren't the people creating this chaos. This is this is created by you. Know the defunding. The police movement and all of this Encouragement of rebellion to authority is where this is coming from. And so you know the the claim there. We have too many guns. It's the same old saw but you can really start seeing the connecting of the dots. Here people say why would they be interested in defunding police. Well if defunding police is the key to disarming you which we know they want to do they want you disarm. They want you defenseless. And so if they can. If the key to defend disarming you is to get the crime rate to spike and of course people are buying guns in response right. So they'll say look more gun ownership more crime and they'll try and tie them together in a way that isn't.
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"We're very sensitive to to the chinese warning to be the ones that make the statements where these people are and where they're going because we're guests in their country and although it's an it's an understandable question. Tell me who's there where they are and where they're going we would prefer to. Have you hear that from the chinese. Because you don't want to get ahead of the chinese because what we don't want to do is for them to pull back on the offer of having people there so bottom line bottom line for political purposes. Tony vouch. -i will say what the chinese want him to say. That's what he just let me translate everything he said. I will always say things that the chinese want me to say so that i don't offend them. Here's a maxim you can write this down you can put this in stone. This is inviolate you wanna. Who's in charge. It's whoever you can't criticize. That's who's in charge. You want to know any situation who runs it. It's who you can't criticize. That's who's in charge. And so the chinese are in charge of tony fao g. The chinese are in charge of our relationship with them at every level. The chinese call the shots. The chinese determine what topics were allowed to talk about. And i think the chinese determine what jen psaki is allowed to say when she goes to the podium here she is when asked if we will be leading an investigation into the origin of the virus symptoms.
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"My life. I wanted to to doing work and from there round that focused on high school. Cain the yeah ran. Campaigns tried to get the cops out of high schools. Let's let's make sure that. Are you there vulnerable now. Of course she sees the cops as as the people who victimize people right and she's just wrong and you're allowed to be wrong in america. What's what the problem here is. Isn't that she's wrong. The problem is that people treat her as credible and put her out. There is somebody that we should listen to and she's not someone anyone should listen to really on any topic here. She is again talking about and remember. This is the state department endorses the organization. Here she is saying how we should burn. American flags burning is constitutionally protected form of speech. What do you make a confederate flag burning. I think that's powerful. I also think it's important that we talk about the american flag which is a symbol of lots of hate as well and i've really been appreciative of of black lives matter members who said Yes the confederate flag is a terrible symbol of historical moment but the american flag is also a terrible symbol of our particular moment. I mean this. American flag is being waived while black. People are dying twenty hours by the by vigilante security. Guard police officer. So i think i appreciate the confederate flag burning. I think it's a powerful symbol and it's really amazing to be alive watching people burn it down and i wanna question to like are we saying then that the american flag is a symbol that we are standing by a symbol. I stand by as we head toward the fourth of. Its not a symbol. She stands by. Well it's a good thing. The united states state department is promoting. It it's disgusting. it's disgusting. Burgess owens has a much better perspective on race than the black lives matter movement here is..
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"Righty so welcome. Back to the republic uber broadcast. Thanks again for hanging out and So the story this morning in we're gonna talk about black lives matter care a little bit and i have some video from the founder of black lives matter. We're gonna play in a minute or two. And but i wanna i wanna share with you a story that i i haven't seen it reported elsewhere and but i'm seeing it now This is jack. Pa- sobek in human events magazine. Jack pacific is the new editor over there. I believe Editor in chief and so here is the story. And let me just read it to you. And i need to figure out how to get a monitor over here but it is what it is. So here's what the story says headline says state department memo indicates official support for blm. Agenda came a source the biden state department wishing to remain anonymous has shared with human events news a document that indicates that all us diplomatic posts are being encouraged shows us support for blacklivesmatter on tuesday may twenty fifth the one year anniversary of george floyd death the memo reads in part the department supports the use of the term black lives matter in messaging content speeches and other diplomatic engagements with foreign audiences to advance racial equity and access to justice on may twenty fifth and beyond. We encourage post to focus post meeting the state department's foreign posts right. We encourage post to focus on the need to eliminate systemic racism and its continued impact. The state department is officially pushing black. Lives matters agenda not domestically around the world. Where does the state department do that. So we're taking this disease. That has ruined minneapolis. That has ruined portland that has ruined. Seattle is antifa. Blm a confluence. Because that's what it is. Antifa is is the you know. The army of the militant left and blm is the excuse for the violence. And so now the state department who actually came up with this whole color revolution stuff and has been fomenting revolutions around the world by using it back. When tony blinken was under secretary of state now secretary of state he was in charge of the color revolution in ukraine. Now he's you. Let's export this. We're good at this. Let's figure out what other democratic systems we can overthrow by accusing them of racism. Here's the founder of the black lives matter movement. This is from two thousand fifteen. i believe. maybe it's two thousand seventeen doesn't matter it's way before george floyd way before black lives matter and the michael brown thing burst on the scene here. She is gave all. I remember the first thing i said. The organization was go there that they would think there is a terrorist organization. And.
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"From the State Department. I'm Joe Cheer a Fox News. Theo s State Department says it strongly condemning what it calls harsh tactics of Russian authorities after thousands of protesters were arrested. They were taking part in nationwide rallies calling for the release of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny Valley is very strong critic off Vladimir Putin has been recovering in Berlin for the past five months after a suspected poisoning with the Na'vi chop nerve agent. Barely survived that attack and claims the Russian state with behind it. Moscow denies any involvement now in a Valley supporters say they will be planning more protests for next weekend, and it seems by detaining the opposition leader. It is simply generated more fuel more motivation to his supporters, killing Logan Vanni was arrested last weekend after returning from Germany. Russia says the protesters were arrested. For defying a ban on protest during the pandemic, the CDC says. As of today, more than 41 million doses of covert 19 vaccine have been distributed in the U. S. New York governor Andrew Cuomo visited a vaccination site in New York City today. Where gave a pep talk to those growing weary of the virus. When you tire before the enemy tires, you know what happens, the enemy wins. We don't have the luxury of fatigue. We let our guard down. That beast will rise up and with the fetus come, also reassured people. The vaccine is safe and said he will take it. The person who had a winning ticket for a billion dollar mega Millions. Jackpot still hasn't come forward after last night's drawing the person bonded ticket at a Kroger store in a Detroit suburb winner who chooses a lump sum option would get $557 million after taxes. America is listing of Fox neighbors. Next on house of Broken Dreams. You'll meet a woman who says she was harassed by a sexual predator while living at Mosaic when I opened the door, thank you know, pest or even maybe a deer. Something was on the recruit. Raccoon is really what I expected to see. In the corner of my patio to the left. Maybe 6 ft. For me, is a man available now on apple podcasts. From the Fox News Podcasts Network. It's the Fox News rundown. Start your day With a contrast of perspectives, you won't hear anywhere else. A daily morning broadcast going far beyond the headlines tapping into the massive reporting.
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"We are. The pandemic has hit small businesses. Hard especially ones. That were already struggling. Consider businesses for example the cater to marginalized groups like the lgbtq community. The world's bianca hillier reports on the uncertain future of queer bars. Erica rose remembers the first time she walked into the legendary manhattan bar. Cubbyhole i like to say how moving tape before i even did cubbyhole which is as small as its name suggests opened up in one thousand nine hundred four and then has been a safe space for queer women transgender rights and nonbinary people on air first visit. She was hooked. It was the first time it seemed clear woman now with each other being in such immediate and tangible way rid of all rain bill arms and i had our life at home there. That sentiment is widely shared within the queer community but access to that experience is slipping away. Lgbtq bars are disappearing in two thousand seven. There were nearly fifteen hundred lgbtq bars across the us. Now there's less than a thousand for bars catering to queer women. the plunge has been even steeper. The number went from thirty one bars to just fifteen compare that to sixty three thousand total bars in the us and the same trend to seen across the pond. We're studying things quite depressing quite difficult. Low marshall researches queer nightlife in london. Where since two thousand six fifty eight percent. Lgbtq venues have closed down when we working out the figure we saw took mine and so from the figures again and again and again thinking of pray. Drastic can't be that much but yeah it is like in the. Us bars for gay. Men have fared better than those for other members of the lgbtq community. Low says just one lesbian bar still stands in london but nailing down the reason for these global closures can be tough to start entrepreneurs who aren't men get a tiny fraction of investment money. So it's harder to open the doors in the first place. Plus queer people get paid sixteen percent less than six gender straight people. According to a study in the uk that means lgbtq people can have less disposable income to spend on a night out then there are the dating apps. Queer adults are twice as likely a straits to use them and therefore might not head to a bar to meet someone but low. Marshall says their research on queer nightlife points to something bigger. Lgbt chinese have open spaces that no one else wanted to occupy partly about accessibility. Party historically because of stigma and those kinds of spaces have gone Regenerated overcome become gentrified this year. Lgbtq bars in london have gotten extra help from the government but in other parts of the world. that's not a possibility. No no dr bose by open beauty. A queer bar in istanbul in two thousand eight after growing tired of facing harassment and judgmental looks in gay bars catering to men. I want to crate something for only roman because we have no space in tokyo lost facing stumble for ten years. Booty was the country's only bar for queer women but at our says it was hard to keep open. Please bothered her bar more than others. And although a dr often had a packed house sometimes spaghetti didn't bring in that much cash so a few years ago dr decided to open the bar up to the wider. Lgbtq community and has faced a bit of backlash from the original patrons. They ask are you. Change is not good three rows free. We must heavy power bar in turkey for people. Only be good for moment. Might you change this. After the switch odar did start making.
"state department" Discussed on PRI's The World
"I wanted him to know my name because if killed me. I wanted him to know the name of the person he'd killed just a note to that i got to the woman she was mentioning was eventually killed. The person that that young man was trying to kill was in the adjacent house were linda was staying in. It was in fact. The country's prime minister she faced death and not many people come face to face with death overseas in front of armed men from a different military. Her life could have been taken not only in that instance as she was in one of the league. Cars in convoy leading out of the country with american citizens and embassy employee's if confirmed ambassador. Thomas greenfield would have a lot of work to do to change minds of the un. The trump administration has cut its and contributions withdrawn from agencies and global treaties. What will be approached. You think. I think she will go about rebuilding ties with our closest allies. She will not be pushing an america alone agenda. She will be working on behalf of an administration that believes that america is and should be part of the responsible global community. There's no doubt in my mind that chill work. Hard to restore american dignity and commitment to the importance of the united nations as an instrument of helping to advance the global peace and security but also helping to advance a better world for everyone retired. Us ambassador. johnny. Carson was the assistant secretary state for african affairs as well as ambassador to kenya. Zimbabwe in uganda. He's been telling us about president. Elect joe biden's pick as us ambassador to the un. linda. Thomas greenfield ambassador. Thank you very much for your thoughts. Thank you another cabinet. Pick officially named. Today is john kerry. The former secretary of state will fill a new position created by biden the president's climate envoy for the first time ever he will be there will be a principal on the national security council who can make sure. Climate change is on the agenda in the situation room for the first time ever. We'll have a presidential envoy on climate. The world's environment correspondent carolyn bieler reports on the new high profile role topping. someone with john kerry's political resume is a signal that the us is doing a complete one eighty on climate policy. This just demonstrates the president-elect is taking this crisis incredibly seriously this is former us climate negotiator lawn street. The rest of the world is excited and relieved to see that after the last four years. Global leaders know kerry from his role as america's top diplomat during the negotiations leading up to the paris climate. Agreement his excellency. The secretary of state of the united states of america carry somewhat famously signed the pact with his young granddaughter on his lap longtime senator worked on climate change for decades including trying unsuccessfully to push through a sweeping climate bill in two thousand nine when kerry took over the state department and during the second obama term yuan straight says. Climate change was a top priority on day. One the first cable that he sent out to every ambassador in the world was about climate change. He is bringing a real commitment to this issue. And i don't think that ends with just entering. The paris freeman. Carey will also have a seat on the white house national security council a first for a climate adviser. It's a big step. Sherri goodman is a former deputy under of defense who's now with the center for climate insecurity. John kerry sitting at the national security council with the secretary of state defense national security adviser and intelligence officials will be able to weigh in on all major decisions everything from our policies toward china. Russia north korea iran policies in the arctic where sea ice melting is up northern sea route for trade and in the middle east and north africa. Were drought underlies conflicts in syria. And parts of this how we will now be able fully to mainstream climate security risks throughout our foreign policy and security. Planning last year kerry helped. Start a bipartisan. Group called world war zero. It taps celebrities and politicians to call attention to the climate crisis and an appearance on meet the press carry framed the issue as an international emergency way behind way behind the eight ball. And so we've got to treat this like a war. I mean it has to require decision making an organization and efforts that are just not taking place. That won't be easy. Don kerry now has to convince the world that the us can help lead on climate change. After four years of the trump administration distancing itself from efforts to cut carbon emissions to do that the biden administration will have to take domestic policy action to and quickly so carries success in part hinges on the success of yet to be named climate adviser focused on the us for the world. I'm caroline bieler. We'll be right back. You're listening to the world. i'm marco werman. You're with the world in egypt. There is again a crackdown on human rights. Activists the government's target this time is an organization called the egyptian initiative for personal rights or iae. Pr the group's executive director. Gus abell razek was arrested last week. One of three members of the organization recently detained. I'm magdi joins me to talk about what's going on. He's a researcher with human rights. Watch focusing on the middle east and north africa. I'm or how do you explain this latest. Crackdown why is all this happening. Now right so d- arrests seem indicted rightly ation for a meeting between the ib our staff and several of e u and u s diplomats and ambassadors in egypt. That's happened in era november. These meetings are very important. Because western officials and international groups need to know what's happening on the ground egypt and since two thousand sixteen at least the leading human rights activists in the country have been under travel ban the are disconnected from the outside world. The organization has been at the center of a relentless government track down instead society and independent groups. That has escalated so much. When he rose to power in twenty fourteen. I changed the mentality that governs the government. Perception of society is that it is a threat to the society. The government has pretty much managed to stifle or obliterate in-space space for independent beast full assembly or gathering and also killed the politic live and so the only thing that remained resistant this nationwide. Crackdown was the independent human rights groups. And that's why the government really wants to get rid of these brave defenders so as to that meeting on november third. How risky was it to have that meeting. Did the human rights activists know that they could face a strong crackdown in the wake of it. Well the organization has been at the center of the government shutdown more than sixty staff members of civil human rights organizations in egypt. Have been cold for integrations have also under continuous persecution. So it's not an exit raced into say december society in egypt has been facing an existential threat in the bus tears under the government of presidency. In that sense they are forty aware of the risks. However you try to maneuver retry to assist this oppression. This meeting with the western diplomats was not unique. These are meetings that happen frequently but definitely the message here that the government wants to send a stat. This is unacceptable and the international community cannot care for human rights in egypt and deuce defenders can also go to jail for doing their work if pr is at the center. This crackdown armor. Can you tell us more about abdul bill razzaq. Pr's executive director. How large figure is he and human rights organizing activities in egypt. i owned only non gasser for. I would say six years or so. But he's actually one of the urea generation of the human rights defenders in egypt from the nineteen nineties. He's a very well respected trigger. A has been running the for the past five years. So yes. Arrest is really shocking. His treatment in detention is even more shocking. They are keeping him and sorcery confinement in a kotel without enough clothes. He doesn't have a mattress to sleep on. He was not allowed to see his wife and kids on ten. Now do you wonder whether arresting abdul razzaq is a message to other human rights groups in egypt. And how are they reacting to this news. And what does it mean for. An accurate picture of how the government is attacking human rights. Going forward. absolutely..
"state department" Discussed on PRI's The World
"I'm marco werman. You're with the world. It is good to have you here. President elect joe biden today formally announced the first of his cabinet picks together. These public servants will restore america globally global leadership and its moral leadership that includes taxes lincoln as secretary of state and he will rebuild morale and trust in the state department or his career where his career government began. If confirmed blinken will lead a trouble department in need of a morale boost after it was devastated in many ways under president trump but many former foreign service officers say the problems began before trump. The world's rupa shenoy reports president trump promoted fewer state department career employees to ambassadorships than ever before harvard professor and former foreign service officer nick burns says professional staff warrant included in major policy. Decisions trump tried to cut the department's budget by a third many career professionals have left. Morale is low and burns says the state department is in profound crisis. So i do think. President trump bears a large share responsibility but not total responsibility because there are structural problems burns and his colleagues talked to two hundred former and current foreign service officers for a report that suggests ways to address those structural problems these amount to a call for radical change but almost a reimagining of or what diplomats need to do to protect the united states in the future. The report says congress should pass the first new foreign service act in forty years to overhaul the state department. It says legislators should redefine the department's mission revamp its personnel system to make it more transparent and based on merit create a mid level entry program reduce the number of political appointees and put career employees in more key positions. This is quite controversial. You can imagine that both political parties you know aren't happy to see people recommending a major change but we think major changes needed especially to reach. What many see as the most vital goal for the new state department diversity in all the ranks the lack of representation has been a weakness like when the state department had no connections inside muslim communities to help combat extremism says far upon death. We realized that we didn't have insights to the experience of how these young people were growing post. Nine eleven to help address that need secretary of state. Hillary clinton appointed pundit the first special representative to muslim communities. Pundit who's now also at harvard says there are many other cultural expertise gaps to fill. Where all the places that we don't have insight that we haven't asked questions that we haven't build programs and isn't it the time now to be able to look to that so that god forbid in a time of crisis that we have those connections. We have the insights we understand. We're not scrambling but people have been talking about the need to change and diversify the state department. Nearly as long as there's been a state department says chris richardson. He resigned from state in two thousand seventeen because he disagreed. With trump policies like the travel ban from several muslim-majority nations in june. Richardson wrote a new york times. Op ed titled the state department was designed to keep african americans out. We need to have that larger conversation about the historical context so that we have a better understanding of what is the culture of the state department that is allowing these things to continue and that maybe the cultural problem might be the fact that we talk a lot about this stuff and we make a bunch of papers about it but there is no intentional desire for change. Richardson says early on. In the state department's history officials found excuses through exams and security clearances to keep black people out. He says for the department to move forward that history has to be acknowledged and also the fact that the discrimination persists in recent years black representation has decreased slightly even as the black lives matter movement has touched off demonstrations and activism around the globe. Richardson says state department employees who represent the. Us need to be able to talk about issues like that. The countries abroad daimyo america's story. Let's be honest about our own faults. Our failures our country and that makes us more credible when we talk to other countries about their human rights abuses the biden administration might take the right steps. Richardson says he's always hopeful for real change. Tiana spears is a bit more skeptical. She resigned from the state department in january. I've been day. I really hope for change and i also know better. I'm very much waiting to see what happened. Before i get my hopes up spears had an assignment that required her to regularly cross back and forth between the us and mexico. She says she was racially. Profiled in harassed by customs and border patrol and she told her white superiors they did nothing spear says have color inside the state department have similar stories if wanna take polling upper management accountable for their actions. That's how you did change spears says if there are no repercussions for racism and discrimination. It will continue for the world. I'm rubbish annoy president-elect biden's pick to be. Us ambassador to the un did not take what might be considered a typical path to international diplomacy. Linda thomas greenfield grew up in segregated louisiana. Where the local. Kkk burn crosses in people's yards. Her father left school in third grade to help support his family. Her mother had an eighth grade education. Here's how thomas greenfield described her early days at louisiana state university in a recent ted talk. I was harassed and might amatori. I had world renowned historian used the n. word regularly in a classroom. One of my professors gave me an f. In a class and when i asked why given me the f. he said to me if you don't know the answer to that question you don't need to be here but what he didn't understand was that failure was not an option for me. Thomas greenfield went on to excel in the us foreign service and spent thirty five years. There she served as us ambassador to liberia and directed the bureau of african affairs. Thomas greenfield often cross paths with. Us ambassador johnny carson. He was the assistant secretary of state for african affairs as well as the us ambassador to kenya. Zimbabwe and uganda. Johnny carson is with me now ambassador carson. Thanks very much for being here. Why do you think president-elect. Biden's team chose linda. Thomas greenfield for this coveted position. She's capable collegial and she's politically savvy. She is deeply respected for views. On the hill both among democrats and republicans she will bring back a level of dignity and respect to the leadership at the un mission. And i think that many of our partners there will welcome her diplomatic prowess and skills her early years linda. Thomas greenfield early years. As i mentioned were full of adversity attending louisiana state university. When david duke who would go on to become the grand wizard of the kkk. He was a student there at the time. How did those years. Impact our worldview bashing linda. Thomas greenfield is not easily rattled and very difficult to push around. She maintains her values and her principles and is willing to stand up and speak out. When push the wrong way or in the face of adversity she was stationed in rwanda notably in nineteen ninety-four during the genocide. There and energetic talk. She describes how she was almost caught up in the killing their after being mistaken for a local rwandan. I was confronted by a glazed eyed young man who had been given instructions to kill a woman by the name of goth and he thought that i was a goth and interestingly i didn't panic i was afraid. Don't get me wrong. But i didn't panic and i looked at young man in the eyes and i asked him his name.
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"So you know it's not unusual today to see all these agencies working together. Hand in glove too saw a unique problem. Now you did mention before I watched interviews with you too in addition to the reading I. Believe of one of these lectures you were answering questions and you mentioned that one of the problems we have though is There are no first generation Somalis in the FBI. An example that you used or Sudanese or somebody like that, and the reason was that they couldn't vet them to give him a clearance. So then we're losing the talent of people who could be absolutely patriotic. But they can't be cleared to actually do the intelligence. Can you elaborate on that a little bit sure if you look at well when I joined the State Department Diplomatic Security Service, you know most of the agents we had very few women We had very few African Americans, I think in my. Class There were two African American agents maybe just one if memory serves me right I'm going back a few years now. And so you had you had an organization like ours that was. Everybody look like me and you're not going to be infiltrating Hezbollah or Al. Qaeda looking like me and so if you look at a part of the counter terrorism problems that are confronting our country today. You take a melting pot like New York City in The New York City intelligence division of the NYPD. has done a good job of bringing in various. Ethnic groups of minorities to work different problems, and that's how when you start looking at. Our counterterrorism problems across the country why the FBI has taken some local and state police officers in under their joint terrorism task force capacity. Because organizations have reached out and hired local cops that are representative of the communities that they live and work in have grown up in. And the US government clearance process is really very old school kind of Cold War fixated on. I've got to investigate Burton's. Parents just in case he Soviet spies they weren't. You know my dad was a coal miner from West Virginia. But my point is that people they they go back that far and they look in becomes very, very problematic to try to investigate. A. First Generation American. That might have immigrated here from Somalia or the Sudan or Lebanon. So that's part of the challenged when it comes to just hiring good people..
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"I'm Tanisha and you're listening to the takeaway. The academy how to me awards has come under fire after disqualifying the Nigerian film Lionheart from the best international film category. According to the Academy's rules the movie contained too much in English to make the Oscars cut reminded but get into your dead body competent competent comfortable comfort dental. Let's go to. Nigeria is home to Nali would the world's second largest film industry and while it produces local language films. The majority of Nali Woods movies are in English. which is the official language of the country? The choice to exclude Lionheart from Oscar. Competition has ignited a conversation about the history of colonialism language and race us at least here in the United States for more on this I'm joined by Antoinette e Cima a freelance writer Hi Antoinette I think you for having me on from Lagos Nigeria. We have e reformer father-in-law apply right director and founder of I Open I productions iphone. Thank you for having Me Antoinette. Was It really a question of language in terms terms of why Lionheart was disqualified according to them. Yes and what are the rules like what were the. What were the rules that they were citing here? They were saying that any the film that wants to be considered for this category needs to not be in the in English predominantly in English however there are certain international films that you know needs to be an English for their primary audience to understand what's going on in the film and of course. These countries include former colonies as of Britain and intern of being a former colony of Britain the official languages of these respective countries is English. So there's a big question mark there A big question. Mark Gotten a lot of attention if Obama you are in Nigeria right now. What is the feeling among the Nigerian filmmakers? That you know and talk to to be honest it's not as topical as it is in the US and internationally Here I'm surprised. Is that the first news I heard of it came from outside Nigeria. And of course it's it's all over the Internet but but here they aren't as US tuned in because I think historically it is a lot of pushback around America now on establishment and historical recall corporations organizations that may have excluded minorities. Is it also a question. If Obama of the fact that as we mentioned at the top Nigeria is the second largest film industry in the world. And really I mean does it matter if they're in the Oscars or not or maybe that's part of the reason why we here in the United States are making a bigger deal of it than juries In Nigeria. Exactly yeah I think So one of the opportunities this brings up is for Nigerians themselves to ask you know where Where how does this matter and should they really be investing? The nollie would industry really really was built historically on just a sweat and grit of ordinary citizens that just took little video cameras and made films Giving pinged themselves jobs facing on employment etc this this movement sort of over and looks that history two hundred million Nigerians and Nigerians into diaspora have been watching Nigerian films. Plus Nigerians in today Aspirin Africans in that aspirin have been watching. Nali would films for twenty years and I feel like this sort of places a shadow on that reality but But I like this controversy because I think it shines a light on what is possible for Nigeria Internet. I would love your thoughts on that because it is a different situation. Here in the United States the Oscars in particular have been criticized. CISE you know back to Ryan's #oscarssowhite and there are people who say that there's an undercurrent of bias in this decision from the Oscars. What do you say that enter that? And then do what do you think of. If Obama's reaction from Nigeria. I think thanks to social media platforms. There's more of a democratization marketisation of people sharing their thoughts and call into question establishment and quote unquote rules and who those rules apply to as early as yesterday. There's there's another film that was considered for the running call joy for Austria that will also disqualified for the same reason and the storyline was again based centers on June sex workers in Vienna. So I think it just calls to question like is there a standard as to What English is because they're different variants of English? Even in Nigeria and other African countries like people would consider how they approach English to be a dynamic namic. Take on what English is so is it really about a standard is not If you look at the stories that are being sold through these films that are being disqualified. What what do they look like? They're black and let's talk about that because If Obama made an interesting point that in Nigeria at least right now among the creatives and filmmakers is that she's speaking to sort of shrug at the controversy and I I totally understand because in terms of how I even wanted to contribute to the conversation I at at least want us to bring up that there are academies and entities on the continent that have been doing the work now we have to ask ourselves are even being tension to what they're doing and in what ways can we continue to amplify those platforms. If about one of the things that that came up also is that a lot of lionheart is in colloquial Nigerian English which which is a variant of English? That's mostly foreign to a lot of Americans here in the United States. These dialects often spoken by low income people of color and other countries entries. Do you think classism played into this at all no. I don't I think that I mean I think nine Lyon has is a great movie. I've seen it. I've seen joy. I think they're both wonderful movies. But I think the broader issue of you know when you go on the Academy's list of requirements it clearly states that that fifty percent of them. The film needs to be in a language other than English. And it's been that way for I mean I remember thirty years ago Logging on to find out Dave requirements. It's not something that is new. Yes the academy. Now maybe he can review and see if some of the laws and rules outdated. What countries like Australia New Zealand Canada that speak English The the once they start once you start opening up the English language and dialects and then Brooklyn and and and Savannah Georgia I qualify for English language dialects in terms of of pronounciation Russian dominated becomes very open on the list of languages. Pidgin English is considered a different language. Here we have more than and sixty percent of the film Seventy percent of the film in English if Obama when you think about whether or not you mentioned earlier that the rules are the rules right the Oscars for international film. Submissions have their rules. Fifty percent of it has to be in a language other than English. Do you think those rules should be updated. I I definitely think that the rules should be reviewed because what is the ultimate objectives of that category is meant to encourage film-making in those different countries and like like You know like we've said Leah. There are feel make us just making films from scratch catch nothing and you know who then looks and reviews within the country they are films made in your language Films Meeting Ibo Language Rich. The there are many films made that have no English in them at all. Who is who is looking and scouting go ahead intranet last word when when it comes to filmmakers approaching feature foams to either circulated on the festival circuit or to be considered for top awards like this? Should they still think about their audience. I or should I think about these rules. 'cause I feel like with a lot of these films. They're making it. Further people is reflection of themselves. So how does that match up against these rules. That could possibly deter even more people who even hill from their respective countries to even acknowledge them or see them on the international level and to Nettie. Sam is a freelance journalist. Any Form Buffenoir is a playwright director and founder of if I open I productions thanks to you both for a wonderfully robust conversation. Thank you thank you and that's our show for today. If you don't already make sure you follow us on twitter at the takeaway. 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"Career. Diplomats politics is not supposed to be part of the job now. Ms Reckless volumes respond. Let me just reiterate. I only got thirty thirties. Allow the question the question. Let me out here let me answer this. Suspend as Republicans sought to discredit the narrative laid out by state. Department officials William Taylor and George Kent during Wednesday's live impeachment hearings. The tone was sharp. Sharp and often combative. Are you on the call where you president. You didn't listen to President. Trump's gone present lessees call either. Thought you'd never talk with Chief of staff. Mulvaney never never met the president. That's correct. Get three meetings again Alinsky. And it didn't come up and two of those. They never heard about as far as I know. This is what I can't believe. And you're their star witness when you're there I witness. I've seen church prayer change. That are easier to understand than this and while the two officials emphasized their histories of working for administrations on both sides of the aisle hearings became yet another example of how partisanship is undermining the credibility of us. Foreign Policy. Joining me now for more on. This isn't a hall to see Foreign Affairs reporter at Politico newhall. Thanks for coming back on the show. Thanks for having me. Lots of fireworks Unfortunately yesterday let's let's talk a little bit about the the top of the hearings Devon Nunez said that can't and Taylor are part of a quote politicized bureaucracy Participating in a quote cult like atmosphere. Miss fear can you explain that tone from the beginning well basically the Republicans WanNa paint these people as not being credible and so. They're making the argument argument that People who work in the government is career. Civil Servants of Foreign Service. Officers are part of this kind of conspiratorial deep state and they're out to get president trump Whereas you know the real situation is that these are people who are sworn to serve any administration implement the policies of that administration regardless of political party And so for Devon UNESCO up there and make this comment. It's basically an attempt to tell everyone. Hey don't believe these guys is. These are just bureaucrats in their politicized. And actually it's very very him a dangerous shift in thinking because in past administrations. You've never really had this Where Republicans are trying to attack the bureaucracy in this particular manner also one of the things that we saw? I mean we talk about the as you mentioned. The president talks a lot about the deep state. Eight but According to Ambassador Taylor in yesterday's testimony in Ukraine there were two groups running diplomatic policy And one of them were sort of on the official of United States Docket and the other Was Not official and so there were two channels of diplomacy happening here one. That was sort of a shadow channel. What what risk does that represent for? US foreign policy overall because we heard You know the the Ukrainian government was quite confused about What messages they were getting confusion is the problem right? I mean and this has been an issue from the beginning of the trump administration that the president says one thing His aides say different things And so people within the government are not exactly sure what the policy is and then when they're communicating people overseas. These people overseas are hearing. I'm from multiple different channels. Not to mention reading the president's tweets and so they are not sure what US policy is. And it's not just Ukraine. I mean you can look at what recently happened with The trump's DECI desire to remove troops from Syria to understand the kind of confusion that comes about and this is very interesting. Because you know part of the reason you have like Kabura cards are career. Civil servants sort of things is that you have a sense of continuity and expertise and a certain level of consistency especially when it comes to foreign policy because in the past Republican and Democratic Administrations You know they. Basically at the end of the day had a general similar vision of foreign in policy. You know America leading America being strong that sort of thing they are obviously one about in different ways but and so people but now it's like when you have one administration and multiple different messages coming from that administration It just if you're if you're a diplomat overseas if you're a president somewhere else in another country you're not sure what to believe. No one of the things that also was pretty striking was when both of the diplomats Kenton Taylor were asked directly whether or not they were never trumpers and I thought thought that exchange was was almost reminiscent of You know previous hearings that we've seen in history most notably questioning the political affiliations nations of Estate Career State Department officials. What was your take on that? I was very striking exchange as well. And you know they both. I can't basically his response was look. I've worked for twenty seven years under both Democrats and Republicans. I am career professional and Bill Taylor basically just said no sir as I am not as never-trumper It's important to understand you know for career. Foreign Service Officers Civil Servants They might have is personal opinions. I mean everybody does have her thoughts right but they take an oath not to let that influence their work and you know these guys insists that they what they are trying to do is just what's in the interests of national security and implementing the President's policies. But of course it gets a little bit confusing thing when you know. The vice president says one thing. The president says another thing Rudy. Giuliani says a thirteen. Your own diplomats are not entirely sure what they are supposed to be doing and the hall of course One thing that didn't get as much coverage was the fact that president trump welcome Turkish president air to onto the White House Turkey is of course at the center of trump's controversial foreign born policy involving the Kurds. What was the what was the significance of the timing of that meeting? Did it just happened to coincide with the impeachment hearings or was there more to it. I think thank you know I. It was not intentional in terms of the timing when it comes to the impeachment hearings were really has upset a lot of people on the hill though and I should say both Republicans and Democrats Is that they feel like after what Turkey did in Syria which is invading Syria and pushing out Kurdish forces. Who had been working with American's The heat that airline did not deserve to have a visit to the White House. And so there's been a lot of anger and frustration over that and they don't understand why trump allowed him to calm Interestingly the the weird thing is that you know Turkey is actually historically one of those states where there has been a deep state because there was the military and others who had kind of his role in actually running things Despite what people may have wanted and so that is that is historically kind of one of it's funny interesting little footnote that came about yesterday now hall to see Foreign Affairs reporter at politico. Thanks so much for joining us. Thank you On Sunday Bolivia President Ever Morales stepped down from office after fourteen years in power to ease the increasingly increasingly violent protests that have rattled the country in recent weeks with the country's military pressured Morales to resigned after a report from the Washington. DC based Organization of American States citing voting irregularities during Bolivia's October twentieth election the rally has since fled to Mexico seeking political asylum but his departure comes at a time of increasing political unrest arrest across Latin America in countries like Chile Ecuador administrator. Joining me. Now are George the Alvis and Associate Professor Political Science at Queens College. Cuny and Greg Grandin a history professor at Yale University. Thanks to you both for joining me. Happy to be here. Guess Happy New Year. Having so Georgie on Tuesday Bolivian senator. Janine Anya has appointed herself acting president of Bolivia was expected. And what do we know about her. Well to the extent that we can say anything was expected in this. This kind of situation is she was the last person standing who wasn't lying right when morale this was asked to resign and then resigned. Many other people from his party in his government limit resigned as well she represents a completely different group than the group that had been governing. You know she's more conservative. She was a business person. A couple of different things. She said got a couple of things that clearly state that she's bringing in some different views so for example. Her Cabinet doesn't have any indigenous people on it. It's connected to religious legis right more conservative in terms of pro-market views as well. So there's clearly a change here now. Whether her taking the power of the presidency considering there was no quorum where at the technicality. Range here. When there's a rupture where we don't know exactly if you're following the letter of the law of the spirit of the law would clearly? She has the support of the army. It seems to be that in that vacuum to the extent that anybody's leading right now. That's that's her and I want to ask a little bit more about her comments comments that she's made regarding indigenous peoples. Has She made a racist comments about this community. And if so is this an affront to Morales heritage and what he represented for Bolivia I would say that she is an out and out white supremacists. She represents a sector of the opposition. That is extremely unle extremely racist. You can look through twitter feed before this happened. She has some remarkable quotes about Indian. Should stay in the countryside side. One of the first acts was to return the Bible into the National Palace because it's been polluted and corrupted by digits cosmology she your indigenous spiritual beliefs over the last ten years and they just want to point out. It's just really a technicality it's out and out coercion. The next in line the presidency after the forced resignation the coup against Alison is vice. President was another member of Malaysia's Party and these people people resigned because they were terrorized. I mean the houses have been looted and since then let me say courageously the next in line. The number of miles is party has tried to enter to the National Palace and she has been denied by police in the military. This is just an ongoing who greg you're you're definitively calling it a coup. How do oh you define that? Because there's been a lot of back and forth over whether this was a coup or an uprising. Why why are you choosing to define it in that way? If this isn't a coup in the word coup has no meaning. He was forced to resign by the head of the military. That's pretty much textbook. Definition of a coup even if people might dispute some of the other facts facts or what the process context. But I think it's also important to say. Democratic breakdowns are a longer process. Even during the Morales government. In what you're seeing is that he's going up for his fourth term. The the constitution says that you're only allowed to so what we're seeing is a longer process of erosion. Uh either chipping away slowly or a more abrupt type of Intervention Jersey. I do want to get into the complicated relationship that the United States Tis had with Bolivia since Modi took office in two thousand and five and what we know about the role. The United States has played in all of this so far. I think not just with Bolivia but with Latin America in general this goes back to imperial times or it goes.