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"u. n secretary general steffan didja reek" Discussed on KQED Radio
"Are being held in Afghanistan today to mark the 20th anniversary of the destruction of the sixth century Buddhist statues of bomb yon. The giant sandstone figures were blown up by the Taliban and act that shocked the world. One of the statues was more than 50 M tall that being carved into a cliff face nearly 1.5 1000 years ago. You're listening to world news from the BBC. United Nations has called for sustained international effort to end the violence in Myanmar, where protests against last months to have been met with deadly force by the authorities. A spokesman for the U. N Secretary General Steffan Didja Reek, told the BBC that he hoped the Security Council would speak with a strong, unified voice. Notice in Ivory Coast aren't you to cast their ballots in a parliamentary election, which is thought to be the most open contest in the country in recent years. The opposition is taking part having boycotted the presidential poll last October, when Alison Ouattara gained a controversial third term in office. Grant Ferret reports. The contrast between today's vote and last year's presidential election couldn't be more stark. Then the opposition stayed away, and the campaign was overshadowed by violence, which left more than 80 people dead. Since then, President Ouattara has reached an understanding with the former president, Laurent Bag book. It means candidates from his FBI party will stand for the first time since he was sent to face trial in The Hague a decade ago. Mr Bag Bo, who was found not guilty of crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court. Is expected to return to every coast later this month. Farmers in India are marking 100 days of protests against the government's agricultural reforms. They're gathering outside the capital Delhi, where they're attempting to block a major road for several hours. Tens of thousands of demonstrators have set up camp for months on the el skirts of the city. Venezuela's central bank has unveiled a new one million Bolivar bank note as the country continues to battle hyperinflation. At the current exchange rate, the note will be worth half a US dollar. For years, Venezuela has been gripped by an economic crisis fueled by falling oil prices. Inflation is running at over 2600%. That's the latest BBC news. It's six minutes past seven GMT. Welcome to weekend from the BBC World Service with me Julia Marker. I have two guests with me throughout the program. Charlotte Leslie is director off the conservative Middle East Counseling organization, which promotes greater understanding off the Middle East among parliamentarians in the UK And crystals. Crystal is president off M s F made sense on frontier or doctors Without borders. The international humanitarian governmental Organization crystals were still in the midst of a pandemic, and you referred to it a couple of times. You know, conversations about Afghanistan and Ethiopia do you as an organization start to think about the world as it will be post? Pandemic. And if so, how does it look to you? Okay, That's a picky person these days. How does it look? But indeed it is more than a year now, since we told him it was declare we went through while several challenges festival we tried not to abandon our paces and in all these places around the world, Nigeria to bank like Syria, Iraq, Gambon, Greek Islands Balkans Cameroon, Venezuela, Mexico and on top of this, we long sorts of new projects but now looking ah, that time the light at the end of this tunnel, we start thinking on how this humanitarian operational model would look like in the near future. How can we are adopting now? The way we work and the way we deliver the aid? And also how we interact with our presence and our communities. There are plenty off uncertainties. But the only thing that is that is that it is still very certain is that we need to be standing next to that thing won't us and they need us now, more than ever. And the only way to do it is with these international solidarity. But do you have to contemplate the fact that you might well have to be a leaner organization because there might be less money coming in Off course, Of course. This also is another reality. But as I see trying to find new ways off standing next to your patients a day the end of the day than the money will be the last that you should think about. Yeah, I'm sure that I wanted to ask you about. This is a initiative because I'm told that you've become an honorary patron off this organization. Tell us what it is on what it looks to achieve. Yeah, I'm just first. I want to say how much I admire and I'm inspired by Christmas is working his colleagues. I mean, it's incredible. These people risking themselves on the front line on do is this connected with its design initiative by I suspect as we heard with the Afghanistan Story that women plan enormous role in society and communities on it often gets overlooked often by a male dominated press. In those regions, the say initiative is an initiative to collect and curate and document the history off fashion, mainly women's fashion across the Middle East and the Arab world on day. One Sound one sense It sounds quite a niche concept, but actually It is a very good way of turning women's stories and understanding the politics and culture of the region, which is so important if we look at politics only through a dry lens we miss out on so many of the nuances about the culture and the people. This is not only a fascinating aesthetic and beautiful project. It's also very interesting insight into politics, Ondo. Also, the role of women, which is constantly underestimated is the biggest myth. I come across the middle east of women are somehow now seeing Just follow their men around Middle Eastern women are some of the most impressive women I've ever met, and the say initiative is is run by a woman, Dr Rhee in Harlem, actually on been amazing female team on. It's just a joy to be surrounded by these women on doing extraordinary work about the work of women in the Middle East. I mean, it's interesting the context of what your organization is trying to do, namely promote greater understanding in the Middle East among parliamentarians in the UK I mean, if you want to give parliamentarians marks out of 10 for their levels of understanding now, how would that look? Parliamentarians do a lot better than the media would have you believe on attempting to understand And of course, the military parliamentarian goes abroad to really meet people on the ground and understand they get them blasted by the press for having jollies, which are usually very far from Jolie under a lot of meetings. I think parliamentarians have a very difficult job, and most of them do the very best they can to get out to the region and understand on the ground. It's a very hard job because you also have your constituents in your home constituency. Who want to know why you're not there on why you may be aboard. So it's very hard. Yes. Interesting to hear that perspective. Charlotte, Leslie crystals Christie with me throughout. We're going to go to the Middle East now because Pope Francis is in Iraq and this is the first people visit to the country. In a speech after being welcomed by Iraq's president to the presidential palace in Baghdad, the pope spoke of his joy at finally making it to Iraq. Somewhere after their opportunity to the computer with that is, I am very pleased with this opportunity to carry out this a pasta like visit that has long been desired in the Republic of Iraq in this land that is the cradle of civilization, closely attached to the patriarch Abraham on several profits on the history of salvation on today's him Christianity and Islam. The question is Well. The visit has been described as the pope's most risky foreign trip. There are security concerns and Iraq is in the grip off the corona virus pandemic will on the line. Jane Aref New York Times Baghdad. Bureau chief regular guest on this program. She's in a bill in northern Iraq. Jane. Good to hear you welcome. Thank you, Julian. Um, the pope is just left Najaf. I'm told on obviously much is being made of this meeting today with Grand Ayatollah Al Sistani. How significant is that? From your point of view, Do you think Well, just fact that it happened is really quite significant because there was some doubt that it would happen. It's significant, really, because Sistani is the most revered Shia cleric in Iraq, Also with a ah large following outside Iraq, and His meeting. The pope is really a seal of approval. I mean, much of this is symbolic. It is a symbol that, according to the highest Shia cleric, Christianity and Christians deserve respect. I mean, there's no doubt that Sistani has felt that but this visit is tangible proof..
UN Envoy Calls for Collective Action to Stop Myanmar Repression
"Nations has called for sustained international effort to end the violence in Myanmar, where protests against last months to have been met with deadly force by the authorities. A spokesman for the U. N Secretary General Steffan Didja Reek, told the BBC that he hoped the Security Council would speak with a strong, unified voice.