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The inside story of the Iranian attack on Al Asad Airbase
"General Frank Mackenzie, commander of US forces in the Middle East, monitored the attack from his headquarters in Tampa, Florida. Walking into this small room off his main operation Center, where he could talk directly to the only two people above him in the chain of command. They bring in secretary defense and a little bit later they brought in the president to this conversation. We're listening to the reports of the missiles flying. You ever been on one like this? I've never been on one like this, where real missiles being fired at our forces and where I thought the risks were so high Iranian attack on al Assad was in retaliation for a stunning US operation. President Trump ordered six nights earlier, a drone strike, which killed Iran's most powerful general Qassim Suleimani. The blood of many Americans is on the hands of the same salamoni. He was this close to an indispensable man as you could find inside Iran, where he went violin. And death followed during the American occupation of Iraq. Sulamani had orchestrated attacks which killed more than 600. U. S troops and, according to Mackenzie, He was planning to do it again. We saw intelligence reports where the same cell Amani was moving various attacks, dreams forward against our forces in Iraq against our embassy and against other bases there. With the imminent perhaps an hour's, perhaps in days, probably not weeks. Until then, the USAID shied away from going after Sulamani for fear, killing such a high ranking government official. Would only provoke Mauritanian attacks. I never take killing anyone is a zone easy decision, but I think the risk of not acting in this case Outweigh the risks of acting So yes, I was good with the decision on January 3rd of last year on airport security camera recorded. Sulamani is arrival in Baghdad on a commercial flight from Damascus. Kensi was watching from a different angle. You have the drones overhead. Do you see him Healthy? Yes, yes. As soon Money's entourage pulled away from the plane. McKenzie gave the kill order to the commander controlling the drones. And then I said, Take your shot when you got it. Missile slammed into both vehicles simultaneously. There's no backslapping. There's no cheering because now I have to prepare to deal with the consequences. The action, General Mackenzie was sure Iran would retaliate, but he didn't know how and neither for awhile. Did the Iranians. I believe they went into a period of this organization because they had lost the officer. Who really spoke up and shaped everything up and told them what they were gonna do. So he's kind of ominous silence. It was a very ominous silence. And what was the first sign that Iran might really be thinking of her? Ballistic missile attack, they began to move their ballistic missiles. The attack was just hours away. When major Alan Johnson got the word. Iran's most powerful weapons were aiming for al Assad. My intelligence officer pulled me aside and Basically said, Sir, I've got some bad news for you. What's up? We have information that Iran is fueling 27 medium range ballistic missiles in their intention is the level this base And we may not survive. This was a completely different threat. Lieutenant Colonel Jim Garland commanded an army battalion at Al Asad. Sprawling air base about 120 miles west of Baghdad, where the U. S operated scores of helicopters, drones and other aircraft. Did the base have any defense against ballistic missiles now, sir? It was such a unprecedented threat. I don't think it was ever calculated. S o the capability to, uh, prevent a ballistic missile attack. It wasn't there. Did you have a plan for what to do? Way came up with the plan. The only real defense against ballistic missile attack is to get out of harm's way.
Military Crackdown in Myanmar Escalates With Killing of Protesters
"Overseas now. Protests against the military coup claiming more lives in myanmar people reportedly killed the bloodiest day since the coup a month ago. Authorities reportedly firing live rounds demonstrators running for their lives the us embassy condemning the government violence. Here's abc's julia macfarlane tonight. In myanmar of violent crackdown police using tear gas stun grenades water cannons to break up unarmed crowd then reportedly opening fire. You and human rights officials say at least eighteen. Protesters killed dozens wounded chaotic scenes in hospitals as medical teams race to treat the injured for weeks a show of defiance in the streets. Often military generals seized power detaining. The elected leader aung san suu chief protesters demanding her government be reinstated at the un myanmar's ambassador making an emotional plea for help. We need fun. Uh strongest possible action from the intonation community ending his speech. They symbol of resistance but later state tv announcing that diplomat had been fun. Happy with tonight. The white house has released a statement saying the. Us is alarmed at the violence against peaceful. Protesters administration is now preparing further action against those involved. Wit jillian mcfarland. Our thanks to you
Is Astra the wrong vaccine for border workers?
"One of the big milestones we had about yesterday. Was that the oxford astrazeneca vaccine. I devices of that have arrived in australia. Which is something that we've been waiting for. We're in phase one of the role at at the moment and those are the priority people. And i thought that those people were getting the fis at shot. But now we've got the oxford esters shut here. Are they going to be getting that as well and should they be getting that as well. We're in the press release from the prime minister and the minister. They say that they will guess. That's what they say in the press release and in fact the minister himself a week or so ago a press conference said the same thing that there would be a mix of these vaccines and the trouble with. That is an an accord. Chris murray who ahead on seven thirty last monday which he was. Who's the head of the institute for health. Metrics evaluation in seattle is. That astra is the wrong vaccine. If you're looking at borders let's pull back a little bit about what you're trying to achieve and your vaccine strategy are vaccine strategy is really for a country that has lots of covid around in the middle of covid outbreak. Because you want to partake. H care quite rightly aged care. Workers quite rightly you want to get in there and then you want to protect the rest of the population you want to. Doctors nurses people who work in hospitals all that nor question and we still want to do that but if the virus gets in through the borders that's how the virus gets seen it doesn't suddenly pop aged care home or residential care or pop up in the alfred hospital in melbourne. It comes from overseas. We'll come back to the new zealand situation currently in a minute. So the total strategy in the first instance should be about the borders if we can keep our borders secure. The virus won't get in and then we've got time to immunize for safety reasons. The rest of the population and so astro is the wrong vaccine for. That is not the wrong vaccine. I'll get. I want to say up front. I will get the astro vaccine. I'll be happy to get it. It will protect you in severe disease. But it won't necessarily protect our borders. It will against probably against the uk variant. It's not going to protect almost certainly against us at african variant which only showed ten percent efficacy against. We don't know what is going to do against the brazilian variant which shows vaccine escape. And there's the california variant in american various which. Look as if they might be a bit vaccine resistant themselves and so what we should be doing is saying well astra's fine and the scottish artist suggests it's fine for preventing severe disease but that's for a country that we should be covered getting in the first place. So that's about the pfizer vaccine because it stops transmission. More effectively than the astra zeneca vaccine. I it works within three weeks. You don't have to wait. Three months for the efficacy. Second reason is that moderna there is no. There are no data drawn. Skerritt said on chronic is last week for pfizer. But it's almost identical vaccines to madeira and moderna reasonable efficacy against the south african vary not great but much better than ten percent and and it gives stronger immunity faster so for our borders we should be using pfizer and getting quick protection and we should be protecting their households. Because where's it gonna go after they get infected should he be infected. And if it's the south african is going to go to members of their households at a higher chance so their families or flatmates should be immunized with pfizer to and then the third thing that we should be doing which nobody's talking about just wondering why not but when i talk and by the way this is not necessarily me talking actually sounded out on people who know what they're talking about who aren't where willingness to publicly contradict the government. They say es actually what we should be doing and it's largely what new zealand is doing. They are immunizing. their hotel. boorda workers and their immunizing their families. They've had an outbreak which will come to in a minute. The other thing we should be doing is actually having a forward strategy. Which is if you want to get back into australia. Get immunized and we should help them so some vaccine doses could go overseas to australia. Scott send send it over to make sure the co chain right to our consulates and remember. Pfizer is not quite as temperature sensitive as people say. It's it's a problem once you've dominated you've got to get rid of it but it's not quite temperature sensitive as can last for a while so if you're an australian in london paris and new york senate to this german embassy or their physicians. They've got doctors attached and immunize streams. Get them to pay for. It is cheaper than a hotel quarantine and so you. Don't get on the plane until you've had two doses and you waited another two weeks so you're fully immunized
US implicates Saudi crown prince in journalist's killing
"An intelligence report has been declassified about the killing of a U. S. based journalist Jamal Khashoggi died in twenty eighteen at the Saudi embassy in Istanbul Turkey the reports of Saudi Arabia's crown prince likely approve the killing the prince said in twenty nineteen he took full responsibility for the killing since it happened on his watch but denied ordering it press secretary Jen Psaki says this will re calibrate the U. S. relationship with Saudi Arabia the president raises a house do everything that does every official at every level concerns we have about human rights abuses and steps that we expect the government officials in the country to take moving forward Democrats are pressing for strong action against Saudi Arabia possibly sanctions at Donahue Washington
Biden orders airstrikes in Syria, retaliating against Iranian-backed militias
"For the first time since he was inaugurated president. Joe biden tonight has ordered. Us military strike the pentagon says. The president ordered airstrikes in syria around six. Pm eastern time this evening. This is the statement that we got announcing the start from pentagon. Press secretary. John kirby he said quote at president biden's direction. Us military forces earlier this evening conducted air strikes against infrastructure utilized by iranian-backed militant groups in eastern syria. These strikes were authorized in response to recent attacks against american and coalition personnel in iraq and to ongoing threats to those personnel specifically. The strikes destroyed multiple facilities located at a border control. Point used by a number of iranian-backed militant groups this proportionate response was conducted together with diplomatic measures including consultation with coalition partners. More on that in a moment The operation sends an unambiguous message. Statement continues president biden will act to protect american coalition personnel quote. At the same time we have acted any deliberate manner that aims to de-escalate the overall situation in both eastern syria and iraq. like that statement tonight from pentagon. Press secretary john kirby announcing these us airstrikes eastern syria now in terms of what these air strikes were in response to this month in iraq. There have been three rocket attacks publicly reported in the space of a week the most recent one targeted the us embassy in baghdad. That was three days ago to rockets fired in that attack fell inside the green zone that heavily fortified area around the baghdad embassy there were no injuries From those two rockets on saturday it was four rockets that had hidden air base north of baghdad. That injured one person but last monday it was a more. A more consequential attacked. It was a dozen rockets last monday. That struck the usually peaceful northern iraqi city of bill that killed that attack killed one american civilian contractor and wounded nine other people including several americans at the air bill airport now it has been widely assumed that it was iranian backed militias that were behind these rocket attacks. Iran has denied any direct responsibility but the attacks have been seen in in many quarters as a way of sort of testing. The waters with the new administration should also be noted. That president biden took office just days after the one year anniversary of the us killing. Iran's top revolutionary guard general and a missile strike. Something iran has promised to take retaliation for the other context. That's important here. Of course that the biden administration just a week ago announced that they're ready to hold talks with iran on possibly reentering the nuclear deal that was designed to keep iran from becoming a nuclear power. That was the deal that president obama entered into with iran. That president trump pulled out of as we've been reporting the story trying to understand the scale of these airstrikes night. We have just gotten some tape from the brand new defense secretary. lloyd austin. He spoke with reporters on a flight back to washington. He had been visiting. Us military facilities on the west coast. This was on board the plane back on route to the. Us's coast a target that we would after we know what we get and and we're confident that that target was being used the same shia militia that That conducted the strikes. You're very deliberate about our approach as you would expect this to be You're allowed to it. Occurs the iraqis to investigate develop intelligence and very helpful to us and refining target. You i was season was my recommendation We said a number of times. We will respond At you know on our time line and once again we wanted to be sure that the connectivity and wanted to be sure that can't the right dr sites it was today. Yes issue one defense secretary. Lloyd austin that's tonight we just got in that tape moments ago. Speaking about the first military operation of the biden administration. these airstrikes on iranian backed militias in syria. The administration says they are response to rocket attacks that targeted u s and coalition forces in iraq. You just heard Defense secretary austin there say that it was president who authorized these strikes And he did so this morning per the defense secretary's read out to reporters tonight joining us now. For more is nbc's chief foreign correspondent. Richard engel richard. I didn't expect to have you back on the show so soon after talking with you last night on a totally different matter Joining us on short notice tonight to help us help us through this. Not not a problem. And i was speaking short while ago with a senior. Us official with direct knowledge of this This was a a message to iran and iranian backed militias. According to this official. And the message was that the united states will no longer tolerate harassment will no longer tolerate attacks rocket attacks missiles attacks and particular the attack on your bill of earlier this month was seen as something of a watershed moment so this was a a message. That times have changed that. Even though the president biden wants to negotiate with iran this administration does not want to be bullied does not want to be pushed around is not going to accept the Increased military action that put us personnel and allies at risk. So this was. This was a strong message. It was described to me as the The carrot the stick in the carrot and stick of diplomacy and deterrence that the. Us is offering the carrot. They wanna get back to talks but they also are using the stick for the for the first time today and sending this message. The target that was hit was described as a series of buildings that were used to supply and support these different militia groups. A kind of a border crossing area on the border between syria and iraq. the militias. That operate in this in this area do often cross the border. The fact that the strike took place in syria is also significant. It take some of the pressure off of the government of baghdad. So this was a a very carefully chosen target. It was a calibrated response. Trying to hit specifically the militia that had been targeting the us forces and allied forces and also to send a clear message to iran. That times have changed now. The official said this is also a message to iran and the militias. That things are different than they were. Under the trump administration under president trump and by way. We almost went to war with iran in a very similar circumstance. That that we're in right now. About a year
Israel freezes plan to send vaccines to foreign allies
"The story coming out of israel this week. was That israeli journalists. Kelly cohen reported that israel's going to send one hundred thousand vaccines to nineteen nations around the world. Some of these nations announced that they were moving are had already moved embassies or missions to jerusalem honduras guatemala czech republic. There was no debate at all In the security cabinet no authorization by the justice. Minister of foreign minister and benny was the defense minister. And by the way interim justice minister said that thinks he's a running running kingdom and not a state by this decision obviously. Israel's already criticized for not making it a priority to vaccinate. The palestinians may talk a little bit more about that. But it isn't making us look better right this these one hundred thousand. Vaccinations being sent abroad. No i didn't think it is. Because i mean vaccine diplomacy which is a new thing now in our will. But he's a real thing you know with china india jostling with each other to distribute vaccines to win influence and goodwill in asia etc. You know united arab emirates is is giving vaccine to egypt. Obviously this is a thing to be doing. Russia trying to boost its profile. But the problem here is. It's very transparent. The israelis basically rewarding friends. You know that hungry set up. A trade mission in jerusalem or the republicans promised to do something similar and therefore because of that recognition Be wants to reward those countries Vaccine i mean it goes down well for the reason you know. Which is the story. A big story around the world is that israel is not accenting Its nearest neighbors and therefore misses something. I think about vaccine diplomacy well. Why don't we just talk about that. Because of course that has reached a new audience that notion of what israel's doing not doing vaccine right and it reached a new audience in you're referring to the snl clip that How shall you say this. Caused a bit of a ruckus this week. So let's listen in and talk a little bit more about reporting that the vaccinated half of their population. And i'm gonna guess it's the jewish half. I mean obviously you mentioned this. Jonathan about how if I think you said this one of the previous episodes if this was new zealand. We wouldn't be hearing at the end of the vaccination thing but because it's israel and it's politically charged. There's there's added complexity to the story. Yeah i mean you know you states say. The snl clip went viral jojo. Avars use that word to me. That was a big moment. Really because it's mainstream american comedy. If that is now it seems to me. There's a judgment there. Such a night live making the among its audience. There will be a perception as a more left wing. Frankly view of israel than i think would have been true a generation ago And you can make a joke like that sort of edgy but the the among kinda millennial snl audience who. Let's say you know. Revere alexandria ocasio cortez. The idea that israel is basically a little bit racist is a joke that lands without audience. That's what i think. Snl thinking there and just on the point about vaccine diplomacy. It seems to me that is the piece that's missing. Which is okay. You think you get a little bit of goodwill in hungary czech republic or whatever but actually what is noticed around the world and we can get into the arguments for and against is. The palestinians are not being vaccinated by israeli vaccine. And that's the big picture to the point where it took butter than snl joke.
Massive fire engulfs home near DC's Embassy Row; firefighter hurt
"Wednesday together a breaking story we've been following for you this overnight. Early morning a huge fire on embassy row this early warning, D. C. First responders were fighting a two alarm fire on the 2600 block of 31st Street. Northwest 13 story home has mostly collapsed, They say. Officials say it was undergoing construction prior to this blaze. DC fire also says the flames extended to the neighboring houses for a time, but Are under control this hour. The good word is no injuries have been reported stable double d t o p one. Oh 3.5 FM and, of course, double duty GOP dot com For the very latest will bring you the new information as it becomes
Protests swell after Myanmar junta raises specter of force
"City despite the military threat to use lethal force 1000 protesters have gathered near the American Embassy in Yangon despite barriers blocking the way but left to avoid a confrontation. After 20 minutes three trucks with riot police arrive nearby. Protests continued in other parts off the city to factories, workplaces and shops are shuttered across the country. In response to the call for a nationwide strike on Sunday night, the military warned against plans for the strike. However, one man who owns our bottled water business
Protests swell after Myanmar junta raises specter of force
"A large protest has taken place in mammals because city despite the military threat the use lethal force against people who join a general strike more than one thousand protesters have gathered near the American embassy in Yangon despite barriers blocking the way left to avoid a confrontation of the twenty minute tree trunks with a black please arrive nearby protests continued in other parts of the city to factories workplaces and shops are shuttered across the country in response to the call for a nationwide strike on Sunday night the minute she warned against plans for the strike however one man who owns a bottled water business in the capital city was closing his factory down and joining the demonstration I'm Charles collect as much
Sexy is Timeless With Luisa Diaz
"Luisa the welcome to come see us fan Saddest On people well-meant went guantanamo's kenneth lisa. What's your heritage come from who kansas louisa. Well kidneys louisa is trying to figure it out. But i i tell you what i am and what i've been doing what doing so i am not enough from venezuela in i grew up in venezuelan with my grandparents with i adore magnum weather. I grew up in small town in venezuela though what the super super state and they have the opportunity to come to the united states. And then some i came here to study. I went to the university to four business when i came here. Didn't know how to speak english at all in a hear about that. You didn't either an idea exactly what you may show one of your blood. 'cause i wanted to learn so bad so i wanted to surround myself with people that only speak english because i wanted to ask so. It wasn't very hard challenged. Because when i went to college didn't know how to speak english at all i so i knew in. Ibm it goes. I guess he'll was in noise Yes so but i didn't give up. I finished my education which was So so so happy and telling you a little bit about me from venezuela combing In had done so many other. Great things that you're going to be asking reward about it but you want me to answer the specific questions seven steps news. Okay good question. i can't him. I got married my first mary. I and my sick of marriage. Now when i met my hus- every though so i will have because my husband used to work for the american embassy in meeting in my country when i was ecstatic in one of the university concert that that was administered. Minnesota was beautiful lone That you here panda venezuela unfortunately very very sad contouring. Now people that really hungry that is not venezuela i grow up the minnesota eyebrow was a beautiful country has beautiful memories of my country. Anees very sad to see the country. The people desperate this matter saying is not the same by that is not when you are hungry on the is doing nothing for you. You know people lose the dignity people whose fact people lose who they are is like you said different things is that the footing is likely john gordon. My concert right now on his breaks my heart by amid my husband there in move here in continue with my education so that was the freeze tonight. Came him so you met him there and then he was like it's time to move back home anthems banana. Who does yes. We got married in my country and then via allows magnon. No noise is so funny but cook when the when i met my husband ex husband you know. He wasn't typical american told Blue is very hansel. I guess he has the most beautiful blue eyes is like. I was saying lowest. Lou is by didn't know how to speak spanish in. I didn't know how to speak english so when we met. He says ola senior double nita us like okay. So we went out a few timelines for launch. He used to pick me out for launch in. We launched and we'll look each other and we couldn't speak with assist mile. It was so cute in. We need that like a couple. Moore's acrimony guests at the ultra takeover. Nicotiana kimmy get it. I see it knows or he does he hope one day i said to hindu nowak. Don't call me don't call me anymore. I need to speak to you. I need to talk to you. Glad continual and so he was very sad in three months. He called me back. He was speaking spanish separately. Sap cohe layer is finding by himself. She in the newspaper bowl. So classes i Three mosey call me and louisa. Komo is task unit seat on more. Saudi yo who is there who is this. So yeah and how our love story star mary. Yeah
UN asks Emirates for 'proof of life' for missing princess
"United Arab Emirates has said that Princess the tea for the daughter of the ruler of Dubai is being cared for at home. Supported by her family and medical professionals. The United Nations had asked for proof that the princess was still alive. Video recording shot secretly some months ago, Princess Latifah said she was being held prisoner and feared for her life. Now, while all Mark Huffy reports, this is the first time the U A E has responded to the videos broadcast by the BBC. In a statement issued by its embassy in London, the royal family thanks those who have expressed concern for Princess Latifah's welfare but say the media coverage is certainly not reflective off the actual position. Her family's say that she's being cared for at home. The ad. She continues to improve and we are hopeful she will return to public life at the appropriate
Myanmar rattled by army movements, expected internet cutoff
"US numbers of demonstrators defied orders against protests and took to the streets of Myanmar once more to March against the military takeover that ousted the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi laws demonstrations were held in the major cities of Yangon Mandalay and the capital not PPL as well as in far flung areas dominated by ethnic minorities protesters near gone again rallied outside the Chinese and US embassies thank you Beijing a popping up the minute you regime in a proportion to the factions sensing the military resistance also took place in cyberspace hackers deface the government's needs website replacing its ten page with Watson pixies against someone to take care of a the accident took place after the routing to into issued a new order suspending several basic civil liberties the recent order allows authorities to carry out searches and make arrests without warrants and permits the detention of detainees for more than twenty four hours without permission I'm Karen Thomas
Golden State Warriors "Just Not Going to Win Enough"
"Now the Golden State Warriors they were on the losing end of tonight's contest. Steph Curry dropped 27 points and Gabe Steps been playing well all year long Averaging about 32nd in the league in scoring if I'm not mistaking, where is he on your M V P list? Early n v P list. Early n v p list. I mean, he's to me he would be in like my finalist category and probably top three. The issue is Golden State's is not gonna win enough, right? I mean, it's impressive that they are where they are, because without clay, it's just such a different team and you look around I mean, one. Anderson. This is a guy I'm in Milwaukee. And for those who don't know one Anderson, who started tonight for Golden State he played for Marquette's here in Milwaukee. Like years ago, when Golden State played the Bucks on Christmas, I went No, that can't be the same one. Anderson. This is a guy who, like played Mexico for a little bit and like this is a guy who is currently starting for the Golden State Warriors to the fact that they're above 500. Steph has them that's impressive, but at the end of the day I just feel like he doesn't really have an opportunity to win the award, despite him being so incredibly impressive to me to have the Warriors where they are right now, because that roster just isn't what it was. A couple of years ago when they're going to finals after finals after finals. Yeah, I'd have him behind LeBron. We know where the eye LeBron I don't know, but I haven't behind LeBron. I'm calling it this year. This year. LeBron's gonna He's gonna get the M V. P for all the years he should have got it and didn't get it. You know, Because there we know there's been many years. Well abroad probably was the best player in the NBA. But sometimes the voters like the past that M V P trophy. Around, you know to a bunch of guys and speaking of LeBron, the Lakers have won seven straight. They play the Nuggets tomorrow night, and I would say they're the hottest team in the NBA, but they can't catch the Utah Jazz. What do you think about that match up The top two teams at this moment in the Western Conference show the thing that's gonna be really interesting for me in the in the West. And it is. Can Utah hold off the Lakers and well, I mean, we've got a long way to go. You know, they've only played 26 games. The jazz. The Lakers have played 27. But if the Jazz can somehow hold them off and get that number one seed, I mean, I'm a guy who doesn't typically buy into the seating in the embassy. Just because we've seen in the past with LeBron's teams on the calves, and you know the LeBron teams out with the Lakers, and you don't have to have that number one overall seed like we know the Lakers are good. But his deepest that Western conference is and if the Lakers and Clippers have to do you know battle and go head to head before the Western Conference finals like that's wildly interesting to me because I think the Clippers are a team there are slowly starting to figure it out as well. And if that's not the Western Conference finals match if that ends up being a Western Conference semifinal matchup I actually do think that that's one of those things that could potentially matter in the Western Conference this year.
Viggo Mortensen on new movie 'Falling'
"This is popcorn when we talk about. What's out there at the movies. There's a movie out there now. Called falling vigo mortenson. My guest is starring in it with this time in this movie falling. He also directs. It's the first time it's his feature directing debut and it's in many ways at top story but it's vigo to me. It's him saying. I'm going to take this on and see what happens. And what happens is so incredibly moving so figo. Welcome good to have you. Thanks is wonderful to see again. What i can't say. What attracted you to this because you wrote. This is something that came out of your own head and it feels very personal to me. But i don't know just help personnel. This it is personal but it's also I mean it's largely a fiction fictional family but the foundation of it is feelings. I have for my mother especially but by connection to my father as well into my childhood and adolescence so there are elements of truth. As far as i remember an memory subjected that after do with my upbringing and even with the aspect of dementia that that's dealt within the story. I've had a lot of experience with that. Both my parents stepfather grandparents. I've seen it up close in a caregiver. And it's something i wanted to explore. I wanted to explore the limits if there are any communication especially with people that you have a hard time communicating with other. I wanted to just more than anything asks questions. Rather than give answers. Ask myself questions and maybe half the audience are the people that you can't communicate with our the people. Obviously there are people that want to communicate with are there. People don't deserve to be communicated with or listen to i personally. Don't think so. But as person makes their own decision about that. It's i wanted to look fine. I wanted to explore the idea of empathy of communication and closer. We've gotten to the release of this movie. Which is february fifth. Us canada unexpectedly an away. Unfortunately this movie and the polarization the conflicts with this family that it deals with problems of communication are more timely than ever. Well i mean we come in the way i see admit point even low. Your movie is there's a great many flashbacks. And i should just say up front. That basically you're playing a gay man with a father who is suddenly hit by the ravages of dementia. It may even early onset and yet through the flashbacks in what we say we see. This man has always been difficult. He's been more than a handful. You know he's a racist in him. There's a person who can be a bowling and yet through the flashbacks to we see that he's capable of love. He's hard to take and yet we feel that we haven't seen except toward the end of the movie. What it was like when your character decides. I'm not gonna play at his wet. I'm going to try to give something. That is empathetic rather than something. That's hostile john. Is that yard. You're in sub it in your own life when you dealt with now in. My father wasn't anywhere near as difficult to deal with. We had better communication than john willis do in this story though sunan father but but my father was a man of his generation. He was not american use denmark but he was raised on a farm born during the depression went through the german occupation during world. War two ran away from home when he was fourteen You know self taught person who then eventually after he married. My mother moved the united states. He somehow got into business. School finished it in half the time by doing night courses nine. Just a determined person. Very self reliant. But like many men of that generation he was kind of even in his gentlest moments. A my way or the highway kind of guy. And that's just the way it was. And then you didn't adapt to changing times that well either the sixties the seventies is like what the hell's going on from their point of view. Why can't things just be the way they should be in. Men and women are women all that stuff and so there was a bit of that on my dad but but he was nowhere near as it was not as much of a conflict as you as i depicted in the movie. It's a fiction as i say this story. Even those became a father son story a basically the moral conscience to like the the the the fulcrum emotionally morally of the story really is is the mother for me. Is gwen by hannah. Gross the inspiration and the reason that they argue a lot. You know both father and son and also father and daughter. My sister played by laura. Linney the bone of contention. Is gwen a lot. So that was an important role and i. I guess that character resembles my mother and my relationship with that character in in the movie is more like my relationship with my mother than than the relationship with the father's like my own father. There's there's a lot of you that i see in this character in terms of how you play it and also how you directed wrote it which is nature of you know we see this man. He grew up in loved the farm. He loved it. He related to the horses to the answers like you. you know. there's something about nature where the best of him somehow is shown when he's with these animals he can't seem to rang. The embassy has them to is actual family which people in general yeah. It's just kind of tragic when it is said it is said and you know it's no accident that the first third of the movie threaded through it is this sequence that has to do with the duck the sequence of events right from seeing it shooting it bathing when it's sleeping with plucking cooking it and then finally you know eating it sharing it that way. let's that john that grows up to be your character of sleep. Was the dead duck. He lets him do that. He does some well. Yeah that whole thing. The story was away to introduce among things. What you're talking about the relationship that that family has with nature expos with life and death and all that would nature you. You all grow up for time on on a farm. I grew up in part. I bo bo cities and farms. I mean i learned to ride horses. When i was really little when i when i could walk and And my dad was someone who was raised on a farm And he introduced me and my brothers at the earliest possible age to campaign to know how to make a fire to forests and rivers and animals and fishing and hunting. And all those things. So i was very much part of my
The Worst Video Game Launches In History
"Fallout seventy six. And what makes while it's seventy six so interesting is I i actually really like fought seventy-six like i really really enjoyed that game. I know that it was bare. And i know this story was kind of like i. I was kinda lean like going through and finding like all the different audio clips and stuff before they started adding in other stuff And i know that they kind of made it conveniently based around just like the story of the game like. Hey you're the first ones out like it's kind of it's kind of bullshit like i mean you kind of know that they weren't really i guess planning that from the beginning but anyway there was just there was so much that happened when that game launched and the first part of it that i find really interesting is that people were mainly upset with fall out seventy six when it came out because it was exactly what they thought it was gonna be yet and you know what the backlash on that game started even before the game came out to if you remember when the beta released there was a ton of issues with the beta because apparently it was only playable certain time i for certain periods of the day certain times i think that there is an issue where the beta would not let you uninstall it when you're done with it and i think if i remember correctly too i think didn't something crash where you had to re download it again like so people remember that and then know whatever it was. They had to rerelease the download because was corrupted. I don't know if that's exactly what it was. But something caused you to have to retaliate again. And it's not a small game. No yeah. I mean internet these days you know. Most people have pretty high speed. But this i mean this game came out three years ago. I wanna say at that point so it's kind of funny that leading up. You knew that game was just going to be a giant mess and we bought it because we like fall out and it was okay. I don't know that it was as bad as everybody made it out to be but it definitely wasn't good I didn't buy into that story at all about no. Mpc's it's ridiculous center. They tried to sell that so hard. They're like yeah but in this world there are no mpc's and it's like okay. I don't want this isn't story. I wanna i wanna follow like it's uninteresting. The robots because like that the best thing with fallout is like the different factions. And the people you meet you need that it just got boring. That's why we stopped playing is because we were doing. These quests but every quest was like go here scan if you things download things and read. That was the other thing is is because there is no embassy story was told via like notes and things you discover and i don't wanna do. That wasn't fun. So i think we just stopped because it's just really boring. Well it's funny that you mentioned that. Because i was. I was talking to kim earlier. And i was like. Why did we stop playing fall at seventy six. And she's like there is a main story mission where we had to kill somebody but they're already so we couldn't couldn't advance so i mean we just kind of shrug shoulders and that was that i had seen enough. I was like this is not doing it for me. This is not fallout. It's not it was literally felt like a gain. A totally different game with like a fallout skin. And if you remember you remember the other thing too so do you remember the collector's edition for that game. I do have this written down to think. They got sued instantly because one of the things they had was they advertised. This like this bag. It was supposedly a messenger bag. Yeah and the images that they would show it look like it would be a high quality bag. Have you got limited edition. Which i think was like three hundred dollars. Yes i think. Yeah they got this tiny like little plastic. I can't even call it a bag. You couldn't use it all and people were like what the fuck what is this. It wasn't even funny people like angry. Like what is this. Give me my money back. And yeah they got. They got sued and they had to actually recall it and they had to I had that a district preorder wound up cancelling it. But what i remember getting these emails. Is they You had a form and they had to produce the actual bag that they were gonna make any told you. Hey we'll probably have this in like six months or so. I think that's what it was. I got one ship to me like months and it was still a piece of crap back. It was awful. It was slightly better than i. Guess the one that people had gotten i ever got the original bags. Cancel the preorder. But i did get the replacement bag. I guess because they had a priori file but total mess from start to finish. What makes it even funnier. Is that when they were trying to correct that wrong. They ended up dachshund like everyone that put him a support ticket on their website. So it's like how our best as fallen and just sad todd house. We deserve better. That's the thing though it's like okay. So the game has bugs. But it's really redundant because it's a pathetic game so it's like you know what you expect when when you get it but it's just hilarious that all this other crap happened after the fact is just it blows my mind looking back at that i. It's just insane. And what's what's odd about fought seventy six is that it actually got like a redemption story arc. They added more concert and people said the games. Now so it's it's just hilarious. It's so hilarious. We've been talking about going back and playing it because we never played it after The update the major update. So yeah i mean maybe we can have a redemption You know maybe we can follow up and and Confirm or deny it actually is a good game now but yeah i've heard the same thing with the updates. It's actually pretty playable. I'm pretty enjoyable. Yeah have like a battle royale mode in there too. I think which is kind of you remember. I did want to play that. I remember when they showed the trailer for that. And that did. I was like okay
Biden announces US will sanction Myanmar's military leaders following coup
"Last week's data in myanmar provided the new us administration of president joe biden with its first major foreign policy crisis. We now have an idea of america's response. President biden has signed an executive order imposing sanctions on the coup leaders. This will be followed by measures to block the myanmar's military access to government funds held in the us. Further measures seem likely showed the gionta not to american demands that democratic order be restored one by louis lukens former. Us diplomat now senior partner with cigna global advisors liu first of all this all seem certainly measured against the last four years widely normal. Doesn't it well it does. You're right andrew. It does seem normal and there is a policy process in washington. That was carried out there. Tony blinken and president biden consulted with about this issue and then came to a decision to impose sanctions so very normal. Didn't learn about it by tweet. Sort of back to the good old days of foreign policy. I think not that. I'm wishing to sound overly nostalgic four the immediately preceding four years. But in an instance like this is this orthodoxy helpful. I mean the demand. Maurice generals rather priced this in. Wouldn't they well. The process and the consultant with allies is helpful whether sanctions themselves will be useful remains to be seen sanctions. Tend to have very limited effectiveness and the people who are targeted by sanctions. In this case the military leadership Tend to be able to to be somewhat immune to the effects of the sanctions. They and so the. Us has walk a very fine line in trying to punish the leadership but in a way. That doesn't actually trickle down and really hurt. The the average burmese people who who are responsible for the the off course well just as a general principle then. Is there any reason to imagine that the people behind the coup. D'etat actually care what. The united states thinks that. This point probably not much reason to think that they care you know. China is their number one trading partner. They do roughly three third of their trade with china and the us is not even in the top five list of trading partners So you know it's great that the us has a couple allies on board. And i think the tony blinken talk to his japanese counterpart yesterday to to sort of coordinate a little bit on this but if china is not going to impose sanctions which they won't it really reduces the effectiveness of what the us can do in that especially in that country where we have very few ties. So how much of the american response. So far and i guess what we might still see often. American response is not so much the new. Us administration hoping it can affect an outcome in this specific circumstance but is more trying to set a general tone trying to establish. This is how this administration is going to do business. This is how we're going to react to things. Yeah look. I mean even if even if the sanctions are completely symbolic sends an important message that the that the united states will not tolerate this kind of activity and will work to promote the the sustenance of democratic governments around the world if the united states had ignored the coup in myanmar mar. I think that would send a message to people thinking about overthrowing governments around the world that hey we can do this now and get away with it now. The burmese military leaders may still get away with it remains to be seen whether the us sanctions will have any effect or not but the us had to send a message in some ways. This is a new administration and we're gonna take democracy seriously. How much more. Careful is the united states being about me on mob this time than it might have been during the previous stretch of military rule because in that period of course it did seem like a much more straightforward good guys versus bad guys proposition than you had this. All neha canonized a leader in waiting under house arrest on sang suci Whose stature. I think has been somewhat reduced by her own complicity with the people who've just thrown out of a job. Yeah i mean certainly. Her stature has been diminished over the last years in. Not just yeah. i mean. Basically because of her alignment with the military leaders in sort of her reaction to the the genocide in myanmar. That said i think the united states is trying to look at is not from the perspective of individual personalities but from the perspective of the principles of democracy and our unwillingness or or distaste for To go along with with appearing to support a military coup so we have to come out. The united states had to come out and strongly against this coup and short of military action economic sanctions against the people who perpetrated a coup really. The only way to go for now. The united states does of course have a diplomatic relationship with me on march for the moment at least any way you have been a diplomat serving abroad for the united states in a in a circumstance like this is there anything ambassadors another embassy staff on the ground candu or is it more likely case. They've just been told to make as little noise as they possibly can. Well i think the probably been quite vocal. I think in and you have to walk a fine line. You don't wanna be so vocal against the new leaders in the military that that you get thrown out of the country because certainly that is a possibility now. But you wanna make america's presence known and you wanna know you wanna make america's policies known so my guess is that Certainly through social media which is of limited value in me mark. I think the government has cut down. Cut off a lot of the internet but they they will be trying to work through their networks of of Dissenters and people in civil society to try to get the word out that the united states is with you. And we're working on this. How important is it to the united states to get at least some sort of result out of this. I mean i understand what you're saying about. How the united states is obliged to lay down the law here especially with the new administration but he is there a risk that they are seen to have done exactly that and have not make the blindest bit of difference to anything. Well there is a risk. I mean if if the us government left it as it is now the just the sanctions. That would be a worry but my guess is that Tony blinken will be is embarking on on a of diplomacy with counterparts around the world to try to to you take it to the next level not necessarily only through sanctions through a global reaction against this coup again. It comes back to the challenge. That is hard to do something. The un security council If china doesn't go along with it and china's unlikely to go along with any condemnation of the military leaders in in myanmar But i think tony blinken will certainly be trying to rally allies onto the us side honest
NBA says all teams must play national anthem after Dallas Mavericks stop playing it
"Are saying that they are no longer going to play the national anthem before tip off. Mark Cuban confirms that the organization has ceased plane the anthem before games and does not plan to play it moving forward. Mavericks made no public announcement that they were planning to do this. Nor did they reportedly announced or explain internally. No further explanation is yet been given by Cuban or the Mavericks, the league spokesperson. Said that under the unique circumstances of this season, teams are permitted to run their pregame operations as they see fit. The national anthem has become a point of contention and the in the country after Colin Kaepernick began kneeling as a form of protest against police brutality and injustice against minorities in the country, Of course. It has taken place now in pretty much all sports don't know if that has anything to do with it. But because of you said that the NBA just changed its course. And now the national anthem will be played tonight at the embassy. Just put out a statement. Maybe about an hour or so ago. It says All teams will play the national anthem that includes the Mavericks and the Mavericks will be playing it tonight. At 5 30 before their game against the Atlanta Hawks. So let me ask you. This
Australia will lift weekly caps on international arrivals in an effort to get stranded citizens home
"Be back but first. Let's begin with a roundup of the latest airline and frequent flyer news from the past fortnight and fiscally moist ustralian states will restore their international arrival caps to pre-january levels from monday. The fifteenth of february following a decision at yesterday's national cabinet meeting but western australia will retain its reduced arrival cap of just five hundred twelve passengers per week until further notice as perf emerged yesterday from its five day. Covid nineteen lockdown from the fifteenth of february new south. Wales will again double number of passengers at takes per week to just over three thousand queensland will restore its capacity from five hundred to a thousand a week and victoria will increase slightly as well as the stralia. The increase in rival caps is welcome news of course for the many trillion. Still desperately trying to return home from overseas but even with lost months capacity increase out the howard springs facility near darwin. The new arrival caps as of february are still below the old caps that were in place before January when the government temporarily half those caps in in many of the states prior to lost month's reduction australia had the capacity to accept around six thousand nine hundred weekly arrivals overseas including three the howard springs facility. The number right now is about four thousand five hundred fifty per week and this will increase from the fifteenth of february to around six thousand. Eight hundred weekly arrivals which is still just below what it was a ago. The government recently said that around thirty six thousand trillions currently registered with dave fat as being stuck overseas and this number has been repeated many times in the media as representing the number of australians. Trying to return but the tree number is likely far haya as many of the papal trying to come to his trail. You have not registered with fat qantas will wet lease up to fourteen embraer. One hundred ninety regional jets from alliance airlines for the next three years qantas plans to take delivery of. Its first three least jets in june this year for use on routes between adelaide. Alice springs and darwin the jets will be crewed by alliance airlines pilots and flight attendants but flights will be marketed by qantas in have accused flight. Number corner says that the nineties which have ten business class seats and four economy seats are the right size for flights between some of australia's regional centers and smaller capital cities. Lie ellen routes like alice springs to adelaide while also offering a great range. Then qantas links. Boeing seven one seven. The nineties can fly for up to five hours. Singapore airlines full service regional subsidiary silkair has been merged into the singapore airlines brand. Singapore airlines will gradually take over service on suk's existing routes starting with flights between singapore and pikit from the fourth of march. Nine of silk as boeing seven three seven eight hundred will eventually be transferred to the parent company and although the merger has been finalized at the moment with many of the airlines. Flights grounded covid nineteen. This was already planned a well before the pandemic began soak it has been a full service. Regional airline since it began operations in nineteen ninety-two but it had been viewed by some as the poor cousin of singapore airlines singapore airlines is now addressing some of these concerns by reupholstering. The seats on its silkair planes. It will also introduce a singapore airlines dining experience on regional flights including book the cook in business clause and on routes over five hours saute skew is fascinating business clause including on routes like hands to singapore which was previously so k. Route these seven three seven flights will also now be stopped by singapore airlines trained cabin crew wearing these singapore airlines uniform. And chris whoa in-flight entertainment will be available to stream on passengers. I devices these flights will also now be part of the star alliance which is great news for frequent flyers with star alliance partner airlines. He previously got no benefits when they were put onto a silkair flight. Although there's no change velocity members because velocity already made a upon of both silkair and singapore airlines qatar airways emirates and cathay pacific are among the latest group of airlines to provide a second year of t. Status extensions to their frequent flyers. Almost every airline gave as you probably know. Twelve months status extension to top team embassy in two thousand and twenty g to the covid nineteen pandemic and the associated travel restrictions which made it difficult for people to retain this status otherwise. But it's now quite clear that the travel restrictions and get lost in some form for longer than one year and so many airlines on out. Granting a second year of status extensions all existing silver gold and
"us embassy" Discussed on The Brookings Cafeteria
"The goal of course was to keep workers on payrolls instead of laying them off keep businesses alive so that we can more easily restart the economy when the virus finally receives the program though has come in for some criticism then enlarge part reflects the shortcomings of the original design. Congress initially appropriated three hundred and forty nine billion dollars for the program. Sounds like a lot but it wasn't nearly enough to meet the demand and the Treasury said it was first come first serve. So that's as predictable. There was a rush almost a panic. That overwhelmed banks and other lenders were to accept applications. Now one point. Six million people got the loans by Lot. Didn't which led to inevitable scrutiny of who got loans and who didn't banks favor existing customers because the rules require them to do some time consuming. Know your customer paperwork if they were gonNA take new customer and that favored employers who had existing banking relationships with lenders who were already authorized. Small Business Administration lenders then. The paperwork moved more quickly at small banks. Which didn't have that much volume. Some big banks which had a lot of volume tried to automate the process and that consume valuable time at some banks big firms were more likely to get their applicants through and smaller firms were and as allowed by the law and by. Sba rules some firms that you probably wouldn't consider to be small. Got MONEY POT belly. Crist FIESTA RESTAURANTS CARA Sushi. The Wall Street Journal found that city aries of Hotel Real Estate Investment Trust affiliated with a guy named money Bennett got thirty million dollars and another company he advises got sixteen million dollars. Some of this reflects the strong lobbying by the restaurant and hotel lobbies which got a special break and to be sure. Some of this did preserve jobs. Even those places. Some of the problem reflects flaws in the design of the program and the way banks handled the rush of applications. Some reflects the inevitable tension between getting money out quickly. We are in a crisis after all and targeting money so that only intended people get it half the money was after all in loans of a million dollars or less but history tells us that a few egregious examples can give an entire program a bad odor and reinforce the widespread view. That big guys always to better the little guys. Congress recently added another three hundred ten billion dollars to the paycheck protection program. A lot of money for sure maybe not enough to meet the demand and there were no new rules to make sure that the smallest bars were favored so we may soon hear more complaints from people who sought loans where eligible but didn't get now in some cases. These firms workers will be laid off but the work will still get unemployment benefits. So they'll be able to buy food and pay the rent but the relationship between the employer and employee baby severed forever and that's not good for anybody. The clumsiness of this program running it through the SBA asking the banks to administer what amounts to grant stones lawyers raises a question of whether there was another way. Several members of Congress thinks oh details differ but basically they're proposing to use the mechanism that the IRS uses to collect taxes and running it in reverse to give grants to firms that suffers sharp drops in revenue because of the cove in nineteen shutdown. We are confronted with a truly extraordinary challenge. These days the government is pulled the plug on much of the economy in an effort to save lives. Congress and the Federal Reserve are trying a variety of responses to both easy immediate pain and strengthen the economic recovery from what you're sure to be a very deep and painful recession. They're going to get.
"us embassy" Discussed on The Last American Vagabond
"It's taken root in my belief system. I truly we believe that. It's the structure for something. Great if we actually have honest people that an actual representative situation going on here. But it's very clear that it's different between the the two right. I'm everything I'm saying is in support of the people in this country and to point out that the government's doing these things wrong is absolutely two separate things and it's important according to support them when I say I'm supporting the this country that doesn't mean I support. This is even that person saying that comment is still mixed up between the government of the country because the actions that are carrying out the military actions and even the people that are supporting them that the government the government taking these actions. I'm supporting if you remove them from the situation and we installed an entirely new the situation. Let's just call it. An anarchist Libertarian Society. That would be a totally different situation. And then I would support the direction forward under that of the American people and I would still point to the government and whatever it was and say that they are people. We need to be skeptical of always always always always that is the absolute bare minimum as a matter. How much you support with them? As a matter what side they're on and your fake to party illusion. You need to be skeptical of them. Because that's what our job is. AJC SAYS POSTED PRESS TV the article on the vote in discord general chat. Hey we can maybe we can go through some of these arc. The Ma- The sites afterward to see well. Let's keep going on this Iraq cold on the UN security already council to condemn the bombing and assassinations Iraq. Foreign Ministry said that the statement following the vote as national report of the Iraqi parliament approved a five point point action plan that would require the Iraqi government to end the presence of foreign troops in the country and withdraw its recent It's quite request for assistance from the Anti Isis. Global Coalition Parliament also called on the government to ban its use of Iraqi airspace. Basically they're not allowed in the air the ground anywhere. There are no longer allowed as the parliament wants to happen inside anything that's Iraqi the. US currently has five thousand troops which argue it's way more than that including mercenaries which they won't talk about. Now here's the part that Courtney. Oh this is how you know. Even a lot of people are pointing out. I hate that this site does this lately. I think pops up. It says if President Trump wanted to reduce America's troop presence police. He may have just got his wish albeit not at his orders which is obviously not what he wants. Obviously during an emergency parliamentary sessions. The same information is making sure. There's nothing that we missed. There was one thing I wanted to look at here. I think it was this one. Okay yeah this is the other side of this that the Iraqi parliament passes resolution asking government to cancel request for assistance from US coalition the parliament. It passed a resolution urging by urged its caretaker prime minister calling for the removal of the troupes Iraqi government work to end the presence of any foreign troops on Iraqi soil and prohibit hibbitt them from using its land airspace or water. For any reason all I wanted to get to the point where it looks like a generally the same stuff I want to get to this point the idea because understand that the US led coalition. It's not just the US which I guess that's what they're saying right here. We have to understand that. This is any any foreign troops on Iraqi soil. which is re- there? There's a lot of people people that are going to be unhappy about that. Which is why I say again? It will not happen. They will not care about it because of this because smug people just like this man right here. They will not care because they feel that their their righteous indignation with the fact that they won't do what they're told is enough for them to maintain their presence because of whatever whatever argument they then say next because of terrorism because of drugs because of the Monroe doctrine because of anything that they say as if that somehow any way shape or form gives them the ability to just overstep their sovereignty. Ignore the law. Ignore any number of things that make that not okay. But they don't care. Ron will no longer observe. vinnie limits on the Iranian enriched uranium enrichment now. This is very interesting because this is what I hear before. Actually go back to my face. This is what I said about this and this is so incredibly important. They're doing this by the way understand because of the assassination because they're obviously not they had to respond and they're probably GONNA continue to respond but this is a deal that they didn't want to be in they did it to to try to show the world. They're not what they're saying they are and of course they abided by that agreement to a T.. Until you pulled without pretending that they were breaking it and then they continue to breach the agreement within the rules because the US broke the deal and the US continue to say well you have to abide by the deal that we just violated related even though they were and lied about it on the media and other continuing to pretend that they're seeking nuclear weapon but now they assassinate their general and they said you know what screw this. We don't need to be in this deal one because every country in the world has a right to a civilian nuclear program which is what this is seeking to limit. Because they're way way far away from even being close to being being able to produce the materials needed for a nuclear weapon which by the way Pompeo and trump and they all know that that just lie about it and showing you on the show one hundred times but now they just said okay. Fine we're not going to be a part of this deal because they have been the ones bending over backwards to try to keep it going as the European Union has made a point to say over and over but apparently they're all fake news and liars according to the trump administration. Now I wrote and of course this will be yet another self fulfilling prophecy for the US government as they act like this vindicates indicate their claims despite the fact Iran has been trying to salvage the all along and the US. Assassination is what ended it and this was at one thirty three a half hour later. John Bolton prove me right told you so and none of what warmongering Bolton says here is even remotely true which by the way is backed up by the history the data and the known facts. Bolton's assertions are only backed up by his and others past evidence free assertions. Here's what he said to. This is literally three three minutes later after. Recall that another. Good Day Iran rips off the rips the mask off the idea it ever fully complied with a nuclear deal. How in any way is that? What just happened or that? It made a strategic decision to force. Where nuclear weapons? Is that even how you spell that. Aw Shit Yeah I guess so. I didn't think that was correct. Oh apparently it's a different version of it anyway. So nuclear weapons. Though I arguing that their strategic decision to foursquare swear nuclear weapons. which by the way? They've never even come close to get. They upheld that always. They've always said it. He says now it's onto the real job effectively actively preventing the ayatollah from getting such capability which they've never tried to do John Bolton. Why are you still talking you see? This is this person's only job is to create war for this is a warmongering bloodthirsty maniac a sociopath and I can only say that because of the fact that this is the very kind of person that continues to pretend to fight for freedom freedom pretend to fight for the week and you know disenfranchised around the world but yet goes around and kills those very same people under the guise of freedom right exactly this point. No one's watching this closer than Kim Jong. I would argue the other way around. The right now are on is very very clear on what needs to happen because if they have they have actively been trying to keep this happening because they recognize that they don't religiously they're opposed to the idea of nuclear technology. which by the way again point out? How stupid this is what? He's saying. More than once. Iran has been the country to lead the effort to make it a middle Middle East a nuclear-free zone more than once. Once in every single time you know what happens Israel says no and the. US goes along with it but then they turn around later and say we don't want you guys to have nuclear weapons and then why if that's the case then why because we'll Israel needs weapons and Israel's the one leading this charge and the only country in the world that's allowed what's called nuclear clear ambiguity because that's not call special treatment or anything that same nuclear technology they stole from the US government and just. Nobody cared about that. This is just unbelievable. Believable to call them. The ones that are trying to do those is just again. This is accusing them of that. which you are guilty? Always I just love I love. How literally made my point for me right this? This is what they do. And if you simply pay attention to the smallest degree you can see that lie. You can see what what they're about to do because they're they're not as far as I'm concerned they don't seem to have any plays in their playbook. Now they're no longer observe limits on Iranian me Richmond. Now now I argue. That still doesn't mean that they're going to seek a nuclear weapon. I argue that what that's GonNa means. They're going to continue to enrich uranium to higher levels. They can contract. You grow their civilian Villian nuclear program. which by the way I argue? They'll probably still make it clear that they're not violating any deal or any or any yet within the non-proliferation treaty. They seem like they're actually seeking nuclear weapons. which is a violation of that treaty by the way which the United States and many everybody else for that matter is openly violating as they continue you to make nuclear weapons tactical or otherwise is a direct violation of the Nonproliferation Treaty? oops I guess we don't care about those treaties but will sure as hell use them against you right but they're not going to serve these limits because they're not going to be bound by deal that's being strangled around them by the person that's constantly attacking them. It's a joke but as I said they're going to use this to attack them period. This is interesting. I saw this. They haven't looked into it any further just yet. This is the last last few things we're going to end on here around hackers takedown. US government's site after DHS warns of Lone Wolf Terrorist cyber-attacks. It is interesting though Secretary of Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf published a a special Bolton. I did read this first. Part via the National Terrorism Advisory System indicating that there is no no credible terrorist threat but but warns American. The needs to be extra vigilant for suspicious activity to threat of war with Iran. Don't you love that. Wolf tweeted Saturday. The New D. H. A. N. T. A. S. Bolts in on the threat landscape was issued to inform and reassure because that's real reassuring the American public right. We need to reassure you that you're always in danger and you should be fearful. We've got reassure you of that fear all the time the state local governments then private partners that VHS is actively monitoring preparing for any specific credible threat should want to rise So basically there's nothing to fear the fearful because things happen right constantly he said there's no information indicating a terrorist attack is imminent and this is funny because this is what they're still cleaning right now right this moment..
"us embassy" Discussed on The Last American Vagabond
"It doesn't add up what does make sense is. Potentially you know Isis. They're little proxy group. Note we know that they have they verifiably Rafael Rockets that they've been using Syria right now so could have been. It could've been massad or Israelis government that we know is in Iraq because we found out there using American passports go to go inside of Iraq and use it to attack these very same groups over the last so many months which becomes relevant again today but we have to remember that's been happening with the. US support art. Israel has been bombing the PM. You and the Abu Kamal region and these exact same locations months before this started no imminent threat to pretend about this has been going on and yet this is just a continuation of the same thing so couldn't have been them firing these rockets and and gladder remember this coming from the show yesterday the think some people misunderstood this that Sulejmani was assassinated with drone strike. But right before that in the same general area. There was a different convoy that was attacked with rockets that only killed. PM You officials as well as other people that were there that was two separate events. One of them got overshadowed by Sulejmani Alamar being attacked or killed but recognized how inconsistent that is to see these Katyusha rockets bomb what they claim is Iran proxies proxies using what they claim ron fire so it was Iran bombing their own proxy or. Were they trying to use that to make it look like rockets hitting and they made a mistake. Bottom line is it doesn't make sense and that's why that didn't talked about because the moment you can show the Houston Rockets are being used in something else. That's not tied to them. Well that just puts a big stick in the spokes of their narrative so they just ignored it. It's really crazy L.. Let's go through some of the tweet. There was a few of the things that I wanted to point out today before we get into the meat of the story. And and it's it's just stuff stuff that really bothered me for instance the discussion of the fact that you know everybody in Iran hates the government. Everybody Ron Hate Sulejmani. They're afraid of him. He's a bad guy. Everyone in Iraq was cheering because well pretty much not the case as he says here. This is the large crowd I've ever witnessed in my life. I've seen. I never never seen Romanian so unified ever this solemn funeral in Iran trump has no idea what he's done this keeps going by the way this is millions William of people millions in support of the person but apparently according to pay. Oh they're only there. Because they're being threatened by Ron because that makes sense all all of them this massive support now just I mean. We should make the point to that just because somebody's massively supported doesn't mean that he may not be a bad person person that he they may not. They may all support his terrorist activities. That's not what's happening in my opinion based on the facts but nonetheless the support simply shows as you know it's not the narrative is not what they're trying to make it that these people all support the US agenda. I mean they could literally just say well. They're all bad supporting the bad people which is what they're kind kind of saying back handedly without while trying to pretend they're supporting the Iranian people like Iranians are all bad people but we support the people that's what they're basically saying pretty regularly but they don't say that they say that Iran supports them. The people they say the Iraqi people support the US agenda with this is what we see this unbelievably large massive asa show of support. Somebody saying actually says this isn't even Theron that's tomorrow. Oh I see what you're saying so this is. This isn't even though the capital. That point is that the the bigger one will be showing up tomorrow but these are everywhere there were there were over seventy protests against these assignation in the United States. Yesterday by the way I got to catch my speech which was great. He's very passionate person. Speaking at a rally against all of this yesterday now there ah some things that were a little bit too you know. Like for instance. He's he's calling for the Senate to impeach trump. Which I I would disagree with? If we're talking about this war crime but I I feel like that plays into the dynamic of fake news information. That's going on today to distract you from this kind of stuff but to be honest I agree that if th if we're really being on this is war crime and he should be impeached for this but so should obama associate of Bush. But that's they don't care about these kind of things because to them. This is totally okay and right in line with what they're trying to accomplish Allen's let's get some fake information coming off the idea of the pro of these you know these protests that were like Pompeii show and by the way it turns out we were right again the forty and it turns out that it was actually about forty people in the street. I was kind of jokingly saying that when pompeo showed his ridiculous video which I think I still have it. cued up right here. Yeah this is this is this is his this is what he says was all of Iraq rising up to fight against you know it's just ridiculous Nicholas and even the New York Times came out today and reported that this was fake that this way it turns out that this was like forty people that broke off of the actual protests that was against the killing doing and ran down the street for two minutes and went inside the New York Times reported. This against against Pompilio. I mean these people are dishonest across the board that even their own people are calling talking about because they can't go with it but anyway the point is that they made this claim that Oh everybody's you know they're all on our side. Here's the prove it turns out to be nothing of the kind will. Here's more your fake stuff. Flying around was was Sherrod. Says Fox News Emmy K.. And another fake photo. You could see what they're pointing out in this image. Oh is that a link to the Oh shoot I wanna just the image here do that so we can see here right so this is the people the short this is she. She's claiming from Toronto this morning. Graffiti says thank you trump except hopes that was somebody also put that out in back in two thousand eighteen dusing for the same purpose saying that the people against the the nuclear deal they were in support of it and Blah Blah Blah but that was probably even fake and this will probably from forever ago if it even actually was real to begin with but it doesn't matter you understand because to them it's only they're only trying to sell them mindless followers out there that this is what we should be doing. And the reason you have these people spreading this in my the opinion is not because they actually believe it. It's because their job is to continue to try to manipulate people into this direction. I mean look this is what's so ridiculous. This is what we're seeing being. And then this is what they're claiming that that in reality everybody's in support of him when the other than people claiming nonsense like this. Everything is easy to see everything. The evidence is there. If you simply look past what they're presenting to you with nothing back it up right. There's no source material here. There's not some linked to something proves this is real and happening right now. It's simply an image and everybody shares it everywhere I go. There was probably about five other examples. I could've used today but I didn't want to go too far into this to start. Okay no most people here because they want to hear about the rockets which we're going to get to in a moment but this is very relevant to the larger story there so many of these going on today now. This one bothers me. Here's Omar saying president of the United States is threatening to commit warcrimes on twitter which he one hundred percent was. There's no way to misunderstand. When he talks about bombing the Iranian Co incites important to Iranian culture? That is the most obvious. Example of this is non military targets period. That's what that's what he's claiming right so she's just stating a fact. But here's what this girl says defending America's now we'll consider war crime according to this little miss home wrecker right because of the claim of all the whatever irrelevant information about her personal life because that matters about the that that's what we should be talking about in regards Iran war. Thank you courtney. But the bottom bottom line. Is this person either wildly misunderstands anything. That's happening here all the situation or just doesn't care defending America. They haven't even proved that we were attacked to begin in with that anything was who that any of these people are what they said they were not a shred of evidence but Courtney's willing to blindly trust the person that she has chosen to blindly support. The president which has Roosevelt would say was servile and unpatriotic to blindly support. The President Roosevelt Saint as you all should know by now because that's the reality right anybody to actually understand. The tenants of this country will understand that blindly supporting a government or a president is exactly the opposite of what the founding fathers lined out for us but now she's saying that defending our country which you can't improve that's actually happening but as war crime right so she's saying by him threatening to actually commit a war. Crime is in fact itself defending the country in which she thinks for crime is absolutely disconnected from reality. But you have all these people that are either towing the line for propaganda purposes or are too feeble minded to recognize recognize that they're being manipulated nonetheless. It serves the same purpose right because he lawn. Omar says it will. It has to be bad. It doesn't matter who said the thing if it's true it's true regardless of who says it. Here's mark game saying I will. And he's he's quote he's quoting Vice President Bush at the time back when they shot down the the Iranian airliner. Oh and by the way somebody met the this is why I was mixing up the numbers the other day sixty six children were killed when the US government shutdown in Iranian passenger plane. That's what I was thinking of when I was saying sixty I couldn't remember but I recognize that I had it wrong in the show but two hundred ninety people were killed when they shot down a civilian airliner flight. Six five five. Here's what he said. I will never apologize for the United States. I don't care what the facts are well. That sounds pretty common for hearing today does it not. This was his response in regard to the Iran U N motion essentially the United States for shooting down the airliner. That we now know is absolutely fact absolutely a fact but apparently he'll never apologize because we don't care about the facts. Well that's pretty damn real and honest if you understand where we are today. Here's what trump said today which I know plenty of you've probably seen which is absolutely staggering. These media posts will serve as notification to the United States as Congress that should Iran strike in a US person or target but right they understand. That's what we don't get proven to us. What what he means by that is should any strike that we claim leam happened right that targeted them that we claim the United States will quickly and fully strike back and perhaps in a disproportionate manner? I mean he's flat out saying it. Such legal notice is not required but is given nevertheless are you. I mean this is. This is very very unsettling for anybody that actually has the most the smallest understanding understanding of the Constitution. That what he's saying their first of all and he puts media posts in in. Excuse me not coach but in in capital letters because I think this is some kind of a legal argument. He's trying to make AAC which I've heard people say this that. Oh it's basically notary. Now you just get to put it on twitter and it's and there's not there's parts at that makes sense but when you're the president of the United States is pretending to represent the will of the American people people you don't just get to crack casually something on twitter and claim that that is your democratic duty unbelievable but he's saying that this serves as notification to Congress is that he gives cause to post it on twitter attack a country and that's his literal legal obligation and he says that should Iran or strike any US person or target again things that they've never proven yet and they're still attacking already so they could. He could literally wake up tomorrow based on what he's saying and either pretend to. Ron Did something or be manipulated by his people in his circle and they said they did something and then just immediately attacked like you did last time and he could have been tricked. He could have been wrong. Could've had fourteen formation like we did about every other word before this but none of that matters anymore because he's putting on twitter so there you go because that's a legal notice. Now that's what he's claiming they will quickly and fully strike back. He says and perhaps disproportionate manner. I mean to Stu arrogantly actually claim that you're this is you threatening to literally. This is called collective punishment. That's exactly exactly what it's called and that is literally a war crime. So now he's in twice in two days has actually verbalised and put down as illegal statement that he's willing to commit war crimes. This this is so this this is actual legal evidence. I mean you could actually charge him for this. Especially if he does carry it out and have an absolute case against him disproportionate fortunate. meaning that you're GONNA if he claims somebody does something that he will bomb back like. Israel does and massively attack the Iranian people which he just claimed cultural sites important important to the Iranian people. That there's no way to misunderstand what he's saying even if you think he's pretending and threatening this but he would never do it. It doesn't change the fact that he's putting it out out there which show which would make them think we'll we'll maybe he's going to do a disproportionate response so now we had to do something over the it's it causes the kind of tension and the kind kind of aggression that we're seeing today. It is one hundred percent stemming from their actions whether he realizes it or not I think he does such legal notice not required. He says says I mean. How could you even argue that?.
"us embassy" Discussed on The Daily 202's Big Idea
"Good morning. I'm reese Tibo from the Washington Post and this is the daily to Oh to for Thursday January Marie Second James Out so I'm here instead with today's top headlines. Here's three stories. That should be your radio. They won the siege by supporters of an Iranian backed militia at the US embassy in Baghdad ended Wednesday after the militia ordered them to withdraw draw. This brought relief to the diplomats trapped inside and averted a potential showdown between the United States and Iran my colleagues Moustapha Salim Jim and Liz sly report that supporters of the Qatabi has blue militia. Who had spent the night camped outside the embassy dismantled their tents and marched out of the area area? The protesters said they would instead press for the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq in the nation's parliament as they headed away from the embassy they chanted year. We burned them an apparent reference to the fire set by the demonstrators that burned to embassy reception areas. On Tuesday. To retreat. Signalled signalled an end to a crisis. In which thousands of angry militia supporters attempted to storm the embassy a protest against the deaths of twenty five militia members members in. US Air strikes on Sunday and those strikes were conducted in retaliation for the death of a US contractor in a rocket attack that the US military blamed on top Hezbollah the Pentagon had dispatched additional troop reinforcements to the region as president trump Iran for the assault on the embassy raising fears of an escalating conflict. Perhaps diffusing the situation. Though trump stepped back from his bellicose rhetoric on Tuesday asked if he feared the crisis in Iraq would push the United States into war with Iran trump told reporters. He hopes not no. I want to have peace. I liked peace. He said and Iran should should want to have peace more than anybody so. I don't see that happening. He said later in the day secretary of State. Mike Pompeo said the United States will quote continue cooperation ration- with Iraq to hold Iran and its proxies responsible. The Wednesday departure of the demonstrators was probably most welcomed by the diplomats and embassy. Staffers who had been holed up in safe rooms for more than twenty four hours. One Embassy official said he looked forward to the opportunity to just catch up on some sleep and another said his first move was to step outside and smoke his first cigarette and more than a day to angry public health groups on Wednesday predicted. President trump scaled back plan to limit flavored E. Cigarettes will fall far short of its goal of stopping a surge in youth vaping. They argued that the imminent policy is an election year. Capitulation to industry interests the posts Lori. McGinley and Josh Dossey report that the administration straight will announce its plan this week. The band will cover an array of flavored e cigarette pods which are closed cartridges that contain vaping liquids and have been embraced embraced by teens. But it will spare liquids for the open tank products that are typically sold by vape shops and are more commonly used by adults. According to a senior administration officials the targeted flavors will include fruity and many cartridges but not tobacco or Menthol one's a significant retreat from an earlier proposal. The official said the outcome was a compromise between administration officials pushing a comprehensive ban that was promised by trump in September and others who were worried about the political fallout stemming from potential job losses in thousands of vape shops across the country Herald Wimmer President. It's an chief. Executive of the American Lung Association said in a statement Wednesday that the White House plan quote will only compromise the health of our nation's Children Brin and that it is disturbing to see the results of industry lobbying to undermine public health protections he's comments echoed the views of several public health groups. Use All argue that teens addicted to the nicotine in e CIGS will quickly switched to menthol or tobacco flavored pods. If those are the only ones being sold we needed major your surgery and instead what we got is a band-aid said Robin Kabul Chief Executive and President of Truth Initiative just before trump left to spend Christmas at mar-a-lago he signed off on the new plan. Now White House. Staffers would just like to get the issue behind them while first lady. Melania trump has expressed concerns about teen eighteen vaping one administration official said quote. It's not really an issue that the president is deeply plugged and number three. If president didn't trump's unprecedented decision to retain ownership of his global real estate business has tested the limits of America's ethics laws and traditions a Michael Bloomberg Presidency Agency could present a whole new level of overseas entanglements and China could be the prime example this according to a new report from the post Michael Kranish tensions have grown between Washington and Beijing in recent years amid trade disputes clashes over democracy and human rights and disagreements agreements over China's effort to expand its influence around the world yet Bloomberg who is spending tens of millions of dollars of his own money to compete for the Democratic presidential nomination has deepened his entanglements with that key. US adversary forging close financial ties. There while showering praise on the Communist Party you leaders whose goodwill is required to play a role in that fast growing market. The billionaire whose core business sells financial information to investors has led efforts since twenty fifteen to make it easier for US companies to trade in Chinese currency a move embraced by China's largest banks. He expanded one of his company's financial indexes which could steer one hundred fifty billion dollars into China while earning his firm an undisclosed amount in fees all told told mainland China accounts for one percent of Bloomberg. LP's revenue and Hong Kong furniture four percent overall Bloomberg LP's ten billion dollars is an annual revenue far surpasses that of the trump organization which was at least four hundred thirty five million in two thousand eighteen. According to trump's financial disclosure trump's ownership of hotels including near the White House has been challenged as a violation of a constitutional provision that forbids the president from taking payments from foreign governments. It's Bloomberg's business is far broader interwoven into the financial fabric throughout the world while Bloomberg has stepped aside from running his privately held company Buzney as he runs for president he has maintained his eighty eight percent ownership stake. If elected a spokesman said Bloomberg would either put the company in a blind trust or sell it. It is not clear whether putting his business in a blind trust wouldn't gate questions about a conflict of interest because Bloomberg would know that the main asset of the trust is his company. If Bloomberg were elected president he would immediately have to deal with the same Chinese officials. He worked with closely as the chief executive executive of his business but in his new role he would be embroiled in the trade war and face questions about how to deal with China's human rights violations and and handling of pro democracy protesters and that's the daily to a two for Thursday January second..
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"Have moved out of the US embassy compound in Baghdad after two days of clashes with US forces militiamen and protesters gathered outside the US embassy in Baghdad for a second day clashing with US forces there American marines did have to fire tear gas and rubber bullets to push the crowd back the Rockies were throwing rocks in setting fires to parts of the compound many of the demonstrators pitch tents and actually spent the night in Baghdad's green zone last night as nearly a hundred US marines arrived to reinforce the embassy US defense secretary mark asper announced Tuesday evening that an infantry battalion from the eighty second airborne division would be deployed to the Middle East amid rising tensions with Iraq boxes trading in the Middle East bureau secretary of state Mike Pompeii always postpone its planned trip to Ukraine in Central Asia over the rising tensions in Iran state department saying it will be rescheduled authorities in Idaho expressing concern the two children who've been missing for months are in grave danger and they say the children's mother and her husband may have information not cooperating with police police and Rexford Idaho are certain children are not with Lori and Chad day bell and they say they have information indicating Laurie either knows where the kids are or at least what's happened to them we're now learning that months before lorries children seven year old Josh will Gallo and seventeen year old Kylie Ryan disappeared a drive by shooting in Arizona may have targeted one of their relatives Brandon Boudreaux who's married to Laurie Dave Dave bells niece says he was nearly shot in the head in front of his house on October second according to the Arizona Republic police confirm the shooters jeep was registered to Laurie day bells deceased ex husband Charles mallow who was shot to death in July durable leaves that death the attempt on his life and the children's disappearance are all connected oxes Merion Rafferty.
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"Have moved out of the US embassy compound in Baghdad after two days of clashes with US forces militiamen and protesters gathered outside the US embassy in Baghdad for a second day clashing with US forces there American marines did have to fire tear gas and rubber bullets to push the crowd back those are obvious we're throwing rocks sand setting fires to parts of the compound many of the demonstrators pitch tents and actually spent the night in Baghdad's green zone last night as nearly a hundred US marines arrived to reinforce the embassy US defense secretary mark asper announced Tuesday evening that an infantry battalion from the eighty second airborne division would be deployed to the Middle East amid rising tensions with Iraq boxes trainings in the Middle East bureau secretary of state Mike Pompeii always postpone its planned trip to Ukraine in Central Asia over the rising tensions in Iran state department saying it will be rescheduled authorities in Idaho expressing concern that two children who've been missing for months are in grave danger and they say the children's mother and her husband may have information not cooperating with police police and Rexford Idaho are certain children are not with Lori and Chad day bell and they say they have information indicating Laurie either knows where the kids are or at least what's happened to them we're now learning that months before lorries children seven year old Josh will Gallo and seventeen year old Kylie Ryan disappeared a drive by shooting in Arizona may have targeted one of their relatives Brandon Boudreaux who's married to Laurie did day bells niece says he was nearly shot in the head in front of his house on October second according to the Arizona Republic police confirm the shooters jeep was registered to Laurie day bells deceased ex husband Charles mallow who was shot to death in July durable leaves that death the attempt on his life and the children's disappearance are all connected oxes Merion Rafferty.
"us embassy" Discussed on PRI's The World
"A melee happening the crowd. There's sticks flying. There's things flying in the air. Demonstrators demonstrators forced the Tunisian and Egyptian presidents from power than the occupy movement sweeps the globe after that there were too many to list black lives matter to civil uprising in Syria Sudan global protests for action on climate globally. Speaking we live in the most contentious time in recorded human history as civil resistance goes Air Katrina with at Harvard has studied indeed every reported instance back to nineteen hundred. This is a way that people try to get what they want when they don't feel like the normal political processes operating in ways ways that can accommodate their demands and it's had an impact if you look at a movement like occupy which many people called a failure the truth. Is that the agenda agenda that was set by occupy that is a focus on inequality was taken up by basically everyone but governments have fought back back in Sudan. The military executed a brutal crackdown in Kashmir. Nearly four million people have been confined and find to their homes in a total communications blackout. India cut off the Internet. Hardy Merriman is president of the International Center on nonviolent conflict. We see an increasing number of movements at the same time that we see a documented decline in democracies around the world in an increase in authoritarianism. Miramonte says nonviolent civil resistance isn't as effective as it used to be. The success rate of nonviolent movements is declining part of that could be because there are an increasing number of violent flanks alongside these movements another part might be the changing role of the US we will seek friendship and goodwill with with the nations of the world but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first historian and former provost of the University of Melbourne. Peter mcphee says President Trump's withdrawal from the Paris climate accord the Iran nuclear deal and the International Criminal Court have led other countries to believe they could act without facing international repercussions. There is an assumption around the world that the Great Powers Enact won't and I think that's actually adding to a sense around the world that the democratic rules have been abandoned. And it's a question of what you can get away with. Protesters are adapting Dombrowski. COTY is at the Macmillan Center for International Studies at Yale University. One of her students is Nathan Law. One of the leaders of of.
"us embassy" Discussed on PRI's The World
"I I only know what. LGBTQ in. I don't know the I I. I don't know I don't know do that. It means Intersex but I've never research too much about it the basics of the LGBTQ like the like the whole variety of did that lack of understanding and knowledge did. That's surprise you. It surprised me totally bake when I was in Zimbabwe America for me was Oh you know Obama's president and they are transgender people that are being shown on TV shows and Caitlyn Jenner's being celebrated and things like that. And I love this country that I can go to and it's going to be very open minded and well oh coming to me being into six differently going to want to know more and I'm sure there are plenty in the six people there that are being celebrated and when I moved here I literally literally had a rude awakening because into six was still just a silent as big you know Africa. You know you you've been in the US for a while now and despite not not being able to be with your family and all the hardships you've been through here. Are there parts of your life here in the US that make you glad you fled. Zimbabwe the freedom of speech the fact that I can be in radio show freely like this and walking outside and not caring. Who's going to hear it? And if I'm going to be into trouble because because those are the things that you have to deal with winning big in Zimbabwe if you go on a public platform you know you're going to be attacked afterwards so. I'm very glad that I came to this country because the the freedom of speech is really really the best gift that Americans have to Dana in water is an intersex woman who fled her home country of Zimbabwe to to seek asylum in America. Thanks a lot to tena. Thank you so much for having me. Romanians dress as bears. Mexicans and Brazilians were colorful underwear. Somewhere and Ecuadorians run down the street with empty suitcases. Those are some of the ways different countries ring in the New Year in Japan. It sounds like this.
"us embassy" Discussed on PRI's The World
"I have sex with you to prove that she a woman in things like in I had been attacked before but the last straw was people actually saved. They wanted to bend on our house. We inside and then I thought okay. I mean it's one thing me dying over this but I don't want my parents to to get it probably because of me so your parents were getting death threats involvement and activism. Yes around being intersex in two thousand sixteen when you decided to come into the US your dad had just received his pension and instead of using it for retirement he gave the money to you to use for a plane ticket to fly to the US. What does that mean to you? I think that is the reason why I wake up in the morning every day. Say he would give anything for my happiness and that makes me feel very strong and I want him to see that I appreciate it and I see him and I see that kind of love. What was it like to move to the US? I moved to American twenty-sixth in an August I landed in. La and I had sixty dollars in my past when ended in La. And then I got out Bardo. Auto Sim Card for my phone. And I googled weather L. O.. J. was and then I took a Texan win to say hi. Hi My name is Tottenham Exorcist. And I'm I'm one to seek asylum and I don't have a pistol leave and I don't have food and please help me. I have no money and did you get help. I did not. I actually slept outside the Eliana Johnson. If a two nights and we try to reach out to shelters that way around that Cindy and they were awful so I slept outside and wrote on facebook asking for help and then a stranger so my pasta and said your best bid would be New York so what I can do for you is buy. Are you a ticket so that you fly to New York and try and find some help did you get asylum here in the US. It is still pending but I was able to apply for it and file but you found help and assistance in New York. When she got there? Have you been able to visit Zimbabwe since you left. I have not and when's the last time you saw your parents twenty sixteen in an August that since the day that they took me to the airport. How often do you talk to them? I speak to my parents every day. fangled what's up. I WANNA play a clip from a documentary. You're in it's called. She's not a boy and these are people at the New York Pride Parade and they were asked if they knew with the I means in. LGBTQ.
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"We celebrate the New Year in Canada by dropping a plywood why would maple leaf sculpture from the third floor of our museum. An hour later when it's midnight in the eastern US they pay tribute to eastport fishing history with with another drop. We drop a sardine sculpture. Eight foot thirty and sculpture From that same third floor and after the fish hits the the ground people lineup tickets it for good luck. Of course. It's New Year's for the world. I'm Jessica Foschi. Here's another item. That dropped this year here at least musically. Speaking human donnas album Dante Bislett unless Nina's the Mexican singer Songwriter made our top ten of best albums of twenty. Nineteen eighteen sample veers best tracks chosen by the world's music team at the World Dot Org they were a decade of worldwide protests. Now across the square. Looks like there's a melee happening. His cousin used his mobile to stop. Stop filming the protests was developed protests. That are fueling political change global activism coming up on the world. I'm Carol Hills. This is the world where a CO production of the BBC World Service W. H. and appearance on this New Year's Eve were saying goodbye to a decade the awkwardly sounding two thousand. Ten's a lot has happened over the past ten years and for the LGBTQ Hugh community here in the US a lot of good things the legalization of same sex marriage the military ending discrimination against gay and Lesbians More LGBTQ members of Congress and more openly gay athletes and celebrities. Some countries around the world are using the United States as a model for how to expand legal protections. Other donations are not. They're moving in the opposite direction. PASSING LAWS TO OUTLAW HOMOSEXUALITY and cracking down on activists to take a look back at the decade of highs and lows for the LGBTQ community worldwide. My colleague Marco Werman spoke with Lucas. Mendes he's a senior research officer at I. L J world us the International Lesbian Gay Bisexual. Trans and Intersex Association. He's also the author of the Twenty Nineteen State sponsored Homophobia report which tracks. LGBTQ progress and discrimination around the world. Marco began the interview by asking is the LGBT community closer to equality now than it was a decade ago. Well to give you direct. Yes yes under that headline of course. There's a lot of new ones and we have to try to Fi- who is we because not all of us benefit from from that progress equally in the past send years if we just look at the US There's been the legalization of same sex marriage Changes in social attitudes the government Repealing don't ask don't tell the military policy Compare those gains to other countries. Where have you seen more progress toward? LGBTQ equality it is true that most of the progress is in the West. I would say say the Americas Europe and a few countries as well in Asia and in southern Africa are making progress and twenty ten looking back ten years back only seven countries actually Recognized same sex marriage at the national level but now it's twenty eight countries and we've seen That progress takes place also regard to protection against discrimination especially in employment. It's looking back into the situation in two thousand ten forty nine countries. Protect us against discrimination in employment and now it's seventy seven countries. Are there any countries. You're surprised to see expand band. LGBTQ rights over the past decade. Certainly used to be the case with Southern Africa that You know South Africa was the leading country in the whole Oh continent but now we see other Making progress as well. Mozambique and Botswana also protect people from discrimination in employment. We meant so south. Africa is no longer a lonely wolf in Africa yet if you look at South Africa a country with protections for LGBTQ writes In reality not the violence still continues against the community or why. Do you think that happens legal. Reform and societal attitudes do not always go hand in hand. So Oh sometimes you see what are the factors changing before the other or legal reform pushing a changing societal attitudes on the extreme end the spectrum of countries that ranked the lowest in terms of Lgbtq safety and rights are actually passing and enforcing laws at further restrict the rights of the Lgbtq community witch countries are those and what does life look like for Lgbtq. People they're exactly so there are still six countries in which the death penalty's effectively Enforced and those countries are Sudan Somalia a few provinces in Nigeria gammon Iran and. Saudi Arabia. the situation on the ground is extremely difficult. And you know the people that were able to speak about the reality. Ebby people in those countries have actually fled the country Before they were able to speak out we wonder about the thousands millions of people that are still living under those situations and cannot leave the country. It is difficult for people on the ground to organize Let Alone Register an organization nations walking of this issues so the prospect of change in this six countries in other countries that have similar laws as is relative. I mean you did speak earlier about the pendulum swinging back to a darker time for LGBTQ writes How concerned are you going into the next decade? Well actually we had issued this report with mixed feelings because we thought that criminalizing countries would never be added to the list but we had hat to add shod in twenty seventeen and We had to add a Gabon this year to that list however we are confident that the trend will still be Decriminalization Lucas. Thanks for your time. Thank you mark for me. That was my colleague Marco Werman speaking with Lucas Mendez. A senior research officer at I L G A world us the international lesbian gay bisexual. Trans and Intersex Association. That last word Intersex is an umbrella term for people who are born with sexual anatomy. That doesn't fit. Typical definition of male or female these include genitals hormone levels and chromosome patterns Intersex. People might identify as is a man a woman both or neither what they're often not though is included in the LGBTQ community. It's a fight to tenant watt who has faced and she was a child to Tanna is an Intersex woman who was raised as a boy in Gutu. Zimbabwe does not take me back to your childhood in Zimbabwe were raised as a boy for about ten years. What are your first memories in terms of how you connected who you are to other people? I remember just failing miserably to connect to other boys and I tried so many times and I couldn't understand all contemplate why I was being raised as a boy because I knew from very eliane than I was not a boy as you grew up in Zimbabwe. Did you hear about. LGBTQ people was that something that was even on your mind not at all because in Zimbabwe LGBTQ she q i Plus lives are criminalized. So it's taboo to even talk about it. Did your parents ask you to keep your condition a secret. Oh for sure and and I do understand why they say because they was a belief actually one time that we are the ones that stops the rain from coming and so we are bid lack when when Abid Omen to a community so all of those things surrounding that condition made them feel like they couldn't allow me to be out with it because they it was going to be horrible for me so after years of expressing that you really felt like a girl not a boy. Even though you're being raised to boy you eventually get your period Korea at age fourteen and so you have something very concrete to say you know. I think I'm a girl I have to say for me. Although I knew I wanted equation and create a proof to say okay. This is just not in my head because people would react to me as if I was crazy so when I had opinion for me it was like an a Ha moment. And you know Oprah Winfrey always talks about in a Ha moment and and I think that was my a Ha moment to get a period because it was like you. You see what I've been telling you you know I can get a period. And how did your parents react. What did they do? My mother tells me she cried a lot in. She just felt like she. She had not listened to me when I was telling her. I think it was one of those times. She had attending points. It was quite a positive thing for it to happen to my family because they they were also at one point in doubt of what I was telling them in what I was going through. Did you then start to dress as a woman and identify as a woman. I had always dressed. Chris doesn't woven. I always tried to dress in the middle. I always united address in the middle. Then I wouldn't have the community saying why is that boy addressing as go. Oh but then after the period thing I was like I am not dressing as a boy anymore because I cannot hide this anymore. There's a particular point we're your sixteen years old and your mother saw you in public. And she saw that you were wearing a Bra What was her reaction? Sheaf leafed oh by that was never forget about because she used to Homey to weigh things that don't show that my press were growing and then one day I was thinking. I'm not GonNa do that anymore. I'm proud of my breasts than I want to. Show them off in my mother. Her face flashed. I mean she's a black woman but I'll tell you should tend and read she. She was angry and Whitewater. You have to do the what you have to embarrass yourself and what you have to embarrass me and it was such a painful moment for me. Did you have anyone you could confide in talk to. During those times I did not have anybody because I called on trust anyone so I didn't have a safe place has to go and I stopped even writing Taras because our associated with someone stealing by Darian reading all the stuff so I didn't really confide in anyone but now a few years later you leave Zimbabwe and move to South Africa was that a better place for you to be in. Could you then represent yourself as a woman. Oh Yeah for sure I. I had gone to South Africa to try and get a job and also to find doctors. That could explain to me more about my intersex situation and when I moved to South Africa. That's Swin I met a lot of people in the Lgbtq community people were different and who had struggled in being themselves and I related to that struggle. Oh of course. was that also the first time you ever heard the term intersex. Yes that was the fist time. Now you lived in South Africa for four years and then you returned. Listen Bob Way How did that go? It was gorgeous decision that I meant because I wanted change for my on people because I thought okay in South Africa. I'm waking with Oh this communities but no one is doing that bake at home and my father always taught me. That charity begins at Hong. Eventually you decided to move to the the United States why I had been physically abused for running the organization in men trying to do corrective. Reprimand saying Oh your you you consider yourself a woman widened..
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"Hongkongers and protesters and I joked joked about it with a friend a couple of days ago because he was like. It's Christmas and I was like. Yeah it's tear-gas Smith. They do really worry about mental health consequences of this when it's such an everyday reality for you and career for your friends and your family's safety and I think that's the hardest thing to come across sometimes like how deeply personal is for every one of us here but but at the same time. I'm also really worried that it's going to end. Because our past history has shown that when our protest movement of ended nothing much happens afterwards words and the political situation always gets even worse and so I basically fear for all kinds of outcome. I was Hong Kong based author and activist Karen Chung reflecting on a tumultuous year in her city those are Paris opera musicians on strike and performing outside they played music from Sergei. PROKOFIEV's Ballet Romeo and Juliet get their concert on. The steps of the Paris. Opera House was also a show of support for striking French transportation workers who are posing an overhaul to the country's pension system. The transit strike is causing some serious headaches. Tonight.
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"Protesters smashed down a door and set fires. The State Department says the embassy itself was not breached and has not been evacuated. Washington Washington is blaming Iran for the protest. Wait Iran. But we're talking about Iraq. It's all really confusing. Said help explain. I'm joined by the world's Chris Wolf Chris. Who are these protesters well cow pictures? Show and witnesses say that these are mostly men who belong to a pro Iranian militia group called Qatar Hezbollah most not carrying carrying weapons but many all wearing those uniforms of that organization and carrying their flags. This is the same group. Carol that was bombed by the. US Air Force on Sunday and the same group that allegedly attacked the US base near Kirkuk on Friday killing a US contractor so just to recap events wise we had Friday the attack on the US base. which killed an American Eric on Sunday the US retaliates there s strikes and then today we have the assault on the embassy compound so going back to that Friday attack at the US base? Why would this this Iraqi militia group that is loyal to Iran attack a US base We don't know for sure but there have been dozens of similar attacks over the past few months against. US targets in Iraq. Not as big as this. which involved thirty rockets that the? US government says the attacks are being directed by Iran. Iraq's big neighbor to the east Iran's and going broke under the pressure of the global use embargo on oil sales Trump's maximum pressure campaign. And it's been trying to find ways to put pressure back on on the US to relax those sanctions and one of the ways it's using is to have its friends around the Middle East region Goff. US targets Oh so real proxy anything Iran using a militia group in Iraq to go after US interest there too in some roundabout way pressure the US to lift sanctions or to who deal with Iran. Right yes so indirect pressure campaign okay. Another question is why are there even any armed militias roaming around freely in Iraq at this point yeah let alone once controlled by a foreign country like Iran. We have to go back to two thousand fourteen. That's when Isis the Islamic state movement annihilated one third of the the Iraqi army in a single battle so the Baghdad government appealed to the masses of Iraqis to help defend the capital and hundreds of thousands of people formed these ad hoc walk militias and they did play a critical role in the fight against Isis. But these are not just like well armed neighborhood watches. Many were formed by political groups. Many were sponsored armed and trained by Iran so this was tolerated by the US in Baghdad because of the emergency need to to fight Isis but they would never D- mobilized is Georgia's armed so the events this week they show a real anger at the US by Iraqis. What's at the root of that well? Let's be clear. There is no single Iraqi Iraqi point of view rather Iraqis a complex mosaic of regional ethnic religious and political interests. So it's difficult to generalize but historically many dislike the fact act of US conquest and occupation from two thousand and three but the specific complaint. Today is that the. US is attacking bombing this pro-iranian militia. This is is the first time that the. US has taken this direct kind of military action in Iraq against any target other than Isis for almost a decade and many Iraqi see it as an affront to the country's sovereignty and the pride but we must remember that Iraqis are also plenty mad at Iranian influence to the been massive bloody demonstrations in Baghdad throughout throughout most of this year against corruption and Iranian influence. And those have been much bigger than demonstration today at the US embassy. The world's Chris Wolf thanks so much. You're welcome I'm Carol. It's already twenty twenty. In Hong Kong residents welcomed in the New Year with celebrations and with pro democracy protests the city cancelled its main event a fireworks display citing security concerns as the clock near midnight. Demonstrators formed human chains major landmarks around the city. They chanted their agenda agenda.
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"Either by rifle fire from israeli soldiers positioned on the other side of the fence or from lesser injuries hugh to here to be honest i can mostly describe it as it looked something like a medieval baffled ban today where you have a long fence running down the middle you have a along burma on the israeli side that has military posts with soldiers inside them dawson along the fence and palestinian side where the protesters have been burning tires so the air has been filled with the sort of inky black smoke you have east kite bums taipans that's right yeah the protesters they make these kites that they paint palestinian flags or emblems on and then they attached sort of crude explosive devices in many cases it might be say a bag of sugar that is soaked in gasoline and then it is taxed to a flame device they set the kite into the air and then as it is burning and has the sort of flaming tail they guided towards the israeli border and they tried to land in field on the other side to set the israeli crops on fire you have as really drones that are monitoring or in some instances it appears firing tear gas as well over the area and then you have ambulances that are screaming rushing pick up people who've been shot wounded and then when you push further back away from the frontline if you have a whole sort of staging area where families are hanging out where people are speaking into microphones trying to urge people forward and where there's music and food.
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"Thank you thank you president trump for having the courage to keep your promises david is all this happening because donald trump is in office in other words does this reflect a larger shift in the way that americans are thinking about israel or is it all about his administration and it's vantage point on this that's a really interesting question i mean what are we talking about every talking just about the embassy move are we talking about recognition of jerusalem as the capital if we're talking about those things i don't think they happened under a different president i really don't but i think you're touching on another question which has a little bit more to do with prime minister netanyahu the jewish population in the united states is still heavily to the left of center many of the things in the policies that mister netanyahu's rightwing government has been pursuing an israel have alienated american jews aggravated them made them question their support for israel or made it difficult to defend their support for israel in number of ways and at the same time mitha now who's been cleaning so tightly to president trump that for democrats the united states it's increasingly hard to take and what about average israelis how did they feel about the relocation of the embassy from tel aviv to them this is a very divided country politically but the move the embassy i was pretty surprised to learn that even left leaning israelis politicians really could get behind it for many people the fact that israel alone really in the world had this very recognizable very well established capital city that was denied the recognition that they believed deserved was galling in grading and to have that lifted finally is a really welcome thing there's broad agreement among israelis that jerusalem should be seen as their capital and treated as such by the rest of the world.
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"It was an interesting idea in effect i found myself wondering as i listened to this is the jesting that no like his grandparents who put the holocaust behind them the palestinians on a really just put the past behind them and move on now my great honor to call upon the prime minister of the state of israel benjamin netanyahu you know in prime minister netanyahu's remarks there was an energy to them that i hadn't seen before glorious day remember this moment there is almost palpable relief there is genuine excitement this he talked historically but he also talked very personally and i'll tell you that i spent the first years of my life in this neighborhood he had lived just a few blocks from the embassy site and recalled walking through then we're fields with his older brother and being warned you know don't go too far don't go up where the embassy actually sits now because my mother told me you can't go any further this was near the border it was exposed to sniper fire because that would put the two of them in sniper ranch from the jordanian side that was then this is now today today the most the embassy of the most powerful nation on earth are rated ally the united states of america today it's embassy open beer born in nineteen forty nine you know he's just a year younger than the country itself so he's he's really chart his own life by life cycle last december president trump became the first world leader to recognize jerusalem as our capital and today the united states of america is opening its embassy right here in jerusalem.
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"Join me now in welcoming ambassador david freedman began with the ambassador of the united states david treatment he is a former bankruptcy lawyer for president trump he's an orthodox jew on this exact day seventy years ago at almost this exact time david ben gurion declared israel's independence just eleven minutes later president harry truman caused the united states to be the very first nation to recognize the reborn state of israel how remember that time with a very different set of emotions may fifteenth for palestinians is called knocked the day today they consider the catastrophe when hundreds of thousands of them were expelled from or fled from their homes in what became israel and for them today really of morning and so the idea that the united states was going to be making this move on the eve of that particular anniversary was seen by many as quite propagation seventy years since that memorable event almost to the minute the united states finally takes the next step a step awaited voted upon litigated and prayed for for all these years today we open the united states embassy in jerusalem israel to mr friedmann number of times that he was welcomed them to the embassy in jerusalem israel for many years american children born in his royal when they got their passports those passports would say jerusalem as the city and the country would be left blank mr friedmann was making a note in his own subtle way there that this is no more that the united states jerusalem is very much apart and not just a part of the heart of the state of israel so right from the beginning we have this far right representative of the united states president provocatively claiming that jerusalem is the capital of israel that's right you know the palestinians have always felt that the united states was not exactly a neutral unbiased arbiter of the peace process they've always had complaints that israel was ally and the palestinians always had to compete with that.
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"Both he slammed than for christianity and we're not there yet so the joy is tempered by the real politics i think to a great extent robot amirah goal expressing her feelings there and matthew when it comes to palestinians their leaders today angry and saddened by the deaths in gaza they're also angry but trump's decision to move the us embassy to jerusalem what have we heard from them the palestinian authority in the west bank said that the israeli military was carrying out a massacre in gaza the islamic group hamas which controls the gaza strip said that jerusalem is a red line they said the us embassy move is an attack on our people's right to their land i talked with maha naissaar today she's a professor at the university of arizona she explained to me how jerusalem is holy for muslims because it's where they believe that prophet muhammad ascended into heaven about the us embassy move nissar said that it's probably more symbolic than substantive in the short term but it is she said going to have an impact it sends a message to palestinians everywhere that the us disregards palestinian claims to the land claims to the city claims to the holy sites and i think it's proven once and for all the us is not an honest broker in issues related to israel palestine and that we're going to have to look elsewhere for leadership on this issue in marco trump administration officials they said it again today that they are committed to a peace process but at this point it's pretty hard to see what that process looks like the world's matthew bell thanks for being here thanks markle when the us finds itself in the middle of any crisis we often turn to david rennie from the economist to put things in perspective for us for the past six years david has been based in washington for the paper watching america and thinking a lot about its place in the world it's been a real could've journey i think for the rest of the world for america's and amazing.