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Target executives are scrambling to contain the fury of its core customer base after nationwide displays of pro-trans and pro-gay clothing in the children and baby section. Target's stock is tanking and calls for a boycott are increasing. Also today: Hungary's Prime Minister says the quiet part out loud...and he's backed up by John Mearsheimer.
Although Kyriakos Mitsotakis' party fell short of a majority in parliament, meaning there will be a second vote, the incumbent prime minister did much better than expected. Will he be able to continue the country's rebound story? America's clean energy investments are spurring green lobbyists to action. And, how might simple nets protect Ukrainians from drones?Take our listener survey at www.economist.com/intelligencesurveyFor full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, try a free 30-day digital subscription by going to www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Although Kyriakos Mitsotakis' party fell short of a majority in parliament, meaning there will be a second vote, the incumbent prime minister did much better than expected. Will he be able to continue the country's rebound story? America's clean energy investments are spurring green lobbyists to action. And, how might simple nets protect Ukrainians from drones?Take our listener survey at www.economist.com/intelligencesurveyFor full access to print, digital and audio editions of The Economist, try a free 30-day digital subscription by going to www.economist.com/intelligenceoffer Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Police bodycam footage released from Farmington, New Mexico mass shooting; Biden meets with Japan's Prime Minister as U.S. tries to reach deal on debt ceiling; Montana becomes first state to ban TikTok; and more on tonight's broadcast.
In our news wrap Thursday, President Biden met with Japan's prime minister and discussed support for Ukraine's military and defense cooperation against China's growing military power, 30 Russian cruise missiles rained down on Ukraine overnight and the toll of a flood disaster in northern Italy is still climbing after torrential rain caused dozens of rivers to burst their banks. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders
The Prime Minister in exile of East Turkestan, Salih Hudayar, is joining me for this week's podcast. East Turkestan is the homeland of the Uyghur Muslims. Hudayar shares his personal story of growing up in East Turkestan and his family's experience with political persecution. He discusses the Chinese government's mass internment and genocidal campaign targeting Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and other Turkish peoples, including forced assimilation, concentration camps, slave labor, sterilization, and indoctrination of children. Hudayar emphasizes the importance of the international community taking action to address this human rights crisis and the critical role of East Turkistan in Chinese strategy. Listeners will gain a deeper understanding of the severity of the situation in Xinjiang and the urgency for global intervention. Main Takeaways The Origins of the Uyghur Conflict with China China using forced Uyghur labor Salih Hudayars Journey to Becoming Prime Minister in Exile Mass surveillance of Uyghurs by the Chinese Communist Party Mass sterilization and rape of Uyghur women Follow Prime Minister Hudayar: https://twitter.com/SalihHudayar https://east-turkistan.net This episode is sponsored by 4 Patriots, a survival food company. You can visit www.4patriots.com and use the code RECON for 10% off your first purchase. Connect With John Hendricks www.globalrecon.net www.instagram.com/igrecon Music provided by Caspian: www.caspian.band --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/globalrecon/support
Lib Dem leader Ed Davey on sewage, social care, and election stunts. Hot off the back of big local elections gains, the Liberal Democrat leader Ed Davey joins today's Newscast hosts, BBC Presenter Tina Daheley and Scotland Editor James Cook. Chris Mason is in Japan with the Prime Minister for a G7 summit. And Dr Tamsin Edwards, a climate scientist at King's College London, responds to news that global warming is set to break a key 1.5C limit for first time. Today's Newscast was presented by James Cook and Tina Daheley. It was made by Rufus Gray with Chris Flynn and Joe Wallace. The senior news editor is Sam Bonham.
It's Wednesday, May 17th, A.D. 2023. This is The Worldview in 5 Minutes heard at www.TheWorldview.com. I'm Adam McManus. (Adam@TheWorldview.com) By Jonathan Clark Possible life sentence for Pakistani Christian widow On Saturday, a court in Pakistan released a Christian widow on bail. She faces blasphemy charges against the false religion of Islam. Bibi worked for a school where she was asked to clean out a storeroom full of paper. She allegedly burned the paper which students said included pages from the Koran. Bibi cannot read, and was just carrying out the school's instructions. Now, she could be sentenced to life in prison. Blasphemy charges are used to target vulnerable individuals. Azad Marshall with the Anglican Church of Pakistan told Morning Star News, “The allegation itself is nothing short of a death warrant, and we continue to pray for [Bibi's] safety.” Exodus 22:22-23 says, “You shall not mistreat any widow or fatherless child. If you do mistreat them, and they cry out to Me, I will surely hear their cry.” Thailand's political victory over military-backed government On Sunday, opposition parties in Thailand won a landslide victory against the country's military-backed government. The military has effectively ruled Thailand for decades. Most recently, the country's Prime Minister led a military coup in 2014, ousting the elected government. Now, the opposition parties control about 60% of Thailand's parliamentary seats. They are calling for sweeping changes, but face an unelected Senate chosen by the military. In particular, the opposition is calling for an end to a law that prohibits insulting the monarchy, saying the military uses it to curtail free speech. Google, Amazon, Microsoft, PayPal, & Disney oppose free speech Alliance Defending Freedom released their second-annual Viewpoint Diversity Score Business Index on Tuesday. The report scored U.S. companies on their respect for free speech and religious freedom. The best score was 50% for Fidelity National Information Services. The rest of the companies scored 25% or below. Coming in at 5% or less, some of the worst companies included Alphabet, the parent company of Google, Amazon, Microsoft, PayPal, and Disney. California churches victorious in abortion ruling Last Friday, Alliance Defending Freedom announced that California has agreed to pay $1.4 million in attorneys' fees for its abortion coverage requirements. Four churches challenged the requirement to fund abortion in their healthcare plans. Two court rulings sided with the churches. Jeremiah Galus with ADF said, “For years, California officials, in collaboration with Planned Parenthood, have unconstitutionally targeted faith-based organizations. This is a significant victory for the churches.” Texas legislature: Public schools can have chaplains Last Tuesday, the Texas House of Representatives passed a bill allowing public schools to have chaplains. The bill already passed the state's Senate last month. The legislation says, “A school district or an open-enrollment charter school may employ or accept as a volunteer a chaplain to provide support, services, and programs for students as assigned by the board of trustees of the district or the governing body of the school.” The bill now goes to the desk of Republican Governor Greg Abbott. The state is also considering legislation allowing prayer in school and requiring the Ten Commandments to be displayed in every single classroom. Speaking of God's commandments, Deuteronomy 6 says, “You shall teach them diligently to your children. ... You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” When parents are united spiritually, teens follow suit Pew Research released information from recent years on how well parents pass on religious beliefs to their children. When parents have unified religious beliefs, their children generally follow suit. Over 80% of Protestant, Catholic, or unaffiliated parents had teenagers who believed the same way. For children over 18, Pew reports similar results. Adults generally retained the faith of their parents when their parents had unified religious commitments. However, the transmission of religious beliefs was less predictable for those raised in religiously divided households. About 20% of adults were raised in such homes. Christian obstetrician warns against Abortion Kill Pill Today, as I guest host for Kevin Swanson on Generations Radio, I interview Dr. Ingrid Skop, a pro-life obstetrician who discusses the dangers of the Abortion Kill Pill. 53% of mothers who abort today choose chemical abortion over surgical abortion. Not only does it kill the baby, but women experience four times the risk of complications as surgical abortion! SKOP: “The abortion industry tells them, ‘It's natural. It's safe and effective, safer than Tylenol. They can have an abortion in the ‘comfort of their own home.' Well, we discussed already how horrible the process is for these women. Their bathroom has now become the abortion clinic. But it's not comfortable and it's not safe and it's not all that effective. “One out of 20 women, their body cannot completely express all the dead pregnancy tissue. And so they continue to suffer until they find a doctor who is willing to perform the surgery that they need.” Listen to my 25-minute interview at Generations.org/radio. Alabama Christian couple celebrates quadruplets' birth And finally, a Christian couple from Alabama welcomed quadruplets into the world last month. Michael and Hannah Carmack were hoping to give their daughter a sibling. In God's providence, they got the incredibly rare experience of having two sets of identical twins. Initially, the thought of quadruplets was daunting. But after meeting with their pastor, Michael and Hannah felt strong and united on what God had chosen for them. Evelyn, Adeline, David, and Daniel were born at 27 weeks. They've needed special help with eating, so they're still at the hospital. But the newborns are doing well and expected to go home next month! Psalm 127:3 says, “Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward.” Close And that's The Worldview in 5 Minutes on this Wednesday, May 17th in the year of our Lord 2023. Subscribe by iTunes or email to our unique Christian newscast at www.TheWorldview.com. Or get the Generations app through Google Play or The App Store. I'm Adam McManus (Adam@TheWorldView.com). Seize the day for Jesus Christ.
For decades, one woman was the heart and soul of Versailles: Madame de Pompadour. Dana speaks with Jennifer Wright (author of Madame Restell) about the courtier's rise to the King's Mistress and her strengths as a diplomat and great party guest. Support Noble Blood: — Bonus episodes, stickers, and scripts on Patreon — Merch! — Order Dana's book, 'Anatomy: A Love Story' and its sequel 'Immortality: A Love Story'See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Ever thought about asking a member of Parliament how to become Prime Minister? Moira Clay, a leading research strategist, asked that very question, and she's now cultivated a career helping leaders in health and medical research make an impact in both research and the community.Join us as we speak with Moira about her journey in medical research, and developing a holistic and comprehensive approach to cancer treatment.About Professor Moira Clay Professor Moira Clay is one of Australia's foremost experts in research strategy. She is a transformational leader and a highly experienced facilitator, with an extensive knowledge of the changing research agenda. She has a reputation for professionalism and integrity and is known for her collaborative and inclusive approach. Moira has extensive senior executive experience in research institutes in Victoria, NSW and WA - including 6 months as Acting Director of the Telethon Kids Institute. She was President of two peak bodies – the Australian Society for Medical Research (2003) and Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS) (2013), leading significant public, political and scientific advocacy initiatives. In 2018, she was nominated as a Fellow of ARMS, acknowledging her enduring and substantial contributions to research management, and her active philanthropic involvement was profiled in a TEDx Fremantle talk. In 2011, she completed the Eureka Institute International Certificate in Translational Medicine. She is currently the Chair of the Advisory Board of the Menzies Institute.Moira founded Moira Clay Consulting in 2013, propelled by her drive to help Australian health and medical research leaders achieve transformative health benefits for the community. MCC has built a strong reputation for adding value to health and medical research organisations (including medical research institute's; hospitals, funding bodies; universities; peak bodies and major initiatives) across Australia.Show Notes (link)[00:00:45] Moira's beginnings in biochemistry.[00:01:51] Developing the foundations for the work Moira does now during her PhD.[00:03:21] Exploring the world through postdoctoral research.[00:04:17] Moira's career crisis that led her to think bigger.[00:05:40] How does one become Prime Minister?[00:08:32] We ultimately want to make things better.[00:10:28] Co-design, and how medical research strategy can make an impact.[00:16:49] A stretched workforce needs greater collaboration.[00:19:29] The shift to cancer research.[00:22:25] Starting a consultancy.[00:23:23] The Pirate Ship Foundation.[00:24:16] West Australian Comprehensive Cancer Centre: The need for comprehensive cancer care.[00:30:45] Honeybee Venom Research by Dr Pilar Blancafort and Dr Ciara Duffy.[00:32:09] West Australian Comprehensive Cancer Centre.[00:33:56] Exercise for reduction of cancer risk and treatment efficacy.[00:38:18] What advice you would give someone who wants to do what you do? Or what advice should they ignore?Connect with STEAM PoweredWebsite | YouTube | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter |
We'll hear a CNN reporter break down mindsets from a border town official and migrants, as the countdown to the end of Title 42 begins. The White House says what's off the table in debt ceiling negotiations. New figures show prices are continuing to ease off for Americans. Pakistan's former Prime Minister has been released, after the country's highest court got involved. Plus, a change is coming to the way you "Google" things.To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
In this episode , we look back at John Jenrette's fateful decision to run for the South Carolina State House. He was living in North Myrtle Beach and struggling as a Lawyer. In that day lawyers could not advertise and John Jenrette was trying to figure out a way to get his name out to the public. He was, he said, tired of getting paid in collard greens. It was a decision that would change his life forever. He won. That lifted him to position of Chairman of the Horry County State House delegation. He was 28 years old and the system of that day was entirely different than what we have in the state today. There were no County Councils and the state senators ran the county. In that respect, John Jenrette was sitting in a really good position, he was young, energetic, and the cousin of the sitting State Senator in Horry County, James Stevens. It was a relationship that would pay dividends. In this episode, we will hear about how under Jenrette's leadership, along with Senator James Stevens, they went to work to build roads, bridges, and develop a fledgling school, then known as Coastal Carolina Community College. It was quite the ride for a young man in a hurry. It was this extraordinary run in the State Legislature that would be the foundation for his later runs for Congress against an entrenched , powerful incumbent. Then we learn about the distant family tie between John Jenrette, a man of French Huguenot descent, and the leader of another nation on the North American Continent , Pierre Trudeau , the Prime Minister of Canada. Jenrette enjoys talking about his family and their long history in America and the Carolinas. We will also be introduced to one of John Jenrette's closest friends and a legendary political ally whose career was as large as any in modern South Carolina history, Senator Dick Elliott of North Myrtle Beach, S.C. We will look back at their friendship, its importance in the rise of John Jenrette, and Dick Elliot's own outsized career both in politics, in business, and its impact on our State of South Carolina and through out the Pee Dee region. Dick Elliott was as responsible for the rise of the Grand Strand in the Golf business, the tourism business, the improved road system, and the growth in Real Estate as anyone in the state, for he was a leader in every one of those industries as well as politics for nearly a half century. In this episode we look back as John Jenrette lays the groundwork for one of the great upsets in the history of South Carolina politics against Representative John McMillan, who had served 16 terms in Congress. That will be the next story we will tell. Questions or comments at , Randalrgw1@aol.com , https://twitter.com/randal_wallace , and http://www.randalwallace.com/Please Leave us a review at wherever you get your podcastsThanks for listening!!
Saeed Shah, Pakistan Correspondent for the Wall Street Journal in Islamabad, on the fallout from the arrest of former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan.
Former President Donald Trump says he'll appeal, after a jury found he sexually abused E. Jean Carroll in the mid 90s. Both sides of the US southern border are preparing for the end of Title 42. Congressman George Santos is expected to appear in court on federal charges as early as today. Violent clashes have broken out in Pakistan as the country's former Prime Minister is due to appear before a judge. Plus, a little boy survives by eating snow.To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
The Beached White Male Podcast with Ken Kemp
If you missed the Coronation, you'll want to tune in here. Ken welcomes back author, historian, columnist, and lay minister in the Church of England, Martyn Whittock. It's a lively conversation between a curious American and a scholarly Brit. Ken acknowledges the appearance of excess, the residual of colonialism, and the confusion over the cozy Church/State dynamic. That said, Ken then explains his personal family connection to London, to the former Prince Charles, and to the King's carriages - and how he finds the pomp and circumstance so moving.From his home in Bath, England, Martyn shares his perspective on the historic celebration of the Coronation of King Charles III in London, the first in 70 years. Charle's mother, Queen Elizabeth, was crowned in 1953. Martyn just published a comprehensive article in Brittain's Christian Today explaining the 1,000 years of coronation history at Westminster Abbey in London. Martyn gives a first-person response to the grand celebration that captured the rapt attention of the nation, the Commonwealth, and the world. The ceremony was filled with symbolism, much of which Martyn explains. Ken quizzes his guest on the future of the monarchy and the nature of his "Christian nation" as it compares to the American version of Christian Nationalism. Martyn relays 1,000 years of history in which the monarch evolved as non-political and Parliament emerged as a secular governing body, today with a professing Hindu as Prime Minister (Rishi Sunak). Martyn shares his thoughts on the two couples in the spotlight - William & Kate and Harry & Megan. Martyn also introduces his new book to be released in the Fall: American Vikings - How the Norse Sailed into the Lands and Imaginations of AmericaSHOW NOTES - See Martyn's books, TV appearances, and published articlesSupport the show
The boys are absolutely on one tonight - thought we might have to break them up! Brad brings a new meaning to fanny hair. Chris gets a slow cooker and spices and rubs for his birthday and HOW OLD IS HE? Matty slams the Prime Minister for wearing a Barkers suit to the Coronation. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Opposition parties are sharpening their attacks on Labour, painting a picture of chaos and instability, as senior government ministers doggedly try to "move on" from the Meka Whaitiri controversy. [picture id="4L99VLM_230509_15_jpg" crop="16x10" layout="full"] The rebel MP came face to face with her former colleagues for the first time at Parliament since her dramatic defection to Te Pāti Māori last week, after refusing their calls and requests for a meeting. National says Labour's "personnel problems" show a Prime Minister who's not in control of his caucus, and one who would still be willing to work with the Māori Party and the Greens. Political editor Jane Patterson reports.
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Most of us are familiar with the story of Anne Frank, the young Jewish girl who wrote a diary while hiding from the Nazis with her family, in Amsterdam during the Second World War. You are probably less familiar with the name of the woman who agreed to keep them safe in those secret attic rooms. Miep Gies was Otto's secretary, and when they were eventually located and sent to their deaths, it was Miep who found Anne's diary and kept it. A new TV series tells the whole story from Miep's perspective, and she is played by the British actor Bel Powley. Bel joins Nuala to talk about playing an ordinary woman who displayed extraordinary courage. Plans have been announced to allow more patients to use high street pharmacies for some common drug prescriptions and routine tests to ease the pressure on busy GPs. Pharmacies are being asked to take on the prescribing of drugs for seven common ailments, including sore throats, earaches, shingles and urinary tract infections or UTIs. Women are up to 30 times more likely to get a UTIs than men. Half of women will have at least one in their lifetime and 20% will have more than one. So is easier access for women for UTI treatment a positive move? Mary Garthwaite, a former consultant urologist and chair of the Urology Foundation joins Nuala to discuss. As voters in Thailand head to the polls on Sunday for a general election, who are the frontrunners and what are the issues that female voters care about? Women played a key role in the 2020 pro-democracy protests and many are seeing the election as a way to challenge the power of patriarchal institutions such as the military and the monarchy. The current Prime Minister has been trailing behind opposition candidates in the polls, including Paetongtarn Shinawatra, the daughter of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who gave birth just two weeks ago. Nuala is joined by Jonathan Head, the BBC's South East Asia correspondent, to discuss. We hear the next in our series about how relationships are changed and put under strain when life happens. Zoe and James talk about how 'Ed' which is what they call Zoe's eating disorder has affected them since they got together as a couple when they were at school. Zoe's anorexia was 'atypical' - her weight wasn't low but she was in the grip of anorexia, all the behaviours and disordered thinking were there - her body was under terrible stress and she was regularly collapsing. Only James was really aware of what was going on, a fact that put their relationship under pressure. Jo Morris went to meet Zoe and James in Lincolnshire and they tell their story. What was your experience with theatre when you were at school? Was there that one show you saw that inspired you and that you'll never quite forget? Playwright Hannah Lavery and writer and actor Sarah Middleton have recently taken to the stage with their respective plays, Protest, and SHEWOLVES, which are aimed at teenagers and ensuring that young women's voices are heard on the stage. They join Nuala to discuss the impact theatre can have on young people. Presenter: Nuala McGovern Producer: Hanna Ward
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Last time we spoke about the final battles to push the Qing forces out of Tonkin. The Qing, Black Flag and Vietnamese forces were fighting bitterly, on the open field and as guerillas to kick France out of Tonkin. The guerilla activity led to bloody months at the isolated outposts of Thai Nguyen, Hung Hoa and Tuyen Quang. To dislodge the Qing army from Tonkin, the French attacked them at Nui Bop and seized Lang son thus saving the outposts from being taken. After securing their outposts the French recommenced their offensive attacking Hoa Moc. But the Qing and Black Flag forces erected a siege at Tuyen Quang, to which the French beat them again. Then at Dang Dong, the French finally pushed the Qing forces across the Gate of China back to their homeland. The war over Tonkin was fierce, costing countless lives and all for a war never officially declared, but was it all won and done? Well we are about to find out. #47 The Sino-French War of 1884-1885 part 4: Of War and Peace Welcome to the Fall and Rise of China Podcast, I am your dutiful host Craig Watson. But, before we start I want to also remind you this podcast is only made possible through the efforts of Kings and Generals over at Youtube. Perhaps you want to learn more about the history of Asia? Kings and Generals have an assortment of episodes on history of asia and much more so go give them a look over on Youtube. So please subscribe to Kings and Generals over at Youtube and to continue helping us produce this content please check out www.patreon.com/kingsandgenerals. If you are still hungry for some more history related content, over on my channel, the Pacific War Channel where I cover the history of China and Japan from the 19th century until the end of the Pacific War. General Francois Oscar de Negrier took his 2nd brigade and absolutely smashed the remnants of the Guangxi army at Dang Dong, sending them fleeing back into their homeland. For good measure the French literally blew up the Gate of China, also known today as the “Gate of Friendship” which was the border between Guangxi and Tonkin. The customs building, walls, gate itself, all of it was blown sky high. Once this was done the 2nd brigade pulled back to Lang Son at the end of February of 1885. Thus by March the the Guangxi army had been pushed out of Tonkin by General Oscar, while the Yunnan army had been defeated heavily at Tuyen Quang and Hung Hoa by the 1st brigade of Giovanninelli. Despite the sweeping victories, the Qing were not truly defeated by any means they still held considerable forces across the border. General Briere de L'isle thought about launching an offensive against the nearest target within China, such as the military depot at Longzhou, but he did not have enough men to really pull it off, he had to wait for reinforcements. Reinforcements would arrive in mid march. He sat down with his officers and devised a course of action. It was agreed the 1st brigade would attack the Yunnan army to push them beyond the Yen Bay while the 2nd brigade would hold its position at Lang Son. The Guangxi Army in the meantime was rebuilding its strength and by March 17th had been bolstered to 30,000 men. Soon the Guangxi army was pressing upon the Tonkin border with two major camps at Yen Cua Ai and Bang Bo with over 9 separate military commands. At Yen Cua Ai were 10 battalions led by General Feng Zicai, around 7500 men strong. Behind Yen Cua Ai in the village of Mufu, 2-3 kms away were another 7000 men led by Generals Su Yuanchun and Chen Jia; another 15kms behind Mufu at the village of Pingxiang was another 7000 men led by General Jian Zonghan and Fang Yusheng. 50 kms to the west AT Aiwa village was 3500 men led by Wei Gang. 15 kms east in at Cua Ai sitting just a toehold within Tonkin was 3500 men led by General Wang Debang. And overall commander of the Guangxi army, General Pan Dingxian was at Haicun, over 30 kms behind Mufu village with 3500 men. General Oscar had around 1600 men to hold Lang Son, yes it was not looking good for the french boys. On March 22nd, Feng Zicai led a raid against a French outpost at Dong Dang. That said outpost was held by forces under Lt Colonel Paul Gustave Herbinger, someone we spoke a tiny bit about in a previous battle who made the rather idiotic decision to outflank the enemy by going way too far around, so far that his superior simply sent another force to attack the enemy. Herbingers french foreign legionnaires fought off the raid once the rest of the 2nd brigade came up to support his outposts defense. Upon driving off the raiders, General Oscar decided it was a good idea to strike back. He hoped to take the enemy by surprise and led the men to cross over to the Zhennanguan pass which held the Guangxi encampment at Bang Bo. Oscar did not intend for a major offensive against Guangxi province, his simple aim was to raid them back and give some breathing room for Dong Dang. Oscar left a single company of the 2nd African battalion with some batteries to hold Lang Son and the 23rd battalion to hold Dong Dang which would act as his supply line as his main body marched to Zhennanguan. On March 23rd, 1600 men with 10 artillery pieces made their way. The next day the French were met with fierce resistance when they approached Zhennanguan. There they found the Guangxi army utilizing outwork fortifications. Along with the defense, Wang Debang sent his force from Cua Ai to launch a counterattack hitting the French right flank. Oscars men were able to repel the counterattack and seize the outworks and the next day he had his men launch an attack against the enemy's main at position of Bang Bo. He planned to hit the front while simultaneously sending men to sweep around the rear. The frontal defensive line of Bang Bo held a long trenchline which the french named the Long trench. To attack the front, Oscar sent the 111th battalion led by chef de bataillon Francois Leon Faure and for the rear attack, the 2nd legion battalion of chef de bataillon Digeut and the 143rd battalion of chef de bataillon Farret. Herbinger who was leading the 3rd regiment was ordered to guide Diguet and Farret to perform their rear attack maneuver. Unfortunately a thick fog hit the area causing Herbinger to get lost. Oscar, unaware of Herbingers plight mistook a Guangxi army column moving towards the Long Trench to be Herbingers 2 battalions, and promptly ordered Faure to launch his frontal attack. Fauvre's 111th formed their line and charged into the fray. They immediately came under intense fire from Feng Zicai's infantry manning the Long trench and other Guangxi units manning nearby hills. Within seconds several officers were killed. Two companies made it to the trench and after a very short hand to hand fighting match were fleeing from a major counter attack led personally by Feng Zicai. The carnage was intense, and what saved many of the fleeing French was the Guangxi army's resolve to behead the wounded and plunder them of their arms. Meanwhile to the right of the battlefield, Ferrets 143rd battalion and Diguets 2nd legionnaires leapt into the fray of battle, several hours longer than expected. They quickly seized a Qing held fort. At 3pm, Pan Dingxin after watching the 111th battalion flee for their lives saw Herbingers command and tossed a counterattack their way. Herbingers command was nearly encircled, in fact a single company of the 143rd battalion led by the Irish officer, Captain Patrick Cotter were completely encircled. Harbinger ordered the men to retreat and leave Captain Patrick's company behind, but the French foreign legionnaires ignored the order and charged at the Qing to break free the company. Despite the company being able to break free, Captain Patrick was killed in the action. Gradually Digeut and Farret's men fell back, performing a fighting withdrawal to keep the Qing onslaught at bay best they could. During the chaos, the 3rd legion battalion of Lt Colonel Schoeffer had been ordered to stay on Tonkinese soil around Dang Dong to protect their flanks found themselves fighting desperately to keep a line of retreat for the incoming french. Schoeffer's men had to fight off both flanks enabling the rest of the army to fight their way back down the middle. General Oscar was leading the rearguard to try and maintain morale and was successful at stopping a complete rout of his forces. Oscar spent the majority of the late afternoon quelling disorder amongst differing commands, trying to keep the men together. The entire brigades morale was dropping as was their ammunition, so Oscar called for a general retreat back to Lang Son. On the night of March 24th they camped at Dong Dang exhausted and shell shocked. Sergeant Maury of Digeuts 2nd legionnaires had this to say about the feelings of the men. “The night was very dark. The soldiers marched in complete silence. We felt cheated, ashamed, and angry. We were leaving behind us both victory and many of our friends. From time to time, in low murmurs, we established who was missing. Then we relapsed into the silence of mourning and the bitterness of loss. And so we reached Dong Dang, without being disturbed. We slept in the field hospital huts, after drinking some soup. We were harassed and hungry. We had not eaten all day, and had drunk nothing since morning except a single cup of coffee. In spite of my weariness, I spent a troubled night. My spirits were haunted by the day's memories, by images of the fighting and phantasms of our misfortunes. I was shaken with spasms. I trembled as I have never done on the battlefield. I lay down, but was unable to sleep.” The French had 74 deaths, 213 wounded, amongst the dead were 7 officers. They estimated the Qing casualties to be around 1650. The defeat shocked France who were becoming accustomed to victory reports. Oscar kept the men marching back to Long San, as their coolies all abandoned them creating a sever supply issue. The Guangxi army pursued them the entire way, leading to another battle at Ky Lua on march 28th. This time the French had rested a bit and took up defensive positions behind earthworks. The rationale for the battle was to hold onto the road to Long San for as long as possible and they managed to repel an intense attack from the enemy. The French saw 7 deaths with 38 wounded but inflicted severe casualties upon the pursuing enemy. The French claimed to have seen over 1200 corpses scattered around the battlefield and perhaps wounded over 6000 Guangxi soldiers if its to be believed. Towards the end of the carnage, Oscar was severely wounded in the chest while helping his scouts find Qing positions. He was forced to hand command over to the most senior officer, Herbinger. At this point many officers had commented on his lackluster performance during the undeclared war, he had seriously messed up on quite the occasions. It seems Herbinger began his command in a rather panicked state, for despite the fact they had battered the Qing pursuers, he was convinced they were going to encircle the brigade at any moment. Against the majority of his officers' protest, he ordered the 2nd brigade to abandon Lang Son on the night he took command. They were to retreat to Chu and initially they were divided marching in two columns with Herbingers going towards Thang Moy and Schoeffer's going to Dong Song. Herbinger began to fear the men towing the artillery would slow down his retreat so he ordered the artillery pieces tossed into the Song Ki Cong river alongside their brigades treasure chest. At the same time Herbinger send a runner over to Briere de l'isle over in Hanoi claiming he did not have enough ammunition to fight a second battle for Lang Son and that he was retreating. His claim of not having enough ammunition would later prove to be incorrect. Both Herbinger and Schoeffer forced a intense pace for their marches and by the time the men reached Thang Moy and Dong Song they were exhausted. Briere de L'ilse upon receiving the message from Herbinger was shocked he abandoned Lang Song. He prompted sent word back to Paris about the ordeal. The next day Briere de l'isle sent a message over to Herbinger demanding him to hold his position at Thanh Moy and Dong Song. Herbinger thought it insane to do so, but he obeyed the orders nonetheless. On the 30th, the French prepared their defenses at Thanh Moy and Dong Song. Herbinger tossed some cavalry patrols to figure out where the Guangxi army would hit them from and they came back with reports they were heading down the Mandarin road south of Lang Son. Harbinger sent word to Briere de l'isle, stating he believed the enemy would soon encircle them. The French defenders were told by Herbinger to fasten their bayonets and hunker down. Now it seems Herbinger's nerves were shot, because on the night of the 30th he told his fellow officers he believed they were all going to be massacred the following morning. He went to bed at 8pm and an hour later he began to hear firing from forward outposts. It would turn out to be a false alarm, but one officer rushed over to Herbinger to wake him up and report the action to which Herbinger allegedly said “'I'm sick, and the column is just as sick as me! Leave me alone!' Meanwhile Briere de l'isle was receiving Herbingers panicked reports throughout the night and he reluctantly gave Herbinger permission to retreat back to Chu at 10pm if in his words “if the situation demanded it”. That was more than enough for Herbinger who immediately ordered a retreat to Chu that very night. Harbinger's message back to Briere de l'isle read this 'I will take advantage of the night and the moon to retire, in conformity with your instructions”. And so the men packed up and began their trek from Thang Moy and Dong Song linking up along the way. Schoeffer's force were attacked by some Qing patrols, but it did not amount to much. Harbinger yet again, ordered artillery pieces to be spiked and abandoned believing they would slow down his column. However the gunnery officers disobeyed the orders and kept carrying the pieces all the way safely to Chu. At dawn the on the 31st, the Guangxi army caught up to the French near the village of Pho Cam, just as Herbinger received reinforcements, a squadron of Spahi cavalry. Upon seeing the cavalry, the French officers and soldiers rejoiced, seeking to direct them to charge into the forward Guangxi army patrols to break them down a bit, but Herbinger forbid a charge and instead ordered the retreat to continue at pace. Now, while Herbinger thought the entire Guangxi army was coming after him, this was not the case. Back on the 29th, the bulk of the Guangxi army was actually retreating back towards Zhennanguan. That was until some Vietnamese caught up to them, giving them reports the French were shockingly abandoning Lang Son and in a full retreat. General Pan Dingxin could not believe it, and he immediately ordered his battered army to turn around to seize Lang Son. Once Lang Son had been taken he sent out smaller forces to skirmish with the retreating French to prod them along, because the reality was his army was in no condition to fully attack them. When he received word his skirmishers were hitting the French around Pho Cam, he ordered his main body to occupy Dong Song and Bac Le, knowing they were undefended. Thus Herbinger had unknowingly lost everything gained during the last offensive to kick the Guangxi army out of Tonkin! On April 1st, the 2nd brigade finally got to Chu, exhausted and bitterly demoralized. Briere de l'isle had ordered the 1st brigade to depart Hung Hoa for Chu and told Colonel Gustave Borgnis Desbordes to take command of the 2nd brigade. On the 2nd of April Colonel Desbordes relieved Herbinger of his command and issued the following order to the 2nd Brigade, “In view of General de Négrier's serious wound, I have been asked to take provisional command of the brigade. I have arrived with fresh troops and ammunition. I have been told by the general-in-chief that there is to be no further retreat. We are to remain here at all costs. And that is precisely what we shall do.” Minecraft Ompf sounds. Now the 1st brigade had not sat by idle while all the chaos and disorder befell the 2nd brigade. Back on March 23rd, the 1st battalion led by chef de bataillon Simon were ordered to depart from Hung Hoa to perform a preliminary reconnaissance of the village of Phu Lam Tao. The reason for this was because the French had been receiving reports the Black Flags along with remnants of the Yunnan army had begun occupying it. Simons men, 1000 strong went to the village discovering the reports to be true. Simon ordered his men to attack and disaster struck. According to Lt Colonel Bonifacy the troops quickly fell into disorder, tossed their equipment down, including rifles and fled the scene. A military report of the operation indicated 400 uniforms and large quantities of arms were abandoned. The French suffered around 50 casualties. Now while this was by no means a large engagement nor that significant of a defeat, in combination to the disastrous Long San retreat, it would lead to a devastating effect for France. The situation these two combined events created is known as the “Tonkin affair”. Briere de L'isle while in Hanoi had begun to plan moving his HQ over to Hung Hoa where he further planned to launch an offensive against the Yunnan Army believed to be still operating around Tuyen Quang. However the disastrous retreat of Herbinger combined with the defeat of Simon's force. This led Briere de l'isle to believe the entire Red River Delta region was threatened and he sent a fateful telegram, under duress which made its way to the French government on the 28th, here is the Lang Son Telegram, “ I am grieved to tell you that General de Négrier is seriously wounded and Lạng Sơn has been evacuated. The Chinese forces advanced in three large groups, and fiercely assaulted our positions in front of Ky Lua. Facing greatly superior numbers, short of ammunition, and exhausted from a series of earlier actions, Colonel Herbinger has informed me that the position was untenable and that he has been forced to fall back tonight on Dong Song and Thanh Moy. All my efforts are being applied to concentrate our forces at the passes around Chu and Kép. The enemy continues to grow stronger on the Red River, and it appears that we are facing an entire Chinese army, trained in the European style and ready to pursue a concerted plan. I hope in any event to be able to hold the entire Delta against this invasion, but I consider that the government must send me reinforcements (men, ammunition, and pack animals) as quickly as possible.” The telegram created a political crisis, the stock market plunged and many called for Jules Ferry to resign. Ferry dove into a heated debate calling for the need to avenge the loss at Lang Son and to secure Frances hold over Tonkin. To do this, Ferry demanded 200 million francs to be handed over to the army and navy which met a bitter rebuttal from George Clemenceau who absolutely tore Ferry for everything. Here is a bit of his speech, “We're completely finished with you! We're never going to listen to you again! We're not going to debate the nation's affairs with you again! We no longer recognise you! We don't want to recognise you!You're no longer ministers! You all stand accused (long pause) of high treason! And if the principles of accountability and justice still exist in France, the law will soon give you what you deserve!' A motion of no confidence was immediately tabled and Ferry was voted down 306 to 149. Ferry left in absolute disgrace as all of Paris blew up blaming him for what became infamously known as “the tonkin affair”. The humiliating blow saw Henri Brisson become Prime Minister who started his premiership by trying to negotiate a peace with the Qing dynasty. Meanwhile back over in Formosa, the French were still effectively blockading its northern territory. The war in Formosa had never quieted down, Liu Mingchuan as you might recall received reinforcements in the form of Anhui and Xiang army units, by April of 1885 he had 35,000 men. They were also armed with more modern firearms such as the Lee Model 1879 rifle, Winchesters, Remingtons and Mausers. The french considered these forces to be the cream of the Qing military, well dressed, well armed, and noticeably tall and sturdy. Liu Mingchuan did not stop there, he began hiring more local Hakka militiamen and head-hunting Formosan aborigines. On the other side the Formosa expeditionary corps had also been bolstered, now 4000 men strong led by Lt Colonel Jacque Duchesne who had gained fame serving a major defeat to Liu Yongfu's black flag army at the battle of Yu Oc. The two opposing forces skirmished quite often, until January of 1885 when a real offensive began. Duchesne ordered his men to seize Yeuh-mei-shan known as “la table” to the french. The offensive started out rough due to terrible torrential rain. The French and Qing forces fought for days at a place known as Fork Y, but in the end Duchesne's men were able to push the Qing out of the way and they continued to march upon La Table. By February La Table was seized and the Qing forces bombarded their position by mid february until the French silenced their artillery using their own. In March Duchesne launched a second offensive, successfully breaking the Qing encirclement of Keelung, delivering an outstanding outflanking maneuver. Duchesne's men pushed the Qing past the Keelung river losing 41 men dead and 157 wounded, while estimating they inflicted up to 1500 casualties on the enemy. The French seized numerous forts the Qing had built up to surround Keelung at Shih-ch'iu'ling, Hung-tan-shan and Yeuh-mei-shan, renaming them La Dent, Fort Bamboo and fort La Table. It was an incredible French victory given the odds, but these feats were done at the same time as the famous Siege of Tuyen Quang and thus remained largely unknown to the French public. Alongside this, Duchesne's victories enabled Admiral Courbet to follow them up by landing marine forces from the Keelung garrison to capture the Pescadore islands in late March. Controlling the Pescadore islands allowed the French to thwart Qing reinforcement of Formosa, thus France was gradually consolidating its control over the entire island. But this also came right smack dab in the middle of the Herbinger Lang Son retreat disaster. Admiral Courbet almost had to evacuate Keelung to take the forces over to Tonkin to save the situation, but the peace talks had begun before he could do so. Imagine that, a French controlled Taiwan? What the alternate history peeps would do with that one I do not know. So things were not going well for France, the French public were losing their minds over the Tonkin debacle forcing them to the peace table. However, things were going wildly worse for the Qing dynasty. Because if you can remember way back when, before we began this French adventure, the Qing were having troubles with Japan over Korea. The Gapsin coup had occurred in December of 1884 drawing the Qing attention towards the threat of Japan. Things in Korea were beginning to get much worse and to be honest, as grand a success as Herbinger had delivered the Qing during his disastrous retreat, in truth the Guangxi army was decimated by the war. Yes they grabbed their positions back within Tonkin, but holding them was another matter entirely. To add to their misery it looked like they were going to lose Formosa, thus Empress Dowager Cixi ordered the Qing envoys to the peace table. The Qing sent Li Hongzhang to meet with Jules Patenotre and they opened up by agreeing to the provisions of the Tientsin Accord. The French would get their protectorate over Vietnam, but they were to drop the longstanding demand of reparations for the Bac Le ambush. Negotiations carried on into April of 1885 where they finally agreed to a preliminary peace protocol and an immediate ceasefire in Tonkin and Formosa. The French agreed to life their rice blockade and the Qing finally agreed to pull out the Yunnan and Guangxi armies from Tonkin with an official deadline stated for May of 1885. The Qing also made sure to pressure Liu Yongfu and his Black Flag Army to withdraw from Tonkin so he did not screw up their peace deal. By June of 1885 the new Tientsin Accord was signed. A by product of this war, was the absolute destruction of a capable Vietnamese resistance movement. France added Tonkin and Annam to their holding of Cochinchina and would seize Cambodia by 1887 thus creating French Indochina. By 1893 Laos would also be added after the Franco-Siamese War, thus creating a large French Far east colonial empire. It would not be until the Pacific War whereupon France would lose its iron control over southeast asia. I would like to take this time to remind you all that this podcast is only made possible through the efforts of Kings and Generals over at Youtube. Please go subscribe to Kings and Generals over at Youtube and to continue helping us produce this content please check out www.patreon.com/kingsandgenerals. If you are still hungry after that, give my personal channel a look over at The Pacific War Channel at Youtube, it would mean a lot to me. And so, France had won an undeclared war over the Qing dynasty and in the process would control a large portion of Southeast Asia, known to them as French Indochina. The Qing had been dealt yet again another humiliating blow.
The Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines has become the latest leader of a Caribbean country to call for the King's removal as its head of state.
Thailand is going through a general election and early voting has begun. The 500 members of its House of Representatives will be elected, and then vote jointly with the Senate to choose the Prime Minister. This could be the end of incumbent Prayut Chan-O-Cha's grip on power, which he held thanks to the support of a military junta for nine years. But the daughter of a prominent political family is out to challenge him.
Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, was a soldier, statesman, and prominent political figure who served the United Kingdom twice as Prime Minister. He is known to many as a successful defensive general, but what about when he was on the offensive? In this episode, we explore the life, career, and death of Wellington. James is once again accompanied by Historian and presenter Zack White as they delve into the complex life of Wellington - debunking myths, exploring his life, legacy, and controversies.First published September 2021For more Warfare content, subscribe to our Warfare newsletter here.If you'd like to learn even more, we have hundreds of history documentaries, ad free podcasts and audiobooks at History Hit - subscribe today! To download, go to Android or Apple store.First published September 24th, 2021 Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Crime Writers On...True Crime Review
Career staffer Kate Wyler gets a surprise appointment to be US ambassador to the UK during a moment of crisis. A sneak attack on a British ship has left dozens of sailors dead, but Kate is unconvinced Iran is behind the assault. She is unable to rein in her husband, a former ambassador known for his diplomatic connections and for going rogue. While she works to temper the Prime Minister's belligerent rhetoric, Kate learns the real reason she's been given the post. It's an audition to replace the politically disgraced Vice President.Keri Russell stars in Netflix's trending drama series “The Diplomat.” Kate must employ her skills as a former foreign service staffer to work with her British counterparts and avert a war. She also must negotiate her own domestic relations with a sexy Foreign Secretary and the meddling husband who remains devoted to her.OUR SPOILER-FREE REVIEWS OF "THE DIPLOMAT" BEGIN IN THE FINAL 9 MINUTES OF THE EPISODE.In Crime of the Week: standing on your principals.
Meka Whaitiri returns to Wellington today where she will have to to face up to her former party in the House. Yesterday the The Prime Minister, Chris Hipkins confirmed portfolio changes as a result of the MP's resignation. [picture id="4MEN2CI_copyright_image_256306" crop="16x10" layout="full"] Kieran McAnulty will become cyclone recovery minister. Chris Hipkins spoke to Corin Dann.
The St John's Rotary club has apologised for a photo it posted online of members with a toilet seat, used as a trophy and emblazoned with a mask of the former Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern. Rotary New Zealand has described the incident as offensive and unacceptable and the club has apologised. But no one from Rotary would come on the programme this morning. [picture id="4L9FIAB_I3FNMBK43RCJRGOQYURYXGZY_avif" crop="16x10" layout="full"] Cultural historian Kate Hannah spoke to Ingrid hipkiss.
Last April, Pakistan's Imran Khan was ousted as Prime Minister, which he blamed on an American-backed coup due to his non-aligned foreign policy. His removal has been followed by political instability that continues to roil the country with some of the largest protests in Pakistan's history, both in support of him but also in opposition to the traditional ruling elites. The current government has responded by cracking down on Khan and his supporters, and preventing new elections. To help us understand what happened and what we can expect, Rania Khalek was joined by Junaid Ahmad – Professor of Religion, Law, and Global Politics and Director of the Center for the Study of Islam and Decoloniality in Islamabad, Pakistan. This is just the first half of this episode. The second half is available for Breakthrough News Members only. Become a member at Patreon.com/BreakthroughNews to access the full episode and other exclusive content. Junaid's article discussed in the episode: https://geopoliticaleconomy.com/2023/03/15/pakistan-coup-regime-arrest-imran-khan/
The results are in. And it was a complete drubbing for Rishi Sunak's Tories. His first big electoral test and it can only go down as one massive fail. Labour, the Lib Dems and the Greens are reviving in every direction. The Prime Minister is putting a brave face on it, but do the results suggest the Conservatives are doomed at the polls in 2024? In this election special show Lewis takes you through the results and what we can glean from Election 2023.
A right royal mess. The High Commissioner to the UK, Phil Goff, has apologised to the Maori King for not following tikanga at an event in London. The faux pas happened during a gathering of New Zealand's Coronation delegation. The Prime Minister is describing the situation as "regrettable" and a "mistake". Our political reporter Katie Scotcher was there.
Max Pearson presents a collection of this week's Witness History episodes from the BBC World Service. We hear about the Scottish students who removed the 'Stone of Destiny' from Westminster Abbey in London. Former King Simeon II of Bulgaria explains how he went from child King to Prime Minister of his country. Also, why the body of Oliver Cromwell was dug up and executed in the UK in 1661. The son of Jean-Bédel Bokassa explains why his father proclaimed himself Emperor of the Central African Republic. Plus the story of the King found under a car park in England. Professor Cindy McCreery speaks to Max about royal thefts and repurposing of regal items. Contributors: Ian Hamilton, student who removed the 'Stone of Destiny. Cindy McCreery, Associate Professor in History at the University of Sydney. Charles Spencer, historian. Dr Gabriel Heaton, specialist at Sotheby's auction house. Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, former King and former Prime Minister of Bulgaria. Jean-Charles Bokassa, son of Jean-Béddel Bokassa. Dr Richard Buckley OBE, leader of the team which dug up Richard III's remains. (Photo: Jean-Béddel Bokassa after he crowned himself Emperor Credit: Getty Images)
First, Indian Express' Deeptiman Tiwary tells us about Sanjay Rai ‘Sherpuria' who the UP police arrested last week for allegedly faking his access to the Prime Minister's Office. Next, Indian Express' Shubhangi Khapre talks about Sharad Pawar resigning as NCP's president, and how it could impact Maharashtra's politics (15:28).And in the end, Sujit Bisoyi tells us about the caste census that Odisha is planning to undertake, and why the opposition parties in the state are criticising it (24:02). Hosted by Shashank BhargavaProduced by Shashank Bhargava, Utsa Sarmin, and Rahel PhiliposeEdited and mixed by Abhishek Kumar and Suresh Pawar
Meka Whatiri's surprise defection has come while Prime Minister Chris Hipkins is in London for the King's Coronation. He received the news not long after touching down in the UK. Our reporter Katie Scotcher is travelling with the Prime Minister and joins us now.
Official Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) Podcast
Prime Minister's Question Time, also referred to as PMQs, takes place every Wednesday the House of Commons sits. It gives MPs the chance to put questions to the Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak MP. In most cases, the session starts with a routine 'open question' from an MP about the Prime Minister's engagements. MPs can then ask supplementary questions on any subject, often one of current political significance. The Leader of the Opposition, Sir Keir Starmer MP, asks six questions and the leader of the second largest opposition party asks two.
Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer trade blows over housing and the infamous 'no money left' note at the last Prime Minister's Questions before the local elections. Matt is joined by Tim Shipman and Ayesha Hazarika to pause and unpack the action from the Commons chamber.Plus: Columnists Alice Thomson and Iain Martin discuss managing election expectations, Joanna Cherry being 'no-platformed' and policing eco-protestors. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
In an election year bombshell, Labour minister Meka Whaitiri has jumped ship, her shock defection blindsiding her own caucus - including the Prime Minister. She remains in Parliament as an independent MP - but intends to contest her Ikaroa-Rāwhiti seat this election for Te Pāti Māori. Opposition MPs are now questioning why she has not been booted from her electorate and Parliament under the waka-jumping provision. RNZ deputy political editor Craig McCulloch has the story, and RNZ political editor Jane Patterson joins Lisa Owen with the latest analysis.
In today's Prime Minister's Questions, Keir Starmer accused the Prime Minister and his party of having 'killed the dream of homeownership'. With news this week that Rishi Sunak is considering reintroducing 'Help to Buy' while Michael Gove is sued for blocking a new housing development in Kent, does Starmer actually have a point? Katy Balls talks to Kate Andrews and Fraser Nelson. Produced by Cindy Yu.
The New Yorker: Politics and More
In 2018, Sheikha Latifa of Dubai made a daring attempt to escape her home country. Her plan was to hide in the trunk of a car, launch a dinghy, reach a yacht, sail to India or Sri Lanka, and then fly to the United States to claim asylum. But, in the middle of the Arabian Sea, a team of armed men stormed the boat and forced Latifa back to Dubai. The commandos had been sent at the request of her father, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and the ruler of Dubai. The Sheikh has been praised by world leaders as a modernizer and a champion for women's advancement in the Middle East, all while subjecting Latifa and other women in his family to confinement and abuse (charges that he has denied). Heidi Blake, a staff writer at The New Yorker, spent many months reporting on what led the princess to flee, and on the consequences that she faced. She joins Tyler Foggatt to discuss the Dubai royal family's patriarchal system of control and the women who tried to break free.
This week, Republican Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy led a bipartisan US congressional delegation to Israel, a delegation that included Maryland's Democratic Congressman Steny Hoyer. McCarthy addressed the Knesset, Israel's Parliament, and indicated that he might soon invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address the US Congress. This is in stark contrast to President Joe Biden, who has so far refused to extend an invitation to Netanyahu to visit the White House since the Prime Minister put together a far-right coalition government that returned him to power last year. Israel is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its founding, and reeling from a level of internal discord that the young country has never before encountered. Netanyahu is pushing radical reorganization of the judicial system which would greatly diminish the authority of Israeli courts. Mass protests over the past many weeks have forced the proponents of the judicial overhaul to pause their efforts for the moment, but the crisis is far from being resolved. For an update on the situation in Israel, and perspective on Vladimir Putin's posture against the Jews in Ukraine, we turn to Sam Sokol, a reporter for Haaretz, and the author of Putin's Hybrid War and the Jews: Antisemitism, Propaganda, and the Displacement of Ukrainian Jewry. Sam Sokol joins us on Zoom from New York. Sam Sokol will be speaking about his book and the current situation in Israel on Wednesday night (May 3) at 7:00 at Beth Am Synagogue in the Reservoir Hill neighborhood of Baltimore. For more information and to register for this event, click here.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The Bangkok Podcast | Conversations on Life in Thailand's Buzzing Capital
In this show, Ed does his best to summarize the Thai political parties contesting the upcoming elections, as well as their various policy positions. As an overview, Ed notes a couple general themes. One is the possible return to power of the Pheu Thai party, the heir to the previous Thai Rak Thai party and Shinawatra clan. Thai people are not entirely sure whether they want to fully turn the page on the previous era in Thai politics, and this election will do a lot to settle this issue. Second, the populist handouts made famous (some would say infamous) by the Thai Rak Thai party are now practiced essentially universally by all parties, although the nature and extent of the ‘benefits' may differ. A winning electoral strategy (however ‘infamous') IS in fact a winning strategy, and none of the major parties have been able to resist the allure of easy promises. Ed then does a quick run through of the six biggest parties in Thailand. Three parties can be said to represent the Thai establishment. The United Thai Nation party is a new party created to carry the banner of the current Prime Minister. It is thus conservative and nationalistic and represents a continuation of current policies. The Palang Pracharath stands for roughly the same things but offers a different former general as Prime Minister. The Democrat Party is the oldest political party in Thailand and represents the upper middle class elite of Bangkok, as well as a strong faction in the South. Another three parties are anti-establishment, each in their own way. The Bhuamjaithai party made its name promoting the legalization of cannabis, and although they don't technically support full recreational use, stand for a more liberal approach to the popular herb. The Move Forward party is a Bangkok-based progressive movement that makes the boldest claims for reforming the Thai military as well as the strict lese majeste laws. And finally, the aforementioned Pheu Thai largely represents the poor rural population, especially farmers, and uses a more socialist-style approach to managing the Thai economy. While currently the anti-establishment parties are polling well, it's anybody's guess if the winning party will be able to form a coalition large enough to choose the Prime Minister. After nine years of more or less military rule, however, this election will for sure be consequential. Don't forget that Patrons get the ad-free version of the show as well as swag and other perks. And we'll keep our Facebook, Twitter, and LINE accounts active so you can send us comments, questions, or whatever you want to share.
Every first broadcast day of the month, Hugh reviews his bio for new affiliates and then updates the 2024 presidential race. Plus, former Deputy National Security Advisor Matt Pottinger, Salena Zito, and Jake Sherman on events both foreign and domestic.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Kyle takes us inside his special day from the grooms perspective. Jackie fills Kyle in on what he may have missed amongst the chaos, we get an update on Intern Pete's speech, Kyle's time with the Prime Minister and more.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
What happens when a woman famous for her razor sharp wit is left stranded on a desert island with just her own company and a hermit crab called Spartacus? Author, broadcaster and mental health campaigner Ruby Wax joins Anita to explain why she decided to spend 10 days completely cut off from the modern world and other humans. The Prime Minister's mother-in-law, Sudha Murty, has claimed that her daughter is the reason Rishi Sunak is in Number 10. She says she herself succeeded in making her husband a businessman, and now her daughter has done the same. To find out more about this claim and the Murty women, journalist and Executive Editor of Politico Anne McElvoy speaks to Anita. What are all the ruffles doing in summer clothes? Why are baggy dresses back? And how do you go about doing your summer shopping without buying the same dress as eight other people at the party? Grazia journalist Hannah Banks Walker and columnist Martha Alexander join Anita to chat all things summer fashion. The NHS Maternity services are in crisis. But how did we get to this point? What was it like to give birth at the very beginning of the NHS? Dr Emily Baughan, Senior Lecturer at Sheffield University, tells Anita how a forgotten book called National Baby can help us understand our current situation. The book was written by Sarah Campion, who had one of the very first truly ‘national babies', cared for not just from cradle to grave, but in utero by the newly set up health service. Where are all the female choreographers? Liv Lorent is an award-winning choreographer who has spent her career going against the tide in a male dominated arena. 30 years on, she says not much has changed. She speaks to Anita about how women are rare in the industry, which is still lagging behind in putting women behind as well as centre stage. Presenter: Anita Rani Producer: Lottie Garton