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can be kept alive and bringing more green better jobs in the middle east to be a dog and either here locally work with the community and all to the government to see how their commitments are in line and that is a good man most of the time what we do is to build up a community based initiative that not only provide understanding of what is happening i don't on the same time working with the government with some of the initiative that helped them to build a capacity and also build partnerships but very much necessary and moving toward and keeping up their promises. to think women are going to play country. hello again the headlines on al-jazeera jordan's former crown prince has been accused of involvement in a plot to destabilize the country with foreign assistance the former crown prince hamza says he's under house arrest a deputy prime minister said at least 14 people have been detained but that.
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the state intelligence with already has been closely monitoring activity from his highness hamza sharif house and desired bus mabella and others whose movements were aimed at undermining else debility and security the surveillance incepted movements including communication with foreign sides on a so-called 0 al to trigger measures aimed at undermining else debility heavy rains have triggered flash floods and landslides in indonesia's east floristry churned at least $41.00 have been killed and thousands more displaced dozens of homes were swept away or burry by mud and debris. hundreds of demonstrators have been holding anti-government protests in thailand's capital there demanding the resignation of the government in the immediate release of pro-democracy protesters there have been more protests to me and mar despite weeks of increased violence by the military in mandalay one group gathered to dawn on motorbikes calling for a return to democracy more than 550 people have been killed since the military
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seize power on february the 1st 22 indian security personnel have died during a raid on a maoist rebel hideout in eastern shouts of scores state one maoist fighter was killed the maoists have fought the government for more than 4 decades demanding land and jobs for farmers well gary ans are voting for a new parliament after months of anti-government protests and made a surge in coronavirus cases prime minister boyko boris office seeking a 4th term for his center right party the opposition's campaigns on restoring trust in state institutions and reducing poverty the head of the roman catholic church has led easter mass of the vatican in a scaled back service through to coronavirus restrictions says offered his blessings to the world and urged his followers not to lose hope during the pandemic . those are the headlines on al-jazeera the listening post is coming up next thanks for watching. the climate is changing every year for millions of years
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decades of talk but little action it's all about just create confusion thanks smoke and mirrors the shocking truth about how the climate debate has been systematically subverted the new oil industry was a main bankroller or opposition to climate act campaign against the climate do you think that's a bad thing more choo-choo did was future good things absolutely coming soon. on earth your last week and over the weekend you saw amazon specifically watching particular center twitter i. have got a lot. of convention or p.r. wisdom is that this was a bad idea. hello i'm richard gere's virgin you're at the listening post where we don't cover the news we cover the way the news is covered here or the media stories we're examining this week message in
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a bottle amazon goes under the microscope over working conditions and the unions drive to get employees organize. the world health organization releases a report on the origins of the coronavirus findings that raise as many questions as they answer well read the talking heads and the bookshelves that just credibility plus a traffic jam in the suez canal through the suez gongs looking pretty heavy no we're going anywhere we have a full report. we begin with one of the world's biggest technology driven companies amazon and the workers in alabama who have just voted on whether or not to unionize the votes which were mailed in due to the pandemic are still being counted but if those employees choose to join a union theirs will be the 1st amazon warehouse in the u.s. to do so. oh and could well create a domino effect the stakes are high we're talking about a trillion dollar company and the battle lines have been drawn in the us news media
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prior to the vote stories were circulating about oppressive working conditions at amazon accounts contesting the company's line that it's a generous caring employer when senators like bernie sanders and elizabeth warren took to social media to show their support for the unionizing effort the pushback from amazon on twitter came across a snide personal and did more damage to the company than it did to its political opponents an example of amazon's vaunted p.r. team failing to deliver our starting point this week is besmirched alabama. expected to push back to try to keep you out major news stories can be complicated this one involves a trillion dollar corporation. it touches on employees rights the responsibilities of the consumer the foul you of labor unions and the ethics of workplace surveillance unfortunately for amazon and its p.r. machine other aspects of the story are much easier to comprehend much more
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difficult to spin people even amazon employees fearful of losing their jobs that's true. back in 2015 i said to write a book on low paid jobs in britain why ended up amazon because they were creasing at the time and every time there was this meeting an amazon manager would be admonished just speed up because they said you know we're coming up to. the next hour which is. only when i went to the bathroom and then one day you know you're my shit and i was walking down a aisle in the. you know a bottle of liquid on the shelf in a penny dropped from someone had done because they were afraid to take a bathroom break. down. absolutely have to happen so frequently that you know documents lead to any conflicts and amazon shows that they had it memorialized in formal process of saying here's the question if you're meeting
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a leader in your car we need to stop this from happening and you know these memos show that happening not you know once in awhile but so frequently that they have to bring this up in employees so that the public doesn't see you know what's going on . for years amazon's workers have complained about harsh employment practices punishments for sick pay cuts for showing up late and being under constant surveillance those stories are back in the news largely because of the drive to unionize the nearly 6000 employees at this warehouse in bessemer alabama amazon has fought hard to keep unions out of its american operations. and when democratic senator bernie sanders tweeted his support for the unionizing effort the company took the gloves off on twitter usually amazon's twitter game is measured carefully conduct not just. dave clark who is the c.e.o.
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of worldwide consumer at amazon he started tweeting in response to news that bernie sanders was going to visit best summer to support the workers he often calls amazon the bernie sanders of employers by which he means you know it's a progressive workplace and they actually deliver a progressive workplace so they're different from sanders at sanders you know it's all talk no action and he mentioned that amazon workers have health care and that they have a $15.00 minimum wage and so he really seems to be bernie sanders his visit to bessemer that set off this sort of meltdown that if these tweets had come out maybe even 29000 like i don't know if they would be getting as much tension as they are right at this exact moment people are kind of looking at these now with sort of new eyes before pandemic the thought of the worker at amazon. i was maybe not as center stage as they are now i think that is probably the big difference now also the unionizing effort i mean like that just brings another layer of like attention to
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them i can't think of a better example of a no go. when it was on it's done and the folks in a contract tell me is that they didn't actually do this they would never have signed off on it there's someone at the executive level that went around behind them and was able to ram that stuff through corina vox that was the c.e.o. of amazon jeff bezos himself that is next here on earth to welcome american entrepreneur investor philanthropist and owner of the washington post jeff jeff bezos is the wealthiest person in the world and to this pandemic which has seen amazon's profits nearly double has cemented his place at the top of the richest his company has always devoted a lot of money to image managed. to all of our hamazon retail heroes on the floor in the air and behind the wheel we want to thank you amazon spent 11000000000
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dollars on advertising alone last year more than any other company amazon has been a subject in a political debate its head of communications is jay carney barack obama's former press secretary he says politically connected as they come in its dealings with the media amazon is not shy about throwing its weight around. so when i 1st joined the washington business journal i got to talk to one of my fellow reporters and they were telling me don't let amazon tell you what goes in short sometimes the company will reach out to you and i asked to talk off record and then they will proceed to tell you why your story is wrong and that you need to change your story and of course you know you'll be off or going to get a quote to update my story like no absolutely not and if you don't change it they will go our around and tell people that your story is wrong there's a new book out shutting. i on google working conditions at amazon fulfillment centers when my book came i was it would try to discredit me so that by the statements and i just didn't miss the publicist not saying you know we changed our
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practices or whatever they wouldn't have been in as little as if. bad what brights just as fred as it had become more aggressive and so i was a pushing back again so for example one key thing that amazon really wants people to do when writing about the company is compare it's wage which is $15.00 an hour as the starting wage to fast food jobs which you know are often minimum wage which in the united states you know is right around $7.00 an hour in fact there are a warehouse and logistics company and they pay less than average for their industry so they pay below what other warehouse is paying me well the big news of the morning we just challenge amazon is raising the minimum wage to $15.00 for it's been frustrating to see people really swallow some of amazon's p.r. line we had to bring me have a great leadership and amazon also pushes its messages through t.v. it's created an anti union website for its employees and bombards them with text
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messages telling them to vote no the company declined to be interviewed but provided us with this state amazon already offers what unions are requesting for employee industry leading pay comprehensive benefits opportunities for career growth via ability to communicate directly with the leadership of the company nowhere in that state to amazon acknowledge the grievances employees have raised about their work environment and the surveillance technology used to monitor their every move as for their ability to communicate with management reporters who deal with amazon employees say that's not how they see it on the warehouse full. this is a classic lie and every company uses when trying to fight a union. they paint the union as a 3rd party that's going to come between you and the manager or a working people has been devalued for a long time said jennifer bates is one of the workers at the bessemer warehouse who
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has been leading the union effort and jennifer said you know we don't have a relationship with management we have a relationship with the now. amazon workers and these facilities are tracked through and through apps down to the very 2nd one of the most disturbing things that i found in interviewing particularly drivers sure describe me going to stream a complex regime of tools and gadgets you monitor very closely what employees are doing when they're doing it but just an extraordinary degree of scrutiny on these workers and i don't think we've ever seen. sometimes convenience can be mistaken for progress the technology that has made amazon what it is the apps and algorithms that track it shipments and its employees work for consumers when the company sends out its messages across the media spectrum and. they're trying to win
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the battle for hearts minds and money that's what it's counting on that customers will put their own needs 1st and not the conditions that amazon workers must endure in order to deliver. it's very easy for someone who you know perhaps use in the upper middle class in the united states to simply say i will not shop it ends up but it's probably much harder for someone who is in the lower class to do this that's a luxury in many cases. the thing is we can structure industry in such a way that it can be both responsive and relatively humane and that's really the bagan people are having now is surely there is some sensible middle that we're thinking. you know the response of the consumer demands and treat their employees are so the idea that like you know if the consumer just stops buying. there are. outfits on amazon you know things would be better and we should blame that person for these working conditions i think is just false consumers are very downstream
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from the business model that amazon has perfected and propagated and you know they're the ones who are responsible for this sort of just in time production and they get people hooked on it and so it starts and stops with amazon the company itself. this past week the world health organization released the findings of an investigation into the origins of the corona virus just how free were w.h.o. investigators to do their work in china how reliable are their findings not sure rob has been following the story nina 1st off on the origins of covert martín are we any closer towards in a word no the w.h.o. report says the vitus most likely jumped from animals to humans and it refers specifically to the wildlife food markets in the city of one han it also says it's extremely unlikely that the virus was leaked from a lab the report does come with caveats though the w.h.o. is director general says that investigators faced issues with access and
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independence when they were working in china and that there is further investigation required 14 countries led by the united states have also question the credibility of the report and that magnitude of doubt has dominated media coverage worldwide and what kind of reaction have you seen from beijing the chinese government seems happy with the report they see it indicates china's openness to the world beijing is less satisfied with the global response a spokesperson for the chinese foreign ministry has tweeted asking when the united states will show the same level of transparency that china has done hinting not for the 1st time but the vitus originated in the united states between a chinese media has been similar the china daily put out a piece in which they said quote western politicians and media outlets are intent on making the research into the auditions of the pandemic a political tool to serve the purpose of him. tuning the integrity of chinese authorities then there's the story of the b.b.c. reporter who had to leave china allegedly over concerns for his safety with the
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details there the reporter is the b.b.c.'s john sutter with he's been in china for 9 years and now has had to deal a key to taiwan the b.b.c. hasn't specified exactly why he had to leave but he did see that his reporting has exposed truths that the chinese authorities did not want the world to know side with his produced reports on the treatment of negroes in singerman these at a point that the chinese government has not been happy with turned back at checkpoints the paragraph stopped from filming. questioned and followed said wood says he and his team have faced obstruction and intimidation whenever they've tried to film another example of the openness that beijing has been talking about the message doesn't exactly square does it really ok thanks mia with the pandemic forcing so many of us to work from home all kinds of talking heads from pundits to politicians have had to redefine their natural environments so you've been seeing a lot of bookshelves they're the perfect solution they provide
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a little visual texture they don't distract and they create the impression whether accurate or not that the talking head has actually read the books maybe even written some of them creating a backdrop can be an exercise in self bread it sends a message and it speaks to your alleged credibility before you utter a word this book flaunting has led to a new genre of media critique bookshelf analysis it was inevitable. a listening post flo philips now on judging a person including a colleague by their bookers factor. it's an irony for the ages how this pandemic this time all the unprecedented isolation has caused us burchinal to invite strangers into want us to have zoo meetings with my students i broadcast my b.b.c. radio program here and interviews and presentations and things all from here making
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us consider things about on domestic spaces we've never thought of before and know that that china. is a mirror behind me the conference seemed like my thoughts in syria although for interview and interviewees whether non-participants and writers suddenly it's all about the books. let me show you a little chill. to think a lot of people actually work in studies and have home studies to do the kinds of experts and called upon in television interviews to talk about areas of concern you know in their situated in environments that actually often. it is the same time you can also see when the background has been really clear try. the bookshelf is multi-function it is somehow neutral and professional yet also.
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it conveys messages about who we are and who want people to think we are. over 50 years ago erving goffman a sociologist thought about how do we shift from thinking about the world as being like authentic or fake and instead how is it more about being sincere or cynical so he said well let's think about everything as a performance everything is like a stage play. i actually. sits at that gray chair on like great tract on the purposes of any kind of videoing i like to have a nice colorful backdrop so i use this when i change according to who are talking to by the way and so what's really important whether people are believing in that stage play or not in fact the term impression management comes from government work where we look about how people are selectively revealing things about themselves they're all under one to signal like you know their authority by displaying very
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big kind of historical books one of the most popular ones i've seen on a lot of. thomas capsule classics as well so people who have like all the balls. or the original classics and like russian or french and stuff like. historically in paintings and portraiture carefully chosen and placed visual props have long been used to hint at someone's interests they're in a world. don't can be symbols of fidelity or wealth fruit may represent bounty or desire specific books spell out a person's profession or confession. it wasn't until the 19th century that books for books sake large numbers of them took on some of this. whole genre developed in the 1900 century or literate secular male thinkers and the book lent kind of grab
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a task and expertise for example it got the french impressionist did a wonderful portrait critic and writer it month and he seems to be completely enveloped by bookshelves when manning represented in the french 1903 naturalist writer and critic as well he sits alongside a table which is how i look with books is the same is true is this man's. the credibility of the book's author has given rise to a cosmetic industry. platforms like zoom allow you to customize your background virtually so you can adopt any bookshelf you like if you want the real thing but aren't too bothered about actually reading them there are companies that sell books by the meter believe in kuwait your collection. usually they cater to hotels businesses and the film industry but the pandemic has led to
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a spike in sales to individuals i also believe those curated quick shows and. they treat its almost as a kind of interior design and much as a lot look or i actually think it's much more they get read you know the evening they should be commodified to the point where their appearance is more important than the. t.v. producers quickly learn that many of their interviewees working from home often don't have that many framing options so we try and make suggestions and we always ask if they have a book show because we know it works i've become reliant on the book shelf as backdrop for interviews for lives and pieces to camera i generally go for this one for practical reasons it's the right height and the lighting works even if some of the titles might give off the impression i'm trying a little bit too hard. we thought about using this collection of magazine covers
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it's part british pop culture from the ninety's isn't exactly the listening post by not to mention what it says about me. the shelves a lot about the other part of my life the colors and the covers a great but i'm not sure they scream journalism and i'm not the only one reading into what's on the shelf authors have always had their critics now bookshelves. bookcase credibility a track. it's hundreds of thousands of follow it with views and rates back to comments on trends and of course draws all kinds of conclusions about the people parked in front of them. jim sits in front of rows of his own everything example and outlining is everything. these were simply the surplus that i didn't have room for my larder i didn't really want to be showing them off so they would just put up here out of the way as an immediate related book. and
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it's also a concept is. based on you know how messy or how clean they are color schemes the ways in which hardbacks and blacks alike are separated all that put together and what they say about. maya bill to mondrian out of her book some white space distilling credibility to it purist and i quote unquote but the having a pretty color code the comments i've had to just say greedy people that seem to be incandescent rage to use it is like a way to pretty well at my analysis i think almost book is credibility so funny is the way that they've struck late so much from so listen and the nation one of the really brilliant piece of our own jones where he has a couple bookshelves behind him and they're described as being like 2 hands from an you know sort of overseeing the conversation and releasing it to make sure there goes the world is owns way. i think they've got this wonderful way of sort taking
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an element of truth and just spinning out into this almost a kind of a fantaisie about what the crowds are. gideon haigh gives us a decent chance of guessing his favorite sport with this majestic display simply because on face this one a bit you see my cricket books in the background. i think my head sort of haloed by cricket is beginning with the lead of b. and c. is not something. at least in those ones that just happened to be there in a roundabout hit by. a presenter which he is but conducted interviews from home for the 1st 9 months of the pandemic he got the book case credibility treatment lost perhaps their way of declining our interview request which it is but seeks to put his city as if he's invited us back to his hotel room to see his credibility if things go well he might give us a song i mean they they read
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a lot into the acoustic guitar which i never play all i do is play my lecture guitar my telecaster but our camera man would let me use that because he likes the wood grain in the shot so you know we make compromises whenever we make television doesn't matter whether we're in a studio or where at home people draw these widespread conclusions and there's very very little flow that you or i can do about it so richard do you agree with the credibilities assessment of you or do you think you want to contest it i would say their assessment would be harsh a little snotty but ultimately. and finally when capitalism gets stuck in the mud the grounding of that container ship in the suez canal created an absolute mean fast online there was something about those images an absurdly large ship packed with cargo grounded somehow blocking an estimated 12 percent of global trade getting excavated by
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a miniature digger there has never been a traffic jam quite like it which brought one t.v. host and sports announcer thinking john hansen works in chicago he used to be a traffic reporter there a radio voice advising drivers which routes to avoid so he came up with the suez traffic report and while he's clearly out of his comfort zone his geography needs a little work he's got the format down we'll see you next time here at the listening post the let's get out traffic report ever given ever stuck in just south of the pressured market on 23 jul nothing doing north or south as head of the north you can see gapers delays real heavy here especially as you get closer to the great better lake where it was just stuck in the bitter themselves heading up to the north and doing here to break all the way up to the point i had seen to the south to suez gulf looking pretty heavy no are going anywhere and this extends all the way on to the red sea red sea more like red bakelite for the as far as the eye can see now your alternate as we zoom in out here and look to the south around the ethiopian coast ability doesn't do in there we're going to have to go all the way
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around sound now your alternate madagascar you can go left or right both lanes are open all the way around cape or now this is take it 10 days it will certainly save you the 5 or 6 of the stuck there. in film time i call swoons students are being bullied abused and humiliated by their teachers one o one east investigates thailand school scandal on ill just see. a unique kid endangered biodiversity lies in the heart of one of the i produce tropical jungles there was a lot of misinformation about a city i knew most of we have here and now the probability is becoming but others of conservation their communities algis their journeys deep into the rain forest to follow a scientist and her team's efforts to save the flora and fauna so precious in the region women make science ecuador's hidden treasure on al-jazeera. if you want
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