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old so they could compete with fossil fuels 3rd governments and corporations need to adopt policies that will make it faster and cheaper to make the transition and leaders will need to reward those who take difficult stops. it is good to have you with a solo atrium so we're going to here in doha the headlines on al-jazeera me on laws military is a crisis talks with southeast asian leaders they're expected to call on coolly the middle line to end the violent crackdown on protests of a serious jessica washington in jakarta explains how gen alliance presence has been received there is controversy about his presence and many human rights organizations have condemned the of the decision to invite him to this meeting but some analysts from indonesia say that the only way to really put an end to the
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violence is to speak directly to the person who many say is responsible for sparking this situation and there is hope that the un may be able to achieve that today but there are mixed opinions as the un had a meeting earlier in the year of foreign ministers and they weren't really able to achieve any sort of consensus on this issue india has recorded the world's highest number of new infections again more than 346000 cases were confirmed on saturday the health care system is close to collapse with hospital shorts of short of beds medicine doxygen u.s. health officials have lifted a pause on the use of the johnson and johnson corona virus vaccine following a safety review they say the benefits of the single shot job i'll weigh the risks from a rare type of blood clot. at least 8 people have been killed in an avalanche near india's border with china that happened after part of a class yet collapsed in with a cond on friday it hit
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a group of laborers who working on a route the indian army was able to save 430 people in a rescue operation rescue teams are continuing their battle against time to find a day denise in submarine that's missing with 53 crew on board it's a supply is calculated to run out search crews are working in waters around the out of bali with several other nations helping but armenians around the world are marking the mass killings of the people it happened during the 1st world war as prime minister and president are among those paying tribute to the victims in the capital get of on me and say that the killings committed in the final days of the ottoman empire amount to genocide but turkey's government denies that other is the headline is the news continues here on al-jazeera after this week's listening post which is the next. it's a very bleak picture for
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a lot of americans out there white supremacy impacts all of our youth if you're putting your money into the hands of some workers taking money out of the hands of other workers and everyone goes to their camp it becomes us versus them this is the deal about constraining your nuclear program the bottom line the big questions on out is the m. c. x x. x. hello i'm richard burton you're at the listening post where we dig into the coverage and look at how news is reported here are the media stories we're examining this week covert 19 has brought india to its knees and in many ways the mainstream news media are failing to do the job this pandemic has hit asian americans hard a rise in hate crime says drawn some overdue attention to the problematic ways in
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which asians have been depicted in news and entertainment programming in the u.s. showdown at the border footage on russian television would have you believe it's not just ukrainians and russians involved that american forces are there as well and scouring social media for votes. but behind you have the ability to innovate in france has an election coming and the politicians are all over instagram. india is being swamped by a 2nd wave of covert 19 it's a country whose government just months ago was saying that the end of the pandemic was in sight who's prime minister narendra modi has been telling citizens that india's handling of the virus is an example for other governments to follow a country that has produced more vaccines than anywhere else. only to be caught short because most of those doses have been exported it also happens to be election
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season in india in some key states and people are asking themselves why take the precaution seriously when the prime minister has held rallies attracting huge crowds of unmasked people. stories like these should be easy pickings for political reporters out to hold power to account but 7 years into modi's rule mainstream news outlets have mostly been brought to heel and that is evident in the bulk of the news coverage some of which asks what went wrong but stop short of demanding accountability from the prime minister himself our starting point this week is new delhi. india is the scene of all the public health. center to collapse the health infrastructure and the retreat of the state it's a night often nightmare at hospitals all across the country. extremely
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disturbing visuals criminality and all the feeling. they just like in these makeshift. letting them go on months sunk money couldn't do it is that you're spot on amid journeymen about a year certain sections of the media that in there do serve into the. missions. each of the. silver lining in the dock flows that are otherwise in the lot. from the early days of the pandemic prime minister narendra modi's b j p government has been determined to control the coverage of the story in march of 2020 it asked india's supreme court to stop media organizations from publishing any covert 19 related news without 1st getting clearance from the government the
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court refused to do that that was 13 months ago more than 16000000 cases and those official numbers are not to be mistaken for india's reality. numbers. better than they are. let's consider the case of. last year's. report 5. 5. following. the numbers being reported by the government. taking place across india. on some digital media platforms are working to dig out the actual figures but their reach is limited it's also a risky work you have to stand outside a cemetery counting cross-check bodies come covered with plastic and the stuff
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carrying them where people are so this is how we're getting the news and where is the government's focus it is to somehow mof these figures so that their failure and inefficiency states hidden. by. the covert numbers coming out of india have been questioned by scientists who say the relative lack of testing there makes those statistics inherently flawed and the official number of cases now exceeds 16000000 but the death toll 180000 plus is somehow less than half that of brazil which has fewer cases it just doesn't have an independent study conducted in mid 2020 to detect antibodies in the population concluded that for every official covert case logged around 30 cases have gone on record do the math that would take india's official caseload to about
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480000000 that information is out there international news outlets are all over the story india has almost 424 hour television news channels thousands of newspapers but too many of those outlets have grown to. dependent on government advertising money for their survival and they're saving their tough questions for political leaders not named. why is there a concerted attempt being made by those in the opposition to try and undermine confidence in public health to the very very large section of the television media . is very based on by. what we have. is only change at the margin when we see on the social media stories. all whose lives have been completely destroyed because of not available or hospital
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beds of oxygen facilities of vaccines even those journalists who've been acting as advertising aegis of the ruling government it's become difficult to not give you the truth what the big national broadcasters generally do with the content not report you know great majority of all of the willing in stable get out is. the criticism is not easily detected the words the local state government rather than the federal government is the mother of this government actually consuming data off this because it is the stayed up and that is that also handle it . but where the large media houses have half 3 is in question in the central government on the issue of mine vaccines are not being made available to the public. most countries suffering from vaccine shortages
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lack the means to produce not india it manufactures more doses than anywhere else but has been exporting to a total of $92.00 countries politicians have boasted of our crack. india the world's farmers in january. health minister declared the pandemic was approaching. the elections commission gave the go ahead for elections in 5 states with a combined 118000000 voters super spreader events in the form of political rallies have since been attracting huge crowds. and. show the prime minister. in. odd. value about it
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there have been no. religion safety protocols followed the peace rallies. horror stories emerging gradually. the prime minister was shamed by the opposition into suspending his future rallies the whole minister mr ahmed shah has been seeing a lot of pot and connection with them disease enlarging the roads in the in the 10s relieved by the sea in the voice and the news knowledge gatherings not really with the danger seems to me singing endure. and the brains of the need to share. it was too little too late but what indians witnessed during the hindu festival was even more alarming throngs of hindu majority of them without masks descending on the ganges river day after day
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initially not much was made of that in the media. did eventually change. the coverage with what we saw in march of last year. when the muslim movement the tbilisi jamaat brought a few 100 worshippers together in new delhi and elements within the indian media absolutely vela fight them mano them very sick i don't know why it afflicted home though i live on the border not you hardly know. it's a double standard a revealing one on islamophobia on the indian airwaves. but it was i'm going. to be the camilla proved to be a super spread a vent and even then the media didn't raise the kind of questions that it did when the leakage of my thoughts gathering took place in delhi last year this shows that the community lives ation of media particularly in the media has been extensive
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there is a trend of hate driven coverage. to nearly see a seal human being going into the air and. missing 5 out of the bus of the cases and we have no idea how many more of. us of that and it's a nightmare situation and it's disgusting honestly that you know. the big broadcasters are not being more open about this. and there is no masking the media's reluctance to go with their own willingness to criticize prime minister modi for the mess india is now in it's not just that many of them share the ruling party's hindu nationalist politics no media outlet wants to risk losing all those government addresses just look at these front pages from this past thursday
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celebrating of all things improvements to the country's infrastructure at a time when the health care sector is in critical condition like so much of india's journalism bought and paid for by the hand that feeds. moving now to a story that's been developing along the border between russia and ukraine a month long buildup of russian forces there as both ukraine and nato warning of a possible russian invasion the kremlin and its backers in the russian media are telling a different tale for philips has been looking at the narratives out there flow what's the russian while. it starts with president putin and it runs right through the coverage which at his state of the nation address this past week putin said that despite its attempts to maintain good relations with all countries western powers simply won't stop picking on russia and to get
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a sense of what's been going out on the russian our waves take a look at this report from the state owned the c.e.o. one's weekly news program best in delhi you can you galleon so transport me someone out there. that is american aircraft supposedly landing in ukraine according to b.b.c. fact checkers it's footage that was plucked from the pentagon's website and that plane was actually landing in alaska but it fits with this argument that the russian buildup is a necessary response to increase u.s. military presence in the region foreign threats russia acting in self-defense these are for millionaires right russian media maintain that such threats from abroad are both imminent and constant and there is an element of truth to that but it's the tone of these reports that striking the t.v. ads up and see just numb the morgan humala why in the on ukraine russia has its own media outlets there on the job but what about within ukraine itself what kind of influence does russia have in that media space that is clear evidence of pro
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kremlin presence in the ukrainian media last year a ukrainian investigative t.v. show revealed that one of cousens closest allies in the country a politician called viktor medved chuck has a 24 percent stake in ukraine's most popular t.v. channel and that matters because many a truck also. owns another 3 pro russian t.v. stations all of which the ukrainian authorities actually taken off the at so he's a big program an ally as with all russian outlets both inside and outside the country is a common denominator promote anti-american narratives describe it crane's reform agenda and the going all out to do ok thanks back to the pandemic now and one of its uglier bar products the scary rise in anti asian hate crimes in the united states the mass shootings in atlanta last month got the headlines the story warranted but there are so many videos on the lie of asian americans being randomly
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attacked spat on in public. this problem preceded donald trump and the animosity he's so casually on the leash with all his talk of the chinese fire the history runs deeper than that more than 150 years back to when asians 1st landed in large numbers on american soil they've been other ever since and the media both the news and entertainment sides have played a large part in how asians are perceived by their fellow americans the listening posts on asian american stereotyping in the media the tropes and the rise and. they groan a virus has spread to countries across the world but officials believe that it all started in. the virus and we have a regulated market in the city for a lot of these americans we knew what was coming now we've been through czars before c.n.n.
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has obtained this video inside the margin and showing them more than seafood was on offer for sale and they were very similar stereotypes linking people of these in the sand with known as being on hygenic and more meeting discussing. it in china ok they're eating in batches. of these things to what is called the perpetual foreigner stereotype that you know along the chinese virus journeys writers. the narrative is this idea that it's us versus you and if you equals a pandemic. then the consequence will be violence and we have seen that now. is a sign of the time to do need europe a pandemic that still hate crimes in most major american cities decline those kinds of attacks against asian americans actually increased by
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a 149 percent. the subject violence has made it feel more danger. to be asian in america. tragic news the deadly shooting phenomenon and march people shot dead 6 of them asian women have made the violent small wheel and unleashed a rush of media coverage to say shootings are sparking a national conversation that was weaponized against americans feels like it's open season on august the gunman claimed race was not the motive police captain later said he was pretty much fed up to the end of his probation if there was a really bad they've written that a 3rd party observer can remark on the massacre of asian women i'm and say he was just having a bad day demonstrates the inherent disposability of isn't women because of their
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irreconcilable difference supposedly from american values and american culture even though these suspects said there was no racial motivation race certainly plays into it especially given how even american women are fetishizing hyper sexualized and a lot of western media. for me. is a lot of these issues that asian women are dealing with now have always been. ringback patient americans played a formative role in the american story but the sacrifices. their lives through is a history that's poorly told off to slavery was abolished in $865.00 chinese immigrants build the markets for cheap labor doing dangerous work that others would not hoping to build there will networks that were crucial to the development of the american a way. that was also there were in which the yellow peril for us.
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in the late 18 hundreds american communities came to be seen as a threat. to american families and weaving scapegoated for the spread of disease. that culminated in its needed to with the chinese exclusion act which barred all chinese from immigration into into the united states and in this period of anti isn't hysteria the white working class never saw asians as a potential ally against the boss but rather as as common as labor competition our history has not been told from the fact that we built a railroad to the grief that we've experienced. largest lynchings in u.s. history people don't know that all of this has again made it incredibly difficult for people to empathize with us. by the early 1940 s. the u.s. and japan worked all right with japanese americans who were caught in the middle many americans view them more suspicion and content these cartoons which ran up by
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the family favorite dr seuss newspapers like the san francisco chronicle when editorials arguing that americans needed to be tough even of civil rights take a beating. when the u.s. government eventually decided to forcibly relocate around 120000 japanese americans it produced propaganda that ran in movie theaters across the country to reassure the public that there was much to be gained supposedly from life and worth century concentration camps. they evacuated or operated wholeheartedly the many loyal among them felt that this was a sacrifice they could make and they have on america's war effort. this is one of the most grotesque violations of civil rights in american history the army provided our fighting it out to help all nourishing. us propaganda frame this as
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a benevolent action while the same time media was also vilifying them explaining why their phenotypically and disposition only different from the loyal chinese for example. for decades popular portrayals of asian americans from a one dimensional. hollywood has long made a habit of constant calculating geniuses. the most evil and dangerous man in the world asian women tend to be objectified. time. a pervasive myth about asian americans based on the higher levels of education. is that they represent a model minority. that diminishes who they are live experience i don't i give you the. 'd compact hairless and fiercely intelligent things are changing
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fluids in movies and on the nice asian american scene. but being asian remains something exotic foreign and often unworthy of real representation. i remember covering a lot of hollywood movies that actually just whitewashed asian characters we had a ghost in the shell. too we had a lot she's a fast learner and we had a would be the great wall where they passed that demon. and sure there were other easy task members but matt damon as the star in this very chinese was just problematic. so it's a project after project that discounted the idea that asian people should be front and center and telling their own story. with tom asian american was coined in
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the 1960 s. as a rejection of the more problematic label oriental. we've come to describe more than 20000000 through than if you can trace the roots movements once you country the public's view of asian americans is disproportionately shaped by china. donald trump trying to convince americans that could have had 19 of the chinese virus visited on the west why do you keep calling this the chinese virus why do you keep using this was against interest it's not racist at all to the impact of that has been found by asian americans across the board not just chinese one the rise of on c.n.n. retro byproduct of the launch a power struggle taking place between washington and beijing. and we do see a lot of fear mongering headline and there is a way in which in both the liberal and conservative media china is often times painted as being threatening even when it's being responsible its efforts around
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the pandemic have oftentimes been seen as being hyper authoritarian a longstanding the stereotype of oriental despotism has been applied to china. so you deaf. he's seeing a new resurgence of yellow paralysed discourse it's interesting hearing how people are interpret ing this moment right now because for a lot of people it's the 1st time they're hearing about anything related to our history. america had actually been trending toward accepting even americans as american and all it took was an association with the virus to reverse that trend. and finally one politicians go on social media try to get with the kids and it all ends up looking like one big
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dad joe the french presidential elections are still more than a year away but emanuel macro knows he's got work to do with younger voters so he and his cabinet colleagues are already campaigning online mingling with influencers on you tube making instagram live videos and taking to twitch that's a gaming platform invading all of those spaces looking for votes it doesn't feel like a natural fit because it's not which takes us to comedian better throw. who's got a program on can outproduce his version of politicians going on line is less serious than the originals but probably a little more judge you will see you next time here at the listening post. to you and i need. your fellow to know. feel they didn't do click to say i don't know if you want to play and you do understand. but you have the right to
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even have having not only what's in space how close a difference i wanted to come with it ali said no it's going to cost more to. press long enough you'll see that our community goes any puzzle not. going to talk you. through that some want to do what i want because i guess what if they did not get a cover on a piece of public support or said the. part of what i'll get to hear the excess will do politics of jesus for that's what i know is amazing and then you speak of the secular. side of that is it only when i'm going to build it on the homes. this is one of the both sounding technological revolutions in all of this make our planet pretty good we have to meet the c o 2 emissions targets electric cars that make the mitcham emission they need to be
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mindful when people are just talking about the sellers of. the world of business and commerce driving the energy transition it's the promise of clean energy an illusion the top side of green energy. on al-jazeera. forum. hope is fading in indonesia rescue crews recovered a brief from a missing submarine stuck 850 meters below sea level. i made 3 and so they can this is a 0 a line from go also coming up leaders from across southeast asia. high on the agenda how to handle a crisis and man. india struggles to get a grip on the pandemic.


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