tv Inside Story 2019 Ep 69 Al Jazeera March 11, 2019 2:32pm-3:00pm +03
in a climate of fear. in downtown bangkok some rock still runs a local gallery and bar known for its political exhibitions do you think since the current happened in two thousand and fourteen the censorship has become worse oh yeah definitely definitely. a lot of events performance or in which you get the soldier come and wash you they make sure that you do not express any opinion against them it's worse than ever i think yeah. for her lasik submission some rock is working with a visiting portuguese artist she says almost all the outspoken local artists went underground or fled overseas after the coup the function of bad things at the time
it was not serving as a tool for critics to criticize society the general elections jus in late march have created a new urgency for political arse but some rock is cautious the army will remain a powerful institution here because new constitutional changes have stuck the voters in their favor i want to but i'm also scared to do that you have to be. careful and smile you cannot do anything that straightforward all the masses that you want to deliver it has to be more layers. one piece in today's show questions where the tile elections will be democratic. it's a hollow ballot box when a verse is cost it ends up on the floor you concerns on days when you hang things up do you sometimes think to yourself am i doing the right thing. because of the lord constantly the four week that we've been working together
that's all we talk about and we keep changing the idea that it's really when you know it's i couldn't sleep because we keep changing and then we afraid the will was the message that we intend to deliver. i was before the show some rec decides to make changes to some of the paces what do you think of our these changes last minute that you have to do she says self-censorship here is wrong because of oppressive laws you have to self censor. because you know they can get into trouble that's that's that's all i can tell yeah. so this is the exhibition that got you into trouble artist tara cool knows what happens when you don't self censor and in twenty seven tane the military's response to disarm work sparked fear across thailand's creative same. if you hold them like
a friend your warmth will reveal the portrait of a person underneath so we learn what happened to them. had or any kind of at a point each piece is painted with chromatic dark when touched it reveals the image of a thai political prisoner. these are people who either died from political unrest in recent years or are still imprisoned or live in exile or were kidnapped why do you think the army was interested in your exhibition. and there when i mean each of the artwork shows a victim the government wants forgotten because of that the government wanted to take down my work. alerted to his exhibition by media coverage the army turned up to his show but tara was not there
. now. i was shot when the army asked to see me i started to feel scared i was thinking what would happen if they show up at my house what will happen to my parents and. the soldiers also into the gallery next door and remove seven works by another politico asas whose exhibition looked at a military crackdown in twenty ten. with the situation escalating todd told gallery staff to tear down his exhibition before the army returned. i don't want to become one of those victims just like those shown in my artwork saki after the first visit they continued to show up at the gallery for three months to check sometimes on motorbike sometimes they came under cover i've not held any exhibitions in thailand since then.
despite growing censorship bangkok recently held its first be a nalini. one of four big fish sanctioned by the military government in the past year temples shopping malls and old heritage buildings all became exhibition spices. but for a film director not is. the beer gnarly exhibitions lacks political punch i don't see any issue that cleared up the real dialogue and up them merely critical to the current situation and then the end of the day is the first of it become like a decoration. and. that's something the
curator of the bin ali dr appy nine posse are known rejects he says he could address sensitive issues like ranger refugees moderate sex workers and southern thailand's insurgency because the expo is largely privately funded first war i must say that if this bill is fully. one said by the government. we would not have many continents like i mention for the insurgents or six my sensitive issues we would have to go through a lot of self-censorship some critics. big. payoffs for the military government what do you think about. critics i respect them as they drop that they have to criticize otherwise they are out of work we feel that this is the event that we plan and it's been going lucky for thailand you know we have
many adventures ongoing and people should be appreciating p.r. stunt or not. doctor. down trees well after a year is working in the ministry of culture it's exciting to get away with censorship it's like it's a. game does toyline really need a board of censorship. the sentinels you know the people who protect the morals. they also have to. you know what how the world is moving you know you can have you know one hundred to view i'm not saying that they should do away with but the. and that they must sorry to say grow up. on the streets of bangkok graffiti artists are finding ways to the censorship
foundry. he's trying to stay true to his name. all over the world i know the things that i'm doing and i'm going to do because so many people headaches. the mask the fish the artist satirizes the one across the country he also post pictures of it online spreading the message even further. from. could take some bloated military budgets at the expense of education to a swipe at a famous general over he's luxury watch collection. not even the prime minister escapes he's wrong. there thanks for making the time to chat with. thank you. i've been taught that dictatorship is evil they told us that they staged
a coup because of this and that but i just know that dictatorship will never be good for any of us that is why i stand up for myself and to do something about it or you know what i want to. call the current government has stayed longer than normal i've seen many military supporters and unwilling to support them i think this is a turning point. it extends so it's hard at work creating his life in space check. he has to be careful despite his efforts to. eventually found him and he was charged with petty vandalism to navigate the challenges of working here in thailand so widely pints on project buildings with the permission of the owner. it's helped him avoid being i'm to the censorship laws so. if one day they want to throw me in jail there's nothing i can do the only want to can blame is myself for letting these people take over the
country one thing we should all learn is that military coups never the answer. once again he has the. what is the meaning behind this. i did this stencil of a soldier standing guard to show how they stop people standing up is that their role to prevent people from speaking up. as. there's a record number of candidates with the generals who staged the coup who most likely hold the upper hand. during their rule ensure no single party. and the new prime minister almost certainly need the votes of a military appointed senate. this means freedom of speech may still proved elusive
. yeah it could go back to. the whole. you know. it's not scary and it's exciting at the same time. society. the present the better i. keep. creating it but probably will not show it. with so much gallery she's launching a new exhibition. with headaches. and he stands. against the clock to get ready i don't know about these. we just let him use the space because he's being protected by a couple gallery. because of the content obviously. and she
really. they think you know what to do. she said. embodies the resistance sweeping thailand he has. so far. it's really strange and he's not scared at. how is he. to say you know thailand. election extravaganza crawling with corruption cronies and cockroaches. true titans of thailand to try to go political divide each other down across the poker table. buying gauging the young people with this is trying to shake up the system. and i think this
election could impact the next twenty years but it's like gambling an important bet which is why i chose the casino theme was. not made this such a big youth vote they can vote in twenty percent of m.p.'s who could potentially make a lot of changes and at that point it's going to be fun. while a lot of the stencils look towards the election i see a throwback to the past looks very familiar. the thomas thought massacre. i think a good god exists and should sit sit become pricing the history up until today it should give you the back crowd of why we are today how do we can't hear and i think it's a right right move for him to do it. she hopes it's not only the youth who are inspired by headaches. can we do this yet i think for. a
lot of people who work in this field will feel lost have to do it it's kind of a good example that if you were feel courageous you should do it. nothing's certain in a nation that's had a military coup on average every seven news since the end of absolute monarchy. but thailand's rebel us. it's a bet that carefully calculated acts of resistance might slowly help steer the country towards democracy. they were searching for a sanctuary in australia but instead would have tied for years on a pacific island now one
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but fragments of e.t.a. three zero two at the crash scene nathu eastern town of the shaft to the plane went down just six minutes after takeoff from bali international airport in the capital addis ababa prime minister ahmed was at the scene alia his office was a fast to tweet about the crash expressing condolences to those who had lost their loved ones one hundred fifty seven people who own boats non-survivors among the most affected in the tsunami expects is kenya which. the boat that had to pose a dozen boot out of the one forty nine passengers. it's an emotional time for friends and family as they waited for any news at the main airports in nairobi and . we were comfortable doesn't really do we see people coming out there was a lot of it was going to come out. of
a few minutes. we saw some nice on facebook to tell us from. the russians the jet had been to leave a just four months ago and had undergone a major service in february it also had just arrived from johannesburg with no difficulties it appears the pilot on the nairobi route realized there was a problem just after takeoff and asked to turn back but then contact was lost a few minutes later. on that route but mohamed no mohamed as an ethiopian airlines staff member has had more than two hundred flight hours after receiving the aircraft we did the first maintenance check on for every fourth two thousand and nineteen it was a new and clean aircraft. it is a fourth version of the world's best selling ally and the boeing seven three seven has flown millions of passengers wild wide since the one nine hundred sixty s. has been redesigned to make it more fuel efficient thousands have been ordered by airlines world wide if you have flown or should go and i guarantee you probably
loaded on a seven three seven it's a popular choice of the airlines it's a very safe well because there are now questions and this will send jitters across the industry. and identical lion air jet planted into the sea off the coast of indonesia last october shortly after taking off from jakarta killing all a hundred eighty nine people on board boeing is being sued by some of the passengers relatives who died and pilots have accused the american manufacturer of failing to warn them how to operate a new automated stalls prevention system. questions are being asked about how to aircrafts. from the same boring seven three seven family could cross just within months of each other monday has been declared a national day of mourning in ethiopia and investigations into the crisis have started a lot of people are anxious to know what could have gone wrong e.-t.
flight three zero two but many relatives say they just want to grieve cathy zoi al-jazeera nairobi. one of the women charged with the murder of kim jong un's half brother has been freed by a malaysian court in a surprise move the charge against indonesian city r.c.a. was dropped a vietnamese woman remains on trial algerian state television says president abdelaziz bouteflika has arrived back home after getting medical treatment in switzerland he is facing mass demonstrations over his decision to run for a fifth term u.s. backed fighters in syria have resumed their operation to retake eyesores last weeks of territory the kurdish led syrian democratic forces had caused their final assault on but who's to allow civilians to leave the s.d.f. says four thousand of them remain in the town and they're being used as human shields by isis those headlines head to head is next.
may very well be one of the most controversial companies in our country's history that quality usa is being called the largest private economy in the world you're in washington convicting four former blackwater security guards in the two thousand my guest tonight is the controversial founder and former c.e.o. of blackwater erik prince you do it move the person new york i'm sorry q. two billion don't you disagree that branded a war profiteer and a super mercenary by his critics princes were made over a billion dollars out of the so-called war on terror it also highlighted the clear danger of using private contractors on the battlefield and yet now back on the scene trying to privatized the war in afghanistan but offering to replace u.s.
and nato troops there with his own private security force but we're handing the war to prevent really help end it i'm in the house and i've come here to the oxford union to go head to head with erik prince a former navy seal and the founder of but quarter i'll challenge him on war crimes in iraq his plans for a private army in afghanistan and his loyal support for president donald trump. tonight i'll also be joined by sean fête a former private military contractor former officer in the u.s. army and author of the book the new rules of war ghaith abdul-ahad an award winning guardian journalist from iraq who's covered conflicts across the middle east and colonel tim collins a former commander in the british army and founder of new century a private military consulting company.
ladies and gentlemen please welcome erik prince. prince is currently the deputy chairman that executive director from two years services group a hong kong based security and the just. erik prince thank you for joining me on head to head. your back in the news with a new plan to privatize basically the u.s. led war in afghanistan but you were the founder and c.e.o. of blackwater perhaps the world's most notorious private security firm which during the iraq war became a byword for violence corruption lawlessness and yet you've never apologize for any of. i think that's an unfair characterization of the company did exactly what the u.s. government asked us to do which was to protect diplomats reconstruction officials visiting. u.n. or or other congressional delegations we did more than one hundred thousand missions no one under our care was ever killed or injured and people try to characterize the company as overly aggressive less than one half of one percent of
all those missions resulted in a discharge of a firearm in an era when you had lots of violence in the capital i mean baghdad really was the center of gravity of the insurgency and so we had you know forty one of our men were lost in action doing that mission so you mentioned that the u.s. government asked you to do a job and you did it you mention that you lost a man on your watch but you didn't mention is that you also killed a lot of people. you say what percentage is great let's talk about individual cases in two thousand and five blackwater guards fired seventy rounds into an iraqi civilians call forcing the state department to investigate in two thousand and six according to leaked pentagon documents blackwater guards fired indiscriminately iraqi civilians killing among others and i'm going to drive it in two thousand and seven but what a guard shot and killed fourteen iraqi civilians in what's been called the square massacre or baghdad's bloody sunday that is the rec ord that a lot of people around the world remember when they hear the name blackwater sure
and when you do one hundred thousand missions it's easy to take some things out of context but remember you had many thousands of insurgents actively trying to kill americans and not just american servicemen but the most newsworthy americans their diplomats and with the state department as you would be i'm mentioning weren't insurgents you killed your men killed a mother and son on their way to an appointment a sense as i mean it kills a nine year old boy sadly head sadly the insurgents don't wear uniforms they would drive ambulances filled with explosives they would drive so you remember those they were sure to get insurgents. a car bomb doesn't give you much time to decide there was no call bowman missile square in two thousand and seven actually right. before mr square event there was there we all are still square there was no collarbone scuse me less than five minutes before that event happened there was a large car bomb that went off where there was a protective team of ours protecting us the idea official and sadly that that car bomb went off the team decided to move through their. and a support team went to block the traffic circle so that. the fleeing team could
move through smoothly and not be ambushed when the when the intelligence provided by the state department the u.s. government says be on the lookout for a white kiya in all the other cars in the traffic circle stop except for a white kiya sadly sometimes the guys have a split second to make that the source black what to say the white kids thought of as you well know because you've discussed this far more than i have all of the eyewitnesses essayed there was no white kid heading towards you the us colonel who turned up on the day said that there was no enemy activity involved he said it was a criminal event and an excessive shooting a us court of law in december prosecuted one of your men for first degree murder for killing his mother and. three others to hold on let me finish three other men were prosecuted for manslaughter four of your men murder and manslaughter in the iraqi courts u.s. courts that's right they prosecuted them four times and they finally got a conviction the first time it was thrown out for prosecutorial misconduct they found them guilty you know the first time it was thrown out for prosecutorial misconduct the second time it was overturned the third time it was
a mistrial the federal government finally got them in a d.c. circuit in a d.c. jury on the fourth time that you see jury not a legitimate jury i would say a jury of your peers does not really compare to the rest of america no that's ok ok so some juries are legitimate some not like so-called judges that language before but they were prosecuted for murder amounts would you have any regrets for the people who died a nine year old boy shot in the head was an insurgent of course we did of course we we hired as the company we hired the prosecutor that prosecuted saddam to go find each of these families to pay salacious to make amends as best as possible to reach out to them did i personally know i haven't no i haven't found all of them but we certainly apologize to the ones that had contact with and it's not just these killings and the these killings that are documented it goes beyond just god as you know but what about billions of dollars in u.s. government contracts and billions more than a billion dollars in new. government contracts to an area are over twelve years and yet a scathing u.s.
state department investigation found that blackwater quote was over billing the state department and manipulating personal records its guards were partying drinking and even crashed an armored car and saw themselves as quote above the law pretty damning the u.s. state department saying this but the company they're giving contracts to over billing and manipulating we never paid any fines for anything like that that's a fact you paid fines for a lot of things the only thing we paid a fine for it was and i should give an example of the otoh if you say the only thing you paid a fine for you paid seven point five million dollars fine in twenty twelve to settle seventeen criminal charges you paid a million dollar settlement are a department in two thousand and ten for illegal arms sales. two thousand and twelve it already sold the business i sold it in two thousand and ten but the cases go back beyond two thousand and ten the criminal charges raided all sorts of the.