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saudi diplomats have stepped up their pressure saying all options against iran are on the table iran's behavior cannot continue like this iran must abide by international law iran must comply with rule based international order and the iran's aggressive behavior must be checked the attacks took out nearly half of saudi oil production which the state oil company is rushing to restore as the u.s. continues to build the case against iran or holy war against any attack saying greta allegation will quickly follow the attacks on saudi oil installations threatened to be a game changer and could lead to a military confrontation but the e.u. russia china and some countries in the middle east say the crisis should be solved through dialogue and that would only further destabilize the region. new york.
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israel's president has picked a long time prime minister benjamin netanyahu to try to form a coalition government that's it now has up to 6 weeks to do that the country's facing a political deadlock after a tight rerun election which resulted in no clear winner arafat's it has more details from west jerusalem. israel's president let out the caretaker prime minister to announce a result he'd been trying to avoid riven rivlin wanted benjamin netanyahu to form a national unity government with his main rival benny gantz those talks failed and instead he chose the man with a bigger potential coalition bloc to have the 1st chance at forming a government give it melissa block of education who should be handed the task of forming the government depends on who has more chance to succeed currently 55 supported knesset member latanya he and if the 4 supported knesset member benny gantz 10 of them said they wouldn't sit with him in their government before the announcement a 2nd meeting between netanyahu and dance at the president's home serve merely to
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confirm what was already clear the talks between the parties had gone nowhere neither man reportedly willing to go 2nd in a rotational prime minister agreement netanyahu said he would continue to push for such a deal within days the pressure is on his 1st document hearings on corruption charges a jew next week. called the moment doctrine of totally out of the utmost with the mandate you gave me if i don't exceed a return the mandate to you and with the help of god that israel citizens and yourself mr president were established a broad national unity government down the line after the announcement gantz reiterated that he would not serve under a prime minister facing indictment who insisted on bringing with him a large block of right wing parties the longer the process goes on the closer he gets to being charged the more pressure mounts on netanyahu to stand aside but if benny gantz his strategy is simply to wait until conditions favor him well the president reminded him that he had another option he could merely toss the ball to the knesset and ask it to find an alternative candidate who could muster 61
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recommendations the president has made his initial choice but it's no breakthrough israel's political stalemate goes on air force at al-jazeera westerners. at least one person has died in more violent protests in haiti days of unrest have paralyzed the capital port au prince protesters are calling for president resignation he is accused of corruption and failing to tackle worsening fuel and food shortages. i don't hear mere but i i'm extending my hand to all the national so we can sit down together to form a worldly national government that has the capacity and legitimacy to address the urgent problems of the country us. all i promise not to answer political violence with violence but to answer with dialogue but after many attempts we've seen the house or senate isn't able to complete its constitutional duties. and still ahead
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and there are more airstrikes on yemen available rupees withdraw their offer to end hostilities. other sites but not out of mind 5 years on and there's still no justice for mexico's $43.00 students who disappeared. how we got some rather lively weather across western parts of here we have seen some storms down towards the southeast and pushing out to the balkans even though it was a black sea but it's really up towards the northwest where we have seen a lot. going on some very strong winds and some rather large showers longer spells of rain as well so going to see more of that wet weather more that windy weather or some weather this rattling its way through on thursday 18 celsius in london still going to feel like it can get to around $21.00 there in paris and blustery showers
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here as well a little quieter to central powers 20 celsius for vienna and also for berlin but some lovely down poles just still around the balkans pushing further east west for maybe a as we go through friday but it just making way for the next isn't really just but the difference one after another these weather system is rolling in from the atlantic further south the med is fine and dry that fine weather there across much of spade and portugal it extends down across northern parts of africa pretty good over the next couple of days 28 celsius there and algiers over the next day or 2 fought and dry across parts of north africa come into the tropical belt some really big downpours right across the gulf of kitty.
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it. well again in watching our desire and his reminder for top stories this hour the u.s. intelligence chief will testify before politicians regarding the whistleblower case that prompted calls for impeachment of president donald trump has been criticized
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for asking his ukrainian counterpart to investigate his political rival joe biden. and the trumpet ministration has barred senior iranian government officials from entering the u.s. the decision came on the same day president hassan rouhani spoke at the un general assembly iran's president says there won't be any negotiations on its nuclear program as long as u.s. sanctions stay in place. israel's president has been human netanyahu to try and form a new government the prime minister still has no clear path to the merging from the september 17th ballots without a majority in a has 28 days to form a coalition. so britain's prime minister says he won't ask for an extension to bragg's it that's despite a new low ordering him to do so to avoid a no deal boris johnson is also challenging opposition parties to call a motion of no confidence in him that could lead to
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a general election he has faced repeated calls to resign the since the supreme court ruled his decision to suspend parliament was illegal on say he has more from westminster. parliament to protest his routes again and incite the gloves are off the knives around from the usa came the prime minister attempted to show he's still in charge of public one. another reference. that what they want and what they demand is that we all know the promise we made to the voters to respect the 1st referendum. to move or to put the brakes behind us he was roundly heckled they were shouting at him to resign the judges concluded there was no reason and i quote let alone a good reason for the prime minister to have shut down parliament. after yesterday's ruling mr speaker the prime minister should have done the
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honorable thing and resign. johnson keeps trying to blame the opposition for blocking praxis and insists he's making progress with the european union his opponents say he's lying every single thing that boris johnson's done since he became prime minister has gone wrong for him he's lost every single vote in parliament lost over 20 of his own m.p.'s who now have no loyalty to him and he's been accused of misleading the queen and unlawfully suspending parliament it's one thing him saying he wants to get on with his plans but in politics everything's about momentum and at the moment he hardly has any peace around as. johnson repeatedly tried to infuriate his political enemies he described the opposition bill which demands he seek an extension to protect it from the european union as the surrender
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acts that language surrendering say europe is used by the far right and many m.p.'s have faced death threats as a result consequently the atmosphere inside parliament became furious that was it was sometime today and if you think i know how the prime minister nawaz. we're trying. to be. moderate we have to come from the time this. matters worse junction described those concerns about safety as. all in all it was the most angry parliamentary session anyone can remember the government accuses the opposition of running away from an election they say he broke the law over suspending parliament and fear he might do it again to the sense of democracy unraveling the whole thing is
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a horror show lawrence leigh al-jazeera london. the rebels say their offer to end the hostilities with saudi arabia still stands despite reason. that killed civilians there were these claimed responsibility earlier for attacks on saudi's oil facilities this month. has this report from. the. rubble than what used to be a home. in the town. and southern yemen. it was a horrific airstrike violated all internationally recognized red lines it resulted in the defense of 17 people including 3 women 3 children and a pregnant woman of. the attack hasn't even excluded the risk. as world leaders meet at the un's a general assembly in new york the united nations a can down the attack but some on the ground say. not enough. the
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attack has taken place says the u.n. general assembly is holding its sessions unfortunately the international community has failed to do something serious to stop the attacks on civilians despite an international outcry. when the war began in 2015 the saudi lit quality plan to quickly defeat yemen's who sees to reinstate the internationally recognized government but the fighting continues leaving a trail of death and destruction with civilians often in the firing line. saudi yearly military campaign against both is now in its full view yemenis on all those asking how many more innocent people will die before a serious taking. a factory in northern france is caught fire the blaze at the lubrizol plant broke
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out in the early hours of thursday in the port city of long it's used to make specialized chemicals around $130.00 firefighters are trying to put it out people living within 500 meters of the plant have been asked to stay at home and some schools have been closed. fighting has broken out between supporters of malawi's government and opposition groups in the financial capital blantyre are hundreds of people were calling for the head of the electoral commission to resign when the situation turned violent they've been protesting against the re-election of president peter with their rekha and may. now a 2nd agency has been forced to suspend operations nigeria mercy corps says the army has closed a number of its offices in the north 10 states after they face threats from iceland but. the closures come only days after action against hunger was shut down the government accused the organization of helping what it called terrorist groups a matrix reports some of. the shutting down of operations of mercy corps
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international in the north east of nigeria follows the discovery of $29000000.00 are approximately $95000.00 u.s. dollars cash with a driver who said the money belonged to the organization that has forced the suspension of approaches in at least 2 streets in the northeast of nigeria area that has blown the brunt of boko haram attacks over the past 10 years including of course the epicenter of the crisis in borno state now this action followed the suspension last week of operations of another non-governmental organizations in the north east of the country action against hunger which was accused of aiding or supplying book or other fighters with food and medicines because the nigerian military is accusing the organization of doing that which the organization has denied the army is saying that that action supplying backcourt of fighters with medicine and food and other logistics is hampering its operations there and
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bringing that insurgency quickly to an end after more than 10 years now these organizations and the only ones targeted by security forces in the northeast we've also seen how united nations operations are suspended over a year ago at least for a few hours when the army accused it or accused some of the staff of spying for boko haram in the north east of the country now these all this is coming at a time when new information has emerged and confirmed also but my action against and that one of its top kidnapped by boko haram fighters aligned with the islamic state the stomach state in west africa province has been executed in the northeast of the country and was kidnapped along with others in july this year in the town of the messiah. thursday marks 5 years since 43 students disappeared from the mexican state of guerrero they are suspected of being kidnapped by a drug cartel working with mexican security forces many of those arrested in
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connection with the crime have been set free and some people say they're concerned justice and accountability won't be achieved and will rob follow reports from mexico city. says she has hope her son is still alive even today 5 years since he went missing along with 42 other students from the town of. every year when it's my sons but they i miss him and want to give him a hug is the love i have for him that keeps me going and i won't rest until i find him. other parents have been the driving force behind the constant protests to pressure the government for answers but they fear that those truly responsible for their children's disappearance may never face justice there have been a 142 arrests made in connection to the disappearance of the $43.00 students but the investigation found that much of the evidence presented to prosecutors was
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obtained illegally. a handful of the accused were found to have been tortured in order to obtain false confessions as a result as many as $53.00 of the $142.00 detained have been released this includes the locals the leader of the so-called. the group believed to be responsible for the disappearance of the students. this is an example of the miserable rot that spreading through the country's justice system and it smells rotten. after years of misleading narratives the official investigation continues to drag on. the linking complexity of this specific case has become emblematic of mexico's problem with impunity and. this is a country with 40000 missing persons what makes this case especially relevant is that high level far are under investigation along with members of federal and local
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police the military and film a millions and cavernous. mexican president and the. us has vowed to parents of the students his government will get to the bottom. the case even if it requires starting a new investigation. but for the parents of the i.o.c. napper $43.00 could mean an even longer wait for answers when little. mexico city. hello again you're watching out is there and these are top stories the u.s. intelligence chief will testify before politicians regarding the whistleblower case that has prompted calls for the impeachment of president obama trump he has been criticized for asking his ukrainian counterpart to investigate his political rival joe biden the so-called whistleblower the one that didn't have any 1st. or 1st rate or. second tier information from what i
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understand you have to figure that out for yourself. but i've spoken with leader kevin mccarthy and the republicans many of them. and we were going to do this anyway but i've informed them all of the house members that i fully support transparency on the so-called whistleblower information the trumpet ministration has barred senior iranian government officials from entering the u.s. that ban came on the same day president hassan rouhani addressed the un general assembly and his speech rania ruled out negotiations on terror nuclear program as long as american sanctions stay in place is also accuse the u.s. of economic terrorism israel's president has also been human that's on yahoo to try and form a new government a prime minister still has no clear path to
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a 5th term after emerging from the september 17th rerun election without a majority he now has up to 6 weeks to form a coalition. and at least one person has died in more violent protests in haiti days of unrest have paralyzed the capital port au prince protesters there are calling for president. resignation he's accused of corruption and failing to tackle worsening fuel and food shortages. and britain's prime minister says he won't ask for an extension to bragg's it that's despite a low ordering him to boris johnson is also challenging opposition parties to call a motion of no confidence in him that could lead to a general election he's repeatedly faced calls to resign since the supreme court ruled this is suspend parliament was illegal. well those are the headlines we'll have more news on all our top stories and plenty
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more after inside story that's up next do stay with us. as quickly prepares to exit the e.u. the people in power investigates disturbing allegations about the tactics used by the winning league campaign we know that the little was broken and we know that campaigns have spent we know that russia tried to build a relationship with one of the key campaigns who paid could breaks it people in power on al-jazeera. an assault on human rights in indonesia proposed new laws provoke nationwide and protesters say the legislation will weaken anti-corruption efforts as well as effect sex before marriage abortion and gay rights and the outrage stop the government's plans this is inside story.
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hello and welcome to the program i'm. extramarital relations outlawed in indonesia and jail sentences for insulting the president there are some of the controversial proposals causing an outcry in the world's largest muslim majority nation which are considered disastrous by rights groups thousands of students vented their anger coming under pressure president djoko we doto postponed the vote on changes to the draft criminal code but indonesians still fear it could be passed by parliament they're also angry over the passing of another law that weakens indonesia's anti-corruption organisation the protests have been dismissed by the indonesian government. with a delay based on the government policy to listen to the voice of the people the actual demonstrations conducted to reject the draw floor no longer relevant and not
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important anymore. some of the issues covered by the proposed law include consensual sex outside marriage punishable by a year long prison sentence and then up to 6 months for unmarried couples who live together all same sex relations effectively considered a crime prostitutes could face the threat of prosecution women could face 4 years in prison for having an abortion unless it's a medical emergency or the result of rape punishment 2 for anyone convicted of insulting the president religion and state institutions the existing blasphemy law would be expanded and indonesians associating with marxist leninist ideology face a 10 year prison term. all right let's welcome our guest to the show in melbourne via skype greg barton he's an expert on terrorism a deacon university in washington d.c. calvin dark a former indonesian government campaign advisor and finally also in melbourne by skype is damien kingsbury
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a conflict resolution specialist welcome to you all damien let me start with you just how significant have these protests been let's think this is very significant because what they showing is a popular backlash against very conservative changes proposed changes to engine asian legislation is showing that these these changes are not necessarily supported by the people and it's a really reflecting a minority view was he needs an easier calvin and there have been discussions on changing indonesia's criminal code since independence in the 1940 so why is all this happening now. well i think part of it is there is a growing. level of conservatism at least you know religious or moral conservatism within the government but also i think that part of the reason for the protest is that in addition to the reforms that have kind of gotten newsworthiness because of
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you know the bands of sex outside marriage and other things like abortion it takes away a little bit from some of the other reforms like taking away some of the autonomy of the corruption agency and i think that's kind of a double edged sword because on the one hand it isn't good that this is been reduced to these very what many would consider obscure morality laws here in the west but it also is good because i don't know if we will be talking about what i think is probably more important the corruption bodies stripping about tommy if it wasn't for those more sensational things greg president we doto has ordered a delay and lawmakers have been meeting trying to figure out how to proceed what do you think happens next at this point. well the best outcome and that's by no means certain is that this bill doesn't get past its current form with the current parliament but road waits for the new power which is sort of the end of next month there are 628 out of calls in this new criminal code most of them are innocuous or
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very positive there's about 20 that are problematic and the hope is that those 20 will be stripped out there's no reason for them to be there they burden the code they make it objectionable the necessary reforms that come with a new code can go ahead. without any reference to these objectionable articles so that would be the sensible choice but it depends upon the president we go those political maneuvering because as president he doesn't end up pollute how it depends on the parliament and it's a hybrid system no one really knows how it was the result so he's going to have to negotiate hard and be very wise to get that outcome but clearly that's what the will of the people want they don't want these draconian laws they mean you heard greg there talk about the possibility that maybe this doesn't pass this session of parliament maybe another version of of these laws passed in the next parliament what do you think how possible is that that this won't happen now and perhaps will be taken up in the next parliamentary session. well i think i should start by
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saying i graze that the watering down of the and the corruption commission is probably the most important and most problematic part of this legislation the morality legislation is troubling because it does indicate a growing conservatism a populist conservatism within indonesia but the watering down of anti corruption commission i think is really quite troubling because it does indicate that in these years stepping away from significant reforms in that area over the past 2 decades its chances of passing now i think are up in the certainly president has indicated that he's not supportive of all of the amendments in the bill but his power as greg has noted is quite limited and he doesn't have much popular support in the legislature so we need to keep in mind that whilst he can refuse to sign this into law he can also come under very significant pressure and and saw himself in israel
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could position if he doesn't go along with what the legislature ultimately decides are huge this is really quite unclear at this stage i think it will go back to the legislature and they are a consideration in the number of aspects of these proposals but whether the musts comes contentious parts goes through in hawke's such as the watering down of the anti corruption commission and just i should that really is still up in the air calvin i saw you nodding so i want to give you a chance to respond but i also want to ask you so many of the bills opponents say that it expands conservative islamic influence in the world's most populous muslim majority country but this is a country that also has substantial christian hindu and buddhist minorities what do you think well i think that that 2nd point is key because. as you mentioned some of those measures do raise serious human rights concerns for those religious and ethnic minorities but one other thing too that i was thinking about is you know out
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as far as the morality of the. as a concerned you've had a lot of the supporters who when asked how this would affect tourism or how would this affect how indonesia's looked at you know outside they've been very quick to say that the way the laws are written this wouldn't really affect tourism tourist but you have to remember that even if it wouldn't specifically target tourist that's going to discourage people from going and that's going to definitely hurt in the nation's economy and i don't think that that's the best way to raise indonesia's profile in an international community so i think that's something to that the protesters are recognizing that not only do these new or these increased morality laws not reflect what everyone wants in indonesia but they don't want the world to have a misrepresentation of what the country is about and what it wants to be greg how valid is the argument by critics of the bill that parts of this proposed bill prove that a more hardline interpretation of islam is creeping into indonesian society. i
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think it's a very valid point the point to understand is that indonesian politics has dissolved into 2 coalitions it's now a bipolar system even though it's a very complex mysie multi-party system without any clear conviction politics the exceptions that conviction politics they need is 'd the is what was the parties who are all in that coalition you know opposition around proposed to be under the unsuccessful contender for the presidency the parties supporting the president on paper at least should have no truck with these toxic articles but these are being snarky and because these islamist parties which represent less than one 5th of the parliament couldn't get support in public through elections for such laws 'd they have bundle them up with this new criminal code hoping they'll get through and they can pressure the president so it really requires some strength from the president and from them from his coalition partners in parliament because these are not laws
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that asians have voted for that 'd if they project are the parties that push these ideas they don't reflect the thinking of most muslims in indonesia little non muslims and it's not just non muslims who are at supper it's likely lower middle class working class women who find the issue laws used against them to blackmail to intimidate to arrest so it's potentially very serious damien and islamic groups in indonesia they're saying that these proposed changes to the country's criminal code reflect the character and personality of the indonesian people and the nation are they accurate in saying that well let. it reflects the character a knight sure of some intonations we've got to keep in mind there's always been a very conservative bent amongst some in the nations going back decades islam islam has been a popular strain within the nation politics and society amongst some in his genes for a long time it's never been in the majority as gregg's pointed out it's probably no
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more than 20 percent in the electoral but it's very influential and most in the nations will side with them muslims even if they're not devout muslim and they're very unlikely to want to go against what they want to put them as muslim precepts out even though it's not something i would support will vote for it's not something that many nominal muslims would necessarily object to in public because they don't want to be saying to be flashing islam if you like so in one sense and we've certainly seen this not where we're quite nominal all moderate muslims have been more under the sway of the lama than the religious class who have courted and quite tricky county and nations and must touch and a is done to object to it simply because they don't want to be saying to be bad muslims in that sense. with populist conservatism you can introduce and when there's
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a history of this globally you can introduce quite unpleasant legislation which many people wouldn't necessarily support but if it's introduced in a particular way which poses posits as an alternative most people many people possibly most people would have creates next going to be the real test here i think as to whether there's legislation legislations feel they can get away with this and where are they going to actually strengthen their political position by the showing this particular parts calvin you were speaking before about. the perception of indonesia that that if these laws were passed how how it would change people's thinking about into the indonesia whether they be tourists whether they they be residents you know critics of the bill say that it violates freedom of speech they say that it discriminates against religious minorities including women and people so how concerned are different aspects of the government as to if this bill were passed in its current form what the rest of the world would be thinking about
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indonesia. well i think that that's kind of a 2 part question when you mentioned how you know supporters within the government were saying this reflected what indonesians wanted in a way that's true and that indonesia's muslims would not want to be standing up against that particular kind of version of islamic influenced law even if they wouldn't want to impose it on someone else so it's one thing to practice something yourself in your home and to believe it's another to have your country's laws reflect that and i think that the 1st priority of the supporters of this of these reforms is to institute that what they believe is. influenced by islam as they believe in the nation's wanted but i also believe that there have to be thinking in the back of their minds that indonesia is not in a vacuum that they have to interact with the world and regardless of what they may
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believe about the laws in the reforms and the reasoning behind it it's going to change people's perceptions for tourism as i said but also with business because now businesses are going to have to consider how this will affect what they want to do the people that they may want to bring to indonesia to run their companies and do business there so i even though it may not be something talked about by the supporters they've got to be thinking about that because that's the economy greg critics also say that this bill would reverse liberal reforms that were enacted after democracy was restored in 1908 what do you say to that. but i think they're going to very good point at making that criticism you know bear in mind we're not talking about just a few people between treating victims there are tens of millions of innovations in stable marriages they don't have the legal documents for those marriages those reasons perhaps because that they're really just status or because that simply or ago that is very will work they could become victims no one in
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indonesia really wants or i say no one that the vast majority of people don't want to see democratic reforms welcome back they believe in democracy even though they don't trust their politicians with their parties they want a free and just society and a society that hands out of moral policing to politicians and literally to police. it becomes an illiberal society even if it's only legislation on paper that's that sort of applied people recognise that they were a bit slow to recognize that threat to the liberal democracy to the nation and that's why we're seeing these very energetic protests damien officials have said that prosecutions of foreigners under the bill are unlikely of course this is one of the things is generating a lot of headlines when it comes to the news coverage of this officials have said that there would have to be not only proof that extramarital affair extramarital sex that happened but also a complaint from a family member or
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a witness i mean what do you think do you think that's actually the case would it be unlikely that foreigners would be prosecuted if this law were to pass or do you think it's a it's a distinct possibility that we could see that. well i think going back to calvin's point that there are certainly many indian nations who'd be concerned about the economic impacts there having said that in the nation politicians historically have always been quite insular in their perspective the inwardly focused not outwardly focused so what the world thinks is probably very much a secondary consideration in this regard i've been trying to get my head around how this would work in practice and if we look at a classic tourist destination like bonnie and you'd say well that couldn't possibly be affected this terminators particularly young west intercede my not being married . what we know from place activity in places like bali is that they will often they involved in the setting up of. supposedly criminal activities arrest them and then
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extract an amount of money in order for the process not to paper so it's essentially a corrupt corrupt process it would be very easy for people working in hotels to essentially. inform on unmarried couples sharing a bedroom so place to then become involved and then cite this couple look you've broken the law we've got to arrest you take you down to the play station you will stay here and you'll have to go to court and you will stand john and he cites the court. alternatively you can pay a fine in cash up front now and i think there's a very good chance that could happen we know is that in the nation places are in many instances quite corrupt we know that engaged in this sort of practice before i've been a victim of it personally diesel and to piling on the cycle on the spot finding cash. for him on a traffic offense. this is is absolutely consistent i think it really is
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a big problem but the major concerns really the moral issues i think that's problematic but the watering down of the anti corruption commission goes to the house of the studies. the proposed ban zones taking out against the president and state institutions go to the niter of politics and it sounds very much like what we had under the so-called new order regime of president before democratization when you couldn't criticize the president if they got back to nothing and criticize the president of state institutions and then the opportunity for people to express legitimate concerns about real political problems in the country will be very much limited and that will part of the made here of course and i think that really does start to seriously impact on the top of political society . is becoming calvin in the 1st part of his answer damien was discussing the
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situation in bali of course probably is a huge tourist hot spot there is concern about what all this would mean for bali so i want to ask you to spend expand on that because the deputy governor in bali has been quoted as saying if possible articles which are sensitive to our lives in bali can be reviewed or eliminated. i mean do you think that we would see that happen if the bill in its current form progress is either in this parliamentary session or the next one could we see exceptions made when it comes to how the law might be applied in bali yes i think in that in the case of bali it's very likely that if the laws do go into effect that there will be exceptions either actual exceptions in the law or exceptions in the way that the law is carried out but i think probably the bigger picture is the chilling effect that these laws have in places like bali but also this reaches to the anti-corruption agency one the common thread
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amongst all those reforms is to have that chilling effect you don't have to actually enforce the law just knowing that that laws they are it's going to for religious and ethnic minorities they'll be t.q. community tourists knowing that's there is going to. have a chilling effect on the way that they enjoy or decide to visit indonesia or do business there it will also. can be used as a pretext as we were just saying so that the law could be there so that if there are other say human rights violations or people that they want to silence or people that you know they believe are acting contrary to the government that they can use these laws kind of in an excuse so i think the chilling effect from the laws is there whether or not they are enforced or if there are exceptions in places like bali gregg's of the bill apparently doesn't explicitly outlaw homosexuality but
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there is a growing concern that the criminalization of extramarital sex and new obscenity laws could in the future form a legal basis for persecuting gay people what do you think about that. well that's absolutely the case and not just in the remote future if the code goes through then it still legal have sexual relations ships alicia sure 'd married well if you're married to your partner and if your if you'll go that's not an option you can get legally married you can get married a broad perhaps and come back home it wouldn't be recognized so the fact that you if they defy. abt means that you're receiving dock for for persecution for ready intimidation for shakedowns to higher profile people but it it's just a nasty finishes these are legislation that would have immediate effect that if that's one of the great consequences and you know this is so much it all is with
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what decades of consolidation and democracy has been about what that will be voting for it what the onion of the asians is a very young nation median age of 29. that's why we're seeing such heated outkast and that is as we've heard. also people are very proud of the way that the any corruption commission has been doing and they don't want to see that challenge data they just i don't understand why these retrograde steps they don't say this is very no one's asking for them and they're very dangerous they may and if the bill were to pass local authorities would get greater freedom to introduce punishments for breaches of customary laws that aren't currently covered in the penal code i know that we've spoken a little bit about these other issues throughout the show but could could you specify more about what exactly that would mean what kind of power of these local authorities would now have to impart different types of punishments. well that
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really again that's not in question because customary law by definition isn't codified so it does create all sorts of problems about what is and what becomes a label and what is acceptable when it's not and and with customary law we know is that in other places where it has been applied that it can be used by by people who wield power in a local community for example so you can become the arbiters of customary law and and it can be used as personal punishments retributions it can be used to in shands to strengthen the status or the positioning of particular individuals in social settings that are economics and so i customarily lore is in many respects quite problematic not to say that there are elements of customary law which can be applied but unless they codified very clearly clearly assad and then then
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determining what they are and how they should apply it becomes a very gray area and that's not consistent with a cool and consistent application of the rule of law but look i think the bigger question here is why would the judiciary story why would the legislature in indonesia they considering tossing this type of legislation in the 1st place what is going on in the nation politics at the moment which leads to just like you to actually seriously contemplate this sort of cannae and legislation which certainly has a moral element to it but also there's a very distinct regressive political element to it and i think that a. real shift in the nation politics a real due to vision which we saw in the last presidential election to some extent that a real hardening of positions and polarization of the law if you like and then you have to say even a challenge for the authority of the president to mean i'm sorry to interrupt but
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they are watching how it is there live from doha also coming up. efforts to bring iran and the u.s. in the negotiating table faile president rouhani rolls out talks as the trumpet ministration increases sanctions. it's deja vu for israel's prime minister he's again been asked to form a new government after a deadlocked election. if no purpose but to kill as many people as possible as quickly as possible. demanding change u.s. democrats make their case for tougher gun restrictions after a series of mass shootings. the u.s. intelligence chief accused of protecting donald trump will be forced to explain himself in just a few hours as the clamor to impeach the president grows acting national director director of national intelligence joseph mcquire decided he complains about trump's
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call with ukraine wasn't an urgent concern but details of the call released by the white house and deals that donald trump did as the ukrainian president to investigate his political rival joe biden 100 has more from washington as the 4th u.s. president to face an impeachment threat donald trump is scrambling to lead history it's a joke no president yet has been removed from office through impeachment on wednesday the united states 45th president sending an unusually said dude seemed to feel history's wait for said what the democrats are doing to this country they're dividing. they're belittling their demeaning our country so many leaders came up to me today and they said. what you go through no president has ever gone through the white house's own account of a july phone call between president trump and ukrainian president villota mirror's alinsky was released wednesday it revealed that is trump was withholding 2
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$150000000.00 in aid from ukraine he repeatedly asked vilinsky for in his words a favor investigate former vice president joe biden trumps a potential presidential rival trump asked selenski to coordinate the probe with u.s. attorney general bill barr and trump's personal lawyer rudy giuliani trump without offering evidence accuses biden of ending a conflict of interest probe into his son hunter biden took a lucrative position on the board of ukraine's biggest gas company in 2014 while his father was directing u.s. policy there in the summary of the phone calls alinsky promised his top prosecutor in his words will look into the situation but with trumpet his side ukraine's leader says he did not pursue it i'm sorry but i don't want to be involved to do a critic all. elections and i think. anyone you know that that had a question that is the answer
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a whistleblower in the u.s. intelligence community alarmed by trump's apparent use of state power for political gain reported the president's call to an inspector general however the complaint was not passed on to congress under instruction from the white house and the justice department amid the fear it has now been passed to lawmakers i found the deeply disturbing. i also found them very credible i can understand why the inspector general found them credible the house intelligence committee received the whistleblower report on wednesday on thursday acting director of national intelligence joseph mcguire testifies before congress that session is now part of a formal impeachment inquiry into the president asked about the call trump repeatedly turned the focus on biden fully support transparency on the so-called whistleblower information even though it was supposedly secondhand information.
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which is sort of interesting but also insisted. from joe biden and his son hunter on the millions of dollars that have been quickly and easily taken out of ukraine and china now trump's efforts to prompt an investigation into his rival have instead helped to prompt another historic probe when intended to decide whether he is fit to remain in office john hendren al jazeera washington earlier. he says the phone call has put ukraine's president in a difficult position. 1st of all i don't think this is the mafia style shakedown that it's been portrayed in some quarters but my big fear is that ukraine as a landscape will be collateral damage and this crisis that is happening in the united states. is the lecky ran on a platform of clean government eradicating corruption and. you know a new chapter for ukraine but unfortunately in all of you here and you know the
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american press and from republican circles is that ukraine is a very very corrupt place because of what happened in the past so the other thing i should say is that the lecky like many world leaders to be honest flatter trump today he complimented him and i think that has become a pattern for people who meet with trump his options you know as i wrote in my op ed a few hours ago is to my advice to him or to the administration was to punch by card to see that ukraine more not be subjugated to this type of manipulation to this type of extortion. if need be ukraine can't back away from american aid it doesn't have good friends and europe after all. the top administration has barred scenario ron in government officials from entering the u.s. the directive came on the same day the president has an heinie spoke at the u.n.
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general assembly rania ruled out negotiations on terror nuclear program as long as american sanctions remain. has more or less. his speech was closely watched by friends and rivals looking for any indication that iran is willing to talk to the u.s. but the president has a low honey made it clear he won't meet president donald trump as long as the u.s. continues to impose sanctions moblin was argued to me hard they call us to negotiations when they run away from treaties and deals our response under sanctions is negative iran's leader has called on regional neighbors to join an alliance to secure freedom of navigation in the strait of homers where much of the world's oil supply passes through but how to exclude of the u.s. from taking part in what he called the coalition of hope but the u.s. and saudi arabia have quickly dismissed the proposal the european union is keen to
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call the tension in the gulf and prevent further escalation its top diplomat for the recovery any says she hopes the 2015 year clear deal will continue to be respected despite ongoing differences we will continue to work together with unity of purpose to try and preserve it without ignoring the challenges the trump administration is rubbing on iran every one of us secretary of state. said sanctions and isolation would continue until iran's nuclear ambitions occurred as long as around medicine behavior continues and continues sanctions will not be lifted there will be tainted. and the u.s. and saudi arabia continue to blame iran for the attacks on the world's largest oil processing plant in the kingdom 11 days ago. saudi diplomats have stepped up their
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pressure saying all options against iran are on the table iran's behavior cannot continue like this iran must abide by international law iran must comply with rule based international order and the iran's aggressive behavior must be checked the attacks took out nearly half of saudi oil production which the state oil company is rushing to restore as the u.s. continues to build the case against iran or how many warned against any attack saying greta will quickly follow the attacks on saudi oil installations threatened to be a game changer and could lead to a major confrontation but the e.u. russia china and some countries in the middle east say the crisis should be solved through dialogue and that would only further destabilize the region. new york. israel's president has picked
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a long time prime minister benjamin netanyahu to try and form a coalition government that's and yahoo has a 6 week deadline the country's facing a political deadlock after type we run election which resulted in a clear winner very fosset reports from west. israel's president let out the caretaker prime minister to announce a result he'd been trying to avoid riven rivlin wanted benjamin netanyahu to form a national unity government with his main rival benny gantz those talks failed and instead he chose the man with a bigger potential coalition bloc to have the 1st chance at forming a government if you get melissa block of education who should be handed the task of forming the government depends on who has more chance to succeed currently 55 supported knesset member latanya he and if the 4 supported knesset member benny gantz however 10 of them said they wouldn't sit with him in their government before the announcement a 2nd meeting between netanyahu and dance at the president's home serve merely to confirm what was already clear the talks between their parties had gone nowhere
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neither man reportedly willing to go 2nd in a rotational prime minister agreement netanyahu said he would continue to push for such a deal within days the pressure is on his 1st and hearings on corruption charges a jew next week. a call the moment doctrine of totally out of the utmost with the mandate you gave me if i don't exceed a return the mandate to you and with the help of god that israel citizens and yourself mr president were established a broad national unity government down the line after the announcement dance reiterated that he would not serve under a prime minister facing indictment who insisted on bringing with him a large block of right wing parties the longer the process goes on the closer he gets to being charged the more pressure mounts on netanyahu to stand aside but if benny gantz his strategy is simply to wait until conditions favor him well the president reminded him that he had another option he could merely toss the ball to the knesset and ask it to find an alternative candidate who could muster 61
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recommendations the president has made his initial choice but it's no breakthrough israel's political stalemate goes on air force at al-jazeera westerners. ellie jacobson is a partner and to add the political and security consultancy the truman national security project and he explains why president rivlin appointed netanyahu. at this point and essentially every one of the likud all the likud ministers of fully. sworn allegiance to and it's now essentially so the idea that they're going to toss him overboard is a little farfetched but at the same time it's not outside the realm of possibilities the reality is that president rivlin has very limited power as the president of israel which is mostly a figurehead role but what he does have a role in is the specific issue and there's one thing that we can be assured of in that's that he is doing everything in his power to prevent a 3rd election in 2019 so and he's a former member of the likud obviously.

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