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my complaint on john bolton have left an impression on friends and foes alike watching him play on american politics. time after time say we're going underground three years to the day that british backed saudi bombs began to drop on yemen leaving thousands of civilians killed and tens of millions of people in need of humanitarian aid in the poorest country in the middle east coming up on the show three years on why is the british on the war in yemen still barely making the headlines we speak to the regional director of unicef middle east north africa here about the burying of the world's worst humanitarian crisis and does the largest ever higher education strike in british
history mean no u.k. graduates in twenty eight teams professor julian stalingrad from london's renowned institute talks to us about the new liberal balkanize ation of education and teaching will ask is outside the club plus. we speak to the pirate radio d.j. played by philip seymour hoffman in the book the wrong about breaking the law to circumvent multi-billion dollar record company control and state by major b.b.c. censorship although some more coming up in today's going underground but first one thousand and ninety five days five billion pounds in arms sales and millions of yemenis at risk for three years going underground has been covering what the u.n. has called the world's worst humanitarian crisis but even before the first british made bombs dropped on the poorest country in the middle east the global terror campaign had already begun here is professor noam chomsky talking one month after the saudi war on yemen began. yemen has been the main target.
of the global assassination campaign the most extraordinary global terrorism campaign in history of course it's also a terror generating campaign as is well understood at the highest level when you say attack a village and murder somebody who you're immune to and maybe a couple of the people are standing around that and to elicit a call for revenge and it has undoubtedly not not even questionable increased what we call terrorism a few months later the former vice chair of the conservative party under mitchell at the time the only british m.p. to go to yemen spoke about the u.k. government's conflicting role in the crisis the blockade of course is an example of the internal contradictions of our approach to yemen and i think that it needs to
be address the situation in yemen was described as having achieved in five months the chaos a serious achieved in five years and we are very conscious in britain of the importance of tackling the humanitarian crisis and yemen and we do want to ensure that the actions taken by others particularly those who are our partners that make that situation even worse well we spoke to a journalist on the ground in yemen hussein al because he about some of the alleged saudi actions that the british government to factor supports that double top strike that they were as used to use this that thick and they say i guess i'll try that on as well and afghanistan thought again but they you. know the let's call it that is using this against civilians thought to get against home they target civilians then they thought it is cooler than they thought you don't know this if you have a home has been destroyed by as the like the fittest people going to go that that neighbor has a that i don't know this and they do that and i think this is the kind of that i
think that the u.k. is they've been through this all get a coalition is using this technique. but there are reasons according to britain's former ambassador william patey that we support saudi arabia i mean britain has extensive interests and so. military tree economic security interests so you arabia is often accused of having a system that has bred extremism but equally there in the forefront of the battle against people like al-qaeda. they keep us safe and according to be a member of the committee for arms export control the saudi government isn't even all that repressive anymore. do you not think saudi arabia is a repressive regime it has been i think it's changing because they are now allowing women to drive they are changing the role of women in society they wanting women to get elected into parliament it is moving forward to a democratic society but another member of the british committee labor m.p. lloyd russell moyle has
a very different view the argument is not that the sound is a bombing women in saudi arabia the argument is they're bombing the heck out of people in yemen you know kind so what they're doing for people in saudi is neither here nor there when we're talking about the arms now actually the fact that they're allowing them in after many many years of not to drive in saudi arabia is hardly the gold standard of we've been a quality in feminism as the saudi arabian government to bomb civilians at times using illegal cluster bombs sold to them by the u.k. government to resume still insists that britain has one of the most rigorous arms export controls in the world we spoke to the author of shadow world and. arms exports in the united kingdom is not amongst the most rigorous in the world and we've seen that over years and years and years it's my view that simply by exporting to a country like saudi arabia who's the human rights abuses at home have been documented over decades and decades his involvement in conflicts in the middle east
both historically and currently is almost the stuff of legend it's so pronounced and so important in that region that by exporting to the country the united kingdom government is violating its own laws let alone the international arms trade treaty of which it was a claimed proud signatory let alone the e use common position on arms exports let alone the rules of war and a whole lot of international humanitarian law but while going underground has been covering the ever worsening crisis in yemen as hundreds of cases of cholera turn from thousands to now a million here is journalist and filmmaker john pilger to explain relative media silence to the parent u.k. government ignorance over yemen. the middle east itself is is seen by us us when i mean in the west in terms of its usefulness syria israel elsewhere saudi arabia
and this and the yemen as expendable it's either one of the other useful or expendable and that appears to dominate. the news coverage our perception or the perception we're allowed of this part of the world joining me now from jordan is the regional director of unicef middle east and north africa get companies to tell us what british made bombs have done in the poorest country in the middle east and thanks so much for joining us is the third anniversary of the saudi backed bombing with with british arms how is the world's worst humanitarian crisis well i'm just coming out of yemen after another visit another visit making it crystal clear that children are suffering are suffering dramatically of the impact of three years of war britain is of course a donor but to resume says the saudi investigations of discovered no war crimes as
such what has been the effect of bombs dropping on villages in yemen well the impact upon children east's and then we have seen last year long over eleven hundred children being killed. or very seriously injured to day at close to two million children in yemen are not able to go to school we have seen last year an unprecedented outbreak of what the. color out we have seen an outbreak of. in yemen. over four hundred thousand children are suffering from the life threatening. severe acute malnutrition as a result of war and it's not one or another part of the it is everybody who has
been fighting in their yemen and that has to be held accountable for that the suffering of children. suffering of children in a war that is not of children's making let's be very clear that a war that has become a war on children it's difficult to imagine those numbers obviously as as a human being but while britain continues to sell arms to saudi arabia the u.s. senate just voted to continue the war bernie sanders the senator said america the usa should stop funding it the senate majority leader mitch mcconnell said u.s. intelligence will result in fewer casualties presumably child casualties as well hopeful that u.s. intelligence is going to bring fewer casualties to the bombing campaign well only if i may talk from a children's perspective if i may talk on behalf of every single mother and father
who have seen their children killed and severely injured i have on the one message this not about fewer children to be killed and that should be no single boy and no single girl or killed that britain is proud of its intelligence services and if britain is providing intelligence for the bombs that are being dropped on yemen surely surely that's a reason for hope for unicef to day because of the war because of decades of in the development and every single ten minutes a child is dying from a preventable disease for the simple fact that we are not able any longer to vaccinate children timely children suffering from a lack of access to drinking what the resulting in severe acute diary of the war
simply needs to stop and all parties need to take that responsibility or for that or any country that has any authority over the fighting parties britain is earning billions of dollars billions of pounds. by selling the weapons in the war planes you're asking for one hundred million dollars more i think that brings you up to something like a third of a billion that you want what has unicef going to spend that money well we gonna spend that money wisely we gonna spend that money to guarantee that every single boy and girl in yemen can lead a healthy life that it has access to those health services that every mother and father are one step children to access to guarantee that every boy and girl can go to school and benefit from the world of the education that's what unicef going to invest its money into and probably an investment by any count that is the best
investment to make in yemen now president barack obama supported the blockade of yemen sports are things better under the trumpet ministration in terms of the ports he obviously has signed a new weapons deal of course with saudi arabia though we'd call upon everybody to keep sea and airports open at any moment for good for him any darian as well as for commercial supplies commercial supplies for example food needs to come in yemen it is highly dependent on the import off of food yemen is highly dependent on him board of fuel fuel that this very much needed to do we quit but the health centers for example to pump water out of the out of yemeni soil last for commercial and humanitarian reasons for the sake of children ports need to be your button just finally in syria the trumpet
ministration along with the russians with the syrian government of course was supporting the fact of the y p g a northern syria in africa figures of hundreds of thousands now by. affected by the british back turkish warplane attacks on a friend what is the situation as far as unicef sees at the well from most children spritz active again syria is another war on children syria is another situation where fighting parties and all countries with influence over them have at no moment over the last seven years been respecting that sacred principle of protection of children at any given moment of time thousands of children have been killed also in syria. millions of children are being displaced or living as refugees so we hope that the political leadership both amongst the
fighting parties and those who have authority over these fighting bar peace that do that political leadership will take decisions bearing in mind their own children and that they decide to end the suffering that they want they do not want their own children or their grandchildren to suffer your governor thank you. thank you so much after the break the end of britain's dreaming spy as we investigate why forty thousand union members may even italy shut down if you give us the systems and off the u.k. government threats to shut down this t.v. station we speak to one of the first pirate radio book rosco who sailed for free speech to break the british censorship blockade. to of going underground. politicians to. put themselves on the line. to get accepted or rejected.
so when you want to be president and you. want to. have to go on to be press that's what before three in the morning can't be good. i'm interested always in the waters of our. question. fundamentally the united states and russia are have been for decades two scorpions in a bottle each capable of destroying the other but only at the price of being destroyed itself. and said well these weapons were overcome u.s. missile defenses u.s. missile defenses were totally ineffective against russian forces already so there will be more effective against russian forces. welcome back today the british parliament his work and pensions questions but will
anyone raise the largest ever strike called in british irish occasion even oxidant cambridge where such a disproportionate amount of britain's establishment guns from looks set to be shut down the head of a second wave of strike action involving tens of thousands of union members across sixty four higher education institutions i'm joined now by professor julian celebrates from london's courtauld institute of art judith thanks for coming back on just before we go to the strike cambridge analytic has been in the news associated with universities that is the name cambridge it's not just facebook users that are affected by surveillance in a rather crude way the government basically asks us to assess ourselves and of. teaching. academics to sit in panels for instance to judge their research. well no it hasn't actually in fact what this does is to violate fundamental principle of academic freedom which is to say that academics should have the freedom to critically inquire wherever they want and say whatever they want and
that is protected and jobs would not be under threat for instance if they were to say something inconvenient. but what the government surveillance of research does through the so-called research excellence framework excellence being an entirely vacuous concept. is to judge one's research writings output. by a panel of peers and you don't know who these people are going to be and you don't know exactly what criteria they going to use to judge you by and what it's meant is that much academic work has become being pitched towards the center of a particular field that become very wordy but boring as a result it's an immense engine of conformity with an i said religious peer review absolutely yes it's completely politicize. it's there to divide and rule universities so the outcomes of these research you know assessment exercises. depends on. the funding that research funding that goes to different colleges and
apartments can be massively affected by your performance in these things so there's a lot of pressure on academics to first produce enough work to be assessed and then to produce work which they think will play well to these panels. elph why are you going to be able to strike ok well there has been a huge attack on our pensions the pensions used to be defined benefits which means that you put a certain amount of money in and you know what you're getting when you retire it's now moved to a different system whereby everybody's pension pot performs differently and depends on the form of stocks and shares so no one can plan no one will know exactly what they will retire on but the figures have been done by the union show that our pensions will move from being more this but liveable to in many cases being poverty level so especially for younger people you could work your whole life within academia and come out and still be struggling to make ends meet when you retire
there are problems with getting work a good worker because this is after all. thirty or. lots of people be saying you know there are hundreds of thousands starving to this country reload food bags where should they care about university lecturers and professors well this is a deliberate attempt to break the union it was imposed by the employers u.k. without negotiation ok we have only been forced into negotiations because of the strike action we taken so far because it's been as you say remarkably. widely supported across the universe. by not only by staff and also by students are often so it was imposed without negotiation so we had no choice basically but to strike and i think the thing is that there are many other places teachers. teachers and school teachers in the ninety two universities or on different schemes at the moment which are better than ours if they can do this to us it will happen to the people too and more widely you know industries generally will be looking at this
very carefully how the boss is treating it. i mean its board of governors both charts liz i think lord brough does read all this show for her boss of b.p. yes a former boss of the b.p. but a lot more pertinently an architect of the student fees regime so rather extraordinary person to have on a university board i think many of the students who of course suffer immense stress and difficulty because of the very high peak fees that they pay and the facing debt slavery for decades after finishing their degrees are not happy with this figurehead of our institution do we dispute your union isn't it because you've got foreign students who are presumably complaining that their professors and lecturers aren't turning up for the pictures and you have people who are in this market should an ethic of feeling that they're going to be in debt for degrees which weren't even talked. yes we've had a surprising amount of support from our students i have to say and it's been very very heartening we did a march down to parliament which took place in
a blizzard there were many students on that march is really remarkable you can see some of the photographs of those people around you we have been doing our best so far to minimize the impact on the students while shutting down the university and part of this has been to do with doing teach outs a lot of less casual or more casual more meaningful teaching perhaps meaning teaching which isn't geared absolutely towards courses that has been discussing deeper issues about about politics about art history in my place but also about the university ought to look like if we escape from those legal although there are elements to it and we have a wonderful open air lecture on the last given by t.j. clark coach of the other week and a lot of people talk about zero i was going to say i understand that higher education is becoming part time when so many ways like when the other or a public service is as much of a teaching is becoming more and more casual eyes than people can't know you know how much work they're going to get and when and they're juggling many jobs and then
the sense we're facing both by through management surveillance and this downward pressure on wages and downward pressure on the costs of education very similar pressures to those faced by doctors and nurses or or the police or teachers in schools it's all the same kind of marketization of something which should not be marketed ised it's an artificial system and you can see in this that near liberalism as a whole this system which has been put into place since the one nine hundred eighty s. is a kind of cancer of the state from the inside until it can no longer properly perform its functions reza julian stella brus thank you well from the new liberal marketisation of education to fighting against the law of entertainment joining me now from l.a. in california is one of the original deejays from reputedly the first ever pirate radio station in the. well radio caroline emperor roscoe is currently launching his new radio show on united deejays and you can also see him being portrayed by the late philip seymour hoffman in the boat that rocked ever rosco before we even get
to how you broke censorship laws here in britain and got britain done thing what what started your entertainment career. i got started in the military actually i was as you saw the morning the movie good morning vietnam i was good morning vietnam but in the navy. but of course i'm coming that was my first my first thought both of paul mccartney pull the gun he says the beatle of they they had a big helping hand from radio caroline how did you end up on this ship. i was a destruct in france at the time. doing bold emotionally gupta on europe number one and i was also a leader do seen the x. it came from england on tour and i was on stage with sam the sham and the pharoahs when there are a manager came up and he said you know you read
a good you should be on radio caroline what's radio caroline. he said well this is a pirate ship that just started in england and i'm good friends with run and o'reilly so i said well you know here's a tape let's see what happens and two weeks later i had a phone call from rodin who said get your so here i need you in you is a pirate radio station what you frightened of going on to some ship that you knew was illegally broadcasting to britain i saw this finished for years and maybe in the south china sea i was going to be too worried about a little boat in the channel. i probably handled seasickness better than most and. you know i was not the least bit worried i know i was in the direct i self you know so we you have her on the ship when the when the british authorities were trying to board it and shut it down to radio caroline when i was on the ship the only one sporting where the girls on sailboats would come sailing out to bring us
cookies you may not have known wrote in a rally his grandfather who is who i think yeats wrote a poem about boys rode in like you know he's ill in county loud at the moment what was his role in the station. running was the boss you know a perfectly charming man he you know he had louche one of evil and he had a cause. yes. he was doing the right thing and he was being successful at it me love the notoriety so it all you know it was all a great you know great ball of good good time and outside of iranians a few money problems at one point when he had to sell i think thirty percent of the station to fill solomon's own he ran the show the way he wanted it was a real rebel radio stations to put it into context at that time the statement they b.b.c. had playlists dictated to them by record companies and some would say that's still
the case today actually going three in riyadh was radio some burg primarily you know like the decker show would be all decorated warts but luxembourg was only at night you couldn't hear it very well radio b.b.c. it was like programme and they basically did an hour pop music. every day and that was all you got if you were you full force and ironically it was the labor government tony benn who gave his last interview to this show actually tried to shut you down but the conservatives in gilmore actually supported you freedom of speech they did they did and we supported them and i think probably because of radio caroline support which is why the conservatives won back that. that's quite something you you think at that time though you said there was this one hour report music basically is that men say they did b.b.c. was playing basically white middle class music. oh margaret i know they were
playing big band music and middle of the road music and unfortunately a lot of it was recorded live not even the all regional stuff so basically you know it was an enigma in a puzzle of its own making where is we came along and gave the people the real thing in twenty four hours a day of it now it's television networks of course they get bad and get attacked what do you think of that. obviously i'm i'm against it i'm i'm all for free speech and the only reason you're in that i would think that you were being targeted at the moment as you have the name rush i you know title but it's a tit for tat i don't think it's. what you were doing. problem you know broadcast wise i think it's simply you're caught in the crosshairs for the moment and with a bit of luck you'll skate you know what do we do the name change actually go on t.v. but it didn't seem to help no home office knows the truth and how dangerous it is
a is it nowadays for governments to interfere with broadcast networks what happens when they try and interfere as you know at the algorithms are very wide in widespread because it is set such a general question when you. we'll go back to when the berlin wall fell. you said you felt the momentum you saw it all happening and it happened and they now all it's a different situation with the networks because it's a question of the people behind the network and the people that how many people if they shut you down are going to take to the streets that's the question you have to ask yourself so. if you were the b.b.c. and they shut you down i think there'd be a big uproar because you're a guerilla kind of underground station i think you'll be ok
at least i would hope so specially when they see how you handle me they will realise that you are there for the good of mankind not trying to overtake and overcome every member rosco thank you and that's it for the show but we'll be back on wednesday to speak to fully u.s. ambassador to iraq and deputy director of the white house's task force on terrorism and the tax deal that he got such as he would feel when say fifteen years of the day twenty five year old months old was killed in iraq by us a ten time cluster extra rocks the czech corinna would describe us killing as criminals.
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