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This week we're discussing the changing dynamics of the war in Ukraine and the international community’s response along with the insulated world of the media. Also covered is a recent event we hosted in the Parliament about the criminalisation of migrants and legal discussion the trials of Akif Razuli and Amir Zahiri. A school from Dublin and humanitarian activists all took part in the panel and highlighted the selective humanitarianism of the EU. The housing crisis in Ireland features in this episode upon a recent virtual visit from Paschal Donohoe to Brussels. We tackle the financialisation of the housing market and explore how investor interests are prioritised over the concerns of the ordinary people. Finally, we touch on the current state of the JCPOA and the other forces at play relating to nuclear weapons in Iran.
This week Daly and Wallace are back in Strasbourg and they're discussing all that went on at this week's plenary. First a debate on the impact the war in Ukraine will have on the EU economy as well as some recent comments Pope Francis made about the war which sound very familiar... We also discuss the rule of law enforcement mechanism the EU is using in Poland and Hungary, World Press Freedom Day and the EU's selectivity when it comes to which journalistic voices should be part of a free press, proposals to address the democratic deficit in the EU, and the impact of the war in Ukraine on women and children.
This week we’re discussing: the impact EU membership has had on Irish fishing and the changes that need to happen; the revolving doors phenomenon between the EU institutions and lobbying organisations; new attempts to regulate the environmental and human rights impact of corporations, military transport, and finally EU plans to switch to LNG gas.
This week Mick and Clare discuss their recent trip to Lesvos for the trial of Amir Zahiri & Akif Razuli, the asylum seekers in prison in Greece, charged with people smuggling. Their appeal has been postponed, yet again, meaning eight more months before they can challenge their sentence. We're also discussing Frontex, the European border and coast guard agency, and their involvement in migrant pushbacks, Irish neutrality, sanctions on Afghanistan, and the need to investigate war crimes in Ukraine.
Mick and Clare were interviewed by Joanne Leon on Around the Empire this week. We discussed the war in Ukraine, sanctions, flooding the war with more arms and how all of these things lead to more war and destruction, not peace. To hear more from Around the Empire follow @aroundtheempire and @joanneleon or visit
This week Mick and Clare were in Strasbourg. They caught up on Wednesday to discuss sanctions, recent resolutions on Afghanistan and Ukraine, media narratives about the war, Clare’s recent trip to Guatemala and more. Just after this podcast was recorded Clare went to Greece for the appeal of Amir Zahiri & Akif Razuli, the asylum seekers in prison in Greece, charged with people smuggling. The appeal has been delayed until December, meaning eight more months in prison before these two innocent men can challenge their sentence.
This week we’re talking about the war in Ukraine from a different point of view. We discuss the period of undoing that we’re seeing in EU policy- across all areas hard-won environmental and social progress is being sacrificed in the name of the war. We discuss military mobility and transport, energy, food security and data privacy laws. We also discuss the upcoming EU-China Summit and EU sanctions on Russia.
Calls for increased militarism, and now abandoning environmental goals… A month in to the war in Ukraine and it is becoming clear how certain interests are taking advantage of the crisis. This week we’re discussing one example of this- the recent EU plan for ensuring food security in the context of the war, a win for big agri and a huge loss for the planet. We’re also discussing recent updates from Ukraine, Zelensky’s international speeches and government appearances, oligarchs and corruption, and the impact that sanctions will have not just on Russia but also on the people of Europe.
This week Mick and Clare are in Lesvos, Greece for the trial of Amir Zahiri and Akif Razuli who are being prosecuted as "people smugglers" for trying to seek asylum. They face 50 years each. We discuss their case and how Fortress Europe is allowing member states to criminalise asylum seekers through anti-smuggling laws. We also discuss a recent trip to Lithuania for another trial- this time that of Algirdas Paleckis, a writer being charged with espionage. Finally, the latest on the war in Ukraine.
This week we discuss Russia’s ongoing war in Ukraine. Things have ratcheted up yet again and we are continuing to watch disaster unfold. Among other things, we discuss what we mean when we call for de-escalation and diplomacy, what that could look like at this stage and why it has not been seriously pursued. We also discuss how the dominant, pro-military narrative around the war is making this de-escalation less likely.
Eight days on from the invasion of Ukraine and much has changed since our last episode. We discuss our vote against the European Parliament resolution on Ukraine which has drawn considerable anger. We didn’t vote against condemning Russian aggression, we voted to condemn Russian aggression and will continue to do so. Our vote was against accelerating the provision of military equipment and weapons to Ukraine, strengthening NATO’s forward presence, further increasing defence spending, and activating European common and joint defence efforts. We discuss the question of Ukrainian defence and why channelling arms to the Ukrainians to fight this vastly unequal war will only lead to more devastation. We talk about the need for dialogue and diplomacy and the idea that calls for dialogue are rooted in naivety. Finally we discuss the possible ways out of the conflict. There's a lot to unpack here and this one dives deep
Russia launched attacks on Ukraine this morning. This is the moment we had hoped would never materialise. We discuss what we know about what has happened so far, how things have come to a head in this way and the way forward.
This week on the podcast we’re talking about the Winter Olympics and how they’re being covered in the media. Then on to the biggest foreign policy question of the day - Ukraine. Last Wednesday when we recorded the episode was supposed to be the day the war would start but that’s not what’s happening. Mick talks about challenging the general narrative about this in the parliament. There was also a plenary debate on the death penalty in Iran. Mick and Clare are against the death penalty anywhere but they point to the timing of this debate and the ongoing JCPOA talks in Vienna. Then we talk about the visit of Iván Duque, the president of Colombia to Strasbourg. From condemning the death penalty in one country, to inviting a ruler responsible for the deaths of hundreds of his own citizens to address the parliament, the EP is nothing if not inconsistent with how it deals with human rights violations abroad. Finally we touch on the recent US theft of Afghan money, frozen assets belonging to one of the world’s most impoverished countries which Biden has transferred to the family of 9/11 victims.
This week on the podcast we discuss: the latest diplomatic attempts to address the situation in Ukraine, Irish neutrality under threat, sustainable aviation, subsidies for retrofitting houses, Chinese direct investment in the EU and French neocolonialism in the Sahel.
This week discuss the European Parliament delegation to Ukraine and the latest developments there. We also chat about Clare’s participation in the Bloody Sunday commemoration march, Mick’s meeting with Irish fishing groups, the recent political turmoil that we’ve seen across the African continent, a debate on the war in Yemen and the visit of Afghan women to the European Parliament.
This week on the podcast we’re focusing on Ukraine and how the narrative of Russian aggression and encroachment into Europe doesn’t really chime with what has unfolded there. We also discuss the concept of disinformation and how it is used to silence dissenting voices, the strategic compass- the EU’s military and defence policy, and finally a new proposal on EU policing cooperation. Read the study "Rhetoric and Reality of Disinformation in the European Union" here:
This week Mick and Clare are in Strasbourg for the European Parliament plenary. They’re joined by Oisin to discuss the election of the new European Parliament President, and the French Presidency of the Council of the EU. They also discuss EU High Representative Josep Borrell’s proposal to link the opening of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to the situation in Ukraine and why it’s a terrible idea, the recent report on the live transport of animals, the Irish Rail Review, and why trains are key in the green transition. Finally Clare fills us in on the new Digital Services Act. There will be two events launching the report “Rhetoric and Reality of Disinformation in the EU”: - an online event on Tuesday 25 January at 15:00 (Irish time), register here - an in-person event on Saturday 25 January at 16:00 in the New Theatre in Temple Bar. Reserve a spot
I4C Trouble is back to normal programming after the Christmas break. We discuss the situation in Kazakhstan, looming humanitarian disaster in Afghanistan, tensions in Ukraine and the critical raw materials needed for the “green transition”- there are no silver bullets when it comes to the climate crisis.
We will be back next week with out first I4C Trouble Podcast for 2022. Meanwhile, we recommend you listen to this short podcast of Pushback with Aaron Maté - it’s an interview with a retired US Army Colonel and is a very clear analysis of the Russia/Ukraine issue. Worth a listen
In the last episode before the Parliament closes for Christmas, we discuss the EU’s refusal to share the vaccine technology with the Global South; Navalny winning the EU Sakharov prize for “freedom of thought”; tensions in Ukraine; yet another European Parliament resolution condemning Cuba; and proposed new powers for the Gardaí. We also discuss the country of the week- Spain.
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