Today on RADIO JONES…..on www.talkradioeurope.com.….
Over the years the forward march of the European Union has been widely misunderstood. Without political challenge, national parliaments have become an empty shell. Where once elites drew authority from their own people, today they draw authority from the European Union, and other summits of world leaders. The growth of the European Union runs in tandem with the decline in national politics. As national sovereignty is hollowed out, technocratic administration from Brussels fills the void. #JamesHeartfield explains that the rise of the EU is driven by the decline in political participation……in our apathy and lack of participation.
And a new study has shown that two thirds of Britons are on a diet “most of the time”. Is this a type of restraint that we should encourage in today’s culture of over-abundance or is a sad reflection of the sorts of priorities that many people obsess themselves with? We will go to the excellent #DrZoeHarcombe to find out.
Regular listeners will know that I have had a weekly feature from the Greek island of Lesvos from local girl #CherylTurnerHunt who is one of a multitude of volunteers who have given up their time to head over to the island to provide comfort and sustinance for these poor souls. Another of those people is Cheryl’s son Josh Turner Hunt. Well he is back in Spain temporarily to fire up his big red truck and get crowdfunded to drive back over to the troubled edge of Europe to hand out food and clothes to the migrants. Tune in to hear how you can help.
Last weekend, 150 Somalians were killed in a drome attack carried out as an extrajudicial killling by the United States. According to Pentagon claims, the people were “militants” attending a “training camp”, and they were “planning a large-scale attack” that “posed an imminent threat to US and [African Union] forces”. Karen Jayes, co-ordinator for #CAGEAfrica, will speak to us about the setting of a chilling precedent for Africa, where the United States is able to simply violate sovereign airspace and execute individuals en masse, with very little argument from African leaders, or from the broader international community.
In Portugal, storks, the birds known in folklore for dutifully delivering babies, have become homebodies. The reason, according to a study published Tuesday in the journal Movement Ecology, is the tasty local landfills in the south-central part of the country. Thousands of birds have chosen to forgo their typical winter migration to sub-Saharan Africa in favor of sticking around to gorge on garbage. We will hear from #AldinaFranco, a conservation ecologist from the University of East Anglia in England and a co-author of the paper.
And then over to #Yemen. A spokesman for the Saudi-led military coalition says that major combat operations in Yemen are coming to an end, a year after the start of the alliance’s intervention. The fighting has killed more than 6,200 civilians and displaced millions, pushing the Arab world’s poorest country to the brink of famine. We will have a second contribution from Hisham Al-Omeisy who will speak to us from the Yemeni capital, #Sana‘a.