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‘Trapped in Putin’s panic room’ – journalist receives Russian sanction

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Some people might complain about receiving a speeding fine, or spilling your morning coffee… but how would you feel if you were sanctioned by Russian President Vladimir Putin?

WATCH – Exclusive interview with war correspondent Misha Zelinsky

Well, that’s the story for war correspondent Misha Zelinsky who received a warning from the Russian leader.

A massive list of 121 well-known Australians have been added to Russia’s blacklist, with the group “indefinitely” banned from the country.

The blacklist has been put together in response to “the growing sanctions of the Australian government, which apply to an increasing number of Russian citizens,” according to Russia’s foreign ministry.

“I woke up this morning, if you asked me earlier this year, what list I would likely end up with that included Gina Reinhart and Twiggy Forest, I knew it wouldn’t have been Australia’s richest 200 people, probably the least likely after that would have been Putin’s sanctions list,”

Misha told ticker NEWS

Misha is a war correspondent for the Financial Times, previously reporting in Ukraine as war atrocities unfolded before his eyes.

Now, Misha is banned from entering Russia.

Russia has accused the sanctioned figures of promoting a “Russophobic agenda”

Misha believes there’s a ‘tit for tat’ going on in regards to sanctions.

“Russians have been sanctioned all over the world, the wealthiest oligarchs are basically trapped in Vladimir Putin’s Panic Room nation. It’s a little bit a tit for tat going on. Russia is rich, Russians are stuck in Russia and unable to holiday, unable to go to London, unable to put their kids in private schools in Europe, versus people like myself are unable to travel to Russia, where you can’t get a Big Mac,”

Misha says.

“I’ll leave it up to viewers to decide who’s got the better deal there,” he jokes with ticker anchor Holly Stearnes.

However, jokes aside, Misha stands by the work he has complete in Ukraine, reporting on the horrific war.

“The biggest fear and concern I have is for people that are dying right now in Ukraine, myself, right now. I’m quite safe, and I’m feeling okay.”

Are journalist’s intimated by Putin’s power play?

Russia announced a similar move against dozens of British journalists on Tuesday, in what Moscow said was a response to Western sanctions and the “spreading of false information about Russia”.

Misha says getting reporting out of Russia, legitimate reporting has been extremely difficult for a very long time.

“You can’t really trust any social media or any reporting coming out of Russia in the sense that the government has enormous control of that information,” he says.

“There are ways to get information out of Russia, you get a lot of Intel out of telegram channels, and other websites. But I don’t think journalists are going to be intimidated on reporting the facts.”

So ultimately, Misha says people aren’t going to be intimidated from telling the truth here, “the truth is on your screens, it’s in your social media feed.”

“The truth is irrefutable that Putin and his cronies are committing war crimes every day in Ukraine, and every day that those stories get told is a critical one.”

The leaders of Europe’s three largest economies – France, Germany, and Italy have visited Ukraine, what does the war-torn country need right now? 

EU leaders gather in Kyiv (REUTERS)

Misha says if you listen to the words of Ukrainian leaders, they say they’ll enjoy support they really need weapons, at the moment of fighting is very localised in the eastern part of the country and Donbas region is almost back to where it started in 2014.

The war reporter says some estimates have the artillery advantage to Russia at a 15 to one “so the Ukrainians are desperate for weaponry, they’re relying at the moment on old Soviet era weapons and the polish and other Warsaw Pact countries have been giving the weapons.”

He continues to say that “they’re running out of the shells that go into that weaponry, and they’re desperate for long and medium range weaponry out of the west out of NATO allied nations. And the promises are on the table.”

However, there has been a delivery gap there and the Germans have been held up as one example of not really meeting what they’ve promised.

So – what do we need to see next?

Misha says it comes down to closing the gap between what’s promised and what’s delivered.

“That needs to happen urgently, joining the EU would be nice, but ultimately not win yet. Candidate status, it’ll probably take 10 years before you actually went from being a candidate to fully integrated because it takes a very long time to synthesise your laws and your legal system and all the bits and pieces that go into joining the EU,” he says.

“So right now that’s going to save lives or win the war, and that’s what’s desperately needed is an evening up of artillery power in the eastern part of Ukraine.”

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Gun violence epidemic – are the cries of millions falling on deaf ears?

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Gun violence is continuing to soar throughout the United States, with mass shootings taking innocent lives and dominating news headlines day after day

ticker’s Brittany Coles was joined by senior fellow at the U.S. Studies Centre, Bruce Wolpe and journalist and commentator, Misha Zelinsky.

On May 14, 2022 in Buffalo, New York, 10 people were killed when a white supremacist stormed a supermarket.

Just days later, 19 children and two teachers lost their lives after a gunman armed with a semi-automatic weapon opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

On the day Americans are supposed to celebrate their freedom and independence, seven people were shot dead by a 21-year-old man.

And this is just to name a few.

Rallies for gun reform have been held right around the country, with protestors in Washington, New York and other major cities calling on lawmakers to act.

But with gun violence only increasing and gun sales only going up and up, are the cries of millions falling on deaf ears?

Activities once considered normal are now plagued by fear thanks to the gun culture, the panelists speak on the gun epidemic across America.

How many more policy makers, celebrities, local authorities have to take to the stand to call for tighter gun restrictions to help (as Kamala Harris phrased it) “end this horror”?

March for our Lives was formed back in 2018 after a shooting in Parkland, Florida.

The activist group helped force Republicans in Florida to enact reforms including raising the age to buy long guns and enact a three-day gap between purchase and access.

Does this prove that activism does work?

Just a few weeks ago, March for our Lives happened on the very street of the Highland Park shooting.

A stark reminder a mass shooting can occur anywhere.

“And we got to take this stuff seriously, as seriously as you are – because you have been forced to have to take it seriously,” VP Kamala Harris told Highland Park residents.

“The whole nation should understand and have a level of empathy to understand that this can happen anywhere, in any peace-loving community,” Harris continued. “And we should stand together and speak out about why it’s got to stop.”

Harris also told Americans “we have to be smarter as a country”

There’s been over 300 mass shooting so far, From Uvalde to Chicago this year.

Biden signed the first significant federal bill on gun safety in decades, but that was just days after the Supreme Court ruled that Americans have a fundamental right to carry a handgun in public… so what does “be smarter” mean now?

Viewed over 2 million times this is the viral moment from Philadelphia on the night of the Fourth of July of people running away from an active shooter while fireworks celebrate the country are going off in the background.. with the tweet captioned ‘america is a horror story’

National anthem playing, screams from Americans in the birthplace of their nation, it seems like the active shooter is the new symbol of the fourth of July.

The NRA are a powerful lobby group – there’s a long way to come when it comes to efficient gun reform to combat violence and crime in the states.

One thing is clear – activities once considered normal and care-free are now plagued by fear, propaganda-driven acceptance of gun ownership.

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Does Boeing have a safety problem?

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With two crashes of the 737 Max and ongoing production problems with the 787, former employees are asking whether Boeing has a safety problem

Boeing is the biggest name in aviation. “If it aint Boeing”, as the saying goes. But today Boeing is the most scrutinised company in aviation history.

The separate crashes of the 737 Max. Production problems with the 787 Dreamliner.

Some blame management all the way back to the merger with McDonnell Douglas in the 1990s. Boeing is still one of the largest and most important companies in the US.

But past employees are pointing to a toxic safety culture.

Ticker spoke with Geoffrey Thomas from Airline Ratings, and aviation analyst Jordan Chong.

Boeing safety report

Boeing has published its 2022 Chief Aerospace Safety Officer Report which reveals a host of major changes to sharpen focus and improve culture.

The report covers four main areas; Strengthening Engineering, Enhanced Oversight Mechanisms, Safety Management System Implementation, Investing in a Safer Industry and Fostering Transparency and Openness.

The report is an extremely important document and thus we have decided to reproduce in full as under, bolding important facts and numbers.

Enhanced Oversight Mechanisms

Boeing has made fundamental changes to enhance oversight of safety processes and procedures, and strengthen accountability, transparency and collaboration across the company.

In August 2019, Boeing’s Board of Directors established an Aerospace Safety Committee (ASC) to increase the effectiveness of its oversight of safety in all aspects of operations, including engineering, design, development, manufacturing, production, maintenance and delivery of products and services. The ASC is comprised of independent directors with relevant knowledge and experience. Learn more about their responsibilities here.

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What is causing Australia’s flood crisis?

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Twenty Australians have lost their lives in floods this year, as authorities continue their search and rescue efforts

For the third time this year, floods have battered Australia’s largest city.

Some areas have received eight months of rain in just four days.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) says some parts of New South Wales have seen 800mm alone. For perspective, Greater London receives this type of rainfall over the course of a year.

There are more than 100 evacuation orders across Greater Sydney for the current emergency.

It’s the typical narrative for disasters like these, where a cesspit of data floods headlines.

It comes as the BOM confirms this season’s La Niña has ended, so what is causing these floods?

Divulging the data

The Indian Ocean Dipole is a technical term for the differences in sea surface temperatures between the eastern and western parts of the Indian Ocean.

This phenomenon is likely to shift ‘negative’ over the coming months.

This means “warmer waters concentrate near Australia, leading to above average winter–spring rainfall as more moisture is available to weather systems crossing the continent,” according to the BOM.

“We have seen some of these impacted communities being hit by floods for a third and fourth time in 18 months, which is extremely distressing to the residents of these communities.”

Minister for Emergency Management Murray Watt

Meanwhile, the SAM refers to the Southern Annular Mode. This is a term used for the non-seasonal, north-south movement of the strong westerly winds.

When the SAM is in the ‘positive’ phase, it directs more moisture-filled air into eastern Australia.

The BOM says this is “driving above average rainfall and more east coast lows”.

This has forced a cargo ship to remain at anchor by the ferocious conditions off the coast of Sydney.

In fact, this happened 15 years ago when storms grounded the Pasha Bulker—a 40,000 tonne bulk carrier ship.

The Pasha Bulker stranded off the coast of Newcastle.

Is this climate change in action?

It is difficult to link any single flood to climate change. But many climate models suggest Australia will repeatedly fall victim to climate change.

Critically, these areas have been battered by heavy rains in recent months. The La Niña has also saturated the ground and filled dams. These are some of the crucial factors that lead to flash flooding.

“Similarly, we’re now working hard together to make sure that impacted communities get the financial and other assistance they need as soon as possible,” Senator Murray Watt says.

Sydney’s bustling population has pushed development into low-lying areas, which also places residents at an increased risk.

A boat passes under the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge as heavy rain batters the city.

Greg Mullins is the leader of the Emergency Leaders for Climate Action group, who recently met with Australia’s new government.

“There is absolutely no doubt extreme weather events are being intensified because of climate change.”

“The science is very clear that we’re seeing wild fluctuations between periods of flood and fire, because of warming. On the East Coast of Australia in the last 18 months we’ve now had four major floods,” he says.

Senator Watt says he is committed to learning from past natural hazards, which turn into disasters when they intersect with vulnerable communities, devastate infrastructure, and lead to economic consequences.

This occurred when over 400 people were killed when deluge swept through South Africa in April.

“It’s time for the world to wake up and take real action on climate change. Communities having to deal with flood event after flood event is absolutely affecting our response and recovery,” Mullins says.

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