Nicki Minaj Joins Boycott of Saudi Arabia & JPMorgan Linked To Massive Drug Bust



greetings and salutations you know big banks have always been in the business of financing illegal activity whether they like it or not now most of the time they're blissfully unaware that the money going in and out of their accounts is the is from crimes however in the case of the global shipping trade they should probably start making themselves aware on June 17th of this year US Customs and Border Protection discovered over 39 thousand pounds or close to 20 tons of cocaine in seven shipping containers aboard the cargo ship the MSC Guyon a with a street value of approximately 1.3 billion that's right billion US dollars it represents the largest vessel and cocaine seizure in the agency's 230 year history this Thursday Customs and Border Protection seized that whole ship operated by the Swiss based Mediterranean shipping company however the ship isn't technically owned by them the ship's title is technically held by its financing company JP Morgan Chase Asset Management and it is they who charter it to Mediterranean shipping as part of their structured financing deal now it's unclear at this time if Mediterranean shipping had a provision in their deal for the ninety million dollar cargo vessel that puts the responsibility of the cargo on Mediterranean or JPMorgan however it does show that while some would have you believe that sacks of drugs being dragged across the border is the greatest threat to the American drug war big banks seem to be fronting money to massive drug operations so Hawk Watchers is JP Morgan in trouble again or are we finally figuring out how all those drugs really got into the United States and countries around the world now let's take a closer look at the big business of maritime drug trade and start watching the Hawks if you wanna know what city in your streets never back down like Tyrell and the treatments for sleep to analyze investigate from the bottom to the top your mind like whether they like it or not I got a bad arm it's my eyelids with the wisdom and the pearl between – the end the dance what's going on so welcome everybody to watching the Hawks I'm Tabitha Wallace and joining me today tell this better understand me the Philadelphia drug boat drama is our Z America correspondent Rachel Blevins thanks for joining me thank you so does JP Morgan actually own the ship in question and it doesn't look like they're going to be at least this point legally responsible for what was found on the ship so it's interesting because JP Morgan owns the ship in the sense that their name is tied to it but in reality that's they're helping to finance the ship for the Mediterranean shipping company so this is not one of those cases where JP Morgan sends their employees out to run the ship and then those employees were responsible for loading 20 tons of cocaine on it as so far as we know right but it is one of those things where JP Morgan could be held liable and all of this but it is interesting to see that so far JP Morgan has yet to even release a statement on this so it doesn't seem like they're too concerned about being held liable for it it seems like they're just trying to step back let the dust settle a little bit and then see who also is held responsible it's so wild when you look at this sort of crazy deal of you know you think about a 90 million-dollar cargo ship it's not like you can go down to a car lot and finance that it takes these big big operations and it's interesting now to wonder if you know JP Morgan may not have known what was going on whether or not they should have been responsible been more responsible with who they lent to is another question but what about this operating company Mediterranean shipping company is it unusual for customs to seize a ship like this like a whole ship and also has this company that tied to any drug trafficking or anything like this in the past so it is extremely unusual for customs to actually follow through with seizing a ship but at the same time this is being called one of the largest drug raids in American history so it does make sense that the government would step in and feel that they needed to intervene more so than usual now as far as the Mediterranean shipping company goes they do have a history of being tied to drug trafficking in fact just this year back in February one of their ships was found with 1.6 tons cocaine off of Newark New Jersey and then just a month later another one of their ships was found with around 1200 ton or 1200 pounds I should say of cocaine from another vessel in Philadelphia but what's interesting about this is that even though this company has had ties to drug trafficking in the past it looks like prosecutors in Philadelphia right now are not holding them responsible instead they're focusing on the crew members that were on the ship and it looks like about six members have been taken into custody so far so it remains to be seen whether the shipping company is actually going to be brought into that and held liable yeah it's a little hard like you said there's a with the Philadelphia case it's a six I think there might be one more person in custody as it or in the last couple of hours I saw but what's really if you the six you know guys work in a cargo ship do not have the kind of money to front a one point three billion dollar cocaine shipment so obviously there's a very large amount of money and whether it's going through a bank going through a shipping company or we find out you know somewhere else I think those are the people if anybody wants to have a drug or go after the person who can afford at one point to finance at one point three billion about loading 20 tons of cocaine onto a ship I mean that takes some manpower and that also takes multiple people in the know so that's not interesting this exact and I think we're gonna find out a little more and maybe banks need to be a little cleat better about what they're serving cuz this time it was cocaine it could be something computer to tell me that that's probably you know whenever there's drug trafficking nor human trafficking and there's other things and that nothing's a good thing to have an affiliate and it could be a wake-up call for JPMorgan but we'll see what comes out yeah we'll see what happens there thank you so much RT America correspondent Rachel Blevins thanks for walking us through this thank you the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had a Nicki Minaj concert scheduled for just a few days before the human rights foundation artists and fans convinced her to cancel now originally Miz Minaj was to headline the jetta world fest which is set to be one of the largest music events in the Middle East in fact one of the biggest they've ever seen though it was always an clear how Miz Minaj her lyrics of female empowerment revealing clothing and sexually permissive messaging we're going to go over in the ultra-conservative country and joining me now to discuss this and get a little more understanding is watching the hawk social media producer devin Springer thanks for joining me Devin always a pleasure so first off it seems bizarre to me as the nuki minaj fan for Nicki Minaj to have then been set to perform in Saudi Arabia at all is this odd it should strike people as odd if you know anything at all about Saudi Arabia right it's a super conservative place things like homosexuality are outlawed they see a man keep in touch like video right exactly but what's happening right now is Saudi Arabia is attempting the government actually is attempting to go through a PR campaign basically the new Prince Mohammed bin Salman he did a number of reforms which to me are very meager and are actually more so in words and actions right but they're trying to do a number of sort of reforms and marketing really in propaganda to repaint the vision that people have of Saudi Arabia right so they want to leave the beheadings behind they want to leave the bombings of Yemen behind and all these things and really divert your eyes elsewhere is basically what they're trying to do on a concert so they did he watch the fire festival that might have been the game plan and what they've done over the past several months really for the past years they've had people like Mariah Carey the Black Eyed Peas JLo all these people who are very popular around the world have come and performed and so they're kind of taking a similar approach to what Israel has done in the past few years where they're trying to do tons of festivals and huge performances out of Tel Aviv to counter the political narrative basically so that's why miss Minaj ends up headlining at a performance in Saudi Arabia right I still can't even imagine I mean I'm sorry but if the WWE couldn't have anybody remembers couldn't have women wrestlers go there because it would be too much I can't imagine the Nicki Minaj was custom writing any better there no there was a social media campaign that started this and really pushed that how did how did miss Minaj react and how did this all kind of yeah so so once it was announced that she was gonna headline the jetta world fest along with by the way liam payne who has not received nearly as much backlash and sort of demands to cancel right but nonetheless she took to instagram and she posted her says she wants to have an open dialogue about it that she isn't maybe not the most educated on the topic you can see right there there's her post and then she began responding to a lot of people in the comments on both instagram and twitter now to me this is a bold step because it's a level of transparency we don't normally get from artists and then the next day she went ahead and told The Associated Press in a statement that she was gonna be pulling out from the from the actual event she said quote well I want nothing more than to bring my show to fans in Saudi Arabia after better educating myself on the issues I believe it is important for me to make clear my support for the rights of women the LGBTQ community and freedom of expression so here she is I mean this is a campaign that started on social media and now has sort of these material consequences and I think it's a huge message that's being sent really yeah and I think what's interesting is seeing more artists pull out of things in Saudi Arabia and saying that's enough is enough do you think this will be one of those things that has that kind of momentum that something like you know the BDS movement and those things they're saying look if we just say we're not gonna perform there if we're not gonna do that do you think this could have that same effect because they do Saudi Arabia and Prince Salman has this big idea that they're gonna be a tourist attraction that they're gonna be you know the new Mediterranean and it's like there's a long way to go before anybody's gonna yeah I mean I hope this sets a precedent right so there's been a global call to boycott Saudi Arabia in the same way there's been a global BDS boycott divestment sanctions movement against Israel right for their treatment of Palestine so earlier this year and last we saw two huge artists Lana Del Rey and then Lorde to huge pop artists who both pulled out of events in Israel for similar reasons right there was a international campaign and there was a sort of social media boycott and push to really get them to pull out and they did now this is one of the first huge stars I mean Nicki Minaj one of the biggest stars in the world to do this for Saudi Arabia so it could be a moment where the two boycotts the one of history of the BDS and the one of Saudi Arabia could learn something right and they could actually coalesce at this point I think a lot of people would be very conservatives especially be very scared if that does happen because that would strengthen both movements a lot but we can only hope that this sets a precedent you know what I mean yeah and I think what's interesting is yeah it's a very conservative country that wants to go and a much more liberal yeah socially liberal direction and I think you know that's the same thing with with Israel is that business capitalism says you're gonna have to go more left you're have to be more open you're gonna have to zip it sometimes and keep some and this is this is artists saying we're not gonna be pawns while you try to whitewash or pink watch the issues of your country this is artists standing up and saying we're not gonna be pawns in your propaganda right and her understanding that and learning that in the moment is a big one for an artist to say I don't know help me learn this and tell me what I don't know awesome moment thank you so much so you know no Nicki Minaj in Saudi Arabia a good thing for now thank you so much for joining us watching the Huq social media producer Devin Springer as we go to break Rock Watchers don't forget to let us know what you think of the topics we've covered on Facebook YouTube and Twitter make sure to check out watching the Hawks the podcast now available on Spotify Apple music and everywhere you listen to podcasts ER full shows at our Keep Calm coming up I'm going to speak with Blake Gentry about the language barriers feeding the humanitarian crisis at the u.s. southern borders but no one is really talking about stay tuned for watching I'm Jesse Ventura as governor of Minnesota I was on the front lines against the political duopoly that strangles American politics I'm still in that white question more dear viewer thank you for finally changing the channel I understand you're tired of networks that blurred news with views you're tired of commentary you know me I'm famous for my views and you'll get there and the news and me yours truly Scottie Nell Hughes I'm Chris Hedges the corporate coup d'etat has destroyed our democratic institutions the commercial media is burlesque part of the reality show presidency expose the Trivium lies and deceit on contact question more the state of US border detention centers is not leaving the public consciousness anytime soon with reports of sexual assaults starvation and even death for those seeking a better life in the United States of America if those coming here for help are finding it more and more difficult to communicate with those who control their journey through the immigration system mainly because despite popular belief not everyone from Mexico Central and South America speak Spanish as their first language and these indigenous language speaking immigrants face hurdles that should be unheard of in the 21st century and even more disturbing is that the Department of Homeland Security does not explicitly recognize indigenous language speakers right to communicate in their primary languages making it not only challenging but dangerous for indigenous people trying to navigate the u.s. immigration system joining me now from Tucson Arizona to discuss the struggle and the solutions is the director of the indigenous language office at the Casa ëletís immigrants shelter author and member of the Cherokee Nation Blake Gentry thank you for joining me Blake thank you for having me thanks so Blake first I want to say how is the current immigration system failing indigenous speaking immigrants and how many of these speakers do you think are currently in the the public and private border facilities that we're seeing right now it's a straightforward question and the answer is that we encounter indigenous language speaking immigrants every day in the shelter I work we receive the bulk of those who cross the Arizona border otherwise called the Tucson Sector in 2015 I did a study based on those numbers and then an estimate of those who are in their final asylum hearings and we found that 36 to 42 percent of those who we encountered were indigenous language speakers as a primary language we estimate at the national level at that time in 2015 that between 18 to 20,000 adults were in the u.s. immigration system who speak in digits languages as a primary language we also estimated between 6700 and 7700 children who were also in that system as children detained in children detention centers euphemistically called shelters so that report that the 2015 report that you'd put out called deprivation not deterrence that showed part of the thing that we were looking at is that the lack of language understanding exacerbates these already very dangerous situation so if you have someone who cannot communicate a health issue a if they are being hurt by someone if they're in a dangerous situation what has changed in those three years since that report or what do you think should have changed since that report well there's actually two reports that report was primarily about the abusive conditions and the border patrol stations here in the US and the Arizona border area and if your listeners recall at that time there was what was called the child at the border crisis we are we are now revisiting this child at the border crisis it happened primarily in Texas but what folks did not know and the national media did not capture at the time was that the families that were in the border patrol stations were vacated from those border patrol stations in order to make room for those children those families were put on planes and buses and they were shipped to Tucson in Tucson they were put in the Border Patrol station again in the headquarters Border Patrol station were they languished for more days and eventually they were released to the shelter where I work and what we found then were abuses of neglect based on the composite or the compound effect of having been in Border Patrol stations in Texas and in Arizona and as I speak we are now seeing the same pattern repeating itself as national media has concentrated on Texas especially the fenced-in area under the El Paso bridge and these temporary tents and shelters that are being put up in the El Paso and antelope Wells New Mexico area we see that the Border Patrol is nationally are transferring again many families from those areas to Arizona and then they are released with their legal documents as families to the shelter where I work as a matter of fact we have seen a base basically a third of the population that it's coming to our shelter are coming from these Texas transfers and when they're at these Texas facilities these facilities when you're looking I'm speaking on the language area so you have people who one it doesn't seem to be from what I checked that most or even a large amount of these Border Patrol agents even are fluent in Spanish what what needs to happen to allow these translators is it is it an issue that it's a funding issue or a lack of care or a lack of desire to do it do you think all of the above and one more thing if we go back to 2013 and the Congress is act in reaction to 9/11 they are the ones that pass legislation to militarize the border the southern border with the rationale being that we have to guard ourselves against terrorists we will recall that there has not been a single terrorist who crossed the border since Bill Clinton's time in office and up till today there is not a single report of a terrorist but the training for the border patrol which is not the Border Patrol's fault it is an act of Congress trains them in anti-terrorism they are an anti-terrorism force they are not trained in humanitarian aid and they're not trained very well linguistically they do not meet the standards that the Department of Defense does for language standards in Spanish let alone indigenous languages and they don't meet the same requirements that the Department of Defense has for the folks who do their language interpretation so the Border Patrol is put on the border to defend the United States but it is not trained in humanitarian efforts and we see the results over and over and over and over again the Spanish that those who don't speak Spanish who come through the school for the Border Patrol are taught a Spanish which is called command Spanish and that means they're learned they learn how to give commands in Spanish so if you're an indigenous language speaker and you have somebody yelling at you that border patrolmen is trying to assert command control over people out in the field out in the desert with guns drawn and they're basically yelling at them in Spanish and the indigenous language speakers have no choice but to be silent or to answer and maybe the two words they know seee no yes and no so this pattern plays out just on the border itself but in the Customs and Border Patrol official ports of entry there they have more facilities they have greater ability to try to get interpreters but they're not trained in using interpreters they don't have a protocol for how to identify these languages they don't understand in some languages especially the language called mam ma a.m. there are dialect differences and those dialect differences are the difference between understanding somebody and not understanding somebody there are four to five dialect differences and no resources have been put forth to actually deal with this problem even though they're under executive order 131 66 from the year 2000 now this seems like this would be incredibly traumatic not just for the children but the adults and these are the kind of things that of course if you're you're trying to make people not come here and not make this journey you want to traumatize them how what do we do what do we need to do immediately what should people be doing who should they call what's the first step to taking care of this is it about getting languages p.m. people there and and what do you think is the most immediate need to help these people at the border the border for those of us who live in the border zone is comprised of three or four parts the first part is the point of arrest the border patrol needs to be trained and they need to have on their person a resource tool that allows them to identify indigenous language that can be created if there is a will there is a way my office is working now with people from the University of Arizona and we are creating an app to answer questions medical questions in various languages we have done work on Anatomy charts it is not difficult to figure out how you could have an app which would allow people to ask what the language is and then turn it over to interpreters who are who are trained professionally as interpreters so that's the point of contact it's called first point of contact and that is where it begins after that what happens is every other point of contact that indigenous language speakers have if that's the primary language they go through a seer exclusionary contacts my study in 2015 identified a minimum of 35 and a maximum of 54 contacts throughout the immigration system from the point of contact to the point of winning their asylum case or being deported so every step of the way ends up being a nightmare for indigenous language speakers because they are there are not labeled with the language that they speak as a primary language and they're passed on to the next agency so from the Border Patrol they can be brought in and given to the Customs and Border Patrol Customs and Border Patrol can turn them over to ice ice can take them to the detention center or Criminal Court in the detention center when they come in the intake clerks do not write down the language I know because I've asked if they go to streamline court the cases with indigenous language speakers and this is very curious and this needs to be paid attention to those cases are dismissed by the prosecution because they don't want to be bothered with forwarding criminal prosecutions of indigenous language speakers however the court only reports on three races because the court is a criminal court and if you're found guilty you then are sent to a prison and those three races are Anglo Hispanic and black so in Criminal Court where indigenous peoples end up their presence as indigenous peoples is never recorded if they go just to the detention centre for a first-time entry I'll back up people go to criminal court if they have a second time they've entered United States illegally they're charged with the crime if it's a first-time entry they're not charged with that they're allowed to go to detention centre immigration detention not not a prison not the board of prison system but the detention center and they're gonna spend up to 30 days waiting for deportation but again their language is not identified if an asylum officer comes if they say to someone in to the ice officer that they want to apply for asylum if an asylum officer a deportation officer interviews them there is under no obligation to find an interpreter to talk with them it's it seems that we we have a very big issue about that here in the United States of America we don't have an official language for that very I remember that from grade school and I want to thank you for the work you're doing and I look forward to talking to you more about this issue and doing more that we can here on the show for this thank you so much Blake gentry the director of the indigenous language office at the casa elitist immigrant center shelter in Tucson Arizona author and member of the Cherokee nation's thank you so much Blake thank you Wednesday evening Japan aerospace exploration agency's Hayabusa 2 spacecraft made one of the few known landings ever of a spacecraft onto a moving asteroid the asteroid known as deuk-gu or dragon palace is about one kilometer in diameter and orbits our Sun once every 16 months the asteroid dugu was discovered in 1999 and Hayabusa 2 launched in 2014 its mission is to collect soil samples from the rock that orbits between Earth this latest achievement is the second time the craft has been able to collect scientific merit material from the moving asteroid and now we wait until late 2020 for Hayabusa 2 to make the trek back to earth so the mysterious soil samples can be analyzed just have to wait to see that's that's our show for you today remember everyone as my co-host Cyril Ventura always says in this world were not old were loved enough so I tell you all I love you and Tabitha Wallace keep on watching those hawks and have a great day and night everyone