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The recent heist at the Green Vault within the Dresden Castle in Germany has been speculated to be one of the largest art heists in history. City officials and experts consider the loss to be "priceless" and a "cultural loss", while the media considers the Baroque-era jewellery that was stolen to be worth one billion dollars.
The entire heist took about five minutes in total, and it may be possible that the jewels are already melted down or have been sold on the black market.
Rachel Simpson spoke to Dr Ngarino Ellis from the University of Auckland's art history department. Dr Ellis has a history in the law profession and is a member of the Art Crime Research Trust. Rachel and Dr Ellis spoke about the nature of art crime, why stealing art has historically been an assertion of power, and how exactly the Dresden thieves might have done it.
The National Party’s, Denise Lee joins Laura Kvigstad to chat about the National Party advocating for an elite police force to target gangs. After that, they chat about Andrew Little's announcement to restore voting rights to former convicts who served three years or less in prison. Finally, they chat about the National's latest Palmerston North MP candidate, a 17-year-old youth MP, William Woods. If elected woods would be the youngest MP by three years.
After that, Laura speaks with Emmy Rakete from People Against Prisons Aotearoa about the recent report from the Independent Police Conduct Authority that ruled it was justifiable for police to shoot an armed man 12 times and why People Against Prisons Aotearoa believes the facts don’t support that conclusion.
Then, Rachel Simpson speaks with Dr. Ngarino Ellis from the University of Auckland's Art History Department about the most recent and the largest art heist in history at the Green Vault in Dresden Castle.
And Finally, Ben Goldson gives us a segment of neutral corner as he covers the recent protests in Iraq.
Emillie Rakete from People Against Prisons Aotearoa joins producer Laura Kvigstad about the recent report from the Independent Police Conduct Authority that ruled it was justifiable for police to shoot an armed man 12 times. Rakete goes on to explain why PAPA believes the evidence does not stack up to the conclusion.
Last week Aramco, Saudi Arabia's oil company, was listed on the Riyadh exchange. The move has been many years in the making, but has not come without its fair share of changes. Exclusively listing on their national exchange, unmet valuation targets and a smaller amount of shares available have all changed how the company will now perform, as well as global pressures surrounding the climate emergency. James talked to Rod Oram, a business and political commentator, about what this could mean not only for Saudi Arabia, but how they and their economy is viewed by the rest of the world.
This week, Mary-Margaret spoke to Zoe about Northern Territory’s recent decriminalisation of sex work, Malcolm Turnbull having spoken up again about Australia becoming a republic, and an exciting new recycling initiative
In another weekly chat with Justice Minister Andrew Little, Mary-Margaret asks about restoration of voting rights for prisoner’s serving sentences of three years or less, and Labour’s response to National’s calls for the development of a 'strike force raptor' unit
Justin’s reports on protests in Haiti for International Desk
James talks to Rod Oram about Aramco, the Saudi Arabian oil reserve
And in Neighbourhood Watch, Zoe tells us about the decriminalisation of sex work in Northern Territory
The National party has rolled a series of new proposals aimed at dealing with violent gangs, if they were to win the 2020 election. They’ve said they want to take a much stronger stance than the current government, promising new laws ranging from banning gang patches to revoking parole for those associated with gangs to the setting up of a new task force, modelled after a prolific New South Wales unit called “Strike Force Raptor”. This is apparently only the beginning of a broader “gang action plan” that National has promised to release by next year. Meanwhile Corrections minister Kelvin Davis called the document a "mishmash of reheated ideas", stating that the focus should be on anyone who breaks the law rather than specific groups. University of Auckland Criminologist Dr Ron Kramer said the proposals were "transparently pathetic", "overblown propaganda", and that they provide no substantive impact on crime. William Boyd spoke with Manukau ward councillor Efeso Collins, who has been outspoken in the past about opening up conversation with gangs as opposed to cracking down on them. William started off by asking him for his input on the new proposals.
Following the US drone strike that killed an Iranian general in Iraq and Iran shooting down a Ukrainian passenger airliner, international concerns over security and legality have arisen, while in Iran, protests against the government’s response to the attack on the airliner have intensified. What are the international and local responses to the tensions between the US and Iran? How did we reach this point of crisis? How do these attacks threaten peace and stability in the Middle East? Doug Becker speaks with Nader Hashemi, Asli Ü. Bâli, and Nayereh Tohidi.
This week Sherry continues the discussion on the Emissions Trading Scheme with Green Party co-leader James Shaw. He responds to some criticisms brought up by Sherry from economist Geoff Bertram on the proposed ETS Bill. Secondly, they also discusses the public housing crisis and the lack of affordable homes.
But first, Sherry begins by asking James to respond to Geoff’s critisms regarding the lack of transparency in the proposed ETS bill.
The National Party's Denise Lee joins host, Laura Kvigstad. This week they chat about the concerns of the politicisation of the police and the recent debate that has sparked around the rising minimum wage.
On January 3, the United States used a drone to kill Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. The Iranian’s retaliated with missile strikes against US military assets in Iraq. Under what legal authority did the US kill Soleimani? Are targeted assassinations legal under international law? Doug Becker discusses the laws of war and the current tensions between the US and Iran with Mark Drumbl, Hannah Garry, and Hamoud Salhi.
We are back with our weekly chat with Green party co-leader James Shaw. The Minister attended the climate change conference in Madrid (COP25) in December 2019 and we caught up on criticisms surrounding lack of substantial action and indigenious inclusivity. We also talked about proposed changes to the carbon emissions trading schemes, and the roll out of climate change education in schools.
For the last wire of the year, National MP, Denise Lee joins us to recap her year in National. She tells us about the highs and lows of the year and lets us know what she's looking forward to as we head into the election year, 2020.
Today on Dear Science Allan talks about a new discovery of the lowest point on land, storing data with DNA on everyday objects and Ransomeware damaging not only the functionality of Ukrainian servers but effecting the ability to produce medicine by a Pharmaceutical company.