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Wendover Productions (4 months ago)
Hey all, I hope you enjoy this video. As a little shout-out, I'm filming behind the scenes at Heathrow today. If you want to see a little of that, make sure to check out my Instagram here: http://instagram.com/sam.from.wendover (warning: that'll be a face reveal)
Penny The Pineapple (1 month ago)
Found you guys through something on my recommended, can’t stop binging now! Thanks for the awesome videos!
Lucrecia Mantilla (1 month ago)
Why is palau in the south china sea
Michael Mantion (2 months ago)
music ruined the the video can you uplaod a version with out music?
Chris Green (2 months ago)
Suggest you don’t waste your time doing a behind the scenes at Heathrow We’ve had so many of them and they’re getting boring
Jolan Joseph (2 months ago)
So we are clear Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and OECS States have diplomatic links through an Embassy located in Barbados. I am unsure if to believe anything else you have said.
TofuBearEatTofu (2 days ago)
I hope Gaddafi and his family rot in hell
KingOfShadows1500 (6 days ago)
Can't the police besiege an embassy, though? Eventually, the diplomats will run out of food and will be forced to leave the building.
KingOfShadows1500 (4 days ago)
@Gordan Amherst ?
Gordan Amherst (5 days ago)
Diplomatic pouch baby
Howardwayne Roberts (7 days ago)
the american embassy in philippines,if,ever they actually answer their phone,i called several times daily for three months before i finally got an answer,and then when i spoke to someone,they could not speak a bit of english,nor understand english language,then they hung up the phone on me...in 9 months,they only answered their phone two times and can not speak or understand english,both times,they disconnected my call...it is a joke at american embassy philippines,manilla.
Jenn D (8 days ago)
I can't find the British or Australian embassies in Ottawa.
Ruski (9 days ago)
Lets see if we can count how many times he says diplomat or diplomatic or diplomacy.
Damai Setiawan (11 days ago)
Wrong map for palau
LemmeLix (12 days ago)
1:39 Palau isnt there. its north of New guinea
Sadedin Osmani (12 days ago)
04:03 The Albanian flag <3
A O (14 days ago)
you see
James Peck (17 days ago)
Bonus for working in Costa Rica...oh the hardship 🙄
Baha' uddin (17 days ago)
I had just decided to publicly comment on a video for the first time in years when I found that you even have references. This is my first viewing of one of your videos. This is easily in the very highest tier of short videos in the pop-continuing-education space. Also, when are we going to see some prestigious Emmy- or Oscar-level YouTube video awards? I nominate this video!
Conscious Crypto (18 days ago)
Very interesting video. When I was in college I considered going into the foreign service with an intention of being stationed overseas for most of my career. Little did I know then how totally wrong I was for that job. So glad I wound up taking a different direction. I would never have done well working for the government. Too independent. Also wouldn't have been good at all the pomp and circumstance of diplomacy. Too blunt and annoyed by artifice.
Philip Balfour (19 days ago)
That's not Palau, that's the northern area of Borneo.
Ad H (19 days ago)
The US does not use its embassies for the purpose they are there for. Look at Iraq, now about 12000 employees...But how many US citizens are there? Embassies are for representation of the nation and for the host country to lodge compaints or to lets say pass message son to the official government of that embassy. Yes for the citizens of the country in that foreign land also. But for example, the case of Iraq, it is clear thet the US embassy is being used for spying and for tactical and warfare purposes. You would have to be an idiot to not see this. With the tensions created by the US against Iran and North Korea it makes sense. And they have CIA operattives housed there to conduct their missions and surveliamnce. The US is not an honest borker and has never been. The sooner people realise this in those weak countries and form other alliances the better. But as long as the money the US provides corrpupt officials and government is enough for them, then things wont change...But we need change...
alexodexo (20 days ago)
Just thought who tf wants to live next to North Korea in Germany. Then I realized that the embassie is two streets next to my home
Laurent Levasseur (20 days ago)
1:41 Palau Island wrong location. should be in The Pacific
asdf (20 days ago)
You really need to do proper research before you create these videos.
joshua Santos (17 days ago)
Please explain.
Brittany Garrison (22 days ago)
Never forget Benghazi. RIP brothers.
JDB 1113 (22 days ago)
*Wendover:* "The embassy also represents its homeland through its actual building" *Me:* Looks at the USA embassy which is actually a fortified base with 5m walls Yep, pretty accurate.
Aimo2121 (22 days ago)
It feels weird realising I’ve passed the North Korean embassy without even realising it...
Emonkey Inc (23 days ago)
At 1:41 you showed palau west of the Philippines but its actually east of the Philippines.
joshua Santos (23 days ago)
Can you tell me why there isn't an embassy in antartica yet?
joshua Santos (23 days ago)
Thanks for clarifying that the embassy is not the building.
-- (24 days ago)
9:24 i really like your videos but i have to strongly disagree. war is NOT "big business". at least not for a country. the only people who make big money off of war are companies like Heckler & Koch. Countries ALWAYS lose money on war which is why no counrty (as far as i know) is engaged in an active war.
Xaverderschnitzelfan (26 days ago)
In austria the biggest embassy is the one of the smallest country vatican....
mob180 Gaming (28 days ago)
i am sorry i had to dislike, as you had 666 dislikes so now it is 667
AdrianAtGaming (29 days ago)
1:42 palau wrong spot
Blakee (30 days ago)
its the continental from john wick
Uzair Ismail (30 days ago)
That was the reason Ramond DAvies a U.S embassy worker crushed 3 pakistanis back there in Lahore and was released shortly after paying few buggs just diplomatic perks nothing to do with ordinary citizens
lonelyPorterCH (1 month ago)
We should just fuse all countrys on earth in one big country called "earth", so we wouldn't need all this borders and ambassies ;P
Vince g (1 month ago)
I applied to be an FSO. Once a year you can take a test. If you pass you move on to the next stage in the process. I missed moving on by just a few points.
Vampyfawn (1 month ago)
Should mention how the American ambassador to Denmark became a reality tv star there to promote the US.
Cosmo Coralles (1 month ago)
Palau is so insignificant that nobody noticed that the marker on Palau is wrong.
Cheng Yang Zhao (1 month ago)
And North Korea 0:48
toothless (1 month ago)
I’m watching this in a singapore ambassi
GandWizard (1 month ago)
8:25 For those who wonder where it is: it is in The Hague, the Netherlands, and was the embassy for the USA there until 2018.
Timmity3 (1 month ago)
The US Embassy in Ireland looks much like the one in Australia.
WuzNab (1 month ago)
No bonus for Australia? What about the spiders
Rahma Shaib (1 month ago)
WuzNab ikr
tyler89557 (1 month ago)
Embassies: Meant to facilitate diplomacy Libya: More like meant to fire upon civilians with.
Michael Gray (1 month ago)
Just took Iraq
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Memes areforkids (1 month ago)
1:43 Palau is east of the Phillies
Hasnain (1 month ago)
unfortunately for the rest of the world, american embassies are more concerned w/ spying, interfering & regime change than travel & trade
Krisna Sri (1 month ago)
you got the location of palau when you mentioned the countries that hadn't signed the Vienna Convention
TheJustina102085 (1 month ago)
Green Julian Assange
Tarantulum (1 month ago)
1:39 *says Palau* *highlights some random island north of Malaysia*
Breno Bacci (1 month ago)
Nice complete lack of human feelings when you said "war is money" there, dude. No wonder the whole world is in this deep shit. People think they're smarter for not getting "emotional" about "stuff that happens", even when the "stuff" that happens is genocide so a few rich people can get richer. If you're not one of those rich people, and I bet you're not, you ain't that smart, buddy. Nice video about embassies, but would it kill you to show some criticism of the fact that soul-sucking companies are all cowering up together in the Green Zone in Baghdad, bathing in heated swimming pools, while the local population is living in a war-torn hell-hole? No? I didn't think you would.
Jurgen Kopliku (1 month ago)
4:00 Albanian Flag!!
james sicard (1 month ago)
Dude, Iraq is not pronounced "EYE-rack," it's "Eh-ROCK."
The Park (1 month ago)
You got Palau on the map wrong
Christina Penner (1 month ago)
I used to live in DC (home in L. A. now) it was totally normal to hear stories or diplomats kids getting out of trouble, even a famous case of a drunk driving incident an American was killed in. That was in the late 90’s but the embassies were super bitchen.
SorryBones (1 month ago)
6:27 UGA!!!!!! I walked right next to the arch just today! I was sitting on that table, eating Brusters. Go dawgs
nishant singhal (1 month ago)
Tuvalu has an embassy/consulate in India do your research I live next to it in delhi
Aryan Saini (1 month ago)
if a police officer enters an embassy, who will the embassy call? the police?
Elias Bastos (9 days ago)
They're gonna call the ghostbusters.
Stomi Ball (17 days ago)
😂😂😂 we need answers
JoelJames2 (1 month ago)
Their home country, which will cause an international political shitstorm.
Erik Vitek (1 month ago)
Nope they have their own law enforcement, a US embassy will normally always have a contingent of US marines.
Patrick Wells (1 month ago)
Vlado Atanasow (1 month ago)
Bulgaria high crime?? Абе ей педераст ще ти еба майката
A Bomb (1 month ago)
Athens, GA 6:28
Ddog Darby (1 month ago)
So that's why when I went to renew my passport at the Polish embassy in NYC they had TSA and people checking passports.
Limi V (1 month ago)
This video showed the US embassy in Israel twice, but didn't say anything about it
Apeman Commeth (1 month ago)
Wow the British people should’ve lit the building on fire and let them burn to death or leave and that they should’ve been killed by the mob
tobylane (1 month ago)
I think you showed the Canadian 'embassy' to the UK, but as they have the same person as their Queen (rather than a Queen of both) it's a High Commission.
Knowledge Is Key (1 month ago)
*Huh, maybe its just me, but do the US Chancery buildings look like Soviet Era buildings* _I mean, it has the dull concrete, rigid and symmetrical designs... That is Stalinist Architecture._ *Interesting... I bet some architects are trolling the americans:*
Haru A. (1 month ago)
My dads an American diplomat. I was born in the American embassy in Bangkok.
hunterdon watts (1 month ago)
People are hanged not hung
AQUELE_N00B YT (1 month ago)
11:42 the city's name is <ponta delgada> not <ponte delgada>
MrUnlimitedTorque (1 month ago)
Embassies are one of the most disgusting slaps in the faces of normal citizens. They even get immunity for murder.
Nethascot X (1 month ago)
Not always, most of the time they are beautiful cultural intermingling.
Jun Ren Ong (2 months ago)
Funfact. Canteen of Malaysia Embassy in UK is opened to Malaysians with Malaysian passport which Malaysians can have true local foods from Malaysia when staying in UK.
frawldog (2 months ago)
Glad I’m from 🇺🇸!
Cpt. Crash (2 months ago)
I learned... good shit
GHustle4 (2 months ago)
So pretty much this is nothing more then International marketing...
Bahadır (2 months ago)
It is wrong what you saying about the embassy. If you were clever enough you may think if the police of the country have the right to raid then they WOULD DO and won't wait decades. Even crime happens as you mentioned in the story NO ONE gets arrested because the embassador's government does not give permission for investigation. Well, the rights you have red are explained how europe wants to serve for its own purpose.
Kasia (2 months ago)
4:57 - how about using some good old tried siege tactics and just cut off their water i.e.? They would get out in no more than 3 days.
Catam Vanitas (2 months ago)
Can you do a video about the apostolic nuncios? It would be interesting to finally see how they are different or the same as normal embassies
Dylan Valenti (2 months ago)
Actually im sure the Embassy building is considered terroritry of that nation. Maybe thats why Britain didnt storm the equador Embassy.
Amghannam (2 months ago)
1:40 That's not where Palau is located. Palau is East of the Philippines, not West.. 8:45 - 8:53 That's videos from Egypt, not from Iraq..
aaron alva (2 months ago)
Amazing Vedio, it was really really helpful !!!
Chris Green (2 months ago)
Note all taxes are exempt London congestion charge is supposed to be paid US breaks the law and refuses to pay
Rod X (2 months ago)
Embassies are where a given country houses their spies. The diplomats themselves are usually covert operatives. Convenient if they get caught. Scream diplomatic immunity and catch the next flight home.
Johannes Sebastian Nielsen (2 months ago)
It's "eh-rack" not I-Rack :) It's not an Apple product :)
Amghannam (4 days ago)
@Aamir Chhapra ?? I'm not American, I'm Arab
Aamir Chhapra (4 days ago)
American trying to correct an another American on how to pronounce the wrong word in the wrong manner😂😂😂
Amghannam (2 months ago)
Well technically it's neither of the two, you pronounce it 'iraaq' with a long A at the end, and letter https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayin at the start
Michael Bianchi (2 months ago)
No mention of the the US Embassy in London. It would have been a great example of how the US is trying to change its image abroad.
Angel33Demon666 (2 months ago)
What about the difference between a consulate and an embassy though?
martin theiss (2 months ago)
consulates are local adjunct embassies for persons who would have the better ability to go there than your embassy in the capital city. staffed by a mix of local and foreign staff personnel they serve as the front line of most contact with foreigners. You wont get to see the consul general or the ambassador unless they are there for an official function to be seen as the local representative of your government at the event. Generally consulates are near the cities of large numbers of your home citizens or major trade contacts.
Dominic Fastbender (2 months ago)
This doesnt actually function in practice. Take Egypt as a perfect example. They have absolutely no respect for the geneva conventions whatsoever. They always review diplomatic pouches. They overtly spy on embassies. They are even trying to get embassies to move to a place created to contain them with surveillance built in. Because it is an Islamic dictatorship opressing their own people and they obviously dont want 110 million people getting ideas that maybe their lives are not great whereas, their ruling elite are living a gilded existence.. which makes Islam a perfect tool.
Pitaya4 (2 months ago)
That's the most stretched version of Bulgaria (native) I've ever seen: 11:13
Tom Hewitt (2 months ago)
The Ambassador is usually someone who raised or donated a lot of money to the President's campaign. The going rate is about $1 Million.
yamaksy (2 months ago)
The only time in history, when Bulgaria could be compared to Costa Rica just happened and I witnessed it! :D
yamaksy (2 months ago)
@martin theiss Bulgaria is part of the EU! Bulgaria is a proper EU country! Swallow it and move on! It is safe and much better organized and functioning in some regards than other members even! Bulgaria has lost 23% of its population in the last 20 years; Turkey and Russia are meddling and trying to own it and it is still better working than Greece or south Italy, for instance! How would your country sustain itself under such attacks?! I thought so! Sheeesh, proper is definitely not how you were educated on the topic!
martin theiss (2 months ago)
not so highly dangerous but still not considered EU proper when it comes to security and health risk.
Luis Lopes (2 months ago)
About the Ponta Delgada : It`s a Consulate, not an embassy (if there is any difference). The actual embassy stays at portuguese capital: Lisbon. And why it`s so important? US still has a military base in Lages since 2nd world war. Look around and see if you can find a more straight path to europe departing from USA :P
martin theiss (2 months ago)
PD has a chief of consulate, close enough to an ambassador, but they report to the Lisbon ambassador administratively and functions as a post people can go to if Lisbon is not as practical for most services. Oddly enough the only USA Portuguese consul and consul general outside of Lisbon.
wishiwascooler (2 months ago)
Those arches at 6:28 are from UGA in Georgia. I knew I recognized them! Great video as always and very informative!
Thomas Kossatz (2 months ago)
You should also tell your visitors that nearly all US embassies also host the NSA and other secret services. In Germany, they are located on the top floor of the building. It looks like a fortress and totally makes a mess out of the Brandenburg Gate Ensemble. In 2013, they intercepted Merkel's phone. Security is not an excuse to behave like a conqueror. There was a time, when both countries behaved like friends, and we realy should work on that again. But the intelligence of the current ambassador is rated 0,3 on the Trump scale (a sloth is rated 3,5).
J Blank (2 months ago)
Says no firefighters are allowed to get to the embassy, also says the embassy has a FIRE STATION in it
martin theiss (2 months ago)
not entirely true. The head of station or the chief of the watch has the primary responsibility of safety. when local police fire or medical are needed they will be allowed in. The guy only said the embassy senior staff enjoy the privilege of demanding everyone out to preserve the sense it is your national office and territory.
Decos Cole (2 months ago)
it is the continental rules in john wick neurtual ground basically/
Liam Coyne (2 months ago)
1:40 That... is... not... Palau...
theking8356 (2 months ago)
That Lybia bonus must not be worth it...
Witha Marshview (2 months ago)
Do you have a link to the state dept. reading list?
shyF0x (2 months ago)
wrong , you can get exchange relief. like if you work in Switzerland or London, its way too expensive for pubic servants
Paul Thomson (2 months ago)
You won't believe how lax the security is at some embassies...as a former embassy worker...
HighwayCurse (2 months ago)
my dad is from Kuwait and he works as a diplomat in Pakistan
Andy Keren (2 months ago)
terence w (2 months ago)
have you seen the US embassy to the very safe singapore? its a fortress with a big wall.
jeanferdi (2 months ago)
Palau is in the east of the Philippines. Not west of it.