tv [untitled] June 11, 2011 10:01am-10:30am EDT
here crisis to which there's still no end in sight. activists in switzerland tried to breach the wall of silence surrounding one of the world's most secretive and influential gatherings demanding the builder per brew comes clean on what they're up to. and along with the trying to fourteen winter olympics sochi is preparing to host the paralympic games be followed by a major construction effort taming to make the city a more hospitable place for people with disabilities. live from our studios in central moscow you're watching our team with me and he said no way it's six pm here in the russian capital eleven pm in tokyo and three months on japan is struggling to recover from its toughest crisis since the second world war when a nine magnitude earthquake sent a merciless tsunami which left thousands dead and missing the natural disaster
triggered a major radiation leak at the fukushima nuclear facility and is still on the verge of a full scale nuclear catastrophe our correspondent sean thomas is in tokyo where anger over the situation is spilling onto the streets. it is a three months after the devastating earthquake and tsunami which rocks japan and devastated the fukushima region of course creating the nuclear disaster at the tepco daiichi power plant where we now know that three reactors have melted down and possibly melted throughout today is a very interesting day at the tepco headquarters in central tokyo thousands of people have gathered so much in support of nuclear power believe it or not and thousands more who are walking the streets in organized protests carrying signs and banners and shouting out slogans through loudspeakers against nuclear power saying that there needs to be alternative sources of energy of all this of course and sort of the tepco headquarters the company responsible for the daiichi power plant one
of the reasons why this is important is that within the past week new information has come out saying that tepco at the initial phases of the disaster lied about the amount of radiation that was coming in and tried to downplay the situation saying that the radiation levels were not as bad that there could possibly be a meltdown then of course this past week it was revealed that they cut those numbers in a half in fact i have not done the government is not providing proper information and people young and old want to know the truth of the course of the situation with the radioactive emissions has not changed in the last three months nothing has changed since the very beginning the communities devastated the people have no homes there is no place to walk everything is destroyed the school also coming to life is that the nuclear fuel not only melted down but possibly melted through the inner containment vessels and into the outer stainless steel linings which is a much much more serious problem one thing that people are worried about is the
amount of radioactive water that is in the area this is the beginning of the rainy season and people are worried that with the more rain that radioactive water will then still out in flood in the area causing more contamination also people are very angry about the children their schools which are contaminated is. right now kids are exposed to higher levels of radiation than they ever have been in the past and they have to stay inside in sealed buildings without the ability to play outside it's also very hot and impossible are usually very angry about their surprise one person from the prime minister sharon has actually said he will not subject his i'm trying to this day think it is a car that goes with just a few minutes or with their own children to judge themselves for these higher levels of radiation of course our goal is in our cheap crews to go into the fukushima zone and we're going to go in with some clean up crews and see how that process is going right now but from tokyo sean thomas r t. well for more analysis on the current situation in japan we're joined live by dr robert jacob the pastor
of nuclear history at the here seem at peace institute thanks for being with us this hour dr jacobs we just heard from some their government reports of course released earlier in the week saying the damage and leakage were worse than previously thought what does this really mean and just how dangerous is this for the country and its people. it's extremely dangerous but the tepco and the government of japan it's known from the first few days of this incident that there were three full meltdowns that had occurred this information was kept from the public. the situation currently is as you say that there's been a melt through of the initial containment into the secondary containment and. at this point what we hope is that the the melted core will not melt through that second containment if it melts through that second containment and exits the plant and enters into the ground this is unprecedented it's never happened ever before and nobody really knows exactly what that would lead to but i would also add that
the amount in chernobyl there were a lot of things there was a lot of anxiety about whether there would be radiation entering into the groundwater where there's been massive entry of radiation into the groundwater in fukushima and that will simply spread through throughout the the water table in the area of northern japan and so the extent to which that contamination will affect people could be quite wide and large why have this kind of information is so vital has the facts been kept secret. well in every single incident in around the world in which there's a serious nuclear accident there is always a strong effort to minimize the public understanding about what that accident is and the reason is seen is that minimizing public anxiety and panic is an important thing but the trade off obviously in this case and in all these cases is that you increase the risk to public health and the exposures of citizens to radiation. so.
that information should have been given to people immediately so that people can make the right decision people with young children who are particularly vulnerable to radiation exposure because their bodies are growing rapidly would be able to make the decision to move those children out of those areas where pregnant women would be able to move out of those areas but from a cynical point of view you could say that it was successful public relations because at the time that three nuclear power plants melted down what the press largely was saying was can the can the government and the company get it under control well that was not an option it was not you know they had melted down so when that happened the press was hopeful that it could be brought under control and then when the news finally emerges that three plants had melted down it's essentially not in the media radar anymore because it's months later so from a public relations point of view that successful however from a public health point of view it's disastrous with that said hundreds of plant workers are still scrambling to bring the crippled focusing reactors to
a cult down why do you think will be able to breathe a sigh of relief when do you think this saga will finally be over. well hopefully will be able to breathe a sigh of relief in two thousand and twelve at this point the best case scenarios are that tepco will be able to bring the plants and not the plants that melted fuel into a safe cold state by early next year so far nothing else has gone right so this is a best case scenario but when when will this be over it won't be over for decades there's still impacts from the accident in turn all of all the amount of radiation released into the sea and into the groundwater and also into the areas such high levels that this will ripple forward for decades they'll be health impacts and will be contaminations and people will not return to their own. residents of the focusing that prefects are were evacuated of course from the area directly after the nuclear crisis began based on your own experience there think the japanese
government has done everything to protect its people from writing. i think bed that that they have it i think that there are still people living in areas where there's high radiation and there's children going to school in areas where there's high radiation and so there's been a reluctance to move as quickly as possible and what's more my own studies have a lot to do with the impact of radiation on communities over a long period of time socially and a lot of people from the fukushima area who even people who were born there but who live in tokyo are experiencing discrimination in japan by people who consider them possibly contaminated even though radiation is not transferable to other people but there are a lot of problems ahead if i could give one quick example in august there's a very important holiday in japan called obama on in which everyone returns to their hometown because the spirits of ancestors come to their burial places where their ashes are interned and the family welcomes them these people exclusions and
will not be able to observe this will they just holiday and welcome there the spirits of their ancestors who return obama on so when people find that their. unable to carry out all day or so million obligations for decades because they can't return to these areas people tend to blame themselves even if there are structural reasons so there needs to be some work done to help people through not just the radiation exposure but the social breakdowns that follow radiation exposures in communities right dr robert j. cups live from hiroshima thank you very much for your analysis thank you well coming up for you here in r.t.e. the resident goes fishing for opinion on the recent hacking attacks on giant companies like sony. technically speaking they are heroes because they can sold. everything they are they are up from corporate all of the security systems based on some less positive takes on the hackers that their motives in a few minutes also coming up. there are
a lot of different legends and myths around this area in the past locals try to avoid going to the city of dallas as they say anyone who dares to get in will never get out alive find out how our roster of close up teams dice with down to bring us this report from the mystical part of the country deep south of. but first a number of u.s. congressmen have received a letter apparently written by colonel gadhafi saying he is ready to negotiate a cease fire and asking for humanitarian aid the authenticity of the letter has not been confirmed nato is continuing to step up its airstrikes on the capital tripoli that's despite a fresh lawsuit by colonel gadhafi is daughter against the french president she's suing nicolas sarkozy and nato for killing four members of her family during an airstrike in april meanwhile the turkish prime minister has offered colonel gadhafi exit guarantees to wherever he chooses professor mark almond of oxford university says the libyan leader is position is not as weak as the west making out. cutoff is
obviously under pressure who is also being born auteur but he also. put in the us congress a resolution was passed highly critical of what president obama had done since the bombing started. so i think there is a division in washington well perhaps in the west in general inside nature it's very difficult for the u.s. and its major allies britain and france to accept any kind of ceasefire with colonel gadhafi because they have repeatedly said that and he said one can only follow who is leaving office moving past on the other hand that we have signs that in fact there are five channels between gadhafi and the rebels some of the rebel leaders who were in. discussions with the nature leaders last week have so that they also talked with the girl he saw them saw you have a problem but who is in charge of the bombing for the politics on the ground in the country will be decided by libya not necessarily as the nato leaders would like.
it's a gathering of political and financial elite and its veil of secrecy has been forced by an army of security guards it's all bankrolled by swiss taxpayers even as europe tightens its belt and forces through brutal austerity cuts the bill to burke conferences attended by people ranging from royalty to top news outlets c.e.o.'s and is also under a now traditional media blackout or just more and reports opposition to the build a group meeting here in switzerland has brought together parties and special interest groups from across the spectrum of political beliefs and it's not just the swiss people have come from further afield germany the u.k. and even the us to try to report on just two objects in person to this group of powerful people meeting in secret we've also heard reports of alternative media journalists being threatened with deportation by police and other low level
harassment among the processes. the youngest member of parliament for the people's party he came up here to fight for transparency here's what he told me people have a right to know what's happening in this affair at the house what's happening at the builder burke meeting people wants to know what to do. who is. for plans for the future. i'm here for more transparency the agenda of the building remains secret until long after the meetings over build a bird watchers make an educated guess about what's being discussed this year saving the euro a builder burge invention deciding the new head of the international monetary fund to replace that infamous colleague dominic strauss kahn and of course the events of the arab spring which notable build about what she's accused the group of exacerbating into a bloody war to try and hike up the oil price some accuse the builder berger's of masterminding the financial crisis given the dire economic fates of the north to
build a host countries greece and spain some fear for the future of independence nor the best switzerland and we think that there is a danger that because they are meeting in switzerland they want to get rid of the last stumbling block in this whole european union you know it's like an island which is in their way you know that we have to direct democracy that we are not in the union that we're not in the euro and maybe we are afraid that they're trying to destroy the pressure is mounting on the build a better group on saturday as the swiss people's party the young socialists and other activists descend on the resort town to try and draw the world's attention to what they see as nefarious undemocratic meddling in the face of the world's institutions where we keep you updated with anything we find out about the builder meeting on archy's twitter feed laura so far as tweeting about our secret is the
only going to. a national news channel in front of more of the mainstream media seems to be ignoring the event. are to underscore calm stay on top of development at the secret gathering in switzerland. and indomitable spirit a man with physical disabilities makes an eleven thousand kilometer trip from russia's far east to moscow all in an electric mobility scooter alexander caution began his epic journey from the pacific city of light of our stock in the middle of april since then he's brave several injuries and a fever but remained on course towards moscow the hardships alexander says he's happy to have made new friends while raising awareness about disability issues that's awful the goal set by the paralympic games to be held in the twenty four team in sochi and as artists in his blots give reports the city has begun preparing a welcome for disabled athletes from around the world. is it easy for a man in
a wheelchair to travel to sochi a tough question for the mayor and his aides as the city's preparing to host the two thousand and fourteen winter paralympics the russia's paralympic champion to inspect newly built airport. i actually like to this place is one of the few airports in russia that has lived a device that helps to see passengers to board the plane throughout the city however there are issues that require attention but i'm sure they'll be dealt with . all newly built ice rink steady and ski posts in sochi are equipped in accordance with strict their olympic standards but in the city itself with its aging infrastructure still a lot has to be done to comply sochi sidewalks shops and restaurants are also undergoing massive construction to comply with strict standards so that no wears off limit and even though competition such as ice sledge hockey and alpine skiing will be held far from the city center thanks to the games sochi will be more accessible for people with disabilities living in less than legacy full of visitors
a lot. russia's paralympic squad topped overall standings at the vancouver two thousand and ten winter games with thirty eight medals twelve gold silver and sixteen bronze we spoke with russia's paralympic champion both as he was preparing for the three week training in sochi with the first we're proud that russia will be hosting the paralympics it's good when the games are being held at home but on the other hand it's a great responsibility we just can't lose. the first paralympic test events and open skiing and biathlon will be held as early as next year drawing unprecedented international attention to the small russian town so for most people here it's a chance to show their hospitality to the special guests creating a comfortable barrier free environment the first of its kind in russia and also a great opportunity to see the russian paralympic team in action. r t sochi.
summer time and the living is easy they say well perhaps it's about time russia's president and prime minister decide to discuss social and economic issues in a more relaxed way well that's just what they did to meet them is it event idea or putin got on their bikes for a ride around the presidential residence enjoying the warm weather we're having in moscow afterwards the two took to the badminton court and it's unclear who won the match but both president prime minister are said to have had great fun in the sun. well for more on any of the stories we're covering you can always log on to our web site and of course more features the news are available for you there at r.g.p. dot com look for why ultra orthodox jews the u.s. would leave an end to the state of israel is the only solution to the conflict in the middle east. and also a disgrace colonel sentence for kidnapping and killing
a chechen teenager in murder in moscow find out why you became a nationalist icon and who might be behind his death. spanish police have arrested three men believed to be involved in carrying out cyber attacks on governments and companies including sony and master card the suspects have been identified as members of the worldwide hacking group anonymous well this week the resident takes to the streets of new york to gauge people's attitude towards hackers. so many intend out even the f.b.i. it seems like no one is safe from hackers these days are these cyberpunks heroes or villains this week let's talk about that technically speaking they are heroes
because they console. everything they are they are from all of the security systems but what if a robber a bank robber is technically. proficient enough to get into a bank does that make him a hero to. the made movies about the police department goes into certain things and the government goes into certain things probably i would put that on the same level as i would someone who goes in and hacks into a site they're not supposed to be on their hot cars which are five thing fossil kind of in their logical points and hard because we're just doing illegal activities. i don't think you can just to make some contacts romantic of all talkers if it's done really to open the lens to things that should be open then i don't have that much of a problem is that it's so subjective though why are we entrusting thieves essentially with making that kind of a judgment call. thieves that's a strong word well they're going in and taking people's him information good or bad for the good or bad will if you're if you're going on in your taking
a lot of credit card numbers and credit card accounts and doing that type of thing and you're using that information again her private citizens and i don't think that's a good thing have you ever had your personal information had i have actually yeah you know and i felt. so violated and trying to control the information and stuff like that it's just. it's an awful feeling to oh i think it's going to get worse much worse because i have five daughters ranging from twenty three down to twelve years old and they're you know they don't think anything's ever going to happen to them and they're out there with all of it and even though the warnings from a parent. they're the next generation so have you have you caught them putting stuff out there and you're like don't put that out there addresses cell phone numbers yeah whether you think hackers are villains or heroes the bottom line is if you have information in a database someplace consider yourself a potential target. or
russia close up series is next as a team explores mysterious places in northwest cetera. well christian churches agricultural prosperity and a magnificent ancient necropolis known as the city of baghdad where we look into one of the most mysterious fights and father in russia village of dark of but it's not the area of dark legacy that's driving locals away as our. discovers. we continue our exploration of the north the such and republic and this time will visit a unique historical area the village of dar govs or as the locals call it here the city of dad's the cemetery has almost one hundred asian stone cripps where people
that lived in this area buried their loved ones along with their belongings and now this valley stretches for over sixteen kilometers and is a real open air museum for his study as they say this land helps them imagine live down here four hundred years ago meanwhile day to day life continues in this area along size this images of the past now watch our report to find out more three hours drive through a dangerous snaking road up in the mountains and tough trip but it's worth it there are a lot of different legends and myths around this area in the past locals try to avoid going to the city of baghdad they say anyone who dares to get in will never get out alive and even now there are hardly any tourists around this place which might be more to the difficulty of getting him rather than any death curse.
in the times of the plague many people with no one left to groovy them would come to the crypt and wait for the down first mansion about the city of the diamond dates back to the beginning of the fourteenth century the ancestors of insanity and sense will down on the five mountain ridges but the land was so expensive they were forced to choose the windiest and most unserviceable pleased to build a cemetery. these days the area now provides a huge opportunity for archaeologists items found at this cemetery have been treat both professionals and local homages these days the surrounding area may once again be alive with agriculture and opportunity but is being deserted by people in search of a different lifestyle. for local ascension vasya this is a devastating fact he has built his own hydro power plant that provides him and his family without a tricity but he doesn't know who will inherit his legacy move
a vehicle of the idea was born i have a ten years ago but it took me several years to build it from scratch i used everything i could possibly find i call my invention a freeflow wheel but what i see now is that people are leaving half of our village left in less than ten years thanks john believes that the only thing that can reverse this situation is the creation of the necessary infrastructure new roads new jobs and new opportunities to stop people leaving young people may be attracted to the bright lights of the c.t.'s but the locals leave their leaving behind a truly unique point of russia the land up north that's here if they're rounded by mountain fairy tales and while driving along with the uphill bit help one can certainly run into a church or if mall moth landing into the thin area father gyorgy who left his tech real life to live hammer says that this monastery the highest situated in russia
connects the past and the present the church was only build some six years ago but it stands nanto where the dates back to the sixteenth century to work during the epiphany celebrations of a ten thousand people come here for local christians this place is unique maybe because of its location nobody knows after spending several hours hand it really feels like this mountainous. am marries the past with the present and if you listen hard enough you can only handle a few fathers supersonic singing their songs by the fire dar guts and the republic of north the south sam has also kept the memories of the times when this place was famous for the construction defensive now the ruins of those buildings can still be seen on the slopes of the mountains that surround this area and the biggest remaining tell word is over fifteen meters high now to talk more on the historical importance of this area for. now joined by
a local resident. thank you very much for joining us so is that he now tell us why do locals still consider this place as a special area well the place is really spectacular and nearby this beautiful landscape here is the city of the dead people still value people still respected. many tombs in those tombs people buried the hold to invasions of one family and every family had each own up to and what kind of interesting objects were found that you know all three were found at the cemetery well i think the most name for same thing here is just so-called boats because in many cases the remains of dead people were found in wooden blocks even in the biggest reverse it's impossible to sail here so why people buried in that boats
it's no easy you know nobody knows it's a secret where everybody still all right thank you very much that was that of a local resident meanwhile our team continues to bring you the latest picture of lloyd down here in russia's north caucasus in the republic of north and south. will stay with us here in our chief for an update of our top stories on our weekend entertainment show wasco out that's coming up in. just under two minutes. of. the.