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nine am in moscow good to have you with us here on r t our top story the war in afghanistan will stretch beyond thirteen years according to washington's top military commander there what started a decade ago is a mission to get the perpetrators of nine eleven has apparently transformed into an open ended hunt for the elusive taliban as jason monologue reports the country's growing u.s. bases indicate the military's a barely thinking about leaving. would you asleep forces over at the telepathically two thousand was a bug a mere fielder's little more than a flake the correct roadway since then the former soviet base in the plains north of the afghan capital has grown into a small city that's helped over twenty five thousand full toll personnel fleets of military cargo aircraft and enough equals to cause traffic jams that expansion is no way it is by scores of contractors u.s. military engineers are constructing new housing and storage facilities to make room
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for even more bidding war where. there are plenty of home comforts for soldiers staying on for tough you know long deployments they can shop for everything from flat screen t.v.'s to fine jewelry enjoy a cappuccino to grab some take on the new pizza hut franchise and if they're tired of working out in the gym they're free to go to the salon for a haircut inside which although some officials have tried to limit such amenities calling them a distraction from the war the troops are happy to have them and these are streamlined but you can always leave the latter off then have a case that the right. local afghan merchants are also glad to have the extra business both inside and outside the wire without agreement a soldier's my business would be nothing we like having them here but not everyone agrees deadly taliban rocket attacks are on the rise and as the base becomes more and more crowded the threat to those living inside multiplies no matter how high
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its most become everyone gets a close call when you're this congested get this much equipment personnel it's all into one tight spot get close it's going to destroy something or someone easy as it may be to forget at times this is still a war zone jason month later in bagram for our team. some former u.s. military officers are disillusioned with the afghan war lieutenant colonel karen quite koski thinks the true aim of the and mission was to create a platform for keeping an eye on or possibly invading other targets. in many ways american people have not been told what we came to afghanistan to do and that mission is to build bases which we have done and to man those bases and to operate militarily from those bases against other countries in the region that mission has actually been somewhat successful and quite frankly don't think we ever intend to hand it back to any of the afghan people we put karzai in charge in december of two
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thousand and one as a supposedly democrat of course never never elected back time a friend of a patsy of the american government and he remains there to this day. you know we had no intention of allowing the afghan people to choose if they had if we were allowed to choose i think we would be long gone. you know this is not about the afghans and it's unfortunate because a terrible terrible things have been done to that country. by americans and by nato but it's not about this is about big power they can't kick us out and we're going to stay we've got permanent bases and we want to terrorize pakistan iran and be there to look out over the mountains into china. the u.s. led campaign in afghanistan has failed to meet most of its original goals because they're shifting as the war drags on according to our military contributor who assesses the situation from the afghan capital the initial intent was crystal clear to catch or kill osama bin laden no strings attached period but
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from the outset the operation has gotten the wrong turn and today ten years later it's painfully obvious that it has diggin aerated into the mission creep be that open ended commitment and no graceful exit inside for the united states forces or peace and security for the afghan people the w. bush administration. has ignored the key principle keep it simple stupid advocated by the u.s. special operations command and undermined and somewhat dodged their efforts in that pakistani afghan. tribal battle otherwise. today we would have celebrated the tenth anniversary of the mission accomplished. stay with us here on r.t.
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still to come libya's former leader lashes out at audio message seemingly from cut off he tries to rally his loyalists while nato bombs continue pounding the colonel's hometown have still ahead. but first the banker backlash in the united states is spreading with major rallies now held in washington d.c. los angeles and several other cities thousands join to express anger at economic inequalities and high unemployment the demonstrations began last month when protesters started pitching tents in front of the new york stock exchange under the banner of occupy wall street earlier this week heavy handed police were filmed using batons and pepper spray to disperse crowds here is a fight. strife are causing people's patience to ride out and they say they're angry at banks for triggering it all in the first place the author of looting of the looting of america believes that there needs to be a rise against what he calls the corporate machine. we need a massive populist uprising of the ninety nine percent against the one percent
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actually it's a fraction of one percent who have been running our financial system and looting us money buys political power. until it's opposed by a mass uprising is really populism did very well at the end of the nineteenth century and it built up a huge political movement that finally led to some reforms that the trust brought some child labor laws and laws about food quality etc all of that came from a populist movement. we need to do that again. and the way that happens the currency of populism is people in the street nothing else matters you can quietly sit back and think you're going to do it why the ballot box forget about it because you get beaten by the lobbyists there has to be people in the street who we need right now is a clear display. against financial elites that's been the problem that's what caused the crash and that's what's causing this unemployment that's what's taking away the future for these people strong arm tactics used by officers spread beyond
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dispersing angry crowds one independent reporter trying to cover the event says she got anything but police protection. as an independent journalist i actually had my own sort of run in with the police i was arrested on the brooklyn bridge last week and with seven hundred other people as i was filming and so were our live stream crews i was also knocked down by a police officer on the front lines in the in the union square protests and i think it's raised a lot of interesting questions about what the role of independent journalism is you know as we sort of move forward. i mean i know that on the brooklyn bridge there were a couple times reporters that were arrested as well but you know it's it's a little frustrating that we aren't of afforded any of the protection that the mainstream media would it would be given because ultimately we are there documented something that is happening for americans enduring rising unemployment and falling
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living standards it can seem like capitol hill is speaking a different language the rallying calls and optimism are a far cry from a once mighty city which is now all but closed its people on the poverty line authorities merino porton reports. these are difficult years for our country but we are america we are the times we live in the u.s. great recession began as a real estate crisis in two thousand and seven it's expanded into a national job emergency impossible to ignore the purpose of the american jobs act is simple. to put more people back to work according to the u.s. government nine point one percent of americans are unemployed yet experts say deceptive measures and statistical shenanigans are being used to mask a jobless epidemic that's far worse say you not count part time workers who are working full time or and they also don't count long term unemployed people people who've been unemployed for over six months maybe they've lost some they were not
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consistently looking for back in time those people would have been considered unemployed but the government constantly changes the definition of who's unemployed and they do that so that the unemployment number looks lower than it otherwise would have been so the numbers over the years have been massaged so that if the economy will appear to be in better shape than it really is when part time workers and the unemployed who have given up hope are factored in the real u.s. unemployment rate increases to more than sixteen percent a more telling but often ignored statistic so they were included then you know the government would have to acknowledge that they truly have a major crisis on and on they have you something you know this is part of their problem and the campaign it'll oust them to continue the status quo and society starts completely breaking down broken down and in ruins the city of detroit is
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feeling the full force of america's economic decline one in three residents live below the poverty line half of the city's public schools are closing and crime is skyrocketing the capital of the country's motor industry now has an official unemployment rate of just under thirty percent but city officials and residents legs an opiate geoffrey's say the real figure is close to fifty how do you describe it it is. i think it's. indicative of what's going on in the. yes there's a country in there just now feeling it to heal america's economic suffering experts say u.s. leaders need to abandon exaggerated optimism for the ugly truth unemployment is going to continue to get higher inflation is it going to get higher and rather than trying to pretend that the situation isn't as bad as it is we need to accept how bad it is a because then we have a better chance of recognizing the mistakes that were made and that the policy is
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at fault and that more of the same more stimulus more government regulation is not going to make the situation better u.s. president barack obama has proposed a four hundred forty seven billion dollars plan to help perceptor tape america's workforce but just like any lifesaving procedure recovery can only begin to take place when the police say it's fully understood or enough more niamh artsy new york . party has analysis of the fury and fallout from the financial crisis online keep your eye on our t.v. dot com and here's what else is a click away for you right now. on a new target for a notorious kansas bob his church the funeral of tech icon steve jobs will be picketed by the westboro congregation that's infamous for demonstrations at the burials all fall on american soldiers we tell you why. an addicted to crime russia considers jailing drug users in order to curb the number
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of narcotic related felonies. police searching for the killer of russian journalist anna politkovskaya say they've got a few new suspects friday marks five years since politkovskaya was gunned down near her moscow apartment the case has drawn international attention and her murder remains at large but authorities are catarina groucho reports her family just wants to see justice finally served. for police who worked on this day five years ago it was a murder of a woman huff way through their shift at around four pm for a vienna police it was hopefully through her pregnancy when she got a call her mother had been showed her apartment it was
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a watershed moment and there is life before and up to. when you might leave i was well aware what kind of journalism my mother was into she would ok janelle is see if something happens to me documents are the money's here and here are all the numbers to call but we never really took it seriously i was four months pregnant the family was full of and my mother promised that after her first grandchild was born she would stop going to church now and take up quite citron alist a quirk. but quiet journalistic work is not something you would associate on the political scale with best to get it corrupt security officials and exposed to human rights violations she help people when there are cases in the highest courts in russia and in strasbourg but the irony is that five years later your own murder still remains unpunished but. there have been different periods in the process both
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busy went in people were arrested almost simultaneously in two thousand and seven and passive when nothing was happening however the events of recent months give us certain optimism for a successful ending successful in terms of finding the mastermind of the murder i can tell you if the investigation was as active five years ago as it is now by this time we would have had more evidence on your. own. twenty eleven has indeed been a turning point in maine prosecutors named a man who is believed to have pulled the trigger the stomach mood of was arrested in chechnya after years on the run in belgium and shortly afterwards investigators announced they were close just solving one of the most high profile slayings in recent russian memory. a former high ranking police official that dimitri publishing co was a middleman for money agreed to organize a criminal mob consisting of four people to carry out the assassination he kept. provided the perpetrator with a gun and would organize other members of the group we also have other information
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about the alleged mastermind of the killing but it's too premature to release that information. not with rhydian you know virgie as yet aware on the political worked up until her death has been carrying out its own investigation into the journalists munda the newspapers deputy editors says it's good that interest in the case is so high both in russia and abroad but it's bad when it turns into pressure on prosecutors but it's much more with your friends people who we still believe that the four people that my brothers and their friends who were in were acquitted in two thousand and nine with little or in some way linked to this murder but you cannot blame the courts jury for the record so it was a lack of solid evidence presented in court and always happens because there was a public pressure on the prosecution to rush to judgment we think that even their races were too premature to dominate. the russian supreme court unknown to the
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acquittal verdict of two thousand and nine and ordered every opening of the investigation it's a significant part of the joining but it's certainly not be end one of the biggest challenges for investigators at this point is to find other suspects who are now on the run outside the country but just like on the political square herself. her family and colleagues will never give up as they strive to find the truth it takes very little to describe someone's death on the political just a dozen words on a piece of stone but these journalists and her legacy could not have a feat in a forty by forty marble. art. well stay with us here on r t still to come this hour pumping progress in russia's a rural heartland. we get close up to the pens a region where a unique heart of all of our factory is keeping the beat for patients around the
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world. but first libya's foreign leader moammar gadhafi has apparently released a new audio message calling for people to rise and resist the nation's interim leaders the colonel's whereabouts have been known since the capital was taken over by the opposition in august the transmission comes as fighting between are made boilers and former rebels aided by nato airstrikes intensifies in khadafi hometown of sirte the libyan civil war was joined by nato in march with an objective to protect civilians under a un resolution but as the president of the arab lawyers association tells our t.v. the high death toll proves that nato did not have peaceful intentions from start. to remember the resolution of the u.n. . on dicom fine to no fly zones to imposing a no fly zones. to protect civilians at the end of the day we end up with nato actually going to law against the people of libya obviously the dictatorship which
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prevailed there is no reason to declare war on the people of my nato i think the usa britain france and the west was hiding behind nato so that no one can point a finger but the figures of the casualties caused by nato bombing really mounting two weeks ago and the human rights council in geneva the commission which was asked to investigate the situation in libya came with that a pool of saying that they have discussed with nato but nato has confirmed to them cool it that they have not had any targeting against civilians i think nato is continuing its war against the libyan people albeit that they got rid of the big. the ship but we seem to be heading to the same exercise they have done in iraq and i think russia was right in taking the position is that he syria because we don't want a repeat performance whereby the un took the position in iraq and then took the position
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in the u. n. is not there to change regimes it may protect humanitarian purposes it might protect civilians it might stop wars but it is definitely not to change regimes. turning now to some other stories making headlines across the globe a pakistani doctor accused of helping the cia in their operation could be charged with high treason state investigators claim check kill afridi operated a fake vaccination program to gather d.n.a. samples in the city where osama bin laden was killed and they pakistan is furious for being kept in the dark over the u.s. mission to wipe out bin laden saying it violated the country's sovereignty. u.n. the u.n. official estimate of those killed in syria's anti-government protests has now reached twenty nine hundred people violence in the country escalated after a failure to pass a u.n. resolution against president assad's regime the embattled leader blames the months
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of on arrest on terrorists and armed gangs he refuses to quit but has been pledging reforms that have been yet to materialize. there's been fierce clashes between police and students in the chilean capital a day after education reform talks collapsed at least thirty were injured including police as they used tear gas and water cannons to break up the demonstration of several thousand activists a student leaders said the violence was unprecedented in the five months of confrontations since demands for education changes for a murder. yemen's army chief is accusing western countries and opposition activists of conspiring against democracy this follows a new wave of violence in the capital overnight and in the southern city of tire use where government troops opened fire on protesters wounding eight the uprising against president saleh he started in february and is thought to have killed an estimated seventeen hundred people. it's time now for the russia close-up team to
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take you deeper into the culture of the world's biggest country. we continue our journey in appends a region six hundred kilometers southeast of moscow the capital also called penza was founded as a small fortress in the seventeenth century on the banks of the sorra river there but there is also a high tech hub within its rich heritage and it's also home to unique heart valve factory saving people's lives around the world every day are things you are on the road now checking back. both inside and outside of russia the health of ordinary russians and also the state of the russian medical profession are often seen as something of a mixture between a joke and a horror story but there are facts that challenge that's. just outside of producing all it's official in a company that started out just over fifteen years ago and the products have been
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so successful exported to over twenty five countries. life saving surgery the doctors a soda in an artificial valve the tool allowed this man's heart to function again the construction of the deceptively simple mechanism will determine how he lives the rest of his life and if he survives it all twenty years ago all these valves had to be imported until this company opened in pens and originally this was meant to be a huge producing holiday's soviet made p.c.'s but then one day u.s. saw collapse of course those now demand for russian made computers so the empty shell of a building and turned it into something else by far russia's biggest producer the fischel. started by a single russian physicist committing sprung up without government support none of the small team of inventors that worked with the medical equipment manufacturer before now seven in ten implanted in russia come from. it may look like an
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over expanded workshop but the quality of its products has allowed this company to supply them to over twenty countries though here they know that success can be fleeting. and we say that we know we've had our successful invention but technology moves on we are small compared to her international rivals and so we know we have to keep making new models just to survive. and usually for russia every new model was developed together with plans is like a heart center but doctors here admit that at first there was skepticism about the russian made piece of medical equipment which is so what doctors are very conservative by nature and at first they and their patients were very mistrustful of devolves to make people try something new on themselves it was difficult but i'll tell you this twenty years ago up to one in five used to die during the surgery now to figures around one percent of. the surgery was successful said
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again i retired army officer will be discharged within a week no more i look forward to the rest of my life now i can feel the cuts but i feel my heart working better as to the volves i researched everywhere on the internet about it and it's fine i trust evolved that is inside my heart. either i've no artsy pens or. if you minutes life for palestinians in hebron as jewish settlers are apparently trying to squeeze them out of their own city will get the key business news though first with korea. hello and welcome to business here in r.t. russia's central bank is calling on the government to ensure it maintains a balanced budget deputy chairman alexy look i have says that europe sovereign debt crisis is pushing up borrowing costs even for countries like russia which is
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running a virtually zero deficit. those who are really. so the case for her to be very careful about that. but of course that is really much should be general fiscal situation. budget deficits in that case. some called for the only way confronts the budget deficits come to the markets. and not go into effect it's all good in the. budget office turning to the market numbers or has a raise in only a decline heading for the first weekly gain in three brant is trading at just below one hundred six dollars a barrel. is at eighty two dollars a barrel this hour and stocks in asia post strong gains amid fresh indications that europe is ramping up efforts to shore off its financial system and prevent another global banking crisis banks are notably again is after bank of england and the
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european central bank announced easing measures h.s.b.c. holdings rallied four percent and bank of china climbed five point six percent in hong kong commodity related firms as well after search for oil futures in the compost and russian markets kick off in about an hour's time bourses bounce back on thursday following a sharp sell off in the previous sessions both the odds as in the mine as it were up more than four percent at the close investors were inspired by the european central bank introducing uniquity measures to support the banks it also announced a program to purchase coverage pongs but it's being seen as only a positive live with no sustain that. there's another nod towards the end game for greece and other countries survive survival in the eurozone saxo bank chief told r.t. that there are no sovereign debt solutions which members are prepared to stomach. we need to deal with the root problem which is that these guys do not have the
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ability to pay back at them they do not seem to have the you know the we're sure the ability to try to generate a balanced economy so how do you how do you solve these issues when you also lose competitiveness you have internal deflation meaning that people have to go down twenty thirty forty percent and so rich that's a very difficult sell for any politician or you do external devaluation which means you have to leave the euro so some of you think that greece will have to leave the euro zone and potentially other countries that later on. russian energy going into a row of the grade to build five hydro power plants in ecuador the deal is estimated to be worth one and a half billion dollars with their money. as a second interrupt project in the south american country and i also expect more to come next year. that's a business. website. you're
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nine thirty am in moscow these are your r.t. had lines pushing the purpose instead of pulling out quickly america's cloudy afghan exit strategy overshadows the mission's tenth anniversary with a deadline expected to be broken the top u.s. military commander in afghanistan says the war may drag on beyond two thousand and fourteen. wall street protests that have grown in new york over the past few weeks are spreading to other major cities including washington thousands of americans are joining demonstrations against poverty and corporate greed as the country struggles to deal with the ongoing economic crisis. new murder charges to be brought against the suspects in the killing of russian journalist anna politkovskaya friday marks five years since she was gunned down near her moscow home.

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