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and streets they are still just programs in greece to economy. if judgment day postponed for victor boot as the u.s. courts hold his fate in their hands so he has already been pointed the merchant of death by mainstream media was a fair trial ever possible for him to have a live report from new york. and if the rocky horror police show this those frightening scenes break out between denver law enforcement and occupy wall street protesters so from the use of police baton pepper spray and now rubber bullet what's next for police tactics against peaceful protesters. and it's seven billion and counting this as the earth's population hits
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a record high so with the world busting at the seams and resources stretched thin bullock at some alternative energy options for our universe. while some scientists say the answer lies in the periodic table of elements a safe earth greener more abundant solution to nuclear energy so will the hammer of thor ian come down as strong as a stronger option for the earth to program. it is monday october thirty first five pm in washington d.c. i'm christine for zero and watching r.t. let's begin this hour with the trial of victor boot forty four year old russian businessman accused of being an international weapons dealer bood has been charged with conspiring to kill american nationals conspiring to kill american officers and employees conspiring to use and acquire anti-aircraft missiles. and conspiring to
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provide material support to the rebels in colombia south america he has been nicknamed by much of the mainstream media the quote merchant of death richard who maintains however that he is innocent stating his business with sales and services in the shipping industry you may remember he was arrested in a u.s. drug enforcement administration sting operation in the thai capital of bangkok back in two thousand and eight he was extradited to the united states for trial over the objections of russia and the jury is in the process of deciding his fate argues on a saucy as you're going to joins us from our studio in new york to bring us the latest and on as if from what i understand we just got word that ruling will not come down until tomorrow is that is that right yes christine that's correct so basically what was scheduled to take place today was the prosecution to make a final statement before the jury gets together to decide on a verdict afterwards followed by a speech from the defense but apparently they didn't have enough time to get this
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done in the so far seven hours that they were gathered in court for so we are expecting this to finalize tomorrow although the jury will get together tomorrow it's not exactly clear there of verdict decision making process could take up from minutes to several hours to even several days so we're going to have to wait and see exactly how soon they're going to make up their mind so just so we're clear so closing arguments have been made for the both for both sides but we're still waiting for additional statements about what you're telling me no closing closing arguments have been made by the defense and they're now expected to be made by the prosecution tomorrow after which the jury will get together to make a decision you got it but i do want to talk about some of the history of this case just give our viewers a refresher course in terms of how this all shook down this has been going on for several years now and talk a little bit too about some of the controversial elements of this. well you know christine this is different be
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a pretty crazy case because apart from the details that you so wonderfully outlined in the introduction of the story we have to keep in mind that the u.s. officials have been chasing around and have been on a hunt for him for pretty much a decade this started about ten years ago when it was peacefully living in moscow the u.s. officials started pumping tens of millions of dollars into setting up the sting operations to hunt down because we have to keep in mind of course that when he was arrested in thailand in two thousand and eight and is now being charged with conspiring to cooperate with the fark rebels which are deemed terrorist by the united states and not by the united nations russia or thailand by the way the people he was dealing with were actually covert special agents and not. group members by any means so that's sort of one of the things that's been raising eyebrows in this case and of course the fact that he was really snatched away by the u.s. in the middle of the night like a hollywood movie from thailand to the u.s.
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even though thai courts found him not guilty twice and his papers continued to statically still remain in thailand so the way he was brought here and basically you know hunted down for so long it's really unclear why the u.s. would spend tens of millions of dollars on this one man and i know this case has been one of q or three major cases that we've been focused on another one is that of constantine yarn. talk a little bit about you know the two cases and some of the main points here going on here. you know the constitution was a great example to bring up because he was sentenced to twenty years behind bars the september a man who was also snatched up from a third country a russian citizen brought onto u.s. soil where particularly had never even stepped foot on u.s. soil before that incident so certainly that he's built a precedent where it became clear that the united states is not planning to really
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refrain from sentencing florin citizens on its soil regardless of whether or not they've been on u.s. territory and we know this is of course not exclusive example but in russia's case this is certainly a great precedent in modern u.s. russian history and with this case we're certainly not going to we didn't see whether or not this becomes a similar scenario and just finally and i know i've been reading in a lot of different places all over the web today things that basically essentially say there's no way you will not be found guilty talk a little bit about that and why people are so sure that this case has already been decided. well you know this is actually one of the most interesting points of this case because many believe that people have been following this case is that his guilt has been decided by the court of public opinion a very very long time ago because like i mentioned earlier for a decade this man was searched for hollywood movies presenting him as a villain were made the mainstream media in the united states legal to the merchant
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of death we before he even you know his trial even started so certainly it's going to be very hard for you know even though the judge made the jury sign a pledge saying they will not be googling this man around trying to find out more about who he is but that's that hasn't probably made the jury refrain from watching television and movies from which they would certainly know about the united states see this man as an enemy very interesting correspondent on the stasi the church going to keep her eyes on the victory group case for us thanks so much let's take a look now it's a new development in the occupy wall street movement has now moved well beyond wall street to main streets around the entire country now in light of recent events and much of the focus has shifted to the role of the police and the many ways that officers have opted to balance their desire to keep peace with the protesters and their desire the desire. of them to occupy parks and spaces in various cities over
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the weekend it was denver colorado or things he didn't write about it. this video is from saturday and things are especially heated after protesters tried to put up tents outside the capitol there denver police intent on dismantling the occupy wall street can use tear gas the tons and rubber bullets which seem to be a little more painful you can see there than most people think and this follows what turned out to be a very violent meeting over in california where tear gas and non-lethal in projectiles were also used to clear people and ended up critically injuring this man scott olsen iraq war veteran who was standing peacefully when he was hit in the head. i want to go also to new york the city where not only the occupy protests last week protests began but also where we saw some of the first incidence of clashes between the police and the protesters you may remember from the early weeks
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of the protest police using pepper spray as well as baton this was followed a few days later by about seven hundred people being arrested on the brooklyn bridge so we want to talk about all of this in the context of first of all what's going on here are these police tactics working and are they necessary and when i ask the question also what could be next if it's gone from pepper spray to tear gas to rubber bullets what's next so help me answer that question earlier i spoke to activists and organizers williams and. to start things off i asked them just to paint us a picture of what it was like on the ground in denver on saturday here's what they had to say. ross saturday was definitely a and maleh a events and it seems the police are i should say from our timeline that recreating from videos and cameras it seems
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the police showed up with great care on it eighteen thirty and that was before any of the tents are back then and you have people are younger and i haven't work on the website so i get a lot of the contacts for the timeline and will resume is that really showed up. ready for it you know before the tents were not at all totally armed to the teeth and ready for war so to speak and they moved very quickly i had to leave site to be updating the website live but we do know that one protester though in fact the gentleman whose army should have bigger was shot for climbing the tree and was actually found out afterwards we have rivas there calling in there like eight balls filled with a chemical agent not reports but he was shot down from the tree and things got intense i've seen a few videos want to rest in particular where an officer drove his motorcycle into the crowd this one was kind of tweeted out by the right wing saying look at this
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guy push you out of this but they probably did a second by second analysis a bit you know you notice those big and you can clearly tell the gods there is the joan and she has got to propel backwards for by then seems that interest rate thought because he jumps back onto his left foot and then in frustration he gives the fender a show at which point the laughter comes to a controlled start ups off the way it's just some down in our laws that are going to see me as i was reading some of those very same things that i was going to ask you about that a lot of people have been tweeting about the violent protesters and how they've pushed police after bike so you're saying that this wasn't the case then it's i mean you can clearly see the black star and the lights are jumped on and the civil . because they were he was released from the hospital not george pressed against the. results i'm not sure. church interesting i want to ask you guys this you know we have been following this day by day i know in oakland we saw a complete one eighty by police oakland of course where things got extremely
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violent last week one man was left severely injured from what i understand the occupiers have returned to the camp there so so you know first we see these oakland police come out in force with riot gear but after seeing the extent of this guy's injuries they've sort of backed off the mayor told them to back off people have. a right to their tents in the place in oakland i'm wondering do you think that's going to happen where you guys are how do you think the police are handling this i think it's going to continue to happen everywhere but police are using tactics from the twentieth century in this movement is it twenty or century and so we're going to we're not going anywhere. movement is going to continue you know and lots of i mean it's allergies are i knowingly has to resolve. create breaches and work with a movement rather than coming in. i mean i've got to say i was
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a little bit surprised to see what happened in denver we were selling some video just a little while ago and it did seem like you know police were in there right here and they were ready for a standoff i guess you could say i guess i was a little surprised because of how much publicity you know the protesters when they're being arrested they're telling police they're chanting to police the whole world is watching and the whole world really is watching i was a little bit surprised to see what i saw in denver what do you guys think about that i mean were you surprised to see the police not surprised certainly not surprised you know we've been around in fact sometime around i mean noon or eleven o'clock we know that the sergeant was in sort of on so i ran up to one of the twenty four seven guys and said i hope you guys are going up i'm so tense today because you know you are so we sort of were concerned that this was going to happen when it came out and write your if we confirmed it but i think the mayor's concern to the community works you press conference on saturday and i had a new police chief robert white and he's just has
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a reputation for ferreting out bad cops and white said that there's a perception that has an excessive force issue and you know one of you said it doesn't even matter if the perceptions true the fact that perception is there is significant because people and police can work together and that's his main derogative is to just that and we also just found out that the manager of safety alex martinez is going to start tomorrow november first. and i guess he issues special police commissions i mean the fact a sheriff or city and county so there certainly is a changing of the guard and we look forward to reaching out or going to work with these new individuals and kind of show them were about how we can work together you know it's so interesting i think one of the things that occupy wall street set out to raise awareness of what was sort of you know this this inequality system in the country in terms of the rich and poor the inequality gap growing in terms of you know bank bailouts and the i. unfair system but one thing that has really started
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to happen is something that you know several communities in this country say they've been experiencing for decades and that is police brutality and you know the treatment of police that it's really kind of shed light on this what do you think in terms of denver and what you've seen and i'm sure sent you to the web site which you've been watching this sort of develop around the country do you think that some real changes some permanent changes in terms of police treatment of of the public will change i think it's inevitable at this point i mean i think usually so many people were galvanized by the police response in new york i know that's why i don't model the videos i saw on facebook it's a muscle drill go on your so i think that will continue and we see our numbers growing at the march is sort of people who are opposed to that particular issue it's on the table and you can see at least in december the changes that you know i guess my last question is if you can sort of let us know about what's going on in denver now what's going to be happening next and how this movement compares to
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occupy wall street in other parts of the country. well the movement is definitely growing and expanding and there are national conference calls starting our end global conference call starting. there are social networking sites and organizing sites coming up and people are trying to start creating a strategy. that was activist an organizer brandy williams and michonne asa. and it looks like there are also a lot of people occupying the earth global population today reached seven billion people this is a picture here of danica make a macho she was born in manila philippines in a crowded government run hospital she was chosen by the united nations as a symbolic seven billionth baby danica represents a reality for everyone here are still the babies continue to be born at a rapid rate on a planet that itself is not getting any bigger it has sparked
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a lot of questions about the need for people to rethink how they live what resources they use a lot about more that more in a bit but this is also sparked some desire in some to think about leaving the planet altogether to look for other plants to call home argues peter all over explores that idea in this report. so where next no curie too hot glue so too cold mars thus will do nicely as the population of earth passes the seven billion mark some of suggested the red planet as a replacement for our current blue one however in these times of tightening purse strings the cost of going to mars could be a problem and then what's the one known expedition to mars and back would cost it is safe to say over three billion dollars preparing for these flights would cost about thirty or fifty times more than a two way ticket in other words we're talking about colossal expenses regardless of
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the price those who have been into space say the time is right for mankind to yet again boldly go where no one has gone before everybody realizes that it's time to reach out and explore the universe beyond low earth orbit we have for many years just for ten years at least we have been on the international space station in very close air we haven't been somewhere else or with people. landings which ended back in one nine hundred seventy two there's no shortage of take years to be the first to set foot on mars and potential red planet trailblazers have started their training young surrogate still just a teenager but he's putting in the hard yards in the hope that he can help create a potential new home for humanity and millions of kilometers away the margins i want to be the first to travel to mars and to other planets as well as the moons of
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jupiter saturn you can leave there in future we're still a long way from science fiction becoming science fact with human setting up home on the surface of mars even if we put a huge cost of a martian settlement to one side there are some serious hurdles to be overcome not least we have no idea if life existed there previously and if if. this is where the whatever killed it off could be dangerous to us why should we even think about finding a new home. that's resources are finite therefore we will eventually have to either restrain population and production growth risking losing both or we find foothold on other planets no matter how much it costs us. time and nasa space shuttle the only way for people to get into space at the minute is the russian soyuz rockets currently with the science available our chances of a global relocation anytime soon pretty much zero however it took to weigh in
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central moscow the mars five hundred project is simulating the effects a mission from mars would have on a crew in search of a new home. there is one obvious reason why the experiment has been so popular so the world is still a place for dreamers who dream of exciting projects that unite people or international projects. is not as if we might have to learn to deal with the soaring global population. training hard and the hope that he can do it for the dreamers. party. article in the meantime let's talk about with really going on back here on earth where resources are growing more and more scarce and economists scientists even volunteers at suggest we should be we could be reaching our breaking point well take a look at some of the numbers here it's important to illustrate just how fast the world population has been growing so it wasn't until eighteen or for just a little more than two hundred years ago that the world population reached one
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billion people it was another century and i can twenty seven before it hit two billion and then things started to move really fast three billion people in one nine hundred fifty nine four billion in one hundred seventy four five million in one thousand nine hundred seven so it's billion in one thousand nine hundred and now that in brilliant people at this rate the united nations estimates we will hit eight million people in less than twenty years and ten. william i twenty eighty three to dig deeper into the implications of all this earlier i spoke to vice president for energy and climate at the united nations foundation read i asked him in his view how big of a concern these numbers really are here's what he had to say. i think you kid have continued growth of this trade and not just put huge strains on the planet's resources but as women get more economic power and more power within their families they tend to limit their families and so the best that we can do to limit their growth is to make people more economically able so when you say as women start
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to gain more power gain more equality certainly that's happening in this country not not the case in a lot of other countries but is this just sort of an awareness and terms of family planning and that's have a thing or. you know what is this actually a result of or usually it means economic empowerment and i do think it's happening all over the world including developing countries as women make money they tend to keep the money within the family they tend to take more charge of the planning of the family and so this leads to smaller families and it leads to better economic conditions for the family so you're saying we shouldn't then be overly concerned about overpopulation i think that we want to give women the tools to decide how big their fair we should be and so if that means access to contraceptives they should have that but i think in the long term economic empowerment is going to do
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more to stabilize the world's population that's why rich countries have plateaued on their population i want to talk to you now about resources certainly this is a major issue as we go ahead as we go forward what do you see as the biggest challenge in terms of when doing resources well as these billions get added to population they put more strain everybody wants more and more and more but what's really remarkable is that the o.e.c.d. the rich countries have calculated that over the next twenty years three billion more people will join the middle class they're going. cars they're going to work refrigerators or go or air conditioners and that's going to put huge pressure on the planet's resources so it's not just more people coming into this world it's the fact that a lot of those people are not in fact going to be living in huts with no electricity it's really interesting to think about that because right now it seems at least in this country we're going through
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a time where more and more people are moving from the lower middle class down back into the lower classes at the inequality gap grows but you're of course talking on a global scale is that right of course in this country what most people would consider lower class would be a rich person or a country so if you think about in china in india people who really stream poverty are now buying cars they have jobs they have apartments they have houses. so you're talking about people moving into these different classes about relying on more and more energy what about an issue that we've seen just over the last few years and that is food prices continuing to go up how big of an issue do you think this is well food prices are correlated to a remarkable degree to the price of oil because where it was such an important aspect of agriculture. i think that you will see you know as you see the explosive growth in demand for kurds in china for example you're going to see continued
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upward pressure on the price of oil and that's going to continue to put pressure on the price of food as well speaking of oil i mean right now it's funny live and there are plenty of alternative forms of energy that we know about from solar power to wind power for a brief stints there was a phase when electric cars were being developed but for a lot of reasons and i think there are a lot of reasons but one of the one of which many people would say is that the oil companies in this country in this world are extremely powerful and seem to sort of . not be in favor of other types of energy competing with them but do you how. likely is it that other alternative forms of energy will be able to be developed in a world where the oil companies have so much power and don't want to see these other forms developed i mean do you think that's an issue i think it's a huge issue trying to compete with an existing alternative like oil which after
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all has something right ninety seven percent of the transportation market so you're bringing your new product to compete with that you have a huge obstacle to overcome but i do think third overturn the system will change mostly to electricity it will be a dual fuel vehicle so it really use gasoline or bio fuels in addition to electricity but i think that inevitably because of environmental concerns the world will shift toward a roadtrip you recently have seen a lot more hybrids a lot fewer hummers being sold interesting interesting things to think about as we do have this seven billion mark in our population thanks so much. ice president for energy and climate at the united nations foundation read. thank you and as the world population is on the rise so too is the demand for energy but what if it was a form of nuclear energy with no possibility of a meltdown and is abundant worldwide all scientists are researching
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a source that could be a solution to a world energy crisis at home for you r t correspondent lizzie takes a look at the area and why the idea how did benefit everyone is quite on board yet . president obama has vowed to transition america to alternative energy in america run solely on fossil fuels should not be the vision we have for our children and our grandchildren solar winds of biomass have been touted as more viable energy sources the disaster in japan served as an example of the serious dangers associated with nuclear power plants by all of a sudden do they raise this level to the highest local levels. but what if there is a nuclear energy source that is safe or green and some say thore arm is that source light bridge based in virginia is now testing this next generation nuclear fuel in russia south gray is the c.e.o.
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of the company it dramatically reduces the amount of waste it comes out of the reactor reduces the toxicity of the waste coming out of the reactor and doesn't produce any weapons usable materials and it's estimated that tauriel is three times more abundant than your raining out element currently using nuclear plants and scientists say there is so much of it that it can produce more energy than all the world's oil coal and uranium combined sounds like the alternative energy source the world needs but despite its advantages nuclear experts say politics and corporate interests may be getting in the last. i mean that it's going to be picked up by the utilities and implemented. they're going to look at the economics and the environmental benefit cochrane says the u.s. needs to change its energy policy is in order to make thore a more attractive to businesses they would have to have
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a different few structure than the current ones to encourage. the development of forward you know they should everywhere are racing to develop new ways to produce and use energy well i think in the coming years you'll start to see more testing more results more industry interest i think most of the industry interest in the u.s. and for human reactors and from outside the u.s. and we're testing underway in russia china and india the united states may lose the race and i'd itself behind the curve when it comes to energy innovation and the jobs it would create from washington liz wahl r.t. . and that is going to do it for now but for more on the stories we covered go to r.t. dot com slash usa or check out our youtube page youtube dot com slash r t america you can also follow me on twitter i'm at frowsy the alona show is up next in thirty minutes with a special halloween edition stuffed.

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