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more than a dozen dead in a double terrorist bomb attack in russia's republic of dagestan with over one hundred also injured in the blast. next to explore the connection between big bucks and the revolutionary drive across the globe as we talk to war through war correspondent chris hedges. chris hedges is an american author journalist former war correspondent and respected expert on middle east politics the pulitzer prize winner is also a man who is suing the us president and secretary of defense will be talking about that and a range of other issues as mr hedges joins me now for a one on one interview thank you very much for sitting down with r.t. sure we have seen a lot of violence and instability over the past couple of years the arab spring foreign intervention in libya uncontrollable debt problems and riots in the u.s. and throughout europe threats of global recession how do you think these political
and economic crises feed off of one another and keep the momentum going well it's all the same crisis which is the collapse of globalization it doesn't work anymore and it manifests itself through the rise of commodity prices forty seven million americans live in poverty they're not spending half of their income on food but they're now spending about thirty five percent. when you see a rise in gasoline prices. which are going up words in the united states and in oil projections will continue to rise up words above four dollars a gallon maybe five dollars a gallon so. we have created a kind of global oligarchy elite which is super national it owes no loyalty to any particular country it has reduced the working class within the united states within the developing world. to a level of almost subsistence existence it tells workers that they have to be
competitive on a global marketplace which means they have to be competitive with sweatshop workers in bangladesh or prison labor in china so we are it's a reconfiguration by corporations of a global economy where the working and and. beleaguered middle class are increasingly caught in a vise. in which there is no escape the system of globalization of unfettered unregulated corporate capitalism doesn't work for the ordinary citizen and that if we are seen ignite popular protest and i think that's the main reason why occupy wall street began in new york emplaced throughout not just the nation but the world what does the occupy movement lack to become a real politic factor in the u.s. and throughout the world right i mean the other thing about the occupy movement is that it had the right target which is wall street at this point washington is an
appendage of wall street wall street is where power lies both economic and political and so it it it was a powerful movement because it articulated these two truths. you know the idea of the one percent the economic inequality coupled with a targeting of where actual power lies the occupy movement has now. felt the full wrath of the state they've been their encampments have been physically eradicated. without question they have been heavily infiltrated the power of the occupy movement was that it spoke for the mainstream and the state's goal is to sever the occupy movement from the mainstream so the occupy movement has got to build walls it's got to develop a kind of self-discipline it's got to set standards which do not allow internal movements within the occupy. organization to sever itself from the mainstream
of the threat of the occupy movement in zuccotti park and you were there was that on weekends you had mothers from new jersey with their kids with strollers this terrified so the occupy movement they have to form agreements by which they can operate and the second thing is that they have to begin to organize around very specific issues i think if the occupy movement organizes around raising the minimum wage from seven dollars twenty five cents an hour which is the federal minimum wage to ten dollars an hour. it can galvanize around an issue seventy percent of americans by the way support a rise of the minimum wage in order to keep labor with it it has to latch on to issues such as the raising the minimum wage that will bring labor out into the street and keep the main stream keep it as the kind of vanguard movement of the mainstream whether it can do that or not i don't know we'll have to see what role do you see for u.s. banks and u.s. corporations how else if not through them can the economy get. overcovered well the
the not only are we not in a recovery i mean the the the banks are playing some very dirty game the fact that we've not regulated the banks the fact that we bailed out firms like goldman sachs and are in essence lending them free money what's the big zero one percent interest or something means they're all back to the speculative games and that's what they are games they don't produce anything they bed against things i mean one of the reasons the price of petrol is rising is because they're buying up futures and hoarding which is what they do with commodity prices you know basic staples of food rice and everything else and we are headed for another implosion and some of our most respected financial reporters gretchen morgenson and others at the new york times walking around saying this we've done nothing to curb them we have permitted the largest transference of wealth upwards in american history the
looting of the u.s. treasury or the tragedy is that the government when the banks were on its knees didn't step in instead of for instance creating taking ten billion dollars. or one hundred billion dollars in creating regional banks capitalizing those banks leveraging them ten to one loaning you know refinancing mortgages i mean there were all sorts of ways we could to use this kind of money constructively we handed it off to a criminal class and speaking of government where in the u.s. currently in an election year a republican candidates are now battling one another for the opportunity to oppose barack obama come november however skeptics view both parties as more similar than different because we've seen military invasions corporate bailouts and breaks for the wealthiest under both democrats and republicans how can a new political force start to grow in america if it's sort of that the same type
of cycle every four years well that's the problem and it's gotten worse because after citizens united in two thousand and ten. with the creation of these super pacs and obama broke a campaign promise by. reaching out to a super pac of his own i mean in a way he has no choice because this money rules and it has a pernicious effect not only on elections but on the process of legislation because if you are an elected official and you do anything that angers corporate lobbyists and corporate power then you know that the weight of that super pac will sweep you out of office and not only that but that when you are under attack you won't have a super pac to appeal to so it is essentially destroyed i mean it's all political theater i mean look at what the republican base is what's that about colonies supporting the newt gingrich and when thirteen thousand people live on the
moon they can apply to be a state you know. the fact is the personal narratives and personal pinions of political candidates do not matter there is no way to vote in this country against the interests of goldman sachs obama is a more appealing political candidate because he's sane but power i mean look the obama administration has carried out the policies of the george w. bush administration whether in terms of wall street imperial projects a failure to address the suffering of the working class. address the long term unemployment crisis we have cities now filing for bankruptcy states that are talking about filing for bankruptcy and the federal government is doing nothing except squandering four trillion dollars on wars that we're going to lose we're losing and handing money over to a class on wall street that is complicitous in
a centrally hollowing the country out from the inside the u.s. claims to promote democracy within america and throughout the world when it comes to syria. the u.s. is calling essentially for regime change sovereign state the us says that syrians deserve democratic transition but when you mention countries like iraq afghanistan and libya shouldn't the u.s. and in some ways learn some lessons before trying to teach more countries about well let's imagine how this so those in the middle east where we were mubarak's great supporter. you know i don't think anyone in the muslim world thinks that we care much about human rights or democracy we have since the first gulf war planted military base some the size of small cities i think there is at this point absolutely no credibility i'm talking about within the middle east when the united states claims that it would like to bring liberty or democracy to syria.
that said the assad regime and was there under saddam or is a pretty repugnant and horrible regime my feeling on syria and i'm not on the ground and as a reporter you know i i think that finally for one to make those kinds of judgments have to be on the ground but my feeling is that everything should be pushed through to create some kind of a cease fire because in cities like cities like homes at this point aside from the murderous showing and everything else you really have a situation where it will can't he there's no water and and so rather than pass a resolution that calls for assad's removal or resolution. that you know calls for intervention or anything else i would rather see them work more incrementally if that doesn't happen do you think there's any chance of. terry intervention i don't think so i think the u.s. is so overextended and i think that the situation in syria is so messy there is.
to a substantial degree and one problem or another socialism has spread the shadow of human regimentation over most of the nations of europe and the shadow as i'm approaching a little. early twenty first century military bases a network of military bases all around the former believe empire that the united states is trying to build it's astonishing most americans have no idea there are more than a quarter of a million or more than two hundred fifty thousand u.s. troops stationed on these bases all around us. we don't have power bases in america
we don't have any british base we don't have any korean base we don't have any french bases or you know we just all american bases in our bases of. noises around one or two doesn't bother us at all because they're all bases but for other people it's almost like you can see here for the speech. since the end of world war two the spaces i've been. working here to provide a safe and secure environment for everybody. the questions the thing else is you get everything you need. with the. technology innovation all the loose developments around russia we. covered. the top
stories from out see incumbent nicolas sarkozy and rival from saw a face off in france's presidential election the end of the battle that could redefine the country's role on the world stage. opposition activists are occupying the center of moscow. what they call the march of the millions on the eve of lithium of putin's third inauguration. bloody build up of increased violence of egypt more deaths in violent clashes a month before the presidential election. more than a dozen dead in a double terrorist bomb attack in russia's republic of over one hundred also injured in the. sport for you.
on this busy sunday and here are the headlines the europhiles russian champions the end of season battle for the european places the. two two draw against in a crunch moscow dobby. while highs and lows leaders manchester city are champions. in the first of seven crunch matches at the top and bottom of the english premier league. and roaring back rory mcilroy a third round sixty six. on course to overhaul the absolute totals to regain the world number one spot. but let's kick off with russian premier league football where did i snatch a ninetieth minute equaliser after twice coming from behind to draw two two at home to look at what if in the moscow dobby but missed the chance to move into the second champions league place well. opens them up after twenty seven minutes but
having to run the level up straight on to the interval however with ten minutes to go the newsgroup again put the visitors in front but a last gasp strike from the gun the same of which ensured it ended two two denominators trailed a second place by a points but have only one game left to play while the army men have to go meanwhile spots that must not have an absolute chance of finishing second on the uni crowned champions and eight will receive the league trophy in front of their son petersburg fans after the game it's currently one no less alexander because he called on target after twenty three minutes. to entertain rubin with both sides targeting you rightfully places the players will wear black armbands in memory of the victims of the dagestan's bombings this week and at the bottom arrest often vulgar will be battled to avoid the relegation play offs that i am caught in the days final game. while over in england leaders manchester city could move a step closer to their first top flight cranston's nine hundred sixty eight but
they're at fifth place near castle who are aiming to finish in the champions league places while with two games to go see the top of the table on goal difference from manchester united. in the late game elsewhere top most could leapfrog australian to third with a win a struggling aston villa and at the other end of the table third bottom bolton and fourth bottom q.p.r. both need victories to ease their relegation fears but all eyes are on city who were kicked off the difficult day of action and then managers not used the title is in sight. these giants. would be united i think that is really important these. but i think at the end there change these one say that we work well for the war if it can happen you can lose it you can win i don't know but now we have a big chance. is because the guy said what they really were and i'm proud for this . and in the meantime chelsea captain john terry says his team deserved to lift the
f.a. cup for the seventh time after baby liverpool two won in the final at wembley on saturday remember as i have been to the blues off the eleven minutes between goalkeeper to play raina his new post and then early in the second home did a drug but he's always scored when he plays at wembley maybe it's two nil however andy carroll came off the bench for the reds and pulled a goal back in the sixty fourth minute and then seven minutes from time to strike a thought he'd headed liverpool level the goal wasn't given with replay showing the ball didn't appear to fully cross the line and chelsea hung on to the pitch that first piece of silverware for two years if you don't like difference to so for those that are going to me it was when i became morning it was more it was in support of. my the great side actually to to keep him out of the performance of the government so we don't even deserve to win however the job is on recalls done as far as chelsea are concerned in a fortnight's travel to buy in munich for the champions league final now in the hope of winning a unique double. there are two crucial weeks for us he won the first time
for her fifteen year fifteen days we have another one of her good turns to and another to build the most important in europe. and we are all looking forward to play this game now into ice hockey and after coming back to cruise pos latvia russia of the king to make it two wins from two as they take on norway at the world championships. is once again between the pipes for russia after producing twenty four saves on ice to be rained on the norwegians lost their writing much to sweden and the other big game of the day defending champions finland islip actually. that's a boxing and floyd mayweather jr house kept his other beaten record intact but only just following one of the toughest fights of his career against miguel cotto in las vegas well it was billed as the fight of the year and mayweather had to work hawt. victory of his career holding off
a toilet before rocking him in the twelfth round playing with w.p.a. like little white belts judges making him the clear went out with a unanimous points decision was also a massive payday for my whether he picks up a thirty two million dollars pass before starting history month jail sentence for domestic abuse and is full of respect for his opponent. is a tough competitor i knew i had dedicate myself. that this was going to be easy fight i don't look i do look i'm so going into this fight expected a easy fight like i said before to me. was an undefeated fighter he fought one guy at a catch weight he fought another guy who was cheating the sport he brought his best and maybe by down a fight over well the match everyone can't wait to see is mayweather taking on money package and the filipino congressman has arrived in america but he's preparing to defend his w b o welterweight title against lesson learned timothy
bradley has a month to go before they square off in las vegas i'm still searching three year old champion is already deep in preparation to take on the man who is five years his junior. but i have the great heart in focus of the thirty in the public that are fighting because i'm fighting with the. younger guys hungry by doing. defending n.b.a. champions the dallas mavericks have been knocked out of the playoffs in the first round they were swept by oklahoma city who rallied for a one hundred three points two ninety seven victory in dallas but i'll swear the sundries cliff is off to one up in the best of seven series against memphis offer a single point victory some time ago and now maybe just one more win against utah for that one hundred nineteen to ninety victory but then three nil up indiana are also on the brink of progressing edging possible allowed to go three one up in that contest. very very proud of our guys. are showing
a great deal of resiliency in the face of a furious comeback by the magic obviously give credit to. all their players and coaching staff for just really fighting down the stretch and making it a heck of a basketball game. is a lot of fun out there good good end up on the plus side of a game like that. now let's turn to goal for local boy webb simpson has reclaimed the lead at the wells fargo championship although well number two rory mcilroy produced the most eye catching performance of the surge around that's the twenty three year old northern irishman on the far right in this bunker he could return to the top of the world rankings this week if it produces a top seven finish where follow. a penobscot round of sixty six between two shots off the lead tied in third along with american nick watney but it's simpson his out in front his rider sixty nine sent him back to the top of the leaderboard and a shot ahead of t.a. points and one more. now defending motor g.p.
champion casey stone has claimed his second straight win of the portuguese grown prayed to go top of the overall standings the australian started on pole and held off the challenge of former champions full day runs out the second investor will use them as hundred teammates danny that came in third ahead of the yamaha and you have all been bred to busy oso and health crushed but american colleen edwards was out he'd fractured his collarbone when he was hit by randy in his bike during qualification. elsewhere sprint you saying bolt has posted the fastest time of the season in the one hundred meters to throw down the gauntlet ahead of this summer's london olympics the world and olympic champion was running for the first time this year in his native jamaica and didn't have to do the full stops from his competitors the twenty five year old kept his to blow away the world nine point eight two seconds a sterling effort they still have
a choice other than his own world record of nine point five eight seconds however well to say he's targeting an amazing nine point four in london so watch this space . and also be at the right time is a new genre the one hundred ten metres hurdles champion from the two thousand and four and olympics the chinese start east to victory in the one hundred twenty two right in japan and will be hoping to carry his would fall into the london games especially after failing to deliver in his native beijing four years ago. and that's all the support for this bill isn't obvious back in just under two hours with another update from until then i think. height fifty two metres. weight more than eight thousand tons of. skin thickness thirty centimeters the guinness record.
the top stories incumbent nicolas sarkozy and rival cross all alone faceoff from france's presidential election. could redefine the country's role in the world stage. a leading human rights activist from bahrain is arrested days before he is to end his interview with julian is songe in which he spoke of a violent crackdown on protesters in his home country. and opposition protesters occupied central moscow just a day before by demeter putin's inauguration the movement dubbed a march of millions despite turnout proving scarce. more headlines from us in the wake increased violence in egypt with more deaths and violent clashes of rallies less than a month before the presidential election. plus more than a dozen dead in the double terrorist.