tv [untitled] May 19, 2012 12:00pm-12:30pm EDT
leaders of some of the world's most influential states take another shot at stemming the fiscal crisis in europe as g eight efficiency and relevancy is put to the test. germany's financial hub frankfurt is brought to a standstill as thousands of police flood the city in a bid to contain a fourth day of anti bank protests. opposing sides the same clearly the loss of loved ones brings israelis and palestinians together in a unique organization seeking better understanding between conflicting sides. international news and comment twenty four hours a day this is r.t.
the european financial gloom is casting that shadow over the g eight summit the u.s. presidential retreat near washington official talks begin there the leaders of the world's top industrialized nations are set to discuss greece's possible exit from the eurozone with e.u. officials saying they have contingency plans in case that comes true we'll go live to athens shortly but first an isa now she's at camp david for us. president obama mentioned that informal meeting with the leaders of the eight richest countries this morning where he talked about iran north korea syria and a whole lot of issues that the leaders do have to touch a bomb it's becoming very clear that the main focus is going to be the euro crisis a lot of different types of speculation going on certainly it is expected that whether or not greece will have to exit the euro zone is going to be discussed and we have heard from officials in brussels that there is some sort of a plan but from the leaders here the european leaders here
a lot of new faces monti here what we're hearing is we need to try our best to keep greece in the euro zone and this is something of course we've been hearing for a long time so the speculation is that the public montra is we need to save greece we need to keep greece in the euro zone but behind closed doors they're talking about how soon greece might have to leave you know g eight summit can be completely completely without them a lot of speculation even weeks really before the summit when putin made it very clear that he needed the time to form a new cabinet and media going wild with that saying that the reasons range from anything to he's afraid of criticism about protests to just relations between the u.s. and russia are horrible in fact prudent and obama spoke on the phone about him not coming they will be meeting in just over a month after g twenty and with that said a lot of experts that we've been speaking to say because the euro crisis has taken over really it doesn't make much sense for putin to be here. the russian economy is
ok and president. one hundred dollars a bow so the russian features in a strong position so president putin couldn't really contribute anything. to a solution you could say right you have to solve your debt problem germany perhaps . too weak members of the european union and so on but. most of the discussions will. the economic effect the vital interests of the european union and also president obama because obama has realized that if there's a fallout in europe he will affect his chances in america will affect the u.s. economy and this of course is an election year obama running for reelection vote in november as a lot of people talking about what happens here at camp david of course voters in america will be watching carefully and obama knows that very well. there will to talk more on whether greece is going to leave the eurozone or not let's go straight to athens we're joined from there by political analyst christophe knew travis there
was some confusion yesterday german chancellor angela merkel she said that greece should hold a referendum on whether it wants to stick with the euro but the same idea last year by the then greek prime minister george papandreou cost him his job and cause outrage in berlin so should the greek people now decide should now be a referendum. i think further to there are a curricular battle to grace in greek songs or to stay in the euro zone or not will be the next elections because of their lim of the next election was the start of a clear it's in we want to see in the eurozone or not i think that what the brain is the problem the room spoke about your parental she was right by. now all the time it is planned for her of rental because the particles will be and so dory was all digital measures and i don't think that they would sell it in a cleaner mine and those elections on the seventeenth of june would also what spell
the fate of those austerity measures whether greece will pursue austerity measures or not i mean that will be a significant day for austerity policy for example yes if. unless you've got a little. just a lead content and then is the next prime minister i think that there's thirty muscles in greece whatever we're number one hundred the time but in my opinion in that meeting there and the third party is going to let the suits are we encouraged it was i don't think so in my question i don't think that she has you heard the greatest increase flexibility to of all of the senate in resolution because what this is the most measures are already cited and are already implementing but if greece does drop those austerity plans it will be kicked out of the e.u.
won't it will have to drop the euro is everybody suspecting it will greece really drop the euro. i don't think so but i think the order will happen is the dollar stuporous if he's elected he will drag negotiate then the elimination of some spirit in measures i doubt that you would be successful but i think that no one in greece and i mean the political elite. there are foreigners that all of dual dual greece should be kicked out from the eurozone because if greece stick darling eurozone. then no one would want less if a national and that sort of punk rockers not only find ourselves but it's interesting chris also at the moment the talk coming out of the g. eight seems to be advocating growth and that's going against the austerity policy and indeed what germany is advocating so that doesn't seem to make sense it is it
doesn't make sense and it is. then there may be marks from all that work to leave all these two years in greece is that we're going to go on with there are certain measures but we're going to hold on to the certain measures we. will need some growth muscles mercury was. in a lot of debt then because last august the commercials and i think that's the summer suddenly realize that all these stories is that they're not all full rees. one is worth. just briefly all this talk of growth it sounds like it's an easy way out but growth can be just as painful as a stereotype can it not excite us if growth. groups legislation of means and all going to rest in greece into how this is a result was thirty short. group then the delegate race well really interesting here what your thoughts are that in athens thank you
very much christiane we're trying to sort all of us live there from greece political analysts there. well while leaders settle into the g eight meeting in maryland police in chicago readying themselves for the upcoming nato summit. and demands that nato. demonstrators plan a show of strength on the streets in the hope of grabbing the attention of not just those attending but the whole world. that's still to come for you but first and that's what tens of thousands of protesters in the middle east a calling new arab union plans it comes after saudi arabia said it wants to form an alliance with bahrain paving the way for an style of integration iran also strongly objects to the plan with thousands taking to the streets let's now discuss the proposed union and the opposition to it with independent political analyst dan glazebrook he's joining me live now from the u.k.
there from london dan why is bahrain's government so enthusiastic about this union with saudi arabia. well i think bahrain's government is enthusiastic for the very reason that the bahraini people are an enthusiastic because it's going to legitimize and systematize the saudi involvement in crushing the bahraini revolution drowning the bahraini revolution in in blood the bahraini government of course the al khalifa ruling family are happy about it for that exact reason because they fear that the wave the revolutionary wave are sweeping bahrain will threaten their centuries long rule of the country. and they are you have to remember with bahrain and saudi arabia this is the idea that they will have their policy dictated by a bigger foreign power is nothing new for the khalifas they worked as a servant of british imperialism servants of british imperialism for one hundred fifty years then servants of u.s. imperialism for the last forty years so being now taking orders from the u.s.
in directly via saudi arabia particular big deal for them i don't think this is a family that has much shame in that well those advocating this you know put a positive spin and say this could actually promote some sort of calm in bahrain bearing in mind saudi arabia one of the more stable states in the middle east. stability or world can come and stability really come from repressing the majority of the population seventy percent of the population sheer and increasingly actually systematically excluded from any positions of influence power effectively disenfranchised always have been in this regime so can you have any long term sustainable stability income by actually crushing disenfranchising and disempowering the majority i don't think so therefore this could actually have a negative effect where the saudi arabia could be adopting a weaker a more unsettled state and perhaps could lead to instability itself there in saudi
arabia. yes and you know we have to ask why what's in it for saudi arabia and i answered that it's crucial to remember saudi arabia doesn't have an independent foreign policy never has done its foreign policy like those of the other gulf states is formulated in washington and london so we really have to ask we think all wars why is saudi arabia doing this we have to ask why the colonial powers britain and france and of course now the us why are they pursuing this course and i think we have to understand this in terms of the preparations which have been underway for several years now for an aerial strike against iran which is still on the on the table the crushing of the bahraini resistance is crucial to the war plans against iran because it was the biggest deterrent to an attack on iran is of course the fear amongst the west and israel that actually the sheer population in other countries all rise up. and start to resist that attack on iran so actually what's the crushing of the bahraini revolution is all to do with trying to
preemptively destroy any potential resistance to the coming attack on iran so of course a majority democracy which that the west and east of course of forever banging on about is actually the last thing they want in bahrain because that mean a shia dominated government they're going all out to try and prevent iran's current ally in syria trying to destroy that going all out to destroy that's the last thing they want is a democrat a democratically elected shia government in bahrain because that could cause severe problems when they try to attack iran so that's the kind of context. and just briefly you talking about that challenge to iran that would definitely provoke tehran in pursuing that nuclear weapon which is suspected of doing but now there's clearly a consensus that it isn't but that would give it reason to do so wouldn't. well absolutely i mean iran has had reason to do so for a long time i mean. the u.s.
and britain have been going all out to overthrow the iranian regime ever since it came to power in the revolution one hundred seventy seventy nine but the plans are become a lot more in the last few years and especially since two thousand and one the plants have been increasingly developed and formulated. more and more specifically so. yeah that's a very real possibility and the iranian regime would be wise frankly to develop a nuclear weapon because i think actually that that would be the best chance of scuppering the war plans the blitzkrieg that's being lined up. in the west for iran that would be the most effective deterrent and i'm not alone in thinking that and opinion poll in egypt just recently said that the majority of egyptians think of the best hope for peace in the region will be an iranian nuclear weapon interesting
thoughts down glazebrook thank you very much indeed for joining us live there in london independent political analyst for that thank you this is r.t. can you live from the russian capital with you twenty four hours a day still ahead this hour deadly defense. is going to go a little bit wild bill do you want them sharing their knowledge with the government better than fucking around. the world that would come in through the body of people in new york whether the skills of the u.s. navy seals should really be shared with the public. demonstrations on the other side of the land to mean that germany's banking capital frankfurt is in lockdown standing in battle lines and early morning thousands of police officers and bulletproof vests of entrenched themselves around the city there to guard against fresh protests by the country's block and banking movement our correspondent peter oliver is in frankfurt for us. these protesters have taken to the streets of frankfurt to voice their displeasure at what they see as unfair all
sturdy measures that are being imposed on the eurozone at the moment now right now amongst these people as they march towards the headquarters of the european central bank it has really been a center full protest against the current crisis in the austerity measures that have been imposed across europe but today on saturday is the largest of the demonstrations as you can see this group behind me around fifteen thousand people we were hearing from the organizers on friday were expected to turn up they could actually be quite a few more here it's quite difficult to see from where i am but it certainly stretches back quite a long way now they're angry that it's the not the people who caused the debt crisis in europe that are having to foot the bill for it they blame the bankers they blame the. the people who risked the money in countries like greece in countries like spain that got people in got the countries in such trouble saying
it's them should face the the brunt of it not people who are going to suffer at the hand of austerity measures it's worth noting that this is been a very peaceful protest movement but despite that on friday around four hundred people were to tamed by very heavily equipped police offices that have been essential a blocking off the whole of central front first the movement itself has called themselves the lucky pipe and set of occupy is they attempted to block people from reaching the banking sectors or the banking services of europe's largest banking center in frankfurt this is the real hub of not just german banking but of european banking in general and as i say the court is of the european central bank located here. hermann who is at the protests also describes some of the police tactics she saw their actions she says go well beyond the law. here is this.
movement. anymore to enter the inner city yet this is something that this completely new in this country that not only remembers bullies can be seen around the demonstrators but also that individual people are picked out names are listed before. the manifestation starts they are not allowed anymore to and that the city and this is going down business sort of your version of democratic rights what happened is that they controlled the brocaded distrait and then they controlled everybody and individual people said. we want to see your passport so then they control. their database and said no you are not allowed to enter just square because we suppose you will do something illegal. common grief is uniting israelis and palestinians who've lost loved ones to the long lasting
conflict between them it's a unique gathering of suffering parents who want to increase understanding and bring peace closer but their goal is all but out of reach is reports. of the day my son must cute was a very hot day for me i remember grabbing my son trembling all over and running to the bomb shelter. to mothers to testimonies each different but in the end the same my some died in the line of duty there isn't a word it's a form and the form isn't pretty i've seen plenty of it so it takes a lot of courage to state defend the face and then embrace one's enemy and yet for nearly twenty years this is what these israelis and palestinians who lost family members have been doing they meet on a regular basis talk with one another and show that reconsideration is possible it's meaningful for the palestinians we hear about their brother brother was a soldier in the army and they can list they can and. my story and understand the
pain that i went through i had it's brother was serving as a soldier when he was killed on the third day of the first lebanon wall he was just nineteen people were put in a situation of a conflict thing everybody served his side of the things. this is their duty to do. this to their nation to. believe that two uncles were killed by israelis one was shot dead while trying to enter israel the other was force fed while on a hunger strike in prison and his lungs collapsed. from the time i was born i was part of this conflict for me and is really was a soldier or a settler or an agent of the security services. and he had both heard and i have found their way to the parent circle where half the members of palestinian half israeli but the parents circle is a minority voice the number of israelis and palestinians participating in dialogue
has hit a low ebb as many complain they see no point and we conciliation attempts while the peace process is at a stalemate because the legitimacy. of dialogue and coordination between the israeli and palestinian police. is eroding. because the legitimacy of negotiations is not a road and if there are governments which are ready to pay the price they will find very big support in their people so there is no. in the numbers but there is an erosion in the in the belief that something like this can happen in this is something that can easily be fixed but the hope lives on in these families who believe that through their pain and through their example change can come policy r t tel aviv. website article call me you can find more news from the middle east including a new approach from israeli agents keen to protect their identity. they don't
superhero costumes to stage a protest hoping they'll find the power to push for new terms of employment. and place a bid for the next lot suicide bombers found out about the many with the saudis own son at an auction dreaming of a terrorist future for him. thousands of protesters are flooded chicago ahead of a nato summit on sunday a huge showdown is expected later with police already on high alert rather doesn't activists were arrested on the eve of the gathering three were charged with conspiracy to cause terror. in chicago. the windy city of chicago turned sunny turned paranoid the hometown of the u.s. president plays host to this year's nato summit nato is a u.s. commanded military alliance responsible for wars and war crimes on a global basis already the most watched city in the u.s.
. as thousands of protesters begin to descend on chicago the city is in security overkill mode you got a bunch of peaceful protesters here they spent millions and millions of dollars for this week alone i mean by absolutely absurd police have reportedly preemptively raided the homes of protest organizers they battered down a door and made several arrests and we believe these are politically based arrests millions of dollars spent on new police gear trucks ready to function as rolling barricades businesses too are taking no chances what looks like a foreclosed building is actually a hotel in the heart of chicago plywood was put up in order to avoid windows being smashed by demonstrators flooding into town office workers have been advised to dress like protesters in order to not be targeted mustaches. are likely meanwhile activists there to express their outrage at nato is aggressive policies are blocked
off and kept as far away from world leaders as possible we're talking about a peaceful protest and i mean by peaceful people but peaceful people dedicated to the cause of peace against a military bloc the mightiest in human history and they are being portrayed as the force that needs to be protected while officials brace for riots know your rights trainings for demonstrators in their mind you know your brain meetings and street action against the military block kick off nato is organization no longer has a mandate to occupy chicago denies and demands that nato disband they have no more purpose they're spending our taxpayer dollars on wars. and destroy and murder civilians all over the world where the ghana stand top of the leaders agenda protesters say it's time to put an end to the warfare at once the only reason we're still in afghanistan is for rare earth minerals the same reason the only reason we went into iraq was secure oil fields for american oil companies these are purely
economic wars that are sold to the american public purely on propaganda it's garbage demonstrators want the money pumped into the summit and its security to be spent on real needs there is no peace majority in the united states we oppose war we oppose the war in the world's preeminent war making organization. and we have a human agenda and a humane agenda that has no place for war but fences separating politicians from the people that human agenda is no more than a nuisance to be cordoned off and r.t.e. chicago illinois. will be bringing you extended coverage of the nato summit in chicago throughout sunday and monday. see takes it. to. a trust that. tells you how.
self-defense courses in the u.s. teach people to protect themselves by punching kicking and even killing but should these tactics really be taught to everyone. new yorker hit the streets of the big apple to gauge opinion. former u.s. navy seal tim larkin teaches people how to kill and maim in the name of self defense how much is too much when it comes to protecting yourself this week let's talk about that do you think it would be ok to kill someone if your life was being threatened. absolutely has your life ever been threatened. now by a person of a what are the chances that your life will be threatened that you would need to know how to kill. one in ten to the twenty eight you're familiar with to mark and do you support his philosophy i completely support his philosophy he does he's not anything about trying to kill people he wants to help people be able to protect
themselves but he does teach moves that are lethal yes the police teach moves that are lethal as well great but those people are in a job that's defending the public exactly you know what when you're in the military sometimes those guys come out and they're a little bit you know world still do you want them sharing their knowledge with common citizens walking around. no no would come in citizens just people that maybe . are in the job situations where they're in dangerous positions in the world if you think you'd be able to kill someone if someone was threatening your life. it's tough to say until you there right yes but you probably happy you knew those moves that. well you know maybe but then if you hurt someone or kill someone no mother in what situation you can live you have to live with the forest of your life and that's the option each person has to make
whether or not you think self-defense can go too far the bottom line is the world can be a crazy place whether you choose to prepare yourself for violence or not. twenty seven minutes past the hour now let's have a quick look at some other news making headlines around the world a school in southern italy has been rocked by an explosion killing at least one teenage girl and injuring up to a dozen the bomb went off outside the building's entrance from people who were arriving for morning classes no one has claimed responsibility for the attack though officials believe the city's mafia could be behind it. tens of thousands of people in taiwan the taking part in a mass rally against the country's government protesters angry over the president's economic policies marched through the streets of taipei before gathering in front of the presidential office building the demonstration comes just one day before president. is inaugurated for a second four year term. and the first commercial cargo flight that was expected to
deliver supplies to the international space station has been aborted just seconds before blast off the california based space x. company blamed technical problems with the engine of its dragon rocket and is now richard jewel the launch for may the twenty second u.s. government has given space x. a contract to keep the stocked with food and equipment. that brings up statement of our top stories coming your way in just a few seconds from now stay with us live here on r.t. .