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thanks for joining us here today. live in moscow hurricane sandy has caused chaos to the u.s. presidential election with. early voting disrupted but it's the economic storm over the last few years which is why. criticism thrown at the two major candidates over their links to the rich who are still ultimately hogging the wealth of the nation. as our tees up close us alexion coverage continues this week we turn our attention to domestic issues concerning voters now you us presidents have historically referred to america as an exceptional nation a land of opportunity where one can work hard and over time climb the proverbial economic ladder but one year ago that myth was boston when occupy wall street activists camped out here in zuccotti park igniting eye nationwide grassroots
movement protesting corporate greed wealth inequality and in a world middle class today the fact is the u.s. gap between rich and poor has never been wider and unprecedented amount of americans are sliding down the proverbial ladder while the top one percent earn an average annual income of twenty four million dollars enough to bet on both horses running in the nation's biggest political race. it's the most expensive political playoff in u.s. history a competition for the country's most powerful position one of the things i suspect governor romney and i probably agree on is let's come back to something the president i agree on no matter who wins the two thousand and twelve election. america's ninety nine percent movement will be left with a one percent president regardless of who we vote for wall street wins i mean
that's really one of the main messages is that when we're casting about we see that we have these corporations giving so much money to candidates and they can't be objective when it comes to the interests of the vast majority of the bonus loving industry that ignited america's economic crisis real estate collapse job hemorrhage and foreclosure epidemic. is also on track to break campaign donation records for the two thousand and twelve presidential election each election cycle each four years because. the more they did four years ago so running for president is now a half a billion dollar undertaking you need half a billion dollars to credibly run for the president of united states and you're going to raise that from large corporations and wealthy individuals in the case of mitt romney wealth attracts wealth the republican candidate has a reported net worth of two hundred million dollars and according to the center for responsive politics the top eight financial contributors to romney's campaign are wall street banks with employees from goldman sachs bank of america and morgan
stanley rounding out the top three. this is the by the moment changes come to america five in two thousand and eight barack obama became the largest beneficiary of wall street backing in u.s. election history. receiving more than forty two million dollars from the finance insurance and real estate sectors it's hard to believe that smart rational guys and big companies with huge research departments and a real understanding of the society are going to give that much money and expect nothing in return so their donation is probably not a charity since becoming president obama's justice department hasn't prosecuted one person in connection to the two thousand and eight financial collapse on the other hand top executives from j.p. morgan chase citigroup and general electric were recruited to work in the white house what we have cemented into place is a system of legalized bribery public elected officials are now since corporate
employees you know the flagrant sort of corruption the ability of this small rapacious class of corporate oligarchy to write the laws write the legislation create a two tiered system this ultimately is going to implode according to a two thousand and twelve harris poll the majority of americans see wall street executives as dishonest and overpaid with an overwhelming amount of citizens in support of tougher regulation. and overhaul the occupy wall street movement began championing last year as millions of americans flooded the streets. thousands facing brutal arrests. to protest wall street greed economic inequality and corporate influence over u.s. politics. election day draws near occupy activists say both candidates have pander to their financial donors and successfully ignored the biggest american
grassroots movement to be seen in decades we see little difference between the two parties they're both basically imperialist parties and i think that one thing that i can really do is expose how. the democratic system as we have it right now is basically a sham the political system is so broken in so many ways that the reason that we continue to come out in the streets and raise you know ring the alarm bells around economic injustice and economic situation in our country is because you know people aren't doing their job millions of americans will soon be heading to the polls lacking support for either major candidate but voting against the one they liked least however with wall street successfully cementing strong ties to both presidential runners some may wonder if the winner of this election has already been declared hurry up or not i r t v r. r let's get a bit more on this and how the u.s. presidential race is being seen by those protesting against corporate influence but
i'll join love i want to guard activist from austin arrested while taking part in the blockade of the port of houston a year ago which he says was the result of police in trouble it is good to see you today i'll get straight to it for you do you feel the demands of what you call the so-called ninety nine percent have been taken into account in the ongoing us presidential race. probably not not not well enough i mean there is some lip service paid to regulations on wall street but we had to twitter bomb the last presidential debate to get a even a seat at the table in any kind of way so they're not talking about the ongoing lawsuit involving they not talking about. what we're interested in mostly which is debt. real regulations on wall street real participatory democracy. and making sure people say in their houses and have education so it seems like there's there's
a lot of the same rhetoric going from both sides both parties and a lot of the same that we've heard in the past in the last two years in this entire election cycle and there you go you make mention about people losing their homes we know about the housing loss here would be overrated. when you talk about the lack of attention to the so-called ninety nine percent let's address one major issue here you know this campaign is the most expensive in u.s. history i mean that should certainly all in by itself raise several eyebrows there is any feeling among them among americans about that i mean it should be a vote of democracy and not a vote of those sponsored by corporations. well absolutely and i think that's why there are so many occupiers who were interested in citizens united and ending this sort of torrent of money and donations that's made available to to representatives new of different ideas and approaches to to have to curtail that or curb that making publicly funded elections or some sort of caps. you know there's different
ideas floating around but in terms of occupy the amount of money coming in is exactly what a lot of us are afraid of that disenfranchises a number of people who can't afford a lobbyist who can't afford a seat at a dinner with their candidate because it's fifty thousand dollars a plate or something like that that that barrier that that's caused by the the money in politics keeps a lot of minority voices out picture majority who are americans out of the conversation so of course you've got barack obama you've got mitt romney as well but do you think voters are aware in america that there are other presidential candidates to take into account for this election. well i think that they have been made aware by programs like like yours i saw that he was broadcasting the other third party candidates so you have a number of folks like jill stein rocky anderson gary johnson and. mr good who are
all campaigning for the presidency i don't think that they've gotten enough exposure and there have been people who have been working both inside and outside the system folks like jill stein who have gotten arrested protesting the fact that they can't get into those debates that they can't make those alternate ideas and voices come out because the commission on presidential debates says that they can't they can't participate and and yet so i think that some people are aware and programs like yours are helping to bring that awareness out in a democracy now also did some good mates and c.-span as well so that's helping but it's certainly not getting the attention that that they should be getting now as we all know i finally when it came to obama and his whole campaign pledge four years ago his whole platform was about change now do you and your fellow activists expect any change to come off to this presidential election. well. i don't know i don't know what you expect exactly i think i think that he's going
to be moving forward in some of his some of his policies and i think it's up to us really to continue to pressure him and he said that himself back in the in the last his last term that you have to force him in some way and i think i think that's true we're going continue to have to make pressure to see if we can force something like what's happening in finland where iceland a more participatory democracy where people can actually submit policy ideas electronically or even if there is something like an article five convention would be great some sort of input by the citizens on our constitution able to think of amendments or we just need to be more involved in the need to put pressure on whoever does come into office to give us a place at the table these debates should be lasting longer long we should we should be able to talk and debate and have critical conversations with our elected representatives throughout the year obama should just be sitting down with mitt romney should be saying that chomsky or chris hedges or other other people who have
heard or ideas you should really have an intelligent conversation going to gaza and occupy often activists are joining us live from texas of course in the u.s. thank you very much for coming on the program today. well as well campaign it will continue on air and online all the way up to the boat i do stay with us here on our team as we explore some of the most overlooked and outright ignored aspects of the race. what lies ahead for auction will movements mobilize calls for a new american who stands for the millions nine percent u.s. election is close by monday october twenty ninth on r.t.e. . thanks for joining us here on our to today russia's foreign minister says international powers should put more pressure on the warring sides in syria after the latest truce was wrecked after meeting the international envoy to syria right here in moscow sort of left off urged western states and regional players to engage
with president assad piskun office been following the talks right here in the russian capital. even though it was supposed to last just four days the ceasefire in syria didn't work and now the question on everybody's lips is what happens next and both russia's foreign minister lavrov and special envoy brahimi are placing their bets on the geneva communique which was signed by wall power center by just both sides of the conflict in syria to simultaneously put their weapons down and also for equal pressure to be applied on both of them from the outside but according to russia's foreign minister far from all countries which signed this agreement back in geneva are playing by the rules that i see in the in the let's say you do russia is probably the only country along those that took part in the geneva talks on the thirtieth of june which negotiates regularly with all sides in the syrian conflict the government and all opposition groups with no exceptions we expect our western partners and partners in the region to do the siege they should
get used to the idea that without dialogue with the syrian government virtually nothing can be achieved and this is currently a major problem in moving towards a political process in syria internal special envoy brahimi said he is sorry that the ceasefire plan didn't work it was negotiated to take place during the course of the feast of sacrifice was supposed to end today but was in fact broken right on the first day with a deadly blast in damascus then violence continued in different parts of the country throughout the weekend and was told by another deadly explosion in damascus on monday and russia's foreign minister labral says that with these provocations taking place the syrian government is also making disproportionate responses so mr brahimi is facing a very tough task of finding some sort of a diplomatic solution and more importantly making it work he himself says that you know level of distrust between the two sides of the coptic in syria is so high right now it won't even when they begin discussing some sort of obligations each
one expects automatically the other one to break its promises. still ahead for you this hour here on out there is more pain ahead for those hard up. as athens struggles to pass reform needs to get another cash injection its creditors are planning to request even more sacrifices. costs people credit and get out of the way america's east coast braces for the onslaught of hurricane sandy with new york turning into a ghost town but more about it and many other international news stories after a short break. i never thought i could earn a living this way. natalee issue of i as a lawyer should test small arms so that's what i was to machine building plant natalee also lost count of all the weapons she's fired over the past twelve years.
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if you're just joining us welcome to the program this is our. no thanks to the reaction of residents in east london to europe's largest mosque being planned for their backyard it will be right next to the olympic site as artie's party boy found out it's not only the sheer size but the islamic group itself and they're worried that. promote radicalism among the muslim community. four times bigger than some paul's cathedral a mega mosque that will fit ten thousand people and it could be coming to london's east end if it gets the go ahead it's built the river in center will be the same size as london's looming but as a promise station it would also be the biggest place of worship in the u.k. of any religion but critics have slammed the proposal saying that it would create a muslim pastor in the forces that are so working to bring the largest mosque the u.k. has ever seen in to reality revered architects planning consultants and glitzy
p.r. teams all paid for by the organization behind the idea to match a group that's causing significant concern this is a return beat him out of all the islamic groups which has created ghettos over in toronto you know in canada right there around the world is a huge group and wherever they go they create barriers they create hostility they create division they create separatism with its unassuming name the riverine centers website claims there's a demand for a new muslim place of worship in culturally diverse east london not that they're happy to talk about it it's representatives refused to speak to us when we approach the proprietors site home to their current mosque it does not want to integrate the grounds on which search trying to set up here in britain and a big way and to be british they are and to western but actually they're also anti worldly they're also world but this is not just going to be
a more this is going to be a center of training in which to reach out to islam is muslims to harden up and maybe evil lies in islam of ordinary muslims in this country and i mean so many muslims don't want that the problem here is that. muslims themselves are opposing this mosque more on the grounds that they don't want to worship their god but on the grounds that women aren't allowed the local population of muslim population has no and the say in how the mosque itself is governed all the local authority would say to us is. planning application as this is currently being it would be inappropriate. at this stage in many ways if this went ahead to be like a tipping point and. there be no stopping fundamentalist islam if this one goes up well if that happens we all need to leave the country over the last one out please
turn the lights off while the council ponders campaigners hair of all religions say they hope the decision makers choose carefully just today let's set up shop in the british capital. r t. all day remember you can always go to watty dot com to find more stories pictures and analysis as well as catch anything you may have missed on air let's see what's lined up at r.t. dot com for this hour right now other winners smash it all the fans of one u.s. baseball team turned san francisco upside down after a bad team snatches a last digit victory. for most of the details for you right now it was a click away. plus a golden mystery a russian cargo ship vanishes at sea while carrying seven hundred tons of precious other vessels and aircraft are searching the waters at this point though no signs of wreckage or of any missing crew members. greece will have to introduce another
one hundred and fifty economic reforms to please its international creditors that's according to a leaked report from its lenders greece has been locked in talks with the troika for weeks over the crucial austerity package it would need to introduce to be saved from bankruptcy by mid november yohan the van overtveldt the editor in chief of trans business magazine says there's no chance satins can keep its sovereignty and get the money it needs. it's one of two things you either have to accept the fact that you will lose sovereignty. or you will have major problems of the continuity of this monetary union so if you need money if you're in this would call to you like greece is it in a vital move that those who lend you the money starts interfering with your policies so it may sound a little brutal or maybe a little bit undemocratic but that's the way things work if you really are in need of that much money for that long period of time it's invite them over to give up
some of your server or anything and as a matter of fact to make this monetary union work in the structural and durable way every state involved in this euro zone in this monitor you will have to accept this principle. and the greek government is now being accused of failing to go after tax dodgers a journalist who published a list of the country's political and business elite who have swiss bank accounts now faces a trial after being arrested professor of economics at genesis says politicians are reluctant to investigate because of their own personal involvement. i believe. really investigative reporting greece has been arrested for if you like selling it probably interests that the vast majority of elation fear is. simply. to expose the network of court
action which in was glad to extend good politicians and businessmen for fifty years during this crisis will be imposed upon the vast majority of the. workers school have no alternative but to pay their tax bill editions. of moralizing fingers as we can members of society saying oh you have not been a good tax you've been this is why i got it will state to now the do this coming out of acceleration and about the fact that tax evasion is again played very skillfully as it has been happening for the last thirty or forty years now live to be really keen to be idle in the face of such a list. for the r.t. world update will start with ankara police have used tear gas and water cannons to disperse thousands in the streets hoping celebrating the founding of the turkish
republic demonstrators will stop as a try to commemorate. the founder of the secular state which many think is under threat from a shift towards increasingly islamic policies the rally had been planned by the government of the citizens don't voice their anger over the country's current problems including of course the tensions on the border with syria. and vote counting is underway after ukraine's parliamentary election with over sixty five percent of the ballots counted the ruling party leads but observation parties have more votes in total they could ultimately post and problems for president victorian of course which the opposition promises to. impeach him for quote constitutional violations if they gained enough influence in parliament by the elections were criticized by european observers who said they lacked transparency old balanced media coverage. the most fearsome storm ever to head for america has forced president obama to warm to the danger is very serious. and which has already
claimed sixty five lives in the caribbean is tearing towards the east coast new jersey looks like you could be worst and ordered mass evacuations thousands of flights grounded on the subway network shut down as well new york itself being described as a ghost town the national guard is setting up to try and prevent looting. well marina it's good to see you again for the day we're talking about markets i would only imagine wall street right now must be absolutely empty well you said it yourself new york is like some have described it as a ghost town and this is exactly what it is like for the markets as well because all the investors all the traders they are home they've been told to stay there as a precautionary method of course a safety precaution i should say and we know that the nasdaq and of course we have the new york stock exchange and they have been closed suspended the trading there and they're saying that this might last until wednesday will more details on now we
know that it of course go into effect around sixty million people live in and around new york and this is for the first time that trading has been suspended since the september eleventh terrorist attacks workers have reportedly stacked sandbags in manhattan to try and limit the damages that are expected and some just traders are saying you know with just days now before the presidential elections and mitt romney have been forced to cancel costly campaign events in the city and also other people that are suffering are european investors because they always looks of what's happening on wall street overnight see how that will go right now a sea of red insurance companies are actually among the ones they can major in because of the damages that paul. that will involve if this of course happens now if we move on and quickly take a look at current seasons who will resign when it comes to the euro it's the weekend against the us dollar and there are ruble and the lower against the currency basket but look at the russian markets they are now closed and they end the negative territory trying losses that were still receives gas from the maddest
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