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video for your media project free media john darche dot com. the first stop will be the. n.s.a. whistleblower edward snowden makes his first public statement since being granted asylum in russia after being presented in the war for his revelations. like the march against frankenfood protesters in hundreds of cities across the world unite to vent their anger at the mess g.m. giant wants. us with no deal to end america's budget deadlock the white house and republicans agreed to continue talking while constipation see their treatment put on hold. the matter of life or death it's not a matter of inconvenience or just an irritation for us we need this treatment.
broadcasting twenty four seven life from moscow you're watching. now edward snowden hasn't been seen by the wider public since he received political asylum in russia until now we can leaks has released new footage of the n.s.a. whistleblower they did not reveal exactly where it was filmed though because of concerns of back his security well. catherine of can tell us more a back to joins us live lucy we haven't seen mr snowden for a while since the summer in fact but he did have plenty to say he certainly did andrew the n.s.a. was a whistleblower spoke passionately about the problem of government surveillance in the united states now he said that it wasn't about any specific spying program but rather. the relationship between people and the state
a relationship which he described as increasingly coming into conflict with the democratic values now he also lashed out at government persecution of whistleblowers and i want to give our viewers a chance to listen to mr snowden in his own words let's play that clip because the more you know least you know where we. are exactly for sure it's on. my arms. but they will stop the. person. holding the. so very strong emotion there as you just saw this is the first of course video of mr snowden since he received asylum in russia the last time as you mention the world caught a glimpse of him was at the transit zone of moscow's sheremetyevo airport that was back on july twelfth now this new footage was taken in a secret location where mr snowden was actually given the sam adams award for
integrity and intelligence now that award it was presented to him by four former u.s. intelligence officials thomas drake of the n.s.a. a former f.b.i. agent coleen rowley jesselyn a radical of the government accountability project all of them whistleblowers in their own right as well as former cia analyst ray mcgovern now our team was lucky enough to have those four in our studios on thursday for an in-depth discussion and now of course with this new video we're able to hear from mr snowden himself and that video was provided to us by wiki leaks now the head of that organization judy this own judge has also voiced concerns as he absolutely did r.t. did have the opportunity to sit down exclusively with the wiki leaks founder at the ecuadorian embassy in london where he's still basically trapped in ins and some ways with no ability to leave now he said that he was concerned not so much for the safety of mr stone and but for the safety of. publishing his we leaked and really working to get his story and that information out there let's play that clip as
well but i'm more concerned in terms of present people at risk. of this sort of harrison who was involved in getting. out of hong kong spent thirty nine days with him moscow report protecting him following petitions to be in russia. now she's from the u.k. as we know guardian newspaper was rated grills part of the time for nine hours on the counterterrorism act here without charge and for more investigation reform terrorism investigation has started up. in relation to all those people. so both men expressing concern about. the prosecution of not just whistleblowers but people who are involved in the whole process mr snowden i should add is safe
and sound he is in an undisclosed location but he was finally able to meet with his father here in moscow both assigned and snowden though very much concerned about this trend of cracking down effectively on whistleblowers and those who work with them ok thank you lucy that's artie's lucy catherine i can now worldwide rally against genetically modified food giant monsanto is being held across the globe activists are protesting the use of potentially harmful chemicals in food production something monsanto says is the only way to feed the globe's growing population these are set to take part in the march across more than sixty countries artie's report i reports now from new york. in the land of supersize approximately eighty five percent of all processed foods contain genetically modified organisms g.m.o. is an acronym that owes its notoriety largely to the agriculture giant monsanto
a multinational billion dollar corporation generating global criticism revolving around the safety of its products and growing a monopoly over the world's food supply they are able to patent the genetically modified foods with a very strong patent for farmers can only base the seeds from monsanto each year and they can't save the seeds and farmers who have tried to save seeds or have their farms contaminated months and was gone after them and sued them or only into growing their crops researchers have documented dozens of health risks associated with the consumption of a modified foods and the majority of americans have campaigned for g.m.o. foods to be labeled just like these organic fruits are labeled but so far the will of the people has been silenced by the money of monsanto according to open secrets dot org the company's spent nearly six million dollars last year lobbying federal lawmakers and food regulators the payoff came this year with the passing of the
so-called monsanto protection act a bill that gives the biotech companies immunity from lawsuits pertaining to the production and sale of genetically modified seeds the new reality of the world is that chemical companies are feeding us and our families and i hadn't realized that before that it's now sort of already to the table rather than farm to table and in an effort to widen its power and profit the agriculture giant has recently purchased a corporation which sells climate data to farmers the price tag of nine hundred thirty million dollars wasn't a problem for monsanto which grossed a reported thirteen point five billion dollars in revenue last year but decades before. most and fears about modified foods came along monsanto was already in business it helped bring pesticides agent orange and terminator seeds to the market agent orange was used by the u.s.
military during the vietnam war where it's estimated to have killed hundreds of thousands of people it's a facts are still being felt today vietnam says some half a million children have suffered birth defects due to herbicide. monsanto's current practices have ignited protests around the globe. millions are taking to the streets demanding that big food comes clean by either illegally genetically engineered products or not selling them at all marina port ny r.t. new york among sons i was not the only g.m. producer causing concern we spoke to colin o'neill who is director of government affairs at the center for food safety in the u.s. and he says such companies have the power to pressure governments worldwide to get their products on the market these marches are raising awareness about the issue
and bring awareness not only about monsanto and its influence in agriculture but also other chemical companies that have become major agribusiness influences on capitol hill i think you we see an overwhelming influence in governments and that really has to do with money that these are major chemical companies the top i mean fifty three percent over fifty three percent of seeds are owned by just a handful of these major agribusiness chemical companies so they exert tremendous influence in politics and have millions upon millions of dollars to spend to ensure that their products get spread through reviews and also to ensure that consumers are not informed about what the products they are eating so for instance not labeling genetically engineered foods. and of course we will be following closely the global action against monsanto here and online as well so stay with us for all the latest updates plus we've got a special documentary coming up about just how safe genetically modified foods are
for your health you watch golden rice later this hour. global business global. interests versus millions of voices billions in profits versus global. g r g dot com president obama and house republicans have again failed to reach a deal to end the u.s. budget crisis the white house rejected a republican proposal for a short term lifting of the debt ceiling. we cannot have a situation where we use extended as part of a budget negotiation process for only six weeks which would put us right back in the same position that we are in now. while obama spokesperson said the president would only sign a clean short crease of the boring limit that means one free of any policy demands
republicans want to delay obama's health care reforms but the white house is refusing to discuss it until the government reopens if no agreement is reached the u.s. will run out of money tied to the seventeen and will default to some including cancer patients whose treatment has been put on hold things are already bad enough. lives are at stake two hundred people are trying to get into trials at an age each week and if each week passes that's another two hundred that are turned away at this time and it's a matter of life or death it's not a matter of inconvenience or just an irritation for us we need this treatment well michelle long been was diagnosed with sarcoma she was supposed to receive treatment at the u.s. national institutes of health but was turned away after lawmakers failed to agree on the budget we asked what she'd like to say to them i have heard a couple of instances where they find that this is just the game between them and
it's a matter of winning and i'd like to say that it's not a matter of when or lose i mean it's please listen to the people and know that it's affecting so many. that are in need of help. well enough. to solve the shutdown crisis themselves by blocking high white traffic around d.c. . resignation or impeachment. and some of them have some pretty strong views about obama's presidency coming up we'll tell you more demands to get the government moving again. reports of a humanitarian crisis in syria with the country gripped by civil war but we take a look at just. reality all of this is coming up.
welcome back with r.t. now let's have a quick look at other news making headlines around the world twenty seven people have been dead after a boat carrying african migrants capsized in the mediterranean sea most of the approximately two hundred who were on board have been rescued by maltese and italian ship supported by helicopters in a similar incident last week more than three hundred people mostly from eritrea and somalia drown you tally nile and of lampedusa. venezuela has to say and a u.s. operated ship which entered disputed waters off guyana the versa was being used by an american oil exploration company guyana called the move an unprecedented threat to peace while venezuela said the ship violated its lease of economic zone without
permission a border rabih tween the south and south american countries has lasted for over a century with the search for resources fueling tension. syrian government troops in militias seize two seven damascus suburbs from opposition groups threatening their hold on supply lines the fight is included shiites from iraq and lebanon's hezbollah are clashes took place close to a major chemical weapons facility where experts overseeing the elimination of toxic cave meanwhile human rights watch says rebel forces were responsible for a civilian massacre in august which killed at least two hundred people in for a regime villagers. saying with syria and talk of a humanitarian crisis has been the fuel for western calls for an intervention in the conflict many reports suggest ordinary life for most syrians has more or less ground to a halt but often reality can be quite different as artie's porous layer reports now
that we have been able to make progress on the chemical weapons issue we should not forget we also needed to make progress on the humanitarian issue a warning echoing throughout many corridors of power in the west is on track to be . the biggest humanitarian catastrophe of the twenty first century this is building into one of the great humanitarian crisis on the face of the planet. no this is not true we have enough food they are all liars we don't care what they see here as you can see we have no trouble in this bakery in downtown damascus tens of thousands of traditional reflow are churned out each day the machines work sixteen hours a day six days a week. we have extra quantities enough for another fifteen days. while in this public market and the thousands like it across syria shoppers
and management tell us in two years they've needed be any shortages. regarding rice and sugar they're always available we never have a shortage of them and our warehouses are always full. but it's not what the foreign media reports the worst humanitarian crisis since the end of the cold war we're seeing evidence of the humanitarian situation inside syria and it is only getting worse isom adani recently arrived in the country and was shocked to find that local stores are full i thought that there would be nothing nothing at all everywhere in the supermarkets and nothing to eat and nothing i was really very agreeably surprised there is a lot of everything you know fruits bread. vegetables. ok of syrian origin i said lives in france where she works hard to counter mainstream media bias she believes the french press like others does not report the
truth about syria and they were always there. and they were really part of the project. a lot of. possible b.b.c. were and. all of them they were talking exactly the same thing at the same time the same moment with the same. slogans i can see slogans that suggest ordinary life for most of damascus citizens has ground to a halt but the reality is that most people here are going about their daily routine far removed from the hardships depicted in the foreign press but when it comes to shortages there is one that is crippling the economy queues like this are commonplace at gas stations around the country caused by sanctions imposed by the united states and the european union i want to create the very countries that are calling for humanitarian intervention. the syrian people need a solution not the government or the media who are trying to use everything we have
even the small things like bread to justify their own objectives the fight for syria is far from over and the psychological the battle of perceptions over reality is likely to be fought for as long if not longer than the sides who have taken up arms against each other policy r.t. damascus. may be one of the world's most popular tourist destinations boasting historic sites and top attractions but the city of london has now won a less or suspicious title turn in cheek book listing what it calls britain's crappiest times is named it the country's worst r.t.s. or smith asked the man behind the award why. it's interesting the dreary day here in london typical i'll tell you the weather which may be the perfect day for me to tell you that in london has been facing the worst area in the u.k. to live in despite the fact that within
a mile radius from here the houses of parliament westminster abbey the london eye and other really famous landmarks it's a book called crash hounds returns which lists the fifty worst places to be in the u.k. i don't think nuns know i don't really understand this is a city of london being the worst place but luckily some jordison say to explain that to me with an umbrella and his copy of crap how to tell them you love it i mean i can think of ten worst places just off the top of my head what your criteria are all kinds of criteria i think one of the things that people writing about a lot is the daily grind it so hard in london getting on the the northern line having your own but i mean you'll know you jammed into someone else's all hours of the time expense the fact that it costs so much to buy property or is in fact impossible for most people to buy property in the center of london to be hollowed out and unionize can afford to stay not even professionals like doctors can and
there's also a lot of anger with london coming from the rest of the country had the banking crisis which is all centered around london and then we're told that subsequently the recession is over and there's growth but only london really seems to be getting the benefits and is sticking up another housing bubble it's primarily it's a book that people read in the toilet and it's made to make them laugh it does it does seem to provoke to mind. people thinking about the times in the way we treat and the way we live and hopefully start a conversation quite serious conversation ok sam johnson thank you very much it's certainly easy to see on a day like today why london might not be everyone's idea of paris ice because because it's the capital city get inside and out if it is from the outside they. incredibly expensive to visit trying to make it very reliable and people are very real it might just be possible for london to pick up its behavior in the next ten years and become you know why it's so powerful. now and of course we have plenty
more stories online so here's a quick taste of what's that r.t. dot com at the moment. well you know. luckily the driver of this truck managed to get out just minutes before trying smashed into it in drive did along the trunk you can check out the video and find out exactly what happened. channel. underspending areas go this was a pretty big one by an authority her i would get it right the vatican's withdrawn series of papal commemorative medals which celebrate things that's rather than jesus we have the full story at our table. right. first really. and i think.
on our reporters. well the government has shut itself down so truckers decided to shutdown the capitol in response they got behind the whale in protest and called washington to clog up the traffic on d.c. into states and many also expressed their discontent at obama's policies as a whole and didn't hold back. part of our agenda is we're counting for his resignation or impeachment like marci in egypt and if we raise one hundred million americans across the country we will demand his resignation or pressure of the house and senate to call for his impeachment own treason and frog along with demanding obama leaves office that will cause for the us not to support not to
raise the debt ceiling and for an end to the widespread and i say surveillance it's grassroots campaign has received a lot of support on facebook and has known a successful twitter a campaign. up next as promised to. help feed the world golden rice is right after this break. i recently read headlines all over the russian internet screaming in full paranoia mode that china has just bought five percent of ukraine now they're writing that china will lease five percent of ukraine over ukrainian officials themselves claim that china won't be getting either and that this is
a deal about some drip irrigation system the situation didn't explode onto the internet to the fantasies of bloggers the south china morning post reported that one company does have a crop in pig farming plan design utilized nine percent of ukraine's territory also last year the ban on foreigners buying land of ukraine. been lifted although i am the distrustful pro sovereignty type getting the rich foreign country to pay to develop your nation's agriculture might not be too bad of a deal it would definitely take a lot of money to restore ukraine's farming to its former glory they see that ukraine used to be the bread basket of europe agree that status spec could really help the country but selling off or even just leasing nine percent of the nation's territory is absolutely unacceptable doing a large project with the chinese that is mutually beneficial is one thing but selling or leasing off your country is another and by another i mean treason but that's just my opinion.
i'm talking obviously about edward snowden and. you know that some americans believe he is a hero all day only for the criminal why do i believe he's a hero and i believe he's coming directly from his heart that he feels some goodness that he wants to be truthful to the american people that he believes in and loves his country america so strongly and i wish that some day five in the same situation i hope that i have the courage to do the same thing. this genetically modified plant is at the center of a controversy a controversy about how we deal with one of the most powerful technologies mankind
has ever created. a technology that is polarizing society. the protagonists include a now retired professor at e.t.h. who believes his golden rice will save children throughout the entire world by swayze agricultural chemical corporation and first wanted to commercialize the miracle rice and changed its mind. and a country where tests are being carried out that would be prohibited in other places. researchers who manipulate crops are demanding more freedom the freedom to conduct their research free of political constraints they feel the moratorium that has been imposed on genetic technology for years unfairly hinders them in their efforts but
public distrust of genetic manipulation has been immense for many years. artificially modifying the genetic structure of plants and animals scares people also because researchers are hesitant to reveal their secrets and explain exactly what it is they are doing. ok. in this tense and polarized atmosphere professor engel put try kosova. and engineering science technology mathematics and management university has created in a greenhouse a strain of genetically engineered rice that contains pro vitamin a the rice is intended to benefit under nourished people not to feed the profit of the agricultural industry.