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this. is the first of. all the. the first video whistleblower edward snowden emerges since his leaks about the n.s.a. forced the former intelligence analyst from washington's prosecution. the world against so-called frankenfood activists in hundreds of cities across the globe to take to the streets in protest at the g.m. giant. buses u.s. politicians because over the budget the government shutdown continues we speak with a cancer patient is among hundreds being denied treatment because of the deadlock in washington. the matter of life or death it's not a matter of inconvenience or just that you're taking we need this treatment.
live from our studio center here in moscow where just ten nine pm this is. the first videos have surfaced of washington's most wanted man edward snowden who was last spotted in august walking out of moscow's sheremetyevo airport after being granted asylum in russia the images come days after the former n.s.a. contractor was presented with an award for integrity intelligence given to him by a group of former u.s. officials are. as the details. the n.s.a. whistleblower was very passionate in talking about the problem of government surveillance in the united states now he said the issue wasn't with any specific spying program rather the relationship between the state and the american people a relationship which he described as increasingly coming into conflict with
democratic values snowden also lashed out at the prosecution of whistleblowers accusing the government of what he called effectively misplaced priorities because the more you know the relationship to god we're with executive order just it's on the news last. night. to the bombs. but they'll stop the. person. holding the snowden maybe as remarks at a ceremony right here in moscow at an undisclosed location where he was given the sam adams award for integrity in intelligence now that award was presented to him by a group of prominent american whistleblowers and former government officials they joined our t.v. for an in-depth studio discussion on thursday this is of course the first time that the warden a world has been able to catch a glimpse of mr snowden since he got asylum here in russia the last time we saw him was at the sheremetyevo airport transit zone back in july and while snowden himself
may be safe and sound there have been questions about the fate of those who have worked with them and of course that is a worry that's been expressed by wiki leaks founder julian assange on a more concern in terms of prison people at risk. journalists sarah harrison as we know our guardian newspaper was rated griddles part of the time for nine hours and the formal investigation before the terrorism investigation has started off so there you have it julian a songe describing a difficult political climate for whistleblowers and those who helped them it's not a man himself meanwhile we are told at least has no regrets about what he did and believes that it was the right decision. what if we live a full week for edward snowden between being reunited with his father and receiving the sam adams award or going to a website just updated on the latest developments in the life that was.
activists from across the globe are being taken to the streets in a worldwide run against genetically modified food john the protesters claim the g.m. crops it produces could be harmful to humans hundreds of cities across more than sixty countries are said to take part in the march. is embodied in the ministry it is all around the world not just here in germany coming out to say no to genetically modified foods people saying that they don't know the dangers that it could pose that they. they on right for human consumption can find out why people are demonstrating against g.m. foods i'm joined by a few guests right now first of all heidi alston who's the founder of the true food foundation heidi thanks very much. sun so you said that they were pulling out of europe apparently that's not the case though is it well peter it does appear that they're pulling out but they're just regrouping in north america and i think they're going to sneak through the back door using the new european north america
trade agreement there is going to be a low level presence that's introduced in the past maybe one percent g.m.o. would be acceptable to your government to import our canadian props or our north american tribes it'll be raised to two percent and three percent and four percent as more and more crops become contaminated with g.m.o. has it's very hard to contain so europe will be receiving these products and what's more frightening and most germans don't know is that there is a smart stax corn that monsanto has made and this is the most evolved technology ever and it's not tested whatsoever it is a cord that resists a six different types of herbicide so you can spray it with six different chemicals and it won't die and it also produces to. insecticides in its own kernels that you can't wash that off so i don't even know if technically does food in my mind as a nutritionist that's no longer food just what those chemicals are doing to us is still something that we don't really know and i'm joined by another guest now to talk a little bit more joined by dr. thank us correct. what
could be the potential hazards of g.m. food a genetically modified its foods have been on the market for about fifteen years now and only last year we've seen the first long term animal study from france and i have the pictures here all of the scientific bring the camera down here a little bit what is it showing is that we're showing the rats that were fed these are the corn that is genetically modified for their lifetime all animal studies until then have been for ninety days only and usually not much shows in those ninety days even though there are subtle signs of organ damage even in ninety days spite in two years. the life to a life time of a rat is shortened they have massive organ damage massive to immerse in the female rats and humans the effects will only not show for another twenty years speakers have a much longer life span than a rat so if we are waiting for
a cancer to show as a result of the most we've got to wait thank you very much a huge issue and what we're seeing here in berlin as well as around the world is people coming out and saying no to genetically modified foods. are protesting against the use of potentially harmful chemicals in food production monsanto has been saying its products are the only way to feed the world's growing population. takes a closer. in the land of supersize approximately eighty five percent of all processed foods contain genetically modified organisms g.m.o. is an acronym that owns 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 be the seed from monsanto each year and they can save the sea 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 companies spent nearly six million dollars last year lobbying federal lawmakers and food regulators to pay off 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 now sort of lacked 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 of wasn't a problem for monsanto which grossed a reported thirteen point five billion dollars in revenue last year but decades before g.m.o. is and for years about modified foods came along monsanto was already in the business it helped bring pesticides agent orange and terminator seeds to the market agent orange was used by u.s. the. 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 label eat genetically engineered products or not selling them at all. new york.
from the center for food safety in the u.s. claims john corporations like monsanto pressure governments worldwide to get their products on the market. these marches are raising awareness about the issue and bringing 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 we've got a lot of updates will need global action against monsanto online at all to don't call me where there's also more opinion and i'm out of. all of the laws here most coming up this hour it may have been home to the olympics but that's not making a nice place to call home london has been named the worst place in britain for rocketing hell's prices queues and lame and that's just a few minutes. well
raising the debt ceiling with just five days left to strike a deal and avoid a catastrophic default the republicans will be boring limit extended by six weeks but president obama is calling for a long term solution is the latest statement from the white house we cannot have a situation where we the ceiling is 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 meanwhile the government in kiev situations remain in shutdown which has put hundreds of thousands of workers on paid leave the crisis response after republican lawmakers refused to sanction the affordable healthcare program known as above mckenna and the shutdown was not a vital lifeline for many cancer patients was being denied treatment one of them then summed up grievances two. lives are at stake two hundred people are trying to get into trials at an age each week and 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 michelle was diagnosed with saw a coma it's a rare form of cancer after nine months of chemotherapy she applied for additional treatment at the national institutes of health but she and hundreds of others were turned away when the government shutdown took effect we also michele what she'd like to say to the politicians in washington whose bickering set off the deadlock i have heard a couple of instances where they find that this is just the game between them and that 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 a please listen to the people and know that it's affecting so many that are in need of help. it may boast tower bridge buckingham palace and some paul's cathedral but they'll be little boasting about london's newest title as britain's worst term at least that's according to a tongue in cheek book identifying the u.k.'s fifty least desirable locations on
his north smith asked the man behind the ward why the capital fared so badly. it's interesting the dreary day here in london typical i'll tell you the weather which makes perfect day for me to tell you that has been facing the worst area in the u.k. to live in despite the fact that within a mile radius from here it houses the parliament westminster abbey the london eye and other really famous landmarks it's a book called crack hounds returns which names the fifty worst places to be in the u.k. as an adult to london i didn'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 across town 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 northern line having your armpit or you'll know used jammed into someone else's all the time the expense the fact that it costs so much to to buy property or is in fact impossible for most people to buy property in the center of london to be hollowed out or you can afford to stay there not even professionals like doctors can and there's also a lot of anger with london coming from the rest of the country you had the banking crisis which is all centered around london and 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 stocking 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 but it does it doesn't seem to provoke to mind. people thinking about the times and the way we treat and the way we live and hopefully start a conversation quite serious conversation it's certainly easy to say on a day like today why london might not be everyone's idea of paradise because
because it's the capital fit to get inside and out space it is from the outside it's incredibly expensive to visit the transport system isn't very reliable and people are very rude it might just be possible for london to pick up its behavior in the next ten years and become not quite so awful. there is smith reporting from a city quite literally under a cloud but it's not all gloomy news online where we've got some stunning video including this. little lopes luckily the driver of a truck managed to get out just minutes before a train smashed into it and dragged it along the tracks you can check out this video in full and find out exactly what happened and where on channel. six hundred million skype users worldwide could have been snooped on by the n.s.a. and one european country that's not willing to put up with it wants to challenge
cynically twenty minutes past the hour here in the russian capital we start off our world update this hour with some dramatic pictures of sea rescue operations in the mediterranean thirty four people have so far been confirmed dead all for a boat carrying african migrants sank off the coast of sicily on friday for as you can see here the majority of the two hundred or so on board were rescued and transferred to land by italian and maltese ships in a similar tragedy last week more than three hundred fifty people mostly from area transom on it drowned near the italian island of lampedusa. a massive cyclists hit eastern india battering its coastline with heavy rains and winds and forcing hundreds of thousands of locals to move inland in search of shelter and only hardest hit is the state where entire villages have been swamped
by high waves the indian ocean is considered a hot spot for such cyclons with one of the deadliest killing ten thousand people like in one thousand nine nine hundred. two mortar shells that hit syria's capital damascus killing an eight year old girl and wounding eleven other people one of the shells fell near a school while the other damage several cars and nearby shops explosions also occurred just three hundred meters away from the hotel where chemical weapons inspectors are staying hoping to dismantle about a thousand tons of toxins by mid two thousand and two. meanwhile with international strikes against syria now on hold another battle is raging the one in the media talk of the country's humanitarian crisis is always been one of the main arguments for western states to intervene militarily. i went to see for herself what life is really like in damascus 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 this is on track to be. the biggest humanitarian catastrophe of the twenty first century and 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 outside 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 never been any shortages. regarding
rice and sugar there are always available we never have a shortage of them and our warehouses are always full. i said madani 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 fruits. vegetables. ok 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 now the governments 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 war 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 since nine eleven america has done a lot to boost surveillance and increase security however the policies don't necessarily make people feel safe and risk fueling paranoia of terrorists around every corner of the modern looks at that issue in breaking the seven about an hour from now here's a quick preview for you. and light from d.c. to orlando hosted what can only be described as a terrorist. take a look at how they figured it out. crewmembers say that shortly after takeoff a group of four quote middle eastern men caused
a commotion the witnesses claim one of the men ran from his seat in coach toward the flight deck door he made a hard left and entered the forward bathroom quote for a considerable length of time you know the reason stories like this even gain traction in the first place is because of the fear of the other or by that i mean anyone who remotely looks brown and to prove my point it just so happens that i have acquired some rare footage of what really went down on that flight. yeah i think you get the idea. that coming away in one hour from now is the outrage that genetically modified food giant monsanto picks up around the planet we know investigative so-called
frankenfood can really save the world from hunger crisis that special report 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. and this is the bloggers the south china morning post reported that one company does have a crop in pig farming plan design utilize ninety percent of ukraine's territory also last year the ban on foreigners buying land to ukraine head coincidently been lifted although i am the distrustful pro sovereignty type getting a 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 i'll give you that status back could really help the country but it's 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 your leasing off your country is another and by another i mean treason but that's just my opinion. please. excuse the be. a nuclear free card to take cuchillo like
accurate. that was funny but it's close and for the truth and might think. it's because one full attention and the mainstream media work side by side with you is actually on here. and our teenagers we have a different brain. because the news of the world just is not this funny i'm not laughing dammit i'm not how. you guys talk to the jokes well handled stuff that i've got to. call my own soldiers you're in the military now no more joking any more.