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i just really do not want to die young young. surging civilian casualties steer iraq towards tragic new records r t assesses the worrying numbers with an in-depth database of the innocent cost of terror also. pointed to is nothing you don't. britain spied chaves point to terrorist threats to justify illegal tapping and that the public exposure of what they were doing opens up possibilities for attack meanwhile to see heuer surfing gets a boost in the states it's the small internet company that could coming up i'll introduce you to salt lake city c.e.o. standing up to the u.s. government in the name of privacy. laws britain is king of the world tax havens the crown dependencies the overseas territories is being considered among
the worst offenders zero zero zero well tax saving the u.k.'s offshore banking industry is found to be the largest and most secret in the world despite number tan's tax evasion course a. this is are you coming to live from moscow i'm marina josh welcome to the program now there's been another stark reminder that iraq is far from reaching any kind of stability any time soon a further nineteen deaths at the hands of suicide bombers at an army base north of baghdad igor piskun off has more now on how the deadly mix of sectarian bloodshed and terrorist attacks are destroying chances for peace and setting new records of civilian casualties. a journalist from baghdad abdul razzaq has grown used to being in the center of events but never before did he become the story himself until one day he was driving to work when suddenly. i turned towards the two storey
bridge and the car exploded and i became conscious only twelve days later finding my leg was amputated. he survived but was shocked again after finding out who was behind the attack my neighbor admitted being an al qaeda member since two thousand and seven he said killing it was a direct order he received that. this issue we should in iraq has long gone beyond sixty area and while it's just it has become clear iraq has become subjected to a war of genocide by terrorists are targeting all spheres of life. last week mr morley met with president obama and the two leaders agreed iraq was in urgent need of hope would be signs general statements nothing concrete came out like how deceived people's lives on the ground. anyone who walks in the streets at any moment may face a car bomb hit with a motorcycle bomb or an explosive belt and any moment anyone may be killed. it's
ten or eleven years now that they're talking about the new security plan but nothing changes in the situation is only getting worse. and neither new checkpoints arrests and more constant operations seem to be enough to gain control it's nearly impossible to establish exactly how many civilians were killed in iraq since the u.s. led invasion in two thousand and three mainly became casualties during military operations including shootouts and a showing some died due to a lack of healthcare and ruined infrastructure but what we're looking at now are deaths specifically from terror attacks this year alone and the figures well the figures speak for themselves you go up it's going to. moscow. the thousands killed this year september is a deadliest month so far with more than twelve hundred lives lost according to the widely quoted audit iraq body count all adding to the total of over one hundred thousand violence a billion deaths that iraq's witnessed since the start of the u.s.
led invasion in two thousand and three matter the military experts blame the are an intervention for al qaeda is rapid rise around four thousand suicide bombers blew themselves up over the past decade well today r.t.s. launched its own online project to keep track of the civilian deaths in iraq the address is on your screen we're compiling it in cooperation with iraq body count an org which is often seen as the most reliable databases in this area laura smith spoke to one of its co-founders about how to make it as accurate as possible. a prominent u.s. general said of the war in afghanistan we don't do body counts it's too hard they said to get accurate information out of such chaos so others stepped in believing the human cost of war must be counted the iraq body count was born and according to the website's figures this year has been the deadliest in iraq since two thousand and eight how many co-found how many why this upsurge in violence more than seven
thousand people have been killed this year well there's a variety of factors but one of the facts is that we tend to focus on because we are looking at the rise and the statistical rise and this is the cycle of violence one of the things that we've observed is that as the violence rises you get more reason for the lines to rise read yet again on the same day as the boston bombing there were fifty five lives lost in iraq and three hundred people injured but we didn't hear anything about that because it's just accepted as normal for iraq is this is that's what iraqis do indeed this new form of freedom the government here and in iraq seem very reluctant to publish any kind of civilian death toll it's embarrassing and it's obvious it doesn't paint a very good picture of iraq or their. handling of management of the violence in their country and government say it's just too difficult to get the figures but you seem to manage how do you do it will most of the information we get is from these
sort of small news wire type reports in iraq and media reports and so on the really make the news that the norden news consumer would see in other words it takes a research effort to pull together all these small reports that come from different parts of the country and that list what you would think of a small events a year of carnage then in iraq and if you want accurate information about what's going on just go to our website artie's during a special project with iraq body count going take a look from friday a lot of deaths resulting from the u.s. led invasion are often overlooked as are been hearing from a former u.s. marine who's also a three year rock a veteran well you might find some of the images we're about to show you disturbing . well a couple of the big facts that need to be known is just to kind of you know quantify the human tragedy that that was the second seizure of. anywhere between three thousand and six thousand civilians were killed the operation created about
two hundred thousand refugees we destroyed two thirds of the city i mean really just like level that to the ground and this was a city with three hundred thousand inhabitants it wasn't a small city it was just massive massive destruction and incredible human suffering in there is really a strong possibility that the weapons that we use during the siege all the scientific research that has been done on this topic so far is suggesting that those weapons have created a public health crisis and foolish a really serious public health crisis that is causing incredible rates of birth defects in children being born in cancer throughout the city incredibly high rates higher than higher than hiroshima after the atomic bombs even. the american author of blot on our hands told us that his research shows the operation has simply devastated. invasion was not just some sort of mistake
the invasion and occupation were a serious crime that was that was a crime of aggression and the un charter iraq is still suffering from the destruction of its regime and its government and its society by the united states. the united states employed a classic divide and rule strategy pitting people of different sects against each other and inciting violence that is completely unprecedented in that country and and now has. as it was instilled a sect a sectarian based government and this is this is just a reign of terror and in that sense some of the worst aspects of the u.s. occupation are still continuing today. well let me remind you now our t. has a special online project with
a timeline of the violence in iraq the web address is on the screen right now. and also this hour there could finally be light at the end of the tunnel in the global diplomatic wrangling over iran's nuclear project as america's secretary of state swoops in to geneva to push talks towards a long awaited agreement we'll have more on that for you soon. now word snowden's leaks have given all caught an upper hand that's the view of british intelligence bosses they've undergone public questioning for the first time after revelations emerged that london was working alongside washington and global wiretapping. the leaks from snowden has been very damaging they put our operations at risk is clear that our press release. is nothing you don't do you have a new dish and that's what the head of m i six had to say you also explained that
only ten percent of british intelligence resources are spam and countering espionage by foreign states the rest is directed at terrorism while his colleague from j.c. excuse or playing law but in the u.k. is looking for a needle in a haystack referring to the massive data gathering his agency does according to adverts known as leaks british intelligence is able to monitor up to six hundred million communications every day we asked former am i five agent an english on whether she thinks no one has files have open terrorist ties to anything they didn't know before. all terrorist groups for the last four decades have known that they could be under surveillance and they take very good and. techniques in order to make sure they're not surveyed many bridge will already did this in the one thousand nine hundred ninety ninety three so the idea that they're using that as an excuse to drop all our personal surveillance and turn this into a police state is just not feasible as a former spy i would say that the best way to protect your country is actually targeting investigations but then we have this dragnet signified would probably use
more information through that endemic surveillance and we probably put ourselves at greater risk by doing so and also by doing that as well we turn the country into a surveillance state. meanwhile u.s. media are reporting that outward snowden of using a log ins and passwords of his former annecy to work axis the agency's classified information the whistleblower who revealed the scope of america's illegal spying had insisted they were necessary for him to carry out his job as a computer systems administrator those who unwittingly gave out their credentials have been removed from their assignments snowden himself is currently in moscow where he was granted temporary asylum and currently works for a russian website well since our internet privacy can no longer be taken for granted our team met a man who says he is created an online a way says that it's free on the eyes of america's big brother. inside it open a data center and here we're taking an exclusive tour through one of the few data
companies standing up to the u.s. government in the name of privacy i think we do residential are very well pete ashdown is the owner of x. mission and independent internet service provider based in salt lake city utah this tower here handles most of our e-mail unlike most power players in silicon valley x. mission refuses to give the n.s.a. backdoor access to its networks since one thousand nine hundred ninety eight x. mission has rejected a judge in the us government for similar information stored on private servers like these we don't share our information about our customers if you don't have a warrant the majority of law enforcement requests ashdown says he's received and refused have been subpoenaed as lacking accountability and necessary approval by a judge this is actually an amiga since launching his company in one thousand nine hundred three ashdown says he's filled no more than two customer data requests from
the federal government was more like where we bring in customers with a small team of forty employees x. mission caters to thirty thousand customers who pay for foundation services like internet connectivity server colocation and web or email hosting take care of your . money. while using only your brain and. has. been serving in. the current climate of america's unrestrained surveillance matrix has been facilitated in part by verizon and facebook and other giant corporations who have spent years secretly working with the n.s.a. regulation government contracts and. monetary. compensation are in my opinion the three read. why they're cooperating ironically utah is probably
the most unlikely home for a privacy champion roughly twenty seven miles away from x. mission. is the n.s.a.'s newly constructed one point five billion dollar data center i think it's a stain on the tech industry of utah albie n.s.a. activities are a stain on american internet businesses because people don't trust to put their information stateside anymore ashdown has vowed to face jail time if that's what's needed to protect his customers from being monitored what surprises this fourth amendment advocate is that big data companies like google won't promise to do the same marina. japan's embarking on perhaps the most dangerous operation yet of the fukushima nuclear complex and in years are preparing to remove fuel rods from the site a risky proceeds to which there is little turn into there and shortly we assess what could go wrong and why.
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welcome back this is our team now britain has won the two flattering title of king of the world tax havens and the report says the u.k. has overseas territories made up much of it make up much of the world secret offshore banking industry and aside from making promises london hasn't done much about it playboy breaks down the report for us. the u.k. government has been bashing tax avoidance for months in fact prime minister david cameron made increasing tax transparency a key issue at the g eight summit that he hosted earlier this year but despite all the efforts according to a group called the tax justice network britain is the world's worst offender for
financial secrecy twelve of its island dependencies where the queen is the head of state by the way ranked among the top fifty most secretive tax jurisdictions in the world the laws relating to these island dependencies such as the cayman islands been muted jersey and guns they have to be approved in london so campaigners say that the onus is on westminster to clean up their act what to talk about the issue i'm joined by salmond shaheen who's the editor of the international tax review magazine simon thank you for joining us well the people that deposit their money in these tax havens do it through entirely legal schemes so what's the fuss about anyway but i think it's a misconception to describe tax avoidance as legal it's just not illegal and the reason for that governments have been unable to anticipate the feed schemes employed by multinational corporations and their highly paid accountants and
lawyers that they've they've sent across the world to reach out to the best tax feels their lines that britain has made a lot of steps to improve transparency especially over recent months they've certainly spoken a lot about it are you surprised by these negative rankings i'm not surprised but no i mean the crown dependencies in overseas territories of have long been considered among the worst offenders of of world tex avery what is surprising is that the british government is not doing very much about it really needs to get its network of tax havens offshore in the in order some machine thank you very much for joining us well reports that large corporations and super rich individuals have been dodging billion. of pounds in taxes three entirely legal loopholes have caused public outrage here so these that britain has been labelled the world ruler of tax havens is unlikely to be met by cheers of approval ahead. r.t.
london well earlier we spoke to the director of the tax justice network who told us that it's the banks which are encouraging offshore havens the important thing about secrecy is it doesn't just encourage tax evasion which is illegal let's be clear about that it also encourages fraud. and a very wide range of corrupt practices and this is the reason why the world no one needs to talk about secrecy. because the cold so war which means most of these tax havens operate with some of the world's largest international banks some of the world's largest international accounting firms and some of the world's largest law firms so we know it isn't the tax they can see it's the banks that are leading this and there's lots that can be done to tackle events as the states government has shown in these own efforts to tackle. by engineers at the stricken fukushima nuclear power plant are preparing for the most risky operation yet the removal of
fuel rods from garry egger complex more than a thousand highly hazardous cells are at the site in damage cooling poles to stop them from leaking radiation our correspondent he was in the exclusion zone. extracting these rods from the balls is a really hard task because each one of them called ways of more than three hundred kilograms and they can not even hit each other that's what caused a nuclear chain reaction not only these pools are crippled but the machinery the automated machinery doesn't work as well so every rod has to be extracted from the pool manually the typical company running the fukushima clear up process and the japanese government are now in a vicious cycle situation because on the one hand they need to remove these fuel rods they are contaminating the water as has been reported in the waters of the fukushima nuclear power plant and on the other hand of course this is a very risky venture because they have to literally extract every rod and there's more than a thousand of them and each rod has to be extracted manually we also managed to
take a peek inside the no go zone in other areas and you know what what shocked me the most that surprised me the most and i'm saying that by my experiences of travelling to the explosions on inch of normal that in the fukushima area the towns which are just close to the station ten fifteen kilometers away from the station they have been reopened for residents were literally saw people rebuilding their houses in this area in case anything happens these people would have to be relieved evacuated again and or putting themselves under very serious risk while in fact in the fukushima region itself there are several n.g.o.s who are do not believe the government and the tepco organization in their measurements or the radiation levels the one which struck me the most and we talked with them yesterday the movement called the mothers of fukushima these are ordinary women who are afraid for the safety and health of their children. which is the cheapest of them costs around a thousand u.s. dollars and they are just patrolling the area staking their own measurements and sending them to the government but the government as they say is doing nothing it is not considering the radiation measurements as if they're trying to play down the
scale of the things happening even in tokyo in front of the industrial ministry there is a peek at that there's a protest happening for already eight hundred days with the people there protesting against nuclear energy and. the actions of the government and the tepco so you can see how serious the rhetoric of the anti-nuclear movement is now in japan even though they say that their voices being often silenced by those that power. well actually earlier a question to tepco officials on the operation and asked them about their previous failures at the plant to find out what they had to say by following him on twitter . and you clear waste expert can camp says that if tepco fails to remove the fuel rods correctly the consequences could be disastrous. it's absurd that tokyo electric is in charge of the globally significant extraction of the fuel from the pool if something goes wrong this could be
a global catastrophe that dwarfs what has happened at fukushima daiichi thus far tokyo electric has shown its true colors time and time again its incompetence its dishonesty even the director of the nuclear regulation authority of japan has warned that this process should not be rushed they should not try to force these assemblies out of their storage channels there is no radiological containment around the pool and if this waste were to catch on fire could be ten times worse than chernobyl tokyo the metropolitan area is thirty million residents and they might have to be evacuated if that waste catches on fire so that that zone could become a dead zone for all time it already is and the evacuation zone should be much larger than twelve point four miles in radius even now. also we've got a detailed illustrations and an explanation of the fuel rod removal process on our team dot com together with a possible radioactive pitfalls if it fails. well there's been an embarrassing
cyber stay in singapore the anonymous activist group hacks into a prime minister's website a day after he promised to hunt down anyone trying to infiltrate the state information hubs details online. and i have it spacewalk on saturday get up to speed with the olympic torch is incredible really so far and find out where it's heading next it's in the follow the flame section at r.t. dot com. the foreign ministers of britain france and germany will jetting to geneva for ongoing talks on iran's nuclear program u.s. secretary of state john kerry has already announced his taking part two and it could be the strongest signal yet that there is a deal in place to freeze iran's economic atomic production rather in return for easing sanctions i direct there of one and a nuclear weapons campaign group says john kerry's involvement bodes well for for breaks. he will be going there to engage directly in the substance of the
talks and to ensure that the momentum continues to take hold and they do get to a negotiated settlement the international community through the international atomic energy agency is going to have to get on the ground going to have to see that the enrichment facilities that iran has are not operating as they have been going to ensure the stockpile of twenty percent enriched uranium something is done with and that's what they're negotiating about there's a lot of details to this it's highly technical but those are the kinds of issues that they are discussing for the first time in years with a purpose of seriousness and on this negotiation that does appear to be bearing some momentum and more of the world's main news this hour. clambers up to the wishes have clashed in the libyan capital killing at least one person and injuring eleven more the fighting started after dozens of man in pickup
trucks some with into aircraft guns surged into tripoli forcing people to run for cover it's believed to have been triggered by the death of the commander of one group during recent clashes their. approach to asked in los angeles against a way just paid by america's biggest retailer has led to more than fifty arrests wal-mart is one of the world's most valuable firms but its workers say the company is contributing to the united states growing income inequality most of those who took part in the action or union members and activists. francis credit rating has been cut by one grade to double a by standard and poor's it's blaming high unemployment which is preventing the government from implementing reforms that could boost growth it's the second time in two years to add the country's credit ratings been dropped after previously being stripped of its top rated aaa status. public workers calling for better pay have clashed with riot police in the capital of chile the violence broke out as thousands of
unionists marched through sunday out of demanding a salary rise of nearly ten percent it's part of a forty eight hour strike that has brought government services including colleges and hospitals to a standstill. let's meet the former russian military man who is recruiting moms for his very special kind of garden project. illegal immigration is a hot topic and everyone always says that immigrants do the work that no one wants to do well let me explain why that is i would occur just on vacation gutted to a taxidermy by a former migrant worker who used to make a living in moscow he told me that he really worked hard driving unloading trucks after five years he came back home and bought a house yes for the seller that russians can't even survive and he was able to buy a house employers and russian america say that locals don't want to work are
demotivated well want to margaret work or on a salary that could build a bright future one compared to a local who can't even make ends meet while you could see why the migrant workers are a lot more motivated let me put it to you this way if you knew that you had to work five hard years of some awful labor under awful conditions somewhere far away like brazil or germany what would be able to pay off a house would you do it i think you would let's not buy into this myth that locals and country x. don't want to work they just don't want to work at complete futility for table scraps but that's just my opinion. right see. first strike. and i think you're. on our reporters twitter. and instagram.
to be in the. i realized at some point that the goal of all my work and life was nothing more than about making money s. quickly as possible this year would see what it was all for i couldn't say i was an editor for a glossy magazine at the time and i didn't ok so i can buy another fur coat or a new car or even an apartment so what and thirty four i don't have a man whom i would like to start a family with. i knew then it was time to stop drop it all and try to find myself. i wanted waking up in the morning and go into work to be rewarding those.