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the roads didn't. drop to the. raging alcohol and immunity from local laws the controversial demands for u.s. soldiers to remain in afghanistan are wrangled over at a key gathering of tribal elders meanwhile the united states government subsidizing . the taliban and al qaeda have cannae network those groups that are trying to shoot and kill our soldiers. and internal inquiry reveals millions of dollars from american taxpayers one hundred two companies financing afghan terror groups. also the e.u.'s plans to launch its own drone program to trigger a major concerns with activists warning they'll be no guarantee the unmanned aircraft will be used for peaceful purposes. and ukraine's parliament scraps
a bill allowing gerald x. prime minister yulia tymoshenko to be treated abroad threshing trade talks with the e.u. which has been viewed by the country's shale gas. international news life from moscow this is our she with me. and welcome to the problem. u.s. troops may remain in afghan laws and still be carrying out military operations after the end of their combat mission in twenty fourteen that's what a draft security deal suggests and the afghan president is urging an assembly of the country's elders to support it but that's while admitting there is little trust between him and washington the loya jirgah council has started debating the draft guiding the role of american troops in afghanistan after there was draw according
to the freshly agreement in agreement up to sixteen thousand u.s. soldiers will stay for ten more years and possibly beyond they will be planning a support role for our going forces while still being able to carry out military operations against al qaeda and its affiliates which also includes a raging afghan homes under exceptional circumstances an issue which has been extremely difficult for afghans and here's another stumbling block the deal gives american forces immunity to afghan law placing them slowly under u.s. military jurisdiction and sometimes oil accounted in the upcoming afghan presidential election says the government is not considering the will of the people and earlier reports suggested the u.s. will send a formal letter of apology to afghanistan admitting mistakes in its campaign and putting civilian lives the trees washington denied it saying it has nothing to apologize for that despite recent allegations of massive villain killings involving
american soldiers come from have interviewed matthieu aikins the journalist who broke this story. the special forces team the green beret eighteen as they're called was deployed to an isolated valley west of kabul where the taliban and other insurgent groups have a very heavy presence and what happened was over last winter the locals are complaining that the special forces team and the translators were murdering people torturing them abducting them and disappearing them just extraordinary allegations that at the time were essentially unproven after the special forces team was forced out of the area by the afghan government bodies started showing up outside the base bodies that they said were the bodies of ten men who had been seen rounded up by the americans and then were not able to be found either by the red cross or by the afghan government afterward so i essentially investigated these allegations and assembled
a huge body of testimony from locals from officials. about two confidential u.n. and red cross investigations that corroborated the allegations that suggested that the special forces and their translators were indeed responsible for these men do you think that these incidents that you've uncovered and the greater pattern of abuse as well somehow have a role to play in terms of what kind of position the united states forces will have after twenty four to it's possible that the so-called zero option could take place in afghanistan as well though i think that in this case because there's no oil money to buffer the afghan government they probably realize that it would be a bad idea at least for the karzai regime or whatever its successor is to push out . the international forces so what i want to hand the status of the let's see official mission post two thousand and fourteen is still in doubt. the there is no doubt that there is going to be a very active and continuing covert black presence in
afghanistan and in the surrounding region led by the central intelligence agency in the joint special operations command pursuing the kind of global war on terror that we see taking place in yemen in somalia in north africa and pakistan and in many other countries meanwhile it's claimed washington has paid more than one hundred fifty million dollars to middle eastern companies which have funding terror groups and afghanistan what an internal u.s. government report has revealed a chicken investigates. the u.s. special inspector general for ghana stand reconstruction found out that the pentagon has hired forty three companies with suspected ties to terrorist networks the data come from the pentagon's own classified investigative reports and commerce department a list of terror connected companies now the list of these forty three companies including a road construction firm presumably owned by a leader of the connie network the network was blamed for an attack on the u.s.
embassy in kabul that killed sixteen people two years ago the u.s. army has carried out a classified investigation and said there was evidence of a direct role of both the company and its owners quote in the facilitation and operation of the hakani network and that approximately. from one to two million dollars per month close to the network to finance its activities the inspector general said i've seen the information quote and it made my hair stand on and he said well not just his united states government subsidizing. the taliban al qaeda network those groups that are trying to shoot and kill our soldiers from these back to general members of congress have heard about billions of dollars simply wasted in of ghana's that now they have evidence suggesting that u.s. taxpayer money goes to flying is terrorists or suspected terrorists the same networks that the u.s.
is fighting despite these findings the pentagon has resisted permanently blocking the companies from getting more u.s. contracts because his lawyers say they cannot use the evidence against these companies because the evidence is classified the special inspector general for afghanistan reconstruction pointed out what he called the absurdity of it he said we can probably attack them via drone on monday and will issue them a contract on tuesday in washington i'm going to check on r.t.e. . christians in the middle east are facing increasing sick terror and violence with the civil war in syria and instability in egypt and iran forcing them to flee their homes the u.k.'s minister for phase has called on western governments this week to protect christianity from becoming extinct in the countries where a mass exodus is taking place. and now reports. for many christians in the middle east the arab spring has been wintry at best the international society for human
life says that born out of the defeat five acts of religious discrimination in the world today are perpetrated and carried out against christians nowhere is this more acutely felt than in the middle east and north africa if you look at syria for example we tend to say of the total population is christian a third of them have already fled from the civil war that started two years ago and that number continues to grow off to the murder of father best in years nasser last june two thousand and twelve the threats and the persecution of christians escalated so much so that many today say the night me facing the questions of syria is the same night me that the questions of iraq have been living under since the invasion in two thousand and three golden a homo i believe it is all systematic and planned foreseen christians to leave in iraq for instance less than two hundred thousand christians remain we do have concerns we do hope we can stick to our land syria which is the
cradle of christianity we also hope that the pope and heads of christian denominations shall call for denouncing violence and adopting dialogue in all this this year the christian town of moon outside damascus was attacked by rebels tens of soldiers were killed and many residents fled it's still not clear how many of them have not returned to the village and where in syria they have been displaced only i visited the town of homes where syrian soldiers took me to the frontline and showed me the damage the rebels had carried out against a local church one hundred this is the church unfortunately it was not like that before look at this destruction in mass and from here the explosions were coming down on people praying and of course people started crying out for help from us because. the priest was raised here and they were captured here in the church elsewhere in egypt to the muslim brotherhood supporters have blamed christians to
the army's own story of the president mohamed morsi more than eight hundred christian sites were attacked and some fifty two churches razed to the ground while in iraq after the american invasion back in two thousand and three half of the iraqi christian population lived for other middle eastern countries and american think tank the pew forum says that christians faced harassment and oppression in one hundred and thirty nine countries this is nearly three quarters of all the countries on the face of be a policy on teen television. this is all she answer coming up later this hour first steps to freedom some of the bailed greenpeace activists are reaganite ing with their loved ones well the destiny for the rest of. the still hangs in the balance our special report on the oil platforms storming cases just ahead.
sound their way to launching their own drone program that's after leading members of the bloc signed an agreement to invest in new unmanned aircraft technology the plans are alarming acts of is to say it's difficult to determine whether the drones would be used only for peaceful purposes spitta owner has this report. well the group has been dubbed drone club and their intention is to develop a new generation of unmanned aircraft over the next ten years now the reason that they're doing it this is that they believe they're being left behind when it comes to drone technology by countries like the united states and israel currently both britain and france do operate drones they use the american bill to reprint drone interesting lee enough though germany has said that they are opposed to the use of any kind of weaponized drones and the european defense agency has being quick to point out the non weaponized uses for drone technology however the use of drones
particularly by the united states in countries like pakistan and yemen and the widespread civilian casualties that have been caused well that's left drone technology as a very emotive issue and here in germany and see war activists on topic about the decision to develop them here are very very concerned i think that the very nice phrasing that they've tried to say that says for to control human trafficking over that mediterranean airspace and so forth for surveillance purposes i don't see them necessarily helping migrants coming from africa from lampedusa didn't help just to save any of those people so there is no control about these things they can say is being used for humanitarian purposes but actually they could be used for lethal purposes well this comes after a recent u.n. report that was somewhat damning of drone technology in fact referred to them as being a danger to global security and that by using these type of weapons it encouraged
more nations to try and acquire them. and it's not just europe does setting its sights on producing new unmanned aircraft in today's breaking descent abby martin takes a look at how the world is getting cool top and a global try and raise. another cold war technically over looks like a new kind of arms race is alive and well so european leaders have just announced they're forming a drone club decision upand decades in the making france germany and several other nations are pouring money into a new generation of armed drones to rival those used by the u.s. and israel looks like all of america's unmanned kills are leading to a bad case of drone and b. but it's not just europe that has set its sights on these deadly robots for the last few years iran has been working on its own drone fleet this week the islamic republic on the veil that's the largest armed unmanned aerial vehicles to date capable of striking targets almost anywhere in the middle east in fact you a.v.'s are so popular now seventy six countries possess them according to government
accountability office one can only hope world leaders are taking into account the alarming inefficiency and deadly outcome of these drone wars because if they don't will find out the true danger of a global drone race. ukraine's parliament has decided it's not going to lead the country's x. prime minister yulia timoshenko leave jail for medical treatment abroad we'll bring you the details on that and more in just a few minutes. do
a bill which would allow jailed former prime minister yulia timoshenko to get medical treatment abroad the issue has been overshadowing talks on a on a trade deal with the e.u. however ukraine's openness to gas exploration has made it a promising and a true frontier for europe let's not get more on the tricky relations between kiev and brussels from. a live so i'm excited just saying this. this decision of the ukrainian parliament is a big blow to kiev's design agreement with the u. . well it's safe to say that hopes of ukraine to sign the association deal with a beauty union are now fading it's not as confident as it used to be the main conditions said by brussels that is letting the former prime minister tymoshenko walk free from prison or at least be sent for medical treatment to germany she is suffering from severe back problems has not fully been fulfilled yet today
parliament again failed to pass any legislation allowing tymoshenko to go to germany for treatment and have been certain deadlines already there's still some time remaining until next week's summit in vilnius where the fate of the association agreement will be decided so the ukrainian parliamentarian still have time to pass these bills although there's a very very large skepticism whether they would actually be able to but whether or not this association deal will be signed or not it would not be relevant to the gas deals and gas agreements that ukraine already has with several european and american oil and gas companies like chevron exxon mobil and royal dutch shell in fact he has already let them into their market i remember some time ago the ukrainian energy minister telling me that the amount of natural shale gas which ukraine possesses and we're talking here potentially the biggest amount of shale gas in the whole of europe with that would not only solve its domestic gas supply problem but also make it make the country into an exporter in the region.
definitely for ukraine this is something of a blessing because it's been fighting for energy independence for years it's been not happy with the price has been paying for russian imported gas and obviously the government is so keen on pushing this extraction of shale gas that it's been to a large extent think electing the warring calls from the countries the coal the juice of in saying that fracking using fracking in the east of ukraine in highly populated areas would cause ecological catastrophe exploding. explosion at the depth of one kilometer may cause poisoning of ground waters and the. it would make areas large areas in these completely uninhabitable but in any case experts say that even if ukraine starts producing an extract of shale gas from its soil this would not happen until the year twenty twenty seeing all right he's a mix here have scale live there and say thank you very much indeed for that we'll be talking to you later so let's now take a closer look at fracking a method involves breaking up rock at least one kilometer below ground opponents
say they could be grave environmental consequences warning the use of explosives and chemicals contaminates water supplies and pollutes both the ground and air but advocates of the technique say it will help to solve the energy crisis and create more jobs. deeply divided on the issue while i've been through giants of pushing for widespread exploration and parties poly hunting following the resistance of the europeans to fracking in countries let's not get more details from her how their policy so where do the e.u. citizens actually stand on fracking. well a number of european countries have had large scale anti fracking protests take place in recently as sort of the prospect of more drilling has been rolled out across europe but one of the largest anti fracking stories to take place over
recent months and to actually happen over recent months happened in a tiny village in every remote region of remaining out where locals actually formed a human chain around an area where u.s. oil giant chevron was given the green light by the remaining in government to begin exploratory drilling now i traveled there to cover the story and i spoke to a lot of the locals there and they are all most of them farmers they live off the fat of the land and for them they were genuinely frightened you know this wasn't campaigners this wasn't anti fracking sort of ecological activists these were locals who were genuinely frightened by the prospect of their groundwater being contaminated their food not being safe to eat they were talking to me about having to safeguard the health for their children for future generations because they didn't know if they're growing food on top of a drilling site whether or not it's going to be safe
a lot of the risks associated with hydraulic fracturing. are to do with the contamination of local groundwater potentially quakes so these people i was really surprised by the level really of fear that there was a feeling of in this in this small village called print jest and of course. did by the fact that through authorities there had not said one single word to them about it they hadn't tried to calm them down to talk down the risks potentially to dissuade them they simply had given the green light for this must have oil giant to come in to start drilling and they haven't said a word to the locals and not something that a lot of protesters not just in romania but across europe have a massive problem with they see they see it as government siding with large corporations and not protecting the interests of their citizens who are talking about genuine risks that they see from this technology and i think we can listen to
an expert talking about those risks now. fracking has been associated with air pollution water contamination water depletion earthquakes and of course climate change the oil and gas companies have spent billions of dollars really selling a story about how fracking is safe and the reality is quite different and i think that's something that anti fracking campaign isn't protesters in the u.s. and in europe on no doubt reassured by is that large scale protests and citizens off position to this technology really does work for example france has just held a ban against fracking because of the environmental risks involved. their point of thank you very much indeed for that we appreciate it. and of course we
have plenty of stories for you on our website including an extraordinary sight of a chain of islands all the japanese cars a small volcano has been sending towers of ash and smoke billowing into the air. a way. under one of the world's leading oil producers is under fire and it's not drilling activity that sparks public outrage this time head to web site and find out what the british oil giant will have to pay for harassing and bullying those posting critical messages on the company's facebook page. several more greenpeace activists have just been granted bail by a court in st petersburg bringing the total number to twenty six five have already walked free ahead of the trial for her again ism and the others will too once the bail money is posted and ask his correspondent he worked as chernoff is live with
us right now so you go where understand a president putin has just delivered his opinion on this very controversial case please bring us more. well absolutely we have heard from the president who said he does think greenpeace's as an organization. the environment are positive but he doesn't agree with the methods that its activists choose. these court hearings being. released on bail the. sixty thousand dollars it will be returned to them when they come back for the actual trial since all of them are still accused of. these activists which later became known as the arctic thirty approach to iraq.
platform in the north then a smaller group trying climbing onto it all of them were arrested first charged with piracy and then these charges were reduced to the kugan isn't but still if. they could be looking at facing up to seven years behind bars so this is still quite a serious violation quite a serious crime now greenpeace has been denying all the accusations saying this was a peaceful act of. protecting the environment. has become a stumbling block in the relations between russia and the netherlands as well since the arctic sunrise the vessel with the activists were all. it's now actually suing russia at the international maritime tribunals demanding the release of the ship and its crew meaning the activist as well all right. thank you very much indeed for that have to say. next they skyrocketing success
this quiet explained. in my research i randomly came across a sad statistic according to the center for the constitution only twenty eight percent of americans have actually read the constitution although the overwhelming majority claimed that they understood some of it and now we see why the constitution especially the bill of rights are getting whittled away the average person doesn't really know what their sacred covenant with the government actually says which means the government can get away with reinterpreting the agreement to suit their needs and not yours because no one is the wiser but if you think i'm going to say average american how dare you then you are wrong the problem is that any kind of philosophy or ideology or just even asking why seems to be. getting out
of favor in educational systems all over the western world and beyond i mean shouldn't the average american be taught in school about you know america and like the constitution and capitalism how can a society advocate praise or defend values they don't have any idea about please let's get the stuff back into the educational system but i shift my opinion. hello and welcome to worlds apart it's been pretty straight is both their worlds
based save guard against corrupt bankers and potentially the biggest ponzi scheme in the history of humanity why is bitcoin so extreme both in the fluctuations of its value and in the opinions it draws while to discuss that i'm now i'm joined by patrick marr of general counsel of the bitcoin pollination mr mark i really appreciate your time here thanks for having me now we're recording this program just days after the landmark hearing in this saturday on the future of digital currencies and one outcome of that hearing was that the value of bitcoin soared past nine hundred dollars and then drop just as sharply do you see that as a positive development that market's reaction. i think it's a positive indicator of sentiment in the big community. i don't know that i would consider a positive the there or the wild fluctuations in price but you know that these.
volatility of bitcoin is what makes some people extremely excited about this new digital currency and other people extremely wary of bitcoin and i think it is also something that joe speculators in and may keep some of the mainstream consumers that debate have you thought of any sort of trash hold value beyond we should be steep increases we'll start impeding the growth of the market for for for the actual consumers rather than speculators sure well i don't think it has to be either or there are speculators and mass consumer adoption of the u.s. dollar both play a role speculators help with price discovery and of course consumers use it it as a currency so i think that's likely to be the trend with big point as well the difference is that the it's supply and demand right now in the demand is far outstripping supply and that drives the price up in these parabolic curves.