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sunday's news and the stories that shape the week ukraine's capital braces for a million man anti-government march that the ukrainian opposition refers to as a last chance after the government early years survives a no confidence vote in the parliament. ballots as western politicians fanned the flames of the protests flocking to kiev to pledge their support for the crowds anti-government sentiment. some david versus goliath a tiny romanian village fighting to get an energy giant chevron off of its land. protesters from romania village claim a small victory against a major us oil company that's exploring for shale gas near their home but the corporate giant is still looking to win the war. people across the globe
mourn the death of nelson mandela we'll look at how the anti-apartheid leader's image has changed over the years. and a special swish relationship it's been revealed the scandinavian country has been helping america's spy on russia's leadership. sergey international coming to you live from the russian capital marina josh welcome to the program ukraine's opposition is calling for a million people to join anti-government for to protest in kiev on sunday for a rally and it's fear to further heightened tension in the capital opposition leaders also say they will not talk to authorities unless the government steps down protests have gripped here for more than two weeks now was in near revolutionary mood fueled by the support of some western politicians as it is running those can now reports. we were and is not the only one neighbor saying on to government anger
on its streets but for some reason cleaves independence square has captured the minds of politicians from europe and the west have seen a veritable parade of members here on seymour running out was where the opposition leaders they are and sometimes they're going to take you to the states to speak for the crowds and yet few seem to have made the past to hear it from both sides from the country breakers and their supporters. from an assistant to a secretary of state we stand with the people of ukraine who see their future in europe and want to bring their country back to economic health and unity to former polish president share the supporters of euro integration must remain firm and seize the momentum of the protest this is the only way they can get you know coach to make concessions and current members of the european parliament with the whole civil society. in its claim to have possibility for the nation to express its
we're in for it which means election what began as a pro e.u. push descended into an out and out attack on the leadership the usual buzzwords of democracy justice and the will of the people were interspersed with not so subtle calls for a president they can acquire which to admit has been beaten this is clear here it's an internal affairs arsalan hodge and they're not even hiding more so this is something that should be unacceptable. about mechanics now widely seen as a clear breach of diplomatic conduct it also raised questions in moscow. but i can imagine how our german partners would have felt if russia's foreign minister decided to attend a rally that was being held against john rooney but i don't think they would consider it a friendly step out of a meeting with opposition members is one thing you know for taking part in rallies and that's interference internet. the fans of them wish that the president early in
the week the government survived a no confidence vote in the ukrainian parliament was younger i'm sure. he did by the democratic process opposition m.p.'s went home to block the stage installing parliament. outside protest leaders called on people to take over as many civic offices as possible what should have been a public debate on the pros and cons of the friendship has descended into a foreign fuelled meddling to boost in opposition with a different axe to grind it in a go to school r t. and as anti-government protests in ukraine and capital grow so do their rallies in support of blocking the trade deal with the e.u. thousands of pro-government activists descended on the capital and towns across the east of the country to make their voice heard recent polls suggest ukraine sharply divided on the issue of e.u. integration was more than seventy percent of people and the west of the country favoring the deal while the pro e.u.
mood is shared by less than thirty percent of people in the east a prominent foreign affairs analyst dr discourage says in the unlikely case of a revolution people in the east will not sit idly by. if there is a pro e.u. . orange revolution there would be a pro customs union pro russian counter-revolution so it would be the path to the civil war because let's face it in the industrial base in of the east they know that if they join the e.u. package they would of course they will never join the e.u. itself they would lose customs privileges in russia and their industrial goods which are still being exported to russia in increasing quantities would suddenly become thirty five percent more expensive which would price them out of the market and the same time i doubt very much that e.u. countries would suddenly express an interest in buying ukraine real goods so even
if the reason attempt at the violent overthrow of the government there would be definitely a very sizable counterforce ready to come onto the streets it is no longer two thousand and four when no one was willing to risk their skin for. later today r.t. also looks into the economic troubles ukraine faces in addition to the political crisis venture capital is coming your way next hour how. financial situation right now is the economy we heading for a d felt the markets are expecting it dissipating it evolves. so it is a very serious situation for any and central bank. is almost broke and doesn't have any money and won't be able to support the ukrainian currency going forward unless crean gets credit.
residents of a tiny village in a stir mania have managed to stop a u.s. oil giant exploring for shell gas near where they live at least for the moment but demonstrators are now refusing to leave the drilling side despite a heavy police presence saying the controversial extraction method could permanently damage the environment was the coffin of has details. in a remote part of romania a day of rage and fury. protesters stormed a work site operated by chevron and the police responded with full force those who didn't leave willingly were dragged away so you can see. in what country we are living the police forces are behaving like a private protection company for the server on.
the what the people here want to know is who protect them from big business. this is one of the poorest corners of the european union but it's believed to sit on top of large reserves of valuable natural gas it's the sort of place that's changed a little over the centuries horse drawn carts are still a common mode of transportation and most of the residents still live off the land land which could soon be pumped full of toxic fluid in order to get the fuel underneath it's a simple everyday action drawing water out of the well for the villagers here and put in jest this is really what's at the heart of the matter the environment and the water for them it's not so much about fighting chevron as it is about protecting both their lives and livelihoods of these damn on years or have been working on the land it is the only live one time now during the day isn't your
typical sort of protester a farmer all her life she and her husband were also some of the first villagers to speak out against chevron's plans to drill for natural gas in their community. we've heard horror stories of water supplies being polluted forests no longer being green i don't want to risk everything for this company to make a profit. without you know i don't want it would be more likely to. chevron says it's committed to working with the local community to drill without damaging the environment it insists that it is abiding by all safety rules but that's not reassuring for farmers like the silly one. they could completely destroy us we just want to protect what i watch for in our land. and that's what they've done for more than a month now braving the cold in a villager set up makeshift tents across from the company's drilling site chevron did temporarily suspend its operations but last week the camp was raided by the
police. i was punched in the face it was humiliating roumanian for the police treated us like a criminal and i want to fight my googling. we tied ourselves together to form a human chain across the ruled out of the police officers came out just like grooves they were kicking ass and beating us with their bottoms i was kicked here there is another religion in hospital now because of how hard they hit him in the stomach. and on saturday more violence would begin as a peaceful demonstration was broken up by force. another arrest the protest are adamant but demonstrators continued to get taken away in this car in some ways it's a case of david versus goliath a tiny romanian village fighting to get an energy giant chevron off of its land but despite the arrests despite the protests and despite the clashes the chevron trucks are already here and the work looks set to go on reporting in to ingest romania for
r.t.e. and lucy catherine. protesters tearing down fences at chevron's working side and scuffles with police you can see all our pictures from the scene online at r.t. dot com. on thursday the world lost nelson mandela a leader who fought racism and inequality in his own country to become an international symbol of freedom and justice he's transition from a vilified armed radical to freedom fighter was packed with controversy and regularly burnished by the mass media and hollywood as artie's policy reports. he's the man who pulled a troubled and divided land back from the brink of civil war the man who after twenty seven tough years behind bars walks free from prison in his heart was not to
avenge i think that his greatest legacy to this country is reconciliation but in the last three decades the world tightest he published the image of nelson mandela and image recognized around the world only coca-cola is better known better men who struggle for racial equality again south africa's ruling white minority had a dark side the world has conveniently forgotten about nelson mandela and leader of the struggle. a radical. someone. embraced violence and as a necessary political instrument at a particular juncture in our history this house was the secret headquarters of the african national congress it was here in the early sixty's that mandela and his comrades launched the armed struggle it was also here that most of them were wasted put on trial and sentencing to life in prison south african journalist chris bishop
believes the one nine hundred sixty four trial that saw mandela and his comrades sentenced to life helped turn the world in their favor during the trial. these gentlemen who are on trial the rivonia trial as they went from being the accused of being people in the dark as slowly transformed they became the benjamin franklin's of africa they became the freedom fighters again the man of principle who is standing up merely for the rights of others and it's only to turn world opinion around from a vile terrorist to one of the greatest freedom fighters to have ever walked the earth the story of nelson mandela is remarkable a man who stood up for the rights of people everywhere but also a familiar tale of governments putting a garland of. was around will make one day and evoke the next point to. johannesburg south africa. and coming out. of order or to climb
down critics of a new orleans approach us law an age of fear it's a sign the country is turning into a police state plus. iceland authorities fees the dance of your countrymen in a unique solution to financial woes while millions in europe however on the edge of poverty. this is the place that has been consecrated to god for almost a thousand of years people came here twenty some years ago it's already established the last life on the silence. and people feel the love of christ working. people say you can. come and something happens on this island that makes them return to it again and again they say the slaves the. join me james brown on
a journey for the soul. only. rightly. first street. and i would think that you're. on our reporters would. be. welcome back you're watching r t international sweden's been a key provider of spy data on the russian leadership to the us apart from targeting high profile political figures the country's also been engaged in industrial espionage against russia's an edgy companies the accusations come from swedish t.v.
citing documents leaked by edward snowden in a recent program called mission investigate its chief editor told r.t. what they discovered. we have revealed. a very close relationship between the swedish defense radio authority f.r.a. and american counterpart n.s.a. and according to the documents. f.r.a. have spied spying on the russian leadership and they are passing this information on to n.s.a. we got access to these documents thanks to edward snowden so for we have don't have any details more than the documents are mentioning. that they're talking about unique intelligence they're talking about classic intelligence and they also mentioning cables the spokesman of f.r.a.
didn't give any comments but. when axed asked about being. seen as a leading partner that's the way they spell it in these documents for a is a leading partner to n.s.a. then he says ok that's flattering he ses so that's the only comment we have received so far less when strategic location of baltic the country has always been the enemy of america's national security agency that's according to investigative journalist duncan campbell. sweden always had a rather covert intelligence relationship with what i stupidly in the us the cold war. very the term secretly in to the club of the big spies in which they are for the goodies to give to their prime minister in return for betraying we receive in security off all of their neighbors and money if ever
i'm certain sims sweden was the largest collaborative in europe with free internet tapping program run by the progress group are being restrained in countries. so it does so because of its direct access to cable to the folks who can it's no surprise that you see it few and n.s.a. would want that as well as everything else so they can take from street describe public criticism some governments protect their spying programs as something essential earlier this week the editor of britain's guardian newspaper face questioning by m.p.'s who believe that the publishing of snowden's revelations but a dand in national security journalist glenn moody believes it's all part of a public flogging campaign it's theatre because it's actually for internal consumption it's really for the united kingdom and they view cameron is trying to demonstrate that he's the strong man that he's tough on terrorism that he's not going to let journalists you know tell him what to do and therefore he's coming out
with these statements which for the rest of the world thinks pretty crazy because it's everyone is saying from president obama downwards that we should have this debate about what are the limits of surveillance and what kind of oversight should we have and is really only david cameron and the u.k. government that's saying we shouldn't do that. as we report online the n.s.a.'s appetite for private data seems only to be growing tentacles of u.s. intelligence continue to twine the world after it successfully launches a new survey on satellite with a logo speaking for itself. as you look at the sun remains holed up in ecuador is london amber see the world famous whistleblower marks the thirty year spent in virtual detention in the u.k. without having even been charged find all the details in our team dot com. iceland's alive and kicking the country's economy has rebounded after the recession which struck hard five years ago with
a stage treating its own path to financial well being instead of trying to save its bankrupt banks government let them go to the wall the leadership then decided to reject a last deposit repayment scheme swayed by protesters who said the plan was unfair instead every household in the country will now have twenty four thousand euros written off their mortgage banking executives accused of causing a crisis in the first place are also being pursued by the state professor bob binary economics rodney shakespeare believes that iceland is setting a remarkable example. you must rely on your own national bank for your own use is for your own well economy and for the spreading and if you don't do that you'll be trapped into debt in the same way that what you got greece you've got iceland but you've got every country in the world is being tracked into increasing debt and all that happens is that they increase the levels of the debt
and smash the populations down we need to revolt against this global financial system and in its own way iceland is setting a reasonable example thank you iceland now the international monetary fund has criticised the ice lending government's policy saying there is little space left for additional debt relief measures and by leaving the insolvent banks to fail and for themselves the country's already locked down its biggest creditors and r.t.u. crew went to two of the biggest the u.k. and germany to gauge opinion times great yeah. well just to get rid of your debt was perfect because then obviously you can spend that money was the real. thing he said he would help us families to stay in that code so that that source a chunk of money that would make to its people well i think would be best for the country one reason the economy. is the public that just goes up and i don't think
the country can afford it it will be very great to you know everyone could buy a house. think about this i think it's a good thing we used to have laws in germany where you could get subsidies as a home owner but that's a thing of a past this is ok. i think for individual people it would be good news but not for the country you never know where the money comes from for such gifts are considered controversial iceland crisis breakaway plan is proving effective in helping people keep their hands above water but here's what happens when government measures fail . today nearly a quarter of the population live under the threat of poverty and that's more than one hundred twenty million people two of the latest additions to the blog bulgaria and romania find themselves topping the list of europe's poorest and even the founding e.u. states are now struggling more than ever as a group is going to find out. marco used to work as a pizza yo many italians used to call it the golden skill which would always get
you work in rome but it didn't hold true for marco one day he was sacked and has not been fired since he's been living on the street for about four years now and says at forty six he sees little chance of fixing his life he asked us not to reveal his identity. when you live on the street survival is what takes up most of your time simply gets in the shower is a challenge it takes so much time to take care of yourself like a normal person so you reach the end of the day and you're exhausted and depressed . with the talian economy going through its longest recession since the second world war over twelve percent of adults are unemployed while four out of ten young people don't have a job there are no official figures on the homeless we have any type of food that we can get for free from somewhere more italians are beginning to turn to charity and humanitarian aid for help two years ago we had about fifty five percent where
for no surrender forty five percent today we have about sixty five percent valiant thirty five percent for us complete theory of. everything on the shelves is free given in exchange for points allocated to low income families by the global charity network. most of the food is near its expiration date except for specially labeled eight it's real similar to an ordinary supermarket you've got bread pasta dairy products vegetables and so forth but the one thing was really stands out are these packages with signs saying not for sale this is humanitarian aid from the european union and all together these products make up around a third of all the stuff here. kerry does is now raising the alarm saying around one third of all italian children are at risk of poverty and are lacking basic essential such as protein rich. heating and clothes you go to school of art she
rolled i'll take a look at some other stories from around the world around one hundred supporters of the far right democratic party germany have protested against asylum shelters for refugees unlike to march was said to and one of the centers recently opened in the city but riot police stopped him before they reached the facility the rally was met by a fascist activist chanting slogans about refugees being welcomed in the country. and the african republic has declared three days of mourning for the nearly four hundred people killed in recent fighting between christian militias and muslim rebels sixteen hundred french troops have been deployed there to stop the violence after the un authorized military intervention in the country meanwhile critics say france is trying to solve its own domestic problems by getting involved in a military operation. and gyptian activists are feeling the effect of the country's latest law which bans on authorized demonstrations two leading campaigners are set to go in trial charged with taking part in a legal gatherings are reports from cairo. two leading secular activists mehan
dhamma will be in court today for the first session of the trial they're being taunted legally protesting and for allegedly assaulting police officers in demonstrations last month the two men who were prominent voices in the january two thousand and seven revolution among the first to be trying to for the offense related to egypt's new controversial protest though it was in force by the government last month and bans all rallies over ten people from gathering the information from the ministry of interior there was mass aprile when the law was promulgated as people here say most protests are against the interior ministry and the brutality of that police force and that will give security forces a copy of the by let me disperse demonstrations this is something we've certainly seen in the last few weeks security forces have used tear gas water cannons and birdshot but it's against protesters attempting to rally without permission of the government of that backed by the military and defending the legislation saying it's essential to restore law and order and also to help egypt's talk to the economy the
trial marks a key turning point in the summer the military in the government had targeted islamist supporters of mohamed morsy with measure and dameron trial is showing that the government is widely as cracked down to include all forms of dissent leaving people here in egypt to fear the country is returning to a police state. and coming out very poor don one of the russian orthodox churches holiest and most isolated sites going. we often see the middle east as a place of constant turmoil and revolution but people in thailand seem to be very fired up as well masses of protesters are force a government ministries to shut down by storming them with human waves one such
ministry is the thai equivalent of the american f.b.i. . which has been accused of killing around ninety people in a crackdown on those who support ousted prime minister thaksin shinawatra who is the brother of the current leader while people are crying out for democracy with accusations of violence against protesters so where is barack obama john kerry the mainstream media i mean whatever some group of rebels protestors are i mean freedom fighters rise up for democracy are we supposed to arm them like in syria and or bomb their country back into the stone age like in libya serbia iraq some protests explode across the mainstream media with calls for intervention and others are almost totally silent like thailand and bulgaria where there have also been strong links of buildings less than a month ago i might be a conspiracy theorist but the selective coverage and selective concern for some humans rights and off the rights of others well it smells a bit fishy to me but that's just my opinion.
the windswept journey to follow can be an act of penance in itself. doesn't offer excitement or adventure yet many come here for months at a time some to believe it's all they say that the saves them. this is one of the holiest sites of the russian orthodox church home to a thriving ministry the lake community the woods with it and groups of volunteers that come and go throughout the year for the faithful this is a journey for the soul the pilgrimage.