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i really do not want to die young young. this is our see in this hour the u.s. sends weapons to iraq to help fight extremists it says but washington's readiness to negotiate with radicals in syria draws accusations then of inconsistency. a fresh immigration initiative in the u.k. is slammed as ethnic profiling by the un who fear it could trigger a sweeping crackdown on workers and asylum seekers with illegally. legal cases brought against russia's former old tycoon mikhail khodorkovsky had to be reviewed moved by the country's highest court could then lead to previous sentences being overturned.
a warning from kevin owen here in moscow at r.t. h.q. just after midnight here now our top story hell fire missiles drones and fighter jets the iraqi military is about to get an upgrade from the united states the lethal aid is meant to help baghdad fight al qaeda linked groups are gaining territories both in iraq and crucially in syria to you can reports. the iraqi prime minister asked for help because al qaeda is not just active in iraq but it's gaining territory to an extent that they're talking about in the islamic state the u.s. is now rushing dozens of hellfire missiles and surveillance drones to the iraqi government to combat this jihad is the insurgency there the cia is also reportedly helping them with targets inside iraq but al qaeda is gaining momentum in iraq largely because they've been able to establish a strong food hold in the neighboring syria so you have let's say a jihadi group called the state of iraq could live on controlling territory both in iraq and syria although the situation in syria is it is worse that was critical in
that regard the syrian government of course cannot count on washington's help in fighting terror quite the opposite these radical groups have taken advantage of the arms that the so-called friends of syria were sending to the syrian opposition and now washington is talking about negotiating with these lawmakers in syria which includes groups that demand hard line shari'a state washington says the u.s. can engage with them because they've not been designated this terrorist by the state department but does that mean that they don't share similar goals as those from the group who are designated this terrorism and so lots of questions and overall it's a tricky situation where extremists in syria have benefited from u.s. actions and get washington is now up in arms trying to help the iraqi government essentially fight the same forces. spoke earlier to author journalist go to coleman who's been covering the middle east extensively he told me washington's policy on syria is inconsistent. in syria it's very clear that nato and the united states
have been sponsoring the terrorists from the very very start the bulk of the opposition the so-called opposition in syria is composed of al qaeda and al qaeda linked groups it's not a secret even been admitted by the u.s. state department for example so it is quite surprising that the u.s. would be trying to get rid of al qaeda in iraq when in fact there are tied in iraq is one of the bases of the so-called insurgency in syria that the u.s. is backing imprisoned saudi blogger arrived but though it may be facing the death penalty after a judge recommended that he's charged with rejecting islam the activist has been behind bars since he was sentenced in june to a seven year term and six hundred lashes for making supposedly empty islamic statements on his web site human rights activists told us his case is not about faith though it's purely political. he has been denied permission really.
charges basically because there is no our charge is clear charges are evidence there is no. no information relayed to him as what is his sentence has access to lawyers has been denied in many occasions his lawyer haven't been able to communicate with the regular business or the term has been a concern for interrogation for over a year in general there is no space to fix things that you see. based on on the very next there is nothing except that general. description of his attitude as unacceptable so we will believe that this is a political i don't see more than anything with a concrete evidence it's not the first time saudi authorities have come under scrutiny for human rights abuse executions for sorcery or not or none of the country indeed anyone risks being beheaded if this is spectacle of witchcraft last year saw a woman flogged for driving and so will only men can do in saudi arabia pro-reform activism or and him on a key campaign can land you in jail for years usually being flawed before two
situations even worse if you're an immigrant work in the country they're often left unpaid in risk prison if they complain but they can be tortured and even raped dot com for more details. the un has announced a new british immigration bill is a stigma as a recipe rather for stigma misunderstanding and ethnic profiling if passed the law could trigger a crackdown on refugees and temporary migrants leaving the homeless in expelled from society. has got the details of the draft. well this proposed immigration bill contains measures that would make the landlords liable to fines if they're found to be renting out properties to illegal immigrants that would also have banks from opening bank accounts for people who are in the country illegally and it would also make temporary migrants liable to payment for medical for
medical treatment on the national health service now all this according to the u.s. refugee agency would contribute towards a climate of misunderstanding and ethnic profiling in the u.k. now in practice they're simply worried that for landlords and for banks it's extremely difficult to tell the difference between a legal asylum seeker and the legal one and sometimes it's very difficult to see through the documents to understand these documents and understand migrant status is and they're worried that some people here in the country genuinely who are in a genuine need for these services for housing are simply going to be denied even though they're in the country completely legally while mark half of the u.k. has immigration minister has said that this bill would stop migrants from abusing public services and it would make it easier to remove the people from the country that aren't supposed to be here but it's the government's really got to be seen to be tackling the issue of immigration it really is in terms of public opinion the
number one concern a lot of people are very wary of uncontrolled immigration about the perceived strain that it's causing on public services schools hospitals housing and of course the conservatives are leading up to an election year and they've got to be seen to be tackling the issue but according to the un's refugee agency they were perhaps a little bit overzealous in the way that they've drafted this law and in fact it's not the first time that the u.k.'s policies social policies have come under fire from the united nations. it was earlier this year the show investigator on housing warned that the very quote bedroom tax that came into force earlier this year was causing to quote shocking hardships in certain parts of the country. but if you had to speak with the latest immigration plans to see who the good of going to a website of. turkey stands on the brink of
a full scale political crisis tonight as the cabinets in the country is reshuffled over a high level bribery scandal but even that didn't pacify massive protests against official corruption the opposition demanding the whole government steps down local reporter with details. it all started on the seventeenth of december police arrested the sons of in meirman interior any qana mean minister who's claiming that they were involved in a corruption probe that was worth millions of dollars and right after that turkish prime minister made an announcement saying that he was behind his ministers and for about a week he said that this was a political plus he was meaning the police arrest he says that this was a political ploy that was or goal denies by the exterior forces but with these three ministers announced their resignations and during midnight to turkish prime minister after meeting with president putin for about two hours reshuffle the cabinet and changed ten ministers but the opposition and especially the leftist
groups started campaigns and they are asking the government to step down and they want the government to resign so they started their protest campaigns on social media and they're asking for the citizens to come out to the streets both in ankara in istanbul and some of the different cities of turkey we are expecting big protests from the turkish citizens asking for the government to step down and if indeed it does happen we'll bring you the details. has plummeted since on the government protests began in spring this year we'll position critical of the type of will power earlier we spoke to international relations professor hussain but she says the corruption scandals dealt a fatal blow to the prime minister's reputation. it is the biggest political corruption in our history and if it is the case it is more than one hundred billion euros. as some sources say i think the turkish government is having difficulties to. cover this i mean the prime minister is so how very harmed by this and i think
the internal reactions and evan not from the broad there will be more strong accusations and the turkish government. will somehow try to defend lost a lot of credit in the eyes of turkish trait and also in the international public opinion. international around freezing accelerate its nuclear program if washington introduces new sanctions something that could undermine that whole historic geneva agreement seen as a key breakthrough twenty thirteen we'll talk about that in a few moments also after the break how do we expect. a party like there's no tomorrow despite the country's hysteria to drive well studies say they're going to be paying for their christmas splurge well into the new year we hear it every year but the same. break as well.
stories for you to. visit. well again a radio lawmakers are demanding that your radio enrichment be brought to three times the previous level if the u.s. imposes new sanctions on the country's crippled economy moves apparently in retaliation to u.s. proposed legislation that authorizes tougher reprisals if iran breaches that historic deal reached in geneva last month while on the market seem to have put an end in it for a while to the decade long standoff over to run its nuclear program became indeed one of this year's most significant achievements in global affairs. this fall of the time of the if you take
a look back at the history of failed talks and penalties becomes clear while the deal was held as a story u.s. intelligence suggested rand's nuclear program initially was aimed at a building a bomb almost two decades ago when assumption resulted in crippling sanctions then year after year talks ended in deadlock as more penalties path up then surround responded by resuming enrich uranium enrichment the u.n. security council followed america's lead and also approved sanctions against iran then three years ago the country started reaching uranium to that twenty percent level we're talking about just now this is followed by a series of assassinations of iran's nuclear scientists it was a ping pong of threats of warning seriously seemingly ending then when her son rouhani came to power which led to the resumption of those nuclear talks what is really good reports next on the results and how the deal was far from welcome by everyone. meet iran's new leader. iran is the anchor of stability in the region he's trying to convince the west he's
not out for blood. of the iranian threat is imaginary and used as an excuse for others. and he thinks a nuclear free middle east is the key to peace and stability urgent practical steps towards the establishment of such is own unnecessary. that sounds good too but not everyone believes iran could have changed so much well honey is a war in sheep's clothing a wall for thinks you can pull the oz the wool over the eyes. of the international community israel the only country in middle east that hasn't signed the recent media determined to push its point across to iran's minutes away from developing a nuclear bomb and blowing up the world with israel being first on its list of targets this rhetoric however mase serve to cover tel aviv's real fears it's not about nuclear weapons not really it's about who's going to be the power in the gulf you've got three contending parties here you've got the saudis and the g.c.c.
the gulf cooperation council you've got israel with the united states behind it and then you've got iran really the only stable state in the region other than israel then there was the first time leaders of the u.s. and iran spoke to each other directly in more than thirty years the phone call that really rubbed a lot of people the wrong way particularly in the u.s. where the president had to deal with a lot of furious lawmakers both republicans and democrats who still think within the brackets of the cold war era a bad bad bad interim deal iran is a threat to peace in the world and it's not only the issue of nuclear weaponry it is their entire behavior of spreading terrorism throughout the region a lot of us have very tied his hands are tied there are people and lobby groups in the united states that do not want to see the united states and iran after thirty
four years of demonizing the country to have relations. novembers eighteen hour long talks in geneva seemed to have brought a final breakthrough iran agreed to significantly slow down it's really been reached and process in return for easing off or sanctions the joy was short lived you have the u.s. senate that. writing new sanctions laws. the government. trying to side with this first agreement and then we have the media outlets that are in line with his own lobby in the united states and that is trying to scare. the american people of the europeans about iran or about the iran's intentions but judging by the messages that come from the president the intentions are to live in that others live in peace a change in attitude that doesn't seem to be welcomed by many old school
politicians in the west even a grammar school i. was taken in briefly remind ourselves a more detailed look at exactly what this landmark deal with iran involves run agreed to reduce uranium enrichment from a twenty percent mark seen as too close to bomb making capability down to five percent for the next six months and also to deactivate its advanced centrifuges it also agreed to freeze work at one of its most controversial contentious facilities the iraq heavy water reactor and also to allow inspectors in from the un atomic watchdog unheeded in exchange for all that the west agreed to unfreeze millions in the radian assets and to ease some sanctions against the country now because whether this interim agreement grows into something long term i just have to wait to see throughout the course of twenty fourteen. these are. braving the elements in order to stand down to us oil giants.
hunger strike that returned the world's attention to the place. of art. it's an global battlefield in which just one of. russia's supreme court has said to review the legal cases that were brought against mccall khodorkovsky the recently released form rule once russia's richest man if previous sentences on the cases are mitigated court of course his business partner could also. discuss these latest developments without his hugo piskun office
following the proceedings even though he has just been important by the president and he's currently in berlin he's still millions and millions of dollars in taxes for the state and he says that he's not going to come back to russia until these taxes claims are lifted so theoretically we could see that happening and when it comes to. well we could see the man just walk out of prison sooner than his sentence was supposed to and what exactly prompted the supreme court to review this case in the first place we cases were initially being reviewed by the european court for human rights which did find that they were not political but there were various violations in the way these cases. but one of the russian constitution now that. they have to review would question of the release after the review would as well a process which has now been started by the head of the supreme court and judging by his statements the man also thinks that there were. including the fact that the
courts didn't take into account the easing of penalties for economic crimes in thailand's province is rejected calls to delay febreze election amid opposition protests a police officer has been killed over one hundred people injured when demonstrators besieged a registration center in a bid to hold the upcoming polls with police fired tear gas and water can disperse the crowd the opposition said it will boycott the elections and more rallies against the ruling party which they considered to be corrupt. security forces in indian administered kashmir have battled islamist insurgents killing one of the catch was capital should it go was also put on high alert after intelligence reports of armed rebels their militants fighting to establish an islamic state in asia often targeted army and police forces in the region. as they say tis the season to be jolly but don't forget the debt you might be racking up here every year but experts are once again warning that by now pay later revelers
are going to have a hard time especially this year repaying the rising credit card debts for now though it seems nothing could stand in their way as the risk. people are in the grips of a buying frenzy last minute shopping last minute spending and last minute going into debt british families are more likely to start the new year buried under a mountain of credit card debt than almost any of the europeans only remain ians and turks clash more plastic britons are also taking on more christmas debt in two thousand and thirteen than the year before which has prompted fears about the wider economy the bank of england says a recovery has taken hold but these debt figures raise the possibility that the recoveries at sleeping few borrowed money other nations do have other forms of debt says i n. g.'s senior economist at credit cards have particular pitfalls critics can
soft be expensive the interest rate on it furthermore critical tends to get mixed up on various and she's taking part in take credit for doing that and you also pay for more precise things such as a present which you are going to pay back over a number of number of months for example critic card it can be particularly useful for a number of people but we must be aware of the pitfalls if you don't keep yourself under control for now though the most to hear on regent street spend today and deal with the consequences later or not in fact only one in four britain said they had any intention of paying the money back but the high interest rates on credit cards mean debt can easily spiral out of control and tough economic times potentially spell a less than happy two thousand and fourteen for the indebted it. always seems one
man's debt is another man's bonus not brings bankers to mind. the united states we have over and over jamie dominant and j.p. morgan's critical time at the crime it's a crime of crime they've they've paid a dozens of fines this year for various crimes so you've got like jamie is begging to be imprisoned some people i've had this experience when i worked on wall street myself a lot of people they beg to be wiped out financially and my role as a stockbroker is to euthanize their accounts jamie dimon is a guy who's begging to be euthanized and i think as a country as a world he should get together and answer his wish he wants to become one with his maker he says look i broke the law please arrest me i want to go to jail and be abused by hundreds of thousands of inmates in some on godly way that's my goal in life i'm tired of being free put me in prison i beg you so he breaks more and more laws but unfortunately the law breaking becomes the basis of the g.d.p. for a country like america and they can't put him in jail because i need him out there
breaking the law so they can pay themselves huge bonuses at the end of the year so he's really is an existential crisis that's as christmas wish but nobody will feel it's christmas wish oh it will get a. little. winter olympics in sochi listen to this way known as the athletes are counting down the days rush has been presented with this new outfit to wear during the games the creators say it's not just about clothes it's about how the rest of the world remember the russian athletes and there's the training intensifies we caught up with some competitors who prove that nothing is impossible. patience commitment to training and outstanding determination these guys have it all to their minds around and become. well we've been keeping up with russia's sledge hockey team for a while now if you want to catch the reports economy website also on our you choose
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a look very cold and snowy windy mountain. beyond the olympics. but. hello and welcome to all the part of some of russia's most famous prisoners for at least recently as part of a nationwide amnesty but rather than seeing it as an octave clemency critics accused the russian government of trying to manipulate public opinion on the eve of the sochi olympics so who is really beating the rap here well to discuss that i'm now joined by tom election not the russian program director for human rights watch thank you very much for your time first of all let's talk about the release of mikhail khodorkovsky whose case really stands out because it wasn't part of the
amnesty but rather he was released on the presidential pardon. what put him was humanitarian grounds i wonder if you read anything into it whether you believe that the grounds were indeed humanitarian well i think it's largely an effort. to boost russia's image in the run up to the olympics in sochi and which are just a few weeks away paul suddenly the g eight summit which is also in sochi in another few months so yes indeed i would actually agree with me how you see him so say it is a public relations. object doesn't make of what's less well new not told because indeed it means quite a lot for harder for his family it means quite a lot from those prisoners of bollocks if i may call them nuts there's protestant is in charge for most. individuals individual victims of abuses
means that it means religion but done for the state of the rule of law in russia i'm afraid it doesn't mean much well you just mentioned several other high profile cases that were part of the honesty and again as i mentioned holocaust case is a bit different because it was totally up to put into whether to release him or not it was his prerogative as president he could have chosen not to exercise it so if amnesty was going on anyway if twenty thousand people were going to be released including some of those very famous prisoners that you just mentioned that's what have created this public splash anyway and the political goal that you're alluding to would have been achieved anyway so why what of koskie well first of all ms boyko who might be kidding because if you look into the amnesty it seems to be sceptical soviets toile traditional kind of an amnesty touching up for men.