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for adam in crimea just i would suggest there is none whatsoever. done with the red tape of russia wraps up legal procedures to accept climb a interests have a tree he says a russian bank receives a new high profile client said they had by by u.s. troops. in the middle but i personally don't have any count in it but i will definitely open one on monday. present person says he wants to get his pay tracks from brissie a bank after jugging at the choice of people tongues and by the us measures with some of them having little to do with this iteration crimea will take a deep and move late in the problem. russian speakers in eastern ukraine are sounding the alarm over intimidation from near nelson groups which i claim to be gaining momentum under the new leadership.
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but also in the news much of dignity of thousands inspire enough of our into knowledge from the capital in protest against this kind of all causing unemployment and surveil starrer saying. this is also international come into your life from moscow and welcome to the program. the presidential decree which officially accepts crimea back into russia has been signed this after a unanimous vote by both houses of parliament allowing the peninsula on the city of sevastopol to draw in the russian federation. policy isn't crimea for the poor a big day for crimea please tell us. well well they said he has
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a lot of excitement here in the capital crimean city of some for our poll where people are delighted with the signing by the russian president vladimir putin of a treaty that was unanimously approved by the upper house of the russian parliament earlier it was also voted unanimously by the lower house so this concludes the legal process for crimea and the city of service to pull becoming fully fledged members of the russian federation it follows on the signing of a treaty back on the eighteenth of march by the russian president and crimean authorities that would see crimea formally joining the russian federation and let me remind you that that happened after a referendum held last sunday now back with a random saw the overwhelming majority of crimea vote in favor of leaving kiev and reuniting with russia and speaking to people here they say that the main reason for those is that after the government came to power in kiev with the overthrow of
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a victim younger coverage they feel increasingly targeted as russian speaking citizens they feel increasingly unsafe they particularly point to this new regime and its neo nazi leanings its extremist elements its fascist sympathies but a far cry however from the celebrations and the mood here in crimea is the feelings of people in eastern ukraine have just come from the eastern ukrainian city of donetsk and the overriding need there is one of uncertainty and fear so the people there are increasingly afraid that they are being targeted and pinpointed by a regime in kiev that they say is making feel them. increasingly unsafe. well more and more people have been arriving here in crimea from eastern ukraine and those who haven't already come are certainly thinking about doing so i've been speaking to a few of them who say that they feeling intimidated they feeling persecuted that there's this crackdown on ovoid of dissent in the east of the country and as such
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they feel only secure coming here to crimea. just to look i'm from logan's but i was forced to flee to sort of rubble after repressions their people a little girls were prosecuted for their political stance people were jailed because they didn't agree with the coup in kiev you know war was being followed they were just taken from their homes detained many were forced to go underground. i used to be a senior prosecutor in the draft i couldn't stand how my fellow law enforcers were being treated while they were simply doing their job and i was forced to join the resistance brigades because there's no loyalty more in ukraine and many of my colleagues feel the same way. i've just arrived here in crimea from the eastern ukrainian city of donetsk where there is overriding sense of uncertainty and fear people are afraid they were afraid that they cannot express their dissatisfaction with this new regime in kids and cannot express their support and connection to.
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feel slowly this fear is turning into voices of protest there are demonstrations planned in the east of the country today tomorrow and indeed over the weekend i took to the streets of dinner to ask people how they were feeling if there's one place in eastern ukraine that's not safe anymore it's the streets this man is afraid to show his face on camera he says he's been hunted by pro made un forces. every day we receive reports that on the borders of donbass there are men with military uniforms bullet proof vests weapons in armored vehicles. a man receives a phone call to say right wingers have been spotted in the city they're armed and looking for a fight we drive with him to a checkpoint with self-defense volunteers are keeping watch some armed vehicles shoulders are on their way this driver stops to tell them he passed
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a suspicious vehicle a few kilometers back i'm afraid for my children and grandchildren that something similar to murders and robberies we've seen in kenya could happen here. security is unraveling fast and people are starting to panic. there have been numerous cases of billions and is useless to rely on the police if a group of armed men and to your house the people who came from my gun as well as the security services are threatening anyone who doesn't share their views and it's hard to argue with men carrying guns but for many these checkpoints are not enough more and more people in eastern ukraine are asking whether it's not time to pack up that said i can't anymore i'm beginning to cry it's very sad for me it's very painful. one local probation activist said her husband was arrested for his actions while she was forced to flee to russia with her children in fear for their lives.
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as a mother of three children i feared for their lives we received threats from the right sector they called us and wrote messages on social networks for security reasons i can't disclose where we are now the pain is turning to anger as more and more people congregate here in the city square the list of signatures calling for referendum like in crimea keeps growing this is dangerous the right wing has seized power and was going to happen next is a bloody war. it's all leading to fears it might only be a matter of time before kiev's bloodbath is repeated here policy r.t. donetsk eastern ukraine. moscow will not impose further sanctions against the us that's the message coming from president pearson is foremost russia's a reciprocal response to washington's a list of buying a number of top officials and lawmakers. regarding the
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american sanctions and visa regime in terms of ukraine i think we should the moment ovoid from we tell you to removes if we go with a visa regime against ukraine millions of innocent ukrainians will suffer so they go to russia to work and earn their money here. creation has also marks you as a blacklist as the people on it apparently have nothing to do with ukraine but instead all belong to the president's judo club good night it is a businessman who back in one thousand nine hundred eight founded the club where person was training brothers candy and berries and burger also businessmen and members of the same club you recall chirk is the co-founder of the rossiya bank also one of the junior clubs founders and for his bank it has also become the target of washington sanctions which inspired legislation to open an account and have his salary paid that regarding this bank as far as i understand this is
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a middle sized and i personally don't have an account in it but i will definitely opened one on monday the u.s. sanctions triggered our return ation russia social media has met and decided to blacklist the american president himself and down lytle this site states where i could bama is no longer welcome in this hobby shop on local newspaper posted a message on his twitter page sanctioning the us leaders and members of congress from entering its offices in the barren city of almost and one irish pub in central russia is perhaps a saying the us leader from popping in for penned. and back in k. of frustration is growing with the self appointed leadership of ukraine the new government came to power in the aftermath of the bloody coup promising a radical changes but who crane's interim prime minister hasn't managed to deliver on many of those promises and fog has a backtrack
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a must as aussies merino closer up found out. the self-proclaimed governments in kiev came to power banking on people's frustration over the collapse deal. yet if the e.u. agreement is not signs then according to article one one one of the criminal code the president will get ten to fifteen years behind bars. however later are sunni gets a new backtrack on this. because we postponed signing the economic section of this document due to concerns over the possible negative effects that entering the free trade area might have for industrial regions. easier said than done apparently once you have to actually add allies all the pros and cons looks like everyone said all
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this and what's being called the new governments in ukraine with contradictions reign then supreme. we heard promises from kiev to join nato and get as many weapons from member countries asked possible a draft law on the resumption of the process of integration of ukraine internet zero has been filed and recorded provide the maximum possible material and technical assistance in the form of modern military hardware and armaments once again something he had to take back in order to keep ukraine undivided we've decided to keep a session to nato out of the agenda. what about all those promises to ban the russian language. yes i don't want the ukrainian youth to speak russian i want them to speak english i will make this my top priority i want them to travel to europe this is my
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assignment. nick bore no one's trying to take away your right to speak russian according to this law in all regions dominated by russian speakers russian it should be a regional and de facto official language and it should have the same rights as the ukrainian language that was a quick won eighty and in stark contrast with his previous convictions and these are regime for russians was announced for a few hours at one point. ukraine's national security and defense council took her decision to introduce a visa regime with russia only to be dismissed by gets a nuke the very next day. ukraine should not hurry with introducing a visa regime with russia and this move must be mature after almost a month in office cnut's a nuke has failed to show what he's capable of other than threats which he did not follow through on and questions remain as to whether his long term policies will be
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as far as and as easy to take back as the ones we've seen so far marina carcer of our artsy. coming up later this hour as one aussie present at the forms her resignation live on that look at the so-called great principle of protest i have been a carefully planned ambush. to be sure i even dug the un charter out for some motoring journalist one paragraph three of the un charter talks expressly about the right to self-determination of peoples not the right just all the time a nation of states the photon even the population of crimea can do all that and we compare that to events on the mind on will be good for glenn i ask again what moral justification is there for anyone to criticize the referendum in crimea i would
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suggest there is none whatsoever. we speak your language anything about the will not advance. news programs and documentaries and spanish what matters to you breaking news a little turn a tip angle is kid stories. are you here to. teach spanish find out more visit actuality. this is all seem to national welcome bok british and the country to concentrate
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more on africa the foreign affairs committee says the u.k. you need a bigger footprint in mali and other countries in the region to tackle terrorism and some moonbat let's go live to london and i'll correspond on that you know respect so what is it exactly that they can they see you won't see or. well essentially what they're calling for is what they say is concerted international action they say is needed to address the instability in this west region which takes in the countries of mali and mauritania and then on its borders senegal kenya fast. and chad and this is the poorest region in western africa and what this committee is saying is that this is the new front line of violent extremism extremism that's opened up and they're also saying that there's a mismatch between how the government how the british government sees themselves operating in this region and how much influence actually has so it's pretty barren
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kind of area the very arid kind of rock strewn and sandy and obviously it's very poor and the foreign affairs committee is calling this a worrying pattern of. says that the foreign office isn't in evidence there and what's more doesn't really know anything about it it's also saying that the u.k. has already been caught out by recent crises in this region so we've seen mali libya and the central african republic all erupting into the into under arrest and also very worryingly for the region being a failure to seize the all of the. regime in libya so there's loads of kind of small arms and slightly larger artillery floating around the region the made their way across north and west africa so there's a young there's an angle. population is not a lot to do that disproportionately at risk of falling into the arms of extremists
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say the foreign affairs committee and additionally a population that is growing faster than anywhere else in the world so what can be done well they're saying that what's needed is a robust response to this along political and economic intervention to try and stop the effects of this extremism and to address the underlying causes of this it's. as he would of course. came particular is concerned where is the money where's the money and the resources going to come from they said these m.p.'s that there's a mismatch between what the government would like to do in this region and. that that makes what it actually can do and that mismatch is vast and irreconcilables a potentially a very dangerous situation developing that. laura smith live from london laura thank you very much after quizzing on adjuring a live broadcast a former american news anchor liz wall immediately had this spotlight in the
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mainstream means year but it now appears the move was not triggered simply by a guilty conscience as she had claimed tweets by the new conservative think tank foreign policy initiative predicted about twenty minutes before it happened they were also the first to break the news within seconds just an hour later an exclusive interview with wall taken by f.b.i. associated james kirchick was on the front page of the daily beast and here you can see him posing with the x. present for what he called a freedom selfie so i had to ask it of conference details and reaction and make your own conclusions very dynamic traffic dot com and twitter wars are helping former relationship with the daily beast's jamie cure chicken to eli lake and those foods rosie gray was exposed by truth to yesterday the story became a hot point online and spawned a spectacular twitter war that even featured so bird flipping and accusations of lies from both sides everyone managed to accuse everyone of conspiracies and we're
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reporting in depth on the leaks the links and the lies on r.t. dot com. and also online view while no love seems to be lost between these watches allies in the middle east doesn't seem willing to assimilate and also has its meeting with padron gulf moment slips off that gender had to answer the call for long walks behind the intentions admitted there were. also that organizer nice job in legislatures to launch a probe into the scope of surveillance on german officials by the so-called five eyes club get more details on the story by logging on the web site. thousands of years from all over the country are coming together in what they're calling the march of dignity heading to the nation's capital demos are set to be held in madrid on saturday against soaring unemployment prophesies ations and
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budget cuts games of recession places science are on the brink of poverty spain's twenty six percent unemployment rate is the second highest just after agrees with six million people out of work almost two million households are living on social benefits of severson measures first triggered public anger three years ago and made the increasing gap between the rich and poor meanwhile highly qualified have been forced to flee the country in search of better opportunities abroad. the number of jobless people has decreased significantly in december over the hope of those under twenty four and all the talk of recovery doesn't sound optimistic and the i.m.f. offers little hope with predictions a rampant unemployment will not improve for five years unless more reforms are in acted also easy growth is kind of has been gauging the public mood that. they call
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it a march of dignity step by step mile by mile walking by foot across the country hoping to change its future i know that if the situation continues as it is continuing that. it's not going to work my nephew like they just not going to live in a place where they can function thousands of men and women students and engineers those with jobs and those without all have been advancing from different directions to spain's capital for a mass rally planned for saturday market of him to be walking all day without food many of these people have been marching since the very start of the rally since the ninth of march covering hundreds of kilometers in the rain under the sun stopping only basically to sleep at night and for these short breaks to drink some water get some food and then continue marching again many say they are exhausted especially the older activists but all them say that the objectives are much more important.
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that youth unemployment stands at around fifty percent job cuts most salaries and more austerity from brussels and the troika into rational lenders these are some of the problems the spaniards hope to tackle the spite the blisters on their feet. everything hello was exhausted after twelve days of walking it's cold at night and hot during the day but were in high spirits we have to put an end to these savage policies and other activists my men locus is marching because she and her family are on the verge of being evicted from their home as she's now unable to pay the mortgage obviously i had to stop playing it was a choice between keeping up the payments or feeding my two children. they've walked over fifty miles in one day alone and still have twice the distance to go before reaching central madrid really exhausted yes but they say they'd come to four to
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stop now you got this kind of reporting from spring. and now back to our top story russia has accepted crimea as a part of its territory germany's minister of finance said piling up sanctions against russia become a burden to the world economy brussels has slapped more restrictions on moscow as well and at the same time secured closer ties with the new leadership and cleared signing a political agreement with ukraine that's now talk more on that or the chief editorial writer of the independent newspaper married to just stay married or just a welcome to r.t. very nice to talk to you right now so brussels and kiev as we know have signed the political part of the association agreement but what about the economic part. the economic part and i think there was also suggestion that might be a security part those are on hold for the moment i think there was
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a an intention really to give a gesture towards the government in kiev but an attempt at the same time not to go the whole way so as not to give a political provocation an extra political provocation to moscow. it wasn't the agreement with the. main. people in that my design in here during the process and now even the new government is reluctant to sign it so how how will those on my down react. i think that's very hard to predict i think maybe they will accept that they have achieved their main aim they've managed to oust president you know which they've got an interim government and they've got new elections so with any luck there may be no more turmoil but it is. very much poised on a knife edge it's very it's very difficult. talking about. sanctions of brussels.
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on russia extending the ban list and canceling bilateral agreements will be the impact of that move. i think there's been a lot of arguments in europe especially that if you impose sanctions on russia there are sanctions which really mean a lot which would say to reduce and stop receiving energy from russia then the damage to europe is actually greater than it is to russia so there's a delicate balance to be made here there's also a separate question which is i think europe and america are very keen to hold something back because they want something to hold over russia. to dissuade president putin from intervening in the east or anywhere else in ukraine so they need to hold something in reserve and when to stand up both washington and the.
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rest and. target the russian economy if the escalate the situation in ukraine what do they mean by that. i think that what they're trying to do is to send certain signals to russia that annexing crimea is totally unacceptable and intervening in anywhere else in ukraine would be even less acceptable and at the same time they want to send positive signals to here. in an effort to show that there is support from europe and against russia the problem is that until now there's been very little money on the table to keep this was the problem way back in november when president which refused to sign the association agreement it was moscow that came up with the money and europe didn't offer any.
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all right let's move on now so we know that the referendum in crimea was the initiative of the local people and. local authorities the local government of crimea simply agreed with that but why is moscow now. because it's felt that there are so many reasons one of them is that if you have a referendum on something which is essentially a secession withdrawing from another country the legal way to do that is to have a joint agreement on holding a referendum. say the british government has done its job that would be illegal referendum because it's agreed by both parties that to refuse to referendum will be held the one in crimea was you know. there is the question of the fact that there were. troops outside their bases so from the west cygnus centrally as a referendum that was taking place in conditions of martial law so that however
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enthusiastic the local population was these two factors say to the west that it was actually illegal and unacceptable right it is our rights are all the independent newspaper very drastically and is that just good thank you very much indeed for yours. thank you the latest edition of sophie and co is coming up next here on ars international but if you're watching as in the u.k. it's interview show worlds apart with exxon. residents of sunnyvale california are being forced to turn in any magazines that they have that hold over ten rounds to the government anyone caught with a high capacity magnificent one thousand dollar fine or up to six months in jail or both maybe you personally don't want guns to be legal but there are many people in
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this world who feel it is their right to have them but the question is how many people are actually willing to stick up for that right and it's easy for schmucks like me on t.v. to tell you to go fight for your rights but when their thought cops at your door and black uniforms are crack your skull in all forms a sense a tiny metal box of the spring in it many people are going to give in and give it up and actually take an incredible amount of bravery to knowingly defy the law based on principle and that is why very few people do it and that is why over time in any society your rights freedoms are every want to call them are going to be eroded away tyranny happens because people like you and me are willing to pay a thousand dollars for our rights but that's just my opinion.
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your friend post a photo from a vacation you can't. call it different. the boss repeats the same old joke of course you like. your ex-girlfriend still pens tear jerking poetry keep. norris. post only. at r.t. to your facebook. says he shevardnadze their region of crimea has decided on a referendum to join their russian federation in
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a vote that was branded as illegitimate and undemocratic by the west before it even started but in europe not everybody agrees and today we talk to somebody who witnessed a crime in the first hand and will stab learned member of the european parliament austrian politician is our guest today. as crimea decided on its future because of condemnation have been heard in the west democratic aspirations are dismissed as an illegal choice. what's making europe go against its own principles brussels and washington ignoring the people's voice is western diplomacy really as impartial as a claims to be. our saddler i'm not a politician member of the european vitamins great to have you on our show today and i was just having our hugh where observing the referendum in crimea my question is why did you decide to go as an observer in the first place. i decided to go because i had the impression through studying the media and through
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discussions in the european parliament that's unique. to russian effort as fear was being created here. i wanted to see for myself what. was it i can tell you today that was what i had seen in the media and what i have seen myself on the ground on the crimean peninsula he did it those were two different worlds the media reports conveying a picture of uncertainty and conflict will force the freaks. the situation there was in fact come from a different people it's about if. well since there were about the referendum in crimea there is a lot of talk that it was conducted under pressure gun point even if you were there is there any truth to that. why did no one any voter being under any pressure to do the law enforcement personnel that i saw were not armed to the police force that were standing in front of the election
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stations were similar to that which i have seen in every other country you were being present as an election observer. it was completely normal it was a completely normal relaxed atmosphere. the law enforcement officers stationed at the entrance to the polling stations had no difficulty keeping order because the people were behaving properly but if they wanted to take part in this referendum so much they stood in long queues to do with the law enforcers there to ensure that it went smoothly is what they need no one was pressured no one was forced to vote either way with a couple of people came voluntarily in their droves and i did not want to see anyone being obstructed from being with his ballot paper. apart from. referendum itself what are your general impressions of the absences to the events in crimea. the media coverage as i perceived it in the crimea seemed
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accurate to me of the good omen hobbit the media in the crimea reported on the situation as it truly was there was no reason to report it any differently there was a very relaxed atmosphere for a lot of people who were even happy about the results and about the referendum. and i got the impression that a lot of people had been waiting for this moment for a long long time to be able to vote for russia than i do for the chance to join russia. he says saying international observers seem to agree that the referendum complies with all international standards why brussels and washington insisting it is undemocratic and also why send observers at all that if they think it's undemocratic. yeah no i can't understand that either and let me explain the context for that lack of understanding if you consider the vote on the my done so to speak as a legitimate referendum where there was no separate at all just violence if that is
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legitimate then i ask how the voting procedure can be considered illegitimate where there were voting lists but where there were international observers but where the people were free to vote as they pleased but they where people could exercise their right to self-determination as guaranteed by the un charter topics that often should i even dug the un charter out for some austrian journalists paragraph three of the un charter talks expressly about the right to self-determination of peoples not the right to self-determination of states so if the population of crimea can do all that and we compare that to events on the mind on will be good for then i ask again what moral justification is there for anyone to criticize the referendum in crimea i would suggest there is none whatsoever to carry me out yet also the other question is the european parliament is saying crimea's referendum doesn't comply with ukraine's constitution but why did nobody call on kosovo or slovenian creation
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for that matter to follow former yugoslavia its constitution when they're acquiring independence. it is perfectly clear that the events that happened with yugoslavia had nothing to do with the yugoslavian constitution. i don't want to criticize that i welcomed croatian independence and i welcome serbian independence i welcome slovenian independence and slovenia is on the austrian border. i don't want to criticize that but if you can accept the succession of the countries from the former yugoslavia and their independence is not connected to the yugoslavian constitution then you have to accept the decision of the people in the crimea. it is its own. in general i have never yet seen any succession from an existing state take place in full
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harmony with the constitution. and i'll say it again the current putsch government in kiev about which has absolutely nothing to do with the constitution. it has come to power in complete disregard of every provision of the ukrainian constitution and i have to say the following if they had postponed the referendum or held it any later it would not have changed the outcome only have made things more dangerous because the later the referendum was held. the more the criminal gangs on the crimean peninsula would have come to the forefront and the would have caused disruption to the point of the civil war. and the european politicians are saying there will sign an association deal by the end of the months if you call the deal a massive mistake of diplomacy why do you think so.
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the fact that ukraine was forced last autumn to sign the association agreement was already a mistake if in particular we consider the fact that the european union actually offered ukraine nothing in return absolute furthermore i consider that it is unacceptable to sign an association agreement with the government with a government which is not legitimate from the point of view of democracy with a government which came to power violating the terms of the constitution of ukraine even if it is just the political part of the agreement to the government is not legitimate and has no legal power to sign any international agreements there so if we wind a little bit we'll talk about the equipment that you insists in the first place that agreement is not against russia but they refused to involve russia in the talks what was the problem there. i have the impression right from the start that this association agreement was directed
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against russia to prevent ukraine taking part in the eurasian union that the east or the i have absolutely no problem if countries want to unite themselves with russia in the eurasian union demands i mean we should always try to view russia as a partner and to see room for dollywood russia to see him and not to construct a host image contrary to evidence to put it off the ball and right now if there is it has happened to you is ready to sign. only the political chapter of the agreement without the economic part what what actually happened to the comic why and what does it mean to political parties and just empty words. if the european union is ready only to sign the political part of the agreement the fact is that part against closer ties with russia and is not willing to sign the economic part it means only one thing that nobody in the is ready to fulfill the
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financial promises made to ukraine. that if the economic part because part i doubt we could provide enough funds but i must notice at once that i am also against signing both political and economic parts of the agreement with this government a few nights ukraine needs so much money that who will never be able to provide enough to cover their needs i would like to say to the ukrainians openly we are not able to provide that much cash currently we are barely able to cover expenses related to the crisis in greece how could we manage to deal with ukraine with this financial black hole nobody in europe will provide that much funds to ukraine. so that's why i'm asking changing the whole package of an agreement to just a political chapter of the agreement that really what that really means is that we're not really signing a deal with you but we don't want to seem like we're lying to you so here's
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a bogus paper that we're going to sign but we're not really going to help you economically while that's what you really need right now the way i understand this correctly. this idea that only a political agreement would be signed had no other purpose than to split or abuse ukraine in order to gain political leverage against russia you can use them but this deal has no other purpose. so and the political part of it that's going to be signed that's actually to to keep the ukraine also don is that it's like giving ukraine false hopes. yes that's my warning to the ukrainian people that these are false very empty promises a fresh but i can only give a warning the push governments in kiev must legitimize itself but there is no legitimacy to get him out so you can only have legitimacy in a democracy only through the direction voting of the population but you know through just political dealings with the european union or anyone else in the world
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you'll know that it's on so you can determine the most of it thank you very much we're going to take a break we'll be back with star blair a member of the european parliament to talk more about what's jeopardizing russia relations and how to fix them stay with us. with crimea being safely returned to russia threats of sanctions and high costs to be paid continue at a steady pace russia has no intention of backing down and the west is powerless to alter political facts on the ground all the while ukraine faces political and economic collapse.
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right on the scene. first. and i think you're. on our reporters. well come to that front siberian. what are the places you never go to. you never do. you'll never get. you will.
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and we're back with the i was seven our member of the european parliament welcome back to our show now you have said that it was a cannot make decisions are aimed at rush out why what's in this for you. i think that as a political attitude linked to america american pressure on the european union is very strong in particular it's clear that since the munich security conference the german government has done exactly what washington says and asks to get to the extent that the european union has allowed itself to be forced by the americans into an empty russian stance against its own interests. and this is truly dramatic especially as there are parliamentarians who obviously behave this
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way with a certain level of consistency. so that i could be i have seen colleagues in the e.u. parliament expressing such fanatical positions rusa fabric position out say that they were totally in comprehensible to me that's not for me. it really worries me i'm really worried about the peace in europe but can anybody in the really afford to weigh relations with moscow. they say at the moment it's really only my own government that would even be in a position to do so but it's not taking any action regrettably because anyone else is just following the herd and thinking they can persuade the russian government to adopt a particular position or change its position by means of sanctions that's the wrong language in diplomatic matters in diplomacy you should talk to your partners but not with threats and sanctions. and in this respect the austrian federal government
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as a neutral that if you don't would be in an especially good position to build up a new level of dialogue with russia with the russian federation middle section for that i'd say all right into put it in graphic terms of the dollar has to shift from the brussels level and the girl in level to the viennese level. but if. you have called his policy against russia a colossal failure so what's in store for you. russia relations now. right now we're at the crossroads in the future everything will depend on whether the power of reason and conversation will get the upper hand or the proponents of war and parties involved in conflict creaks that is the hawks will win but. now those pushing for sanctions the conflict initiators and war mongers are the ones who have the upper hand i call on all in the european union particularly those with the responsibility to become to return to the negotiating table because the
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way things are turning out is not forseeable not assessable i would never have thought not even a year ago that people would try to gain political leverage against russia with so much immediacy in the ukraine. i wouldn't have believed it was possible it is completely irrational it's a rational and completely at odds with classical rational diplomatic considerations i really can't say how the european union thinks it will continue in the future. so what you're proposing is diplomacy and reconsideration why doesn't what you propose ever happen. i've already said that i must say it again that it is pressure from the usa. brussels policy will correspond to what washington does. it will correspond to america's early in will not act differently as before. unfortunately brussels will act as decided by washington. however no later than the
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munich security conference. will be expected from the us not to put it because germany does not play any important role un security interests so it will be demanded that the us take everything upon itself as the major. thing though you keep saying that you under strong pressure from. erica so so you're basically saying that the european union is incapable of acting and deciding on its own but what could possibly a united states do to europe if you were to decide and take another path pass in diplomacy for example what like impose sanctions on european union bring in american troops what what what could america possibly do. that doesn't. know me these are such serious economic liabilities you should understand how much the u.s.
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influences the political situation in europe. and for us in this video you can influence for just one evening a single issue even when it is necessary to evaluate different positions to ship or to decouple from mostly because the u.s. influences the policy of france the u.k. and in particular the policy of germany. happens through gentle but very efficient mechanisms it would exempt media market opposite for example why the media because any politicians depends on it is it not quite the year that does in fact influence upon public opinion is a very efficient and powerful mechanism in the in general european policy is strong willing to outside pressure from the us. to take us through it from the medical so you're saying it's informational war on all levels it's media war on all levels. yes my concern is what is going to come out of this escalation how can anyone have any interest in escalation unless they want to move
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the situation to the brink of war and it is situation is much more dangerous i consider it much more dangerous than the way it is portrayed by the media media darby escalation only makes sense if one step is going to be followed by the next step and no reasonable person can have any interest in that forward but that's precisely the political line we're following right now it's very. unfortunately the only thing we can do about it is to try to inform people spread as much information as possible that there are no other tools available what will it take for the european union to recognize the will of the crimean people what should happen. but it's a good move because that is the only tool there is the only way is to inform public opinion about the true events that is the only way. that is what russia's opponents i'm most afraid of. that's why we have such
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a strong interest in an objective part trail and my time as an election monitor was to try to create that objectivity. if it became so would you say it's the twenty first century new war new a new era of media war because what you're saying is basically it's a war between the media's the media's of the west and the media of the east is this how the words are going to first century what is now. that's true yes unfortunately it's true because currently a social speak media war like quarrel going on at the level of the media it's a new media war if you want if you haven't had a start the only bush people were at any time into some other more dangerous playing field and that should not be underestimated the danger is very very high and the argument has taken a new form and that has wiped out the old format from the cold war it's really
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deplorable that we've ended up at this level at the beginning of the twenty first century little bit on the. on a different venice wants to separate from italy catalonia from spain scotland from the united kingdom in your opinion what's the reason for the separatist sentiment inside the block. yes it will be very interesting it is doubtful that someone will be able to forbid scotland from leaving the u.k. it will be difficult to forbid. it but i am sure that it will be difficult to forbid divinations to leave certain states within the you are obviously afraid of this it isn't there for aid of the citizens which one to use their right to self-determination in accordance with the charter of the united nations. however i would like to point out the main points of the attitude of european ruling circles towards the citizens of their countries will be nothing can make than the men
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culture elite feel uneasy better than the word referendum the european union has not passed a single referendum successfully on the first try for which means that the european union avoids referendums like plague. the european union plays democracy but does not follow its principles it is also related to the situation which is unfolding at the present moment. so if one conducts a population survey the opinion of the people will not coincide with the opinion of the government. sometimes the opinion of the people is drastically different from the opinion of the european governments and it means that the word referendum is a dangerous word for the ruling elite of the european union. but is it were just saying it's a dangerous trend so i mean you're austrian for example let's say it did all it wants to have its own referendum and separate from your country would you say ok
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let them have their will and separate from it. that is about credit for of course yes that's not even a questionable to show the scots and the cattle on people i would say the cells to rowland's to all have the right in my opinion to determine where they want to live through a referendum so they try to create a european superstate so we would no longer be necessary to abandon the old national association of states that was the driver or one of the drives of the european union but no one believes in it and the scots will probably want to leave the united kingdom which i understand but when there is a clear clear majority like on the crimean peninsula and you only need by the way more than fifty percent that must be respected that's not even a question for me the will of the people comes before the wheel of the government or the will of the chancellery so i'd say let's say the scots and the cats alliance
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have their fifty one percent for independence then what would make those referendums different from the one in crimea why are they possible under one that just took place in. no fortune teller but i can't predict how this kind of government would react to them but i know how the european union reacts to referendums it's literally allergic to them look at the referendum that happened in switzerland a few weeks ago about how much immigration should be allowed from the e.u. into switzerland as they reacted to it literally hysterically i know that had to european level they react hysterically towards referendums and the results of referendums if they don't correspond to what the bureaucracy wants so i don't know how the spanish government or the e.u. would react to that but i don't think there would be great pleasure for a referendum in catalonia showed majority support for separation. that i think you are right for your time were talking to
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a. member of the here appeared parliament talking about the possible and impossible the answer of the ukraine. within the european union although also water waits to block up to a couple of referendums planned later this year within the borders of european union that's it for this edition of sophie and co i'll see you next time i. think you.
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if. done with the red tape prashant wraps up legal procedures to accept crimea into its territory based as a russian binding receives i need a high profile client after being hit by your sanctions. the middle size but i personally don't have an account in it but i will definitely open when my mom did. president vladimir putin says he wants to get his pay trunks from russia see a bond after drugging at the trials of people targeted by the us measures with some of them having a little to do with the situation quantity but take a deeper look later in the paul brown. russian speakers in eastern ukraine are sounding the alarm of the intimidation from near nelson groups which are claimed to be gaining momentum under the new leadership.
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and also in the news not much of dignity thousands in spain are preparing to launch on the campus or in protest against this kind of rocks and unemployment and severe status and. this is all seem to national counties here live from moscow and welcome to the program the presidential decree which had fischer to accept crimea back into russia has been signed this up to you non of us vote by both houses of parliament allowing the peninsula and the city of sevastopol to join the russian federation. is in crimea for us. they said there's a lot of excitement here in the capital crimean city of some for our poll where people are delighted with the signing by the russian president vladimir putin of
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a treaty that was unanimously approved by the upper house of the russian parliament earlier that was also voted unanimously by the lower house so this concludes the legal process for crimea and the city of sevastopol becoming fully fledged members of the russian federation it follows on the signing of a treaty back on the eighteenth of march by the russian president and crimean authorities that would see crimea formally joining the russian federation and let me remind you that that happened after a referendum held last sunday now back with a random saw the overwhelming majority of crimea vote in favor of leaving here and reuniting with russia and speaking to people here they say that the main reason for this is that after the government came to power in kiev with the overthrow of the victim yana coverage they feel increasingly targeted as russian speaking citizens they feel increasingly unsafe they particularly point to this new regime and its
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neo nazi leanings its extremist elements its fascist sympathies but a far cry however from the celebrations and the mood here in crimea is the feelings of people in eastern ukraine have more and more people have been arriving here in crimea from eastern ukraine and those who haven't already come are certainly thinking about doing so i've been speaking to a few of them who say that they feeling intimidated they feeling persecuted that is this crackdown on over those of dissent in the east of the country and as such they feel only secure coming here to crimea. just to look on for more guns but i was forced to flee to sort of rubble after repressions their people a little girl's group prosecuted for their political stance people were jailed because they didn't agree with the coup in kiev no war was being followed they were just taken from their homes and many were. forced to go underground. you don't know anyone else's stuff i used to be a senior prosecutor in the end of the draft i couldn't stand how my fellow law
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enforcers were being treated well they were simply doing their job and i was forced to join the resistance brigades because there's no lawyer anymore in ukraine and many of my colleagues feel the same way. i've just arrived here in crimea from the eastern ukrainian city of donetsk where there was overwinding sense of uncertainty and fear if there's one place in eastern ukraine that's not safe anymore it's the streets this man is afraid to show his face on camera he says he's been hunted by pomade un forces. every day we receive reports that on the borders of donbass there are men with military uniforms bullet proof vests weapons in armored vehicles. a man receives a phone call to say right wingers have been spotted in the city they're armed and looking for a fight we drive with him to a checkpoint we self-defense volunteers are keeping watch some armed vehicles soldiers are on their way this trival stops to tell them he passed
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a suspicious vehicle a few kilometers back i'm afraid for my children and grandchildren that something similar to murders and robberies we've seen in kenya could happen here security is unraveling fast and people are starting to panic there have been numerous cases of billions and is useless to rely on the police if a group of armed men and to your house the people who came from my gun as well as the security services are threatening anyone who doesn't share their views and it's hard to argue with men carrying guns but for many these checkpoints are not enough more and more people in eastern ukraine are asking whether it's not time to pack up . that said i can't anymore i'm beginning to cry it's very sad for me it's very painful. when local probation activist sit her husband was arrested for his actions while she was forced to flee to russia with her children in fear for their
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lives. as a mother of three children i feared for their lives we received threats from the right sector they called us and wrote messages on social networks for security reasons i can't disclose where we are now the pain is turning to anger as more and more people congregate here in the city square the list of signatures calling for a referendum like in crimea keeps growing this is dangerous the right wing has seized power and was going to happen next is a bloody. it's all leading to fears it might only be a matter of time before kiev's bloodbath is repeated here policy r.t. donetsk eastern ukraine. moscow will not impose further sanctions against the us does the message coming from president putin it follows russia's reciprocal response to washington's unless a binding and number of top officials and lawmakers.
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regarding the american sanctions and visa regime in terms of ukraine i think we should the moment avoid from retaliatory moves if we go with the visa regime against ukraine millions of innocent ukrainians will suffer so as they go to russia to work and earn their money here. letting the person has also most of the you as a block people and they apparently have nothing to do with ukraine but instead all belong to the president's judo club cannot it is a businessman who back in one thousand nine hundred ninety eight founded the club where putin was training brothers arcology and boris wattenburg are also businessman and members of that same club yuri culture because they co-wrote they will see a bind and also one of the clubs founders and for his bank it has also become the target of washington sanctions which inspired let him appear to him to open an account and have his heart has his salary paid that
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regarding this bank as far as i understand this is a middle sized and i personally don't have an account in it but i will definitely opened one on monday the u.s. sanctions triggered of retaliation russia social media as many decided to blacklist the american president himself so this sign states barack obama is no longer welcome in this honey shop one local newspaper posted a message on its twitter page sanctioning the us leaders and members of congress from entering its offices in this siberian city of arms and one irish pub in central russia is perhaps a saying the us leader from popping in for a pendant. well brussels has slapped more restrictions on moscow as well and at the same time secured closer ties with the new leadership in clear signing a political agreement with ukraine many award sanctions against russia will
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backfire germany's minister of finance said piling up restrictions could become a burden to the walls economy the true editorial writer of the independent newspaper married to jeff ski says if the e.u. goes too far with pushing moscow it may somehow was damage than russia itself been a lot of arguments in europe especially that if you impose sanctions on russia there are sanctions which really need a lot which would say to reduce or even stop receiving energy from russia the damage to europe is actually greater than it is to russia so there's a delicate balance to be made here. back in kiev source of frustration is growing with the self appointed leadership of ukraine the new government came to power in the aftermath of the bloody coup promising radical changes but you crazy interim prime minister hasn't managed to deliver on many of those promises in fact is back tracked on most as
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a maria courser of found out. the self-proclaimed government to kiev came to power banking on people's frustration over the collapsed deal. yet if the e.u. agreement is not signs then according to article one one one of the criminal code the president will get ten to fifteen years behind bars. however later i've seen the gets a new castle backtrack on this my pleasure to book up with because we've postponed signing the economic section of this document due to concerns over the possible negative effects that entering the free trade area might have for industrial regions. easier said than done apparently once you have to actually analyze all the pros and cons looks like everyone is at odds and what's being called the new governments in ukraine with contradictions rain and supreme.
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court heard promises from kiev to join nato and get as many weapons from member countries as possible a draft law on the resumption of the process of integration of ukraine internet zero has been filed and recorded provide the maximum possible material and technical assistance in the form of modern military hardware and armaments once again something he had to take back in order to keep ukraine undivided we've decided to keep a session to nato out of the agenda. what about all those promises to ban the russian language. yes i don't want the ukrainian youth to speak russian i want them to speak english i will make this my top priority i want them to travel to europe this is my assignment. new book no one's trying to take away your right to speak russian
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according to this law in all regions dominated by russian speakers russian should be a regional and de facto official language and it should have the same rights as the ukrainian language that was a quick one eighty and in stark contrast with his previous convictions that these are regime for russians was announced for a few hours at one point. ukraine's national security and defense council to her decision to introduce a visa regime with russia only to be dismissed by gazza nuke the very next day ukraine should not hurry with introducing a visa regime with russia and this move must be mature after almost a month and office he absolutely has failed to show what he's capable of other than threats which he did not follow through on and questions remain as and so what are his long term policies will be as volatile and as easy to take back as the ones
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that we've seen so far marina call survive arts. so took on the program the u.k. wants to scale up its presence in africa and the few months al a correspondent there for that perspective on what's behind david cameron's latest trip but his collaboration is on the continent. with crimea being safely returned to russia threats of sanctions and high cost to be paid to continue at a steady pace russia has no intention of backing down and the west is powerless to alter political facts on the ground all the while ukraine faces political and economic collapse. choose your language. of holy week over the influential conversational some of that. choose to use the consensus to. choose the opinions that immigrate to.
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choose the stories but in time to. choose the access to often. there's a media leave us so we leave the media. by the sea motions your. mother your party there's a goal. for shoes that no one is asking with the guests that you deserve answers from. politicking only on r t. this is not international welcome by. british m.p.'s all the country to concentrate more on africa the foreign affairs committee says the you tell you need a bigger footprint in mali and other countries in the region to tackle terrorism and flow on that let's now go live to london and our correspondent laura smith so
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what is it exactly that they can be she wants laura. well this is a report that the committee has released on what it calls a new front line of violent extremism is talking about this area the western sahara in africa the report calls for a concerted international action to address this instability in the west and south whole region to stop it from spreading any further and of course it's talking about things like robust security measures political and economic intervention to address this underlying stability which. as we know from poverty from a large youthful population with not very much to do and from a very growing population as well now the u.k. government already has what the report calls a bold vision to increase the political security and economic in gauge moment of course we all understand that bold means very expensive but the report warns the
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gap between those ambitions versus its actual the u.k.'s actual resources in the region both. diplomatic in the region and economic at home is vast and irreconcilable which is long hand for where the money going to come from we know that we have a recovering economy here in this country but it is still in recovery the government always trying to reduce the deficit shaving money out of the wealth of budget all the time we heard during the budget this week that sixty percent of austerity cuts are still to come in this country so once again there's no balance between what the government would like to do abroad and its actual financial resources. life from london laura thank you very much. also in line for you while no seems to be lost between the us as allies in
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the middle east washington doesn't seem willing to be simply using force as it is meeting with past. box clips of that turned up to you don't concentrate on what's behind the contentious mood in the region. and also that only as an eye is german legislators are to launch a probe into these kind of surveillance on german officials by the so-called five eyes club get more details on this story by logging on to our web site. thousands of spaniards from all over the country are coming together in what they're calling the march of dignity heading to the nation's capital demos are set to be held in madrid on saturday against soaring unemployment privatizations and a budget cuts years of recession have place a society of the brink of poetry spain's twenty six percent unemployment rate is the second highest just up to greece with six million people out
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a walk almost two million households are living on social benefits austerity measures first triggered public anger three years ago amid the increasing gap between the rich and poor meanwhile highly qualified spiny is have been forced to flee the country in search of better opportunities abroad though the number of people has decreased significantly in december overhauled those out of work around twenty four and done talk of recovery doesn't sound optimistic and the i.m.f. offers little hope with predictions rampant unemployment will not improve for five years unless more reforms are enacted. has been gauging the public mood. no they call it a march of dignity step by step mile by mile walking by foot across the country hoping to change its future i know that if the situation continues as it is continuing that. it's not going to work my nephew like they just
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not going to live in a place where they can function thousands of men and women students and engineers those with jobs and those without all have been advancing from different directions to spain's capital for a mass rally planned for saturday the marking of him be walking all day without food many of these people have been marching since the very start of the rally since the ninth of march covering hundreds of kilometers in the rain under the sun stopping only basically to sleep at night and for these short breaks to drink some water get some food and then continue marching again many say they are exhausted especially the older activists but all them say that the objectives are much more important. that youth unemployment stands at around fifty percent job cuts low salaries and more austerity from brussels and the troika of international lenders these are some of the problems the spaniards hope to tackle despite the blisters on
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their feet. helo was exhausted after twelve days of walking it's cold at night and hot during the day but were in high spirits we have to put an end to these savage policies and other activists my man lopez is marching because she and her family are on the verge of being evicted from their home as she's now unable to pay the mortgage obviously i had to stop playing it was a choice between keeping up the payments of feeding my two children. live walked over fifteen miles in one day alone and still have twice the distance to go before reaching central madrid on saturday exhausted yes but they say they'd come to four to stop now he will be. reporting from spain. at least nine people including several women and a child have been killed after thailand fighters attacked a luxury hotel in the center of kabul they were all foreigners among the victims
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they hotels popular among staff and foreign politicians that time comes just weeks away from a presidential election let's now talk more on this with investigative journalist and they are just bizarre i may as well come to r.c. nice to see you so do you think this spike in at cox coincides with the upcoming presidential election. absolutely because in two months in two weeks' time we are going to have the presidential elections in the country there has been a rise in the taliban's attack across the country there was an attack on the police . that took the lives of. many police officers and the talk in kabul yesterday evening was was another case that the taliban try to prove that they have a presence across the country and they're going to disrupt the elections in two weeks time. and there are also many foreigners among the victims that. think that
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trying to send a message to the international community as well. this is this is not a surprise. for those who are in afghanistan that the taliban are trying to disrupt the elections and the taliban are trying to target not only disorder. and attack last night in the hotel in the hotel beside the foreigners were killed the family the journalist clique and he used to work for h.p. he was killed with his family so this is absolutely true that the taliban are trying to. nationalise. a government that they have to a village just shut the elections and to get such kind of places where frequented by foreigners and afghans. do they i mean overall because that has dozens of taliban detainees were released by nato forces also sixty five inmates were set to walk free from a background prison last month just tell us more about why the. key. is.
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president karzai and his government has been releasing the taliban prisoners in the past couple of months i think a bunch of them released a couple of days ago so i think releasing the taliban prisoners from from afghan prisons. it only not in the gold of the taliban that it will. it will give a sense of weakness of afghan national security forces as well so the people are really thinking that why doc and government why the. prison comes a. day. that the taliban by calling them brothers there is right and this kind of messages from the government and president karzai is building the taliban and releasing the taliban prisoners from the afghan prison system from the ground prison in and out of our problems. will give more chances to the taliban to attack not only and kabul but across the country. in two weeks' time that we're going to
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have the elections. all right and i. investigative journalist thank you very much indeed for your time represented and some other world news at this hour a series of us hugs across iraq have held at least twenty one in the north of the country several gunmen raided a local police headquarters shortly before detonating an explosives laden tank about wild west of baghdad just hours later a suicide bomber detonated his belt among and mourners attending. in the sunni militia. venezuelan riot police have clashed with anti-government protesters are angry over the arrests of two opposition as unrest has been so whipping the country since mid february and has now claimed such a one lives both civilian and members of the security forces professors accuse the
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government of forcing the opposition out of politics without doing enough to pull the country away from its economic and social life. turkey has been left with lists of the country's prime minister ordered the blocking of the social media service tape at a one a promise to abandon that while going along with other websites calling them a tool for trouble making the decision comes as the government struggles to quell of godling and west which began last year tag is about to hold local elections and critics have accused one leader of the ruling party of quacking down of signs of liberal. after thirty years of the law is the u.k. has decided it's time to retire its current one pound coin the plan is to ditch its faithful round shape for a more a dream model much harder to fake but some british retailers dug the replacement
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will be worth the cost as our first reports. they're called to the pennies on the pounds with a cost of themselves as the old saying goes and you know it seems that it's the pound coin that needs looking after because it's been estimated that there are forty five million forgeries in circulation and that's costing businesses and the taxpayer millions of pounds each year chancellor george osborne announced that it will be a case of out with the old and in with the new and britain in three years' time is set to get a whole new highly secure concorde and design is the toll sided coin based only old british three penny bit and it will use the latest technology to combat counterfeiting. the chancellor said this would be a more resilient pound for a more resilient economy but worse the budget did hold some positive news it was also clear that all stare a t.v. is here to stay if britain is to have
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a chance at getting back in the black in four years time as promised if you're wondering why i'm in the toilet section of a supermarket that's because with the introduction of a new pound coin will of course come big changes in every vending machine parking meter and of course supermarket shelves that except one pound coins only to be adapted well ahead of circulation at the royal mint that could cost the economy twenty million pounds so we went to find out what the british public thinks about the new pound plans. yes that's what it's based on to be a priority. i wouldn't say. if it's really going for money. money. money really. trying everything you know. to show that one point. is well. not for fraud that's fine. i'm sure if i like it reduce it different anyway so it's
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a money if it's like. what would it. just make more money doing it and i am quite ready to make more and more for the free. consultations will soon start taking place a competition will be held to decide what image to go on the tails side of the calling but whilst the combating of fraud is welcomed by the public many will be hey paying the new pound coin doesn't come to high a cost so arty london. up next what well they function the ukraine a chain who will poke dad's surface tension cross talk with. residents
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of sunnyvale california are being forced to turn in any magazines that they have that hold over ten rounds to the government i don't call the high capacity magnificent one thousand dollar fine or up to six months in jail or both maybe you personally don't want guns to be legal but there are many people in this world who feel it is their right to have them but the question is how many people are actually willing to stick up for that right it is easy for schmucks like me on t.v. to tell you to go fight for your rights but when their thug cops at your door in black uniforms are crack your skull and all for the sense a tiny metal box of the spring in it many people are going to give in and give it up it actually takes an incredible amount of bravery to knowingly defy the law based on principle and that is why very few people do it and that is why over time in any society your rights freedoms or every want to call them are going to be
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eroded away tyranny happens because people like you and me are willing to pay a thousand dollars for our rights but that's just my opinion.
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i. think. it's. a low in welcome to crossfire all things are considered i'm peter lavelle with crimea being safely returned to russia threats of sanctions and high costs to be paid continue at a steady pace russia has no intention of backing down and the west is powerless to alter political facts on the ground all the while ukraine faces political and economic collapse.
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to cross out the developments in ukraine i'm joined by my guests are michael author in london he works with the ambassador partnership consulting group and is a former british ambassador to germany and to india and paris we cross to. he is a former french presidential candidate and president of the solidarity and progress party and in washington we cross to the voice of mollett she is the director of the rice institute for serbian studies originally cross-talk roles in effect that means you can jump in anytime you want and i got in the voice in washington first the lower house of the russian parliament just passed the resolution to accept the crimea into the russian federation in a few hours' time the upper house will these are facts on the ground we still hear talk of a second round or possibly third round of sanctions where we go in with this. i'm not really sure where the west is going with this i fairly certain after president putin statement yesterday the russian government is basically following legal procedure to finalize accession of crimea to the russian federation which i believe
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should be formal by january twenty fifth scene not really sure what the nato governments are trying to do about this or if they really want to new cold war would rush or if they want to hot war with russia the signals i'm getting here are completely mixed ok so michael the same question where are we going with this here because we still hear talk of sanctions we hear talk coming out of nato that russia is a threat a new threat and actually makes a nato feel needed again how do you read the situation. well i see it from western europe here is a major new crisis in the international order which has been brought about because a un security council permanent member has basically gone back on the national agreements guaranteed and signed the budapest agreement and other things and as an ex a bit of territory in a way which the international community has condemned and doesn't accept. here what
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you say about the duma's latest actions today but the fact is we are in a major crisis where the european union and nato are separate of course will need to take and want to take further steps to express their disapproval of this move ok ishak in paris i think we all agree this is a crisis who started it who's responsible. well what i have to say that it's not really about creamy or ukraine it's about it world monetary system financial world monetary system which is in a state of absolute collapse and then you had on the russian side people exaggerate last year or dmitry ruggles jean who balls called for the day of a recession which means iraq turned to russia of investments in the tax havens and it's precisely those two persons and last year that have been. sanctioned by the american authorities so i think under what's happening in ukraine
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there is something which is much more important which is the fate of the international world monetary system and western powers in but degree of the united states but also the european union pushed by certain british conception of domination of the center of europe bush for what happened in ukraine and now we have in ukraine a government composed prosperity liberals in all of the economics on financial ministries and then also fascists. in the sector of security so you have these mixed bag which is a very dangerous. bomb ticking time off the dime and on the other side the reaction of putting on russia which said well ukraine is i was because catherine the great and. bottom gain it was i was so you have this confrontation i say the under solution is to bring force in development system involving
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boss western europe and eastern europe in a community of development what we call that. my german and french friend called. eurasian land bridge this is the stuff of original development well we're certainly not you know we're not we're not going in that direction right they were not going in that direction right now and the bunch of i go to you i'll ask you the same question i mean who is responsible or maybe use a different word here who's the aggressor. that i would i would contend that the act of fomenting a coup in kiev by basically the united states and european union is responsible for the crisis because the president yanukovych has been trying to appease the protesters for three months even accepted a surrender and then they launched a violent anyway overthrow him appointed these you know combination of international bankers on one end and the fascists on the other and have basically
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immediately started to send franchising the population of ukraine i would say that russia had no choice but to react in this case this was a serious serious threat to russian national security and let alone the actual citizenry in ukraine and it just had it just had to happen i mean i don't see any other choice moscow could have done and retain any stretch of sovereignty you know sort of michael you know it let's let's speak about the sovereignty of ukraine i mean we have there's ample evidence that the united states and the european union were violating the sovereignty of ukraine it breaks the country we have we have the crimean saying that they will not be ruled by people that are ruling in a lot of them are very unsavory characters but nonetheless they're in cahoots with the e.u. i can understand international law but the west supports people when they want them to have self-determination why can't russia do the same thing. i don't accept that whole analysis i think what we saw in the ukraine was an indigenous phrasing
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against a president who had become deeply unpopular so deeply unpopular that he fled his country and you got her an interim president now until they can have some proper elections which they're planning to do and the sooner they can the better and meanwhile from what we saw from outside russia stimulated the crisis in the crimea by handing out extra passports and then running a referendum that was not seen by the outside world as legitimate didn't allow observers in and so you were there are. those in countries there i've i've spoken to them personally they were there. and there were no it was not allowed not the only organization in the world ok and a lot of people would say it's very biased on top of that ok i get it i've heard these are i mean i. didn't i just do that i mean i think the risk of where we're going. i think the risk of where we're now going in the international community is
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that russia is isolating itself and here is a country that after the fall of the cold war into the cold war during the g eight became the modern russia which we all enjoyed and i worry that russia is turning its back on that polity of nations the international community it's been universally criticize but all the leading countries will not give russia certainly not bad china. for a night that most of the of the other break countries it's it's really in any exaggeration in the bush if you want to jump in here and in washington go ahead yes well with all due respect sir michael keeps using the phrase international community i'm not sure it means what he thinks it means the proper term proper international community ought to be the united nations but we've seen time and again especially in a case of former yugoslavia which have been working hard for years that the international community in practice means the u.s.
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and nato and they consider themselves to be the world opinion and i'm sure that many people in the west enjoyed russian the one nine hundred ninety s. as i'm sure that ninety nine point nine percent of russians did not and that things have changed since the one nine hundred ninety s. russia is no longer a country that everybody can plunder it will and i think that sticks in across many people in the west a shark if i can go to you one of the weird my leave ok so michael you want to respond then i'll go to jack in paris please do sir go ahead i just want to ask where where the united nations security council resolution was authorized to do what it did in crimea on the contrary the united nations security council had a passed resolution with the chinese attention firmly condemning that the boy should what did we have that with cost of the resolution was vetoed by russia as it was it's right and i would counter ask where was the resolution authorizing nato to launch an attack in kosovo fifteen years ago if there wasn't one so michael. there was a u.n. special let's talk about. ok all right i mean one of the things i think is very
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interesting is that a lot of people like to ignore in western media is that the european union turned its back on a deal on february twenty first to simmer this crisis down in ukraine and it walked away from it is thugs took over the government this is one of the reasons why russia is not please the talking with the european union now when it comes to ukraine they're not they can't be trusted go ahead john. yeah it was. clearly an operation from or for worse than oligarchies not such and such a government it's a western a league oki based on law and on wall street who pushed for that provocation and once you arrived once or was the agreement with yatsenyuk. garbage then immediately this was thrown away and the europeans instead of maintaining the agreements on the right it's like that well let's gone with that and then you have the legal government of gets in power and europeans went along with that so i was for the
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as for the green man case you have the president of course overall but also the melvina us when the british organized a referendum in the middle venus in a directory that christina kitchener say now today in paris belongs to argentina nobody blamed the british organizing it is our friend and seeing the madness of the program of their british in their version read before we go to the break you know is it going to tell what countries are lying like referendums and which ones they don't it gets down to that doesn't it. it pretty much comes down to who makes the rules and in the western script you are allowed everything and nobody else is allowed anything ok gentlemen i'm going to jump in here we're going to go to a short break and after the show break we'll continue our discussion on ukraine stay with our. legal.
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ok i'd like to go back to some michael in london so michael when i was growing up and my mother took me to the store and i pick something up and i broke it the owner of the store would say well you broke it you have to pay for it so the european union was so quick to recognize this government and care of the country is broken so you should pay for it. i mean i think it is certainly the case that the ukrainian economy is in a desperate position you look at the equivalence between poland and ukraine at the time of the end of the cold war they were roughly the same in the intervening period poland is a developed an economy that is two or three times stronger than ukraine so a lot of help is now only good for the ukraine i quite accept that and i think both the i.m.f. and the european union and others will do what they can to help get the economy back on its feet it's very important and ideally we do that in cooperation with russia seems to be the joint interest in us all that ukraine should not founder not for not for apart economic well i mean if i want to remind our viewers that russia
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did step in and try to do that before the coup in here unfortunately if i can go to you i mean who should pay for all of this to mean the i.m.f. always has a plan but it's not usually very people friendly if you know what i mean well or. yes in york city we had to reduce the pensions by fifty percent so it's an austerity but we see this boise was described very clearly on may twenty eight two thousand and thirteen by j.p. morgan they said that the democratic regimes are an impeachment an embarrassment they are a problem for the measures to be taken of austerity or rigo or whatever against the populations so in ukraine what they are trying to do is making the ukrainian
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people pay for the horror are. terrible mistakes of the oligarchs and if you go more in-depth into these question generally you have a system a world system today which is the world system of the city of london and wall street and their allies which is a system which is there is cried by certain people in france like. a whole systematically like criminal system so the case of ukraine is a case in point in that it's a point in this. system but it's not the cause of the system it doesn't come from inside ukraine it comes with a world system that doesn't work and you have all these. complicity between the oligarchs in the west the oligarchs in russia the only gods and ukraine and the only way to get out of that is to have a new world of robin system we've got greenland between the west and russia for a community of development in real development not what you have ok but i'm sure
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that's not really part on virtually that a very retire economy as you know exactly very rhetorical of design here and wall street in the bush if i go to you in washington michael said that russia should help name i thought it was i thought well in this context it is legal but go to washington right now why should that we that russia should help i mean it did try to step in it did give a tranche of three billion dollars in euro bonds i mean why should russia step in. it didn't break ukraine who did it broke the country it's actually broken its sovereignty now go ahead. well i don't understand the reasoning here so russians are evil people who have invaded and occupied ukraine but they should give it economic aid to the government is rabidly anti russian and illegitimate and illegal and is trying to suppress russian rights in ukraine i honestly don't understand this i mean ukraine was on a development tick earlier in the last decade and then came the orange revolution and six years of that. that's what's wrong. the country and i mean poland yes we
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can compare it to poland but if poland is so prosperous why are so many pauls working its daily version britain honestly and how is helping ukraine financially it's being done by taking ukrainian gold and seizing it and taking it to the united states for a legit safekeeping i mean these are not helpful actions at all some obviously don't think that the current regime in kiev would it would accept russian aid even if russia offered it or i think they would probably take anything if that's the kind of caliber of people they are so michael i mean would you react to wouldn't a bush is there i mean here is a government is so rabidly russian that the crimea is wanted to escape it why would russia get involved in a catastrophe that it didn't make i'm not talking about tomorrow i'm talking about the day after tomorrow and the year after tomorrow to how we in europe and russia is one part of europe how we create an economic space and a legal and political space where we can all work and live together now if russia
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through its actions and through reaction that they force on us wishes to go back to us on the economic cold war i fear that russia will be the long term loser of that can we have just remind you that russia exports one hundred six hundred seventy billion euros to europe and sixty billion to china which way does russia want to turn if it's with europe we need to work together to get this crisis behind us and rebuild the economies that we're talking about ok but so michael again i'd like to remind our viewers. here before this crisis really blew up the russian side said hey why don't we have a trilateral commission here the three players european union ukraine and russia and the european union dismissed it out of hand was that a mistake why did russia not come to the meeting of the board of pursed agreement a couple of weeks ago which it was a signature russia doesn't want to deal with the europeans on this and that seems
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to me to be a retrograde step a step backward can you can you answer my question no can you answer my question we're talking about three parties trying to get out of a crisis that has only gotten far far worse we can talk about the budapest treaty a little bit later but this was a country that's on its knees it's facing default in a matter of weeks and the european union said no we don't do it that way but they do it with other countries was it a mistake on a repeat my question because it was obvious it was because of the conditionality that russia was attaching to its support for the ukraine at that period which was unacceptable to the other parties but things have to cooperate that's why unocal which walked away from the association agreement because it was conditionality that was so stressful for the ukrainian population that he walked away from it agreed how how how popular do you think it is in ukraine today we're going to be that neither here nor there anymore i'm talking about political realities that all of us
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have to face and so michael i will agree with you nobody needs a country like ukraine on its back right now between russia in the european union but because of the rhetoric that is coming out of western capitals of punishment in of cause and of sanctions i think everyone europeans in the westerners are shooting themselves in the foot here because the political fact is on the ground is reality right now we have to move on would you agree or disagree with me we're in washington the bush. i would say so i mean it's a little cynical of the europeans and the american psystar complaining about the situation now and they've midwife quite literally midwife the current situation in the words of victoria nuland. i mean what's what's what's the endgame here to even care about the people of ukraine it all was the whole it was a whole scandal aimed at just discrediting and hurting russia i think the latter i think the whole. episode with the cool both now and back in two thousand and four
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was aimed at moscow and there are people out in the west here who are out of the establishment now officially but unofficial members of it who've openly admitted to it so michael would you agree with that i mean with tory knew. it was pretty smoking gun it's a pretty obvious smoking gun i mean victoria new is big that's a comment some of which have been leaked. in strange ways i mean i'm not her spokesman but i don't agree at all with the what interview we just heard seems to be that actually the crisis we've got to as i said right at the start has come about because of the way russia has an extra tide an excess the crimea and we need now to look forward not backwards about where we where we got here but we clearly need to find a way to get deescalation of that and to get back into cooperation about the future of the region and if not we will have to go down the path of tougher midges on our side and you there's a meeting of the summit as we speak this evening i think you'll see from that
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another series of measures that will hurt russia the more you are shaking your head in washington. well cooperation seems to mean do what we tell hugh and this is not again we were using the definitions that are in no english dictionary here sir co-operation should mean give and take it shouldn't mean one side dictating everything to the other and it seems to be the view of both washington and london and unfortunately paris and berlin that cooperation is russia doing what it's told well excuse me sir but we've heard this two days ago russia will no longer do what it's told because that's not the world anymore ok chuck out how has the word of his sons try to solve a neighbor i regard as a provocation i don't regard i can i would like to correct since i would like to make sure our viewers know that in ninety i hate wasting valuable television time on this treaty was signed in one thousand nine hundred nine between russia and ukraine of the twenty five thousand troops that were allowed to be in the crimean
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peninsula was updated in two thousand and ten and the treaty is to two thousand and forty two ok in the russians paid millions of dollars and he's there so there were no there was no invasion at all troops were already there on the ground ok and i don't know why that such an m.s.a. even. that they stay in that barracks there is no constitutional order in ukraine because of what the european union in the united states has done to the poor country called ukraine so michael i'll give you the last word sir go ahead. so i was just saying on that. last night when i was laying on that station and the needed agreement from the kiev government for them to come outside their barracks on a certain number and they came out in much greater numbers than that as we saw as they took over the ukraine ok we should be ok all right would you agree that that's a legal government this is why would this is we got into this murky situation in the first place washington last word that the government and that the government in
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kiev is illegal absolutely it came through power in a military in a defacto military coup back from the outside actors it cannot possibly be a legitimate government under any definition ok gentlemen we're not going to resolve anything on this program but it was a fascinating discussion many thanks to my guests in london paris and in washington and thanks to our viewers for watching us here are to see you next time and remember crosstalk. if moon children continues to knowingly close women use it is work of
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about humans in. which is why you should care what your only job. done with the red tape or russia wraps up legal procedures to accept crimea into its territory this as a russian bind her sleeves and you are a proper client after being hit by the last sections. of life but i personally don't have any count in it but i will definitely open one on monday. the president of lies you a person says he wants to gas his patrons from rossiya bond after dragging at the choice of people tsongas said by just measures with some of them having little to do with the situation in crimea will take a deep in their place in the problem. also russian speakers in eastern ukraine are sounding the intimidation from near nelson groups claims to be gaining momentum under the new leadership. and also in the news march of dignity of
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thousands in spate of preparing to march on the capital in process to gaze this cairo kissing unemployment severe austerity. international news and comments live from moscow this is also international with me . and welcome to the program. the presidential decree which officially accepts crimea back into russia has been signed this after a unanimous vote by both houses of parliament allowing the peninsula the city of sevastopol to join the russian federation also he's in crimea. they said there's a lot of excitement here in the capital crimean city of some for our poll where people are delighted with the signing by the russian president vladimir putin of
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a treaty that was unanimously approved by the upper house of the russian parliament earlier it was also voted unanimously by the lower house so this concludes the legal process for crimea and the city of sevastopol becoming fully fledged members of the russian federation it follows on the signing of a treaty back on the eighteenth of march by the russian president and crimean authorities that would see crimea formally joining the russian federation and let me remind you that that happened after a referendum held last sunday now back with a random saw the overwhelming majority of crimea vote in favor of leaving kiev and reuniting with russia and speaking to people here they say that the main reason for those is that after the government came to power in kiev with the overthrow of the victim yana coverage they feel increasingly targeted as russian speaking citizens they feel increasingly unsafe they particularly point to this new regime and its neo nazi leanin its extremist elements its fascist sympathies but
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a far cry however from the celebrations and the mood here in crimea is the feelings of people in eastern ukraine have well more and more people have been arriving here in crimea from eastern ukraine and those who haven't already come thinking about doing so i've been speaking to a few of them who say that they feeling intimidated they feeling persecuted that is this crackdown on over those of dissent in the east of the country and as such they feel only secure coming here to crimea. to live on for more guns but i was forced to flee dose of rubble after repressions their people were little girls were prosecuted for their political stance people were jailed because they didn't agree with the coup in here no war was being followed they were just taken from their homes many. we're forced to go underground new. you don't know anyone else's stuff i used to be a senior prosecutor in the end of the draft i couldn't stand how my fellow warring
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forces were being treated well they were simply doing their job and i was forced to join the resistance brigades because there's no lawyer anymore in ukraine and many of my colleagues feel the same way. i've just arrived here in crimea from the eastern ukrainian city of donetsk where there is over why these strangers are uncertainty and fear if there's one place in eastern ukraine that's not safe anymore it's the streets this man is afraid to show his face on camera he says he's been hunted by pomade un forces. every day we receive reports that on the borders of donbass there are men with military uniforms proof vests weapons in armored vehicles. a man receives a phone call to say right wingers have been spotted in the city they're armed and looking for a fight we drive with him to a checkpoint where self defense volunteers are keeping watch some armed vehicles shoulder is on their way this driver stops to tell them he passed
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a suspicious vehicle a few kilometers back i'm afraid for my children and grandchildren it's something similar to murders and robberies we've seen in kenya could happen here. security is unraveling fast and people are starting to panic. there have been numerous cases of billions and is useless through on the police even a group of armed men and to your house the people who came from my dawn as well as the security services are threatening anyone who doesn't share their views and it's hard to argue with men carrying guns but for many these checkpoints are not enough more and more people in eastern ukraine are asking whether it's not time to pack up . that said i can't anymore i'm beginning to cry it's very sad for me it's very painful. when local probation activists say the husband was arrested for his actions while she was forced to flee to russia with her children in fear for their
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lives. as a mother of three children i feared for their lives who received threats from the right sector they called us and wrote messages on social networks for security reasons i can't disclose where we are now the pain is turning to anger as more and more people congregate here in the city square the list of signatures calling for referendum like in crimea keeps growing this issue asian is dangerous the right wing has seized power and was going to happen next is a bloody. it's all leading to fears it might only be a matter of time before kids bloodbath is repeated here policy r.t. donetsk eastern ukraine. moscow will not impose sanctions against the u.s. that's the message coming from president praising it follows russia's reciprocal response to washington's list of buying a number of top officials and lawmakers. in the book it was decision regarding the
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american sanctions and visa regime in terms of ukraine i think we should out the moment of void from retaliatory moves. if we go with the visa regime against ukraine millions of innocent ukrainians will suffer so they go to russia to work earlier money here. mr person has also marks the year as a blacklist as the people on it apparently have nothing to do with ukraine but instead all belong to the president's judo club united team is a businessman who back in one thousand nine hundred eight founded the club where putin was training brothers and boris are also businessman and members of that same club and you recall trick is the co-founder of the rossiya bank also one of the judo club founders and as for his bank it has also become the target of washington sanctions which inspired legislation to open an account and have his salary paid at
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that. regarding because as far as i understand this is a little slow and i personally don't have an account in it but i will definitely opened one on monday the u.s. sanctions trigger it every time russia social media as many decided to block please the american president himself so on a lighter note this site state barack obama is no longer welcome in this hobby shop one local newspaper posted a message on his twitter on twitter page a sanctioning the u.s. leaders and members of congress from entering its offices in this siberian city of almost and one irish pub in central russia is prohibiting the u.s. leader from popping in for a pennant and here's some other light hearted responses for instance this announcement by the american president from passing this dog the goal here holds a warning that obama can't come any closer than forty meters to the nut on this
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table notifies the american president you can no longer touch this bread. so europe has slapped more restrictions on russia as well with the u.k. prime minister also saying exports from crimea could be targeted and at the same time the e.u. secured closer ties with the new leadership in kiev signing a political agreement with the ukraine many a war it sanctions against russia. germany's minister of finance said piling up restrictions could become a burden to the wild economy and samone the consequences of sanctions on the diplomatic crisis let's not talk to brussels based political commentator. welcome to all she is so we're hearing him any warnings that sanctions will backfire on the e.u. itself so why are the european politicians why are the european leaders is sort of
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pushing for full sanctions and for restrictions. first of all they are not pushing further for sanctions because today what we have see today there are some restrictive measures because sanctions are they probably are cracked prerogative priority of the united nations so europe is involved very much into the game of nerves so there is symbolical measures that touch a number of personalities in russia and now there is a great air of doubt if the how these people were selected i mean this election is correct because for example many drummers hear me they came to me yes it is said like listen it sounds wrong how does it sound to you that the members of the russian parliament of duma are all on the list because the elected representatives of russian people and we would like to have exchange of opinions with them that's why the immunity exists people elected representatives people can always have a work and they are not victims of the political conjuncture so we see that this
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list is created in a very strange way the military mind saying why the military are there because they are just good soldiers so is it just so. the list is very ambiguous as such and we can say that there are scientists a restrictive measures that are told to take to continue this information war unfortunately largely it's a lot of information why is russia they used the rescue mission to situate. one offing back traditionally russia is accused because that's the vision about many politicians inherited from the times of the cold war invest situation in europe is profoundly an economic crisis and for europe enlarging towards ukraine was a victory they hope to bring to the electorate before the european elections but of course it failed because it wasn't realistic while it was largely voluntary based on sound dreams and political ambition so when the reality came and took
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a step which was the only possible step we see now the same steps to a new leaders recurse economically you can't integrate country of forty five million people with to million dead overnight so it is a traditional it pro shriekers europe still is needed it's needed all of this image of anime off russian bear because it's much easier to talk about the situation of conflict and crisis created by russians meant to resolve the problem of twenty five million off european unemployed. so russia is now becoming a target a west sanctions but tended to remain that it's called will and other international relations. while i are think it's really not involve a sign because sanctions all the united nations such sanctions all the economy and when not so far yet because economy would take europeans first day because russia
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in europe interdependent we can say that europe is dependent on russia and any day it can it can find the other supply of gas for example because. the real x. for the real russian at work is in oil and gas as we know primary in gas because oil market is very diverse so you can't easily replace supplies of oil not in gas so europe is dependent on gas today there were voices of the hands of the government of the countries which are completely and entirely dependent on russian gas and they said listen when you are talking about economic sanctions do you consider that you have to take the retribution because otherwise you have to compensate our citizens in this big political game are you crazy because basically ukraine is not a mound of european union it was never offered to membership even in the times of the orange revolution so we have to say about now the priorities of ukraine are put above the priorities of the european citizens and citizens and taxpayers find it
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simply not fair talking about brussels support of the new leadership in the kiev so we know that political deal has just been signed but what about the economic policy of the deal. well as i told you it's a country of forty five million people so there was no integration plan for ukraine into the european union in times of the orange revolution there is no such an economic plan now because first of all it's country in debt secondly the reforms the integration of reforms into european union need enormous amount of money and what we see now that europe can't handle its proper problems with economy because not all the countries have really recovered after the tsunami and financial crisis there is a huge amount of unemployed people look more than half of spanish are unemployed so this situation in europe runner has very weak now economically thank you ok
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political commentator ana of unskilled thank you very much indeed thank you sorry for interrupting you but our time is of can clear frustration is growing with the self appointed leadership of ukraine the new. government came to power in the aftermath of the blast and promising radical changes but you crazy interim prime minister person to deliver on many of those promises and funds has bought trucked on must as marina calls for a phone down. the self-proclaimed governments in kiev came to power banking on people's frustration over the collapse deal. yet he warned if the e.u. agreement is not signs then according to article one one one of the criminal code in the prison will get ten to fifteen years behind it. however later i've seen yet some newcastle backtrack on this my pleasure to pick up
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because we postponed signing the economic section of this document due to concerns over the possible negative effects that entering the free trade area might have if industrial regions. easier said than done apparently once you have to actually analyze all the pros and cons looks like everyone said oh it's in what's been called the new government in ukraine with contradictions rain then surprise. we heard promises from kiev to join nato and get as many weapons from member countries as possible a draft law on the resumption of the process of integration of ukraine internet has been filed and recorded provide the maximum possible material and technical assistance in the form of modern military hardware and armaments once again something he had to take back is gucci in order to keep ukraine undivided we've decided to keep a session to nato out of the agenda and. what
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about all those promises to ban the russian language. yes i don't want the ukrainian youth to speak russian i want them to speak english i will make this my top priority i want them to travel to europe this is my assignment with. new book no one is trying to take away your right to speak russian according to this law in all regions dominated by russian speakers russian should be a regional and de facto official language and it should have the same rights as the ukrainian language that was a quick won eighty and in stark contrast with his previous convictions these are regime for actions was announced for a few hours at one point. ukraine's national security and defense council took her decision to introduce a visa regime with russia only to be dismissed by gets
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a nuke the very next day. ukraine should not hurry with introducing a visa regime with russia and this move must be mitchell after almost a month an office see absolute has failed to show what he's capable of other than threats which he did not follow through on and questions remain as and so what are his long term policies will be as fall it's all and as easy to take back as the ones that we've seen so far marina call survive arts. and still to come on the program the you tell you all still scale up its presence on the american on the african not the continent sorry but i would billions of spending cuts are required in the country in the near future i can london afford such a move that's in just a few moments here and also in touch.
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welcome back this is also international british m.p.'s form the country to concentrate moon africa the foreign affairs committee says the u.k. needs a big a footprint in mali and other countries in the region to taco terrorism but as always he's laura spent her paws as a mismatch between london's ambitions on this resources. the report calls for a concerted international action to address this instability in the west and south held region to stop it from spreading any further in the u.k. government already has what the report calls a bold vision to increase the political security and economic in gage meant
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of course we all understand that bold means very expensive but the report warns the gap between those ambitions versus its actual the u.k.'s actual resources in the region both. diplomatic in the region and economic at home is vast and irreconcilable which is long hand for where's the money going to come from we know that we have a recovering economy here in this country but it is still in recovery the government's always trying to reduce the deficit shaving money out of the wealth budget all the time we heard during the budget this week that sixty percent of austerity cuts are still to come in this country so once again there's no balance between what the government would like to do abroad and its actual financial resources. and also in line for you this hour while no love seems to be lost between the two us allies in the middle east washington doesn't willing to be
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a consumer facing schools as it's meeting with passion golf more dogs clips of their janda had to r.t. dot com for more of what's behind the contentious contentious mood in the region. also that his own eyes german legislators are to launch a probe into the scope of surveillance on german officials by the so-called five eyes club get more details on the story by logging on to our website. thousands of years from all over the country are coming together in what they're calling the march of dignity heading to the nation's capital demos are set to be held in madrid on saturday against soaring unemployment privatizations and budget cuts years of recession have placed society on the brink of poverty spain's twenty six percent unemployment rate is the second highest just after agrees with six million people out of work almost two million households
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a living on social benefits austerity measures first triggered public anger three years ago amid the increasing gap between the rich and poor meanwhile highly qualified spine is have been forced to flee the country in search of better opportunities abroad the number of jobless people have decreased significantly in december over half of those out of work are under twenty four and talk of recovery doesn't sound optimistic and the i.m.f. offers a little hope with predictions rampant unemployment will not improve for five years unless more reforms are in acted as kind of has been gauging the public mood that. they call it a march of dignity step by step mile by mile walking by foot across the country hoping to change its future i know that if the situation continues as it is continuing that. it's not going to work my nephew like they just not going to live in
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a place where they can function thousands of men and women students and engineers those with jobs and those without all have been advancing from different directions to spain's capital for a mass rally planned for saturday the marking of him be walking all day without food many of these people have been marching since the very start of the rally since the ninth of march covering hundreds of kilometers in the rain under the sun stopping only basically to sleep at night and for these short breaks to drink some water get some food and then continue marching again many say they're exhausted especially the older activists but all them say that the objectives are much more important. that youth unemployment stands at fifty percent job it's all salaries and more austerity from the russians and the troika internationally randi these are some of the problems the spaniards hope to tackle despite the blisters on their feet. how are you feeling hello. exhausted after twelve days of
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walking it's cold at night and during the day you were in high spirits we have to put an end to these savage policies yet another activists my man lopez is marching because she and her family are on the verge of being evicted from their home and she's now unable to pay the mortgage obviously i had to stop playing it was a choice between keeping up the payments of feeding my two children. they've walked over fifty miles in one day alone and still have twice that distance to cover before reaching central madrid on saturday exhausted yes but they. for to stop now. reporting from spin. at least nine people including several women and a child have been killed after tot about a fighters attacked a luxury hotel in the center of kabul they were all foreigners among the victims the hotels popular with u.n. staff and foreign politicians that talk comes just weeks from
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a presidential election that investigative journalist and i. believes will see even more violence as the vote moves closer. this is not a surprise it is a slur just got sent some to school in afghanistan to the top of the trying to disrupt elections just a close eye on his government has been releasing the taliban prisoners. he was given the chance to tell about the time. of the close to twenty. in two weeks' time just getting tempted exits. but with every now a days next. residents of sunnyvale california are being forced to turn in any magazines that they have
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that hold over ten rounds to the government anyone caught with a high capacity magnificent one thousand dollar fine or up to six months in jail or both maybe you personally don't want guns to be legal but there are many people in this world who feel it is their right to have them but the question is how many people are actually willing to stick up for that right it is easy for schmucks like me on t.v. to tell you to go fight for your rights but when their thought cops at your door and black uniforms are crack your skull and all for the sense a tiny metal box of the spring in it many people are going to give in and give it up and actually take an incredible amount of bravery to knowingly defy the law based on principle and that is why very few people do it and that is why over time in any society your rights freedoms are every want to call them are going to be eroded away tyranny happens because people like you and me are willing to pay a thousand dollars for our rights but that's just my opinion. of the shinai even does the u.n.
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charter out for some or certain journalists as a cool one paragraph three of the un charter talks expressly about the right to self-determination of peoples no the right to self-determination of states the food come. so if the population of crimea can do all that and we compare that to events all the money will be good for peace and i asked him what moral justification is there for anyone to criticize the referendum in crimea i would suggest there is none whatsoever. speak your language anything about the will or not of the. use programs and documentaries and spanish more matters to you. but will tune in to bangalore stories. here. i'll teach spanish find out more visit eye to eye with tivo it's.
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there i marinate it this is boom bust and these are some of the stories that we're tracking for you today. first up the brains behind the blog muni way and kate walker sat down with me to discuss the latest nestle property and say that three times fast municipal happening in puerto rico in the continental united states you won't want to miss my interview with her then we're bringing you part two of my interview with new york times best selling author john moulden you can't miss what he has to say and finally edward harrison and i are discussing or should i say translating head to walk in today's big deal you won't want to miss a moment of any of it and it all starts right now.
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our lead story today sanctions round two in u.s. view russia now thursday morning u.s. . president barack obama announced further sanctions on russian officials and a bank over the crisis in crimea president obama also signed an order enabling the u.s. to impose sanctions on sectors of the russian economy tensions are high as moscow approves a treaty enabling crimea an autonomous republic in ukraine to join russia now in retaliation moscow responded by announcing its own sanctions against senior u.s. politicians with obama clearing the way for possible sanctions on vital sectors of the russian economy putin told russian and company bosses to bring their assets home to help the nation survive the sanctions and a possible economic downturn now according to reuters a senior administration official to obama identified the russian bank as bank rossiya now these latest measures cover twenty people including individuals close to vladimir putin the
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officials said that bank rossiya which has ten billion dollars in assets will be frozen out of the dollar meanwhile e.u. leaders have arrived in brussels amid warnings that they may impose tougher economic sanctions now i want to be very clear about something the way these sanctions are playing out is a negative sum game because both sides lose if certain countries stop cooperating they now are part of a political escalation game in which both sides signal how much value they put on an issue what we do know is that many countries in europe have strong ties to russia not just in terms of natural gas imports but also in terms of exports to russia as well as financial sector ties now germany is high on that list of countries as you can see there german chancellor angela merkel said thursday that the group of eight industrialized nations which includes russia are essentially defunct as a result of russian incursion into ukraine merkel said quote as long as there is no
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political environment for such an important political format as the g eight the g eight doesn't exist anymore and russia is widely isolated in all international organizations. here's the thing though deep economic ties with russia make it very hard for the e.u. to prove to moscow that its recent actions are anything more than just lip service and if this game a political one up with one upmanship pretty much really amounts to no one really doing anything. now the last time we spoke to kate long everyone was talking about detroit the largest city ever to file for bankruptcy in america but now the chatter in muni land is about the commonwealth of puerto rico what kate has called america's greece
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not a great title for it now kate is a financial writer who penned the widely followed blog community land at reuters and kate joined me earlier to talk about puerto rico and all things municipal. again i want to focus on what's going on in puerto rico but first you wrote a really interesting post on detroit yesterday on muni land so let's start there now you wrote quote a new report from the michigan municipal league suggests that the state gobbled up a portion of detroit's share of the state sales tax adding severe stress to an already weak budget while first foremost wow now can you explain what you think happened. here in michigan there is only a state sales tax which is six percent and cities and counties cannot have their own sales tax. state emission click click said money and then the legislature decides how much of it can go back to the city where it was collected so the
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municipal league report was saying that over ten years the state of michigan shortchanged the cities of michigan about six billion dollars and specifically shortchanged detroit about seven hundred million dollars over those ten years and the relevant data point there is that the accumulated deficit for detroit is about three hundred eighty million so if that report in fact is true then the deficit that detroit was compiling over all those years wouldn't have happened because they would have had money flowing back from the state wow now kate do you think michigan intentionally withheld funds or do you think that this was a bureaucratic mistake. it's really hard to say as i said the poster would have access to the legislative documents and someone you know that really has a a look into what happened at the state legislature needs to do the analysis but you know the states have to be aware and this happens quite often across the country
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where they withhold you know they can't they've got to balance their own budget so they severely slash what state funds they would flow down to the cities and cities don't have an easy way to collect more and more tax revenue like a state does so it's very hard for them in the short term to adjust and. it's really hard to say they and in the case of michigan you know they've had just severe economic problems because of the car industry you know for decades. but they did you know it's clear that they did contribute to the cash flow collapse of detroit if that report is true now let's hit puerto rico we'll move on to about subject can you tell our viewers exactly what's happening in puerto rico today. well today the caribbean. wire announced that the government wants to issue another two billion dollars of debt following the general obligation bond offering they did last week for three point five billion dollars. so that was kind of took the
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markets by surprise not only the timing of it but the size of it being as big as it is now one week or issued a very high yielding bond kind of price traded up in the open market so the question is is puerto rico dead a hot commodity today. but since traded almost right back down to the offering prices of. so you've got a very very there was a big initial pop absolutely they had a lot of pent up demand the deal was five times oversubscribed so they had a lot of people queued up that were really hot for the paper at once and you know once it was open for trading it did take you know it moved up ninety seven ninety eight from the initial offering of ninety three but it's since the big institutional blocks are trading deception you know ninety three and three quarters it's come back to what about that high coupon what does that say. it says it's very risky paper that's you know in any any part market yield is a function of risk and we have never seen in the municipal market for
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a large sized issuer. come into the market was such a high premium on it. it's for people that are really you know. very high risk assets and there's some question how much regular money is in their money that would traditionally been a municipal market versus a hedge fund money or money or sort of global money and we don't really know those figures yet it's too soon to say but it's likely that most of the buyers were what we call crossover buyers as people that come into the municipal market by securities that don't use the tax exemption which the bonds of they just buy in purely for yield. so now this is a typical deal or muni bond you know i want to ask for hedge funds in this deal as well yeah they are probably the majority of the holders of the deal. ok so that's why you are going to have to say these go yeah nice is that's why we traded up
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really quick and then we also see a drop you know you generally don't see pricing volatility. in a big municipal or makes sense now why is the yield curve in puerto rico inverted what is that telling you. so someone did spin in the municipal market for decades said to me once the. smell is worse the closer to the poop. why this it was a little more graphic the way it was. the idea is that the closer you are to charity of a bond the more risk the principal would be blown up in the longer out on the yield curve. curve it is the more time you would have to recover your principal and make up the interest payments some kind of default would incur so it's just a risk it's a function of risk when bonds get really risky and potentially explosive that the
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yield curve and like that on credit on bonds that are rated kate what's next for puerto rico after the debt refinancing. so the big thing is now the governor has to propose a budget. which he says will have no deficit which means he's going to need to make about a billion dollars in cuts on the nine point five billion dollars budget so in the same time the economy continues to collapse there so how he does without further collapse in the economy is really the big question. you know he did you know he's had this initiative i saw the other day where he's asking puerto ricans to come up with ideas how to grow the economy which i think is great but you know this is to ration a very dire now this is not a ten year ten year plan this is we need you know they need tax revenues immediately they need you know growth and economic activity immediately that was long author of the blog you know and. it's time now for a very quick break but stick around because when we return we're bringing you part
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two of my interview with john mauldin you can't miss what he has to say and it is a big deal edward harrison and i are translating bed talk now it speaks seven languages but does he speak that will find out coming up right after the break and as we had to break here are a look at some of your closing numbers with the bell sticker out. quite often in countries rich in natural resources are the poorest africa's a colony it's a colony of the big corporations it's a calling of someone's home leaders who are under the thumbs of the big
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corporations so they have to beg from the world bank development of social programs goes to pay back debts whole country is we're drowning under the amount of debt that they had and so every year they would borrow money. and they would use that same of the others money to pay back oh that's. all that money really. the wages of debt. right from the scene. first rate. and i think that you're. on our reporters when they're. constrained. to be in the know. on the.
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post only what really matters at r.t. to your facebook u. street. welcome back now we spoke to finance guru and best selling author john malden earlier about debt issues in japan and the u.s. in the next segment we spoke to john about keynesianism trying as best we could to identify what keynesianism truly is and what not i'm keynesians ascribed to it were successful take a look. now at the decline of the government's deficit deficit under president obama has been the sharpest fiscal correction since the eisenhower years and that was six decades ago both recent fed chair ben bernanke you have said that they feel forced to do more on monetary policy because this whole policy has been so restrictive do you think monetary policy policy will stay loose as long as the
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deficit is receding. you know it's a good question and i'm not certain that we're committed to. i think monetary policy is going to st louis because that is the. position of the keynesians that are running the. nobel prize economist milton friedman the father of monetarism he once said quote inflation is always and everywhere of monetary phenomenon in the sense that it is and can be produced only by a more rapid increase in the quantity of money than an output now market monetarist have herold the fed's monetary stimulus as a tool to reducing the risk of deflation and increasing nominal g.d.p. how do you see it. well first of all when friedman was measuring it the velocity of money was flat and i think what he missed in music origins
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which he gave us an acknowledgement of later was slow. is that you can print a great deal of money like the fed is doing today and not have inflation. and because the velocity of money is falling and the velocity of money was rising in the seventy's they were printing all that much money they weren't doing that much he's easy in europe we had inflation we had it we had significant leverage when the philosophy of money terms we don't know when that's going to have these things are very long periods of times for for reasons that. are ok. but it turns out we can only hope that the fed is poor the lot of those reserves also table because it can be done with chunks of a good market monetarist are heralding this isn't it you know market monetary policy is a camp
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a keynesian correct. i don't follow that argument what market marketers is arguing that chewy ism is monetary policy yet here it is than it is is something that milton friedman would would. your spouse not you wrote a post detailing that you saw as quote the problems with keynesianism but a lot of what you wrote had to do with monetary policy and ideas as spouses by monetarism it's almost as if you're using clean as an as a catch all for big government and the government intervention rather than talking about keynes and what he actually wanted why did you throw all those fed stimulus ideas into a pot labeled keynesianism rather than labeled monetarism or market monetarism. because keane's was the one who said social consumption and demand and he was in the focus on interest groups in his in his book monitor he said interest rates should go to zero and be kept there because capital should be free because if you
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had a true capital they would have full employment when. nobody actually believes that or says they're here's the but i have actually had a keynesianism with its quote investment is the primary driver of employment and involuntary unemployment occurs when investment is lacking one of the primary drivers of investment is aggregate demand the government can be used as a counter counter-cyclical tool to stabilize swings in aggregate demand both when demand is flagging and flooding and when it the economy is overheated and that's that is literally the definition of keynes ideas it seems like it's what you're saying at the same time no. what change want to do with to use deficit spending. and use use use government spending money tree policy is part of that and driving interest rates down is part of that and using lower interest rates to increase demand but he also wanted the government
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to step in and as we as they did in two thousand and nine with stimulus money he would he would like to see that stimulus continue go in and there it is can't stand when times are good then you need to store or stop running deficits and you need to pave the way the. money that you borrowed back bill you didn't want to keep running do so forever. ok i'm going to move on in question here and i thank you for i this is sticking with me i know that i'm grilling you and i appreciate your current busy as i'm in your response but here's the thing given the lack of wage growth in the u.s. consumer spending growth has been weak despite increased household debt now here's a chart of wages i think you'll be able to say let's throw it up on the screen consumer spending growth has been weak despite increased household debt so as a business person if you saw this picture what would your response be in terms of hiring and capital investment. or as a businessperson you're looking at your own internal markets what's the demand for
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my product what's in that demand for my service and that's what's driving your your matter to your hiring decisions we can go to the national federation of independent business surveys and see that it's. small businesses aren't are out you know trying to find in general all on at every change find new words there's a lot of businesses that are. income in the u. us is the problem and not demand what we've got is a situation where we have too few people working and some of the jobs that people are getting are not paying as much. as it's as good so it's a weak economy we do not have full employment economy and. that's going to make consumer growth in consumption weak this is this i don't think we have a particularly strong economy right now it's not it's not it to ask you we're not
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recession we're not looking to recession but this is this is what i call a muddle through economy and i think we'll be lucky to muddle through for a decade this by the way is classically what happens at the end of a deal leveraging cycle when you get a banking credit cycle like we had in two thousand and eight two thousand and nine and you see governments in the process of having to try to reduce their leverage as well and there are a stimulus because government because a number of people of the government to read it who are in congress are really worried about running up debt. and they're looking how to figure out how to reduce the deficit even further the. this is it it's not it's not a situation. where it or anybody is. going to be going out and. borrowing more and you get these good get leverage produced growth me. that was the chairman of malden
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economics john walton time now for today's big deal. one poor guy did well edward interest and i are sitting down to talk about janet yellen the fed talk and forward guidance right now so here you have it now was it dovish or monetary loops or hawkish monetary types how about slightly hawkish with a chance of. that speak you know. before begin let's bring everyone up to speed now in normal times the fed uses interest rates to target inflation but since the crisis we aren't in normal times the fed is trying to quantitative easing where purchases billions of assets to help stimulate the economy and as indicators improve the fed has begun to taper or reduce the amount of assets purchases fed
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chair janet yellen has given her first much anticipated press conference president previously the fed used an employment benchmark of six point five percent the so-called evans rule now can you talk to me about this what is this so-called evans rule basically charles evans he's one of the fed presidents who came out with a rule he said you know we need some benchmarks that people will follow so will give them the unemployment benchmark any six point five percent we get to that level will be a threshold triggers meaning that you know at that threshold we will now move to a tightening bias and after that we will start to. look at things slightly different what i call six point five the evans rate. you know they got all the evidence rule they called it like you know fahrenheit actually makes no sense what . we should be using celsius and what just to be on for marks in your opinion well here's what i'm thinking ok number was don't look at these forecasts that we.
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just look at. what the f. c statement is in the reason i think she said that primarily is because she knows that the composition of the fed has a number of hawks on it and also a number of one who didn't go along with it was a unanimous vote getting like knocked over the hocks. she was basically trying to corral those dogs and the hawk together so they weren't knocking each other over and making it so that she was saying look at the statement which is a little bit more nebulous. than the forecast and will use that to go forward i think that has you know two effects one is that allows her to have leeway to be able to say no there aren't specific targets that we're setting here we're not seeing that rates are going to go up exactly at this level in two thousand and fifteen or two thousand and sixteen but rather it's data dependent and that allows her therefore to normalize policy in
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a way that this is how policy used to be done before you have things like the. you know they didn't have quantitative targets before you started to have q.e. and forward guidance so if you want to move back to that and she wants to give the hawks in the dogs a little bit more leeway to coalesce around her because she doesn't want to see the first few meetings now what analysts are saying that this rule based approach to the fed is basically out the window is that what you're saying is that we're trying to play now so you know the rules based approach basically is about quantitative easing and forward guidance and saying you know we're using these these tools that are unconventional and as a result of the fact that we don't we're not going to go to a conventional policy that we're normalizing which i would call tightening we want to move back to the kind of policy that we used to have which is exactly this a non rules based approach have we have seen this type of behavior before or is this the first time this is the first time that we've seen anything like this never
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. because they haven't had conventional policy i mean the reality is that janet yellen knows full well that if the fed is caught out with zero percent rates when the next downturn hit they have to go back to quantitative easing again and start printing money do they really want to do that no obviously they don't so that what they want to do is we charge we load the monetary gun if you will get a little bit of ammunition in there so that when the economy falls out of bed they'll be able to to loose with that with roots i guess it begs the question you know how will this ad hoc approach basically play out in the markets adversely or positively what do you think mud view is that it's going to ball till the. you know it's not going to be clear what's going to happen if you know unemployment rates go down to go up whatever level no one's going to know if the housing market falls out
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of bed people are going to know what that's going to mean so there's going to be a lot of volatility and she will have to sort of twist and turn to people's expectations of what that means in terms of the guidance especially because she says don't look at your forecast and thank you so much only you can break down these fed fed banter since you went in for us all to digest but thank you thank you and that's all for now but you can see all segments featured in today's show on you tube or you tube dot com slash boom bust artie wells i love hearing from you said please check out our facebook page at facebook dot com slash boom bust our teeth you can also tweet us at terrenate at edward and it's from all of us here have been bused thanks for watching the next time.
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