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the week's top stories here on r.t. international. death sentences were handed out this week in egypt to more than five hundred muslim brotherhood members it is the most severe ruling in the country's history. ukraine's parliament for two days trying to force the interim authority. after one of their notorious leaders was killed in a police operation. reunification with crimea. america's invasion of iraq. historic example. and spain has rocked by more government protests with the public blaming for making people pay for the states with their
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health and education. and the diet financial situation in the country pushes the rich. protests. looking at the ever rising so. it is time for the weekly international with me. from all of us here welcome to the program and we start with egypt where unprecedented death sentences to more than five hundred muslim brotherhood members on monday so if you came as a shock to much of the world the. nation from various human rights groups the u.s. and the e.u. want to. can raise the question in the minds of many as to whether the country's
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veering towards a dictatorship now the number of death sentences recently handed down in egypt has toppled that of hosni mubarak during the last years of his rule the former egyptian president was arrested during the revolution of twenty eleven and in the three years since then neither the military nor the next president mohamed morsy supporters of the dictator's figures up until now of course when the army decided to really take matters into its own hands photo last summer when the country's leader mohamed morsy was overthrown the new author of he's began tightening the screws on the muslim brotherhood but the military met with fierce resistance and escalated the crackdown with more than six hundred lives lost in raids on august the fourteenth of the next month the muslim brotherhood was banned and public protests were severely restricted the group was declared a terrorist organization and a constitutional referendum was unhealed across the country however the brotherhood
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condemned the vote as illegitimate and the start of this year also saw deadly unrest but the army actually has retained its grip on power and authority is an associate chuckin and now reports the country which was among the first to being gulf by the arab spring has now been abandoned by the west. uprisings abroad getting equated with the promise of a better future and hailed as true democracy the democratic message that swept across the middle east show called arab spring so determination through coups and regime change often hailed by washington as an honest way to move forward for the united states supporting democratic transitions it's not a matter of idealism it is a strategic necessity redefining the word democracy to democracy is a government that we like that she courts are ours and if it doesn't well let us
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not an artist and you can overthrow it in egypt swept by revolution and coup almost five hundred thirty supporters of the ousted morsi regime get sentenced to death as the military takes over the staggering numbers reminiscent of medieval times the only alternative it would seem to despotism is a form of an islamic democracy and the people are paying with their lives and with their security in other to go to the rights are respected if you would argue that the voice of the people is essential to a legitimate democratic process but the same applies to an officially elected government whose are arguably becoming increasingly accepted as a way to quickly impose change may bring about a swift era of reform in the short term without building a stable government system that can create a strong and truly democratic future which can eventually backfire. r.t. washington d.c. . and coming up a bit later this hour here in our international waiting game scores of palestinians
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losing lives every day queuing to get through israeli checkpoints on their way to work is just ramping up class anger against those who are flying by without attracting details of this shortly here on the program. but for now ukraine is bracing itself for a battle and as the country's elections committee that's right on the front line sunday is the last day for presidential hopefuls to submit their applications and despite the coup a point or thorough he is promising a fair and transparent vote some are lining up for the race serve well fall into the dark side of the force we're going to go investigates the race is on and the lineup for the top job is a curious one every candidate carries the promise of a very different future for ukraine and each has a pretty dubious record. here
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is suited to shrink over appealing to the audience on my dime fresh out of prison ways to serve two half years for embezzled. the right here my dearest i dreamed of seeing your eyes i dreamed of feeling this strength you show. she has been the queen of ukrainian politics since the early two thousand and claims to have what it takes to lead the nation and fight injustice but it leaked phone conversation cast doubt over what justice is in the opinion of mrs to machine co what or who is in it will work. for them as you can already security was a good year as are thousands of us who normals who got a very sensitive thirty one career and who are really mcchrystal because of them a lot. and then there's me true the leader of the last list right sector party the main fighting force in
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a bloody coup back in february these guys have little appetite for e.u. integration and have introduced a whole new standard in power politics. the last but certainly not least is darth vader yet you heard that right the dark saith the lord has won primaries on the ballot are you crazy internet party and promises to turn the country into an empire restoring its old glory the dark lord is impersonated by the deputy head of the internet party and is especially popular with a younger audience although the electoral commission has not confirmed his candidacy so it may never be known whether you tube can be turned into real votes well these are just some of the options for the ukrainian people and a good look at any of them suggests there is no easy choice in deciding who can get the country out of crisis in a go school party. well radicals from the ultra nationalist right sector besieged
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the ukrainian parliament for two days this week all in a bid to push their demands on to the very people they help sweep to power the unrest started after nearly two thousand members of the group attempted to storm the building on thursday night. for the crowds and demanded the ousting of the country's interior minister forcing the interim president to assess whether someone new should be elected to the post meanwhile people in kiev have been calling for greater transparency from the government right sector activists have been taking action after one of their notorious leaders alexander moves which co was shot dead in the west of the country on tuesday a kid has claimed he was killed while resisting arrest however sources insisting it was a targeted assassination by ukraine's security services the rise of neo nazis and radicals within ukraine's current government is deeply alarming that's what we've been hearing from i'm going to go to see from the german left party. yes completion
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fascists in the real fascists in the ukrainian government they are currently in leading positions they hold such top positions as the vice prime minister the defense minister the minister of agriculture and the environment minister as well as the head of the security committee of course there are democratic forces in the government of fascists have never given up the power they have gotten hold of i don't understand how europe can sign any agreements with them it's a provocation you have to demand a democratic election then you have a democratic government and only then can you negotiate with the night if they want to send money over why does it have to happen now i see it as another step towards escalation. this week also saw the right sector radicals claim international recognition as the e.u.'s foreign policy chief catherine ashton denounced the movement's violence and pressure on the government it's long overdue that brussels
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has finally admitted there is an extremist threat that's according to mark sloboda international relations expert from moscow state university. for the last several months the western governments and the western press have been engaged in a policy of putting their hands over their eyes and ears in a game of see no evil hear no evil and speak no evil and going so far as the clear that the ultra nationalist forces either don't exist or trying to present them as a fringe element that had no real impact or facts on the events of the year of my down riots and porch as of right now actually the right sector has pretty much refrain from violence outside of the rada whereas a couple months ago they were tossing molotov cocktails and shooting policemen dead in the streets. but right now they are seen as no longer useful
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and it is embarrassing to the porch that has taken power serving only to deal with them even further so the e.u. would very much like to see them go quietly away and if they will not go quietly away i think the e.u. will back this putsch regime in using force to send them away meanwhile barack obama said this week that it's simply absurd to say that america's conspiring with fascists inside ukraine the us leader praised the recent coup there as a victory of democratic ideals while saying moscow's reunification with crimea is worse than a washington's invasion of iraq he is going to know having a look at some controversies in the narrative being put forward by the white house in president obama's view while protesters at my done did have a right to overthrow a democratically elected leader each of us has the right to live as we choose the people of crimea did not have the right to vote on their future together we've
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condemned russia's invasion of ukraine and rejected the legitimacy of the crimean referendum according to president obama the us was a mirror of. server to the revolution in kiev make no mistake neither the united states nor europe has any interest in controlling ukraine one wonders if u.s. officials got the same message when they descended on the streets of kiev to cheer on the revolution and when members of the obama administration were deciding in private who should be in the ukrainian government and who should not i don't think leetch should go into the government i don't think it's necessary i don't think it's a good idea in terms of they're not going to the government just let him sort of stay out in doofus tradable homework and stuff president obama suggested with the us did to iraq was not as bad as quine near joining russia we did not claim or enix iraq's territory we did not grab its resources for our own name
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instead we ended our war and left iraq to its people and a fully sovereign iraqi state. that can make decisions about its own future a million iraqis died according to the united nations five million were made into refugees a country was ripped apart five thousand americans died tens of thousands had life changing injuries can you compare that what happened in iraq to what happened in crimea in the last two weeks president obama has failed to mention that the u.s. left and they've haven for al qaida al qaida that was not there before the u.s. invasion the president then brought up costs of zero and why it could not in his opinion serve as a precedent for crimea they don't only intervene after the people of kosovo were systematically brutalized and killed for years but he did not specify how the u.s. intervened it bypassed the un security council and bombed the former yugoslavia for two and a half months killing almost five hundred civilians serbia's capital belgrade still
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bears the scars of that intervention we are confronted with the belief among some that bigger nations can bully smaller ones to get their way. that recycled maxim that might somehow makes right we have the american people each time we have a new generation it's sent to fight another war there's no country that has a similar record of militarism intervention so for the united states it's a while now big countries can't bully small countries that be allies their own record and certainly the record of the other nato powers in his speech president obama has glossed over some of the most controversial pages in u.s. foreign policy and by doing that he seems to have further highlighted the double standards in how the u.s. is upholding international law and norms in washington i'm going to check on. and it's far from just president obama comparing the situation in crimea to iraq that has raised questions of the us leader also dismissed old parallels with kosovo's
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independence proving his point with the serbian historian a botia valid says simply not true kosovo only left serbia after a referendum was organized not outside the boundaries of international law but in careful cooperation with the united nations and with kosovo's neighbors. none of that even came close to happening in crimea i honestly don't know what was president i was talking about there was never such a referendum it never took place it didn't exist nobody will president obama's pretending that he writes his own speeches it was definitely a speechwriter who made this mistake. by the problem is that true is doing the fact checking at the white house obviously someone screwed up it's entirely possible that somebody in a suit do not exist which referendum in kosovo with the referendum in montenegro that took place in two thousand and six dad's the referendum that they were referring to first of all it's it's just baffling that they can't tell apart course on montenegro and secondly that's not exactly
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a paragon of democracy and international law and there's obviously you can't make informed decisions if you don't have the information if you're living in some sort of internal virtual world in which in fact or whatever the hell you say they are so we have to start asking ourselves who is it writing president obama's speeches who is addressing presidents and president obama's policy and what are the agendas of these people to people that we don't see. barack obama as bogus kossovo history rewrites in brussels sort of a social media firestorm remember this is from the people who told you russians shot first in crimea the u.s. president's moral grandstanding that twitter buzzing especially after glossing over the million dead in iraq and his incredible claim that the big boys can't bully the internet basically called bull see how on r t dot com. all right so the protest mode is well it's entering into full force in spain all details in just a couple of minutes or a nazi and. diplomacy
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lead to breakthroughs in syria and iran but it also strained relations between the u.s. and saudi arabia what does the future hold for washington riyadh ties. dramas that can't be ignored. stories others refuse to notice. faces changing the world right now. so picture today. on demand from around the globe. looked. to me. cold war two point
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zero there are those who claim the manufactured crisis in ukraine is drawing new lines in defining new geopolitical realities others are dismissive they say the old cold war never really came to an end so is russia and the west are doomed to be adversaries. thanks for joining us on the weekly here on r.t. international on rovers. the spanish capital has been rocked by a fresh wave of protests against spending cuts and unemployment this week you go to prison off reports from madrid. marchers and sit ins peaceful and not so peaceful it was a busy week of protests in spain which kicked off with a march of dignity in madrid. the wealth isn't distributed equally banks have being rescued while we've been working cannot have to pay. scores again to go to the streets to demonstrate against unemployment public debt and cuts piled up on more
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cuts despite violence and arrests during a similar rally last weekend. he will be able to talk about any sort of improvement only after we see move jobs created funding of new enterprises and small business right now with still far from even talking about coming out of the crisis. but if unemployment in spain officially stands at twenty six percent the youth jobless rate is over twice that number of poor work conditions the rise of university fees and overcrowded classrooms we cannot take it anymore. student anger filled to the streets in the second half of the week at one point fifty activists were arrested while demanding the resignation of the education minister after occupying the dean's office at madrid university. starting from now on all the way to next year we should expect all groups of society to become much
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more active mismanage government's policies are crucial to workers pensioners students and everyone dependent on the state. finally the week wrapped up with more antigovernment demonstrations this time in barcelona. obviously protests are something new for spain what we're seeing now is that more people from different parts of the spanish society are taking to the streets from the unemployed to those with a job from pensioners to students many were hoping that last year's promises from the government that the economy would improve would come true but so far it seems they remain just that promises it's going off r t reporting from madrid a spanish judge has ruled on choose day that an independence referendum in catalonia would be illegal the people of spain's wealthiest region wary of having to pay off madrid's debt and i'll cave from the european partnership for independence believe the government will just stop the vote from ever taking place . it's not that actually
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a situation that it's only recognized by the citizenship but also in catalonia there is an actual absolute majority in the catalan parliament of members that in favor of this referendum the reason why the spanish state uses all of the mechanism to to avoid democracy is the practice of democracy is because they know that that is the stopping the referendum is the only way they have to stop probably deafened dance of catalonia and following the footsteps of veneto the italian region voting for independence recently now all the island of sardinia is seeking to split from rome but unlike traditional separatism the sardinians are urging rome to sell their island to switzerland andree caruso one of those are spearheading the movement explain the basis for this kind of push. we don't trust political and i mean assertive system anymore that has proved to be
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effective into solving the problems of the country we see beyond any reasonable doubt of course we're not blaming. others for the system itself. and calls for independence are getting stronger across the european union when it was formally established back in the one nine hundred ninety s. many leaders dreamt of even more centralization italy's prime minister at the time valid all the e.u. would become a single economic body his position was echoed by the german chancellor gerhard schroeder you saw him a moment ago and standing up to the u.s. was also one of the arguments used but now these dreams are overshadowed by the grim economic realities and lack of fiscal unity let's have a look at the hotbeds of separatism that have flared up across the block as we said the italian regions of sardinia and veneto are yearning to break away from rome and belgium the separatist movement in flanders has been long an issue other u.k. also has its own problems with the scottish independence referendum looming this
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year and finally in spain long running independence movements in catalonia and the country are as strong as ever let's hear from mr caruso again why he thinks the idea of a united europe has lost its appeal for many. everyone in europe was thrilled when the european union started and it felt really good belonging to europe as a whole it was a very exciting historical moment and it she'd meant but those feelings have changed for me something went wrong and there are deep discrepancies between countries that we don't do europe to make lots of people unhappy not so dina has always said a strong attitude towards independence and we could let that attitude express itself with the final goal of research reconstructing from scratch a new political and administrate good system. we are now engaged developing the feeling that it's about time we belong to ourselves. thousands of palestinians that
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work in jerusalem are forced to spend hours every day just queuing at a ramada checkpoint for those lucky enough to own a car to switch on by without a second glance from police and certainly fueling tensions activists believe it's a deliberate move on israel's part so we can the palestinians fall asleep reports. the reality of the israeli occupation for palestinians who need to into jerusalem to work every day it is like to do and some days it is even harder than to do a man who has a family needs to survive and bring food home and it is very hard but what can i do i've been crossing the checkpoint for twenty seven years i know wakes at four in the morning to spend hours waiting at the kalandia checkpoint it's the only way he and many others can get into to go on foot. standing in the queue just. for hours just in order to cross the line. why why why are they. doing
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this way. yet there is a fast track option to get from ramallah to jerusalem and it comes down to being wealthy enough to have a car and a joins us in our vehicle it takes us seven minutes the soldiers don't even give us a second glance the soldier is laughing. without being or anything so what. is it about security i don't think so we just proved that it's not about security. for some it's about driving a wedge between palestine's rich and poor. is this where the discrimination between one protestant and the other protestant divide the government but israel's military insists the purpose is preventing terror not preferential transport. i can give you an answer and whether i will try
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to cross or not i will have to check that there are rules to stop terrorists and many times you find weapons and explosives on people who try to go through the checkpoints but for these people it does nothing more than humiliate and anger scenes like this play out each and every morning thousands of palestinians need to cross the point before a.t.m. so they can go to work on the israeli side and then it's repeated again at night policy r.t. at the kalandia checkpoint in my mind. and worlds apart is next on our tickets. in an unofficial no unofficial referendum eighty nine percent of residents of venice and its surrounding area voted for independence from mother italy but
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bafflingly the majority of voters want the legendary city to remain part of both the e.u. and nato i don't want to be insulting these people but do they even understand what the word independence means so you don't want rome telling you what to do and take your tax money but if brussels does it then that's just jim dandy also according to the b.b.c. there are one hundred u.s. military bases of one sort or another all over italy including around venice so you want independence but having four military bases all over new country is just fine although it is written on a lot of bumper stickers the expression freedom ain't free is very true for fairness to become truly independent would come at a very high price dumping the euro saying goodbye to nato and dealing with being surrounded on all sides by the e.u. who might want to give you some sanctions or dies democratic bombing until you get back in line if you're not ready for real independence then don't wind yourselves just stay with italy but that's just my opinion. well come to that xan siberian. what are the places
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you never go to. fund the. things you never do. experience ill never again. be surprised.
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hello and welcome to worlds apart president obama spoke a lot about big good and bad ways of doing geopolitics this week and rhetoric intended for european and possibly russian eras that was all but brushed aside when he landed in saudi arabia how is it that american values seem to depreciate every time the saudis are involved while to discuss that i'm now joined by david weinberg a senior fellow at the foundation for defense of democracies dr weinberg thank you very much for taking time to talk to us thank you for having me now the organisation you work for after nine eleven to quote promote pluralism defend democratic values and five the ideologies that drive terrorism is there any country that is more antithetic to all those objectives than saudi arabia sure syria iran
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lots of countries but certainly there's a big gap between the values of the united states and the values of the saudis it's a relationship that's been strained by the conflicting values of the two sides but my question was whether saudi arabia really takes the cake for essentially lacking all the three elements that mentioned in the purposes of the organization that you work for again there is not much in the way of pluralism they don't value democracy at all and when it comes to ideology a spouse by saudi arabia not only. condones terrorism it actually is supportive yeah i mean look dictatorship is not a contest but if it were the saudis would be doing great the organization has actually been quite active on this issue for instance this week. we put out a report highlighting the hate that's continually still being taught in saudi arabia's public schools through their textbook systems so we we certainly are no
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friends of the saudis on this issue and we certainly hope that the president had some very serious conversations about human rights behind closed doors. well he was in saudi arabia while this is a very much a of putting it but you know saudi arabia is not officially designated as a state sponsor of terrorism and yet it is well known that it is the largest source of financing when it comes to militant groups such as the taliban or al qaida and i hardly need to mention that if it is the americans who suffered a great deal from the terror plots hatched and sometimes executed with the help of saudi money fifteen out of the nine thousand nine eleven hijackers were saudi nationals and when you think about it had they been russians i think we could have had an outbreak of world war three by now but with the saudis again it's always you know let's be patient with them and it's maybe a personal question but for
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a country like russia which often finds itself on the receiving end of years condemnation without hurting a single american it's very difficult to understand why would an american. lad the saudis all of the hoops so easily given how many americans were hurt in nine eleven absolutely well you know i think it's reflected first of all public opinion numbers . is. absolutely dreadful numbers when you ask the american public what they think of the other country but when you say saudi money going to sponsor terrorism i'm curious whether you mean state money going to sponsor terrorism or whether you mean private money going to sponsor my research which doesn't mean well dr one guy and i mean both because obviously there. some private sponsors of terror groups in syria and iraq and lebanon they used to sponsor insurgency and kitchenette as well but.
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official government structures in saudi arabia are not the most transparent so you can never be sure that official money is not being used for the same purpose but is that evidence of official money i don't think so while i think prince bandar of one is quiet and involved in sponsoring various rebel groups and a syrian i guess we can argue about the definition of terrorism and freedom fighting but i think it is pretty clear that saudi arabia is supporting groups that use terror as a tactic in syria so that's would be a sort of evidence were i mean i think some of saudi arabia's identified clients in syria are extremely unappealing for instance the extremist group most most convincingly tied to saudi governmental assistance is called jaish al islam or the army of islam which is led by a man in honolulu shoes father is a preacher in saudi arabia and who advocates
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a cleansing of shiites and opposes democracy and this is an organization that by and large is repulsive and antithetical to to western values and it's an organization that the u.s. has been to my understanding pushing the saudis behind the scenes to reduce their support for you just mentioned how little support there rees for the saudis and their tactics among them merican public and the american politicians regardless of their party affiliation seem to be sort of welcoming or at least tight lipped when it comes to criticism of the saudi officials why this thing that well i think we need to differentiate between the executive branch and the legislative branch on this issue because i think the legislative branch has been. quite comfortable raising concerns about saudi policies that conflict with universal human rights and democratic values so for instance members of congress from both parties in the last
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week and a half have issued letters to the president calling on him to. to make human rights part of the discussion and to make religious freedom part of the discussion when he went to saudi arabia so i do think that american politicians of both stripes be it democratic or republican are not reluctant to speak out about this issue but i do think that when when either party is in power at the white house they certainly have incentives to try and elicit regional cooperation from the saudis and unfortunately sometimes that means human rights reform issues get kicked a little bit lower on the priority list just as that sometimes is the case in u.s. relations with russia american officials would actually like to be raising these issues even more often than they do with russia because of russia's important role as the geo political power don't even raise it as much as they actually would as surprising as the dr are somewhat embarrassed and i wonder how much more often
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those issues could be raised because i think you know human rights in russia is the last one of the most popular issues for american politicians rather executive or legislative branch but going back to saudi arabia. president obama has just visited riyadh what do you think he was hoping to achieve there well i think the the messaging coming out of the white house really focused on trying to dispel the image that there is a rift between saudi arabia and the united states so even as the president's plane was was pulling into saudi arabia is his deputy national security adviser was giving a briefing to the press corps news trying to emphasize that. things have gotten better in the saudi u.s. relationship since the fall when when the saudis were upset so not denying that the saudis have been upset at the united states but trying to argue that the dispute
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over iran over syria over other issues has been resolved or at least significantly reduced you know as to whether that narrative is is going to be seen as persuasive either by the media or by the general public we still have yet to see now the biggest strain. many analysts have identified in these bilateral relationship is america's reluctance to fully back the saudis in their existence fied against the shia forces of iran syria lebanon and possibly iraq and these five that saudis are in is not driven by money it is not driven by political calculations it is driven by january and values you know however archaic did they may be and i wonder given the existential nature of these five whether americans can really reason with the saudis at this point or is it increasingly
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a case of the tail wagging the dog here well i certainly would agree with you with regard to your argument that this is an area where the u.s. really has some difficulties that is funding the saudis foley you know the saudi public sees what's going on in syria as the greatest humanitarian calamity of our age and that's not my words that's the saudi foreign minister's words and so what they see are shiites whom they have already dehumanised in their education and religious system as heretics slaughtering sunnis in in saudi arabia slaughtering sunni civilians as well as as rebels and so in that regard the saudis want the united states to decapitate the regime in syria at the very least by toppling. and so the the saudis are not going to be satisfied when they see the united states pursuing an approach that actually in some regards on the battlefield is quite
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similar to russia's strategy which is to have this conflict turn into a stalemate the russians want to enable. to not be toppled to outlast the conflict and the united states wants to ensure like russia reportedly a political solution to this conflict by ensuring that the rebels aren't fully marginalized on the battlefield but when it comes to actually toppling the regime militarily the u.s. administration has held back to some extent and you know we'll just have to see whether the saudis can convince them to take a tougher line on this it's certainly could happen especially if there's no progress at geneva since you mentioned russia's intentions in syria i think russia would much have preferred not having this conflict to begin with i think this conflict was initiated and aided by saudi arabia and the united states to begin with so it is those two countries that actually often for changing the status quo
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but rather than going in depth into syria i would like to ask you very quickly this relationship between saudi arabia and the united states was founded on. quite explicit agreement that washington would defend the gulf state in exchange for oil contracts and the united states and no longer needs that much saudi oil and the nature of security threats has also changed so i wonder if it's possible. sooner or later the united states and saudi arabia will have to part ways well first of all i'd like to address something that you said right before your question which is how this conflict started as americans see it the way this conflict started was a russian supported dictator bashar al assad slaughtered his people when they went out on the street. and peaceably demonstrated as well as arresting and torturing teenagers so that is how we see how this goes well you see how as to whether the u.s. and the saudis way because you are told that this conflict started this way somebody
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who was on the ground in syria all those three years ago i can tell you that you know there were snipers there were provoker ters there were saudi agents there on the scene so obviously the tactics. are not to be defended you know his indiscriminate use of force but i wonder if the united states would react in any different way if. the constitutional law and order in your own country were threatened for once. if i can remind you of what of the of the search operation for the boston bombers if you remember you know a couple of years ago the whole city of boston was blocked to find two man and you know the police was used and he was shot dead and i think americans use force quite extensively one their own security is compromised but they for some reason deny that's right to other countries but i would still like to answer that question about whether you see any chance for the united states and saudi arabia parting
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ways geo politically given how different value systems really are well having lived in boston having actually lived on the same block as the boston bombers and having been a graduate student at mit in the past where police officer was slaughtered by the bombers no doubt americans take terrorism seriously as to whether the saudis and the united states are going to part ways the triumphalism of the shale energy boom to some extent is overwrought because the united states just as russia just as other countries are in the in the global economy are dependent upon stability in the global price of oil and in that regard until industrialised countries such as the united states such as russia such as the countries of east and south asia have fuel choice about the fuels that they put into the. automobiles we're going to be continually dependent upon the security in the gulf as if dr weinberg we have to take a very short break now but when we come back the united states has rediscover and
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its good old anime in russia what does this mean for the future of humans saudi relations that's coming up in a few moments on worlds apart. paying for the products with this label. guarantees better deals for the food we'll produce it. again if this was french usurious part of the business and by the workers on. the set and advocates better working conditions and high social standards we give them five euros a day. and it's not enough to satisfy us. yes all of the poor are at their wits a. rose
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attorney national let me. welcome back to worlds apart the rear discussing the love hate relationship between the united states and saudi arabia with a with weinberg a senior fellow at the foundation for defense of democracies that's a great way of putting it dr weinberg you just heard i turned it in in terms of
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love and hate and i'm not sure about the love but to see the examples of hatred all you need to do is to open the saudi school textbooks reach to earlier that for decades have been spinning ritual and everything rest in and as you as you mentioned here oh the very interesting report recently on how lenient the united states has been with the saudi arabia on this issue but i wonder what is the real reason for saudi procrastination in removing all those vitriolic passages from from their textbooks well first of all like to say that i don't think the united states has been uniquely. when it comes to raising saudi textbooks in fact i think it's actually done more than any other government in its bilateral exchanges with the saudi authorities on this issue for instance i saw no indication that this was part of the conversation when prince bandar and bottom or putin met last year in moscow . so you know i think there are things other countries can do that having been said
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the united states has more leverage that it could potentially use with saudi arabia on this issue and in that regard i really do wish the united states would do more well dr weinberg the reason why president putin may not raise the this issue or other issues with foreign visitors is because russia doesn't make the promotion of democracy the pillar of its foreign policy it's the united states that does and if i'm not missed a mistake in the state department first noted a problem with the saudi textbooks all the way back in two thousand and three and ever since the sally. i have assumed this very typical approach for them of not saying no outright but not delivering either and my question to you is whether they see any practical gain in essentially indoctrinating new guy youth in the speech only mindset whether they do it on purpose as as a part of state ideology well you know i think saudi arabia like like any country
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does have some internal debates even as an absolute monarchy but that having been said i do think that the saudi authorities bear responsibility for what's in these books especially because these books are printed on an annual basis by their ministry of education so they are to blame for what's published in their texts the saudi monarch and the saudi royal family and the government say that these books have been reformed that they're being improved but when they say that they only they take the lowest hanging fruit they take some of the hatred out of elementary school books they say that they spend money on teacher training to moderate teachers they say that they're increasing the number of women in universities but the reason that they don't they don't take this on more seriously i think is because they see more benefit in not upsetting their conservative
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reactionary preachers then they see in telling their children a more tolerant view of the world and keeping their children from being indoctrinated so i do think that it really will take diplomatic consequences in saudi arabia's foreign relations with the international community for this to change now this violent extremism that children are being taught and some of the saudi public schools is bad when it is targeted at you but when it targets some of your rivals it may come in handy and here i would like to shift. here's a little bit and discuss the saudi years relations reserve the russia because there are quite a few historic examples when this partnership was very successful in undermining moscow i wonder whether these recent tensions. between russia and the west and the united states in particular could lead president obama to evaluate or rethink his
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relationship with. saudi arabia well you know actually i think u.s. russian relations in the last month have added an extra strain to the u.s. saudi relationship because the saudis wish that the united states had been firmer with russia over crimea just as they saw the united states choosing to pursue a negotiated deal with russia over syria's chemical weapons in the fall this was an area where u.s. russia. i'd like to say at least avert averting away from more direct conflict actually came at some cost to the united states and its relationship with the saudis similarly the united states helped turn the tide of the battle in afghanistan in the eighty's against the soviet union by introducing a large number of men portable air defense systems that the mujahedeen used against
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the russian the the soviet air force the united states hasn't done much credit from the russians for something that they've done which is showing some restraint when it comes to manpads in syria today the saudis have been itching to introduce those in massive numbers unsupervised without any sort of permissive actually and so that any sort of way for the u.s. for instance to disable them if they fall into the hands of. al qaeda but the united states is actually held relatively firm on that today and that's an area in which the u.s. hasn't gotten much quote dr weinberg i think this is a very noble and teleportation of both in a recent events in history because if it wasn't for the united states and saudi arabia those weapons were in be in syria in the first place so i don't see how we could credit the united states for health restraining saudi arabia well enough going back to ukraine and there have been reports that washington has already
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reached out to saudi arabia to provide some of the fifteen billion dollars promised to your crane and while saudi arabia doesn't have any intrinsic interest in ukraine what is it is interested in is seeing washington to toughen up on syria and i want to infrequency any sort of you know ukraine for serious swap here essentially you know saudi arabia giving their money for ukraine. but washington in return doing what riyadh wanted to do in syria you know actually the most persuasive. for tat of this sort that i've seen has been a recent story in the washington post suggesting that the united states is finally considering doubling its training of vetted syrian rebels in exchange for
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or rather to be funded by the qatari treasury so if there's going to be a tit for tat in this regard that's actually where i've seen some suggestion that it might happen now russia is a natural rival for the united states in ukraine and for saudi arabia in syria so much so that george soros has already suggested that. in driving the oil prices down and of course this move to be a very effective back in the eighty's when. these two countries colluded in driving the wild prices down and that proved to be the last nail in the coffin of the soviet union do you think that could work this time around no i don't think there is persuasive us so to collusion on the energy price that actually influences saudi energy policy the saudis make their oil production decisions based on internal budgetary issues and they do this also by looking at. the domestic situation in saudi arabia and making outlays to keep their public quiet and so that
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i think is actually going to be the biggest driver of saudi oil policy but you know they can be hypocritical about this too just as the united states can be hypocritical about where and when it supports democracy just as russia can be hypocritical about where and when it supports sovereignty i wonder if we could consider one more way of how the saudis and the americans could exact their band their revanche on russia and that's would be it by supporting terror groups they used to do that in chechnya as. i mentioned before and they could probably do the same in crimea reach has a somewhat sizable muslim population could they well actually the muslim population in crimea is significantly smaller than it was before stone ethnically cleanse the place so actually i think that leverage is much smaller now well but. just for the benefit of our viewers far as i know i may be mistaken but back in the nineteen ninety's and early two thousand crimea was
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a very popular destination for wounded chechen rebels first because of the geographic proximity to the kitchen and also because of somewhat lax security policies of the ukrainian authorities i think it is estimated that at one moment there are around five thousand followers of the of the happy branch of islam in crimea and i guess you wouldn't. even that many to stir up trouble well you know first of all it is important to distinguish between people's religious views intolerant or not and whether they're actually engaged in acts of violence certainly i do think when an intolerant brand of religion is promoted in places abroad including in. elements of the former soviet union there are consequences for that down the road absolutely well one of the natural consequences for moscow would be to deepen its ties with iran especially given the very
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politically correct reaction of the year all funny government to crimea joining russia but i wonder if that's will deepen the chanche is even more in these geo political rivalry it's absolutely possible but i do think it conflicts with what the rouhani government strategy is in iran which is a little bit different than what the supreme leader strategy is in iran the supreme leader is strategy is is direct confrontation with the united states the rouhani government strategy is to maintain many of his own. publics policies but to try and achieve some sort of rapprochement with the international community you know they may not be ready to pay the cost of what that entails and they've given no indication that they're ready to stop the i.r.g.c. terrorist activities in places like the levant and in the gulf and that's actually what motivates the saudis to push hard when it comes to iran issues and something that the united states personally i think could be doing
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a little bit more on certainly russia could do more on it as well well dr weinberg unfortunately we have to leave it there i appreciate you being on the show and to our viewers your son and keep the conversation going on our twitter you tube and facebook pages and i hope to hear again the same place same time here on worlds apart. martin's consumer sees and i see it when i'm in the country is the federal government to simply say property of the united states government. is the united states somebody mentioned it was going to the public has to realize it can't just by. just throw it away. for instance belongs to the united states environmental protection agency i found this on
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to be in the. international. this week in egypt. most of the country's modern history. playing the victim. for invading syria a move that could drag. into a full scale war. is ukraine's parliament today trying to force the. killed in a police. reunification with crimea. government
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protests with blaming madrid for making people pay for the state's. the week's top headlines highlighted right here on r.t. international for me role research and the entire news team welcome to the program and we start with egypt where unprecedented death sentences to more than five hundred muslim brotherhood members on monday came as a shock to much of the world the verdicts true concern and condemnation from various human rights groups of the u.s. on the e.u. and once again raise the question in the minds of many as to whether the country's
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veering towards that of a dictatorship now the number of death sentences recently handed down in egypt has now toppled that of hosni mubarak during the last years of his rule of the former egyptian president was arrested during the revolution of twenty eleven and in the three years since then neither the military nor the next president mohamed morsi supports the dictator's figures well up until now of course when the army decided to really take matters into its own hands last summer when the country's leader mohamed morsi was overthrown the new war thora he's begun really tightening the screws on the muslim brotherhood of the military met with fierce resistance and escalated the crackdown with more than six hundred lives lost in raids on august the fourteenth of the next month though the muslim brotherhood was banned and public protests severely restricted the group was declared a terrorist organization and a constitutional referendum was held all across the country however the brotherhood condemned the vote as illegitimate the start of this year also saw deadly unrest
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but the army has retained its grip on power and is ati's anastasio choking to reports the country which was among the first to being gulf by the arab spring has now been abandoned by its western allies. uprisings abroad getting equated with the promise of a better future and hailed as true democracy the democratic movement that swept across the middle east the so-called arab spring. determination through coups and regime change often hailed by washington as an honest way to move forward for the united states supporting democratic transitions it's not a matter of idealism it is a strategic necessity redefining the word democracy to a democracy is a government that we like that should torch our house and if it doesn't well let us not an artist and you can overthrow it in egypt swept by revolution and coup almost
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five hundred thirty supporters of the ousted morsi regime get sentenced to death as the military takes over the staggering numbers reminiscent of medieval times the only alternative it would seem to despotism is a form of islamic democracy and the people are paying with their lives and with their security in order to go to the rights are respected he would argue that the voice of the people is essential to a legitimate democratic process but the same applies to an officially elected government who is are arguably becoming increasingly accepted as a way to quickly impose change may bring about a swift air of reform in the short term without building a stable government system that can create a strong and truly democratic future which can eventually backfire and r.t. washington d.c. now the turkish government's facing the flock following a leak on you tube revealing a plot to justify an invasion of neighboring syria an anonymous source posted old
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you know of a secret meeting between top officials discussing a folds fly operation that would appear as a syrian attack. you've got on the prime minister's encouraging conjuncture and this attack must be seen as an opportunity for us. i'll send four men from syria if that's what it takes i'll make up a cause for war by ordering a missile attack in turkey. because provocation against syria could have dire consequences as well as drawing at ankara's nato allies of the us led bloc is sworn to stand up in defense of any alliance member which comes under attack some observers say nato wouldn't think twice before jumping in. many of the nato countries want to have the same goal certainly the middle countries the united states england and the other european nations have the same goals they've been backing the rebel forces in syria they've been trying to use this civil war as an instrument of regime change which in some ways some believe what hundreds of
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thousands of people did just so they can change the government and so there's no space between turkey and other countries on this so if it back there was a faction of forces that were looking for you provocation it would also line up with forces that the united states and also in europe who are increasingly warlike and who would like to see more of a of the western and nato intervention inside of syria and we know that these warmongering forces have been continually agitating all across the united states and in europe and certainly there are forces in turkey that feel the same way. it's not the first time and korea has tried to rally nato against syria. looks at turkey's previous attempts to spark a full blown war with its neighbor of course with the backing of the alliance turkey as one of syria's fiercest critics has led calls for an international intervention not only that it's persistently providing the reasons for. turkey
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claims syrian forces fired across the border at refugees and floats the idea of calling i need for reinforcement and protection. turkey admits one of its f four military jets was shot down by damascus after flying over syria's airspace and cora deems it an act of war reserving the right to respond and after calling an emergency nato meeting turkey reminds the alliance of its responsibility to protect member states. turkey cites a growing threat from syria requesting that nato to safeguard the country expand its deployment of patriot missile batteries along the border with syria and what could lead to nato action article five of the alliances charter says an attack on any member shall be considered an attack on all well it's a concerted policy on the part of the north atlantic treaty organization nato which turkey is a part of has been a part of the us since the early one nine hundred fifty s.
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it appears that was the strategy was to provoke an attack of some syrian territory onto turkey therefore providing a rationale to draw in the support of the united states and perhaps israel as well as britain and other states that are part of the nato alliance certainly nato members share turkey's sentiments about the syrian government both openly support the rebels in their fight against a mascot and as for how far turkey will go a new leak on you tube seems to offer some insight on that it's a great peek into the way governments operate and how they do you know. happening blame them on somebody else a lot of these insurgents are trained of american military bases and air force bases in turkey then put into syria syria. also has gotten all shipments of weapons i should say the insurgents have gotten shipments of weapons from turkey so far nato has not gotten involved but with turkey is grabbing every opportunity to
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say why it should strike syria there's no telling how long that will last marina port ny r.t. . and ukraine's bracing itself for a battle and it's the country's elections committee that are right on the front line sunday is the last day for presidential hopefuls to submit their applications and despite the who appointed author already is promising a fair and transparent vote some lining up for the rights of fallen to the dark side of the force renegotiate reports the race is on and the lineup for the top job is a curious one every candidate carries the promise of a very different future for ukraine and each has a pretty dubious record. not so here's to the jewish inco appealing to the audience on my donkey fresh out of prison where she served two and a half years for embezzlement to me right here my dearest i dreamed of seeing
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your eyes i dreamed of feeling this strength you show she has been the queen of ukrainian politics since the early two thousand and claims to have what it takes to lead the nation and fight injustice but it leaked phone conversation casts doubt over what justice is in the opinion of mrs to machine code which has enabled our. performance in a lot of the security was a good year as the sources of us needed almost a quarter of the necessity to any. i mean who are really mcchrystal is that the law . and then there's me too young leader of the altruist list right sector party the main fighting force in a bloody coup back in february these guys have little appetite for integration and have introduced a whole new standard in power politics. last
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but certainly not least is darth vader yet you heard that right the dark says the lord has won primaries on the ballot are you crazy internet party promises to turn the country into numb pirate restoring its old glory the dark lord is impersonated by the deputy head of the internet party and is especially popular with a younger audience although the electoral commission has not confirmed his candidacy so it may never be known whether you tube can be turned into real votes well these are just some of the options for the ukrainian people and a good look at any of them suggests there is no easy choice in deciding who can get the country out of crisis it goes r.t. meanwhile in a new surge of unrest radicals from the ultra nationalist right sector pursues the ukrainian parliament for two days this week all in a bid to push their demands on to the very people they helped to sweep into power
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at the unrest started after nearly two thousand members of the group attempted to storm the building on thursday night. the. crowds were demanding the ousting of the country's interior minister forcing the interim president to assess whether someone you should be elected to the post meanwhile people in kiev have been calling for greater transparency from the government right sector activists have been taking action after one of their notorious leaders alexander was shot dead in the west of the country on tuesday kiev has claimed he was killed while resisting arrest however sources insist he was a targeted assassination conducted by ukraine security services or the rise of neo nazis and radicals within ukraine's current government is deeply alarming as what we've been hearing from greg a q.c. from the german left party. yes could push push has been the real fascists in the ukrainian government they are currently in leading positions they hold such
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top positions as the vice prime minister the defense minister the minister of agriculture and the environment minister as well as the head of the security committee of course there are democratic forces in the government of fascists have never given up the power they have gotten hold of i don't understand how europe can sign any agreements with them it's a provocation. this week also sold the right sector radicals claim international recognition is the use foreign policy chief catherine ashton actually denounced the movement's quote violence and pressure on the government it's long overdue that brussels has finally admitted there is an extremist threat according to the border international relations expert from moscow state university the western governments and the western press have been engaged in a policy of putting their hands over their eyes and ears in a game of see no evil hear no evil and speak no evil and going so far as the clear
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that the ultra nationalist forces either don't exist or trying to present them as a fringe element that had no real impact or effect on the events of the euro might down riots and putsch right now they are seen as no longer useful so the e.u. would very much like to see them go quietly away and if they will not go quietly away i think the e.u. will back this putsch regime in using force to send them away and there will be more on ukraine with barack obama's own take on what's happening there will be right after the break on the international.
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a quarter past the hour here in moscow about halfway through the weekly here on our national shifting gears now to that of ukraine barack obama said this week that it's simply absurd to say that america is conspiring with fascists in ukraine and the us lead a praise the recent coup there as a victory of democratic ideals while saying that moscow's reunification with crimea is worse than washington's invasion of iraq. ati's guy nature cannot taking a look at some controversies in the narrative being put forward by the white house in president obama's view while protestors that my don did have a right to overthrow a democratically elected leader each of us has the right to live as we choose the people of crimea did not have the right to vote on their future together we've condemned russia's invasion of ukraine and rejected the legitimacy of the crimean referendum according to president obama the u.s. was a mere observer to the revolution in kiev make no mistake neither the united states
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nor europe has any interest in controlling ukraine one wonders if u.s. officials got the same message when they descended on the streets of kiev to cheer on the revolution and when members of the obama administration were deciding in private who should be in the ukrainian government and who should not i don't think leetch should go into the government i don't think it's necessary i don't think it's a good idea in terms of they're not going into the government just let him sort of stay out in doofus tradable hallmark and stuff president obama suggested what the u.s. did to iraq was not as bad as quine needed joining russia we did not claim or annex iraq's territory we did not grab its resources for our own name instead we ended our war. and left iraq to its people and they fully sovereign iraqi state. that can make decisions about its own future a million iraqis died according to the united nations five million were made into
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refugees a country was ripped apart five thousand americans died tens of thousands had life changing injuries can you compare that what happened in iraq to what happened in crimea in the last two weeks president obama has failed to mention that the u.s. left in iraq which was becoming a safe haven for al qaida al qaida that was not there before the u.s. invasion the president then brought up costs and why it could not in his opinion serve as a precedent for crimea they don't only intervene after the people of kosovo were systematically brutalized and killed for years but he did not specify how the u.s. intervened it bypassed the u.n. security council and bombed the former yugoslavia for two and a half months killing almost five hundred civilians serbia's capital belgrade still bears the scars of that intervention we are confronted with the belief among some that bigger nations can bully smaller ones to get their way. that recycled maxim
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that might somehow makes right we have the american people each time we have a new generation it's sent to fight another war there's no country that has a similar record of militarism intervention so for the united states it's a while now big countries can't bully small countries that be allies their own record and certainly the record of the other nato powers in his speech president obama has glossed over some of the most controversial pages in u.s. foreign policy and by doing that he seems to have further highlighted the double standards in how the u.s. is up holding international law and norms in washington i'm going to check on. and it's far from just president obama comparing the situation in crimea to iraq that has raised many questions that the u.s. leader also dismissed still power levels with kosovo's independence proving his point with the serbian historian says simply not the case kosovo only left serbia after a referendum was organized not outside the boundaries of international law but in
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careful cooperation with the united nations and with kosovo's neighbors. none of that even came close to happening in crimea i honestly don't know what was president i was talking about there was never such a referendum it never took place it didn't exist nobody least of all president obama's pretending that he writes his own speeches it was definitely speechwriter who made this mistake. by the problem is that true is doing the fact checking at the white house obviously somebody screwed up it's entirely possible that somebody in a suit the not exist was referenced in kosovo when the referendum in montenegro that took place in two thousand and six dads the referendum that they were referring to first of all it's it's just baffling that they can't tell apart course law not to make their own secondly that's not exactly a paragon of democracy and international law and there's obviously you can't make informed decisions if you don't have the information if you're living in some sort of internal virtual world in which the facts are whatever the hell you say they are so we have to start asking ourselves who is it writing president obama's speeches
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who is addressing presidents and president obama's policy and what early agenda is that these people the people that we don't see and we have had a plenty of reaction on our web site over barack obama's speech parts of his head of social media i've across he explains how the u.s. leaders comments really brought the internet to life. barack obama's bogus kossovo history rewrite in brussels set off a social media firestorm remember this is from the people who told you russians shot first in crimea the u.s. president's moral grandstanding that twitter buzzing especially after glossing over the million dead in iraq and his incredible claim that the big boys can't bully the internet basically called bull see how dot com. thanks for joining us for the weekly here on out international of the spanish capital has been rocked by a fresh wave of protests against spending cuts and unemployment this week with people accusing the government of making them continue to pay for
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a state debt with their health and education that you go to prison offers in madrid . marches and sit ins peaceful and not so peaceful it was a busy week of protests in spain which kicked off with a march of dignity in madrid. the wealth isn't distributed equally banks have been rescued while we the working class have to pay. scores again took to the streets to demonstrate against unemployment public debt and cuts by the porn more cuts despite violence and arrests during a similar rally last weekend. he will be able to talk about any sort of improvement only after we see more jobs created funding in new enterprises and small business right now with still far from even talking about coming out of the crisis. but if unemployment in spain officially stands at twenty six percent the youth jobless rate is over twice that number of poor work conditions the rise
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of university fees and overcrowded classrooms we cannot take it anymore. student anger filled the streets in the second half of the week at one point fifty activists were arrested while demanding the resignation of the education minister after occupying the dean's office at a madrid university. starting from now on all the way to next year we should expect all groups of society to become much more active the spanish government's policies are crucial to workers pensioners students and everyone dependent on the state. finally the week wrapped up with more anti-government demonstrations this time in barcelona. obviously protests or something new for spain what we're seeing now is that more people from different parts of the spanish society are taking to the streets from the unemployed to those with a job from pensioners to students and many were hoping that last year's promises from the government that the economy would improve would come true but so far it
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seems they remain just that promises to go because of r t reporting from madrid and the spanish judges ruled on tuesday that and to suppose that independence referendum in catalonia was illegal for the people of spain's wealthiest region have valid to carry on with the vote regardless they've just grown tired of having a payoff madrid's debt and r.k. from the european partnership for independence he believes the only way is well the ultimate way is the government will stop the vote from taking place it's not that actually a situation that only recall nice by the citizenship but also in catalonia there is an actual absolute majority in the catalan parliament of members that in favor of this referendum the reason why the spanish state uses all of the make a nice two to a more democracy is the practice of democracy is because they know that that is the
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stopping the referendum is the only way they have to stop problem that demands of catalonia and following the footsteps of veneto the italian region that recently voted for independence in an unofficial referendum now the island of sardinia is seeking to split from rome but unlike traditional separatism the sardinians are urging rome to sell their island to switzerland and they can do so one of those spearheading the movement here splaying the basis behind the push for session. we don't trust political and i mean assertive system anymore that has proved to be ineffective into solving the problems of the country we think beyond any reasonable doubt of course we're not blaming. the shows for the system itself now calls for independence or getting stronger and louder cross the european union but when it was formally established back in the one nine hundred ninety s. many leaders dreamt of even more centralization italy's prime minister at the time
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valid all the e.u. would become a single political and economic body his position echoed by the then german chancellor gerhard schroeder and standing up to the u.s. that was also one of the arguments being used but now all these dreams are all overshadowed by the grim economic prospects and lack of fiscal unity let's take a look at the hot beds of separatism that have flared up all across the block as we said the tally in regions of sardinia and veneto are yearning to break away from rome also though in belgium the separatist movement in flanders that's long been an issue and the u.k. has his own problem. pendants referendum looming this year finally in spain long running independence movements in catalonia and the boss country well they are strong as well i still to come here on r.t. international law step aside as fair trade will be coming your way next thank you.
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a group called the representation project is spreading the word with a viral you tube video that the most destructive thing you can say to young boys americas and everything is even pleasant a cardinal sin in modern america you want to know why we say be a man and that's in the medieval village what if all the men just didn't want to work the land because it hurts their hands or wouldn't be willing to fight an invading army because they might get hurt themselves or some girl gets pregnant all the village guys would say well that's her problem the idea of being a man is part of her evolution without tough men that tribe or city state or whatever would die out many people would say that this is all in the past but as western civilization goes down the tank we see more and more forty year old boys with no wife no kids no ambition no guts no grit no discipline just trying to pretend to be a man playing online video games be a man is probably one of the best things that anyone ever said to me thanks dad i'm
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sorry representation project but you are dead wrong but that's just my opinion. choose your language. make it with zero if you. choose to consume. choose to use the degree to. choose the stories but if you. choose. to. the people of afghanistan head to the polls for the first time for the fall of the taliban will take place at a time of our democratic transfer of power. but
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me. and he with god forgive us here at our workplace. doing we who are poor we who possess nothing but good and who have been forgotten. that the. peasants know how to work the soil with our hands with our suffering and sweat the work to survive are of wives and children that. he who when we suffer a great deal in this world. good. god ask you to change things so that the price of coffee rises and so that the
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value of our work is recognized that. this is the story of a fine idea. the idea of more just trade in which the consumers in rich countries agree to pay a little more for products from poor countries. place more equitable form of commerce is called fair trade off. these peasants have been producing fair trade coffee for twenty years and yet every morning they pray that they'll overcome poverty it's as though nothing has changed . coffee bananas tea the sector handles billions of euros. but who is really getting rich from it. we take
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a trip behind the scenes of an irreproachable business. fair trade took off in europe as a result of a flagship product grown in mexico in particular coffee. chiapas is the poorest state in mexico. twenty seven percent of the population there is of indigenous origin. to. be.
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considered second rate citizens these descendants of the mayas live in isolated villages among the mountains. in coffee is one of their few resources. they sell it locally to the representatives of multinationals whom they nicknamed coty's. thirty point five kilos. coffee is listed on the new york roma tiriel exchange when prices collapse thousands of families are plunged into poverty. in the village of you quickly the peasants no longer sell their coffee to the
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coyotes. they now belong to a free trade co-operative. and therefore protected from the vagaries of the market . and. the black curve represents coffee prices since one thousand nine hundred eight. varied from one to six in the space of twenty five years. in red is the fan trade coffee curve it never drops below a bottom price and follows rises in prices in addition for every kilo of coffee purchased a small premium is buy devey corporative to build collective equipment. and you queer the peasants work on the plots as families. where are we going to my coffee fund sation andress as one and
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a half hectares of land on the mountainside. and eight hours' work he alone will collect sixty kilos of coffee that's a thousand times less than what an agricultural machine would collect on a major plantation in brazil. here the coffee cherries a hand picked making the workflow and knowledge of us this is that there is a certain limit beyond which we're no longer considered small producers. of a small producer can possess between two and ten hectares. that's the limit we've set at the cooperative. when with the young. if someone owns more than twenty thirty forty or fifty had tears. because they're not a small producer. they're a coyote and they're not accepted. in
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fan try there's no room for large landowners. thanks to his coffee plant andress and about one hundred euros a month. that's a little more than the average producer but he remains insufficient to lift him out of poverty than trade is no magic bullet yes this is my house where i live with my family. there are seven of us and all. yes. this is our sitting room. i rest here after a day's work in the field and in the morning we have armchairs where we can rest assure relax when i'm tired i watch t.v. .
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twenty years of french right have not made andras a rich my. family still need their children to work off to school. and the children are removing the green beans they saw the so that we only d. pull the red beans is good but. its real family farming does everyone take part. and yes everyone is involved with the children also charts and if you pay sauces i mean the whole family helps otherwise we couldn't cope on the days when lots of coffee comes in. or in the face and two or three pesos what is the us and they work hard to earn some
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money and me yes that's why they do the job oh yeah and they don't work with us in the morning was ok one as they go to school. every year the corporative sells between four thousand and six thousand sacks of fair trade coffee. its main clients of then in germany and that is on the mall and in france. these twin organizations were the first to venture into free trade. outies on demand was born out of an event of worldwide importance. we set off without your help this child could end up like this. in one thousand nine hundred one pakistan was torn apart by civil war that was to give rise to the country of bangladesh. pounded this
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part of the world flood of the flood caused a massive famine and ten million refugees fled to india. the french priest visited the country and launched an appeal. needs to collect milk must put pressure on laboratories to let's send two types of pneumonia and date jested diseases we need under way not clothes. when the conflict was over the refugees returned to bangladesh in order that they might live in dignity abbey pierre created another project buying their craft work and selling it in europe. the moment it was born. forty years later the network of shops has expanded but the vast majority of fair trade products are no longer sold there. the best fair trade sales are now made in
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supermarkets. the market leader is a private label of dutch origin. in europe seventy five percent of free trade products now bare its logo. fair trade mags have a law. i baptize you in the name of the father let us sing like little branches covered in coffee beans i gather all my people around me today. in one thousand nine hundred eighty france found the half dutch work a priest settled in walk in the south of mexico. he observed that the liberal economy was starving coffee produces like the priest banked on economic development rather than charity. the dominant system has succeeded in doing what it wanted.
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the video. of the dividing the lowly west the response of the lowly is to unite and together to create change it's the logical response together well when. france found a half sought commercial outlets in amsterdam for his cooperative. found an ally a young economist. who was working in a christian organization. together the two men were to modernize free trade. to sell their coffee at a better price they opted for a label rather than a brand and name came to the immediately max avalon it is the title of a dutch novel in which the hero denounces the fate of indigenous peasants in indonesia. nico risen and france found a home for ambitious and negotiated with the major dutch supermarkets to get their
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coffee on to their shelves. medical he was picked up and i was full for the full by twenty five years later nico roos and remembers this loaded decision. in a so drilled movement there was no resistance joining us because they were seen as a part of the system of the problem there was resistance to cooperate to these traitorous big traders in the market so we had to overcome a political document these men the political ideologies which want to prevent us to make these new steps and then stage. two and two straight was less than one seat zero point one percent of the trade and now it is three four percent of the trade and consumption in many countries so we could expend markets for france great products in
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a significant way those products through discipline markets so that was right. with the economic downturn in the final. days of the old saying i and the rest of life it's a neat take it will be everything. right to see. first rate. and i think that you're. on our reporters twitter.
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bones about it if and trade products are on his shelves it's because they're profitable. everyone must make a profit center barge and do we sell these products without making a profit you know. in the uk only today all the products that are sold in shops years whatever shop that is where it most make a profit otherwise some point the shop can no longer operate. you can't expect large retailers to subsidize. at best certain companies or skeins at a loss however virtuous they are but when it comes to providing a precise figure you know the margin on these products know. if agreed to reveal this well kept secret this former coffee trader is well acquainted with the ins and outs of the labels and with the shortcomings of the macs have la
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label. so the consumer's shoulders the entire fair trade chain the intermediaries traders transport says grind is it such do not reduce their margins just because it is fair trade and on average i think distributors make a higher margin on free trade. to support what he's saying philip carries out a short exercise in which he breaks down the price of two packets of coffee both from the same brand of distributor. they're identical except for one detail the packet on the left contains colombian coffee the packet on the right is a blend of a rabbit care but is stamped with the max label as if it revived on a few calculations with the colombian coffee distributor earns a margin of about only europa packet which is thirty seven percent of their revenue and with a fair trade coffee distributor earns
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a margin of one point three four euros which is forty five percent of their revenue . police to believe they're helping to improve the world. and distributors are delighted to improve their monthly margins. large retailers do not make the effort and in addition allegedly even increase their margins thanks to the macs have la label. at the bottom of the packet the share the small producers in the cooperative receive is mentioned. thirty two percent the intermediaries and eighteen percent the remaining share is that of the large retailers who in this example make forty five percent. as a comparison artie's on demand make a margin of twenty five percent on their coffees which. macs have law label leaves the large retailers free to determine their own sales policy. its specifications include the traceability of its products the protection of the
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environment. working conditions and democracy within the corporative but not a mention of the practices of large retailers. which incidentally is their formula for success today. exists in twenty five northern countries and the range of products is vastly expanded rosies. bananas chocolate revenues from products bearing the max have law label reached five billion euros in two thousand and eleven. but is it possible to expand without losing sight of one's original values what happens to the small producers when such vast amounts come into play. in. the dominican republic supplies thirty three percent of fan trade bananas purchased worldwide plantations are concentrated in the northwest of the country a few kilometers from the border with. by
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. the euro it will become millionaires if we sell all these bananas the fan trade banana is the labels biggest success in terms of volume three hundred twenty thousand tons was sold worldwide in two thousand and eleven. pm banks have a lot of showcases called ben ali no. this cooperative of four hundred small producers obtained the label in the year two thousand. at the helm is a dutch agronomist money kid the penya she's been living in the dominican republic since one thousand nine hundred six. she's an influential character and is vice chair of the board of administrators of fan trade international the international
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federation of max have in our organizations she's well versed in the letter is a close length between produces and poverty that will be. a small print usurious depend on each other. they are cost them to mutual support. i help you sell you help me to day to make this and that's part of the way we are. mango has been a member of ghana lino for ag is thanks to fair trade he and his family and on average one thousand two hundred euros a month over ten times more than a farm worker in the dominican republic. he has graduated from the position of small producer to that of small company boss at the time this is my plot to send out though i own both this and in this side everything one says that how many heads are still half a cent about four. show you how we cut the renowned us.
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look at them ok let's have a look. i will not stand next to that bunch of fearing the bunch here are. my go no longer counts the bananas in self he now calls upon the migrants they are in for year as a day on average which is the minimum wage. for his son was the haitians that to work on your farm. who are there yes you mean their names yes. and i'm going to tell your mother her thou they've got strange names he's called gene say the others have funny names i'm not sure. how many haitians work with your cousin bananas think saying.
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that what's life like here with the back of the boss is paid in dollars of what he pays owes in dominican pesos we don't send anything we have to make do with what they gave us so there is the co-operative the small producers and the high workers fat trades invisible workers. a few hours later at the packaging unit we meet other high lino employees gabrielle and fellow may agreed to be interviewed anonymously. generally notice not pay us at all well. if we get five euros
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a day. it's not enough to satisfy us. to move our wash because to live here the divert we've had to buy a bed clothes and shoes as well. and when we have to send some of the money home. to members of our family and eighty i know for me i might see. so it's not enough. when. i have two daughters and high eighty one is twenty five the other is twenty one when i think of them i don't sleep very well i think about them in haiti i can eat well here but i worry they're going hungry if i were in ten years today i could send some back home for them to live off of and survive. you'll see.
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i've got a possible but no visa. visa costs one hundred eighty euros lino doesn't help us with our papers when the police chases we have to hide in the woods . and i'm tired i like bunny leno to help as they don't help us for anything it's all. ah gabrielle's and film is stories isolated cases among the four hundred members of the co-operative. the following day money can be pena the director of bene leno has a meeting with another of model producers. and begin at the small print juicer spires of the business but the workers aren't identical myself oh it workers do need better living conditions and what is fair
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trade the right mechanism for that if you make any good if. i hope so perhaps it is i mean but it gets dicey thing for a trade must mainly benefit are going to a small producers. with how things are in the fine and you get thanks come on in. every cow manzanar and his father own four hectares of land. my father taught me to work and all teach my own children it's a chain so that things run smoothly it was only. like i was a family of. about ten dominican package the ban on is once a week. for high asians are employed full time to come to bananas and to maintain the banana
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plantation. and the twenty two euros a week we are when i asked the boss for a bit more he refuses my salary is only enough for my food and money for my family in haiti we can talk in front of our boss we can talk. or. do you know can say whatever trade is no. no. do the undocumented high asians have the same rights as the dominican workers. we asked the producer to show us their work contracts. thank. the look i don't like getting up the documents here as. it would live to film them
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for their formal contracts that only know has a copy of the. yes we use our x. model as an example for other producers. two days after we filmed their panel you know provided us with the work contracts that we used as model for all producers. the. name nationality age fingerprints date of entry into the company salary but no information on employee rights. these contracts do not comply with the macs have lost most of occasions when you and the members of your organization must have a legally binding written contract of employment for all permanent workers that include at least job duties protection of the worker from loss of pay in the case of illness disability or accident and a notice period for terminations. largest
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consumer of this season and i see it with me in the country is the federal government is simply saves property of the united states government. is the united states number division it was going to the public has to realize it can't just by. just throw it away this is a problem for instance belongs to the united states environmental protection agency and i found this on a dump site here this is are here it's not always alone on the producers of these lives when i think should be able to collect these though i believe that this should be responsible for their products from cradle to grave. fatal to mexico palmetto mental health for up until soaked emerge from copper but also belongs to the washington metro area transit authority to the properties of a dentist aids patient and trademark office.
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according to syria. now i am glad hearts. cold war two point zero there are those who claim the manufactured crisis in ukraine is drawing new lines in defining new geopolitical realities others are dismissive they say the old cold war never really came to an end so is russia and the west are doomed to be adversaries. i'm.
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the week's top stories here on r.t. international unprecedented death sentences were handed out this week in egypt to more than five hundred muslim brotherhood members being called by many the most severe ruling in the country's modern history. a youtube leak exposes the plan to justify an invasion of syria risking its nato allies being dragged into a full scale military conflict. right sector radicals. for two days trying to force the interim authorities to the interior minister it's after one of the notorious leaders was killed in a police sting operation. meanwhile barack obama says russia's reunification with crimea is worse than america's invasion of iraq the us leader also tried to back
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the americans. with an historic example that never happened. and spain is rocked by more anti-government protests with the public blaming madrid for making people pay for the state's health and education. the week's top headlines in life on r.t. international thanks for joining us today i'm wrong. and we start with egypt where unprecedented death sentences to more than five hundred muslim brotherhood members on monday well it came as a shock to much of the world now the verdicts true concern and condemnation from various human rights groups the u.s. and the e.u. once again raised the question in the minds of many as to whether the country's veering towards a dictatorship or the number of death sentences really recently handed down in
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egypt has now toppled. barrett during the last years of his rule the former egyptian president was arrested during the revolution of twenty eleven and in the three years sense neither the military nor the next president mohamed morsi have even surpassed the dictator's figures up until now of course when the army decided to really take matters into its own hands last summer when the country's leader mohamed morsy was overthrown by the new war thora he began tightening the screws on the muslim brotherhood the military met with fierce resistance and escalated the crackdown with more than six hundred lives lost in raids on august the fourteenth of the next month the muslim brotherhood was banned and public protests severely restricted and the group was declared a terrorist organization and a constitutional referendum was held across the country over the brotherhood condemning the voters illegitimate at the start of this year also saw deadly unrest but the army has retained its grip on power and sciences anastasio chokin to
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reports the country which was among the first to being gulf by the arab spring has now been abandoned by its allies. uprisings abroad getting equated with the promise of a better future and hailed as true democracy the democratic message that swept across the middle east the show called arab spring so determination through coups and regime change often hailed by washington as an honest way to move forward for the united states supporting democratic transitions is not a matter of idealism it is a strategic necessity redefining the word democracy to a democracy is a government that we like that she porch our house and if it doesn't well let us not an artist and you can overthrow it in egypt swept by revolution and almost five
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hundred thirty supporters of the ousted morsi regime get sentenced to death as the military takes over the staggering numbers from millicent of medieval times the only alternative it would seem to despotism is a form of islamic democracy and the people are paying with their lives and with their security and you know that to get into the rights are respected he would argue that the voice of the people is essential to a legitimate democratic process but the same applies to an officially elected government who is are arguably becoming increasingly accepted as a way to quickly impose change may bring about a swift air of reform in the short term without building a stable government system that can create a strong and truly democratic future which can eventually backfire and r.t. washington d.c. . now the turkish government is facing a bar of uncomfortable questions following the exposure of a plot to justify an invasion of neighboring syria a top level discussion of a state used operation that would appear as
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a syrian attack was posted anonymously on youtube. you know you've got the prime minister has said that encouraging conjuncture and this attack must be seen as an opportunity for us. i'll send four men from syria if that's what it takes i'll make up a cause for war by ordering a missile attack on turkey now it's a provocation against syria could have dire consequences and might well indeed drag anchor as nato allies into a conflict under false pretenses that the us led bloc is sworn to defend each other viewing an attack on one as an attack on all some observers say nato wouldn't think twice before jumping in many of the nato countries want to have the same goals certainly the middle countries the united states england and other european nations have the same goals they've been backing the rebel forces in syria they've been trying to use this civil war as an instrument of regime change which is in some ways something we want to get it just so they can change the government and so
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there's no space between turkey and other countries on this so if in fact there was a factional forces that were looking for you probably should it would also wind up with force in the united states and also in europe who are increasingly more like and who would like to see more of the western and nato intervention inside of syria we know that these warmongering forces have been continually agitating all across the united states and in europe and certainly there are forces in turkey that feel the same way. and it's not just the first time that ankara has tried to rally nato against syria in fact. she has a look at turkey's previous string of attempts to spark a full blown war with its neighbor of course all the while with the backing of the nato alliance. turkey as one of syria's fiercest critics has led calls for an international intervention not only that it's persistently providing the reasons for. turkey claims syrian forces fired across the border at refugees and floats the
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idea of calling on nato for reinforcement and protect. turkey admits one of its f. four military jets was shot down by damascus after flying over syria's airspace and kora deems it an act of war reserving the right to respond and after calling an emergency nato meeting turkey reminds the alliance of its responsibility to protect member states. turkey said a growing threat from syria requesting that nato to safeguard the country expand its deployment of patriot missile batteries along the border with syria and what could lead to nato action article five of the alliances charter says an attack on any member shall be considered an attack on all well it's a concerted policy on the part of the north atlantic treaty organization nato which turkey is a part of has been a part of the us since the early one nine hundred fifty s.
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it appears that was the strategy was to provoke an attack of some syrian territory onto turkey therefore providing a rationale to draw in the support of the united states and perhaps israel as well as britain and other states that are part of the nato alliance certainly nato members share turkey's sentiments about the syrian government both openly support the rebels in their fight against damascus and as for how far turkey will go a new leak on you tube seems to offer some insight on that it's a great peek into the way governments operate and how they do you know the wars that they would like to have happen and blame them on somebody else a lot of these insurgents are trained in american military bases and air force bases in turkey and then put into syria syria. also has gotten all shipments of weapons i should say the insurgents have gotten shipments of weapons from turkey so far nato has not gotten involved but with turkey's grabbing every opportunity to
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say why it should strike syria there's no telling how long that will last marina port ny r.t. . now ukraine's bracing itself for a battle and it's the country's an election committee that's at the forefront sunday is the last day for presidential hopefuls to submit their applications and despite the who appointed or thora he is promising a fair and transparent vote some lining up for the race so fall into the dark side of the force we're going to go to school points. the race is on and the lineup for the top job is a curious one every candidate carries the promise of a very different future for ukraine and each has a pretty dubious record. that's right there is you know appealing to the audience on my document fresh out of prison where serving two and a half years for embezzlement to me right here my dearest i dreamed of seeing
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your eyes i dreamed of feeling the strength you show. she has been the queen of ukrainian politics since the early two thousand and claims to have what it takes to lead the nation and fight injustice but it leaked phone conversation casts doubt over what justice is in the opinion of mrs tymoshenko what or who is very well for her. performance in a war whose every one has a good yours are thousands of us who live on the walls you've got to refer to as if it were green i mean who are you bringing mcchrystal to that i'm a lot. and then there's me two youngish the leader of the ultra list right sector party the main fighting force in a bloody coup back in february these guys have little appetite for e.u. integration and have introduced a whole new standard in power politics. the
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last but certainly not least is darth vader yet you heard that right the dark south florida has won primaries on the ballot are you crazy internet party promises to turn the country into an empire restoring its old glory the dark lord is impersonated by the deputy head of the internet party and is especially popular with a younger audience although the electoral commission has not confirmed his candidacy so it may never be known whether you tube can be turned into real votes well these are just some of the options really really in people and a good look at any of them suggests there is no easy choice in deciding who can get the country out of crisis in a go school r.t. . meanwhile in a new surge of on rest radicals from the ultra nationalist right sector besieged the ukrainian parliament for two days this week all in a bid to push their demands on to the very people they helped to push the power of
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the unrest started after nearly two thousand members of the group attempted to storm the building on thursday night. but. it is true that the polls are demanding the ousting of the country's interior minister forcing the interim president to assess whether someone new should be elected to the post meanwhile the people in kiev has been calling for greater transparency from the government right sector activists have been taken action after one of their notorious leaders alexander moves each who was shot dead in the west of the country on tuesday kiev has claimed he was killed while resisting arrest sources however insist he was a targeted assassination carried out by ukraine's security services and the rise of neo nazis and radicals within ukraine this current government is deeply alarming and that's what we've been hearing from greg from the german left party. and yes complicit. in the real fascists in the ukrainian government they are currently in leading positions they hold such top positions as the vice prime minister the
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defense minister the minister of agriculture in the environment minister as well as the head of the security committee of course there are democratic forces in the government of fascists have never given up the power they have gotten hold of i don't understand how europe can sign any agreements with them it's a provocation. now this week also saw the right sector radicals claim international recognition as that you use chief of foreign policy catherine ashton denounced the movement's quote violence and pressure on the government it's long overdue the brussels has finally admitted about the extremist threat that's according to mark sloboda international relations expert from moscow state university the western governments and the western press have been engaged in a policy of putting their hands over their eyes and ears in a game of. be evil and speak no evil i'm going so far as the clear in the ultra
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nationalist forces either don't exist or trying to present them as a fringe element that had no real impact or effect on the events of the year of my down riots of putsch right now they are seen as no longer useful so the e.u. would very much like to see them go quietly away and if they will not go quietly away i think the e.u. will back this putsch regime in using force to send them away and there will be more in ukraine with barack obama's very own take on what's happening there that will be right after the break. think the. economic down in the final. deal
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it's also international law from moscow about halfway through the weekly so far today to ukraine now barack obama said this week that it's simply absurd to say america is conspiring with fascist fascists in ukraine the u.s. leader praised the recent coup there as a victory of democratic ideals also must go as a reunification with crimea is worse than washington's invasion of iraq. now taking a look at some of the controversies of the narrative that's still being put forward by the white house. in president obama's view while protesters at my dung did have a right to overthrow a democratically elected leader each of us has the right to live as we choose the people of crimea did not have the right to vote on their future together we've condemned russia's invasion of ukraine and rejected the legitimacy of the crimean referendum according to president obama the u.s.
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was a mere observer to the revolution in kiev make no mistake neither the united states nor europe has any interest in controlling ukraine one wonders if u.s. officials got the same message when they descended on the streets of kiev to cheer on the revolution and when members of the obama administration were deciding in private who should be in the ukrainian government and who should not i don't think leetch should go into the government i don't think it's necessary i don't think it's a good idea in terms of they're not going into the government just let him sort of stay out in doofus tradable hallmark and stuff president obama suggested with the us did to iraq was not as bad as quine needed joining russia we did not claim or enix iraq's territory we did not grab its resources for our own name instead we ended our war. and left iraq to its people and a fully sovereign iraqi state. that can make decisions about its own future
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a million iraqis died according to the united nations five million were made into refugees a country was ripped apart five thousand americans died tens of thousands had life changing injuries can you compare that what happened in iraq to what happened in crimea in the last two weeks president obama has failed to mention that the us left in iraq which was becoming a safe haven for al qaida al qaida that was not there before the u.s. invasion the president then brought up costs of zero and why it could not in his opinion serve as a precedent for crimea they'd only intervene after the people of kosovo were systematically brutalized and killed for years but he did not specify how the u.s. intervened it bypassed the un security council and bombed the former yugoslavia for two and a half months killing almost five hundred civilians serbia's capital belgrade still bears the scars of that intervention we are confronted with the belief among some that bigger nations can bully smaller ones to get their way. that recycled maxim
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that might somehow makes right we have the american people each time we have a new generation it's sent to fight another war there's no country that has a similar record of militarism intervention so for the united states it's a while now big countries can't bully small countries that be allies their own record and certainly the record of the other nato powers in his speech president obama has glossed over some of the most controversial pages in u.s. foreign policy and by doing that he seems to have further highlighted the double standards in how the u.s. is upholding international law and norms in washington i'm going to check on. him as far from just president obama comparing the situation in crimea to iraq that has raised many questions the u.s. leader also dismissed all parallels with kosovo's independence and proving his point with facts that serbian historian mileage says a simply untrue will support only left serbia after
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a referendum was organized not outside the boundaries of international law but in careful cooperation with the united nations and with kosovo's neighbors. none of that even came close to happening in crimea i honestly don't know what was president i was talking about there was never such a referendum it never took place it didn't exist nobody least of all president obama's pretending that he writes his own speeches it was definitely speech traitor who made this mistake. by the problem is that true is doing the fact checking at the white house obviously somebody screwed up it's entirely possible that somebody in a suit did not exist was referenced in kosovo with the referendum in montenegro that took place in two thousand and six dad's the referendum that they were referring to first of all it's it's just baffling that they can't tell apart course on montenegro and secondly that's not exactly a paragon of democracy and international law and there's obviously you can't make informed decisions if you don't have the information if you're living in some sort
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of internal virtual world in which the facts or whatever the hell you say they are so we have to start asking ourselves who is it writing president obama's speeches who is addressing presidents and president obama's policy and what early agenda is that these people the people that we don't see and we have had loads of reaction on our website of a barack obama speech he's had of social media i've across here now explaining how the u.s. leaders comments really brought the internet to life. barack obama's bogus kosovo history rewrites in brussels set off a social media firestorm remember this is from the people who told you russians shot first in crimea the u.s. president's moral grandstanding that twitter buzzing especially after glossing over the million dead in iraq and his incredible claim that the big boys can't bully the internet basically called bull see how on r t dot com. are you watching the weekly here on r.t. international response capital has been rocked by a fresh wave of protests against spending cuts and unemployment this week with
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people accusing the government of making them pay for state death with their health and education you've got a pretty good off reports from madrid. marches and sit ins peaceful and peaceful it was a busy week of protests in spain which kicked off with a march of dignity in madrid. isn't distributed equally banks have been rescued while we have the working class have to pay. scores again took to the streets to demonstrate against unemployment public debt and cuts more cuts despite violence and arrests during a similar rally last weekend. he will be able to talk about any sort of improvement only after we see move jobs created funding inventive prizes and small business right now we're still far from even talking about coming out of the crisis. but if unemployment in spain officially stands at twenty six percent
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the youth jobless rate is over twice that number of. conditions the rise of university fees and overcrowded classrooms we cannot take it anymore. student anger filled the streets in the second half of the week at one point fifty activists were arrested while demanding the resignation of the education minister after occupying the dean's office at madrid university. starting from now on all the way to next year we should expect all groups of society to come much more active spanish government's policies are crucial to workers engineers students and everyone dependent on the state which. finally the week wrapped up with more anti government demonstrations this time in barcelona. obviously protests are something new for spain what we're seeing now is that more people from different parts of the spanish society are taking to the streets from the unemployed to those with a job from pensioners to students and many were hoping that last year's promises
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from the government that the economy would improve would come true but so far it seems they remain just that promises to spin off r t reporting. from madrid. and spanish judges ruled on tuesday that dissipated independence referendum in catalonia was illegal the people of spain's wealthiest region have vowed to carry on with their vote regardless of being grown weary of having to pay off madrid's debt i know ok from the european partnership for independence she believes the only way for the government to win this vote is actually to stop it from ever happening it's not that actually a situation that it's only recognized by the citizenship but also in catalonia there is an actual absolute majority in the catalan parliament of members that in favor of this referendum the reason why the spanish state uses all of the make a nice to two or more democracies the practice of democracy is because they
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know that that is the stopping the referendum is the only way they have to stop problem think that the dance of catalonia. and following the footsteps of veneto the italian region the recently voted for independence in unofficial referendum now the island of sardinia is seeking to split from rome but unlike traditional separatism the sardinians are urging rome to sell their island to switzerland. one of those spearheading the movement explains the basis for the push. we don't trust the political and i mean assertive system anymore that has proved it to be an effective means to solving the problems of the country we see beyond any reasonable doubt of course we're not blaming. the shows but the system itself. now calls for independence are getting stronger and louder across the european union but when it was formally a stablished back in the one nine hundred ninety s.
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many leaders dreamt of even more centralization italy's prime minister vowing that the e.u. would at some point become a single political body his position was actually echoed at that time in point as well by the german chancellor as well a mistake. and standing up to the us was also one of the arguments used but now these dreams are all overshadowed by the grim economic prospects and lack of fiscal unity let's have a look at some of the our hotbeds of separatism that of flared up across the block as we said the italian regions of sardinia and veneto are yearning to break away from rome in belgium as well the separatist movement in flanders that has long been an issue in the u.k. it's got his own problems with a scottish independence referendum that is looming this year and finally in spain long running independence movements in catalonia and the basque country are a strong as ever and let's hear from mr caruso again why he thinks the idea of a united europe has been lost. everyone in europe was thrilled when the european
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union started it felt very good belonging to europe as a whole it was a very exciting historical moment and a big achievement but those feelings have changed for many something went wrong and there are deep discrepancies between countries that we don't do europe that make lots of people unhappy sardina has always had a strong attitude towards independence and we think we could there let that attitude express itself with the final goal of risk reconstructing from scratch a new political and administrative system. we are now and is developing the feeling that it's about time we belong to ourselves. are still to come here without the international barack obama and the saudi king war and peace in the middle east the pleas for help by a gay saudi diplomat who faces death back at home a falling on deaf ears more details on that shortly for now though katy pilbeam
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venture capital it will be next after a very short break. in an unofficial unofficial referendum eighty nine percent of residents of venice and its surrounding area voted for independence from mother italy but bafflingly the majority of voters want the legendary city to remain part of both the e.u. and nato i don't want to be insulting these people but do they even understand what the word independence means so you don't want rome telling you what to do and take your tax money but if brussels does it then that's just jim dandy also according to the b.b.c. there are one hundred u.s. military bases of one sort or another all over italy including around venice so you want independence but having four military bases all over new country is just fine although it is written on a lot of bumper stickers the expression freedom ain't free is very true for fairness to become truly independent would come at
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a very high price dumping the euro saying goodbye to nato and dealing with being surrounded on all sides by the e.u. who might want to give you some sanctions or a nice democratic bombing until you get back in line if you're not ready for real independence then don't wind yourselves just with italy but that's just my opinion . you're the one. i look to you to be.
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good to have you with us you're not you today are growing worse you should. tell a vulcan spent capital on two weeks of intense negotiations ukraine look at the long awaited. russian banking call to you have to calibrate to the record right now we just got to read and that just sanctions but bust ukraine will finally receive the eighteen billion dollars and i.m.f. loans over the next two years but the money will not be given unless key take steps
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to cut corruption kiev will also be expected to unfold halts austerity measures but with these cuts comes sacrifices including a fifty percent rise in heating costs as we know ukraine has always struggled to pay for its energy bills even with discounts from russia an expected fifty percent drop in pensions so for the elderly that means higher utility bills and less money to pay them what a seventy percent drop in wages for public sector workers including doctors and teachers so let's discuss this loan and what it means for the ukraine economy now with better areas for business new europe him. so really the ukraine then. gets an. immediate in the short i mean they're desperately needs money they have hard currency reserves to fall and next to nothing and so they're facing you know devaluation into folds so the first charge when they get it will be
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a massive relief but going forward the trouble is the amount of money put on the table by the i.m.f. is not going to be enough to meet their outgoings and so they're going to be in sort of a desperate situation going forward for the next couple of years how much would they need well the i.m.f. to was announced as between fourteen and eighteen billion yeah that's paid out over two years now if you add in all the other bits and pieces offered by the e.u. and the americans and the japanese it comes up to a total of twenty billion which is ten billion a year yet but then just the redemptions this year are going to be eight billion and then you add into that the deficit which is going to another seven billion and very quickly you get up to a total bill for this year for gas and to sit around twenty billion in other words what is being offered is half of what they need. to question remains is how are they going to finance the budgets how are they going to replenish the hard currency reserves to shore up the greater so we're looking at an economic decline of at
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least three percent the prime minister said possibly ten percent we've got inflation is going to run a twelve fourteen percent it's an economic nightmare yeah and you don't need a lot more money to stabilize the situation and talking about bills do you think russia will get back about three billion men because presumably that's why the i.m.f. are paying out this money said that ukraine can't pay its bills one of the ironies of this rescue package is the bulk of this ten billion that they should get this year is going to end up in russian coffers it's going to go towards repaying the applications which includes three billion dollars russian vons yeah and also for the gas price yeah and the ukraine is obliged to be paid three billion. dollars because the money was issued on the irish stock exchange in the form of euro bonds so they come. in they get graded as a defaulter of europe on and all their rates will go shooting up and make extra money difficult for them to borrow internationally which they're going to have to
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do talking about borrowing internationally do you think image wise say the damage has already been done in terms of ukraine paying back its bills. to ukraine i think as we go into it people are starting already you know this week to wake up to you know the really appalling state the economy is in. it's going to make their life very very difficult because as i say they're going to need to raise money elsewhere in order to get through this year next year and that's already going to be hard let's talk about austerity that if we're going to talk about hardship there are some pretty tough tasks ahead isn't there and creating cuts for wages pensioners gas increases. it's going to be tough right dude i mean you know the irony here is that the modern process is rushed into the arms of europe because they see that as a promise of a better life and in the long term i'm sure the you do is a better life because you know democracy and transparency and rule of law do lead
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to greater prosperity but in the short term it's actually going to be the other side of the european deal which you see in the last few years which is austerity protests wage cuts pension cuts comparisons with grace a lot it's growing exactly it's going to be greece is going to be cyprus and those populations are really struggling because the cost of getting the economy back into shape is extremely high and the people are going to pay for that are going to be the people not the i.m.f. yet believe it that there is one business. u.s. president barack obama him to get tough economic sanctions against russia this week including the energy sector there's also. in talk between the u.s. and e.u. about making europe less dependent on russian gas mr obama continue to warn that the isolation will deepen sanctions will increase that was his was this out discuss this threat with constantine same with the devil doretta the national energy
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security. what damage could energy sector sanctions have on russia. the most difficult problem for us he's financing the old. adage of projects yes in this case if united states. will try to press on investment banks and ask them not to give money and not to invest money is to be good the russian average a project yes a disposable. look have some difficulties but the russia has a very simple i'll do that if you go to china and do ask mine is in china and china is ready to pay for russian infrastructure projects we can remember for example is for project to the pipeline from eastern c.b.s. the pacific ocean china gave a huge. bay man before they begin the for oil supply to china so that is why
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china is the religion and the second problem can be technology because now russia strive to begin the production of shale oil will find conventional oil and the result form technology is it will be very difficult to implement this project it will be very difficult to stop the production of unconventional oil in russia let's talk about another threat than all the us they all talking about potentially becoming a gas exports and delivering to europe now can you tell me in your professional opinion how feasible how realistic is. i did the royal royal you know i think it will be. dangerous decision for united states to become the real exporter of ellen g. . because the situation is very simple not gas prices in the united states imperative have they extreme achieve them much cheaper than europe and of course so
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serious a cheaper than that on asian markets and if united states will really begin an expert of elegy it will see the increase in the gas prices inside united states it will be the end all for economical polisario for mr obama because mr obama is speaking about telling off of factories from asia to united states and the main argument is cheap gas because cheap gas means she put it through city eve there will be no cheap gas even there will be no she put it through such it there will be no economic growth inside united states so that is why i absolutely sure that that now we can hear a lot of political in which you waited to slogans serious elegy exit from united states but the main aim for united states in my opinion is not to struggle with the rush of the main aim is to keep sheep with gas and cheap electricity inside you not to say so that is why united states will not buy the su
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a six point zero for ellen g. us speaking about next decade i tape it what it was what it made for energy bills to europe that i said. you know if the united states will begin the next with a full in g. and these gas will be not for europe it will be a festival for asia and the reason is also very simple because now the gas price in the euro but not for elegy even for russian gas which is able to be more expensive is three hundred eighty four hundred dollars per on solving quickly the gas prices in tokyo for. always more than seven crowded dollars so that is why of course if united states will begin that's beautiful g. first of all this is not for europe it will be for asia and that is why it's a serious mistake for europeans do we. from united states constantine see thank you
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for your time today talking to us from a very sunny and all the windy mosque i thank you. times of corporate news now it's that time of year where people are thinking about but on the holidays let's start with ira thoughts. so ross is trying to care for us is now the second biggest airline in europe in terms of passenger volume according to. our forces almost twenty one million people around the globe in twenty thirty this is the second year in a row the russian carrier has made europe's top five and now the c.e.o. is aiming for a top five stalls for revenue. and process and to buy continues its call against still g.e. . for more losing their licenses this week so because i'm buying my mortgage invest bank and a good business so far twenty two banks have lost their licenses this year. part of this extensive knowledge to make russian buy small reliable now according to forbes
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the three most reliable banks in russia are all for a fifty five d a bank and hey just b.c. topping the list with russia is buying a v.c. to be grappling with gold and it's right. now let's join tim cabaye because i've been discussing the fight out until as i mentioned made it into the top five for the most trustworthy banks in russia now last week jim you put your money into bt didn't you have our remember rightly now let's just put this into context for the viewer is that every week you have your money whatever is left over from your original ten thousand u.s. dollars that you have three weeks ago you spawn the last week is b t b so what happened exactly last week we. gonna keep up the bike the only break in russia that will give me a home loan too bad i'm too broke to afford the down payment but if we need to be buried believes in me and i believe in them and they paid off increasing by thirty three percent in one week so we're at thirteen and a half thousand dollars that is
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a very good area now i'm going to spin the wheel i'm going to see who are going to invest in this week interestingly enough felt rushed trying to central bank has had a little war against bad and shady lenders is a reliable lender but the last far they've canceled twenty two licenses of other lenders and here we have dixie dixie just two weeks ago had awesome results what is dixie is russia's third largest retailer of food and because people always need food it is always reliable to bet on dixie and many. people are going to a actually i tell you the originated mix it is a caveat here because it was a kiddies choice and when i did read about us this is also a good test because two weeks ago it what way up yet and i happen know what exactly the magic of the wheel and the game date i'm looking for it's about when i did mention i was on a detox as well and spoke about takes a while and i die but i do i hope that's not the best of out so that one looking forward to seeing how it performs for a second time good luck on the next detox i take your chips all right tim cabaye
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catalogue and that's all we've got time paula thank you very much indeed for watching all three and always have a great bunch like. paying for the products with this label. guarantees better deals for the third world produces. again if this will produce or supply to. the business by the workers on it and i know my family and advocates better working conditions and high social standards we give them five euros a day. and it's not enough to satisfy us. yes all of the
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pull their weight said. rose a week when i asked the ball screw it and all he refuses my salary is only enough for my food and money for my family in haiti. fair trade behind the seats almost see. you should not have invaded iraq britain was responsible that as much as the united states knew it was wrong russia condemned it quite rightly but it's now violating international law in the same way wait a second excuse me where is the violation of international law when the president has already been established in the judgment has already been brought down in the international courts from the situation in kosovo from the situation in south sudan again you can't have it both ways you can't be the arbiter of international law one day and then the defender of international law the next manipulating it to your own advantage this is the policy of the united states and the western powers more
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generally and somehow they don't like it when another country with its power flexes its muscles in order to protect its own strategic interests this is an absolute absurdity. this is a media lead us so we need to be. part of the scene potion security for your party there's a goal to push use that no one is asking with the guests that you deserve answers from it's all on politics only on our team. it's aussie international live from moscow thank you for joining us the ripple effect of sectarian tensions in the middle east are being felt far outside of the region with residents of buckinghamshire in the u.k.
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witnessing the growing divide between local shia and sunni. festival. it has according to the u.k.'s most senior muslim politician become a deep and dangerous problem in britain but at first sight you wouldn't think islamic sectarianism would affect this quaint corner of buckinghamshire behind these gates is the alamo has seen mosque and its share in mom shake her b. has been accused of making deeply offensive remarks about a rival sony sect her baby even operate says very own u.k. licensed satellite t.v. channel from this location transmitting his views not just to this village but across the globe. if the baby is not born a sheer stick his finger. and he will become the start of. this
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mosque is just one example of the growing divisions between british muslims last summer a sunni cleric who has called for jihad in syria and who accuses shias of kidnapping cooking and skinning children was billed to speak at a conference at a mosque here in west london the shia and sunni muslims belong to two major denominations of islam roughly eighty percent of the u.k.'s three million muslims are sunni the remaining twenty percent shia sectarianism is one of the biggest threats facing the misson community in britain at the moment it's something that the community itself when you speak to them are increasingly concerned that it could take effect and tensions could be on the rise i owe it may be three thousand miles away but experts say the civil war in syria has made its mark on british muslims i think in the u.k. we have an issue with. a predominantly been backed into
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a corner because of the syria crisis that we've been part of the. the sunni majority has failed you know. in may two thousand and thirteen extremist preacher anjem choudary led the first muslim sectarian protest on british streets the march was staged supposedly in opposition to the syrian government and supportive syrian people but it became clear fairly on. how you know a second and that was in nature that they actually and the so. you believe that's just insane sectarian violence because it embrace the muslim council of britain a coalition of muslim organizations across the theological spectrum condemned the protest but satellite broadcasts of preachers from around the globe as well as the proliferation if you choose been twitter has meant that
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a dose of sectarian hatred is always just one click away more and more muslim mothers coming feedback to us in terms of the online hatred based online that their children are accessing they were three things that she is to make them dangerous there is monitoring the situation say it's time to recognize that just like in the middle east interest faith tensions do exist and it's important to tackle them before they start to bubble up. london. and the sensitive issue of human rights remain unspoken during president obama's visit to saudi arabia this week because he should washington's long time ali of its continued support among those allies this is the land of the free remains a rather death to the police of a former saudi diplomat who's facing execution after coming out as gay homosexual
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acts in saudi arabia can carry the death sentence among other serious offenses in the country posting criticism of the government on to. or other social networks earlier this month two saudis received lengthy prison sentences for doing just that while human rights watch has been sounding the alarm over the gulf kingdom the sunni monarchy has a zero tolerance policy on other faiths which are can mean jail time for non muslims and even sheet of believers once they are behind bars though they are likely to fall the feel the force of sharia law in saudi arabia enforces a rigid rules of conduct for women who are banned from traveling alone driving or even talking to male known relatives and the di or right situation is unlikely to change anytime soon that's according to an international law professor at georgetown university the saudis is not going to do it it's not. democratic country democratic institutions and whatever and the way do you plan on
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any kind of decision even. while you move peacefully i don't think the saudi. government is going to change overnight. to democracy i doubt this is going to happen and the close bond is being fed by billions of dollars worth of trade between washington and riyadh the u.s. sells huge amounts of arms to saudi arabia and a large share of america's oil imports come from the gulf kingdom explanation now with artie's and. we do apologize and technical glitches there will get to that later in the program for now though here on r.t. international let's get into the update three soldiers are being killed in a suicide car bombing at an army checkpoint near the syrian border an extremist
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sunni group has claimed responsibility for the attack tensions have been running high in the country with a string of sunni shia tit for tat attacks as the country is being polarized by the ongoing civil war in neighboring syria. several thousand people have been demonstrating in haiti calling for the resignation of the country's president protesters say michel martelly has not done enough to alleviate hunger since he took office back in twenty eleven this is the caribbean nation's biggest rally so far this year people are also complaining that both legislative and local elections are more than two years overdue. and weeks of nationwide protests in venezuela have claimed another two victims one man was killed in a blast when a homemade mortar blew up in his hands of a second died after being hit by a support. official say now at least thirty nine have died in the unrest thousands are on the streets rallying against president apparent inability to tackle high
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crime and economic problems. well after months of rioting and flaming barricades in ukraine's capital activists in kiev independent square seem to have turned to peace and have been literally putting down roots there. are reports. all right. and that's exactly what these people are doing standing up for their right to do whatever they want in this case plants vegetables. well that's what we decided to plan different vegetables here in this garden parsley garlic different kinds of green suited my down will continue for a while so this vegetable petrus will be helpful. for months on and these my down activists have substituted sticks for celery everyone needs food there's no doubt about it but what will their crops achieve our growth i think it's
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a nice project the garden stands for burgeoning for the future for better days to come so i think it's not a bad ideas. of course it's not bad if you're on the farm not in the center of kiev they already got what they were fighting for yet they are still there and are now getting more subtle than ever. going to. be if we're building a small church here where also planning to organize a dance floor we want a heavenly hundred to look down from there in feel joy seeing what we think about them here we've got plenty of plants we're not going to abandon this place and we will come over and look after it because it is our history. and thanks to them it will also contain parsley garlic and onions but people there don't seem to mind skip their work to hang out on the streets. which are if this cucumber plantation can offer at least a limited supply of food is a great way to go they can do whatever they want that's actually parts of the
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problem that no one knows what will spring up next meanwhile their country is sinking deeper and deeper into debt and what you should do with it hurts to witness our beautiful key of in this condition it's time to clear the mess but we're still facing trouble that won't go away so this standoff will continue for a long. time until power is taken by people who know how to resolve this political crisis. well while they wait so at least they know where they can go to get some food once the international monetary fund slashes their pensions and hikes up their bills marina call survivor artsy. or we have the world's top headlines for the past seven days coming your way in about three and a half minutes hope you can stay with us here on aussie international. markets consumer of the season i take it with me in the country is the federal government to simply say as property of the united states government. is the united
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states privilege and it was done public has to realize it can't just by. you know just throw it away this is a problem for instance belongs to the united states environmental protection agency and i found this on a dump site here this is are here is not a way to live and plan the producers of these little i have to should be able to collect these i believe the vision responsible for the products from cradle to grave. fatal to mexico comment of mental health problems will sell to america incorporated but also belongs to the washington metro area transit will polizzi the properties of a dentist aids page trend and trademark office. dramas that challenge be ignored. stories others the few who still
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notice. the faces changing the world right next. to the picture of. from around the globe. to me. cold war two point zero there are those who claim the manufactured crisis in ukraine is drawing new lines in defining new geopolitical realities others are dismissive they say the old cold war never really came to an end so is russia and the west are doomed to be had to say. good laboratory to mccurdy was to build a new most sophisticated robot which fortunately doesn't give a darn about anything tunes mission to teach music creation why it should care
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about humans and we're going this is why you should care only. i know c.n.n. the m s n b c news have taken some slight risk but the fact is i admire their commitment to cover all sides of the story just in case one of them happens to be. that was funny but it's close enough for the truth and might think. it's because when full attention in the mainstream media works side by side the joke is actually on we're going to be coming back. at our teen years we have a different right. because the news of the world just is not this funny i'm not laughing dammit i'm not how. he got us into the jokes well handled things that got.
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there's now no more. nato. announce a story. the week's top stories here on r.t. international unprecedented death sentences handed out this week in egypt to more than five hundred muslim brotherhood members being called by many the most severe ruling in the country's modern history. a youtube leak exposes tuckey's plans to justify an invasion of syria risking its nato allies being dragged into a full scale military conflict. right sector radicals besieged ukraine's parliament for two days trying to force the interim authorities to sock the interior minister it's off to one of their notorious leaders was killed in a police sting. meanwhile for uk obama says russia's reunification with crimea is worse than america's invasion of iraq the us leader.

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