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about humans and this. is why you should care only. as nato turns sixty five we look at how the alliance is recent operations fit into its defense mission and ask whether the crisis in ukraine is being used to pave the way to further expansion. of presidential elections looming afghanistan shattered economy faces an uphill struggle against rampant corruption that swallowing the vast majority of foreign aid and the i.m.f. warns that the economic troubles for crisis hit be crain with skyrocketing prices and harsh austerity policies. it's good to have you company you're watching r.t. international. exactly sixty five years since the world's largest military alliance
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was formed for decades nato was the western world's joints defense against a cold war enemy but with those days long gone are its mission and huge budgets still justified and says the chalk and finds are. nato just a dozen countries set it up in one nine hundred forty nine as a defense mechanism against the soviet union but. fast forward sixty five years the north atlantic treaty organization is a military alliance of twenty eight members and counting it's pretty clear a violation. of the agreement that was made between the united states the. former soviet leader mikhail gorbachev in one nine hundred ninety. seven at the time that nato promised not to go not to even go into east germany much less any further east germany the u.s. has more than violated that agreement combined nato members account for
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a lion's share of the world's military spending since then in the last sixty five years nato has done one good thing what is it done for starters there's the war in afghanistan that's seen the u.s. conduct the longest running warnitz only history the only clear result so far is that the country is in a mess. the nine hundred ninety nine bombings of yugoslavia hundreds of civilians dead and injured including children all under the auspices of a humanitarian mission headed by the united states fundamentally illegitimate unjust and essentially immoral. in two thousand and three the devastating invasion of iraq spearheaded by the u.s. and its faithful ally britain q.e. years of insurgency and the skyrocketing number of deaths through terror attacks. in two thousand and eleven the libyan campaign that turned a no fly zone operation into full scale military support for the rebel forces if you look at nato its role there is so far from its professed role of
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providing security to its members they just as nothing it is nothing to do with that at all there was basically an aggressive action against another country the alliances stated objective as collective defense. every country agrees the attack on one is an attack on all the others like mountain climbers where they're all attached to one another and form falls they all fall well that's the deal on paper in reality not a single nato member has ever been attacked by another country the us bankrolls the alliance paying over seventy percent of its budget and urging reluctant european members to stump up their fair share the united states use of nato is just to expand its own power as you know world empire even though that term is passe the only protection against international law for nato is the fact that its principle including organization is the united states and the pentagon and because of its vast economic and political power it shields itself from criminal culpability
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otherwise nato generals would be in the hague in front of the international criminal court facing charges the organization marks its anniversary amidst ongoing questions about the need for its existence its initial enemy gone its mission redundant sixty five years since nato is inception the world has changed and is increasingly moving towards multilateralism but nato spearheaded by the us refuses to accept the new geopolitical realities of the modern day continuing to flex its muscles and to try to spread its wings further and r.t. washington d.c. some analysts claim nato has become merely a branch of u.s. foreign policy with washington's economic interests ultimately determining the course the alliance takes i am all for international law i think we badly need it if we want to live in a world of peaceful coexistence but the question is what is left of international law after sixty five years of interventions dozens of interventions of the internal
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affairs of other countries. and of a series of illegal wars what united states needs is a world where its national corporations have privileged access to the world's markets rather than couple exports. there is also. control of the world's energy resources and raw materials. war and the threat of war has always been one of the means true which the united states. secured this access to markets resources and nato has always been one of the tools. of this policy so let's have a look at how much money is being poured into the alliance despite limited cuts in recent years nato defense spending accounts for more than half of the global total at over a trillion dollars far outstrips though those of the powers most often portrayed as
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potential threats russia's and your defense budget is a mere ninety billion dollars and recently washington has been urging european allies to further increase their contributions warning their security is at stake. well nato has been using the ongoing crisis in ukraine as a justification for those warnings beefing up its forces close to russia's borders the lines also phrase times with russia in the wake of its reunification with crimea and that's bloats key areas of security cooperation as artie's gani explains the referendum in crimea and its subsequent becoming part of russia has opened a floodgate of fear mongering russia nato several rounds of post cold war expansion did not make much sense to a lot of people especially given how much tension it added to relations with russia which saw the military alliance coming closer and closer to its borders this week secretary of state john kerry delivered a speech celebrating post soviet nato enlargement talking about what
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a success it has been so in light of all this the u.s. is beefing up its presence in sea europe sending fighter jets to the baltic states a warship to the black sea and planning new war games near russian borders the ukrainian parliament has approved a series of joint military exercises with nato countries held exercises with nato before but there is indication that they may expand moscow says it has no intention to invade anyone but that does little to assuage western rhetoric and the united states will try as it has in the past to persuade its members to spend more on the military investment i just don't think that's going to happen and the reason i don't think it's going to happen is that they are in poor economic shape they can only invest in military power at the expense of their welfare state and i don't see much evidence for anyone's willingness to do that at this point the u.s. and nato officials are using that tension with russia to bolster the alliance but at the same time they don't want the rhetoric to get in the way of the benefits
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that they've been getting from russia like cooperation on afghanistan russia had for years provided transit for nato's afghanistan bound cargo and just on the heels of that the announcement that nato is suspending ties with my. nato chief said they are still expecting russia to cooperate on afghanistan so confusing statements like that should not come of this prize when dado on its key member of the us is trying to all benefits that a crisis can offer. and we will continue our special coverage of nato sixty fifth anniversary with more expert analysis and opinion coming your way later in the program.
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two female western journalists have been attacked inside a police building in afghanistan a gunman in a police uniform opened fire killing a german woman and injuring her colleague from canada this comes a day before the presidential election there but the country facing an economic and security breakdown as r.t.c. caffein off reports. that the parts of afghanistan work on the feelings of dollars for the kabul markets and that illegally a major drug trafficking routes that and the country should make up some just like the money coming from the old way or the county money as the country counts down to economic collapse and the overthrow of the tall a bomb that billions of foreign dollars people rushing in the street that financial support costs let's look at it will grow lights while the on an economy that average rate of one on percent one of the fastest in the world but much of the
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economy has been built around the war which for foreign troops will still be over and of course that taken a toll on this is here some have already been forced to shut down there may be a shortage that's first and afghanistan but there is no shortage i can show off what the economy is the insurgency tax revenue is tiny the government will be a force to pay for its forces and there's hardly any money actually the biggest exports still opium more than a decade of easy money has made afghanistan almost entirely dependent on me the fear is that one of my fellow money stops a severe recession will almost certainly follow the many challenges facing up down this. that. may be one of the largest reporting in kabul for art. and as afghans i head to the polling stations tomorrow we will bring you the last of our reports on the challenges facing the country and you can also log on to our web site at r.t. dot com to watch the earlier installments on afghanistan's heroin production
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financial waste and security risks the people of afghanistan head to the polls for the birth. of the taleban will the world pave the way for the other democratic our. party. the international monetary fund has warned that the economic crisis in ukraine could have severe consequences if swift action isn't taken care of is now being pressured by creditors to make deep budget cuts in exchange for the first tranche of a promised rescue package of up to eighteen billion dollars we're i went through the details of this with the katie pilbeam host of venture capital the chief of the army for sending out a tough message was it wasn't she jack about the global economy it was indeed she
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spoke about those broader us over implications on the global economy she referred to the up to eighteen billion dollars that the i.m.f. is going to have but she did make it adamantly clear that kiev is far from its goal i am most money does not come free i am worth the i.m.f. loans financing to countries provided that countries do for themselves what they need to do to restore the economy to be able to finance themselves without our support. so that cash comes at a cost what does ukraine have to do to get it and do it well i'd say suffer actually the ousted president viktor yanukovych he did not take an i.m.f. loan back in august it was rejected because he said that the implications would be too severe on the economy and that exactly some six months later what kiev is going to have to have a look at some of those cuts specifically events we're going to have medication
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cost ten percent gas some fifty percent in prices as well as fuel up fifty percent to an inflation set to reach around fourteen percent also a cut in wages pensions more income taxes that people have got to look forward to ukraine here look forward to most figures are daunting and indeed they are going to really suffer and that's because the economy as well as these cars is going to contract some three percent this year now christine lagarde she also mentioned a three billion dollars that was loaned by moscow last year last november time and so that that money has helped keep the economy afloat so far because at that time it really was on the brink of bankruptcy and also the gas discounts to as she referred to this money as a lifeline that was provided by russia at the time you say at the time how are things looking at the moment at the moment as i say we're looking at a contraction of some three percent i mentioned the inflation as well fourteen percent that means prices in general around the country are going to be going up so
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people are going to feel it when they go to the tell as well as that we've got farmers eight to nine year low at the moment and that basically means that the treasury is empty there's no money left when i mention the cars as well because i see huge pressures loss around a fifth of its value so far this year now we know that the two they're going to be offering some fifteen billion dollars but there's been a bit of resentment felt from e.u. citizens because we've got to remember ukraine isn't actually in the e.u. . running a little thousand i think that mean you has made a wrong move by giving this money to us there are many countries that desperately need help deserve this money because they belong to the e.u. and pay taxes here. definitely but i think that it would be better if you had given this money to support groups then maybe we would have a chance to escape the crisis also for some sort of ourselves of course there is no one in greece who hasn't been affected by the crazies who would show up with insecurity due to cut offs and
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a lack of social care little bit so as you can have their resentment felt in the you and these cuts are bound to be unpopular within ukraine when that felt by the people in addition to that money washington has prepared a one billion dollars aid package of its own for ukraine but former us presidential candidate ron paul told us that ordinary citizens are unlikely to gain from this money. now it's wasted money and it's not the rich in this country that pay these bills i mean they just voted the congress voted you know a billion dollars which is just the beginning of their line of credit and their guaranteed loans going to ukraine nato is promising eight hundred billion dollars we're the biggest donors. i am after the i.m.f. we're the biggest donors but the rich don't pay for that because if we send money to ukraine the bankers are going to be bailed out even russia may get some benefit from this too ironically as you know we send more money to bail out ukraine money
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is owed to russia as well they have to pay they have to pay for their gas so it may be an irony that russia may benefit but otoh mentally the people of ukraine are not going to benefit they're going to have to be the they have to suffer from the austerity program and the people of america won't benefit even if it's not direct taxation the average person is going to suffer from the inflation i'm giving the political opinion what i think our government should do. and that is this to stay out of it because we've been way too much and i think the evidence is very clear that the europeans and the americans are very much involved in the the over overthrow of the elected government ukraine. still to come in the program a new leak reveals the u.s. has been funding a twisted like social network. to encourage dissenting groups and weaken the government in. one of russia's.
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natural treasures. the story in a couple of. stop . here for the journalists politicians and public figures from east. all right you scream from tradition abuse the quest for compromises and possibility of world affairs your resume easier for people twenty fourth or twenty stop if you are in the really my real age and then you have the kind of which are you have for sure. people think we do not die people are being hunting. we are being isolated because of.
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hello again and unique has revealed a program secretly funded by washington to create a twitter like service for cuba the alleged goal of the project called zooms in euro is to stir up public opposition to the cash for a regime the us state department has admitted to this scheme but says the aims were purely democratic we believe that the cuban people need platforms like this to use
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themselves to decide what their future will look like so this program was specific to cuba other places around the world that we do democracy promotion different ways well that was marie harf from the u.s. state department but despite assurances from washington political analyst andrew craig believes this creates a worrying precedent. it's a considerable embarrassment for the united states policies personnel both on staff and private contractors it's obviously aimed at cuba but part of the embarrassment of the revelations of this policy is that. the same techniques can only easily be understood as being used possibly or probably in other environments and so let's just think what they might be ukraine. iran syria.
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really there's just so host of situations historically and currently where. people are going to wonder whether these techniques are not being used. recently right now while the so-called cuban twitter service is estimated to have cost u.s. taxpayers over one and a half million dollars but was it worth it when you can find out in today's breaking the set with abby martin. well it's absurd that a cold war era grudge means that u.s. taxpayers are still funding efforts to overthrow the cuban government not to mention that the u.s. and israel are the only two countries that continually vote to uphold and go against cuba because apparently even fifty three years in the bay of pigs this small island nation filled with taliban as it is an enormous threat to american
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security. is breaking this s. a little later on investigative reporters in the u.k. raising the alarm over an obscure law that allows people to be convicted for crimes they were directly involved in that means that if a gang raids a store or commit some the all members can face equal punishment even those who would present at the time. you know neal takes a close in could have the principles of joint enterprise works normally when we come across three hundred year old laws it's frequently while reading a humorous newspaper or magazine article but the u.k.'s joint enterprise common law is something altogether more serious a law includes the controversial premise that a person or persons can be charged with homicide despite not having delivered the fatal blow or been the scene of the crime critics say that the. leaves people open
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to the true crime reenactment rather than hard evidence between two thousand five hundred thirty some four and a half thousand people were prosecuted through it while those behind the report say the findings could and should signal a change in british legal policy since it means the so-called secondary party secondly the people with second deniability are getting the same sentences as the people who did the murder very much plays into the hands of the politicians who want us to feel that they are looking after our interests they are making the streets safer for us but the answer isn't to assuage the grief. of the victim's family by locking up everyone that was around their loved one as he or she was killed the facts are these since two thousand and five one in five legal cases have been prosecuted using a three centuries old legal doctrine really the question is does that statistic in
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itself need to be put forward before a judge and jury for archie in london i mean you know neal on our website right now we're reporting on growing evidence of links between syrian opposition fighters and terrorists in a western backed rebel group admits that he's been fighting alongside al qaida and an extremist group within the british m.p. warns that neo nazi parties could destroy the union if their popularity continues to rise we've got these stories plus plenty more because. it's the world's oldest like it twenty five million years but the debt so great that much of it remains unexplored by cat is the next stop on a siberian truffles. next on the invented trail the pearl of siberia lake baikal. leaves you high and dry
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i'll be sure there are a lot of you. if you. was one of a mother nature still wonders twenty percent of the world's fresh is water lies a beneath this unfathomable majestic lake baikal one meter of ice and just underneath it six in a hundred meters of fresh water to say that mother nature and the ice queen were not dancing for us that would be an understatement lay by call is the world's oldest and deepest lake it's a unesco world heritage site and has been very to as one of the seven wonders of russia and it's easy to see why the lake is vast stretching man for what seems an eternity in winter it freezes over completely creating a surface as tough as heavy due to safety glass. i think the biggest mystery
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is the lake itself because it's biodiversity makes it unique by color is the blue well of the earth so again a x. as a caretaker of the leg through by calls museum of limnology a must biz it before any new comma. lake baikal is over twenty five million years old and in that twenty five million years or so since selfless pieces of plants as well as animals just over three thousand five hundred of them now out of those numbers two thousand six hundred on native born white here and in the lake baikal it's museums like this that help us understand what lies beneath this great lake. the extraordinary creatures found in the lake when the inspiration for the site fire horror classic alien and later director james cameron came here to form the
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scientific detail for titanic and avatar despite its remoteness there's plenty going on here with families enjoying the league's beauty so this is the best kind of from extension for me because you can swim cheer go cycling go skating you name it. what started out as a date to find out what lake baikal has to offer turned out to be a day of finding out what this the great prince of legs has to offer spiritually to young and old and as a stand out hero while the sun sets the beauty and the magic of the prince of lakes shines tavern would say on lake baikal in siberia far too. i had a documentary on the lives of albion eight children living in. exactly
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sixty years ago according to the guardian the soviet union actually tried to join nato to create an allied air of peace and a post world war two world and what answer did they get nato said the offer was unrealistic and not worth discussing one year later the warsaw pact was born and the cold war started decades later nothing has changed nato continues to expand despite breaking agreements not to expand which surrounds russia and china with bases all offers from russia to jointly run the missile shield that nato is setting up in europe are totally ignored hillary clinton may have given russia a nice reset button but the state department that she used to head continues to funnel a lot of money for democracy development and regime change into the former soviet union ukraine got five billion alone as revealed by assistant secretary of state nuland in her own speech these sorts of things have pushed russia to form the shanghai cooperation organization with china which is basically warsaw pact round
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two yeah history is repeating itself but don't let the mainstream media hype about russian aggression or unwillingness to cooperate for you history shows who the aggressive uncooperative one really is but fascist my opinion. is going to stay at the polls for the. columbine killers. coach paved the way for the rest of our democratic friends for our.
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party's national let me. put. on your you know in my on. my story with you know what. i remember when i was bawling. my ma that was the community members who poisoned. you all in the village like my real age and then you have the kind of which are you have so sure. you'll come to suffer.
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to be born with his him in tanzania is friday. because. people think we do not to die. people being hunted to young people being chopped up all by the pots. we are being the isolation today because all the skinny. people used to call it was as it was it which means. they get. a clue. sometimes i'm scared to go there it's still very scary to go.
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to blue is paralyzed with anxiety every time she has to leave her school campus as it instantly takes her back to an event that happened three years ago. i was walking with my sister when a car stopped beside us and a man stared at me through the window then two days before they attack another man came to our house and asked for some water my parents gave him water and asked where he was from but he didn't reply he didn't look like one of the locals but he didn't say anything three days later three men broke into our house the first who was the one who'd stared at me from the car the second was the one who'd come for water and i didn't recognize the start it was about nine thirty they knocked but my mother didn't answer the door so they kicked it down and told her not to scream they were looking for money and mum suggested that they take the bicycle they just left after that their tax me and cut off my hand one of them brought gasoline over
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and told mom to cauterize the wound. on the. home. to build his attack may actually have been shorter a better future than most i'll be in no africans after that act of violence kabbalist parents sent to a special camp for albion no children where international aid organizations helped her to move on to a prestigious school by tanzania instead it's a time that ends next year. joseph toner and his colleagues are on a long country drive from tanzania as largest city to lake victoria the region whether a mini l.b.o. communities when i was born there himself does that because i needed to try and do
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you know say. you know because of the situation because of this situation crumbling sometimes it's very nice. they meet their first you know in search of help before even leaving the city in the suburbs they meet a teenager who's begging for money from passing drivers stuck in daraa salaams never ending traffic jams why are you here don't you know how bad it is for you to stand out in the sun for such a long time i know but i'm alone and need money to live. many people. and they're being disconnected from. and sometimes you can see when this guy when he was begging.
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every day at school is the same for the l.b.o. children they wake up early eat breakfast go for lessons and have lunch and dinner one of the three campus gods will be sure to lock the gates at six every evening there are one hundred students in this boarding school four with similar backgrounds they were all born in what's come to be known as the lakes a rule area in northern tanzania close to the majestic lake victoria all were born with albinism the condition characterized by the total absence of the skin pigment melanin that's why these people have such pale skin and tend to have paul vision. it's really astonishing for the people around here generally don't talk about it at all much but i can't stop wondering i keep asking why does it happen i mean most of the parents whose. the children here don't usually come back again either not even to visit check that everything is fine with their kids there's an old superstition here about having one and i'll be no child living in your house i think it's
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a curse that is what i'd like to be honest a lot of people who believe that sending their child to a school will lift this curse something. you said or that ever that you know you got to go call me up i wanna. son is sixteen years old he's one of the oldest students here at the special camp for albion no children. yet it has. my name is the son. i'm from. i've been living here as a refugee since two thousand and nine because it's the only place where i can be safe. i got here doing a rise in the persecution of people things are really dangerous my parents found out about this into from the media you know and they decided to send me to this
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camp. if. i was a sound finished elementary school long ago and should have left this educational institution but somehow the teenager persuaded the authorities to allow him to stay and now he works every day as an assistant to a primary school teacher. who was orphaned last year has no illusions about what he could expect beyond the protected boundary of the camp have to cuba my parents saw that their baby was now they're completely shocked when i asked the doctors what was wrong with me they just wanted to figure it out. one of the doctors in the hospital explained that this is a normal condition actually. my mother loved me a lot you know and when i went to school i caused a lot of trouble or a lot of problems for her. because my classmates are really frightened of me they're too scared even to touch me. they said that if they touched me i'd just
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start bleeding or maybe even just disappear completely. doesn't it has a high l.b. you know population only around one in twenty thousand babies is usually born with this rare pigment deficiency but in east africa it's eight times the number of people born with militant abnormality is estimated at one hundred fifty to two hundred thousand in the more remote regions of tanzania a white skin child represents a stigma on the whole family and on top of that low education levels still mean that superstitious villages associate al beano people with an almost medieval variety. irrational fears. will be born in your freak out if your hardware different. in the africa special a while. and you are there for the fall of the ones those. block
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rudy is one. of many people didn't understand where about the news people for what it's idea because sometimes people thought oh i'm a mess of human beings. i was. a. little. polkinghorne. the start of the twenty first century is so widespread breakout in l.b. no hunting according to official information dozens of white skin victims were reported killed every year but the real number is likely to be much higher considering that many of the attacks were never reported to all recorded by the police the victimization always followed the same person.
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so tell me how did it happen. the it was about eight thirty in the evening on july twenty sixth two thousand and nine the dogs outside the house started barking when i was putting my daughter to bed at eight forty someone started knocking down the door when you three men broke in and grabbed my husband they were carrying two machetes and an axe they told me not to scream or they'd kill me then the minute he started chopping my husband into pieces right there in front of me one of them cut off his ear another cut of his leg it was as if they weren't butchering a cow one of the kids started screaming and a man yelled shut your child up i will kill you all the neighbors who. everything but no one came to help everybody was just too scary. gruesome death to raise five children on her she left her house and settled for a mud hut a year ago the police called a criminal investigation had found the man suspected of her husband's murder. three
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of them during the court hearing the explains that. had instructed them to deliver . this if. this is. for five years at the boarding school for africans his whole world is within the campus everything he fits easily into this. today his regular unsettled daily routine has been disrupted. we have in these. again.
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but. so we have. been. shocked by the way being murdered in the two thousand. insist that situation the government had to step up and number camps where these children would be taken carol and beasts just santa is one of such thing as with a population over a boat two hundred forty eight should bring week that would be nice and. what do we are missing molly is inclusion and value for you send me to that them today as rigid that is the next exclusion because what i would like to leave like other people the way how they live in the community but we are missing we are you know if you see that the children with albinism on the cam surreality o'connell to believe
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is the unbelievable story but is true story. this immediately though so we believe that maybe. by the seat cushions she threw in the play you party years ago. where shoes that no one is asking with the guests that you deserve answers from it's all politic only on r t. lead slaves and try to play play play polo going to make new. life for the story
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live. the lead live. live. cross talk rules in effect that means you can jump in anytime you want. to lead. perhaps . you know. nine aim is just. not nova who do you think. looking well i'm white and he's black
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but i'm a human being just like you your ghost doesn't give me a ghost yeah you're toast. and does that feel like the hand of a good. josaphat is visibly upset he had hopes that in his home village people would be more tolerant and better informed but he soon learns that the attitudes of modern schoolchildren towards l.b.o. children have barely changed from the superstitious stereotyping josaphat had to endure as a child. this is their school where. i go now where. i started from standard one with standard to say even when i was here i was alone many children. didn't know what is the i've been so sometimes i wanted to play with. bots or read their own.
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because they were told. you know. see across. this is where i live it's my corner do you want to see where i sleep a tiny two square meter spot of land in the open air is what fifty year old sayed calls home for three years he's been forced to live with his sister and at her expense because he can no longer find work so huge has become virtually disabled simply by the color of his skin but it was in two thousand and ten i was collecting dry branches from the forest when two massai men came up and asked if i had any tobacco i did have some with me and when i bent down to pick up my tobacco they hit me on the back of my head with a stick they hit me three times two strikes to the back of my head and then they
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punched me in the face i was knocked out and when i came round i saw that my left hand was gone. saeed's attackers were never found his severed left hand was. traded on the thriving underground market will be no body parts a highly valued by local witch doctors. people well and. you're becoming rich. people without. that.
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intends any a witch doctors or traditional halos are endowed with enormous power and authority people will turn to them for all kinds of everyday advice no one will ever know which first suggested that making a potion with an l b in those bones could kill or any disease make someone rich or ensure good fortune but the barbaric practice spread rapidly throughout the lakes and in the twenty first century. during their travels joseph s. and his colleagues had the rare opportunity to talk to mrs juma one of the region's most powerful and influential witchdoctor as. his body is said to be possessed by the spirits of handel departed grandmother whenever she falls into a trance and so here she claims to be speaking on behalf of a grandmother. oh
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. well how low you want these witch doctors a liar is of course i know that there are a few of them who do indeed say bring me and i'll be knows how to do and i'll be nosier now make you rich but this is not magic this is just fraud. but i never told any of them to do so they made it out themselves now they make money out of it. personally i only use traditional magic and for our craft we never use methods like that. i'm. a girl used to live in this house she was just two years old when she died of malaria undertakers at the local cemetery refused to bury her there because they
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were scared that if anyone raided her grave they'd be held to blame and so the parents had to bury her inside their home when asked they just said that they don't bury their daughter a long time ago and wouldn't say where that was because shortly before this in the neighboring village and grave was dug and the body was dismembered. yousif also lived in a small village for several years he remained in constant fear. beano was mutilated in my village and had his leg cut off i was really scared for my own protection my family decided that i should sleep under grand bed at night instead of my own bed it was awful i always carried a machete with me but i didn't really have any problems.
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joanie is by local standards an independent and wealthy man he has a big house a substantial family and a lot of cattle john is used to being self-reliant and when he heard rumors that the locals were hunting albinos he was ready to protect his own white skinned children. and. i was prepared to defend my children with the help of this. in two thousand and seven when lucas was still a little strange man visited the neighbors and asked about a white child and where he was living but they didn't tell him anything. you want to wait and never came back but i was so terrified so worried that i used to keep my spear a machete at my side at all times. in addition to the head hunters and witch doctors also face another eternal enemy the sun.
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because of the lack of pigmentation diskin has no protection from harmful ultraviolet light. statistically eighty five percent of l.b. in those will die before reaching the age of forty. most willful fix them to skin cancer. for me the disease started a few months ago first it was no more than a small tumor a bit like a mole i barely even noticed it at first and then it started growing really fast and now as you can see it's turned into this lump i went to see the local doctors and. they only said it was some kind of inflammation it was only a few months after that that they finally told me that i needed to come here but i didn't have any money to pay for travel i got here two days ago.
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this hospital was the only clinic in the whole country able to use modern methods to treat skin cancer. chemotherapy the treatment is free but relatively few will be those can make the journey. they come on a. six month. after dinner plans to venture outside the camp he has a little money after some generous visitors have been to see him he wants to spend it at the local market his shopping list includes a new key ring. just a united t. shirt his favorite football team.
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until evening. sets will study english. in the. hopes that knowledge will be useful because sooner or later he knows he'll have to leave. as he drifts off to sleep his dreams are just the same as many other african children one day a son wants to be rich. yet i can't imagine what my future will be like when i leave the camp but i would very much like to become a businessman. i need some money for this but i'm an orphan and unfortunately i'm not a very good terms with my other relatives. because of the color of my skin i have nowhere to go. but that's not likely to work out. to
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billow will finish school in a year and has to make an important life decision. dreams are not the same as her son's she doesn't want riches she dreams of justice. i want to be a lawyer and help other people like me other i'll be honest to protect them. the three men who attacked the bullet and severed her arm arrested. she saw them in court and now says she's forgiven them. i was sitting directly opposite them and they didn't say a thing i also kept my silence i know that they only did what they did to escape poverty only wanted was some money i looked at them and i felt sorry for them.
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big question we minimize we need to move this very as the weeks now we have first means of disconnection. the community we're a group to support people we've been is in the education field but if not the education for sure these groups treated behind of the. joseph versus returns to doris to his long trip through the legs he plans to go back to the north again after a while he sees educating people and giving lectures as his mission in life and never tires of repeating the same facts over and again. ok.
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states number to mention it was going to public has to realize they can just buy and then. just throw it away this is a problem for instance belongs to the united states a moment of protection agency i found on a dump site here this year is not always alone on my producers of these lives when i have to should be able to collect these though i believe the vision responsible for the approval from cradle to grave. fatal for mexico comment of mental health property will sell to murder incorporated it also belongs to the washington metro area transit authority properties will be devastates pay trend and trademark office. well come to lunch on siberian. what are the places you never go to.
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as nato turn sixty five we'll look at how the alliances recent operations fit into its defense mission and ask whether the crisis in ukraine is being used to pave the way for further expansion. of presidential elections looming afghanistan's shanta economy faces an uphill struggle against rampant corruption swallowing the vast majority of foreign aid. the i.m.f. warns of further economic troubles for prices ukraine with skyrocketing prices and harsh austerity policies.
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well welcome my name's neil harvey and you are watching international. first up this hour it's exactly sixty five years since the world's largest military alliance was formed for decades nato was the western world's joint defense against the will cold war enemy but with those days long gone and are its mission and its huge budget still justified and stitcher can find out. nato just a dozen countries set it up in one nine hundred forty nine as a defense mechanism against the soviet union. fast forward sixty five years the north atlantic treaty organization is a military alliance of twenty eight members and counting it's pretty clear a violation of an agreement that was made between the united states and the former soviet leader mikhail gorbachev in one nine hundred ninety. seven at the time that nato promised not to go not to even go into east germany much less any
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further east than germany the u.s. has more than violated that agreement combined nato members account for a lion's share of the world's military spending since then in the last sixty five years nato has done not one good thing what is that done for starters there's the war in afghanistan that's seen the u.s. conduct the longest running warn its own history the only clear result so far is that the country is in a mess. the nine hundred ninety nine bombings of yugoslavia hundreds of civilians dead and injured including children all under the auspices of a humanitarian mission headed by the united states fundamentally illegitimate unjust and essentially immoral. in two thousand and three the devastating invasion of iraq spearheaded by the u.s. and its faithful ally britain few years of insurgency and the skyrocketing number of deaths through terror attacks. in two thousand and eleven the libyan
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campaign that turned a no fly zone operation into full scale military support for the rebel forces if you look at nato his role there is so far from its professed role of providing security to its member states just as nothing it is nothing to do with that at all there was basically an aggressive action against another country the alliances stated objective as collective defense. every country agrees that one is an attack on all the others like mountain climbers where they're all attached to one another in the form falls they all fall well that's the deal on paper in reality not a single nato member has ever been attacked by another country the us bankrolls the alliance paying over seventy percent of its budget and urging reluctant european members to stump up their fair share the united states use of nato is just to expand its own power as you know world empire even though that term is passe the only protection against international law for nato is the fact that its principle
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including organization is the united states in the pentagon and because of its vast economic and political power it shields itself from criminal culpability otherwise nato nato generals would be in the hague in front of the international criminal court facing charges the organization marks its anniversary amidst ongoing questions about the need for its existence its initial enemy gone its mission redundant sixty five years since nato is inception the world has changed and is increasingly moving towards multi-lateralism but nato spearheaded by the us refuses to accept the new geopolitical realities of the modern day continuing to flex its muscles and to try to spread its wings further and r.t. washington d.c. meanwhile some analysts claim that nato has become merely a branch of u.s. foreign policy with washington's economic interests old timidly determining the course the alliance takes. i am all for international law i think we badly need it
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if we want to live in a world of peaceful coexistence but the question is what is left of international law after sixty five years of interventions dozens of interventions of the internal affairs of other countries. another series of illegal wars what united states needs is a worlds where its multinational corporations have privileged access to the world's markets for their products and capital exports and of course also control of the world's energy resources and wrong with cereals and war and the threat of war has always been one of the means true which the united states. secured this access to markets and resources and nato has always been one of the tools. of this policy. ok time now to take a look at just how much money is poor into the alliance despite limited cuts in
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recent years nato defense spending accounts for more than half of the global total at more than a trillion dollars it far outstrips those of the powers most often portrayed as potential threats russia's annual defense budget well it's big but it's dwarfed by comparison a mere ninety billion dollars and recently washington has been urging european allies to further increase their contributions warning that their security is at stake. now nato has been using the ongoing crisis in ukraine is a just occasion for those warnings beefing up its forces close to russia's borders the alliance also froze ties with russia in the wake of its reunification with crimea and that has blocked key areas of security cooperation that is garniture can expect. the referendum in crimea and its subsequent becoming part of russia has opened a floodgate of fear mongering nato several rounds of post cold war expansion did
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not make much sense to a lot of people especially given how much attention it added to relations with russia which saw the military alliance coming closer and closer to its borders this week secretary of state john kerry delivered a speech celebrating post soviet nato enlargement talking about what a success it has been so in light of all this the u.s. is beefing up its presence in sea europe sending fighter jets to the baltic states a warship to the black sea and planning new war games near russian borders the ukrainian parliament has approved a series of joint military exercises with nato countries held exercises with nato before but there is indication that they may expand moscow says it has no intention to invade anyone but that does little to assuage western rhetoric and the united states will try as it has in the past to persuade its members to spend more on the military investment i just don't think that's going to happen and the reason i don't think it's going to happen is that they are in poor economic shape they can
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only invest in military power at the expense of their welfare state and i don't see much evidence for anyone's willingness to do that at this point the u.s. and nato officials are using that pension with russia to bolster the alliance but at the same time they don't want the rhetoric to get in the way of the benefits that they've been getting from russia like cooperation on afghanistan russia had for years provided transit for nato's afghanistan bound cargo and just on the heels of that the announcement that nato is suspending ties with moscow nato chief said there are still expecting russia to cooperate on afghanistan so confusing statements like that should not come as a surprise when bedo on its key member of the u.s. is trying to rip all benefits that a crisis can offer. and we will continue our special coverage of nato sixty fifth anniversary with more expert analysis and opinion that's coming your way later in the program.
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next two female western reporters have been attacked inside a police building in afghanistan an officer opened fire killing a german photojournalist and injuring her colleague from canada he then reportedly surrendered to the authorities this comes a day before the presidential election with the country facing an economic and security breakdown of artie's lucy catherine off reports. parts of again for billions of dollars to the local markets some of it legally a major drug trafficking in russia and the country were. absent just like the one coming. your. county money as the country town economic collapse and the overthrow of the tall upon billions of foreign dollars rushing in. that financial
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support let's look at the. well the an economy that an average rate of one to nine percent one of us in the world but much of the economy has been built around more foreign troops will soon be over of course that's taken its toll and this is your son has already been forced to shut down there may be a shortage of that are sent to an extent but there is no shortage of off work this week on the insurgency revenue is tiny the government nearly a quarter or worse and there's hardly any manufacturing the biggest exports still opium what in that decade you might be up to ten almost entirely dependent on me here is that one of my flow money stops a severe recession will almost certainly follow the many challenges facing the president the economy maybe one of the largest reporting in kabul for us.
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as afghans head to the polling stations tomorrow we'll bring you the last of our reports on the challenges facing the country and you can log on to our web site us altie dot com to watch the earlier installment starts on afghanistan's heroin production financial waste and security risks. and ukraine isn't the only country where washington is being accused of interference coming up in the program we'll report on social networks in cuba. you know it was created by the u.s. the aim allegedly is to encourage dissent to groups and weaken the castro government. this is the media leave us so we leave the media. bush and secure. all of the physical. issues that no one is asking with to get that you deserve answers from.
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welcome back you're watching r t next the international monetary fund has warned that the economic crisis in ukraine could have severe consequences if swift action isn't taken care of is now being pressured by creditors to make deep budget cuts in exchange for the first trial i'm sure they promised rescue package up to eighteen billion dollars earlier today i went through the details with katie pilbeam host of venture capital. the chief of the army for sending out a tough message was it wasn't she jack about the global economy it was indeed she spoke about those broader us bill over invocations on the global economy she referred to the up to eighteen billion dollars that the i.m.f. is going to loan but she did make it adamantly clear that kiev is far from its goal i am with money does not come free imo if the i.m.f. loans financing to countries provided that countries do for themselves what they
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need to do to restore the economy to be able to finance themselves without our support. so that cash comes at a cost so what does ukraine have to do to get it indeed light. of the ousted president viktor yanukovych which he did not take an i.m.f. loan back in august it was rejected because he said that the implications would be too severe on the economy and that exactly some six months later what is going to have to have a look at some of those cuts specifically events we're going to have medication cost ten percent gas some fifty percent in prices as well as fuel up fifty percent to an inflation set to reach around fourteen percent also a cut in wages pensions more income taxes that people have got to look forward to ukraine here look forward to most figures are daunting and indeed they are going to really suffer and that's because the economy as well as these cars is going to
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contract some three percent this year now christine legarde she also mentioned the three billion dollars that was loaned by moscow last year last november time and so that that money has helped keep the economy afloat so far because at that time it really was on the brink of bankruptcy and also the gas discounts too and she referred to this money as a lifeline that was provided by russia at the time you say at the time how are things looking at the moment at the moment as i say we're looking at a contraction of some three percent i mentioned the inflation as well fourteen percent that means prices in general around the country are going to be going up so people are going to feel it when they go to the tell as well as that we've got farmers eight to nine year low at the moment and that basically means that the treasury is empty there's no money left when i mention the currency as well because i see huge pressures loss around a fifth of its value so far this year now we know that the two they're going to be offering some fifteen billion dollars but there's been
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a bit of resentment felt from e.u. citizens because we've got to remember ukraine isn't actually in the e.u. . try to get the thousand grand i think you has made a wrong move by giving this money to us there are many countries that desperately need help deserve this money because they belong to the e.u. and pay taxes here. they think that it would be better if you had given this money to support groups then maybe we would have a chance to escape the crisis also for some sort of ourselves of course there is no one in greece who hasn't been affected by the craziness still who would show up with insecurity due to cut offs and a lack of social. so as you can hear their resentment felt in the view and these cuts are bound to be unpopular within ukraine when that felt by the people in washington has prepared a one billion dollars aid package of its own for ukraine but former us presidential candidate ron paul told us that ordinary citizens are unlikely to gain from this
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money. now it's wasted money and it's not the rich in this country that pay these bills i mean they just voted the congress voted you know a billion dollars which is just the beginning of their line of credit and their guaranteed loans going to ukraine nato is promising eight hundred billion dollars we're the biggest donors. i am after the i.m.f. we're the biggest donors but the rich don't pay for that because if we send money to ukraine the bankers are going to be bailed out matter of fact even russia may get some benefit from this too ironically as you know we send more money to bail out ukraine money is owed to russia as well they have to pay they have to pay for their gas so it may be an irony that russia may benefit but also mentally the people of ukraine are not going to benefit they're going to have to be the they have to suffer from the austerity programs and the people of america won't benefit even if it's not direct taxation the average person is going to suffer from the
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inflation i'm giving the political opinion what i think our government should do. and that is this to stay out of it because we've been way too much and i think the evidence is very clear that the europeans and the americans are very much involved in the over overthrow of the elected government of ukraine. over on our website we're reporting on growing evidence of links between syrian opposition finances terrorists and western banks rebel groups admits that it's been fighting alongside al qaida. and extremist threat within the e.u. a british m.p. warns that neo nazi policies could destroy the union if the popularity continues to rise those stories and much much more on t.v. dot com. next that investigation by reporters
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from the if so see. presses uncovered a u.s. funded projects to create a social network in cuba the goal of the twitter like service was allegedly to political unrest and weaken the government the state department has admitted to this game but insists the aims were purely democratic we believe that the cuban people need platforms like this to use them self to decide what their future will look like so this program was specific to cuba other places around the world that we do democracy promotion different ways and i was marie harf from the u.s. state department speaking now that despite assurances from washington political analyst andrew craig believes that this creates a worrying precedent it's a considerable embarrassment for the united states policies personnel both on staff and private contractors it's obviously aimed at
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cuba but part of the embarrassment of the revelations of this policy is that. the same techniques can move easily be understood is being used possibly or probably in other environments and so let's just think what they might be ukraine venezuela. iran syria. really there's just a host of situations historically and currently where. people are going to wonder whether these techniques are not being used. recently and right now. now this so-called cuban twitter service is estimated to cost u.s. taxpayers more than one and a half million dollars but was it worth it to find out in today's breaking the set with abby martin. but it's absurd that a cold war era grudge means that u.s.
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taxpayers are still funding efforts to overthrow the cuban government not to mention that the u.s. and israel are the only two countries that continually vote to uphold and go against cuba because apparently even fifty three years ago the bay of pigs this small island nation filled with the taliban is is an enormous threat to american security. on to other news now investigative reporters in the u.k. are raising the alarm over an obscure law that allows people to be convicted for crimes they weren't directly involved in and that means that if a gang raids a store or commits a murder all members can face equal punishment even those who weren't present at the time take a look at how the rule is actually applied in practice now man was jailed in
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birmingham back in two thousand and eleven for shooting at a police helicopter during youth riots he was part of the group that carried out the attack but evidence showed that the defendant himself wasn't carrying a gun in two thousand and six two friends in london were convicted on the same murder charge even though one of them was merely accompanying the culprit to a nightclub concerns over the large number of cases like these have been raised in a report by the bureau of investigative journalism r.t. as you know neil talked to one of the people behind the probe. normally when we come across three hundred year old laws it's frequently while reading a humorous newspaper or magazine article but the u.k.'s joint enterprise common law is something altogether more serious the law includes the controversial premise that a person or persons can be charged with homicide despite not having delivered the fatal blow or been the scene of the crime critics say that leaves people open to guilt through crime reenactment rather than hard evidence between two thousand and
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five and two thousand and thirteen some four and a half thousand people were prosecuted through it while those behind the report say the findings could and should signal a change in british legal policy since it means the so-called secondary party second rate people with second deniability getting the same sentences as the people who did the very much plays into the hands of the politicians who want us to feel that they are looking after our interests they are making the streets safer for us but the answer isn't to assuage the grief of the victim of the victim's family by locking up everyone that was around their loved one as he or she was killed the facts are these since two thousand and five one in five legal cases have been prosecuted using a three centuries old legal doctrine is really the question is does that statistic in itself need to be put forward before a judge and jury for archie in london i mean you know me. ok i'll be back with them
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when you headlines at the top of the out coming up though it's politicking with host larry king. exactly sixty years ago according to the guardian the soviet union actually tried to join nato to create an allied air of peace and a post world war two world and what answer did they get nato said the offer was unrealistic and not worth discussing one year later the warsaw pact was born and the cold war started decades later nothing has changed nato continues to expand despite breaking agreements not to expand which surrounds russia and china with bases all offers from russia to jointly run the missile shield that nato is setting up in europe are totally ignored hillary clinton may have given russia a nice reset button but the state department that she used to head continues to funnel a lot of money for democracy development and regime change into the former soviet
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union ukraine got five billion alone as revealed by assistant secretary of state nuland in her own speech these sorts of things have pushed russia to form the shanghai cooperation organization with china which is basically warsaw pact round two yeah history is repeating itself but don't let the mainstream media hype about russian aggression or unwillingness to cooperate for you history shows who the aggressive uncooperative one really is a fascist my opinion. right
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on the scene. first. and i think you're. an army corps clickers. is the united states government trying to destroy religious freedom the plot of a new movie throw persecuted turns on this disturbing possibility we'll hear from the writer and director daniel lesko one of the film's stars the former u.s. senator fred thompson and fox's news's liberal standard bearer alan colmes they're all next on politicking.
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politicking on larry king we're talking about the movie persecuted it's slated to open in more than six hundred theaters nationwide on may ninth joining me here in the studio is the film's director writer and producer daniel lesko and in west palm beach one of the stars in this movie and one of my favorite people for us senator fred thompson who was also a former republican presidential candidate he's also known to millions for his role as a district attorney author branch on t.v.'s his star of law and order series and later we'll be joined by one of my pals alan colmes take a look at this clip there are those who claim that your ministry is intolerant and maybe even threaten the freedom of information french cost must be defended. and i think. the minister has more people than the means. to
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get up there and announce it fully support just that i cannot water down the gospel to advance anybody's political agenda it's not persecution it's going to die down enough standing. face to face. this nine and mr loser do you mind if we get other issues might out a big smile next it's. never seems to turn killed anybody. else to go to ruin to be charged with first degree murder and it just may seek justice or. an injury and your husband can see he's coming home to the spam i have the police tonight the traditions of faith with one voice the arms of god on tis far away zooming in close to prison gianluca is entirely your own this people are looking for somebody who could back up and they're not. get you a people out there do so quietly they can silence through.
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the times in the wonders of collateral damage differently. he. says. it's a pursuit. and the. truth hurts. you take away a man's right to speak his mind in a country founded on that very principle. you don't really have a country now do you daniel how did this come about well i was a vision that i had five years ago i just woke up in the morning and it was more or less you know something i could curiosity i couldn't get rid of man running through the woods kind of king lear scenario he's been thrown out of his kingdom and he's an evangelist who's stood up against this fictional legislation called the faith
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and fairness act and this faith and fairness act would essentially require all faiths to give equal time and respect in the public eye and for this evangelist that's like death to go with well you know what he would have to say if going up in the pulpit you have to say jesus is just one of the ways and for a guy like this you know that's that's a you know a hard thing to go with so he stands up against it you know a lot of. exactly well i think that you know it is a fictional scenario but you know this evangelist stands up against it that's a lot of his friends who are involved with the legislation even his own ministry and he's framed for murder and rape and he goes on the run to prove his innocence so it's it is a little farfetched it's a political thriller but you know plays on the house of cards type of fanfare and i think it makes for an entertaining piece anyway fred what drew you to the project
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well i read the script. talked to dr daniel. this was. the first place it was kind of a different opportunity for me i had never played a priest before some people some of my friends might say that was not exactly. but it was it was an opportunity to do that which i enjoyed the challenge will put it that way. but it was obviously going to be an interesting project it's to me you know it involves some substantive. issues some relationships situations between the government and certain branches of government and and churches as a certain certain certain churches and it's a power struggle over. church state type issues but
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wrapped with then the good old fashion. washington thriller so i thought that it was a bit a bit unique and i thought it thought it would be interesting fun to do and turned out i was right about that you have said i want to give you your quote the level of cynicism and skepticism toward government we have is unprecedented in suggests that's why people are more than ever open to stories about big bad government when did that start to happen do you think when did it start to happen when to grow inside the cars it's. well it's hard to say larry i guess you can look at the polls until the wrong track right track numbers pretty objective live and back in the fifty's and to a certain extent in the in the sixty's you know people seem to. think that their
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country was on the right track my personal experience of course kind of starts with watergate in the early seventy's and obviously that contributed to it i think. technology is contributed to it i think the mass media. i think that the coverage that we have of everything that happens now days also i think the vision that we have in politics nowadays which. has been exacerbated by some intractable problems in overheard that and that sort of thing it's all contributed to the people kind of warning probably more than they have a right to expect and being constantly frustrated by not getting it my own personal view is that politics are probably cleaner today from a standpoint of bringing black bags you know into the back door with care full of
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cash and that sort of thing but obviously the stakes are much much higher for us as citizens because of some of these intractable problems we have people get frustrated over that do you think don daniel that the government's trying to move in on well i mean i know the affordable care act says that companies have to take care of things like prophylactics no matter what the feelings of the owner of the company is known as government interference in milk i don't i don't i don't think so larry i mean i'm personally not politically motivated you know you see a political thriller you expect that i wrote this five years ago and people started seeing it along the way and saying is this the fairness doctrine this is the patriot act is this. and drawing all sorts of conclusions but i think it just takes one more makes it more personal but i mean i don't know if something like this could happen today using cynicism skepticism is good people have the should we be cynical. i certainly think it's it's it's healthy to ask questions
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about where our freedoms are going for it says i i showed this at a screening in my own hometown in a veteran came out of the theater and he put his hand on my chest and he said you know you understand why my friends fought and died for this country for seven years you need to bring this movie to this country people who really care about these freedoms freedom of speech i think are interested i think it's an issue that will always come up intrusive government people standing up for what they believe are freedoms michelle obama was just over in china and she got up and fun of you know people and said you know these freedom of speech is a universal right that all people on the planet have a right to so i think it's a universal issue that's going to matter you know no matter where you are or who's in office we have a clip fred of you playing father luther talking with your son evangelist john luther who has been framed for murder by sinister government forces what people.
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who are symbols. crew for freedom. who stand still. for many powerful politicians who would be unbending amidst this wonders that can be thrown at them. get back up when they're not and that's what you're going to do. you're a roman catholic priest with a son who's in their vent jellicoe sharing a last name of old in the founder of the protestant reformation is that a little heavy handed fred i think the only take in that we've got a jew here or a mormon involved. i think was handed to me larry that take was ended by the way on the on the sentences in part yeah. i'm reminded of that famous philosopher lily tomlin and what she said she says she says
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i try to be cynical but i just have a hard time keeping up and i think a lot of people feel that way to the what do you make of a friend your thoughts today i will ask alan about this you know about. the harshness in this country now in like in the senate and the house and people dislike each other i go back and went you know dirksen and johnson didn't agree but they talked to each other the famed tip o'neill and ronald reagan where did that go fred. yeah yeah well you know i get asked about that a lot i had a chance to see it close up of course during the watergate days. and then you know i served in the in the ninety's and going into the early two thousand and. one and two. and it seems to me like that we're account of a fifty fifty country nowadays that we're pretty much divided. with regard to
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things that really really vitally concerned our country half of our country seems to think that. we're in bad shape that our debt and deficit debt is intractable and that will eventually if we don't do something drastic that will eventually have to devalue our way out of it or something and lose our reserve currency status and that sort of thing they look at the welfare state that seems to be expanding and expanding and expanding and the concern about the future of the country on the other hand you have an awful lot of people who think things are going pretty well and the country serves them. pretty well and the government serves their needs and interests pretty well and when you have that can of. division among our people it's reflected in the following baghdad committee you see
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any senate a baker's around. well no i can't say that i do. see some people who would who probably aspire to that and like to be like you but the system makes it tough you know that was probably the last real bipartisan committee right that we've had larry but and they i didn't hate each other in seventy four they didn't hate each other no they didn't and a lot of it had to do with the personality of howard baker and sam ervin when it came right down to it they liked each other and got along with each other and brought the committee around you don't see much of that anymore then you're the son of a pastor right did that have an effect on this movie well i'm sure that my upbringing has an effect but my mother is a liberal artist you know herself i think she gave me an appreciation for art and i think i'm kind of a hybrid or a mud of the two are you marketing this toward conservative political groups in the
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us it takes a position that seems to be the pro side of things the government interferes with religion well you know i'll play this for anybody i mean we are getting a lot of traction in. all sides of the spectrum in fact i played this recently out in california for a highly prominent figure who's definitely not on that side and they gave me probably the best feedback and anyone who's watched the film they came out of the theater scratching their head and they said you know i hope on that man but i wonder if i'm not a guy and stand up for what he believes so said you hope the movie shakes people up right yeah absolutely i think it's a movie for all people i like to play it for other government you see even though it is a thrower and it is a political thrill out think there's anything else out there like this is the u.s. government really trying to destroy religious freedom when we come back fox news a liberal voice he stands alone radio host alan colmes joins us to discuss don't go away and if some piece of legislation. since
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a message to washington that we are balanced that we are in this for the long haul we'll then on i am for it and written in this legislation for every single member of this board that complies earmarks and i might add a very generous tax advantaged package and dave you're the one that always told us be prepared for the worst case scenario but brother will hear.
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are you have for sure. you have to suffer how people think we do not to die people being hunting and being chopped a lot but apart we are being isolated because i was going to car. while come to lunch on siberian. what are the places you never go to. fun. things you never do. experience you'll never again. be surprised you will.
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what is your opinion of the primary tense of the faith and fairness act and i quote to publicly declare your religious beliefs in a way that permits equal time respects to other systems of faith. freedom is fragile and costly. and must be defended by work and by faith. and even by blood. well go back and now joining us over new york is alan kohler song time liberal voice on the fox news channel and host of his own city gated radio talk show thanks for joining us alan i know you have not had the opportunity to see persecuted yet how do you respond to
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the premise that christians other targets of government persecutes out. i think it's a great premise and certainly something that's going to do you know drive a lot of conversation about it no matter what side of this year and i tend to believe that there's not a lot of government persecution against christians for example we've always had a christian president we have christians who are the legislators we have christians who make all the laws i don't know who's being stopped from their free speech rights of this country who can't talk about or worship their religion as they see fit so i don't quite know if there's a realistic chance of what we're seeing in that movie truly happening if you see any threat evident anyway having the people bring up the fact that the affordable care act has that provision that don't matter what the head of a company thinks his religious thoughts are that can affect the effect of health costs on people. well you know the people who work for these companies these are
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companies that are places as the supreme court would say a public accommodation if your place of public accommodation and you're employing people of all different faiths you're not a church you're not are different not a religious organization like hobby lobby for example you can serving the public you can't discriminate against any one particular religion or simply instill your put your faith into everybody who is coming into your place of business who is working for you place a public accommodation are different than churches or religious organizations and the supreme court has ruled that if you replace a public accommodation you have to face you have to be opened and not discriminate anyway fred i know you're a lawyer do you think the court will uphold bad that aspect of affordable care i think i think probably the question that is probably more. a more serious one is the one that involves the little sisters of the poor is that is that the the the catholic church
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a group that. has problem has a problem with with some of the abortion related requirements and it mean anytime you have. the government i mean regardless of the make up of the people in the government any time you have the government mandating things such as that against the beliefs of a church. you've got to you've got to question the you know is this is this the camel's nose under the head and if so how for my might that go alan think i think from a from a legal stand i think from a legal standpoint alan is probably riotous for that public accommodation part is concerned whether or the one agrees with it or not. i'm guessing that might be an easy out for the supreme court. allan do you do you do you see citizen growing do you see this class getting worse. oh i see there's
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lots of clashes left us that is that we have a president as you pointed out just before the last segment we have a fifty fifty country is as senator thompson pointed out there's a great division of the country there's a very strong activism on both the left in the right and i think we tend to be more and more as time goes on more cynical about our leaders it's very tough i have a president who's you know under fifty percent approval rating and yes it is a rears it's ugly head more and more all the time daniel bush did nothing but the movie right well well logically it will all young guy you know these guys can speak more to political stuff of this or that but for me i just see a cynicism amongst the younger generations between the right the left they don't know which side they're supposed to be on i think they know they enjoy freedoms like this and they know that they want it and they see all sorts of institutional corruption and you know to alan's point the reality is what could this movie happen
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i don't know but what people i would we want people to know that they that isn't on the surface of this movie about persecuted is that john luther the main character of the story is persecuted by his own people his own ministry dean stockwell who you know we're just talking about is the guy who turns on him and that raises a bunch of questions about celebrity pastors celebrity ministries that are getting all sorts of tax benefits but then also want to enjoy the success of their own ministries and really that's something that's very entertaining that isn't really on the surface of this movie now and you mentioned we've always had a christian presence which is true do you think we are a christian nation if so where does that leave jews muslims buddhists gnostics atheists. well we've never been defined as a christian nation although there are many people who believe we are defacto one but the treaty of the barbary coast for example the court said we are not in any way shape or form a christian nation and our founders didn't want us to find by any one particular
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religion so this call us a christian nation i would think would be a misnomer there's more discrimination as i see it against muslims against atheists the norm against christians who once again other ones who make all the loss in this country since nine eleven has been tremendous anti muslim sentiment in this country and there's only one atheist i know of you think people start is the only atheist serving or at least out atheist serving in the congress fred do you agree well i'd agree to the extent that it is not a christian issue is as much as it is a religious issue the constitution doesn't mention christianity mentions religion and of course that protects. all religions and i think the issue here is there's not one religion as opposed to another it is it has to do with the government's relationship. with religion and i think that's where the fault line is and that's where the controversy arises when the government does the same is that
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some people feel like is an intrusion. on the freedom of religion or for freedom to worship as they see fit why does religion why does religion get a tax break. alan do you know why why why did you deduct. your contribution to the it's a great question i mean in new york city for example that the the church owns in new york city christian churches own tremendous amount of property tremendous amount of land they make money i'm not sure gaming religion a tax break is such a great idea i think really to just get special preference in this country and i believe government should stay out of religion totally which is my view is what the founders had in mind and if they're out fred why does religion get a tax break well you know. an awful lot of charities get a tax break. and i think that you would hardly single out religion as is one that
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would not get one i think if you did away with that break you'd have to do away with tax breaks for all charities and if they did that across the board as a part of comprehensive tax reform which would involve the lowering of rates allan . but that i might be something that might be a good thing. you think we'll ever elect alan you think we'll ever elect. a gay person as president an atheist this president a muslim probably already have and we probably already we probably already have a didn't know it i'm not sure i think it's right who about the sex life of every president. but are we nice to have a glass ceiling broken just as we would be to have a female president maybe even a muslim president although some people think already have a muslim president really don't. you daniel are you by basically i know you may be a thrilling here and you optimistic or pessimistic that your father is a minister but this country. i'm off to misstate long yeah i think it's we enjoy
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that's a hope i think the interesting thing about this is we're enjoying freedoms that no other countries aren't and i think that we just kind of have to take responsibility you think for those freedoms and hopefully persecuted in its own small way will open up a dialogue about these issues it's not intended to be a documentary it's a political thriller and hopefully people from both sides will begin to talk about this stuff really i hear for the great lawyer in my late friend edward bennett williams i asked him once of he was an optimist or a pessimist he said of course i'm a pessimist some intelligent. as you see this country today fred where were you on that ledger and you optimistic. larry that is a very serious question. i think i look at i look at the fact that we have overcome serious problems before we have overcome a depression we've gone through
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a civil war we've we've handled or other great wars and all of that and always come out stronger and more prosperous. and stronger you know for it. and i have that and a feeling that that's what america's about that it is unique because of geography because of our founding fathers and the constitution that they made it really does make us unique and we're going to beat the odds. but when you look at history and you look at the and you look at every great civilization that is let itself go that after becoming successful and hardworking and powerful is let itself go one way or the other it has become weaker taken things for granted. squandered its birthright and and faded into the sunset now that still might not be a horrendous thing for a lot of people but when you think about the question of the united states always
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going to be the united states that we have known i think you have reason to be very concerned about about that so now we're i haven't cut i haven't come to any to any firm resolution unfortunately on the outcome of the all that well said alan. i think that i'm to look i'm very optimistic ronald reagan was so well like as he was so read up to mr it was morning in america i don't see that in today's politicians there's a great sense of optimism as we talked a moment ago about breaking the glass ceiling just broke the glass ceiling of a black president now gays are being able to get married we hopefully will attack immigration reform and have a better policy about normalizing those who are undocumented here now we're moving forward on all these issues and i'm very optimistic about the future how we're going to so persecuted dam you don't have an enormous burden to exactly where you know it's a small is not
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a studio behind this movie everyone who's involved in the funding is credited as a producer and so what we're doing is more of a grassroots effort where though we have commitments from major theater chains like regal and cinema mark we need people to make commitments to see the movie before it's released this summer going to our website persecuted movie dot com and committing to five hundred tickets for each individual city that covers our cost was a human so we could go to our website and you click on bring the movie to your city you fill the form out you commit to five hundred tickets you get a group together or something and that ensures that we can cover the cost to bring the movie there opening weekend. fred i don't think that you didn't do this for the money you must've enjoyed playing a minister right well i appreciate your assumption larry we're going to have and become in on it. alan you think it's in the say there but for us to say there's there's always more than one consideration new.
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play thank you all very much alan great having you with us fred great seeing you again thanks so much dan good to see thanks to all my guess we've been talking about the movie persecuted and if you're interested in making certain the film comes to your community go to the movies website persecuted movie dot com and help make that album for my viewers out there i want to hear from you join the conversation on my facebook page and share your thoughts on twitter by tweeting at king's things and using the politicking has tag and that's all for this week's politics. they have come here to print islam the center identifies them rectified wrongful convictions and other serious miscarriages of justice and to save an innocent man's
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as nato turns sixty five we look at how the alliances recent operations fit into its defense mission whether the crisis in ukraine is being used to pave the way for further expansion. of presidential elections looming afghanistan shot today called me faces an uphill struggle against rampant corruption that swallowing the vast majority of foreign aid. economic troubles but crises hit ukraine with skyrocketing prices and. policies.
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welcome on his neil harvey and you're watching international. thought of this hour it's exactly sixty five years since the world's largest military alliance was formed for decades nato was the western world's joint defense against the cold war anime but with those days long gone are its mission and huge budgets still justified and spiritual finds out. nato just a dozen countries set it up in one nine hundred forty nine as a defense mechanism against the soviet union. fast forward sixty five years the north atlantic treaty organization is a military alliance of twenty eight members and counting it's pretty clear a violation of the agreement that was made between the united states and the former soviet leader mikhail gorbachev in one nine hundred ninety. seven at the time that nato promised not to go not to even go into east germany much less any further east than germany the u.s.
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has more than violated that agreement combined nato members account for a lion's share of the world's military spending since then in the last sixty five years nato has done now one good thing what is that done for starters there's the war in afghanistan that's seen the u.s. conduct the longest running war and its own history the only clear result so far is that the country is in a mess. the nine hundred ninety nine bombings of yugoslavia hundreds of civilians dead and injured including children all under the auspices of a humanitarian mission headed by the united states fundamentally illegitimate unjust and essentially immoral. in two thousand and three the devastating invasion of iraq spearheaded by the u.s. and its feet fall ally britain few years of insurgency and the skyrocketing number of deaths through terror attacks. in two thousand and eleven the libyan campaign that turned a no fly zone operation into full scale military support for the rebel forces if
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you look at nato its role there it is so far from its professed role of providing security to its members. just as nothing it had nothing to do with it all there was basically an aggressive action against another country the alliances stated objective is collective defense every country agrees the attack on one is an attack on all the others like mountain climbers where they're all attached to one another and form falls they all fall well that's the deal on paper in reality not a single nato member has ever been attacked by another country the us bankrolls the alliance paying over seventy percent of its budget and urging reluctant european members to stump up their fair share the united states use of nato is just to expand its own power as you know world empire even though that term is passe the only protection against international law for nato is the fact that its principle including organization is the united states in the pentagon and because of its vast
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economic and political power it shields itself from criminal culpability otherwise nato nato generals would be in the hague in front of the international criminal court facing charges the organization marks its anniversary amidst ongoing questions about the need for its existence its initial enemy gone its mission redundant sixty five years since nato is inception the world has changed and is increasingly moving towards multi-lateralism but nato spearheaded by the us refuses to accept the new geopolitical realities of the modern day continuing to flex its muscles and to try to spread its wings further and r.t. washington d.c. . now some analysts claim that nato has become merely a branch of u.s. foreign policy with washington's economic interests old timidly determining the course the alliance takes. i am all for international law i think we badly need it if we want to live in a world of peaceful coexistence but the question is what is left of international
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law after sixty five years of interventions dozens of interventions of the internal affairs of other countries. another series of illegal wars what united states needs is a worlds where its multinational corporations have privileged access to the world's markets for their products and capital exports of course also. control of the world's energy resources and wrong with cereals and war and the threat of war has always been one of the means through which the united states. secured access to markets or resources and nato has always been one of the tools. of this policy. ok so let's take a look at just how much money is poor into the alliance despite limited cuts in recent years nato defense spending accounts as you can see here for more than half
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of the global total more than a trillion dollars it far outstrips those are the powers most often portrayed as potential threats russia's annual defense budget and me ninety billion dollars by comparison and recently washington has been urging european allies to further increase their contributions warning that their security is at stake. meanwhile nato has been using the ongoing crisis in ukraine as a justification for those warnings beefing up its forces close to russia's borders the alliance also froze ties with russia in the wake of its reunification with crimea and that has blocked key areas of security cooperation that is going a teacher can report. the referendum in crimea and its subsequent becoming part of russia has opened a floodgate of fear mongering nato several rounds of post cold war expansion did not make much sense to a lot of people especially given how much tension it added to relations with russia which saw the military alliance coming closer and closer to its borders this week
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secretary of state john kerry delivered a speech celebrating post soviet nato enlargement talking about what a success it has been so in light of all this the u.s. is beefing up its presence is seen europe sending fighter jets to the baltic states a warship to the black sea and planning new war games near russian borders the ukrainian parliament has approved a series of joint military exercises with nato countries held exercises with nato before but there is indication that they may expand moscow says it has no intention to invade anyone but that does little to assuage western rhetoric and the united states will try as it has in the past to persuade its members to spend more on the military investment i just don't think that's going to happen and the reason i don't think it's going to happen is that they are in poor economic shape they can only invest in military power at the expense of their welfare state and i don't see much evidence for anyone's willingness to do that at this point the u.s.
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and nato officials are using that pension with russia to bolster the alliance but at the same time they don't want the rhetoric to get in the way of the benefits that they've been getting from russia like cooperation on afghanistan russia had for years provided transit for nato's of getting them bound cargo and just on the heels of that the announcement that nato is suspending ties with moscow nato chief says there's still expecting russia to cooperate on afghanistan so confusing statements like that should not come as a surprise when nato when it's a key member of the u.s. is trying to rip all benefits that a crisis can offer. and we will continue all special coverage of nato sixty fifth anniversary with more expert analysis on the pinion that's coming your way later in the program.
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in other news two female reporters working for the associated press have been shot by a policeman in afghanistan one of them a german photo journalist died during the attack and canadian colleague is in hospital this comes a day before the presidential election with the country facing an economic and security breakdown resulting lucy countenance reports. this is parts of afghanistan work on billions of dollars for the kabul markets some of it legally a major drug trafficking in russia and the country will. be absent just like the money coming from the only yearly the county money as the country counts down to economic collapse and the overthrow of the ball of yarn that billions of foreign dollars people rushing in the country that financial support because let's look at a group like well the i'm an economy that an average rate of more than one percent
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one of the fastest in the world but much of the economy has been built around the war for foreign troops will soon be over and of course that's taken its toll on this year some have already been forced to shut down there may be a shortage of esther's in afghanistan but there is no shortage against off was the economy was the insurgency tax revenue was tiny the government nearly a fortune teller or worse and there's hardly any manufacturing base the biggest exports still opium more than a decade ago you might have a defense that almost entirely dependent on the worry the fear is that with my flow money stops a severe recession will almost certainly follow the many challenges facing the youngest the next president the economy may be one of the largest reporting in kabul for arts it was the and as afghans head to the polling stations tomorrow we will bring you the last of our reports on the challenges facing the country and you
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can logon to our website as well as all to you dot com and there you can watch the earlier installments on afghanistan's heroin production financial waste and also security risks. elsewhere the international monetary fund has warned that the economic crisis in ukraine could have severe consequences if swift action isn't taken care of is now being pressured by creditors to make deep budget cuts in exchange for the first tranche of a promised rescue package of up to eighteen billion dollars earlier today andrew farmer went through all the details with katie bill be the host of venture capital show the chief of the i.m.f. was sending out a tough message was it wasn't she jack about the global economy it was indeed she spoke about those broader us bill over implications on the global economy she referred to the up to eighteen billion dollars that is going to loan but she did make it adamantly clear that kiev is far from its goal i am most money does
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not come free i am worth the i.m.f. loans financing to countries provided that countries do for themselves what they need to do to restore the economy to be able to finance themselves without our support. so cash comes at a cost so what does ukraine have to do to get it and do it well i'd say suffer actually the ousted president viktor yanukovych he did not take an i.m.f. loan back in august it was rejected because he said that the implications would be too severe on the economy and that exactly some six months later what kiev is going to have to have a look at some of those cuts specifically events are going to have medication costs go up ten percent gas some fifty percent in prices as well as fuel up fifty percent to an inflation set to reach around fourteen percent also a cut in wages pensions more income taxes that people have got to look forward to
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ukraine here look forward to most figures are daunting and indeed they are going to really suffer and that's because the economy as well as these cars is going to contract some three percent this year christine lagarde she also mentioned three billion dollars that was loaned by moscow last year last november time and so that that money has helped keep the economy afloat so far because at that time it really was on the brink of bankruptcy and also the gas discounts too and she referred to this money as a lifeline that was provided by russia at the time you say at the time how are things looking at the moment at the moment as i say we're looking at a contraction of some three percent i mentioned the inflation as well fourteen percent that means prices in general around the country are going to be going up so people are going to feel it when they go to the tell as well is that we've got farmers eight to nine year low at the moment and that basically means that the treasury is empty there's no money left when i mention the cars as well because i
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see huge pressures loss around a fifth of its value so far this year now we know that the two they're going to be offering some fifteen billion dollars but there's been a bit of resentment felt from e.u. citizens because we've got to remember ukraine isn't actually in the e.u. . particularly thousand when i think that maybe you has made a wrong move by giving this money to us there are many countries that desperately need help deserve this money because they belong to the e.u. and pay taxes here. definitely think that it would be better if you had given this money to support groups then maybe we would have a chance to escape the crisis also percent of ourselves there is no one in greece who hasn't been affected by the crazies who would show up with an insecure due to cut offs and a lack of social care. so as you can have our resentment felt in the you and these cuts are bound to be unpopular within ukraine when that felt by the people
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meanwhile washington has prepared a one billion dollars aid package of its own for ukraine but former us presidential candidate ron paul told us that ordinary citizens are unlikely to gain from this money. now it's wasted money and it's not the rich in this country that pay these bills i mean they just voted the congress voted you know a billion dollars which is just the beginning of their line of credit and their guaranteed loans going to ukraine nato is promising eight hundred billion dollars we're the biggest donors. i am after the i.m.f. we're the biggest donors but the rich don't pay for that because if we send money to ukraine the bankers are going to be bailed out even russia may get some benefit from this too ironically as you know we send more money to bail out ukraine money is owed to russia as well they have to pay they have to pay for their gas so it may be an irony that russia may benefit but. the people of ukraine are not going to
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benefit they're going to have to be the they have to suffer from the austerity programs and the people of america won't benefit even if it's not direct taxation. i'm giving the political opinion what i think our government should do. and that is this to stay out of it because we've been way too much and i think the evidence is very clear that the europeans and the americans are very much involved in the over . the elected government of ukraine. and ukraine isn't the only country where washington is being accused of interference coming up in the program we'll report on a social network in cuba was created by the u.s. the i mean legibly is to encourage dissent to groups and weaken the castro government. takes a trip to one of russia's most prized natural treasures it's like by cow.
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it was a. very hard to take. that back with that are right there.
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for the. welcome back you're watching on t.v. next an investigation by reporters from the associated press has uncovered a u.s. funded project see create a social network in cuba the goal of the twitter like service was allegedly to stir up political unrest and weaken the government the state department has admitted to the scheme already but insists the aims were purely democratic we believe that the cuban people need platforms like this to use themselves to decide what their future
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will look like so this program was specific to cuba other places around the world that we do democracy promotion and different ways. that was marie hoff from the u.s. state department we were listening to that but despite assurances from washington let's go creak he believes that this creates a precedent it's a considerable embarrassment for the united states policies personnel both on staff and private contractors it's obviously aimed at cuba but part of the embarrassment of the revelations of this policy is that. the same techniques can easily be understood is being used possibly or probably in other environments and so let's just think what they might be ukraine venezuela. iran syria.
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really there's just a host of situations historically and currently where. people are going to wonder whether these techniques are not being used. recently and right now not a so-called cuban twits as this is estimated to cost u.s. taxpayers will the one and a half million dollars but was it worth it well that's a question of the asking and taking a closer look at him breaking the set with abby martin the sunlight to the south. it's absurd that a cold war era grudge means that u.s. taxpayers are still funding efforts to overthrow the cuban government not to mention that the us and israel are the only two countries that continually vote to uphold and embargo against cuba because apparently even fifty three years in the bay of pigs this small island nation filled with taliban is is an enormous threat
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to american security. next is the world's oldest lake a twenty five million years with a depth so great that much of it remains still unexplored like bug cattle is the next stop on to say siberian travels is the latest report for ati. next on the invented trail the pearl of siberia lake baikal. leaves you high and dry. out of you. if you mean. it's one of the mother nature's the wonders twenty percent of the world's fresh is water beneath this unfathomable majestic lake baikal one meter of
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ice in just underneath it six in a hundred meters of fresh water to say that mother nature and the ice queen would not don think that would be an understatement lay by call is the world's oldest and deepest lake it's a unesco world heritage site and has been very to as one of the seven wonders of russia and it's easy to see why the lake is vast stretching man for what seems an eternity in winter it freezes over completely creating a surface as tough as heavy safety glass. i think the biggest mystery is the lake itself because biodiversity makes it unique my call is the blue well of the earth so to get a x. as we can take up the lake through by coles museum of knowledge is a must visit for any new comma. lake baikal twenty five million years
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old and in that twenty five million years a place itself a species of plants as well as animals just over three thousand five hundred of them now out of those numbers two thousand six hundred on native born white here and in the lake baikal it's museums like this that help us understand what lies beneath this great lake. the extraordinary creatures found in the lake when the inspiration for the site fire classic alien and later director james cameron came to fondle scientific detail for titanic and avatar despite its remoteness there's plenty going on here with families enjoying the league's beauty so this is the best kind of from extension for me because you can swim cheer go cycling go skating you name it looking good and what started out as
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a day to find out what lake baikal has to offer turned out to be a day of finding out what this the great prince of legs has to offer spiritually to young and old and as you stand out here while the sun sets the beauty and the magic of the prince of lakes shines tavern would say on lake baikal in siberia forty. police have clashed with anti austerity protesters in brussels and this picture you can see alongside of me this is a recent photograph from the scene there it's reported that tear gas and water cannons have been used on demonstrators who are part of a so-called wave action is just the first day of protest by the movement and the organizers say that they will be stepping up the campaign worldwide over the next three months up to forty thousand people are reportedly taking part in the rally in
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brussels marches are also planned for later on today new york london and other major cities. well assert take a look at some other world news for you now starting with the unrest that's gripping venezuela where a university protest over funding cuts is escalated into street battles with police at least three people including an officer were injured the security forces used water cannons on tear gas to disperse stone throwing rioters anti-government unrest broke out there in february and quickly spread across the country leaving thirty five people dead and hundreds injured. elsewhere chad has announced that it will withdraw its peacekeepers from the central african republic soldiers from france's key ally in the region of repeatedly been accused of siding with muslim rebels who seized power last year leading to a conflict with christian militia. ok i'll be back with more news at the top of the
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hour for you coming up next as promised it's breaking this would be marketed. exactly sixty years ago according to the guardian the soviet union actually tried to join nato to create our idea of peace and a post world war two world and what answer did they get needles. the offer was unrealistic and not worth discussing one year later the warsaw pact was born and the cold war started decades later nothing has changed and it continues to expand despite breaking agreements not to and which surrounds russia and china with bases all offers from russia to jointly run missile shield that nato is setting up in europe are totally ignored hillary clinton may have given russia a nice reset button but the state department that she used to head continues to funnel a lot of money for democracy development and regime change into the former soviet
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union ukraine got five billion alone as revealed by assistant secretary of state nuland in her own speech these sorts of things have pushed russia to form the shanghai cooperation organization with china which is basically warsaw pact ground to yeah history is repeating itself but don't let the mainstream media hype about russian aggression or unwillingness to cooperate fully you history shows who the aggressive uncooperative one really is but that's just my opinion. but that is that the. democratic power. welcome to let's not siberian. what are the places
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you never go to. you never do. experience you'll never again. be surprised. what's up everyone i'm abby martin and this is breaking the set so any atheists out there planning a trip to take a trip to saudi arabia any time soon well you might want to reconsider seen
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a new sweeping crackdown on dissent the saudi kingdom has passed a new law that equates atheists with terrorists the very top of this road to create states that you are an enemy of the state if you are quote calling for atheist thought in any form calling into question the fundamentals of the islamic religion on which this country is based this law comes on the heels of king abdullah signing off on another law broadly labeling groups like the muslim brotherhood. and even rights watch these new laws could be setting back the release of several human rights activists they were in a zation added that quote these regulations dash any hope that king abdullah intends to open a space for peaceful dissent or independent groups now don't expect the u.s. to be making any mention of the need to protect democratic values in the autocratic monarchy of saudi arabia anything obama's recent visit to camp to his home just further exemplifies how the u.s. government can embrace oppressive tyrants so long as they keep in line with this country's interests now let's break that set.
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they are very hard to take. lightly that act like that hurt their little. it's no secret that the cia is awfully fond of helping overthrow foreign governments for decades the agency has been involved in destabilizing every country
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from iran to chile to nicaragua but that's to be expected from an organization established for the sole purpose of carrying out covert operations against quote hostile countries what's not to be expected is that a government agency meant to provide humanitarian aid and poverty relief to third world countries would engage in the exact same type of behavior that's exactly what the associated press revealed today say according to over one thousand pages of documents obtained by the a.p. from two thousand and nine to two thousand and twelve the u.s. agency for international development also known as the us a id secretly created and funded a social media text messaging service in cuba to stir up discontent and lay the groundwork for a quote cuban spring social media service was called zuma zunino gained a following of more than forty thousand cubans largely because of how cheap it was a senate text message through the service compared to standard texting rates in the country now this may sound like a noble program considering the cuban gun. it does partially control the flow of
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information on the island and maintains restrictions on internet use but of course usa id would have gone through all that trouble just to give cubans a texan alternative instead the organization use the messaging service to monitor cubans and divide them into five segments based on their political finity for the castro government those that were most supportive of the government were called taliban is a reference to extremists and afghanistan and pakistan wow furthermore usa idea was able to obtain over half a million cuban cell phone numbers from a worker at cuba's state owned cell phone company in order to blast out messages over the service and track users' responses. her example at an enormous two thousand and nine concert in havana usa id sent out a message asking if two musicians who the government disapproved of should be allowed to perform on stage over one hundred thousand people responded completely oblivious that their answers were being used for u.s.
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intelligence gathering now peleg l. of the of this entire program is extremely suspect considering that the president must approve any kind of covert operation conducted by a federal agency which has neither been confirmed nor denied by the white house to listen to what press secretary jay carney had to say when asked about it. it was not a covert program it was debated in congress it was reviewed by the g.a.o. . those kinds of things. don't happen to covert programs. just a couple things jay according to the a.p. one point six million dollars was spent on the mission yet it was publicly earmarked for an unspecified project in pakistan furthermore senator patrick leahy chairman of the foreign operations subcommittee had this to say about the program there is the risk to young unsuspecting cuban cellphone users who had no idea that this was a u.s. government funded activity there's a clandestine nature of the program that was not disclosed the appropriations subcommittee with oversight responsibility yeah sounds like something that was
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definitely debated in congress to me look it's absurd that a cold war era grudge means that u.s. taxpayers are still funding efforts to overthrow the cuban government not to mention that the us and israel are the only two countries that continually vote to uphold and bargo against cuba because apparently even fifty three years of the bay of pigs this small island nation filled with taliban is is an enormous threat to american security. i. heard news of recent elections landed another victory for its ruling party the justice and development party or a k p however this time the opposition party is calling foul play citing everything from intimidation pre-marked ballots checked and a.p.'s a k p s favor to the
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party's monopoly on communication just before the elections early on the government took to banning to the most popular social media sites on the internet twitter and you tube showing just how far the government's willing to go to control its populace even more disturbing is a leaked audiotape allegedly of her the ones cabinet consisting of high. turkish officials discussing the country's plans to militarily attack syria and stage a false flag pretext in order to do so this on top of political unrest by the turkish people have been taking to the streets for the last year to protest the regime in syria to talk more about political instability and what will happen next now that the inner workings of the government been exposed i'm joined by journalist omar dodd thank you so much for coming on the next for him so i have to ask you about this leak conversation i mean they're basically saying that they are going to bomb their own country in order to stage a pretext to invade syria why is the turkish government so desperate to get involved with syria well first the turkish government since the beginning of their
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uprising in syria in two thousand to live than they actually engaged on involved in the syrian issue and they wanted to turn everything into the your own put it to go fortune and that's so that's why they jumped in and they hijacked the revolution and they replaced it into something i would like to call the black flags in the country and i think country and that's why they opened their own borders for these radicals the kebo also. the airports often for these people i just can't from the syrian turkish border last month and something incredible there is happening the airports it's very easy for any long birds people to get through the airports and go to syria to fight so the your main interest actually they want to rebuild what is it called the somewhat empire the new imparja and they knew that from the beginning that syria will be the gates for this political fortunes so that's why when there is no prize the group started actually in eighteen march in two thousand and eleven to be found that's the time to with the agreement action and you know
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considering how the u.s. actually hosts nuclear weapons and turkey this story has been completely omitted from mainstream media you would think that turkish officials actually calling to stage pretext for war would be the front page of every newspaper why do you think it's been so dismissed well actually this is the. actually what we what we saw in the media is really shocking me actually how they deny they're simply deny the facts so the false the flag attacks namely turkey's are planning to fake in a terrorist attack against its own people and so on country to justify another attack into syria which is seems to me just shocking that the c.n.n. reports are just. one of his reports from istanbul he was talking about he was very angry it's how you shut down the social media but he never mission why which is why they shut down the social media not the shutdown because the shutdown it's become a fine a tradition for that because a government they have done and done that say in two thousand and eight two
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thousand and ten i was there actually every time they don't like something going on you tube and social media they just go and shut it down and guess what there is more than forty thousands. websites have blocked in short beside the social media according to some opposition turkish opposition is that this thick i just talked to some very naive idealistic turkish activist who supports our government strongly but now he seems to me that if you change radically again it's our job and if you start writing that it's reading again the same when what he described as a soft dictatorship is growing up and sort of amazing yeah i can agree more about the media kind of latching on to the fact that the social media sites were banned not explaining why i mean oh here and you mention it does this happened before that was kind of my next question i mean what are these actions kind of indicate about the current mindset of the government but as you're saying it kind of moving to the subject airship a lot of people in the international community thought of turkey as having fair and free elections proper checks and balances what does this kind of signify this
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radical shift as your as the person you talk to honestly now in the international community is killed turkey's became like one of the biggest allies of the united states let's say that and you know it's still turkey could see this what a lot of countries it's one of the major country. if i can be kind influenced a lot of files in the middle east specifically in syria so that's why when it comes to false a flag attack and i want to talk about it and it seems to me they are trying to covering that i'm talking about something else and i call this misleading the audience actually and the media should not do that if they want good if they are going to talk about this point they have to make it clear and say why not explain the video which is the news in the in the leaked audio tapes which is no one talk about it and which is seems to me that's matching the international community attitude which is still. trying to be opt in for the turkish government towards the
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turkish government story and not just that actually if i want to put it in different way for the media actually the media section a lot of media outlets the mainstream media they have offices reporters in istanbul they don't want to see them from turkey they talk about this in detail oh when you're talking about a u.s. ally it's definitely talked about in a lot of different a way and you want to hear other you know other states in the world let's talk about the outcome of the recent elections i guess i was surprised at how much a party won more than forty five percent of the vote why is he so popular still despite a violent crackdown on protestors in on president censorship of the media you know you know i v is the economy is the greatest weapon between the turkish government hand and i keep hearing jumping over on talking about the economy and. a lot of developments how the turkish government succeeded it will take in the for example let's say that about the turkish income the average income for the turkish people
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or persons was between two hundred to four hundred dollars before the the government comes to the power but after that it's now we're talking about the number between two thousand to four thousand dollars and not just that and he said in one of his speech that he is aiming the ten thousand dollars a year and if it's come to the people choice is. people are back to magic and your choices they will say well you know what all that is they call me lifeline for us is the most important but i don't know how long our dog on is going to succeed by fielding the line between right. all the time that's he's doing and leading in his own people and the stock seat of the economy i call it the turkish model economy rising up for you i'm going to thank you so much for breaking it down oh my god really appreciate it thank you stick around you guys and find out the dark truth about sea world and your local zoo right after the break.
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the deterioration of the environment the global warming the spread of disease poverty. violence and conflict and there is terrorism these real problems are international we need cooperation to deal with. this your bone really my real age and then you have the kind of which are you have for sure. you have to suffer. people saying we do not to die people being hunting people being chopped a lot but the parts we are being isolated because i was skinny.
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school districts in school. people. like. to see everybody. know what. it was like but. it's so. it's still it's not just still. if you see. each other.
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going to grid tunnel ways to get humans a chance to gawk at exotic earthly creatures in ways that would never be possible and they give children a chance to learn to become engaged with the beautiful animals that try this planet but beyond the veneer of happy families over prize food and stuffed animal replicates there's a stark reality about how zoos really operate and how miserable animals really are in captivity many times do animals are overweight and have serious health problems as a result according to a study by the university of bristol only sixteen percent of elephants at u.k. zoos could walk normally because of how overweight they are these majestic creatures have personalities emotions and connections that need to be nurtured so it's no wonder the majority of them show signs of obvious developmental and behavioral problems and captivity this week we found out that sea world keeps its
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orca whales on a value and then xanax like drugs in order to quell their aggressive behavior that undoubtedly results from living in a bathtub the scrutiny against the world for drugging its whales comes on the heels of a scathing documentary called black fish which is. spores why orcas have killed trainers at parks in the past. people or to. the young if you wish. to come right at sea world he was twice as large as the next. for these whales in what we call a bottle which was twenty feet across and thirty feet deep in the let's roll turn that. probably would do what i think is the psychosis. was even more shocking is that this behavior is completely unique to orcas in captivity the founder of the orca research trust in griffis or so the violence is the result of
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stress not native aggression according to buzz feed they show stereotypical behaviors that are abnormal repetitive behaviors like head bobbing chewing on concrete self mutilation by banging aside their heads on the side of the tank and there isn't a single orca living in captivity where you cannot see one of those behaviors and in many of them you see more people examples of them mental disorders span across almost every single intelligent animal confined to small spaces back to elephants these creatures are so intelligent they mourn their own dead forty percent of them in captivity display depressive behavior not mimicked by their wild counterparts including mating habits according to psychology today for every elephant born in the u.s. do on average two others die a seattle times analysis is found under current conditions with just two hundred eighty eight elephants inside the seventy eight accredited u.s. zoos they could be demographically extinct within fifty years the premature and
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disproportionate death rates of animals like lions and elephants is depressing enough especially with these species on the decline worldwide what's even more disturbing is when zoos actually kill perfectly healthy animals which they call surplus calling denmark's copenhagen's. made headlines recently when it decided to slaughter a perfectly healthy giraffe named marius and proceeded to feed its remains to lions in front of a gaping audience as happened despite a campaign of people pleading to stop the zoo along with offers from other zoos to take them in and even private donors offering to pay up to six hundred eighty thousand dollars to save little marius the zoo stood by its decision however stating that the draft already had dominant genes among the population and according to inbreeding laws in denmark it was the only right thing to do as bizarre as it seems to murder adult creatures like marius by the same organizations you think would be working to protect them the practice of colon is extremely common
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a captive animals protection study society study excuse me found that as many as two hundred thousand animals in european zoos are considered surplus and any given time and that in some instances zoos are actually encouraged to call them to animals for writing of reasons and in fact the very same denmark zoo decided to kill four healthy african lions aged sixteen fourteen and two cubs to make way for a new lion in an online statement the zoo wrote that it needed to kill these lions because they couldn't risk inbreeding within the lion pride and even those zoos claim to promote conservation they exist to ensure continuous captive population and are not nearly focused enough on a wild reintroduction for the animals they keep furthermore promoting the calling them exotic creatures and feeding them to one another in the name of preservation is not only an insanely warped concept it's unnatural so even those zoos do serve an important function and breeding endangered species and educating future
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generations about wildlife let's not kid ourselves about the horrific quality of these animals lives. a. fourth marks the forty six anniversary of the assassination of dr martin luther king jr and to honor the memory of dr king this friday a massive worldwide wave of action is taking place this global demonstration aims to commemorate both the spirit of nonviolent dissent and dr king's message that change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability but instead it comes through continuous struggle already the hash tag wave action has sparked conversation all across social media calling for demonstrations at former occupy sites all over the world this new call to action is regretting the dialogue over the massive socio economic exploitation against the ninety nine percent so to help go over what the
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goals are and what we can expect to see from the demonstrations i'm joined now by david de graw organizer with the world wide away of action what is up david. great to be on with you thank you so much for coming on and so david a wave of action begins tomorrow april fourth on the anniversary of this as a nation of dr martin luther king talk about what's being planned. so it's a three month long campaign and it is global so we'll run from april fourth to july fourth which is independence day here in the united states we have over six hundred groups throughout the world who are ready to take action for a sustained three month cycle and we figured the best time to start would be on the anniversary of the assassination of martin luther king as you mentioned so we can you know resurrect his spirit of nonviolent civil disobedience there's been a lot of studies done saying that it only takes three point five percent of the
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population taking part in nonviolent direct action to create significant and meaningful positive change so we are ready to begin at former occupy sites this campaign has been largely driven by anonymous and occupy activists so we're going to read gather at all the occupation sites around the world tomorrow we will be here in new york at three pm get things going they'll be actions throughout new york city all day tomorrow awesome yeah i've seen a lot of anonymous promotion of the event which has really been cool the events are also as you said they're being organized former occupy sites all over the country how is this different from the occupy movement. what with occupy we had stationary targets you know occupy is a tactic and the wave action is a tactic as well so instead of having stationary targets with the wave of action
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it's more guerilla nonviolent warfare style where you know you never know where we're coming from there could be protests there could be flash mobs or swarms you know it could be you know people taking their money out of banks people starting community groups community gardens people were saying whatever it is that you do to be the change of. especially people on your show abbie your show it to me was the perfect ordinance to get through because you know people who watch your show they know the score you know they know that we have to dramatically change course because we're on just the disasters so we're basically saying the people the campaign is all about inspiring people whatever it is you're doing to be the change you get out in public and be the change whatever your passion about get out in public and do it right get out of isolation and gather with like minded individuals and really be inspired because it's just gonna keep growing tenfold the demonstrations of course are calling for
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a systemic change which of course we need it david but i think you and i both know that this is the biggest criticism people have occupy how do you respond to critiques that the goals are too broad. well look we need nothing short of an entirely new paradigm the economic paradigm we're living in it was created in a bygone era is completely unsustainable it's working for fewer and fewer people and maintaining a higher and higher costs to the overwhelming majority of humanity on the planet itself we need an entirely new paradigm that's why we're trying to inspire people whatever to participate in new economic systems use alternative currencies grow gardens in your yard you know people know what to do the be the change you know that we don't have to have you know one specific demand or you know that to me that negates or limits the problem i mean if you look back through history you know when
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they wrote the declaration of independence they didn't have the constitution and bill of rights in their back pocket they just knew that the current system was detrimental to their health their community and it had to go so they wrote the declaration of independence and they created change now we're all about nonviolence you know it's twee peaceful and nonviolent this movement but you know we we don't have to have an agreed upon outcome all we know is that we desperately need change and people whatever their passion that they can go out and do it and we can create the change with only three point five percent of the population that's all we need amazing amazing statistic there just a lot of hope david of course i was documenting occupy oakland where police were extremely heavy handed with demonstrators and i'm in court of the wave action website there are tactics being presented to avoid police abuse i was wonder if you can expand about what those are as it is the total randomness of the events. yeah i
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mean look at thousand i mean protests are one thing confrontation with police is is one thing it depends on what people are interested in doing you know there's plenty of people who are down the risk arrest but you know it doesn't have to be a confrontation with police you know the more we can move away from confrontations with police you know i mean look i was very active here in new york at the ecology and i got to know a lot of the cops down here really well and the majority of them actually supported us and you know the less we fight with the police the more likely the bills support us and you know it's a big to point out here one of the biggest offenders of occupy was killed the blazin who is now a current mayor of new york he spoke out on behalf of occupiers over and over again he rode the ninety nine percent into office he constantly told bloomberg to respect the first amendment rights so now let's see if the blasio is going to actually walk
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is tall and defend the first amendment rights but look at you know again you don't have to be out on the front lines the right road says you could be at teach ins you could be planting gardens you can have community social events david i'm gonna jump in here because we have about a minute left but i know that the actions are planned for three months what would success look like at the end of those three months and give a shout out to the web site twitter handle anything that people can follow to really get involved over the next three months well look we just want to aspire as many people as possible we want to get to that three point five percent population threshold you can check out wave of action dot org for more information and is there any sort of twitter handle to put in follow the actions or is it just going to be all right underlies. well if you follow the hashtag hash fairway with action you know the primary account is wave of action at we back the hash tag is where the actions. it is going to be where the actions at all across the world david de graw
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organizer worldwide wave of action can't wait thanks so much for coming on thank you for having me on abuja really appreciate it and that's our show you guys join me again tomorrow when i break the set all over again. largest consumer of the seas and i see it with me in the country is the federal government simplicities property will be named steve dumble. this the united states but image of the public has to realize it can't just buy. just throw it away. for instance belongs to the united states environmental protection agency and i found this on a dump site here in the future and not wait until the producers of these little i have to should be able to collect these i believe that this should be responsible
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with the economic ups and downs in the final months day the deal and the rest because it's going be a single day every week a. secret laboratory to mccurdy was able to build the world's most sophisticated robot which unfortunately doesn't to cuba. mission to teach creation why you should care about humans and this. is why you should care only on the.
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breaking news this hour police in brussels use tear gas and water cannons against protesters as a global wave action against corruption. it's europe and the united states. nato turning sixty five but its recent missions more about self-preservation than the self defense it was designed for plus we ask if it's exploiting ukraine's crisis to secure future expansion. as afghan voters get ready for some for days presidential election we look at the high level siphoning most of the aid money being pumped into the country. and also coming up americas and. u.s. governments under fire.

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