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yeah it is the john oliver of our three americans good to see we are verily better than nothing. see anybody would ever heard of low down to the next president of the world bank so very good a seriously send us an e-mail. as more children from mosul arrive at a baghdad often h r t is helping to find their relatives we also bring you a report on the struggles of children in war torn iraq. vulnerable for abuse they are vulnerable for trafficking from the world for. the danger that children exposed to. the russian journalist working for the country's channel one will be deported from ukraine and security services warned this will happen to anyone they claim is anti ukrainian. and germany's foreign minister
says it's time to kick america's nuclear weapons out of his country the issue is one of several that have emerged in the run up to the german general election. joining us here at r.t. internationally moscow and cakewalk. the battle to force islamic state from war torn iraq has devastated civilian lives particularly those of children r.t. is continuing its campaign to find the relatives of children abandoned by their parents fighting for myself more of these children from mosul were recently brought to a baghdad orphanage. i didn't come on with you. to get out with. some of you.
told us that show you eat. this. not us come. here. and you're watching this show. i want you just heard the children don't speak russian but the kids who were with him say that they're from chechnya the girl's name is she's badly burned her foot the little boy is called mohammed he has a knee injury most children are still under a lot of stress if you recognize either of them please contact us on children at r.t. t.v. dot com ati's what i guess the of takes a look at the problems children face in war torn iraq. these children have seen more bloodshed and agony than most adults will in a lifetime nearly ninety percent of children have lost a member of
a family either they were kidnapped or killed and when they were escaping from the fight many of them have lost family members they were shot at from behind or when they were falling on booby traps it has been a horrible experience. so this helicopter flies around. dropping down on the floor and. some of them my some of them feel when they see for a mess some of them feel when they see you when you know people that they are not comfortable with some of them shut up and say no what for quite a long time until they could act what opened up definitely they call the extreme distress and also physically unfortunately many of them are wounded. many of the hospitals who visit confirmed that. the biggest number of civilians they have
in the hospitals are children traumatised in mind and body but alive lucky by local standards though let's be frank stuck in orphanages and refugee camps in iraq and you believe given the sheer magnitude of the problem thousands and thousands of orphans and little. do you believe you can adequately help them we are helping those sold and we we see certainly we don't have enough resources the children are almost everywhere but ultimately the support comes from family from government and the extended family that once we connect children they are everybody scheme to receive them and the support of the problem is made. king the connection all of these orphans iraq so many a foreign children of isis fighters learn how busy it is much better
a foreign children were reunited with their families they will have problems here with documents in schools with health care they need their families love problems is putting it lightly in iraq tribal culture venerates blood feuds and revenge isis harmed millions there are those who would use these children who hate them for what their parents did. vulnerable for all abuse they are vulnerable for trafficking. or for. any danger that children are exposed to in today's technology any. bad group. could get those children and harmed them some of these lost children a raped their assaulted abused and abandoned killed for their organs hated for the sins of their fathers the un and uni set do what they can to protect them
but there are too many getting them out is a reward unto itself. we helped identify and reunite a number of these shoulder and yet it isn't straightforward uni set for example once these kids identities protected fearing stigma or exploitation we know we tell our children. if we do not allow our children to normalize tensions that we do not know how do we think of allowing a child that had gone. crisis is. to expose him to a big comma it's a hard choice you can show their faces for everyone to see and let their relatives
recognize them or pray that they find them themselves one desperate young refugee among the rocks millions more i guess the year. for many believe iraq. ukraine security services say that a russian journalist will be forcibly deported from the country twenty nine year old anna who works for russia's channel one and is based in kiev had received threats because of her work earlier i heard more details on the story from artie's medina question of a. russian journalist. will be deported back to russia now at the moment her documents are being processed for her official deportation russian channel one said that anna was taken right in the streets by a group of unknown man and put in a car all contact with her was the last stand the channel had no information regarding her whereabouts now ukraine security services claimed that everything was
conducted according to the law and also in a statement that was released today they add this meaning different taishan will happen to average person who they see as someone smearing ukraine so basically everyone whose position they do not agree with now a few words sound the background of foreign acquitted by the way she is a russian journalist born and the south and russian city of atlanta and her last support said that were based on the current situation in ukraine it was also revealed that soon before she was teens she received threats in just a few days earlier her name was added to the deed of. the website peacekeeper now this website published this personal data which is almost always so pertain to . anyone the people behind the website or its contribute to this consider enemies ukraine now this website has cost some controversy and the past at least two
ukrainian public were killed days after their home addresses were published by this website by a peacekeeper it is a developing story and i'm sure we'll hear more on the fate. of the general situation. or journalists covering ukraine have been deported before two spanish journalists were reportedly sent home just last week while in the last couple of months two journalists working for a russian channels were also deported for allegedly gathering info and for negative coverage well international organizations have repeatedly called on kiev to revise its policy towards journalists following wednesday's case the organization for security and cooperation in europe called on ukraine not to arrest or deport journalists from other states while earlier this month the committee to protect
journalists called on the country to encourage different points of view. now germany's foreign minister says he'd like to see american nuclear weapons removed from his country so while gabriele made the statement during a visit to washington where he met his u.s. counterpart rex tillerson artie's peter all over as more we saw on this visit this official visit to the united states buys it more gabriele was right at the very end he came out and he said that he would fully support what martin shultz has said in the past that u.s. nuclear weapons it's time to open a dialogue about getting them off german soil. of course i'm convinced that we need to finally start talking about arms control and disarmament once again in this regard i agree with mr shultz is point that we need to get rid of the nuclear weapons that are stationed in our country. well it's understood that there are around twenty u.s. nuclear warheads in germany based in the southwest of the country and just last
week the s.p.d. candidate for chancellor martin schultz the former european parliament president of course was down in turkey have it right in the southwest of the country giving a speech about how it was time to get rid of these nuclear weapons we can hear what he had to say right now each. of the nuclear weapons currently stationed in germany well sigma gabrial has said on defense in the past that the us is demands for a two percent of g.d.p. payment by all nato members and realistic for germany and it does seem that along with martin shorts they're pushing this. to new tax policy really because it's one of the few ones that they can really go with the german chancellor on the s.p. day the closest rivals to angola merkel currently trailed by around fourteen points if you look at the latest opinion polls in nuclear weapons is really the only
position that they can attack angela merkel on the german chancellor is accused in some circles here in germany of following the american line far too closely particularly when it comes to nuclear weapons and the esprit de want to set themselves aside in doing so they've got to put themselves in line with what has the party of peace really how they're going to try and market themselves with just under a month to go before the german parliamentary elections take place here they're really far behind they're going to have to push very hard over the coming weeks if they're going to try and topple angola merkel from her position as german chancellor. a new report by swedish police says there's been a dramatic increase in so-called no go zones across the country over the last two years the number of what swedish officials call vulnerable areas. this has now reached sixty one also up to five thousand criminals are believed to be living in
them making up some of the two hundred criminal networks currently active there the problems in all the districts which are heavily populated by migrants remain the same. they sell drugs openly they carry weapons i have heard that there are so many weapons in kissed that they could take over accused in a few hours. there has been quite a lot of shooting very brutal mistreatment of entrepreneur her a lot of property. that.
you need to make clear shift in direction we cannot continue in this direction ten more years so i didn't used to do more we need to do more we need to focus on the serious here the problem is that cultural differences and that these immigrants who come to sweden to not want to integrate or some of them don't want to integrate we see this in is facially many of the european countries where they have taken a lot of immigrants we don't see it in for example poland hungary but in germany in this country where i live in denmark we also have not in copenhagen for example and there in sweden also so especially in the places where they have taken in
a lot of immigrants if we see these problems also in france and belgium and in sweden in government people didn't want to admit that this is. actually of property so they were did don't want to mention. peace no go some say as noble sometimes. the relations between america and turkey are getting the spotlight after the u.s. led coalition exchanged with turkish rebels in syria well that story after the break. seemed wrong but wolf just don't hold. me. to shape out this day comes out today and in detroit because betrayal. when so many find themselves worlds apart we choose to look for common ground the.
what politicians do something anything. they put themselves on the line they get accepted over checked. so when you want to be present. for something want to. have to go right to the press this is what before three of the more people. interested always in the why. welcome back well as we're hearing before the break relations between nato allies
america turkey are again in the spotlight off the u.s. led coalition forces exchanged fire with turkish backed rebels near the syrian city of mom beach artie's jatinder explains how events unfolded. the u.s. has found itself between a rock and a hard place in syria namely between kurdish and turkish forces both of whom are supposed to be american allies but consider one another anime's and it seems tensions are on the rise with a coalition spokesperson revealing that u.s. backed forces exchanged fire with pro turkish rebels not once but several times in recent weeks when patrolling areas held by the forces turkey supports almost a full occasions in the last two weeks coalition forces conducting over mobile patrols northwest of members in northern syria received. from groups these incidents have occurred in territories primarily under the control of turkish backed flights is now the u.s. has told turkey to pass on to the rebels they support that firing on u.s.
led coalition forces is quote not acceptable adding that patrols will continue and warning that coalition forces are always prepared and ready to defend themselves if need be which is not exactly the kind of dialogue you'd expect between two major powers meant to be important friends and allies but the reality of the situation is that northern syria is now a metaphorical minefield of possible clashes with conflicting alliances that could unravel at the slightest misstep. he remains a nato ally and an important part partner in the play against dash we expect both those relationships with multilateral wishes to continue i.
think to work with the white b.g. as a part of the overarching syrian democratic forces i . told you many times you. to side with us those terrorist organizations you haven't had a good growth of them and that's why the region has turned into the sea. up till now america has more or less managed to navigate the murky waters between the turks and kurds even deploying a number of troops to northern syria months ago with the specific task of deterring the two parties from attacking one another but that effort has met with little success leaving few surprises in the wake of these recent skirmishes in fact called looks like this one has been a long time coming if it's and then american military advisors go too far our forces would not kid american. whether kerry's out there all of a sudden by accident if you rockets can hit them that the u.s.
was of course never invited into syria but rushed in anyway perhaps without fully understanding the lay of the land. now washington finds itself trying to keep peace between its own partners all the while distracting from the real enemy at hand i still just r.t. washington d.c. the un secretary general antonio but that is says he hasn't seen a humanitarian crisis like the one in gaza for years almost live picks up the story . yesterday i was in the rubble of two very very limited hours unfortunately to witness one of the most dramatic humanitarian crises that i have seen the many years working as a humanitarian in the united nations the un chief after spending several hours in gaza on wednesday has called on the israeli authorities to lift the siege that has been in place on the coast along clave for the better part of ten years in the
visit by the un chief comes amid a spike of tensions between israel and the united nations earlier this week the israeli deputy foreign minister warned that if the united nations did not change what she perceives as a bias against israel well that is what would stop its funding and support of the international body but the israelis are not completely blameless with evolution one eight six zero course for an immediate cease fire in gaza that would see a full israeli withdrawal would lead to food fuel and medical supplies being allowed to enter gaza this is not the case there is a dire humanitarian situation inside gaza as we heard from the un chief and at the same time there were thousands of people who are prevented from exiting gaza to receive much needed medical care on the israeli side there is a twenty year old boy who we caught up with who is suffering from chronic heart disease who for seven months has been refused permission to leave the coastal
enclave. my sickness is tightness in the aortic valve it's a chronic disease and a congenital defect the referral procedure is very important because i must leave to have open heart surgery and replace the defective rounds. from february until now we've applied monthly to get his permit he was supposed to have his surgery in february his muscle has to stay strong if it weakens you will be in serious condition he will not be able to have any surgery after that gaza is often referred to by people living there as the largest. prison in the world a place where people are deprived of basic needs. thousands of people have taken to the streets of paris to protest against president emanuel mccall's new labor law which is intended to make it easier for companies to hire and fire workers demonstrators are also outraged by macross choice of labor minister a multi-millionaire whom they argue doesn't have workers' interests at heart and
muriel penny cole isn't the only controversial face in the french cabinet also under question are the ministerial credentials of a naturalized publisher of belgian origin and a million pick medalists as r.t. shela do bensky reports the protesters think macro is failing to represent the people. but the demonstrators have come out again in front to show how unhappy they are with emanuel not once plan for form the working code they have been shouting that they will receive those with the intent to which we do to find out in front on thursday they have disqualified a manual my bonus being a man who only supports business i once took the rights of look at this is what people have been saying to us said that keep it small if you tax work and workers were against it because it has no wish and we can share the work.
resents the big boss says he wants to cut services social protections and everything achieved by workers turns a group without something. about ideology to be able to sign. what in fact he wants to get rid of employee protections all together it's a big attack of the hierarchy deals will now take over those are some of the reasons why the demonstrators hate feel so passionately against these reforms to the working code but not everybody is unhappy with the plans to reform the working take in front of forms that suggest it will mean that in four years we'll have more ability to hire and fire people to negotiate salary in terms of additional hours that people work and not so why the head of the employer is federation has actually come out not just in support of this reform but is actually
a manual not going to go when he introduces that working reform some people have described this as being a bellwether for my presidency because this is his first major attempt to pass a big piece of legislation here in front but recesses have failed. so it means you see with michael we will be able despite his continuing plunging popularity in the public in the polls to be able to push this reform through and to appease the french people so much you can ski all see paris. now a pilot is coming into london the russian city of sochi has been confronted by not one but three tornadoes and this is the plane as it makes its approach despite the apocalyptic scene at the pilots managed to land the plane safely one in total nine tornadoes were reported that day many flights were delayed or diverted because of
the storms. and that's all the news for now neil harvey will be with you at the top of the hour with the latest headlines. bustling the dubrovnik in venice are all fixed travel destinations so it must be nice to live or is it. crowds of tourists disrupt the city's economic and social life in them and hopefully all this on the celestial get out of the loop it was such a traditional story some nuts i am somebody yes you've done as we've done as minor leagues on a school bus days and i'm on my feet while the city's tried desperately not to
collapse a powerful corporations collect the profit of what it's up to will and probably a global new deal coffee cup the dollar you economy in the bushes up the on saabs knock up you suppose it's only about your. feet by. well. there is a tourist phobia fear into an identity. greetings and sal you take. this week well the united states government convulses in the horror of having to react to another crisis of whether there are a few other or horror shows that have conveniently ducked under the radar of the news cycles let's start with the recent revelation that according to
a bread roll court judge. the democratic national committee and former d.n.c. chair your friend and mine debbie wassermann schultz did indeed hold a bias and work to endorse hillary clinton at the expense of bernie sanders and his supporters despite dismissing the class action lawsuit brought by burning supporters seeking redress for lost campaign donations federal court judge williams lock in his court order states in a value waiting plaintiff's claims at this stage the court assumes their allegations are true that the d.n.c. and wasserman schultz held a palpable bias in favor of clinton and sought to propel her ahead of her democratic opponent but while the d.n.c. primary rigging got off with really nothing more than a vigorous scolding by the judge attorney general jeff sessions and president donald trump decided that a militarized police force is a good police force speaking out the polies of police convention in nashville
tennessee attorney general sessions exclaimed we will not put superficial concerns above public safety the executive board of the president will sign today will ensure that you can get the lifesaving gear that you need to do your job and send a strong message that we will not allow. criminal activity by owens and lawlessness to become the new normal my jeff sessions and person nation yes because we all know armored personnel carriers and those lifesaving grenade launchers and bayonets are perfect perfect for combating all that criminal activity and lawlessness loose that happens when citizens practice their constitutionally protected rights of freedom of speech and assembly how lawless of them so the d.n.c. gets to keep on shooting a law enforcement gets back to you know gets back their equipment beating on people looks like it's yeah it looks like it's time for us to start watching the hawks.
as you put it out of it. like you know that i got. this. week so. well during the watching the harks i am tyrol voted for and. so the d.m. c. will slap on the wrist meanwhile hey let's put some more military gear back in the hands of the polies because they do so well with it they do they really do they love it really. that's right and you know what your show me earlier today illegal districts so had they been great. police and there's a police department that just takes care of the l.a. school district but they get them. tested for high school get before we get in the
grenade launchers for high school kids because we all know that police guarding high school kids in l.a. apparently need grenade blowing right and obviously. law and order yes speaking of law or a lack thereof federal judge williams lock dismissed. the lawsuit the class action lawsuit that was brought against the b m c n n our good friend debbie. stating in a judicial order that even assuming that the allegations are true which she's basically saying look you got assume the allegations are true that they did do this it's impossible he's saying the judge is saying it's impossible to test any fraud claims against the d.n.c. in federal courts basically telling these people that like look whether this actually happened or not it's not up to the courts to decide whether this was right this is up for you because the d.n.c. is technically a private organization to figure that out now d.m.c. does get public money and so there is kind of a gray area there whether they're public or private this point but that is up for
the authors of the d.n.c. democrats to solve themselves it's a private organization but you know a lot of private companies i mean corporations get tax breaks technically public or through by virtue they're not a government agency about why this whole act of war then sony was an act of war and we should have done all this if that's all we're going to say and i don't care that it's a political party that or a private organization that's private citizens coming together getting now. these private citizens got together and decided to steal. i think it is still a lot of the action that i think is a whole politics i'm sure the republicans have done and the same thing bay dad which is deflect from anything that's going on and make sure nobody one side anybody but the ones that isn't there a little idea the judge did that kind of labor smart a little bit you know so lawyers for the d.n.c. as you said had argued this whole thing was they weren't bound by a law to create fair elections even like we had during that they said well you know
we could be in backrooms just decided with a bunch of people smoking and decide we don't have to even have primaries which is a whole very strange thing that's what angered and upset a lot of the progressive base so the judge kind of said this whole thing about that the argument that the d.n.c. lawyers made that impersonality and even handedness are nothing more than political rhetoric not enforceable in federal courts what he wrote was quote the court does not accept this trivialization of the d.n.c. is governing principles the d.n.c. through its charter has committed itself to a higher principle and quote i argue say the judge has to remind the democrats what they stand for they have to themselves up to hold themselves to our principle what they say they don't have to the democrats say they don't care how beautiful all old voted for these two parties it's absolutely ridiculous the idea that there is no problem i think that's all it is it's there's democratic principles are a wonderful thing as are certain republican principles the problem is nobody's
following them anymore and even to judge that you know this judge is like no you know what you know there's a wonderful thing a militarized police. the american civil liberties union agrees with. that through the media we have an epidemic in the united states of police using excessive force particularly against people of color with series of smoldering at the part of the logic to arm the police with weapons of war so well with the democrats on one side basically saying. well actions are kind of we don't care we can be as we want and the republicans and trump on the other side saying the police who what are there. enough are to clean up our waterways and cut down on fossil fuels over the last decade governments around the world have started implementing various forms of taxes and bans on those thin plastic bags some of gently nudge consumers in the right direction by incentivizing reusable bags while others have taken a stricter approach implementing punitive taxes are banning and plastic outright no
country however has taken an approach to chromium as kenya where after three attempts the government has finally succeeded in banning plastic bags because they're punishable by a fine of up to forty thousand dollars and four years in prison seriously and not only does the law target stores and businesses police will have the power to arrest anyone spotted carrying a plastic bag on the street so the question of how tough is too tough in the war on the ultrathin controversial plastic shopping bag wow what a mess i never i never knew that this rule i mean i knew it was good for the environment you know when he was plastered but i didn't realize it was this heavy oh yeah there's a you know important. measure going to you know whole foods or trader joes with a plastic bag of sugar water orders but instead of just the passive aggressive condescension you get from the person that they can't even bring around bags you. know it's going to be like you don't bring your own bags. police or your borders
and forty graham pearman over what's interesting is in the u.s. like in most places around the world we get let off easy we you know we'd like to you know complain all the. taxes you know the taxes we put in to try to get people to stop using cause it will work but you go to a place like ireland thirty seven is a great hong kong fifty actually there's a city in texas. the chargers as much as a dollar every time and use this applies to. many many many countries especially over the ones i've actually complete ban was completely you cannot use them whatsoever. for using them but i don't think anyone's really have this every year but for your final throes of the present for using pasta you know that serious one of the. thing is. it's there's a good side and a down side on this that helps the environment obviously we shouldn't be using
these petroleum products in general that's fine but there is a little bit of an issue that hasn't really been thought through is that kenya about three percent of their population actually is employed in plastic bag industry which is a tough thing when you're actually having all these manufacturers and people are getting jobs from it. so that's going to be a number a target that you know and you're talking about tens of thousands of workers that are i mean if the by if the ban works that's great but what could end up happening is that you have kenyans who are living on two dollars a day. one more in less than two dollars a day getting forty thousand dollar fines now this is a great it's going to disproportionately hurt poor people a lot more than it's going to hurt the people at the top. we always see that across the board and i think that's also an interesting microcosm of the look we have to stop using certain products we are using you know these plastic boiler and radical animals or microbial thing and yeah you know we've got to stop using things but at
the same time that we stop using these things and get you know humanity off that addiction to use the damage ourselves on the our image around us we also have to start looking at what are we going to do to put in place to make up for the loss of job when you say ok the three percent of population can you works in the bad plastic bag making you history. you've got to come up with something but those people to do otherwise like you said just a lot of those are out of a job now because you also have business owners who have put a lot of money into this and if african country after african country starts doing its bostic bag bans and they may that's a huge part of a business in kenya and other places there those those business owners are going to be in alert and i know people are going to need help and there needs to be some sort of structure and that is that's where that next stop is you can break a window you can you know say pass a law but then you have to have that process of what do you want to get rid of the bad thing yeah exactly and i think we i think will see that i think we're going to
see the resourcefulness step up people's you know humanities resource gas pressure now we're going to step up and say now we have a better idea because we're going to do and i get all right as we go to break card watchers don't forget to let us know when you figure the topics we've covered a facebook and twitter see our poll shows that are dot com coming up terrible wallace to be o.b. truth behind the flooding that we're seeing take place in texas and then sean stone sits down with journalist. to discuss the latest on the crisis in venezuela's state . the two thousand and eight economic crisis turns some countries into paid these are the countries with we can recall them is that needed austerity policies if you are in a situation no flow bloat even the recession austerity is
a very bad idea it doesn't work it makes millions of people very unhappy those who are unemployed see their wages decline. decade how good are the results. by the people. she was i mean to for legal. challenge to. see something. while the same measure is still in place to one of the consequences to weaken libor. will firstly. the truth be consider is that the consequences are actually quite acceptable to the decision maker.
here's what people have been saying about rejected in. full on awesome well the only show i go out of my way to launch you know what it is that really packs them. is the john oliver of our three americas do the same we are apparently better than two thousand and six and see if anybody had ever heard of love redacted tonight nah . the president of the world. very. seriously sent us an e-mail. in response to the great mississippi river flood of one nine hundred twenty seven that displaced over six hundred thousand two hundred thousand of whom were poor
minorities american poet robert lee frost wrote blood has been harder to dam back than water just when we think we have it impounded safe behind new barrier walls and lead it breaks away and some new kind of slaughter following the one nine hundred twenty seven flood than president herbert hoover did little to help the african-americans sparking the migration north to more industrialized cities led many blacks to leave the republican party and change the face of politics for a century this week's natural disaster in texas especially the houston area is a result not just of bad luck and increasingly violent storms but a political failing both to the residents of texas and to the land itself so what happened well part of the problem can be traced back to excessive unregulated housing development in wetland areas nearly six point five million people currently reside in the houston woodlands sugarland area that makes up the metropolitan area including and surrounding the city of houston up from around four million people
just twenty years ago more people coming to houston to pursue jobs in the booming energy health care and aerospace and biomedical fields meant the need for more housing and construction workers who would also need housing despite federal regulations governing need destruction of wetlands or saturated lands made up of marshes or swamps he used it has seen over fifty thousand acres of wetlands destroyed or paved over in the last twenty years houston's fort bend county you saw fifty three percent increase in impervious surfaces like asphalt and concrete between two thousand and one and two thousand and eleven. during the same time period harris county saw twenty six percent and greece and the k.t. prairie area saw a seventeen percent increase of course houston needed homes no one can deny that but where and how those homes were built and the infrastructure around it has put the entire houston area and its two decade economic boom in serious jeopardy so weapons aren't just smelly places where mosquitoes live they play an incredibly
important role in the abatement of flood waters and i probably ask yourself how does wetlands help in a flood well wetlands act as natural sponges that hold and slowly disperse things like rain snow melt ground water and most importantly flood waters according to the university of maryland center for environmental science natural ground cover like wetlands creates just ten percent runoff with the rest being absorbed in the air or ground into the water table but with impervious ground cover like concrete you get over fifty percent run off with only fifteen percent absorbing into the groundwater tables this means that the very flat city of houston is covered in asphalt and concrete to such an extent that when heavy rains and storms come which are more frequent there just isn't anywhere for the water to go so it sits destroying homes and lives regulation should have done its job but as with most environmental regulations no one is overseeing the implementation or administering punishment to those who break these regulations and
a lot of people are breaking those regulations in ninety nine it became federal policy that there would be no net loss to wait in the united states that means that if developers want to pave over a marsh they have to get a special permit and they must create mitigation for the last two years ago the houston chronicle found that over half of the permit records they reviewed showed little to no evidence of compliance with federal mandates compliance could be as little as just creating retention ponds they also found that since one thousand ninety the army corps of engineers has issued over set. in thousand permits to destroy wetlands in the houston area and they are in no position due to budget local politics to change that right before retiring after eighteen years having houston's harris county flood control tester act mike tell them told pro publica last fall that his office had no plans to study the effects of climate change that he doesn't believe in the scientific evidence that shows that development is making
flooding worse and asserts that the idea that these magical sponges out in the prairie would have absorbed all that water is absurd here's the thing those retention ponds gutters and sewers are designed based on the science and natural activities of those magical sponges we call wetlands and while he was dead tired of floods are last year that guy hasn't got the budget or any staff says his appointment in may in addition republicans in congress are laser focused on removing any even more environmental regulations to building a housing development how democrats are more interested in clutching to conspiracy theories than protecting lives and the environment it doesn't seem like washing is ten swamp will be very useful and bringing back the swamps we need. most definitely true to all of them. to the brilliant brilliant breakdown that you gave of what's going on in houston by also saying that the u.s.d.a. and natural resources conservation service did an inventory back and nineteen
ninety two regarding whether lives are being converted to other uses and by on the between eighty two and ninety ninety two around seven percent of us wetlands had already been converted into developments that's incredible in. my father's political career i want to get personal my father of political career was based on trying to save me when i'm in the neighborhood i grew up with him when he ran for mayor of brooklyn park back in the rally of nineteen ninety one he was doing it because the city wanted to put him storm curb and and gutters. storm sewers and basically pave everything over one we already had ditches in a way where i'm going to act as a natural system you have water to go and heavy storms this is a problem but we've been in oregon and know it's coming full circle road to buy this in the but it's terrible terrible and there's very and this is a thing that it's not just about the flooding it's you know we can we can do a lot of things to mitigate and we can do a lot of things to help people in these these kinds of disasters and whether it's
climate change or not it doesn't really matter there's a this is what this is what matters is what happened in houston and the fact is it's story after story every year in the houston chronicle and all these papers saying this is a problem this is a problem we've been told her kid for twenty years save the well and save the outlands why because it keeps your house from flood it's very simple and the other problem that arises that only fifteen percent it's estimated of people who live in houston of houston homeowners have flood insurance and flood insurance comes out of this federal program that sadly that underwrites most thing the national flood insurance program the problem with that program is it's completely out of date with its flood plain information also it's heavily and. government program that allegedly surprise surprise so it could collapse is one thing but the problem is that it doesn't. doesn't have enough money because they need more studies to update the information on flood plains the problem the new administration is saying they
want to cut one hundred ninety million dollars from that program and the one hundred ninety million dollars is exactly what the cost to update the information on flood plains it's true it is going in circles because of politics while people's homes are destroyed is truly despicable of what is going to go to one of or issues that we talk about here all the time of watching the hawks is the structure of caring about infrastructure and wanting to spend money on infrastructure going to update infrastructure which i will tell it to everyone here in the u.s. and everyone around the world infrastructure is going to be above the only thing that can help at least delay the effects of climate change whether you believe it or. having all around us and used them as a good example what lands were destroyed not replaced adequately here is the major problem we've got now of course there's other mitigating factors truly going to be argued but not having a place for the water to go is a pretty big one. mother nature you can do it better not a great idea. well are good for goldman sachs and found themselves back in the
headlines once again this time for conveniently getting a free pass from the trump administration's new round of sanctions against the beleaguered nation about his way alone and their president nicolas maduro so goldman sachs going to parties of its new found exempt status. the trials and tribulations for the citizens of those whaler being exacerbated by the united states to sanction happy mentally our own sean stone recently sat down with journalist and author pepe escobar and discuss the state of affairs in venezuela and what the future holds for the american country. how do you perceive this conflict going on currently because there's a lot of perspectives as far as the fact that the door of the president trying to essentially recreate the constitution creating the super congress that's basically giving him more power do you see this as a potentially good thing for the country ultimately leading to more chaos and dissension in what could ultimately lead to a civil war sure enough it is well it's extremely complicated i wish we had let.
it but. ok to basic scenario. they called for some saying that is allowed by the constitution the nine hundred ninety nine constitution dead was discussed and approved to do you will go charges at the beginning of the first job is governments only four months you know they congregate it people they started the discussion they made a modifications there was a referendum on the constitution was approved was a very fast process because. given as well and wanted a new constitution at the time there is a previous or yes you can call for a national. assembly to discuss possible amendments to the constitution. call just the latest election for exactly that the problem is the opposition boy caught dissing from the beginning and
boycotted not really as you read it in american corporate media or european corporate media they were very violent protests if you go to reliable web sites if you go to fin is well analysis in english which is a very very good website that it is also critical of many aspects of the government you have the whole numbers are there proving once again that it was not unilateral the riskily its own people what this was was a rehearsal su prepare western public opinion for something that might happen and what might happen once again is regime change don't forget the venezuela is on there. regime change in syria yet the whole scene was either sent to call him but the difference is even if it is well as in sol sco. colombe has a partnership with neat and that buys with nate tools and takes
in this so called arc of instability depend on arc of instability this means that need to be o. their close partnership they are gaming scenarios for regime change even as well this is has been going on for quite a while the elite wargame was in effect a month so goal. one of those stupid names they come up with military resolve was a military guardian or something like that and they were a gamey with the columbian forces and the. gaming the usual more do you know special forces dropped across the border from colombia into print as well and they still are up a lot of trouble there really put then surely a response heavy response by the government the next day we see headlines all over the world must do riskily it's own people and then we have bashar al assad all over
again so you know it's not very creative but it's always the same modus operandi so this has been this is. in the books mike but. yeah a few days ago he said yeah you can even about regime change possibilities so yes you know nazi has it and when you see this from a latin american point of view people in latin america you presume in argentina where everybody. in america. you are the exactly what it's what could happen and there's no so some american rights america unity at the moment to prevent the possibility of regime change of it as well. the noble cassini spacecraft may be approaching its final days before its twenty year old mission is over and boy is a given all before the having orbit of saturn for the past thirteen years cassini
has been transmitting groundbreaking images and data giving space scientists an unparalleled glimpse into the distant planets environment earlier this year cassini made headlines when i helped discover about saturn's moon and the lettuce is covered in oceans releasing hydrogen a potential energy source for extraterrestrial life. the spacecraft manage a photographic diving between saturn and its famous rings for the first time ever and providing previously unseen footage of the eight main rings from the inside out but before cassini is set to run out of fuel in two weeks and rain. down saturn surface in a ball of fire it's still on track to carry out several missions i just measuring the length of a day on saturn and gathering data on the planet's atmosphere. from talk about it when your mission is one when you're over. never thought i'd see the inside of it was right there it was pretty good i mean look what us humans can do when we're not you know bulldozing well. you know equipment is
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children from mosul arrive at a baghdad orphanage hoping to find their relatives bring you a report on the struggles of children in war torn iraq. vulnerable for abuse for trafficking. for. children exposed. was a russian journalist working for the country's channel one will be deported from ukraine a security service is all of this will happen to anyone. until ukrainian. germany's foreign minister says it's time to kick america's nuclear weapons out of his
country the issues one of several that have emerged in the run up to the german general election. you're watching r.t. and tonight. the battle to force islamic state from water in iraq has devastated civilian lives particularly those children continuing its campaign to find the relatives of children abandoned by their parents fighting for i saw more of these children from mosul were recently brought to a baghdad orphanage. and they're coming to see you. and you. will be especially the.
new. good. new chinless. as you just heard the children don't speak russian but the kids who are with them say that they're from chechnya the girls' names are deeds or earth was badly burned the boy is called mohammed he has a knee injury both children are still suffering from a lot of stress if you think you might recognize either of them please do contact us on children at r.t. t.v. dot com artie's course one of the guys the of takes a closer look now at the problems children face in war torn iraq. these children have seen more bloodshed and agony than most adults will in a lifetime nearly ninety percent of children have lost a member of
a family either they were kidnapped or killed and when they were escaping from the fight many of them have lost family members they were shot at from behind or falling on booby traps it has been a horrible experience. so this helicopter flies that are. dropping down on the floor and. some of them my some of them feel when they see for a mess some of them feel when they see you know people that they are not comfortable with some of them shut up and say no what for quite a long time until they could actually opened up definitely they go all the extreme distress and also physically unfortunately many of them are wounded. many of the hospitals as we visit confirm that. the biggest number of civilians they have in the hospitals are children traumatized in mind and body but alive
lucky by local standards though let's be frank stuck in orphanages and refugee camps in iraq and you believe given the sheer magnitude of the problem thousands and thousands of orphans with little. do you believe you can adequately help them we are helping those sold and we see certainly we don't have enough resources the children are almost everywhere but ultimately the support comes from family from government and the extended family that once we connect children they are everybody scheme to receive them and the support of the problem is made. king the connection to all of these orphans iraq so many a foreign children of isis fighters. it is much better a foreign children were reunited with their families they will have problems here
with documents in schools with health care they need their families love problems is putting it lightly in iraq tribal culture venerates blood feuds and revenge isis harmed millions there are those who would use these children who hate them for what their parents did. vulnerable for abuse they are vulnerable for trafficking. or for. any danger that children exposed to in today's technology any. bad group. could get those children and harmed them some of these lost children a raped their assaulted abused and abandoned killed for their organs hated for the sins of their fathers the un and unicef do what they can to protect them
but there are too many getting them out is a reward unto itself. we helped identify and reunite a number of these shoulder and yet it isn't straightforward uni set for example once these kids identities protected fearing stigma or exploitation we know we tell our children. if we do not allow our children to talk to normalize tensions that we do not know how do we think of allowing a child that have gone. prices. explodes into a big comma it's a hard choice you can show their faces for everyone to see and let their relatives recognize them or pray that they find themselves one desperate young
refugee among the rocks millions more i guess. for many be iraq. across the border in syria the battle for isis defacto capital there is also taking its toll on civilians the un's under-secretary general for humanitarian affairs says that dozens of civilians are likely being killed every day the u.n. estimates that an average of twenty seven people are being killed in iraq every day up to twenty five thousand civilians still remain trapped in the city and they're increasingly exposed to the crossfire of the ongoing fighting. they risk being killed either by airstrikes. arsal snipers or mines if they try to flee rocket is the biggest eisel stronghold and an operation to liberate it is currently under way with the assistance of u.s. airpower we spoke to locals who managed to flee from the fighting is how they
describe the situation. one of the planes bombed us heavily this happened in downtown mischler bend around i saw slaughtering people many were killed and houses were destroyed. but i'm of the coalition shelling targets civilians civilians four story houses full of people all over the neighborhood certainly many have been killed among the my cousin he died in russia in an airstrike. ukraine security services say the russian journalist will be forcibly deported from their country twenty nine year old who works for russia's channel one and is based in kiev had received threats because of her work in a culture of the details. russian journalists will be deported back to russia now at the moment her documents are being processed for her official deportation russian channel one said that anna was taken right in the streets by
a group of unknown man and put in a car all contact with her was the last stand the channel had no information regarding her whereabouts now ukraine security services claimed that everything was conducted according to the law and also in a statement that was released today they this meaning deploy taishan will happen to . person who they see as someone smearing ukraine so basically everyone whose position they do not agree with now a few words sound the background of quite a by the way she is a russian journalist born and the south and russian city of atlanta and her last support said that were based on the current situation in ukraine it was also revealed that soon before she was teens she received threats and just a few days earlier her name was added to the deed of. the website peacekeeper now this website published this personal data which is almost always so pertain to
illegally anyone the people behind the website or its contribute to this consider enemies ukraine now this website has cost some controversy and the past at least two ukrainian public were killed days after their home addresses were published by this website by a peacekeeper it is a developing story and i'm sure we'll hear more on the fate. of the general situation. journalists covering ukraine have been deported before to spawn a students were deported lisa and just last week while in the last couple of months two journalists working for russian channels rule so deported. for allegedly gathering information for negative coverage. the international organization have repeatedly called on kiev to revise its policy towards journalists following
wednesday's case the organization for security and cooperation in europe called on ukraine not to arrest or deport journalists from of the states while earlier in the month the committee to protect journalists called on the country to encourage different points of view meanwhile a ceasefire designed to enable children to return to school has been violated in eastern ukraine and this was agreed by the warring parties on august twenty fifth that was ahead of the new academic year which starts in just two days' time the russian foreign ministry condemned the violations saying that provoke a to fire is coming from ukrainian forces cause unclear to abide by the cease fire and expressed hope that all measures will be taken to ensure peace on the ground. another news germany's foreign minister said that he would like to see american nuclear weapons removed from his country sigma gabrielle made that statement during a visit to washington where he met with his u.s. counterpart rex tillerson auntie's peter oliver as more we saw on this visit this
official visit to the united states by zick mar gabriele was right at the very end he came out and he said that he would fully support what martin shultz has said in the past that u.s. nuclear weapons it's time to open dialogue about getting them off german soil of course i'm convinced that we need to finally start talking about arms control and disarmament once again in this regard i agree with mr shultz is point that we need to get rid of the nuclear weapons that are stationed in our country. well it's understood that there are around twenty u.s. nuclear warheads in germany based in the southwest of the country and just last week the candidate for chancellor martin shultz the former european parliament president of course was down in turkey have it right in the southwest of the country giving a speech about how it was time to get rid of these nuclear weapons we can hear what he had to say right now is. true of the nuclear weapons currently stationed in
germany well sigma gabrial has said on defense in the past that the us is demands for a two percent of g.d.p. payment by all nato members with unrealistic for germany and it does seem that along with martin sure they're pushing this no to nukes policy really because it's one of the few ones that they can really go with the german chancellor on the s.p. day the closest rivals to angola merkel currently trailed by around fourteen points if you look at the latest opinion polls in nuclear weapons is really the only position that they can attack angela merkel on the german chancellor is accused in some circles here in germany of following the american line far too closely particularly when it comes to nuclear weapons and the esprit de want to set themselves aside in doing so they've got to put themselves in line with what has the party of peace really how they're going to try and market themselves with just
under a month to go before the german parliamentary elections take place here they're really far behind they're going to have to push very hard over the coming weeks if they're going to try and topple angola merkel from her position as german chancellor. new report by swedish police says that there's been a dramatic increase in so-called no go zones across the country over the last two years the number of what swedish officials are calling vulnerable areas has now reached sixty warm also to five thousand criminals are believed to be living in the making up some of the two hundred criminal networks currently active that the problems in all the districts which are heavily populated by migrants remain the same.
they sell drugs openly they carry weapons i have heard that there are so many weapons in kids' stuff that they could take over accused in a few hours. there has been quite a lot of shooting very brutal mistreatment of entrepreneurs' a lot of property. that. we need to make clear shift in direction and we cannot continue in this direction ten more years so i didn't used to do more we need to do more we need to focus on
the serious here the problem is that cultural differences and that these immigrants who come to sweden to not want to integrate or some of them don't want to integrate we see this in in is facially many of the european countries where they have taken a lot of immigrants we don't see it in for example poland hungary but in germany in this country where i live in denmark we also have not in copenhagen for example and in sweden also so especially in the places where they have taken in a lot of democrats we see these problems also in france and belgium and in sweden government people didn't want to admit that this is. actually of property so they did don't want to mention. peace no go some say there's no cold. now the un sixty general has called for israel to lift its blockade of the gaza strip we'll bring you the full story after this break.
shape our. active. and engaged. the trail. find themselves worlds apart we choose to look for common ground. at the u.n. general antonio good terrorist says that he hasn't seen a humanitarian crisis like the warning in gaza for years. picks up the story. yesterday i was in the rubble of two very very limited hours unfortunately to witness one of the most dramatic humanitarian crises that i have seen many years working as a humanitarian in the united nations the un chief after spending several hours in goals on wednesday has called on the israeli authorities to lift the siege that has
been in place on the coast along clave for the better part of ten years in the visit by the un chief comes amid a spike of tensions between israel and the united nations earlier this week the israeli deputy foreign minister warned that if the united nations did not change what she perceives as a bias against israel or there is what would stop its funding and support of the international body but the israelis are not completely blameless with evolution one eight six zero course for an immediate cease fire in gaza that would see a full israeli withdrawal would lead to food fuel and medical supplies being allowed into gaza this is not the case there is a dire humanitarian situation inside gaza as we heard from the un chief and at the same time there are thousands of people who are prevented from exiting gaza to receive much needed medical care on the israeli side there is a twenty year old boy who we caught up with who is suffering from chronic heart disease who for seven months has been refused permission to leave the coastal
enclave. with my sicknesses tightness in the aorta valves it's a chronic disease and a congenital defect in the referral procedure is very important because i must leave the open heart surgery and replace the defective models with helen from february until now the white monthly to get his permit he was supposed to have his surgery was that during his muscle has to stay strong suit it weakens she will be in serious condition she will not be able to have any surgery after that gaza is often referred to by people living there as the largest. present in the world a place where people are deprived of basic needs. dozens of people have taken to the streets of paris to protest against president emanuel macro new labor law which is intended to make it easier for companies to hire and fire workers and these demonstrators are also outraged by my choice of labor ministers multi millionaire whom they argue doesn't have workers' interests
at heart and muriel penney co isn't the only controversial face in the french cabinet also the question of the ministerial credentials of a naturalized publisher of belgian of origin and a limping medalist as r.t. sure the reports now the protesters think the mantra is failing to represent the people. but the demonstrators have come out again in front to show how unhappy they are with emanuel not once planning perform on the working code they have been shouting that they will resist those with the intent to which we do to find out in france on thursday they have described emanuel my own as being a man who only supports business i once took the rights of look at this is what people have been saying to us said that keeping small talk is a tax work and workers were against it because it has no
a show now and we can share the work. represents the big boss says he wants to cut the services social protections and everything achieved by workers turns agree with that something. is about ideology to be able to sound. in fact he wants to get rid of employee protections all together it's a big attack of the hierarchy deals will now take over those are some of the reasons why the demonstrators hate feel so passionately against these reforms to the working code but not everybody is unhappy with the plans to reform the working take in front of the suggested will mean more as well have more ability to hire and fire people to negotiate over salary in terms of additional hours that people work and not see why the heads of the employers federation has actually come out not just in support of this reform but is actually
a manual matter going to go when he introduces that working reform some people have described this as being a bellwether for my presidency because this is his first major attempt to pass up maybe a piece of legislation hearing fronts but recesses have failed. means you see with us michael will be able despite his continuing plunging popularity in the polls to be able to push this reform through and to appease the french people charlotte devinsky altie. a five year old british girl has reportedly been removed from a muslim force the family after a judge ruled that she should be returned to her grandmother and desire to churkin explains the case spoke to debates about the media's coverage of it this case involving the foster care of a five year old christian girl has certainly gotten some traction here in the u.k.
this started when the times began reporting on the case of this child living throughout a period of six months according to them in two sets of foster care muslim families and according to the times they cited things such as the parents not being able to the foster care carers not being able to speak enough english the child being forced to remove her cross they also reported on the fact that they claimed that she was not allowed to eat pasta court carbonara because it had bacon in it and that the foster carers insisted that she learn arabic now this of course was to picked up by other news outlets and created quite a bit of controversy here in the u.k. as well as lots of public reaction and we do know that the muslim council have been saying that this was an attempt at the coverage was an attempt to demonize their fee they said that some of the coverage has been appalling we do know that m.p.'s have been calling for an investigation into this case and also some people have been speaking for the need to give as much attention to muslim children living in
non muslim families now that said we do know that the council involved in statements including to us have said that the some of the reporting has actually been according to them inaccurate well we cannot go into details of a case they're all see next receipts in the reporting of that for example the child was in fact food. stood by an english speaking family of mixed race we do know now that reportedly a newspaper regulator is going to be looking into the coverage of this case however we do know that a judge today in london did rule that the girl is going to be moved to live with her grandmother citing the need for culturally matched policeman in terms of religion and ethnicity. the pilot coming in to land in the russian city of sochi has been confronted by not just wall but thirty tornadoes is the plane as it made its approach and despite what looks like a somewhat pop of dixie in the pilot money stay somehow land the plane safely in
total nine tornadoes were reported that day many flights as a result were delayed or diverted because of those storms. will do if. you're watching r t international i do hope you'll stay with us i'll be back with the very latest news headlines see you in just over half an. hour. the two thousand and eight economic crisis turns some countries into pigs these are the countries with weaker economies that needed austerity policies if you are in a situation of flow bloat even the recession austerity is a very bad idea it doesn't work and it makes millions of people very unhappy those
who are unemployed see their wages decline off to almost a decade how good are the results then usually peace will come by the people gathered in greece to watch it all get people to see what i. believe will be she was i mean to for legal. challenge nothing more than this she was always think it's the same thing and not getting paid while the same mission is still in place who one of the consequences is to weaken bluebirds food. i will first. of this is the truth be considered this is the consequences are actually quite acceptable to the decision. survival guide. at the start. of this.
tonight cryptocurrency is just keep on climbing big point above forty seven hundred this comes as countries scramble to build regulations around it and the block chain in general also consumer spending is up but the numbers are shaky we take a look at what's contributing to this also my guest former u.s. trading commissioner chilton is with us to explain the damage hurricane harvey has caused on the oil and gas industry and on your wallet stand by to start right now. with the prospects of a u.s. rate hike dimming the euro soared to one dollar twenty cents for the first time since january two thousand and fifteen following hurricane harvey in texas most analysts assume the federal reserve will delayed major changes on top of that
frequent confrontations with north korea have left the markets nervous as a result the euro has made some pretty big gains in two thousand and seventeen it rose nearly fifteen percent against the dollar monday's extended gains following last week's surge after european central bank president mario draghi speech at the jackson hole summit it also jumped after a fed chair janet yellen spoke at that same conference but made no mention of monetary policy. and across the global exchanges big coin is trading at its highest level ever at four thousand seven hundred three dollars and twenty one cents big coin split back in august first but then it hit a high of four thousand. and five hundred twenty two on the eighty eight the crypto currency is up now three hundred fifty percent from roughly one thousand dollars on january first also of note is a light point it has reached a record high of nearly sixty five dollars a thirty six percent rise it holds the fifth spot worldwide with
a market capitalization of just under three billion dollars according to coin market cap dot com that is now it rallied fourteen hundred percent since the start of the year when it traded at around four dollars thirty three cents vigorous trading in the last twenty four hours was seed in south korea which has a soft spot for light coin a warning though that country is set to see massive regulatory adjustments to crypto currencies which could change the landscape there for like that cited as a major reason for the dramatic upswing in cryptocurrency asset classes as a whole. consumer confidence numbers were released and the conference board numbers saw a rise of one twenty two point nine higher than one twenty in july which was surprising to some economists that predicted a drop the university of michigan also saw an increase with consumer sentiment up to ninety seven point six from ninety three point four but
a drop in how consumers feel about the current economic conditions from one thirteen down to one eleven let's bring in danielle de martino both president of money strong and author of fed up and insiders take on why the federal reserve is bad for america look if we go up these numbers alone what does that tell us about how consumers as a whole feel about our current economic situation. well currently they're getting. i have to tell you. i can't take credit for this one of my buddies is an economist mentioned to me the fact that there right now americans are feeling really patriotic for the first time in the better part of a decade and you know what that thought had not occurred to me that why all this saber rattling and especially with what we saw with north korea flying an actual missile over japan why this wouldn't be pulling down consumer confidence and his reaction which makes perfect sense is that americans are really feeling their patriotism right now i would warn you though that this will not be very long lived
ok well let's take a look at some numbers we've got a graph here which shows you're sixteen years worth of consumer confidence levels why do we still see numbers so high even though we haven't really seen any major financial legislation pushed from the current administration you point to patriotism but do we see anything else he's. remember about a third of americans are still very much in favor of trump being in office that's not a small number and then when you tack on the twenty percent of americans who have benefited from the fact that the stock market remains near record highs you're talking about a good chunk of the population here who has yet to see a dent in their four a one k. statement and who still remains hopeful that the president's going to be able to push through legislation i for one have my doubts and they're increasing by the day especially as we see the distractions for the current administration begin to multiply ok let's talk about some sales numbers we seem to keep seeing these high
confidence numbers but that's also against the backdrop of being box store retailers macy's sears stores closing down their stores are we seeing customers just have stronger faith in spending elsewhere are they becoming more discerning where they spend their money price comparisons trying to save what do you think this is well i think you hit on both. the factors that are driving what's going on here and look it is not it is not a feel good situation to see these stores closing down and the more stores that we see closing down my mother just mentioned it a few days ago my gosh i'm worried that my local mall has a sears and amazing it will start to chip away at consumer confidence but by the same token you hit the other major factor that's driving confidence and that's that they are able to exert their own pricing power by switching to e-commerce where we've obviously seen seen sales rise much more appreciably grow much more strongly ok but there's lots of oil refineries we need to talk about in the gulf texas we
look at at this chart right here we can see west texas intermediate benchmark starting off strong and sinking in the week leading up to hurricane harvey we're still seeing massive fallout from that what kind of effect could this hurricane recovery do to consumer confidence in the long term if we account for not just dropping oil prices for something like home repairs there's tens of millions of dollars that are going to go into i'm sorry millions billions they're going to go into cleaning up a mess this size. look the one factor that's missing and the huge whammy that's going to be suffered upon consumer confidence and what economists will tell you is the very first thing to make households turn on a dime on confidence is rising gasoline prices now as it pertains specifically to the houston area it will be a double economic quickly if oil prices stay low on the one hand which is going to keep people out of work it's going to keep those refinery shut down it will be
a drag on the fourth largest economy in the country but by the same token the entire nation feels that gasoline prices prices at the pump rise by thirty forty cents a gallon this could that we could potentially for this current cycle be seeing the peak in household consumer confidence and we've got analysts pointing to the effects of this hurricane as you as you mentioned some of the refineries closing down the platforms have been evacuated refineries closed down supply lines many of them wiped out still trying to analyze that situation and a lot of analysts are saying look the dominoes are just beginning to fall are you keeping your eye on the fall out of the situation as we hear that the hurricane maybe you know winding up off off off the coast and coming back in. absolutely look this is unprecedented i don't know that this is katrina because new orleans is not near the economic powerhouse that houston is nor does it have the same impact on the energy industry lindsay i don't think anybody can make any sort of
a determination at this point about what the potential ramifications were are going to be i saw a statistic earlier today that said ten to fifteen percent of homeowners in use didn't have flood insurance you're talking about a ton of devastation it's not that these repairs aren't going to happen in the coming years but what about so many millions of households who could potentially be deeply harmed by this situation and not have the financial wherewithal simply not have the money. to repair their homes that they need it's a terrifying and catastrophic situation they're dealing with down there let's talk about the month of september which we are heading right into we're talking raising the debt ceiling with the potential government shutdown on the horizon mitch mcconnell even said quote there is zero chance no chance we will not raise the debt ceiling and quote if numbers aren't wavering now what kind of a drop can we see once these talks begin just real quick before we go well i think that there's a lot of vulnerability right now to any kind of a shock talk about cruising into the eye of the storm in the month of september if
there's any kind of a wavering at all i would say that the markets right now are highly highly vulnerable to any kind of doubt that enters into these discussions will be will all be on red alert in the weeks to come that's absolutely right when congress goes back to school on capitol hill thank you so much danielle de martino president of money strong and author of fed up insiders take on why the federal reserve is bad for america thank you. over the past few decades the cost of higher education in the u.s. has skyrocketed along with that came a jump in student loan debt which just reached yet another all time high. has more on that for us now what's the average number of loans americans have now well to be exact the average american has three point seven loans on average anywhere from three to four compared to ten years ago that number was two point four percent the student loan balance in the u.s.
has changed a lot over the past decade according to the latest data we have hit the one point four trillion dollars mark up more than eight hundred billion dollars from two thousand and seven and currently the average american has a total of thirty four thousand one hundred forty four dollars in student debt that's a sixty two percent increase from ten years ago and that's not all a report from the consumer financial protection bureau shows that the number of borrowers with over fifty thousand dollars of debt. has tripled during that same period and all members of every generation deal with it it's generation y. or the millennial that have taken out the most the average millennial has four point four loans more than both their parents and grandparents generation z. notably has less than that but that's because some of them haven't even started their freshman year yet and what's more interesting is that members of generation x. the highest average balance at almost forty thousand dollars meanwhile the average
less than thirty four thousand dollars regardless of those difference is going to college has become one of the biggest expenses we make next to buying a house but the growing balance of student debt has hampered the ability to do that across the country in fact the u.s. home ownership rate sits at sixty three point seven percent down from sixty eight point four percent in two thousand and seven and to make matters worse the housing market hasn't adjusted to the rise in debt that young americans are taking on and neither have we. you know it's down but even a sixty eight point four percent back in two thousand and seven was an impressive sierra's home ownership for upwardly mobile adults let's talk more about these home prices though how do they play into this debt problem so they're not exactly connected to student debt but they do kind of depend on each other obviously with more americans taking now more student debt and having more or bigger balances and makes it harder to save for a down payment to buy a home that's why we're seeing one
a decrease in the homeownership rate but also an increase in the rental rate and of course rent prices that goes along with that. and on top of that the housing issue wages have not kept up and in fact in sixteen of the twenty biggest metro areas in the u.s. housing prices grew twice as fast as wages in those metro areas so when you combine student debt with stagnant wages it becomes almost impossible to really buy a home unless. course you live in an oddly affordable area in the us we can make a good info graphic of that and put it on it will do a whole segment of that to find where those are in the united states because we're all on the hunt for those gadgets exorbitant now a lot of the focus here is on the debt millennial specifically hold how does that affect other generations so. every single generation has taken out some amount of student debt obviously it taken out the most but because of taking out more loans
they need cosigners on these exorbitant amounts that they're taking out right means their parents and in some cases their grandparents are cosigning these loans so it's not just a millennial that i've been hampered down in one hundred thousand dollars of debt when they graduate it's going to their parents and their grandparents accounts so that affects them not only because they're taking out for their kids or their grandkids on top of the debt that they might have so it's really an interconnected problem it's not just a separate one else have it worse and the older generations haven't suffered as much as a problem that affects everyone it's a family affair thank you very much. time now for a quick break to stick around because when we return u.s. visa holders seeking green cards based on employment are set to face mandatory in person interviews and my guest fills us in on how the oil and gas industry is tearing in the gulf after hurricane harvey we go to break here are the numbers the calls into.
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homeowners hit by hurricane harvey in the gulf coast are racing against the clock to file insurance claims current texas insurance code gives claimants eighteen percent interest if their insurance company pays late pays too low or doesn't pay at all but house bill seven hundred seventy four changes that starting september first penalties for insurance companies will be reduced and climate lawyers will face to. requirements to file suit supporters say it will help shut out from the us lawsuits but opponents say it allows insurance companies a cheaper way to act in bad faith but that's just homeowners insurance flood insurance is another issue in harris county texas which includes houston fifteen percent of homes have it in two thousand and five hurricane katrina half of homes were covered by flood insurance people without coverage will have to apply for grants or low cost loans from other branches of the federal government how miners
in high risk flood zones are required to pay into the national flood insurance program but it can be hard to track if they're actually obeying that directive and premiums can be very expensive also those zones deemed high risk are growing fast hurricane hurricanes katrina and sandy lead to claims of nearly twenty five billion dollars this left the national flood insurance program in debt by twenty three billion dollars to the u.s. treasury grants and low interest loans could be the only way out for those without flood coverage. and the storm is also giving ramifications reciprocal ramifications and worries for fuel costs as the oil coast as it's called produces and refined oil into gasoline a huge chunk of it for the united states gasoline prices have surged more than four cents nationwide as a result former u.s. attorney commissioner bart chilton says we can expect more at the same time price gougers are out there in the impacted areas gosh you said it we're seeing some dirty stories out there or oil prices have gone down gasoline prices have gone up
what's happening in oil and gas markets well i mean there's fifteen percent of the refining capability has gone off line that's two point five million barrels a day and there are some concerns that it could go. thirty percent with you know the storm coming back around to port arthur and parts will lose you know so with the reduced refining refining keep going. it means that the actual crude oil is sitting there and growing a surplus and with that surplus comes lower prices so we saw on the new york mercantile exchange prices of west texas intermediate which is the u.s. benchmark go down to a five week low forty six forty four now at the same time we've got that gas the they need more of that right and so that's in you know tight supply or tighter supply and that's why we've seen a two year high in wholesale gasoline prices to
a dollar seventy six a gallon for the rest of us that prices that prices are also going up there are two dollars and thirty seven cents on average right now so that's sort of the market dynamics on the stock market side some oil companies are doing better and some are sixteen what's going on to our viewers well really it's like they say about real estate right location location location and so if we look at the one that's really taken a tumble it's exxon mobil who's been pretty hard hit one with their beaumont texas plant that they've shut most of that down the refining capability and then just a little bit north and east of that is the number two refinery in the united states and that's in baytown and they're having big problems there they even had to report to the texas environmental quality folks they've had a spill that's not sure what it is but it really reeks and this is
a plant that's known for having some problems in the past now a new few years ago they had a twenty million dollar fine so exxon mobil during this circumstance not looking too good others are up just a little bit marathon valero philip sixty six but again it depends where you are and what you know the impact of this hurricane on your refining capabilities as you say depending on where you are with some of the these are for. shutdown eleven gasoline price should people be going out to fill up their cars and trucks right now i would i did i mean this is a normal thing at this time of year right labor day weekend people will go and fill up but even now more than ever like i said the average cost nationwide is two dollars and thirty seven cents that's up four cents in a week but it's one of the larger price surges we had this summer the other day when we were talking about the storm coming in i said that you know estimates were from five to fifteen cents a gallon those estimates are up to ten to twenty cents
a gallon but quite frankly when i look at what's going on in the reduced capacity of these refineries you know i could see thirty cents a gallon more and that could last for a long time too it could last for you know a month or six weeks or longer and as you noted you know katrina we saw forty cent increase in prices so it might not be that high but i think it's going to be higher than most of the experts are predicting i'd certainly higher than you know five to fifteen cents i'd say so katrina as you mentioned we saw forty cents in two thousand and five. gasoline prices how high could they call how how likely are they to stay high what they could like it will stay there for a long time stay high for a long time whether or not it's thirty ish cents a gallon i think a long time because. they'd have been able to even assess the damage and this is
not just damage to the window now oh yeah absolutely we don't know it's like a i said i said yesterday to somebody it's reminds me of that old song the midnight oil song where they say how can we sleep when our beds are burning well how can they assess the circumstances when they're in the middle of the disaster and it's relentless and it keeps on and on they can't even get in workers can't even get there to do the assessments and it's not just the refineries too it's all of the logistics i mean the pipeline. we're closed the ports are all closed there's four or five them along the texas coast no oil is going out nothing's coming in so everything's that a standstill and underwater and it's relentless so i think this is going to last a long time i think prices are going to go up i wouldn't be surprised if we see another nickel in the next couple of days then another nickel left over the weekend and we get up to that thirty cents a gallon and it stays there for a month well then we've got the holidays winter and it all goes in a lengthened household expenses going up and it's going to be
a real pinch on people at these prices they high you've always been a consumer advocate you've got a book about consumer protection last week on this show you warn viewers we can see price gouging update on that they're doing it bad actors are out there lindsey over five hundred reports to the texas attorney general of price gouging now this is an all just gasoline although the reports that the attorney general's office is take it in shows that some of charging four dollars a gallon which you could say well maybe there's a reason for dollars but allan come up to ten dollars a gallon some of them you know it's just crazy and it's look the free market is one thing but during these times when there's an emergency out there and people need fuel to survive you know that's a big deal and the fines by the way are also pretty hot out of doing this and you get fined twenty thousand dollars ok unless you are doing it to somebody not boy you but somebody that sixty five or older then the fine is two hundred fifty
thousand because shame on you shame on you now by the way if this goes into louisiana and there's price gouging we did see that back in two thousand and five with katrina there you're doing jail time six months jail time and if somebody is injured by the price gouging you know as a result of what you've done then you could go to jail for even longer up to twenty one years if somebody dies so big deal the price. and they're doing it with water by the way we always tell them. that i read a report that taxes are services for water ninety nine dollars for a case of water somebody was trying to charge so. be careful when you feel like just how do you go about reporting and telling someone about it getting on to you and you know and both cattle you call the texas attorney general or the losy anna general's office they have a hotline i've looked at their forms they're pretty easy to fill out and it's
definitely something people should do these bad actors need to be caught it's just not right particularly when everybody's in such a hurry right circumstance what are you looking at me coming down whether or not you spine these other you talked about the number two refinery in the country the exxon mobile in baytown but we're also looking at the. port arthur which shut down a little bit today that that's something that if they're closing the largest refinery in that second large refinery in the country that's going to have a longer term impact than others might and how the reassessment works over the next couple of weeks and it's going to be weeks to do this reassessment that's the key thing i'll be looking at is not going away thank you very much part of us to. ever wonder what it would feel like to trade and use crypto currencies and get free food in the process while burger king russia is rolling out its own crypto currency
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