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it's a drill and who runs the blood business. or you remember the beverly hillbillies the t.v. show. porn man named the family should know some crude came from bubbling crude oil that is black gold. well in the opening credits the t.v. show they show the series beverly hills mansion and that mantra has just traded in the market and took a huge discount many many many millions of dollars into its poetic justice jed clampett the original oil baron in los angeles his mansion is giving hammered in the market so boyle obviously is not working anymore. breaking news to belong to the chemical plant to the u.s. city of houston texas after hurricane flooding to the site.
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the u.n. estimates that's an average of twenty seven people are being killed. every day in the ongoing fija proclaims competent civilians the falling victim to both coalition and the terrorists by saying. eleven civilians have been killed enough down the songs logo on profits when a nato helicopter hit a house and thought to be hiding taliban fighters. and a migrant camp in central brussels as well daily raising fears of another jungle notorious can live just across the border and brought crew visits besides just a few weeks ago there were many people and now as you can see from the evidence around us many more people the new seeing this as a base. hello
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there which just turned three pm here in the russian capital and you're watching off the international with me thank you aaron good to have you with us now we start the hour with breaking news from the u.s. state of texas where two explosions have rocked a chemical plant near the city of houston some are calling joins me live with the details as the mayor of the incident comes amid heavy flooding caused by hurricane harvey can you bring us up to speed on the latest phase. well a two explosions have been reported in crosby at texas at our key chemical plant the incident has been confirmed by the company and they also warn that there may be a risk of further blasts the company issued a statement to in response to the incident saying that the plant followed its hurricane preparation and had emergency plans in place however on president
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flooding. overwhelmed their primary and secondary source of power and they first warned about the possible explosion on wednesday. we have lost primary power and two sources of emergency backup power as a result we have lost critical refrigeration of the materials on site that could now explode and cause a subsequent intense fire the high water and lack of power leave us with no way to prevent it. will be. in the. hundreds were living within a one point five one point five mile radius were evacuated and according to texas police after the explosion one official actually drove himself to the hospital as a precaution after inhaling what you believe to be. fumes. nine others are
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currently being checked out at the hospital but arkema officials say that the smoke inhaled by the ten deputies is believed to be non toxic the facility produces liquid organic peroxides that are used to make a plastics composites and pharmaceuticals there are fifty seven employees employed at the facility that's located in a rural area without hospitals recreational areas industrial or commercial areas in the vicinity of the plant has never experienced flooding like this before so we are unfortunately i'm sure the circumstances and we're still waiting for more details but we will keep you updated. ok thanks for that. well i discussed the incident with environmental vice had tony do you know hey things residents in the surrounding area should take extra precautions that is evidently the toxic
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pollution being released to the atmosphere certain people should be concerned. parties themselves so that you so you possibly can i'm not sure the company has released a comprehensive breakdown of exactly what's getting into the atmosphere and what the chemicals are following combustion being potentially all. right be shutting my window might be trying to avoid using anything that's coming from from the combustion taking place these kinds of talks are you suz obviously going to cause health impacts. now in syria the battle for iraq once considered islamic states defacto capital is taking a massive toll on civilians caught in the crossfire the un high commissioner for human rights says he's extremely concerned the u.s. led coalition quotes may be failing to abide by international theme monetary and principle meanwhile the u.n. estimates that every day dozens of civilians are being killed in the city.
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the u.n. estimates that's 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 during christian we are exposed to the crossfire of the ongoing fighting. they risk being killed either by astroids. posable mines if they try to flee. there is. constant air raids from the coalition so the cash and civilian casualties are. large and they seem to be no real escape for these civilians.
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but the planes bombed us heavily this happens in downtown bend around i still slaughtering people that many were killed and houses were destroyed in a coalition shelling targets civilians hit civilians four story houses full of people all over the neighborhood certainly many have been killed among them my cousin died in iraq in an asteroid. if we count with around twenty thousand people ereka. our children. are suffering friends relatives family of the children he sexually. strikes targeting. now the u.s. led coalition has been bombing what was once considered to be defunct no capital in
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syria the city of raka is a densely populated area and civilians are finding themselves caught in the crossfire. i think the pentagon has made a determination that they can accept a certain number of civilian casualties if they're going after high value targets and but but it's just unconscionable to be doing aerial bombing on very densely populated city areas they know there will be casualties and yet they're willing to accept that and the way that this is being conducted is a guarantee for civilian casualties and i'm very very high number only recent the coalition that is dead by the united states issued. a every poor twitter by they claim that only about six hundred twenty four civilians died since they started operations three years ago against the so there is a huge mismatch between what the reality is and what this coalition is saying you
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know nobody's talking about it and people probably do not nies the tragedy that is taking place and unfolding over there. the governor of afghanistan's logar province there's eleven afghan civilians have been confirmed killed when a nato helicopter struck a house thought to be hiding taliban feiss. civilian house. the house big taliban to leave but they didn't there they called the. house the. locals however say there were no taliban fighters in the house that time. the jet plane bombed here it bombed the house all the houses were destroyed only two or three people survived look at the house you can ask people whether the taliban were here or not well there's been no confirmation of the strike so far from nato all the u.s.
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led coalition but a spokesperson for the nato led mission in kabul says the reports are being investigated if confirmed the strike would be the second deadly air bombardment of afghan civilians in the last four days on monday thirteen civilians were confirmed killed and over a dozen wounded in an air strike on the western correct of as the government says it was targeting taliban fighters but locals again say the villagers had left the area hours before the strike the two incidents demonstrates the huge risk of civilian casualties from the intensified raids on the country. meanwhile the u.s. has acknowledged it had eleven thousand military personnel in afghanistan some two and a half thousand more than it previously said was the case but the pentagon insists there's been no increase in troop numbers just a change in how it counts them previously overlooked it seems were troops on temporary assignments along with contractors who fall outside the eight thousand
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four hundred strong personnel cap which was introduced by the iraq obama but now the u.s. defense department says each and every head will be counted. we will characterize all forces necessary for the steady state missions of train advise assist and counterterrorism as total forces included in total forces in afghanistan will be the troops required for short duration missions which vary based upon operational conditions but are not needed for the duration of the operation of russia's federal security service says it has arrested a group of terrorists planning a major terror attack we have the details after this short break. here's what people have been saying about rejected in the senate it's full on. the
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hello welcome back now authorities in brussels are concerned a new my current camp is starting to form similar to the infamous jungle in the french port of cali which was cleared last year the fence was spock's by the hundreds of refugees now sleeping now one of the city's train stations are to show the deep and ski visit to this site. the remnants of a makeshift migrant camp a in down town brussels is being described as sums potentially in the next jungle a reference that that notoriously squalid camp in cali in neighboring france that was dismantled a year ago and one medical charity working here in brussels the said that just a few weeks ago there were any handful of people and now as you can see from the evidence around us many more people have been using this as a base most people are traveling here from countries like sudan and eritrea but even. people you know. because.
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they did use these not play for these some migrants only agreed to speak to us if we didn't shoot their whole face may be. a bright future. but it was my fault. to hear. more difficult things. it difficult to survive. sometimes to get enough. people as the rain is coming down now here in brussels some people have moved under the trees to try and gain what little shelter they can now this new makeshift camp is just fifteen minutes away from the european commission's building and just a stone's throw away from some of the main railway stations here in brussels including the one that the euro star goes through to go to the u.k.
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and that's leading to fears from some people that some of the migrants he will be so desperate to get the u.k. that they will actually try and board the trains i mean for me when i hear about things makes me makes me more concerned about what's going on in the countries where they're coming from personally makes making me worry about the fact that they try to come to the u.k. . shelter and refuge i'm more worried about walking why they're forced into a situation in the first place i'm a bit scared too because i don't know. and of dispy people and out the day feel i just taking. a telling how long or could be done and i don't have to stay out in parts like that that's kind of more my worry is where the why are they here and things like about is that they're not being taken care of here so what's being done by the authorities well according to the charity meds. a lot. of the situation is that
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there are actually around four hundred or five hundred migrants in the belgian story that you are not really doing anything to. because they consider that. migrants want to be held the issue would apply for asylum in belgium as the authorities seem to be so reluctant to do anything some concerned pockmarks a million could become a new symbol of europe's refugee crisis just like cali before even ski auti brussels we discussed the matter with frenchman and republican party politician jacques myard he believes the saying in free movements agreement is the key factor in making the my current crisis so difficult to cope with. it is very true that today not only shingle and but many aspects of the european construction are not functioning properly schengen isn't
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a port unity to improve control of our frontiers unfortunately we should restore the internal control at our borders to prevent people to smuggle in and this is why i do believe that the schengen agreement should be revisited on a more let's say realistic bases than this utopian you know principle of having a free zone without any control at the internal front is the internet all borders and that criticism of the e.u. is internal borders it isn't an isolated voice some of those behind europe's deadly terror attacks travelled freely across the continent after carrying out the atrocities a few even managed to spend weeks passing through different borders before being course.
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you. know. you. even france because of the terrorist attack as restore you know very quick control
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and our borders in the specially in the airports and also at the land borders so it shows that step by step the european states recon izing are facing really as it is and not as they have dreamed of in the past you know in the past within days iraq's prime minister is expected to announce the full of a ration of the city of tal afar from islamic state so to be the last stronghold of the terror group in the north of the country but how close this piece it really to the war wary nation where i gassed you have speak to people on the ground. for the better parts of fourteen years in iraq. with violence and it has adapted following invasion and occupation by america iraq has steadily grown its military now it's just. iraqis whether they even
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knew just how many soldiers are protecting them the only one in. the. manner. we. are that could be. here is some perspective iraq's population ignoring kurdistan is roughly thirty million of those approximately nine million adult men and one in three a third of all men a soldier has the ability to. see. what the.
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way. it's a vicious cycle workman hanging over teaches needing schools. abandoning their fields and. service pays much better. but the. mosul university once the second biggest. in iraq but it's seen better days just like everything else in the city here's the kicker though classes are in session. with walls and ceilings still. nevertheless young men are abandoning study
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in favor of easy money in the police forces they get god's authority and opportunity. but. you'll hear the stories everywhere. raise their use this private on the shakedown. seeing and protection rackets violence has become a currency. but chewing this con lust you might think isis will be defeated and there'll be no need for this huge audience. so but america and britain should be rock fourteen years ago violence sometimes i said.
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had now come. on the system as a day it's cool a war economy. amid record low approval ratings for donald trump it seems the majority of americans are also not happy with the president's style of behavior according to a new poll by the pier were such sensor only sixteen percent unlike the way trump conducts himself as a us leader and dissatisfactions also spreading to the entire traditional two party system and stuck in a poor. so here in the u.s. capitol it seems that republicans and democrats alike are struggling to gain any traction politically when it comes to the left our recent poll shows that only forty two percent of the public views the party in a positive light and the funding is coming to a crawl and as we earlier saw in new york many see the party as purely anti trump
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with many struggling to define any clear policy message the policy proposals. i mean specifically. i'm not sure oh no. nothing nothing no now. i can mention one i asked the other questions about the g.o.p. here in d.c. and it seems that they're not fairing any better are you kidding. no one. i don't know what you. say. your wife nothing major. and minor i'm trying to think there have been some minor things but i can't i can't think of one that's so minor they are despite the fact that republicans control both chambers of congress only one in six of their voters approve of what's happening here on capitol hill and all time low for the past year so many promises were made about the achievements that would finally be seen now that they have the majority in the american people expect this to be done they're
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ready for us to talk to listen come up with a better health care program for our country who want to tax code built for growth literally designed to go jobs and salaries in the u.s. economy not just a wall but a great wall we will do this and we'll start early on next year and yet we're still waiting for those big ideas to come to fruition well i think it's correct that both parties have failed the american people were in the midst of maybe the most incompetent presidential administration ever and and yet the democrats don't seem to be offering very much of an alternative the american people have been ready for an alternative party for most. party democracy for a very long time the situation has just become critical at this point so nothing is actually getting done and politicians are dragging one another through the mud trying to find someone to blame but perhaps the two party system itself the problem according to a gallup poll by twenty twenty it's possible that over half of american voters
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could be registered as independent not being affiliated with either party or perhaps they could be connected to something new dissatisfaction with the republican and democratic parties is so high that people are now seriously discussing the idea of bringing together progressive groups to form a third major political party just look at our t. washington d.c. . now in today's age of fake news you probably think you've seen it all up but there are still some willing to push it a little bit. donald trump plus sex trafficking you believe it while she does you might have already heard of the former british m.p. turned journalist louise mensch she eagerly read tweeted her colleague quote taylor's post about alleged evidence on this very creepy subject well no wonder it came from mr taylor who happens to be a former bill clinton staffer meanwhile the guardian followed the story through its source who turned out to be a prankster who apparently got so tired of the news that she decided to add some
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oil to the fire and sent it to a person who she knew as she said would not double check the information which is exactly what happened ladies and gents taylor was quick to make an apology but luis mench was not so quick to give up on this big news story she referred to her own sources now let's take a look at what her sources have revealed to her in the past. i absolutely believe that andrew breitbart was murdered by putin just as the founder of r.t. was murdered by putin's russia has been running active measures all over the e.u. involving islamic extremists they train and fund on bernie sanders who definitely is a traitor in league with putin i'm mildly surprised to see tweets missing the obvious this didn't stop her from somehow getting her own opt out of the new york times on the subject of russian hacking and you may find it hard to believe but it's true she's still a regular on much of the primetime mainstream media will separate fact from fiction
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good to have you read thank you for having me all these much you claimed to know in november that the f.b.i. had secured a court warrant to monitor communications between trump tower in new york and two russian banks what i reported was that my sources that i should say at the outlay don't have a piece of paper with the find that weren't in front of me louise mensch thank you so much for joining us thank you for having me first of all after the steel dossier if i would doll job i would not be talking about leaks ladies and gentlemen welcome to the new reality of mainstream reporting read. for the news and stand your ground even when you know they're coming for you that's a giago r.t. . bringing you breaking news this hour russia's federal security service the f.s.b. says it has arrested two islamic state members over a planned terror attack in most go on september the first there are said to be two citizens are from the central asia f.s.b. confiscated handmaid high capacity explosives and related materials as suspects
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admitted that been preparing a terror assault but this friday the attack would have coincided with the muslim holiday of copan by iran we're going to be bringing you all the details as soon as we get them on this latest story. i'm back with more news in just over a half an hour and all the latest details on our breaking news stories. with manufacture consent to public wealth. when the ruling class is some project himself. nor the roots to. delete.
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the knowledge or. just. hey there i'm lindsey francis is broadcasting around the world from washington d.c. tonight massive oil refinery offline in texas as the fallout from hurricane harvey to continue and the price gouging past register has begun for necessities such as
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water and second quarter g.d.p. growth has climbed and we are also looking at a very positive jobs report separate this friday release things are looking up my guest says the dollar is weak and it's time to head to gold but this safe haven investment the rally surrounding it could be short lived i discuss with c.e.o. of euro pacific capital peter schiff stand by us starts right now. a looks like we could see some changes to the trans-pacific partnership after all officials from eleven countries involved in the deal are meeting in sydney this week with the goal of keeping all the remaining nations on board after u.s. president donald trump withdrew from the partnership back in january fears of other
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leaders following his lead grew in an interview with reuters peru's deputy trade minister edgar vast was said we are all open to evaluating what we can do and what viable alternatives there may be the talks will only last for three days and a final decision is not expected at the end of it but we could see a few changes at the request of vietnam regarding labor rights and intellectual property and so far it looks like japan and new zealand are. on board with an acting those modifications. the second revision for second quarter u.s. gross domestic product came in and an annual rate of three percent and that figure was higher than forecasted of a rise of two point seven percent originally putting the g.d.p. pace at the quickest climb in two years this was reflected in more robust consumer spending and stronger business investment as we wait for another important jobs
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data point on friday we'll look to the a.d.p. national employment report out today which shows american businesses tacked on two hundred thirty seven thousand new positions this month the more comprehensive august jobs report from the labor department is expected to be a surprise to the upside on friday candidate for president donald trump did pledge to double g.d.p. growth to four percent or better when here originally took office but the congressional budget office countered that it projected a growth average of one point nine percent of the next decade looking to the more immediate future though we are waiting to see the extent of the devastation brought by hurricane harvey analysts fear it could take a half percent off this quarter's growth which may bounce back when rebuilding begins and oil refineries come online again. natural disasters can have severe economic ramifications in the areas they hit for
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example hurricane sandy and hurricane katrina both cost the areas impacted billions of dollars will harvey have the same effect or could it be even worse than bust bianca for she has more on that for us right now what makes this. so much different than what we've seen before so what sets harvey apart is oil because texas is home to some of the biggest oil refineries in the u.s. and most of them since the storm began have had to. down in preparation for hurricane harvey most businesses along the texas coastline had to shut their doors first that didn't include which runs the biggest oil refinery in the u.s. but on wednesday the company reversed that decision the plan is located in port arthur which is about one hundred miles east of houston and near the louisiana border in the wake of the storm it's slowly started reducing operations but never explicitly announced plans to close down due to the way the flooding has progressed
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stores won't open until the waters recede the decision follows a similar move by exxon mobil which shut down one of its refineries in baytown which is the second largest in the country and then again on wednesday the company said it closed another refinery info months due to harvey related damage all of those closures are expected to have an impact on gasoline prices current estimates suggest prices could increase fifteen to twenty five cents a gallon nationwide up from an initial forecast of five to fifteen cents now as of wednesday morning the national average was two dollars and forty cents up only six cents from last week but if the refineries stay closed for long it could lead to a bigger increase your leak ten percent of the u.s. oil refining capacity is shut down and it might be weeks before production is back in full swing so we could see a bigger impact on oil than we've seen before in the aftermath of hurricanes with the exception of hurricane katrina in two thousand and five hurricanes gust of an
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ick in two thousand and eight the industry off that speed for a short period of time and the impact doesn't stop at the gas station other industries like shipping and travel could be dealing with the brunt of the storm for a while. and the people unfortunately as well they're on the ground losing more than just their houses i mean access to basics there's been complaints about price gouging since the beginning of this hurricane one of the new details on that well according to the attorney general of texas the state has. received almost six hundred formal complaints and over two hundred e-mails regarding price gouging now those numbers keep increasing so by the end of the day could be hundreds more certainly by the end of the week if those numbers look very different but before i even get to the examples i would just like to point out that it is in fact illegal to excessively overcharge on basic necessities in natural disasters not on everything but in the u.s. a baby might need yeah right anything a human or a need like water or as
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a perfect example. was heavily criticized after they charged forty two dollars for a case of water bottles and next of that they had a sign expressing that there was very limited supply of them so that quickly went viral and you have to just to let everyone know as if they didn't have any idea already but that you know that quickly went viral on social media and they quickly apologized for that but they're not the only company that has been accused of charging on water and then there are plenty of other businesses that have been doing the same things with like for example who tells have been accused of overcharging on room rates double and triple the average price some cases quadruple and back to gas for a second some gas stations have been accused of charging ten dollars a gallon so it really is you know not just unique out of one sort of industry all these businesses are being accused of them and don't really know the full extent of these actual complaints until the end but even if just half of them are accurate
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these companies could go a lot of these victims a lot of money what's interesting here is that if oh these stories are true and there's documentation of it how did they ever think they could get away with this what kind of damage in a broader sense the o.c. economy we're looking at when most analysts are expecting one hundred sixty billion dollars worth of damage which is point zero eight percent of our g.d.p. so on the one hand you have the physical damage but houston of course is our fourth largest city so the economy is not a whole and how far yes oil importantly but also just. they have a huge economy and they're not going to be creating the same output that they're used to. doing right now so over time we could see bigger impact than were expecting now all right thank you so much boom bust down. america's war machine has received a major financial infusion with the pentagon signing a multimillion dollar contract to support the afghan air force the agreement as to the seven hundred eighty billion dollars the u.s. has already spent on the afghan war america's longest running conflict that has no
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end in sight with people like blackwater founder erik prince at the table the private sector is making big bucks are. just following the story for us from toronto big numbers here let's start with the new contract the pentagon has signed breathtaking what can you tell us about this. well it's late those innovation corporation that signed the contract and their contractor that's worked many times with the pentagon and then they say but let's go to what the department of defense is saying this is a quote that basically some so just how much money these guys are getting the latest innovation corp gaithersburg maryland was awarded seven hundred twenty seven million dollars six hundred eighty nine thousand seven hundred ninety six dollars in total firm fixed price contract to provide support for the afghan air force and special mission wing helicopter fixed wing fleets the bid was solicited on the internet one bid was received remember that movie war dogs i do this kind of looks a lot like that so this company itself i mean this is
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a major contract but there's plenty others out there this just adds to the seventy six billion in weapons already spent by the u.s. since two thousand and two on the afghan military that includes six hundred thousand guns and rifles that have gone to the army as well as police forces in afghanistan so i mean the numbers are absolutely massive when you look here the number of weapons that are from afghanistan from the u.s. it's huge and that's what's scary is a lot of times we get reports of the u.s. and other countries not keeping track of those weapons this is one of the many contracts contributing to the war industry afghanistan is a gold mine for us companies in the business how big does this get what's the future of this you know lindsey if you think that number i just toss out you was big if you're just recent recently what's happening here is another defense department again we're talking about the defense partner another quote from that am general so from south bend indiana look this is
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a two point two billion dollar plus fixed price for eleven thousand five hundred sixty humvee like vehicles and parts except for a and that this is going mostly and it's headed person first order is heading to afghanistan now that again huge that look at this feature. this chart tells us something else it's not just about the equipment it's also about people currently there are nine thousand eight hundred u.s. troops stationed in afghanistan and get this more than twenty six thousand contractors and that is a massive number so with us when we're talking about people like blackwater here as i mentioned this is and as you mentioned i should say this is this is building on top of the seven hundred eighty billion already invested by u.s. taxpayers into afghanistan and if you look at the number of just want to break it down for you it's like unbelievable what it's because just think about this it's not only that we're talking about money here going to taxpayer dollars being said
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here to buy for this stuff and that's four hundred million dollars for the cost of the war every hour by the u.s. taxpayer let's break it down to the amount of people that have died there twenty four hundred americans have died since two thousand and two and then you take it even further i mean we're taking it further hundred seventy three thousand civilians have been killed either on the pakistan or afghanistan side of the border and tens of thousands have been injured in the most awful injuries that you could possibly think these are bad bad injuries. and sent a single one of his trial the children to the front line to fight this war but he seems to be back to get any money going and these are just some of the contracts were writing about well i mean there's a lot more in the president's defense than any american leaders defense who says we need to go into afghanistan to secure the place we've seen the number of civilian casualties we've seen what happens when we turn our attention away to our initial sort of thrust into that country and something's got to be done and the u.s. doesn't want to go to nation build any more of a something's got to be done in such
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a catch twenty two that to contain this you've got to do more we don't want to do more and yet we watch that money flow in those important tax dollars one direction would people like blackwater founder erik prince like to see the war industry we've heard what he said we understand what is and game might be but some of the points he lays forth are pretty interest. thing all of these people want your tax dollars and if the government's willing to hand over your tax dollars to companies like blackwater was or to any of these other companies like northrop grumman or whatever it might be in the war industry they want your tax dollars and that's right now the heart if you talk to basically anybody it looks and i would say it is the heart of the american economy at this point is the war industry making billions of dollars on all ends so example iraq billions of dollars of the ends of the weapons being made weapons being export what is being sold being used by the us army that on the other end blow everything up rebuilt you have companies like halliburton coming in
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there however and goes in there getting paid for it as well so on both ends the us economy is making money off of this it's just basically you know they look back at the at the marshall plan after the second world war something was figured out there yeah we bombed the spot of the place was bombed to oblivion but hey we can make some money on the back in two by rebuilding it and that's what you see these guys living high lifestyles right now like mr prince the fact of the matter is that the these people are being paid to be soldiers so what we know of the traditional soldier that's fighting for his country these people aren't fighting for their country they're fighting for money these are mercenaries well let's be honest here the guys on the ground are necessarily the demons unless they take upon themselves to commit some sort of a war crime they're out there given a gun and told to go get injured or killed in a foreign war that has nothing to do with protecting the colonies like back in the day when the british are coming this is a foreign war they get in here and they're like what did i get in here for what is this fight for but just that end of story i mean end of story anybody that's over
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there right now and in afghanistan look afghanistan is unbeatable nobody's been able to do it for hundreds of years the brits were booted before them empires and fell in afghanistan the russians couldn't do it the americans tried their best and look it's not a winnable war so any to stories that we're hearing this. it's all about money in the long run has nothing to do about saving people on the ground or about terrorism thank you so much for your input on this album highway it's always a pleasure to talk to you coming out us from toronto thank you. buddy and i agree on a what time now for a quick break stick around because when we get back the world's largest power plant is forming where you are you've got that china as we go to break here the numbers at the closing bell.
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well you remember the beverly hillbillies the t.v. show. man named barely got the family some crude came tumbling crude oil that is black gold texas tea well in the opening credits that t.v. show they show the beverly hills mansion and that mansion that's just traded in the market and took a huge discount many many many millions of dollars in discount it's poetic justice jed clampett the original oil baron in los angeles his mansion is getting hammered in the market so boyle obviously is not working anymore. bustling the dubrovnik in venice are will fix travel destinations so it must be nice to live or is it. crowds of tourists disrupt the city's economic and social life remember to leave
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before the sun the celestion going to also show the. sun. yes you don't we don't need a school but there's a. mile of cities tried desperately not to collapse. collects the profit of. its approval by the brother global in the. economy in the bush's approval. supposed to mean that. there. is a tourist phobia feel into an identity. a merger between electricity producers china a good un and coal company group is granted approval now it has created the largest
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power company in the world by capacity the joint companies will generate the majority of its power from coal but the capacity of more than two hundred twenty five gigawatts the chinese government approve the merger which will create combined assets of two hundred seventy one billion dollars this comes as the chinese government pushes for state owned companies to cut layers of bureaucracy and to cut twenty percent of their subsidiaries within just three years it's an effort to react more quickly to market demand both go and have subsidiaries with shares traded on stock market exchanges in hong kong and shanghai. gold made a bullish move this week when it hit above thirteen hundred dollars it rose almost one percent on tuesday morning in the midst of political tensions with north korea and the devastation unfolding caused by hurricane harvey in the texas gulf but the
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last jump in price propelled by safe haven rallies was short lived today it retreated from that eleven month high losing four dollars eighty cents to one thousand three hundred fourteen dollars and ten cents an ounce analysts point to unconventional monetary policy for the climb which we heard talked about at last week's jackson hole wyoming meeting of central bank leaders financial markets are jittery right now about a possible fed rate hike at the end of the year if it happens at all but upbeat u.s. spending data and a stronger dollar have taken some of the wind out of gold sails december comex gold was last down six dollars ninety cents an ounce at one thousand three hundred twelve dollars. but every generation new technology has made life easier in the washing machine to the car however when we talk about new technology invariably the topic leads to
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drops protections for workers etc joining me to discuss this is aronson darren dodd professor of business at new york university and author of the sharing economy thank you for joining me on this so in your opinion is there any real limit to what an ai could do for businesses or for society is for is not only making making it more our lives more convenient but also helping you know expand the type of jobs we have. well we're certainly going to see a great deal of advancement in you know convenience and comfort because of artificial intelligence and robotics. to be solving the problem of perception being able to see what's around you and make sense of it and of natural language processing in able to communicate like humans so across a wide range of both businesses and in the household we're going to see
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a lot of convenience but in many ways every generation that has this kind of revolutionary for their time technology. like you know enjoys the same kinds of benefits and so the dishwasher or the washing machine were received with the same kind of joy you know our intelligent agents are being received today well some fear that could be the death of the american worker but others say that it will actually bring in even as it replaces workers what do you think about that because obviously if it replaces jobs there's going to be some lag time there and people don't have time for that sort of talk right now. you know well lindsey it's going to be a little bit of both. you know there are certain kinds of jobs that are going to see a steep decline over the next ten to twenty years jobs in retail jobs that involve driving jobs and things as sophisticated as financial compliance the combination of robotics and is going to render
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a lot of these jobs done by machines rather than humans but you know again like you know one hundred years ago forty percent of the u.s. workforce. was engaged in farming in some way today that number is under two percent the machines replace the humans there the machines have been steadily every placing the humans in the manufacturing sector in the united states and so you know as these jobs are destroyed new jobs are created because new industries are created things that used to be informal become formal new human aspirations are met you know in one hundred years ago there was no tourism industry to the employees eight percent of the world's population two hundred years ago there was no health care industry today it's twelve percent of u.s. employment so it's going to be a destruction of a lot of today is jobs but a creation of
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a lot of new jobs because new industries and new capabilities come along well it's look at china it's pushing hard on ai technology it wants to become a world leader by two thousand and thirty probably serious in that if it can swing and how does the u.s. compared to its development versus a i in china. well china's certainly got one big advantage today which is that there is a centrally sort of a government coordinated effort to become a leader in the next decade sort of in the same way that there was a concerted effort to win the space race in the u.s. about fifty or sixty years ago but as in the united states a lot of research is happening in pockets at university is that companies like google saw china is almost certainly going to be the world leader in artificial intelligence overall but there are going to be capability is that the u.s. is going to be ahead of the rest of the world in simply because we've got the deepest bench of academic researchers and the deepest bench of industry
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researchers who are individually sort of like you know top of their field in different sort of slices of. the thing that makes me think about china and sort of like you know more saliently is the fact that. you know china employees more than any other country in the manufacturing sector that over eighty million manufacturing workers in china you know at its peak the u.s. which was the largest manufacturing base in the world at the time had twenty two million manufacturing workers a lot of these jobs are going to be automated over the next twenty years and so on the one hand while there are big investments in x. i think that it's imperative for the chinese government to also start thinking about transition strategies mid career transition strategies that will allow the people who are currently employed in manufacturing and even some services to be
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able to sort of leap from where to the next generation of work as and when that's created. well let's take a look at some information we've got here this graph we see that while. you know many many factory jobs are on the decline since the ninety's you and i talked about that as you point out the health care industry has been thriving those are big numbers we could see a similar pattern in what new jobs and industries would thrive and grow as a i you know becomes more common and we start counting for them in our economic models as i mentioned there's going to be some lag time but what do you think. the jobs that are going to continue to be secure i'm guessing it's sort of you know bedside manner with with regard to health care and things like that what do you foresee. the pattern that i've seen through history. is that things that used to be informal become formal and so health care used to be something that was done a toll and as we ordered me to farming and as we sort of got beyond the
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point where we had to spend all our time protecting ourselves and feeding ourselves that emerged as an industry so i certainly think that there's a tremendous amount of growth potential in the care industry i certainly see a lot of potential for growth in the education sector right now education while we've made great strides in the last hundred years is still higher education is largely sort of for a small slice of society with the technology is i think it will become a lot more ubiquitous it will be something that you can access the different points in your life and i think that this will be a bit of a big growth engine. but i also think that there are always more and more human aspirations that as we automate the things that occupy our time to be can all be posts you and there are challenges to the planet in general climate change you know
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threats from outside. that could potentially take up a lot more of our time if we shift away from more to spending time on now so i have no. i talked about this in that article that you sort of pulled the graph from that you know the few sort of work has always seemed to the people who are seeing the technological change they look at the machines and they see well if the machines do what we're doing what are we going to do but if history is any indicator the old school with the well this time is different now because the technology is they say that they say that worker protections and things like that but if workers have new jobs the fight to protect them is on and important obviously to fight that that's no argument for not pushing forward with technology at least in my opinion and i'm sure you know a lot of people one of the things i've got a question about is in your book you take detail you know the sharing economy and how it comes into play you even talk about when you wanted to take your daughter to
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school and you notice all of these cars on the side of the road you live in a big city and you're saying i wish i could just borrow one of these cars and now you can how is the sharing economy feeding into this in a very rapid rate. well i think that the fact that the sharing economy is changing what it means it's changing how work is organized and so because of platforms like . the labor platforms like up work even sort of platforms for lawyers like a consultants like cattle and what we're doing is we're taking the traditional full time job and we're breaking it up into projects each of which can be done by a different people a different person so the need for companies or the need for full time employees starts to go down the reason why this is important when you're thinking about automation is that if the work is broken up from jobs into these tasks automating
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a couple of tasks is a lot simpler than automating and entire job and saw the sharing economy and together that's what we have to look at if we really want to predict the future of work very interesting to hear thank you so much erin sadar john professor of business at new york university and author of the very young age you're seeing buck the sharing economy thank you. that's all for now check out the show on youtube youtube dot com slash boom bust r t thanks for watching next time. i'm all over.
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this. to. a former fighter for a syrian rebel group claims that his unit was trained by the u.s. military and his commanders told arms to islamic state from an interview he gave to the rusty a twenty four t.v. channel. to blast him to chemical plants near the u.s. the sea of houston texas off the hurricane flooding cutoff power to the site. migrant camp in central brussels twelve day raising fears of another kalai jungle notorious just across the border in from artie's crude visit to the new site just
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a few weeks ago there were any handful of people and you know as you can see from the evidence around us many more people have been using this as a base. and eleven civilians have been killed in afghanistan's logar province when a nato helicopter hit a house thought to be hiding taliban militants that's according to the local government. that it is international broadcasting to you live from moscow and good to have you with us this hour but first we start with breaking news this hour russia's federal security service the f.s.b. says it has arrested two islamic state members that have planned a terror attack in most go on september the well for more on this story i'm now joined live by the. medina what do we know about what happened today in moscow.
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well russia's federal security services have detained two people who allegedly were planning terror attacks they were detained in moscow and in the moscow region now before one of the detainees was captured he managed to post a video online where he pledged himself to the islamic state terrorists and after that it was also reported that he planned to conduct a random scholtz on people in the streets now asked for the second detainee who is also reported the one of the i still terrorist homemade explosive device that was found in his home as well as other components and elements to produce one and now according to federal security services he was a suicide bomber now another detail of this case the two men were plotting allegedly plotting a terrorist attack to take place on the first which is quite
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a big joke asian here in the country it is the first day of school it is the knowledge which means that tomorrow here in the capital and across the country average single school will be filled with children and parents and other family members so the consequences of this could have been. disastrous now russia has already seen a horrific terrorist attack on a school and that happen on the first of september in the city of bassline back in two thousand and four now this year the first of september is also a muslim holiday which means again that mosques across the city will be filled with people who will be crowded tomorrow. ok thanks for the latest on our breaking news story that's medina cotton of i thank you. now former fire from a syrian rebel group has claims that his unit was trained by the u.s. military and that his commanders sold arms to islamic state or russia or c.
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a twenty four channel interviewed him after he fled from a military base. there's no local support is the u.s. is not interested in anything except its own interests such as the refugee camp which also houses those fighters relatives and civilians conditions are really bad children have no place to study and there is no medical care americans only support people who are in their interest i can tell you that they behave like occupiers. and find out more about their. joins me in the studio thanks for coming in now what more do we know so far so first of all it should be pointed out that we cannot independently verify that these circumstances under which the interview was taken was recorded but the now former us. along with a few dozen of the rebels describes in detail how the base was operating the americans and the instructors working with the rebels teaching them how to operate
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all different kinds of weapons for some for quite some time the place itself has been described as a strategic to the u.s. led coalition given its location in syria's southeastern part on the border with iraq. the coalition cleanness used to fight against islamic state but on several occasions they did open fire on pro-government forces approaching the area mind you the military base itself no longer has any direct contact with ice or territory a few months ago it was effectively cut off by the syrian army advancing against islamic state leading to could questions about the objective of the coalition maintaining the base now. the rebel defector who who was the heads of the security service in the syrian compound also puts the stated goal into question claiming that the forces have never launched any actual operation against islamic state but a silence telling testimony may flag up even more details. when
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we learned that our unit's leader was selling arms to isolate terrorists we reported it to the u.s. head of the base but after a report new measures were taken americans only ramped up the support for him. was striking claims made in this interview do you think that could be any truth to that well we asked the u.s. central command and the coalition forces for comments and will be certainly providing an update as soon as we get reaction but u.s. officials have repeatedly brushed away any sorts of claims that washington may be intentionally supplying weapons to the terrorists but throughout the conflicts we've seen several occasions when the arms the u.s. had shipped into the region ended up in the wrong hands the pentagon but it's rebels who are since affecting and joining the ranks of al nusra that's the offshoot in the region and of course they were of billingsley handing over the arms and equipment to the new allies. isis also captured loads of ammunition and equipment and the calls from the iraqi army not to say that the coalition itself on
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one occasion even mistakenly dropped the ammo right on isis positions. here's how the russian foreign ministry spokesperson reacted on the interview at daily press briefings. material the findings reveal the u.s. coalition's actions are far from what's been claimed it's not fighting terrorists in the south of syria it's actually pursuing its own interests one of which is the creation of its own zone of influence in the country devastated by war in the fight against terrorists and for that according to witnesses it uses different means even allowing the direct supply of foreign made arms to militants as happened at the base in the south of the country. so again while we cannot confirm the authenticity of the claims made in the interview he stressed and he seems to be painting a rather grim picture of what the coalition forces may have been up to in the
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region sensational claims indeed a necessity r.t. will be looking further into it thank you. now the governor of afghanistan's logar province say the eleven afghan civilians have been confirmed killed when a nato helicopter struck a house bill to be hiding taliban fighters. took position in a civilian house and fired a rocket at a major helicopter the house on a big taliban to leave but they didn't the helicopter took a turn came and hit this house that caused this all locals however say there were no taliban fighters in the house at that time. the jet plane bombed here it bombed the house all the houses were destroyed only two or three people survived look at their homes you can ask people whether the taliban were you or not there's been no confirmation of the strike so far from nato all the u.s. led coalition but a spokesperson for the nato led mission in cobol says the reports are being
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investigated if confirmed the strike would be the second deadly air bombardment of afghan civilians into the last four days on monday thirteen civilians were confirmed killed and over a dozen wounded in an airstrike on the western heritage province the government says it was targeting taliban fighters but locals again say the militants have left the area hours before the strike the two incidents demonstrate the huge risk of civilian casualties from the intensified raids on the country. now within days iraq's prime minister is expected to announce the full liberation of the city of tal afar from islamic state thought to be the last stronghold of the terror group in the north of the country but how close it is peace really to a war weary nation. speaks to people on the ground. for the better part of fourteen years iraq and with violence and it has adapted
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following invasion and occupation by america iraq has steadily grown its military now it's by and. iraqis whether they even knew just how many soldiers are protecting them. in. the. manner. he is some perspective iraq's population ignoring kurdistan is roughly thirty million of those approximately nine million men and one in three a third of all men as soldiers.
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see. it's a vicious cycle workman hanging up over teaches leaving schools. abandoning their fields and why not service pays much better. for the. mosul university once the second biggest in. in iraq but it's seen better days just like everything else in the city here's the kicker though classes are in session.
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those with walls and ceilings still intact nevertheless young men are abandoning study in favor of easy money in the police forces they get guns. and opportunity. too often you'll hear those stories everywhere troops raised in jews this private armies shakedowns turf wars looting and protection rackets violence has become a currency. but surely this con cluster you might think isis will be defeated and there'll be no need for this huge on me perhaps so
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but as america and britain showed iraq four years ago violence sometimes is a solution. i don't. know . if. the system has a name it's called a war economy whereby an entire nation adapts to live and thrive in perpetual war. from mosul iraq. so explosions at a chemical plant in texas amid flooding caused by hurricane harvey with more on not off the break stay with us.
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the outgoing american ambassador to russia has given a series of farewell interviews on the stage of u.s. russia relations it all boils down to we have a problem russia needs to fix it does blaming the other side has a political structure to. welcome. back.
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hello welcome back now to explosions of rocks a chemical plant in the city of houston in the u.s. state of texas some are called reports on the situation. the incident has been confirmed by the company and they also warn that there may be a risk of further blasts the company issued a statement in response to the incident saying that the plant followed its hurricane preparation and had emergency plans in place however unprecedented flooding overwhelmed their primary and secondary sources of backup power. first warned about the explosion on wednesday we have lost primary power and two sources of emergency backup power as
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a result we have lost critical refrigeration of the materials on site that could now explode and cause a subsequent intense fire the high water and lack of power leave us with no way to prevent it. to. the. hundreds living within a one point five mile radius were evacuated there are fifty seven employees at the facility that's located in a rural area without hospitals recreational areas in the vicinity the facility produces liquid organic peroxides that are used to make a plastics composites and pharmaceuticals plant has never experienced flooding like this before we're still waiting for more details but we will keep you updated. now if fifteen deputies that were admitted to hospital off the inhaling fumes from the plant eight have now been released according to the local police as twitter feed
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the smoke which they inhaled is believed to be a non toxic irritant well it's not cross laiva to discuss the situation further with malcolm grimston from the center for energy policy and technology at imperial college london mr grimston thank you for joining us on the program now we're hearing reports that people were hospitalized should others be concerned and if so what precautions should they be taking. well what seems to be the case is that the exclusion zone the two and a half kilometer exclusion zone around the plant should mean that if there are further release and there almost certainly will be these materials that nobody should get a dose that is enough to call for short term health problems that's certainly the aim in any situation like they clearly personnel who were on the site at the time either the sheriff what we've heard about or indeed people working on the plant were at a higher risk of receiving a dose that would need. some medical attention but my suspicion will be that this is largely precautionary to ensure that. the irritant nature of the
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of the chemicals doesn't cause problems at this stage rather than being a very major health threat to those involved it's been said that oh god make peroxide were burned during the explosion the subsequent fire how dangerous is that not just in the short term but in the long run to. well there has been quite a lot of research on these chemicals they've been used for many years their advantage and their problem if you like is that they are a molecule that force of plant very easily and then reacts very strongly with other things in the environment now that's why they're so useful in kicking off the process that creates plastics and so on but it also means that after a certain temperature they fall apart spontaneously they react with themselves the other molecules around them that then causes more of them to fall apart a match when you can get into a situation of either burning very very strongly or exploding and that is what we will see i'm sure with the with the situation that we face at the moment most of
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the deaths that have been cause from peroxides though have been caused by the effects of a blast directly and if they've managed to move everybody out from the area i gather it's a very low density population that don't seem to be any hospitals or schools in the area then we shouldn't see any deaths from the direct effects of the blast and company officials are saying that they cannot rule out any further explosions at this point do you think we can see an escalation or do you think the west is now over now i suspect the must be further to go there's an awful lot of the chemicals are kept on the plant from what from what i understand so far they've been described as explosions they were really i think one witness described them as more like pops at the moment i suspect that we will be seeing an escalation of this we might be lucky because of course there is an awful lot of water on the plant that's been the problem because it's knocked out the backup power supplies but it's also
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means there's a lot of water in the situ which of barratry plea will have an effect on damping down the fires that we expect but it but my instincts are that we haven't seen the worst of this yet ok malcolm grams then from the center for energy policy and technology at imperial college london thank you for joining us on r.t. and sharing your expertise. all forces in brussels are concerned a new migrant camp is starting to form similar to the infamous jungle in the french port of cali which was cleared last year their fears were sparked by the hundreds of refugees now sleeping near one of the city's train stations r.t. shiela do bensky visited the site. the remnants of a makeshift migrant camp a in down town brussels is being described as sums potentially in the next jungle a reference that that notoriously squalid camp in cali in neighboring france that was dismantled a year ago and one medical charity working here in brussels said that just
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a few weeks ago there were any handful of people and now as you can see from the evidence around us many more people have been using this as a base most people. from countries like sudan and eritrea but even. people you know. because. they did use these not blame these some migrants only agreed to speak to us if we didn't shoot their whole face may be. bright future. to hear. more difficult things. for. some time to get enough. people as the rain is coming down now here in brussels some people have moved under the trees to try and gain what little shelter they can now this new makeshift camp
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is just fifteen minutes away from the european commission's building and just a stone's throw away from some of the main railway stations here in brussels including the one that the euro star goes through to go to the u.k. and that's leading to fears from some people that some of the migrants here we be so desperate to get the u.k. that they will actually try and board the trains i mean for me when i hear about things makes me makes me more concerned about what's going on in the countries where they're coming from personally makes making me worry about the fact that they try to come to the u.k. . shelter and refuge i'm more worried about walking why they're forced into that situation in the first place i'm a bit scared too because i don't know. and of the disk people and the audi feel i do things in motion i think they telling me how long or could be done they don't have to stay out in parts like that that's kind of
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more my worry is where the why are they here and things like about is that they're not being taken care of here so what's being done by the authorities well according to the charity midst. not a lot. of the situation is that there are actually around four hundred or five hundred migrants from the belgian or story to not really doing anything to those rooms because they consider. migrants one to be held the issue would apply for asylum in belgium as the authorities seem to be so reluctant to do anything some concerned pockmarks a million could become a new symbol of europe's refugee crisis just like calley before even ski auti brussels. the united states has deployed its advanced warplanes
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in bombing drills with south korea that comes amid a demonstration on the island of guam against the u.s. military build up there in the wake of the crisis on the korean peninsula. what many people are worried about in guam is is donald trump able to deal with north korea you know way which will not lead to the destruction or lead to further conflict in a place such as want because when they released when north korea did this missile tests they did say that they were doing it in hopes of further containing wants and for people on while that is a very frightening message because one hundred sixty thousand people here that are not in the u.s. military that are not on the bases here we are not trying to contain north korea we are we don't necessarily seek any ill will to them but it is more because of the u.s. military facilities here where the u.s. uses us as the tip of their spear and so that is why we are targeted by them tensions spiked in the region after north korea launched
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a missile that flew over japanese territory and landed about ten thousand kilometers east of the country a un security council emergency meeting was called after that when member states urged the toughest dong thaw in pyongyang with some calling for more sanctions to be imposed well let's discuss this further now i'm joined by my guest ray carry a visiting professor at cass business school mr carroll thanks for joining us on the program now the u.s. president and the country's defense secretary both made statements on north korea let's just have a quick listen to remind ourselves what they said we're never out of america and we continue to work together and the minister and i are going to provide for the protection of our nation's population. the u.s. has been talking to north korea and been them extortion money for twenty five years talking is not the answer. mr kerry a what's your reaction to these messages and what strategy will we see from america
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regarding pyongyang based on the. well it's a little army the most important thing at the top of any organization any business any nation is alignment the role of the leader is to get all their people aligned one voice one message consistently race is misalignment which is reckless and dangerous and let's be very very clear that this is not the first time it's a continued stance and what we swear seen from the foremost brand in the world america is that brands need to speak with a consistent voice and the chief executive of brand america is off see the president and if when you are not aligned when is that level of misalignment the only solution is someone has to go here in london this morning a very high profile chief executive john breaux brought it of one of our big retail concerns dunlop was fired because he was misaligned with the board of directors what we've seen from the trumpet ministration if you don't agree your gone your
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fight might has been very brave for diplomacy is all about trust is building relationships and building trust in a careful consistent manner how do you be careful and consistent when the chief executive has a tendency at three am in the morning to wantonly and recklessly say anything on twitter this is not good this is not a great moment for the united states of america and consequent the rest of us we need alignment but my guess is we're going to hear those two words again your for it. do you think was the anywise glacial in a crisis and if thought over who do you think is going to be behind that. well one of things we're seeing is that the secretary of state and mattis doing their best to keep people talking keep it reasonable keep it safe for all mail one could say that maybe this is a very clever to calm the taxpayer but they have got of very clear strong message
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direct message an aggressive message coming from the president and more softer more conciliar a little more conciliatory tones coming from these diplomats are just not sure that it's that clever at all i think this is warry i think we're seeing misalignment again as i keep saying when the top of any organization top of any business top of any nation is misaligned someone's going to have to go have to wait and see read a carrier visiting professor at cass business school thank you for your time pleasure. well we have coming up am in thirty minutes i'm about with more news on the latest on our breaking news stories so stay tuned for that.
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player member the beverly hillbillies the t.v. show. born man named jack barely got the family to know some crude came from bubbling crude oil that is black gold texas tea well in the opening credits that t.v. show they show this year's beverly hills mansion and that matter has just traded in the open the market and took a huge discount many many many millions of dollars in discount it's going to trust the jed clampett the original oil baron in los angeles his mansion is giving hammered in the market so boyle obviously is not working anymore. to.
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pull in the welcome to the part of the outgoing american ambassador to russia has just given this series so farewell interviews on the state of the u.s. russian relationship which all calm down to two major points we have a problem and russia needs to fix it blaming the aga is one of the most common behavioral strategies in kindergarden but doesn't stand a chance in today's global politics well to discuss that i'm now joined by shared london try. and of the london center for policy research mr london is great to talk to you think you for making time for us pleasure to be with you thank you now it's very interesting for us here in moscow to see how both president trump and his predecessor president obama are strongly reviled by certain parts of the american political class but regardless of whether they dislike president tromp of president obama more some americans tend to blame president putin for all dire failures and i
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see you are among them aren't you because you were very unhappy with president obama but he doesn't get even half of the route that you reserve for mr putin well let me say the following i think there are areas of potential convergence between russia and the united states and many areas of divergence in the areas of convergence is perfectly clear that where you have is a russia that could work with the united states to deal with this long make terrorism that is an area that is in the interest of both nations and then if you're interested in areas of divergence or you have to do is look at the russian alliance with iran and the possibility that iran wants to create a swath of land from iran to the mediterranean which is very ambitious and will undoubtedly lead to some direct confrontation with the united states the russians do not want that confrontation neither do we now while russians continue to pursue die a partnership with iran because they believe that it is in their national interest i can understand your argument the united states doesn't like it but i wonder if
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your major concern your major problem here is with putin personally russia's national interest or didn't notion that this country would defend its national interest or pursues its national interest in this case with iran i don't think that it is in the national interest of russia to be aligned with iran and let me explain why the iranians will dictate policy to you their ambitions are far greater than russian ambitions if you look at what is happening in the map of the middle east the iranians want to create their own shia empire. that empire is a very ambitious goal and it's ambitious so ambitious they're all evil in circle saudi arabia obviously that is neither in russia's interest nor in america's interest so i think the russians have overplayed their hand here well i think one of the reasons why russia may be more to be to to do that is to counted the influence of and not the empire in this case the american empire and if you actually look at the polls i think there is a very strong support among the russian public you try to contour what many
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russians see as counterproductive rack less destructive and sometimes incompetent american engagement abroad particularly in the middle east i'm sure you wouldn't argue. iraq or syria for that matter turned out well so i wonder if russia is a convenient if we call in some sort of way to deflect from responsibility for your own foreign policy there's some question about errors that have been made in american foreign policy but the establishment of an american empire in the middle east is it's a rather foolhardy comment there's no american empire in the middle east and if you're looking for a role that has been played by russia or you have to do is look at the various role that the russians have played in syria look at aleppo today has been devastated by russian bombs russian airplanes so keep that in mind as well while a missile and i actually have visited all up on the number of occasions and i invite you to visit that city as well because the united nations has just released
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figures saying that around six hundred thousand syrians to return to russia managed to floors the jihadi militants supported by your country out of that city but i don't think we need to become about the the modes of operation in military terms because i'm sure you know that they operation american operation in mosul was perhaps even more detrimental as far as the human death toll is concerned but what i want to ask you about is the comment you just made about the american peroration in mosul was kinda. did by american special forces it keep in mind that it would be included the iranians as well as native a lot of regional hardy's there been fighting in that area so it wasn't just the americans that went into mosul iraq i'll keep that in mind well my my point was that there were lots and lots of civilians who died and died alteration and perhaps it could have been handled better but i want to come back to your comment about the absence of the lack of the american empire because in all of the american
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commentary especially republican commentary i see a certain sounds of entitlement that the united states still has to well it's not dictated down and please leave in. offering solutions for the middle east and i think from the russian point of view and from the point of view of many countries the united states is simply even competent and capable of doing that well keep in mind there are pathologies in the middle east that neither the russians nor the americans can solve and that has been going on for decades in one nine hundred seventy three the russians were forced out of the middle east by saddam who did not want them there and keep in mind that it was the united states and the incompetence of obama that invited the russians back in to deal with the poison gas question in two thousand and fourteen so what we are talking about here is a russia that is hardly wanted in that part of the world yet the russians have been able to establish an aircraft carrier base in part to use and of course on their base and latakia so they are become a very powerful influence in the east mediterranean and as far as i'm concerned
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that influence is highly welcomed by many unwelcome in parts of the region as well well so i'm wrong about the ino its way it always goes for all of the countries i'm sure you know that the american influence the american presence is not welcome there or the iranian presence for that matter so the question is why why do you still stick to the old way of doing things you know putting countries in the camps of anime's and friends why not to talk to everybody including iran or russia for that matter. first of all i don't put everyone in those camps i don't believe in dealing with matters in that way as palmerston pointed out in the nineteenth century its national interests are really count so i'm concerned about national interest as i indicated to you right at the outset where our interests converge with the russians i think there should be a level of cooperation so i'm not putting the russians and any sort of enemy silo well mr la on the you wrote recently that putin's agenda is to grow russian
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influence ad the expanse of washington and if we applied to the conflict where russia is most engaged militarily in syria the american influence there was never particularly strong in the u.s. support of various armed groups in that region didn't earn you much leverage and i think it was moscow who had long established ties with that country so how are the russian operations there chipping and anything away at the united states while keep in mind one very important fact that you have overlooked in your analysis in two thousand and eleven when the civil war in syria began president obama had an opportunity to intervene perhaps even bring the matter to a close very rapidly he chose not to do so as a consequence we had a lot of forces arrayed against one another and the civil war led to the destruction of a signal significant part of syria and a war that is still ongoing in that country the russians have intervened in my judgment enough areas joining with the iranians in creating and the shia influence
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in a part of the world that was one sunni now you have the syrian government still controlled by assad the same assad who is responsible poisoning a significant portion of his own population that it seems to me is hardly a recommendation for russian policy well mr longdon as i'm sure you're aware russia highly contested rendition of the events many in moscow don't believe that president assad ever used chemical weapons or at least in this particular. conflict but i think the evidence is incontrovertible even the un has made that point and they you the young didn't make that point and nobody has seen the evidence let's be clear here it was russian a number of regional and they are we have seen the evidence we've seen the evidence of young people with foam coming out of their mouths please i think there's a lot of evidence though minister on the day that that is hardly an evidence i think there be have also seen a lot of pictures of the jihadi groups trying to stage all sorts of attacks let me
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just mention that many of those groups are supported by a by your own government but. again i don't want to discuss that because i don't think we can come to any conclusion here my point here is that you mentioned that president obama didn't intervene but he himself made it clear that he doesn't believe that he's intervention would have made things any better he intervened in libya that didn't help so do you do you try to argue that the united states has some sort of a right to adopt kind of policy and that it should be precluded from any kind of pushback against it especially from the countries that are directly and adversely affected by that policy of attention well whether i believe so or not there is always push back just as there is push back against the russian intervention in the middle east sure they'll be pushed back as i've indicated to you at the outset there are pathologies in the middle east of which the united states did not that did not create and obviously has no control those pathologies will continue into
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the future until the middle east finally comes to the realization that the warlords and many of the groups in the middle east have finally got to come to peace or some sort of understanding about peace maybe stability is a better word this is at least one point that i would hope fully in full heartedly agree with you on but i don't think that's in the offing especially after a number of disaster a prolonged interventions i want to ask you something about what i see as a major difference between a. russian and american approach to the middle east i think you still see the world in terms of friends and enemies you still talk about alliances and foes whereas russia sees everybody as a friend in me as somebody to be engaged and somebody to mistrust. don't you think that washington also needs to be a little bit more flexible in its approach to foreign policy look i mean i you seem to ignore the words that i've used i've said to you that there are moments where
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there are possible convergence between american interests and russian interests our foreign policy is based on promoting american interests and this is not a question of seeing only enemies and only friends it's a question of recognizing the fact that we have interests that may bridge the gap of enemies and friends and i think it's important to note that i think that it's kind of silly to put people into silos i said that as well but i think you and a lot of american experts do tend to have this approach to iran and i actually heard you suggest that the united states needs to try to peel russia away from what you call dell lives with his ball and iran given everything you said about russia given the current state of the u.s. russia relationship what is there of the incentives that could potentially motivate russia to break off with iran a country that it has a burgeoning trade with with which it also has some overlapping political and
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military interests and joint washington do you really think that russia craves american company that much i don't know whether a craves american company that much but i can only tell you that the alliance with iran will have a distinctly dilatoriness effect on russian policy and the reason why i say that is because the ambitions of the iranians go well beyond any ambitions that the russians have in the middle east if they don't iranians are dictating policy to the russians it will not prove to be. a satisfactory outcome for the russian government well with all due respect mr london washington has tried to dictate its policy it's a depression is it didn't succeed i doubt that has that ability even if with all due respect well as i can as i indicated to you before there are things that the iranians are doing but which they expect russian cooperation it's science strikes me that if you look at the map of the middle east and the role that the iranians are playing and the creation of the shia crescent this is
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a very dangerous gambit and it's a gambit that will ultimately lead to some confrontation with the united states while mr london may have to take a short break now but be voted back in just a few moments. needless but it was opposed to some of this because of this what if this had been
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the. last time we choose to be cheerful each one of them carrying twenty kilos of drugs to just push the fence down. they just step forward through. it's the very we have maintained all medical men they believe they have this is. this is for me. it would be i don't see it or no they didn't do it or make. i will bring. more.
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welcome back to worlds apart as the carpet love the president of the law does not interfere policy research so london i know that you're in favor of the idea of the so-called arab nato with saudi arabia and egypt at the top what makes you believe that a military organization with membership that is based on the this city and six tearing affiliation could be a force for good in that part of the world well i believe that because i think that the sunni's by a large are very upset and deeply concerned about the role the rather imperial role that iran is playing at the moment the creation of this defense condominium would serve as a counterweight to the ambitions of the iranians and it also strikes me that the united states will be a partner in this arrangement but certainly not put boots on the ground but mr london even if we take their regional nato and i think it's clear i think it's clear that ensuring any kind if you need to is already becoming increasingly challenging take turkey the united states keeps its tactical nuclear weapons in turkey but the turks are working against you across the board do you think ensuring
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any kind of solidarity among arabs won't be any more challenging especially with the recent dissension on the part of qatar well look it will be fractious because there are always fractious interventions in the middle east but when you said turkey is operating across the board it is still a member of nato it is still very active in providing the southern flank of the nato and even though aero one is undoubtedly an unreliable partner and has very often one foot. the radical camp he hasn't yet extricated himself from nato well a turkish president or the one whom you just mentioned. on monday that turkey and iran have discussed possible joint military action against kurdish groups in syria groups that are considered to be american allies i just wonder what tools of persuasion the united states can use against its so-called alley here well again i don't know the tools of persuasion but i can tell you if in fact the turks and the
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iranians are organized to go to war against the kurds in syria it will be a major major issue that washington will have to confront and how exactly can it come from that because i mean we have heard this bluster coming out from some people in washington but what can you do if mr allen decides to receive his way you are not in that region you don't want what you do not want to stand your troops on the ground doesn't he control pretty much the the situation on the ground there well he has more leverage than we do but that doesn't mean that we don't have any leverage particularly air power that the united states still possesses in the region so you would recommend that air power to be used against air though i'm not recommending anything because we do not know how events will unfold and that part of the world we do not know whether in fact there will be an attack against the kurds and we do not know how the peshmerga will respond absolutely we are all just speculating here but i guess my question is more concerning this idea of creating
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another military alliance in the region because the country. stores your tactical nuclear weapons couldn't be bothered to take your policy recommendations seriously and you just mentioned the presence of american air force as a possible measure all of. you know preventing them from attacking your allies again it seems that the american foreign policy despite being very assertive. very entitle. i would even say doesn't have much teeth to it well first of all you use terms that i find rather offensive we're not entitle to anything and american foreign policy doesn't deal with entitlement nor do we assert ourselves in fact one of the problems that i've had with the obama administration is unwilling dunn willingness to assert ourselves and any corner of the globe so i do not accept the terminology they use using during the course of this conversation and again american air power is nothing to do to a simply dismiss it certainly can play
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a role here how much of a role well we're engaging in nothing more than going to then a conjectural analysis and in this conjecture it's very difficult to say whether in fact they'll be a full scale attack against the kurds or not well you know mr landa maybe you're right it's never good to speculate it's even worse to speculate about the potential major war so let me switch gears a little bit and ask you about the station in the united states domestic station which at least from our vantage point is becoming pretty volatile the trumpet ministration is hugely under stuff that there are major disagreements between large sections of the american society on both history and the president politically motivated violence is back on the streets not to mention that president trump is highly divisive figure do you think he's administration has they banned the web address all the challenges that we've argued about on this program well as no way
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of knowing i mean i think that the national security team that has been assembled with john kelly and john and jim mattis is a first rate team so i have very high hopes for the development of american foreign policy and military deployments but again as far as the defense of president is concerned you don't have a divisible president because you don't have a democracy so obviously democracies are very messy and when they're messy you will have divisions in the country well it's interesting you say that because we are having presidential elections next. a lot of people who actually argue about that mr putin should stand the election though whether he has been too long in power but this is not a program about russia if you want to have what happened to mr nemtsov tell me about mr numbskull and what do you want to hear about mr nam i want to know why he was killed i want to know who is responsible i want to know why it happened within one hundred yards of the. of the. your bollman well mr longdon as far as
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i know a court than most has already sent and five people for taking part in that despicable murder and i'm sure you would agree with me that political violence is not unique to russia. there are people being killed on the streets of the united states for dire political views as well one recent example would be charlotte's well well look the kind of violence political violence concerns me but when the government has the complete control over every aspect of power it is very different from the kind of democracy where people are quite free to express their opinions even the very often violent opinions on the streets of berkeley and charlottesville this is a very different kind of country something that is very difficult for russians to appreciate well mr missile on the i actually have a much better appreciation of the united states and you have a fresher you don't know that you don't know often i've been in russia nor do you have any knowledge of what i do know about russia but it's not a contest about you like your country i like mine and i don't see why we should compete on that i agree with your point that the russian among gays in
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a contest i merely stating i'm merely stating my observations about russia it's not contest and we're happy to you brought. these observations on the state funded channel as speaking about freedom of speech and the us about is democracy but if i can come bring you back to my original question about donald trump because i found your argument on russia's illogic meddling in american elections very very interesting i think it's actually unique because what you claim is that by interfering with the elections russia has forced president trump administrator into a political crisis do you think that was premeditated do you actually aim for that . i have no idea what moscow him for i do know that any kind of meddling of this kind is distinctly inappropriate but it has happened in the past we've seen illustrations of it in the past this is not the first time that it's occurred and again i do not know whether in fact it had any influence on the outcome of the
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election at all i have no way of knowing and i'm somewhat dubious about that conclusion now mr longdon there are people in moscow who would actually claim that the by sabotaging mr mr trump his opponents are delivering essentially what moscow wants because it allows the trauma bay stray sion to be destructed it allows it to be absent in many parts of the world that russia sees as critical would you agree with that point of view look there are many in the united states who are relentlessly opposed to donald trump and will do everything in their power to undermine this presidency and this administration there are many people who do not believe that donald trump was elected appropriately or legitimately and as a consequence you have in the united states today a force against donald trump that is not going to go away and will be there for a least the next three years i think you describe there is people never trumper as people who contend that even if the chums policies our ideas are consistent with
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our own philosophical suppose issues they will remain firm and that position no matter what i'm sure you do not consider yourself as never a chump or but i wonder if you would describe yourself as a never put in there. well i wouldn't describe myself that way either but i would say that there are many areas in which i'm very much opposed to mr trump but at the same time recognize the fact that he's president of the united states i care about my country and i care about our national interest and i'm particularly interested in the development of our foreign policy and speaking about foreign policy as you wrote the book that was called the transformational decade did reach i believe you examine how the united states has changed internally and idel object. from two thousand and wanted two thousand and eight and i would argue this is my personal opinion that the following day kick starting approximately in two thousand and eleven to present day has been even more transformational for the world the world has fundamentally changed from how it used to be back in two thousand and eight and
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america just as russia china iran and anybody else a bit ambitious needs to work really really hard to earn the respect of the world. would you what would you say what do you think about that i don't know i don't disagree with that come in i mean look i think that the united states is policies have to earn the respect of our allies and people across the globe including many people who are suspicious about american ambitions but there is no doubt we have to win the respect of many people across the globe one of the real problems i have with the obama administration is that i do not believe that trump predecessor worked hard enough to win the confidence of our allies and in fact many people who are political about the role of the united states and how does mr chung fare in that regard well i think it's it's premature to talk about what he will do i think the riyadh speech was an attempt to win the confidence of people who had lost confidence in the united states i think was exceedingly important and i think the
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speech that he gave poland about the defense of western civilization was also exceedingly important well it's interesting to hear you talk about the speeches because my impression from interviewing a number of foreign policy officials some of them in very high positions of power around the world they they wait from the united they are looking forward for more than the speeches they actually look for policy do you think mr trump has delivered that already well the speech is set out a policy speech is in a way the pathway to a policy there is no doubt that there are a lot of a gaps that exist and there's a lot to be said about the direction of american foreign policy i couldn't agree with you. more but it is a little premature to make any judgments about this since a president who's only been there seven months well mr london to be don't know how long he's going to be in office so i guess it's better to discuss some of those things sooner rather than later anyway we have to leave it there i greatly appreciate your being here and tell viewers please share your comments on our
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