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it was strictly only to what i did was. to leave the troops. just because. this is. coming up on our t.v. a war of words continues between president donald trump and north korean leader kim jong un on the sidelines at the u.n. general assembly. and we're learning more about the eighteen year old suspected to be behind an explosion attack on the london metro system we'll discuss with former british intelligence agent and show. then the water crisis in flint michigan may be leaving its mark on the next generation a new study says lead contamination is leading to you a pregnancy and a rise in fetal deaths.
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it's friday september twenty second four pm in washington d.c. i'm manila chan you're watching our see america at the u.n. g.a. in new york tensions are mounting between president donald trump and north korean leader kim jong il and with explosive exchanges between the two leaders are his trinity chavez has the story as the united nations general assembly approaches its final days tensions continue to rise between north korea and the u.s. today there have been fiery exchanges between president trump and north korea's leader kim jong un calling each other mad in a statement by kim jong il and he calls trump a mentally deranged doe tart we looked that up and that meant an old person especially one who has become a week or senile there are marks came after trump speech at the u.n. this week where he referred to kim as rocket man on a suicide mission and saying if the u.s. is forced to defend itself words allies we will have no choice but to. totally
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destroy north korea the statement went on to say trump is unfit to hold the product of supreme command of a country and isn't a politician but a rogue and against are fond of playing with fire as trump to face the world rejected the existence of me and my country and made the most vicious declaration of war we will seriously consider the execution of a fitting most serious retaliatory contingency plan overnight the north korean foreign minister said that that could include a hydrogen bomb over the pacific ocean. i think they would conduct the strongest ever a hydrogen bomb in the pacific. this morning trying to twitter saying quote kim jong un of north korea who is obviously a madman who doesn't mind starving or killing his people will be tested like never before meanwhile in a response to kim statement south korea warned north korea to restrain itself from provocative attitudes and urged the country for more dialogue so you saw it was
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korea should immediately stop reckless provocations that assume a hostile attitude toward other countries and leave types of nation and destruction would rather come out into a dialogue to peacefully resolve this great issue a little known and so on to question you know this is just a day after trump announced another round of economic sanctions and with japan and south korea by his side he announced that china which is north korea's largest trading partner agreed to tough new steps to isolate kim jong un china's immediately stop doing business with pyongyang meanwhile at a media conference today at the u.n. russian foreign minister sergei lavrov urged all parties to stick to a diplomatic approach to the korean peninsula crisis condemning both reckless tests of pyongyang and belligerent rhetoric of the u.s. . so we have to keep the hotheads angle to understand that we do need pauses then we need some contact. north korea is expected to address tonight. nation's assembly tomorrow morning reporting in new
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york trying to top as our team and joining me now to discuss more on the wrap up of the u.n. g.a. former u.s. diplomat jim jatra simplicio thank you monella so the u.n. g.a. is starting to wind down there's a few more days left but not without much controversy of course particularly the speeches given by donald trump thirty lavrov the foreign minister of russia and president rouhani of iran what's your assessment of president trump speech well i think presidents trump speech was really two different speeches he used the word sovereign or sovereignty twenty one times he gave a trump ists america first speech but the content the real heart and substance of it was what amounted to something close to a declaration of war on iran and north korea this was not trump isn't this non-national first to america first this is very dangerous frankly new conservative globalist belligerency that i think points in
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a very different direction from the rhetoric that he gave and what about the response from north korea though to trump's u.n.g.a. appearance it's making a lot of people really nervous particularly america's asian allies south korea and japan to name a few how is the president's rhetoric putting these countries in harm's way while the skies get as in their defense well it frankly does scare the socks off of them because this is this is sounding almost like trash talk before a fight except we're not just talking about fists we're talking about real war yeah we could lose thirty thousand americans on the d.m.z. in korea hundreds of thousands maybe millions of south koreans go goodness knows how many north koreans how many japanese and this goes terribly wrong to a rational person we should be saying as steve benen said roughly be shortly before he was thrown out of the white house that there is no military solution to this unfortunately the people around trump and seemingly the president solved. i think
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that definitely is a military solution well how much do you think this has to do with getting rid of all of his closest advisers that put him in the white house and now being surrounded by pentagon people there's a lot of speculation about that some people say well maybe trying to mean anything he said during the campaign he was just a con man and i don't think that was the case i think he was sincere about all this but you know i think i think he is in a sense a captive of a kind of a cabal of globalists and generals on the other hand he's not even sadat who pointed these people who put them all there who put madison kelly and and the master in there there where they're basically all all they could they could just as easily easily have been in the jeb bush or hillary clinton administration that's right and you have said that all along in her you know in the last few months yeah . let's talk about iran the nuclear deal he had some strong words about right as well is it possible for a president trump to walk back a president obama iran nuclear deal though of course he can and i expect what he's
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likely to do in by october fifteenth that's not souter is to say they're in violation of the deal maybe not necessarily pull out but throw the dead cat on congress's lap and let them figure out what to do next is and they have sixty days to decide what to do about sanctions or that he could he goes pulis out now with the stories that mcmaster and some of these other people do want him to stay within the deal tillerson does i don't know what he's going to do he says he's made up his mind i guess we'll find out eventually and secretary of state rex tillerson have that sideline meeting or two actually with sergey lavrov they talked about hot hot items like iran north korea syria isis tillerson also met with the turkish president or to one and the u.s. special envoy in the anti isis campaign brett mcgurk and from that meeting came to washington position opposing the kurdish kurdish referendum your thoughts on that. there is a look at the official list of anti isis coalition. country that doesn't include
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iran doesn't include russia doesn't include syria the countries that are bearing the main weight of the fight against isis we've had some very scary standoff now between us supported russian supported forces in syria you really do wonder what the agenda is now that isis is on the ropes and we're about to see the outbreak of a second syrian war scrambling over the what comes next in syria is it possible to have an anti isis coalition and not include russia and like you said any iran is well it's possible if one doesn't care about the real facts on the ground and the that's all we've got it's it again it's the mentality of people think that everything is simply the the united states and whoever is our coalition of the willing and the other real players don't matter if they're not subservient to whatever it is we're trying to do so it's kind of the ostrich approach put your head in the ground and let's and again this is all very familiar this is classic
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george bush and obama type of thinking why does it still exist under this administration all right we've got to leave it right there that you so much former u.s. diplomat jim chatteris. and now over to syria where the russian defense ministry says its submarines have targeted terrorists in the province of idlib cruise missiles struck the militants armored vehicles and munitions depots against our affiliate in syria argues roman coast has that story. submarine of the russian black sea fleet which is currently stationed this part of the naval group in the mediterranean shots caliber cruise missiles towards terrorists or gets in syria according to russian defense ministry all targets that have been destroyed and among those are terrorists command posts training bases weapons storage facilities armored vehicles eagles and of course military power as well now all of those have been destroyed now defensive ministry stresses that some of that sort of
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gets had been those that militants object how to list who ambushed that's when nine a russian military police personnel in the hama province on a wednesday now the russians were heavily outnumbered by that but despite that they were able to fight back and the russians have not lost any manner whatsoever but three of those men have been injured so you could say that's a couple of days later after that ambush a russian defense ministry came out with this so-called the engines. coming up later on r t a new study is revealing more damage done by the flood water crisis this time to the city's most vulnerable and even the unborn stated.
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today an eighteen year old man has been formally charged with carrying out the attempted london tube train bombing on september fifteenth ahmed hassan is accused of causing an explosion that endangered the lives of hundreds of people so joining me now to discuss this and more is miss annie michaud she's a former m i five intelligence officer turned whistleblower thank you for joining us me and me in person i must say pleasure first can you give us an update on the sentiment of the folks in london following this kind of botched attack i think it's a sense of just shock you know yet more attacks they've had the westminster. bridge attack they have been the manchester bombing attack in the u.k. as well and there's a sort of sense that anything could happen so you get used to cars ramming people down on streets so all the bridges and streets and protect with bullets you know used the idea of machete attacks and suddenly someone comes up with a more sophisticated attack such as this bomb i mean thank god it didn't explode properly but if it had it would cause mass casualties so i think this is the sense
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that it could come in any direction in any sort of different scale of attack as exploring people sort of a sad sad statement on society right that people have become accustomed as you've said yes i mean it's called the new reality but i mean i remember when the provisional ira were carrying out bomb attacks on virtually weekly basis point in london and there wasn't a sense of fear i mean if it was a bomb attack there was a warning people would be evacuated very often people would not die it would be infrastructure would be hit the fact is any of these types of attacks can come from anywhere and it makes people slightly on edge and the authorities in london were able to locate this young man and the others that were tied to him what some reasonable speed but some other people were mistakenly scooped up and those now innocent men are being harassed and alienated both within the muslim community and by others outside of their community in london is there any such way to be more precise when narrowing down on suspects there should be yes because of course both
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the suspects were already known to the police they were already under investigation they were so-called refugees from i think iraq and syria and we've seen this time and time again with most of the attacks across europe over the last few years that all the suspects were already known to the authorities and they haven't moved either because they are drowning in information because of this massive surveillance infrastructure or because of incompetence on the inside no i'm sure it's probably the former rather than latter and we don't hope so yes we hope now the pattern of terror that's kind of spanned through europe line. it is just one of many cities that have obviously been recently hit and the u.k. the whole of the u.k. what do you noticing about these attacks is it different approaches by terrorists or are we learning learning anything new from these these new attacks and i think obviously because isis is being squeezed in the middle east territories are being eroded they're being defeated militarily they're they have been putting out these
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words to their so-called followers over social media go out and carry out attacks in your home country whether you're returning jihadi or whether you've just been radicalized within your own country so there is that one of the emerging trends there is that often these people have started out with very sort of louche lose their western lifestyle often they have doubled in mind a crime perhaps using drugs that sort of thing as indeed with this london she would tag so we see that they have come to the attention to authorities that way to begin with and not often very often very young as well and just alienated and unhappy about the lifestyle they are leading so they think well you know this self-made different way it's glamorous and we sort in this happens a lot in the northern ireland civil war that dispossessed young men would find a certain status a certain sense of worth sort of like joining again exactly but harming many more other people perhaps a gang member would who might go out and fight other gang members so it's that sort of mentality and that's what we're seeing emerging quite often now across europe
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and now it's switching gears a little bit here a lot actually last but not least you're in town to attend a very special award ceremony recognizing whistle blowers yourself a whistle blower can you tell us your thoughts on the recent controversy surrounding harvard and chelsea manning first being invited as a special guest to harvard university and then following the cia chief's comments disapproval basically the university withdrew that invite what are your thoughts on that whole situation entirely disappointed i mean the whole treatment of chelsea manning off to what she exposed and let's not forget those were very serious war crimes can. america and the treatment she received torture and a huge prison sentence of course that was commuted by the outgoing president obama so her to have done gained recognition for the fact that she has expertise an alternative voice to offer to academia in a very prestigious race of study as well so that's been taken away so swiftly because of pressure from the intelligence agencies is rather disgusting i think
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it's very disappointing but we see this time and time again with other whistle blows across the planet that people look at them and then they collude traces and sometimes actually we do need the alternative voices in mainstream media in online media and in academia so that young minds can be exposed to competing ideas so that they can learn how to debate and how to make their own moral judgments and that's what's been denied to this student of harvard and he showed thank you so much for sharing your insight and expertise with us former m i five officer and. while it was difficult enough for residents to escape the high winds and floods that ravaged puerto rico after hurricane maria hit it was still hard for those incarcerated in that tiny islands twenty nine prisons according to an investigation by the marshall project the prisons surround eight complexes across the whole island with most of them located along the coast and near high risk flood areas no official number has
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actually been reported detailing just how many people or inmates remain trapped in the prison but the facilities are capable of housing more than twelve thousand prisoners in total. in mexico the story captivating viewers worldwide about tireless rescue workers trying to free a twelve year old girl trapped under the ruins of a school turned out to be just that a story after two days of coverage the navy assistant secretary abruptly announced that all of the school children were accounted for saying quote we want to emphasize that we have no knowledge. about the report that emerged with the name of a girl we are sure it was not a reality and this comes after mexican authorities raised the death toll from the earthquake to two hundred eighty six with more than half of all casualties occurring in the nation's capital. and a new study out this week suggests flint michigan has led contaminated water crisis
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had a significant impact on fertility and fetal death rates in that city flint switched its water source from detroit river back in two thousand fourteen residents started complaining of quality and then began testing positive for lead poisoning. speaks to a lead researcher of the study and how this crisis has affected the most vulnerable residents of that community higher quantities of lead in flint michigan storing water lead to lower for tillage he rates and higher infant death rates according to a study by two economists and their findings show that since flint switched its water source in twenty fourteen the city's fertility rates decreased by twelve percent while infant death rates shot up fifty eight percent and the overall health of children at birth also deteriorated joining me is the co-author of the study assistant professor of economics dino grossman from west virginia university professor michigan's health department and human services it concluded in a draft report in twenty fifteen that there is no evidence that the water switch
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had caused higher fetal death rates or other negative birth outcomes your study obviously contradicts this one did you and professor david start looking into this and why. well we started looking into this probably close to a year and a half ago we started applying for the data that we end up using in the study and it was something that we had we had read about in the in the process and we were interested about whether this change in water source in this sort of contamination in the water had led to worst birth outcomes and war and decreases in fertility rates because some previous literature had suggested this might be something that occurs with higher rates of lead in the water and that's exactly what your study did in fact find now flint already had a high rate of infant mortality compared to the rest of the state how did you isolate in determine that this lead crisis contributed to this fifty eight percent jump that your statistics show. just to be clear we're actually calculating is the
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fetal death rate these are these are. these are deaths before birth so that after twenty weeks in just station and deaths that occurred in a hospital so it's not going to capture the full rate of fetal deaths but this is data that we were provided by the state as well basically the fetal death registry data so we use this data and we compare flint both before the water change and after the water changed to other cities in michigan before and after the water change and what we find is that fetal death rates increased in flint following the water change but really we see no change at all in the rest of it in other parts of michigan. now when it comes to decreasing fertility rates and twelve percent decrease in your study are we talking about miscarriages are we talking about issues with fertility and are there other variables that you considered when looking at this. yeah i mean you know the effect that we find as we find
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a twelve percent decrease in fertility rates as you mentioned and you know some of the things we did in this paper to try to tease out whether or not this change in fertility rates is caused by. the lead itself in the water or some other factor is we try to look at you know fetal death rates itself which suggests which the increase in fetal death rates suggests that. the lead plays a role in the in this decrease in fertility rates but i should point out that that doesn't really account for that one only account for a very small percentage of the change in. fertility rates that we find we hypothesize that perhaps there is an increase in miscarriages over the same time period. or that potentially women are not as likely to conceive over this time period because of lead in the water but these are not things that we can actually test for in the using the data that we have one thing we try to look at is whether or not we see evidence of changes in a sexual behavior over this time period which we don't seem to see ok and the
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studies that the statistics that you're getting they're from the state they're from the department of health and human services so do you imagine that the state is going to catch up to your findings and come to the same conclusion. you know based on the numbers that we have we would we would we would expect that to happen yes but what are the long term impacts of your findings when it comes to a city like flint that's already you know dealt with some of the major repercussions of this water switch. so you know there's a few things that we find in the study one is that we find that there's several hundred fewer children then we would have expected to have been born over this time period that could lead to major changes in terms of funding from the state for education. and there's also the potential that. women who were pregnant during this time period and exposed to the change in the water source may have their
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children may have worse health outcomes later on in life these are things that we can't really. you know we are things that we should be worried about going forward but we can't really quantify at this time and i imagine that's something that you're going to continue to follow up with assistant professor of economics daniel grossman at west virginia university thank you so much for your time. all right that does it for now for more on the stories we just covered go to youtube dot com forward slash r t america and check out our web site r.t. that. america you can also follow me on twitter at manilla channel remember to question more come back at five pm in. the world. and only news companies nearly players but what kind of partners are in t. america r t america. r.t. america. anyway. just like
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a really. good actor bad actor. you could never. part. of the world. the world stage. because we have no congressional term limits in the u.s. we have a lot of members who have been there for decades and now a lot of those people who have been there for so long getting old in fact the one hundred fifteen congress is among our oldest ever according to corum the average american is twenty years younger than their representatives in congress and over
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the past thirty years the average age of a congressperson has continued to increase especially as we keep electing the same people in one thousand nine hundred one the average member of the house of representatives was forty nine years old and the senator was fifty three now the average has gone up by eight years for each the house averages an age of fifty seven in the senate sixty one now that doesn't sound too old that sounds like the age of people in the prime of their political prowess they've lived long enough to learn some stuff which is a good thing in a lot of ways i think but when you die a little deeper you just start to realize how old this congress is more than half of the senators up for reelection next year will be over the age of sixty five that's the age when people used to retire and now a bunch of the people running our country will be over it dianne feinstein from california is eighty four nancy pelosi is seventy seven bernie sanders is that a nice thicks orrin hatch is eighty three bill nelson is seventy four john conyers is eighty eight donald young is eighty for them johnson is eighty six in fact
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twelve members of congress are in their eighty's fifty seven of them are in their seventy's and one hundred forty four of them are in their sixty's and a full one third of representatives who are over sixty years old represent districts with a median age of thirty five or less this might be why president trump wanted to propose a constitute. amendment to impose term limits on members of congress under his contract with the american voter proposal proposals for congressional term limits have all failed in the past which is no surprise because who is going to vote for a law that limits their own powers and job prospects right so i doubt president will be able to pass congressional term limits to more and more of our congresspeople are getting into their eighty's which god bless and i sincerely do believe in respecting our elders but the bottom line is our laws might not impose term limits but our bodies do so we're going to start seeing a different congress soon in the next decade or so and congress will change right
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