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and if we can even talk about it if we can even have a conversation about it then. we're in trouble. ready a leading pharmaceutical company is accused of fueling america's opiate crisis by aggressively pushing its painkillers and downplaying the risks accusations are made in newly released court documents. as you can see once again clashes have erupted in hong kong where people are out on the streets despite a planned protest having been banned we look at how a figurehead of the opposition own to skills abroad. and leaked e-mails reveal how chemical giant months and to conspire to discredit the action group moms across america which has been campaigning against its products.
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a very warm welcome to the program from all of us here at our to h.q. in moscow thanks for joining us this hour. court documents reveal that a big pharma company conspired to aggressively push its opiate painkillers this is led to accusations purdue pharma cause america's biggest drug epidemic the company is also accused of downplaying the risks of addiction this led to doctors prescribing its pills to patients even with only minor pain often has more. the usa is in the midst of an ongoing opioid epidemic. with the.
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in response to the opioid epidemic 48 different us states have taken action against produce pharma a drug manufacturer owned by the sackler family now even the company itself admits that those affected should get help as soon as possible while purdie farmer is prepared to defend itself vigorously in the opioids a geisha the company has made clear that it sees little good coming from here so wasteful it's a geisha in the pills the people and communities affected by the opiate crisis need help now now it's certainly commendable the focus on helping the victims rather than simply avoiding blame what's a 1000000 emails that have just been released show the sackler family and produce pharmaceuticals in a rather negative light richard sackler then the president oversaw the creation of some public health advocacy groups it's implied that the american pain society and the now defunct american pain foundation operated almost as front groups then president richard sackler explained his motives our goal is to buying these
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organizations more closely to us than here to for but also to align them with our expanded mission and to see that the fate of our products are next to it could we pound up with the trajectory of the pain movement that these organizations works to convince the us public that came related issues were not being properly addressed however that's not all the e-mails have shown dr kathleen foley a neurologist who was also a paid speaker for produce pharma urged richard sackler to expand and to collaborate with other drug companies who stood to make a profit from an expansion of pain awareness. i'm thinking of an alternative strategy of bringing together all the members of the pharmaceutical industry who have drugs out there and trying to come together as a sort of he's if recognizing that your particular drug has been recently identified in the newspapers as a drug issue the pain awareness campaign may have resulted in giving some people a temporary buzz but the pain felt by u.s.
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society in the aftermath of the resulting opioid epidemic is far greater interior is clear that preview far moment other manufactures from very early on were interested in one thing and that was their bottom line they were really indifferent to the well being of patients who would actually be taking the opioids that they were peddling and their wanted gender was to make money so pilate manufacturers played a major role in the current american hope you would have to demick they were not the sole and to do responsible for the epidemic but without their fall i highly doubt this epidemic would have come to pass it was their misrepresentation of the risks and benefits pain killers that led 1st and foremost to an epidemic of overprescribing pain killers for minor in chronic pain conditions which ultimately gave way to the curb. the current the epidemic of opioid addiction an overdose
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death we've asked for comment so far no response now it's not just prettier that's being accused of prioritizing profits over people's health later and i'm bolton will look at how agro chemical giant month has been trying to discredit its critics . you can see live pictures from hong kong where clashes have erupted today as people took to the streets despite a planned protest having been banned by the authorities. 1000 started marching peacefully earlier today through the city center however unrest broke out with police resorting to tear gas and water cannon fires were started in the streets the official reason for the protest ban is the violence that's been seen at previous demonstrations in the past weeks and months.
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police have warned that anyone taking part in today's action may face prosecution u.s. president all trump has commented on the current tensions between hong kong and china saying the beijing protests should be handled in a humane fashion. the drake. song john would be a much bigger job and i think it would have been much more violent i really believe john wants to make a deal and they know it puts us in a very bad position. there's not a new me way of handling the problems and i'd let them know that look. you made sure the chinese ministry of foreign affairs expressed its discontent with the white house for showing empathy with what it calls radicalize protesters on friday to more protesters leaders were arrested on suspicion of organizing an authorized rallies but were released on bail one of them rose to prominence 5 years ago during the umbrella movement protest.
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was. the. whole of. the. we will continue i will fight no matter how democrat that was. joshua long who you just saw there is one of the leaders of the current protests but apparently he cut his teeth protesting not just at the demonstrations 5 years ago as explains. he's only $22.00 but he's already backed himself at least
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a few lines in the history books joshua wall has already served several prison sentences he's a leader of a political party he's followed 530-0000 users on twitter is invited to speak on the most prominent international news channel clearly your message to anyone who has demonstrated previously is disregards to come out and demonstrate again. yeah that's what our police bring us now on the phone is pro-democracy activist from hong kong joshua wa he was an independent inquiry into police abuse you've been very critical of the police tactics he has just got out of prison at 3 and a half hours ago just so how does it feel to be free to issue a warning is frank he'd love a bit of western support i hope you as a politician they should take a more active to support hong kong democrat high station to ensure the interests of
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you asked citizens in hong kong protracted and probably to go and economic freedom in hong kong can still be guaranteed in the future and apparently he's highly admired by many in america joshua wall went to washington in 2015 to get an award from freedom house and n.g.o.s which power gets most of its funding from u.s. government grants and a couple of years american lawmakers nominated the young man and his associates for the noble peace prize this month it was revealed his in touch with american diplomats in hong kong after he was photographed meeting the political unit chief of the local u.s. consul general the activist said he thought there's no big deal about it but even went to washington several times so what's so special about mit in the u.s. consul chinese authorities though have been making it clear they are firmly against other countries getting involved in the hong kong situation. we are strongly
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dissatisfied and firmly opposed to carping remarks in the g 7 leaders statement acting as the backseat driver on hong kong affairs we have time and again emphasized that hong kong affairs are purely the internal affairs of china and no foreign government organization or individual has the right to intervene however some of the protest skills george szell wong and his fellow activists have up. their sleeves were picked up from abroad in the build up to the 2014 hong kong uprising the folks from the so-called owes low freedom forum share their protest expertise with joe show wong and cope today he's confident democratic political reforms are the only way forward for hong kong and he says he won't shy away from challenging the most senior officials at home and in beijing we spoke to china specialist andrew along he says the unrest in hong kong is being stirred up by
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external actors this didn't report of some east though this is the middle of the train or slow freedom forum. which of course is in all the most of these. trading whole trading is this all tactics of some of. the establishment tactics the simple civil disobedience that it's so i think the and also the funds. supported by international organizations including the national endowment for democracy of the united states of course you know as they say as a democratic country and this organization so they do support the policies around the world but on the other hand is to link the racially. this kind of influence but only had it was those. militants are highly trained to look at the way that formation and the phone in and also policy in the city mistress and so on
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with a presidential race in full swing in argentina some appear to be resorting to bribery to ensure the result they want to leading businessmen reportedly and else they would pay their workers $5000.00 each if current president succeeds and reaching the 2nd round of the elections one of the pair is also a lawmaker from migrants ruling party. it follows a landslide victory by opposition leader alberto fernandez in the 1st round of voting the current argentine leader who is seeking reelection lost by a far greater margin than expected however he's still well ahead of the 3rd place candidate. whoever wins argentina's presidential election will have a tough job on their plate as the country looks to be on the verge of defaulting on its debt.
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if we are talking about a democratic regime mock receipt that's not legitimate to do it you're buying a person and that you're buying a person's decision that's one undemocratic regimes to use not only democratic but also. it's a legitimate. it involves a lot of. democratic value doing this the way that they're doing it is this just shows the separation and preoccupation of their own political stance and economic stance today mockeries. approach to the economy resole sub he's near liberal policies. damaged the country itself the levels of
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unemployment and the levels of inflation i mean the. and the quality of life in you know engine tina gone down. u.s. democratic presidential hopeful joe biden has been out making his case as to why he should get the party's stomach nomination but some of the stories he's been telling while campaigning about when he was in afghanistan have turned out to be not entirely true and not for the 1st time. the. young navy captain up in the mountain the cone are brown in afghanistan one of his buddies got shot fell down a ravine of the sky climbed down a ravine carried this guy up on his back under fire general want to me to pin the
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silver star on. i love this place i love it look what's not to like about from on terms of the beauty of it and what a neat town to. watch with populace can support can come up to see moonalice vice president and one with and some some you covered. international leaders spoke about you had people like margaret thatcher high school you had the big people like the pitch i know every one of these leaders except i don't know the new prime minister of a of of england he looks like down trump i don't know. 4 kids who just as brady just says tallis white kids plan monsanto time fantasies of things he's been my friend.
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well global story is common in just a few minutes. the global insurrection against banker occupation we started that. before occupy wall street before the revolution in cairo before obviously the end of france or the protests and they're all connected all these protests are connected they're all connected to a rebellion against the out money and banks are all global and treasury and bank right. when it comes down to it it is no actually that i think one can say oh well the russians are all bad this certainly is not the case of the west he's all good they're all absolutely things of the west needs to be doing and what i would like to see is much much less. counterproductive for tara who struggles we see against
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russia that it's you know it's it's become an easy way of getting certain the audiences to approach you is to come up with cheap russian bashing that helps move . welcome back newly released e-mails reveal how chemical giant month center attempted to discredit an action group campaigning against its weed killer moms across america had raised the alarm about the use of one of the company's leading products called round up. that's your enemy beat the out of them and put them on the defensive and you won't have this problem i have been arguing for a week to beat the shit out of them and i have clearly lost we don't want to be
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seen as beating up on mothers nobody will listen to it anyway it has to be done by 3rd parties in 2013 the action group sent an open letter to months sent us top management calling on them to stop selling g.m.o. seeds and spring crops with guy phosphate and other pesticides moms across america director told us why the organization promotes organic farming all we need to do is to take matters into our own hands and to make sure that the food supply is safe and that our families are not exposed to toxic chemicals and what we've done is created a moms across america gold standard and so this is a new seal of approval that brands can get to show that they're not only organic and not g.m.o. but they've gone the extra mile and gotten some pesticide testing done their packaging might even be bio degradable so your trade is used to namely raised animal products is used and they support the transition from g.m.o. chemical farming to regenerative organic farming and so as
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a mother and mothers by 85 percent of the food we believe that they are listening to us and that it does make a difference and we ask all the consumers out there to continue speaking up and to go to moms across america dot org and find out more about our gold standard that will be launching next month. but it's not just moms across america that's been targeted by months sento documents reveal the company also operated a so-called intelligence fusion center it was aimed to monitor and discredit critics who claim that the main ingredient in month centers we've killer is extremely dangerous to human health it is a herbicide and a crop drying agent after it sprayed on crops it ends up in food the air and tap water in several lawsuits months and just life based product was ruled to have caused cancer however the company states that its product is safe to use and does not cause cancer it's appealed against the verdicts moms across america's director again told us this shows why the company's disregard is for the public health. this
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is an example of the type of mentality that g.m.o. companies have and that shows a complete disregard for public health and this is very disturbing considering that our government would like to now into the hands of regulation into the hands of these companies they are they are proposing to allow g.m.o. companies to dish so determine whether or not their products are safe or not and so as a mother just as it make any sense to me at all that the mentality of these types were the type of people will have control over whether or not our we supply is safe that's extremely disturbing to me and must not happen at all our government must regulate g.m.o. those and they must be able to determine whether or not they're safe or not and these e-mails are a very good example exactly why that must happen. a group of military experts
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is calling on congress to force the disclosure of the number of u.s. bases overseas and the letter they describe the information currently provided by the pentagon as limited and frequently incomplete. the pentagon's annual abase structure report provides some information about the number and size of base sites overseas however it fails to report on dozens of well known installations in countries worldwide and frequently provides incomplete or inaccurate data many suspect the pentagon does not know the true number of installations abroad officials say some 800 u.s. installations are located in up to 80 countries around the world but the signatories of the letter say the number could be hugely understated they insist a special report should be included in the 2020 national defense authorization act it's meant to increase transparency and avoid excessive military spending. earlier i spoke with retired u.s. army colonel and signatory to the letter and right she says u.s. of sins are often surprised to learn of the location of american military bases.
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i'm a u.s. army colonel i spent 29 years in the us military and i think it's very important that american citizens know how many bases we have where they are and how much it costs to run them most americans don't realize we have over 800 bases now and that we have new bases that are being established particularly in africa we would say as citizens we need to know where our military is we are surprised sometimes when young men and women are killed in places and no one even knew that we had a military installation there up to $15000000000.00 that are being spent by the u.s. government to how equip train have military operations for. men and women in our military and also department of defense affiliates that are assigned to these bases you know we have large numbers of bases still in germany
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and japan and south korea but most people don't realize that we now have some in eastern europe right on the border of russia and in fact the military exercises that the united states has had has been having both in eastern europe and in scandinavia is one of the concerns that we who signed that letter have. also let's take a look at some world news in brief the taliban has launched a large scale attack on the key afghan city of induce the armed group to cost little patients as hostages the fighting is still ongoing with the authorities saying both sides have sustained casualties. the norwegian capital saw hundreds of people raise their fists in the air outside the country's parliament as a part of a protest against climate change activists want the issues to be on pup politicians minds ahead of local elections early next month. and all the lighter note in catalonia people enjoy the spectacle of human towers going up and down at
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a traditional festival the aim of the competition is to build and then unbuild your tower with it falling apart along the way the festival dates back to the 18th century and has unesco recognition. that's a global news update for this hour but don't forget you can always head to our website r.t. dot com for the details on all of those stories and many more. with make this manufactured consensus still public wealth. when the ruling
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it's just so. slow slow. and very well now can see you watching us and see us. well. thank you it was the exactly good night the comedy show where americans in america covering american nudes are still called foreign agents oh well it's almost there it's almost time the recession everyone has warned us about is just nearly ready to sit on our face. and i know you're thinking how could we have
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a recession when when when when our president has been a glowing beacon of stability and call since the moment he got into office you you would think when wall street investors wake up every morning and see a failed game show host calling some other world leaders you would think. they would feel our economy sure footed as a mountain goat. but no for some reason people are concerned the dow jones has been incredibly volatile 7 losing over a 1000 points over the past month and in fact plunging 800 points in a single day on top of that insiders are selling stock like it's 2007 again you know what happened after 2007. 2008 all right in 2000 a stock for everyone because it was a global financial crisis in which we gave trillions of dollars to add audiology
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everything already had it and we were like here's a little left over. and then of course there's a big indicator of the recession that every media outlet has been talking about if you turn on anything that we talk about the famed inverted yield curve apparently the inverted yield curve only happens before recession hit and it is happening right now and i'm sure you're wondering what in god's name is an inverted yield curve well it's when the bond yields. then they usually. you see above. normal ok ok goodbye go back to the interest rate of a bond. i don't. know if it gave me the recession is coming ok can you ever spend the other day i learned something about kanye west and the inverted yield curve stuff all fell out. now because donald drop knows that
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a recession means he won't get reelected he's been running around saying everything is fine unemployment is the lowest it's ever been a song 1st of all when people are excited unemployment is low that means they're excited the wage slavery of your average american is humming along nicely and really really let's get out a bucket of confetti and celebrate and then let's pay somebody $3.00 an hour to clean it all up on their hands and knees. but beyond that many of the jobs trump is excited about crappy nonsense jobs making $4.00 an hour to scrub up yoga mats or whatever some. some 1st world job that we created just so people could go i got a job and you're like what do you do bleach for a living or whatever. but here is the most important point if you ignore that there are crappy jobs and that many people have stopped working.

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