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one of these institutes is led by the american lawyer paul dietrich philip morris finances it with $240000.00 a year at the same time dietrich is a consultant for the regional office in america when his double role becomes known dietrich moves into the finance industry. he won't agree to talk to me in the w.h.o. report on the strategies of the débâcle industry 6 other consultants are mentioned the british toxicologist frank sullivan for instance claims that passive smoking doesn't harm your health his study on the subject is financed by philip morris. in the year 2000 and sullivan's collaboration with the tobacco industry becomes public but he still continues to advice. i mean with 2 department leaders commenting tobacco under the auspices of the w.h.o. we have 0 tolerance approaches i said the director general says the tobacco
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industry is our number one and we wear that badge very proudly is franks i live in . it. absolutely. and they have a they can't because the names of all those persons are well known through the documents but that nadal even countries considered to w.h.o. for example in 2002 let's say. not that i'm aware of as well too and again the policies that are in place now is that all consultants no matter whether they're working in tobacco control or infectious diseases or anywhere in the organization have to sign a declaration of interest but this means a lot of trust. they should be reviewed trust i think that you should trust you trust you can. already being suspicious of all the people and their capacities to do things ok.
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and also. they always say ok we had a problem and there were a single person who were corrupt this was this i live in. and so on. but i have always thought and i mean it wasn't really a single person's and now it's over or could you say that segments of. it when i was the tobacco company documents which show how major corporations operate and the pharmaceutical companies or the chemical companies do not operate any differently their obligation to their shareholders completely overwhelms any consideration of public health so these are the people that are the h one n one push. swine flu or h one n one is presented by the w.h.o. and in the public media as a huge threat wrongly as that leader emerges. if you've been diagnosed with
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probable or presumed 2009 and one or swine flu in recent months you may be surprised to know this the odds are you didn't have a 2001 flu in fact you probably didn't have flu at all. many countries including germany italy france and great britain concluded secret agreements with pharmaceutical companies before the swine flu incident which oblige them to purchase swine flu vaccinations but only if the w.h.o. issued a pandemic level 6 alert. does now at the start of the 2009 influenza pandemic given. reason. vite. made yarden. sun over. the in. the me but i pushed it.
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for 3 good minutes are not stopping to must if you can just kind of introduced a group of our. most. swine flu makes considerable profits for the manufacturer. and 1st quarter net profit. to one point. $6000000000.00 us dollars from $1.00 i tried to arrange an interview with the person responsible for swine flu at the w h o. he was often on television at the time but i get an appointment with the official press spokesman 11 countries officially reporting 331 cases of influenza a h one n one infection with 10 deaths.
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between pharmaceutical companies and government where you have to be aware of this of course you have to be aware of everything that's going on and it is extremely easy to after the fact say well maybe should not have done y. and a should not have done b. however think about the opposite what would have happened had the influenza killed 50 percent of the people it infected and there was no. no no no no. no. no and now the low amazing. not. including. is there
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a. group but who says he's not. at the time i'm pregnant and i am sure it's crowns in all forms of travel public media exaggerates with words and images the dangerous. from swine flu. is how a man would be in order to get. there. he said i did i don't like guidelines and then there were below him is it could they have declared the condom make a level 6 also with the 0 at the finish no. i meant the daters or l.s.a.t. the. seem to be in mortality that same clue yet as likely did you deal . in the me.
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so this is. this was removed. before. p.p. . and you're missing the i'm going to pharma industry in so fan see i'm a good and fair final goodbye hobby but if you really have to look to local to do like phone calls and also there's all of. this was needlessly or overly that's already installed just us of course would like to have a vaccine tomorrow we would have wanted to have it just sitting in 2009 miss kinealy is a member of the w.h.o. swine flu working group previously she had worked for the french pharmaceutical company trans to the press spokesman doesn't allow me to interview her so i try to approach her directly at a conference. i asked miss kinealy why the criteria of severity was deleted from
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the definition of a pandemic phase. to. expand. the the the truth their objective. their. value. i. don't want to. be sure. because the quote was not really.
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told. it's gonna raise that many. i'll give you have to. get. them into. the working group on swine flu consists of 13 external consultants to report conflicts of interest ferguson declares consultancy fees from glaxo smith kline baxter and rush the manufacturers of the swine flu vaccines and medications not a problem for the. in 2007 albert osterhaus. on the dutch health commission due to his conflict of interest he declares to the. but he has shares in the pharma company viral clinics which is suspected of profiting from
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swine flu he also declares that he is the chairman of his w.i. describing it as a group of independent scientists in fact it is partly financed by vaccine manufacturers. i can tell you there is no scientific meeting today organized that is not being spun the sponsored by industry and rightly so the industry is making the vaccine it's not the nationally students that are making the vaccines and the long industries doing it i have a curious. at the moment i'm working more with the private sector as well so i started still consulting from time to time i used to working with this you. influence i guess on the channels that particular organization because i saw it you declared this is a conflict of interest and it's not a conflict of interest but i declare also what might be perceived as a conflict of interest and already have to be very careful so at least if you say
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that of course people can hold it against you yeah but at least i can always say and i've always done that it's a huge your you at least you show what you do it was written they are independent group of scientists and when i looked under wraps that as thought it it's funded by all. it's not funded by some money comes from from from vaccine produces but there's money coming from many other sources as well and that's the same with w.h.o. and a lot of other you know organisations as long as you are transparent and show what you're doing it's fine i think how is that percentage of funding i don't know exactly but there is a substantial part of the funding comes from elsewhere from meetings comes from comes from european projects come from and there is a present just coming from industry as well and that's completely transparent so it's fine to bring it up again but for me it's true. i don't get any hard figures. without any facts without transparency i can't make any progress here.
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not only.
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this kind of a scam. it's keep. it. in the case of the pharmaceutical industry it's even more difficult for the w.h.o. to maintain its independence than with the tobacco industry on the one hand the
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dollar is dependent on the pharmaceutical industries for research and medication but the industry's financial interests mustn't damage the. area health one thing is clear today the pharmaceutical industry is part of the health system just like the government's. politics are losing power and that's also reflected in the financing of the w.h.o. and the 1990 s. all countries froze their membership contributions in the wake of the financial crisis. today u.n. organizations foundations n.g.o.s and industry contribute almost 40 percent of the w.h.o. its annual budget the 2nd largest source of finance right after the usa is the bill and melinda gates foundation. 30 years ago and starting
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microsoft there was we had a very ambitious vision a computer for everyone. now i join you in seeking to achieve an even more important vision which is good health for every human being today the w.h.o. relies on voluntary contributions like that from the gates foundation but these are often linked to conditions from the w h o's annual budget amounts to about $2000000000.00 coca-cola spends twice that much on advertising alone and the hospitals around lake geneva spend $6000000000.00 a year. when it was founded the w.h.o. could decide how to distribute its funds in south now 70 percent of its budget is tied to particular projects countries or regions.
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if the dollar receives funding to fight malaria for example it can't use that money to combat it mona. they have a lot of delays says will fellow put it in very precise words at present w.h.o. dusted off the operational capacity of culture to deliver a full intelligence and public health that's called thanks. what does the director general of the w.h.o. think about that. i want to ask her what constraints she is under. then i know i'm a little i have. a policy imposed decades ago woman part but she would selectively goods and boards changing demographics across asia with far reaching consequences for creating
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a pool of socially disadvantaged young men so you had the system where people at every level were big it being covered by. money to agree to starvation our money to get other people to be the sterilisation out is there examines the politics of population control the. al-jazeera. where ever you are. in 2012 al-jazeera traveled to iraq people here are definitely scared to speak on camera they're saying that if they talk to us they think they'll be arrested down the line to take the pulse of a country ravaged under us occupation some of these graves are completely destroyed
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it's one of the most holy and sacred sites in all of iraq had turned into a battleground between the mighty army and the americans rewind returns to iraq after the americans on al-jazeera. hello i'm maryam namazie in london just a quick look at the headlines now india's prime minister is heading for another 5 year time with a landslide election victory is running b j p party is on course to increase its majority in what modi has hailed his story mandate more than 600000000 votes in america in 6 week 7 phase process. today we
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witnessed 2 students from every nook and corner of the country filling this beggar's have i bang my head for india's 1300000000 citizen. the pentagon has confirmed the u.s. is considering sending more troops to the middle east as tensions escalate with iran washington is already deployed extra forces to the region saying it's facing unspecified threats from to iran but iran's president hassan rouhani says his country won't surrender to u.s. pressure even if it's bombed. we want to wish to risk upgraded just relations so. i think those are fair fair comments that you know our job is to transfer this is not about we have a mission that's just freedom of navigation. counterterrorism and syria around. by the. security of israel jordan. meanwhile yemen's who the rebels are saying they have carried out a drone attack on an airport and military base in the saudi city have not drawn
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these the media say that has been that they've been targeting hangars containing warplanes since wednesday saudi light coalition says it intercepted an explosive laden drone and accused iran of supporting the who sees in carrying out their attacks. rebels in northwest syria have launched a counterattack against pro-government forces they've made gains in hama province a major setback for troops loyal to president assad fighting has taken place despite a turkish and russian brokered cease fire polls have closed in the netherlands and are about to close here in the u.k. in the 1st day all the european election voting more than 400000000 people eligible to vote across the block over the next 3 days they will be electing $751.00 parliamentarians 1st results are expected to be announced on sunday. more on that story and everything else we covering in the news hour i will be back with that at
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$2100.00 g.m.t. that's in about 25 minutes time.
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i'm a filmmaker i have a daughter. it is important to me that she finds the world in good condition. i can tell you the most scientific meeting today organized that is now being spun the sponsored by industry and rightly so the industry is making the vaccines it's not the national institutes their obligation to their shareholders completely overwhelms any consideration of public health universal health coverage is the single most powerful concept that public health has to offer. people. since i can't get to speak to market jan i meet one of her close advisors. a sink it's simply a wrong perception to sink that can be an external independent review because
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then you have to say who is selecting this independent expert and who is controlling their independence and who is controlling the independence of those controlling the independence. and such. of course he's right but he's wrong you know he said is mixing everything up because this world is as it is and you have to do what you can to make sure that the independence of the science is as good as possible it will never ever be perfect he's quite right that he should be talking about his own i mean he is from switzerland he came straight from switzerland which is a country that is completely locked into a partnership approach and he's in charge of partnerships. so i know. this was very keen that any companies could have this transfer.
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you. to present. them for.
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contributing to the term of the risks of radioactive contamination in public. and the. data. can go. together with the. nuclear catastrophe. in. the dangers of nuclear radiation hazard for example keeping silent about a rise in cancer. it's difficult to find anybody who is allowed to talk the man. matsumoto. is also a doctor and has founded a convalescent camp for children from camp dominated area he was. was there a limit on you sample but it's met children with
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a. son or snuck in yet there so when i was about it i was helping out their. conclusion i will commit. you know when you are. should i think you need that you are much easier it's got through the door but it's not the most i've just. discovered i mean you called a 100 there kid you were out can you go to. your dorm or. it would all go no use in the interview there if they must. as a result of experience after trying novel the w h l recommendations for iodine my revised in the year 999 under the supervision of the british scientist keith baverstock and member of staff at the w.h.o.
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. when i started my program with w.h.o. within a few weeks i learned that there was a claim that there was a large number of thyroid cancers in children and this ended up in a mission to minsk. an astonishing number of children who had been operated for thyroid cancer quite young children served to see as we did on that day when i think it was 1112 maybe cases in one place at one time all having been operated was really quite extraordinary. he took it from there. better russian colleagues i wish to short papers in the journal nature to draw attention to it often the papers were published w.h.o.
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me to withdraw the paper from nature. a paper published with about 5 or 6 other people. agreeing on this position and crys lost me to redraw that they perform publication. ofter is being published tries. to naval this is written by. you is my career he said your career will be shortened if you don't do this. it was a chart or. did you have any contact with us w h o f that's a typical accident you know much about ultimatums does this president of the guiding us got up and. tell you muscle and what i think you'll still get us as far as it goes they should have it on 20 and told him to
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name all that did not do the last a step yeah it. when you i was a successful tended to my stuff. then there were so whores as i missed more then i was and all. that and all said so john and i don't i mean my study is so you have them under that. they mustn't stop. and then they just up they could just as only 000000000 that's come out of and they misunderstand what i have no all. to depend on which to. i still find it beyond belief that naoto kan was convinced at the time that no radioactivity would emerge after the accident. just one day after the accident a monitoring station of the organization c t b t o recorded raised levels of
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radioactivity 200 kilometers from the nuclear power station. at me and i. think. maybe what i'm on. and she doing it is take i take. and there you don't know by that kind of man can we scare the mom. gave them on even that i but i mean. yeah he could have come up with another mistake if i had there was needed to be one of the sort either their children we know you've got a young man if my to see my g.p. mother movement there. to meet their honey please mom all of my not been long so i know they were there. and that's when it is going to settle down another them all
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so they move which isn't good for the. mother so your mother each denied to still a dual boot do you know the letters in a studio cooks but who is right in putting the mother's name and also you can see it so you just got out of the 20 and so you would be an all seeing put him on what was on call to do this without make up calls in the making to come was you know. what do you think today about iodine intake i asked the nuclear accident well again it's more is what was said in the video. people are not taking all it on as if it were the job he's authorities have thought so that should be the one they have distributed are you going tablets prepositional them but have not yet ask anyone to take them taking i don't like tablets in the absence of. radiation is actually for you know you need to much i don't mind taking iodine to
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the exposure and i stand by that from today's point of view was the exposure given at that time in most affected areas or not you know again that's almost 5 years ago and i can't remember the process from day to day and certainly we would have adopted through our recommendations based on the information we were getting. but there are these guidelines and it's written in yeah you should take i have been within the 1st 6 hours after a nuclear accident. that's in the air and it's also clear that it was not given in full. its all its effects i mean that's something you don't have to look up it's obvious ok. i really think you are wasting your time on this topic and then we should move on to other topics because i only have until 12 o'clock is it that you can say something critical about the tiffany's government i.
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work on the basis of fun and if i don't have the facts and the information a 100 fingertips i'm not going to speculate. but in general is it possible to criticize nations. and i'm not going to say anything more about this what should i say anything or no this was a general question not in relation to. well let's move on to another topic ok is it getting much difficult for you now that w h o has those. who says w h o's most trust that you. and the new york academy of science books this one. comes up with an estimate of 985000 deaths but that is world wide between 986 and 2004. and of course that makes
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a dramatic contrast with what the establishment says which is still around 50 deaths and possibly $4000.00 cancers as a as a final total. we have been in front of the world health organization headquarters in geneva for 7 years now and it is a permanent peaceful protest. the other major mission is that the world health organization has never considered anything except cancer. as a health effects through committee so minister that role model is as much as an inch of the if you use the bus your initial yes immediate right. position our school students. really are very much here. in this case. the school doesn't. get prayer the right here. for.
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the rest. of. the church to. rescue people so that there will be the differential to give anybody a chance with you to be get you noticed that history. since january we know that there are other diseases one of the diseases unfortunately. it's caused us to lead to. infertility diseases other than cancer there's a book maybe you heard about it of the academy of science which was reputed by the new yorker cademy of sciences because it's so when sound. but that's not true. if you read the account of the statement from the new york academy of sciences and 2011 or 12 they were puting it at the board and let me give you this this is from the journal of radiology monitoring where you ok the york academy of sciences which
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talks about all the flaws of that ok ok so i should also if you something ever book review by independent to me. yeah yeah. ok read this and then we meet again. hello this is me and frank what does it mean exactly and that the new york academy of science repudiate the channel. the editor tells me that the academy never repudiated the book he permits me to record the phone call and later he withdraws his permission isn't the able to speak freely either. perhaps the publisher of the turn of a book can help me. orning good
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morning the original contact person at the new york cademy of sciences you know agreed to publish the book and then there was a big draw to the new york academy and they didn't think it was a good idea and i suspect that they were pressured by the nuclear industry but i don't know for sure. the influence of the nuclear industry. the international atomic energy agency i a e a was to promote a safe and peaceful use of atomic energy. an important and viable option for many countries as a state in. the w.h.o.
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is concerned with health these are different priorities but the 2 organisations are working closely together. for example together with other un organisations they are compiling a report on the health consequences of her novel. this is a. critical view. and they. tended not to invite critics for their 2 reports one of. the thing was that the were b. whole series of informative going on between w h o and i a quite senior levels very senior levels. and they would. predetermined what the line they would take. that's why they had a w.h.o. stroke. meeting in riyadh 2005. to put the line across this is a this is what we're going to do the trouble was that many many people came.
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near out works at the. she's responsible for the risks of radioactive contamination i deliberately make an appointment to see her in paris the press department won't get in the way here to make sure she agrees to see me i don't tell her what i want to talk about until we 1st meet. is like. saying that there have been 1000000 that . this is because they look one of their own. and then the money. 1000000 this is it but this is because they are looking at a broader patch of population 1000000000 that's you think you can hide 1000000 but seriously yes but do you seriously take course you have mortality this request of
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how can you seriously believe that accident caused 50 deaths. but it's still under. so we wrote the other report. and the initials are t o r c h which is torch we said right away that we expected somewhere between 30 and 60000 altogether worldwide future death because the plume from chernobyl went right round the world . not hemisphere and whiles the concentrations were low far far away it doesn't matter because the many many millions of people there are 600000000 people and europe alone. and they were all affected even if its own cats are going to set you in the vein that's you'll see even 5 canuck if you hadn't mentioned that
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often in regular in the soviet union. we were not using cancer mortality figures but rather incidence is because as you know most of the cancers can now be treated in therefore that will not work valid the associated i don't know whether you have not is but our health risk assessment is only with the log of but i mean if one side of the experiments belong to a year this is kind of anticipating that those as from my hay are not on the best of their science which is the case i don't think they were there to represent any
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interest i mean it was criticised that there was no. radio biologist also no scientist who published critical articles on has effect of nuclear energy but when you need to do this equate poor it is not a question of printing an activist a from the left with an activist a from the right when it's a question of science what's happening is that there are groups outside that they want to use those stevens to say you see nuclear energy is is but is is is dangerous why with want to stop the use of the nuclear energy which is a different cost doing anything it could also be the other way around that nuclear industry. tries to not to tell the whole truth about it has impacts. really i have no doubt for sure we are dead and we are doing the best that we can and with this report of everybody recognize that there is a need for a. 35 institution that would sense i mean with weight.
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and powerful institution it would be the best for all of us and i will fight for that. for the rest of my life. convenes public health officer and i think my record accidents that he will need to fight and not afraid. aside is to the united states this past spring maybe observation that this generation of children. is the 1st generation in modern history. is not going to be as healthy as their parents. that should not be. what do i do with this knowledge now go out on the streets together with independent who are just go home again. and i at the end now is there any real and . margaret chan carries on.
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right. it's over to you folks who would like to start the round of questions. is it on. yeah ok 1000000 frank ocean media it's a question to dr chan we have just learned that area if you. are and climate change global health challenges but i am asking myself how can we meet. if it's constantly losing power important donor nations may want to week. one could even compared to the titanic i would say so isn't it your responsibility. to step down before the end of your 2nd term an audit to signal
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to the world that your organization your ship is sinking. you as an excellent question if i tell you that picture as an organization only 30 percent of my budget is predictable funds other 70 percent i have to take ahead and go around the world to beg for money. and when they give us the money they are highly linked to their preferences what they like it may not be the priority of the big show so if we do not solve this you know. we're not going to get to be as great as we whack.
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high pressure continues to dominate the weather across australia the moment that means latif on a draw the high as a lid on the atmosphere suppresses the cloud paf miss out where it is popping up because some wet weather rolling through the bite so you might see some grey skies even some wet weather there across southern parts of south australia pushing i've been to victoria could see some wet weather here just coming into port fairy pushing over towards the melbourne 17 celsius the top temperature in melbourne north of that is warm and dry $2324.00 along that east coast over the next couple
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of days 19 celsius the sas a day a little more cloud just coming back into the way of that stage and we'll see the cloud still clinging on to the coastal fringes of victoria on sas day the tasman sea for the clouds rolling into tasmania here and that will gradually ease over towards new zealand say spec to see some wet weather coming in here by the end of the weekend it's not seep out of the moment clear skies north out and it's the best for the sunshine temperature getting up to 18 celsius but the cloud will roll across the south out of going on through saturday bit wet weather coming in here all current at around 16 celsius and rising temperatures rising across japan at the moment lots of hot sunshine in place tokyo with a top temperature of 31. al-jazeera
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. hello i'm marianna this is the news hour live from london coming up. in a random o.t. and the b j p on course for a resoundingly victory in india where opposition leader raul gandhi lost his own
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parliamentary seat. more mixed messages from washington on iran this time over sending more u.s. troops to the region. the u.s. unveils a chain of criminal charges against wiki leaks founder julian assange. and botswana lift its ban on elephant hunting raising concerns about a possible rise in illegal poaching. and in sport we look ahead to the cricket world cup which begins next week a plus. striker base set his sights on winning european football's golden boot. welcome to the program we begin this hour in india where prime minister narendra modi is heading for another 5 year term with a landslide election victory is ruling party has increased its majority in what
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modi has hailed as a historic mandate or than 600000000 people voted in a marathon 6 week 7 phase process so raman reports from you delhi. he is on course to win a 2nd term as prime minister of india he arrived at his governing b.g.p. headquarters late on thursday evening jubilant by what his party had achieved. today we've witnessed from every nook and corner of the country filling this beggar's hands i banged my head for india's 1300000000 citizens. but celebrations at b j p headquarters began earlier in the day and vote counting wasn't even over yet the votes of hundreds of millions of indians were tallied and candidates and their agents are focusing on the district centers and each constituency. the election commission says the turnout was the largest in indian election history more than 600000000 people voted out of the 900000000 who were
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eligible to take part in the 6 week election the issues a clear for some. people have voted for nationalism for the good of the country and for development work done by. the only person who can fight it isn't like. this is the reason only as using him again as a prime minister. this election has been one of the most divisive in recent years i think the security issue has been protected in a way that people's imagination was fixed on that and then you start feeding them constantly. so it seems that in the post independence india the 1st time for the 1st time security issue has become such a big issue in india while the opposition have not officially conceded yet some have congratulated modi many. during the campaign i said the people will decide who
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will rule the country and they have made a decision so firstly let me congratulate prime minister modi i must also thank my party workers for putting up a tough fight our battle is of ideology and vision and the people seem to have chosen to be j.p. . for now it's a moment for the j p supporters to say the prime minister and the b j p one of the last election with a landslide victory and that led to the 1st majority led government since 19 eighty-four repeating that in 2019 doesn't appear to be that difficult counting suggests that modi is on course for. another huge election victory the people of handed him a 10 year mandate a mandate that he asked for back in 2040 so robert al-jazeera. of mourners now i'm joined by david and who's head of politics and international relations at university of westminster thank you for coming in to speak to us so if you're hearing there has been a grueling exercise in democracy that has now ended with what looks like
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a stunning victory for an around ramadi how did modi and the b.j. people they self i think what we have to remember is that people say that he won despite devival of politics that he was one fairly and squarely there's no doubt about it but the reality he's won because of divisive politics the way they have operated with they made it all about the worth of the end the opposition last opposition also agreed with the politics of movie was anti modi what is a popular figure it was a populist figure and the situation now was of. indulging in politics which is about one leader one party one nation if you can't be more the your party and if your party and the national media and as you know nationally with sort of a poison that afflicts a lot of people i think successfully managed to equate modi with a nation and that is a danger that we've witnessed have witnessed now and we are going to face the next 5 years so speaking then of the next 5 years how much more polarized could the situation become what is one of the consequences of this victory then for muslims
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and minority groups in fact the degree of consequence for not only minority groups like the muslims and christians it's also for secularists the left is the progressive because we saw most progress through losing the election and extremists or hindu extremists winning elections everywhere this time so what's going to happen is of course because of an equation of the leader with the party and with the party with the nation any criticism or they would be portrait of critics of india and that of course is going to be very difficult for opposition and others to make what we are likely to see of course if not removed the word of majority nationalism but something that akin to what. but in $1030.00 of germany which is a bordering on fascism if you look at ideology of r.s.s. which is the parent of a new b.g.p. and therefore modi they very clearly fascist in the viewpoint they believe that india should not be a secular nation india should be a hindu nation and that is the ideal way to do it for next 5 years and so then how what is the counter-argument to that because it has also been a crushing defeat for the congress party and for
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a whole gandhi who hails from the most famous political dentistry dynasty really in the region is that much of an opposition to speak of the problem of course opposition for they were deeply divided they were deeply divided between congress and various other parties and this is where again i go back to 1930 germany that not even not in popular majority but not the came to power because the socialist and the communities and the liberals and the committed the fought against each other that is what's happening in india today of course people compare modi with trump or brown or dan or ennobles or not oh they have similar kind of figure no doubt but what is dangerous is we are talking about world so-called largest democracy with a minority of muslim minority forms which is 14.2 percent population and yet not a single elected member of parliament from muslim community in india what more they have done if they have shown that you can have a government of fruitful majority that have complete divin fringe element of muslim and christian minority thank you very much really appreciate your insight on this
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story division and joining us ahead of politics and international relations a university of westminster. and now the acting u.s. defense secretary patrick shanahan has confirmed that america is considering sending more troops to the middle east as tensions with iran continue to escalate washington has already deployed extra forces to the region saying it's facing unspecified threats from tehran that iran's president has signed ronnie says his country won't surrender to u.s. pressure even if it's bombed well alan fisher is live for us in washington and joins us now so allan in the last hour president trump has been talking about this what are his remarks what did he have to say well you have to remember the donald trump is the man who in the last week or so when asked are we going to war with iran replied well we'll see he has a lot more power than just someone who is standing by the side but when it comes to deploying troops it's not something is very keen on but it's certainly something he's aware that the pentagon would like to do there is
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a security threat as far as they're concerned there are threats from iranian and the really in proxies to u.s. interests in the middle east that is why they sent 7 and a half those and more personnel at the abraham lincoln carrier group as well as extra bombers to the middle east just in the last few days but when asked if there are going to be more troops while donald trump wasn't committing to anything i don't think we're going to need them i really don't but i have a meeting on it in about an hour i would certainly send troops if we need them iran has been a very dangerous player very bad player there a nation of terror and we won't put up with it the deal that was signed by president obama was a horror show it's a terrible deal the minute a collapse that deal in terminated it or ran went in a very bad direction. well don't tom says that iran is a country of teta that have been media reports that they are looking to send
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somewhere between $5.10 additional personnel into the middle east that's a figure not recognized by the acting defense secretary he says they are considering more troops but sadly not at those levels. we want to risk operating this village so. i think those are fair fair commissar you know our job is to turn and this is not about we have a mission the biggest freedom of navigation. counterterrorism serious around feeding i have. the security of israel jordan. so what then should we be looking for next from the u.s. side alan. well certainly there's concern on capitol hill that donald trump is being directed towards a possible war with iran by some of his advisors but has been pointed out several
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times presidents decide advisers advise no congressmen and women were given a look at some of the intelligence that has been gathered just this week on capitol hill some of them came out of that meeting saying yes there's absolutely a threat and the president is doing the right thing and there were others who came out and said look this looks very like what happened before the iraq war and we really need to put the brakes on this there's certainly going to be a motion in the house to say that donald trump can't be declaring war with iran without going through congress which is the way it's meant to be done in the constitution but of course that's very likely not to go through the senate because there is a republican majority at the moment and donald trump would argue that he has an authorization for the use of force if american interests are being threatened this is going to play out over the next few days so what do we have to watch for well anything that happens regarding iran in the united states very closely over the
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next week or so thank you very much from washington alan fischer meanwhile yemen's hoofy rebels say they've carried out a drone attack on an apples and military base in the saudi city of now john if the media say they've been targeting has containing warplanes since wednesday a saudi led coalition says it intercepted an explosive laden drone accused iran of supporting who sees and carrying out their attacks. elsewhere rebels in northwest syria have launched a counterattack against pro-government forces they've made gains in hama province a major setback for troops loyal to president assad the fighting has taken place despite a turkish and russian brokered cease fire so you know all the reports from beirut in neighboring lebanon. the rebels have beat back gains by the syrian army and its allies in the countryside of hama province in northwest syria the town of far no buddha is back under opposition control the government says it will recapture it .

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