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criminally irresponsible livia's colonel moammar gadhafi officially charged with the killing of bantay government protesters. the libyan leader finds himself in double trouble in the international criminal court issues that warrant for his arrest for crimes against humanity on the hundred day of nato bombing in libya more details just ahead. troubled waters a fleet of ships carrying humanitarian aid for gaza gets ready to leave greece. israel promises to intercept a patella bound for gaza while backing away from the billions waits to punish journalists. this is the first time since the second world war the japanese people have no trust in the government and public anger growing at tokyo's handling of the fukushima nuclear disaster as fifteen people outside the exclusion zone are diagnosed with radiation poisoning.
news around the clock from around the world six am in moscow i match reza good to have you with us here on r t our top story the international criminal court at the hague has issued an. arrest warrant for libyan leader moammar gadhafi and two of his closest allies they were accused of ordering the killing of civilians during the start of a popular uprising in february this as nato forces continue pounding targets belonging to forces loyal to the colonel with reports of his personal bus being struck close to his compound in the capital tripoli are teaser really to lose go as details namely he's being accused of purposefully targeting kids to the ends of killing civilians during the dispersal of the protest in february of this year the court's decision at the request for the arrest of moammar gadhafi his son and also his intelligence minister has been issued by one of the prosecutors of the international criminal court and this is only the second time in the court's nine
year history that such a warrant has been issued for an incumbent head of state the first such occurrence happened in two thousand and nine and the man that they wanted or were after was the sudanese president over that this is and has yet to be implemented in reality and the libyan authorities have already said that they will not comply with the i.c.c. decision in this case they actually questioned its legitimacy and have reminded that libya is not a signatory to the rome treaty which has actually set up the international criminal court we have yet to find out how we can sack we will go about arresting moammar gadhafi the i.c.c. did say that the libyan people themselves will arrest gadhafi but of course. and he is code words remain defiant and say they will continue to fight to the very end and they basically said they don't particularly care for this particular decision
as a matter of fact there there were reports of intensified bombing off tripoli just this morning there were reports that blast have been heard very close to gadhafi compound this was supposed to be an enforcement of a no fly zone in libya and yet already we're talking about. according to the libyan government we're talking about hundreds of civilians being killed as a result of the nato airstrikes of course. until not so long denied for being at fault for that at this point it's kind of a situation which is just hanging in the air and whether this particular latest decision from the i.c.c. whether that will have any effect on the situation in libya remains to be seen konstantin co such of chairman of the state duma foreign affairs committee tells r t why the arrest warrants cannot be applied to the libyan leader the decision of the international criminal court. is not legally binding for libya for the simple reason that libya is not
a member state of the court and as long as mr pease on libya still retore this decision can not be fulfilled in case the decision of the courts for. the. inevitable. as long as he can and that contradicts the intentions on the international community. by the security council member states russia included. frankfurt based author and researcher william believes there are others more deserving of justice in the hague when it comes to civilian deaths in libya. the whole thing is upside down the call by the i.c.c. i think the nato high command including the united states commander of nato ought to be tried for crimes against humanity given the fact that they've been bombing civilians in libya for more than one hundred days i mean this entire libya
intervention by nato is absurd from beginning to end. it's just unbelievable what's going on nato can decide on the basis of responsibility to protect a completely veg sham the doctrine of international law that's been promoted by certain very politicized n.g.o.s in washington and elsewhere this responsibility to protect overrides national sovereignty so i think the i.c.c. is way off so i think it's a propaganda attempt to prop up the sense of justice behind this a very flimsy one at that and you know it's politically motivated a flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian aid bound for gaza is struggling to depart from the greek port of paradis israel is reportedly putting pressure on athens to block the fleet's departure the jewish state has warned it will thwart any attempt to breach its blockade of the palestinian territory policy reports it has dropped earlier threats against journalists they could be banned from the
country or deported for covering the events. what we do know is that earlier the israeli government press office said that any journalist onboard would face arrest would face detention and would also face a battle of up to ten years that would not be able to return to israel for at least a decade we are now hearing that the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu first heard of this only this morning monday on the news and he is said to have said it is problematic he has urged his cabinet to rethink it and he's also said of the way journalists are dealt with is different to the way so-called infiltrators are handled this doesn't know how to answer the question as if and when the israeli government indeed finds the second for tenet to be in violation of international law which is of course what it found the first to tell a guilty of how they and will journalists on board be dealt with the security cabinet held an emergency meeting today off to that meeting that issued a statement in which the government ministers say they were determined to prevent the tele from reaching gaza which as usual friction as possible we're talking about
ten ships from five hundred passengers on board representing some twenty two countries well certainly no one wants a repeat of what happened last year and news radio parties are at pains to try and make sure that all they ducks on the road to prevent the same kind of incident occurring that first attempt happened on may the thirty first there were six ships involved they had six from thirty and the largest of those ships known as the mother. came in conflict with israeli commandos who were lowered into the ship via helicopters from helicopters there was fighting that ensued both sides blaming the other question is starting the conflict but the fact is that nine turkish activists who were on board with killed nabil israeli government has said again and again that it will not allow any ships whether this particular tame to another one to actually reach beyond that the israeli authorities saying that they insist on actually soltan through all the goods on board to make sure that there are no weapons no ammunition there and that once feel satisfied that there isn't they will
be personally responsible for. goods to gaza it is important to note that the reason why the activists are telling us the second for in as many years in two years is that they do believe that the blockade on gaza is facilitating a humanitarian disaster we are hearing reports of increasing solti just in food supplies in medical supplies in basic items that people need to keep on living and so this is the second attempt by at the same on the world to draw attention to gaza and stay with us here on our t.v. still to come democracy with a catch us and there's a new program to help opposition movements across the globe but some critics suggest it's a convenient way to overthrow the government was. trying to the rest stay with us to see how the emerging power wants to help europe's failing economy. first though the japanese government is starting radiation checks on millions of people living near the stricken fukushima nuclear plant if there are it's been
revealed that fifteen people live in more than forty kilometers from the facility showed signs of internal radiation exposure when examined last month our teams sean thomas found out that many no longer are trusting the safety warnings. in a culture that is generally non-confrontational and obedient when thousands take to the streets of tokyo against nuclear energy it is a serious sign of discontent if after this crisis it is true that the people are more conscious and we need to take advantage of it this is the first time since the second world war that the japanese people have no trust in the government he was a coastal city devastated by the earthquake the tsunami and on the edge of the radiation exclusion zone is starting on the long road to recovery but the people living here see the government just isn't doing enough from the city hall or like iraq city they said different things not perfect they said different things in the government they said different things. they end up together or. part of the
country. they are a part but some believe it is too early to tell what the real dangers of the situation or scientist to know that large doses of radiation given in one blast is a significant health threat but they say there isn't enough information about long term exposure to lower doses of radiation and the types of damage it can do if you check it here. at ideation level and then you check debriefs and then you take water you always feel half different values because it's so close and it's so changing so you can hardly say but is freely exceed what a normal person would have by year one of the frightening things about this entire incident is that there are no concrete boundaries that can clearly guarantee your safety one example is this looks like a beautiful lush green valley behind me but in fact this is the very head of the twenty kilometer exclusion zone that the government has set up in fact we're trying
to get a little bit closer but were escorted out by a police officer and a top. now although this is supposed to be a safe area the radiation levels here are still between seven and ten times higher than normal weather for misinformation or mis understanding the people who live in the affected areas don't always take the proper precautions here a volunteer works to clean up toxic radioactive hot spots with hardly any protection at all a problem that some say is compounded by government propaganda accentuating the benefits while neglecting to inform about the dangers of nuclear waste. the first thing the government should do is let the citizens know the real cost of nuclear energy until now the priority has been to profit from energy the p.r. machine of the government has been emphasising the benefit of nuclear energy and the citizens have been brainwashed to believe it now in the wake of an international crisis and there are allegations that the government and the power companies have worked out a deal to help each other and that the media. has been blown off the t.v.
channels need the money from advertisement and the nuclear energy companies won't without this money the economy survive and for the reason i have to shut up with the situation the newspapers have this problem as well a move that if true keeps the important information hidden from the people ceding fisa to those in charge in japan showing thomas or t. turning out of some other stories making headlines across the globe thousands of them forced from their homes in the us state of north dakota after a river burst its banks emergency services and volunteers scramble to build dirt dams and makeshift levees with mixed results a fear now is contaminated water with people being urged to boil the water before drinking. iran has released footage of its underground missile silos amid the country's latest show of military strength during a large scale military maneuvers according to reports the weapons can stay undetected by satellite and are able to reach targets in israel and europe in the event of an attack on iran's nuclear facilities to iran's controversial nuclear
program is widely disputed with the west claiming iran is trying to produce atomic weapons. greek lawmakers are preparing to vote on a deeply unpopular spending cut they are spending cuts rather than measures or approve a prerequisite for a multi-billion dollar bailout from the european union in a last ditch effort to avoid default the vote is being seen as crucial to the future of the whole euro but the austerity plan has angered the public because of its severity and the potential cost to future generations. china is offering to help europe with its economy the chinese prime minister on a tour of the e.u. has offered to buy debt from struggling nations it's seen as a move to secure support in europe as well as curb inflation according to jim rogers a un american financial investor and author. they become the savior if they become the largest creditor for europe then they're going to have a very major seat at the table it's going to improve their position in the i.m.f.
it's going to produce improved their position with the world bank it's going to improve their position at the u.n. because you know the europeans are going to have to be more and more friendly to china because china saving america not cannot save them russia cannot save them so europe is going to be more china friendly than it has been in the past they're going to the europeans and say ok let's be friendly we'll keep you all this money will bail you out you'll be now friendly and supportive of us instead of being so supportive instead of listening to washington so much you know you call us first and if we want more representation in international bodies such as the world bank then you you should listen to. the chinese have huge international reserves in the largest international credit in the world they have over three trillion u.s. dollars and very various currencies internally yes they've had too much inflation and they're trying to cool that inflation up but they're extra on their
international situation and it got lots of liquidity and can do whatever they want . plenty more stories lined up for you on our web page r.t. dot com here's what's a click away right now. find out about the foreign investment fund manager accused of massive tax evasion in russia has now been dropped from the country's wanted list. and the fate of the former spy master who blew the cover of russian agents in the u.s. including out at chapman. the u.s. state department's plans for a spreading democracy have been greeted with some speculation that washington may be planning a program of foreign regime change it will provide finance and technology to
opposition groups but some critics say the attach strings could be used to steer other states where the u.s. wants them as art he's got a cheeky on reports from washington. the u.s. state department now generously hands out cash and technology to dissidents throughout the world its bureau of democracy human rights and labor has announced the request for proposals on how to foster change in a number of countries in the middle east and north africa as well as cuba the u.s. claims the best of intentions saying it wants to strengthen independent civil society groups in those countries it's just in really another form of provoking regime change they're just trying to do it under a different guise under a different facade saying that somehow and with the best of intentions they're promoting democracy but in reality it's just promoting us agenda among other things the state department is financing the creation of stealth wireless networks that would enable activists to communicate outside the reach of governments in countries
like iran syria and libya according to participate in the project other programs include a so-called internet in a suitcase a powerful portable wireless transmitter that activists can use to set up their own networks in order to circumvent state control but at the same time american companies provide authorities in bahrain saudi arabia and kuwait with the technology to effectively block websites those double standards do in fact system everybody should be fully aware of those things and understand the. us or united states government an austrian regime change that's what essentially over revolutions our technology is not all the u.s. provides to instigate change in certain countries some opposition movements get a direct cash supply for example we can leaks cables show that the state department has for years secretly funded syrian anti-government groups it's done in general to
create a world that is more aligned more specifically more controlled really aligned with the views of the you know. it is didn't i'm now looking at the state department website that promotes grants for those willing to bring about change in communist cuba and here is one of the requirements i'm going to read this it is preferable for these personnel to speak spanish fluently possess solid understanding of the cultural context and have prior experience on the island in order to maximize their effectiveness in this unique operating environment and of quote sounds very much like recruiting agents but instead of doing it the traditional secretive way the us does they're right out in the open on their website help most often comes with strings attached many say opposition leaders in libya who now get financial and political support from washington are sure to get instructions on how to return the favor essentially their eight years in the system
with. agents of the u.s. government even if they don't necessarily think it's going to check on r.t.e. washington d.c. in. an event in a researcher in a story in jeffries and things claims of democratic motivation is simply a cover for the u.s. to spread influence. it's not about democracy at all i mean there's one thing that i've learned is that the united states foreign policy. and power alone the idea that somehow there is benevolence see that there is a caring grandfather figure here in the united states who wants to help foreign countries become better it is it is it joe what they hope to get in return is to establish a greater empire. i think you know i'm not being overly cynical at all when i say that there's there's nothing but military power and force at work here and if they
don't like somebody in particular country then they're going to rid of them one way or the other and this is just a new technique of how to do it. the idea of bombing somebody into submission is kind of old hat. back of every cup of our top stories in about ten minutes first one man who says that the events at fukushima shouldn't be called a disaster and john rich director of the world nuclear association he tells our team sophie shevardnadze why he thinks nuclear energy is still one of the safest sources of power and getting safe stay with us. the it.
generates it's great to have you with us today thank you so how much of the new production technology improved since its first reactor well the history of the nuclear age goes back more than a half century and enormous changes have taken place in that period of time i think the remarkable thing about the history of nuclear energy is how safe it has been almost from the very beginning. when we go back and see the first reactors experimentally being built in the one nine hundred fifty s. we're looking at a very very new technology and now we've had some bumps along the way that is force
for sure we had three mile island in america we had churned all ball in ukraine we just had fukushima but the i think the remarkable thing about this technology which is producing so much of the world's electricity is how essentially safe it has begin to bend it does not emit any emissions into the into the global atmosphere and it has only on very very rare occasions harmed anyone and meanwhile we've had thousands hundreds of thousands even millions of fatalities from the extraction of . the surface of the earth and from the health consequences of carbon emissions how you sound like a grassroots environmentalist what's your job right now how would you characterize it i think when bill make the credibility of the nuclear power industry well there are a lot of people think it's the greens versus nuclear and in fact in many green organizations anti-nuclear ism is one of the fundamental principles i'm in the nuclear power
business precisely because i believe in the in my or environmental virtues of nuclear power i got into this business when president clinton assigned me to be the his ambassador to the united nations organizations that deal with nuclear energy and i was particularly concerned and focused on the question of nuclear proliferation and containing that and i did that work for president clinton for eight years but in the process i got a real education about the positive side of nuclear the the electricity generation that nuclear could bring to the world without environmental consequences you know that europe sat powerhouse continent germany a solvent sustainable economy disagrees with you they want thing it's out of their country and ali them i spoke to the austrian foreign minister recently and they're extremely proud of hat to be nuclear free. and you said that it's actually gain votes and said it was a democratic house so sad it was in a sad result of democratic politics responding instantly and
irrationally to some event halfway around the world to change the basic energy policy of europe's largest industrial economy it was certainly done according to democratic procedures but these democratic procedures produced as democracy sometimes does a highly irrational result i'm an american i know that irrationality can come out of a political system i've seen it many times in my life and american democracy democracy does not produce great results and sometimes it produces silly results and we've just seen one indeed. in germany what about for christina what happened there and least you keep telling me that it's all safe i don't keep telling you that it's all safe there was an accident fukushima look what happened i mean how can how can that nuclear power be the future when it's still so incredibly dangerous for life well it's interesting that you would say that because we've just seen twenty four thousand japanese citizens killed by an earthquake and
a tsunami. we've seen the media have a frenzy in covering the accident at fukushima which has not made it had not been very responsible for a single radiation fatality we've had a mishap a serious mishap at the fukushima power plant that has yet to produce a single fatality and yet people are using the word the phrase nuclear disaster nuclear tragedy as if something terribly harmful has occurred by i think it was a tragedy in terms of the world's understanding of the essential safety of nuclear power i also think however that it might also be educational in the long term because people have begun to focus on it and as they begin to begin to focus even more clearly on the ultimate consequences of fukushima they will learn that there was relatively little damage done by this event and this was a worst case nuclear event after fukushima you said we need to go back and look at whether those post shutdown cooling systems can survive the worst case events we can imagine what do you mean by go back the japanese made
a mistake. the fundamental mistake they made was deciding that the worst tsunami they might encounter would come at a certain height and that would be the worst case to nami that they would encounter and if they defended against that there there are backup cooling systems would be safe that was a mistake because they misjudged and the result was that they did not have waterproof backup cooling systems and because they did not have waterproof backup cooling systems those were flooded and rendered to an operative now. the why is this important how did this happen you have to think of nuclear energy as the equivalent of a racehorse that finishes running a race and then needs a cool down period the reactors at fukushima when the earthquake began shutdown they became essentially helpless on purpose but they still needed some exteriors some external we supplied electricity supply to power cooling systems they needed
some extra cooling to get down to normal atmospheric and ambient temperatures the problem at fukushima was that they made a mistake in reactor design not in reactor operations but in reactor design and what happened needs to happen now is that every nuclear regulatory authority in the world needs to go back and ask the question are all of the reactors under my supervision protected against worst case natural catastrophes like floods like tsunamis like earthquakes like plane crashes and that those questions are being asked right now i think they will result in some changes i don't think the changes are going to be terribly expensive i don't think they're going to take a long time to implement and i think that the the good of this is that when the world will have drawn a lesson from fukushima a nuclear safety will be even stronger in the aftermath thank you very much for this interview.