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week's top stories the diplomatic standoff over syria's chemical weapons as the u.n. security council. resolution. u.s. relations. between the nation's leaders hope for progress in stalled talks nuclear program. russian authorities accusing them of endangering the environment. and greek authorities crack down on the country's far right golden dawn party of the murder of a. link to the group that protests. this
week's un general assembly gathering was marked by some major diplomatic breakthrough key players reach their first agreement on syria since the start of the conflict that historic phone call open the prospects for real progress over international concern about iran's nuclear ambitions. are reports on changes in tone. hope for diplomacy progress on two fronts at the united nations a new tone in policy towards iran and a security council resolution on chemical weapons in syria the european union we've been hearing increasingly often the argument that the threat or use of force which is directly precipitated by the un charter might be the most efficient way to solve
international problems the united states of america is prepared to use all elements of our power including military force to secure. our core interests of the rich but rare consensus at the u.n. emerged after years of deadlock over how to deal with the syrian crisis the un security council unanimously passed a resolution to secure and eliminate syria's stockpiles of chemical weapons according to the geneva agreement put forward by russia and the u.s. the mandate outlines a legally binding compliance but no threat of automatic sanctions or military action i think it shows there were turning towards a diplomatic solution at least on the issue of chemical weapons but the other issue that is still remained outstanding is what will happen outside of the issue of chemical weapons will that can receive be pursued by the united states or will they continue to find as they have the opposition an arm the opposition of silicate that happening and trying to deepen the conflict over there were so in another way it's a u.s. policy that iran's new president says has no place in the region his debut at the
u.n. this week saw hassan rouhani reach out but also defend tehran from political attacks iran is an anchor of stability in unstable region the iranian threat is imaginary and is used as an excuse for the misdeeds of others iran poses absolutely no threat to the world or the region ronnie made it clear that iran does not want nuclear weapons and that it wants peace but also to be treated as an equal rainy and u.s. officials praised high level meetings that took place on the sidelines of the general assembly and the country's president spoke over the phone for the first time in over three decades but what would it take for a would be photo op to become a new u.s. approach towards iran a lot of us have are very tied his hands are tied that there are people and lobby groups in the united states that do not want to see the united states and iran
after thirty four years of demonizing the country to have relations the u.s. is in a tough spot it has to keep from north. relation of the middle east and now the alienation of the arab muslims in general against the earth is mostly due to the commitment of the government standard the us shows its relations with israel obama said to meet with israeli prime minister netanyahu on monday in washington now is the real test will the u.s. be able to move forward with diplomacy in the middle east both with iran and syria the first week at the u.n. general assembly has opened the door to rethink a failed policy the question is will the obama administration shut it the first chance they get reporting from new york and nice anally r.t. for the u.n. resolution on syria stresses that all parties in the conflict need to comply with the disarmament and nonproliferation requirements author and historian gerald horn
says ensuring the rebels cooperates will be the most challenging task that's the weakness of this peace process recall the just a few days ago the so-called rebels split officially with the more extremist faction basically saying that the less extremist factions to somehow be purged and expelled the extremist faction of course is spearheaded by the al nusra front close to al qaida keep in mind as well that some of the so-called chemical facilities in syria or under the jurisdiction of rebel forces if the rebel forces are not part of this process it's unclear to me how it can be resolved that is to say how can chemical weapons be destroyed not the least how can these chemical weapons be found if the rebels are not part of the process. well present rouhani of iran received a mixed welcome in tehran on his return for making headlines at the u.n. general assembly in new york thousands of his opponents chanting anti-american
slogans threw eggs and shoes at his calm right to his chicken by the historic phone conversation between him and obama the first direct talks between us sunday rainy and the this for three decades off the coma president obama voiced hopes of progress but tehran's atomic ambitions and said that serious obstacles remain norman solomon from the institute for public accuracy says those obstacles commune for come only if hardliners in both countries aren't allowed to tell you honestly. the u.s. government is under great pressure from the hawks in washington many of whom why the united states to either attack or wake a nod towards israel launching an attack on iran within the next year or so the role of the us i think is now to see what's possible diplomatically and i think it's a combination you know it takes two to dance and ronnie and obama are getting today
out that was not possible under the dinner job it was not possible or would not be possible under president romney or president mccain for instance i think that is the very important factor the combination and it's a matter of timing. but it will be very important for the grassroots leaders as well as the powerful in both iran and the united states to keep this on course so that the hardliners in each country don't gain the upper hand. or have a much more analysis on the signs of a thaw in iran u.s. relations as well as predictions for future nuclear talks on our web site. eight greenpeace campaigners face a hearing later today just days after a court ordered that twenty two other activists should be held in custody for two months what are accused of being part of an attempt to scale an oil platform endangering environment and the lives of workers not easy corpuscle of looks at why
they were protesting and what the future holds for the polar region. the political right is on the rice in europe and it's drawing some surprising support a lot of people from the working class blue collar workers lower educated people are voting for the extreme right of the radical right because of the policies still put forward like immigration and european integration corruption i guess the politicization of such so these are the topics that are now days important for those people voting for the radical right across europe there's a time that's turning right ukip is being talked about as the legitimate third party in britain while alternative for germany just missed out on a place in the bundestag norway's conservative government came to power with tough immigration promises and in sweden and finland there's also been gains here in australia euro skeptic right wing parties are gaining support from people who feel
that the main issues important to them being addressed they might care less and we should all feel we need to slow down immigration i have nothing against foreigners but enough is enough. yeah e.u. is saying where the money should go to like and who can't poor countries on it's their own country and they're used to wouldn't be like john dictate everything. else it used to be their own party's interest spruced and the e.u. second us now it's only. on the it's limit on board and i've got the freedom party of austria have made significant gains in the polls heading into sunday's election. its critics call it xenophobia its leader begs to differ being i love australia i don't hate foreignness. even so the party adopted a different campaign tactic than it had done in previous elections their issue
hidden in the message about religious values and a sense of talking about. love your neighbors which is a very catholic way of talking about issues but of course the hidden message behind was that this is against islam or against muslims also flying the anti you roofline is stroke canadian billionaire frank stronach who condemns the single currency is the road to rack and ruin we need to stop creating it every housewife knows that if she spends her normally. all programmers most of europe's recent elections have been nail biters for politicians desperate to keep their jobs and made limping economies austria is different it's doing relatively fine what's happening here is brussels persistence with bailouts and encroachments on sovereignty has given the far right didn't sing the road to beat them with peace or all over on t.v. . yes i was
a piece of in the politics from germany then of course we'll bring in the arctic story later on in the program. now to greece where authorities have made a move against the far right golden dawn party its leader along with a number of senior officials and other members have been arrested in connection with the murder of a prominent anti fascist rapper two weeks ago and then surely by a golden dawn activist and the killing saw thousands joined protests across the country where golden dawn is the third most popular party in greece now in the twenty twelve parliamentary elections it won eighteen seats out of three hundred rapidly gaining support among some of the country's youth my colleague sean thomas discussed their rise with artie's lucic half enough. this was the largest show of public anger over the killing of published the thirty four year old hip hop artist an anti-fascist activist the man who killed him is believed to be a supporter of the far right golden dawn party had this is a group the currently controls eight hundred seats in parliament it's been
described as neo fascist. largely for its campaign of intimidation against immigrants whom it blames for some of the economic woes affecting greece right now now while public is not the first person to die at the hands of neo nazis in greece he was the first non migrant to do so and this has sparked outrage all across the country with saw similar protests similar scenes last week in the early hours of this wednesday thousands of greeks marched in a largely peaceful protest they marched towards the offices of golden dawn which were secluded essentially protected by the police a group of a small group of protesters who had their faces covered and will bring helmets have broken off started hurling petrol bombs a lot of anger over this murder that still fresh in people's minds so throughout europe pushing lots of rhetoric nationalist movements but in greece in particular how much clout is this new or not see this new fascist movement growing how much. basically protection do they have well quite
a bit especially in contrast to other european countries now golden dawn isn't just a fringe group that has eighteen members in parliament out of three hundred it's on its way to becoming the third largest political force in greece the question is of course whether this merger even though the group does say that it has it disavows any ties to the murder the question is whether the political fallout of the public outrage is going to result in a decrease for support for the group and we have seen some public polls showing that it's gone down. doesn't joy very wide support among certain neighborhoods in greece and this is really been a correlation with the rise of the economic crisis there member that greece has been in recession for six consecutive years in a row we have employment nearly thirty percent two out of three young people out of work and one of the things that we found at least when speaking to political experts is they said that basically when people really don't have much to hold on to economically it's not unusual to see people turning to more radical ideas and while there are some hardcore supporters of golden dawn who might have ideas that
are very much out of line with the mainstream old and on a really trying to solve sell itself to the public as anti-establishment as being able to do things when the government may not be able to and that's what we really heard from certain neighborhoods where there is a lot of support for it people felt like it was an alternative and that they really couldn't trust the government to provide certain services for them and therefore trying to this group. on their cars a man who's a specialist in the greek politics disputes my colleague kevin moon he believes the more the government charges to suppress golden dawn the more they flourish. so far as the position of the m.p.'s for whom arrest warrants have been issued is concerned despite the fact that they will be on trial in under arrest they will not lose their status as members of the greek parliament course so seems to be the case if you try to close something down and you drive it underground it thrives conversely. that is correct and i am personally against a full band of golden dawn precisely for the reason you outlined in your question
it seems that the greek authorities are not entirely clear about what to do so far they are not banning golden dawn because they want to avoid a situation whereby the movement or the organization rather goes on the ground and becomes a more frightening force in greek politics at the same time however they're arresting its members and they're going for something like a de facto ban without a proper legal battle. well we're heading into a break now but still to come here are not people on a remote island in the south atlantic the british government is squeezing the life out of the community and forcing them from their homes thus. the flames of the sochi winter olympics prepares to set off on its credible marathon all the way from the games birthplace of outer space or not after the break.
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like about the program. now is one of the last outposts of the british empire ascension island in the south atlantic is still said to be suffering the effects of colonialism the u.k. stands. cuse the victim families that have lived there for over a century just take a look ascension island is a tiny spot on the world map it's home to bury a thousand people many of whom now have to leave reporters to make way for the american military base where the islanders who were mainly british citizens will not be allowed to stay after retirement or if the one employed at eighteen well ok space similarities to the explosion of inhabitants from diego garcia part of britain's indian ocean territory this island was forcibly depopulated in one nine
hundred seventy s. also to make way for a military base. living on ascension island and say that similar to this island here in the squeezing the life out of the home laura smith reports the tiny island in the mid atlantic made of volcanic rock and covered in pigeon but the eight hundred people. but now the story of attention island has all the hallmarks of being another diego garcia the british indian ocean island whose inhabitants were forced to leave to make way for a u.s. base despite having lived through generation. good memories. it's not for them. you know when you see them you got this because they are enjoying the. islanders accuse the british government of.
operating families who have been there for more than a century ten years ago it all so different person was promising democratic institutions for the island a legal right to live and to own property it wanted a viable community that but today the population's already decreased by a quarter with communities replaced by contract workers retired or unemployed people over eighteen have to leave and the similarities with diego garcia and the dominant feature on the island is you guessed it an american base heavily used during president obama's recent trip to africa there are also satellites and submarine tracking stations and one of those now infamous listening posts run by g c h q the british government now conveniently insists ascension has no indigenous population and many residents believe they intend to evacuate the island completely
and abandon it to the americans far from the dreams of a permanent home they had a decade ago. reduced to paul in the special relationship. comes from the island he says he's outraged can be forced out on the whim of the us military. i have been there several times and as i say most most people on ascension out of our sense of indian origin in my family seven years ago i was born there there is a very very strong sense that ascension island is being one might almost say starve to death and it there is a precarious kind of thing of political representation there is the absence of guaranteed property rights are due to very much property rights at all people are born they have people to live their entire working lives their people do wish to retire there but cannot do so may not do so is not permitted this if this is because once we think there's any serious doubt because of pressure from the
american base there which is largely intelligence related and it is a serious question to be asked about why on british territory british citizens living there these are full british passport holders of why these people are being treated like this for the sake of a station a base which is almost certain you might know more of the details of this in fact engaged in the activities that have been such a huge global story in terms of spying on pretty much everyone but that is happening on british not american territory and a british population there is being mistreated. and the presence of u.s. forces is causing anger in italy and thousands of religion says the city of palermo installation u.s. military satellite station in the region locals are concerned about the health and environmental risks caused by an increase of radiation levels has witnessed a number of demonstrations against the us radar station has been under construction since twenty haven't. imagery hundreds of people are taking to the streets for the
un to monarchy rally chanting pro-republican slogans the protesters headed to wall square which was blocked off by police recent months and the monitors sentiment has been on the rise decisions of life or spending by the royals in a time of severe public spending cuts and record unemployment. just a few hours the olympic torch for the sochi winter games will be lit in greece is a little bit ott is andrew farmer witnessed the final preparations for the spectacular ceremony. actually watching the rehearsal for sunday's ceremony here after limpia the birthplace of the lympics to even have you guys in two years ago and this ancient signed blankly how the start of the next billion picture match because the looping fly twenty four we lived and it will be it it's proof that we can see here practicing what they would do on sunday not least marriage law if you two should the first two should bear who by tradition is always the greek and he
will then have not saved the russian torchbearer who on this occasion will be ice hockey star alexander ovechkin he which apparently has been released by the washington capitals one weekend only to carrying out its owner actually watch then go on a seven day tour of greece before ending up in ashton's next weekend would then be taken to moscow for the russian leg to relay. that will bring you the live broadcast topper then take torch lighting ceremony in less than three hours time here about. we return now to a report we promised to show you after the arrest of a greenpeace campaigners for trying to scale a russian oil platform the arctic. looks at why they were protesting the future holds for the polar region. the pictures that stormed
international media greenpeace activists trying to climb onto a floating platform in russia's north arrested by coast guards. all thirty activists from eighteen countries were detained and are now awaiting whether they will be officially charged greenpeace claims their actions were peaceful but the authorities say they could have endangered not only the lives of the rig's workers but the environment itself. it's obvious they are not pirates but they tried to storm the platform island people violated international law by coming dangerously close to the president's common scheme and an international arctic conference organized by russia or here in city huts the only city in the world located exactly on the arctic circle line where the presidents of russia finland iceland other officials along with around four hundred experts have gathered and the arctic environment is what this forum is all about as average temperatures warm up and the arctic is opening up new opportunities for trade routes and energy
projects moscow says only companies with experience working in the tough region and enough funds to do it properly and without harming nature must be allowed access and cleaning up the heritage of the cold war era is another issue abandoned military bases equipment and piles of barrels with fuel i know a map the arctic binary assessment program has been involved in that but russia has really been working on its own to try to and we have a ways to go and they're not alone there are places around the planet or similar things that happen when people didn't recognize it as something they did had long term negative consequences for the environment the arctic nations seem to be on the same beach looking after the north pole is a responsibility they must carry together so that the mistakes of the past aren't repeated especially when their every move is under such intense scrutiny you've got this going off in the arctic circle. i'll be back with more news in just about half
an hour up next though it's worlds apart with a boy. the macmillan family in canada has decided to defy time itself and keep their family trapped in one thousand nine hundred six sort of like new age but only for one year and not their whole lives so to live in one thousand nine hundred the family forbids the use of any technology developed after the mid eighty's they want their children to experience the world they grew up in when you had to read books and if you're outside no one could call you and there were no tablet computers to stupefy children at a moment's notice as a parent i have some sympathy with this idea because i like all of you have seen that technology is dumbing us down a lot i mean how often do you have to memorize
a phone number nowadays and we've all seen bad parents just sit their kids in front of the technology and ignore them to chat on facebook about what they saw on netflix but on the other hand for the first time in human history you have the power of knowledge at your fingertips there is an instructional video to do anything you want on you tube and getting basic information on any scientific or historical topic is one click away if you find the idea of the self-made man romantic the now is your time because anyone who has the will to learn can learn you know i don't come from money without the internet i would definitely not have this job and i'd probably be worshipping at the feet of rush limbaugh deluded by the mainstream media modern technology can make your mind with information or break it with cat videos and dumb trendiness but that's up to you and this is just my opinion.
hello welcome to worlds apart afghanistan is slated to hold presidential election snaps a move that has already been described as the make or break moment for the country and while the international community is if it's a system janice than honest in a clash of transition isn't it simply brisky to have a battle for power at a time when more afghani people are killed than in many of the previous years well to discuss that i'm now joined by young special envoy to afghanistan mr cooper's thank you very much for your time i know that your mission has a very special role in assisting the april bowed and i understand that the democratic transition is invalid in the afghanistan's call but a constitution even though it has never been attempted before but the question is really whether it is the right time for the elections often don't go smoothly even
the more peaceful environments in afghanistan we still have a war this is indeed the right time and the election is the only way to ensure proper democratic transition and indeed although the situation is complicated and indeed also from the point of view security we cannot say that the situation is stable economically the country is struggling also with itself the trend of. do it draw the international forces there this is exactly for this reason that we need good quality democratic transition in the country to transfer all for political power from one group as part of the constitution to another group from one president to another president i think we all agree on the virtues of democracy but your own organization just.