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them in moscow are you watching r t we were in a joshie welcome to the program now the olympic flame for the twenty fourteen winter games has been lit in olympia the birthplace of the legendary event and it's from there that the torch will travel thousands of kilometers to next year's host city in russia are days and her father was at a ceremony in greece and shared his impressions with me and to bomb would say as well who is watching. the limping flying for so she twenty fourteen has been lit you'll probably be able to see it just behind my left shoulder there and it also. limpia the birthplace of the games the longest torch relay in elim pick history just a few moments ago the lighting of the flame ceremony took place it was basically a step back in time winding back the clock perhaps two and a half thousand years you saw a naturist rest as
a high priestess light the flame using the powers of the sun and a parabolic mirror which is basically what happened in seven hundred b.c. that flame is then brought here to the ancient stadium which is where i am standing and it is now being used or just was used to light the torch the very first torch bearer he runs off to my right by tradition he's always a great god on this occasion he was an eighteen year old ski called yanis antonio who hopes to compete for his country in sochi next year and he will hand this torch the first russian torch bearer alexander ovechkin the ice hockey star he himself has only been released by his club the washington capitals for forty eight hours to carry out this honor he flies back to the states this evening but he says that this event today was one of the highlights of his career while the torch will go on a tour of greece for the next seven days and that will end in athens next weekend before it flies to moscow for the russian leg that's the longest in torch relay
history but it also has started here as we've been on there in the limpia the birthplace of the olympics now let's cross it a bang and say is in sochi the host city for twenty eight fourteen olympics so tomorrow power the storage will get to sochi well it's definitely going to be an olympic torch relay that's going to break a many records and here's why it's going to take around one hundred days for all of that torch to go through russia it's going to take a sixty five thousand kilometers and fourteen thousand torch bearers to bring it right here to the holy city now it's going to day through nine at times only eighty three. regions of two thousand nine hundred and cities and settlements across of russia and also visit the north pole also it'll go to the top although europe's a highest mountain in the rushes the north caucuses it will then make a trip outside of eartha to the i.r.s.
says the way cosmonauts they will take it on a space walk now this has never happened to before in the history of. russia it's going to have a convention plane a plane as well as on foot or through personalities but it's also going to go through unconventional ways us through rain d.s. plays and hot air balloons of course a russia wanted to highlight some of its culture its the history and of course this emerging new younger russia that we're seeing being developed here at the host city in. the olympic torch is on its epic journey to such. one hundred twenty three days. through two thousand nine hundred towns and cities of russia. really fourteen thousand people or sixty five thousand coming. in a record setting trip by land air sea and others face. olympic
torch. special coverage on our. as the most militants in nigeria reportedly went room to room at night exact executing students as they slept in an attack on a university killing up to fifty people in total over seventy have died over the weekend in three attacks and they're believed to be the work of boko haram continuing a deadly trant of targeting vulnerable civilian infrastructure by the radical group i have johnson founder of the viewpoint africa website says the cell is ultimately directed by. the and the old newsgroups are all joined together but i'll shut bob in somalia or the why the m.l.a. in in mali or if the were joy across the west africa these jihadist cells are all under the blueprints on the organizational chart right there on the very very strict. their focus is the same they are judged the same and they they also want to
do the spectacular in terms of the sort of attacks on they can do and they always keen on grabbing the headlines and their very streets in charge you drive away you too you know of the religious divide in specially christians and muslims and in countries like nigeria which is very already splits on ethnic and religious grounds it makes it that much easier for muslims to be pushed to the edge muslims many of them who are don't have anything to do with to be marginalized. themselves become. elements for these groups because they are already on the fringes of the society in the rain the oppositions found that speaking out means getting locked up as a main force behind the government protestors in jail with members of one opposition who are behind bars for suppose links with militants. no one expected just two weeks ago but this here is un general assembly has proven
that there is enough space for consensus between world powers and has seen an historic phone call which raised hopes that a deadlock can be broken in iran's nuclear crisis but the show of unity peaked when the un security council unanimously voted on a syrian resolution something that seemed to be elusive for more than two years are just nice now reports from new york. hope for diplomacy progress on two fronts at the united nations a new tone in policy towards iraq and a security council resolution on chemical weapons in syria the opening 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 they were turning towards a diplomatic solution 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 the promise to be pursued by the united states or will they continue to find as they have the opposition are in the opposition it was still a day that happening and trying to deepen the conflict over there was it 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 star 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 but as has our very tied there 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. the relation of the middle east and now the
only imation of the arabs and muslims in general gave the earth is mostly due to the commitment of the government founder of the us shows. that 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 the run at the first week at the u.n. door to rethink a failed policy the question is will the obama administration shut it the first chance they get reporting from new york nice anally r.t. now you want inspectors return to syria this week to probe several more cases of alleged chemical weapons use and they have faced sharp criticism of their earlier investigation of the august twenty first gas poisoning near damascus it was not thorough enough according to moscow a former commander of the british military as chemical to fans regiment says he's
not optimistic about their new mission daryn is nor is this nation and it doesn't last very long it can remain in soil and other samples for some time but you know i would be surprised if they find sarin or degradation elements of sarin and faces like. you know three months after the event hopefully what they will find is circumstantial evidence to try and lead us to work out exactly what happened in those places and i think more importantly to discover if. and into terrorist groups that are going to have an impact far why didn't the region itself and apart from destroying syrian chemical weapons that the russian federation and the united states of a group plan on which we must push ahead most importantly for the rest of us in the world is to ensure that political regime of any of those chemical weapons doesn't happen. now the opposition and iran has once again showed up president rouhani faces
a very rocky road if he continues to steer the country towards diplomacy where the u.s. and angry mob pelted ronnie's car with ags and shoes as he returned from the u.n. general sampling in new york protesters were particularly outraged by the historic phone call with barack obama which marked the first direct talks between the country's leaders in three decades norman solomon from of the institute for public accuracy thinks it's crucial hardliners are kept at bay for diplomacy to succeed the u.s. government is under great pressure from the hawks in washington many of whom won the united states to either attack or wait to 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 that was not possible under
a common dinner job it 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 so had to r.t. dot com for much more analysis on the signs of a thaw in iran u.s. relations as well as predictions for future nuclear talks. now a bahraini court has sentenced to fifty shiites to up to fifteen percent of fifteen years behind bars for organizing a clandestine opposition group linked to anti-government militants the february fourteenth coalition was formed in two thousand and eleven and was a major driving force behind the nationwide pro-reform uprising well joining our to
talk more about this if you are not a day care is bahrain really rehabilitation and anti-violence organization and he also spent two months in prison there not to thank you so much for joining us here in r.t. to discuss this so what do you know about other people have been charged. the people are charged and sentenced up to fifteen years in prison meant that all activist and they're known for their activism and their role in democracy and movement and the charges that's been floated word against them is absolutely absurd this is exactly like what happened to the doctor's case two years ago at the exact same day by the exact same judge who sentenced my group of doctors up to fifteen years imprisonment. keeps on repeating again and again so how big of a blow is this for the opposition movement and what is next for the opposition in bahrain. well. i'm afraid to say that.
the verdicts were expected because the way we think we see things from the from the ground is absolutely that then. the. i believe we have some technical problems there but we're talking to dr nowadays the chairman of the brain a rehabilitation an anti-violence organization will be trying to reconnect with her a little later for now let's take a look at some other stories that we're following for you here on our team well it's been weeks of anti-fascist riots and rallies while we you results or greek protesters voice bring in the leaders of the golden dawn party with officials from the extreme right group now facing charges ranging from murder to money laundering warned that it had here in r.t. don't go away.
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welcome back you're watching our team and our hearings have started for eight of the thirty greenpeace activists arrested after trying to scale a russian oil platform in the arctic a court order that the twenty two others should be held on remand for two months and their protests comes as the polar region gears up for significant changes as a group is going off now explains. the pictures that stormed international media greenpeace activists trying to climb onto a floating platform in russia's north arrested by coast guards was.
shot 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 socially cheered and it's obvious they are not pirates but they tried to storm the platform and these people violated international law by coming dangerously close to the president's common scheme 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 of the arctic binary assessment program has been involved in that but russia has really been working on its own to try to claim we have a ways to go and they're not alone there are places around the planet or similar things that happened 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 and looking after the north wall 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. why it may be the beginning of the end of for greece's extreme rheingold don party with its leader and top members now charged in court and they're accused of running a criminal gang as was resorting to murder violence and extortion it all began
after the murder of a prominent anti-fascist by an alleged member of golden dawn and more than twenty of the party's officials have been arrested with special police squads looking for a dozen more the authorities are said to have found guns ammunition and tens of thousands of euros at the home of golden dawn but as r.t. is heard earlier it is unlikely the party itself will be shut down for fear of driving the group on the ground was a coffin of has more. fury on the streets of athens clashes erupted following a protest against the murder of pablo's physis the anti-fascist rapper was stabbed to death last week by an alleged supporter of the far right golden dawn party allegations the group firmly denies. kill a p.c. as a young man was known to be not have been the first to die at the hands of greek neo nazi groups but he was the first non migrant golden dawn has also been said to be targeting anarchists and communists renewing political tensions between the extreme
left right and the greek government they have acquired fear in our. races they have. been nazis maybe. they have have blood on their heads this is why we say go with this government with the golden dome the group is trying to keep a low profile in the wake of the killing and wouldn't speak to us on camera this man however was keen to talk about this says he's one of the group's oldest members and he blames journalists for giving golden dawn a bad rep is the only party that has spent poor people and desperate greeks who are suffering the crisis we're not extremists and we aren't against anyone georges also wanted to make sure i noticed people in the neighborhood he claimed this man was in it. immigrant who lived on handouts at the expense of greeks like himself as for the nazi symbolism the fascist salutes that the group has been known for all a misunderstanding he says it's once wrong with this there's nothing wrong with
a salute it's just a way of saying hello i do it myself it's a greeting that still terrifies this greek resident he believes that golden dawn was to blame for his recent assault but he also points to another factor behind the growing divisions and the violence is going to be a crisis i didn't used to be afraid but agrees has changed everyone is suffering financially and some are looking to blame others immigrants an easy target despite the public shows of anger against it golden dawn is greece's third largest party and at least until now its fastest growing political force it gained ground against the backdrop of unrest linked to the economic crisis and a country burdened by debt soaring unemployment and deep cuts to social spending. it's the blip in that vein that it's when your life changes totally like ours has in the past few years and when you lose your job and can't provide for your family you grab whatever helping hand you can get and golden dawn has helped as we'll
fight to the end. spiros a shop owner who's had to shut down one of his stores because of the recession blames the influx of immigrants for straining scarce resources and he says golden dawn keeps order in his neighborhood when the government fails. we don't want to use violence but when golden dawn kicks out immigrants who are squatting illegally . and forces peace and order of course who support them as a government does nothing. the financial crisis has done more than simply cripple greece's economy it's changing society too when asked to describe how locals say that the writing is on the wall and in this neighborhood it literally is in the red it says out with foreigners signed golden dawn in the black out of fashion where the anarchists logo it's evidence of a growing ideological divide and with the greek economy still in trouble that divide is unlikely to heal anytime soon lucy confident of r t athens.
how the extreme right is making its mark in the crisis hit greece but it's also gaining ground elsewhere even in economic only stable austria a parliamentary elections underway there and the right wing freedom party is projected to win more than a fifth of the vote that's almost five percent more than its last showing aspinall reports into europe and the gratian parties are swing voters across the continent. the political right is on the right you see 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 staying put forward like immigration and european integration corruption against the politicization assaults 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 on to being addressed they're not careless and we should all feel we need to slow down immigration i have nothing against foreign us but enough is enough. e.u. is saying where the money should go to like an all kind poor country is on its of their own country and the e.u. is too wouldn't be like john dictate everything. else it used to be their own party's interest spruced and the e.u. second now it's only after you do a lot and having 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 don't have foreigners. even so the party adopted a different campaign tactic that 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 us that this is against islam or against muslims also flying the anti you roofline is a straight canadian billionaire frank straw you come dems the single currency is the road to rack and ruin. we need to stop creating every housewife knows that if she spends more money than she earns. her eyes closed to be europe's recent elections of being nailed by his foot politicians desperate to keep their jobs at midnight
being economies all street is different it's doing relatively fine what's happening here is brussels assistance with bailouts and encroachments own sovereignty is given the full rights to come didn't seem to beat them with peace or all of it on t.v. b.n. . now from x. detainees to human rights the fanner as we look at the lives that have been changed by guantanamo bay that's next. i bet anyone who lives in the united states knows a few people or just dismal geography a certain small percentage of the country just can't get it the can of those above us but how important is knowing geography anyways what one author on the washington post blogs recently wrote that no one geography really doesn't matter that much he
was writing in response to the game where is damascus which challenges people to find serious capital on a blank map he said that whether americans can find here on a map doesn't affect the wisdom of a punitive strike meant to uphold international orms against the use of chemical weapons and often disasters draw our attention to places we'd never heard of before like pearl harbor or columbine or syria but let's look at this way i don't exactly know where persons kidneys are or how exactly they work so by all normal logic that means i'm not qualified to have an opinion about whether we should remove john doe's kidneys my opinion doesn't count because i am kidney ignorant so if you know so little about syria that you can't even find it on a map then you are more likely to believe from a guy in a suit on t.v. that there must be an intervention to save the people there you have no idea who they are or why they are suffering or how to save them but gosh darn it that intervention sounds nice knowing at least where a country is on the map as the first step in building and informed opinion but that's just my opinion.