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freeboard video for your media project c.e.o. don carty dot com. qatar detains journalist for a documentary for labor conditions for world cup workers we talked to one of the reporters about what they discovered prior to the arrest. a lot off for russia's most prominent opposition activists like scene of on is jail term for him bell's lament is commuted to a span it stands but his conviction is upheld. and no respite in america's debt standoff as lawmakers stall on a decision with just over a day on till default could strike we look at those waiting in line to get what's left of the budget.
what you are going to live from moscow i'm marina josh and welcome to the program and we start with some news just in the largest chunk of the meteorite so far discovered has been pulled out of the lake and the russian province scientists have confirmed the extraterrestrial origin of the rock a record breaking a number of car dashboard cameras and you know ball phones captured to the sound of the a steroid as a blazed through the atmosphere in february the shock wave crushed houses and injured more than a thousand people twelve pieces of the rock have been recovered from the water since the disaster. well you can watch more food which of the guest from space being brought out from the lake on our website or to dot com so do log on there for more on the story including eyewitness reports and
a timeline of the once in a century event. right . right right. qatar is embroiled in a fresh scandal over its twenty twenty two world cup preparations two german documentary filmmakers were detained there after speaking to and filming migrants building the events infrastructure while they were investigating claims that labor conditions in the gulf kingdom border on slavery and have led to dozens of migrant workers deaths spoke to filmmaker peter who told us about his attention and shared some of the video that led to his arrest. first we got arrested by the federal
police in the hotel rooms with taken to the headquarters switches and doha city and we were questioned and interrogated for a couple of hours and just after midnight we got cuffed our equipment cameras all the memory sticks we had everything was taken from us and we were taken to a state security prison right in the suburbs of doha where we had to spend the nights in separate cells my cameramen and meet. we were in there in that prison in those separate cells for a total of twenty one hours the best thing about those twenty one hours was we weren't even allowed a single phone call not to our embassy you know to families no one was there to tell us what the charge was really so we were kind of desperate and they're not having any contact with the outside world and migrant worker abuse cases are fueling calls for qatar to be stripped of the tournament altogether well let's take a look closer look now at some of the figures that have been causing alarm well
forty four workers died at construction sites in the space of just one and a half months this summer so roughly one migrant worker every day and more than half of those fatalities resulted from heart attacks and workplace accidents that information comes from the nepalese embassy as most migrant workers and guitar come from that country and international trade unions predict that up to four thousand workers could die before the world cup kicks off in qatar in twenty twenty two if nothing is done to improve their conditions workers' rights are abused in different ways with wages withheld from several months employers routinely confiscating their passports and refusing to issue alternative documents plus some workers claim they are being denied access to drinking water in conditions of extreme heat period is el has more examples. we were able to talk to some human rights workers down there
locally on the ground as well as quite a number of workers as it turned out one gentleman there for twelve twelve years i think working as an air come in addition specialists ironically his ark of addition itself doesn't even have a vent fan but this guy told us he said i think thirty five about him not getting the salary and his bonuses for a number of years now and his main difficulty was to fight the case against his. against his boss and his firm he was working for as they see a specialist so the best thing is the boss took his passport from him so he has problems fighting the case and called us problems getting back he snuck making the money he's supposed to make for the flight home that's a that's a bad devil or circle he said in the. and that case is not an isolated one peter
gazelle told us about four more workers who have found themselves in similar conditions they haven't got paid for seven months in a row right now trying to file their cases well all of those workers have one major problem they have to work with in the so-called system let me try and explain to you what that is it's a law basically stating that every migrant worker that comes into qatar has to find his own personal sponsor meaning his boss the firm is working for the cup ration. and that sponsor has to take care of him legally legally medically but most of the sponsors obviously take the past posts away from the migrant workers and that put so numbers of them maybe tens of thousands in a miserable situation now they inhumane conditions the nepalese workers are enduring for qatar's world cup come up and abby martin is breaking this at which
you can watch right now. this is a country of two million people there are currently three hundred forty thousand nepalese migrant workers many of which been assigned to world cup construction but according to several reports released by the guardian the workers face brutal working conditions long hours lack of pay and wretched living quarters and just yesterday it was confirmed that seventy napoli's labors have already died while working on world cup projects yet both the nepalese and qatari governments refuse to acknowledge this massive human rights problem so if you're sick of world powers treating migrant laborers like garbage and tell fifo to pressure qatar and put an end to this modern day slavery. in jail sentence against russia's opposition figure had only seen a volley has been just overturned back in july they're announced and to corruption
activist was given five years in prison on embezzling charges but that's now been commuted to a conditional sentence. has been following the hearing. from one of the most popular bloggers online to one of the most notable figures of the russian opposition not only became known as blogger exposing a fraudulent schemes and corruption on his blog just several years later he was already running for the mayor seat in moscow garnering twenty seven percent and being placed second eventually in the mayoral race that was after he was convicted to five years in prison for embezzlement at the cure of this organization when he worked as an aide as an associate to the governor of the cure of region. and the irony here that something which has been noted by many over the years that now finally has been involved and has been found guilty of a criminal act which he has been fighting all along corruption certainly the judges overturned all appeal claims from his defending lawyers eventually replacing the
actual five year prison term for the violin a four year prison term for his associate be set up by a suspended sentences many have been indeed surprised by such outcome of the court session not finally included himself he's been saying that he never expected such a decision obviously in an interview just twenty four hours before going to the town of cuba for the court session said that he was packing all his belongings in case he was to be transferred from the courtroom to the prison directly certainly such a decision by the court leaves a huge room for debate whether his political career would continue but the blogger himself declared himself unhappy even somewhat of a positive decision coming from the court and he said that he will still appeal against this decision decision demanding a full and complete acquittal of himself and a fall within two days is now on the cards for the united states unless squabbling lawmakers come up with a viable solution to the political stalemate most of the government's now been behind mothballed for more than two weeks unable to provide services or pay the
bills here again boring reports on some of those worst hit by the deadlock. we are here now at the world war two memorial where the military coalition just held a press conference there calling on congress and president obama to strike a deal and to end the government shutdown of the military coalition as a group of thirty three service member and veterans organizations they represent about five point five million people this includes the active service veterans retirees and their families now the president signed into law the pay our military act on september thirtieth just hours before the government shutdown is though was supposed to ensure that our active military members would contend need to get paid if the government did in fact shut down but the bill didn't include a lot of programs that military members and veterans rely on all and now i spoke with gary augustine he's from the disabled veterans association and he explains exactly what's going on there many veterans especially veterans who are injured or ill because of their military service that's all the income that they have coming
in every month with those benefits being paid they won't be able to mortgage their will be able to live bills many of them won't be able to put food on their table so that is catastrophic for many of them now another issue that's surrounding d.c. right now is the debt limit and what a lot of people don't understand here is that if we hit the limit without reaching it without extending out not going to automatically default on the debt what would happen at that time we don't raise the debt ceiling is the government would have to start prioritizing. the treasury brings in about two hundred billion dollars per month in revenue our interest payments are close to around twenty billion dollars so there's plenty of cash on hand to make our interest payments but there's not enough money to pay for all government programs now earlier i spoke with jonathan mann and he's facing very tough financial decisions right now he doesn't know if you can pay his rent even though. he's prioritizing payments as a billion employee i'm not able to work collect my salary as
a drilling reservist i'm not able to drill. and as. full time student my g.i. bill payment me not those from first in november so it's been an entire kind of income loss. of course i can't travel or do anything or visit family right now i'm just in a holding pattern on paying rent and eating so the military coalition has said that congress and the president are using the military as pawns and that the shutdown is jeopardizing our military readiness and while we're at war it jeopardizes our security had to find the military in a few special bases as you can see it's causing a lot of people to fall through the cracks in washington d.c. perry and boring r.t. all economists and academic hill iraq will told us that that shake up could finally make the u.s. spend more wisely. like to see a default so we were going to get
a balanced budget that forces the government to live on its income and stop borrowing if they really are worried about you know they don't have enough money what do they should shut down the n.s.a. and stop spying on everybody what of the you bring the troops home from afghanistan and iraq and yemen and pakistan and all the rest of it was stop killing people that would save a could really in dollars that would solve all the budget problems that is coming for the dollars the reserve currency. who knows what it's what's going to take it place will be some combination will be the chinese currency the russian currency brazil. you know we don't know but yes the end is coming to dollar germany because of the dollar printing the dollar creation of the federal reserve is and gave them. on our website today we're asking who you think will suffer the most if the u.s. defaults well let's take a look now at the numbers that we've got so far more than half of those who voted
think that it's the american people who will suffer the most if the government fails to find a way out of the shutdown a fifth of the respondents believe it's america's creditors and bondholders who should be worrying as they will see their investments decimated well a little less than the out think it's brought obama who will bear the brunt as a president who let the world's largest economy fail and finally nine percent of you think it's the republicans and the tea party movement will be the biggest losers because the fault will cost him votes in future elections well do let us know what you think by logging on to our website r.t. dot com. now after the break an attack on a dutch diplomat in moscow strange relations even further between the two countries . a bizarre story of a violent deception and intrigue as a dutch official is attacked here in moscow we'll bring you the twists and turns of the deepening diplomatic spat between the netherlands and russia. and an explosion
in syria kills over twenty civilians the latest in a string of bombings and kidnappings our correspondent reports from the war torn nation. wealthy british study all. the time to explain the findings will. market why not. find out what's really happening to the global economy with mike stronger for a no holds barred look at the global financial headlines two kinds of reports. on the new mom and a lot of these new college face i think you know. pleasure
to have you with us here on t.v. today i roll researcher. welcome back this is r.t. now at least twenty one people including women and children have been killed in southern syria after a minibus there we are traveling in and hit a landmine policy reports from damascus. it happened in a civilian marketplace which is why all the casualties are in fact civilians and from the reports we're receiving part of the province where this explosion happened is being controlled by the variables it does follow
a string of attacks over the last few days on monday some twenty seven people were killed in the north west province of idlib also happening in some in rebel controlled territory but we do expect the number of did rate to climb as many of those who have been injured are in this serious condition a few days ago armed rebels close to the me one on line that they will grain mortar shells down on the capital city of damascus and sends them almost every hour where one can either hear water shore's exploding or the rumble of the syrian artillery well it certainly doesn't seem that there's any sign at the moment of this war letting up relations word from the largest group in the syrian opposition is that they will not be participating in proposed peace talks in geneva this despite the call from the international community for there to be some kind of dialogue and some kind of sumption of. the situation on the ground for foreign workers is also
an increase in the dangerous for you all to seventh grade cross workers who were kidnapped over the weekend has been released this comes as the human rights watch issues a report saying that the atrocities that have been committed are being carried out by rebel groups in this report it says and i'm quoting that the findings strongly suggest that quine's against humanity has been carried out by rebels at the same time you have your foreign experts who are inside damascus overseeing the destruction of this country's chemical weapons stockpile now the head of the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons has said that their work is being hampered because they're not been given axes to some of the areas where the fighting is taking place and where the stockpiles are being held in territory controlled by the rebels they have issued a call for there to be some kind of short term cease fires so that they can at
least access these sites. now as to some other stories from around the world a rally in support of striking teachers in brazil has turned violent in rio de janeiro mass groups trashed shops and clashed with police so now after a peaceful march of over five thousand demonstrators was over security forces used tear gas in response riots were also reported in some power. teachers have been on strike for two months and demanding better working conditions and a pay rise. langridge role to the journalist who has been causing a global service here with news reporting on u.s. covert surveillance based on documents leaked by edward snowden has announced he's leaving the guardian newspaper of brazil based reporters moving to me a venture funded by e-bay founder pierre omidyar details on the new project haven't been revealed but greenwald says he considers it a once in
a lifetime opportunity. a powerful typhoon as battered japan killing at least seventeen people and leaving dozens missing thousands had to be evacuated to safety and what was the strongest storm in ten years causing record rains and months lights at past close to tokyo where schools were closed flights canceled and both train services to span it. all are growing strains between russia diplomat was beaten by unknown attackers who broke into his apartment in moscow a similar incident happened in the hague earlier this month when a russian diplomat was attacked by police earlier the netherlands launched legal action against moscow demanding the release of thirty greenpeace activists whose dutch registered vessel arctic sunrise was seized are often have has details. blitz an incredibly bizarre story the dutch diplomat is recovering this is after two men broke into his apartment and beat him up allegedly also scrawling a hard on
a mirror in lipstick with the acronym l g b t for lesbian gay bisexual and transgender now the sixty six year old diplomat elden bosch is an assistant to the dutch ambassador according to reports he had returned home to find a lift not working two men in electricians uniforms were inspecting the fuse box when he opened his door according to reports he was allegedly attacked the motive for that attack unknown at this point is now the dutch foreign minister said the diplomat had been lightly wounded he added that he had summoned the russian ambassador over the incident but this of course follows the arrest earlier this month of a russian diplomat dmitri broden on suspicion of mistreating two young children which prompted a massive diplomatic spat with president vladimir putin demanding an apology the government the dutch government did apologize for that incident although i should say that diplomatic relations between the two countries were already strained even before mr broadens arrests we have to keep in mind that the netherlands had
launched legal action to about thirty people from several countries who were detained in russia after the dutch flagged ships belonging to the environmental group greenpeace was boarded over a process of protest on a russian oil rig in the arctic the activists and journalists on board have been charged with piracy this is something that the netherlands had been protesting over so a series of sort of diplomatic spats here between the two countries ironically twenty thirty and had been the year that the netherlands and russia had celebrated their good diplomatic relations so we'll have to certainly see how the events unfold but the assistant dutch diplomat is recovering and only slightly injured as far as we know so far. a suspects been arrested in the moscow murder which sparked rioting the trouble lead to dozens of arrests trackers targeted migrants at r.t. dot com and our you tube channel we have the suspects arrested including some exclusive images. families are used to watching their
children grow up and fly in the nest angry so it's the opposite biting cuts are seen parents have to take work abroad and leaving their kids behind as enter farmers been finding out. on the surface and from a distance a hill it looks like a normal time in northern greece but if you look more closely you'll find things a very different afternoon the times central square children play but in the background a much older generation is looking on here grandparents take the role of parents who've left the time to find work abroad over half of a hill is one hundred children are brought up in this way fourteen year old anna maria is one of them. to a boy but if i understand my parents left to find a better life i also understand if they return they would be unemployed but i think in a few years all of greece will be like
a town of course it is difficult to leave here because i need the love and affection of my parents my gran and grandad to their best but they cannot offer me this grandpa is now seventy but except his new responsibilities his own kids emigrating to austria to open a restaurant after failing to find employment. our town is abandoned it is a cruel reality to force my children to emigrate many locals have gone abroad in search of a better life take a drive down any street and you will see what he means shutters are permanently down on dozens of homes the plight of a time this teenager to act making an award winning film about the problems her parents' friends are facing. and there were examples in your film where in the playground the child schooled an
orphan cruel words from the children but these sort of things do happen. at their everyday lives. howard so once. the world is that they leave without their parents despite the playground taunts academically the children don't seem to be held back though the local head teacher says that's because they know they have to succeed for their future or here because. these children whose parents live abroad make a special effort they want to show they are trying often their dream is to leave greece and to be with their parents. if that happens hilaire will continue to shrink just under three thousand people live here after a similar amount left over the last decade increasingly those that remain are the
young and the old a reminder greece's financial problems are also changing the social landscape andrew farmer for arctic. abbi how do we examine the dark secrets surrounding the gulf of mexico oil disaster one of the worst spills in history. silence on a. child will rights. to the. lives. of the young girls cammo for the future hunter.
between two and three hundred million guns united states so you can act like they're not here and keep kids away from them. the pass' that is the law or you know i mean this teaches them a lot of rote sponsibility and simply come to pay through the eyes of children if we can't do it for our children move for future what is the country will save.
the story beaming into iran. the group the british geologists discovered iran was sitting on an emotional boil and they decided they would take and they formed the an anglo persian oil company and made a corrupt deal with the iranian monarchy. they guaranteed itself all iran's oil. shortly after that the british government bought fifty one percent of the company and of the suggestion of winston churchill the british navy switched tree coal to oil the worship of the projected british power all of the world were now running one hundred percent wrong. and that in one thousand fifteen to zero ronnie ans decided to take their oil. the democratically elected government of prime minister mohammad most an act nationalize the anglo iranian oil company. he banished all the british diplomats and along with them the secret agents who were plotting his
overthrow so prime minister churchill asked president eisenhower to overthrow most and act on their behalf the cia and the british public stage the coup that ended the last democratic government in iran ever. after most of that was overthrown he was sentenced to three years in president and house arrest for life. after the cia deposed most of the place muhammad raise ashot power the shah ruled for twenty five years with pressure until finally provoked them eight hundred seventy miles off revolution. with fundamentalists clerics now in power the company that would eventually be known as b.p. was forced to look elsewhere for their oil.