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i. default to a virtue but only just to president obama signs of congress and the was government shutdown but it only kicks the can down the road until february. the long awaited deal comes just in time for america to catch its breath but leaves the country back on the verge of collapse in just a few months more from washington in just a moment. the contriver see the plight of migrant workers getting the nation's world cup together shines a light on the suffering of other foreign employees in wealthy gulf states. and a look behind the barbed wire our t. gets away inside new toys going tunnel prison. you've heard about it like several movies but you don't really get it this is a place that people forget about why they don't ever think about it we talk to
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those working in the guantanamo detention camps who say they actually love their jobs. live from our headquarters in moscow this is our duty you're with me to one would say to our top story this hour. the united states has avoided a potentially catastrophic economic default by the skin of his teeth president obama has signed the long awaited deal that puts the government back on track and raises america's boring limit but it's just a temporary fix as an isa now reports from washington d.c. . well just hours before the deadline the so-called eleventh hour really coming down to the wire here the house of representatives passed the senate bill to raise the debt ceiling and restore government funding after
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a sixteen day shutdown barely avoiding a default on their almost seventeen trillion dollars in borrowings after the vote some bloggers joked see you back here in three months now that's referring to the fact that this is really not a long term solution to the budget crisis the u.s. government is now funded through january fifteenth and keyboards are entering until february seventh but really they just kick the can down the wrote something congress couldn't agree on a budget for the last two years which makes it unlikely three months will be enough for a solution not to mention the damage that's already been done by letting it go this far this shutdown didn't save money it cost money according to standard and poor's twenty four billion dollars the world of course watched washington very closely this week as senator harry reid mentioned wednesday but many might disagree overseas that this last minute agreement shows how responsible america is quite the contrary china already announced the need to de americanised the dollar is not the
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currency the world wants to bet on anymore the i.m.f. the world bank the global economy can't afford to come this close to recession due to internal hardison politics in washington now another interesting point is that republican leaders probably could have mustered this support we've song shutdown day sixteen back on september thirtieth and the self-inflicted halt on capitol hill would have been avoided altogether. the razor thin escape from default led many to sign with relief at least for some time but during this long way to stop a shutdown it's the american people who suffered from the win or lose game between the two political parties before the long awaited bill is pots we gauge reaction from some of those on the other side of capitol hill. frustrating for the american people and for myself to see you know our government be so inefficient it was pretty bad. have the shutdown was my job for
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a little bit. don't even want to go into the patheticness of. our government i think it's very sad we are the people this is for the people people are going to remember all this idiocy and foolishness during the shutdown i believe president obama had a plan that he was going to take and punish the american people but he went a little too far. the budget brinkmanship has cost the world's largest economy twenty four billion dollars as well as of the trust of investors around the globe live now to james a midway from the new economy foundation joining us from london. james a sham all kids in age are rory's off to washington finally reached its deal now does it mean that the dollar's regaining trust again. well it's extrude me as your correspondent pointed out it's a very very temporary deal at best you've got another three months breathing space on this and then of course short of perhaps some resolution being drawn up in this
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sort of bipartisan conference as we called for the sixteenth of december it's very likely that we just end up back in this situation again some point in january february with all the consequences that time to that so i don't think this is in any way a reprieve for the dollar or rather it's just a temporary measure on the way what you're looking at more generally is is potentially a kind of long term decline in a shift away from the u.s. not world's dominant power shift away from the dollar as the world's dominant currency and this government shutdown has undermined america's economy get a reputation to say wouldn't be able to gain all regained world confidence after this. well they can try the issue you've got of course is that if we do run into this in three months time at that point you know it does look like a quite seriously dysfunctional political system and certainly as honestly the interviewee reported their most ordinary americans already view it it's quite
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seriously dysfunctional they tend judging by the opinion polls to blame the republicans in particular for this dysfunctionality but it's very obvious that you can't run the world's largest economy on the basis of lurching from crisis to crisis i mean this is this period we're going through now is itself the result of a temporary resolution to reaching a debt ceiling earlier this year back in may so yes it's a deeply deeply flawed political system and that would be registered in these being registered around the world you'd be find people less and less to treat u.s. treasury bills and the dollar itself as a safe haven somewhere that's guaranteed to be where you can put your money put your savings put your wealth and it will hold its value over time and i know you've been saying that this is a temporary fix what should we expect when the u.s. reaches its debt deadline next february. well that rather depends on a series of. between now and then i mean the deal on the table at the minute has
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some slight concessions on what the tea party republicans in particular viewed as the terrible evil of what they call obamacare the some slight concessions on that basically it's more or less the deal that was on the table that was offered to them back to the start of the shutdown in october so they got very very little out of this they may try and pursue a bit more over the next three months but i think they're very much on the back foot and that the shutdown is clearly in popular they've clearly lost momentum they haven't got a good deal this time around it's quite possible we might be able to get through the next three months without hitting another crisis come fabric of course doesn't solve the long term called it doesn't solve the problem of dealing with the u.s. debt sort of dealing with us deficit or working out where spending cuts will be made or won't be made it doesn't address the long term issues of a steady decline in u.s. power and influence around the world and all of these things are resolved by may be in for a briefing see the deal completed before the last minute is well and truly rich games we've seen it so much drama play out in the on capitol hill let's just listen
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to this quickly they're not focused on you. they're focused on politics. they're focused on. trying to mess with me. they're not focused on you the president said today was if there's unconditional surrender by republicans he'll sit down doctor that's not the way our government works why did the lawmakers have to drag on now with the squabbles until the deadline. the dragging on here i think is a product really of a very committed group of senators and representatives inside the republican party the tea party republicans who are absolutely adamant about a number of things that firstly there's a bar macquarie is an abomination in the introduction of an expansion of the
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provision of health insurance for americans in the way it's being funded is something over to the right that we have a more general i think objection to the very very high levels of dirts of us currently that now exists in absolute terms it's a truly astonishing figure relative to the size of the u.s. economy right it's like quite so dramatic so they have a specific objection to a whole series of issues and no doubt thought back at the experience of an earlier shot for perhaps thought that they could use this as leverage over the president and over the rest of us government so they were digging their heels in and essentially it's a game of chicken at that point or all the contests to see who blinks first here as things stand in the republicans particularly the more moderate part the republicans have looked at their poll ratings looked at the general chaos that is ensued during the shutdown and decided that perhaps sitting there blinking and sitting down would be the best way to proceed from here james there made way of from the new economy foundation joining us live from london sharing with some have his experts expertise
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in the subject. i did the meantime tempers are running high in washington. now as lawmakers cost their votes to break the government's standstill an extraordinary performance played out in the house of representatives a stenographer began shouting as well the house approved the number of votes needed to pass the bill without what witnesses described as a quote a crazy look on her face and how the incident prompted a moment of chaos before the woman was removed from the chamber and of course we've also been discussing america's a narrow escape from a defaulter with a panel of guests. america did not default to house and the fold to believe that even if it is not. certainly if you think that they will get on with their play to something you know they know you got it but that's just a quick taste or you can catch more debates and opinions from moscow hong kong and
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london in a few minutes. also coming up a reg limbs inside one tunnel as our correspondent gets unique. that's a decade of fear and a fury stay with us here on our t.v. from all those stories. we're all talking about language as well but i will only react to situations i have read the reports for i'm like. you know i will leave that to the state department to comment on your latter point. to carry out a car is on the job here no. thank you no more weasel words. when you need a direct question be prepared for a change when you when you should be ready for a. critical stage
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a little on the freedom to watch. dramas that can't be ignored to. stories others refuse to know. since it's changing the world right. to picture. from around the. globe to. welcome back for more international news here on our top story right after talked to a number of experts today the majority of them are all but three legs to over the u.s. deal only delaying another risk of default as richard hayes where the c.e.o. of universal credit group explains america has an actually over to the catastrophe
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. obviously the american dollar is the largest quantity of currency in the world the american economy still remains the largest in the world. the problem is the reality that the americans can't be trusted anymore whereas over the last fifty years or so the americans have been predictable they have kept to their laws they have. paid back all of their obligations this time around in reality america did default it defaulted on its obligations to its own people it defaulted on obligations it had made in law when it set up laws and. certain programs that needed to be funded and the sequester ation actually didn't fund those laws so there was a default the problem for the rest of the world is that we have to create other structures we have to create them we can't look for them we have to train them and
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that's that's the that's the problem for today and what do you make of what richard just said america did not default it hasn't defaulted and i believe that even if he did not i'm sorry i can't be. if you hated. but to default and pins money which is money it's in it's a promise it's a promise that i will exchange this for goods or services of equivalent worth but the money itself is valueless and what america's didn't default in so much as it's going to pay its bills nevertheless is undermined trust that promise that they will pay and this is damaging i mean in the short term it costs nothing because they're going to pay up like they should do but in the longer they're undermining their reputation yes the power of the u.s. is diminished its power of sonia edges been diminished we won't be able i think to see a repeat of what president nixon said in the ninety's sixty's that it's our dollar and your problem i think over time it will be increasingly
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a problem. for the united states but we should keep a sense of perspective here that timeframe is more likely twenty years it's certainly not twenty minutes or twenty hours it is taking place it will continue to take place ok let's all recall what the deal actually is now and now the debt ceiling has been raised beyond its seventeen trillion dollars the deal reopens the government until generate fifteenth and allows it to continue borrowing until february the seventh now will not bubble eventually explode what will this mean for the rest of us. it was so disappointing is because everybody's focused on the wrong problem america's to its g.d.p. is now one hundred four percent or more and that's an unsustainable level and what needs to be to do is to bring that this whole question about refining soon that misses the point that the problem is how do we get rid of this day in the first
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place and then this whole question of raising the debt ceiling will go away and so you know the government in the states focuses on the problem and does something about it which is growing the economy is the easiest way to solve it until they do that then we're going to have repeats of this fight ongoing because it's become a political issue in the way that it never ever was before. everyone may know the name of america's most notorious prison but if you know what really happens behind the barbed wire at guantanamo r t has been given where access to the facility that's been indefinitely detaining terrorist suspects without charge more than a decade. after a few months of people work to get cleared to visit the base the trip to get mobile and escape from the big apple to fort lauderdale in florida and from there for short hour and a half flight one largely kept under wraps. boards. the minute we landed were greeted by escorts who stay with us every step of our trip
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the special guantanamo joint task force media team. one of them sergeant rebecca wood far from the stereotypical face you might imagine working at a place like this controversial military base as we soon learned the first of many surprises this is a really big break for me in my career from a military resume the people i work with every day day they share the same idea like they're all very proud to be here she joined the u.s. military a decade ago with no money for college a twenty eight one ton a most her second deployment you've heard about it like several movies but you don't really it is just a place that people forget about only they don't ever think about it getting to the main part of the base is a slow pace trip we have to wait for a ferry to take us across the bay and are taken to visit a beach first one of a handful of scenic locations you wouldn't really expect here we're going to see the logic area now it's about a ninety minute area right one side of the one on the bay area where the airport is
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that several of the residence is but the main part of the people the and the detention camp are over there that's given its reputation guantanamo isn't quite what we anticipated as we approach the meeting area it's interesting to note that to be unsuspecting this place looks just like another tropical island with an american flag you would never be able to tell that this is a place housing one of the native states torreon springs in the lodging area were taken to is like any typical hotel with palm trees and a marina right out the window first impression this can't be the place that has been casting a long shadow in america's human rights image for over a decade where torture allegations hunger strikes and force feeding have been making headlines i remember when i moved here i thought i would just see like people in orange jumpsuits and fences everywhere but i mean the families all still . on one side and the restaurant happens another the other side as where total of seven hundred seventy nine detainees of america's war on terror have been kept
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since two thousand and two a total of one hundred sixty four now remaining at a whopping eight hundred thousand taxpayer dollars for a detainee per year even though more than half of them have been cleared for release but we are in a remote location that factors into the cost because what it cost to do it right we're doing it right means to those running america's most infamous detention facility and what leads beyond the picture perfect scenery all the realities of guantanamo in our reports to follow suit you're going to want to animal be cuba. we've been keeping a close eye on how the situation is unfolding in and around the guantanamo bay facility on our web site patriarchy dot com for the full timeline of events and more updates on the story. trapped and terrified migrants in qatar have been speaking about the desperation in doing there are more than eighty million in the country many of whom are working
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flat out to get the prestigious world cup event ready and qatar is not the only gulf state where the migrant population is large in proportion to the locals let's take a look at this birth could talk and the united arab emirates have migraines a population of about eighty percent now you move over there to kuwait the region's other leading oil producer with about seven out of ten workers there for an hour while in oman and saudi arabia there is about thirty percent of those who make up of those foreigners and if we take up the whole region as a whole the number of migrants stands at eighteen million out of a total population of just forty two million that's very high tells us leo was in qatar and has more on how the world cup focuses is showing the world's eyes to migrants suffering. no reno to organize a detour treaded to fifth vote car is cut.
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but the initial celebration and prestigious have been overshadowed by ford workers claims of maltreatment not getting paid and even that not being allowed to leave the country the international trade union confederation claims that about four thousand migrants could die before a football is kicked in twenty twenty two the worker becomes the property of the employer they are not allowed to leave the country they're not even allowed to leave trying to a job and if the employer agrees this means that the workers have no real power no real voice to. fix up very very bad working and living conditions zire blueness knows this all too well a french football player who arrived in qatar in two thousand and seven he says he hadn't been paid for more than two years he filed a lawsuit to claim on paid wages and says his club then we fused to give him an exit visa up unless he dropped the case. when i went to the tribunals i never
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imagined that i wouldn't be able to leave the country i didn't think they would block me my wife is depressed and she can't work i thought of going on hunger strike but my lawyers told me not to they already hurt me and a hunger strike would only hurt my wife and kids enough is enough. blueness is high profile story isn't the first either. doesn't change its ways i have the courage to say that in two thousand and twenty two we will have the world cup of shame the world cup of slavery believe this in the meantime it continues to hope his problems will soon be resolved i'll have to stop playing football they ended my career mentally i don't see myself playing and then i'll have to see what to do with my life. r.t. . one of the world's a main news for you in the firefighters in thailand are still trying to battle a massive column of fire at a shopping center in care although many of the thousand or so people inside managed
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to escape unharmed rescue workers expect to find bodies in the complex at once of the flames are put out to locals were forced to leave their home to choose exploding gas tanks inside the building as well as at a nearby petrol station. a suicide bomber in pakistan has shot his way into the residence of a provincial governments are killing the official and at least nine guests who were celebrating the end of the muslim holiday the blast also wounded more than thirty others and is the most high profile political assassination by the islamist insurgency the this year no one has admitted to the message but suspicion is likely to fall on the taliban. these spanish activists are on hunger strike calling for the government to quit or allowing the economy to deteriorate they've set up camp in a square in central madrid and have been refusing food for five days among them a twenty five year old civil engineer a graduate from the bill from bilbao who's up fruitless search for any work led him
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to raise awareness of spain's four point seven million unemployed. iran and the world powers are hailing this week's nuclear talks as progress of in her greed to continue in november the details of that deal of course i've been kept secret but political commentator and iran expert soraya sort of poor says it's too early to celebrate the end of the stalemate. i hope that that can translate into something substantial but at this point. again from what we hear there's nothing much out there yet. i don't see them lifting the sanctions anytime soon unless they see iran completely give up its rights all the demands it has and basically subjugate it's. iran's foreign minister said the results of the negotiations will hopefully begin a new phase in relations between iran and the six powers so we are told us so that
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to iran is willing to make concessions but it won't be bullied by the west i think iran would be more than happy to cooperate under the right circumstances i don't believe that it would allow itself to be bullied into taking actions that are frankly not acknowledged nothing has changed very much from the way i see it other than a display of optimism. dramatic video has emerged from deadly earthquake that has struck the philippines. crumbles as the seven point two magnitude quake hit the country that has claimed one hundred and fourteen lives that so far we have eyewitness images of the tragedy on a you tube channel. and from deep space into deep water this chunk
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of need to right has been from the russian. the celestial same as. the nation section. up next they are talking with the executive director of green peace it's a world apart in a few minutes. you know and i look more and more into it i find that there were a lot of myths exaggerations about what happened in russia during the soviet era however one really bad rumor seems to be true if you were an outspoken advocate against the soviet status quo then you could be considered insane and be locked away until the psychiatrist convinced you that khrushchev was brilliant scary stuff but sadly famous grammy award winning singer lauryn hill might be living the life
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of a soviet dissident right now she was convicted of failing to pay five hundred thousand dollars in taxes but strangely according to the international business times she was ordered to undergo psychiatric counseling because she believes in conspiracy theories related to the music industry who wrote in her own tumblr account that the music industry is manipulated and controlled by a media protected military industrial complex this is a strong accusation from hill but is actually irrelevant if it is true or not you see punishments are supposed to fit the crime and the crime of terror. vision should not have a punishment of mandatory counseling or as more paranoid types like me like to call it reprogramming are usually trivial this celebrity case actually sets a dangerous legal precedent but that's just my opinion.
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hello and welcome to worlds apart a peaceful protest interrupted by a despotic state or an act of environmental extremism that put lives at risk the description of greenpeace's recent action in the barents sea depends on where one stands politically but regardless of how you call it can it actually achieve its proclaimed goal that he's putting in than to oil and gas drilling in the arctic well to discuss that i'm now joined by cooney neither are they executive director of greenpeace international mr knight i thank you very much for your time thank you for having me in the media all the twenty eight greenpeace activists plus the two freelancers who are company of them were sort of lumped together on to the hash tag arctic thirty but if you look at their actions in legal terms i think they're required different some of them were on board of the arctic sunrise authors were
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trying to scale the platform and yet some others were actually trying to ram the boat all calls guards do you personally differentiated between their actions do you think they should be treated differently in legal terms and in terms of the charges that were leveled against them firstly if you look at a slow motion picture of what russian coast guard at least off the incident. if you look at it probably does. salut lee no basis to say that our activists tried to ram the coast guard boats we were unarmed the coast guard said knives and shot. weapons at us we had our hands up in there there was absolutely no effort on our part to them both but i have on your question about should they be cheated separately definitely the to journalists.

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