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tonight president obama calls the u.s. budget crisis a self-inflicted blow to the economy after signing a deal that ended the government shutdown and diverted to default but deep problems and result. a hunger strike at guantanamo bay prison continues our games rare access to that infamous u.s. detention center. you've heard about it like several movies but really this is a place that people forget about they don't ever think about it. make that facility tick what it's really like to work there and they have the regret also to britain's prime minister slams the guardian newspaper over its reporting on whistleblower edward snowden's leaks and calls for an investigation.
just joined us just past eleven pm now here in moscow when i was kevin zero in this is r.t. international our top story president obama's face the nation for the first time since that sixteen day long government shutdown admitting that the standoff has inflicted quote completely unnecessary damage on the u.s. economy and the nation's credibility his innocence now as the details from washington. u.s. president now having to face the fallout from this two week hold on capitol hill the u.s. government is now up and running after a sixteen day shutdown america just barely avoiding default on their almost seventeen trillion dollars in borrowings at the very last minute deal funds the government until january fifteenth allowing the u.s. to continue borrowing until february seventh so we now have
a new deadline but the same problem obama and other officials seemed confident a more long term solution to the budget crisis can be found by the end of the year the rest of the world not so confident the global economy was bracing for the worst here a chinese rating agency has downgraded the u.s. to maintaining a negative outlook as revenue in g.d.p. failed to keep up with america's massive debts according to some estimates the debt limit would need to be increased another trillion dollars to get through two thousand and fourteen that's on top of the already seventeen trillion dollars in debt i don't know about you but that's hard number for me to even fathom but at least the u.s. has probably learned a lesson from this crisis right well when vice president joe biden was asked if there's any guarantee there won't be another government shutdown down the road he said there's no guarantee of anything i spoke to michael president of the investment advisory for two portfolio strategies he believes america's debt will
eventually. things. the united states cannot afford to even pay its seventeen trillion dollars in debt that's seventeen trillion everybody says it's one hundred seven percent of g.d.p. well that's true it's one hundred seven percent of g.d.p. but who really cares about the percentage of g.d.p. it's a percentage of the debt as a percentage of the revenues it's seven hundred percent seven hundred percent of our revenue and it's growing that at the deficits are growing at thirty percent of our revenue every year added to the debt and deficit said we have already so it's unsustainable which is going to happen eventually it would have a currency and bond market collapse and it's not going out swanny years in two thousand and sixteen will probably be spending forty percent of all of our revenue just to service our debt that's what the interest payments will equal. well a recent opinion poll found that almost three quarters of americans were unhappy with their politicians handling of this latest situation the partial shutdown of
the government cost the u.s. a staggering twenty four billion dollars before the long awaited build where the stalemate was passed by congress we gauge the mood on the other side of capitol hill. it's really frustrating for the american people and for myself to see you know our government be so inefficient it was pretty bad. for a little bit. don't even want to go into the pathetic and so. 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 motional pressure from the government shutdown seems to have taken its toll on capitol hill lawmakers cast their votes to break the deadlock clark in the house of representatives seized the microphone in the distance the start of the show with what witnesses described as a crazed look on his face meanwhile tensions of
a different kind over here are t two where our guests have been having their say. america did default it defaulted on its obligations to its own people it defaulted on obligations it had made in law when they set up laws and set up certain programs that needed to be funded and the seaquest ration 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 prime them. that's. the problem for today and what do you make of what richard just said america did not default hasn't defaulted and i believe that even if it did not i'm sorry i can't. if you have it on myself. somebody but the default underpins money which is money it's a no 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 done is that it didn't fold in so much as it's going to pay its bills nevertheless it's 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 sandy ridges been diminished we won't be able to see a repeat of what president nixon said in the ninety's sixty's but it's our dollar and your problem i think over time it will be increasingly 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 the bubble eventually explode what will this mean for the rest of us this whole fight 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 slightly more and that's an unsustainable level and what needs to be is to bring that down this whole question about refinancing the day misses the point of the problem is how do we get rid of this in the first place and then this whole question of raising the debt ceiling will go away and so the 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 be. come a political talk in the way that it never ever was before but keeping a close watch on all the developments on capitol hill to get all the updates along
with expert analysis we invite you to head to our web site r t v dot com. next paying full force feeding in full body cavity searches that's what a handful of detainee's are still experiencing at america's notorious guantanamo bay military prison that mass hunger strike that began in february but has subsided to less than two dozen protesters since against indefinite detention is what we're talking about artie's now again where access to that prison is the first in a series of reports by mr situ. after a few months of people work to get cleared to visit the base the trip to get mobile hop and a skip from the big apple to fort lauderdale in florida and from there are short hour and a half flight one largely kept under wraps with no indications of it on departure boards. the minute we land were greeted by escorts who stay with us every step of our trip 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 and this is 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 thirty minute area right one side of the bay area where the airport is. several rebadged answers but the main part of the people and the detention camp are over
there have 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 feel that this is a place policy on a native state towards the lodging area were taken to is like any typical hotel with palm trees and a marine are right out the window first impression this can't be the place that has been casting a long shot. 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 stay on one side and the rest kind of happens on another the other side as where total of seven hundred seventy nine detainees of america's war on terror have been kept since two thousand and two a total of one hundred sixty four now remaining at
a whopping eight hundred thousand taxpayer dollars per 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 it costs what it cost to do it right what doing it right means to those running america's most infamous detention facility and what lays beyond the picture perfect scenery all the realities of guantanamo in our reports to follow and going to r.t. guantanamo bay cuba. coming up a recent study suggests as many as five million people died during the u.s. led occupation of a rapid reaction to that. in just a few minutes. the problem is that. everyone can only look on in horror as the u.s. decides to commit economic suicide it's like they've strapped on a suicide vest as
a globe as an economy that bankers yeah i've been saying that for years your suicide banker they're banking. on the boat they pull the plug and blow up the world for their ideology of market fundamentalism the terrorists are going to terrorism i think israel now is one of the few people understand it people try to say that we've invested in financial terms the wall street.
prime minister david cameron's accuse the british newspaper the guardian of damaging britain's national security by publishing materials provided by edward snowden a parliamentary committee is now looking into whether the paper breached the country's law laura smith has the details. he launched what can only be described as a round of this hack on the guardian newspaper really he essentially called them hypocrites hypocrites or at least guilty of double standards he says that the guardian on the one hand exposed the scandal that was phone hacking and then on the other hand then themselves went ahead and published secrets themselves which had been stolen in turn from the national security agency he also said that the guardian publishing the leaks that came from edward snowden have damaged national security and what's more that the guardian itself admitted that they had let's hear
what he said about that. what has happened has damaged national security and in many ways the guardian themselves admitted that when the greed when asked politely by my national security advisor a cabinet secretary to destroy the files they had they went ahead and destroyed those files so they know that what they're dealing with is dangerous for national security i think it does in this house if they want to examine this issue and make for the recommendation asked politely by my national security adviser that's my favorite bit that the guardian of course we asked them for a statement and they strenuously disagreed of what david cameron said they issued us a statement they said that they agreed to destroy the files because they came under immense pressure from the government they were threatened with the full force of the law with this thing that's called prior restraint which is very very rarely used here in the u.k. and according to them unthinkable in the u.s. . meanwhile i was snowden's father says his son has plenty more secrets to share
that after the long awaited family reunion here in moscow is parental advice this day in russia to make sure the true story is told on our website r.t. dot com we learn all the. recent journey to the russian capital where you are to instead list the u.s. military can soon barely get an android to allow it to call in airstrikes and pilot drone simply by touching the screen on a smartphone i told website for more details on this latest innovation that. the u.s. led war in iraq has claimed over four hundred thousand lives with forced migration killing fifty five thousand more that's according to a survey of two thousand randomly selected households across iraq the study took almost two years to complete it's been dubbed as the most rigorous to date and the implications behind the number stretch far beyond the number of casualties as we've been hearing from someone roiphe director of the world health organization
collaborating center in the united kingdom. this is the best survey we have about how we will never have a perfect survey the figure maybe a little bit higher than this but the issue is not about the twenty percent or thirty percent higher or lower they should toss today this research proved to us that the magnitude of the damage is huge it's not about only the five hundred. thousand lives lost there are four million for this one one million with those four million people displaced inside iraq four million people actually live the country the damage to the health services the housing the the damage to the infrastructure. this is all consequences of the invasion of two thousand and three . peace prize recipients of cold of limited to drop the charges against greenpeace
activists arrested for storming that whole rig in russia's arctic and the latest edition of the world's apart program here on out it goes head to head with the environmental groups executive director of the organizations recent protest is a quick preview. one of the things about the increase is that the words green and pisa equally important yes we do take very strong peaceful action but we do not cross the line into. beyond any action that can be but i'm theirs and i think that's precisely the case in point here i know that you've been arguing all along that the process was entirely peaceful and yet from the footage that we got there is an intention there is an act of aggression you can see that you can argue whether it was violence or not but there is an intent to push because guards awake well let me tell you that i have seen i'm not seeing your version that you are showing on television i have seen exactly what the coast guard put out seen a slow time version of it because when that allegation was made i took it very
seriously because if we did in fact do what you say we did that we consciously try to ram the coast guard vessel instead of what i'm saying from what i look at it it was control of the boat that's brought about by by swells. then i would take a very negative view of it. if you haven't caught it already on air that's one program not to miss you also catch it along with the rest of our program without a dot com of course. thousands of schools have shut down across england because of a teachers' strike the government's pushing for performance related pay in a bid to raise standards but teachers say the scheme will merely increase workloads and damage pensions jeff brenner a senior vice president of major teachers' union there he says an agreement must be reached with what a crisis. we already know that there are thirteen thousand fewer teachers in
training this year than the previous year if that continues we're going to have a major crisis in teacher supply they now will be put on a paper point and they may never move from it even if you meet your targets now there's no guarantee that you will actually get the pay that in the past you were promised a better performance we've also had only one percent pay rise in the last three years so we've taken our fair share in fact if you take the pension increases alongside the one percent we're actually worse off now than we were before this government came in we hope that michael go will see the anger of the twelve thousand teachers that marched here in london today and of the many thousands more that marched in bristol and the northeast and will and he will actually sit down with us and have meaningful talks there is some indication that the government may be prepared to do that but i'm not going to hold my breath because michael gove has . a history of ignoring the genuine concerns of teachers small world music
brief berlin a march by hundreds about to the alleged a more full treatment of refugees by german authorities is that in a standoff with police several people were arrested during scuffles protesters also called for support for african migrants on board the two ships which recently sank in the mediterranean over four hundred people have been so most recent incident almost one hundred wildfires now raging across australia is most populated state you south wales thirty four of which is said to be out of control so far but no reports of casualties the. worst of it is really for the last huge amount of smoke of course we've been covering the skies they've blocked the sun over downtown sydney for a while straight ahead no stranger sadly to massive wildfires which are wacom and during the summer months. crowds of students are blocked entrances to high schools and march through the streets of paris and its suburbs they're protesting against the treatment of a fifteen year old roma girl who was expelled from france and sent back to kosovo
or this month quote every child has the right to education end quote is one popular slogan the approach the protesters have also called for the resignation of the french interior minister over his tough immigration policies. a german filmmaker and his cameraman have been claiming that they were arrested in qatar after filming the working conditions of migrants building those venues for the twenty twenty two world cup trade unions have been ringing the alarm over conditions in the region for years but it's this prestigious football event that really put the issue firmly in the spotlight both in qatar and the united arab emirates immigrant workers migrant workers account for eight out of ten of them are foreigners know it's a similar picture in kuwait as well the region's other leading oil producer of course slightly different picture man in saudi arabia migrants there make up about a third of the population. has born next on the conditions some of those workers have to endure. do we know to organize.
trended to fifth vote cop is coming. but the initial celebration of christie should be overshadowed by ford workers claims of treatment not getting paid and he did 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 to try to a job and if the employer agrees this means that the workers have no real power no real voice to. fix up what a very very bad working and living conditions desire balloonists 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 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 chairman of qatar's national human rights committee responded to allegations there is no slavery or forced labor in qatar there have been some problems only to the fact that there are forty four thousand businesses in the country but i can assure you that the authorities are constantly making efforts to
resolve the problems. bilis in the meantime he 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 desiree cilia r.t. . the olympic flame is supposed to be a symbol of unity but not everyone sees it that way a six thousand strong petition in georgia now is calling for a boycott of the upcoming winter games here in russia in sochi that's because one of the people carrying the flame around russia is an ex pilot who was involved in the military action that led to south said his independence in two thousand and eight not his legs or a jet ski investigators. six years ago when such he was chosen to host the twenty fourteen games i was there in sochi and i covered the story i remember two days after the event georgians were first talking about boycotting the olympic games and that was even before the two thousand and eight war which resulted in the independence of south of setia and a process but let's ask ourselves the question do georgians really mean it now of
course some of them have been infuriated with the fact that one of the first torch bearers of the olympic flame in russia it was the pilot who took part in the in the war back in two thousand a the russian pilots some of them even signed a petition more than six thousand people did to boycott the games but we spoke to the olympic committee of georgia which all but ruled out any chance of a boycott there are many examples in the world when politics interferes with sport and the results are never good it shouldn't happen in my opinion because these are two absolutely different spheres i do not think georgia wouldn't in any way benefit from a boycott of the olympic games not only officials and police say that but we also spoke to one of the torchbearers here in russia a very famous georgian singer who shares practically the same opinion here not because of politics i'm here because of my love for this life plus artes the happiness that god has given us and everybody should take part in it these two things bring people closer but some don't want people to connect with each other the country's prime minister been initially was
a bit more vague about the prospect of a boycott he was first he said that georgia would not benefit from it and it's not a really sporting issue then he refused to completely rule out the possibility of a boycott but seriously the country which puts only four athletes to compete in the games boycotting it hardly it's a statement of intent and that's the opinion i've heard from many many georgians i know. a lecturer talking to us that one of our correspondents of course. adding up how much the u.s. government paralysis has actually cost it's the cut is a report coming up in a couple of minutes. you know as i look more and more into it i find that there were
a lot of myths and 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 of a soviet does that 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 tax evasion should not have a punishment of mandatory counseling or is more paranoid types like me like to call it reprogramming although they are usually trivial this celebrity case actually
sets a dangerous legal precedent but that's just my opinion. max kaiser this is the car as a report you know wal-mart and wall street are remarkably similar they have the same sugardaddy all wal-mart relies on cheap goods from china and wall street relies on cheap money from china and they've both been hit by chaos following free lunch glitches to the electronic welfare payments systems at a wal-mart in louisiana a glitch with the electronic food stamp card the e.p.t. cars showed unlimited balances available to holders of the card shopper stampede it
emptied the shelves of every last good available on wall street the freds quantitative easing to infinity is the e b t card for wall street and it's showing an unlimited balance which surely must be a glitch right and the bank stores are stampeding employing during the world of productive assets in louisiana when the glitch was fixed the walmart shoppers abandoned shopping carts piled high with the talks a good in a so-called food that they could not afford without the free lunch of an unlimited eby t. the same thing will happen on wall street bankers will abandon giant piles of c.d.o. those of toxic assets and so-called wealth they too cannot afford without the free money of unlimited. is am i getting this correct.