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anti fracking outrage in romania clashes erupted between police and locals who are furious at the prospect of american energy giant chevron drilling for shale gas nearby we report from the scene of the violence. did see several arrests some people had been injured they were taken out in the medical advance we don't know exactly how many and again it's a tense environment the. european politicians poil on the flames of the protests in ukraine as they reiterated their support for the crowds anti-government sentiment. and as the world continues to grieve over the death of nelson mandela. south africa's future and how dark shadows from the past lead to some
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whites to fear for their lives. and you're watching our team live from moscow who are certainly glad to have you with us now an anti fracking protest in northeast romania has turned violent clashes broke out between police and the locals who are trying to stop the u.s. oil giant chevron from drilling for shale gas in the area protesters fear that fracking will damage the environment and contaminate ground water supplies are reports from the side of the unrest. we're here in congestion this is just moments after a very tense clashes between protesters who are against chevron conducting exploration for shale gas drilling here in this area in northeastern mania what you
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see behind me over there is actually the chevron site. protesters had ran across the street they broke down the perimeter of the chevron location tore down the fences and entered the area there were actually inside the chevron test exploration area these units riot police officers had been called into the area this is when things very much escalated and we have several protesters arrested there are options between the police and the demonstrators and actually if we pan over here you can see people very upset about what's happening here with chevron and. these protesters who have been camped out here for over a month earlier this the scoundrels actually broken up by riot police officers today saturday was supposed to be a major protest there and they're still trying to get chevron to leave because although chevron and october announced it was seething operations the work had
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begun. these police officers are not going anywhere as you can see they're trying to keep the protesters contained to this area so that they don't break out again and go on to the chevron site now we did see several arrests some people had been injured they were taken out in medical vans we don't know exactly how many and again it's a tense tense environment these people are very unhappy with the conduct of the police not just today but earlier and they're very unhappy that chevron is continuing these operations they feel that although chevron says that it's trying to do this in a responsible way the people here feel like they haven't been consulted they feel like their point of view isn't being taken into consideration and we have to keep in mind that this is a farming area people here rely on the land. survive if the water does get contaminated which is something that they fear will happen as a result of the fracking their very existence is threatened which is why they're so frustrated with the situation. tense environment the demonstration continues it's
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unclear what will make these protesters leave as you can see if we turn around they're sitting down they're staying their ground they don't want to leave this area. now r t aster chevron to comment on the situation in romania the energy giant says it has halted operations that made what it called on lawful and violent protest activities. chevron also says that it wants to work in a safe and environmentally responsible manner under the terms agreed with the authorities earlier anti fracking campaigner and he china spoke with my colleague kevin owen about the controversial drilling technique he says authorities worldwide stay silent about it precisely because of the possible hazards. there's no regulation going to be in this country or in any other part of your goal where all this specifically designed to break you like this industry because they know the work they call an adequately regulated is there an exaggeration of the potential problems here are we looking at fact difficult to quantify the risks the tool he is
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the theater with the vagaries of very deep geology and is basically the whole realm of the are no fracking for going for what thirteen years or more that started last large scale at the turn of the century do you feel you've lost your battle and when the police are there supposedly to protect and serve the community all that's happening is that being deployed by governments to protect and serve the interests of the big businesses we should basically backing these governments you know that's a situation we've got in that's why we've got the people off you know we can't rely on the police to protect our communities around as protect our own communities by this sort of action it was seeing you in there in maine all over the world you know the stories we're from canada and everywhere it goes people are going to be up in arms about it because we know that we can't rely on our government we can rely on the police to protect our communities from these threats. now many fear the substances used in fracking will accumulate in the soil and pollute groundwater and
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even the air also most of the chemicals are expected to remain in the soil for years activists claim that there are over a thousand documented cases of what water contamination near drilling sites and that could impact people's health through sensory and respiratory damage we will continue to follow the standoff between chevron and the locals and and we'll have the latest updates for you both on air and online. and delegation of the euro m.p.'s has spoken to the crowds in kiev yet again further fueling the public protest in ukraine the protesters have three more days to decamp from government buildings artie's ball stuff is in cuba. the delegation met with opposition leaders and mingled with the crowd but they didn't meet any representatives of the government of course the government survived
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a vote of no confidence in the quake but despite this result it hasn't stopped the e.u. delegation backing coleus for us not election there are still you know discussion between the different forces or grow you know through your own paper under the conditions would be to go to the movies are included all sort of thing for which the whole civil society and democratic revolution in its claim to have possibility for the nation to express its will and follow it which means early elections well the opposition continue that blockade of certain government buildings where the deadline set by the government for them to be out expiring on tuesday on the delegation support for the opposition comes despite ukraine's prime minister calling for outside interference to stop and simple tenuously the e.u. delegation condemning what they describe as russian pressure on kiev where the protesters are set once again on sunday when the opposition organizers hope that one million people from all over ukraine will descend on the capital. joining the
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european lawmakers was a former georgian president mikheil saakashvili he also voiced his support for the protests from the stage and central kiev and this from the same man who ordered a brutal crackdown on opposition rallies in his own country just two years ago this is how those who wanted saakashvili to resign were treated there. are two spoke to political commentator alexander nick last off about the tendency of some e.u. politicians to stand side by side with the ukrainian opposition and he says it is simply unacceptable. my action if any ukrainian or russian or. diplomats or formal politicians are put it there sions would take part and then your demonstration against the e.u. will in all across or simply the euro and that would cause an uproar the port
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probably even in the western countries going to the united nations and asking for a meeting of the security council because that is blatant and to feel this isn't got nothing to do with people collar as they play some petitions like to say about it under the rule of law does not involve foreign diplomats and foreign politicians interfering and basically provoking this violence like it's happening in ukraine journalist martin see who's followed ukraine's recent history says the bitter divide among its people would only deepen if the e.u. association deal had happened. i think it would be a nightmare come true in the long term ukraine and the european union have a locks again from increased relationships with each other but the package that the e.u. was proposing and the price ukraine would pay and severed ties with russia and the
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east bloc would in the short term cause a very we'll drop in standard of living for the ukrainian people much greater energy price costs and the european union and european commission given their own financial woes would not be in the position to give ukraine the necessary financial support it would need me situations the european union has major problems with in its own area that it really must resolve before it can really new its offer to reach out to nations like ukraine and i think there really needs to be a fundamental reassessment in brussels of what ukraine needs which has not been adequately recognized in brussels meanwhile an investigation is underway into allegations of brutality from both police and pro e.u. activists that unfolded last week it in a reports it grew when you don't know why don't you call the worst moment was when i saw people being beaten on the ground at my feet they were just kids and i
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couldn't do anything about it and it was terrible it must never happen again. the night of november thirtieth when peaceful protests in the heart of kiev were broken up by ukraine special right police force dozens and it up in hospitals images of police beating defenseless people emerged on the internet. the next day it was the police on the receiving end of the violence but at the hands of a mob and not the peaceful protesters who were dispersed just the day before. i got hit by either a brick or a piece of pavement score in the face it's hard to tell because everything was flying no one could predict it would go like this that there would be rocks bricks most of cocktails i was scared for my units who were there because it was totally unexpected right in front of all of this they were these boys eighteen nineteen
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years old who serve in the army and everything was flying at them rocks molotov cocktails these men are among the officers still in hospital a week after the attack some received injuries severe enough to leave them disabled or to convince them to leave the force but both. i determined to return to service and see don't have any animosity towards the crowd on independence square i can understand the people they want to express their opinion people have the right to voice their opinion but without breaking the law it would not be an overstatement to say that many people here in new police is their enemy number one especially after last week's intense clashes what's there is opinion out there that the special task police force were simply following the instructions they have received and it's those who gave the orders that should be held responsible for the violence . that are recordings on the internet of the actual orders that received and acted
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upon to clear the area we must create a parliamentary commission and find the person who blew it all up and hold them criminally responsible i'm sure the orders came from someone higher than the head of police. as the protests enter their third week the tension is palpable no one wants a repeat of last week's nightmare but a resolution requires calmer efforts from both sides among people whose patience is already wearing worryingly thin. so we have been following the events in and around ukraine online you can find out what president. spoke about during very meeting. where we will also unravel some of the speculation. from a prison cell to terrorist cell the u.k. cracks down on preaching behind bars in an attempt to stop impressionable brits
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from being radicalized. from here to here. do you want to move to paris well you might have to prepare yourself for a shock but take a look at the downside of living in a dream city. you're watching are. from countries rich in natural resources are the poorest. of the big corporations it's a calling leaders who are under the thumbs of the big corporations so they have to the world bank's development of social programs goes to pay back the. country is. that they did and so every year they would borrow money.
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and they would use that same amount of money to pay back. the wages of. wealthy british style. market why not. find out what's really happening to the global economy with mike's culture the no holds barred look at the global financial headlines kaiser reports. and welcome back you're watching our team now tens of thousands of people are expected to join global leaders past and present at nelson mandela's funeral in
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a week's time but while the morning continues some among the country's white minorities are afraid of a new wave of apartheid and bloodshed this time aimed at them many doubt whether the post mandela south africa will stick to the ideals of equality and reconciliation that he championed as artie's policy or reports. for many years south africans in particular have been asking themselves the question what happens when mandela pos is on and for a long time there was a war we that everything he stood for which was essentially bringing white and black south africans to give it would disappear when he dies this question has become less urgent as the years have passed on and a new generation of south africans has come to the fore but certainly there are pockets of particularly white south africans who are today afraid now i visited the community of claim from tain which is a white on cave they you find only off the conason all these are white south africans who can trace the roots back to european settlers who came in the sixteen
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hundreds you need special permission to enter the area there are security guards everywhere there are statues paying tribute to the founders of a party which was south africa's legal system of discrimination between blacks and whites people there justified the existence of such enclaves as merely a way of preserving their history the culture their language they argue against any kind of claims of racism we feel strongly about our identity and we want to protect back and preserve it this together with the fear that some white of economists feel has caused some to put in place contingency plans now there's a group called the state land is they estimate that the figures are around eighty to one hundred thousand people and they are all linked through mobile phones in such a way that if in any time they believe a genocide happens and they do believe that a genocide is coming against white south africans they can then mobilize him selves
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and move to an area where they will be able to both protect themselves and be completely self-sufficient and i visited this community and this is what they had to tell me right now though we resist the urge or little six. little sort of is really a true could schools these white south africans our. are in the minority the majority really credits mandela with putting the country back from the brink of civil godless off the color face they race the creed they haven't lived in south africans for god mandela as the hero of the struggle against apartheid and seen him as one of the greatest sons this country has ever given birth to. elsewhere on the continent and it's a bid to end to the sectarian violence in the central african republic france has raised the number of troops there to sixteen hundred the african union has followed suit and is set to more than double its deployment in the country to above six
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thousand now almost four hundred people have been killed in three days of fierce clashes in the capital bunky began to send reinforcements hours after the un off for instance the mission to quell a spike in sectarian bloodshed thousands of civilians have fled to the country's main airport seeking refuge from armed groups history militias loyal to the ousted president are battling muslim rebels who currently control the country lawrence freeman from the executive intelligence review magazine believes france's domestic problems are behind this latest moves. recently france has become more active militarily and i think the problem with that there france and britain have not given up they are intent on nabbing at the news of some of the resources and wealth of the african countries or so i think france is suffering serious problems at home there is an overall devastating collapse in living
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standards throughout all of europe so many of these things i think combining to push france forward into somebody as military activity is. more of them recently than we've seen before. workers aviation agency is under investigation and it is part of the probe into an air crash at because an airport that killed fifty in november vesta gaiters consider some of the russian pilots licenses dubious and find out all of the tales online. president obama's afghan policy may have led to increased casualties among u.s. service personnel get the full story of our team dot com. right the seats. first for you and i think you're.
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on our reporter's twitter. and instagram. could be in the. the british government has drawn up measures to stifle the spread of extremism it follows the brutal murder of a u.k. soldier by islamists in london the plan includes blocking jihadist material on the web and cracking down on hate preaching but as artie's laura smith reports the country's jails are also becoming a breeding ground for radicalism. wormwood scrubs prison in west london temporary or longer term home to around fourteen hundred male prisoners apart from the inevitable gang activity and drug taking that goes on inside many prison inmates find religion while they're doing their stretch some are genuine others not
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so much you speak to some prisoners unable to. food or out of it to get more time. or just to be seen as to be part of a gun culture i've done it for protection i've done it because i was buoyed evidence from the prison office's union shows prisoners are necessarily so much finding gods as having shoved in their faces muslim gangs have grown in power and influence in jails all over the country and the prison officers association is concerned that they target vulnerable new arrivals for conversion and that those who are muslims already are being forced into more extremist views. those who watch on to and use that religion is an excuse for treatment and we're particularly concerned by doctrine is clear evidence that there are youngsters being radicalized. and forced to join the rest of causation of young vulnerable
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prisoners. who then can become a tree machine while extremists who are ultimately released from behind these walls back into society. take a look at some other news making headlines around the world as our inspectors from the un and atomic watchdog have arrived in iran to visit a facility that has been off limits to outsiders for years the team will visit the heavy water production plant in the city of iraq within the next twenty four hours this comes just two weeks after six world powers clinched a deal with tehran over its nuclear program. in mexico six people suspected of stealing a truck with highly radioactive material in a medical scanner have been released from hospital only the youngest suspect a sixteen year old was found to have traces of radioactive poisoning the men will remain in detention for further questioning the vehicle was carrying extremely
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dangerous cobalt sixty when it was hijacked at gunpoint you know the capitol earlier this week now it is a dream destination for millions but apparently it is a nightmare for those trying to settle down there many find the high rent tiny flats and their poor condition just some of the things that turn per's into a city of broken dreams artes as are sillier reports it all looks great on paper but anyone with an aspiration of living in central paris quickly discovers the nightmare and becomes looking for a flat here this picturesque center of the city might as well have a sign that says off limits to anyone with a tight budget but if you must prepare for very tight quarters when you first arrive to the fight i was completely shocked because this was the smallest area that i found myself ever but i didn't look it's right here the year. donica pay seven hundred seventy year olds for this tiny twenty square metres central paris
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flat in the popular lot to quarter area plus another hundred for bills and internet she chose convenience over price a choice that's not quite there for others like sabina who lives just outside paris with three other people her bedroom in the basement. was about five hundred euros when i moved so. i was looking on internet for place with five hundred euros couldn't find anything really. expensive visited a few places. couldn't find any so i decided to. close suburbs in more extreme cases not only do people end up far from the center but in apartments like this one where there's no kitchen or hot water so. it's a real problem in front of housing we need a hundred to nine hundred thousand more housing this is what explains the high prices in july every port released by france's national institute of statistics and
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economic studies found that one hundred forty one thousand five hundred people were without a fixed residency in france or rent control law was recently passed as part of a larger housing reform to address the lack of housing substandard conditions and the trend of people being pushed out of paris and other major cities but changes in living standards won't come overnight a fact many in the city of lights have just come to accept to live in paris. ok. just are cilia r t paris coming up on r t we look at how some social programs in africa actually end up fueling poverty and dead instead of giving people a timeline with. we
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often see the middle east as a place of constant turmoil and revolution but people in thailand seem to be very fired up as well masses of protesters are force a government ministries to shut down by storming them with human waves one such ministry is the thai equivalent of the american f.b.i. which has been accused of killing around ninety people in a crackdown on those who support ousted prime minister taksin shinawatra who is the brother of the current leader wow people are crying out for democracy with accusations of violence against protesters so where is barack obama john kerry the mainstream media i mean whatever some group of rebels protesters or i mean freedom fighters rise up for democracy are we supposed to arm them like in syria and or bomb their country back into the stone age like in libya serbia iraq some protests explode across the mainstream media with calls for intervention and others are almost totally silent like thailand and bulgaria where there have also been storming of buildings less than a month ago i might be conspiracy theorist but the selective coverage and selective
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concern for some humans rights and off the rights of others well it smells a bit fishy to me but that's just my opinion. vent to do. twenty two million. from africans. see the woods it was handed over to. you by a hedge funds and multinational societies. we. so when the world bank says yes we have to encourage foreign investment. give this poorly exploited african land to the fruit farms in ma say. or to new york hedge funds. did you order because then they are capable of making this land profitable now that
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is a motorists argument for the farmers who work locally. to process i think for a country to make the best use of those resources that it has in abundance and to. given the limits of its own domestic market of course to export those resources in order to generate wealth and that's a strategy that a number of not just african countries but countries in throughout the world that have done very well by this so i wouldn't look at it in the narrow perspective of just been able to reimburse death debt but in fact as a way of generating wealth and generating opportunities for growth and through growth progress on poverty reduction everywhere where the i.m.f. imposes structural adjustment involving the extensions.


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