tv [untitled] December 14, 2013 1:00pm-1:31pm EST
m r t are. you watching r t tonight amid mass day night anti-government protests in ukraine thousands gathered to in central kiev to support the president with rallies just a few hundred meters apart. literally on the e.u. donetsk with the european union flag are now available for sale we take a look at how ukraine's business is trying to capitalize on the ongoing public unrest as well this hour. also headlining islamist rebels in syria target the kurdish minority yet again as one hundred twenty civilians were boarding taken hostage near the turkish border. and by bailout shackles stoicism and hard work helps ireland to shake loose of the e.u.'s financial diktats but the still a way to go to get the country's debts in check a report on that coming up to. join
us live from r.t. h.q. in moscow at ten pm it's kevin zero in with you tonight our top story political battle lines have torn ukraine's capital into one thousand strong crowds keep up their antigovernment protests that's the scene there now you can also see activists who gathered to support president victory on a covert as well earlier on today artie's paul scott reports from the heart of the standoff. you can see the close proximity between the two opposing rallies right behind me is independence square which has been the heart of the opposition movement for the last number of weeks now you can see the barricades that have been built by the protesters and reinforced in the last couple of days but if we pan around to the left hand side now this is european square and this is the scene of a rally in support of the president where you can get a sense of exactly how close the pro and anti government supporters are the line of
police separating the two camps just here to my right hand side now if we take you through to the main parts of european square where the main pro-government rally is taking place we got to try and show our press corps to walk through this line of police at the moment to main in the main part of european square and as you can see the pro-government rally is in full swing. well here we are in the halls of the pro-government rally indescribably our presence of these pro-government supporters and the fact that they are just a hundred yards away from independence square things are actually quite calm at the moment tensions are quite high but things are more peaceful now on friday president . had a roundtable discussion with members of the opposition here green on and on the state for prisoners for protesters who were arrested throughout the course of these demonstrations but he refused the key demands of his resignation and an early
election another moment we're still left with this standoff. and other developments present in a covert has dismissed the deputy security defense secretary and the mayor of kiev in the wake of the ongoing investigation into police conduct on november the thirtieth in the past few weeks of unrest have been bad news for everyone with some businesses trying to cash it in central kiev capitalizing on the chaos. this story . the korean capital has been in a protest mode for more than two weeks now it looks completely different than a month ago people are living here cooking food. and definitely life has changed when the protests kicked off talking about food underneath the square of the protest you can literally chew on the e.u. donuts with the european union flag are now available for sale. thank you very much . and the taste delicious local fridge magnet manufacturers were quick to pounce on the idea of the protest and now you can purchase
a very peculiar more ability from sending yellow college to prison to localizing international brands. the one that central kiev is the place of many restaurants and bars and their lives have been affected in one way or another we decided to pay a visit to one of the oldest pubs in the city center to find out. so we lost the pubs manager how the protest affects the life of his restaurant. but also how have the euro my done protests affected your pub the number of visitors has increased only slightly since these protests kicked off but now we've got a special offer menu which includes items such as tea and cake and will be open twenty four seventh's for as long as the euro my down protests continue but not all and seem to be equally happy with the way the protests are going some of the local taxi drivers have complained to me that the barricade makes their life a true. right now what do you think of the barricades in the center of the city i'm
sick and tired of this government but being a taxi driver is my job so those barricades in downtown key that actually make it much harder for me to do my job and feed my family. the further we step away from the my down the more mood change we seeing among the locals some of them have been enraged by particular aspects of this unrest as someone who was born and raised in kiev how do you feel that these protests protests are good i'm tired of going to quote each two because i think he has run his course but as a key if resident i'm not sure why monuments needed to be destroyed it seems these demonstrations have been privatized by a bunch of vandals. but just one kilometer from the independence square there are places where the revolution vibe is non-existent after what has been a turbulent and hard weekly crane people are letting off steam in different nightclubs and bars but then it's life goes on despite the some part of the city is still on the revolutionary lockdown let's see recess the party reporting from kiev
in ukraine. professor bernard rescued from the national institute of eastern studies and from spoke to me earlier he says the unrest in ukraine is being misrepresented by the western media. the maturity of ukrainian people is not a manifest is not a manifestation if you look in almost all ukrainian cities they are very quite it's only in kiev so it's a very little part of the ukrainian society which is money which did this manifestation and there is no proof that the majority of ukrainian people is on the side of pro so-called pro european manifestation and apparently even it's the contrary if you look at the polls of opinion so it's just a question of you know of many are creation in the west because objectively united states and western country how did you see it in middle east especially in
syria and in a certain sense they wanted to change the balance of power the international balance and of power and ukraine is a good playground for them for the moment. he syria al-qaeda linked rebels have reportedly abducted a hundred twenty kurds from a village close to the turkish border the news is reported on friday by the u.k. based observatory for human rights is that all captives were taken to an unknown location as a dewani as a kurdish human rights activist joins me now on the line and speak to him if it gets more information. either thanks for being with us tonight these reports haven't yet been confirmed have you heard anything more than in the last twenty four hours about why these people were apparently abducted and where they are now. since you've given me i all i'm not sure about that. i'm sure if i decide that this
number of civilian kurds have been kidnapped by outsider and other jihadist groups but i am not sure about their numbers or the number of these people. they could not get civilians are from the village of interests north or nearly people and sixty one north east are from the areas of jobless and is us also in it or not people there are women and kids among the rest and whereabouts of the big. general store today as i got reports from inside syria sure. as i'm on it's of torture on a body also a goodish detainee was kidnapped in the area between a reply and could the city of sold informations are missing. the member is not sure i know that i'm sure by a kidnapping civilians including women and kids is it because of the geography there and logistics issues why information so is apparently so hard to.
quantify we get reports of such attacks in syria's north through quite frequently and every time it's very difficult for people to pin down exactly what's happening there this time it seems exactly the same is it because the lack of journalists on the ground what's that what's the issue there. yeah luckily journalist activists of human rights and you know that islam is groups usually when they kidnap civilians. the whereabouts of civilians in a noonday dady they wouldn't accept any kind of access to information access. the treatment of the civilians and and themselves they don't. and if it's a condition. they they. are not willing to release information about. as are the ones we have we have got a great sound line she would look around with you for a minute if we can we got you on the line what's the crux of the matter here is this still about al qaeda wanting to take land from the kurds or is there a deeper resentment between the.
what a supporters of secularism in syria. both of the armed groups or the opposition of the opposition are those of. dummy's the islamists hundred kurds secular tendency which is directed toward establishing a multi religious and multi is the. region in the kurdish ceding to this and. also that tradition. as a trade off for there to security which is built on the denial of course inside turkey therefore turkey has carried on supporting these groups of side and other is not likely. muslim brotherhood who are operating alongside. kurds and who will get their support from turkey and other states so that the story is. pretty
ok work process story with your help. well the kurds are syria's largest ethnic minority and their armed standoff with islamist rebel factions have recently been intensifying defense consulted more and roof spoke to see believe that with the rebels failed to gain ground in the area of no resorted to drastic alternatives. these are extremely just desperate measures being carried out by the rebels are they they want to sabotage the geneva two talks that are due to be held on january the twenty second in twenty fourteen they're not gaining ground in terms of. their operations against the assad government and they haven't been able to topple the assad government the report on the chemical weapons use has not apportion blame they were hoping that the syrian
government would be blamed and therefore they'll be more of an international pressure against assad to step down and this hasn't happened the judeo christian politicians in europe are paying lip service to the whole process they are providing non-lethal aid and any aid is lethal in effect the whole international effort is futile in every sense of the word it's been years since the end of apartheid in south africa but there's still plenty of unresolved anger. it's definitely unsafe because if you see no white person in iran as a nation move those mandela racial tensions a deeper than ever in some corners of the nation but later the program we had one few minutes. next though off to going cap in hand to international bankers three years ago ireland now says it's ready to stand on its own two feet the country's managed to meet all the major targets of the
multi-billion euro e.u. bailout program while avoiding serious public unrest to test for similar reports them from dublin. arlin will with itself of the quote shackles of the troika on sunday and will wake up on monday as a quote normal european country standing on equal footing a confident claim by prime minister kenny ahead of the country's official exit from its bailout program for eighty five billion euros it cost the irish three years of painful austerity higher taxes slashed minimum wage which has since been raced back high youth unemployment and another wave of i wish immigration i'm not sure that the hard ideological line of austerity which was coming forth from europe was a good one to irish people would be to nice to see the end of the troika to see the opportunity for a street gang or economic sovereignty to be up to make our own decisions in relation to our future the government here is touting the exit from the bailout
program as restoring economic and financial freedom but no one here is under any illusion that that exit would also mean an end to hardships or complete release from austerity while the idea of possibly having more control over their destiny as a nation is psychologically uplifting people really want is freedom from individual debt that so many here are still heavily burdened with. long term slowdown and all structural growth we still are facing. in other words when you look at the overall economic level of achievement in this bailout it's not really that significant yet at the same time certain credit which should go to the nation to the government to the nation was. calling. in dublin city center sights and sounds of the festive season are present but it rings hollow for those who feel they've simply been kicked to the curb. the better
. be happy we're exiting for us will have any impact or a. into the budget for this year or next year no willing to read the mortgage arrears figures take a dramatic change next quarter no does or says the fourteen double. a recent poll shows that over a half of our lives population think the government is a good job in fact in leading the country out of the bailout even so nearly three quarters so that means austerity measures will be eased we gave some more opinion on the streets of dublin. i suppose a positive move would. send today we're still beholden to germany france the bigger economies in europe so. the internet auto bailout as we seem to make much difference to behold and you know we come to a bad time we close with something or say sale if you like a certain year like this i think it's good i think they have to stand on their own two feet i think the cow yes i do. it's not all over yet though the bailout exit
relief are somewhat tempered with warnings from maurice ministers that the story he does need to continue to drive down the nation's debt political analyst eric yen efik thinks the way the e.u. deals with its economic crisis can't be described as affective however you look at it. what we actually like to see is more transparency and now it is we are in the situation in which basically the troika. acts like a governor. and visits its colonies tells them what to do the measures they come out with are not they're not always very effective they also cause a stereotype and also the reduction of the economy at the moment the troika is free to do what it wants and that is not right in a democracy the issue basically is how much time do we have when all the economies of greece italy spain portugal cyprus growing again now i don't know how long it will take if it is going to be one or two years like in ireland it will be very
good but if it's going to be ten years it's going to be very long and i'm afraid that many citizens in those countries will not accept this particular not if this is going to be a stagnation zone for ten years to come i think this will have very serious political consequences. just ahead living in a cave in the twenty first century might not be to everyone's taste. for i'm on this. side of. the house but the authorities and nobody came to us in spain voters to move but nonetheless shortly hear from a man who claims the government has hidden motives and it's intent to deprive him of the dearest thing he's got. what defines a country's success. faceless figures of economic growth. for
hitting rock bottom they cave dwellers in spain are facing eviction from the picture a settlement despite years of pressure from the government and orders to leave the families say the digging in the determined to stay saying there's more behind the injection the meets the eye this is not welcomed in so one of these unconventional arms. although the tools used to dig out the caves of san miguel have changed little over the centuries this home has been modernized and it's been a pain staking labor with one's hands this tunnel was dug out but it's been installed with modern comforts like light for instance now the resident that lives here has taken a lot of work to really try to make this into a home a comfortable floor as you can see a hard floor so you can walk around a kitchen area in order to cook to entertain guests and most importantly he says these feeling reinforcements now this is critical because the city council says
it's dangerous for the residents to live here whereas they say they've put in a lot of work a lot of labor in order to make sure these caves are safe for their residency for. the studies to be. a burden for nothing except time to do it but it's a book that the recent determination to do. now this is what they're doing looks like from the outside it's certainly not an easy kind of lifestyle there's no running water for instance that has to be carried in by hand from a fountain in a nearby church the residents who have built up these caves are very proud of their work but many simply have no other place to call home the case of some to go have hosted people in need for centuries from gypsy is religiously prosecuted minorities and others have called these caves their home they have been abandoned. what an economic crisis getting worse in recent years more and more of man years have
converted this is your community they can call home the city wants to addict them citing health and safety reasons but the people here say it's about money they believe the government is acting like a corporation for tourism that it supposedly wants to build up this area into something less if people could use and enjoy it and that has been what i mean to you activity seen in the sixty's and that's why the city council he's working like a corporation it's like a class fight back up plan social exclusion you know people have always going to leave it there we fear yeah high places. now. reach people are willing to to to get them down the city council isn't likely to abandon its plans to evict the residents but for the people living in the caves of san miguel giving up is simply not an option reporting it we're not
a spain for our tea i'm lucy catherine of. couple stories related to our website right now an offbeat approach to heating in siberia burning the story the poppy seed apparently was enough to keep locals warm for an entire day find out why and how the authorities took full advantage of a huge online also explain why a number of u.s. retailers appliances placed cameras in their manic kids during the holiday shopping a man a kid looks those eyes movie scary r.t. dot com you can read up more. members of south africa's government are paying their last respects to nelson mandela before sunday's funeral but as the country mourns his death appears to be revealing some sore spots in the still divided state next policy reports and from a johannesburg suburb where life is far from what mandela envisaged for its country . it's definitely unsafe because they have you seen a white person around. the only people of this corps. is taking us on
a drive through the streets of his childhood this was a wealthy white neighborhood during the time of a party eight. is now a very different place i wouldn't carry a camera or wouldn't carry anything. of value i wouldn't wear a watch i wouldn't read anything that could make me vulnerable to be attacked or be robbed a handful of white south africans still live here most are too old or too poor to move around more than steven is one of the few who still call here by home it's a pretty they're pretty busy no figment is gone because i think with the current government things all this this is going to. mean is it going to go down twenty three years after the end of apartheid south africa remains pleat with unresolved racial tension some people they still do have the
opportunity. to make if the move. distance themselves to the blokes. remembers well we couldn't be on the streets of hubris after nine at night some black south africans he admits are still angry it may be they have been at it good or something because they nor the door wide so with killing off their being their wives they hate girls. while they're with the being the they have my only movie they do don't have miley at times south africa seems very far from the country mandela hoped it would be instead of becoming a melting pot of different cultures and colors suburbs like hillbrow are today places where whites are too afraid to go and where the black population remembers very well they once were and twelve the past the present and the future
balance precariously side by side as the nation mourns its most famous son and wonders what comes next policy r.t. johannesburg. and delivered an economic freedom fighters political party thinks it's not just whites the feeling the pressure in south africa these days is the country needs to go much further overturning the injustices of the apartheid era. we must first address the social questions and these questions largely i have to do with the exclusion of the black majority so there is no political instability of south africa what we have is a missing a crisis of social crisis for black people and this find expression in education in health care in quality in unemployment and the general state of hopelessness as we see these i did hear issues let us change the economy transform it in the interests of the black majority and scores of people who would benefit if they want as a society based on a different mortality that is the only time we can and that the social message of
social dislocation and unhappiness which is in our country our political system up to now has not been able to address these questions because they're willing party has avoided antagonizing white interests and white privileges at the expense of the black majority now twenty years later if we don't change things drastically and that fundamentally with the end of this of any bros in in society. probably martin is breaking the sets next to an art international if you're watching us from the u.k. tonight to use over george galloway taking his controversial relations with saudi arabia i'm kevin over in the next new me in full just over half an hour.
as we all know the holidays are a great time for families to get together and sometimes on the hour call gets flowing they're also a great time for us to argue about everything from politics to religion with the ones we love but if you happen to be an n.s.a. agent and the government has an official list of talking points that way you could win those family arguments for sure yeah that's right the government is not giving and the cia agents lists a very. corny talking points going to firedoglake so that way they could convince their relatives over the holidays of just how awesome effective and necessary the national security agency truly is despite all those little revelation things of mass spying by snowden trust me talking points exist for a reason political social and religious organizations and use them so that when their members who may not be the best debaters on the planet can defend the positions of the organization and i would have no problem with the if they gave this list to ages they could answer questions from journalists but when the government wants you to propagandize your friends and family over christmas and thanksgiving it all seems kind of cultish to me that's just my opinion.
cut. cut cut cut cut. cut cut. cut cut to. the face guys i'm having martin and this is breaking the set november twenty second of this yr will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of u.s. president john. kennedy is an incident still surrounded by questions that many americans are trying to answer one of the filmmakers made the best attempt to put the disparate pieces together for a time academy award winning director oliver stone now he's commemorating the canby anniversary by releasing has epic film j.f.k. and an ultimate director's cut the collector's edition also includes a segment from oliver stone's showtime series the untold history the united states a film adaptation of the joint book authored by stone and historian peter cousin that could take a lot. if the word go forth from this time and place to
friend and foe alike. that the torch has been passed to a new generation of americans. with his murder the torch was passed back to an old generation the generation of johnson nixon ford and reagan. who would systematically destroyed the promise of kind of these last year as they returned the country to war and repression joins me now to discuss j.f.k. and their five year long project oliver stone your cousin an excellent to have you both on thank you so much although i want to start with you it's clear that your series sets j.f.k. apart from other presidents what makes you think he would have been different if. he was different in those three years he came into office after thirty years of national security state build a monstrous build up we had we had thirty thousand nuclear weapons by the sixty mandated by eisenhower.