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the u.n. security council doubles the number of peacekeepers in south sudan amid reports of mass civilian deaths and look at how the foreign clamor for the african states oil is influencing the conflict. a three year old girl is killed and ten civilians injured in an israeli strike on gaza as the i.d.f. rolls out tanks troops and warplanes in retaliation against a sniper attack on the border. and hours of this crisis has been declared over but the homeowners it's anything but. i couldn't do anything at all if you think that was the dish and i had no way i wish we speak to the people whose lives have been shattered by the banks in a country where one in five mortgages are in arrears. we have never evaluation how much this is costing us in the motional mental health terms.
it's two pm here in moscow you're watching international with me and he said now a straight to our top story this hour the u.n. security council has unanimously approved a plan to double the number of peacekeepers in south sudan more than twelve thousand international troops and thirteen hundred police will be protecting civilians in the african state which is seen deadly clashes break out between rival armed factions over the past two weeks or more important i reports from new york. the security council after a meeting also condemned the fighting and violence against civilians and ethnic communities that have caused hundreds of deaths across south sudan and raise concerns for the world's newest country is on the brink of a civil war the u.n.
says that investigators discovered a mass graves in the rebel held city of than two with fourteen bodies at one site twenty bodies at a nearby site but the possibility of there being either even a third site now tens of thousands of people have fled the country amid fighting between rebels that are supporting former vice president riek machar and president salva gears forces so you have more says a loyal to the president and vice president now clashing the fighting began last week in the capital of juba and then spread to other cities in south sudan well you have to remember that south sudan is a young country and a civil war is what initially caused its breakaway from the north you know the united states campaigned for it some experts believe that washington's enthusiasm for south sudan's autonomy had less to do with humanitarian issues and more to do about south sudanese oil reserves now the irony right now is that no matter which
way you slice it the international community has another crisis on its hands that may be costly and complicated the country's top u.n. humanitarian official said the death toll from the past ten days has surpassed one thousand but added that there's no official firm counts it may be more maybe less nobody knows what we do know is that the violence is spreading and spreading quickly. well apart from the u.n. peacekeeping force washington is sending marines closer to south sudan the state department says they will assist in the evacuation of american citizens from the area if needed but pan african newswire editor me as a kiwi says the u.s. needs to make sure this doesn't go any further. the problem is they're young country they have very limited infrastructure they're really not a viable state in regard to. the silicon it's
capacity provide services to people and i think it was extreme tragedy that dunn was broken up it would possibly would have been better to have done as an autonomous region as part of a broader a republic of sudan but the united states as well as the state of israel encouraged the republic of south sudan to break away but the united states has to be very careful because if they enter on a broader level i think it very well be bogged down in a guerrilla war and a civil war and they could lose a substantial amount of troops as well as military equipment in the fighting. coming up a look at one of these stories that to find twenty thirteen. or simple villagers who are stuck in a war that we didn't ask for we live in constant fear of another strike archie meets the people who paid a devastating price for america's drone strikes
a campaign that's supposed to be claim we picking out terrorists that's ahead. and the syrian government lashes out at the rebel forces foreign backers saying they're encouraging attacks on chemical weapons depots the country struggles to play by the rules and get rid of its toxic stockpile. and israeli air strike on gaza has killed at least one person a young girl and injured ten other civilians tanks and infantry were also involved in the attack the forces moved in in response to the fatal shooting of an israeli man by a palestinian sniper he was a civilian contractor working for the army repairing a fence on the border with gaza our chief kevin know and discussed the israeli air strikes with u.k. based defense consultant moeen rao he believes the army. reaction will only escalate the situation. as usual is disproportionate and overwhelming force being used against people who effectively live in a caged area the israelis they have
a ratio figure for every one israeli killed i think the figure is about a thousand palestinians must pay the price of a how or you know it is but they have a right to they to respond when one of their nationals is killed. absolutely but there are political means or there diplomatic means that they can use. to deescalate the situation rather than use disproportional force f. fourteen aircraft. combat troops are not a proportional response to a people who have no effective army and cannot fight back with twenty thirteen drawing to a close we had r.t. have been looking at the main events that shaped the outgoing year. these are called to be. braving the elements in order to stand up to us oil giants chevron. this comes after
a massive hunger strike that returned the world's attention to the place that summed up jobs the gulag of our times. is an undeclared global battlefield in which again and just one of the front lines . in the tribal zones of yemen and pakistan people will be hoping the new year brings some rest by after nearly a decade of u.s. drone strikes despite repeated claims from the white house that these anti terrorist attacks are pinpoint the annual civilian death toll seems to suggest otherwise in the latest incident up to seventeen people were killed at a rural wedding ceremony in yemen. and of reports on the human price the country is
paying for america's war. it says no faith for the one who has no trust but both are now in short supply in this part of yemen for months the class has been without its mouth teacher and this pupil without his father this is the big show about a charity i didn't ask his name is still on the staff schedule but i leave hasn't been here since signing out of class on january twenty third the last of the the finality the father of three was killed by a u.s. drone alongside his twenty year old cousin salim a college student who drove them in a borrowed to yoda they picked up two strangers who turned out to be suspected al qaeda militants witnesses reported a whirring sound in the sky then missiles struck their car. the smell of death was everywhere some of the bodies were burned beyond recognition the rest were ripped to shreds and scattered all around. i found
a part of selenium inside the car the rest was outside we only recognised him by a piece of his trousers. you couldn't tell who was who if they were even human it was sickening. one drone change this baby farming village for ever less than an hour's drive from yemen's capital kabul lawn is far removed from al qaeda operations but without warning it was thrust into the war on terror. saleem's mother shows me where her son used to sleep she can't bear to get rid of his things although she knows she'll never return home. can help us i didn't understand until the next day that an american drone killed my son why tell me may allah deprive them of their souls like they robbed us of our son he was the only one providing for this family all we have left now is our tears we only target al qaeda and its associated force and even then the use of drones is heavily constrained before any
strike is taken there most. the mirror certainly but no civilians will be killed or injured the highest standard we can set. accept there was a deadly failure yemen's interior ministry confirms the cousins had no links to terrorism in a country where tribal ties surmount all the loss was felt far beyond the family the white house has never acknowledged the deaths let alone the strike but mohamed shows me the evidence this is what killed them what's thought to be a fragment of a hellfire missile launched from a drone. the u.s. believes this is its best weapon against al qaeda although not officially at war in yemen the covert drone campaign has been dramatically ramped up here under president obama. yemen's al qaeda threat is real
it's plotted attacks on international airliners and caused hundreds of deaths the cia described it as the most dangerous and active branch of the terrorist network the defense is that drone strikes have seriously damaged his ability to plan attacks but critics here say it's doing the exact opposite it does not. contain the growth of the folks that may have contributed to the growth of expression of. at some point when we can slug enough powerful enough then to be able to inflict serious damage the u.s. war on terror has no borders often waged remotely with cruise missiles and drones it's an undeclared global battlefield in which yemen is just one of the front lines of fights against groups like al qaida in which ordinary civilians also end up paying a price. i ask obama to bring my dad back to life all the kids at school have their fathers but we don't reporting in calm on in yemen and lucy catherine of.
well foreign policy analyst phyllis bennis says the u.s. routinely turns a blind eye to international law whenever it stands in the way of the government's goals. there is no justification for killing children old people noncombatants there's no legal justification there's no moral justification the fact that these are the victims these are the actual victims of u.s. drone strikes goes to the heart of what's wrong with drone strikes the idea that they are somehow surgically accurate is simply demolished that argument is demolished by the amnesty international report by the initial report of the un special rapporteur the reality is that in the u.s. says we have determined that it is legal to use drone strikes in afghanistan to use drone strikes in pakistan where we are not at war the fact that it may be a violation of international law is simply dismissed as irrelevant international
law in the united states unfortunately is too often only applied to other countries and not to ourselves coming up a belated christmas present for the arctic thirty as well as a crisis of fear sweeping our land back and much more after a break. we'll talk about language as well but i will only react to situations i have read the reports for. you know i will leave that to the state department to comment on your . security is on the job here. you know. what you need a direct question. for a change when you're. ready for. freedom of speech.
and the freedom to. welcome back you're watching r.t. international live from moscow half of the thirty greenpeace activists arrested after trying to board a russian oil rig in the arctic have now been freed and all charges against them dropped the move is part of a massive nationwide amnesty which came into force last week all of the activists
have been summoned to invent the investigative committee in moscow and are now being handed their amnesty papers to greenpeace campaigners were charged with hooliganism but later released on bail all but four are foreign nationals and still require exit visas to leave the country. the crisis may be just about over an argument bought for irish homeowners it's still tough keeping the wolves from the door up to twenty percent of mortgage payments are overdue with families across the country being forced out when their homes are repossessed one homeowner told archie's tests are still your house he lives in fear of the banks. most people here remember the cold to tiger with this sense of known callie economic boom time for the mid ninety's up until two thousand and seven that went bust in no small way the arm for the structure behind me would have been the offices of the anglo irish bank one of the struggling banks that was effectively nationalized it was a stark reminder of the property boston the ensuing banking crisis and the painful
austerity that continues to today and for some irish families though there is also a daily reminder of the threat or reality of losing their homes we had a mortgage was very high on the value the property was falling below the mortgage so i ended up with a cash offer five hundred passengers and two thousand and eleven and i was delighted but the banks refused to accept the offer because there wasn't more which was eight hundred i climb with arrears so instead they prefer terms of course and repossessed the house while arlen may have officially exited its bailout it's still mired in debt and the end of september almost one in five home loans worth a total of twenty five billion euros were still not being fully repaid homeless organization focus arland estimates that sixteen families lose their homes each month in the capital the banks have had a catastrophic effect on data activity that aren't on business to paralyze the entire nation they have failed to deal with the mortgage debt crisis but coming up
a creative solutions we can measure how much the bailout has cost us in monetary terms we have never evaluation how much this is cost us in the motional and mental health terms i could barely push. one foot in front of the other because i just i just i couldn't sleep nights i couldn't think about things i get up at school run and then i go back to bed again and you know i guess i couldn't do anything at all or think i was this dish. i had no way i wish a new law was passed in december which would automatically discharge a person from bankruptcy after three years as opposed to the current twelve year term personal insolvency arrangements can also be made for those who want to just and other debt with this perhaps there's a glimmer of hope for people like julia i would back up for christmas. you know if i like and the reason why i'm hoping to be bankrupt christmas is that i can start again that we become what i was before does or so you're r t are aligned. coming up
the freedom to ban american schools and libraries have blacklisted around fifty books this year mostly on race and sex issues and the censors now have their sights on hundreds more titles stay with us for expert opinion on that. also hope the line and sinker japan's fishing industry is doing all it can to prove its catch is fit for eating almost three years on from the fukushima nuclear disaster. but first the syrian government says that foreign powers backing rebels are leaking information on the locations of chemical weapons sites and encouraging attacks on the opposition fighters aided by al-qaeda linked factions reportedly launched assaults on two such facilities over the weekend the strikes were upheld by the army by common in the news an easy time for syria as it struggles to meet international deadlines to rid itself of chemical arms and the rise of islamic extremists there is something that russia's top diplomat described as the number
one hurdle hampering any political solution to syria's almost three year war sergey lavrov spoke exclusively to our team. with a whole year to cover there were lots of things to discuss it brought russia several diplomatic victories including the chemical arms deal with syria geneva two is the next step according to mr elaborate of preconditions from the syrian opposition remain among the key obstacles including the one for president assad to step down something that the worst is now moving away from the threat of jihadists coming to power and setting up a caliphate is the number one problem for the realisation is dawning that regime change is not the way to resolve this problem oh western partners are becoming increasingly clear about this there are also changes in russia's relations with the west and apparently there are signals for more transparent and trustworthy ties on both signs but a called warming is still something that moscow has to deal with. some nato. those
have a phobia against russia which is really sad this leads to some of our european partners still wanting to keep the dividing lines within europe and even move these lines eastward as though a country should either be with them or against them the commons for last november's nato drills near russia's western borders the largest in ten years six thousand troops from all member states as well as finland sweden and ukraine practice defending the baltics from an identified threat from the east while president putin is question of what was the point of still planning to build an anti missile defense system in europe without a threat from iran still hasn't been properly answered by washington there aren't any firm guarantees the system want to be aimed at russia either you've got this kind of arty moscow. catch the full version of our g.'s exclusive interview with the russian foreign minister on our website also a long line today report on the final preparations for the burial of a legend russia is mourning the death of me last night called inventor of the a k forty seven the gun that changed the face of warfare for good or ill. was find out
how the english heavy metal band iron maiden has been cashing in on pirates by staging sellout concerts where their songs were illegally downloaded the most. transceiver food industry says it's blinded by contaminated catches nearly three years after the fukushima nuclear disaster polluted surrounding land and waterways they can't convince customers their fish is safe even though the authorities incest they are doing their level best to show they've got a grip on the problem. reports. work doesn't stop in the port of saumur despite being just a few kilometers from areas still ravaged by the twenty eleven tsunami and still contaminated by radiation seafood of all shapes and sizes lands here several times a day not only fish has traditionally been the integral part of the japanese food culture but also one of its prized acts boards last year alone the exporting
companies pocketed more than two billion u.s. dollars however there are serious concerns now this particular couch was made in the waters of the fukushima nuclear power station after it became known that he drawled existing at the fukushima nuclear power plant was severely radiated fears grew that the contamination could be spreading into the pacific. in the bottle sediment as he was appalled at the rebirth system. a very very high concentration of the rather. fish factories around the fukushima prefecture now have to take radiation measurements but despite lab workers assuring us the fish. was free of any harmful particles were taken samples from every case we make and if we ever find even the slightest trace of radiation will destroy the whole couch so far there has been none of this species safe and even the nuclear plant operator tepco is standing firm that the nearby waters are clear of radiation
this edition is pretty much on the control we've built fan says not to let polluted ground while there's a leak into the ocean we were surprised to learn that most of the seafood we saw at the port of soma will never make it to the shelves of fish markets or restaurant tables. most of the fish caught within the thirty kilometer radius is thrown into the garbage because it is radiated and tepco is paying local fishermen for it so they're happy and keep silent some of it though makes it to stools but only locally seafood firms here are under threat and there are five prefectures possibly affected by contamination in the sea accounting for almost forty thousand tons of fish per year but things may get even worse as the third anniversary of the fukushima disaster approaches south korea has become the first country to bear in japanese fish and seafood imports and. reporting from japan. we have
lived off in the northwest of russia. the russian rocket blasted off from the plates at space center early this morning putting three military satellite into orbit is the fourth successful launch from the base this year and another rocket launch this time from baikonur cosmodrome in kazakhstan is set for thursday. a look now at some global headlines for you this hour and gyptian police have arrested the former prime minister who served under the deposed president mohamed morsy his detention was ordered after a court ruling in july sentencing him to a year in prison for failing to really nationalize a textile company the former premier was. seized in a mountainous area where he was trying to flee to sit down with a group of smugglers. india have downgraded immunity for u.s. diplomats serving in the country immunity for their relatives have been has been revoked all together bringing the rules in line with those applying to indian
officials in the u.s. these are the latest measures imposed by delhi in response to the arrest of its deputy consul general in new york for alleged visa fraud at adding fuel to the fire the leader of india's second biggest party has said again american diplomats should face reprisals as homeless sexual acts are now illegal in the country. fourteen people have died after a bomb was set off near a church in baghdad police say double that number were injured and that most of the victims are christians muslim minorities have been steadily fleeing the country since the fall of saddam hussein and the relentless sectarian strife. forty nine books have been banned in schools and libraries across the u.s. in twenty thirteen that's a fifty percent jump from the previous year the unwanted books mostly deal with racial and sexual issues or written by minorities according to mickey huff director of the n.t. censorship group project censored the trend is widespread and even target some history textbooks. there's a lot of different types of books that are quote unquote banned and in fact in two
thousand and twelve there were over four hundred challenges since the banned books week started as a project in the united states they're going over eleven thousand challenges to books to try to get books out of classrooms and off of shelves and basically it's it's a simple issue in terms of censorship it's people to try to control information and trying to control access to not just it for me it can but attitudes cultures history context differences and there are can sort of efforts and interest groups in the society that would really really work to selectively enforce the first amendment by disregarding the first amendment rights of others and the right to read the right to know is a fundamental right that is in fact outlined in the declaration of human rights article nineteen. next on our it's an international the first part of julian assange just whistleblowing documentary and for u.k. viewers it's going underground with option rattansi.
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