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freedom of speech little sound the freedom to crush. ethnic killings mass graves and thousands dead across the country violence in south . question whether there's more to the unrest than just an internal conflict. a christmas greeting with a message you'd never expect edward snowden addresses t.v. viewers in britain in the last hour warning too much spying could damage the way the next generation finks but that is still time for a cure. for simple villagers were stuck in a war that we didn't ask for. with the outcry against drone warfare being heard across the world r.t. travels to the region of pakistan where the unmanned strikes have become a deadly every day reality. and. islands happy bailout exit leaves people there wondering whether the end justifies the means. i
couldn't do anything at all i think that was the sticks and i had no way i wish to speak to some of those trying to keep a roof over their heads and banks push to repossess homes from struggling families . hello it's nine pm december the twenty fifth here in moscow i'm kevin. merry christmas if you're celebrating it right now from all of us here of course first though the u.n. is sending over five thousand more troops to south sudan almost doubling the number of peacekeepers there for the past ten days the country putting goldstein deadly violence which the u.n. says has already claimed thousands of lives one important as the latest. the un says that investigators discovered mass graves in the rebel held city of 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 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 are autonomy had less to do with humanitarian issues and more to do about the 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 it may be less nobody knows what we do know is that the violence is spreading and spreading quickly washington submarines for the want of africa now to help evacuate its citizens from science the u.s. has been engaged in the region since the one nine hundred seventy s. when all joyn chevron discovered oil well she was also one of the biggest champions of sudan's independence and spilled water from the store in general horn who was reading to indeed the sudanese civil war back in the ninety days he explained to me why the u.s. wanted another country on the world. chevron felt that it would be in their best interest if south sudan works as a seed because it would be easier to exploit the oil in a divided country as opposed to a united country that was a major reason driving the split to do the math we're talking about hundreds of thousands of barrels produced in south sudan and with oil let's say roughly one
hundred dollars a barrel you can see that this is a pretty penny quite typically they didn't think things through that is to say that turmoil there is basically hampering oil production. as we prepare to say farewell to a twenty thirteen artie's looking at events that made headlines this past year. these local supreme council have been raving the elements in order to stand down to us oil giants chevron. this comes after a massive hunger strike that returned the world's attention to the place that some have dubbed the gulag of our times. is an undeclared global battlefield in which a young man is just one of the front lines.
so than in the tribal zones of yemen and pakistan people will be hoping very much the new year bring some respite after nearly a decade of u.s. drone strikes despite repeated claims from the white house that these terrorist attacks a pinpoint the annual civilian death toll seems to suggest otherwise and the latest incident in fact up to seventeen people killed in a rural wedding ceremony in yemen next the nazis reports on the human price of america's war. the locals call it death in the skies in pakistan's northwest tribal region an american drone as seen from the ground it's become the weapon of choice in the u.s. war on terror and this is the damage it can wreak under president obama more than three hundred such strikes on pakistani soil against alleged al qaeda and taliban suspects. but ordinary civilians also pay
a price this man is one of them i mean was on his way to work at a mine near his village when a drone struck the area he lost his leg in the attack three other miners who were with them lost their lives we live in constant fear of another strike or we are simple villagers who are stuck in a war that we didn't ask for it's a hopeless feeling bored to death is above our heads all the time. although the attack took place three years ago i mean new laws says the pain is still severe the sight of his injuries upsets his core children meanwhile depression anxiety and lingering fear have pushed him to take up tranquilizer pills. get in the americans should be able to tell an ordinary person from a taliban leader whether they should know who they're killing what did we do to deserve this. this isn't my ex any drone arctic it's a question echoed by now dar who lost part of his hearing his short term memory and nearly his foot when. the drone shockwave was so intense that it threw us outside
far from the place where we were sleeping after several minutes there was another strike and it killed many more people attorneys out of bar has sued both the u.s. and pakistan on behalf of the civilian victims he says they're the voiceless people of the zero ston isolated by geography and politics by simply call it a concentration camp that you have build a wall of. military and militants and behind that wall you keeping more than eight hundred thousand people who are not allowed to come out and no one from the rest of the country is allowed to go in and that's a kind of tree which u.s. is using to use and test its drone program in many ways the epicenter of the cia's highly classified drone program is a black hole on the map a region of pakistan off limits to outsiders especially westerners now evidence of the drone strikes is almost impossible to get but these were smuggled to islamize bought from the tribal areas they're believed to be fragments of actual hellfire
missiles retrieved from a war zone most americans never get to see. fragments collected by norbert a local journalist who spent years documenting the civilian toll of drones especially on children disturbing images of the living and the dead for nor it's personal. see him whenever my three year old daughter hears a plane she runs inside and won't sleep that night the children here have been traumatized by the drones the sound of a door banging shut is enough to terrify them. and that fear can turn to anger a new generation radicalized by the war by carrying no drone strikes killing innocent people who are not part of the conflict you're just why did the conflict you're giving a reason to people who were not part of the conflict to become part of the conflict . of course this is made me hate the americans we are angry and want revenge they've destroyed our lives my parents my wife my children we all see america as
our worst enemy now while promising to rein in their use the white house says drones are both legal and effective that's. all that's on. us. when translated by defense that's cold comfort for the victims lucy caffein of r.t. pakistan drones have been praised by the obama administration as a surgical weapon allowing them to take out terrorist leaders and save the lives of american soldiers but on to drug company in a new america believes the efficiency of u.s. amman strikes is questionable to say the least. we're seeing actual legislative bands coming out of countries where drone strikes actually happen the yemeni parliament has asked for a ban on drone strikes the pakistani national assembly passed for about on drone
strikes when we hear about the drone strike that happened in pakistan that did end up getting the second commander in chief. talabani and pakistan you know you see everyone saying well you know the drone program is great this happened but we also have to keep in mind that he's been proclaimed killed at least four different times by drone strikes prior to this one so who died in those drone strikes that happened before this one that finally worked i think those are the questions that we need to ask when we think retrospectively about the many times the drones have supposedly killed people the u.s. war on terror has become a heavy burden for civilians of the countries where it's waged a correspondent to yemen where a man strikes report deadly toll each year we go to report next hour on my. sickness comes but once a year or so for those of you in britain who cozied up in front of your t.v. to watch the queen's christmas speech you better know it isn't the only message on
the books oh no an alternative address is being delivered by a man who believes there's no reason to stick to the rules of his probably because got the story. christmas day here in the u.k. is a sacred tradition it's all about the christmas turkey the family gathering and of course getting around the telly to watch the queen's speech with your family this year the queen was wishing brits a merry christmas she spoke about the grandson about the year's achievement spots channel four airing an alternative christmas message from n.s.a. whistleblower edward snowden who of course revealed the extent of mass government surveillance programs in the u.s. the u.k. and other western countries and he was speaking today all about privacy he said that george orwell's one thousand nine hundred eighty four was the real fairy tale compared to the reality that we're living with right now and he said that children born nowadays are really going to grow up with no concept of privacy whatsoever
that all their thoughts are going to be recorded and analyzed which is pretty somber stuff for christmas day but he did end on a positive note saying that together the public can work for a better balance to end mass surveillance and the to remind governments that really if they want to know what the public is thinking they should ask and it's cheaper than spying so the christmas message from channel four this alternative message has become somewhat of a tradition in itself it's been delivered in the past by the former iranian president ahmadinejad's by nine eleven survivors from new york by brigitte bardot margin lisa simpson and the idea behind it is really to provoke with thoughts and to get people to question the status quo of that little bit more channel four said that they chose edward snowden for this christmas message because of the extent of the revelations that he has brought to the public this year and the questions that
he's raised around democratic society so they can be hoping that they will have knowledge of us towards questioning that status quo that little bit more by having edward snowden talk to them about privacy today. no longer properly welcome in ukraine and who else made it to the country to have a few minutes. to millions around the globe struggle with hunger each day. what if someone offers a lifetime food supply no charge. against g.m.o. and we think that's. the. right products are. there
georgian president mikheil saakashvili from entering the country those declared persona non grata are suspected of working with ukrainian opposition to destabilize the situation in the country during the ongoing protests. the most prominent person on the list is obviously former georgian president mikheil saakashvili a well known supporter of the so-called color revolutions he's already visited the clears independence square once in december there are allegedly another twenty nine georgians on the list among them is a man who is on the international wanted list for being behind the unrest that broke out during the protests in may two thousand and twelve in moscow besides georgians there are some european union and u.s. citizens who have been banned and treat brain a ukrainian parliament member who initiated this move said that all these foreigners have been working with the opposition to destabilize the situation in
the country however from what we know there aren't any high profile european or even american politicians whom we saw so many times in the end of independence square in kiev and to name just some of them it's victoria nuland the u.s. deputy secretary of state who visited the protests twice and even hundred out some cookies to the protesters as a sign of support the e.u. diplomatic chief catherine ashton who helped talks both with the government and the opposition and even the u.s. hawks senator john mccain who is well known for supporting regime changes he was he had been to key of the so-called orange revolution a decade ago he was active during the arab spring in egypt and libya and he even let his support to the syrian rebels so far there is no evidence that any of them
made it to the blacklist of visitors in ukraine and although the ukrainian authorities say the entry is temporary it seems to be already working as several people have been turned down at the border in diapers. stories online unhealthy food but not apparently for the employees on the web so interesting story of one mcdonald's has been pushing its workers to choose a salad instead of a. piracy. heavy. legal song to fill the venue. it's just a click away. pleasure
to have you with us here today. iraqi capital baghdad has been hit by twin blasts killing as many as thirty seven people injuring scores more explosions targeted an outdoor market in a church as worshipers were leaving a christmas service over nine thousand people in iraq indeed have as we reported at length lost their lives suddenly in violence this year let's talk more about the overwhelming violence in the company with several motorists president of the arab lawyers association joining us live on the line. my see you tonight we're hearing time and again over the history of this that the violence is between sunni and shia muslims christians in the firing line increasingly it seems well as far as the news
is concerned i think they will not actually targeted as such but the explosion was near the church it's a very sad day for the christians who have just finished their christmas service to be caught in this i don't think. they were targeted as far as i can tell from the news however it is sad anyway and it is actually in terms of the general picture i don't think it's a sunni versus shia it's the iraqis fighting each other with the instigation of a variety of people from within the country the region and. that's why we have such a high toll of casualties in iraq which is ten years after the so-called. liberation of iraq by the western powers by the usa the iraqis have lost more people now than ever before the country is destroyed more than it has ever been before and this is this is not a natural disaster this is a willful act by the international community especially the united nations and the
western powers you say it's a rocky's fighting each other well if it's not religious then it's along what lawyers who say fighting who as you see it well the principle of the divide and rule philosophy is not something new everybody practiced it in every area and every time in history divide and rule you divide people. i don't know any lines you want whether you want one sectarian or ethnic you have the kurds and the arabs you have the muslims and the christians you have the shiites and the sunnis you can divide them on anything and then you have also the class division between those who have and those who don't have so these various phone lines in addition to the be used by those who are in power and those who want to get in power so you have money queues that you'd be kicked out in iraq and you have other politicians who want to remove them so that they can stay in this place and what is there is what's called the politics of the process which is really a sham it is not
a real political process because you cannot have a political process when you are losing something like twenty thirty people a day this is a civil war the fault at the end of the day must lie with the government because the government any government anywhere has a duty to protect the people has a duty to protect the society has a duty to make the life of the ordinary people tolerable at least and this is what this government is failing nevertheless international community is still not condemning this government enough and including russia is not doing that your supper as we try and take this rest of time to look ahead to a new year is there any light on the horizon or not or is a situation even set to deteriorate even worse unfortunately i cannot share the optimism of next year i think iraq has not reached the bottom yet i think there will be still more shed blood shed however i think there will come
a time not long i hope that people will get tired of being misled by their politicians or by money or by threats and indeed we have also the terrorist organizations which exist in iraq which was not there before the americans liberated iraq in two thousand and three we iraq had never had that. you know it never had the terrorist organizations may have had a dictatorship yes but it didn't have these elements in iraq and this is what the west has created in iraq they've created a monster and they're still not admitting it we can look at tony blair with that list and you can see any of the doing that we've got to leave it there president of the arab lawyers association very grim picture you're painting thanks for coming out of the program and talking to us. take you through some world news making headlines this hour egypt's military backed government officially
declared the muslim brotherhood a terrorist organization move could lead to harsher punishment for members of the group in the financing it hundreds of brotherhood activists have been arrested following the ousting of president milosevic and like egypt's officials accuse the group of behind tuesday's deadly bomb attack that targeted a police h.q. in the city of mansoor. hundreds of opposition supporters have clashed with police in thailand as they try to enter registration he said to her upcoming elections new polls will call for february after weeks of anti-government protests demanding the prime minister steps the country's main opposition party promised more protests and said it would boycott the elections which the ruling party is widely predicted to win. back. the irish banks may have managed to shake off the burden of an e.u. bailout but what price to the man on the street homeless organizations their estimate that sixteen families lose their homes every month in the capital dublin and the southeast has sort of sort of finds out thousands more are still battling the banks to try to keep their homes. most people here remember the celtic tiger
with this sense a melancholy economic boom times in 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 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 in 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. repossessed the house while arlo 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 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 emotional 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 i mean i go back to bed again and you know 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 be bankrupt christmas. you know it's bad luck 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 r loaned. abbess chief of the new year julian next about international law find out how a group of undercover journalist test the impact of leaked documents as they travel from central asia and wiki leaks the road movie with more news just over half. of the country fourteen olympics what's this place like why is this so special as the russian resort prepares to welcome the world power the games shaping the city's present and future life mole so it will bring you this is the moment they're
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