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a spiraling high level corruption scandal triggers street violence is police break up crowds demanding the government's resignation. a federal judge rules it's legal for the n.s.a. to collect the telephone records of millions of americans and it helps to counter terrorism while american and british media are slammed for failing to challenge their government's. role is not to be adversary is to be. journalist glenn greenwald scolds his colleagues for unquestioningly serving those in power as he addresses an international. bust as the year winds down we look back at some of the most significant stories of twenty eight among them the hunger striking detainees in guantanamo force fed in response to the
protest against indefinite detention. center at seven pm here in moscow is kevin ok with you this very good to have you company top story today a massive anti-government demonstration in istanbul central square has been violently dispersed by the police the rallies was sparked by a high level corruption investigation led to a major cabinet reshuffle and arrest the several top officials demonstrators are now demanding the country's prime minister step down but the leader of schooling greek corruption allegations a smear campaign security forces used tear gas and rubber bullets to push back the protesters in istanbul the crew was there and got caught up in the chaos that erupted. into the place at this time when the five. beliefs again trying to push
them back using. the police. force of this protest. to say. six months ago. we've seen. since we think. they can. speak. the deal but for the first thing we see the prime minister facing a challenge from the people who. come with. him and it will it. take us to. believe in. the face of the glitchy back. to.
where you can be some of the places. to see these talents that climates and i'm sorry to say. well turkey's prime minister meantime has been addressing crowds of supporters in the country's western city of money so you can see the latest pictures there you screens from a rally earlier he vowed to put up a fight refusing to give in to the protesters demands only so few associate professor of bill kent university in ankara who told me they were being too aggressive toward his own political party girl the fact is the prime minister has a very very strong hardcore supporters and they will believe anything he says has become more authoritarian of the last four years is you know one can trace many kind of milestones in their progress from the the last elections she won very very comfortably we saw for example the beauty of the arab spring the way that he he had of the sunni syrian crisis was extremely aggressive and confrontational very busey's and that this has been the characteristics of his man in dealing with
a protest inside his own country he's just gone from kind of middle class people who have a general have a general reason to protest government policies and he doesn't seem to understand that he doesn't seem to think that their protest a genuine they're all part of some kind of plot. just ahead we speak to the widow of a russian mayor assassinated in the wake of a conflict with mikhail khodorkovsky is former oil company tells us she thinks is behind her husband's murder just a few minutes. but next one of the n.s.a. supposed to toria surveillance techniques it's sweeping phone tapping program has been ruled illegal a federal judge said it's crucial for security because it collects everything and that's despite another federal judge concluding the quote bulk phone records collection was likely unconstitutional and quote what is more important is the story. a federal judge in new york william of pauli ruled friday that protections under the fourth amendment do not apply to records held by third
parties like phone companies that the n.s.a.'s indiscriminate and systematic collection and storage of phone records belonging to all americans while that's lawful during his decision he also raised the nine eleven attacks arguing that if the n.s.a.'s met a data collection program had been in place before september eleventh two thousand and one the hijackers may have been caught now the a.c.l.u. has expressed disappointment and says it plans to appeal that decision two weeks ago federal judge in washington d.c. said the n.s.a.'s meditative program most likely violated the fourth amendment as part of that ruling judge richard leon ordered the government to stop collecting data on two plaintiffs who brought the case against the u.s. government will have to wait and see if the supreme court does take up the issue of the n.s.a. very controversial metadata program us president barack obama was asked to identify
any specific instance in which analysis of the n.s.a.'s bulk metadata collection actually stopped an imminent attack the u.s. president could not identify one instance or at least he did not give one example to the journalists that were asking him u.s. officials have for many years asked americans to sacrifice some of their privacy in the name of security but so far no top u.s. official can mention any danger imminent danger that's been thwarted through the collection of everyone's personal information. journalist glenn greenwald has been channeling revelations from n.s.a. whistleblower edward snowden lashed out meantime the mainstream media for turning a blind eye to the government while ations who made a keynote speech at a hiker's conference in germany has paid all of it was in hamburg to for the international i t gathering. perhaps the most anticipated speech at this year's calles communication conference was the keynote address by journalist and political
commentator glenn greenwald he delivered his keynote speech by videophone to a packed out auditorium here in burke and which he praised edward snowden for the work that he's done and also called on those governments that have shown indignation at the revelations of how much their citizens are being spied on by america and its allies to do more than just show that indignation that they should do more to help the man who has sacrificed much in order to bring them the truth and we also address the u.s. and british governments accusing them of team leader lying to their citizens and speaking about the press in those countries said that they were complicit in allowing the governments to do that lie you to understand just how the american and british media function or ball is not to be adversaries their role is to be people all through those actions they pretend to exercise over say the role of the us media and their british counterparts is to be voices for both with the greatest
power and to protect their interests and serve them but this conference isn't just about the speakers it's also about workshops and we spoke to some of the organizers who are telling us just how with a little bit of knowledge you can help try and protect yourself. with things like encrypted emails now to the likes of me who are borderline computer illiterate can also quite frightening however they sold me with just a small amount of knowledge you can make sure that what you want to stay private states private be too quick to parties fair we invited interested people to learn about cryptography. since a long while and we noticed since the summer that there's a huge brew ice in requests for those to parties that's a party where we meet for like two or three hours and people who know how to encrypt emails how to encrypt your chat how to browse anonymise lee in the internet teach this to other people he actually asked people when they came why do i why are you here and people told us i learned that if we are spied on and i want to protect
myself now the conference always draws a good crowd this is the thirtieth year that it's been running however this year following those revelations from edward snowden it seems that more and more people are wanting to find out how they could look after their personal information online they've been coming here to try to find out how they are all over coming up as if problems with illegal drug addiction were not enough for the u.k. the country become an online hub for buying and selling the legal equivalent of class a drugs all the details about that live just ahead. with the new year just around the corner now we continue our look back at the big events twenty thirteen will be remembered for. and they didn't come much bigger than this story in the hunger striking inmates at guantanamo bay detention center despite repeated promises from the u.s. to shut the infamous facility remains operational and continues to rage and r.t.
crew were behind the barbed wire to see what life was like for the. transparency is a word repeated by u.s. officials working at guantanamo like a mantra by those few who are comfortable speaking on camera you see the conditions under which the detainees live you get to talk to the people who are responsible for garnham we make it is transparent as possible and those preferring to remain on identifiable like the majority of officials we were permitted to speak to do we get media like yourself international media or local media or whatever and they're welcome to come you know we tell them what we have any journalists workflow at guantanamo starts with a mandatory introduction to media rules the so-called operation security briefing the material that you guys are gathering to make sure that it abides by our policy here even though transparency is a word brought out by all the personnel we talked to on the ground we as journalists access to detainees aside are asked to be very careful about the shots
we filmed all the backdrops and at the end of each day videos are reviewed and any shots deemed unacceptable are deleted this one will be ok because palm trees are not too controversial remind you of any frowned upon seaward like censorship it's this series of programs established to her. program accomplished with her regularly sorry old video and audio recordings and even sketches are carefully studied cell phones are banned from camps we're not supposed put anything on facebook or anything like that or in our even worry about talking about it over the you know anything over the phone this said purpose of these ground rules to protect the safety and security of getting the operations of the detainees you know make it their mission so we try to photograph them down we are warned violations of media ground rules may result in restricted access denial of future visits and or removal from guantanamo bay if people just kind of mislabeled it and have a call to go for bia and just not. giving the true picture i mean the only people
who knows what goes on get more os and the detainees and getting the detainees side of what goes on and get most apparently just couldn't be done after an extensive explanation of how exactly we are to film the prisoners the amount of detainee face time we get a total of one minute and five seconds through a dark glass window the reason we're given out of respect for them and not using them is as you know. you know. making them some kind of curiosity you know on film a thing like that we don't want to do that despite our requests to not even film but at least witness more real prison or life a high ranking guantanamo admiral convinces us that we actually have a lot more access than we think you're seeing what there is to to see you know. given the amount of time that you have here to to see if we are as transparent as
possible after one minute glimpse at one detainee our schedule is in fact all booked up there i mean they they were taken to the detention camp kitchen to witness how well things run their will since we're not really being allowed to close to the detainees this might be the closest glimpse of their life we might be getting today we're being told the that these are the meals that they're offered on a daily basis. we're also taken to the only local radio station all made up like zombies in the audience military personnel serving at the base do you do any news related to the time of detention camp. like. that. public media because you know there's enough journalists over there covering their music sports and talk radio pure infotainment rains here. and so we learn there we're not the only ones simply being treated to a show and party one tunnel bay cuba. we spoke
to us federal public defender carlos warner who represents several guantanamo detainees he believes media coverage finally pushed the administration into releasing those cleared to leave the president. promised in his first election campaign to close guantanamo it took the hunger strike for him to wake up on this issue and really turn the light switch on it began with him complaining that congress was prohibited him from doing any of these transfers and we work very hard colleagues in people on the right and the left in the united states to give the president the power to transfer these individuals and he now has it one of the concerns i have with my clients and one of the things that i assure is that when they are transferred that they're transferred to a safe place that they will not be persecuted or prosecuted for things that they haven't done. ati's been keeping track of the hunger strike at guantanamo since it
began in february just a click away on a website we've got the full time on the events surrounding the tories facility for more stories that shape the year we're bringing you a special report twenty thirty to see you want to see. these labels to be a good solid hammer braving the elements in order to stand on u.s. soil 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 young and just one of the front lines . is that it.
i. guess tycoon mikhail khodorkovsky is riding the wave of media hype these days with journalists across the globe seeking to interview the former high profile prisoner but important questions about his company's controversial actions back in the one nine hundred ninety s. ago and i'd asked such as how was you cause connected to the murder of a mayor in the city where the oil giant was registered that is ridiculous because spoke to the mayor's widow. at sort of the spike the fact that hunter kosky has escaped responsibility on those counts i'm convinced he's behind my husband's
murder. why do you think the hoof was shot dead on his way to work with the whole thing yourself or your pilot he walked to work and he usually did and was shot he died from the last chart and the temple. it just was the if you got his money every game tightly wound with one of the most notorious legal sagas of the russian case from one thousand nine hundred five they were giant was based in new cue ganske and they taxes to the city and the region there that you guess was registered there so when it came to tax revenues it was answering to the mayor of next to your guns can do it but the whole of they depended on him and that was the only reason why he even mattered how did they insist her late husband as a mayor of the town were you because he was registered was approached by top managers of the company who can look at the offer. first offered to reach an
agreement they called it optimization of taxes back then production reached about seventy million tonnes of oil a year they said there was too much but the and seven eight million tonnes would be more than enough. to hold for a few sr i could deal moreover he went on hunger strike demanding investigation into vehicles alleging their corruption scheme involved many regional officials several days later he was found murdered an investigation found his killing was ordered by the co owner of ucas but many don't agree with that finding they believe that the two halves murder wasn't connected to you chris and they allege a tax fraud scheme because that of course he himself said if there was the need to avoid taxes then there were many other ways it could have been done the former head of security at the company received a life sentence for organizing. the divorce why it is sure that the real mastermind has never been held to account. only time will solve the mystery surrounding my
husband's murder but i'd just like hard copy to confess and clear his conscience. in those are. the. pangs of conscience. professor to resign we're covering that story of three admitted that the revolutionary aids vaccine which brought a million dollar grant won't bring relief to those suffering more than ads that are to dot com and you can now follow the ocean's most voracious predator on twitter you find out what it's truly in scientists to come up with to keep swimmers running welcome shark encounter on our website. right. first for you and i would think that your. orders would.
be in the. update now on that russian ship has been caught in the antarctic for christmas with the australian scientific expedition on board they this is the may have to wait now until sunday for help the vessel academic shokalskiy got stuck in thick ice on tuesday to ice breakers a chinese ship and a french vessel before it failed in their rescue mission then they had to turn back now than all hopes are being pinned on a stray and ship which has the best chance of reaching the stranded scientists meantime the passengers and crew say they're keeping their spirits up they've enough supplies apparently and they're continuing their research despite the setback. for the addicted man of europe that's the reputation the ukase and itself in recent years according to a leading social policy think tank their report suggests that one in every twelve brits between the age of fifteen and twenty four has tried so-called legal high
that therefore means a total of around six hundred seventy thousand youngsters have tried it those drugs don't land you in jail but those studies show they could be every bit as dangerous as their black listed equivalents since twenty ten the government has put temporary bans on fifteen such substances but the substitute drugs keep popping up faster than the regulators can regulate it is polly boy career investigates next. pink panther bubble or the magic dragon they may sound harmless to anything but these a mind altering substances that mimic the effects of drugs but they're legal and britain is consuming more of them than any other country we currently know that hundreds of websites are selling drugs online it does being as to maybe there is at least one new product on the drug market each week two substances are advertised on line as a legal and save for a turn or two to illegal drugs then not fifty two people died from using psychoactive substances last year that's up seventy nine percent from the year
before researchers at the university of hartford tell me about the newest substance they've been looking into cycling as you can see this substances are dangerous men died when did he take probably it was decided on the center of a kind of noises smoked it but it's marketed as not for human consumption yes but of course people buying it online they know perfectly how to use it the government's been accused of being on acceptably slow in its response to designer drugs flooding the country. london clubs like this one a full to the brim every night revelers drinking dancing having fun but the reality is rather more sobering substance abuse is taking on new forms one addiction psychiatrist set up a special government funded clinic to deal with the abuse of so-called club drugs
as for the clients we have the lawyers we have nurses we have managers we have teachers we have a group of people who do we necessarily and would label as drug users and i very much remember the very first day we opened and thinking well will anybody come you know will there be a demand for this service or not and actually a couple of years. later we've been flooded with referrals at the moment the u.k. is not only the worst place in europe as far as legal high experimentation is concerned we also have the biggest heroin problem we have the biggest became crack cocaine problem in europe and we also have one of the worst drinking problems in europe we have the worst female drinking problem the whole of europe so this can't be seen in isolation the truth is that more people particularly young people in the u.k. are trying to become addicted to drugs and alcohol than anywhere else. london. will be use in brief in egypt
a student protest has been killed in clashes with police at a university in cairo state media says the violence sparked after supporters of the muslim brotherhood set fire to campus buildings organizers denied the allegations saying the demonstrators only resisted the use of tear gas against them at least sixty students were arrested in those disturbances. in southern india a fire express trains killed at least twenty three passengers including two children over sixty were on board were not played in goal for the carriage early on saturday as believe most of the victims suffocated and officials say the thick smoke screen hampered rescue efforts because of the forest. in the u.s. hundreds of people protested against the appointment of william bratton as a commissioner of the new york police department held the post a decade ago but protesters say they had turned a blind eye to police brutality when he was in office rally included the mothers and fathers of those who were killed by police officers. it's sort of almost par seventy evening here in moscow thanks being with us rob you're watching on out international coming up we've got breaking the set for you and if you're watching
us in the u.k. different program prepare for going underground with action returns and maybe i'll see you again in half an hour with the next full news roundup. although i have gone duck hunting a few times i've never seen the duck dynasty t.v. show but gosh i heard about the scandal involving one of the stars of the show phil robertson who got suspended for making what many consider anti homo sexual comments in an interview this celebrity scandal is creating a lot of arguments about freedom of speech on social networks many people who believe that robertson deserved to be booted from the show for what he said argue that freedom of speech means that robertson can't be arrested by the government for what he said but the any t.v. channel has the right to fire whom they like the thing is that if this situation were reversed and robertson was fired for making pro l.g. p.t.
statements then people who are currently defending any right to hire and fire as they please would all be bashing the t.v. channel for violating the star's freedom of speech think cry that firing him would violate his rights and i'm sure some websites would make him into a hero or demand a boycott or closing of the forever very few people actually believe in freedom of speech for all they just believe in freedom of speech for people who agree with them but that's just my opinion. the the. it's going on over on i'm abby martin and this is breaking the set and the cold war is technically over looks like a new kind of arms race is alive and well so european leaders have just announced they're forming a drone clone insertion of and decades in the making and france germany and several other nations are pouring money into
a new generation of armed drones to rival those used by the u.s. and israel looks like all the america's unmanned kills are leading to a bad case of drone and b. but it's not just europe that has set its sights on these deadly robots for the last few years iran has been working on its own drone fleet this week the islamic republic on the failed its largest armed unmanned aerial vehicles to date capable of striking targets almost anywhere in the middle east in fact the u.a.e. views are so popular now seventy six countries possess them according to government accountability office one can only hope now world leaders are taking into account the alarming inefficiency and deadly outcome of these drone wars because if they don't will find out the true danger of a global drone race. the peace. it was a. very hard. life
happy ever had sex with her thick hair. well. this week another round of talks between the u.s. and eleven other three hundred is regarding the transpacific partnership for t p p are taking place in salt lake city throughout the week people have been demonstrating and protest the potentially disastrous effects this trade bill could have a fact that include everything from sweeping changes to the internet to limited access to affordable medicine.